11-15-19 Applications for annual Colorado Conservation Tillage Association Scholarship available – DUE DEC 1ST!

Applications for annual Colorado Conservation Tillage Association Scholarship available – DUE DEC 1ST!

KIT CARSON, Colo. – Nov 15, 2019 – The Colorado Conservation Tillage Association is once again accepting applications for their annual scholarship program. Full-time students majoring in agricultural fields of study and returning as sophomores, juniors, or seniors at colleges or vocational programs in Colo., Neb., Kan., or Wyo. are eligible to apply.

Full eligibility requirements and scholarship applications are available online at www.HighPlainsNoTill.com. Applications must be postmarked or emailed no later than Dec. 1, 2019 to be considered.

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11-15-19 USDA Issues Second Tranche of Market Facilitation Program

USDA Issues Second Tranche of Market Facilitation Program

WASHINGTON, Nov. 15, 2019 — U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced the second tranche of 2019 Market Facilitation Program (MFP) payments aimed at assisting farmers suffering from damage due to unjustified trade retaliation by foreign nations. The payments will begin the week before Thanksgiving. Producers of MFP-eligible commodities will now be eligible to receive 25% of the total payment expected, in addition to the 50% they have already received from the 2019 MFP.

“This second tranche of 2019 MFP payments, along with already provided disaster assistance, will give farmers, who have had a tough year due to unfair trade retaliation and natural disasters, much needed funds in time for Thanksgiving,” said Secretary Perdue. “President Trump has shown time and again that he is fighting for America’s farmers and ranchers. While we continue to have confidence in the President’s negotiations with China, this money shows President Trump following through on his promise to help and support farmers as he continues to fight for fair market access.”

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11-15-19 Inside the RMFU with Communications Director Bob Kjelland: National Issues, 4th Innovation Fair, 111th RMFU Convention and more…

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Inside the RMFU with Communications Director Bob Kjelland: National Issues, 4th Innovation Fair, 111th RMFU Convention and more…

BRIGGSDALE, CO – November 15, 2019 – Joining the Colorado Ag News Network & FarmCast Radio is Bob Kjelland, DIrector of Communications at the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, discussing several topics pertinent to RMFU members and the ag industry, including:

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11-15-19 USDA Announces its Intent to Ensure Adequate Sugar Supply

USDA Announces its Intent to Ensure Adequate Sugar Supply

WASHINGTON, November 15, 2019 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that it fully intends to take appropriate actions to ensure an adequate supply of sugar to the U.S. market. Continue reading

11-15-19 BARN Reporter Samantha Munson, “NWSS Catch-A-Calf Deadline is December 1st – Apply & Catch Like I Did – You Won’t Regret It!”

BARN Reporter Samantha Munson, “NWSS Catch-A-Calf Deadline is December 1st – Apply & Catch Like I Did – You Won’t Regret It!”

DEADLINE TO ENTER IS DECEMBER 1st!

The BARN via NAFB News Service – November 15, 2019 – BARN Reporter Samantha Munson here…guess what? Its that time of year again…my favorite time of year…the 83rd National Western Stock Show Catch-a-Calf Contest is fast approaching . I remember participating in the program and I loved it!

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USDA – FAS Weekly Export Sales Report for November 15th

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Weekly Export Sales for November 15th

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Friday, November 15th

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Friday, November 15th

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China Drops Ban on U.S. Poultry Imports

Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer are both pleased that China lifted it’s “unwarranted ban” on U.S. poultry imports. “This is great news for both America’s farmers and China’s consumers,” Lighthizer said. “China is an important export market for America’s poultry farmers, and we estimate they will now be able to export more than $1 billion worth of poultry each year to China.” He says reopening China to U.S. poultry will also support thousands of workers employed by the U.S. poultry industry. Perdue says, “America’s producers are the most productive in the world and it’s critical they can sell to consumers in other parts of the world.” China had banned all U.S. poultry imports since January of 2015 because of an avian influenza outbreak, even though the U.S. has been free of the disease since August of 2017. The U.S. had exported more than $500 million worth of poultry products to China in 2013. The United States is the world’s second-largest poultry exporter, with global exports of poultry meat and products totaling $4.3 billion last year.

