04-02-20 Inside The Colorado Beef Council w/Executive Director Todd Inglee: COVID-19, New Colorado Beef Directory, Teacher Resources & More…

Inside The Colorado Beef Council w/Executive Director Todd Inglee…

COVID-19, New Colorado Beef Directory, Teacher Resources & More…

The BARN – Briggsdale, CO – April 2, 2020 – Joining the Colorado Ag News Network and FarmCast Radio is Todd Inglee, Executive Director of the Colorado Beef Council discussing multiple issues that impact Colorado Beef Producers and the Beef Industry within the state:

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04-02-20 U.S. Senator Gardner and Bipartisan, Bicameral Colleagues Urge USDA to Provide Immediate Assistance to Cattle Producers

U.S. Senator Gardner and Bipartisan, Bicameral Colleagues Urge USDA to Provide Immediate Assistance to Cattle Producers

“We write to request swift assistance for cattle producers with the resources provided in the recently enacted Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Stabilization (CARES) Act to facilitate the stabilization of farm and ranch income to producers who are facing market volatility in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and economic fallout.”

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) joined a bipartisan, bicameral letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue requesting that he provide immediate assistance to cattle producers by using the resources provided in the recently enacted Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Stabilization (CARES) Act, including the replenishment of the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) and additional emergency funding. Doing so would help facilitate the stabilization of farm and ranch income for producers who are facing market volatility in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and economic fallout.

“The COVID-19 outbreak has demonstrated the need for domestic food security,” Gardner and his colleagues wrote. “All farmers and ranchers are vital to our country’s ability to keep food on the table in a future pandemic or related crisis, and many producers, including young producers, are often highly leveraged and cannot fall back on years of equity in a time of crisis. As such, we urge you to quickly deliver relief to producers as we work to lessen the economic impact of this pandemic.”

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The Denver Cash Grain Bids…

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Greeley, CO Thu Apr 02, 2020 USDA-CO Dept of Ag Market News
 
Daily Grain Bids for Denver and Surrounding Areas
 
Spot bids to producers for grain delivered to terminal and country
Elevators. Bids dollar/bu. except for Barley which is dollar/cwt.
Bids are as of 3:00 PM MST.
 
Bids Change (cents)
US 1 Hard Red Winter Wheat 4.36-4.64 11 lower
Up to 12 percent protein
 
US 2 Yellow Corn 3.49-3.54 1 lower
 
US 2 Barley – – not available
 
Source: USDA-CO Dept of Ag Market News Service, Greeley, CO
Tammy Judson, Market Reporting Assistant (970)353-9750
24 Hour Market Report (970)353-8031
 
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04-02-20 CO 4-H & CO FFA Swine Exhibitors are Invited to Participate in the 1st-Ever Virtual Prospect Pig Jackpot Show on April 12th!

CLICK HERE to visit the “Virtual Prospect Pig Jackpot” Facebook page to learn more

CO 4-H & CO FFA Swine Exhibitors are Invited to Participate in the 1st-Ever Virtual Prospect Pig Jackpot Show on April 12th!

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04-02-20 NPPC Urges SBA to Ensure Ag Businesses Can Access Disaster Loan Program


NPPC Urges SBA to Ensure Ag Businesses Can Access Disaster Loan Program

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 2, 2020 – The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) joined 30 agriculture organizations yesterday in urging the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to ensure agricultural business can participate in the economic disaster loan program included in the CARES Act. Continue reading

04-02-20 U.S. Senator Gardner Says IRS Did the Right Thing by Automatically Giving Seniors Access to Direct Cash Payments

U.S. Senator Gardner Says IRS Did the Right Thing by Automatically Giving Seniors Access to Direct Cash Payments

Following initial reports that the IRS was going to require seniors, others to file tax returns in order to receive the direct cash assistance for COVID-19, Gardner and his colleagues wrote a letter telling feds to use authority Congress gave them and qualify seniors automatically.

