05-21-20 CSU Extension: Time for checking your alfalfa fields for weevils and webworm infestation

Time for checking your alfalfa fields for weevils and webworm infestation

Written by: Assefa Gebre-Amlak, Extension Specialist, Pest Management, Colorado State University Extension

There are two common insects, namely alfalfa webworm and weevil to look for in your alfalfa fields. We have been hearing a lot about abundance of alfalfa webworm moth in Colorado this year. Webworms tie up leaves with silken thread, creating a web, which protects the larvae while feeding. Webbed leaves are often visible in the alfalfa terminals. Continue reading

05-21-20 RAAA NEWS: American Red Cattle Met with Warm Welcome

RAAA NEWS: American Red Cattle Met with Warm Welcome

DENVER – American Red, a collaborative identification and tagging program between the Red Angus Association of America and Santa Gertrudis Breeders International is gaining momentum in the southern United States. The program, which was launched at the 2020 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Tradeshow in San Antonio, Texas, provides the beef industry with a unique blend of maternal traits, heat tolerance, growth and marbling from two complementary breeds. Continue reading

05-21-20 Audio Available – Farm Credit Council Discussion with Fruit, Vegetable Producers

Audio Available – Farm Credit Council Discussion with Fruit, Vegetable Producers

If you missed today’s discussion or want to use audio clips from it, please visit https://farmcredit.com/FromtheFarmGate for the audio file and more information on the panelists. We expect to upload the video file this evening.

Toby Basore from the largest lettuce farm east of the Mississippi River, Sean Gilbert from an apple/cherry/stone fruit operation in Washington and Savannah Gillis Turner from a diversified onion and green chile farm in New Mexico shared their insights into the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. They discussed labor and market issues, along with their plans for the future.

If you have questions for the panelists or more broadly for Farm Credit, please reach out to me at markhayes@fccouncil.com.

Thank you again for your interest, and please stay tuned as we look to bring other groups of farmers and ranchers to you through this format.

Mark Hayes

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05-21-20 U.S. Senator Gardner Applauds Nearly $3 Million for COVID-19 Testing at Rural Health Clinics

U.S. Senator Gardner Applauds Nearly $3 Million for COVID-19 Testing at Rural Health Clinics

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) applauded the announcement from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that a combined total of $2,918,225 is being awarded to 59 Rural Health Clinics in Colorado to expand COVID-19 testing access in rural communities.

“Rural Health Clinics play a critical role in our rural communities and are on the frontlines of the fight against COVID-19,” said Senator Gardner. “I’m pleased to see this critical funding from the Department of Health and Human Services delivered to 59 Rural Health Clinics in Colorado to expand testing capabilities. Widespread testing for COVID-19 is crucial, and I will continue working to ensure all areas of our state have the resources they need to get through this pandemic.”

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05-21-20 U.S Senator Gardner Secures Senate Action on the Great American Outdoors Act

U.S Senator Gardner Secures Senate Action on the Great American Outdoors Act

Landmark conservation legislation would fully and permanently fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund and address the deferred maintenance backlog on public lands

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, released the following statement today regarding the announcement that the Senate will consider S. 3422, his bipartisan Great American Outdoors Act, in June.

“Our mountain towns were hit hard by COVID-19. The ski season ended early, restaurants closed, and hotels emptied. Now is the time to pass this bill that will provide billions of dollars in funding for new jobs across Colorado and the country while protecting our public lands,” said Senator Gardner. “I look forward to the Senate passing this legislation quickly and I call on the House of Representatives to be prepared to take it up in short order. Now is the time for bold, bipartisan action to create immediate job opportunities, and the President has already called for this legislation to be sent to his desk for his signature.”

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05-21-20 U.S. Senator Gardner, Bennet Work to Make Colorado the Permanent Home of U.S. Space Command

Gardner, Bennet Work to Make Colorado the Permanent Home of U.S. Space Command

Letter comes after Peterson Air Force Base’s selection as provisional headquarters of U.S. Space Command for at least next six years

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) wrote to Colorado Governor Jared Polis to update him on their work to make Colorado the permanent home of U.S. Space Command and asked for the Governor’s consideration to support military spouse licensure reciprocity, among other requests, in order to make the strongest case possible for Colorado’s selection for the permanent headquarters.

“We know you share our excitement regarding Colorado’s selection as the provisional headquarters of U.S. Space Command, but all of us must continue working together to demonstrate to the Air Force that Colorado is the perfect place for the permanent headquarters of the critical mission,” the Colorado senators wrote. “Most of the evaluation criteria will be informed by federal data sources, however, the impact of state efforts meant to support military spouse licensure reciprocity will be scored based on current state laws, interstate compacts, military specific rules, and executive actions. Exceptions or restrictions that limit reciprocity for certain occupations will also be factored in the state’s overall score. Given the latest guidance from the Air Force and Secretary Esper’s prioritization of military spouse employment and licensure reciprocity, we ask for your consideration to ensure the state’s arguments in favor of the ‘community support’ category are adequately portrayed in your endorsement of Colorado’s self-nomination.”

