USDA Announces Changes to Emergency Haying and Grazing Provisions, Entire State of Colorado Eligible – REVISED 091020

USDA Announces Changes to Emergency Haying and Grazing Provisions – REVISED 09-10-20

All Colorado Counties include the entire state of Colorado as of August 27, 2020

WASHINGTON, Aug.27, 2020 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) today announced changes for emergency haying and grazing of acres enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). This includes changes outlined in the 2018 Farm Bill that streamlines the authorization process for farmers and ranchers.

“FSA authorizes emergency haying and grazing of Conservation Reserve Program acres under certain conditions to provide emergency relief to livestock producers in times of severe drought or similar natural disasters,” said FSA Administrator Richard Fordyce. “These program changes will simplify the authorization process with an automatic trigger by severe drought designation, allowing livestock producers to quickly access much-needed forage.”

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09-10-20 USDA Rural Development Awards Grant to Eben Ezer Lutheran Care Center in Brush, CO

USDA RD_CO State Director Sallie Clark with Eben Ezer CEO Shelly Griffith and CFO Leslie Mason

USDA Rural Development Awards Grant to Eben Ezer Lutheran Care Center in Brush, CO

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Funding to Help Purchase Equipment to Assist with Healthcare Services

DENVER, CO – September 10, 2020 – The Trump Administration today announced that the United
States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $50,000 to support healthcare services, at
Eben Ezer Lutheran Care Center in Brush, Colorado.
“Our elderly population is a vital part of our rural communities. They deserve a safe and high
quality place to receive long term health care in their community while still being able to visit with families and friends,” said Sallie Clark, USDA Rural Development Colorado State Director. Continue reading

09-10-20 Middle Colorado Agricultural Producers Collaborate to Improve Irrigation Systems

Middle Colorado Agricultural Producers Collaborate to Improve Irrigation Systems

Irrigators Invited to Focus Group September 16th

SEPTEMBER 10, 2020 – The irrigation ditches that convey Colorado River water to ranchers and agricultural producers in the area around Aspen, Glenwood Springs, Rifle and Parachute have been getting a careful review as part of the area’s water management planning process. This summer’s fires in the Middle Colorado River watershed, including the Pine Gulch and Grizzly Creek fires, are bringing the need to plan for long-term stabilization and river rehabilitation to the forefront, as the project launches into a series of shareholder meetings this month and next.

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09-10-20 FCA 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., September 10, 2020 — At its monthly meeting today, the Farm Credit Administration board received a quarterly report (PDF) on economic issues affecting agriculture, together with an update on the financial condition and performance of the Farm Credit System (System) as of June 30, 2020.

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09-10-20 AEM: Positive Ag Equipment Sales Trend Continues in August Despite Declines in Heavier Units

Combine harvesting wheat

AEM: Positive Ag Equipment Sales Trend Continues in August Despite Declines in Heavier Units

MILWAUKEE – Unit sales of agricultural tractors and self-propelled combines in August 2020 were positive for the fifth month in a row in the U.S., and stayed above the previous year for the third consecutive month in Canada according to the latest data from the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM). Continue reading

09-10-20 ACE Conference Panel of Ethanol Producers Get Candid About Adapting to the Unexpected and What’s Next

ACE Conference Panel of Ethanol Producers Get Candid About Adapting to the Unexpected and What’s Next

ACE shares a preview of September 16 “Producer Perspectives” panel with commentary about the election and EPA mismanagement of the RFS.

Sioux Falls, SD – This year’s American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) 33rd annual conference is taking place online live from 1:30 to 5 p.m. Central on September 16. The final segment will feature a  panel consisting of ACE Board President Duane Kristensen, General Manager and Vice President of Operations for Chief Ethanol Fuels, Inc., ACE Board Vice President Dave Sovereign, Iowa farmer and Chairman of Golden Grain Energy, LLC, and Neil Koehler, Co-Founder, Director and Co-Chief Executive Officer of Pacific Ethanol, Inc., discussing how they’ve adapted their businesses to cope with the uncertain market conditions brought on by the global health pandemic, oil price war, trade wars, and mismanagement of the RFS, as well as optimism for current and future low carbon fuel markets.

With just over 50 days until the election and nearing the one-year anniversary of the White House meeting where six GOP Senators and the President struck a “deal” with how to move forward on ethanol policy, ACE provides a preview where the panelists speak frankly about politics and EPA’s mismanagement of the RFS.

“This administration has been an unmitigated disaster as it relates to our industry, and a lot of promises were made and broken,” Koehler said. “Yes, we got a rulemaking around E15 but when you undermined it with SREs to the tune of 4 billion gallons of lost demand, it’s a pretty hollow accomplishment.”

