06-24-20 Colorado: State health department releases guidance allowing visitors at residential care facilities

COLORADO: State health department releases guidance allowing visitors at residential care facilities

Outdoor visitation now allowed

DENVER, June 24, 2020: The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) released guidance today allowing outdoor visitation at residential care facilities. This guidance allows visitors at residential care facilities while minimizing the potential spread of COVID-19. The state decided to implement this guidance now since disease rates in the state are low.

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06-24-20 Inside The BARN with Syngenta’s Jeffrey Hopp

Inside The BARN with Syngenta’s Jeffrey Hopp

The BARN – Briggsdale, CO – June 24,2020 – Joining the Colorado Ag News Network and FarmCast Radio is  Jeffrey Hopp, Agronomic Service Representative at Syngenta Discussing specifically about weeds, diseases and other pests effecting Colorado corn and wheat.

06-24-20 CO Governor Polis Provides Update on State Response to COVID-19

CO Governor Polis Provides Update on State Response to COVID-19

DENVER – Gov. Polis today provided an update on the state’s response to COVID-19 and was joined by State Epidemiologist Dr. Rachel Herlihy to remind Coloradans about the importance of social distancing and wearing masks, especially with the upcoming 4th of July holiday.

“It remains critical that Coloradans continue taking steps to protect themselves and others. Our state’s success thus far has been due to the actions and personal responsibility of Coloradans, and that will continue to be true,” said Governor Jared Polis. “As long as we continue to wear masks and follow social distancing guidelines, we can avoid seeing cases climb like our neighboring states. As we continue to reopen, more of the responsibility is placed on the individual to do the right thing. I’m proud of how Coloradans have responded during this pandemic and believe we can continue to make the right choices moving forward.  As we plan to celebrate our nation’s birthday on July 4th and enjoy their summer, Coloradans should make plans in a safe way, with just their own family or one other family.”

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06-24-20 Joint Statement from USDA and FDA on Food Export Restrictions Pertaining to COVID-19

Joint Statement from USDA and FDA on Food Export Restrictions Pertaining to COVID-19

(Washington, D.C., June 24, 2020) –  Today, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and FDA Commissioner Stephen M. Hahn, M.D., issued the following statement regarding food export restrictions pertaining to COVID-19:

“The United States understands the concerns of consumers here domestically and around the world who want to know that producers, processors and regulators are taking every necessary precaution to prioritize food safety especially during these challenging times. However, efforts by some countries to restrict global food exports related to COVID-19 transmission are not consistent with the known science of transmission.”

“There is no evidence that people can contract COVID-19 from food or from food packaging. The U.S. food safety system, overseen by our agencies, is the global leader in ensuring the safety of our food products, including product for export.” 

Background:

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06-24-20 FSA and RRWCD to Host a Virtual Workshop on Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program on June 25th

FSA and RRWCD to Host a Virtual Workshop on Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program on June 25th

Due to concerns about social distancing and the desire to get information to the public, the Colorado Farm Service Agency (FSA) and the Republican River Water Conservation District (RRWCD) will be co-hosting a virtual conference on the CREP (Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program) beginning at 6:00PM on Thursday, June 25, 2020.

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06-24-20 NFU: Carbon Markets Contribute to Financial and Environmental Sustainability of Family Farm Agriculture

NFU: Carbon Markets Contribute to Financial and Environmental Sustainability of Family Farm Agriculture

Larew Testifies Before Senate Ag on Growing Climate Solutions Act

WASHINGTON – As family farmers grapple with the dual crises of a global pandemic and climate change, carbon markets present a critical solution for both, according to National Farmers Union (NFU) President Rob Larew.
In testimony presented today to the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, Larew highlighted the many challenges the American agriculture industry is currently enduring. “Family farmers and ranchers face an uncertain economic future,” Larew said, citing low commodity prices and unstable export markets, both of which have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, farmers are holding record levels of debt and declaring bankruptcy at the highest rate since 1981. Continue reading

06-24-20 Inside The BARN with CSU Crops Testing’s Jerry Johnson, PhD.

Inside The BARN with CSU Crops Testing’s Jerry Johnson, PhD.

The BARN – Briggsdale, CO – June 24,2020 – Due to the current situation we all find ourselves in with the COVID-19 Pandemic, new realities require new action and CSU Crops Testing is excited to bring you the next best thing to in-field wheat field days with their 2020 Virtual Colorado Wheat Field Days video series. Joining the Colorado Ag News Network to discuss that in great detail is Dr. Jerry Johnson, a seasoned veteran of crop variety testing…

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06-24-20 Inside The BARN with Holly Nequette, Community Investment & Relations Advisor at Nutrien…

Inside The BARN with Holly Nequette, Community Investment & Relations Advisor at Nutrien…

Learn about Nutrien’s $1M Food Solutions Relief Program & More…

The BARN – BRIGGSDALE, CO – With the COVID-19 pandemic hitting so many communities in the US, Colorado and Loveland area, Nutrien felt it more important than ever to increase our support to the communities where Nutrien operates. In order to do that, Nutrien, whose retail operations (Nutrien Ag Solutions) are headquartered in Loveland, CO, launched a $1 million Food Solutions Relief Campaign across our operations in the US and beyond. Joining the Colorado Ag News Network & FarmCast Radio to discuss this in much more detail is Holly Nequette, Community Investment & Relations Advisor at Nutrien

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Nutrien Ag Solutions – The Ag Retailer of the Future – Trust Nutrien Ag Solutions for access to best-in-class solutions and service to help you lead the field this season and beyond.

