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10-23-14 Inside NRCS-CO: A closer look at Wetland Dynamics, LLC., a CO CIG Project…

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 23, 2014

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Jenny Nehring, an NRCS Partner; Biologist & Conservation Innovation Project Manager

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Michael Brady, Conservation Innovation Grants Program Manager

(BARN Media & CoAgNews Network – Briggsdale, CO) October 23rd, 2014 – The USDA announced it is investing $15.7 million through grants to 47 entities that will help develop and demonstrate cutting-edge ideas to accelerate innovation in private lands conservation.

Recipients of USDA’s Conservation Innovation Grants will demonstrate innovative approaches to improve soil health, air and water quality, conserve energy, and enhance wildlife habitat in balance with productive agricultural systems.

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service administers this competitive grants program.

Of the 47 grants announced, one is in Colorado. Wetland Dynamics, LLC received $60,000 to develop new technology for monitoring threatened and endangered species in the San Luis Valley in Colorado.

The technology will include remote, passive, and acoustic monitoring of Southwestern Willow Flycatcher, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, and Northern Leopard Frogs.

Joining the Colorado Ag News Network inside the BARN is Jennifer Nehring, an NRCS Partner; Biologist & Conservation Innovation Project Manager AND Michael Brady, Conservation Innovation Grants Program Manager…

To listen to the interview, click the audio mp3 link below…

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For additional information about USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Colorado

please visit www.co.nrcs.usda.gov or please call 720-544-2810.

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10-23-14 “Ag Reslience” Film Premier Oct 28th in Durango during SW Colorado Farm Tour…

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 23, 2014

RESILIENT…SOIL, WATER & THE NEW STEWARDS OF THE AMERICAN WEST
Tuesday, October 28th, 2014
Powerhouse Science Center, Durango, CO
 
IN CONJUNCTION WITH A WESTERN FARMER TOUR OCT 27-29
NYFC-NATIONAL YOUNG FARMERS COALITION logoDURANGO, CO – The National Young Farmers Coalition proudly announces the premiere of “Resilient: Soil, Water & the New Stewards of the American West,” a short film by the National Young Farmers Coalition, produced by Rumplefarm Films in partnership with the Lexicon of Sustainability.
“Water scarcity in the West, and particularly the Colorado River Basin, is one of the greatest challenges of our time,” said Kate Greenberg, Western Organizer with the National Young Farmers Coalition. “Within the context of historic drought and increasing urban demand, ‘Resilient’ highlights the work of innovative farmers and ranchers across western Colorado who are successfully adapting to a drier climate. By embracing modern, water-saving technology and time-tested holistic practices, they prove that land stewardship is essential to the future of the region.”
“Resilient” illustrates how soil health works with efficient technology to save water and improve agricultural productivity. It emphasizes the integral role farmers and ranchers play in solving western water solutions. And it calls on everyone who cares about the west to do their part to conserve our precious resources.
In the film we meet: 
  • Brendon Rockey, a 3rd generation potato farmer in the San Luis Valley, CO who has, “…regenerated the soil to the point now where I’m growing a potato crop on 12-14 inches of irrigation water per year.” It normally takes 20”. Rockey’s saved water helps replenish the aquifer.
  • Cynthia Houseweart of Princess Beef in Hotchkiss, CO and Dan James, of the James Ranch in Durango, CO, both of whom use rotational grazing that helps store more water and carbon in the soil.
  • Steve Ela, an orchardist in Hotchkiss, CO, who integrates precision irrigation and soil health management to most effectively use his water. As Steve states, “It’s an  evolution of thinking of trying to manage our water better.”
  • The local chapter of the National Young Farmers Coalition gathering in Mancos, CO. As young people return to the land, building strong community is another essential tool to forge resilience. The farmers and ranchers in this film offer us hope for the future.

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Keep Electricity Affordable’s Telephone Town Hall Meeting discussing the EPA’s “Clean Power Plan”…

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 21, 2014

In case you missed the Keep Electricity Affordable’s Telephone Town Hall Meeting, the BARN has got you covered…

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Ross Eisenberg, Vice President of the National Association of Manufacturers

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Moderating the “Clean Power Plan” Telephone Town Hall Meeting is Brian Allmer, owner/host of BARN Media & the Colorado Ag News Network

On Tuesday, Oct. 21, Keep Electricity Affordable is hosting a telephone town hall to discuss the impact of the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed “Clean Power Plan” on your community. As advocates for affordable electricity, it’s important we all understand the facts about these regulations and the potential impact they could have to our energy use, our electric bills and our entire way of life. We’ll be joined by manufacturing expert Ross Eisenberg, vice president of the National Association of Manufacturers, who will discuss the facts about how the West will be impacted by these regulations. Mr. Eisenberg will also be on the line to answer your questions about the EPA’s plan and what you can do to take action.

