04-24-18 Make plans to attend the 2018 Soil Health Institute’s Annual Meeting August 1-3 in Albuquerque, NM

Make plans to attend the 2018 Soil Health Institute’s Annual Meeting August 1-3 in Albuquerque, NM

Registration is Open!

Registration for the Soil Health Institute’s 3rd Annual Meeting is now open! Please take a moment to register here.

Reservations Are Open

The Soil Health Institute’s 3rd Annual Meeting will take place August 1-3, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency Albuquerque. Please take a moment to reserve your room.

Any attendees who wish to use the government rate must select the option “I have an access code” and enter their government access code.

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Conference registration and hotel room reservations are available for the Soil Health Institute’s 3rd Annual Meeting August 1-3.


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04-24-18 Soil Health Institute 3rd Annual Meeting: Call for Posters

Soil Health Institute 3rd Annual Meeting: Call for Posters

The Soil Health Institute seeks submissions for Poster Presentations at its 3rdAnnual Meeting to be held August 1-3, 2018 in Albuquerque, NM.  Presenters must be present from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., August 1, 2018.

Poster presentations must be relevant to soil health. Information must be sufficiently transparent, detailed, and rigorous to support a scientific discussion.

Online applications are due by 5:30 p.m., Friday, June 1, 2018, and must designate the primary presenter, author(s), primary contact information, and affiliation(s). The application requires an abbreviated abstract, as well as a head/shoulders photograph of the primary presenter that will be used to promote the Poster Session. Continue reading

04-24-18 Inside NRCS-CO w/State Conservationist Clint Evans…

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Inside NRCS-CO w/State Conservationist Clint Evans…

Conservation Planning, EQIP & CSP Signup & More

Clint Evans, NRCS-CO State Conservationist

(BARN Media / FarmCast Radio – Briggsdale, CO) April 24, 2018 – Joining the Colorado Ag News Network inside the BARN is Clint Evans, State Conservationist with NRCS-CO discussing several topics including:

  • Importance of conservation planning for drought
  • Conservation and production go hand in hand to improve farmers and ranchers bottom line
  • Continuous sign up for EQIP and CSP
  • Conservation District local work group meetings – setting resource priorities
  • 1st Annual CSU Water in the West Symposium April 26-27
  • & More
To listen to the interview, click the audio mp3 link below…


For additional information about USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Colorado please visit www.co.nrcs.usda.gov or please call 720-544-2810.

04-24-18 Inside NAWG with President Jimmie Musick…

Inside NAWG with President Jimmie Musick…

2018 Farm Bill, National Wheat Yield Contest & More

(The BARN / FarmCast Radio – Briggsdale, CO) April 24, 2018 – Joining FarmCast Radio and the Colorado Ag News Network is Jimmie Musick, President of the National Association of Wheat Growers discussing several topics including:

  • Current Wheat Conditions
  • US House version of the 2018 Farm Bill
  • US Senate’s version of the 2018 Farm Bill
  • Trade – NAFTA & Trans Pacific Partnership
  • Potential Trade War with China
  • 2018 National Wheat Yield Contest – Entries due by May 15th!
  • & More



04-24-18 USDA-NRCS: 2018 Omnibus Bill Nixes DUNS and SAM Requirements for Farmers

USDA-NRCS: 2018 Omnibus Bill Nixes DUNS and SAM Requirements for Farmers

WASHINGTON, APRIL 24 — Effective immediately, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) financial assistance program participants will no longer need a Dun and Bradstreet Universal Number System (DUNS) number, or to register in the System for Award Management (SAM). The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018 (2018 Omnibus Bill), signed by President Donald Trump on March 23, eliminated these requirements.

According to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, DUNS and SAM were designed for billion-dollar government contractors, not everyday farmers trying to support their families. These changes help streamline the customer experience of farmers, which is a top priority at USDA, he said.

