(Washington, D.C., June 4, 2020) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today issued the following statement on the United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decision to vacate Dicamba registrations:
Colorado Governor Polis Announces $44 Million for Education in Federal Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Funds
DENVER – Governor Polis today announced $44 million in Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) funding for school districts, schools, and institutions of higher education, and other education-related entities to address the impact of COVID-19. The majority of these funds will be utilized for grants to school districts, public schools, and public institutions of higher education serving high-needs students in order to help prevent and address the “COVID slide” and support innovation and equity. In addition, the state will provide significant funding to increase capacity for Colorado Empowered Learning, the state-supported supplemental online program, in order to help school districts and schools access virtual content and professional development for educators in blended instructional models.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has created significant challenges across our state, but it has also created new opportunities to support innovation, increase equity, and improve our ability to offer high-quality blended instructional models across our state,” said Governor Jared Polis. “We are grateful to our federal partners for providing flexible funding that we can utilize to support Colorado students from preschool to higher education, increase capacity in rural areas, and invest in innovative approaches to improving student learning that can be replicated and scaled for years to come.”
CDA: Pet and Livestock Owners Cautioned About Rabies as Goat Diagnosed with Rabies in Yuma County
Broomfield, Colo. – The Colorado Department of Agriculture has confirmed that a domestic goat in Yuma County with neurologic clinical signs, including sudden aggression, was euthanized and tested positive for rabies on June 1, 2020. This is the second Colorado case of rabies in domestic livestock this year; in April a bull in Pueblo County was diagnosed with rabies.
“Livestock owners need to be aware that rabies exposure can happen on their property, especially from rabid skunks that gain entry into barns or animal pens,” said State Veterinarian Dr. Keith Roehr. “Veterinarians are a valuable resource to help producers decide the best course of action to protect their herds from rabies. Additionally, while house pets are often vaccinated, barn cats or outdoor pets are often forgotten,”
Rabies can spread from wild animals such as skunks, bats, raccoons and foxes to other mammals, including domestic pets and livestock. Rabies is a deadly disease and vaccination is the single best method to protect pets and livestock. One of the greatest risks of exposure to rabies virus for people is through contact with rabid domestic pets or livestock.
“Animal owners concerned about rabies exposure should consult with their veterinarian and be aware of clinical signs to watch for, including dramatic behavioral changes. That is typically one of the hallmark signs that the animal may be suffering from rabies,” said Roehr.
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment provides statewide rabies surveillance data. Please visit their website for current rabies case information.
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MADISON, WIS. – For the first time in its 53-year history, World Dairy Expo® has been cancelled. The World Dairy Expo Executive Committee reached this difficult decision based on the public health orders and restrictions related to COVID-19, in place and issued by Public Health Madison & Dane County. World Dairy Expo 2020 was set to take place at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wisconsin, September 29 through October 3, 2020. The annual event welcomed more than 62,000 attendees from nearly 100 countries in 2019.
“Our collective heart is heavy as we share with you that World Dairy Expo 2020 has been cancelled,” said Scott Bentley, WDE General Manager. “We know how much this hurts; we feel it, too. Please know other options were explored and considered by the World Dairy Expo Executive Committee and staff.”
CO Governor Polis Provides Latest Update on COVID-19 Response for June 4, 2020
For Immediate Release
Thursday, June 4, 2020
Governor Polis Launches Campaign Encouraging Coloradans to Wear Masks, Provides Update on COVID-19 Response
DENVER – Governor Jared Polis today launched a new campaign, “Our Masks are Our Passport to the Colorado We Love,” including a public service announcement, encouraging Coloradans to wear masks as much as possible when they leave the house.
The Governor today delayed the start of the news conference to accommodate the timing of George Floyd’s memorial service. Gov. Polis praised the demonstrators who have continued making their voices heard and remarked on the wise words of Gianna Floyd, George Floyd’s daughter.
“A video of George Floyd’s six-year-old daughter Gianna, being carried on the shoulders of one of George’s closest friends went viral this week. Smiling, she declares: ‘Daddy changed the world.’ And he certainly did. One of the best things about being a parent is those moments when our children show us wisdom in an unexpected way. Let us allow Gianna Floyd’s youthful wisdom to guide us in our quest for justice and equality. Let us live up to an innocent child’s expectations of what this country is capable of, and let us deliver on her promise of a changed world,” the Governor said.
“The modeling shows that if we want to avoid a catastrophic breach of our health care system, and if we want to re-open our economy to a greater degree, then masks are absolutely essential,” Governor Polis said. “Here in our great state, your mask is your passport to the Colorado we love, and will play an important part in keeping yourself and those around you safe. Studies show that men are particularly reluctant to wear a mask, because they think it makes them look weak or uncool. But real weakness is being too insecure to wear a mask and then spreading coronavirus to your family when you get back home. At the end of the day, wearing a mask allows us to enjoy more of the Colorado we love.”
