05-29-20 CDA: Personal Protective Equipment Available for Colorado’s Ag Operations

CDA: Personal Protective Equipment Available for Colorado’s Ag Operations

BROOMFIELD, CO – Colorado communities and businesses in need of personal protective equipment (PPE) to support worker safety and operations of critical agricultural production in the wake of the COVID-19 public health emergency should make requests for equipment through local emergency managers.

As the growing season progresses for produce and other ag sectors in Colorado, the need for masks and other PPE is expected to increase amidst the demand from other business sectors opening.

“Agriculture is an essential business and protecting worker health and safety is critical for the well being of every single person doing the work of getting food to the table, and for maintaining a strong supply chain,” said Kate Greenberg, Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture.

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05-29-20 USDA Now Accepting Applications for Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

USDA Now Accepting Applications for Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

May 29, 2020 – You can now apply for USDA’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, which provides direct payments to farmers and ranchers to offset impacts from the coronavirus pandemic. Applications will be accepted through August 28, 2020.

We now have the application form and a payment calculator available on farmers.gov/cfap. And we have a call center (877-508-8364) set up to help you with your questions.

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05-29-20 USDA-RMA Allows Extensions on Insurance Deadlines, Deferral of Interest To Help Producers Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

USDA-RMA Allows Extensions on Insurance Deadlines, Deferral of Interest To Help Producers Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

WASHINGTON, May 29, 2020 – USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) is making further adjustments to assist producers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Specifically, Approved Insurance Providers (AIPs) are authorized to extend the deadlines for payment of premiums and administrative fees, defer the resulting accrual of interest and to extend the correction time period for acreage reports or other forms.

Martin Barbre, RMA Administrator

“RMA continues to add more flexibilities to assist America’s farmers and ranchers during this very difficult time,” RMA Administrator Martin Barbre said. “We will make adjustments as needed to ensure that the Federal crop insurance program continues to serve the risk management needs of our nation’s producers.”

Extended Deadlines and Interest Deferrals

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05-29-20 CDA: Colorado Conservation Districts Eligible for CARES Act Funds

CDA: Colorado Conservation Districts Eligible for CARES Act Funds

BROOMFIELD, CO – Colorado’s Conservation Districts have 15 days to opt in for Coronavirus Relief Funding (CVRF), beginning today, May 29th, through the Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA).

As part of the federal CARES Act outlined under Title V, CVRF allows local governments to receive reimbursements for necessary expenditures that were not accounted for in the most recent local government budget and that were incurred as of March 1st due to the COVID-19 public health emergency. Up to $275 million will be allocated to local governments across Colorado.

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05-29-20 Have Questions About the USDA’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program? Check out the CSU Extension Webinar on June 1st – REGISTER ASAP!

Have Questions About the USDA’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program?

Check out the CSU Extension Webinar on June 1st – REGISTER ASAP!

STERLING, CO – USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue announced the Coronavirus Food Assistance program on April 17, 2020. CFAP will use funding and authorities provided in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, and other USDA existing authorities. This $19 billion immediate relief program includes direct support to agricultural producers. CSU Extension and the USDA Farm Service Agency have teamed up to conduct a CFAP webinar.

The webinar will be held Monday, June 1st from 6:00pm to 8:30pm. Topics to be addressed are:

The mechanics of CFAP including signup procedures and required documents, Economic Injury Disaster Loan for farmers and ranchers, maintaining supply chains during a pandemic, and commodity outlook post COVID-19.

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USDA – FAS Weekly Export Sales Report for May 29th

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Weekly Export Sales for May 29th

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Friday, May 29th

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Hong Kong Trade Status, U.S. Relationship with China, in Limbo

The Trump Administration sent a formal notice to Congress that it doesn’t see Hong Kong as an autonomous region from China. Politico says that puts Hong Kong’s status as a separate customs territory at risk and opens up Beijing to sanctions. The move would hurt Beijing but also lessen Hong Kong as an Asian center for business and finance. “I fully expect the U.S. to proceed with sanctions on individuals and entities deemed to be undermining Hong Kong’s autonomy,” says Bonnie Glaser, director of the China Power Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Politico says Beijing recently proposed a “national security law” that would bypass Hong Kong’s legislature and give China more authority to crack down on protests. What’s next for the U.S. is currently up to President Trump, who hinted at the possibility of sanctions on the Asian nation. China has already vowed to retaliate if the U.S. takes strong actions because of its moves against Hong Kong. Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs David Stilwell says the possibilities include personnel sanctions, visa sanctions, economic sanctions, as well as numerous other options. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce says any changes to Hong Kong’s status could have serious impacts on the more than 1,300 U.S. companies that operate in the island nation.

