06-11-20 Western Stock Show Association Holds First-Ever Virtual Meeting of the Members, Elects Officers of the Association

Western Stock Show Association Holds First-Ever Virtual Meeting of the Members, Elects Officers of the Association

DENVER, CO – For the first time since its inception, the annual meeting of the Western Stock Show Association (WSSA), (dba, National Western Stock Show), was conducted virtually on the afternoon of June 11, 2020.   Members and trustees tuned in to the online meeting led by Chairman of the Board, Douglas L. Jones. Continue reading

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

CROP PRODUCTION – June 2020

COLORADO HIGHLIGHTS

Winter wheat production in Colorado, based on conditions as of June 1, 2020, is forecast at 62.70 million bushels, according to the June 1 Agricultural Yield Survey conducted by the Mountain Regional Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. This forecast is up 3 percent from the May 1 forecast but 36 percent below the 98.00 million bushel crop produced last year. Estimated acreage for harvest, at 1.65 million acres, is unchanged from May 1 and 350,000 acres less than the 2.00 million acres harvested in 2019. If realized, this will be the lowest winter wheat harvested acreage since 2013 when 1.63 million acres were harvested. As of June 1, the average yield is forecast at 38.0 bushels per acre, 1.0 bushel per acre above the May 1 forecast but 11.0 bushels per acre below last year’s final yield.

As of May 31, Colorado’s winter wheat crop condition was rated 20 percent very poor, 21 percent poor, 28 percent fair, 29 percent good, and 2 percent excellent, compared with 1 percent very poor, 3 percent poor, 16 percent fair, 60 percent good, and 20 percent excellent
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06-11-20 Farm Credit Administration board receives quarterly report on conditions in agriculture and the Farm Credit System

FCA board receives quarterly report on conditions in agriculture and the Farm Credit System

McLEAN, VA., June 11, 2020 — At its monthly meeting today, the Farm Credit Administration board received a quarterly report on economic issues affecting agriculture, together with an update on the financial condition and performance of the Farm Credit System (System) as of March 31, 2020.

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06-11-20 CO Governor Polis Provides Latest Update on COVID-19 Response

CO Governor Polis Provides Latest Update on COVID-19 Response for June 11, 2020

For Immediate Release

Thursday, June 11, 2020


Gov. Polis Emphasizes the Importance of Wearing Masks, Announces Can Do Colorado Community Challenge

DENVER – Governor Jared Polis today provided an update on the state’s response to COVID-19, where he emphasized reasons why Coloradans should continue wearing masks and also announced the Can Do Colorado Community Challenge.

“In order for Coloradans to enjoy more of the Colorado we all love, we have to continue wearing masks whenever we leave the house. When we pair social distancing with wide-spread mask-wearing, we put ourselves in a position for success,” said Governor Polis. “This isn’t just about protecting ourselves, it’s about protecting those around us and containing the virus in our communities. I’m proud of the way many businesses are stepping up and getting creative in serving their customers in as safe a manner as possible, it’s a great example of the Colorado spirit. We need more of that innovation and are encouraging more businesses to look at how they can operate in a way that prioritizes the safety of staff and customers.”

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06-11-20 USDA REMINDER: June 30th Last Day to Complete Enrollment for 2020 ARC, PLC Programs

USDA REMINDER: June 30th Last Day to Complete Enrollment for 2020 Agriculture Risk Coverage, Price Loss Coverage Programs

Call Today About 2020 Crop Year Eligibility

WASHINGTON, June 11, 2020 – Agricultural producers who have not yet enrolled in the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) or Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs for 2020 must do so by June 30. Although program elections for the 2020 crop year remain the same as elections made for 2019, all producers need to contact their local USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) office to sign a 2020 enrollment contract.

“The Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage programs are critical safety-net programs for farmers, helping producers weather market distortions resulting from natural disasters, trade disruptions and, this year, a pandemic,” said FSA Administrator Richard Fordyce. “Contact your FSA county office today to complete enrollment before June 30. This can be done in concert with filing your acreage report and applying for other FSA programs.”

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06-11-20 USDA RADIO: New USDA Forecast Has Better News for Red Meat and Poultry Sector

USDA RADIO: New USDA Forecast Has Better News for Red Meat and Poultry Sector

WASHINGTON D.C. – June 11, 2020  – The nation’s red meat and poultry producers will see a major recovery in production and prices next year. (Gary Crawford)

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06-11-20 USDA RADIO: New USDA Forecasts for Wheat and Corn

USDA RADIO: New USDA Forecasts for Wheat and Corn

WASHINGTON D.C. – June 11, 2020  – USDA is just out with new production and price forecasts for wheat and corn. (Gary Crawford)

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06-11-20 Audio Available – Farm Credit Council’s From the Farm Gate: COVID-19 Impacts on Dairy Producers

Audio Available – Farm Credit Council’s From the Farm Gate: COVID-19 Impacts on Dairy Producers

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06-11-20 RFA: One Year Later: President Trump’s Visit to an Iowa Ethanol Plant Conference Call Audio Available Now!