Join us by calling 888-550-4122 at 7 p.m. Mountain time, on Tuesday, Oct.21.

Get the facts and make your voice heard!

Click here to register

ABOUT KEEP ELECTRICITY AFFORDABLE

Keep Electricity Affordable is an alliance of citizens and organizations in Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico and Wyoming that believes affordable electric power is an indispensable resource that is essential to families, businesses, communities and the economy. This initiative is a program of the Rural Economic Action Alliance (REA-A), a not-for-profit organization that educates the public on the importance of affordable and reliable electricity, the value of consumer owned, not-for-profit cooperative business model and factors that support a vibrant economy and quality of life across the rural West. Learn more about Keep Electricity Affordable – CLICK HERE

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10-21-14 *CSU Ext SEA News* ‘Who will get the Farm’ Workshop on Nov 6th…

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 21, 2014

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No matter your age, size of family, or net worth, it is important to have an estate plan. A plan will ensure that your family and financial goals will be met after you die.

Colorado State University Prowers County Extension office will be hosting a one-day session titled “Heirs in Agriculture” on November 6, 2014 from 9:30 – 3:30 at the Home Economics Building located on the Prowers County Fairgrounds.

The session will address how to plan the transition of the family farm and ranch from one generation to the next as it can be complicated and emotional. If you strategically plan, the transition can be smooth and less stressful for all involved. Presenter will be Jeffrey Tranel, CSU Extension Ag Economist.

Topics to be included are final instructions and last wishes, personal possessions, communicating with family members and real estate and financial assets. Even if you do not own a farm or ranch, the information will be valuable to all that attend.

Registration is $20 for the first family member and $10 for additional family members. Registration includes one set of materials per family and lunch. Space is limited, pre-registration and payment are due October 30.

To register or for more information call the CSU Prowers County Extension office at 719-254-7608.

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10-13-14 *CSU Ext* Colorado Crop Clinic “Soil and Crop Health” Nov 18-19 in Sterling…

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 13, 2014

CO Crop Clinic 2014COLORADO CROP CLINIC

Co-Sponsored by: Colorado State University Extension Colorado’s Certified Crop Advisors Board 

November 18-19

Logan County Extension Office

508 S 10th Ave, Suite 1

Sterling CO 80751

Program Content

- Managing Pests & Pesticide Resistance

- Crop Nutrient Management

- Crop Health Optimization

- Building Soil Health

- Water Quality & Availability issues

Speakers – To be announced

Cost & Conditions:

- $50 per pre-registration for either day
– $80 per two days received by Nov 5th
– $25 late fee after November 5th
– Registrations are limited to 75 people.

A minimum of 20 people are required by November 20th, If we don’t reach this number by that date, the Crop Clinic will be canceled or postponed until January 2015.

Register & pay online via these websites:

http://goldenplains.colostate.edu

www.extension.colostate.edu/morgan

 

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10-03-14 CME Group Announces Reduced Electronic Trading Hours for CME Livestock Products in Response to Customer Feedback…

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 3, 2014

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CHICAGO, Oct. 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ – CME Group, the world’s leading and most diverse derivatives marketplace, today announced it will reduce electronic trading hours of CME Livestock futures and options products following comprehensive outreach to producers, commercial customers, traders and other industry participants who manage their risk in its markets. Pending CFTC review, trading in CME Livestock markets will be amended on the CME Globex electronic trading platform beginning with trade date,Monday, October 27, 2014.

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“Over the past several months, we have been engaging with a broad cross section of customers and industry participants, including a formal survey in August, and based on that feedback we have determined we should reduce electronic trading hours for our livestock products,” said Tim Andriesen, Managing Director, Agricultural Commoditiesand Alternative Investments, CME Group. “It is important that we provide products that meet the changing needs of our customers and the market. We believe this change will result in deeper and more liquid markets to serve their risk management needs.”

