07-19-18 Colorado Farm Bureau Foundation Donates $20,000 to Victims of the Spring Creek Fire

Colorado Farm Bureau Foundation Donates $20,000 to Victims of the Spring Creek Fire

Group asking for donations to help support those in need

Centennial, Colo.,  July 19, 2018 — The Colorado Farm Bureau Foundation has donated $20,000 to help those affected by the Spring Creek Fire in Huerfano and Costilla counties. Along with a generous donation from Colorado Farm Bureau Insurance, the money will be given to individuals who were affected by the massive fire.

“The fire laid waste to the property and homes of many farmers, ranchers and families in the area,” said Don Shawcroft, President of the Colorado Farm Bureau. “Many families were tragically impacted by this disaster. We hope that this donation can help lessen the pain for these families, even if it’s only a little bit.” Continue reading

07-19-18 US Senator Bennet’s Statement on Confirmation from Interior of BLM Move West

US Senator Bennet’s Statement on Confirmation from Interior of BLM Move West

Washington, D.C. – Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet issued the following statement after Interior Department Senior Advisor Susan Combs confirmed in a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) headquarters would move West, and that the Department is conducting an analysis to select the new location.

“It is good to hear the Department of the Interior is upholding its commitment to move the BLM headquarters West,” Bennet said. “We look forward to working closely with the Department as it conducts its evaluation, and we re-extend our invitation to Secretary Zinke to visit Colorado to see for himself why there is no better home for the BLM headquarters. We must ensure this move is more than symbolic and provides the resources necessary to manage our public lands and improve agency decision making.”

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07-19-18 CO Farm Bureau VP of Advocacy Shawn Martini: Stapleton’s Visit, Initiative 108 & Disaster Relief Fund Efforts…

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CO Farm Bureau VP of Advocacy Shawn Martini: Stapleton’s Visit, Initiative 108 & Disaster Relief Fund Efforts…

To learn more about Initiative 108 as Colorado Farm Bureau Gathers Signatures to Protect Private Property Rights – CLICK HERE

To learn more about the CO Farm Bureau Foundation’s Disaster Relief Fund and how YOU can make a donation now – CLICK HERE

Watch Walker Stapleton’s Press Conference following his roundtable with Ag Industry Leaders @ the CO Farm Bureau Headquarters in Centennial, CO – CLICK HERE

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07-19-18 Walker Stapelton’s Press Conference following Roundtable with Ag Industry Leaders at CFB Headquarters in Centennial…

Walker Stapelton’s Press Conference following Roundtable with Ag Industry Leaders at CFB Headquarters in Centennial…

Today, along with many other Colorado Ag groups, we are hosting a roundtable on agricultural issues with Walker Stapleton

CLICK HERE to watch the archive on Livestream

The Denver Cash Grain Bids…

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Greeley, CO Thu Jul 19, 2018 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 4.47-4.67 9 higher
Up to 12 percent protein
 
US 2 Yellow Corn 3.51 4 higher
 
US 2 Barley – – not available
 
Source: USDA-CO Dept of Ag Market News Service, Greeley, CO
Tammy Judson, Market News Reporting Assistant (970)353-9750
24 Hour Market Report (970)353-8031
 
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07-19-18 USDA Extends Its Landmark Water Quality Initiatives Through 2023

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Targeted conservation keeps valuable nutrients and soil on the field – only the benefits flow downstream. That’s why NRCS is extending its landmark water quality initiatives for another five years.

USDA Extends Its Landmark Water Quality Initiatives Through 2023

WASHINGTON, July 19, 2018 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced plans to extend two of its landmark water quality initiatives for five years. The Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watersheds Initiative(MRBI) and the National Water Quality Initiative (NWQI) have played a pivotal role in accelerating conservation in water quality by providing targeted funding and technical resources to agricultural producers in the areas that need it most.

“These two initiatives have steadily demonstrated tremendous benefits across America’s landscape and water bodies,” said Bill Northey, USDA Undersecretary for Farm Production and Conservation. “By focusing resources where we can have the best impacts, we’re improving the quality of rivers and streams across the country while also giving producers the tools they need to make good investments on their working lands.” Continue reading

07-19-18 Colorado Governor Hickenlooper weighs in to protect sage grouse habitat

Colorado Governor Hickenlooper weighs in to protect sage grouse habitat

DENVER — Thursday, July 19, 2018 — Gov. John Hickenlooper issued a letter this week asking the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to more thoroughly consider impacts to greater sage grouse, winter range for big game and communities in the North Fork Valley in its planned December lease sale of parcels for oil and gas development.