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Poultry Organizations say China Access Worth Billions

The National Chicken Council, the National Turkey Federation, and USA Poultry and Egg Export Council all applaud China’s decision to lift its ban on U.S. poultry products. The ban had been in place since 2015 when the U.S. was hit by an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza in America’s poultry flocks. In a statement, the groups say, “Lifting the ban has been a top priority of the U.S. poultry industry for the past four years. “We thank administration officials, congressional leaders and their staffs, all of whom worked tirelessly to reach an agreement with China and ensure the poultry industry has access to this vital market.” This represents a potentially significant opportunity for U.S. chicken and turkey producers. Renewed access to China could results in $1 billion every year for chicken paws alone. Because China has been hit hard by African Swine Fever, it could mean up to another $1 billion worth of potential exports of other chicken products like leg and breast meat. Turkey exports could be worth another $100 million in sales and poultry breeding stock worth at least another $60 million dollars. The groups say, “America’s poultry producers are pleased to once again have a chance to share their high-quality, nutritious products with Chinese consumers in the weeks to come.”

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Japan Likely to Vote on U.S. Trade Pact Next Week

Media reports in Japan are saying that the parliament is likely to start voting on a trade pact with the U.S. sometime next week. The lower house of the Japanese Diet will take up the pact next Wednesday, while the upper house, called the House of Councilors, will begin considering the deal the next day. A Japan Times report says Japan’s parliament had wanted to hold their votes this week, but complications came about from opposition lawmakers, who demanded that minutes of the meetings between President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (AH-bay) be released. Trump wants the deal implemented by January 1, which will likely happen as both houses of parliament are expected to pass the agreement. Trump and Abe announced in September that the countries had reached a deal on the first phase of a trade pace that will have a positive impact on U.S. commodities, including beef, wheat, and pork. An Agri-Pulse report says Japan agreed to cut or eliminate tariffs on $7.2 billion worth of American ag products. The Asian country will also install new quotas that will help to boost import levels of U.S. farm goods even further.

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U.S., China Negotiations still Working through Sticky Subjects

The U.S. and China are still trying to put the final touches on a limited trade agreement that will involve Chinese purchases of U.S. ag commodities. The question appears to be just how much those purchases will amount to. A CNBC report says the two sides appear to be stuck in a stalemate, even though they announced a tentative agreement a month ago. A Wall Street Journal report says China is hesitant about writing down a specific amount of agricultural purchases in the actual text of the trade agreement. President Donald Trump said last month that China had agreed to purchase up to $50 billion in U.S. farm products. The two sides are still expecting to sign the limited trade agreement later this month. China is still insisting that the two sides roll back their tariffs as part of the agreement, something the U.S. opposes. White House Economic Adviser Larry Kudlow tells CNBC that no agreement will be made on rolling back tariffs until the trade deal is signed. He did say the U.S. and China have progressed in talks on subjects like IP theft, financial services, currency stability, commodities, and agriculture. The administration has slapped tariffs on more than $500 billion in Chinese imports, while China has retaliated with duties on $10 billion worth of American imports.

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Emergency Funds Secured to Dredge Mississippi River

Wisconsin Representative Ron Kind, along with Minnesota Representatives Angie Craig and Betty McCollum, announced they have secured emergency funding for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The funds will help the Corps to address the impacts of this spring’s devastating floods on the Mississippi River. As a direct result of the flooding, the Mississippi River and many others in the Inland Waterway System have higher sedimentation levels in their riverbeds. The system is responsible for one-sixth of the nation’s intercity cargo and 25 percent of foreign exports. The Army Corps of Engineers needs to increase dredging to overcome those rising sediment levels, allowing barges to navigate successfully. “I’m proud to have worked with my colleagues across the Mississippi River to obtain the funding,” Kind says. “How, the Corps will have the resources they need to make sure the Mississippi remains open for business. Craig points out that farmers, families, and communities depend on the Mississippi River to export goods and to drive economic growth. McCollum says, “This disaster aid will help agricultural businesses fully recover so they can look to the future.”

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USDA Offering Flexibility on Crop Insurance Premiums

The USDA’s Risk Management Agency says it will continue to defer accrual of interest for 2019 crop year insurance premiums to help farmers hit hard by extreme weather. More specifically, USDA will defer the accrual of interest on 2019 crop year insurance programs to the earlier of the applicable termination date or January 31 of 2020, for all policies with a premium billing date of August 15, 2019. The extension is necessary because harvest has been very delayed, and crop insurance claims typically aren’t settled until after the harvest. That puts an even bigger squeeze on farmers and their cash flow. USDA Undersecretary for Farm Production and Conservation Bill Northey made the announcement during the NAFB convention in Kansas City. “USDA is committed to helping farmers and ranchers impacted by the weather challenges this year, and we hope this deferral will help ease cash flow challenges for producers, many of whom are dealing with serious harvest delays.” The extended deferral builds on other steps USDA has taken to support farmers and ranchers impacted by flooding and other disasters. More than $3 billion in assistance is available through the disaster-relief package passed by Congress and signed by President Trump.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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The Denver Cash Grain Bids…

