04-02-20 CO 4-H & CO FFA Swine Exhibitors are Invited to Participate in the 1st-Ever Virtual Prospect Pig Jackpot Show on April 12th!

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CO 4-H & CO FFA Swine Exhibitors are Invited to Participate in the 1st-Ever Virtual Prospect Pig Jackpot Show on April 12th!

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04-02-20 NPPC Urges SBA to Ensure Ag Businesses Can Access Disaster Loan Program


NPPC Urges SBA to Ensure Ag Businesses Can Access Disaster Loan Program

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 2, 2020 – The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) joined 30 agriculture organizations yesterday in urging the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to ensure agricultural business can participate in the economic disaster loan program included in the CARES Act. Continue reading

04-02-20 U.S. Senator Gardner Says IRS Did the Right Thing by Automatically Giving Seniors Access to Direct Cash Payments

U.S. Senator Gardner Says IRS Did the Right Thing by Automatically Giving Seniors Access to Direct Cash Payments

Following initial reports that the IRS was going to require seniors, others to file tax returns in order to receive the direct cash assistance for COVID-19, Gardner and his colleagues wrote a letter telling feds to use authority Congress gave them and qualify seniors automatically.

Washington, D.C. – Included in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, Congress gave the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) the authority to waive a tax filing requirement for seniors and others who normally do not file taxes in order for them to receive the direct cash assistance. Early this week, it was reported that the IRS would require these individuals to file taxes creating confusion among seniors in Colorado and across the country on whether or not they would get access to the direct cash assistance. Continue reading

04-02-20 COVID-19 Special Enrollment Period for Health Insurance Extended to April 30th

COVID-19 Special Enrollment Period for Health Insurance Extended to April 30th

 Extension allows uninsured Coloradans more time to enroll during global pandemic

DENVER – The COVID-19 Special Enrollment Period for individual health insurance will be extended to run through April 30, 2020. The original period that was announced on March 19 was set to end on Friday, April 3. The Colorado Division of Insurance (DOI), part of the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA), has worked with Connect for Health Colorado to add nearly a month more for Coloradans who are currently uninsured to get health coverage.

For anyone enrolling after April 3, their health insurance will become effective May 1.

“We want to do everything we can to ensure Coloradans have the resources they need during this difficult time,” said Gov. Jared Polis. “As this pandemic continues, we know that having health insurance will be critical, which is why we are extending this enrollment period. Everyday my administration is evaluating what steps we can take to minimize the health impact and economic impact of this crisis.”

“I’m pleased that our team, and the folks at Connect for Health Colorado, have worked to make this happen,” said Colorado Insurance Commissioner Michael Conway. “I urge everyone that doesn’t have insurance to work with Connect for Health Colorado to determine what insurance plans are available to them and to see if they qualify for financial assistance.” 

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04-02-20 U.S. Senator Bennet, Markey, Van Hollen, Schatz Lead Colleagues in Renewed Push to Ensure All Students Can Continue Education Online During Coronavirus Pandemic

Bennet, Markey, Van Hollen, Schatz Lead Colleagues in Renewed Push to Ensure All Students Can Continue Education Online During Coronavirus Pandemic

The Current Public Health Emergency Will Exacerbate a Longstanding “Homework Gap” Without Immediate Action by Congress

Denver – Today, Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet, along with U.S. Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), and Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), led 31 of their colleagues in a letter to Senate and House leadership requesting robust funding for all K-12 students to have adequate home internet connectivity if their schools close due to the ongoing Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. The senators expressed their disappointment with the lack of such funding in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that recently passed Congress, despite their repeated call for resources dedicated to distance learning. The lawmakers urged leadership in both chambers of Congress to support $2 billion in E-Rate funding in the next coronavirus relief package for students to learn at home.

“Children without connectivity are at risk of not only being unable to complete their homework during this pandemic, but being unable to continue their overall education,” wrote Bennet and his colleagues in their letter to Senate and House leadership. “Congress must address this issue by providing financial support specifically dedicated to expanding home internet access in the next emergency relief package so that no child falls behind in their education.”

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04-02-20 CDPHE: COVID-19 Media Briefing Audio for April 2nd

CDPHE: COVID-19 Media Briefing Audio for April 2nd

On Thursday, APril 2nd, to comply with social distancing guidance, support transparency,  and keep the media informed, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) held a remote press conference for inquiries regarding the state response to COVID-19 featuring:

  • Mike Willis, Director of the State Emergency Operations Center
  • and Scott Bookman, Incident Commander for state COVID-19 response

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Continue to stay up to date by visiting colorado.gov/cdphe/2019-novel-coronavirus.

04-02-20 Colorado Corn: Small Business Funds Available

Colorado Corn: Small Business Funds Available

[Greeley, CO — April 2, 2020] On April 1st, the Small Business Administration (SBA) and U.S. Treasury Department began an unprecedented public-private mobilization effort to distribute funds to provide small businesses with the capital they need.

