05-13-20 CO Gov Polis provides an update from Washington D.C. after meeting with President Trump

Gov. Polis Meets With President, Advocates for Federal Funding, Resources to Help Colorado Respond to COVID-19

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Today Gov. Jared Polis advocated for federal funding and resources to help Colorado’s communities respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Governor was joined by Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment executive director Jill Ryan.

“As Governor, I must do everything I can for Coloradans. This is a time for all Americans to work together because we all have a common foe that is COVID-19 and the economic devastation it has caused. I wanted to update the President on what is going on in the real world and how he and the federal government can be a better partner in helping our state get the supplies we need to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. I shared with the President how Coloradans are working together to slow the spread of the virus, wearing masks and taking cautious steps to help our Colorado economy rebound by using data and science every step of the way. We look forward to a continued partnership with the federal government, the private sector and anyone who can help Colorado get the supplies our communities need.”

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05-13-20 LCS Debuts Three New CoAXium Varieties

LCS Debuts Three New CoAXium Varieties

The CoAXium Wheat Production System provides cost-effective grassy weed control.  In response, LCS and other breeding programs are developing varieties in record time.

May 13, 2020 – Not long ago, taking nine or more years to release a new wheat variety was considered standard practice. Breeders would cross two varieties and then spend years stabilizing the genetics and making selections. Now, with the help of new breeding techniques such as double haploid, genomic selection using molecular markers and rapid-cycle speed breeding, wheat breeding programs can turn out new varieties in six years or less. This improved efficiency has been a gradual change in the industry that, for the most part, has gone without much notice from farmers — with the exception of the CoAXium® Wheat Production System. Continue reading

05-13-20 CCA: Cattle Markets Require Accountability and Solutions for Cattlemen

Cattle Markets Require Accountability and Solutions for Cattlemen

ARVADA, Colo. – While Colorado beef production has been focused on Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) for months, we now must focus on the integrity of our marketplace. As we watch packing sector profits skyrocket, the feeder, stocker and cow/calf producers are experiencing price decreases and extreme volatility.

CCA President, Steve Wooten, said “It’s abundantly clear that our industry needs to be assured there has not been anti-competitive activity or antitrust laws broken by the packer.” Wooten went on to say, “Regardless, our pricing system has become flawed to the point where record profit taking by one sector of our industry has resulted in unprofitable circumstances for others.” Continue reading

05-13-20 U.S. Senator Bennet Presses Pence For Update on PPE, Tests to Protect JBS Workers in Greeley During COVID-19 Pandemic

U.S. Senator Bennet Presses Pence For Update on PPE, Tests to Protect JBS Workers in Greeley During COVID-19 Pandemic

Senator Pushes For More Protective Health Measures For Meat, Food Processing Plants in Colorado to Safeguard Workers, Communities, and National Food Supply

Washington, D.C. – Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet today sent a letter to Vice President Mike Pence requesting an update regarding the need for more testing and personal protective equipment (PPE) to protect workers at the JBS plant in Greeley, which has become a Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) hotspot. In the letter, Bennet also pushed for protective health measures for workers at other Colorado-based meat and food processing plants in an effort to safeguard communities near these plants as well as the national food supply.

“I write to request an update on your April 10 commitment to provide tests, personal protective equipment (PPE), and other protective health measures to the JBS USA (JBS) plant in Greeley, Colorado and ask your assistance in procuring similar provisions for other meat and food processing plant employees in Colorado,” wrote Bennet. “As Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) continues to spread, it is critical to test employees, their families, and the surrounding community to protect Coloradans’ health and safeguard our nation’s food supply.

