02-01-16 Inside the RMFU with Bill Midcap…

 

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  • CO Legislative Watch
  • CO Legislative Drive-In Feb 22nd
  • Thoughts regarding EPA’s Clean Power Plan
  • & More

Listen to the interview with RMFU’s Bill Midcap…

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Since 1907, the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, serving family farming & ranching and “Growing the Agricultural Grassroots Network”, learn more and join the RMFU Today online @ www.rmfu.org or LIKE them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter @RMFUnion.

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01-14-16 NMPF: Dairy industry voices pros and cons to TPP in front of U.S. International Trade Commission…

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Dairy industry voices pros and cons to TPP in front of U.S. International Trade Commission

The U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) and National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) continued to play an active role in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement process this week, as USDEC President Tom Suber testified before the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) representing the U.S. dairy industry. Continue reading

12-18-15 NMPF Praises Inclusion of COOL Repeal, Tax Relief for Farmers In Year-End Federal Government Spending Bill…

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NMPF Praises Inclusion of COOL Repeal, Tax Relief for Farmers In Year-End Federal Government Spending Bill

ARLINGTON, VA – Several crucial items for dairy farmers were approved by Congress in a massive year-end spending bill adopted Friday, including permanent tax relief for agricultural equipment purchases and the prevention of retaliatory tariffs on U.S. dairy products, the National Milk Producers Federation said today.

The must-pass omnibus spending bill for Fiscal Year 2016, coupled with a major tax package, together were used as catch-all vehicles for a number of items important to the dairy sector, including: Continue reading

12-08-15 Dairy Groups Again Urge Congress to Solve Country-of-Origin Labeling Dispute…

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After WTO Release of Retaliation Amount, Dairy Groups Again Urge Congress to Solve Country-of-Origin Labeling Dispute

ARLINGTON, VA – In response to a World Trade Organization (WTO) decision today announcing that Canada and Mexico are authorized to apply a total of over $1 billion in retaliatory tariffs to U.S. exports, dairy producers and exporters renewed their call for Congress to take swift action to eliminate the threat to dairy exports. Continue reading

12-08-15 NMPF: Comments Sought on Version 3.0 of the Farm Animal Care Manual…

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COMMENTS SOUGHT ON VERSION 3.0 OF THE FARM ANIMAL CARE MANUAL

National Dairy FARM Program LogoNMPF is looking for feedback on the third update to its reference manual from those participating in the National Dairy FARM (Farmers Assuring Responsible Management) Program. Open to all dairy farmers, co-ops and processors, the FARM Program sets the highest standards for dairy animal care. The reference manual, which outlines best management practices central to the program, is reviewed and reissued every three years.

This fall, NMPF’s Animal Health and Well-being Committee approved edits to the manual suggested by the FARM Program Technical Writing Group, comprising academics, veterinarians, producers and co-op staff who reviewed the latest research, discussed feedback received from FARM Program evaluators and sifted through recommendations from large dairy customers. Continue reading

12-08-15 NMPF: FDA Rejects Mandatory Labeling of GMO Foods, Releases Own Recommendations…

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FDA REJECTS MANDATORY LABELING OF GMO FOODS, RELEASES OWN RECOMMENDATIONS

FDA LOGO BLUEThe conversation over genetically modified organisms flared up at the end of November, when the FDA made several big announcements on the issue. Most notably, it rejected a consumer activist petition seeking mandatory labeling of foods made with genetically modified ingredients, and then released its own recommendations on the voluntary labeling of GMO foods. Continue reading

12-08-15 NMPF Urges Congressional Fix of COOL Program to Stave off New Dairy Tariffs…

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NMPF URGES CONGRESSIONAL FIX OF COOL PROGRAM TO STAVE OFF NEW DAIRY TARIFFS

NAFTAWith the World Trade Organization announcing today that Canada and Mexico can slap $1 billion in new tariffs against U.S. exports, NMPF is pushing Congress to fix the country-of-origin labeling law for meat as soon as possible.  The WTO said Monday morning that Canada may impose retaliatory tariffs of up $782 million, and Mexico may enforce $228 million in tariffs, on imported U.S. products to recoup damages caused by U.S. country-of-origin labeling rules for meat. Continue reading

12-08-15 NMPF News: 5 Other Dairy Producer Priorities Pending As Congress Nears Adjournment…

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FIVE OTHER DAIRY PRODUCER PRIORITIES PENDING AS CONGRESS NEARS ADJOURNMENT

NMPF is currently working hard on Capitol Hill on a handful of other legislative items important to dairy producers.  The following items may also be approved by Congress in the final weeks of its 2015 session: Continue reading

12-08-15 NMPF News: Milk Truck Weight Limit Amendment included in New Highway Law…

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Milk Truck courtesy of NMPFMILK TRUCK WEIGHT AMENDMENT INCLUDED IN NEW HIGHWAY LAW SIGNED BY PRESIDENT OBAMA

The highway transportation bill signed by President Obama last Friday includes a provision allowing milk trucks in some states to carry more dairy products without unloading some of their shipment at state borders – a development that will benefit dairy farmers and cooperatives.