“BLM leaders in Washington have made significant changes to timelines and public involvement related to its process for public leasing of land parcels for oil and gas development. These changes limit a comprehensive review of the impact of these leases on wildlife, the environment and communities,” said Governor John Hickenlooper. “We commend the Colorado BLM office for its good faith efforts to work with our Department of Natural Resources on these matters. We hope they can give the full attention necessary to concerns we’re raising about many of the parcels included in the lease sale.” Continue reading

07-19-18 Inside the BARN / FarmCast Radio: Consider AgriPro Brand Wheat Varieties for Fall Planting…

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Inside the BARN / FarmCast Radio: Consider AgriPro Brand Wheat Varieties for Fall Planting…

(matt-keating-syngenta-central-plains-staff-cereals-key-account-leadThe BARN FarmCast Radio – Briggsdale, CO) July 19, 2018 – Hard to believe that the 2018 Wheat Harvest is over and fall planting is fast approaching… and there’s no better time than NOW to start making YOUR decisions about which wheat seed variety will get you the BEST results. Helping YOU to make that decision is Matt Keating, AgriPro Cereals Key Account Lead with Syngenta, who discussed several important factors including:

  • Recapping 2018 – Tough Year Weather and Pest Wise for Many 
  • Certified Wheat Seed Availability for 2018
  • Variety Test Plot Results – CSU Crops Testing / Agripro Test Results
  • Wheat Planting Tips for Success
  • Best AgriPro Brand Wheat Varieties for CO and the region
  • Final thoughts
  • & MORE

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For more information about AgriPro brand wheat varieties or to find a local AgriPro Associate, visit www.agriprowheat.com. Join the conversation online – connect with them at syngenta-us.com/social & and to learn more about Syngenta, visit syngenta.com. You can also follow them on Twitter® at twitter.com/SyngentaUS.

USDA – FAS Weekly Export Sales Report for July 19th

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Weekly Export Sales for July 19th

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Thursday, July 19th

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Thursday, July 19th

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House Moves Farm Bill Closure to Conference Committee

The House of Representatives placed the farm bill back in the court of the Senate, voting to move towards conference. The voice vote approval paves the way for the Senate to consider similar action so the two chambers can appoint conferees to mend differences between the House and Senate versions of the farm bill. The House also passed a Democratic motion to instruct conferees to insist on  10-year permanent funding for an animal vaccine program. That motion passed the House 392 – 20. The House bill has permanent funding, but the Senate bill has only an authorization for appropriations. The motion to proceed also makes it possible for the House to appoint conferees. The Senate must also vote to proceed to conference and appoint conferees. However, when the conference committee will convene remains uncertain, before or after the August recess. The current farm bill expires September 30th.

Following the vote, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi named democrats to serve on the conference committee, including 10 Agriculture Committee members. Listed by committee, they include:

Agriculture: Collin Peterson (D-Minn.), David Scott (D-Ga.), Jim Costa (D-Calif.), Tim Walz (D-Minn.), Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio), Jim McGovern (D-Mass.), Filemon Vela (D-Texas), Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-N.M.), Ann Kuster (D-N.H.), Tom O’Halleran (D-Ariz.)
Education and Workforce: Alma Adams (D-N.C.)
Energy and Commerce: Paul Tonko (D-N.Y.)
Financial Services: Maxine Waters (D-Calif.)
Foreign Affairs: Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.)
Natural Resources: Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.)
Oversight and Government Reform: Stacey Plaskett (D-V.I.)
Science, Space and Technology: Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas)
Transportation and Infrastructure: Cheri Bustos (D-Ill.)

