06-18-20 House Agriculture Leaders Issue Joint Statement on EPA’s Dicamba Registrations and Order following Court Ruling

House Agriculture Leaders Issue Joint Statement on EPA’s Dicamba Registrations and Order following Court Ruling

Washington, D.C. – Representative Sanford Bishop, Chairman of the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee, Representative Jeff Fortenberry, Ranking Member of the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee, and Representative K. Michael Conaway, Ranking Member of the House Agriculture Committee, issued the following statement:

“The hard-working farming community invests in many agricultural products and services that help them produce wholesome foods, feed, and quality fibers for consumers in the United States and across the globe. Like most conventional farmers, soybean and cotton producers purchased such a product legally when they bought the dicamba herbicide for this growing season. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently vacated the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) federal registration for three dicamba herbicide products on the market registered for over the top applications. The effect of this ruling during growing season may prevent cotton and soybean farmers from using these products in combating weeds that threaten the quantity and quality of the crop.

“We respect the court’s ruling, but we are concerned with the impact on the farmers who have existing stocks of previously purchased dicamba herbicide products. The decision, which was issued during growing season, creates unnecessary challenges and jeopardizes the livelihoods of these agricultural producers who are already faced with an ongoing global pandemic, trade disputes, and years of low prices. We support EPA’s authority to regulate how existing stocks of the vacated products can be sold, distributed, and used. EPA’s recent filing with the court properly defends the agency’s precedent-based position that farmers should be allowed to use what they legally purchased until July 31, 2020 as long as the farmers abide by all the prescribed conditions of use required by the most recent pesticide registration.”

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06-19-20 CSU’s 2020 Virtual Wheat Field Days

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CSU’s 2020 Virtual Wheat Field Days

June 18, 2020 – New realities require new action and we are excited to bring you the next best thing to in-field wheat field days. Dr. Jerry Johnson, a seasoned veteran of crop variety testing, leads off with a short introduction before our nationally renowned CSU wheat breeder, Dr. Scott Haley, set to retire in December, discusses the pros and cons of the varieties in each of two dryland locations and one irrigated trial. Brad Erker, Executive Director of Colorado Wheat highlights progress made in wheat breeding due to uniqueness of farmer support of CWAC and CWRF. Rick Novak, director of CSU seed programs brings us up to date on wheat seed issues. The virtual experience makes it possible for CSU experts on weed science, entomology, and pathology to showcase their strong wheat research and extension activities. Seed companies have contributed informative, short clips on each of their varieties they have entered for testing in the CSU trials. The virtual field days videos are posted on the CSU Extension YouTube channel as the CSU Wheat Field Days playlist at https://bit.ly/3fDV7YFand links to the videos are also provided on our Crops Testing website at www.csucrops.com.

Special thanks to Mark Rose, CSU Extension; Sally Jones-Diamond and Roger Tyler, CSU Crops Testing and all of the presenters for making virtual field days a reality.

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06-19-20 USDA Dairy Safety-Net Program Signup to Begin October 12 for the 2021 Coverage Period

USDA Dairy Safety-Net Program Signup to Begin October 12 for the 2021 Coverage Period

Income-over-feed margin for April triggers second payment for 2020

WASHINGTON, June 19, 2020 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) announces that Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) safety-net signup for 2021 coverage will begin October 12 and will run through December 11, 2020. DMC has already triggered payments for two months for producers who signed up for 2020 coverage.

Richard Fordyce, USDA Farm Service Agency Administrator

“If we’ve learned anything in the past six months, it’s to expect the unexpected,” said FSA Administrator Richard Fordyce. “Nobody would have imagined the significant impact that current, unforeseen circumstances have had on an already fragile dairy market. It’s during unprecedented times like these that the importance of offering agricultural producers support through the delivery of Farm Bill safety-net programs such as DMC becomes indisputably apparent.”

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06-18-20 CO Governor Polis Provides Latest Update on COVID-19 Response

CO Governor Polis Provides Latest Update on COVID-19 Response for June 18, 2020

DENVER – Governor Jared Polis today provided an update on Colorado’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and praised Coloradans for their work to continue social distancing.

“Colorado is the only state in the western region of the country right now that is seeing a steady decline in case counts, but if we are not careful by wearing masks and staying six feet from others when possible, we will lose that status here and nobody wants to see those trendlines go up,” said Governor Jared Polis. “We are just a few steps ahead of this virus, and as soon as we let up our case counts will begin to rise just like some of our neighboring states. I’m proud of how Coloradans are doing, but we have to remain vigilant – wear a mask when leaving the house, wash your hands and stay six feet from others because this pandemic is far from over.”