RFA: One Year Later: President Trump’s Visit to an Iowa Ethanol Plant Conference Call Audio Available Now!

On June 11, 2019, President Trump visited Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy in Council Bluffs, Iowa, to celebrate regulatory changes that would finally allow year-round E15 sales. At the event—which included governors, senators, representatives and cabinet members—the President also heard from farmers and ethanol industry leaders about the devastating impact of RFS compliance exemptions being granted to small refineries. In a conference call, on June 11th, 2020, for news media, industry leaders who were part of last year’s event they discussed what has happened in the year since this event, including:
  • An increase in sales of the E15 blend starting in 2019
  • The continuing demand destruction from small refinery waivers despite successful court challenges
  • Other political attacks against the Renewable Fuel Standard
  • The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the ethanol industry
PRESENTERS
  • Geoff Cooper, President and CEO, Renewable Fuels Association
  • Mike Jerke, CEO of Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy
  • Kevin Ross, Iowa Farmer and President, National Corn Growers Association
  • Scott Richman, Chief Economist, Renewable Fuels Association

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06-11-20 RFA Calls on President to Reject Refinery Waivers

RFA Calls on President to Reject Refinery Waivers

In an open letter to President Trump timed to today’s anniversary of his appearance at an Iowa ethanol plant, the Renewable Fuels Association called on him to reject attempts to grant the oil industry more waivers from renewable fuel obligations.
“One year ago today, you visited Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy in Council Bluffs to join us in celebrating a monumental achievement,” wrote RFA President and CEO Geoff Cooper. “At your direction, EPA had just completed regulatory changes finally allowing year-round sales of gasoline containing 15% ethanol—called E15. But E15 growth would have been exponentially larger if not for your EPA continuing to excuse oil refiners from their legal obligations to blend renewable fuels. As we told you a year ago, EPA’s refinery waivers have caused devastating demand losses for ethanol and corn, and they undermine the expansion of E15.”

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06-11-20 Colorado Oil & Gas Conservation Commission Completes Wellbore Integrity Rulemaking under SB 19-181

Colorado Oil & Gas Conservation Commission Completes Wellbore Integrity Rulemaking under SB 19-181

COGCC adopts new nation’s strongest rules to protect groundwater throughout the lifecycle of an oil or gas well  

DENVER — The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) today announced that the Commissioners adopted new protective wellbore integrity rules during its hearing, all successfully completed online. Improving Wellbore Integrity rules, throughout the entire lifecycle of the well, will increase the protections of Colorado’s critical groundwater resources. The COGCC’s Wellbore Integrity rulemaking, as part of the SB 19-181 rulemaking process, focuses on protecting Colorado’s groundwater from potential contamination from oil and gas activity.

“I am proud of the rules adopted by the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission for two reasons. First, these advances protect the environment in a manner that is achievable and are the most protective standards in the nation in terms of protecting groundwater in the development of oil and gas. Second, these rules reflect what we can accomplish when we engage with people of different viewpoints,” said Gov. Jared Polis. “The consensus reached by state agencies, oil and gas operators, citizen and environmental organizations has helped to create an oil and gas regulatory environment that protects health, safety, welfare and the environment.”   

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USDA – FAS Weekly Export Sales Report for June 11th

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Weekly Export Sales for June 11th

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Thursday, June 11th

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Thursday, June 11th

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House Ag Committee Letter Highlights CFAP Concerns

House Ag Chair Collin Peterson and several subcommittee chairs sent a letter to Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue highlighting concerns about the implementation of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program. The letter talks about the continued loss in both value and demand for agricultural products related to the COVID-19 pandemic. For example, they say CFAP doesn’t include commodities under contract, even though several of the most-impacted crops are typically grown under contracts, such as potatoes and malting barley. USDA chose to cover livestock sales between January 15th and April 15th when COVID-19-related livestock market declines didn’t start until February of this year. Some of the lowest market prices also persisted well beyond April 15th, effectively and arbitrarily picking winners and losers based solely on when livestock was sold without regard to actual market conditions. The House Ag Committee Chairs also say CFAP doesn’t recognize the cost premium of organic crops by differentiating organic prices for certified organic producers. USDA also used data not fully representative of the farmgate value of some specialty crops to determine their eligibility for CFAP and CFAP payment rates. In addition to several other concerns, the Chairs point to lingering concerns over staffing levels and the existing workload at Farm Service Agency county offices, as well as what delays those factors may cause in distributing CFAP assistant.

