05-05-20 BARN Ag Reporter Samantha Munson: Oklahoma Beef Packing/Processing Task Force Announced

BARN Ag Reporter Samantha Munson: Oklahoma Beef Packing/Processing Task Force Announced

The BARN – Briggsdale, CO / Thayer, MO – May 5, 2020 – The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture and the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association are joining forces to establish the Oklahoma Beef Packing/Processing Task Force. Michael Kelsey, Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association Vice President, was named as a co-chair of the task force. Kelsey says the group will explore opportunities that can be provided to Oklahoma beef cattle producers, specifically in the area of beef packing and processing…

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SOURCE: NAFB News Service,  which The BARN is a Broadcast Council Member

05-05-20 Make Plans to Attend the Water and Resource Monitoring Digital Meeting Workshop on June 11th

Make Plans to Attend the Water and Resource Monitoring Digital Meeting Workshop on June 11th

Join the online digital meeting on Zoom:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88971288008

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Water and Resource Monitoring Workshop Agenda 

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05-05-20 CSU System breaks ground on Spur campus in Denver; to be complete 2022

CSU System breaks ground on Spur campus in Denver; to be complete 2022

Denver, Colorado – Colorado State University System broke ground today on a new Denver campus — called Spur — which will invite the public to explore and interact with educational content around water, food, and health.  Continue reading

05-05-20 CropLife America: New Government Relations Specialist Brings Unique Perspective to International Issues Facing the Pesticide Industry

CropLife America: New Government Relations Specialist Brings Unique Perspective to International Issues Facing the Pesticide Industry

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, CropLife America is excited to welcome Molly O’Connor to the association’s government relations team. Molly will join the organization as director, federal government relations, bringing with her a new perspective and expertise in the areas of global policy and trade.

“Agricultural trade policy has become a critical issue for our member companies. From tariffs to regulatory provisions to new trade agreements—our business, and the business of our farm customers, is dependent upon open and fair trade. Molly’s passion for agricultural advocacy brings a unique perspective to our growing organization” Chris Novak, president and CEO of CLA said. “Her knowledge and expertise of international trade policy, coupled with key relationships in government and with our allies, will help CLA better represent our members’ global needs.”

Prior to joining CLA, Molly served as a senior policy advisor at Olsson Frank Weeda Law (OFW Law). In this role, Molly covered international trade issues for a variety of agriculture policy clients, including serving as the international trade staff for the National Association of Wheat Growers and assisting international clients with tariff and free trade agreement issues. Molly also served on the OFW Law PAC Board, growing the PAC through extensive fundraising and strategic planning to select campaigns, and helping clients develop their internal strategies. Molly earned a Bachelor of Science in agricultural business from Colorado State University. Continue reading

05-05-20 U.S. Grains Council: Path Cleared For U.S. Sorghum Exports To Vietnam

U.S. Grains Council: Path Cleared For U.S. Sorghum Exports To Vietnam

A new pest risk assessment has been approved by both the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Vietnam’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), opening the door for U.S. sorghum to flow into the country for high-value uses including pet food and liquor as well as a feed product for the aquaculture, poultry and swine industries.

This opening follows nearly five years of collaborative efforts by the U.S. Grains Council (USGC), the United Sorghum Checkoff Program (USCP) and the National Sorghum Producers (NSP) and work with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service (USDA-FAS) and Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA-APHIS), as well as regulators and industry in Vietnam. Continue reading

05-05-20 U.S Senator Gardner: Colorado to Receive $288 Million for Hospitals to Respond to COVID-19 and Address Revenue Losses

U.S Senator Gardner: Colorado to Receive $288 Million for Hospitals to Respond to COVID-19 and Address Revenue Losses

Rural healthcare providers in Colorado will receive $188 million

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) applauded the announcement that Colorado will receive a combined total of $288,136,710 in support from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs), Rural Health Clinics (RHCs), and Community Health Centers located in rural areas and high-impact hospitals that have provided inpatient care for 100 or more COVID-19 patients prior to April 10, 2020.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in unprecedented strains on our healthcare facilities nationwide, both in urban and rural areas,” said Senator Gardner. “Healthcare providers are on the frontlines of COVID-19, through both the direct care they are providing to patients as well as through the revenue losses caused by the need to cancel elective procedures. I’m pleased to see this funding from HHS that will help ensure our healthcare providers are able to keep providing critical health services to their communities.”

