03-28-17 NPPC: EPA Now Limited On Farm Data It Can Release

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NPPC: EPA Now Limited On Farm Data It Can Release

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 28, 2017 – A federal judge yesterday approved a settlement agreement between the National Pork Producers Council and the American Farm Bureau Federation and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, limiting EPA’s release of information on livestock farmers. Continue reading

03-28-17 NWSS Scholarship Trust Awards $500K to Agriculture Students

National Western Scholarship Trust Awards $500,000 to Agriculture Students

CORRECTED – The National Western Scholarship Trust is excited to announce a $100,000 annual increase to its scholarship fund, expanding the value to $500,000 and more than 100 recipients studying throughout Colorado and Wyoming.

Four major National Western Stock Show events contribute to the trust each year. These events include the Coors Western Art Exhibit & Sale, the Citizen of the West dinner, the Auction of Junior Livestock Champions and the Boots ‘n Business luncheon.

“Through the dedication and hard work of our Board, committees, staff and volunteers at the National Western Stock Show as well as the supporters of our event, we are able to provide even greater impact to students studying agriculture throughout the region,” said Paul Andrews, President and CEO of the National Western Stock Show.  “This is a great day for educating more youth in area colleges and as we continue to grow in the future, we plan to increase the scholarship support even more.” Continue reading

03-28-17 Gov. Hickenlooper statement on the President’s Executive Order pulling back on climate policies

Gov. Hickenlooper statement on the President’s Executive Order pulling back on climate policies

DENVER — Tuesday, Mar. 28,  2017 Today’s Executive Order by the President pulling back on policies addressing climate change will not deter Colorado’s efforts. Natural gas has become more economical than coal, and Colorado is a national leader on wind and solar energy, which are a boon to our economy, jobs and the environment. Continue reading

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03-28-17 NCGA: Spurlock Testifies on Farm Bill Programs at House Hearing

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NCGA: Spurlock Testifies on Farm Bill Programs at House Hearing

WASHINGTON (March 28, 2017) – The Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) risk management program and crop insurance have been critical to helping corn farmers during a weak farm economy and should be maintained in the next farm bill, National Corn Growers Association President Wesley Spurlock testified today at House Agriculture General Farm Commodities and Risk Management Subcommittee hearing.

“Together, crop insurance and the ARC-County program have helped many farmers weather the storm of a weak farm economy and avoid bankruptcy,” said Spurlock, who raises corn, cotton, wheat, sorghum, and beef cattle in the Texas Panhandle. Continue reading

03-28-17 NFU: Trump Executive Order Reverses American Climate Change Progress, Leadership

NFU: Trump Executive Order Reverses American Climate Change Progress, Leadership

WASHINGTON – In a sweeping and regressive executive order on energy, President Donald Trump today reversed years of progress in the U.S.-led fight against climate change. The order dismantles critical Obama-era policies that prepare the United States to mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change.

“Climate change jeopardizes American food security and the livelihoods of American family farmers, ranchers and rural residents,” said NFU President Roger Johnson. “This executive order sends a very clear message to Americans and the rest of the world that our country will not lead the global effort to curtail climate change. It also stems any further progress the United States can collectively make to thwart the severe effects of climate change.” Continue reading

03-28-17 DoI Secretary Zinke Statement in Support of President Trump’s American Energy Executive Order…

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Secretary Zinke Statement in Support of President Trump’s American Energy Executive Order

WASHINGTON – Today, President Donald J. Trump, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Scott Pruitt, and Secretary of Energy Rick Perry announced a bold American energy Executive Order that will put our nation on track to full and dominant American energy independence. The Executive Order calls on the Secretary of the Interior to review the Bureau of Land Management’s 2016 moratorium on new coal leases on federal land and also review three final rules from the Department regarding oil and gas production on both federal and private land and the outer continental shelf.