“This legislation provides small business job retention loans to provide eight weeks of payroll and certain overhead to keep workers employed,” said Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin. “Treasury and the Small Business Administration expect to have this program up and running by April 3rd so that businesses can go to a participating SBA 7(a) lender, bank, or credit union, apply for a loan, and be approved on the same day. The loans will be forgiven as long as the funds are used to keep employees on the payroll and for certain other expenses.”

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04-02-20 Inside the BARN with CO Ag Commissioner Kate Greenberg…COVID-19: Agriculture’s Reaction, Response & More

Inside the BARN with CO Ag Commissioner Kate Greenberg: COVID-19: Agriculture’s Reaction, Response & More

BRIGGSDALE, CO – April 2, 2020 – Joining the Colorado Ag News Network and FarmCast Radio at this time is Colorado Agriculture Commissioner Kate Greenberg, and will be discussing several topics pertaining to COVID-19 and more:

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04-02-20 CO Governor Polis Sends Letter to Vice President Pence Requesting Additional PPE to Address Shortage

CO Governor Polis Sends Letter to Vice President Pence Requesting Additional PPE to Address Shortage

DENVER – Governor Jared Polis discussed Colorado’s personal protective equipment (PPE) shortage at a news conference on Wednesday, April 1. On March 28, Governor Polis sent a letter to Vice President Mike Pence requesting additional PPE and ventilators to address the severe shortage Colorado is facing.

“We are facing a crisis-level shortage of these essential supplies to protect our health care workers and first responders. Colorado’s COVID-19 death rate is rising faster than any other state right now; the pandemic is spreading so fast that lags in testing are masking the true conditions experienced by Coloradans across the state,” Governor Polis wrote. 

As reflected in requests to FEMA and HHS, Colorado needs: Continue reading

04-02-20 NACD: AG, CONSERVATION, WILDLIFE GROUPS UNITE TO ADVOCATE FOR CONSERVATION FUNDING SUPPORT

NACD: AG, CONSERVATION, WILDLIFE GROUPS UNITE TO ADVOCATE FOR CONSERVATION FUNDING SUPPORT

WASHINGTON – Today, 76 leading farm, conservation and wildlife groups delivered a letter to Congress requesting full funding for conservation programs and technical assistance in fiscal year (FY) 2021 appropriations.

In the letter, the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD), National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC), National Farmers Union (NFU), National Wildlife Federation (NWF) and other signatories called upon House and Senate appropriators to maintain discretionary United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) conservation funding and reject any cuts to farm bill conservation programs through the FY21 appropriations process. Continue reading

04-02-20 Cornell University: Don’t send cows to market that are not fit to transport

Cornell University: Don’t send cows to market that are not fit to transport

Given that there may be a rush to get cull cows to market, there are some key factors to animal well-being that need to be taken into consideration. This is especially true if cows will have to be transported longer distances to get to a processing facility. Continue reading

04-02-20 Important Message to partners and cattle industry stakeholders of CattleTrace…

 

Important Message to partners and cattle industry stakeholders of CattleTrace…

MANHATTAN, Kan. — As the global COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, our commitment to you and the U.S. cattle industry remains unchanged – to develop a voluntary national disease traceability system for all cattle. Thank you for your support for the past few years. Without you, we would not be where we are today.

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04-02-20 New Economic Study: African Swine Fever Outbreak in the US Could Cost $50 Billion

New Economic Study: African Swine Fever Outbreak in the US Could Cost $50 Billion

Economists study two scenarios indicating the economic impact of ASF in the U.S.

DES MOINES, Iowa (April 1, 2020) — A new study(1) conducted by agricultural economists at Iowa State University estimate the economic impact of a hypothetical African Swine Fever (ASF) outbreak in the United States. The study replicates the impact of the loss of pork export markets and found an outbreak could cost the swine industry as much as $50 billion over 10 years. 

Export sales of U.S. pork reached an all-time high in 2019 of $6.95 billion mt (5.89 billion pounds)(2), with exports accounting for 26.9 percent of the market. The export market returns an average $53.51 per head back to U.S. pork producers.

“Pork production in the U. S. exceeds domestic consumption by 25 to 30 percent, so it’s important to have export markets open as they are imperative to the vitality of the American pig farmer,” said Dr. Dermot Hayes, Iowa State University agricultural economist and one of the authors of the study. 

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USDA – FAS Weekly Export Sales Report for April 2nd

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Weekly Export Sales for April 2nd

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Thursday, April 2nd

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Thursday, April 2nd

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House Ag Launches COVID-19 Resources Webpage

The House Agriculture Committee this week launched a COVID-19 resource webpage to provide information to the agriculture industry. The webpage includes resources and information for agriculture and nutrition, and will be updated as more information becomes available. House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson of Minnesota says the page is a collection of updates, announcements and online resources detailing programs available to those affected by the pandemic, as well as adjustments made by USDA and other Federal agencies serving the food, agriculture and rural economic supply chain. Peterson also spoke with Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue this week, about volatility in the commodity markets, particularly for livestock and poultry industries, the bleak conditions for dairy farmers, and the status of the food supply chain. Peterson thanked Perdue and the Department of Agriculture “for their efforts to continue to monitor America’s food supply and provide needed assistance and flexibility in this emergency.” The page is available at agriculture.house.gov/covid19.

