agriculture

USDA Authorizes $12 Billion to Aid Producers Impacted by Tariffs

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U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will take several actions to assist farmers in response to trade damage from retaliatory tariffs.

U.S. President Donald Trump directed Secretary Perdue to develop a short-term relief strategy to protect agricultural producers while the Administration works on reciprocal trade deals to open more markets to help American farmers compete globally.

USDA Conducting Grain Production Survey in Colorado

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will survey producers in 32 states, including Arizona, Colorado, Montana, and Wyoming, for its County Agricultural Production Survey (CAPS).

The survey will collect information on total acres planted and harvested, and total yield and production of small grains crops down to the county level. CAPS will provide the data needed to estimate acreage and production of selected crops in the United States.

Colorado Crop Progress and Condition Summary – Week Ending July 22, 2018

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Most areas of the state benefitted from monsoonal moisture last week, according to the Mountain Region Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA.

Hot temperatures continued to accelerate crop development and maturity of small grains; winter wheat harvested was still ahead of average by week's end.

April-June 2018 Quarterly Milk Production - Mountain Region Highlights 

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Arizona dairy herds produced 1.34 billion pounds of milk during the April-June quarter, up 0.8 percent from the previous year. 

Colorado dairy herds produced 1.15 billion pounds of milk during the April-June quarter, up 10.6 percent from the previous year. 

Montana dairy herds produced 70.0 million pounds of milk during the April-June quarter, down 4.1 percent from the previous year. 

July 1 Cattle Inventory up 1 Percent 

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All cattle and calves in the United States on July 1, 2018 totaled 103 million head, 1 percent above the 102 million head on July 1, 2017. 

All cows and heifers that have calved, at 41.9 million head, were 1 percent above the 41.6 million head on July 1, 2017. Beef cows, at 32.5 million head, were up 1 percent from a year ago. Milk cows, at 9.40 million head, were unchanged from previous year.