06-20-18 CDA: 1,500 Ways to Participate in Colorado State Fair General Entry Competitions

1,500 Ways to Participate in Colorado State Fair General Entry Competitions

PUEBLO, Colo. – The Colorado State Fair’s General Entry Department provides an opportunity for all Coloradans to participate in the Fair. Whether its needle arts, pet rocks, funniest pet photo, craft beer, floriculture, small farm and garden, pantry, or a number of cooking competitions, there’s room for anyone who wants to compete for blue ribbon glory.
Registration fees range from $0 to $5. In all, there are over 1,500 classes in 12 departments. A full list ofgeneral entry competitions and special contests can be found at www.coloradostatefair.com. Submissions for these competitions can be made online or through the Fair’s General Entry office, Monday-Friday, 9am to 4pm, or call 719-404-2080.
The Colorado State Fair runs August 24 – September 3, 2018.  For more information, visitwww.coloradostatefair.com.

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06-20-18 State’s economic and revenue forecast spotlights stability with continued expansion

State’s economic and revenue forecast spotlights stability with continued expansion

DENVER — Wednesday, June 20, 2018 The Governor’s Office of State Planning and Budgeting (OSPB) today released its quarterly economic and revenue forecast.

The June forecast for General Fund revenue is similar to the March revenue forecast. Revenue is projected to increase at a rate of 13.1 percent in FY 2017-18 due to the pick up in economic growth, a rebound in corporate income tax receipts, robust investment income gains, a one-time tobacco settlement payment, and the December 2017 federal tax changes. General Fund revenue is projected to increase at a more modest 4.1 percent rate in FY 2018-19 due primarily to slower income tax revenue growth.

“The entrepreneurs, executives, and indeed the entire workforce in our state have helped make Colorado one of the strongest, if not THE strongest, economy in the country,” said Governor John Hickenlooper. “While it’s great to see potential revenue growth, we need to remain vigilant and cautious to safeguard the inevitable future downturn.” Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, June 20th

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Trump Escalates Trade War with Additional Talks of Tariffs

President Donald Trump is taking the trade war with China to an unprecedented level that would impose tariffs on nearly every export China sends to the United States. Following the announcement Monday night by Trump that he is seeking an additional $200 billion worth of tariffs, China is looking to retaliate, again. Trump says if China does, he would seek to impose another additional $200 billion in tariffs, taxing a total of $450 billion of the $505 billion of Chinese goods sent to the U.S. each year. In its response, China called the extreme pressure from Trump “blackmail,” adding that if the U.S. becomes “irrational” and issues the proposed list of products, China will “have to adopt” strong countermeasures. China has already vowed to impose tariffs on U.S. agricultural products, such as soybeans and pork, and many others, including corn, sorghum and beef.

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Trade War Costly for U.S. Farmers

The trade war between the U.S. and China is proving to be costly to U.S. farmers, just as President Trump announced the intent for further tariffs, escalating the tense state of affairs. University of Illinois agriculture economist Scott Irwin this week on Twitter says the outlook has “moved into disaster territory,” specifically, regarding soybeans. And, Jim Bower of Bower Trading in his daily newsletter wrote: “At this point, it is hard to imagine the trade news getting much worse.” New crop soybean futures have dropped roughly 20 percent since May 29th, and corn futures are down 16 percent since late May. For soybeans, the decline is near a dollar and a half per bushel, representing a loss of more than $6 billion on the 2018 soybean crop. The American Soybean Association Tuesday linked the drop to the trade war, as President John Heisdorffer stated: “Soybean prices are declining as a direct result of this trade feud.” The statement says ASA is disappointed and highly concerned that trade tensions continue to ratchet up rather than de-escalate between the two countries.

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Farmers for Free Trade Places More Anti-Trade War Advertising

Farmers for Free Trade is again placing advertisements on cable television showing an on-the-ground look at how current trade disputes are damaging export markets for U.S. farmers. In conjunction with the U.S. Apple Association, the advertisement targets the retaliations to the Section 232 tariffs that include U.S. apples. Airing on television news networks frequently watched by President Trump, the advertisement will run in the immediate aftermath of new retaliatory tariffs being announced on American farm exports from key U.S. trading partners including Mexico, India, Canada, China and the European Union. U.S. apple exports are particularly prone to be hard hit by retaliatory tariffs. Jim Bair, U.S. Apple Association President & CEO, says: “Profit margins in agriculture are razor-thin, or nonexistent,” adding the disputed need “resolved amicably and quickly.” However, Farmers for Free Trade director Brian Kuehl (Keel) says the “situation is going from bad to worse.” More so recently, as the U.S. is now seeking quadruple it’s tariffs against exports from China.

