READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Tuesday, March 31st…

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“Disinfectant Could Help Reduce Spread of PEDv”

The Pig Site reports Michigan State University has released new information to assist producers with disinfection protocols for PEDv. The National Pork Board recently published a study on the use and effectiveness of Accelerated Hydrogen Peroxide in cold temperature environments. While washing, disinfecting and drying trailers is the gold standard to reduce the spread of disease – the study shows the Accel product is an alternative option when fully washing and disinfecting is restricted due to limited time. Through NPB’s study with both a heavy and light fecal load and at standing times of 40 and 60 minutes – results shows the disease was inactivated in the presence of light and heavy fecal contamination. Concentrations of 1:16 and 1:32 of AHP disinfectant in a 10-percent propylene glycol solution with 40 minutes of contact time is an effective alternative to reduce disease transmission between loads during cold weather conditions. Another benefit of AHP is it doesn’t require the use of Personal Protection Equipment when being applied and is environmentally friendly. MSU Swine Veterinarian Dr. Madonna Benjamin says this product may reduce pathogens on commercial and non-commercial swine movement when used as part of a cleaning biosecurity regime.

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“FDA Sends Warning Letter to Cattleman Regarding High Levels of Certain Antibiotic in Beef”

Food Safety News reports FDA has established a safe level of point-one parts per million for residues of Tilmicosin – a veterinary antibiotic used to treat cattle and sheep for bovine and ovine respiratory diseases – in muscle tissue and 1.2-parts per million in liver tissues. USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service tested a beef cow offered for sale as an animal for slaughter by a Virginia cattleman last year. In that testing – residues of the antibiotic resulted in 2.914 ppm in the muscle tissue and 19.994 ppm in the liver tissue. FDA sent the cattleman a warning letter about the findings from its investigation and asked for a response to FDA’s concerns within 15-working days.  

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“NFU Opposes Acceptance of COOL, GIPSA Riders in 2016 Ag Appropriations”

The National Farmers Union has joined a coalition representing family farmers, ranchers, consumers and rural affairs to submit testimony urging Congress to reject any policy riders in the Fiscal Year 2016 Ag Appropriations bill that would weaken or withdraw COOL or limit the rulemaking authority of GIPSA. NFU President Roger Johnson says opponents of basic rights for producers and consumers have chosen the appropriations process as a mechanism to preempt the World Trade Organization process on COOL and limit the Ag Secretary’s authority to address anti-competitive market concerns. As for COOL – Johnson says it is premature to surrender to Canada and Mexico’s threats of tariff retaliation. As for GIPSA – he says any provision gutting the Packers and Stockyard Act through the GIPSA rider is unconscionable to America’s family farmers and ranchers and would deny them protection from retaliation when they use their First Amendment rights to speak with congressional representatives, deny them the right to a jury trial and deny them the right to request information on how their pay is calculated. For those reasons – NFU urges Congress to reject policy riders that would undermine the effectiveness of COOL and GIPSA.

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“USDA Announces Funding for Rural Development”

The U.S. Department of Agriculture – through its Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant program – is providing 31-million dollars in loans and grants for 38 projects in 12 states. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says these infrastructure investments will help rural residents start or expand businesses by helping increase production and manufacturing capacity for businesses or helping rural homeowners save money by making their homes more energy efficient. To view the list of funding recipients – visit RD dot USDA dot gov slash Files slash RD underscore REDLG underscore recipients dot pdf (www.rd.usda.gov/files/rd_redlg_recipients.pdf).

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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03-30-15 USDA-NASS-CO News: Colorado Crop Progress…

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AGRICULTURAL SUMMARY: Above normal temperatures were sustained last week while precipitation occurred in trace amounts, stimulating pasture growth and spurring opportunities for fieldwork in most districts. High winds impacted eastern districts while localized moisture stress was apparent in several instances. Calving and lambing progressed well amid warm and dry conditions. As of March 30, mountain snowpack statewide was 74 percent of average. The Southwest and San Luis Valley were 60 and 66 percent of average, respectively. Stored feed supplies were rated 2 percent very short, 4 percent short, 81 percent adequate, and 13 percent surplus. Sheep death loss was 1 percent heavy, 64 percent average and 35 percent light. Cattle death loss was 1 percent heavy, 84 percent average, and 15 percent light.

