U.S. Senator Bennet Cosponsors New Bill to Protect People’s Personal Data Online
Data Care Act Will Stop Websites and Apps from Using Personal Data Against Users, Protect User Information from Hacks, and Hold Companies Accountable for Misuse
Washington, D.C. – Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet today joined 14 Senators, led by Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI), in introducing new legislation to protect people’s personal data online. The Data Care Act would require websites, apps, and other online providers to take responsible steps to safeguard personal information and stop the misuse of users’ data.
“It’s long past time we rethink how our personal data is collected, stored, and shared online,” Bennet said. “Websites and apps that profit from our data should be held accountable for how they use it. The Data Care Act will ensure internet companies use our online data as we expect them to: in our best interest.” Continue reading
USDA Statement on President Trump’s EO Establishing a White House White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council
(Washington, D.C., December 12, 2018) – Anne Hazlett, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development, today applauded President Donald Trump for establishing a White House Council to carry out the Administration’s plan to encourage public and private investment in urban and economically distressed areas, including qualified opportunity zones.
Hazlett issued the following statement:
“Today’s executive order is another example of ‘Promises Made, Promises Kept’ for President Trump. Private investment in rural America is fundamental to rural prosperity. Under the leadership of Agriculture Secretary Perdue, USDA is committed to partnering with local communities to increase rural prosperity through greater economic opportunity and quality of life. With incentives to drive greater investment in rural America, we will have new and powerful tools to foster revitalization, create jobs and promote sustainable economic growth in small towns and rural areas in every corner of this country.”
Washington, D.C. (December 12, 2018) – The National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) applauds the Senate and House of Representatives for their quick action and bipartisan votes on the Farm Bill conference report, and call on President Trump to sign the bill into law as quickly as possible.
“Historically low prices, trade instability, and the current weather challenges are all weighing heavily on the minds of growers,” stated NAWG President and Sentinel, OK wheat farmer Jimmie Musick. “The 2018 farm bill provides the certainty they need to get through these arduous times and many of the programs within the bill can help growers stay in business.” Continue reading
USDA: Statement of Secretary Perdue on Passage of the Farm Bill
Perdue issued the following statement:
“The passage of the 2019 Farm Bill is good news because it provides a strong safety net for farmers and ranchers, who need the dependability and certainty this legislation affords. This Farm Bill will help producers make decisions about the future, while also investing in important agricultural research and supporting trade programs to bolster exports. While I feel there were missed opportunities in forest management and in improving work requirements for certain SNAP recipients, this bill does include several helpful provisions and we will continue to build upon these through our authorities. I commend Congress for bringing the Farm Bill across the finish line and am encouraging President Trump to sign it.”
ARLINGTON, Va. – The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) applauded the U.S. House of Representatives for completing congressional approval of a new farm bill and sending to the White House a law that will provide important economic assistance to dairy producers in times of need. NMPF urged President Donald Trump to immediately sign the bill.
“The farm bill passed by the full Congress represents a truly bipartisan spirit and offers genuine hope for agriculture,” said Jim Mulhern, president and CEO of NMPF. “The dairy provisions adopted by Congress will bring critically important assistance to the nation’s dairy farmers. The sooner the president signs the bill, the sooner that the Agriculture Department can implement these important policy improvements.”
The farm bill’s adoption by the House follows yesterday’s Senate vote of approval and reflects months of work in both chambers. Continue reading
CSU Ext: Farm/Ranch Women are Decision Makers – Annie’s Project Prepares Them Well
Farm and ranch women are generating a cultural tide in American agriculture that is moving management, assets and opportunities to a new wave of farmers across the country. At Annie’s Project courses, farm women become empowered to be better business partners or sole operators through networks and by managing and organizing critical information.
Annie’s Project is a six-week course that is a discussion-based workshop bringing women together to learn from experts in production, financial management, human resources, marketing and the legal field. There’s plenty of time for questions, sharing, reacting and connecting with presenters and fellow participants. It’s a relaxed, fun and dynamic way to learn, grow and meet other women in agriculture. Continue reading
CO Corn: 2018 Farm Bill Passes Senate, Heads to The House
Colorado Corn, based in Greeley, is made up of the Colorado Corn Administrative Committee and the Colorado Corn Growers Association. The Colorado Corn Administrative Committee (CCAC) oversees how Colorado’s corn check-off dollars (one penny per bushel of grain corn produced in Colorado) are invested in research, market development, outreach and other various endeavors. The Colorado Corn Growers Association (CCGA) is comprised of dues-paying members who are politically active, focusing on policy that impacts corn producers and agriculture in general. Learn more about the work of the two organizations at www.coloradocorn.com.
Groups support climate friendly soil carbon pilot program in Farm Bill
The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE), Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2), the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) thank the Farm Bill conferees for including a new pilot Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP) in the 2018 Farm Bill Conference Report to promote and document the benefits of farming practices which improve soil health. Continue reading
USDA, WGA Collaborative to Address Land Management Challenges
(Waimea, HI, December 12, 2018) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Western Governors’ Association (WGA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to “establish a framework to allow the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and WGA to work collaboratively to accomplish mutual goals, further common interests, and effectively respond to the increasing suite of challenges facing western landscapes.”