Nutrien – Feeding the Future

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06-24-20 Colorado Farm Bureau President Shawcroft Will Retire in 2020

Colorado Farm Bureau President Shawcroft Will Retire in 2020

A message from Colorado Farm Bureau President, Donald Shawcroft:

Dear Farm Bureau Family,

It has been a privilege, a blessing, and an honor to be a member of Colorado Farm Bureau for the past 36 years and serve as president the past ten years. After much thought, I have decided not to seek re-election at this year’s annual meeting. It is now time for Ann and I to spend more time together and with our family, and for a new leader to take this seat and lead the Colorado Farm Bureau into the future.

I deeply appreciate the friendships, support, and fellow leadership that each and every one of you have given to me along the way. In particular, I appreciate the leaders that make Colorado Farm Bureau the incredible organization that it is today: the county leaders around the state who put in the hard work to make the organization successful, the past and present board of directors who I have served alongside over the past 34 years, the executives at both the federation and the insurance company who I have worked with along the way, and the leaders around the country and in Washington D.C. who support Farm Bureau as advocates for farmers and ranchers.

Not only are you all fantastic people, but I consider each and every one of you a friend. Thank you for all you do for the Colorado Farm Bureau and all that you have done for me as a friend, colleague and fellow leader.

Soon someone new will take the reins, until then I commit to you that I will be firmly in the saddle and vow to ride hard through the end of my term with the same passion as it began. I will continue working hard these next few months so the next president has the opportunity to lead our organization to even greater success.

Colorado Farm Bureau is strong. We have strong leadership at the county and state level; as well as an extremely talented and driven staff. There is no doubt that we will succeed. No matter who becomes the next president, I know that they will work hard, ensuring the Colorado Farm Bureau remains the premier agriculture organization in Colorado and continue our mission to preserve and protect the future of agriculture and rural values.

Once again, thank you and good luck to the Colorado Farm Bureau in the future.

Sincerely,

 

 

Donald Shawcroft
President
Colorado Farm Bureau

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06-24-20 Learn More about the Growing Climate Solutions Act of 2020

Learn More about the Growing Climate Solutions Act of 2020

Want to learn more about the Growing Climate Solutions Act of 2020 that is being discussed in a U.S. Senate hearing today in Washington D.C., which was introduced by Senators Braun, Stabenow, Graham, & Whitehouse?

Agricultural practices and land management decisions play a key role in the discussion
surrounding global greenhouse emissions and climate policy. The agriculture and forestry sectors hold the potential to serve as a critical climate solution. At scale, agriculture and land use practices can sequester carbon at as low as $10 per MtCO2e, making it the most cost effective carbon sequestration method currently available. Carbon credits are traded in both compliance and voluntary markets globally.

Traditionally, compliance markets have seen more transaction volume of the two. But more recently, as companies and individual actors increasingly seek to offset emissions, activity in voluntary carbon markets has increased exponentially.1 Correspondingly, the volume of credits generated through forestry and land use activities is growing rapidly, increasing 264% between 2016 and 2018, more than 12 times the increase of other credit types.2

However, for producers and private forest owners, access to carbon markets is often too difficult and convoluted to achieve wide adoption. Further, the significant demand for land-based climate solutions cannot presently be fully incentivized by government as political and fiscal constraints in Washington limit the federal government’s ability to be the sole leader in promoting conservation and sustainable land-use practices. Thus, there is an inherent need for legislation that outlines the appropriate federal role – one that will complement existing efforts, make it easier for producers to participate, and allow the private sector to flourish in meeting market-based demands for carbon credits.

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06-24-20 NPPC Supports Bill Helping Farmers Participate in Carbon Markets


NPPC Supports Bill Helping Farmers Participate in Carbon Markets

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 24, 2020 – The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) strongly supports legislation being discussed during a Senate Agriculture Committee hearing today that creates important elements needed to support a private carbon credit offset market. The bill would reward the valuable current and future contributions by pork producers and other sectors of agriculture to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The Growing Climate Solutions Act, introduced by Sens. Mike Braun (R-Ind.), Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), would direct the U.S. Department of Agriculture to create a program to provide transparency, legitimacy and informal endorsement of third-party verifiers and technical service providers that help private landowners generate carbon credits through a variety of agriculture and forestry related practices.

“U.S. pork producers, who have been at the forefront of environmental sustainability, are committed to the long-term protection of our country’s natural resources,” said NPPC President Howard “AV” Roth, a hog farmer from Wauzeka, Wisconsin. “Thanks to continuous on-farm improvements in nutrition, genetics and overall pig care, U.S. pork producers are doing more with less. This bipartisan effort will help give the private sector the standards and certifications needed to recognize and reward the important work being done by U.S. hog farmers to reduce our carbon footprint. We thank the senators for their leadership and look forward to passage of this important legislation.”