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Freedom Caucus Farm Bill Support Still Uncertain

Freedom Caucus members have yet to submit unison support for the House farm bill. The House set a revote deadline for this Friday when the farm bill failed because Democrats and the Freedom Caucus Republicans voted against the measure. Now, Bloomberg reports some members have not voiced support for the farm bill, including Virginia Republican David Brat, who says “I’m not there yet.” Brat would not say whether if immigration legislation was holding him back. However, other members of the Freedom Caucus, Like North Carolina’s Mark Meadows, say they are willing to support the farm bill if they get a vote on immigration legislation. Meanwhile, a House Rules Committee spokesperson told The Hagstrom Report in that if the farm bill vote is not held by Friday “a new rule would have to be passed.” However, Louisiana Congressman and House Majority Whip Steve Scalise says the deadline is flexible.

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USDA Issues Warning of Newcastle Virus to Commercial Poultry

The Department of Agriculture says at least 18 outbreaks of Virulent Newcastle Disease have been confirmed in backyard chickens in Southern California. The outbreaks prompted the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service to issue a warning to commercial poultry operations. The infected backyard chickens were found in Los Angeles and San Bernardino in May and June. In the USDA statement, the agency says the virus is not a food safety concern, and no human cases have ever occurred. The virus has not been found in commercial poultry in the United States since 2003. USDA says the virus is a contagious and is a fatal viral disease affecting the respiratory, nervous and digestive systems of birds and poultry. The disease is so strong that many birds and poultry die without showing any clinical signs. USDA says it is essential that all bird owners follow good biosecurity practices to help protect their birds from infectious diseases.

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USDA Announces New Budget Director

Agriculture Sonny Secretary Perdue announced Erica Navarro will serve as Director of the Office of Budget and Program Analysis for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. OBPA administers the Department’s budgetary functions and develops and presents budget-related matters. The Director is responsible for providing leadership in carrying out department-wide responsibilities in policy analysis, program review, budget, legislative and regulatory functions. In the announcement made Tuesday, Perdue said he is confident Navarro will help USDA meet its priority “to be the most effective, most efficient, and best-managed department in the entire federal government.” Navarro previously served as the Budget Director for the U.S. Department of Education. Before that, she served as Budget Director for the U.S. General Services Administration and Acting Deputy Assistant Administrator and Senior Advisor for the Africa Bureau at the U.S. Agency for International Development.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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Wheat Disease Update – June 19, 2018 from CSU’s Dr. Kirk Broders…

Wheat Disease Update – June 19, 2018

Dr. Kirk Broders, Plant Pathologist, Department of Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management, Colorado State University

Kirk Broders, Plant Pathologist; Department of Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management, Colorado State University

This is the CSU Wheat Fields Days 2018 edition of the Colorado Wheat Disease Update. On June 7-13 the CSU Crops Testing team along with CSU wheat breeder Dr. Scott Haley visited CSU variety trials in eastern Colorado from Walsh in the south to Julesberg in the north and many places in between. If you were unable to attend the field day, you can find a copy of the field day guide here, and below I have provided a recap of the disease topics covered at the field day. I was able to visit many of the variety trial locations and saw a range of diseases and evaluated material from the CSU breeding program and PlainsGold varieties, as well as varieties from Kansas Wheat Alliance, LimaGrain, Syngenta and WestBred. Overall, disease pressure was much lower than in 2017. This was primarily the result of stripe rust never becoming established in eastern Colorado during the 2018 growing season. While the wet and cool conditions present in the state in early May were ideal for stripe rust infection (Fig 1), the limited amount of inoculum moving up from the hot and dry areas of Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas, prevented any early season infections. Therefore, fungicide applications were not necessary. However, as I said at the field day, each year stripe rust will be a threat to Colorado wheat when wet and cool conditions prevail in Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas. I recommend growers follow Clark Neely (@TXSmalGrains) and Erick DeWolf (@KSUWheatDisease) on Twitter to stay up to date on stripe rust reports from those states, as those are very good indicators of the likelihood of rust arriving in Colorado. Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Tuesday, June 19th

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Farm Credit Outlook Shows Prices for Grains to Strengthen