To view the complete report – CLICK HERE

 

03-30-15 Grover FFA Chapter to host Annual Hired Hand Auction April 11th…

National FFA Emblem - REfreshed March 2015The Grover FFA chapter would like to know how to get their Hired Hand Auction event on the calendar and public announcements.

The auction will be held at Pawnee High School in Grover CO on Saturday, April 11th.

All you can eat dinner of Rocky Mountain Oysters, Chicken tenders, potato salad, baked beans, and dessert will be served starting at 5:00 with the auction to follow.

Prices are: Adults 8.00, children 6-12 and Seniors 6.00, children 5 and under eat free.

Auction items include projects built by Ag students:  Roping dummy, horse panels, plasm cam art, etc… as well as donated items from around Weld County.

For more information feel free to contact Advisor, Mrs. Seely Daniels at 970-895-2222.

03-30-15 NFU Joins Diverse Coalition Urging Congress to Reject COOL, GIPSA Riders in 2016 Ag Appropriations…

NFU - National Farmers Union logo5WASHINGTON (March 30, 2015) – National Farmers Union (NFU) joined a diverse coalition representing family farmers, ranchers, consumers and rural affairs in submitting testimony urging Congress to reject the inclusion of any policy riders in the FY2016 Agriculture Appropriations bill that would weaken or rescind Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL) or limit the rulemaking authority of the Grain Inspection Packers and Stockyards Agency (GIPSA).

“Opponents of basic rights for producers and consumers have repeatedly chosen the appropriations process as a mechanism to preempt the World Trade Organization (WTO) process on COOL and to limit the agriculture secretary’s authority to address anti-competitive market concerns,” said NFU President Roger Johnson. “NFU urges Congress to reject policy riders that would undermine the effectiveness of COOL and GIPSA.” Continue reading

03-30-15 NACD News: Resolution Recognizes Value of Locally-Led Soil and Water Conservation Efforts…

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WASHINGTON, DC–March 30, 2015–A bipartisan, concurrent resolution recently introduced in the U.S. Senate and House recognizes the value of locally-led soil and water conservation and the role of conservation districts within those efforts across the nation.
“We’re pleased to see a bipartisan group of representatives in Washington voicing their support for our nation’s soils and locally-led natural resource conservation, and their critical value to our nation’s economic and food security,” said National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) President Lee McDaniel. “Providing for a projected world population of nine billion by 2050, while preserving our precious natural resource base, will require a coordinated, voluntary, incentive-based approach to private land conservation with participation from local, state and federal stakeholders.” Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Monday, March 30th…

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“USDA Extends Deadline for ARC, PLC, Base Acre Reallocation and Yield Update”

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Friday it will extend the deadline for farmers to reallocate base acres and update yield and to choose between Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage programs to April 7th. Currently – almost 98-percent of producers have updated their yield and base acres – and nearly 90-percent have enrolled in ARC or PLC. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says this will give producers a little more time to have those final conversations, review their data, visit their local Farm Service Agency offices and make their decisions. If no changes are made to yield history or base acres by April 7th – the farm’s current yield and base acres will be used. If farmers do not make a choice of ARC or PLC by April 7th – the farm will not receive 2014 crop year payments and will default to PLC coverage for the 2015 through 2018 crop years. Continue reading

03-27-15 CO Governor Hickenlooper announces more than $34 million in grants awarded to local communities…

Colorado Governor's SealDENVER — Friday, March 27, 2015  Gov. John Hickenlooper and Kevin Patterson, interim executive director of the Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA), today announced $34,240,176 in competitive grants has been awarded to 40 projects throughout Colorado through the Energy and Mineral Impact Assistance Fund grant program. Projects address key public improvements ranging from public facilities to water and wastewater systems in communities statewide.