“It’s been almost a year ago that they had the meeting in the White House with Senator Ernst, Governor Reynolds, Senator Grassley and several others where there were five key issues that were promised by this administration to get done,” Sovereign said. “USDA is the only one that’s got anything done [implementing the Higher Blends Infrastructure Investment Program], the other four were left in the hands of the EPA. President Trump can put the pressure on EPA to get those remaining four done.” (Note: this video was recorded prior to press reports claiming the president has called on EPA to reject dozens of pending “gap year” waivers.)

“Regardless of who is elected president, we have a lot of work in front of us and alliances to form,” Koehler added. “We need to do what we can between now and November to get some progress done on these issues.”

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09-10-20 Junior Red Angus Association of America Selects 2020-2021 Board of Directors

Junior Red Angus Association of America Selects 2020-2021 Board of Directors

Denver – The Junior Red Angus Association of America focuses on equipping and preparing all JRA stakeholders to be leaders, innovators, stewards and advocates for the Red Angus breed, the beef industry and agriculture. The JRA provides leadership and learning opportunities for Red Angus enthusiasts under the age of 21 who have the desire and passion to be involved in the Red Angus breed.

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09-10-20 New Feature Allows Entities to Conduct Online Business with USDA


New Feature Allows Entities to Conduct Online Business with USDA

WASHINGTON, September 10, 2020 – An update to offsite link image     now provides access to farmers and ranchers who are members of an entity, as well as individuals and entities with powers of attorney to conduct online business with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Additionally, online services once available through NRCS’s Conservation Client Gateway (CCG) will be moved to in the coming weeks.

“Here at NRCS, we are committed to providing excellent customer service, whether it’s through our network of USDA Service Centers across the country or online at where we have new self-service features related to our conservation programs,” said Kevin Norton, NRCS Acting Chief. “We’re proud to announce that both farmers and ranchers acting as entities as well as those acting on a farmer’s behalf have access to self-service options online.” Continue reading

09-10-20 Colorado’s State Ag and Natural Resources Departments Seek Public Feedback on 2020 Drought Experiences

Colorado’s State Ag and Natural Resources Departments Seek Public Feedback on 2020 Drought Experiences

September 10, 2020 (DENVER) – Following an exceptionally dry spring and summer, drought conditions now cover 99% of the state of Colorado, exacerbated by record-breaking temperatures and an existing moisture deficit continuing from last fall. Continue reading

09-10-20 Inside the BARN with BovIQ CEO Christian Nielson…

Inside the BARN with BovIQ CEO Christian Nielson…

The BARN – Briggsdale, CO – September 10, 2020 – Since the iPhone was invented in 2007, most of today’s farmers and ranchers (and all of the next generation of growers) have developed expectations that when they encounter a problem, “there should be an app for that”. Today we’re going to discuss how mobile tech can address common challenges that cattle growers face and how “BovIQ is the app for that”. Joining the Colorado Ag News Network & FarmCast Radio is Christian Nielson, CEO of BovIQ


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09-10-20 Trump Administration Invests $45,000 in Technical Assistance to to Assist Huerfano and Otero Counties

Trump Administration Invests $45,000 in Technical Assistance to to Assist Huerfano and Otero Counties

Colorado Community Revitalization Association to Assist Rural Communities Thrive

DENVER, CO – September 10, 2020- The Trump Administration today announced that the United
States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $45,000 to support training and technical
assistance to Colorado Community Revitalization Association (CCRA).

“Business is at the forefront of successful rural communities. USDA’s business programs focus
on providing assistance for economic development planning and the financing or expansion of rural businesses,” said Sallie Clark, USDA Rural Development Colorado State Director. “Under the leadership of President Trump and Agriculture Secretary Perdue, USDA has been working tirelessly to be a strong partner to rural Colorado in building stronger and healthier communities, because we know when rural America thrives, all of America thrives,” said Clark.

In rural Colorado, CCRA will use a $45,000 Rural Business Development Grant to strengthen local community economic development strategies for entrepreneurial start up, expansion, and training in Huerfano and Otero Counties.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has left small businesses and potential entrepreneurs feeling isolated. This grant to CCRA will help create an expanded network, introduce resources, and enhance rural innovation,” said Clark. “The investment today, underscores that President Trump feels the same way about rural Colorado and our businesses as I do,” said Clark.

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Thursday, September 10th

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Thursday, September 10th

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Report: Trump to Deny RFS Gap Waivers

Ethanol and corn producers applaud a report by Reuters that President Donald Trump will deny pending retroactive biofuel waivers. The National Corn Growers Association, Renewable Fuels Association, National Farmers Union and American Coalition for Ethanol jointly welcomed the news report. A joint statement reads, “it is our hope that EPA swiftly acts upon the President’s directive and closes the door once and for all on the refiners’ brazen attempt to rewrite history.” The report comes the same week an effort led by Growth Energy, including more than 90 stakeholders, urged the president to deny the so-called gap waivers. Ethanol industry supporters say the gap year waivers are intended to circumvent a Tenth Circuit Court’s decision against three granted waivers.  Meanwhile, the groups denounced CVR Refining and HollyFrontier Corporation’s last-minute request, filed on September 4, for the U.S. Supreme Court to review the Tenth Circuit Court’s ruling. NCGA, RFA, NFU and ACE were the four petitioners in the successful Tenth Circuit Court case.