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Ag Retailers Want EPA Clarification on Dicamba Order

The Agricultural Retailers Association and the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives are asking the Environmental Protection Agency for clarification on dicamba. Earlier this week, the EPA issued a cancellation order on the use and distribution of dicamba products. The EPA says under the order that farmers or applicators with existing stocks of dicamba may apply the herbicide until July 31st. “While the agency’s cancellation order provided some guidance to end-users as well as applicators, it failed to address several scenarios where the product is still in the pipeline at various points in the supply chain,” the groups say in the letter. “These questions will need quick answers during this critical time of the growing season as weeds will not wait for a protracted legal analysis.” An example of one of the scenarios the groups are referring to is a producer has pre-paid or contracted for the product before June 3 but hasn’t had it delivered yet. The letter also notes that multiple states allowed the continued sale and distribution of these products after the court’s decision. Because the EPA order is retroactive to June 3, the industry needs guidance on whether or not farmers can use any product they bought between June 3rd and June 8th.

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U.S., EU Not Making Much Progress in Trade Talks

European Union Trade Commissioner Phil Hogan says the chances of making a free trade deal with the United States in the near future aren’t good. The announcement comes after U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer blasted the EU for its trade policies and admitted the two sides are nowhere near a deal. That’s despite years that have been already spent trying to make a deal. “We must acknowledge that the U.S. is now in a pre-election phase,” Hogan said during an informal trade minister meeting in Brussels. “The focus of the political attention in Washington is now on much more immediate challenges in U.S. domestic policies.” Politico says that EU policy is that it will only sign agreements with countries that are members of the Paris Climate Accord, which is the U.S. is not. However, Lighthizer dismissed those concerns last week. “We’re not close to having any kind of agreement with them,” he says, “so, at this point at least, it’s not my problem. We’ll see what happens as we move along.” Lighthizer made those comments during an event hosted by the Economic Club of New York. While there, Lighthizer accused the EU of doing far more to undermine multilateralism than the Trump administration has ever done.

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Organic Food Sales Up Five Percent in 2019

Organic food sales rose five percent in 2019 over the previous year, coming in at $50 billion. The Organic Trade Association says the first quarter of 2020 saw organic food sales continue to rise dramatically. Food Business News says if that trend continues, the industry should see another year of record growth. “Our 2020 survey looks at organic sales in 2019 before the coronavirus outbreak, and it shows that consumers were increasingly seeking out the organic label to feed their families the healthiest food possible,” says Laura Batcha, CEO and Executive Director of the OTA. “The pandemic only increased our desire for clean, healthy food.” She says the commitment of the organic seal has always been to the combination of health and safety, and they expect that commitment to strengthen as people get through these unsettled times. Produce remains the most popular organic food category, with fruit and vegetable sales up five percent in 2019 to $18 billion. Organic dairy products reached $6.6 billion in sales during 2019, two percent higher than the previous year. Even though it’s the second-smallest category in terms of sales, condiments are one of the fastest-growing segments of organic foods, reaching $77 million in sales during 2019, up 23 percent over the prior year.

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2020 Export Exchange Postponed to 2021

U.S. Grains Council President Ryan LeGrand, Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor, and Renewable Fuels President Geoff Cooper made an announcement this week postponing the 2020 Export Exchange to next year. The new dates will be October 6-8 of 2021 in Kansas City. “As a result of the coronavirus and our concern for the safety of our attendees who travel from around the globe to come to this event, we’ve decided to postpone Export Exchange until the same time next year,” the groups say in the joint announcement. “Doing so will ensure we will have an event that’s on par with the caliber of the meetings our guests have come to expect, and it will allow us to put on a high-quality event without the specter of COVID-19 hanging over the people there.” Export Exchange is a biennial event co-sponsored by the U.S. Grains Council, the RFA, and Growth Energy, and brings together about 200 international buyers and end-users of coarse grains and co-products, including dried distiller’s grains with solubles (DDGS), with around 300 U.S. suppliers and agribusiness representatives. More information will be distributed in the months ahead to members of the grains industries and will be made available online at www.exportexchange.org.

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USDA Nominations for FSA County Committees Open June 15

The USDA’s Farm Service Agency will start accepting nominations for county committee members on Monday, June 15th. Elections will occur in certain Local Administrative Areas for these members who make important decisions about how federal farm programs are administered locally. All nomination forms for the 2020 election must be postmarked or received in the local FSA office by August 1st of 2020. “I encourage farmers, ranchers, as well as forest stewards to nominate candidates to lead, serve, and represent their community on their county committees,” says FSA Administrator Richard Fordyce. “There’s an increasing need for diverse representation, including underserved producers such as beginning, women, and minority farmers and ranchers.” Producers who participate or cooperate in an FSA program and reside in the local administrative area that’s up for election this year may be nominated. Individuals can nominate themselves or others. Organizations may also nominate individuals, including those organizations that represent beginning, women, and minority farmers. Committee members are vital to how FSA carries out disaster programs, as well as conservation, commodity, and price-support programs, county office employment, as well as other agricultural issues.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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