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May 24, 2018 — May 26     Large Vintage Trucks and Caterpillar Auction, 9 a.m., Bud Tillotson, Granby, Colo., Nixon Auctioneers, (800) 535-5996, http://www.nixonauctioneers.com 26     Consignment Auction, Brush Colo., Auctioneers Miller & Associates, (970) 842-5575, http://www.amaauctions.com 27   Gymkhana, 8 a.m., Haxtun, Colo., arena. For more information, call Melinda Groshans at

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CFB gathers signatures to protect private property rights

May 24, 2018 — CENTENNIAL, Colo. — The state's largest agriculture organization is proposing a constitutional amendment for the November general election ballot that would strengthen private property rights in the state. Colorado Farm Bureau is currently gathering signatures for Initiative 108 — a constitutional amendment that will ensure

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The Fence Post obituary: Dorothy Ellen Shepperd Kugler

May 24, 2018 — Dorothy Ellen Shepperd Kugler, 106 March 18, 1912 – April 14, 2018 Sterling, Colo. Dorothy Ellen (Shepperd) Kugler passed away April 14, 2018, in Sterling at the age of 106. She was born in Arcadia, Neb., March 18, 1912, to Roy and Mary Alice (Ducker)

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The Fence Post obituary: Cynthia Kay Clark

May 24, 2018 — Cynthia Kay Clark, 64 Nov. 29, 1953 – May 12, 2018 Greeley, Colo. Cynthia Kay (Lewis) Clark, 64, of Greeley, departed this life on May 12, 2018, surrounded by family at North Colorado Medical Center. She was born on Nov. 29, 1953, in Binghamton, N.Y.,

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The Fence Post obituary: Refugia Botello

May 24, 2018 — Refugia Botello, 94 Feb. 25, 1924 – May 13, 2018 Johnstown, Colo. Refugia "Cuca" (Sandoval) Botello, 94 of Johnstown, passed away May 13, 2018, in Eaton. She was born February 25, 1924, in Kosciusko, Wilson County, Texas, the daughter of Espiridion and Josefa (Peralez) Sandoval.

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H-2A agricultural worker visa modernization joint cabinet statement

May 24, 2018 — WASHINGTON — When President Trump addressed the American Farm Bureau Federation in January of this year, he reminded the audience that his commitment to our farmers has been clear since the day his administration began: "From that day on, we have been working every day

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Teen learns how to farm while lending a helping hand

May 24, 2018 — School's out for summer — or is it? There's still a lot to learn, even on those red-hot vacation days, and at least one young, quick-study is a year-round sponge for all things ag. Jordan Hiller is a fledgling farmer, who has been soliciting additional

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Scalise announces immigration, farm bill votes in June

May 24, 2018 — The House will vote on a conservative immigration bill the third week of June and on Friday, June 22, vote again on the farm bill that failed last week, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., told reporters May 21, according to a report in Roll

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Former USTR Vetter: Trade system needs protection

May 24, 2018 — Darci Vetter, the chief U.S. agriculture negotiator in the Obama administration, said that she has questions about the future of "the underlying trading system," including the rule-setting World Trade Organization and the expectation that the United States will be a leader on trade policy. Without

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Former USTR Crowder: Everyone prepares for the worst

May 24, 2018 — The Trump administration's trade rhetoric is leading both American farmers and their customers around the world to prepare for the worst outcomes of negotiations, Richard Crowder, the U.S. chief agriculture negotiator in the latter part of the George W. Bush administration, said Wednesday. "Creating uncertainty

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National Combined Driving event to be held at the Colorado Horse Park

May 24, 2018 — On September 28-30, 2018, the Colorado Driving Society and the Rocky Mountain Carriage Club will host a national driving event at the Colorado Horse Park in Parker. It will be the first show the organizations have hosted at the Colorado Horse Park in 15 years.

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Celebration of life set for trade lobbyist Robert Vastine

May 24, 2018 — A celebration of life has been scheduled for the late Robert Vastine, a services trade lobbyist, on June 18 at the Cosmos Club in Washington. Vastine, who died March 30 after a six-month illness, was president of the Coalition of Service Industries from 1996 to

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USCA applauds introduction of livestock hauling bill

May 23, 2018 — WASHINGTON – Today, Sens. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., Jerry Moran, R-Kan., Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, Jon Tester, D-Mont., John Hoeven, R-N.D., Tina Smith, D-Minn., Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Rand Paul, R-Ky., Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Doug Jones, D-Ala., introduced the Transporting Livestock Across America Safely

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Doud: China wants the ‘goose’ that led to prosperity

May 23, 2018 — "If I make any news this morning I will not have done a good job," Gregg Doud, the Trump administration's chief agriculture negotiator said today at a Farm Foundation forum with three of his predecessors. But a few minutes later, Doud took a harsh line

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Former USTR Johnson: Ag needs to be sensitive to other sectors

May 23, 2018 — The U.S. agriculture sector needs to be more sensitive to the problems that have occurred in U.S. manufacturing and technology due to trade liberalization, or risk being attacked because it has been the successful sector under trade agreements, Al Johnson, a former U.S. chief agriculture

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Nebraska Cattlemen Foundation announces scholarship recipients

May 23, 2018 — The Nebraska Cattlemen Foundation is pleased to announce it has awarded $54,200 in scholarships to students furthering their education goals in the 2018-2019 academic year. "The foundation strongly believes in the importance of a sound education for tomorrow's industry leaders," said Scott Knobbe, president of

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GAO releases report on farm subsidy payments

May 23, 2018 — For the 2015 crop year — the most recent year for which data were available — the Agriculture Department made about $2.7 billion in payments to entities for which being actively engaged in farming was a requirement, the Government Accountability Office has found in a

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Senate Ag Approps approves spending bill

May 23, 2018 — The Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee on Tuesday approved the fiscal year 2019 bill to fund the Agriculture Department and related agencies. The full Senate Appropriations Committee is scheduled to take up the bill on Thursday. The bill recommends $145.1 billion in discretionary and mandatory funding,

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House formalizes June 22 deadline for farm bill revote

May 23, 2018 — The House on passed a resolution that action on the farm bill "may continue to be postponed through the legislative day of Friday, June 22, 2018." The resolution follows the House's failure to pass the farm bill last Friday and the introduction of a motion

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USDA invests $243 million in rural community facility improvements in 22 states

May 23, 2018 — WASHINGTON– Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture is investing $243 million in 50 rural community facility projects (PDF, 174 KB) in 22 states. "Rural communities represent a wealth of opportunity," Hazlett said. "Under Secretary Perdue's

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