National Western Center News: A New National Western Drive is Underway
Construction updates from the City and County of Denver
Denver, Colorado – As campus construction progresses, National Western Drive has been permanently closed from North Marion Drive to Race Court. A new National Western Drive will be built about 200 yards west of the current location, adjacent to the future riverfront open space along the South Platte River. This new road is expected to open in 2022 and will be a wider, multimodal roadway with protected bike lanes, sidewalks and pedestrian features.
National Western Center News: CSU Spur is Under Construction
The CSU System announced the groundbreaking of Spur in May
Denver, Colorado – The CSU Spur campus is under construction at the National Western Center. Spur brings the expertise of the three CSU System campuses — CSU in Fort Collins, CSU Pueblo, and CSU Global — to the public, with a one-of-a-kind campus that will be public-facing and accessible to everyone. Continue reading
National Western Center News: New funding available for Colorado farmers, others hit hard by COVID-19
Denver, Colorado – The COVID-19 crisis has upended the livelihoods of many farmers, ranchers and others in the Colorado food system. The closures of restaurants, schools and other outlets that buy directly from small- and mid-size producers has meant losing access to customers, storage, distribution, and ultimately, revenue. Producers need money now to address new and unexpected needs, from farm labor and technology services to packaging and PPE.
A new, rapid-response fund is providing up to $5,000 for producers to adjust to COVID-specific needs. Other food-based organizations like farmers markets could receive up to $15,000. Continue reading
USDA Issues First Coronavirus Food Assistance Program Payments
June 4, 2020 – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) has already approved more than $545 million in payments to producers who have applied for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program. FSA began taking applications May 26, and the agency has received over 86,000 applications for this important relief program.
“The coronavirus has hurt America’s farmers, ranchers, and producers, and these payments directed by President Trump will help this critical industry weather the current pandemic so they can continue to plant and harvest a safe, nutritious, and affordable crop for the American people,” said Secretary Perdue. “We have tools and resources available to help producers understand the program and enable them to work with Farm Service Agency staff to complete applications as smoothly and efficiently as possible and get payments into the pockets of our patriotic farmers.”
CFAP Webinars for Stakeholder Organizations and Ag Producers Announced (Updated)
Interested in assisting your members and Ag producers in participating in the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program? Join the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) for a webinar designed just for you. Learn CFAP basics and resources available to help you reach the Ag producers you serve.These webinars will be recorded and made available online after each live event.
The first webinar, Coronavirus Food Assistance Program Stakeholder Webinar, will take place on Fri, Jun 5, at 3 p.m. ET and is intended only for stakeholder organizations that serve farmers and ranchers.
Please preregister by clicking on the webinar link above to enter your name, email, and organization information. This allows FSA to ensure adequate lines for all participants on this webinar. Email email@example.com with any questions.
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Inside the BARN with CO Ag Commissioner Kate Greenberg…
BRIGGSDALE, CO – June 4, 2020 – Joining the Colorado Ag News Network and FarmCast Radio at this time is Colorado Agriculture Commissioner Kate Greenberg, and will be discussing several topics impacting agriculture in the state…
- CO state budget challenges
- CDA programs designed to support COVID19 relief/recovery
- Highlight major areas of need in CO’s food, agricultural, and rural economy that may not be sufficiently addressed by existing federal aid
- Worker safety must be prioritized when talking about food production.
- Meat and poultry processing / meat shortages
- Housing for temporary workers
- Justifying the need for state funds specific to agriculture
- New Rural Mental Health Toolkit materials
- & More
For more information visit the CDA’s social media sites at:
U.S. Senator Bennet Welcomes Senate Passage of PPP Extension, Points to RESTART Act as Answer to Support Businesses Through 2020
Senator Introduced Bipartisan Proposal to Help Hardest-Hit Businesses Through Public Health and Economic Crisis
Washington, D.C. – Today, Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet released the following statement after Senate passage of a bill to extend the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and make loan forgiveness more flexible. On May 5, Bennet outlined the changes that would become the RESTART Act with U.S. Senator Todd Young (R-Ind.), the only bipartisan proposal that looks beyond June to help small businesses reopen and stay afloat through the end of the year. The RESTART Act includes an extension of the time that PPP recipients would have to deploy their funds and receive loan forgiveness, as well as a new loan program to provide support for the next six months of expenses to the hardest-hit business, and loan forgiveness based on their revenue declines.
“Expanding the amount of time and flexibility businesses have to use PPP funds and receive forgiveness is essential but insufficient to address the crisis they face. If we want to see small businesses reopen and stay open, we need to help them weather the second half of the year,” said Bennet. “My bipartisan RESTART Act would provide a much-needed lifeline to the hardest-hit businesses, like restaurants, hotels and motels, theaters and concert venues, and gyms. We should work quickly to pass the RESTART program into law so our Main Street businesses can survive and get to the other side of the pandemic.”