The bipartisan amendment, supported by NMPF, was sponsored by House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee members Richard Hanna (R-NY) and Elizabeth Esty (D-CT) and championed by committee member Reid Ribble (R-WI). It gives states the option to issue permits to milk haulers to increase their truck weights beyond Interstate Highway System limits. The permits, however, would still need to comply with each state’s trucking laws. Continue reading

12-03-15 NMPF News: Dairy Groups Urge Congress to Fix Country-of-Origin Labeling Problem in Year-End Spending Bill…

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Dairy Groups Urge Congress to Fix Country-of-Origin Labeling Problem in Year-End Spending Bill

ARLINGTON, VA – Dairy producers and exporters today urged Congress to eliminate the threat of damaging new tariffs on dairy exports to Canada and Mexico by solving a trade dispute over country-of-origin meat labeling in the massive year-end spending bill currently being negotiated on Capitol Hill.

In a letter sent Thursday to House and Senate leaders, the National Milk Producers Federation and the U.S. Dairy Export Council expressed increasing alarm that new tariffs targeted at U.S. dairy exports to the two neighboring nations are potentially only weeks away. Continue reading

11-24-15 Inside the RMFU with President-elect Dr. Dale McCall…


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Dr Dale McCall(BARN Media & CoAgNews Network – Briggsdale, CO) November 24, 2015 – On this month’s edition of the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union’s Radioline Report inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network I will be visiting with RMFU’s President-elect Dr. Dale McCall discussing several topics including:

Since 1907, the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, serving family farming & ranching and “Growing the Agricultural Grassroots Network”, learn more and join the RMFU Today online @ www.rmfu.org or LIKE them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter @RMFUnion

 

11-16-15 NMPF News: New 2016 FARM Residue Prevention Manual Focuses on Antimicrobial Stewardship…

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New 2016 FARM Residue Prevention Manual Focuses on Antimicrobial Stewardship

ARLINGTON, VA – The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) has released an updated version of its Milk and Dairy Beef Drug Residue Prevention Manual – one of the key components of theNational Dairy FARM ProgramTM. In order to share the information widely with dairy farmers, the manual can be accessed for free on the FARM program website. This year’s manual includes additional information that focuses on ways the dairy industry can proactively engage in antimicrobial stewardship efforts. Continue reading

10-21-15 Inside the RMFU with Communications Director Bob Kjelland…


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Bob Kjellan, RMFU’s Director of Communications

(BARN Media & CoAgNews Network – Briggsdale, CO) October 21, 2015 – On this month’s edition of the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union’s Radioline Report inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network I will be visiting with RMFU’s Director of Communications Bob Kjelland. Kjelland discusses several topics including:

  • USDA Awards $200k to RMFU for Food Hubs
  • 2015 RMFU Annual Convention & Trade Show Nov 12-14 in Westminster @ the Westin
  • RMFU’s FREE CRP educational program on November 4th @ NJC in Sterling, CO
  • & Much More
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CLICK HERE to view the 2015 RMFU Convention Brochure

Since 1907, the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, serving family farming & ranching and “Growing the Agricultural Grassroots Network”, learn more and join the RMFU Today online @ www.rmfu.org or LIKE them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter @RMFUnion

 

09-23-15 Inside the RMFU with Bill Midcap: NFU Fly-In; Sequestration; Sage Grouse; MPP and more…


Bill Midcap, RMFU’s Director of External Affairs(BARN Media & CoAgNews Network – Briggsdale, CO) September 23, 2015 – On this month’s edition of the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union’s Radioline Report inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network I will be visiting with Bill Midcap, RMFU’s Director of External Affairs discussing several topics including:

  • NFU Fly-in RECAP
  • Congress/Sequestration Impact on Agriculture
  • Sage Grouse Decision
  • BLM/USFS Land Use Restrictions
  • USDA Extends Dairy MPP to Nov 20th
  • Upcoming RMFU Convention
  • & More