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Brazil’s Ag Exports to China are “Booming”

The first four months of 2020 were profitable for Brazilian ag exporters. Brazil’s agricultural exports to China were worth $31.4 billion from January through April. MercoPress reports that it marked a 5.9 percent increase year-over-year. The growth in agricultural exports to China resulted in a more than 11 percent increase in export volume, while the index price actually suffered a drop of 4.7 percent. The Brazilian Department of Trade and International Relations says those sales numbers broke the record for the largest amount ever shipped between January and April. The agricultural exports accounted for almost half of the total number of Brazilian exports (46.6 percent) during the first four months of this year. Brazil took in $4.57 billion worth of imports, which resulted in an agribusiness trade surplus of $26.83 billion during that time. Soybean exports were big from January through April, setting records in terms of revenue worth $11.5 billion and quantity at 33.66 million tons shipped. That’s despite a 4.2 percent drop in the average price for soybeans. Brazil sent China a whopping 73.4 percent of its total grain exports and sold a record $2.13 billion worth of fresh beef to China.

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African Swine Fever Impact Even Greater in 2020

Experts are saying that the African Swine Fever outbreak that continued last year could have an even bigger impact in 2020. The Guardian says that the highly-contagious virus that is fatal to pigs is still spreading at a rapid rate. While human attention is on the COVID-19 outbreak, the concern is growing around the world that countries are not putting enough focus on halting the spread of ASF through better biosecurity practices, cooperating on vaccine development, or being transparent about the scope of outbreaks. Despite being present in the world for more than 100 years, there is still no vaccine for the disease that kills almost every animal it infects. “The ASF virus is much more potent than COVID-19 because it can survive in the environment or processed meats for weeks and months,” says Dirk Pfeiffer, a veterinary science professor at City University in Hong Kong and one of the world’s leading experts on ASF. The disease reached China in the fall of 2018 and unofficially led to culling more than 200 million pigs from the world’s largest hog herd. Global ASF infection numbers by the end of April showed this year is close to or above the infection numbers from 2019. China, Vietnam, the Philippines, and Eastern Europe are the current focal points for outbreaks, with new outbreaks showing up in India and New Guinea.

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House, Senate Ag Committees Get Low Grades on Oversight

The House Agriculture Committee got a D grade and the Senate Ag Committee received a C- on oversight. Those grades came from the Lugar Center, which was founded by former Indiana Republican Senator and Ag Committee Chair Richard Lugar, in a report that measured congressional oversight. The Hagstrom Report says the Congressional Oversight Hearing Index categorizes and catalogs all congressional hearings held over the past 12 years, which totals up to about 20,000 hearings. After looking through all the data, the index assigns grades to the oversight performance of current congressional committees and past committees going back to 2009. “Most Americans agree that robust congressional oversight of the workings of our government and society is an important element of American Democracy,” says Dan Diller, policy director at the Lugar Center. “Until now, there’s been no objective criteria for gauging whether congressional committees are living up to their oversight responsibilities.” Of the 17 House Committees the center graded, nine received A’s, two got B’s, and three were given C’s. However, the Senate grades weren’t as high. Of the 17 Senate committees given grades, just two got A’s, none were given B’s, four received C’s, and eight Senate committees were given F’s.

