USDA Announces Farmer Fair Practices Rules - Clarifications for Industry & Protections for Farmers

Agriculture - Generic

Rules Seek to Ensure Fairness and Protect Rights of Farmers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) today announced updated regulations to protect the rights of farmers. The Farmer Fair Practices Rules target the most harmful practices hurting farmers and clearly outlines common sense protections to restore fairness and reduce the burden for farmers seeking justice under the Packers and Stockyards Act. This is the most recent action in the Obama's Administration's efforts to level the playing field for all Americans.

Colorado Wheat Awards Announced

Promo Agriculture - Wheat

It is tradition for the Colorado Association of Wheat Growers (CAWG), Colorado Wheat Administrative Committee (CWAC), and the Colorado Wheat Research Foundation (CWRF) to present Colorado Wheat awards when someone has provided exceptional service to Colorado wheat producers.  At the Colorado Wheat awards banquet December 1, 2016 at the Longmeadow Event Center in Wiggins, Colorado, three awards were given.

2016 CAWG Friend of Wheat - Randy Traxler

USDA Announces New Conservation Opportunities to Improve Water Quality and Restore Wildlife Habitat

Agriculture - Generic

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has  announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will offer farmers and ranchers more opportunities to participate in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). The announcement includes new CRP practices to protect water quality and adds an additional 1.1 million acres targeted to benefit wildlife, pollinators and wetlands.

Funding Available for Agricultural Energy Projects

Agriculture - Generic

The Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) and the Colorado Energy Office (CEO) are seeking applicants for agricultural energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. The total amount available for assistance in FY 2017 is $250,000. The funding is available to Colorado agricultural irrigators, dairies, greenhouses, nurseries, and cold storage facilities.

USDA Makes Changes to Prevented Planting Program

Agriculture - Corn

New provisions to take effect for 2017 spring crops

The USDA's Risk Management Agency last week announced updated factors for prevented planting coverage, with these updates made in an effort to address the recommendations of a 2013 USDA Office of Inspector General (OIG) report. The USDA says these improvements will ensure that the program continues to be a well-run program that provides a strong safety net for producers. 

Nominate a Business for the Governor’s Agricultural Exporting Award

Colorado Business

Colorado agriculture feeds the state, nation and world and continues to be a key driver to the state's economy, with Colorado agricultural exports totaling nearly $2 billion annually. To honor Colorado companies for their agricultural export efforts, the Colorado Department of Agriculture is accepting nominations for the third annual Governor's Award for Agricultural Exporting.

USDA Proposes Revisions to Nutritional Fact Panel for Meat and Poultry Products

Agriculture - Cattle

Allows Consumers to Make More Informed Decisions

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has proposed a critical step in ensuring that consumers have updated nutritional information for meat and poultry products, helping Americans make better informed decisions when purchasing meat and poultry products.