“Without healthy employees, the meat supply chains will continue to remain backlogged, affecting farmers’ and ranchers’ bottom line. Accordingly, I strongly urge you to send COVID-19 tests, PPE, and other necessary support to prioritize testing in communities near meat and food processing plants in Colorado.” Continue reading

05-13-20 NAFB Series “Focus on Mental Health” #3 of 5: Find Support in Tough Times

Pork Checkoff Series “Focus on Mental Health” #3 of 5: Find Support in Tough Times

The BARN – Thayer, MO / Briggsdale, CO – May 13, 2020 –Mental health on the farm has been a big concern for some time now, even more so with the COVID-19 outbreak. The BARN’s Samantha Munson has this Pork Checkoff special report featuring Dr. Michael Rosmann, a clinical psychologist and a farmer in western Iowa, who founded a non-profit group called AgriWellness, Incorporated, which promotes accessible behavioral health services in rural areas. Rosmann says the COVID-19 outbreak could actually wind up being harder on agriculture than the recent challenges that included trade wars and weather disasters…

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Audio provided as a service to farm broadcasters by the NAFB in association with the National Pork Board. This is the first of five stories in a series developed by the NAFB News Service on farmer stress and mental health. A new story will be posted each day this week as they become available…

05-13-20 Inside The BARN with ASI’s Chase Adams…

Inside The BARN with ASI’s Chase Adams…

The BARN – Briggsdale, CO – May 13, 2020 – Joining the Colorado Ag News Network and FarmCast Radio to discuss the sheep industry and the challenges faced by its producer members is Chase Adams, Senior Policy and Information Director, American Sheep Industry Association. Topics include:

  • Chase’s background and what lead him to the ASI
  • COVID-19 Impact on you & your family as well as the impacts on the U.S. Sheep Industry & its Producer Members
  • COVID-19 Wreaking Havoc on Lamb & Wool Prices
  • COVID Relief needs of the Sheep Industry
  • ASI completed the development of the Secure Sheep and Wool Supply Plan for Business Continuity in a Foot and Mouth Disease Outbreak
  • The ASI led coalition in expressing support for Wildlife Services and the role it plays in protecting the food supply chain and human health
  • ASI’s position and thoughts regarding Colorado’s Ballot Initiative to Reintroduce Wolves into the state
  • Learn more about the the opposition of the reintroduction of gray wolves into the state by visiting Coloradoans Protecting Wildlife – https://rethinkwolves.com
  • Positive Federal  Lands Issues
  • Update on Grazing turnout this spring on BLM and Forest Service lands
  • NEPA rulemaking and Grazing Regulations
  • How YOU can learn more about the ASI
  • Upcoming ASI or Colorado Wool Growers events
  • Final thoughts

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You can learn more about the ASI organziation and its membership online at www.sheepusa.org The American Sheep Industry – Your Industry Advocate since 1865

05-13-20 Beef Improvement Federation Online Symposium Program Announced

Beef Improvement Federation Online Symposium Program Announced

This year’s BIF Research Symposium and Convention moves to virtual event scheduled for the week of June 8.

It was announced on April 2 the Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) board of directors, along with the Florida 2020 BIF Research Symposium and Convention committee, made the decision to transition this year’s conference to an online format due to COVID-19. Continue reading

05-13-20 USDA-NASS-CO: CROP PRODUCTION – May 2020

CROP PRODUCTION – May 2020

COLORADO HIGHLIGHTS

Winter wheat production in Colorado based on conditions as of May 1, 2020, is forecast at 61.05 million bushels, according to the May 1 Agricultural Yield Survey conducted by the Mountain Regional Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. This forecast is 38 percent below last year’s production of 98.00 million bushels and 13 percent below the 70.20 million bushel crop produced two years ago. Acreage for harvest, forecast at 1.65 million acres, is 350,000 acres less than a year ago. If realized, this will be the lowest winter wheat harvested acreage since 2013 when 1.63 million acres were harvested. Average yield is forecast at 37.0 bushels per acre, down 12.0 bushels per acre from last year’s yield. Final yield will largely be determined by the combination of moisture and temperature conditions during May and June.

As of May 3, Colorado’s winter wheat crop condition was rated 16 percent very poor, 18 percent poor, 28 percent fair, 35 percent good, and 3 percent excellent, compared with 2 percent poor, 25 percent fair, 59 percent good, and 14 percent excellent last year.