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Greeley, CO Fri Nov 15, 2019 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 3.87-4.27 5 lower
Up to 12 percent protein
US 2 Yellow Corn 3.96 5 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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11-14-19 USDA: Brazil’s Implementation of Tariff Rate Quota for Wheat a Win for American Farmers

USDA: Brazil’s Implementation of Tariff Rate Quota for Wheat a Win for American Farmers

Washington, D.C., November 14, 2019 – U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue welcome Brazil’s implementation of an annual duty-free tariff rate quota (TRQ) of 750,000 metric tons (MT) of wheat imports. For many years, Brazil failed to implement its obligation under the WTO to establish a TRQ for wheat. Brazil’s implementation of this TRQ fulfills a commitment made to President Trump by President Bolsonaro earlier this year and reflects a desire to deepen trade and economic ties between both countries.

“This solution to a long-standing problem is a result of the Administration’s advocacy for American farmers and will allow our wheat exporters to compete on a level playing field,” said Ambassador Lighthizer. “We look forward to increased exports of American wheat to Brazil.”

Secretary Perdue said, “American farmers can compete with anybody when given access to customers. This is why we are working tirelessly to knock down barriers to our exports, like high Brazilian tariffs on our wheat. We are excited about the additional export opportunity U.S. wheat farmers will have with the opening of this TRQ. Exports are critical to the success of our farmers and the United States looks forward to once again having stable access to this important wheat market.”

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Brazil committed to implementing a 750,000 MT duty-free TRQ for wheat imports when it acceded to the World Trade Organization in 1994. The United States has long sought for Brazil to fulfill this commitment, culminating in a public announcement when Presidents Trump and Bolsonaro met in Washington in March. The duty-free TRQ will provide stable and predictable access to a market where U.S. wheat exporters have long had ready Brazilian customers. Prior to implementation of this TRQ, U.S. wheat typically entered Brazil at an applied 10 percent duty, in comparison to wheat from Brazil’s MERCOSUR customs union trade partners, particularly Argentina, which enters duty-free.

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11-14-19 US Senate Passes Gardner, Bennet Resolution Commemorating CO Farm Bureau’s 100th Anniversary

US Senate Passes Gardner, Bennet Resolution Commemorating CO Farm Bureau’s 100th Anniversary

Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Senate passed a resolution authored by Colorado Senators Cory Gardner (R) and Michael Bennet (D) recognizing the 100th anniversary of the Colorado Farm Bureau Federation and celebrating the long history of the Farm Bureau representing the farmers and ranchers of Colorado.

“Growing up on the Eastern Plains and working in my family’s farm implement dealership gave me a deep appreciation for agriculture and the organizations that work every day to help the industry thrive,” said Senator Gardner. “Since coming to Washington, I’ve been proud to work closely with the Farm Bureau to support Colorado’s agriculture industry and our farming communities, and I’ve been fortunate to have the Farm Bureau join me every year on my annual Colorado Farm Tour. I’m proud to see the Senate recognize the Colorado Farm Bureau’s rich history today – Congratulations on 100 years of being a strong voice for farmers, ranchers, and rural communities in the Centennial State.”

“The Colorado Farm Bureau has spent a century working diligently to advance our state’s rich farming and ranching tradition,” said Senator Bennet. “Today’s passage of our resolution commemorating the Colorado Farm Bureau’s 100th anniversary honors their valuable work and contributions to our state. I congratulate the Colorado Farm Bureau as they reach this milestone and look forward to seeing what they will accomplish for the agriculture community and rural Colorado in the next 100 years.”

“The members of Colorado Farm Bureau are happy to have the organization’s 100th anniversary be recognized by Senator Gardner and Senator Bennet,” said Don Shawcroft, President of the Colorado Farm Bureau. “Recognition on the floor of the United States Senate is a fitting tribute to the contributions of the state’s largest agriculture organization and its 100 years of work on behalf of the industry and Colorado’s Rural Way of Life.”

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10-01-19 Deadline to apply for Colorado Corn FFA Grants is Nov 15th!

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Focused on the Future means focusing on Colorado’s youth and part of that effort for the Colorado Corn Administrative Committee is supporting youth-focused programs like the Colorado Corn FFA Grant. The Colorado Corn FFA Grant Program assists FFA chapters in Colorado on projects that lack funding within their school district’s budget.