HOUSE REPUBLICAN CONFEREES (Per House Ag Committee Chairman Mike Conaway)

House Agriculture Committee Conferees include:

1. Chairman Mike Conaway (TX-11)
2. Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (PA-05)
3. Bob Goodlatte (VA-06)
4. Frank Lucas (OK-03)
5. Mike Rogers (AL-03)
6. Austin Scott (GA-08)
7. Rick Crawford (AR-01)
8. Vicky Hartzler (MO-04)
9. Rodney Davis (IL-13)
10. Ted Yoho (FL-03)
11. David Rouzer (NC-07)
12. Roger Marshall (KS-01)
13. Jodey Arrington (TX-19)

House Education and the Workforce Committee Conferees:
1. Chairwoman Virginia Foxx (NC)
2. Rick Allen (GA-12)

House Energy and Commerce Committee Conferees:
1. John Shimkus (IL-15)
2. Kevin Cramer (ND-AL)

House Financial Services Committee Conferees:
1. Chairman Jeb Hensarling (TX-05)
2. Sean Duffy (WI-07)

House Foreign Affairs Committee Conferees:
1. Chairman Ed Royce (CA-39)
2. Steve Chabot (OH-01)

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Conferees:
1. Mark Walker (NC-06)
2. James Comer (KY-01)

House Natural Resources Committee Conferees:
1. Chairman Rob Bishop (UT-01)
2. Bruce Westerman (AR-04)

House Science, Space, and Technology Committee Conferees:
1. Ralph Abraham (LA-05)
2. Neal Dunn (FL-02)

House Transportation and Infrastructure Conferees:
1. Jeff Denham (CA-10)
2. Bob Gibbs (OH-07)

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Egg Producers Urge Support for Commerce Language in Farm Bill

The National Association of Egg Farmers is urging lawmakers to support language included in the farm bill that seeks to uphold the U.S. Constitution commerce clause. The clause says Congress is to regulate commerce among states, but the group alleges certain states are implementing laws regulating how eggs are produced outside the state and then imported into that state. The Association says states are pressing for the removal of cages for egg-laying hens on the basis of animal welfare. However, the Association says cages reduce mortality rates for chickens. The specific language supported by egg producers, introduced by Iowa Representative Steve King, is the Protect Interstate Commerce Act. The association says the legislation prevents activist states like California from unconstitutionally regulating interstate commerce in agriculture by imposing regulatory hurdles on other states. King says the language ensures “agricultural products are not denied access to some of the nation’s largest markets.”

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Japan, EU, Sign Trade Agreement

While the United States remains engaged in a trade disruptive environment, the European Union and Japan have signed a free trade agreement. The agreement, signed Tuesday, is hoped to counteract the protectionist trade environment fueled by the U.S. and President Donald Trump, according to Reuters. The agreement creates one of the world’s largest open economic areas. Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (sheen-zoh ah-bay) said: “I want Japan and the EU to lead the world by bearing the flag of free trade.” The deal removes EU tariffs of ten percent on Japanese cars and will also scrap Japanese duties of some 30 percent or more on EU cheese and 15 percent on wines, along with allowing for more EU dairy products to enter Japan. The move comes as the U.S. is in the middle of a trade war with China, and ongoing trade disputes with others, that started with steel and aluminum tariffs implemented by the Trump Administration.

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Biodiesel Producers Ask EPA to Raise RFS Volumes and Ensure They Are Met

The National Biodiesel Board says the Environmental Protection Agency should set the 2020 Biomass-based Diesel obligation at 2.8 billion gallons and appropriately account for small refinery exemptions. Testifying to the EPA during a public hearing on the Renewable Fuel Standard Wednesday, NBB and its members asked the EPA to make the change based on the agency’s own analysis in the proposed rule showing that the volume is achievable next year. NBB also told the EPA it must reduce the uncertainty it has caused by issuing retroactive small refiner hardship exemptions. The action, according to NBB executives, is needed to “provide the certainty that the biodiesel industry needs.” EPA has estimated that the small refinery hardship exemptions it retroactively granted to refiners reduced the 2016 and 2017 RVOs by a combined 2.25 billion gallons. NBB estimates the 2016 and 2017 exemptions reduced demand for biodiesel by more than 300 million gallons.