An outlook presented to the Farm Credit Administration shows corn and soybean prices are projected to strengthen, boosting profit margins for crop farmers. The report shows profit margins are expected to decline for livestock producers though, as rising grain prices drive up feed costs, and Southwest pasture conditions deteriorate because of severe drought. The quarterly report also notes that uncertainties regarding agricultural trade policy and the Farm Bill will have a direct bearing on the farm economy. The outlook says producers across the farm economy will face stress on cash flows from rising interest rates and higher fuel costs, and declining cash rents will put downward pressure on farmland values. Meanwhile, for the first quarter of 2018, the Farm Credit System reported strong earnings, higher capital levels, and a favorable portfolio credit quality. Overall, The Farm Credit Admiration considers the system as financially strong and says it “remains safe and sound.”

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House Faces Friday Deadline to Pass Current Farm Bill

The U.S. House faces a Friday deadline to revote on the current farm bill proposal. As of Monday, the farm bill, passed out of committee with Republican support only, was not on the schedule to be considered on the house floor. However, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, who publishes the weekly schedule, did include: “Possible consideration of legislation related to border security and Immigration,” and added that “Additional legislative items are possible.” The Freedom Caucus, a group of 30-some Republicans, blocked the farm bill from advancing by voting against it, demanding a vote on immigration. Meanwhile, the Hagstrom Report says prospects for immigration legislation in the House remained murky amidst confusion over President Donald Trump’s position. The Senate could bring its version of the farm bill to a vote as early as this Thursday, and leadership has vowed to complete the farm bill process before the July Fourth recess.

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Secretary Perdue Comments on Canada Dairy Issue

While traveling to Canada last week, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and his Canadian counterpart spoke in unison supporting trade. Perdue visited the farm of Canada’s Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay, Friday. Speaking with reporters after the event, Perdue discussed Canada’s Dairy Supply Management System, targeted by the U.S. dairy industry as a priority to address through the North American Free Trade Agreement renegotiation. Perdue told reports that it was not the United States’ place to tell Canada it could not have a supply management system. However, he said Canada’s system cannot result in oversupply of some products on the global market that depresses prices, according to Reuters. MacAulay said the two were not ready to signal what changes might be included in NAFTA or supply management “because that’s the job for the people at the table.” But, as leadership of Canada and the U.S. continue a back-and-forth trade spat, the president of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture said of Perdue and MacAulay: “They might be the two people who can help find common ground.”

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Senate Bill Creates Group to Study Trucking Regulations

Legislation introduced last week in the U.S. Senate would revise existing trucking regulations to make the rules more flexible for drivers hauling livestock, according to the National Pork Producers Council. The “Modernizing Agricultural Transportation Act” would establish a working group at the Department of Transportation to examine the federal Hours of Service rules and the Electronic Logging Device regulations. The Hours of Service rules limit commercial truckers to 11 hours of driving time and 14 consecutive hours of on-duty time in any 24-hour period. Once drivers reach that limit, they must pull over and wait ten hours before driving again. Electric Logging Device’s record driving data, to enforce the rules. The legislation requires the Secretary of Transportation to establish a working group within 120 days to identify obstacles to the “safe, humane, and market-efficient transport of livestock, insects, and other perishable agricultural commodities” and to develop guidelines and recommendations for regulatory or legislative action to improve the transportation of those commodities.

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FDA to Hold Fake Meat Public Meeting

The Food and Drug Administration is seeking public comment on fake meat, or foods produced using animal cell culture technology. The FDA will hold a public meeting next month to gather comments. The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association says the organization will participate in the public meeting, and will advocate for Department of Agriculture oversight of lab-grown fake meat products. NCBA claims that the FDA announcement disregards the authorities granted to USDA under the Federal Meat Inspection Act, as well as USDA’s “significant scientific expertise and long-standing success in ensuring the safety of all meat and poultry products.” Under the current regulatory framework, NCBA says the FDA plays an important role in terms of ensuring the safety of food additives used in meat, poultry and egg products. All additives are initially evaluated for safety by the FDA, but ultimately USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service maintains primary jurisdiction. The meeting is planned for July 12th, with a comment period open through September.