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Lawmakers Ask Health Department to Send Aid to Rural Hospitals

A coalition of lawmakers is asking the Health and Human Services Department to provide immediate assistance to rural hospitals and clinics. In a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, 122 lawmakers asked the Trump administration to provide financial aid included in the CARES Act to help rural hospitals during the COVID-19 outbreak. The legislation includes new funding to provide financial relief for hospitals. The lawmakers point out that many rural hospitals have ceased performing elective procedures and seeing non-urgent patients. Lawmakers say the rural hospitals know the COVID-19 emergency confronting the U.S. must take precedence. However, these actions threaten rural hospitals’ financial viability. The letter states, “We are hearing from rural hospitals from across the country that have only days left of cash-on-hand – money needed for payroll and supplies.” The lawmakers say, “now it is up to the administration to respond with rapid action to sustain rural providers,” adding “any unnecessary delay will only worsen this situation.”

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Grocery Industry Adapting to Temporary Norms

Grocery stores and the food chain across the nation are adapting to the new normal, with shelter in place and work from home orders across the county. Doug Baker, industry relations vice president at The Food Industry Association, says in a blog post, “the industry is rewriting the playbook on crisis response in real-time.” To heighten personal safety and engender a deeper comfort level among associates and shoppers, retailers are using various tactics in their stores to implement the protocol of maintaining safe social distance. Every store looks different, so the measures retailers are taking vary depending on the unique needs of their setting. For example, some retailers are putting up stanchions and floor decals to indicate where shoppers should stand to help them measure the appropriate amount of space in queues and depending on the store. Additionally, stores are piloting “pick-up only” at some facilities. Baker adds, “Our industry is at its best when the public needs us the most.”

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National Sorghum Producers Predicts More Acres than USDA Estimate

The Prospective Planting report released this week by the Department of Agriculture indicates an 11 percent increase in sorghum acres for 2020. However, National Sorghum Producers says there is greater opportunity for increased sorghum acres in the United States for the 2020-2021 marketing year. When the analysis was conducted in February, sorghum prices did not reflect basis appreciation from export sales that occurred since that time. Significant purchase activity by China, approaching one million metric tons over the last seven weeks, has driven basis improvements, and these purchases account for roughly ten percent of the sorghum produced last year. Today, sorghum for export commands a 13 percent premium. These gains have been seen at interior country elevators, as well, with new crop basis gains of $0.20-$0.40 in the past two weeks.  With these factors in mind, NSP says both domestic and international demand will continue to drive sorghum acres this spring.

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Crop Year Rice Imports Projected at Record High

Although rice is not considered a staple food in the United States, Americans are turning to the global rice market more than ever. The Agriculture Department’s Economic Research Service says U.S. imports of rice now account for about one percent of the value of all U.S. agricultural imports. In 2019/20, U.S. rice imports are projected at 32.5 million hundredweight, up nine percent from a year earlier and the third consecutive record. Imports now account for more than 20 percent of the total domestic rice market, with two factors driving the recent records. First is a large increase in demand for Asian aromatic varieties, primarily jasmine rice from Thailand and basmati rice from India and Pakistan. These specific varieties are not grown in the United States and account for around 70 percent of U.S. rice imports. Second, Puerto Rico is importing cheaper rice from China, about eight percent of total U.S. rice imports, and largely replacing U.S. suppliers. Nearly all of China’s rice exports to Puerto Rico are from its Government-accumulated stocks of older rice that are sold at well below current trading prices.

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STD Awareness Month Doesn’t Just Apply to Humans

April is STD Awareness Month, and cows should not be left out of the conversation. Trichomoniasis, or trich, is a sexually transmitted disease that has the ability to cut a calf crop in half, according to Boehringer Ingelheim. Infected animals may show no outward signs, which is why trich often goes unnoticed until it’s too late. When bulls are infected with trich, it is considered a lifelong infection with no legal treatment. While cows can clear the disease, they will likely experience reproductive failures such as infertility and low pregnancy rates. Boehringer Ingelheim suggests producers take a moment during STD Awareness Month to learn about trich, and work with a veterinarian to put a prevention plan in place that includes testing, bull selection, record keeping, biosecurity measures and vaccination. Boehringer Ingelheim says it’s important to work with a veterinarian to develop management practices and a vaccination regimen to keep your herd STD free.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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The Denver Cash Grain Bids…

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Greeley, CO Thu Apr 02, 2020 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 available by 3:00 PM MST.
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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