Hay stocks on Colorado farms and ranches as of May 1, 2020 totaled 410,000 tons, up 37 percent from stocks of 300,000 tons on hand last year. Hay production for 2019 was 4.05 million tons, 12 percent higher than 2018 production. Disappearance from December 1, 2019 to May 1, 2020 was 1.59 million tons, compared with 1.45 million tons the same period a year earlier

UNITED STATES HIGHLIGHTS Continue reading

05-13-20 ICYMI: Legislative Session Delayed…Again until May 25th

ICYMI: Legislative Session Delayed…Again until May 25th

May 13, 2020 – CENTENNIAL, CO — Last Sunday, legislative leadership announced that they would further delay re-starting the general assembly another week until Monday, May 25th. This extra time will give the Joint Budget Committee (JBC) more time to analyze the May revenue forecast, before finalizing any recommendations for a long bill to be heard by the legislature when it returns. Continue reading

05-13-20 WCLA Awards $4,000 in College Scholarships

Weld County Livestock Association Awards $4,000 in College Scholarships

May 13, 2020 – Weld County, Colorado – Amid these difficult and challenging times, the Weld County Livestock Association takes great pleasure in announcing the recipients of WCLA college scholarships for the 2020-2021 academic year:

  • Courtney Carr, Highland High School
  • Awna Hirsch, Windsor High School
  • Emalee Roth, Platte Valley High School

and the Gene Inloes Memorial Scholarship:

  • Hallie Carroll, Eaton High School

Each $1,000 scholarship may be used at any college, university or junior college of the recipients choosing.

WCLA Scholarship Committee member Steve Fiolkoski said, “The 2020 applicants were all deserving and show that agriculture has a bright future with these upcoming leaders!”

WCLA vice president Jim Magnuson added, “Our
organization takes great pride in encouraging and helping the youth of Weld County find success in agriculture and related fields.”

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05-13-20 NPPC Supports Livestock Provisions of Heroes Act


NPPC Supports Livestock Provisions of Heroes Act

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 12, 2020 – The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) expressed strong support for livestock agriculture provisions in the Heroes Act introduced today by the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations. These provisions include funding for the U.S. Department of Agriculture to provide: Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, May 13th

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, May 13th

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Chinese Questions on Phase One Trade Deal

Global Times, a Chinese state-owned media company, cites sources “close to the Chinese government” who say that China may want to redo the Phase One Trade Deal with the U.S. Politico says government advisers reportedly have said China should void the deal and renegotiate the four-month-old agreement with the U.S. so it’s more favorable for Beijing. “In fact, it’s in China’s interests to terminate the current phase one deal,” says an unnamed trade adviser quoted in the Times. “The U.S. now cannot afford to restart the trade war with China if everything goes back to square one.” However, U.S. President Donald Trump was asked about the report on Monday, saying that he wasn’t interested in renegotiating the trade deal, “not even a little.” The president said he’d heard those same reports that China would like to reopen trade talks with the U.S. and make it a better deal for them. “I’m not interested in that,” Trump says. “Let’s see if they live up to the deal they’ve signed.” Trade tensions have been climbing between the two nations as the Trump Administration accused Beijing of spreading misinformation about COVID-19 and failing to contain the virus.

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European Union Wants to Restart Trade Talks with the U.S.

The European Union is looking to revive trade negotiations with the U.S. to help bring the trade disputes between the two sides to an end. The EU is proposing a joint agenda that covers everything from aircraft subsidies and lobster tariffs to shared reserves of medical supplies. EU Trade Commissioner Phil Hogan has told U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer that there is scope to reach an agreement. Before COVID-19, Hogan was optimistic a mini-deal could be reached with Washington that would address President Trump’s complaints about EU trade barriers facing U.S. exports, especially agricultural exports to the EU. Some of the ideas Brussels has looked at include reducing tariffs on car imports as well as both sides expediting their sluggish regulatory approval processes for meats and fruits. One of the biggest barriers to potentially seeing more U.S. agricultural exports to the EU is a ten-year battle over aircraft subsidies between the U.S. and EU. Financial Times says Hogan wrote a letter to Lighthizer saying it was “becoming impossible to explain why the U.S. and EU continue to be locked in a self-defeating cycle of tariffs and mutual recriminations over aircraft subsidies.”

