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 Inside the CDA’s Colorado Proud Program w/Wendy White: Upcoming Virtual Webinar, 2020 Farm Fresh Directory & More…

Inside the CDA’s Colorado Proud Program w/Wendy White…

Upcoming Virtual Webinar, 2020 Farm Fresh Directory & More…

The BARN – Briggsdale, CO – May 28, 2020 – Colorado Proud, a division within the Colorado Department of Agriculture is hosting a virtual webinar on June 3rd at 4pm titled,” Adaptability: How Agriculture Can Succeed in Tough Times”. It will be an opportunity to Hear from a mix of Colorado-based agriculture and food panelists about new ways to think, operate and adapt during the COVID-19 situation including my guest Wendy White, Marketing Specialist at the Colorado Department of Agriculture in the Markets Division…

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CLICK HERE to view the 2020 Colorado Farm Fresh Directory

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The Denver Cash Grain Bids…

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Greeley, CO Thu May 28, 2020 USDA-CO Dept of Ag Market News
 
Daily Grain Bids for Denver and Surrounding Areas
 
Spot bids to producers for grain delivered to terminal and country
Elevators. Bids dollar/bu. except for Barley which is dollar/cwt.
Bids are as of 3:00 PM MST.
 
Bids Change (cents)
US 1 Hard Red Winter Wheat 4.29-4.54 12 higher
Up to 12 percent protein
 
US 2 Yellow Corn 3.53 12 higher
 
US 2 Barley – – not available
 
Source: USDA-CO Dept of Ag Market News Service, Greeley, CO
Tammy Judson, Market Reporting Assistant (970)353-9750
24 Hour Market Report (970)353-8031
 
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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

05-28-20 CCA: Water With Your Lunch: A Webinar for West Slope Water Users on June 10th – REGISTER ASAP!

CCA: Water With Your Lunch: A Webinar for West Slope Water Users on June 10th – REGISTER ASAP!

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND CAN BE COMPLETED HERE: https://bit.ly/3gukEon

Join us for “Water with your Lunch” a new lunch-hour webinar series brought to you by the Colorado River District.

On Wednesday, June 10, Colorado River District staff will be joined by staff from Colorado Cattlemen’s Association and American Rivers for presentations and discussions highlighting the long-term challenges facing West Slope water users — and opportunities for collaboration.

Members of the public are welcome to join in the conversation and will have the opportunity to submit questions to guide the discussions. This webinar is free. Registration is required and can be completed here:

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

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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05-27-20 USDA Invests $281M in Rural Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Improvements in 36 States, including CO, WY and Puerto Rico

USDA Invests $281M in Rural Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Improvements in 36 States, including CO, WY and Puerto Rico

USDA Invests $281M in Rural Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Improvements in 36 States, including Colorado and Puerto Rico

  • COLORADO: The Lazy Glen Homeowners’Association, Inc. will receive a $761,000 Loan and a $1,702,000 Grant
  • WYOMING: Big Horn Regional Joint Powers Board will receive a $552,000 Loan and a $1,592,000 Grant; Northern Arapahoe Tribe will receive a $46,000 loan and a $4,450,000 grant; Town of Mills will receive a $4,765,600 loan
WASHINGTON, 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 (PDF, 252 KB) 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.”
USDA is funding projects in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
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.
Below are examples of water and wastewater projects in rural communities that will receive funding:

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, May 27th

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, May 27th

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Online Grocery Shopping a New Reality

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the ways shoppers fill their grocery needs. Throughout the pandemic, the Food Marketing Institute has been tracking consumer trends and charting how shopping behaviors are changing. While it’s uncertain how the trends will continue, the pandemic will permanently change consumer habits. Pre-coronavirus, FMI projected that online food and beverage sales would equate to $143 billion by 2025, representing about 18 percent of an expected overall $800 billion in combined online and in-store spending for food and beverages at home. However, since the pandemic, about 21 percent of Americans have tried online shopping for the first time, eight percent have returned, and 19 percent are continuing to online shop. FMI President and CEO Leslie Sarasin says, “Online grocery shopping is a new reality for our retail and wholesale members.” Research by FMI suggests that not everyone will continue ordering online at the levels they were during the height of the pandemic, but they are likely to continue using it more.

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House Lawmakers Press USDA Over Food Box Contracts

House Agriculture Committee members want questions answered regarding the Department of Agriculture’s Families Food Box Program. Led by Democrat Marcia Fudge of Ohio, the group sent a letter to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue. They say the letter comes amid reports of contracts under the program awarded to companies with little to no experience in agriculture and food distribution, and may have little or no capacity to meet the obligations set by USDA. The lawmakers are seeking information on what criteria were used to determine which applicants would be awarded contracts. They also want to know how USDA considered applicants’ financial standings, along with consideration of minority-owned businesses, and how USDA will ensure the contracts are fulfilled. How USDA evaluated applicants, and food safety concerns are also on the list. Representative Stacey Plaskett of the U.S. Virgin Islands and Representative Jim Costa of California joined Fudge in the letter. The three lawmakers chair separate House Agriculture subcommittees.