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05-05-20 USDA Invests $23 Million in High-Speed Broadband in Rural New Mexico

USDA is investing $23 million in ReConnect Program funding for three recipients in New Mexico to provide broadband service to more than 2,200 rural New Mexico households across 17 counties.

USDA Invests $23 Million in High-Speed Broadband in Rural New Mexico

New Opportunities for e-Connectivity for more than 2,200 New Mexico Households

WASHINGTON, May 5, 2020 – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced during a virtual press conference that USDA is investing $23 million for three recipients in New Mexico to provide broadband service in unserved and underserved rural areas. These investments are part of USDA’s round one investments made through the ReConnect Pilot Program.
“The need for rural broadband has never been more apparent than it is now – as our nation manages the Coronavirus national emergency. Access to telehealth services, remote learning for school children, and remote business operations all require access to broadband,” said Secretary Perdue. “I am so proud of our rural communities who have been working day in and day out, just like they always do, producing the food and fiber America depends on. We need them more than ever during these trying times and expanding access to this critical infrastructure will help ensure rural America prospers for years to come.”

05-05-20 Inside Bushel® with Founder and CEO Jake Joraanstad…

Inside Bushel® with Founder and CEO Jake Joraanstad…

The BARN – Briggsdale, CO – May 5, 2020 – On April 8th, Bushel, an independently owned software company and leading provider of software technology solutions for growers, grain buyers, protein producers and food companies, announced the launch of the Bushel Offer Management System. Joining the Colorado Ag News Network and FarmCast Radio to discuss the Bushel Offer Management System in much more detail is Jake Joraanstad, the co-founder and CEO of Bushel…

With that said, joining the Colorado Ag News Network and FarmCast Radio to discuss that in much more detail is Jake Joraanstad, BUSHEL’s founder and CEO

  • COVID-19 and its Impact on Bushel & the Grain Industry
  • Bushel’s  History, Mission & Objectives
  • NEW Bushel Offer Management System (OMS) & what it offers Farmers & Grain Buyers too (Transparency & No Futures Contracts Required)
  • Bushel’s other Products & Services
  • & MORE

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About Jake Joraanstad is the co-founder and CEO of BushelJake is heavily involved in the #NorthOfNormal entrepreneurial community in Fargo, N.D. He co-founded Emerging Prairie, serves as a coach and participant at Startup Weekend Fargo, and helped launch 1 Million Cups in Fargo.

If you would like to learn more about Bushel, POWERING POSSIBILITIES, please visit www.bushelpowered.com

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05-05-20 USDA’s ‘Meals to You’ to Serve 5 Million Meals a Week to Rural Children

USDA’s ‘Meals to You’ to Serve 5 Million Meals a Week to Rural Children

New public-private partnership surpasses initial goal to serve five-times more kids during COVID-19

WASHINGTON, May 5, 2020 – Today, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced a major expansion of Meals to You, USDA’s innovative partnership with the Baylor University Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty, McLane Global, and PepsiCo, to feed low-income kids in rural areas. The initiative will now serve nearly 5 million meals per week to rural children impacted by COVID-19-related school closures – five times its original goal.