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05-21-20 U.S. Senators Bennet, Moran Introduce Legislation to Support Small Meatpacking Plants Operating Overtime to Keep Americans Fed

Bennet, Moran Introduce Legislation to Support Small Meatpacking Plants Operating Overtime to Keep Americans Fed

Washington, D.C. – Today, Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet and U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) introduced the Small Packer Overtime and Holiday Fee Relief for COVID-19 Act to support small meatpacking plants that are operating longer hours during the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic to keep our supply chain moving. U.S. Representatives Angie Craig (D-Minn.) and Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) introduced companion legislation in the House of Representatives.

“The COVID-19 crisis has hit the food supply chain – from producers to our essential workforce – particularly hard,” said Bennet. “In addition to prioritizing the health of workers, we should look to reduce barriers for small meatpackers who are stepping up and running overtime to keep the supply chain moving. This bill would do just that by reducing fees for small meatpacking plants, expanding options for ranchers to harvest their livestock while maintaining strong safety standards.”

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05-21-20 USDA and USTR Announce Continued Progress on Implementation of U.S.-China Phase One Agreement

USDA and USTR Announce Continued Progress on Implementation of U.S.-China Phase One Agreement 

(Washington, D.C., May 21, 2020) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) today announced additional progress in the implementation of the agriculture-related provisions of the U.S.-China Phase One Economic and Trade Agreement (The Agreement), which entered into force on February 14, 2020. Recent actions described below build upon the actions announced by USDA and USTR on February 25March 10, and March 24. These are difficult times for both our countries. It is important that we each continue to work to make our agreement a success. Because of this continued progress due to the Agreement:

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05-21-20 USDA-FSA Expands Set-Aside Loan Provision for Customers Impacted by COVID-19

USDA – FSA Expands Set-Aside Loan Provision for Customers Impacted by COVID-19

Set-Aside Delays Loan Payments for One Month

WASHINGTON, May 21, 2020 – USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) will broaden the use of the Disaster Set-Aside (DSA) loan provision, normally used in the wake of natural disasters, to allow farmers with USDA farm loans who are affected by COVID-19, and are determined eligible, to have their next payment set aside. In some cases, FSA may also set aside a second payment for farmers who have already had one payment set aside because of a prior designated disaster.

“This immediate change of the Set-Aside provision can provide some welcome financial relief to borrowers during this current crisis,” said FSA Administrator Richard Fordyce. “FSA recognizes that some customers may need this option to improve their cash flow circumstances in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.”

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05-21-20 Inside The BARN with Water Education Colorado’s Executive Director Jayla Poppleton…

Inside The BARN with Water Education Colorado’s Executive Director Jayla Poppleton…

The BARN, Briggsdale, CO – May 21, 2020 – Did you know there is a Statewide Water Education Action Plan called SWEAP?  SWEAP is a common agenda for water education’s role in achieving sustainable water for Colorado by 2050.  Joining the Colorado Ag News Network and FarmCast Radio to discuss SWEAP and other water related issues/events is Jayla Poppleton, Executive Director at Water Education Colorado



05-21-20 Watch the USDA’s CFAP Payment Calculator Preview Video

Video on applying for Coronoviris Food Assistance Program

Beginning May 26, USDA’s Farm Service Agency will be accepting applications from agricultural producers who have suffered losses. While offices are open by phone appointment only, FSA will be working with our agricultural producers by phone and using email and online tools to process applications.

The payment calculator and application form for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program will be available on May 26, 2020 at farmers.gov/CFAP


05-21-20 USDA to Provide $1 Billion in Loan Guarantees for Rural Businesses and Ag Producers

USDA to Provide $1 Billion in Loan Guarantees for Rural Businesses and Ag Producers