Listen to the interview with RMFU’s Bill Midcap…

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Since 1907, the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, serving family farming & ranching and “Growing the Agricultural Grassroots Network”, learn more and join the RMFU Today online @ www.rmfu.org or LIKE them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter @RMFUnion

09-17-15 RMFU Board of Director Barbara Marty discusses NFU’s Annual Legislative Fly-in…

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(BARN Media & CoAgNews Network – Briggsdale, CO) September 17, 2015 – On this month’s edition of the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union’s Radioline Report, Barbara Marty, RMFU Board of Director is my guest discussing several topics from Washington D.C., including:

  • NFU’s Annual Legislative Fly-in Sep 15-18
  • RMFU’s Participation in that event
  • RMFU’s Fellows Program
  • NFU’s Beginning Farmer Institute
  • NFU’s GOlden Triangle Awards
  • & More

Listen to the interview with RMFU Board of Director Barbara Marty…

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RMFU Board of Director Barb Marty with her son Matthew (right) and RMFU Fellow Racheal Warner.

RMFU Board of Director Barb Marty with her son Matthew (right) and RMFU Fellow Racheal Warner.

Keep up with all things Fly-In on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #NFUFlyIn15. For more information about future fly-in activities, please contact your state/regional Farmers Union office.

Click here to view the 2015 NFU Fall Legislative Fly-In Talking Points.

Since 1907, the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, serving family farming & ranching and “Growing the Agricultural Grassroots Network”, learn more and join the RMFU Today online @ www.rmfu.org or LIKE them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter @RMFUnion

07-23-15 Inside the RMFU with Bill Midcap: Clean Water Act, Clean Power Plan, Trade, Renewable Energy, SAFE, COOL and more…


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Bill Midcap, RMFU’s Director of External Affairs(BARN Media & CoAgNews Network – Briggsdale, CO) July 23, 2015 – On this month’s edition of the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union’s Radioline Report inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network I will be visiting with Bill Midcap, RMFU’s Director of External Affairs discussing several topics including:

Since 1907, the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, serving family farming & ranching and “Growing the Agricultural Grassroots Network”, learn more and join the RMFU Today online @ www.rmfu.org or LIKE them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter @RMFUnion

06-24-15 Inside the RMFU with Harrison Topp: Farmers Markets, Cooperatives and More…

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Harrison Topp - RMFU 2(BARN Media & CoAgNews Network – Briggsdale, CO) June 24, 2015  – Joining me Inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network for this month’s Rocky Mountain Farmers Union Radioline Report is Rocky Mountain Farmers Union Membership Field Representative Harrison Topp, discussing several topics including…

  • Farm-to-Market & Farmers Markets across the state
  • The importance of cooperatives
  • & More…

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05-13-15 Inside the RMFU with Jennifer Luitjens-Bahr: Summer Camps, CO FFA Convention and More…


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RMFU Summer Camps 2015

CLICK HERE to view the brochure and to get registered

(BARN Media & CoAgNews Network – Briggsdale, CO) May 13, 2015 – On this month’s edition of the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union’s Radioline Report inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network I will be visiting with RMFU’s Director of Education Jennifer Luitjens-Bahr, discussing several topics including:

  • RMFU’s Cooperative Leadership Camps – VIEW THE BROCHURE
  • 2015 CO FFA State Convention
  • RMFU Ag Education Programs
  • RMFU’s Ag Literacy Programs
  • & Much More

Since 1907, the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, serving family farming & ranching and “Growing the Agricultural Grassroots Network”, learn more and join the RMFU Today online @ www.rmfu.org or LIKE them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter @RMFUnion

 

04-23-15 Inside the RMFU with Bob Kjelland: COOL, 2015 Policy Handbook, HB-1234 & More…


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Bob Kjelland RMFU Dir of Communications

Bob Kjellan, RMFU’s Director of Communications

(BARN Media & CoAgNews Network – Briggsdale, CO) April 23, 2015 – On this month’s edition of the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union’s Radioline Report inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network I will be visiting with RMFU’s Director of Communications Bob Kjelland. Kjelland discusses several topics including:

  • COOL – Country of Origin Labeling
  • 2015 NFU & RMFU Polisy Handbooks Available NOW
  • HB-1235: Tax incentive for Beginning Farmers/Ranchers
  • Springtime: Think Safety on the Roadways
  • & Much More

Since 1907, the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, serving family farming & ranching and “Growing the Agricultural Grassroots Network”, learn more and join the RMFU Today online @ www.rmfu.org or LIKE them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter @RMFUnion