“This change greatly simplifies the contracting process for our customers and staff,” said Acting NRCS Chief Leonard Jordan. “Conservation program participants will soon receive letters from their local NRCS office with more details.” Continue reading

04-24-18 EPA Announces Availability of Funding to Reduce Emissions from Diesel Engines Nationwide

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EPA Announces Availability of Funding to Reduce Emissions from Diesel Engines Nationwide

Preference given to fleets in areas facing air quality challenges

DENVER (April 24, 2018) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the availability of grant funding to modernize the nation’s diesel fleet by retrofitting or replacing vehicles with cleaner, more efficient diesel engines. EPA anticipates awarding approximately $40 million in Diesel Emission Reduction Program (DERA) grant funding to eligible applicants, subject to the availability of funds.

“These grants will incentivize improvements to aging diesel fleets and improve air quality throughout the country,” said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. “EPA will continue to target funds to areas facing significant air quality issues.” Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Tuesday, April 24th

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Comprehensive New NAFTA Coming Soon

Negotiators from Mexico, the U.S., and Canada are still pushing hard to get a “comprehensive” new North American Free Trade Agreement in place. Politico says negotiators from the three NAFTA countries have been meeting regularly in recent weeks, hoping for breakthroughs on some of the toughest issues yet to deal with. Those remaining issues include auto rules of origin, labor, and dispute settlement mechanisms. “We are certainly in a more intense period of the negotiations and are making good progress,” says Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer appeared confident in recent meetings with administration officials and Congress that he will be able to reach a preliminary NAFTA agreement in the next couple of weeks. The goal would then be to have a preliminary agreement in place by May fourth. U.S. officials have set a goal of Congressional approval before the lawmakers head home for the December holidays on December 13. Mexico’s own legislative session ends on August 31 and any renegotiated deal would have to be passed before then.  


Mexico/European Union Reach Trade Deal

The European Commission announced over the weekend that the European Union and Mexico had reached a free trade deal. A CNN Money report says the deal virtually eliminates tariffs on “practically all goods” traded between EU members and Mexico. The EU and Mexico said last year they would upgrade their trade talks to update the agreement they signed back in 2000. The announcement came at the same time that the U.S. was threatening to pull out of the North American Free Trade Agreement. Mexico and the EU appeared to take a shot at U.S. President Donald Trump when they announced the deal, calling it a defense of open and rules-based trade. The European Commission President, Jean-Claude Juncker, said over the weekend that Mexico and the EU worked together to reach a mutually beneficial outcome. “We did it as partners who are willing to discuss, to defend their interests, while, at the same time, being willing to compromise to meet each other’s expectations,” says Juncker. The deal marks a move by Mexico to lessen its reliance on the U.S. as its main trading partner.


Treasury Secretary Optimistic on Settling Trade Dispute

The International Monetary Fund and the World Bank both issued warnings that trade disputes could put a healthy global economic expansion in jeopardy. An Associated Press report says U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin (Muh-NOO-chin) showed cautious optimism over the weekend that the U.S. and China could settle their differences without a full-blown trade war. Mnuchin met recently with finance officials from Japan, China, and Europe to discuss a series of punitive tariffs the Trump Administration unveiled recently against China and other trading partners. Mnuchin wouldn’t tell reporters how close the U.S. was to resolving the various trade disputes, but he did say that progress has been made. In a speech earlier this month, Chinese president Xi (Zhee) Jinping said his country would open itself wider to foreign companies. That raised hopes that the dispute with Washington, D.C., could be resolved. Mnuchin recently discussed Xi’s proposals with Chinese officials, saying “we’re cautiously optimistic.” The Treasury Secretary says he may soon travel to Beijing for further talks with Chinese officials.


