09-11-20 U.S. President Donald J. Trump and Colorado Governor Polis Orders Flags Lowered to Honor Patriot Day, Commemorate 9/11 Anniversary

U.S. President Donald J. Trump and Colorado Governor Polis Orders Flags Lowered to Honor Patriot Day, Commemorate 9/11 Anniversary

DENVER – Gov. Jared Polis today ordered flags to be lowered to half staff on all public buildings statewide on Friday, September 11, 2020 from sunrise to sunset to honor those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. This is also in recognition of Patriot Day, which was designated by Congress in 2001.

“This Patriot Day, we commemorate the lives of those who perished on September 11, 2001, we pray for the families who carry on their legacies, and we honor the unmatched bravery of our Nation’s first responders.  We also commend those who, in the days and years following the attack, answered the call to serve our country and continue to risk their lives in defense of the matchless blessings of freedom,” said President Donald J. Trump (excerpt from Proclamation below)

“On September 11, 2001, our country faced a tragedy unlike any we’d seen before. Thousands of innocent people, including many first responders, lost their lives that day. In the aftermath of that terrible attack, our nation came together, and we saw Americans lifting each other up and lending a helping hand. We have shown again and again that what challenges us can make us stronger. It’s the brave men and women who serve and protect our country, and its ideals, that make America who we are today. Let us honor those incredible men and women who lost their lives to terrorism, and renew our efforts to fight terrorism,” said Governor Jared Polis.  

See the full presidential proclamation below:

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USDA – FAS Weekly Export Sales Report for September 11th

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Weekly Export Sales for September 11th

09-11-20 Farming families of the Rocky Ford Growers Association donate 4 tons of sweet and juicy Rocky Ford Watermelon to neighbors in need

Farming families of the Rocky Ford Growers Association donate 4 tons of sweet and juicy Rocky Ford Watermelon to neighbors in need
Food Bank of the Rockies will make sure Colorado favorite Rocky Ford Watermelons get to families who need it most

It’s been a great melon season and the family farmers of the Rocky Ford Growers Association want to make sure every family gets to enjoy the bounty of this year’s harvest thanks to a donation of almost 500 watermelons (nearly 4 TONS!) to Food Bank of the Rockies.

The Rocky Ford Growers Association is partnering with  Food Bank of the Rockies to make sure those melons make it to families in need, including many people who have lost their jobs and are facing food insecurity for the first time.

“We know that so many families are struggling right now,” says RFGA president and Hirakata Farms co-owner Michael Hirakata. “We are family farmers ourselves and it’s wonderful to be able to do something to help our friends and neighbors.”

“We’re thrilled to be able to share this generous donation of fresh watermelon with people facing hunger in our community. A recent poll from Hunger Free Colorado shows that 1 in 3 Coloradans are struggling to pay for groceries as a result of the pandemic. Food Bank of the Rockies depends on donations from our agricultural community to ensure our neighbors have nutritious food. This donation will help many families during a difficult time. Thank you,” said Erin Pulling, CEO of Food Bank of the Rockies.

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09-11-20 Colorado Governor Polis to Visit Eastern Plains, Discuss COVID-19 Response & Tools for Economic Growth Today

Colorado Governor Polis to Visit Eastern Plains, Discuss COVID-19 Response & Tools for Economic Growth Today

DENVER, CO – September 11, 2020 – Colorado Governor Polis will visit Sterling, Yuma, and Fort Morgan Friday, September 11. The Governor will discuss the administration’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, visit organizations supported by the COVID-19 Relief Fund, and with members of the and agriculture community, local businesses and elected officials.

10:05 a.m.

The Annex located at 121 S. 4th St., Sterling, CO

Co-working facility for local entrepreneurs and small businesses in Logan County

10:50 a.m. 

 Haley Harms Farms

Governor Polis will visit with a local 4th generation, dry land farmer.

11:55 a.m.

