12-12-19 CFB: Second Annual Program Recognizes Who’s Who in Agriculture: Nominations close on January 13, 2020

CFB: Second Annual Program Recognizes Who’s Who in Agriculture: Nominations close on January 13, 2020

December 12, 2019 – CENTENNIAL, CO — The Colorado Farm Bureau is seeking nominations for it’s second-annual Who’s Who in Agriculture recognition program. The program highlights excellent leaders within the agriculture industry, whose position, knowledge or expertise helps guide the sector in Colorado.

“We had a very strong program in the first year so we’re really excited to see the caliber of professionals that get nominated the second year,” said Shawn Martini, Vice President of Advocacy for Colorado Farm Bureau. “The idea was to showcase the fantastic professionals our industry has to offer and the nominations didn’t disappoint. Now we need people to nominate another great group of leaders and influencers in the industry.”

Nominations can be made online at the Denver Business Journal’s website. Nominees may come from any agricultural-related field, including (but not limited to) Crop Production, Livestock Production, Water, Education, Biotech, Agribusiness, and Food/Nutrition. Continue reading

12-12-19 Inside USDA Rural Development Colorado with Director Sallie Clark…

Inside USDA Rural Development Colorado with Director Sallie Clark…

The BARN – Briggsdale, CO – December 12, 2019 – Joining the Colorado Ag News Network and FarmCast Radio is USDA Rural Development Colorado Director Sallie Clark discussing the Value Added Producer Grant Program & more…

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USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community facilities such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural areas. For more information, visit www.rd.usda.gov or follow @RD_Colorado on Twitter!

12-12-19 U.S. Animal Health Association Update by JoAnn Alumbaugh…ASF: Will It Be Coming to a Farm near You?

U.S. Animal Health Association Update by JoAnn Alumbaugh…ASF: Will It Be Coming to a Farm near You?

DECEMBER 12, 2019 

By JoAnn Alumbaugh

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Juan LuBroth, DVM, Chief Veterinary Officer for the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), discusses biosecurity and readiness in dealing with African swine fever in this second article of a two-part series.

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As much as the US pork industry hopes African swine fever (ASF) won’t enter the country, the challenge is formidable. An enormous number of food products are confiscated every day at the border, and the number of people traveling to the US from infected countries continues to grow. Both scenarios create a constant threat, but the enduring goal is to keep the virus out of US pork operations.

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12-12-19 NACD ANNUAL MEETING EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION ENDS DECEMBER 13TH!

NACD ANNUAL MEETING EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION ENDS DECEMBER 13TH!

Early bird registration ends this Friday, December 13th!
Save $15 and register online today by clicking here or the button below.
Hosted in partnership with the Nevada Association of Conservation Districts (NVACD), this year’s meeting will be held in Las Vegas, Nev., from Feb. 8-12, 2020 at the Bally’s Las Vegas Hotel and Casino, and will focus on the theme, “Conservation Innovation: Working from the Roots Up,” exploring innovative techniques for delivering conservation on the ground.
Don’t forget to book your hotel room! The Bally’s Las Vegas is located right in the center of the Las Vegas Strip. The group room rate is $159 for single or double rooms, not including taxes or resort fees. To reserve your room, click here, or call 702-967-4111 and say you’re with NACD. Reservations must be completed by Friday, Jan. 17, 2020.

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12-12-19 Get Registered for the 1st Annual NCAT Soil Innovations Conference in Bozeman, MT March 30-31, 2020

Get Registered for the 1st Annual NCAT Soil Innovations Conference in Bozeman, MT March 30-31, 2020

The National Center for Appropriate Technology – NCAT has opened public registration for its inaugural Soil Health Innovations Conference, which will run March 30-31 in Bozeman, Montana.
This conference will bring together leading experts and innovative farmers from around the U.S. to share the latest in soil science, best practices in soil management, and the latest technologies that will drive the future of sustainable and regenerative agriculture.