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06-18-20 Luxxur™ herbicide knocks out wild oat in wheat fields

Luxxur™ herbicide knocks out wild oat in wheat fields

New Bayer herbicide provides excellent control of wild oat, plus other grass and broadleaf weeds in durum, spring and winter wheat

The Luxxur label is registered with the EPA for use in Colorado, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington and Wyoming.

ST. LOUIS (June 17, 2020) – As a highly competitive grass weed, wild oat can cause devastating yield losses in wheat fields. Fortunately, with Luxxur™ herbicide from Bayer, growers can knock out wild oat and increase the yield potential of their crop.

“Luxxur herbicide provides excellent control of Group 1-resistant grasses, such as wild oat,” said Bayer Cereal Expert Carrie Pederson. “I’m excited because Luxxur herbicide gives growers another option for managing weeds, like wild oat. Problems with weeds can grow exponentially, year after year. Luxxur herbicide is a new tool we have to combat those specific weeds cereal growers are dealing with.”

Classified as a Group 2 herbicide, Luxxur is designed to provide enhanced post-emergence control of wild oat in durum, spring and winter wheat fields. In fact, Luxxur demonstrated 90 percent or greater control of wild oat in wheat fields in Bayer agronomic development trials (Figure 1).

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06-18-20 CDA: Colorado Submits State Hemp Management Plan to USDA

CDA: Colorado Submits State Hemp Management Plan to USDA

Broomfield, Colo. – The Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA), in partnership with Governor Polis and the Office of the Attorney General, today submitted the Colorado State Hemp Management Plan to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, certifying that the State has the resources and personnel to carry out the practices and procedures set forth in the plan.

The visionary plan holistically addresses the many aspects involved in managing a successful and sustainable state commercial hemp industry, including use of third party approved labs and approved samplers to accomplish 100% variety testing, options for discipline waivers, and post harvest testing under certain parameters.

“The plan we submitted today is both innovative and practical. It provides a valuable roadmap for building a successful and sustainable hemp industry in Colorado, based on our state’s unique insight and knowledge,” said Commissioner of Agriculture Kate Greenberg.

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06-18-20 Inside The BARN with “When Pigs Fly” Mission Founder Frank Stratton…

Inside The BARN with “When Pigs Fly” Mission Founder Frank Stratton…

Helping hog producers in South Dakota & Minnesota and also helping feed those in need right here in Colorado

The BARN – Briggsdale, CO – June 18, 2020 – Bombarded by news stories about the effects of COVID-19 and the hardships so many people are facing, including hog producers in his home state of Minnesota, former Marine and Lakewood, CO resident Frank Stratton wondered what he could do to help…

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Here’s how YOU can help Frank Stratton’s “When Pigs Fly Mission” to raise funds to pay for the hogs & processing…simply visit his GoFundMe page at me/u/x2kvhz. 

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06-18-20 Midwest Dairy Takes Dairy Experience Forum Virtual

Midwest Dairy Takes Dairy Experience Forum Virtual

Registration now open for third annual conference, which offers dairy community first-hand look at today’s consumer trends to find opportunities to grow dairy demand.

Saint Paul, Minn. – Midwest Dairy announced registration is now open for the third annual Dairy Experience Forum to be held virtually on Wednesday, July 15. This one-day, online event will take place in three, 90-minute segments, featuring industry experts who will share actionable consumer insights, future forecasting and thought leadership ­– all to help the dairy supply chain drive demand during today’s rapidly changing food and beverage climate. Discussions will address questions such as “How has the COVID-19 pandemic impacted food and beverage trends?” and “What’s next for dairy?”

“Building on the foundation of the past two Dairy Experience Forum events, we’re proud to bring representatives from the entire dairy supply chain together once again, especially given current circumstances and the rapidly changing shopping habits of consumers,” said Molly Pelzer, CEO, Midwest Dairy. “During these challenging times, it’s crucial we remain at the forefront of inspiring thought provoking conversations that will drive dairy innovation and fuel dairy demand. We’re excited to bring this virtual format that will offer people across our 10-state region the opportunity to join these dynamic discussions from the comfort of their own home.”

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USDA – FAS Weekly Export Sales Report for June 18th

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Weekly Export Sales for June 18th

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Thursday, June 18th

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Thursday, June 18th

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Grower Coalition Seeks to Protect use of Dicamba Stocks

Farm groups urge the Ninth Circuit appeals court to reject an NGO call to invalidate the Environmental Protection Agency’s dicamba existing stocks order. The EPA recently defended its decision to allow farmers to continue to use existing stocks of three dicamba herbicides. The court vacated the registrations for XtendiMax, FeXapan and Engenia earlier this month. The groups, including the American Farm Bureau Federation and commodity organizations, have filed an amicus brief supporting EPA’s position. The groups say, “Neither a midseason cancellation nor a vacatur unplants a seed, retroactively tills a field, or clears a storehouse of products purchased for lawful use under the prior registration.” The coalition says immediately banning use of existing stocks of would financially devastate America’s soybean and cotton growers, who have invested an estimated $4.28 billion in seed and hundreds of millions on herbicides. The coalition says an estimated 64 million acres of dicamba-tolerant seed is already in the ground. Without dicamba, the groups say expected yield loss for soy and cotton could reach 50 percent.