“This grant program continues to be invaluable to Colorado’s smaller and rural communities,” said Hickenlooper. “With these funds, communities are able to plan for and implement substantial capital improvements, essential public projects and other services.”

DOLA administers the grant program, which assists political subdivisions that are socially and/or economically impacted by the development, processing, or energy conversion of minerals and mineral fuels. Funds come from the state severance tax on energy and mineral production and from a portion of the state’s share of royalties paid to the federal government for mining and drilling of minerals and mineral fuels on federally-owned land. The program was created by the legislature in 1977.

Types of projects funded by the program include construction of or improvements to water and sewer systems, roads, recreation centers, public safety and other public facilities, fire protection buildings and equipment, and local government planning.

“These dollars strengthen communities and are made possible through well-established partnerships between all levels of government and the energy industry. DOLA takes great pride in being a steward of these funds,” Patterson said.

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03-27-15 ASI WEEKLY NEWS FOR SHEEP INDUSTRY LEADERS…

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Sheep Leaders Flock to the Hill

Members of the American Sheep Industry Association (ASI) held their fly-in this week in the nation’s capital. Nearly 60 sheep industry leaders advocated issues of importance to the sheep business by carrying their message to members of Congress.

“The industry faces several serious legislative and regulatory challenges this year and volunteer leaders along with state wool grower associations worked the issues hard this week,” said Burton Pfliger (N.D.), ASI president. “More than 100 offices representing 18 states met with sheep producers as our members blanketed the Hill sharing cohesive messages on the top issues we face.” Continue reading

03-27-15 Colorado submits application for National Disaster Resilience Competition…

Colorado Governor's SealDENVER — Friday, March 27, 2015 Gov. Hickenlooper today announced that Colorado’s application was submitted for the National Disaster Resilience Competition (NDRC), a billion dollar federal competition for communities that have been struck by natural disasters in recent years. The NDRC was announced in July 2014 by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

“Resiliency planning is not something that Colorado simply wants to do, it is something that we must do to ensure our safety, vitality and unique way of life for future generations,” said Hickenlooper.

The NDRC makes available $1 billion in funds, with a maximum award of $500 million. Eligible applicants must successfully develop innovative resilience projects that both address unmet needs from federally-declared disasters in 2011 through 2013. Colorado is one of 67 eligible applicants for the NDRC.

As part of the application, Colorado proposes the development of local resilience strategies  and the implementation of those strategies through innovative public-private partnerships.  The partnerships will create a lasting funding mechanism for resiliency in disaster impacted areas throughout Colorado.

The application also explains how communities can apply for resiliency project funds by meeting the criteria developed through the Colorado Resiliency Framework. The framework is set to be adopted by Hickenlooper in May 2015.

Colorado’s recovery and commitment to rebuild from recent disasters continues: Continue reading

03-27-15 USDA Extends ARC and PLC Deadlines until April 7th…

USDA seal logoFarmers Have Until April 7 to Update Yields, Reallocate Base Acres, and Make Final Selections

WASHINGTON, March 27, 2015 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today provided farm owners and producers one additional week, until April 7, 2015, to choose between Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC), the safety-net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill. The final day to update yield history or reallocate base acres also will be April 7, 2015.

“This is an important decision for producers because these programs help farmers and ranchers protect their operations from unexpected changes in the marketplace,” said Vilsack. “Nearly 98 percent of owners have already updated their yield and base acres, and 90 percent of producers have enrolled in ARC or PLC. These numbers are strong, and continue to rise. This additional week will give producers a little more time to have those final conversations, review their data, visit their local Farm Service Agency offices, and make their decisions,” said Vilsack.