Rural Communities Resource Center located at 204 S Main St #1916, Yuma, CO

COVID Relief Fund recipient and resource center that has provided advocacy, education, and support programs that strengthen the economic and physical health of community members in the area.

12:15 p.m.

Early Childhood Council for Yuma, Washington and Kit Carson Counties located at 529 N. Albany St. #1270, Yuma, CO

Distributed food, health and safety supplies, and personnel to early learning and child care providers across the region, so early learning centers and homes can remain open/reopen and provide care to children of essential workers.

2:00 p.m.

Morgan Community College located at 920 Barlow Rd., Fort Morgan, CO

Governor Polis along with: Rick Garcia, Executive Director at the Department of Local Affairs; Betsy Markey, Executive Director at the Office of Economic Development and International Trade & Angie Paccione, Executive Director at the Colorado Higher Education

followed at 3:00 p.m.

Gov. Polis will tour the new Agriculture Building, which will house MCC’s precision agriculture and business education programs and a planned agribusiness incubator. MCC also holds the distinction as the first two-year college in the State of Colorado to offer an accredited, four-year nursing program, which launched last Fall Quarter.

3:35 p.m.

One Morgan County located at 218 Main St., Fort Morgan, CO

The diversity of Morgan County’s has increased in recent years which has led to a corresponding need for community cohesion initiatives, which OneMorganCounty provides through its programs. The organization is a COVID Relief Fund recipient.

4:00 p.m.

Fort Morgan City Hall located at 110 Main St., Fort Morgan, CO

Gov. Polis will participate in roundtable discussion with local businesses, city council, and county commissioners.

4:35 p.m.

Share Inc. located at 220 Prospect St., Fort Morgan

COVID Relief Fund recipient providing COVID emergency funds to victims of domestic violence and their families in Morgan County and surrounding areas in northeast Colorado.


READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Friday, September 11th

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Friday, September 11th

Sponsored by the American Farm Bureau Federation

Senate Fails to End Debate on Coronavirus Aid Package

On Thursday, the Senate failed to end debate on the coronavirus aid package proposed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. The vote was 52-47, while the measure needed 60 votes to end the debate. Republican Kevin Cramer of North Dakota says, “The message from Senate Democrats is clear; they would rather let people be hurt than give people help because they think it will give them an advantage in November.” Cramer says Democrats seem to think if they don’t get “everything they want,” then the American people will get nothing at all. Senate Democrats say the package, which has been described as “skinny,” was too small to provide any meaningful help. The Hagstrom Report says the package included $20 billion for farmers and ranchers but no increase in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, a key demand of Senate Democrats. The failure to end debate and go to a vote means that the current Senate proposal is dead. That means the likelihood of passing another coronavirus aid package before Congress leaves at the beginning of October is low.


AEM Asking Congress to Extend the FAST Act

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers and several industry partners sent a letter to Congressional leadership, asking for a one-year extension of the current surface transportation law. The Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act is set to expire on September 30. “As our industry and our country continues to navigate the lasting effects of COVID-19, we need congressional leaders to rise to the occasion and help keep the wheels moving on critical infrastructure projects around the country,” says Dennis Slater, President of AEM. “As states and local governments continue to see budget shortfalls due to COVID-19, ensuring that the much-needed repair and modernization of our surface transportation system can continue will create American jobs and boost demand for construction equipment.” AEM and dozens of industry partners want members on both sides of the aisle to work together on a long-term, fully-funded reauthorization that will better prepare America’s roads, highways, bridges, and public transit systems to meet the demands of a “globally-competitive 21st-century economy.” The letter to congressional leaders asks for a “turn-key, one-year extension of the current surface transportation law with increased investment levels” in the nation’s infrastructure.