Wildfire Livestock Losses Will Qualify for Financial Help

Livestock producers who lost animals in the central plains’ wildfires may qualify for the USDA Farm Service Agency’s Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP). An Oklahoma State University Extension report says the LIP program provides assistance to producers who’ve experienced abnormal livestock deaths due to a number of different conditions, ranging from adverse weather, certain disease outbreaks, or animals reintroduced into the environment by the government. The wildfires in northwestern Oklahoma more than qualify as an adverse weather-related loss. LIP payments are made by calculating 75 percent of the fair market value for the affected livestock, as determined by the Commodity Credit Corporation. Producers need to file a notice of the livestock losses directly to their county FSA offices. In order to be eligible for the program, growers must have had legal possession of the livestock, with the deaths happening no later than 60 days from the ending date of the disaster. Livestock must have been utilized for commercial use as part of a farming and ranching operation on the day they died. There are exceptions to which animals are covered on different operations, and producers should check with their local FSA offices for more information.


CA Judge Says Glyphosate Can Be Listed Under Prop 65

A California Appeals Court sided with the Center for Food Safety and the state of California in affirming that Monsanto’s glyphosate pesticide can be listed under Prop 65. The listing says glyphosate is a known carcinogen. Monsanto filed a lawsuit challenging a California announcement that it would be listing glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide, under California’s Prop 65. The proposition requires notification and labeling of all chemicals known to cause cancer, birth defects, or other types of reproductive harm. Prop 65 also prohibits their discharge into drinking waters of the state. The Center for Food Safety then intervened in the case after Monsanto filed suit, saying the glyphosate listing under Prop 65 was correct and the public had a right to know when it’s being exposed to cancer-causing chemicals. In 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) concluded that glyphosate is “probably carcinogenic.” California subsequently issued the notice of intent to list glyphosate as a Proposition 65 chemical based on the IARC finding. 


Rabobank: Challenges Ahead for U.S. Global Pork Trade

A Rabobank analysis says the proposed Chinese tariff on U.S pork imports could cost American producers $6 to $8 per head. The Rabobank Pork Quarterly Q2 report says the China-U.S. tension exemplifies what could be a challenging year ahead for the pork industry in 2018. African swine fever in Europe could be another challenge in the global pork trade. The report says agility will be a big key in navigating what could be an uncertain global market. The wildcard is whether or not China opts to crack down on U.S. pork exports shipped via Hong Kong. January U.S. pork shipments grew five percent year on year, but U.S. pork exports are slowing due to the uncertainty over Chinese tariffs. The report says South Korea, the third-largest U.S. export market, might be a bright spot. Renegotiation of the KORUS trade pact should spur demand into Korea, as well as neighboring Asian countries. Rabobank says the most critical piece of the puzzle is successfully renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement, as 40 percent of all U.S. pork exports go to Mexico and Canada.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service


04-23-18 CFB ADVISORY: Student Group to Host Opioid Epidemic Summit at Adams State University, April 27

CFB ADVISORY: Student Group to Host Opioid Epidemic Summit at Adams State University, April 27

What: The Adams State University Collegiate Farm Bureau will host the Opioid Epidemic Summit to gather leaders from healthcare, law enforcement, rural development and other community programs to discuss the opioid epidemic in the San Luis Valley.

Where: Adams State University, Carson Auditorium, 98 Monterey Ave, Alamosa, CO 81101

When: April 27, 2018 at 1 p.m.

Who: Industry professionals from the local community will talk about various aspects of opioid abuse and it’s impact on the public. Speakers include:  Continue reading

04-23-18 US Senators Bennet, Gardner Cosponsor Bipartisan Bill to Legalize Hemp

US Senators Bennet, Gardner Cosponsor Bipartisan Bill to Legalize Hemp

Washington, D.C. – Colorado U.S. Senators Michael Bennet (D) and Cory Gardner (R) this week cosponsored the bipartisan Hemp Farming Act of 2018, which would legalize and clearly define hemp as an agricultural commodity and remove it from the list of controlled substances. The legislation also would give states the opportunity to become the primary regulators of hemp, allow hemp researchers to apply for competitive federal grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, ensure growers in the West can access water, and make hemp farmers eligible to apply for crop insurance.