Beginning Monday, October 27, electronic trading hours for CME Lean Hogs, Live Cattle and Feeder Cattle futures and options will be as follows on CME Globex:

  • Monday – 9:05 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. CT
  • Tuesday to Thursday – 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. CT
  • Friday – 8:00 a.m. to 1:55 p.m. CT

Open-outcry trading hours for CME Livestock futures and options products will not be impacted by this adjustment to CME Globex trading hours. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Denver Cash Grain Bids…

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 24, 2014

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Daily Grain Bids for Denver and Surrounding Areas

Spot bids to producers for grain delivered to terminal and country
elevators.  Bids dollar/bu. except for Barley which is dollar/cwt.
Bids are as of 3:00 PM MST.
Bids         Change (cents)
US 1 Hard Red Winter Wheat       5.34-5.69    1 to 11 lower
Up to 12 percent protein

US 2 Yellow Corn                 3.13-3.54    unevenly steady

US 2 Barley                           5.25    steady

Source: USDA-CO Dept of Ag Market News Service, Greeley, CO
Tammy Judson 970-353-9750   Greeley.LGMN@ams.usda.gov
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Greeley, CO    Thu Oct 23, 2014    USDA-CO Dept of Ag Market News

Daily Grain Bids for Denver and Surrounding Areas

Spot bids to producers for grain delivered to terminal and country
elevators.  Bids dollar/bu. except for Barley which is dollar/cwt.
Bids are as of 3:00 PM MST.
Bids         Change (cents)
US 1 Hard Red Winter Wheat       5.45-5.70    steady
Up to 12 percent protein

US 2 Yellow Corn                 3.20-3.50    7 higher

US 2 Barley                           5.25    steady

Source: USDA-CO Dept of Ag Market News Service, Greeley, CO
Tammy Judson 970-353-9750   Greeley.LGMN@ams.usda.gov
www.ams.usda.gov/mnreports/GL_GR110.txt
www.ams.usda.gov/lsmarketnews

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10-24-14 Colorado Farm Bureau Wins Appeal in Right to Farm Case…

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 24, 2014

Centennial, Colo. – Oct. 16, 2014 - Today, the Colorado Court of Appeals overturned the Jardon v. Hostetler case, a case involving a poultry operation in Delta County, Colorado. This decision rules in favor of Colorado Farm Bureau members Edwin and Eileen Hostetler, legally allowing them to reopen their organic, cage-free, free-range chicken egg-laying operation, Western Slope Layers.

“This ruling is a win for all Colorado agriculture, not just poultry production,” said Hugh Sanburg, a Delta County rancher and Colorado Farm Bureau Board Member. “The court agrees agriculture is a key staple in Delta County. This will allow the family to reopen their poultry farm and add agricultural commerce back into Delta County.”

In 2011, the Delta County Board of County Commissioners approved the Hostetler’s poultry operation after gathering evidence about the effects of the operation. A small group of neighbors made allegations against the operation, thus the county commissioned an air quality study, which concluded the operation caused minimal health and environmental impact. Subsequently, the Hostetler’s neighbors filed a lawsuit, claiming the commissioners’ decision to approve the operation was unreasonable.

The District Court for Delta County sided with the neighbors, and issued a Cease and Desist Order for the Hostetler’s farm forcing the Hostetler’s to close their operation and send their chickens to Arkansas. The Hostetler’s immediately filed an appeal at the Colorado Court of Appeals and the Colorado Farm Bureau filed a friend of the court brief and argued that the Colorado Right to Farm and the Delta County Right to Farm Acts create a presumption in favor of allowing poultry operations.

“The Right to Farm is still alive here in Colorado,” said Delta County Farm Bureau President, Olen Lund.

Colorado Farm Bureau is the state’s largest grassroots organization with over 24,000 members. Colorado Farm Bureau seeks to promote and protect the future of agriculture and rural values. Read the rest of this entry »

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10-24-14 CFB News: CSU Releases Fact Sheet on Labeling GE Foods…

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 24, 2014

Centennial, Colo. – Oct. 24, 2014 - Colorado State University (CSU)  Extension recently released an extension fact sheet addressing labeling of Genetically Modified foods.

“Our farmers and ranchers have been speaking up about the increased costs and impacts of mandatory labeling,” said Don Shawcroft, president of Colorado Farm Bureau. “Colorado State University Extension and many other leading universities researching this issue continue to reach the same conclusion, mandatory labeling of GM foods will increase cost to consumers and taxpayers, and it will impact the value chain and trade.”

