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Posted by Brian Allmer on August 31, 2014

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08-31-14 NREL News: National Hydro Assoc Regional Meeting in Golden, CO Sept. 9th…

Posted by Brian Allmer on August 30, 2014

NHA Southwest Regional Meeting
September 810, 2014
Full Detailed Agenda Now Available
Join us for an evening networking welcome reception, a day of sessions focusing on the issues in the southwest region and then a morning of tours of NREL’s Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF) and the Bureau of Reclamation.
NHA Member Rate $95
Standard Rate $150
Government Rate $65
Sponsorship & Future Events
 
Please contact Francecsa Blanco with questions and for sponsorship opportunities.
NHA will be holding similar Regional Meetings in other areas of the country throughout the year. Please checkwww.hydro.org for details.
Meeting Session Topics Include:
  • NHA Washington Update
  • COSHA Update:  Recent Hydro Policy Innovations
  • Bureau of Reclamation:  From Reclaiming to Sustaining in the West
  • Hot Topics in the Southwest
  • Hydro Research Foundation Update
  • NHA Operational Excellence
  • Small Hydro / Conduit Success Stories

Full detailed agenda with speakers can be found here.

Hotel Accommodations
 

Sheraton Denver West Hotel
360 Union Blvd
Lakewood, CO 80228

 

The NHA room block has expired but sleeping rooms are still available.  Please call 888-627-7027 to make your room reservation.

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08-28-14 *OEDIT-CO News* Restaurant challenge to showcase Colorado’s roots…

Posted by Brian Allmer on August 28, 2014

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DENVER – Thurs., Aug. 28, 2014 – The Colorado Tourism Office (CTO) today announced the Roots Restaurant Challenge. The state’s 

culinary and agritourism roots are rich in heritage, local pride, sustainable practices and regional specialties, and the CTO is now accepting entries to honor the local hidden dining gem, the green-minded restaurant, the sustainable pub, the diner that features local products, or the restaurant that is proud of its heritage.

The culinary tourism promotion is in search of the best menus, advertising, information display, website, decor and other restaurant efforts that feature and help promote Colorado’s urban and rural culinary experiences. Locally owned restaurants, pubs and dining establishments may enter the Roots Restaurant Challenge to win one of three prizes, while all entrants receive a free business listing on Colorado.com plus upgraded advertising.

“We are in search of Colorado’s top culinary and dining and beverage experiences that are the heart of our roots,” said Al White, Director of the Colorado Tourism Office. “We have created a program to support proprietors that serve local products or feature their heritage and promote these unique features in their menus, decor and/or advertising. Hidden gems and local hangouts are the pride of Colorado, and it’s time to give them some credit and build awareness.”

In addition to highlighting local farm-to-table sourcing, the sweepstakes welcomes culinary businesses that have a focus on sustainable practices and incorporates history or heritage of the area or farming lineage.

How to Enter:
1. Complete the electronic application available at http://industry.colorado.com/2014-colorado-roots-restaurant-challenge-0

2. Complete your free business listing and submit photograph on Colorado.com
http://industry.colorado.com/resources/submit-listings

A few simple rules: Restaurant must be locally owned or headquartered in Colorado and open to the general public for the majority of business hours. Up to three restaurants per owner can submit for this prize. Restaurant must have basic listing on Colorado.com.

The Roots Restaurant Challenge is sponsored by the Colorado Tourism Office Heritage and Agritourism Program, Colorado Restaurant Association, Colorado Proud, Slow Food and Champion Juicer.
For more information, please contact Kaiti Jacobson at restaurantrootschallenge@gmail.com.

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08-28-14 Colorado FSA Announces Enrollment for New Dairy Farm Risk Management Program will Begin Sept 2…

Posted by Brian Allmer on August 28, 2014

(BARN Media – Pueblo, CO) Listen to the entire press conference announcing the NEW Dairy Margin Protection Program for US Dairy Farmers…

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USDA Launches New Web Tool to Help Producers Manage Unforeseen Economic Challenges

(Denver, Colorado), September 28, 2014 — USDA Colorado Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director, Leland Swenson, today announced that starting Sept. 2, 2014, farmers can enroll in the new dairy Margin Protection Program. The voluntary program, established by the 2014 Farm Bill, provides financial assistance to participating farmers when the margin – the difference between the price of milk and feed costs – falls below the coverage level selected by the farmer. 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) also launched a new Web tool to help producers determine the level of coverage under the Margin Protection Program that will provide them with the strongest safety net under a variety of conditions. The online resource, available at www.fsa.usda.gov/mpptool, allows dairy farmers to quickly and easily combine unique operation data and other key variables to calculate their coverage needs based on price projections.  Producers can also review historical data or estimate future coverage based on data projections.  The secure site can be accessed via computer, Smartphone, tablet or any other platform, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Development of the online resource was led by the University of Illinois, in partnership with the USDA and the Program on Dairy Markets and Policy (DMaP). DMaP partners include the University of Illinois, the University of Wisconsin, Cornell University, Pennsylvania State University, the University of Minnesota, Ohio State University and Michigan State University.