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Senate Passes Great American Outdoors Act

The U.S. Senate Wednesday passed the Great American Outdoor Act, sending the bill to the House of Representatives. The bill establishes the National Parks and Public Land Legacy Restoration Fund to support deferred maintenance projects on federal lands. The bill provides $900 million annually for the Land and Water Conservation Fund and $9.5 billion over the next five years in national park and other public land maintenance. However, livestock and public lands groups argue the bill is a “disappointment to those who value conservation and active management of our natural resources.” Public Lands Council Executive Director Kaitlynn Glover says by making funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund mandatory, “proponents of this bill sentenced existing and future lands and waters to the same fate facing current federal assets – billions of dollars in deferred maintenances.” The Public Lands Council actively represents cattle and sheep producers who hold public lands grazing permits. President Donald Trump indicated he would sign the bill, if passed by both the House and Senate.

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Coalition Calls on Trump to Ensure China Meets Trade Obligations

A broad coalition representing agriculture is asking President Donald Trump to preserve the Phase One trade agreement with China by holding China accountable for commodity purchases. The letter, sent this week, was signed by 192 groups representing all parts of the food value chain and rural economies. The groups seek continued implementation of the U.S. China Phase One Trade Agreement due to the significance of China’s market for U.S. food and agricultural exports. The letter says the world grain and oilseed market is experiencing the greatest oversupply of production since the 1980s, and the United States is facing increasing competition from foreign sources. The organizations say the trade agreement “will act as foundation for prosperity of the U.S. agriculture sector.” The letter concludes, “You have our full support and appreciation as you and your outstanding trade team work to ensure that China meets its commitments under Phase One now and into the future.”

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USDA Extends Farmers to Families Food Box Program Contracts for Some Vendors

The Department of Agriculture Wednesday announced the extension of contract to venders in the Farmers to Families Food Box Program. USDA is exercising the option to extend contracts for current distributors for the next performance period, July 1 through August 30, for up to $1.16 billion of food. The decision to extend current contractors was determined based on their performance since May 15. Some vendors were extended without any adjustment to their delivery amounts, while others’ amounts or locations were adjusted based on their demonstrated abilities to perform or at the vendor’s request. USDA says the extensions continue to require audits to ensure all requirements are met. The government chose not to extend some vendors’ contracts either in part because of concerns brought up during audits or for performance challenges.  Since May 15, distributors have delivered over 17 million food boxes to approximately 3,200 non-profit organizations across the United States.

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Bill Seeks USDA Ag Supply Chain Administrator

Legislation introduced this week would create a new office at the Department of Agriculture to connect food banks with farmers. The American Farms, Food banks and Families Act proposes to create a Domestic Agriculture Supply Chain Administrator to act as a liaison between food banks, grocers and nonprofit food distributors to expand market access for farmers. Introduced be Republican Kelly Loeffler of Georgia, the legislation ensures “the federal government is collaborating with local farmers, food banks, and distributors.” Loeffler says the bill would help families in need, assist farmers and create jobs. Kyle Waide, CEO of the Atlanta Community Food Bank, says the legislation “will help food insecure families across the country get the fresh food they desperately need.” The duties of the administrator include identifying legal and regulatory barriers that inhibit farmers from working directly with food distribution entities and convening members of the public and private sector to make recommendations to the Secretary of Agriculture.

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Senate Ag Announces Climate Bill Hearing, Grain Standards Reauthorization Markup

The Senate Agriculture Committee announced a hearing next week on climate solutions and a business meeting on grain standards. Committee leaders, Senate Republican Pat Roberts, and Senate Democrat Debbie Stabenow made the announcement this week. The Committee will hold a legislative hearing on The Growing Climate Solutions Act of 2020, and hold a business meeting to consider the U.S. Grain Standards Reauthorization Act of 2020. The hearing, planned for Wednesday, June 24, will feature testimony from Indiana farmer Brent Bible, American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duval, National Farmers Union President Rob Larew, and Jason Weller of Land O’Lakes. The Growing Climate Solutions Act creates a certification program at the Department of Agriculture to help solve technical entry barriers that make it difficult for farmers to participate in carbon credit markets. The Grain Standards Act authorizes the Federal Grain Inspection Service of USDA to establish official marketing standards for certain grains and oilseeds.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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