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Second Annual “BeSure!” Campaign is Underway

The second “BeSure!” campaign supported by the National Corn Growers Association is off and running through July. The effort is aimed at helping pollinators by promoting best management practices and habitat creation year-round. BeSure! centers on promoting proper use of neonicotinoid (neo-NIH-cuh-tih-noid) products to protect honeybees and other pollinators critical to the food supply and ecosystem. This year, the campaign is seeking to reach not only growers and applicators, but also golf course, turf, and ornamental landscape managers. In its debut year, BeSure! focused its messaging on major crops in the Midwest that utilize neonicotinoid-treated seeds, such as corn and soybeans. This year, the campaign is expanded to include neonicotinoid foliar sprays, soil drenches, and granule uses on fruits, nuts, vegetables, turf tress, and ornamental plants that bees visit regularly. “Neonicotinoids are widely used in agriculture and a variety of landscape and nursery settings,” says Tom Smith, executive director of the National Pesticide Safety Education Center. “Regardless of the application method, product label directions should always be followed, and responsible stewardship practices used to protect pollinators.” Other companies behind the BeSure! Campaign include the American Soybean Association, American Seed Trade Association, CropLife America, and the Agricultural Retailers Association.

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Governors Ask Congressional Leadership to Support Ethanol Relief

South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem and Minnesota Governor Tim Walz sent a letter to leadership in both chambers of Congress asking them to support relief for the biofuels industry. The Midwest governors are asking Congress to make sure that relief for the biofuels industry is included in Phase 4 COVID-19 emergency relief package currently making its way through Congress. Governor Noem and Governor Walz are the chair and vice-chair of the Governors’ Biofuels Coalition. The governors pointed out that nearly three-fourths of the nation’s 204 ethanol plants are fully or partially idled, resulting in workers being laid off, lost markets for farm commodities, and constrained supplies of critical ethanol co-products. “We’re pleased to see that two bills were recently introduced in both the Senate and the House,” they wrote in their letter. “The Senate’s Renewable Fuel Feedstock Reimbursement Act of 2020, introduced by Senators Grassley and Klobuchar, and the Renewable Fuel Reimbursement Program Provision included in the HEROS Act, provide critical emergency relief to renewable fuel producers.” They say these initiatives provide responsible and much-needed economic relief to their states’ biofuel producers. “Our states’ ethanol industries have become an irreplaceable contributor to our nation’s economy, and they must be preserved,” the governors concluded.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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05-28-20 Inside The BARN with CCA Executive Vice President Terry Fankhauser: COVID-19, Packing Plants, Beef Prices, State Legislature’s Back In Session & More…

Inside The BARN with CCA Executive Vice President Terry Fankhauser:

COVID-19, Packing Plants, Beef Prices, State Legislature’s Back In Session & More…

The BARN, Briggsdale, CO – May 28, 2020 – Joining the Colorado Ag News Network and FarmCast Radio to discuss the beef industry and much more is Terry Fankhauser, Executive Vice-President of the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association

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05-28-20 CO Governor Polis Provides Latest Update on COVID-19 Response

CO Governor Polis Provides Latest Update on COVID-19 Response for May 28, 2020

 

For Immediate Release

Thursday, May 28, 2020


Governor Polis Provides Update on State Response to COVID-19

DENVER – Gov. Polis today provided an update on Colorado’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and emphasized the importance of staying at home for older Coloradans and those with underlying health conditions.

“While Colorado is returning to greater normalcy and more Coloradans safely return to work, older Coloradans and those with underlying health conditions should continue staying home as much as possible,” said Governor Jared Polis. “We are proud of the progress Coloradans have made over the last months, but everyone needs to continue taking the serious necessary precautions to protect ourselves and our neighbors. We are all in this together, and we will get through this together. This is a difficult time for many people in our state, but we can’t lose sight of what is at stake if we don’t follow social distancing protocols, wash our hands, or wear masks when leaving the house.”

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05-28-20 Colorado Secretary of State: Notice of Temporary Adoption – Colorado Elections Rules

Colorado Secretary of State: Notice of Temporary Adoption – Colorado Elections Rules

Please see the attached Notice of Temporary Adoption for the Colorado Elections Rules (8 CCR 1505-1). The notice includes the adopted rule, a statement of basis, and statement of justification.

On May 8, 2020, the Secretary temporarily adopted rules including Rule 27 to provide necessary guidance for conducting elections during a public health emergency. Upon further consideration of Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) supplemental funding restrictions, the Secretary temporarily adopts amendments to temporary Rule 27.4.3, effective immediately. Specifically, the amendments repeal inclusion of county staff members and establishes that county clerks must allow election judges to stay home if they have any COVID-19 related symptoms, concerns, illness or are quarantined without losing pay.