Washington, D.C. – Included in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, Congress gave the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) the authority to waive a tax filing requirement for seniors and others who normally do not file taxes in order for them to receive the direct cash assistance. Early this week, it was reported that the IRS would require these individuals to file taxes creating confusion among seniors in Colorado and across the country on whether or not they would get access to the direct cash assistance. Continue reading

04-02-20 COVID-19 Special Enrollment Period for Health Insurance Extended to April 30th

COVID-19 Special Enrollment Period for Health Insurance Extended to April 30th

 Extension allows uninsured Coloradans more time to enroll during global pandemic

DENVER – The COVID-19 Special Enrollment Period for individual health insurance will be extended to run through April 30, 2020. The original period that was announced on March 19 was set to end on Friday, April 3. The Colorado Division of Insurance (DOI), part of the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA), has worked with Connect for Health Colorado to add nearly a month more for Coloradans who are currently uninsured to get health coverage.

For anyone enrolling after April 3, their health insurance will become effective May 1.

“We want to do everything we can to ensure Coloradans have the resources they need during this difficult time,” said Gov. Jared Polis. “As this pandemic continues, we know that having health insurance will be critical, which is why we are extending this enrollment period. Everyday my administration is evaluating what steps we can take to minimize the health impact and economic impact of this crisis.”

“I’m pleased that our team, and the folks at Connect for Health Colorado, have worked to make this happen,” said Colorado Insurance Commissioner Michael Conway. “I urge everyone that doesn’t have insurance to work with Connect for Health Colorado to determine what insurance plans are available to them and to see if they qualify for financial assistance.” 

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04-02-20 U.S. Senator Bennet, Markey, Van Hollen, Schatz Lead Colleagues in Renewed Push to Ensure All Students Can Continue Education Online During Coronavirus Pandemic

Bennet, Markey, Van Hollen, Schatz Lead Colleagues in Renewed Push to Ensure All Students Can Continue Education Online During Coronavirus Pandemic

The Current Public Health Emergency Will Exacerbate a Longstanding “Homework Gap” Without Immediate Action by Congress

Denver – Today, Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet, along with U.S. Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), and Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), led 31 of their colleagues in a letter to Senate and House leadership requesting robust funding for all K-12 students to have adequate home internet connectivity if their schools close due to the ongoing Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. The senators expressed their disappointment with the lack of such funding in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that recently passed Congress, despite their repeated call for resources dedicated to distance learning. The lawmakers urged leadership in both chambers of Congress to support $2 billion in E-Rate funding in the next coronavirus relief package for students to learn at home.

“Children without connectivity are at risk of not only being unable to complete their homework during this pandemic, but being unable to continue their overall education,” wrote Bennet and his colleagues in their letter to Senate and House leadership. “Congress must address this issue by providing financial support specifically dedicated to expanding home internet access in the next emergency relief package so that no child falls behind in their education.”

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04-02-20 CDPHE: COVID-19 Media Briefing Audio for April 2nd

CDPHE: COVID-19 Media Briefing Audio for April 2nd

On Thursday, APril 2nd, to comply with social distancing guidance, support transparency,  and keep the media informed, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) held a remote press conference for inquiries regarding the state response to COVID-19 featuring:

  • Mike Willis, Director of the State Emergency Operations Center
  • and Scott Bookman, Incident Commander for state COVID-19 response

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Continue to stay up to date by visiting colorado.gov/cdphe/2019-novel-coronavirus.

04-02-20 Colorado Corn: Small Business Funds Available

Colorado Corn: Small Business Funds Available

[Greeley, CO — April 2, 2020] On April 1st, the Small Business Administration (SBA) and U.S. Treasury Department began an unprecedented public-private mobilization effort to distribute funds to provide small businesses with the capital they need.

“This legislation provides small business job retention loans to provide eight weeks of payroll and certain overhead to keep workers employed,” said Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin. “Treasury and the Small Business Administration expect to have this program up and running by April 3rd so that businesses can go to a participating SBA 7(a) lender, bank, or credit union, apply for a loan, and be approved on the same day. The loans will be forgiven as long as the funds are used to keep employees on the payroll and for certain other expenses.”