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12-12-19 Register for the NFU’s Women’s Conference! – January 19-21 in San Diego, CA…

Register for the NFU’s Women’s Conference! – January 19-21 in San Diego, CA…

Register today for National Farmers Union’s Women’s Conference, January 19-21 in San Diego, California!
Farming is never a one-woman job – it takes a village to run a successful operation. This conference will not only prepare attendees for success in agriculture, but it will also provide them with their own network of women farmers and ranchers they can reach out to throughout the year.
Farmers, policy makers, educators, and specialists will present on a number of subjects, including financial management, farm labor, leadership, and more.
Learn more and register here!

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12-12-19 Apply for a National Farmers Union Scholarship!

Apply for a National Farmers Union Scholarship!

Each year, National Farmers Union awards several scholarships to eligible college students. There are three available awards:

Learn more about the scholarships and how to apply here.

12-12-19 NFU Applauds Passage of Farm Workforce Modernization Act

NFU Applauds Passage of Farm Workforce Modernization Act

Bill Would Be a Step Towards a Stable and Fair Agricultural Workforce

WASHINGTON –The U.S. House of Representatives today voted in favor of the Farm Workforce Modernization Act, a bipartisan bill to reform the agricultural labor system in the United States. Continue reading

12-12-19 NMPF: House Passes Milestone Bipartisan Agriculture Labor Bill; Bipartisan Support Builds Hope for Senate Plan

NMPF: House Passes Milestone Bipartisan Agriculture Labor Bill; Bipartisan Support Builds Hope for Senate Plan
ARLINGTON, VA – The National Milk Producers Federation today commended the House of Representatives for its bipartisan passage of the Farm Workforce Modernization Act (H.R. 5038). The bill, the first House-passed agricultural labor reform since a comprehensive immigration plan in 1986, includes critical provisions to address dairy’s unique workforce needs. Continue reading

12-12-19 National Potato Council Applauds House Passage of Farm Workforce Modernization Act

National Potato Council Applauds House Passage
of Farm Workforce Modernization Act

Agriculture labor reform measure goes to Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Potato Council today welcomed U.S. House passage of the Farm Workforce Modernization Act (H.R. 5038). The bill, sponsored by Reps. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Dan Newhouse (R-WA), and Mike Simpson (R-ID), now goes to the U.S. Senate for consideration.

“Representatives Lofgren, Newhouse, and Simpson are commended for reaching across party lines to create and pass a bipartisan bill that will benefit both growers and laborers. Even during these highly partisan times, the passage of an agricultural labor reform bill demonstrates how Congress can work together to do what’s best for farms, families, and communities” said Kam Quarles, CEO of the National Potato Council. “The U.S. potato industry is proud to work with our partners on Capitol Hill to promote solutions to address American agriculture’s labor crisis. As the bill moves through the legislative process, will continue to work with the Senate and in conference committee to improve the measure and enact long-term labor solutions that support the health of our industry.”

“The House should be commended for taking the crucial step of starting the legislative process to stabilize our agricultural workforce and contribute to the future success of the U.S. potato industry. The Farm Workforce Modernization Act seeks to enhance the efficiency of the H-2A program for seasonal workers while creating a new long-term solution for year-round agricultural labor, including necessary strong enforcement measures,” said NPC First Vice President of Legislative and Government Affairs Britt Raybould of St. Anthony, Idaho.

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12-12-19 Certified Angus Beef: Colvin Scholarship applications close January 17th

Certified Angus Beef: Colvin Scholarship applications close January 17th

Six aspiring students can win $33,500 through the Colvin Scholarship Fund, developed in 1999 to honor the cofounder of the Certified Angus Beef ® (CAB®) brand. As Louis M. “Mick” Colvin retired after 21 years as executive director, these annual scholarships began as a way to carry on his legacy of making dreams a reality and inspiring others to be their best.

They recognize tomorrow’s leaders who are involved in their communities and committed to continued success and progress within the beef community. A $7,500 award goes to the top graduate student, along with five undergraduate scholarships totaling $26,000, the top award there also at $7,500. Undergraduates ranking second through fifth will receive scholarships of $6,500, $5,000, $4,000 and $3,000, respectively.