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05-28-20 NPPC Urges Quick Senate Action on Legislative Relief for Hog Farmers


NPPC Urges Quick Senate Action on Legislative Relief for Hog Farmers

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 28, 2020 – COVID-related challenges have taken a severe financial and emotional toll on U.S. hog farmers, and rapid federal government assistance is needed to help thousands of pork producers weather this crisis. At a press briefing hosted by the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) today, four pork producers addressed the crisis on their farms and called on the U.S. Senate to expeditiously adopt livestock agriculture provisions included in COVID-relief legislation recently passed by the U.S. House of Representatives. Continue reading

05-28-20 U.S. Senator Bennet, Colleagues Introduce Legislation to Protect America’s Food Supply

U.S. Senator Bennet, Colleagues Introduce Legislation to Protect America’s Food Supply

Washington, D.C. – On May 27th, Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet and his Democratic colleagues on the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry introduced legislation to help protect the food supply after the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) crisis has put an unprecedented strain on farmers, workers, food banks, and families.

“From small farmers facing market uncertainty to food banks working overtime, the pandemic has created new and challenging realities,” said Bennet. “This legislation will help to fill the gaps in the food supply chain, supporting producers, processors, and distributors as they respond to COVID-19 and adjust their operations. This strategic assistance will ensure our farmers and ranchers can access new markets, safeguard the health of their employees, and feed hungry Americans.”

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05-28-20 U.S. CattleTrace Under New Staff Leadership

 

U.S. CattleTrace Under New Staff Leadership

The U.S. CattleTrace Board of Directors in May named Callahan Grund as the new executive director. Grund will replace Cassie K. Aherin who served as U.S. CattleTrace program manager. Grund previously worked in policy engagement, business development and animal disease traceability preparedness at the Kansas Department of Agriculture, including sitting on the CattleTrace Advisory Committee. He remained active on the committee during his most recent position as the Director of Producer Relations with Farm Strategy, LLC, an innovative agricultural start-up business in the grains sector. Originally from Sharon Springs, Kan., Grund grew up on a registered Gelbvieh, Balancer and Angus seedstock cow-calf operation and is still highly involved today. Brandon Depenbusch, U.S. CattleTrace Board of Directors chairman, says the board is thrilled to have him on board and look forward to seeing U.S. CattleTrace grow and evolve under his leadership.

“I can confidently say from the entire U.S. CattleTrace team, that we are indebted to Cassie for her two years of service,” said Depenbusch. “Cassie was the foundation and glue that held the entire team together and she will be greatly missed. I wish her luck as she moves forward in her career.”

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05-26-20 CLA REMINDER: NATIONAL BEEF BURGER DAY IS MAY 28TH!

CLA REMINDER: NATIONAL BEEF BURGER DAY IS MAY 28TH!

If you hear a sizzle and your mouth begins to water, it just might be National Beef Burger Day! On May 28th and all summer long, there’s no better time to enjoy a juicy beef burger. The day is all about kicking off the grilling season and honoring America’s favorite grilling protein – beef!

A beef burger starts with real ground beef on a bun or between two slices of bread. And don’t forget the toppings like cheese, onions, pickles, and condiments. Each one allows for the perfect customization – the mouthwatering possibilities are endless. Of course, some of us like ours double stacked, and others prefer them spicy. Add those seasonings, too, if you want. What’s really important is what’s in the middle – that delicious beef burger. Continue reading

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Thursday, May 28th

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ITC Investigating Economic Impact of Duty-Free Imports from Kenya

The U.S. International trade Commission announced this week an investigation that will outline the economic impacts of removing import duties on products from Kenya. The move comes at the request of U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, who asked the USITC to provide the assessment in March. The USITC expects to submit its confidential report to Lighthizer by September 16, 2020. The assessment is part of ongoing trade talks between the U.S. and Kenya. Lighthizer last week released a summary of negotiating objectives including specific goals for goods and commodities, and sanitary and phytosanitary measures. The objectives seek to “Secure comprehensive market access for U.S. agricultural goods in Kenya by reducing or eliminating tariffs.” Additionally, the U.S. seeks to provide reasonable adjustment periods for U.S. import-sensitive agricultural products. The trade talks also seek to establish specific commitments for trade in products developed through agricultural biotechnologies, including transparency, cooperation, and managing low level presence issues, and a mechanism for exchange of information and enhanced cooperation on agricultural biotechnologies.