“We can’t power the country on pixie dust and hope. Today, President Trump took bold and decisive action to end the War on Coal and put us on track for American energy independence,” said Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke. “American energy independence has three major benefits to the environment, economy, and national security. Continue reading

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Mexico Considering Duty-free Corn Trade with Brazil, Argentina

Mexico is mulling over drafting trade agreements that offer Brazil and Argentina duty-free access to the Mexican market for corn. Mexico is the world’s biggest buyer of U.S. corn, and the potential move by Mexico is seen as a shift away from American imports, according to DTN. An eagerness to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement by President Donald Trump has corn buyers in Mexico concerned and exploring other options. Trump has called NAFTA unfair to the U.S. and has vowed to renegotiate the deal or walk away. Mexico currently imports 98 percent of its corn from the U.S. and total U.S. farm sales to Mexico were worth an estimated $17.7 billion last year, five times greater than when NAFTA came into force. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says corn imports by Mexico from the U.S. were worth $2.3 billion in 2015.

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Singapore Plans to Ratify TPP

Singapore will push forward to ratify the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a change from other nations taking a wait and see approach after President Donald Trump withdrew the U.S. from the trade agreement. While the effort may be mostly symbolic, it does signal to other TPP nations that Singapore is still open to the agreement without the United States. Singapore’s Prime Minister said during a visit to TPP member nation Viet Nam last week that “Singapore is proceeding with the ratification,” according to online publication World Trade News. After Trump’s move, Singapore’s Ministry of Trade and Industry had said that it would be focusing on other regional trade initiatives as TPP cannot come into effect in its current state. A Singapore trade official says that ratifying TPP is an effort by the country to “study the new balance of benefits” with other TPP members. Singapore is interested in either bilateral deals with TPP member countries or implementing TPP without the United States. U.S. agricultural exports included in the trade agreement were estimated to be worth $4 billion.

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Avian Influenza Spreads to Georgia

Georgia, the nation’s top poultry-producing state, confirmed Monday the likely presence of low pathogenic avian influenza. The state’s agriculture department confirmed the presumptive low pathogenic avian influenza in a northwestern Georgia county that borders Alabama and is near Tennessee, the sites of other reported avian influenza cases. The virus was identified during routine pre-sale screening for a commercial facility and was confirmed as H7 avian influenza by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Veterinary Services Laboratory. As a precaution, the affected flock has been depopulated. Officials are testing and monitoring other flocks within the surveillance area and no other flocks have tested positive or experienced any clinical signs. Poultry contributes $25.9 billion to Georgia’s economy and accounts for 104,000 jobs in the state.

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China, Others, Resume Meat Imports from Brazil

Bans on meat imports from Brazil following the announced investigation into alleged bribery over meat safety issues were short-lived as China, Chile and Egypt have resumed imports from Brazil. Meat industry publication Meatingplace reports the temporary bans by the three nations were lifted over the weekend. However, meat purchases from the processing plants under investigation will remain suspended. The countries were among more than a dozen nations that have restricted purchases from Brazil, following the March 17th announcement of an investigation into alleged corruption involving 33 public sanitary inspectors and 21 meat processing plants. The decisions to resume purchases brings some relief to the Brazilian meat industry, which accumulated millions of dollars in losses last week due to the temporary bans. China alone is the second largest importer of Brazilian poultry and the third largest buyer of pork.

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EU Approves Dow DuPont Merger with Agreement to Sell R&D Assets

The European Union has approved the Dow DuPont merger after the companies agreed to sell substantial assets including key research and development activities. The EU approved the $130 billion deal Monday after Dow and DuPont agreed to address concerns that the merger would leave few incentives to produce new crop protection products in the future. An EU spokesperson taking part in the review of the merger said the decision “ensures that the merger between Dow and DuPont does not reduce price competition for existing pesticides or innovation for safer and better products in the future.” In return for the EU approval, DuPont will divest large parts of its global pesticides business, including its global research and development organization, according to Reuters. Dow, in turn, will sell two acid co-polymer manufacturing facilities in Spain and the United States. The deal is still to be approved by regulators in the United States, Brazil, China, Australia and Canada, but the companies said they were confident of clearance in all remaining jurisdictions.