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Perdue to Keynote United Fresh Event

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue will join United Fresh attendees as the opening keynote speaker on next week in Chicago. United Fresh says Perdue will address the key issues facing the produce industry, from immigration reform and the need for a legal workforce to the North American Free Trade Agreement, and the need to retain a fair international trade framework for agriculture. Labor issues, and trade, such as NAFTA, are top issues for United Fresh members. Secretary Perdue will speak at the United Fresh 2018 Keynote Breakfast Tuesday, June 26th, during the United Fresh 2018 convention. United Fresh President and CEO Tom Stenzel called Perdue a “proven leader” for agriculture, applauding his work to help “the administration and Congress both to understand the importance of feeding the world.”

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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06-18-18 CSU Extension Pest Alert: First generation European corn borer and spider mites are to be monitored

First generation European corn borer and spider mites are to be monitored

Assefa Gebre-Amlak, Extension Specialist, Colorado State University Extension

The two major insect pests in corn that need to be monitored at the moment are the European corn borer and banks grass mites. The current hot and dry weather conditions are expected enhance early development and increase of banks grass mite in corn.

European corn borer: historic European corn borer moth emergence and duration of infestation data are found on our pest alert web site: http://northernipm.colostate.edu/ which contains pheromone trap counts from different locations and years in Colorado. Continue reading

06-18-18 Learn more about the E-85 Powered University of Colorado’s Lynx Motorsports Racing Team, sponsored by Colorado Corn

Learn more about the E-85 Powered University of Colorado’s Lynx Motorsports Racing Team, sponsored by Colorado Corn

(The BARN / FarmCast Radio – Briggsdale, CO) June 18, 2018 – Colorado Corn Administrative Committee is proud to sponsor the University of Colorado-Denver’s 2018-2019 Lynx Motorsports race team.  Joining the BARN to discuss this in more detail is CO Corn’s Communications Director Kim Reddin and CU Lynx Motorports Racing Team Member Matthew Ten Eyck

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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…

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06-18-18 Livestock Exchange, LLC Recap & Preview

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06-18-18 Inside the BARN with CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg…

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Inside the BARN with CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg…

(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) June 18, 2018 – Joining me inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network is CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg from District 1 discussing several topics including:

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Administration Approves $50 Billion in 301 Tariffs

Farmers for Free Trade Executive Director Brian Kuehl (Keel) says the Trump Administration’s approval of $50 billion worth of imported goods from China is “scary.” The tariffs on Chinese imports will result in heavy retaliatory tariffs on U.S. agricultural exports. “For American farmers, this isn’t theatrical anymore, it’s scary,” Kuehl says. “It’s no longer a negotiating tactic, it’s a tax on their livelihoods. Within days, soybean, corn, wheat, and other American farmers are likely to be hit with retaliatory tariffs of up to 25 percent on the exports that keep their operations afloat. When they do, they aren’t going to remain silent.” Farmers for Free Trade says these tariffs are not only a blow to U.S. farmers, it’s a win for our competitors. When American corn and soybeans become more expensive, South America wins. When American beef becomes more expensive, Australia wins. As this trade war drags on, the group says farmers will rightly question why U.S. competitors are winning while American farmers are losing. Kuehl adds, “Farmers for Free Trade will continue to hold town hall meetings across the country this summer to ensure that farmers voices are being heard. The message will be heard loud and clear. American farmers demand that elected officials support them by ending this trade war.”  

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Nebraska Farm Groups Press Pruitt for Answers

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt met with Nebraska farm leaders on Thursday and told them his agency is moving toward allowing year-round E15 sales. A DTN report says he told those same leaders that his agency doesn’t have a choice in granting small refinery waivers to the Renewable Fuels Standard. Before getting around to tough questions on the RFS, Pruitt told a coalition of Nebraska farm groups that his agency sent a revised Waters of the United States Rule to the Office of Management and Budget on Friday. Pruitt gave several hints as to what the new rule would and wouldn’t apply to. However, while he may have preferred to focus on WOTUS, he spent most of his time answering questions about the RFS. When asked about the timeline for year-round E15 approval, Pruitt says they stand ready to proceed. “I can’t give you a timeframe but we are doing the work,” he said to the groups. Recent media reports say the EPA has been granting waivers to some of the largest oil refiners in the country. Pruitt says that’s not the case. He says waivers are determined facility by facility and analyzed jointly with the Department of Energy.