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Farmland Prices Continue Decline, Farm Borrowing Increasing

The latest Rural Mainstreet Index from Creighton University shows farmland prices are declining while farmer borrowing is growing. Released last week, the overall index for May increased to 12.5 from April’s record low 12.1, but down significantly from March’s weak 35.5. The index ranges between 0 and 100, with a reading of 50.0 representing growth neutral. Farmland prices continue to slide as May’s reading fell to 39.7 from April’s 40.9. This is the 77th time in the past 78 months the index has been below growth neutral. The May farm equipment-sales index increased slightly to 21.9 from 20.0 in April. This marks the 80th straight month that the reading has remained below growth neutral 50.0. Borrowing by farmers expanded for May, but at a slower pace than in April. The borrowing index slipped to 72.2 from April’s 75.8. The checking-deposit index soared to 86.1 from April’s 65.6, while the index for certificates of deposit and other savings instruments increased to 48.6 from 48.4 in April.

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AEM Developing Health and Safety Guidelines for Events

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers will craft guidelines for industry exhibitions and events. The association recently formed a Health and Safety Task Force to guide its efforts in ensuring the well-being of exhibitors, attendees, industry peers, and AEM members and staff at association-run events. The task force will create a universal set of health and safety guidelines. The team will consider all touch points of every visitor group’s experience, vendor roles, implication to contracts, communication of practices to stakeholders, cost and revenue impact, as well as execution. The initial set of guidelines created by the Health and Safety Task Force will focus on the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and minimizing the potential risk of infection for AEM staff and visitors. However, once the pandemic passes, the team will craft a revised set of guidelines for implementation at the appropriate time. The initial set of guidelines will be in place prior to AEM’s Product Safety & Compliance Seminar and Liability Seminar, scheduled this August in Illinois.

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Deere Earnings Beat Expectations

John Deere’s quarterly sales and profit estimates beat expectations. Net income fell 41 percent to $665.8 million, or $2.11 per share in the quarter, but beat analysts’ average estimate of $1.62 per share, according to Reuters. Equipment sales declined 20 percent to $8.22 billion, topping expectation of $7.69 billion. Agriculture and turf sales decreased for the quarter due to lower shipment volumes and the unfavorable effects of currency translation. The new forecast from the company expects farm and turf equipment sales to fall between 10 percent and 15 percent this year. Net income attributable to Deere and Company is forecast to be in a range of $1.6 billion to $2 billion for the full year. However, many uncertainties remain regarding the effects of the COVID-19 global pandemic that could negatively affect the company’s results and financial position in the future. A news release states, “Uncertainties related to the magnitude and duration of the COVID-19 pandemic may significantly adversely affect the company’s business and outlook.”

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Gas, Diesel Prices Continue Rising

For the fourth consecutive week, the national average price of gasoline increased, up 5.5 cents to $1.96 per gallon. The average price of diesel rose 0.2 cents to $2.41 per gallon. Patrick DeHaan with GasBuddy says as long as COVID-19 cases continue to drop over time and states reopen, average prices could hit the $2 per gallon mark as early as this week. Crude oil prices continued to rally over the last week, though the increase was smaller than previous weeks. The rally in crude oil comes as production continues to drop to meet reduced global demand, and while demand has begun to recover, pushing the needle of prices higher. Last week’s data from the Energy Information Administration pointed to yet another drop in crude oil inventories, which fell five million barrels, but remain a healthy ten percent above year-ago levels. Gasoline inventories saw a rebound of 2.8 million barrels, while distillate inventories perked up 3.8 million barrels.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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05-26-20 CO Governor Polis Provides Latest Update on COVID-19 Response

CO Governor Polis Provides Latest Update on COVID-19 Response for May 26, 2020

 

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, May 26, 2019

Shelby Wieman | shelby.wieman@state.co.us | 303-957-6011


Governor Polis Discusses New State Guidelines

DENVER – Gov. Polis today discussed the new state guidelines around in-person dining at restaurants, day camps, and private campgrounds, as well as the decision-making process around implementing or loosening restrictions.

“Coloradans have done an incredible job of staying at home and taking the necessary precautions to keep themselves and their neighbors safe,” said Governor Jared Polis. “That’s why we are able to take the first steps toward reopening restaurants, giving more Coloradans the chance to return to work, and encouraging more Coloradans to enjoy our incredible outdoor spaces. We have come a long way since the beginning of this pandemic, but make no mistake, we still have a long way to go. We must remain diligent and continue staying home as much as possible and follow social distancing requirements, wearing a mask, and washing our hands when we leave the house.”

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05-26-20 USDA-AMS: Specialty Crops Producers Can Now Apply for Financial Assistance Through USDA’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

USDA-AMS: Specialty Crops Producers Can Now Apply for Financial Assistance Through USDA’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

WASHINGTON, May 26, 2020-–Specialty crops producers can now apply for USDA’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), which provides direct payments to offset impacts from the coronavirus pandemic. The application and a payment calculator are now available online and USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) staff members are available via phone, fax and online tools to help producers complete applications. The agency set up a call center in order to simplify how they serve new customers across the nation. Applications will be accepted through August 28, 2020.

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Livestock Exchange, LLC Weekly Update…

(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) – Each week, Auctioneer Tyler Knode with Livestock Exchange, LLC. in Brush, CO will be inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network providing a RECAP of the previous week’s auctions and also a PREVIEW of upcoming cattle & hay auctions…

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05-27-20 Livestock Exchange, LLC Recap & Extended Preview 2

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05-26-20 Livestock Exchange, LLC  Recap & Preview

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