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FFA members celebrate FFA week by teaching others and advocating for agriculture

February 22, 2019 — Color wars, hat day, drive your tractor to school day, ag Olympics, coloring contests, petting farms, FFA BINGO, pancake feeds, and ice cream socials are marking FFA Week across the region. In Limon, one day includes Pass the Animal, an activity that began as a

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Drought conditions are improving in some areas of the Southwest US

February 22, 2019 — With a sigh of at least some relief, ranchers and farmers in the southwest U.S. have gotten a break from the intense drought of 2018 through timely winter snow and rainfall, although climate experts announced during a live webinar Thursday, Feb. 14, it will still

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AFBF, Utah Farm Bureau file a brief supporting ranchers’ access to public lands

February 22, 2019 — The American Farm Bureau Federation, along with the Utah Farm Bureau Federation, the state of Utah and San Juan County, Utah, filed a brief in support of President Donald Trump's December 2017 proclamations decreasing the size of the Grand-Staircase Escalante National Monument and the Bears

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Residents concerned over American Prairie Reserve’s plan to build a wildlife conservation area in Montana

February 22, 2019 — Heard about the American Prairie Reserve? It's a nonprofit organization that has privately undertaken a project in northeastern Montana to create a wildlife conservation area of over 3 million contiguous acres through a combination of both private and public lands. Their goal is to acquire

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UW range team tops 26 universities to win Trail Boss Award

February 22, 2019 — The University of Wyoming undergraduate chapter for the Society for Range Management bested 26 other universities to win the coveted Trail Boss Award at the Society for Range Management's 72nd annual meeting in Minneapolis, Minn., earlier this month. Fourteen students attended under the advising of

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Fifty-plus groups indicate their support for estate tax repeal bills

February 22, 2019 — Repeal is the most effective way to protect family-run businesses from the estate tax, the American Farm Bureau Federation and more than 50 other organizations wrote in a letter to Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., and Reps. Jason Smith, R-Mo., and Sanford Bishop, D-Ga., who introduced

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As crop insurance acres hit high, farm groups defend it

February 21, 2019 — SAN DIEGO – As National Crop Insurance Services announced here this week that the number of acres protected by crop insurance had risen to an all-time high, a coalition of 60 farm groups wrote House and Senate Budget committees that the program should protected in

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Kildee: Ag lobbyists should reach out beyond Ag committee

February 21, 2019 — SAN DIEGO — House Chief Deputy Whip Dan Kildee, D-Mich., said here this week that farm lobbyists should reach out to members who do not sit on the House Agriculture Committee if they want to win legislative battles in the House. He spoke at the

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Chief economist predicts ag growth, despite hurdles

February 21, 2019 — ARLINGTON, Va. — Despite international trade disputes and difficult financial times for many farmers, Agriculture Department Chief Economist Robert Johansson this morning projected an expanding market for U.S. producers and more opportunities for them to grow and sell globally in the years ahead. Johansson gave

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US, Mexican, Canadian ag leaders discuss trade relations

February 21, 2019 — ARLINGTON, Va. — In the presence of his Mexican and Canadian counterparts at the 2019 USDA Agricultural Outlook Forum this morning, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue put a cheery face on trade relations among the three nations, referring to them as a "neighborhood." Yet in remarks

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Members of the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee announced

February 21, 2019 — WASHINGTON – To ensure America's dietary guidance reflects the latest science, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar today announced the appointment of 20 nationally recognized scientists to serve on the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. The

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Colorado business leaders, farmers urge delay of health insurance tax

February 21, 2019 — CENTENNIAL, Colo. – Colorado small business leaders met today at the offices of the Colorado Farm Bureau in Centennial to to discuss the impact of the 2020 health insurance tax, or HIT, on small businesses, their employees, farmers, seniors on Medicare and middle-income families. Small

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Sheldon competed in two NWSS inaugual youth events

February 21, 2019 — Kaylynn Sheldon and her grey, solid bred paint mare, Hickory on the Moon, had stellar success at the 2019 National Western Stock Show in Denver. The pair were honored to be invited to two inaugural youth events, The Ranch Horse Mentor Match Up Competition and

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Septicemia can kill calves quickly

February 21, 2019 — Calves sometimes develop systemic infection in which bacteria or their toxins get into the bloodstream and travel throughout the body, creating life-threatening illness. Bacteria or viruses in the blood can cause septicemia. Bacterial toxins in the blood cause a condition known as toxemia. Some types

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Beef Improvement Federation seekinng award applications

February 21, 2019 — Deadlines for Beef Improvement Federation award applications are approaching quickly. Each year BIF recognizes a Seedstock Producer of the Year and Commercial Producer of the Year. The deadline for both awards is March 1. Applications are posted to the BeefImprovement.org website "Award Forms" page under

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EPA signs MOU with FFA

February 20, 2019 — Environmental Protection Agency Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler on Tuesday signed a memorandum of understanding with the FFA (formerly the Future Farmers of America) to advance educational outreach for EPA's environmental and public health initiatives. "Today's MOU will expand EPA's environmental education programs to an important

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Murtaugh to leave USDA for Trump campaign

February 20, 2019 — Tim Murtaugh, the communications director for Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, will leave USDA Friday to become the communications director for President Donald Trump's re-election campaign, he confirmed to The Hagstrom Report today. Murtaugh said his successor at USDA would announced shortly. Murtaugh, a Pennsylvania native,

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Economist: Tariffs impacted USDA trade export projections

February 20, 2019 — SAN DIEGO — The tariffs that other countries, particularly China, imposed on U.S. soybeans and other farm products in retaliation for the tariffs that President Donald Trump imposed on foreign steel and aluminum "deeply impacted" the 10-year export sales projections that the Agriculture Department had

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Stabenow releases Forest Service sexual misconduct report

February 20, 2019 — The Agriculture Department's inspector general found evidence that the U.S. Forest Service failed to address workplace concerns in several cases, according to a report released today by Senate Agriculture Committee ranking member Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich. Included in the report are cases of: ▪ Promoting employees

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Farm Bureau: Lenders say farmers dependent on off-farm income

February 20, 2019 — SAN DIEGO — So many farmers are dependent on off-farm income in today's economy that lenders say the worst threat to farmers is a general economic recession, the chief economist for the American Farm Bureau Federation said here Feb 19. "Farm lenders say the reason

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