Applications are due by Jan. 17, 2020, and can be submitted at www.certifiedangusbeef.com.

Requirements include two letters of recommendation and two essays. The first essay is up to 500 words on career path choices while a second, up to 1,000 words, will explore how CAB can best differentiate itself from 90 other Angus brands. Applicants must also demonstrate commitment to the beef community through coursework relating to the industry, activities, involvement, scholastic achievement, communication skills and references. Continue reading

12-12-19 Weld County Commissioners Approve 2020 Budget, “County in Excellent Financial Condition”

Weld County Commissioners Approve 2020 Budget, “County in Excellent Financial Condition”

WELD COUNTY, CO — The Weld County Board of Commissioners approved the 2020 budget for gross amount of $356,574,757. The board also extended the 20+ year practice of charging below the TABOR limit (which is 22.038 mills) for property taxes by agreeing to keep the mill levy at 15.038 mills.  The county is in excellent financial condition with no debt, no sales tax, one of the lowest mill levies among all Colorado counties, a significant cash reserve, and a fully funded pension plan. The major factors impacting the 2020 budget continue to be dominated by oil and gas development in Weld County, population growth, state and federal budget issues, and service restructuring in Weld County government.

As has been the case for the last few years, growth and development activity directly, or indirectly, related to oil and gas exploration seems to be the main economic driver in the majority of positive economic activities in Weld County.  The local and regional economy remain one of the strongest in the state. Unemployment rate for Weld County has stayed below or near 3.0% for the last year.

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USDA – FAS Weekly Export Sales Report for December 12th

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Weekly Export Sales for December 12th

12-12-19 National Western Stock Show Announces Jake Jabs as 2020 Parade Grand Marshal

National Western Stock Show Announces Jake Jabs as 2020 Parade Grand Marshal

Denver, CO.  –The National Western Stock Show is excited to announce Colorado businessman, legend and Stock Show enthusiast Jake Jabs as the 2020 Parade Grand Marshal.

On Thursday, January 9th, Jake Jabs will lead the traditional drive of Longhorn cattle, horses and western wagons through the streets of downtown Denver to celebrate the start of the 114th National Western Stock Show. The Stock Show Kick-Off Parade, presented by Arrow Electronics, begins at noon outside Union Station.  The parade marches fifteen blocks down 17th Street to Tremont.

“It is a great honor to have a Colorado icon, philanthropist and true western legend like Jake Jabs kicking-off our annual Stock Show Parade,” said Paul Andrews, President & CEO of the National Western Stock Show. Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Thursday, December 12th

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Thursday, December 12th

Sponsored by the American Farm Bureau Federation

USDA Extends MFP, DMC Deadlines

The Department of Agriculture Wednesday extended sign-up deadlines for the Dairy Margin Coverage program to December 20. USDA officials cited the prolonged and extensive impacts of weather events this year for moving the deadline beyond its original date of Friday, December 13. USDA announced it is also continuing to accept applications for the Market Facilitation Program through December 20, 2019. Bill Northey, USDA undersecretary for farm production and conservation, says some farmers are still in the field, adding, “we hope this deadline extension will allow producers the opportunity to participate in these important programs.” The DMC program offers protection to dairy producers when the difference between the all-milk price and the average feed cost, the margin, falls below a certain dollar amount selected by the producer. The Market Facilitation Program is part of a relief strategy to support farmers while the administration continues to work on trade agreements. Another round of payments could come next month.

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Senate Won’t Vote on USCMA Until After Christmas

U.S. farmers won’t see a North America trade deal under the Christmas tree this year, despite this week’s deal to move the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement forward. The House of Representatives, which must act first, plans to vote by the end of next week, sending the trade deal to the Senate. However, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters Wednesday the Senate won’t be able to consider the agreement until after Christmas, pushing Senate action on USMCA into 2020. McConnell cited a full slate of issues to consider, including spending bills, judicial appointments and the pending impeachment trial. The January Senate calendar is blank, leaving room for a month of impeachment proceedings in the Senate. While Democrats were blamed for stalling the agreement, they’ve flipped the coin to blaming Senate Republicans for causing further delays. McConnell claims House Democrats waited too long before advancing the agreement to allow for the trade to become law this year. But, McConnell’s intentions could push a Senate vote to February.