The following points are addressed in the fact sheet: Read the rest of this entry »

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10-24-14 CDA UPDATE: Vesicular Stomatitis (VS): 334 Colorado Quarantines Since Beginning of Outbreak…

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 24, 2014

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Vesicular Stomatitis (VS): 334 Colorado Quarantines Since Beginning of Outbreak

Guidelines for Livestock Shows, Fairs, Exhibitions, and Events

BROOMFIELD, Colo. –As of 10/22/2014, the Colorado Department of Agriculture’s State Veterinarian’s Office has 60 locations under quarantine after horses and cows tested positive for Vesicular Stomatitis (VS); 274 of the 334 quarantines have now been released.

“As warm fall temperatures persist some fly populations are still proving capable spreading this disease. Therefore, livestock owners must still work to prevent flies on their property,” said State Veterinarian, Dr. Keith Roehr.

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10-24-14 VOTE NOW FOR THE NEXT FACES OF FARMING & RANCHING…

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 24, 2014

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Cast votes until from October 24 until November 2

CHESTERFIELD, MO. (October 24, 2014) – Now, you can cast your vote for the next Faces of Farming & Ranching! Beginning October 24 through November 2, visit the Faces of Farming & Ranching Online Voting page to learn more about each of the finalists and the work they do, including short videos highlighting their farms/ranches. From there, vote for whom you believe best exemplifies agriculture. These votes will be factored into the final decision to determine the next Faces of Farming and Ranching.

THE FINALISTS
Erin Brenneman, IA; Jay Hill, NM; Carrie Mess, WI; Thomas Titus, IL; Darrell Glaser, TX; Brian Jones, TX; Jessica Potter, CO and Carla Wardin, Mich.

HOW CAN PEOPLE VOTE?
Access the Faces of Farming & Ranching Online Voting Page:

  • From any desktop computer OR mobile device: Visit http://faces.pgtb.me/w2Sg4d
  • From any desktop computer OR mobile device: Go to USFRA’s Facebook Page, and click on the link in the Faces of Farming and Ranching Post pinned at the top of the Timeline.
  • From any desktop computer: Go to USFRA’s Facebook Page – click on the VOTE NOW tab – Only one vote per day per email address is allowed. Registering on Facebook is required in order to vote – to ensure all votes are legitimate and non-fraudulent. Not already a member of Facebook? No problem – simply sign up at Facebook.com to register.

FACES OF FARMING & RANCHING WINNERS ANNOUNCEMENT
A combination of public votes and USFRA judges’ scores will determine the winners, who will be announced on November 12, 2014, during a press conference at the National Association of Farm Broadcasting Convention (NAFB) in Kansas City. Read the rest of this entry »

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10-24-14 *KDA News* Kansas reaches agreements on Republican River Compact disputes…

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 24, 2014

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MANHATTAN, Kansas – Kansas, Colorado and Nebraska officials announced Wednesday that the three states have signed agreements resolving several Republican River Compact issues. One of the agreements ensures that the Kansas Bostwick Irrigation District in north central Kansas will have a viable irrigation water supply for the 2015 growing season while providing Nebraska certainty of the effectiveness of its compact compliance efforts. The other agreement ensures that Colorado and Kansas will work towards improving Kansas’ water supply on the South Fork Republican River while authorizing Colorado to receive credit in the Compact accounting for operating its augmentation project on the North Fork Republican River.

“I’m pleased with the agreements we’ve come to with our neighbors in Nebraska and Colorado. There is still work to be done to strengthen our relationships and to administer the Compact together, but today’s agreements are very important steps towards a much better long-term situation,” Jackie McClaskey, Kansas Secretary of Agriculture said. Read the rest of this entry »

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10-24-14 FCA News: Agencies Request Comment on Proposed Flood Insurance Rule…

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 24, 2014

FCA Joint Release Header 102414Five federal regulatory agencies today announced the approval of a joint notice of proposed rulemaking to amend regulations pertaining to loans secured by property located in special flood hazard areas. The proposed rule would implement provisions of the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014 (HFIAA) relating to escrowing flood insurance paymentsand the exemption of certain detached structures from the mandatory flood insurance purchase requirement. HFIAA amends the escrow provisions of the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 (the Biggert-Waters Act).

In accordance with HFIAA, the proposed rule would require regulated lending institutions to escrow premiums and fees for flood insurance for loans secured by residential improved real estate or mobile homes that are made, increased, extended or renewed on or after January 1, 2016, unless the regulated lending institution or a loan qualifies for a statutory exception. In addition, the proposed rule would require institutions to provide borrowers of residential loansoutstanding on January 1, 2016, the option to escrow flood insurance premiums and fees. The proposal includes new and revised sample notice forms and clauses concerning the escrow requirement and the option to escrow. Read the rest of this entry »

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10-24-14 USDA Announces Funding to Strengthen Rural Businesses and Cooperative, includes $200K for RMFU-ECF…

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 24, 2014

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WASHINGTON, Oct. 24, 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the selection of 43 organizations in 27 states for grants and loans to help create jobs and boost economic development activity in rural areas. The announcement culminates a week in which the department has been highlighting products that are Made In Rural America.