Specifically, the agreement was signed by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, WGA Chair and Governor of Hawai’i David Ige, and WGA Vice Chair and Governor of North Dakota Doug Burgum. The MOU commits the USFS and WGA to a “more integrated approach to prioritizing investments where they will have the greatest impact and will work together to set priorities that address risk across broad landscapes.” Following the signing, Secretary Perdue and Governor Ige issued these statements: Continue reading
Chairman K. Michael Conaway (TX-11) Floor Remarks on H.R. 2 the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018
Remarks as prepared:
Mr. Speaker, I rise today in strong support of the conference report to accompany H.R. 2, the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018.
It is fitting that the House today considers the Farm Bill because 28 years ago, another proud Texan — President George H.W. Bush — signed the 1990 Farm Bill into law. And, for the first time since 1990, Congress is poised to pass a new farm bill in the same year that the legislation was first introduced. Continue reading
Culver’s Support of Agricultural Education Surpasses $2 Million
PRAIRIE DU SAC, Wis.—Dec. 6, 2018—As the average age of a farmer rises to 58, Culver’s wants to ensure younger generations have access to agricultural education, so they’re able to maintain our country’s future food supply. In 2018, the restaurant chain donated $465,000 to agricultural education programs, including FFA.
The donations are part of Culver’s Thank You Farmers Project, an initiative that supports agricultural education programs that teach smart farming. In 2018, Culver’s efforts to raise money and awareness for the importance of agriculture included a variety of programs: Continue reading
DDGS, Grain Sales Top $400 Million at 2018 Export Exchange
NACD Statement on EPA’s WOTUS Rule
WASHINGTON, D.C. —
On Tuesday, Dec. 11, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers unveiled rulemaking which includes a new Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) definition under the Clean Water Act.
The proposed rule is designed to review and revise the definition of WOTUS to ensure it is consistent with the Trump Administration’s Feb. 2017 executive order. The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) President Brent Van Dyke issued the following statement on the proposed rule:
“We’re pleased with efforts of the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers to address the complexities surrounding the definition of jurisdictional waters,” Van Dyke said. “Locally-led conservation, including local decision-making, must be at the forefront of these clarification efforts, which is why NACD has consistently opposed the expansion of federal jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act. We are optimistic this rule will provide increased clarity and transparency around current WOTUS regulations and help landowners have a better understanding of what is compliant with the law. We look forward to working with the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers to provide additional input as we complete our review of the proposed rule.” Continue reading
FOR TODAY’s BARN IN DEPTH REPORT & ARCHIVES
Inside the CCA with Sarah Smith: CCA’s 2019 Mid-Winter Conference Details
Briggsdale, CO – December 12, 2018 – Registration is now open for CCA’s 2019 Mid-Winter Conference, which will be held on January 21-23, 2019 at the Renaissance Hotel in Denver, CO. And joining the CO Ag News Network to discuss that event in more detail is Sarah Smith, CCA’s Marketing & Communications Director…
The Colorado Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) was founded in 1867—nine years before Colorado became a state! As such, it became the first statewide cattlemen’s association in the nation. The State’s premier cattlemen’s association that serves as the principal voice and advocate for Colorado beef production. Learn more about the CCA and become a member online @ http://www.coloradocattle.org
Inside the BARN with Coffey…Chuck Coffey, Incoming Chair of the Cattlemen’s Beef Board
BRIGGSDALE, CO – December 12, 2018 – Joining the Colorado Ag News Network and FarmCast Radio is the incoming Chairman of the Cattlemen’s Beef Board Chuck Coffey who is in Denver attending the CBB’s Leadership Summit discussing several topics including:
- Coffey’s Backfround
- CBB History & Mission
- What is the Beef Checkoff”
- What the Beef Checkoff can and can’t do
- CBB Board & Officer Team
- 2019 CBB Leadership Summit in Denver this week
- Communicating to the Consumer & Producer is Critical now more than ever before
- Beef Checkoff’s Impact on Demand
- Importance of Exports
- Dispelling the Myths & Misconceptions about the Beef Checkoff
- & More
U.S. House to Consider Farm Bill…Calls SNAP Provisions a Win
Briggsdale, CO via NAFB News Service -December 12, 2018 – The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to consider and possibly vote on the farm bill Wednesday. Following Tuesday’s Senate passage of the bill, action now rests with the House of Representatives which passed its version of the farm bill with strict work requirements under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Those requirements were left out of the final bill. Speaking Tuesday, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise says its time to move the bill to President Trump…
READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, December 12th
Senate Passes Farm Bill, House Consideration Expected Wednesday
The Senate Tuesday afternoon approved the 2018 farm bill, titled the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018. Senators, without debate, approved the bill 87 to 13, placing action on the House of Representatives to pass and send the legislation to President Trump for his signature. Ranking Democrat of the House Agriculture Committee last week said “almost all” House Democrats support the bill. Farm groups across the spectrum of agriculture expressed support for the bill and called on lawmakers to move the farm bill across the finish line. The American Farm Bureau Federation endorsed the bill while calling for final approval. AFBF President Zippy Duvall called the bill a “complete package” gives farmers and ranchers the needed tools to “weather this ongoing storm,” referring to the farm economy. National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson says passage of the bill “cannot come soon enough” as farmers and ranchers face the worst farm economy decline in more than 30 years. Johnson calls the bill a “critical step” towards providing relief.