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Biofuel Groups Ask Pelosi, McConnell for Ethanol Relief

Biofuel and farm groups sent a letter this week to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell asking for ethanol and biodiesel help. The Hagstrom Report says they’re asking that financial relief for biofuels be included in the next coronavirus relief package. The letter was signed by many prominent groups, including the Renewable Fuels Association, Growth Energy, the National Biodiesel Board, and many others. “The situation we face is dire,” the groups say in the letter. “More than 130 biofuel plants have already partially or fully shut down as motor fuel demand plunged to 50-year lows. America’s biofuel plants annually purchase more than one-third of U.S. corn and U.S. soybean oil. The loss of those markets has depressed farm income and will continue to push corn and soybean prices down dramatically.” The groups point out that the economic damage has “rippled across the entire agricultural supply chain.” The letter also says that USDA excluded the biofuel sector from initial aid under the CARES Act, despite ongoing letters of support to Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue from broad, bipartisan coalitions in the House and Senate. “It’s vital that the next COVID-19 relief package includes immediate, temporary, and direct assistance for the biofuel industry,” they add.

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Colombia Implements Duties on U.S. Ethanol Imports

The Colombian Ministry of Commerce, Industry, and Tourism announced it will impose duties on U.S. ethanol exports into Colombia. The U.S. ethanol industry and biofuels groups were not happy with the move. “While we have cooperated fully with investigating authorities in Colombia to demonstrate these final duties are unjustified, the Colombian government took the side of the Colombian ethanol industry,” says the U.S. Grains Council, Growth Energy, and the Renewable Fuels Association in a statement. “The Ministry’s decision was not supported by evidence and raises questions regarding the Ministry’s compliance with standard CVD procedures.” The groups say the U.S. ethanol industry remains committed to their partners in Colombia and will continue to help the country meet its blending targets and provide benefits to Colombian consumers so they may access a clean, renewable, and affordable fuel. The U.S. Grains Council develops export markets for barley, corn, sorghum, and related products like distiller’s dried grains with solubles and ethanol. Growth Energy represents producers and supporters of the ethanol industry to bring consumers better choices at the fuel pump.

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WASDE Report Says Corn, Soybean Production Will Rise in 2020

The May World Ag Supply and Demand Estimates report predicts higher corn and soybean production compared to last year. The corn crop is projected to be a record 16 billion bushels, up from last year on the increased area and a return to trend yield. The yield projection is 178.5 bushels, with total corn supplies predicted at 18.1 billion bushels. The season-average farm price is projected at $3.20 a bushel, a 40-cent drop from last year and the lowest since 2006-07. The soybean crop is projected to be 4.125 billion bushels, up 568 million from last year. Yield is expected to be 49.8 bushels per acre. Soybean supplies are predicted to rise five percent from last year to 4.72 billion bushels. The season-average soybean price is projected at $8.20 a bushel, down 30 cents from the previous marketing year. USDA says total wheat production will be three percent lower than last year, coming in at 1.866 billion bushels, with the all-wheat yield at 49.5 bushels per acre, which is down 2.2 bushels from last year. The projected season-average farm price for wheat is $4.60 a bushel, unchanged from last year.

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NASS to Resurvey North Dakota Farmers with Unharvested Corn, Soybeans

During May, the National Agricultural Statistics Service will be contacting survey respondents in North Dakota who reported unharvested corn or soybeans. If the newly-collected data makes any changes necessary, NASS will then update the January 10 estimates in the June 11 Crop Production report. Stocks estimates are also subject to review since unharvested production is included in the on-farm stocks estimates. When NASS surveyed producers back in December for the Crop Production 2019 Summary, there was still significant unharvested acreage of corn in Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. There were unharvested soybean acres in Michigan, North Dakota, and Wisconsin. The unharvested area and expected production were included in the totals that came out on January 10. NASS contacted producers in Michigan, Minnesota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin, back in April and published updates in the May 12 Crop Production Report. NASS waited until now to re-contact North Dakota farmers because the state still had significant unharvested acres back in April.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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