“Uncertain and difficult times call for unprecedented actions and big picture ideas. Rural children affected by school closures faced food insecurity, but these great American groups and companies stepped up to help their fellow countrymen by delivering boxes of food across the country,” said Secretary Sonny Perdue. “This program has been so successful and faced such high demand that we are expanding to five million meals a week. Our partnership to feed kids embodies President Trump’s whole of America approach to tackling the coronavirus by utilizing the best of America – private sector ingenuity with public sector backing.” Continue reading

05-05-20 Pork Checkoff Discusses COVID-19

Pork Checkoff Discusses COVID-19

The National Pork Board is working closely with all industry stakeholders to provide the most timely information regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. In a video announcement to pork producers, National Pork Board President David Newman outlined the current challenge…

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05-05-20 Weekly USMEF Audio Report: Identifying Barriers for Red Meat to be Addressed in a U.S.-Kenya FTA

Weekly USMEF Audio Report: Identifying Barriers for Red Meat to be Addressed in a U.S.-Kenya FTA

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DENVER, CO – May 5, 2020 – The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) is preparing to enter free trade agreement negotiations with the Republic of Kenya. As part of this process, USTR accepted public comments identifying key issues to be addressed in a U.S.-Kenya agreement.

The U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) submitted comments identifying barriers that inhibit U.S. red meat exports to Kenya, which are explained in more detail by Cheyenne McEndaffer, USMEF director of export services. At the top of this list is Kenya’s applied most-favored-nation tariff rate of 25% across all beef and pork products. USMEF also highlighted several non-tariff barriers and potential trade obstacles, including concerns about Kenya’s burdensome import license system, restrictions on transshipment of products en route to Kenya and a lack of clarity on import veterinary drug residue and microbiological standards…

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05-05-20 CO Governor Polis Signs Executive Order

CO Governor Polis Signs Executive Order

DENVER – Late Monday evening, May 4th, Colorado Governor Jared Polis  signed Executive Order D 2020 057. This continues the extension for filing and remitting state and state-administered local sales tax until May 20, 2020.

“The economic impacts of COVID-19 are significant, and threaten to undermine the economic stability of many Coloradans and local businesses. The risk of contamination posed by COVID-19 has necessitated closure of multiple businesses. Employers and employees in virtually all sectors of the economy have been hard hit. We must take action to shore up economic security, employment, community cohesion, and community recovery including showing flexibility with tax payments,” the Executive Order reads.

This EO is an extension of Executive Order D 2020 023. Continue reading

05-05-20 U.S. Senator Bennet Criticizes Trump Decision to Reopen Meat Processing Facilities without Clear Safety Standards, Putting Workers, Nation’s Food Supply at Risk

U.S. Senator Bennet Criticizes Trump Decision to Reopen Meat Processing Facilities without Clear Safety Standards, Putting Workers, Nation’s Food Supply at Risk

President Trump Used Defense Production Act to Compel Meat Processing Facilities to Reopen Despite Lack of Protections for Workers

Washington, D.C. – Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet joined several of his colleagues in urging President Donald Trump to immediately amend his Executive Order and mandate that meat processing facilities reopen only after they have met health and safety guidelines from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Tuesday, May 5th

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Tuesday, May 5th

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SBA Opens EIDL to Agriculture

The Small Business Administration Monday announced eligibility for agricultural business in the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans and EIDL Advance programs. SBA’s EIDL portal has been closed since April 15. However, the Agency reopened the portal in a limited capacity this week. SBA is reopening the Loan and Advance application portal to agricultural enterprises only. SBA will move forward and process the applications without the need for re-applying for producers that submitted a loan application through the portal before the legislative change in funding. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue says the move “will make a tremendous difference for America’s agricultural community.” Agricultural businesses include businesses engaged in the legal production of food and fiber, ranching, and raising livestock, aquaculture, and other farming and agricultural-related industries. Applicants must have 500 or fewer employees. For more information, visit www.sba.gov/Disaster.