If no changes are made to yield history or base acres by the deadline, the farm’s current yield and base acres will be used. If a program choice of ARC or PLC is not made, there will be no 2014 crop year payments for the farm and the farm will default to PLC coverage for the 2015 through 2018 crop years. Producers who have an appointment at their local FSA offices scheduled by April 7 will be able to make an election between ARC and PLC, even if their actual appointment is after April 7. Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Friday, March 27th…

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“House Ag Subcommittee Holds Hearing on 2014 Farm Bill Implementation”

The House Agriculture Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management held a public hearing Thursday to examine the implementation of the 2014 Farm Bill. Chairman Rick Crawford says while the legislation was drafted during a period of record-high prices – producers are now experiencing a staggering 43-percent drop in net farm income. Current conditions are going to test the farm bill and its ability to mitigate and respond to growing financial stress in farm country – says Crawford – who believes the situation calls for the bill to be implemented in the most farmer-friendly manner possible within the limits of the law. Crawford says the Agriculture Department needs to address the collapse in cotton prices due to actions by the Chinese government. He also called on Risk Management Agency Administrator Brandon Willis to ensure the margin coverage being developed works for rice growers.

With just a few days left for farmers to sign-up for Agricultural Risk Coverage or Price Loss Coverage – Ranking Member Tim Walz says he hopes the hearing can also serve as a last minute sign-up reminder to anyone who has not yet made their decision. Walz says the 2014 Farm Bill paves the way for new crop insurance policies farmers can use to better manage their risk – which will be especially helpful for new and beginning farmers as well as crop growers.

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“Senate Votes Send Message About WOTUS”

American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman says key votes in the Senate this week delivered a resounding message that the proposed Waters of the U.S. rule is flawed in substance and process. The Hill reports the Senate voted by a vote of 99 to 0 to include an amendment from Senator Debbie Stabenow of Michigan to establish a deficit neutral reserve fund on keeping the Federal Water Pollution Control Act focused on protection of water quality – and outlines what’s under federal jurisdiction to create clear, unambiguous exemptions for EPA. By a vote of 59 to 40 – Senators also passed an amendment from Senator John Barrasso of Wyoming to rein in the EPA. Both amendments would be attached to the budget resolution. Stallman says the senators indicated they will not tolerate outlandish regulatory actions that disregard established law – and by their action put federal regulators on notice that the rule is simply unacceptable.

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“Grassley Co-Sponsors Bill to Repeal Death Tax”

Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley is a lead co-sponsor of newly re-introduced legislation by South Dakota Senator John Thune – the Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015 – which would repeal the federal estate tax. Grassley says the appreciated value of land is phantom income. The value is locked in the asset – so Grassley says if there’s no intent to sell the land – there’s no real income tax other than the income the land actually produces – which is already taxed. Grassley says the estate tax doesn’t serve any purpose except sending more money to Washington, D.C. – which would be better spent on keeping up the family farm or creating jobs at a business. He says the only solution for ending the destructive nature of the death tax is its complete repeal.

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“Colleges, Universities Receive Grants for Childhood Obesity Prevention Programs”

One-third of U.S. children are overweight or obese. On Thursday – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced 9-million dollars in USDA grants to develop childhood obesity intervention programs through colleges and universities in 12 states and Puerto Rico – funded through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative. Vilsack says it is critical that we make the effort to help our children be healthy kids who develop into healthy adults. Fiscal Year 2014 Childhood Obesity Prevention Challenge Area grants will go to California State University, University of California-Berkeley, University of California-Davis, Colorado State University, University of Connecticut, Florida International University, University of Miami School of Medicine, University of Illinois, Iowa State University, Michigan State University, Cornell University, Duke University, Pennsylvania State University, Ponce School of Medicine in Puerto Rico, Tennessee State University, Baylor College of Medicine and Texas A&M University. For more information – visit NIFA dot USDA dot gov (www.nifa.usda.gov).

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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03-26-15 US Senator Gardner Amendment Protecting Water Rights Passes Senate…

 Washington, DC – Senator Cory Gardner’s (R-CO) amendment to the Senate budget protecting state water rights was passed by a bipartisan majority Thursday night. The amendment passed on a 59-41 vote, and has been added to the Senate budget. The amendment would recognize the long-standing authority to manage water according to state law, and protect against federal takeover of water rights and permits.

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Washington, DC – Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced today that he has introduced an amendment to the Senate budget which would protect privately held water rights and permits from federal overreach. Gardner’s amendment would recognize the long-standing authority to manage water according to state law and protects against federal takeover of water rights and permits.