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President Signs Resolution to Repeal BLM Planning 2.0

President Donald Trump Monday signed a congressional resolution directing the Bureau of Land Management to repeal their Planning 2.0 Rule. The resolution was supported by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, the American Farm Bureau, and others. The American Farm Bureau had suggested the rule, which was finalized in December, would negatively impact federal lands use. Ethan Lane, executive director of the Public Lands Council, applauded the action and called it a significant victory for western ranchers. He says the rule would have caused a wholesale shift in management focus at BLM by prioritizing social and environmental change over ensuring the multiple use of public lands. Lane says the Public Lands Council looks forward “to working with the new Administration to bring together a streamlined planning process that works for livestock ranchers and the western communities that depend on the use of BLM lands.”

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(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) – Each week, Auctioneer Tyler Knode with Livestock Exchange, LLC. in Brush, CO will be inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network providing a RECAP of the previous week’s auctions and also a PREVIEW of upcoming cattle & hay auctions…

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03-28-17 Livestock Exchange, LLC Recap & Preview

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03-27-17 CFB: Farm Credits, CoBank Donate $25,000 to CFB Foundation Disaster Relief Fund

CFB: Farm Credits, CoBank Donate $25,000 to CFB Foundation Disaster Relief Fund

Centennial, CO – March 27, 2017 – The Colorado Farm Bureau Foundation Disaster Relief Fund received a combined $25,000 donation from Premier Farm CreditAmerican AgCreditFarm Credit of Southern Colorado and CoBank in response to the Northeast Colorado wildfire that consumed 30,000 acres and the livelihoods of many in the agricultural community.

“The damage from a wildfire on a farm or ranch can take many years to repair, but the swift outpour of monetary and in-kind donations from around the country is a great help in recovering losses,” said Don Shawcroft, President of Colorado Farm Bureau. Continue reading

03-27-17 NACD: PRESIDENT TAKES FINAL STEP IN ROLLING BACK BLM PLANNING RULE

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NACD: PRESIDENT TAKES FINAL STEP IN ROLLING BACK BLM PLANNING RULE

WASHINGTON, March 27, 2017 – Earlier this afternoon, President Trump signed into law H.J. Res. 44 – the joint resolution disapproving of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM)’s “Planning 2.0” rule.

“NACD has followed the development of Planning 2.0 since its inception, participating in town hall sessions, providing detailed public comments, and submitting letters to both BLM and lawmakers,” said NACD President Brent Van Dyke. “NACD is pleased that President Trump and Congress understand that the BLM should go back to the drawing board to craft a more inclusive planning policy.” Continue reading

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Ag Groups Divided on Healthcare Reform

Two of the bigger Agriculture groups are divided on the Republican plan (American Health Care Act) to replace the Affordable Care Act. Politico’s Morning Agriculture report says American Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall sent a letter to Congress asking House members to pass H.R. 1628. Duvall said Farm Bureau believes the primary responsibility for health care lies with individuals. “We support repeal of mandates that require individuals to purchase insurance and employers to cover their employees,” Duvall said. “Instead, we support a system that incentivizes people to plan for their health care needs and provides for those who are unable to pay for health care themselves.” National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson also sent a letter to House members this week, asking them to not pass the bill. Johnson doesn’t agree with the new plan’s proposal to base subsidies on age instead of income. “In 2012, 75 percent of farms sold less than $50,000 in agricultural products and 57 percent had sales less than $10,000,” Johnson noted. “Young farm families that don’t receive additional income or health benefits from off-farm jobs would find it extremely difficult to purchase health insurance.” Additionally, he says the proposed legislation would also hurt older farmers, saying, “The easing of restrictions on what insurance companies can charge older customers will offset the larger subsidies offered to older farmers.”