Applications are being accepted from Colorado FFA chapters for this grant.

The deadline to apply is Nov. 15th.  

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11-14-19 Colorado USDA Rural Development: Prairie Family Center Receives Funding from USDA

Colorado USDA Rural Development: Prairie Family Center Receives Funding from USDA

DENVER, CO, Nov. 14, 2019 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Colorado State Director Sallie Clark announced that USDA is awarding a $280,000 loan to Prairie Family Center in Burlington, CO.  USDA is making the investment through the Community Facilities Direct Loan Program.

This investment will be used by the entity to purchase an existing building in Burlington for their thrift store, food bank, offices and family resource programs.  The new building is larger than their currently leased building and will provide better accessibility and parking for visitors.

“Ensuring that rural residents have accessibility to the support programs they need is an important part of USDA’s mission.   This new building will afford residents of Kit Carson County the opportunity to engage in vital community services in a convenient centralized one-stop location,” said Clark. 

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11-14-19 USDA-RMA: USDA Extending Flexibility on Crop Insurance Premiums

USDA-RMA: USDA Extending Flexibility on Crop Insurance Premiums

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – November 14, 2019 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Risk Management Agency (RMA) today announced it will continue to defer accrual of interest for 2019 crop year insurance premiums to help the wide swath of farmers and ranchers affected by extreme weather in 2019. Specifically, USDA will defer the accrual of interest on 2019 crop year insurance premiums to the earlier of the applicable termination date or January 31, 2020, for all policies with a premium billing date of August 15, 2019. This extension is necessary since harvest progress has been very delayed and crop insurance claims are not typically settled until harvest is complete, squeezing cash flow even further. Bill Northey, USDA’s Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation, made the announcement at the National Association of Farm Broadcasters’ conference in Kansas City.

“USDA is committed to helping farmers and ranchers impacted by the weather challenges this year, and we hope this deferral will help ease cash flow challenges for producers, many of whom are caught in a very delayed harvest,” Northey said.

USDA had previously announced a deferral to November 30, 2019, providing producers with an additional two months from the traditional September 30 date. With today’s announcement, producers will have until January 31, 2020, to pay the 2019 premium without accruing interest. For any premium that is not paid by the new deadline, interest will accrue consistent with the terms of the policy.

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11-14-19 Colorado Department of Agriculture and CSU Extension to present Family Farm Transition Summit Dec 9-10 in Loveland

CDA and CSU Extension to present Family Farm Transition Summit Dec 9-10 in Loveland

BROOMFIELD, Colo. – The Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) and Colorado State University Extension are presenting an inaugural Family Farm Transition Summit December 9 and 10 in Westminster, Colorado. Agricultural lenders, wealth advisors, certified public accountants and attorneys are invited to attend and help achieve outcomes of increased awareness of available services and an increased network of service providers.
“Our partnership with CSU Extension will help us establish a team of professionals through the Family Farm Transition Summit with the skills to work with ag families to develop and implement their succession plan.” said Mark Gallegos, Technical Services Section Chief for the Colorado Department of Agriculture.

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11-13-19 American Lamb Board: Do EWE know how the American Lamb Board Works?

American Lamb Board: Do EWE know how the American Lamb Board Works?

This weekly e-newsletter keeps the lamb industry current on American Lamb Board (ALB) programs. How well are “ewe” acquainted with the ALB?  Here’s a crash-course on your American Lamb checkoff program and the elected industry board who oversees it.

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11-14-19 National Western Stock Show Catch-a-Calf Application Deadline Approaches

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National Western Stock Show Catch-a-Calf Application Deadline Approaches

Application deadline is December 1st!

By Amy Kelley, CSU Extension Agent, Morgan County

Fort Morgan, CO – The deadline for participating in the 83rd year of the National Western Stock Show Catch-a-Calf Contest is fast approaching on December 1st. This long running program is an important part of the National Western Stock Show and is a great opportunity for 4-H members to learn about practical beef cattle management. Continue reading

11-14-19 Inside CAWA with Greg Peterson: Upcoming Colorado Ag Water Summit Dec 2-3 in Loveland & more

Inside CAWA with Greg Peterson: Upcoming Colorado Ag Water Summit Dec 2-3 in Loveland & more

(BARN MediaFarmCast Radio – Briggsdale, CO – November 14, 2019 – Joining the CO Ag News Network once again by telephone is Greg Peterson, Executive Director of the Colorado Ag Water Alliance, and CAWA is hosting their 2019 Ag Water Summit in Loveland Dec 2-3 at the Larimer County Fairgrounds at The Ranch…

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