“Coloradans know best how to manage their own water resources,” Gardner said. “The ability of Coloradans to rely on state recognized water rights has been the foundation of Colorado agriculture, small business, outdoor recreation and local economies since the formation of our state in 1876.  My amendment would protect states’ ability to govern their own water laws, and protect existing water rights and permits from any future meddling by the federal government.”

Cory Gardner is a member of the U.S. Senate serving Colorado. He sits on the Energy & Natural Resources Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, the Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee, and the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee, and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy.  

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03-26-15 US Senator Bennet Amendment Would Extend Renewable Energy Tax Credits…

US Senator Michael Bennet color official photo-022513Windmills at SunsetWashington, DC – Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet introduced an amendment to the Senate’s budget proposal that instructs Congress to extend expired and expiring tax credits for renewable energy. The tax credits should be extended for a reasonable period of time as a bridge until Congress completes its work on tax reform. 

“Colorado is a leader in clean and renewable energy, and our producers and manufacturers are looking for certainty from Congress,”Bennet said. “The production tax credit and investment tax credit for wind and solar energy have helped create thousands of jobs in our state. As we work on tax reform, we need to extend these credits to give the clean energy industry the predictability they need.”

Since coming to the Senate, Bennet has introduced several proposals to improve the tax code for the energy industry. In the absence of energy tax reform, he has pushed to extend the wind energy production tax credit that supports thousands of jobs in Colorado and across the country. Bennet also introduced a bipartisan bill that would allow solar companies to benefit from the investment tax credit as soon as they start construction.

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03-26-15 Get Registered for the 2015 Protein Producer Summit in Steamboat Springs June 15-17…

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Monday, June 15 – CCA Committee Meetings, CCW Meetings, & JCCA Meetings

On Monday, members will engage in CCA committee meetings where their voices can be heard and policies that shape the future are formed. Be sure to submit any resolutions for the committees and nominations for the open board seats to the CCA office as soon as possible. The CattleWomen will also hold their executive committee and board meeting and general membership meeting on Monday. The lunch on Monday will include the Leopold Award presentation.

Tuesday, June 16 – Innovations and Technology Summit

The topic for 2015’s convention is “Innovations and Technology.” We will start off the day with breakfast in the trade show exhibit area. The featured speaker for the morning will kick off the Summit. The speaker is a recognized entrepreneur and has a background in agriculture. We will look toward the future using advanced technology in agriculture to set the stage for the morning’s forum. Next, two guest speakers will join in for a panel discussion. One of our panelists is from CSU and is at the forefront of agriculture and food innovation. Another panelist has already been successful at innovating new opportunities in agriculture. After lunch, we will move from Think Tank to Stock Tank, where we will create a spin-off of the popular television show “Shark Tank”. Three innovators will present their theories and ideas to the audience and it’s up to “titans of the industry” to vote on the best proposal. “From Innovation to Application” will follow in the afternoon, where two industry leaders will summarize the day with a session which will take innovative ideas that are already being applied into applications benefitting the livestock industry. The Junior Cattlemen will spend the day in educational workshops and offsite activities. The CCA Foundation and the Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust will also meet on this day. Tuesday night we will join to take a gondola ride up the mountain to a reception and banquet at the Steamboat Springs Ski & Resort including catching up with friends and taking in the beautiful views of the Yampa Valley.

Wednesday, June 17 – Current Issues Breakfast, CCA Business Session, JCCA Meetings & Report, & CLA Meetings

Wednesday will begin with our Current Issues Breakfast; when the Colorado Beef Council, Western Dairy Association, and Pork Producers Council will be on hand to give us their updates. This will be followed by the CCA business meeting; CLA council/issues meetings, membership meetings, and the CLA Past Presidents’ Luncheon. CCA’s board of directors will meet following their business session. Look for updates and current information in future email Bulletins.