“Many rural businesses and organizations are succeeding but with access to additional resources can create more jobs, promote growth and create an environment where more products can be made in rural America,” Vilsack said. “The awards we are announcing today will not only provide funding, but they also will provide the critical training and technical assistance rural cooperatives and non-profit groups need to enhance the work they are doing to strengthen America’s Main Street businesses.”

The funding is being provided through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Cooperative Development Grant (RCDG) program and the Intermediary Relending Program. Vilsack announced $5.8 million in RCDG awards to 32 recipients, and just over $7 million in loans to 11 recipients under USDA’s Intermediary Relending Program. Funding is contingent upon the recipient meeting the terms of the loan or grant agreement.

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Friday, October 24th…

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 24, 2014

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“Watchdog Group Suing EPA over Failure to Release Communications with Oil Industry”

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington filed a lawsuit against the EPA this week because the EPA failed to produce communication records related to the 2014 renewable fuels mandate. The Hill reports the lawsuit filed Wednesday is over the agency’s response to a Freedom of Information Act request. The groups cited a Reuters report that The Carlyle Group and Delta Airlines lobbied members of Congress and the administration to reduce the amount of ethanol and other biofuels that must be blended for 2014. The EPA denied a request for expedited review and has been slow to release the documents. The group’s executive director Melanie Sloan said “It certainly seems as if the administration has backtracked on its commitment to renewable fuels. The question is why.” She questioned if the Obama Administration had made a back-room type deal orchestrated by ‘big oil.’

According to The Hill, the lawsuit also alleges that the EPA is delaying the release of the 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard to “avoid potential political fallout in the midterms for siding with the oil industry over the biofuel industry.” However, recently, White House adviser John Podesta, hinted that the renewable fuel levels for 2014 would rise during a meeting with Senate Democrats.

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“EPA Wants to Remove 72 Chemicals from Approved Pesticide List”

The Environmental Protection Agency Thursday requested public comment on the agency’s proposal to remove 72 chemicals from the Approved Pesticide Inert Ingredient List. Assistant Administrator for the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, Jim Jones, stated “This is the first major step in our strategy to reduce risks from pesticides containing potentially hazardous inert ingredients.” The action is in response to petitions by the Center for Environmental Health, Beyond Pesticides, Physicians for Social Responsibility and others. These groups asked the agency to issue a rule requiring disclosure of 371 inert ingredients found in pesticide products.

Many of the 72 inert ingredients targeted for removal, are on the list of 371 inert ingredients identified by the petitioners as hazardous. The 72 chemicals are not currently being used as inert ingredients in any pesticide product, according to the EPA.  Chemicals such as, turpentine oil and nitrous oxide are listed as candidates for removal. More information on all 72 chemicals is available in the Federal Register Notice, online at regulations dot gov. (http://regulations.gov)

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“Monsanto Named a Top Global Multinational Workplace”

Monsanto ranks 8th in the latest World’s Best Multinational Workplaces list by Great Places to Work. The Company announced Thursday it is the only agriculture company on the reorganized list again this year. Monsanto moved up six places to reach number 8 on the 2014 list. In 2014, China, Belgium, France and the Netherlands joined the list of countries where Monsanto was named in national Great Place to Work lists. The company was also named on lists in Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Central America and India. Monsanto has more than 22,000 employees around the world.

To be eligible for the Top 25 World’s Best Multinational Workplaces list, qualifying companies must have appeared on at least five national Great Place to Work lists, have at least 5,000 employees worldwide, and have a global workforce where at least 40 percent of their employees work outside the company’s home country.

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“Valent, MGK Enter Marketing Agreement”

MGK will merge with Valent under a marketing agreement starting in April of next year. Valent will manage the marketing and sales of MGK’s crop protection line of insect control products within the United States, according to a joint news release. Valent Executive Vice President Matt Plitt said “MGK insect control products are complementary and will be sold in an integrated approach along with Valent’s existing crop protection portfolio.” Valent company officials say the addition of MGK into the Valent portfolio will create an unprecedented mix of unique and valuable chemistries for managing both organic and sustainable agriculture.