Farm Bill Makes Significant Dairy Policy Reforms
The farm bill, or Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, makes promised reforms to better serve dairy farmers. The National Milk Producers Federation says the bill, being considered this week, provides support to a struggling dairy sector. The updated dairy program includes higher coverage levels in a renamed Margin Protection Program that address deficiencies in the current program’s feed-cost formula, greater flexibility to allow producers of all sizes to access Tier 1 premium rates, and expanded access to additional risk management tools, allowing producers to participate in both MPP and the Livestock Gross Margin insurance program. Also applauded by NMPF, the bill includes full funding for trade promotion programs and nutrition provision intended to enhance consumption of fluid milk. NMPF says the law’s provisions build on improvements enacted in the Bipartisan Budget Act earlier this year, including dairy safety net reforms as well as risk management provisions.
China to Begin U.S. Soy Purchases Soon
China will soon announce the first purchases of U.S. soybeans under an agreement between the U.S. and China at the G20 Summit. Following the conversation, President Trump announced the purchases as the two nations enter trade talks. Bloomberg News reports China plans to announce the purchases this month, which will be destined for state reserves. The final decision will be made by the State Council or cabinet, and details to be decided include whether the volume should be five million tons or eight million tons and if commercial companies should buy a further two million tons and be reimbursed for the 25 percent tariffs. Resuming purchases of U.S. soybeans should help offset some trade-related economic downfalls for U.S. farmers, as China is the world’s biggest consumer of soybeans, but stopped U.S. purchases after implanting tariffs against the United States.
White House Delays Trade Aid Payments
The Market Facilitation Program trade payments expected early this month to farmers are on hold, for now. The White House is delaying the second round of payments amid the expectation China will soon resume buying U.S. soybeans. The payments, as part of the $12 billion trade mitigation package, are being held up by the White House Office of Management and Budget, where the package has been stalled for more than a week. Sources close to the matter told Reuters that the payment will likely eventually be approved after some “back and forth.” A Department of Agriculture spokesperson says USDA is “in discussions” with the White House and anticipate the payment rates will be “published before the end of the year.” The delay comes as China recently pledged to resume purchases of U.S. soybeans. Export inspections for U.S. soybeans are down 42 percent from last year due to the trade war, and the halt of purchases by China.
Farm Groups Applaud New WOTUS Proposal
Agriculture groups welcomed the signing of a proposal to rework the Waters of the U.S. Rule. The Trump administration rolled out the proposal at the Environmental Protection Agency to much fanfare from agriculture and farm-state lawmakers. The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association called the proposal a “fresh start.” NCBA says the new rule proposed by the Trump administration would protect private property rights, safeguard U.S. waters, restore state and local authorities and respect the intent of Congress in limiting jurisdiction to “navigable waters” in the Clean Water Act. American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall, who attended the signing of the proposed rule, says it will “empower farmers and ranchers to comply with the law, protect our water resources and productively work their land without having to hire an army of lawyers and consultants.” The 2015 WOTUS rule is currently in effect in 22 states. The EPA and Army Corps of Engineers are currently in the process of repealing the 2015 WOTUS rule.
USDA Releases December WASDE Report
The December World Agriculture Supply and Demand report released Tuesday offers a typically quiet-minded update. This month’s corn outlook is for less corn used for ethanol, reduced imports, and larger ending stocks. Corn used to produce ethanol is reduced 50 million bushels to 5.6 billion, based on recent data that shows corn used for ethanol during the September to November quarter declined relative to the prior year for the first time since 2012. The season-average corn price received by producers is unchanged from last month at a midpoint of $3.60 per bushel, but the range is narrowed 5 cents on each end to $3.25 to $3.95 per bushel. U.S. Soybean supply and use projections are unchanged from last month. With soybean exports and crush unchanged, soybean ending stocks are projected at a record 955 million bushels. The U.S. season-average soybean price for 2018/19 is forecast at $7.85 to $9.35 per bushel, unchanged. The outlook for 2018/19 U.S. wheat this month is for unchanged supplies, lower exports, and higher ending stocks. The projected season-average farm price is up $0.05 per bushel at the midpoint with the range narrowed to $5.05 to $5.25.
WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 11, 2018 – The National Pork Producers Council applauded today’s announcement by the Trump administration of a proposed new Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule.
The regulation would replace the WOTUS rule issued in August 2015 by the Obama administration’s U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. That measure gave EPA broad jurisdiction over U.S. waters to include, among other water bodies, upstream waters and intermittent and ephemeral streams such as the kind farmers use for drainage and irrigation. It also covered lands adjacent to such waters. Continue reading