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Trump Says He’s “Not Happy” With EPA Chief Pruitt

On the surface, President Trump says Environmental Protection Agency Chief Scott Pruitt has done a fantastic job of running the agency. However, Trump tells Bloomberg that “he’s not happy” with some of Pruitt’s actions as ethics allegations continue to threaten the EPA chief’s tenure. “I’m looking at Scott and he’s done a fantastic job,” Trump says to reporters on Friday, “but I’m not happy about certain things. I’ll be honest.” Pruitt is under fire for several ethics questions, including having EPA employees run personal errands for him, as well as helping his wife secure a job. Bloomberg says Pruitt has been under scrutiny for months over a series of questionable decisions, which includes an arrangement to rent a condo on Capitol Hill from a lobbyist, as well as taxpayer-funded travel to his home state of Oklahoma. The latest revelations surrounding Pruitt have drawn sharp condemnation from some of his conservative allies. Pruitt enlisted aides to help his wife, Marilyn, find employment, including contacting the Chick-Fil-A CEO about possibly acquiring a franchise.  

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Senate Farm Bill Would Legalize Hemp Production

An amendment to the Senate Farm Bill that recently passed out of the Ag Committee contains an amendment that would remove hemp from the federal definition of marijuana. The amendment, sponsored by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, would free up hemp farmers to receive federal crop insurance under the 2018 farm bill. “I think it’s time we took this step,” McConnell told the Senate Ag Committee on Wednesday. “I think everybody has now figured out that this is clearly not the other plant (marijuana).” McConnell says people in his home state who grew up with tobacco are hoping this will turn into a viable crop. “As we all know, hemp is very diversified,” McConnell says. “It can end up in your car dashboard, it can end up in your food, it can also end up in pharmaceuticals. It’s time to figure out and see where the market will take us.” Not all the Ag Committee members supported the change, including Iowa Senator Charles Grassley. While the bill may be modified during Senate floor debate, hemp industry experts aren’t expecting much change because of good bipartisan support.

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Conaway Looking for Republican Votes as House Farm Bill Redo Approaches

House Ag Committee Chair Mike Conaway has compiled a list of 36 Republicans he needs to persuade to vote in favor of the House Farm Bill. That’s a lot of work to do before it comes up for a second vote, which is tentatively expected to take place next week. Politico says that will happen after votes on two different immigration bills in the House. Conaway, a Texas Republican, wants 29 Republicans who voted against the bill to change their vote, as well as influence another seven GOP members who were absent the day of the first vote. Conaway, with a list of members’ names in hand, told reporters on Thursday that, “It’s going to be close.” Not a single Democrat voted for the bill when it failed 198 to 213. Many members of the House Freedom Caucus didn’t vote for the farm bill because they wanted GOP leadership to first schedule floor time for an unrelated immigration proposal put forth by Judiciary Committee Chair Bob Goodlatte of Virginia. The House is expected to vote on the farm bill next week and will also vote on a more moderate package that’s still being negotiated.

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Unapproved GM Wheat Found in Canada

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency confirmed the finding of genetically modified wheat which contained a trait developed by Monsanto. The wheat was found in southern Alberta, growing on an access road to an oil platform last summer. The website Real Agriculture Dot Com says that the suspicious plants were reported by a custom applicator after they survived an application of glyphosate. Seven plants were taken in for testing while the rest of the patch was destroyed. Testing showed the wheat contained a genetically modified trait, or “event,” that was field tested by Monsanto. However, the plants don’t match any Canadian registered wheat variety. Monsanto tested the trait from 1998 to 200, but the trial sites were hundreds of miles away from where the wheat was found. A CFIA scientist says that the GM wheat has a genetic background that doesn’t match any currently registered wheat in Canada. “It has a fingerprint that is distinct from any registered wheat,” the scientist said during a press briefing, “and CFIA is working to identify the specific class of this wheat.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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06-15-18 Governor Hickenlooper Appoints CLA Member Erik Mohrlang to Colorado Brand Board

Governor Hickenlooper Appoints CLA Member Erik Mohrlang to Colorado Brand Board

Erik Mohrlang, was appointed by Governor Hickenlooper to the Colorado State Board of Stock Inspection to represent the confinement cattle industry for a term expiring May 1, 2022.

Erik is a CLA member and serves as the Dairy Council Chair and is the manager of Feldpausch Holsteins, Fort Morgan.

