Inside The BARN with USDA Undersecretary Bill Northey…
USDA to Provide Additional Direct Assistance to Farmers and Ranchers Impacted by the Coronavirus & Much More
The BARN – BRIGGSDALE, CO – September 18, 2020 – Joining the Colorado Ag News Network & FarmCast Radio inside The BARN is USDA Undersecretary for Farm Production and Conservation Bill Northey discussing TODAY’s announcement that the USDA will Provide Additional Direct Assistance to Farmers and Ranchers Impacted by the Coronavirus and the Expansion of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP 2) which Begins September 21st…
Gardner Encourages Colorado Agricultural Producers to Apply for New Coronavirus Relief
USDA announces new relief for farmers and ranchers provided by the CARES Act
Washington, D.C. – Today U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) encouraged agricultural producers in Colorado who have been directly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic to apply for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 (CFAP 2). This new program provides additional relief and adds additional commodities to the eligibility list from the first round of relief made available. The USDA will begin accepting applications for CFAP 2 on Monday, September 21. More information about this relief program and applications are available at www.farmers.gov/cfap.
“We’re blessed that we have farmers and ranchers in Colorado who wake up each and every day and work hard to put food on our table. But they’re struggling right now, and we need to provide additional assistance,” said Senator Gardner. “I’ve called on the USDA to provide as much relief and support as possible for agriculture producers in Colorado who are facing disruptions because of COVID-19, and I encourage farmers and ranchers in Colorado to apply for this new program. We must do everything possible to support farmers and ranchers through this pandemic to keep our domestic and global food supply secure.”
Funding for this new program was made available in part by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which was signed into law on March 27, 2020. You can read more about Senator Gardner’s actions to protect Coloradans from COVID-19 here.
Gardner has requested significant support for Colorado agriculture producers during the COVID-19 pandemic: Continue reading
WTAS: Trump Administration Provides Additional Direct Assistance to Farmers and Ranchers Impacted by the Coronavirus
(Washington, D.C., September 18, 2020) – Earlier today, President Donald Trump and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced up to an additional $14 billion dollars for agricultural producers who continue to face market disruptions and associated costs because of COVID-19. After listening to feedback received from farmers, ranchers and agricultural organizations about the impact of the pandemic on our nations’ farms and ranches, USDA developed a program to better meet the needs of those impacted. The praise for CFAP 2 has been widespread. Here is what they are saying:
Conaway Commends President Trump for Aid to Farmers, Ranchers, Dairy Producers
Warns Democrats are Blocking Critical USDA Funding
Washington, D.C. – Washington, D.C. — House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member K. Michael Conaway (TX-11) issued the following statement regarding the President’s announcement on Thursday night of COVID-19 relief to farmers, ranchers, and dairy producers and concerning the Democratic leadership blocking Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) funding that would halt Farm Bill funding and further COVID-19 relief:
“I want to thank the President for his announcement of $14 billion in new aid to America’s hard working farmers, ranchers, and dairy producers. This aid is vital to helping our farm and ranch families weather the current economic storm. Sadly, the aid could have been much stronger had Congressional Democrats not blocked critical funding of the Department of Agriculture through the Commodity Credit Corporation during the CARES Act debate. Now, Democrats are trying once again to block USDA funding in the debate over the Continuing Resolution which Congress must approve this month to keep the government open. If Democrats win, they will not only cut off further COVID-19 relief to our farmers, ranchers, and dairy producers, but they will also mothball the Farm Bill’s commodity, conservation, and trade programs. Our farmers, ranchers, and dairy farmers will be without a safety net. This is unconscionable. I call on Democrats to do the right thing and fund USDA so the Department of Agriculture can help our producers.”
USDA Completes Appointments to Food Safety Advisory Committee
WASHINGTON, Sept. 18, 2020 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced the appointment of 10 members to the National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection (NACMPI).
“USDA is excited to announce the final 10 committee members to NACMPI,” said Under Secretary for Food Safety Dr. Mindy Brashears. “Together these 20 members represent a multitude of perspectives and bring a variety of expertise to the committee. Their knowledge and advice will play a key role in informing USDA’s food safety decisions to ensure the U.S. continues to have one of the safest food systems in the world.”
The new NACMPI members appointed to serve two-year terms are: Continue reading
National Potato Council Welcomes USDA’s Expanded Coronavirus Financial Assistance Program, CFAP 2
CFAP 2 to help growers absorb impact of ongoing food service disruptions
WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Friday, the National Potato Council welcomed an announcement by President Trump and USDA Secretary Perdue on Sept. 17 that USDA will implement an expansion of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program. Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 (CFAP 2) will provide an additional $14 billion for agricultural producers who continue to face market disruptions and associated costs due to the government-imposed food service disruptions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Signup for CFAP 2 will begin Sept. 21 and run through Dec. 11, 2020.
“We’re pleased to see USDA has listened to the feedback of potato growers and created a simplified program that reflects the true impact that government-mandated food service disruptions have had on our industry,” said NPC President and Idaho potato grower, Britt Raybould. “Given the serious, long-term financial harm felt by many family farmers, we hope the more straight-forward nature of CFAP 2’s sales-based model will remove the hurdles for participation and provide more adequate relief for America’s potato growers.”
According to USDA, for specialty crop growers, including potato growers, CFAP 2’s payment calculations will be based on a sales-based approach, where producers are paid based on five payment gradations associated with their 2019 sales:
ASI: Wool, Lambs, Sheep Eligible for CFAP 2 Payments
WASHINGTON – September 18, 2020 – American sheep and wool producers will see direct benefits from a second round of Coronavirus Food Assistance Program payments that were announced today by President Donald J. Trump and Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue.