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Real Meat Act Introduced in Senate

Lawmakers in the Senate Wednesday introduced the Real MEAT Act, a bill seeking to end deceptive labeling practices for alternative protein products. Senator Deb Fischer, a Nebraska Republican, introduced the bill Wednesday. Fischer says the bill would clarify the definition of beef for labeling purposes, eliminate consumer confusion resulting from misbranding, and ensure that the federal government can enforce the law. Fischer says, “Beef is derived from cattle—period.” She adds the legislations will stop so-called fake-meat companies from misleading consumers about “the nutritional merits and ingredient composition of their products.” The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association applauded the introduction of the legislation. NCBA President Jennifer Houston says the bill will “allow cattle producers to compete on a level playing field.” NCBA found in a study that 55 percent of consumers did not understand that “plant-based beef” wasn’t beef at all, but instead an entirely vegan or vegetarian product. The Senate bill is a companion to similar legislation in the House.

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Farm Groups Partner to Help Farmers Manage Stress

Top farm organizations Wednesday announced a partnership to address high levels of stress affecting farmers and ranchers. Farm Credit, the American Farm Bureau Federation and National Farmers Union, announced the partnership that will provide training to individuals who interact with farmers and ranchers. AFBF President Zippy Duvall says the partnership will “help our members recognize the warning signs and empower them to get help for their friends.” In a national Morning Consult poll commissioned by AFBF in April 2019, a strong majority of farmers and farmworkers said financial issues, farm or business problems, and fear of losing the farm, impact the mental health of farmers and ranchers, and nearly half of rural adults said they are personally experiencing more mental health challenges than they were a year ago. Research also shows that while farmers experience higher levels of psychological distress and depression than the general population, they are less likely to seek help for mental health issues. 

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Johnson to Retire from Role as Farmers Union President

National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson announced earlier this week he will retire from his role in Washington, D.C. next year. Johnson will not seek reelection during the 2020 NFU annual convention in March, when his current term will end. NFU will elect his successor during the meeting in Savannah, Georgia. Johnson told reporters that Rob Larew, NFU’s senior vice president of public policy, is currently the lone candidate for the role. Before leading the family farm organization, he served as North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner and as president of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture. Johnson, a third-generation family farmer from Turtle Lake, North Dakota, grew up in Farmers Union, participating in the organization’s youth programs and serving as a county president and chairman of the board of a local Farmers Union cooperative. He says, “it has been my greatest honor to serve this organization and the admirable farmers and ranchers who comprise its membership.

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American Royal Acquires Land for “Epicenter of Agriculture”

The American Royal Association is one step closer to its goal of being the “Epicenter of Agriculture.” The organization recently acquired 115 acres in Kansas City, Kansas, following a purchase of 47 acres earlier this year. The association recently submitted its preliminary development plan country officials, which was approved this month. The one million-plus square foot complex with an outdoor plaza and arena will allow for an expansion of programming to 365 days a year. The facility features more than 800,000 square feet of indoor event space, including barn and exposition areas, three performance arenas, a large educational area, and more than 50,000 square feet of exhibit space. The American Royal has been a nationally recognized brand for more than a century. Beginning in 1899 as the National Hereford Show, the American Royal has evolved into a comprehensive season of food and agriculture activity. A ceremonial groundbreaking is expected Spring 2020, with construction beginning Summer 2020. The core complex is to be complete by winter of 2021.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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12-11-19 U.S. Senator Gardner Measure to Provide Substantial Funding for Rural Broadband Clears Senate Committee

Gardner Measure to Provide Substantial Funding for Rural Broadband Clears Senate Committee

Washington, D.C. – Today the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation passed a measure authored by U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) to provide potentially billions to expand access to broadband in rural areas.