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03-26-15 Colorado Weekly Hay Report…

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Colorado Hay Report

Compared to last week, light demand being reported due to warmer weather and
light interest from feedlots and dairies.  Hay from the southern part of the
state is going into Texas.  According to the NRCS, regional snowpack levels are
being reported in Yampa and White River Basins at 77 percent, Upper Colorado
River Basin at 86 percent, Laramie and North Platte River Basins at 83 percent,
South Platte River Basin at 94 percent, Arkansas River Basin at 93 percent,
Upper Rio Grande River Basin at 75 percent, Gunnison River Basin at 74 percent,
and San Miguel, Dolores, Animas, San Juan River Basins at 67 percent.  According
to the U.S. Drought Monitor, parts of western Colorado are moving from moderate
to severe drought and parts of Northeastern Colorado are changing from normal to
abnormally dry.  The rest of the state remains unchanged.  All prices reported
are FOB at the stack or barn unless otherwise noted.  Prices reflect load lots
of hay.

If you have hay for sale or need hay, use the services of the Colorado
Department of Agriculture website: http://www.coloradoagriculture.com.

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03-26-15 USDA Announces Grants for Childhood Obesity Prevention Programs: $990k for CSU…

USDA seal logoColorado State University in Fort Collins, CO will receive $990,984 for CSU’s  HEROs Study (HEalthy EnviROnments Study), which seeks to impact young children’s healthy behaviors by incorporating their successes in improving willingness to try new foods and motor performance in preschool, and amplifying these effects by adding a powerful family component.

WASHINGTON – March 26, 2015 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the USDA awarded $9 million in grants to develop childhood obesity intervention programs through colleges and universities in 12 states and Puerto Rico. The grants are funded through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), the flagship competitive grant program authorized under the 2014 Farm Bill.

“One-third of the children in the U.S. are overweight or obese, making this issue one of the greatest health challenges facing our nation,” said Vilsack. “It is critical that we make the effort to help our children be healthy kids, and develop into healthy adults,” said Vilsack.

USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) made the awards through the AFRI Childhood Obesity Prevention Challenge Area. Fiscal year 2014 awards include: Continue reading

03-26-15 USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) Farm Bill Programs Approach a Critical March 31st Deadline…

USDA FSA CO logo(Denver, CO.) – March 25, 2015 — USDA Farm Service Agency Colorado State Executive Director Leland Swenson reminds producers that the final date to update yield history, reallocate base acres and elect the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) or Price Loss Coverage (PLC) is Tuesday, March 31, 2015 “Farmers and landowners need to have this completed or a scheduled appointment with FSA by the end of March,” said Swenson.

These new safety net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill are critical for providing financial protection against unexpected changes in the marketplace.

If no changes are made to yield history or base acres by March 31, 2015, the farm’s current yield and base will be used. “For many producers this is the first opportunity since the late 1980’s to update their farms base and yield,” Swenson said. Continue reading

03-26-15 CAAA Op-Ed: Safety Concerns Regarding Drone Use in Agriculture…

03-26-15 NAFB News: “House Passes Budget Resolution”

nafblogobluegoldcopyThe House passed a budget resolution by a vote of 228 to 199 late last night – according to The Hagstrom Report. The House budget contains a provision directing the House Ag Committee to cut 1-billion dollars over 10-years from programs under its jurisdiction. The budget also contains a provision to turn the food stamp program into one run for the states. The Senate is expected to vote on its budget resolution today or early tomorrow.

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Thursday, March 26th…

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“House Ag Subcommittee Holds Hearing on COOL”

The House Ag Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture held a public hearing yesterday (Wednesday) to examine the implications of potential retaliatory measures against the U.S. regarding Country-of-Origin Labeling. Subcommittee Chair David Rouzer of North Carolina says the threat of retaliation is severe – and Congress must act quickly to prevent irreparable damage to certain industries and the overall economy. After hearing from members of the ag and business communities – Rouzer says it is more apparent than ever that the committee must not only fully understand the potential consequences following the World Trade Organization decision – but be ready with a legislative solution. House Ag Committee Chair Mike Conaway says COOL has been a failed experiment from the start – and now the economic damages the U.S. could face will be felt by all Americans – not just the ag industry.

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“NFU President Presents COOL Study Findings to House Ag Committee” Continue reading