Biden, Trump Respond to AFBF Questionnaire

A new questionnaire reveals the priorities for rural America of President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden. The American Farm Bureau Federation asked the Republican and Democratic candidates to respond with their stances on several topics directly affecting rural America. President Trump’s responses focus largely on his first-term accomplishments. He pledges a science-based approach to regulation going forward. He commits to addressing the “rural/urban divide” and emphasizes support for voluntary conservation programs.  Former Vice President Biden’s responses focus heavily on environmental sustainability and improving prosperity in rural communities. He, too, pledges to rely on experts and scientists when it comes to policies and regulation. He commits to “rebuilding the middle class” and working with farmers to achieve net-zero emissions. The answers are presented as they were received, unedited, to give farmers an unfiltered look at each candidate’s platform. AFBF has invited candidates from both parties to respond to election questionnaires for more than 40 years. The survey is available at

USDA Announces Egg Product Inspection Modernization Effort

The Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service says it is modernizing egg product inspections. This is the first effort to update the inspection methods since Congress passed the egg Products inspection Act in 1970. FSIS says the Egg Products Inspection Regulations final rule aligns the egg products regulations to be consistent with current requirements in the meat and poultry products inspection regulations. Under the new rule, federally inspected egg product plants are required to develop and implement Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points systems and Sanitation Standard Operating Procedures. FSIS will continue to test for Salmonella and Listeria in egg products. FSIS requires that plants produce egg products that meet food safety standards and are edible without additional preparation. Under the system, plants will be able to tailor a food safety system that best fits their facility and equipment. In addition, FSIS will be assuming regulatory authority over egg substitutes and freeze-dried egg products, which pose the same risk as egg products and will be inspected in the same manner.

Produce Group Says Trade Investigation to Undermine USMCA

Not all produce groups are pleased the Trump Administration is taking action regarding fresh produce imports. Last week, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer outlined a plan that includes investigations of imports of blueberries and potentially strawberries and bell peppers. The plan also outlines actions that would impact U.S. companies distributing imported produce. The Fresh Produce Association of the Americas says, “This politically motivated action directly undermines the new U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement, positioning the U.S. as an unreliable trading partner.” The association says using the rarely invoked trade law cited would impose costly tariffs on seasonal produce, raise consumer prices, and would launch numerous and unending “tit for tat” trade wars. The Fresh Produce Association of the Americas is a nonprofit trade association headquartered in Arizona that represents over 120 U.S. member companies involved in importing and marketing fresh fruits and vegetables grown in Mexico and distributed across North America and the world. 

USDA Supports U.S. Seafood Industry Impacted by Retaliatory Tariffs

The Department of Agriculture will provide approximately $530 million to support the U.S. seafood industry and fishermen impacted by retaliatory tariffs from foreign governments. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced the support Wednesday. Perdue says, “Many nations have not played by the rules for a long time,” adding, “President Trump is the first President to stand up to them and send a clear message that the United States will no longer tolerate unfair trade practices.” The Seafood Trade Relief Program ensures fishermen and other U.S. producers, according to Perdue,  “will not stand alone in facing unjustified retaliatory tariffs while President Trump continues working to solidify better and stronger trade deals around the globe.” The funding will be provided through the Seafood Trade Relief Program and funded through the Commodity Credit Corporation. The Seafood Trade Relief Program funding will support roughly 20 fish and crab species, including flounder, salmon, and tuna. Fishermen can sign-up for relief through the program from September 14, 2020, to December 14, 2020.

NCBA, PLC: Time to Delist Grizzly Bears from Endangered Species Act

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and Public Lands Council say, “it’s time the grizzly bears are delisted,” from the Endangered Species Act. During a Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works hearing Wednesday, lawmakers discussed the Grizzly Bear State Management Act. Introduced last year by Senator Mike Enzi, a Republican from Wyoming, the bill directs the Department of the Interior to re-issue its delisting decision and prohibits further judicial review of this decision. Public Lands Council Executive Director Kaitlynn Glover says, “the Committee heard what ranchers across the West have known for years: grizzly bear populations are flourishing, which means the species no longer needs protection.” Senator Enzi says the authority to manage the species needs to be turned over to the states. In 2017, the Fish and Wildlife Service removed the grizzly bear from the endangered species list, citing a significant increase in bear populations. In September 2018, a federal judge in Montana ruled to put the grizzly bear back on the endangered species list.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service