MGK, an insect control product development company in business since 1902, became a consolidated subsidiary of Sumitomo Chemical in December 2012, when Sumitomo acquired a majority stake in MGK. MGK will continue to manufacture their products, provide regulatory support for the active ingredients and collaborate with Valent on developmental projects.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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10-23-14 *USDA/NASS-CO* LIVESTOCK SLAUGHTER – September 2014…

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 23, 2014

USDA NASS Regional News Release headerLIVESTOCK SLAUGHTER – SEPTEMBER 2014
UNITED STATES HIGHLIGHTS
Commercial red meat production for the United States totaled 3.96 billion pounds in September, up 1 percent from the 3.94 billion pounds produced in September 2013.
Beef production, at 2.07 billion pounds, was slightly below the previous year. Cattle slaughter totaled 2.53 million head, down 3 percent from September 2013. The average live weight was up 31 pounds from the previous year, at  1,344 pounds.
Veal production totaled 7.2 million pounds, 16 percent below September a year ago. Calf slaughter totaled 42,300 head,  down 33 percent from September 2013. The average live weight was up 57 pounds from last year, at 291 pounds.
Pork production totaled 1.87 billion pounds, up 2 percent from the previous year. Hog slaughter totaled 8.83 million head, down 2 percent from September 2013. The average live weight was up 10 pounds from the previous year, at 283 pounds.
Lamb and mutton production, at 12.3 million pounds, was up 5 percent from September 2013. Sheep slaughter totaled 191,900 head, 4 percent above last year. The average live weight was 128 pounds, up 2 pounds from September a year ago.
January to September 2014 commercial red meat production was 35.1 billion pounds, down 4 percent from 2013. Accumulated beef production was down 6 percent from last year, veal was down 13 percent, pork was down 1 percent from last year, and lamb and mutton production was down slightly
For a full copy of the Livestock Slaughter report please visit www.nass.usda.gov.
For state specific questions please contact: 

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10-23-14 NFU Says WTO Ruling On COOL Shows USDA Moving in Right Direction, Points Out No Need for Congressional Involvement…

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 23, 2014

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WASHINGTON (Oct. 23, 2014) – National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson said that the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) recent ruling on Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL) clearly shows U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is headed in right direction.

“This ruling demonstrates the legitimate nature of the COOL objective and finds that the current labeling rule is an improvement over the original rule, but it remains unbalanced between consumer information and production costs,” said Johnson. “This decision, as it has been issued, will likely be modified on appeal and NFU strongly urges USTR to appeal the ruling.”

Johnson moderated the panel discussion, and was also joined Danni Beer, president of U.S. Cattleman’s Association, Patrick Woodall, research director at Food & Water Watch, and Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch, to discuss the details and implications of the WTO ruling.

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10-23-14 NMPF News: FARM Program Report Shows Continued Widespread Adoption of Animal Care Practices…

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 23, 2014

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National Dairy FARM Program LogoARLINGTON, VA – Dairy farmers nationwide continue to demonstrate widespread adoption of industry standards that assure high-quality care for their animals, according to a report released today by the National Milk Producers Federation.

The summary report, issued annually, quantifies practices by farmers participating in the industry’s responsible care program, known as the National Dairy FARM Program (Farmers Assuring Responsible Management). A copy of the report can be found online.

“The latest report shows dairy farmers continue to demonstrate their extensive commitment to the well-being of the animals in their care through adherence to the standards in the FARM program,” said Jamie Jonker, NMPF’s vice president of scientific and regulatory affairs. The report quantifies the results of more than 12,000 dairy farm evaluations conducted during the previous three years. All the data collected by second-party evaluators who visit each of those farms is catalogued, and provides a baseline of the breadth of adoption of the program’s care practices.

For example, the report found nearly 95 percent of farms enrolled in the program train their employees to properly move animals that cannot walk, and more than 98 percent train employees to handle calves with a minimum of stress. Other findings included:

  • 99 percent of farms observe animals daily to identify health issues for early treatment;
  • 93 percent develop protocols with veterinarians for dealing with common diseases, calving and animals with special needs;
  • 92 percent train workers to recognize the need for animals to be euthanized.