The State Board of Stock Inspection Commission makes rules regarding brand inspection and livestock laws and regulates fees for stock inspections. The commission also sets service charges and procedures, administers the Estray Fund, licenses public livestock markets, and secures bond and surety on butchers and slaughters. Continue reading

06-15-18 USDA Agrees to Adjust 2017 Compensation for Bison Losses

USDA Agrees to Adjust 2017 Compensation for Bison Losses

Bison Association Commends Sens. Bennet, Rounds for Assisting in Decision

Westminster, CO (June 15, 2018) – The National Bison Association today commended the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s decision to increase in the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) compensation rates offered to producers suffering losses in 2017 and thanked two U.S. Senators for their assistance in facilitating that decision.

USDA Under Secretary Bill Northey informed U.S. Sens Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Mike Rounds (R-SD) earlier this week that the USDA Farm Service Agency would be using a revised model to determine the compensation to producers filing claims for eligible death losses in 2017. The Senators had contacted the USDA at the request of the National Bison Association.

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06-15-18 Reality of China Trade Tensions Demands Strong Plan to Protect Family Farmers and Ranchers, NFU Says

Reality of China Trade Tensions Demands Strong Plan to Protect Family Farmers and Ranchers, NFU Says

Farmers Union Calls on Administration to Work with Congress to Bolster Farm Bill

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump today announced that his administration will impose 25 percent tariffs on Chinese technology imports to the tune of $50 billion. The first round of tariffs, worth $34 billion, are set to take effect on July 6.

National Farmers Union, a family farm organization in support of strong trade enforcement, called on the administration to work with Congress to ensure family farmers do not bear the brunt of retaliation that is sure to follow the tariff actions. Secretary Perdue should work with congressional leadership and agriculture committees to craft a farm bill that protects against market volatility and severe price swings, according to NFU President Roger Johnson.

Johnson issued the following statement:

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06-15-18 USDA Designates Elbert County in Colorado as a Primary Natural Disaster Area

USDA Designates Elbert County in Colorado as a Primary Natural Disaster Area

WASHINGTON, June 14, 2018 — Agricultural producers in Elbert County, Colorado, who suffered losses and damages caused by a recent drought, are eligible to apply for FSA’s emergency loans.

The deadline for producers in designated primary and contiguous counties to apply for emergency loans to help cover part of their actual losses is Feb. 5, 2019. Continue reading

06-15-18 USDA Designates El Paso County in Colorado as a Primary Natural Disaster Area

USDA Designates El Paso County in Colorado as a Primary Natural Disaster Area

WASHINGTON, June 14, 2018 — Agricultural producers in El Paso County, Colorado, who suffered losses and damages caused by a recent drought, are eligible to apply for FSA’s emergency loans.

The deadline for producers in designated primary and contiguous counties to apply for emergency loans to help cover part of their actual losses is Feb. 4, 2019. Continue reading

06-15-18 RMFU / LiveWell Colorado Op-Ed: Farm Bill Can Work For Colorado If We Act

RMFU / LiveWell Colorado Op-Ed: Farm Bill Can Work For Colorado If We Act

Over the next few months, we have an amazing opportunity to enhance and improve Colorado’s robust agricultural economies and our citizens’ access to healthy food.  This opportunity depends on passing a timely, thoughtful, and bipartisan Farm Bill – our nation’s most significant piece of legislation affecting farm, food, and nutrition.

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House Farm Bill Prospects Improving

House Republican leadership worked out a deal to bring up two different immigration bills for votes next week. One of the bills is the conservative measure authored by Representative Bob Goodlatte that the Freedom Caucus wanted to be brought up for a vote before they would commit votes to the farm bill. Because that vote was in place, Freedom Caucus Chair Mark Meadows told reporters that he was ready to vote in favor of House Ag Chair Michael Conaway’s farm bill. Politico says Meadows support could potentially be huge. It signals that other conservatives are likely to fall in line and give Conaway the votes he needs to get the bill (HR 2) passed through the House. Meadows, a North Carolina Republican, says he’s not happy with everything currently in the House Farm Bill. He plans to continue to push for subsidy limits on payments made to farmers. Meadows had tried to get an amendment to the floor in the House but was stymied by the Rules Committee. “Am I happy with everything in the Farm Bill? No,” Meadows says. “Am I working with my colleagues to get a better farm bill? The answer is yes.”

