06-16-20 Inside The BARN with Colorado State Fair General Manager Scott Stoller: Reimagined 2020 CSF & More!

Inside The BARN with Colorado State Fair General Manager Scott Stoller: Reimagined 2020 CSF & More!

The BARN, BRIGGSDALE, CO – June 16, 2020 – The Colorado State Fair is a division of the Colorado Department of Agriculture, and the event each year showcases Colorado agriculture, industry and culture for 11 days in late August through Labor Day. In 2019, more than 466,000 people attended the event, but with the current COVID-19 public health situation, the 148th CO State Fair may look and feel a bit different. On June 16th, the Colorado State Fair Board of Authority, voted to modify activities during the 2020 State Fair, scheduled for August 28-September 7. Joining the Colorado Ag News Netowrk and FarmCast Radio to detail what that will actually means to everyone that supports the event each year is Colorado State Fair General Manager Scott Stoller

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If you have questions related to this summer’s modified 2020 Colorado State Fair please the Colorado State Fair websiteFacebook page @colostatefair, or call 719-404-2080 for the latest updates and information…there’s even a list of FAQ’s and answers online too.

The 148th Colorado State Fair runs August 28 – September 7, 2020, in Pueblo, CO. 

ORIGINAL CSF PRESS RELEASE – CLICK HERE

06-16-20 CO Governor Polis Takes Action in Response to COVID-19, Support Election Cyber Security

Governor Polis Takes Action in Response to COVID-19,  Support Election Cyber Security

DENVER – Governor Jared Polis took additional action in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and to support election cybersecurity in Colorado.

The Governor signed Executive Order D 2020 105, to extend certain state income tax payment deadlines for all Colorado taxpayers to quickly provide relief from payment and penalties due to COVID-19.

Gov. Polis also signed Executive Order D 2020 106, activating the Colorado National Guard to assist with election cybersecurity defense efforts during the 2020 state primary election on June 30, 2020.  “The Colorado Secretary of State has requested that the Colorado National Guard Defensive Cyber Operations Element provide election cybersecurity support during the 2020 state primary election,” the Executive Order reads.

“We want to make sure we are doing everything we can to protect our elections system for all political parties in the upcoming primary,” said Governor Polis. “Not only do we want Colorado to be a state where voting is quick and easy, but we want to make sure it is secure.”

“I’m happy to have the Colorado National Guard’s Cyber Defense Force join our exceptional Election Security team for the June 30 State Primary,” said Secretary of State Jena Griswold. “Thanks to this partnership, Colorado continues to lead the nation in election security while creating a truly formidable group of experts working on behalf of Colorado voters.” Continue reading

06-16-20 WELD COUNTY TAKES A STAND AGAINST ELDER ABUSE

WELD COUNTY TAKES A STAND AGAINST ELDER ABUSE

WELD COUNTY, CO — Yesterday, in conjunction with the United Nations and prevention organizations around the globe, the Board of Weld County Commissioners proclaimed World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD). WEAAD unites communities around the world and raises awareness about the millions of older adults who experience abuse, neglect and exploitation.

Research indicates that one in 10 older adults in the United States are abused each year, and only one in 14 cases of elder abuse are ever reported. A combination of social, economic and psychological factors contributes to elder abuse. The main risks are related to social isolation, lack of access to support and resources, and physical, mental or emotional dependence.

“Elder abuse is a public health and human rights issue,” said Jamie Ulrich, Director of the Department of Human Services. “This proclamation serves as a call-to-action for individuals, organizations and communities to raise awareness about elder abuse, neglect and exploitation. Weld County’s older adults are valued members of society, and it’s our collective responsibility to ensure they live safely and with dignity.”

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06-16-20 44 Farms International Beef Cattle Academy application now open

44 Farms International Beef Cattle Academy application now open

Limited class size offers an exclusive and customized learning experience.
 

The 44 Farms International Beef Cattle Academy course topics range from cattle welfare and behavior, to immunology and herd health, and beyond.

COLLEGE STATION, Texas. [June 15, 2020] – The 44 Farms International Beef Cattle Academy is accepting applications for its 2020-2021 online certification program. Applications for this comprehensive certificate program, through Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, open June 20 and are due August 15.