At the same time, the report found some areas still need improvement. For example, 84 percent of farms in the program have a valid veterinarian-client relationship, and 84 percent also conduct annual training in animal care for employees. However, both of these areas have shown an increase in industry adoption, up from 80 percent and 83 percent, respectively, since the first annual report two years ago. Read the rest of this entry »

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10-23-14 USDA Announces Funding to Improve Rural Water Systems Nationwide, including CO…

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 23, 2014

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More than $352 million will deliver clean, reliable water to rural residents and businesses; create jobs in communities across the country

ANCHORAGE, Oct. 23, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that USDA is providing more than $352 million in loans and grants to upgrade rural water and wastewater systems nationwide and make infrastructure improvements in rural Alaska villages. The projects funded will not only help ensure rural places have access to clean water, but will also create jobs and help communities retain and attract new businesses and families.

“These investments are critical for our health and safety, and in the long term for sustainable economic development,” Vilsack said. “Investments like these in the nation’s water infrastructure also are critical to address the impact of climate change on our water supplies. The projects supported with these resources will ensure rural families have access to clean water and create jobs in communities across the country.” Read the rest of this entry »

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10-23-14 Colorado Weekly Hay Report…

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 23, 2014

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Colorado Hay Report

Compared to last week: Hay movement is slow this week with steady prices.
Fourth cutting of hay is being wrapped this week and the rain finally subsided
for a cutting.  All prices reported FOB the stack or barn unless otherwise
noted.  Prices reflect load lots of hay.

If you have hay for sale or need hay, use the services of the Colorado
Department of Agriculture website: http://www.coloradoagriculture.com.

Northeast Colorado Areas Read the rest of this entry »

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10-23-14 Fuels America Launches Digital, Video, Radio Campaign Holding Obama Administration Accountable to President’s Commitments to Biofuels…

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 23, 2014

Digital Ads Up Through Election Day on Politico, The Hill, Roll Call, National Journal Websites; Video on YouTube, Politico, The Hill, National Journal, The New Republic; Radio on WTOP 

Fuels America today launched a very significant digital, video and radio campaign inside the Beltway, quoting President Obama on biofuels and holding the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) accountable for trying to change “the rules for oil companies—letting them deny consumers access to more renewable fuel choices.”

Under pressure by the oil industry, President Obama’s EPA has proposed gutting the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), the mechanism responsible for setting the volume of renewable fuels that must be blended into the nation’s transportation fuel supply each year.

 

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10-23-14 Red Angus Enthusiasts Traveled to Savannah, GA for the 2014 RAAA Convention…

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 23, 2014

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RAAA’s 2014-15 Board of Directors (at random): Kevin Miller of Briggsdale, CO; Bob Morton of Three Forks, MT; Connie Mushrush of Strong City, KS; Steve Koester of Steele, N.D.; Newley Hutchison of Canton, OK; Others include: Leonard Wood of Sandpoint, ID; Bruce Ketchum of Plevna, MT.; Kyley DeVoe of Justin, TX; John Langdon of Benson, N.C.; Raymond Prescott of Gray Court, S.C.; Kurt Rich of Vinton, IA & Johnny Rogers of Roxboro, N.C.

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Almost 200 Red Angus enthusiasts traveled to Savannah, Ga., for the 61st annual Red Angus National Convention Sept. 10-13 at the Savannah Marriott Riverfront. Attendees enjoyed touring the Savannah Harbor, conducting business during the three-day convention, learning about Georgia agriculture, and experiencing southern hospitality.

“The National Convention is always an exciting event for us,” said Twig Marston, Red Angus Association of America (RAAA) chief executive officer. “It’s a time where members come together to talk business and catch up on the practices that differ between each state.” 

The annual convention also provides a window to recognize those individuals who have acted as leaders in the industry. These award-winners excelled as representatives toward the betterment of the breed in all of their endeavors. The following individuals were recognized this year:

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10-23-13 *CCA NEWS* Colorado Leopold Conservation Award Program Seeks Nominees…

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 23, 2014

CCA_Logo_WebsiteCO Leopold Call for Applications 2015Arvada, CO – (October 22, 2014)  Applications are now being accepted for the prestigious Leopold Conservation Award® honoring agricultural landowners in Colorado who demonstrate outstanding stewardship and management of natural resources.

Given in honor of renowned conservationist Aldo Leopold, the $10,000 award recognizes private landowner achievement in voluntary conservation. It is presented annually by Sand County Foundation, the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association, the Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust, Peabody Energy, Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association and American AgCredit.

Applications are due by February 9, 2015. Finalists and recipient will be announced in March. For complete application information, visit www.leopoldconservationaward.org.