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National Chicken Council Wants GIPSA Rules Withdrawn

The National Chicken Council filed comments with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Grain Inspection, Packers, and Stockyards Administration that explained why the interim and final rules proposed are bad for their industry. The NCC calls the rules “ill-advised,” saying they would cost American agriculture billions of dollars in economic damage, exceed GIPSA’s authority, and represent an arbitrary abuse of federal authority. NCC President Mike Brown says in the comments that GIPSA failed to provide any justification for the sweeping rule changes forced upon the poultry industry. “GIPSA doesn’t explain what benefits would offset the billions of dollars in harm this will cause the American economy,” Brown says. “The agency also fails to take into account the negative effect on consumers, innovation, competition, and even food safety.” Brown says his organization is particularly concerned about a potential storm of litigation that may result from the new rules. He says the new rules appear designed to create uncertainty and litigation, saying that even GIPSA admits costly litigation will ensue. Eight different Courts of Appeals have rejected a key part of the new rules which say a litigant would need to prove competitive injury to demonstrate a violation.

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Iowa Legislature Passes Bill to Limit Nuisance Livestock Lawsuits

The Iowa Legislature recently passed a bill that would put a limit on some damages associated with what it calls “nuisance” livestock lawsuits. Republican Representative Chip Baltimore is the bill’s floor manager, who says Senate File 447 would limit the amount of risk that comes with running a farm and livestock operation for those who are consistently good farmers. The limits on lawsuits would put a cap on some damages. However, those limits don’t apply to consistent offenders or farms that violate environmental regulations. Baltimore says, “This is an agricultural state. We want to foster a healthy agricultural environment so our kids and grandkids can come back and continue the legacy of agriculture. That’s what this bill does.” However, Democrats in the Iowa Legislature are worried that the legislation would protect factory farms while limiting Iowa homeowners ability to receive fair compensation. The bill was approved 60 to 39 and now heads to Governor Terry Branstad.

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Black Market Hackers Selling Tractor Repair Software Illegally

A battle is brewing in at least eight states over “right-to-repair” legislation. Tractors have gone high tech and often require software downloads to aid in the repair process. Fox News Tech Dot Com reports that software hackers overseas are creating and selling hacks to John Deere software. Local repair shops in America’s farm country are downloading the hacks and using them to repair the company’s tractors. The article says when farmers are in crunch-time, like harvest, they usually don’t have time to wait for a dealership employee to come out and authorize a download to help with repairs. But farmers who buy John Deere equipment have to sign a license agreement that doesn’t allow virtually all types of unauthorized repair and modification to the software embedded in most of the new machines. The agreement allows repairs to the actual machinery but no work on the software.  Nebraska is one of eight states considering the “right-to-repair” legislation that would invalidate the John Deere licensing agreement. It would also prevent farmers from suing for “crop loss, lost profits, loss of goodwill, or loss of use of equipment arising from the performance or non-performance of any aspect of the software.” John Deere is against the legislation, noting that any non-authorized modifications to the software increase the risk that the machinery won’t work as designed.

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JBS Suspends Brazil Product After Meat Scandal

The world’s biggest packer, JBS, suspended meat production at 33 of its 36 meatpacking plants in Brazil as countries continue to ban Brazilian beef due to the corruption scandal and ongoing investigation. Reuters is reporting that a Brazil police investigation is alleging that multiple meat processors bribed inspectors to turn a blind eye to unsanitary or irregular activity. Those activities are causing challenges to the condition of Brazil’s meat exports. JBS is one of the dozens of firms that police are looking into as part of the ongoing meat investigation, but the company admits to no wrongdoing. Countries that have implemented full or partial bans on Brazilian meat include Egypt, China, Mexico, Canada, the European Union, Saudi Arabia, Japan, Switzerland, Hong Kong and Chile. The United States Food Safety and Inspection Service has issued no ban on beef products from Brazil. However, the service has put pathogen testing in place and increased the examination of all imports of raw beef and ready-to-eat products coming in from Brazil. Donald Trump’s nominee for Ag Secretary, Sonny Perdue, said at his confirmation hearing that he wouldn’t call for a ban either, fearing retaliation from other countries against American agricultural products.