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Stabenow Introduces Food Supply Protection Act

Senator Debbie Stabenow Wednesday introduced legislation to help protect the food supply after the COVID-19 crisis has put an unprecedented strain on farmers, workers, food banks and families. Stabenow, the Ranking Democrat on the Senate Ag Committee, says, “This bill will help strengthen our food supply.” The Food Supply Protection Act will support food banks and non-profits to help increase their capacity and address growing demand. The bill will provide infrastructure grants that can be used for additional cold storage and refrigeration, transportation, personal protective equipment, rental costs and additional use of commercial and community infrastructure. Further, Stabenow says the bill will strengthen food partnerships to prevent food waste and feed families through grants and reimbursements. Additionally, the bill will use grants, loans and reimbursements to protect workers and retool small and medium sized food processors. The bill is supported by more than 40 food and agriculture groups, including Feeding American, the National Farmers Union and the United Farm Workers Union.

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Iowa Ag Department Launches Pork Disposal Assistance Program

The Iowa Department of Agriculture is launching a disposal assistance program to help pork producers who are unable to harvest pigs due to COVID-19 supply chain disruptions. COVID-19-related worker shortages are causing meat processing facilities to drastically reduce production. Iowa State University estimates that, as of mid-May, approximately 600,000 pigs in Iowa were unable to be harvested. The Department is offering producers $40 per approved animal to help cover some of the disposal costs for market-ready hogs, weighing at least 225 pounds. Producers must provide documentation, including proof of proper disposal, and an affidavit from their herd veterinarian confirming impending welfare issues, to receive funding. The disposal assistance funding will be made available to Iowa producers in at least three rounds. Each approved applicant will receive funding for at least 1,000 animals and up to 30,000 animals per round, depending on the number of applicants. To qualify for the first round of funding, producers must submit their applications to the Iowa Department of Agriculture before May 29.

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H-2A Positions Increase Fivefold Since 2005

The Department of Agriculture says the number of H-2A workers increased fivefold between 2005 and 2019. Calling the data an indicator of the scarcity of farm labor, USDA’s Economic Research Service says the number of H-2A positions requested and approved increased from just over 48,000 in 2005 to nearly 258,000 in 2019. The H-2A Temporary Agricultural Program provides a legal means to bring foreign-born workers into the United States on a temporary basis. Workers employed on an H-2A visa are allowed to remain in the U.S. for up to ten months at a time. Employers must demonstrate, and the U.S. Department of Labor must certify, that efforts to recruit U.S. workers were not successful. Employers must also pay a region-specific minimum wage, known as the Adverse Effect Wage Rate. The Economic Research Service says the average duration of an H-2A certification in 2019 was 5.3 months, implying that the 258,000 positions certified represented about 114,000 full-year workers.

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USDA Funding Rural Water and Wastewater Improvements

The Department of Agriculture Wednesday announced a $281 million investment for 106 projects to improve rural water and wastewater infrastructure. Announced by deputy undersecretary for rural development Bette Brand, the funding will assist rural communities in 36 states and Puerto Rico. Brand says the investments will “bring modern, reliable water and wastewater infrastructure to rural communities.” USDA is funding the projects through the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program. Eligible applicants include rural cities, towns and water districts. The funds can be used for drinking water, stormwater drainage and waste disposal systems in rural communities that meet population limits. The funds will help rural communities replace deteriorating, leaking water pipes with new ones, and upgrade water and wastewater handling systems that are decades old. USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. For a list of funded projects, visit www.rd.usda.gov.