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06-16-20 USDA Trade Mitigation Purchases to Feed People in Need and Aid American Farmers Surpass $2 Billion

USDA Trade Mitigation Purchases to Feed People in Need and Aid American Farmers Surpass $2 Billion

(Washington, D.C., June 16, 2020) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that it has purchased more than $2.2 billion of meat, fruits, vegetables, specialty crops and dairy products in fiscal years 2019 and 2020 in its ongoing efforts to feed people in need and assist American farmers and ranchers suffering from damage due to unjustified trade retaliation by foreign nations. USDA is on target to reach its fiscal year goal of about $1.4 billion of trade mitigation purchases in the next phase of fiscal year purchasing, which ends Sept. 30. The purchases were made through the Food Purchase and Distribution Program (FPDP), one of USDA’s three programs in its Support Packages for Farmers. Most of the food purchased is provided to states for distribution to nutrition assistance programs such as The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) and child nutrition programs.

“Over the past two years, USDA has issued more than $2 billion in payments to American farmers, ranchers, and producers for U.S.-grown food that is used to help Americans in need,” said U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue. “Early on, President Trump instructed USDA to make sure our farmers did not bear the brunt of unfair retaliatory tariffs. Our farmers work hard, and are the most productive in the world, and we crafted the FPDP to help protect them. The FPDP represents just one of the many ways USDA is working hard to fulfill its mission to do right and feed everyone.”

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06-16-20 CDPHE: Risks and benefits of activities during the COVID-19 pandemic

CDPHE: Risks and benefits of activities during the COVID-19 pandemic

State health department releases guide to help people make decisions

DENVER, June 16, 2020: As restrictions on gatherings are loosened, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has released a guide to help people understand the potential risks of travel and a variety of other optional activities.

In Colorado, most things that can be done with prevention precautions in place are open. While there is no way to ensure zero risk of infection, deciding whether an activity is worth the risk is an individual decision.

“People need to be informed, then use their judgement to make individual decisions about what works best for them, their household members, and their communities,” said state epidemiologist Dr. Rachel Herlihy, CDPHE. “We really need everyone’s help to contain COVID-19 in Colorado. We all need to have fewer interactions with fewer people while maintaining social distancing.”

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06-16-20 Colorado State Fair Announces Reimagined 2020 Event

Colorado State Fair Announces Reimagined 2020 Event

Pueblo, Colo. – In consideration of the ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis, the Colorado State Fair Board of Authority today voted to modify activities during the 2020 State Fair, scheduled for August 28-September 7.

“Faced with an incredibly difficult decision, and with a deep understanding of its far-reaching impact, the Board carefully considered State guidance that is being developed for outdoor events and potential health risk to our State Fair visitors, competitors and vendors before voting,” said State Fair Board Chair Paul Youngs.

The Board did determine that a number of State Fair activities will move forward this summer with new guidelines in place. Activities being considered include the Junior Livestock Show and Sale, FFA Heifer Wrangle, Catch-a-Calf, 4-H Horse Show, 4-H Dog Show, 4-H Rocketry, and 4-H Static Exhibits as well as limited food and vendor booths, a limited carnival presence and virtual competitive exhibits. More information and details about activities taking place will be announced soon. Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Tuesday, June 16th

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Tuesday, June 16th

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Dicamba Makers Seek to Intervene in Court Decision

Makers of dicamba filed motions to intervene in a court case following a decision to vacate the registration for three dicamba herbicides. BASF and Corteva announced their motions to intervene late last week. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals vacated the registrations on June 3, 2020, for dicamba herbicides from BASF, Bayer and Corteva. Bayer intervened in the case last year. A dicamba herbicide from Syngenta was not included in the ruling. BASF’s Paul Rea, says the decision, made during the middle of the growing season, “gives no regard to the significant investments farmers have made in their businesses and leaves them without viable options for the growing season.” Corteva was not a party to the lawsuit and says that until June 3, the case appeared to involve only the Bayer XtendiMax registration. Corteva is seeking to intervene to “preserve our rights and to support the rights of customers to use the impacted dicamba weed control technology.”