“By approving this legislation, the Senate Commerce Committee took a great step toward bridging the divide between urban and rural Colorado,” said Senator Gardner. “My proposal would ensure that at least 10 percent of the proceeds from a sale of C-band spectrum would be allocated for rural buildout in unserved and underserved areas throughout Colorado and the country.” Continue reading

12-11-19 BARN Ag Reporter Samantha Munson: NMPF – BIG WEEK FOR DAIRY: USMCA, FARM LABOR BILL, DMC SIGN UP DEADLINE

BARN Ag Reporter Samantha Munson: NMPF – BIG WEEK FOR DAIRY: USMCA, FARM LABOR BILL, DMC SIGN UP DEADLINE

NAFB News Service via The BARN – Briggsdale, CO / Thayer, MO – December 11, 2019 This is shaping up to be a big week for the dairy industry, with progress on trade, labor and a looming deadline for the Dairy Margin Coverage program. House Democrats announced an agreement to move forward on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada agreement Tuesday, which the National Milk Producers Federation says makes important changes to Canada’s trade-distorting policies, and strengthens trading relationships. NMPF spokesperson Chris Galen says dairy farmers are hopeful Congress can quickly pass the agreement…for more in that here’s BARN Ag Reporter Samantha Munson…

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Learn more about the National Milk Producers Federation online @ www.nmpf.org

SOURCE: NAFB News Service,  which The BARN is a Broadcast Council Member

12-11-19 BARN Ag Reporter Samantha Munson: ANGUS – The Cattle Markets: Now and into the Future

BARN Ag Reporter Samantha Munson: ANGUS – The Cattle Markets: Now and into the Future

NAFB News Service via The BARN – Briggsdale, CO / Thayer, MO – December 11, 2019 Weather, consumer demand, international conditions, labor and commodity prices – the list goes on. With a new decade upon us, producers are keeping an eye on the markets and the factors that play into ensuring their operation stays successful. CattleFax analyst Duane Lenz has an update on the current markets and what we should expect in the future…for more in that here’s BARN Ag Reporter Samantha Munson…

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Learn more about the American Angus Association online @ www.angus.org

SOURCE: NAFB News Service,  which The BARN is a Broadcast Council Member

12-11-19 BARN Ag Reporter Samantha Munson: NCBA Explains Plan to Engage USDA on Labels

BARN Ag Reporter Samantha Munson: NCBA Explains Plan to Engage USDA on Labels

NAFB News Service via The BARN – Briggsdale, CO / Thayer, MO – December 11, 2019 –The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association is seeking dialogue with the Department of Agriculture on Product of USA Labels. A recent petition to USDA asks the Food Safety and Inspection Service to change how the labels are treated in a way NCBA says would return the U.S. to mandatory Country-of-Origin labeling. Ethan Lane, NCBA vice president of governmental affairs, says a special taskforce of cattlemen and NCBA staff have been studying the product of USA labeling issue for several months now…for more in that here’s BARN Ag Reporter Samantha Munson…

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Learn more about the NCBA online @ www.ncba.org

SOURCE: NAFB News Service,  which The BARN is a Broadcast Council Member

12-11-19 CDA announces 2019 certified hemp seed varieties

CDA announces 2019 certified hemp seed varieties

Broomfield, Colo. – The Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) has approved four new industrial hemp seed varieties, bringing the total number of approved industrial hemp seed varieties in Colorado to 17. Following a year-long, statewide THC validation and observation trial period, the newly approved industrial hemp seeds are now eligible to be grown by members of the Colorado Seed Growers Association (CSGA) for production of CDA Approved Certified Seed.

CDA trialed the four varieties of hemp throughout 2019 across Colorado’s diverse growing conditions in the Northeast region, Arkansas Valley, Front Range, the San Luis Valley and on the Western Slope. The trials validated growth viability and whether plants test at or below 0.3% THC concentration on a dry weight basis.

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