USDA Looking for Input on Ag Innovation Agenda

To further the USDA’s work on its Agricultural Innovation Agenda, the agency is asking for public-and-private-sector input on the most innovative technologies and practices that can be readily deployed across the country. USDA is looking for ready-to-go technologies and practices that will help achieve its goal of increasing agricultural production by 40 percent to help meet global population needs in 2050. At the same time, they also want technologies and practices that help cut the carbon footprint of U.S. agriculture by 40 percent. “Across America, we’ve seen significant advances in agricultural production efficiency and conservation performance during the past two decades,” says Bill Northey, Undersecretary for Farm Production and Conservation. “We want to keep the momentum going and help farmers access new approaches through our Agricultural Innovation Agenda.” To help identify and accelerate the adoption of ready-to-go innovations, USDA is accepting public comments and written stakeholder input. A ready-to-go practice, technology, or management approach includes those that are fully developed, have been field-tested, and have completed independent research trials. Based on the input, USDA will develop a comprehensive agriculture innovation strategy for its customer programs, all of which will be found on their AIA website.


FFA Giving Back to Indianapolis

The city of Indianapolis won’t get to experience a sea of blue jackets this fall because the National FFA Convention and Expo are going virtual. However, that doesn’t mean FFA won’t be giving back to the Indianapolis community. As a part of helping the host city, the National FFA Organization announced it is donating $10,000 to the Indiana Hospitality Relief Fund through the Indiana Restaurant and Lodging Association. “The Indianapolis hospitality industry always rolls out the red carpet for us each October,” says FFA CEO Mark Poeschl (PESH-uhl). “This unprecedented time has created hardships for many people. While we won’t see many of our friends around the city in-person, we want them to know we’re thinking about them.” The national convention and expo typically bring in more than 65,000 people to the city and have an annual impact of more than $35 million on the city. FFA members typically give back during the convention through National Days of Service. As this year’s convention is a virtual one, FFA will be giving back through National Days of Service in locations around the country. The National FFA Convention and Expo are scheduled for October 27-29.


#Glamburger Introducing More Consumers to American Lamb

The American Lamb Board’s #Glamburger campaign inspired consumers, influencers, and chefs to help create unique lamb burgers in celebration of summer. The checkoff promotion focused on enticing consumers to try ground American Lamb because of its affordability, delicious flavor, and ease of preparation. The campaign included two components: #ProjectGlamburger and the #Glamburger Challenge. The #Glamburger Challenge contest asked consumers to share a picture of their favorite lamb burger on social media, with a chance to win a $1,000 gift card. #ProjectGlamburger is a series of virtual competitions involving local restaurants and food influencers in key geographical markets. Influencers were invited to craft a new lamb burger to be added to a local restaurant’s menu. The first stop was in Boulder, Colorado, at the Rooted Craft Restaurant. After a stop in San Francisco, California, at a restaurant called Son’s Addition, the #ProjectGlamburger event is on its third stop in Washington, DC. Food influencers in the nation’s capital are working on creating their burger concepts in hopes of seeing theirs added to the menu at the Little Sesame restaurant.


ISU: U.S Ready to Meet China’s Increasing Import Demand

China’s demand for U.S. corn is surging, and Iowa State University’s Center for Agriculture and Rural Development says the U.S. is ready for that demand. “The recent derecho storm caused a great deal of damage to Iowa’s corn and soybeans, but total predicted national corn production for the 2020-2021 marketing year is still the largest ever,” says Dermot Hayes, Professor of Economics at Iowa State University. China’s surging corn demand isn’t the only good news for U.S. farmers. Hayes updated a recent study he co-authored called “China’s Agricultural Imports Under the Phase One Trade Deal: Is Success Possible?” The most recent data says China will now import $21.63 billion in agricultural products from the United States in the first year of the phase one deal, an increase of almost $3 billion from the first prediction in May. The study’s co-authors say while the prediction is still behind the $36.5 billion target set by the deal, the recent market signals are showing that China has record demand ahead for U.S. corn, poultry, and pork. China’s increased demand for corn and pork relates back to the outbreak of the African Swine Fever Virus that started in 2018 and decimated China’s hog industry.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service