(Washington, D.C., May 21, 2020) –

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced that the Department is making available up to $1 billion in loan guarantees to help rural businesses meet their working capital needs during the coronavirus pandemic. Additionally, agricultural producers that are not eligible for USDA Farm Service Agency loans may receive funding under USDA Business & Industry (B&I) CARES Act Program provisions included in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
“Under the leadership of President Trump, USDA is committed to being a strong partner to rural businesses and agricultural producers and being a strong supporter of all aspects of the rural economy,” Secretary Perdue said. “Ensuring more rural agricultural producers are able to gain access to much-needed capital in these unprecedented times is a cornerstone of that commitment.”
In addition to expanding eligibility to certain agricultural producers, the changes Secretary Perdue announced today allow USDA to:
  • Provide 90 percent guarantees on B&I CARES Act Program loans;
  • Set the application and guarantee fee at two percent of the loan;
  • Accept appraisals completed within two years of the loan application date;
  • Not require discounting of collateral for working capital loans, and
  • Extend the maximum term for working capital loans to 10 years.
B&I CARES Act Program loans must be used as working capital to prevent, prepare for or respond to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. The loans may be used only to support rural businesses, including agricultural producers, that were in operation on Feb. 15, 2020.
USDA intends to consider applications in the order they are received. However, the Department may assign priority points to projects if the demand for funds exceeds availability.
USDA announced the expanded B&I CARES Act Program authorities in a notice published in the May 21 Federal Register (PDF, 217 KB). Program funding expires Sept. 30, 2021.
Eligible applicants may contact their local USDA Rural Development State Office in the state where the project is located.
USDA is developing application guides for lenders and borrowers on the B&I CARES Act Program. The Agency also will host two webinars to provide an overview of program requirements.
To register for the webinar on Wednesday, May 27 at 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time, visit globalmeet.webcasts.com/starthere.jsp?ei=1322642&tp_key=7a700acddd.
To register for the webinar on Wednesday, June 3 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time, visit globalmeetwebinar.webcasts.com/starthere.jsp?ei=1324161&tp_key=6067315417.
USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community facilities such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural areas. For more information, visit www.rd.usda.gov.
If you’d like to subscribe to USDA Rural Development updates, visit our GovDelivery subscriber page.

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05-21-20 Inside The Barn with Brent Young, Regional Extension Specialist, Agriculture & Business Management, CSU Extension

The BARN, Briggsdale, CO – May 21, 2020 – Joining the Colorado Ag News Network & FarmCast Radio is Brent Young, Ph.D., Regional Extension Specialist in Agriculture & Business Management at Colorado State University, and the Principal Investigator of a research study titled, “Resiliency in Colorado Agriculture”, that CSU Extension is asking farmers/ranchers to participate in…

Take part in the Resiliency in Colorado Agriculture Research Study…CSU Extension Needs Your Help!



05-21-20 Take part in the Resiliency in Colorado Agriculture Research Study…CSU Extension Needs Your Help!

Take part in the Resiliency in Colorado Agriculture Research Study…CSU Extension Needs Your Help!

Dear Colorado Farmer/Rancher,

My name is Brent Young and I am a researcher from Colorado State University Extension. We are conducting a research study to determine the financial management needs of farmers and ranchers in Colorado. The title of our project is Resiliency in Colorado Agriculture. The Principal Investigator is Brent Young.

We would like you to take an anonymous online survey. Participation will take approximately 5 to 10 minutes. Your participation in this research is voluntary. If you decide to participate in the study, you may withdraw your consent and stop participation at any time without penalty. Continue reading

USDA – FAS Weekly Export Sales Report for May 21st

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Weekly Export Sales for May 21st

05-21-20 National FFA: Thank You Teachers & Advisors!

National FFA: Thank You Teachers & Advisors!

Watch how ag ed teachers make a positive difference in the lives of FFA members.

With help from our supporters, FFA will continue to be a reliable partner in educating our next generation of leaders in the classroom and beyond.

SOURCE: National FFA Organization, 6060 FFA Dr, Indianapolis, IN 46278, United States

05-21-20 National FFA’s COVID-19 Chapter Assistance Program – Apply by June 12th!

National FFA’s COVID-19 Chapter Assistance Program – Apply by June 12th!

FFA chapters faced with the loss of revenue due to the pandemic are eligible for the FFA COVID-19 Chapter Assistance Program. The program requires an application and offers up to $2,000 in one-time financial assistance per chapter to offset pandemic-related losses. Apply by June 12.

Our thanks to Cargill for providing the initial funding for the COVID-19 Chapter Assistance Program.

SOURCE: National FFA Organization, 6060 FFA Dr, Indianapolis, IN 46278, United States

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Thursday, May 21st

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Thursday, May 21st

Sponsored by the American Farm Bureau Federation

March Margin Triggers Dairy Margin Coverage Program Payment

The Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency announced this week that the March triggered the first payment to dairy farmers enrolled in the Dairy Margin Coverage program. The March income over feed cost margin was $9.15 per hundredweight. Current projections indicate that a DMC payment is likely to trigger every month for the remainder of 2020, a different expectation from last July when some market models had forecast no program payments for 18 months. FSA Director Richard Fordyce says the payment “comes at a critical time for many dairy producers,” noting it’s the first payment to dairy producers in seven months. Authorized by the 2018 Farm Bill, DMC is a voluntary risk management program that offers protection to dairy producers when the difference between the all-milk price and the average feed price falls below a certain dollar amount selected by the producer. Although DMC enrollment for 2020 coverage has closed, dairy producers should look for FSA to open sign up for 2021 coverage in July.