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Propane Council Announces Game and Educational Website

The Propane Education and Research Council this week announced www.PropaneKids.com. The website is an interactive online activity center for parents and caretakers of preschool and young school children looking for learning opportunities. The site includes games, activities, and even science experiments for children that are designed to reinforce the importance of propane safety and education with a focus on the farm. Tucker Perkins, President and CEO of PERC, says, “We wanted to do our part to help provide a fun, free learning center for young children.”  At PropaneKids.com, parents, caregivers, and their children can explore a virtual farm or create their own, play games like farm bingo and spot-the-difference and color digital coloring pages. Americans living on acreages and farms away from the city center are already familiar with propane in use on their land. Nearly 40 percent of farms in America rely on propane in their farming and ranching operations to run pumps and engines, heat buildings, and dry and process crops.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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05-27-20 Colorado Senate Approves Rule Change to Allow for Remote Voting

Colorado Senate Approves Rule Change to Allow for Remote Voting

SR 20-005 promotes protections and fair representation for legislators & constituents

Denver, CO – Today the Senate approved a rule change to allow for remote participation for members that are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or are in high-risk categories.

“This is a historic moment for Colorado. For the first time, not only have we had the necessity, but also the means to allow remote participation in Government,” said Senate President Leroy Garcia, (D-Pueblo). “Many people of Colorado are experiencing extreme hardship due to this public health crisis and need their legislative leaders to return to lawmaking and pass protections for them and their families. At the same time, there still exists a clear and present danger from COVID-19–– making it critical that we adopt flexible, adaptive policies that allow institutions to continue essential business while protecting vulnerable participants.” 

The resolution passed specifies that the President may permit a Senator to participate remotely during a declared public health disaster emergency if any of the following conditions are met by the requesting Senator: The Senator is in an increased risk group for COVID-19, which may include individuals who have preexisting health conditions of who are 65 years of age or older Continue reading

05-27-20 Watch NASA and SpaceX Launch Astronauts to Space – SCRUBBED DUE TO WEATHER

Watch history unfold as NASA and SpaceX launch astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley to the ISS on Wednesday, May 27. This mission marks the first time since the retirement of the space shuttle in 2011 that humans will fly to the space station from U.S. soil.

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05-27-20 Potatoes USA: Nominations Open for 2021 Potatoes USA Board Members

Potatoes USA: Nominations Open for 2021 Potatoes USA Board Members

DENVER (May 26, 2020) —Potatoes USA announces nominations are now open for new Board Members for the 2021-2024 term. The board is seeking nominees to fill a total of 60 open seats for producers from the following states: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming and Importers. Continue reading

05-27-20 USDA Rural Development Invests $2.4 Million in Rural Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Improvements in Pitkin County, CO

USDA Rural Development Invests $2.4 Million in Rural Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Improvements in Pitkin County, CO

(Washington, D.C., May 27, 2020) – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Bette Brand today announced that the department is investing $281 million in 106 projects to improve water and wastewater infrastructure in rural communities in 36 states and Puerto Rico. USDA is funding the projects through the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program.

“These investments will bring modern, reliable water and wastewater infrastructure to rural communities. They will replace deteriorating, leaking water pipes with new ones and upgrade water handling systems that are decades old. These investments create jobs and improve public health and safety for our rural neighbors,” Brand said. “Under the leadership of President Trump and Agriculture Secretary Perdue, USDA is committed to partnering with rural communities to help them improve their infrastructure, because when rural America thrives, all of America thrives.

Lazy Glen Homeowners’ Association, Inc. in Snowmass, CO has been awarded a $1,702,000 and a $761,000 grant to build a new wastewater treatment facility to serve the entirety of Lazy Glen, without utilizing discharges into the lagoon. “While Lazy Glen is located within the Basalt Sanitation District, a separate system serving Lazy Glen is a much more cost-effective option,” said USDA Rural Development Colorado State Director Sallie Clark.  The connection to the Basalt Sanitation District System would require a lift station (to cross the Roaring Fork River), among other modifications, and be approximately $3 million more expensive than a Lazy Glen specific facility. The selection of the mechanical sewer system to serve the homes of Lazy Glen is the most cost efficient and environmentally friendly option.

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“Providing funding for safe drinking water and sanitary waste disposal systems is essential for not only public health, but also for economic prosperity in Colorado’s rural communities,” said Clark.

Eligible applicants for the Water and Waste Disposal Program include rural cities, towns and water districts. The funds can be used for drinking water, stormwater drainage and waste disposal systems in rural communities that meet population limits.  Funding is currently available.  For application or eligibility information, view the interactive RD Apply tool or contact your local USDA Rural Development office in Colorado.

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