“It’s past time for Washington to recognize the growth of hemp as an agricultural commodity and legalize it nationwide,” Bennet said. “This bipartisan legislation builds on the successful pilot program we created in the 2014 Farm Bill, eliminating federal barriers and providing certainty for states and hemp growers. We’ll continue working with Senate leadership on behalf of Colorado’s hemp farmers and entrepreneurs to pass this bill.”

“Removing industrial hemp from the Controlled Substances Act is a commonsense move which would create jobs and get the government out of the way of Colorado’s farmers and agricultural industry,” Gardner said. “Hemp has the potential to be a major boon to Colorado agriculture, giving farmers another viable and profitable option for their fields.” Continue reading

04-23-18 Inside CCALT w/Executive Director Erik Glenn…

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Inside CCALT w/Executive Director Erik Glenn

Leopold Award, Conservation Easements, Farm Bill, Upcoming Events & More…

(The BARN / FarmCast Radio Briggsdale, CO) April 23, 2018 – Joining the CO Ag News Network to talk about conservation easements is Colorado Agricultural Land Trust’s Executive Director Erik Glenn, discussing several topics including:


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Livestock Exchange, LLC Weekly Update…

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(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) – Each week, Auctioneer Tyler Knode with Livestock Exchange, LLC. in Brush, CO will be inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network providing a RECAP of the previous week’s auctions and also a PREVIEW of upcoming cattle & hay auctions…


04-23-18 Livestock Exchange, LLC Recap & Preview


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04-23-18 SARE: Now Available: Session Recordings of the 2017 National Conference on Cover Crops and Soil Health

Now Available: Session Recordings of the 2017 National Conference on Cover Crops and Soil Health

Whether you attended or not, we hope you’ll find use in revisiting the educational, cutting-edge sessions from the 2017 National Conference on Cover Crops and Soil Health. All session recordings are now available on the SARE website: browse by session topic or by this list of all recordings.

This gathering of some of the nation’s most innovative producers, educators, scientists and conservation leaders featured in-depth sessions on a wide range of topics, including many sessions led by farmers who shared their insights. Taken together, these session recordings capture some of the latest research and farmer experiences with cover crops, increasingly seen as a critical conservation practice throughout American agriculture.

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04-23-18 USDA Reestablishes Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee, Seeks Nominees

USDA Reestablishes Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee, Seeks Nominees

April 23, 2018 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture today announced that it will reestablish the charter for the Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee (FVIAC) and seeks nominations to fill all 25 positions on the FVIAC. FVIAC was established by USDA in 2001 to examine issues facing the fruit and vegetable industry and to provide ideas on ways to improve programs to better meet the changing needs of the produce industry. Continue reading

04-23-18 Take Advantage of the Early Bird Registration for the 2018 Pedal the Plains September 14-16

Take Advantage of the Early Bird Registration for the 2018 Pedal the Plains September 14-16

The route and host communities for the 2018 Pedal The Plains presented by Viaero Wireless will be announced on Wednesday April 25th at the State Capital with Governor John Hickenlooper at 10:15am. It is so hard not to just reveal it right now – it is going to be a great year for Pedal The Plains! We have some exciting and new things happening and some great communities involved!
Some of you have been dying to register regardless of the route, just because you love the ride! So to that end, go ahead and register with a $15 discount!
Use the code: EarlyBird (Code is valid on through April 24th)
And feel free to join us at 10:15am on the lawn of the State Capital on Wednesday April 25th. We will take registrations there too!
This is going to be fun!