Growth Energy Lauds Introduction of Biofuels Relief Bill in Senate

Growth Energy praised the introduction of legislation that would assist biofuel producers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Iowa Republican Senator Chuck Grassley along with Minnesota Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar introduced the legislation Tuesday. Specifically, the bill would require the U.S. Department of Agriculture to reimburse biofuel producers for their feedstock purchases in the first quarter of 2020 through the Commodity Credit Corporation. Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor says the proposal would “deliver immediate relief for biofuel workers, farm partners, and thousands of rural communities.” The legislation follows numerous appeals from Growth Energy and other farm and biofuel leaders, lawmakers and local governments. As the coronavirus pandemic spread, gasoline use in the United States plummeted to 50-year lows around the country. From March 8 to April 4 of this year, total miles driven dropped by 58 percent. The rapid decrease in consumption has led more than 130 biofuel plants to partially or fully shut down in rural America.

Ag Retailers: New EPA Transparency Rule a Positive Step for Agriculture

The Agricultural Retailers Association calls a proposed rule on transparency by the Environmental Protection Agency a positive step forward for agriculture. This week, the EPA announced the proposal to establish requirements and procedures for the issuance of guidance. ARA President and CEO Daren Coppock says the proposal “will not only provide the opportunity to be sure that our voices are heard but will also ensure that new rules are guided by sound science, practicality and economic feasibility.” Last Fall, President Trump issued an executive order to promote transparency by ensuring all active guidance documents are made available to the public. The EPA says the rule will significantly increase the transparency of EPA’s practices around guidance and the agency’s process for managing guidance documents. The rule will establish the first formal petition process for the public to request that EPA modify or withdraw a guidance document, and ensure that the agency’s guidance documents are developed with appropriate review and are accessible and transparent to the public.

American Farmland Trust Releases Farmland Report

Millions of acres of America’s agricultural land were developed or converted to uses that threaten farming between 2001 and 2016, according to American Farmland Trust. The organization this week released a report on U.S. farmland. The report’s Agricultural Land Protection Scorecard is the first-ever state-by-state analysis of policies that respond to the development threats to farmland, showing that every state can, and must, do more to protect their agricultural resources. The report shows the extent, location, and quality of each state’s agricultural land and tracks how much of it has been converted. The research also reveals a new threat of land use of low-density residential development, the process of farmland being converted to large-lot residential development. American Farmland Trust says low-density residential development compromises opportunities for farming and ranching, making it difficult for farmers to get into their fields or travel between fields. Additionally, new residents not used to living next farms often complain about equipment on roads or odors related to farming. The full report is available at farmland.org.

AVMA Applauds Dog Import Inspections Bill

The American Veterinary Medical Association recently announced its support of the Healthy Dog Importation Act. The legislation seeks to ensure that dogs entering the United States do not pose a health risk to humans or other animals. Sponsored by three veterinarians in Congress, provisions of the act would give the U.S. Department of Agriculture new tools and authority to monitor and safeguard the health of dogs being imported, ensuring that dogs are in good health and not a risk to spread dangerous diseases that could impact animal and public health. AVMA President Dr. John Howe says, “For far too long, dogs have been entering the United States without proper inspection, increasing the risk of disease introduction and transmission.” Up to 1.2 million dogs are estimated to be imported into the United States each year. The legislation would require every dog entering the U.S. to have a certificate of veterinary inspection, as well as certification that the dog has all the required vaccinations as well as negative test results for illness.

SNAP Online Purchasing to Cover 90% of Households

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue this week approved 13 states for online food purchases with Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits. Once operational, online purchasing will be available in 36 states and the District of Columbia, home to more than 90 percent of SNAP participants. Perdue also announced an expansion of independently owned and operated retail stores beyond those included in the original pilot. Soon more SNAP authorized retailers, under multiple store banners, will be accepting SNAP benefits online. Perdue says online food purchases “will go a long way in helping Americans follow CDC social distancing guidelines.” On April 18, 2019, Perdue announced the launch of the two-year SNAP online purchasing pilot that began in New York before being rolled out to additional states.  In less than six weeks, amidst an unprecedented situation, USDA has expanded SNAP online purchasing to 36 states and the District of Columbia. Currently, the SNAP online purchasing pilot is operational in 18 states and the District of Columbia, with additional states going live each week.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service