“The outstanding agricultural landowners we honor with the Leopold Conservation Award exemplify what it means to be leaders in conservation for the benefit of our environment,” said Brent Haglund, Sand County Foundation President.

“Ranchers have been taking care of the land for centuries. The Leopold Conservation Award recognizes that proud history, while rewarding ranchers who are excelling in their work to care for the land in a holistic approach” says Frank Daley, President of the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association.

The Leopold Conservation Award inspires other landowners and provides a visible forum where farmers, ranchers and other private landowners are recognized as conservation leaders. In his influential 1949 book, A Sand County Almanac, Aldo Leopold called for an ethical relationship between people and the land they own and manage, which he called “an evolutionary possibility and an ecological necessity.”

Award applicants are judged based on their demonstration of improved resource conditions, innovation, long-term commitment to stewardship, sustained economic viability, community and civic leadership, and multiple use benefits.

The Colorado award is sponsored by Peabody Energy, Tri-State Generation and Transmission Assoc., American AgCredit, The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, Farm Credit, DuPont Pioneer, The Mosaic Company and the Natural Resources Conservation Service.  Read the rest of this entry »

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Thursday, October 23rd…

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 23, 2014

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“Los Angeles City Officials To Consider GMO Free Zone”

The Los Angeles City Council has approved a proposal to ask the City Attorney’s office to draft a measure to make the city GMO free. The proposal, largely supported by council member Paul Koretz, would ban the sale and planting of any genetically modified seeds within the city boundaries, according to the Los Angeles Daily News. While acknowledging the vote would be largely symbolic due to the small amount of agriculture within the city, Koretz said “I want to see all 503 square miles of Los Angeles be a GMO-free growing zone.” The council approved the proposal that asked for a draft measure on a 13-1 vote. The lone vote in opposition was because the councilmember believed it w as beyond the city’s scope of authority.

Koretz said “let’s see what this does for our health, for soil health, for pollination — and let’s see what it does for economic development.” He has argued genetic modification reduces the diversity of seeds, makes food unsafe to eat and is linked to the decline of the bee population. The measure would also ban the planting and sale of fruit plants that are genetically modified.

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“USDA’s Concern with Ebola is Food Assistance.”

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said this week the main concern for USDA regarding Ebola is the department’s ability to feed people in Africa through food assistance programs. Vilsack noted some schools using the McGovern-Dole feeding program had been shut down and closed, according to the Hagstrom Report. Vilsack called USDA’s role “supportive,” in dealing with the virus.  This comes as the United Nations World Food Program announced it has been provided food to patients and will ramp up its response to Ebola. WFP said it will need an additional $24 million for its Ebola emergency operation in Sierra Leone.

WFP said that as of Monday, it has reached more than 300,000 Ebola-affected people in Sierra Leone with 4,000 metric tons of food. These include patients in treatment centers, survivors, quarantined families and communities.

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“USDA Launches Climate Hub Website”

USDA launched a new website to serve as a portal for climate information. The website launch was announced Wednesday via a department blog. USDA targeted the site towards farmers, ranchers, forest landowners and others to find “useful, practical information to help cope with the challenges and stressors caused by a changing climate.” The website includes resources related to drought, fire risk, pest and diseases, climate variability and heat stress, among other topics. The website also links users to the network of USDA conservation programs and resources that provide producers with technical and financial assistance to manage risks. Each region of the U.S. has its own dedicated hub on the website. To view the site, go to climatehubs dot oce dot usda dot gov. (http://climatehubs.oce.usda.gov/)

The Climate hub’s vision, according to the website, is “to support robust and healthy agricultural production and natural resources under increasing climate variability and climate change.” USDA Climate Hubs National Leader Randy Johnson said in the blog release “We hope this site will serve as a gateway not only to the information and tools provided by the regional Hubs, but also to the larger network of USDA programs.”

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“Iowa Farmer Says Someone stole Soybeans by Harvesting Them”

A La Motte, Iowa farmer claims someone harvested his soybeans in Jo Daviess County, Illinois. KCCI-TV reports Matt Schuster says he’s missing more than 1,600 bushels of soybeans after someone took the crops. He noticed the theft when he checked the land last weekend. Neighbors say they saw the crop being harvested but they thought Schuster had hired someone to combine the field.

He says crop insurance will cover the loss but he has to come up with about 1,600 bushels of soybeans by the first of November to meet a contract. While the county sheriff’s office is investigating, he hopes it was “just a big mistake” and that someone accidentally harvested his crops. The crops were in Northwestern Illinois near East Dubuque.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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