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Iowa Leaders Seek Support for Turkey Producers

Iowa officials seek support for the state’s turkey producers. Senators Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst, both Iowa Republicans, along with state leaders, made the request in a letter to the Department of Agriculture this week. The leaders request USDA provide turkey producers support through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program. The letter says plant closures and reduced flocks remain a growing threat to turkey growers, and the food supply chain. Independent turkey growers “stand to lose disproportionately compared to other corporate-owned growers.” according to the letter. The officials say there are numerous cooperative and independent growers left out of the CFAP aid package. In the letter, the officials ask that, “economists at USDA work to devise a methodology and formula that allows this niche sector of the nation’s poultry industry to have the same opportunities provided to others.” The United States is the world’s largest turkey producer and largest exporter of turkey products.

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NCBA, Others, Oppose Great American Outdoors Act

Livestock groups say the Great American Outdoors Act, “is an irresponsible way to fix a very real problem.” The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the American Sheep Industry, along with the Public Lands Council and others voiced their opposition to the legislation in a letter to Senate leadership. The letter urges Congress to retain its role in safeguarding public lands by opposing the bill. The groups say the Great American Outdoors Act, as written, creates more than $14 billion in new, mandatory spending and gives federal agencies free rein to spend $360 million per year solely to acquire new private land without any oversight from Congress. The letter, signed by 48 livestock groups, says the bill adds the mounting disrepair of current land under federal control to the rampant acquisitions without accounting for management of future land acquisitions. The bill has bipartisan support, and President Donald Trump has indicated he would sign the legislation if passed.

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AEM Releases May 2020 Ag Equipment Sales Numbers

Overall unit sales of agricultural tractors and combines in May 2020 rose in the United States. The Association of Equipment Manufacturers says smaller machine sales growth is overpowering declines in the bigger segments and combines. U.S. total farm tractor sales rose 15.1 percent in May compared to 2019, while U.S. May combine sales fell 2.9 percent. Heavy-duty tractor sales declined, but total year to date sales of all farm tractors now show positive at four percent growth for 2020, while combines remain down 9.5 percent in the same period. AEM’s Curt Blades says the growth, largely from sub-100 horsepower tractors, “appears to be an unusual side-effect of COVID-19-related quarantines.” Blades says large home property owners and hobby farmers are spending more time at home, and with their equipment, and desiring an upgrade. Blades says the declines in row-crop tractors and harvesters “is clearly a reflection of uncertainty in the overall ag economy at this time.”

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U.S. Soy Shoes Donated to Frontline Workers

U.S. Soy is helping bring comfort to health care professionals who are working tirelessly on the frontlines during the COVID-19 pandemic. Okabashi (Ok-uh-bah-she), an American company that counts on U.S. soy for all its sandals, pledged to donate up to 10,000 pairs of soy-based sandals to health care workers for every order placed through its website or Zappos. Customers can purchase a pair of soy sandals for themselves and write a note of encouragement to a health care worker who will receive a pair with the personal message. United Soybean Board Director Belinda Burrier says, “It’s neat to see the soybeans I grow not only being used in a unique way that supports demand for our product, but also to support frontline workers during this crisis.” The United Soybean Board regularly collaborates with companies such as Goodyear on research to learn how to incorporate soy into new technology. Today, more than 1,000 different soy-based products are available, including everything from turf grass to machinery lubricants to asphalt.

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Gas and Diesel Prices Up, Oil Down

Gas prices were up again last week, representing the seventh straight week of increases. The national average price of gas increased 4.7 cents per gallon to $2.09, while the national average price of diesel rose 1.4 cents to $2.42 a gallon. Patrick De Haan of Gas Buddy expects “the upward trend to continue across most of the country ahead of July 4, with prices perhaps rising another 10-20 cents by then.” Prices are increasing on improved demand from drivers. However, he says, a possible second wave of coronavirus lockdowns could hamper demand if it was to occur. Over the last week, the price of oil has struggled under the weight of Saudi Arabia’s comments that it would not extend production cuts beyond July. De Haan says a delicate balancing act is underway by crude oil producers who don’t want oil prices to surge too quickly to avoid eager U.S. producers from getting back online too quickly.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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