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Nutrition Coalition Urges Delay, Review of Dietary Guidelines
The Nutrition Coalition alleges there is a serious threat to the integrity and trustworthiness of the nation’s federal nutrition policy. The coalition Wednesday released allegations made by one or more members of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, under the direction of the Department of Agriculture. The coalition expressed concerns about the committee’s process and in particular, its review of the scientific studies underpinning what will be the next version of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, due out at the end of this year. The guidelines are issued only once every five years. The allegations range from deleting scientific reviews without public notice to failing to adopt reforms mandated by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The coalition claims USDA needs more time to develop the guidelines and consider more scientific evidence and reviews. Nutrition Coalition Executive Director Nina Teicholz (Ty-shulls) says, “The American people deserve trustworthy nutrition policy based on a comprehensive review of the most rigorous science.”
Lawmakers Call on Secretary Perdue to Provide Answers for Wisconsin’s Dairyland
Federal Lawmakers from Wisconsin seek answers from Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue for dairy farmers. In a letter this week, four legislators from Wisconsin asked how contracts are awarded through the Department of Agriculture’s Farmers to Families Food Box Program. In May, USDA announced it was awarding $1.2 billion in contracts out of the $3 billion program, which is meant to support farmers struggling with food supply chain disruptions by purchasing agricultural products to distribute to those in need. However, the lawmakers say USDA has released few details regarding the awardees and the process used to determine which companies receive contracts. Wisconsin, one of the nation’s top dairy-producing states and home to well-established dairy producers, processors, and distributors, has received less than one percent of the contracts made for dairy products through the program. Representative Ron Kind, a Wisconsin Democrat, says, “Our dairy farmers are the heart of our rural communities, and they deserve additional clarity and more support from USDA.”
Iowa Leaders Call On USDA to Provide CFAP Funds for Egg Producers
Iowa leaders want the Department of Agriculture to include egg producers in the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, known as CFAP. Both Senators from Iowa, Republicans Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst, Along with Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds and Iowa Agriculture Secretary Mike Naig, sent the request in a letter to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue. With nearly 70 percent of Iowa’s layer flocks producing for the liquid egg market, the COVID-19 market disruption has proved to be devastating to Iowa’s egg producers. Egg producers lost markets due to the closing of restaurants, schools and other egg buying businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic, as the liquid egg market saw a 68 percent price decline. Senator Ernst says, “These hardworking folks need relief and assistance, and that’s what we’re fighting for and pushing USDA to provide.” Iowa is home to more than 58 million egg-laying hens and about one in six eggs consumed in the United States each year.
Solid Rebound Expected for Sugarbeet Industry
Sugarbeet growers and cooperatives in the U.S. are expected to have a stronger financial year ahead, according to a new report by CoBank. The report says growers should see improved production and high prices for the 2020-2021 crop. Many growers and processors suffered through significant financial strains due to extreme weather, market uncertainty and severe crop production losses that plagued the 2019-2020 marketing year. The U.S. sugarbeet harvest last fall marked the fifth biggest year-over-year decline on record, dropping 14 percent to 28.6 million short tons. Total acreage planted this spring is expected to increase over last year and drive production higher. USDA is currently predicting the 2020-21 sugarbeet crop harvest to increase 18 percent, at 33.7 million short tons. With demand remaining strong and refined sugar supplies tightening, the price of Wholesale Refined Beet Sugar has surged to 44 cents per pound, up from 35 cents per pound last fall and the highest since 2012. Raw sugar prices, though, have held steady at around 25 to 27 cents per pound for over the past two years.
New Tool Helps Great lakes Area Farmers Prevent Runoff
American Farmland Trust and its partners have developed a new model to reduce nutrient and soil sediment runoff on leased farmland in the Great Lakes region. By engaging landowners, their operators and farm retailers, the partnership is expanding the use of conservation practices to improve soil health and reduce runoff in the Great Lakes Basin. The “Landowners and Farmers Partnering for Clean Water in the Great Lakes” model is built around three strategies, engaging women landowners through “learning circles,” organizing workshops for farm operators who lease their land, and gathering knowledge from agricultural retailers and crop consultants. The group says farmers who lease the land they farm do not have as many incentives to use conservation practices as do farmers who own the land they farm. In the Great Lakes region, up to 49 percent of the farmland is leased. A significant share of leased farmland is owned by women, a traditionally underserved sector in agriculture, and a sector that is expected to increase. The toolkits are available on American Farmland Trust’s website.
Case IH Donates Tractors to Three Trade Schools
Case IH recently donated tractors to three technical schools to give students hands-on learning with new equipment. The tractors were donated to Parkland Community College in Champaign, Illinois, North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton, North Dakota, and Lake Area Technical Institute in Watertown, South Dakota. Each received one donated tractor. The tractors will be used as training aids for diesel technology programs to benefit students’ education. Each school that received a donated tractor is partnered with a local Case IH dealer and has a program to train students to repair agriculture equipment. The tractor models that were donated, a Puma 170, Optum 270 and Optum 300, have a retail value of more than $500,000 in total. Darrel Woolery, agriculture department supervisor at Lake Area Technical Institute, said the Optum 300 tractor they received will be used to teach across multiple programs, and it will serve as a learning tool both in the classroom and in the field.