CCA’s Rally for Rural Colorado Tour a Success!
ARVADA, CO (September 18, 2020) – Earlier this week Colorado Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) wrapped up its Rally for Rural Colorado tour. CCA leadership and staff traveled to 14 tour stops throughout the state in order to personally connect with its membership and allied stakeholders. Continue reading
National Bison Association: Bison Producers Now Eligible for CFAP Payments
WESTMINSTER, CO (September 18, 2020) — The National Bison Association welcomed USDA’s announcement today that bison producers are now eligible for relief under the second round of Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP-2) payments.
USDA Releases Roadmap to Address Salmonella
Plan Guides Agency Efforts to Lead with Science in Tackling Foodborne Pathogens
WASHINGTON, Sept. 18, 2020 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Office of Food Safety (OFS) and the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) have released a plan to decrease Salmonella, one of the leading causes of foodborne illnesses. The Roadmap to Reducing Salmonella: Driving Change through Science-Based Policy outlines programs and policies that are science-based, data-driven, and promote innovation to reduce Salmonella in meat, poultry, and egg products.
“This roadmap represents FSIS’ commitment to lead with science and data in all that we do. It puts us on a course to aggressively target Salmonella and other foodborne pathogens,” said USDA’s Under Secretary for Food Safety Dr. Mindy Brashears. “I look forward to continued partnership with the food safety community in driving a science-based approach to protecting public health.”
Gardner Applauds $275,000 USDA Grant for CSU Pueblo
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) applauded the announcement that Colorado State University Pueblo will receive $275,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) to develop an Industrial Hemp Education, Agriculture, and Research (InHEAR) program. According to USDA, the InHEAR program will address the need for a STEM-focused agricultural program in southern Colorado and broaden the field of career opportunities in the agriculture industry.
“The United States is poised to become a world-leading hemp producer, and Colorado is home to one of the longest-running state hemp programs,” said Senator Gardner. “I’m excited to see funding awarded to help establish an InHEAR program at CSU Pueblo, which will expand opportunities for students in STEM education fields to explore career paths in the hemp industry and further boost Colorado’s agriculture industry. I will continue fighting to support agriculture in Colorado and to boost STEM education programs across a range of disciplines.”
National Sorghum Producers Pleased with EPA Interim Decision on Vital Crop Protection Tools
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Sept. 18, 2020)—National Sorghum Producers welcomed the announcement by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today regarding the reregistration of the triazine herbicides: atrazine, propazine and simazine. In this long-awaited announcement, EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler declared these vital crop protection tools safe for continued use in controlling resilient weeds.
“Atrazine is an immensely important crop management tool for sorghum farmers,” said NSP CEO Tim Lust. “NSP, in collaboration with the Triazine Network and other stakeholders, has been working with EPA for years to ensure farmers have access to these tools necessary for environmentally and economically sustainable crop production. ”
WGCD’s Annual Conservation Poster Contest for 6th graders concludes Oct 2nd
West Greeley Conservation District invites parents of 6th grade students and their science and art teachers throughout our District service area to encourage their children to use the curriculum support tools provided to educators nationwide to help facilitate participation in our annual Conservation POSTER CONTEST.
This year’s theme: “Where Would We BEE Without Pollinators?” is packed with meaningful lessons about the importance of pollinators to growing and harvesting food. All School Districts, charter schools and Home School families within the West Greeley service area are welcome to use our STEM materials to aid their students, without a great deal of additional work, to learn about Pollinators! You can go to our Web Site at www.wgcd.org and click on Education then Conservation Poster Contest.
You will find pdf files of our 2020 Conservation Poster contest materials: Continue reading
USDA to Provide Additional Direct Assistance to Farmers and Ranchers Impacted by the Coronavirus
Expansion of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program Begins Sept. 21
(Washington, D.C., September 18, 2020) – President Donald J. Trump and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced up to an additional $14 billion for agricultural producers who continue to face market disruptions and associated costs because of COVID-19. Signup for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP 2) will begin September 21 and run through December 11, 2020.
“America’s agriculture communities are resilient, but still face many challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. President Trump is once again demonstrating his commitment to ensure America’s farmers and ranchers remain in business to produce the food, fuel, and fiber America needs to thrive,” said Secretary Perdue. “We listened to feedback received from farmers, ranchers and agricultural organizations about the impact of the pandemic on our nations’ farms and ranches, and we developed a program to better meet the needs of those impacted.”
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U.S. Senator Bennet’s Staff Listens to Northern Colorado, Invites Residents to Schedule Fall Telephone Listening Sessions
Washington, D.C. – Today, Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet announced his Fort Collins staff will be holding weekly telephone office hours this fall. Bennet and his team are committed to answering Coloradans’ questions, listening to their concerns, and helping them navigate federal agencies––including the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the Social Security Administration (SSA), and more.
“There’s no greater responsibility as Colorado’s senator than being responsive to the needs of Coloradans across our state. I’m pleased to announce that—even in these challenging and virtual times—our office is holding telephone listening sessions this fall in every region of Colorado,” said Bennet. “If you’re having issues navigating a federal agency or receiving benefits, or have any questions, comments, or concerns, I encourage you to schedule time to talk with our team.”
From Wednesday, September 30 through Wednesday, October 14, James Thompson, Bennet’s Regional Director in Fort Collins, will hold telephone office hours for Coloradans on Wednesday afternoons. Details are available below. Continue reading
USDA Deputy Secretary Censky to Return to ASA as CEO