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Groups React to Senate Farm Bill

The American Soybean Association was pleased that the Senate Ag Committee passed its proposed Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018. The ASA is calling for swift passage by the full Senate. “Soybean farmers across the country are in need of certainty during this time of low crop prices and volatile conditions affecting our export markets,” says ASA Vice President Davie Stephens. The American Farm Bureau Federation also was pleased with the Committee’s passage of the bill, given that low prices, rising interest rates, and the uncertain future of exports all hang heavy over America’s farm and ranch land. “We applaud the spirit of cooperation in the vote,” says AFB President Zippy Duvall. “We’re eager to see that spirit carry through onto the Senate floor in the days ahead. Farmers and ranchers are counting on lawmakers to come together and pass the farm bill soon.” The U.S. Cattlemen’s Association will be focusing on support for the bipartisan farm bill when the group hosts its annual D.C. Fly-In. “USCA appreciates the work that the Senate Ag Committee leadership did in seeking input from all groups and stakeholders in drafting this bill,” says USCA President Kenny Graner.

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Ag Groups Want #TradeNotTariffs

Ag groups have spent weeks engaging the Trump Administration for more insight into the future of trade tariffs. Those agricultural producers and related industries that depend on exports are now turning to Congress for help. The White House declared that Friday would be the day it announces the final list of $50 billion in Chinese products that would be charged a 25 percent tariff under Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974. In response, China says it will impose tariffs on approximately 106 U.S. goods amounting to approximately $50 billion. “Adding a 25 percent tariff on exports to China for U.S. wheat is the last thing we need during some of the worst economic times in farm country,” says National Association of Wheat Growers President Jimmie Musick. National Corn Growers Association President Kevin Skunes says, “Farmers cannot afford the immediate pain of retaliation, nor the longer-term erosion of long-standing market access with our closest allies.” Dennis Slater, President of the Association of Equipment Manufacturers, says, “Tariffs are taxes on American consumers and will put good-paying U.S. manufacturing jobs at risk.

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Federal Judge Rules Against California’s Glyphosate Labeling Requirement

The national agriculture coalition fighting against California’s false and misleading Prop 65 labeling requirement for glyphosate picked up another win in court. U.S. District Court Judge William Shubb upheld the preliminary injunction prohibiting the state from enforcing the requirement until the court issues a final ruling on the matter. The California Attorney General had filed a motion to lift the preliminary injunction that was issued by the court in February. Shubb denied the motion, keeping the injunction in place until the court considers all the facts in the case. “California is attempting to implement a policy that will cause damage to American farmers,” says National Association of Wheat Growers CEO Chandler Goule. “The facts and science are on our side and show that glyphosate is safe for use.” In the order, Judge Shubb ruled that “the state’s additional arguments don’t change the fact that the majority of agencies that have examined glyphosate have determined that it’s not a cancer risk.” The judge also reiterated that the heavy weight of the evidence in the record is that glyphosate is not known to cause cancer.

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Farmers Set to Attend the NFU Beginning Farmers Institute

The National Farmers Union says twenty beginning farmers and ranchers from across the United States will participate in the 2018-2019 Beginning Farmers Institute Program. The institute is designed to help the next generation of farmers to succeed by providing mentorship, technical training, as well as leadership development for participants. NFU President Roger Johnson says his group is happy to welcome another large, diverse class of Beginning Farmer Participants to the Farmers Union family. “Ensuring the hands of a well-equipped next generation of farmers and ranchers is a top priority for Farmers Union,” he says. Class sessions will take place in Washington D.C., Washington state, and California. Those sessions include hands-on training that will emphasize many of the challenges beginning farmers will face in their careers, including business planning, access to capital, land acquisition, marketing, and many more. Participants in this year’s class come from a wide variety of operation types, ranging from two-acre farms to large grain operations. Women and veterans have been some of the most active participants in the program, and they make up 14 of the 20 classroom participants in 2018.

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USDA Launches Interactive Map of Opioid Epidemic Resources

The USDA recently launched a new interactive feature on its website to help rural communities combat the opioid epidemic in rural America. There’s a new interactive map available on the rural opioid misuse webpage. The map is designed to help visitors learn more about, access, and replicate actions that other rural leaders are taking in small towns across the country to address the epidemic. The map will help visitors find out more about the most successful prevention, treatment, and recovery options that others are using to fight opioid abuse. Anne Hazlett, Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development, says the epidemic has taken a monumental toll on many of the small towns and rural places that are the heartbeat of our country. “USDA is a strong partner to rural leaders in addressing this issue through programs for prevention, treatment, and recovery, as well as programs that build rural resiliency and prosperity for the future.” USDA collected information on the most successful practices in combatting the opioid epidemic through a series of regional “roundtables” and through the “What’s working in your town?” form on the USDA opioid misuse webpage.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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