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, June 24th

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, June 24th

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USDA: Food Box Program Reaches 20 Million Boxes Distributed

The Department of Agriculture says the Farmers to Families Food Box program has distributed more than 20 million food boxes to families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. In the announcement Tuesday, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue stated, “This milestone is a testament that the program is accomplishing what we intended, supporting U.S. farmers and distributors and getting food to those who need it most.” In April, Secretary Perdue announced the food box effort as part of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program developed to help farmers, ranchers and consumers in response to the COVID-19 national emergency. In under 30 days, the program contracted for $1.2 billion in food products including $461 million in fresh fruits and vegetables, $317 million in a variety of dairy products, $258 million in meat products and $175 million in a combination box of fresh produce, dairy or meat products. Distribution of the food boxes across the United States began on May 15, 2020.

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Judge Rules Glyphosate Doesn’t Require Cancer Warning

A federal judge this week sided with an agriculture coalition issuing a permanent injunction against the California warning requirement of Proposition 65 for glyphosate. The ruling removes the cancer warning on glyphosate. The judge in the case says providing misleading or false labels to consumers “undermines California’s interest in accurately informing its citizens of health risks.” Two years ago, the same judge ruled government agencies and health organizations that have reviewed studies on glyphosate have found there was no evidence that it caused cancer. The ruling says it would be “misleading at best” to force parties to state on glyphosate-containing products that the products were “known to the state to cause cancer.” The judge says developments since then “do not change the court’s conclusion.” Lead plaintiff in the case, the National Association of Wheat Growers, welcomed the injunction. The association stated, “this is a great win for wheat growers and farmers across the United States.”

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Farm Households Report Off-Farm Jobs offer More Stable Income

New data from the Department of Agriculture shows nearly half of all family farmers and their spouses reported having a job off the farm in 2018. USDA’s Economic Research Service reports the majority of households, regardless of farm size, say they work off the farm because it is more lucrative than farm work, provides more reliable income, and may offer health and retirement benefits. Among small family farms, those with annual gross cash farm income under $350,000, about 88 percent reported working off the farm because it was more reliable and 75 percent because it was more lucrative. Among large-scale farm households, those with annual gross cash farm income of $1 million or more, about 72 percent reported working off the farm because it was more reliable and 51 percent because it was more lucrative. About 40 percent of all principal operators or their spouses who work off the farm listed farm-related financial stress as a reason for having a job off the farm.

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Senate Candidate Calls on EPA’s Wheeler to Resign

An Iowa candidate for the U.S. Senate is calling on Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler to resign. Theresa Greenfield, a Democratic challenger to Republican Senator Joni Ernst, says, “Wheeler must step down immediately.” Greenfield says Iowa farmers “deserve answers for why Senator Ernst voted for a fossil fuel lobbyist to run the EPA in the first place.” Last year, Ernst did suggest she would call for Wheeler’s resignation if his biofuels promises are not fulfilled. Last week, Ernst co-sponsored a bill that would “approve certain advanced biofuel registrations that have languished before the EPA.” Recent polling by the Des Moines Register found 46 percent of likely Iowa voters say they would back Greenfield if the election were held today, and 43 percent say they would support Ernst. Iowa is the top state for biofuels production, with 43 ethanol plants capable of producing over 4.5 billion gallons annually, according to the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association.

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Center for American Progress Pitches Conservation Easement Expansion

The Center for American Progress calls on lawmakers to pass broad conservation efforts. The thinktank launched “The Race for Nature” Tuesday, its plan to stem nature loss through conservation easements. The organization says private landowners are going out of their way to protect wildlife habitat, but “the coronavirus-induced economic collapse will likely deal a catastrophic blow to families who make their living off their lands.” By definition, conservation easements are voluntary, legal agreements that permanently limit uses of the land to protect its conservation values. The two-phased proposal calls on lawmakers to pass the first phase by September of this year. The first phase of the plan would increase funding for existing conservation easement programs, help landowners gain access to easements more quickly, and pilot new emergency conservation easement programs. The second phase targets the 2023 farm bill, saying lawmakers should codify reforms that further simplify and accelerate the implementation of conservation easement programs.

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Farm Groups Launch Free Stress Management Course

A group of farm organizations just launched free online training focusing on farm stress. The training course is funded by Farm Credit, with partnership from the American Farm Bureau Federation and National Farmers Union. The groups say the course will help farmers, their families and neighbors identify and cope with stress. It provides participants the skills to understand the sources of stress, manage their own stress, learn the warning signs of stress and suicide, identify effective communication strategies, and connect farmers and ranchers with appropriate mental health and other resources. The challenges of ongoing low commodity prices, trade wars and extreme weather events have dramatically affected farmers and ranchers for years. Add the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic disruptions and that stress multiplies. The groups say stress among farmers and ranchers is felt throughout farm operations and seeps into cities and towns across the country. Anyone can register for the free online training course. Visit FarmCredit.com to learn more.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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