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Study: 82% of U.S. Households Buy Organic Regularly

A recent study by the Organic Trade Association finds that 82 percent of U.S. households in the lower 48 states buy organic products regularly. The Association says those findings build a strong case for continued U.S. Department of Agriculture funding under incoming secretary Sonny Perdue. Laura Batcha (Bat-cha), CEO and Executive Director of the Association, says, “The organic community is looking forward to working with new leadership coming into the USDA.” She says they’re looking forward to showing how important adequate funding is to keep a strong organic program moving forward and to help organic become a part of healthy diets across the country. The survey results showed the five states where organic is growing the fastest include North Dakota, Rhode Island, Wyoming, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. The Association says organic accounts for 5 percent of total food sales, amounting to $40 billion in annual spending.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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03-24-17 WGCD Second Scholarship Opportunity

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03-24-17 WGCD: New Funding Partnership Developed for Agricultural Producers

03-24-17 Get Ready, Get Set For Camp Rocky 2017 in Divide this July!

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Get Ready, Get Set For Camp Rocky in Divide this July!

Attn: Youth – Make your summer plans for 2017 Camp Rocky

Greeley, CO – The 54th Camp Rocky is an educational week long, residential camp adventure for youth 14 to 19 year old who enjoy the outdoors and are interested in natural resources. The Camp will be July 9-15 just outside Divide, Colo., about 45 minutes west of Colorado Springs. Camp Rocky’s professional staff helps participants learn about their environment through hands-on experiences. The student participants are put into teams to tackle various projects related to:

  • Forest Management
  • Rangeland Science
  • Soil and Water Conservation
  • Fish and Wildlife Management

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03-24-17 USDA/NASS-CO: Cattle on Feed

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The umber of cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market in Colorado feedlots with a capacity of 1,000 head or larger was estimated at 910,000 head as of March 1, 2017. The latest inventory was 1 percent above last month’s inventory and up 2 percent from the March 1, 2016 inventory. Cattle feeders with 1,000 head or larger capacity marketed an estimated 165,000 head of fed cattle during February 2017. This was 6 percent below the previous month’s marketings but 7 percent above marketings one year earlier. An estimated 180,000 head of cattle and calves were placed on feed during February, no change from the previous month but up 6 percent from February 2016 placements. Of the number placed in February, 14 percent weighed less than 600 pounds, 22 percent weighed from 600 to 699 pounds, 28 percent weighed from 700 to 799 pounds, 25 percent weighed 800-899 pounds and 11 percent weighed 900 pounds or greater. Other disappearance for February, at 5,000 head, was unchanged from last month and last year.

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03-24-17 CO Ag Council: Cook-off competition at the Capitol highlights Agriculture Week in Colorado

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CO Ag Council: Cook-off competition at the Capitol highlights Agriculture Week in Colorado

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The “most popular event under the Golden Dome” was once again a success, as Gov. John Hickenlooper, state officials, the media and others took part in a well-deserved “thank you” to Colorado’s farmers, ranchers and agribusinesses during Agriculture Day at the Capitol on Wednesday.  

With an estimated 900 people in attendance, the event was highlighted by a cook-off competition that featured the teaming up of local chefs, lawmakers and ag representatives, creating dishes with Colorado-grown foods.

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03-24-17 CPW aids eastern plains landowner after fire

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CPW aids eastern plains landowner after fire

DENVER–Earlier this week, Colorado Parks & Wildlife provided support to an eastern plains neighbor who experienced damage due to the Haxtun Fire by donating approximately 66 bales of hay to help the family feed their livestock in the coming months.

“As neighbors and land managers as well, we recognize that wildfires like the recent Haxtun, Logan and Sandhill fires can have a devastating impact,” said Todd Schmidt, Area Wildlife Manager for Brush (Area 3). “We realized we have hay bales stored that could really help the community during this difficult time and now we got to work in getting those resources moved down where they are most needed.” Continue reading