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04-02-20 Inside the BARN with CO Ag Commissioner Kate Greenberg…COVID-19: Agriculture’s Reaction, Response & More

Inside the BARN with CO Ag Commissioner Kate Greenberg: COVID-19: Agriculture’s Reaction, Response & More

BRIGGSDALE, CO – April 2, 2020 – Joining the Colorado Ag News Network and FarmCast Radio at this time is Colorado Agriculture Commissioner Kate Greenberg, and will be discussing several topics pertaining to COVID-19 and more:

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For more information on the tour and meet and greet, visit our social media sites at:

www.facebook.com/coloradoag

www.instagram.com/coagriculture

www.instagram.com/coagcommish

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04-02-20 CO Governor Polis Sends Letter to Vice President Pence Requesting Additional PPE to Address Shortage

CO Governor Polis Sends Letter to Vice President Pence Requesting Additional PPE to Address Shortage

DENVER – Governor Jared Polis discussed Colorado’s personal protective equipment (PPE) shortage at a news conference on Wednesday, April 1. On March 28, Governor Polis sent a letter to Vice President Mike Pence requesting additional PPE and ventilators to address the severe shortage Colorado is facing.

“We are facing a crisis-level shortage of these essential supplies to protect our health care workers and first responders. Colorado’s COVID-19 death rate is rising faster than any other state right now; the pandemic is spreading so fast that lags in testing are masking the true conditions experienced by Coloradans across the state,” Governor Polis wrote. 

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04-02-20 NACD: AG, CONSERVATION, WILDLIFE GROUPS UNITE TO ADVOCATE FOR CONSERVATION FUNDING SUPPORT

NACD: AG, CONSERVATION, WILDLIFE GROUPS UNITE TO ADVOCATE FOR CONSERVATION FUNDING SUPPORT

WASHINGTON – Today, 76 leading farm, conservation and wildlife groups delivered a letter to Congress requesting full funding for conservation programs and technical assistance in fiscal year (FY) 2021 appropriations.

In the letter, the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD), National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC), National Farmers Union (NFU), National Wildlife Federation (NWF) and other signatories called upon House and Senate appropriators to maintain discretionary United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) conservation funding and reject any cuts to farm bill conservation programs through the FY21 appropriations process. Continue reading

04-02-20 Cornell University: Don’t send cows to market that are not fit to transport

Cornell University: Don’t send cows to market that are not fit to transport

Given that there may be a rush to get cull cows to market, there are some key factors to animal well-being that need to be taken into consideration. This is especially true if cows will have to be transported longer distances to get to a processing facility. Continue reading

04-02-20 Important Message to partners and cattle industry stakeholders of CattleTrace…

 

Important Message to partners and cattle industry stakeholders of CattleTrace…

MANHATTAN, Kan. — As the global COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, our commitment to you and the U.S. cattle industry remains unchanged – to develop a voluntary national disease traceability system for all cattle. Thank you for your support for the past few years. Without you, we would not be where we are today.

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04-02-20 New Economic Study: African Swine Fever Outbreak in the US Could Cost $50 Billion

New Economic Study: African Swine Fever Outbreak in the US Could Cost $50 Billion

Economists study two scenarios indicating the economic impact of ASF in the U.S.

DES MOINES, Iowa (April 1, 2020) — A new study(1) conducted by agricultural economists at Iowa State University estimate the economic impact of a hypothetical African Swine Fever (ASF) outbreak in the United States. The study replicates the impact of the loss of pork export markets and found an outbreak could cost the swine industry as much as $50 billion over 10 years. 

Export sales of U.S. pork reached an all-time high in 2019 of $6.95 billion mt (5.89 billion pounds)(2), with exports accounting for 26.9 percent of the market. The export market returns an average $53.51 per head back to U.S. pork producers.

“Pork production in the U. S. exceeds domestic consumption by 25 to 30 percent, so it’s important to have export markets open as they are imperative to the vitality of the American pig farmer,” said Dr. Dermot Hayes, Iowa State University agricultural economist and one of the authors of the study. 

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