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Dinneen to Become RFA Advisor, Cooper CEO

Renewable Fuels Association President Bob Dinneen will transition into an advisory role later this year. Serving as CEO since 2001, Dinneen has been with the organization for more than 30 years and will become RFA’s Senior Strategic Advisor in October. Executive Vice President Geoff Cooper will assume the position of president and CEO. Cooper joined RFA in 2008 as the organization’s Director of Research and Analysis and had ascended to executive vice president by 2016. He previously worked on ethanol issues for the National Corn Growers Association and served as a Captain in the U.S. Army, specializing in bulk petroleum product logistics. In recent years, Cooper has led RFA’s regulatory activities, while also overseeing the association’s research and technical initiatives, supporting public and media relations efforts, and managing the Renewable Fuels Foundation. RFA Chairman Mick Henderson mentioned Dinneen spent most of his professional life dedicated to the ethanol industry, and for that “we will always be grateful.”

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AFBF Foundation: Apply for John Deere Teacher Resource Kits by Aug. 15

Kindergarten through fifth-grade educators working in schools are encouraged to apply by August 15th for resource kit grants courtesy of John Deere and the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture. John Deere is sponsoring the distribution of 300 kits, each containing one copy of the Foundation’s 2018 Book of the Year, “John Deere, That’s Who!,” an educator guide and a classroom set of Ag Innovation ag magazines for kids. Grant winners will be randomly selected from the pool of applicants. Resource kits will be sent to selected teachers in time for National Read a Book Day, September 6th. Applications are being accepted online. Learn more at agfoundation.org.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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07-18-18 House Moves Farm Bill Closure to Conference Committee

House Moves Farm Bill Closure to Conference Committee

NAFB News Service – The House of Representatives placed the farm bill back in the court of the Senate, voting to move towards conference. The voice vote approval paves the way for the Senate to consider similar action so the two chambers can appoint conferees to mend differences between the House and Senate versions of the farm bill. The House also passed a Democratic motion to instruct conferees to insist on  10-year permanent funding for an animal vaccine program. That motion passed the House 392 – 20. The House bill has permanent funding, but the Senate bill has only an authorization for appropriations. The motion to proceed also makes it possible for the House to appoint conferees. The Senate must also vote to proceed to conference and appoint conferees. However, when the conference committee will convene remains uncertain, before or after the August recess. The current farm bill expires September 30th. Continue reading

07-18-18 WGCD’s Second Annual FREE BBQ is August 10th in Greeley – RSVP TODAY!

Please West Greeley Conservation District invites YOU to join them for their 2nd Annual Community BBQ!

It is Friday, August 10 @ Houston Garden (515 23rd Ave) 4 pm to 8 pm.

Dinner starts at 5 pm.

Parking is at the Boys and Girls Club or wherever you can find a nice spot.  We have almost 20 different booths lined up to represent our partnerships and focuses on natural resources, youth education, agriculture, conservation and wildlife.

We are taking RSVP’s until August 3 so we can get a tally to the caterers., so to RSVP by Noon Monday, Aug. 3rd simply call 970-356-8097 x: 3

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07-18-18 Conaway: House Moves to Send Farm Bill to Conference Committee, Appoints Conferees

Conaway: House Moves to Send Farm Bill to Conference Committee, Appoints Conferees

Washington, D.C. – Today, the House of Representatives moved to send the 2018 Farm Bill to conference committee. Following the vote, Speaker Paul Ryan (WI-01) named the House conferees, or members who will seek to resolve the differences between the two chambers’ bills. House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway (TX-11) issued the following statement on the House’s action:

“Today, we move one step closer to delivering a strong, new farm bill to the president’s desk on time as he has called on Congress to do. America’s farmers and ranchers and rural America are struggling right now and they deserve the certainty of a strong farm bill to see them through to better times. The House has pulled together a solid team of conferees from across the country who are committed to working with our Senate colleagues to reach a final product that helps millions of low-income Americans climb the economic ladder while standing by the hard-working farm and ranch families who put food on our tables and clothes on our backs.”

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07-18-18 House Votes to Send Farm Bill to Conference: Farmers Union Urges Smooth Conference Process and Swift Passage

House Votes to Send Farm Bill to Conference: 
Farmers Union Urges Smooth Conference Process and Swift Passage

WASHINGTON – The U.S. House of Representatives voted today to send the farm bill to conference, the process by which the House and U.S. Senate remedy differences between their respective versions of the farm bill. A conference committee of members from the House and Senate could begin meeting as early as next week

National Farmers Union (NFU), the nation’s second largest general farm organization, called for a smooth conference committee process and swift passage of a farm bill that improves the farm safety net, farm sustainability, and diverse markets for family farmers.