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USDA Announces $100 million for American Biofuels Infrastructure

The Department of Agriculture Monday announced $100 million in competitive grants for activities designed to expand the availability and sale of renewable fuels. The Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program offers funding for competitive grants or sales incentives to eligible entities for activities designed to expand the sales and use of ethanol and biodiesel fuels. Funds will be made directly available to assist transportation fueling and biodiesel distribution facilities with converting to higher ethanol and biodiesel blends by sharing the costs related to and offering sales incentives for the installation of fuel pumps, related equipment, and infrastructure. Agriculture Secretary Perdue says the grants to expand biofuels availability “will help increase their use during our economic resurgence,” following the impacts of decreased demand during the COVID-19 pandemic. USDA plans to make available approximately $86 million for implementation activities related to higher blends of fuel ethanol, and approximately $14 million for implementation activities related to higher blends of biodiesel.

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Baldwin: Order on Meat Processors Puts Food Chain at Risk

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin is urging President Trump to take immediate action to amend his Executive Order on meat processing facilities. Baldwin says facilities should be permitted to reopen only after they have met all the health and safety guidelines issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. President Trump recently used the Defense Production Act to compel meat processing facilities to remain open despite poor safety and health standards at those facilities, which have led to documented COVID-19 infections and worker fatalities, according to Baldwin. In a letter with Senate colleges, Baldwin and others say, “Failure to take action to protect these workers is not only a threat to their lives, but also to the public health of their communities,” the Senators demanded the Trump administration do more to protect these workers, the public health of their communities, farmers and livestock producers, and the nation’s food supply chain.

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Lawmakers Seek Quick Investigation of Beef Industry

A bipartisan group of U.S. Representatives urges the Department of Agriculture to provide findings of its beef pricing investigation as soon as possible. Following the announcement of the USDA’s Packers and Stockyard Division investigation in August of 2019. Secretary Sonny Perdue extended USDA’s investigation last month to determine the causes of divergence between live beef and box prices during the COVID-19 pandemic. Beginning in the first few weeks of the coronavirus crisis, cattlemen saw prices drastically decline, with cattle futures falling 29 percent between January and April, while beef prices increased in stores. The lawmakers, including Oklahoma Republican Frank Lucas, say, “When market participants begin to believe that markets are not competitive or transparent, that suspicion has a dangerous industry-wide ripple effect.” The lawmakers say producers want effective, market-based risk management tools. However, volatility during the pandemic has made market participation difficult to manage and capital intensive. Lucas added, “As a policymaker and a lifelong cattleman, restoring faith in our markets is my top priority.”

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U.S.-U.K. Trade Talks This Week

Trade talks get underway virtually this week between the United States and the United Kingdom. The talks come more than 18 months after U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer notified Congress of the intent to begin talks with the United Kingdom. A video conference Tuesday will start the talks. In March, the U.K. published its objectives for trade negotiations with the United States. The announcement included an uncompromising stand on agriculture and food standards, two big sticking points that have slowed momentum for talks getting underway. U.S. agriculture and trade officials had hoped that the U.K. would loosen up some of their strictest requirements after officially leaving the European Union in January. However, Lighthizer says the two biggest sticking points, which are agriculture and health care, shouldn’t stand in the way of reaching a deal in 2020. Politico reports It’s unclear how quickly the two sides can reach an agreement, since the U.K. first needs to decide many issues regarding its future relationship with the European Union.

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National Average Gas Prices Increases

Average gas prices rose for the first time in ten weeks, while diesel fell nationwide in the last week. GasBuddy reports the national average price of gasoline has moved higher, rising 1.5 cents over the last week to $1.75 per gallon. The average price of diesel, meanwhile, fell 2.5 cents to $2.43 per gallon. Patrick DeHaan of GasBuddy says, “a disconnect between low oil prices and rising gasoline prices has emerged at the hands of refineries that have slowed production.” Crude oil prices have rallied significantly in the last week as OPEC’s production cut took effect May 1, and as U.S. demand shows the first signs of a long road to recovery. Data from the Energy Information Administration last week printed a gain of nine million barrels in U.S. oil inventories, ten percent above the five-year average for this time of year. Gasoline inventories, however, posted a drop of nearly four million barrels, signaling that refinery run cuts have fulfilled their purpose of curbing a glut of gasoline.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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