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04-23-18 Red Angus Association Releases Two New EPDs Aimed at Increasing Efficiency

Red Angus Association Releases Two New EPDs Aimed at Increasing Efficiency

Denver – Beef producers consistently look toward the horizon for new tools to help them improve their bottom line. The Red Angus Association of America has a long history of supporting commercial cattlemen and women who are dedicated to efficiently producing high-quality beef. The recent release of two new Red Angus EPDs, targeted at providing producers with additional selection tools to meet their goals, exemplifies this effort. Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Monday, April 23rd

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Peterson: Pelosi Didn’t Direct Farm Bill, but Ryan May Have

Republicans in the House have accused Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of pushing Democrats on the House Agricultural Committee to oppose the House version of the farm bill. The biggest objection is over proposed changes to the nutrition title. However, ranking member Collin Peterson of Minnesota told the Hagstrom Report that he hadn’t discussed the farm bill with her until last Tuesday evening. Peterson described Pelosi as surprised that Republicans accused her of being behind the Democrats opposition to the farm bill. The House Ag Committee approved the bill on a party-line vote of 26-20, with all Democrats opposed. Pelosi had issued a statement earlier criticizing the farm bill. However, Peterson said he’d told her they would talk about the bill when he had something to tell her, and that was the Tuesday before the markup. Peterson says Pelosi was not aware of the detailed politics in the committee Democrats’ opposition to the bill. Peterson says he’s seen evidence that the retiring Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, is behind the changes to the nutrition title, which attach work requirements to the food stamp program. He says Ryan sees it as his welfare reform bill before he leaves Congress. Peterson says, “The Speaker put this in the bill because he couldn’t get anything else done with welfare reform.”


Wildfire Aid Amendment Included in Farm Bill Proposal

Wildfires have burned major portions of Oklahoma, as well as several other areas in the High Plains, over the past week. In an attempt to give better aid to people in those areas, a Drover’s report says Kansas Republican Representative Roger Marshall proposed an amendment that was included in the House Farm Bill, which passed out of the Ag Committee on April 18. Marshall says the wildfires burning across Kansas and Oklahoma bring back memories of the wildfires that burned large numbers of acres in 2017. “While the USDA response to help producers recover has been good, it’s important that we take time to figure out how to improve ways to help farmers in the future,” he says. Two separate fires in northwest Oklahoma have burned more than 350,000 acres since April 12. Kansas, Texas, New Mexico, and Colorado have all been dealing with smaller wildfires over the past few weeks. The amendment is intended to streamline the application and approval processes for producers to get resources more quickly when applying to the Emergency Conservation Program to rebuild their fences. The amendment also simplifies the program administration for Farm Service Agency employees. There aren’t any guarantees the amendment stays in the finished 2018 Farm Bill.


Dicamba Legal Battle Continues in Arkansas

Nearly 200 farmers have obtained temporary restraining orders against the Arkansas in-season ban on dicamba use. A DTN report says judges in three counties have granted restraining orders in response to last-minutes complaints filed by farmers. The office of State Attorney General Leslie Rutledge is filing appeals of those decisions to the state Supreme Court. In the meantime, a spokeswoman for the attorney general’s office says those farmers are free to use dicamba while the orders are in place. Nicole Ryan, communications director for the attorney general, says the state Plant Board will enforce the federal label requirements for the farmers who are spraying dicamba while the country restraining orders are in place. “The attorney general will be seeking expedited stays from the supreme court, which would halt the judges’ decisions until the appeals are decided,” Ryan says. In spite of the temporary restraining orders, Monsanto has opted not to sell its XtendiMax herbicide with Vapor Grip Technology, even though it’s registered for use in Arkansas on soybeans and cotton. Spokesman Kyle Richards says the company needs a stable and predictable environment before they’re able to make their product available to growers that want to use it. The Arkansas State Plant Board made it illegal to use dicamba between April 15 and October 31.  


Soybean Farmers Can’t Replace Chinese Business

U.S. soybean exports could drop as much as 65 percent if the back-and-forth trade rhetoric battle between the two largest economies causes China to slap on retaliatory tariffs. Politico says that number comes from a soon-to-be-published report out of Purdue University. Earlier this month, China said it will put a 25 percent tariff on U.S. soybeans if President Trump follows through on his plan to punish China for forced technology transfers by implementing American tariffs on Chinese goods. If the trade war actually happens and tariffs are put in place, China will rely on Brazil soybeans to fill in the gap. Brazil is currently the largest soybean exporter to China. U.S. soybean farmers likely could find some substitute business by expanding into other markets that currently import Brazilian beans. Wally Tyner, professor of ag economics at Purdue, says, “Brazil will take a big chunk of our market with China, and we’ll take a chunk of Brazil’s business in other countries.” However, increasing exports to other countries like the European Union, Mexico, Indonesia, and Japan, still won’t make up for a major loss of business with China, worth nearly $14 billion.  