NFU Senior Vice President for Public Policy and Communications Rob Larew issued the following statement in advance of the conference committee process:

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07-18-18 House of Representatives To Move 2018 Farm Bill to Conference Committee with Senate

House of Representatives To Move 2018 Farm Bill to Conference Committee with Senate

On Wednesday afternoon the US House voted to send the farm bill to conference committee with the Senate… Here’s House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway discussing the House action…

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07-18-18 NCGA Calls on EPA to Account for Refinery Waivers

NCGA Calls on EPA to Account for Refinery Waivers

The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) today called for EPA to maintain a strong, equitable Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) that follows Congressional intent and levels the playing field for America’s farmers by using the annual volume rule to repair the damage from extensive refinery exemptions.
Michigan farmer Russell Braun provided testimony on behalf of NCGA during an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hearing on the agency’s proposed biofuel targets for 2019.
“With corn prices low, EPA’s decisions have a greater impact on my livelihood and other farmers’ as well. We believe EPA should use the Renewable Fuel Standard volume rule to remedy the harm caused by the extensive retroactive exemptions given to refineries over the past year and ensure future exemptions are accounted for. These refinery exemptions decrease ethanol blending and reduce demand and profits for my corn crop. Every gallon of renewable fuel blending waived by EPA reduces the consumer benefits of the RFS.”

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07-18-18 NCGA Elects Five Growers to Serve on the Corn Board in FY19

NCGA Elects Five Growers to Serve on the Corn Board in FY19

Delegates attending the National Corn Growers Association’s Corn Congress in Washington this morning elected five farmers to serve on the organization’s Corn Board. Taking office on Oct. 1, the start of NCGA’s 2019 fiscal year, are new board members:
  • Deb Gangwish of Nebraska,
  • Dennis Maple of Indiana
  • and Harold Wolle, Jr. of Minnesota
Current board members include:
  • Bruce Rohwer of Iowa and
  • Jeff Sandborn of Michigan were re-elected.

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07-16-18 Colorado State University Finds Feedlot Solar to be Economically Feasible

Colorado State University Finds Feedlot Solar to be Economically Feasible

FORT COLLINS, COLORADO – Colorado State University’s Rural Energy Center has completed 10 initial economic feasibility assessments for solar energy at Colorado feedlots, and the results are promising. Animal feeding operations participating in the ‘Feedlot Assessments for Solar Energy’ (FASE) program would install solar arrays between four and 500 kilowatts to offset their electricity use. For reference, an average home in Colorado would need to install a five kW array to offset its electricity use. Continue reading

07-18-18 Potatoes USA: Potato Exports Decline Again in May

Potato Exports Decline Again in May

The volume of U.S. exports of frozen potato products declined 4% in May 2018 compared to 2017, with value down 2%. The reduction was due to a 26% loss in Mexico, 38% to Indonesia, 8% to the largest market, Japan, and 14% to Thailand. On the positive side, Central America was up 7%, China up 8%, Malaysia up 8% and Taiwan up 17%. Continue reading

07-18-18 ACE leadership testifies on proposed 2019 RVOs

ACE leadership testifies on proposed 2019 RVOs

Sioux Falls, SD (July 18, 2018) – The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) senior vice president Ron Lamberty testified today during the public hearing in Ypsilanti, Michigan, on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed Renewable Volume Obligations (RVOs) for the 2019 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

Lamberty’s testimony highlights points which will be detailed in ACE’s written comments to the proposed rule. The issues include: (1) EPA’s overall approach to enforcing the RFS; (2) conventional biofuel levels; and (3) the effective working of the RIN marketplace. ACE’s full comments will also address our concerns about cellulosic and advanced biofuel targets.

“With the departure of the previous EPA Administrator, I hope EPA will take this opportunity to return to implementing the RFS as intended by Congress,” Lamberty said. “Pruitt’s seemingly sole focus on helping merchant refiners ignore or skirt their longstanding obligations under the RFS has further shaken the rural farm economy while undermining Congress’ goal of increasing renewable fuel use in the United States.” Continue reading