Russia Approves Bayer Acquisition of Monsanto

Bayer announced another country has given its approval of the company’s purchase of Monsanto. A Dow Jones report says Russia has given conditional approval of Bayer’s $57 billion acquisition of Monsanto if the German company agrees to transfer certain technologies to Russian recipients. Under the approval terms, Bayer agreed to transfer molecular breeding assets in several crops for a period of five years. The company didn’t specify who the Russian recipients of the transfer would be. Bayer says it’s agreed to grant non-discriminatory access to digital-farming technologies after the products have been launched in Russia. The approval means Bayer is one step closer to achieving its goal of acquiring Monsanto, first announced in 2016. Bayer still plans on closing out the process in the second quarter of this year. Bayer got conditional approval from the European Commission in March and still awaits approval from the U.S. Department of Justice.


Rural Mainstreet Index Hurt by Trade Concerns

The Rural Mainstreet Index, which measures the economic outlook in rural America, was hit hard by rural bankers who expressed concerns about trade tensions and their effect on the farm economy. “An unresolved North American Free Trade Agreement and rising trade tensions with China are significant concerns,” says Ernie Goss, Creighton University economist and author of the Rural Mainstreet Index. The confidence index is a sub-category of the overall index and expresses the outlook for six months into the future. It dropped from 58 in March to an index of 50 this month. The index range is 0 to 100, with 50 being a growth-neutral reading. The overall index dropped somewhat but did remain above growth-neutral for a third-straight month. Goss says that indicates an upward trend with improving economic growth. “However, weak farm income continues to weigh on the rural economy,” says Goss. Bankers in the ten-state RMI district have unresolved concerns about trade matters. Over three-quarters of rural bankers (76.2%) say export markets are very important to their local economy.  

SOURCE: NAFB News Service


04-20-18 US Senators Bennet, Gardner Introduce FARMERS FIRST Bill to Provide Mental Health Support to Agricultural Communities

US Senators Bennet, Gardner Introduce FARMERS FIRST Bill to Provide Mental Health Support to Agricultural Communities

Report finds agricultural workers have higher suicide rate than any other occupation

Washington, D.C. – Colorado U.S. Senators Michael Bennet (D) and Cory Gardner (R) this week introduced bipartisan legislation to provide farmers, ranchers, and agricultural workers with critical mental health support and resources.

“During meetings and listening sessions around the state, we’ve heard about the challenges and uncertainty felt in rural Colorado,” Bennet said.“Tackling this challenge requires a comprehensive approach that includes access to health and wellness services for farmers and ranchers. I’ll continue working with my colleagues across the aisle to ensure America’s agricultural communities have the resources they need and deserve.”

“As a fifth generation Coloradan who still lives in a tiny town on the Eastern Plains of Colorado that is totally dependent on agriculture, I see the hardships our farmers and ranchers experience every day,” Gardner said. “When I was a kid growing up in the 1980s, I remember Colorado farmers and ranchers facing tough times, and I’m afraid that we are seeing that same thing happen again. My friends and neighbors are filing for bankruptcy, being forced to sell their family farms, taking on more debt, and struggling to provide for their families. These stories break my heart and serve as a reminder that we need to be there for our farmers and support our rural communities during times of hardship, and that is exactly what the FARMERS FIRST Act does. This bipartisan legislation will make sure our agriculture community doesn’t feel abandoned and alone. The forgotten men and women of America must know that we have their backs, that their communities have their backs, and that we will always strive to help them. While this legislation is a good start, more must be done and I will continue to work with my colleagues on solutions to help our agriculture community.” Continue reading