“The Margin Protection Program is an important tool that allows dairy producers to build a safety net that fits the needs of their operation,” said Swenson. “This program has the potential to assist 107 dairy farmers throughout Colorado.”

The Margin Protection Program, which replaces the Milk Income Loss Contract program, gives participating dairy producers the flexibility to select coverage levels best suited for their operation. Enrollment begins Sept. 2 and ends on Nov. 28, 2014, for 2014 and 2015. Swenson encourage producers to stop by their county Farm Service Agency (FSA) for more information.  Participating farmers must remain in the program through 2018 and pay a minimum $100 administrative fee each year. Producers have the option ofselecting a different coverage level during open enrollment each year. Read the rest of this entry »

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08-28-14 FREE BQA Certifications from Sept 1st – Oct 31st…

Posted by Brian Allmer on August 28, 2014

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Beef Quality Assurance certification gives producers tools to provide the safest and highest quality beef to consumers.

For the third time, Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. (BIVI) is supporting the checkoff-funded Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) program by sponsoring all online certifications this fall for producers who enroll from September 1-October 31.

Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. BIVI will pick up the $25-$50 certification fee for beef or dairy producers who are interested in becoming certified or recertified during this period. Visitwww.BQA.org/team to take advantage of the open certification period.

The BQA program is important to the cattle industry as it gives producers a set of best practices for producing a safe and high quality beef product. And for dairy producers, this offering is also beneficial as a large percentage of dairy calves and market cows make their way into the food chain.

The BQA certification modules are customized to fit the specific needs of each segment of the cattle industry – cow-calf, stocker, feedyard and dairy operations. The program covers best management practices such as proper handling and administration of vaccinations and other products, eliminating injection site blemishes, and better cattle-handling principles.

“One of the challenges that beef producers face is having all of their employees become BQA-certified,” says Dr. Jerry Woodruff, Professional Services Veterinarian with Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. “Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica’s partnership with BQA helps offset some of those expenses, and we encourage producers and their employees to use the web-based training programs.”

More than 11,000 producers have taken advantage of Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica Inc.’s BQA certification partnership. Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica Inc.’s partnership also includes financial support of the Beef Cattle Institute at Kansas State University, which developed the certification module.

To become BQA certified, or learn more about the program, visit www.BQA.org/team.

To learn more about your beef checkoff investment, visit MyBeefCheckoff.com.

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08-28-14 USDA News: Enrollment for New Dairy Farm Risk Management Program to Begin Sept 2nd…

Posted by Brian Allmer on August 28, 2014

(BARN Media – Pueblo, CO) Listen to the entire press conference announcing the NEW Dairy Margin Protection Program for US Dairy Farmers…

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USDA seal logo

USDA Launches New Web Tool to Help Dairy Producers Manage Unforeseen Economic Challenges

WASHINGTON, Aug. 28, 2014 — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that starting Sept. 2, 2014, farmers can enroll in the new dairy Margin Protection Program. The voluntary program, established by the 2014 Farm Bill, provides financial assistance to participating farmers when the margin – the difference between the price of milk and feed costs – falls below the coverage level selected by the farmer.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) also launched a new Web tool to help producers determine the level of coverage under the Margin Protection Program that will provide them with the strongest safety net under a variety of conditions. The online resource, available at www.fsa.usda.gov/mpptool, allows dairy farmers to quickly and easily combine unique operation data and other key variables to calculate their coverage needs based on price projections. Producers can also review historical data or estimate future coverage based on data projections. The secure site can be accessed via computer, Smartphone, tablet or any other platform, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

“We’ve made tremendous progress in implementing new risk management programs since the Farm Bill was signed over six months ago,” said Vilsack. “This new program is another example of this Administration’s commitment to provide effective safety net programs that allow farmers and ranchers to manage economic risks beyond their control. And the supplemental Web tool will empower the nation’s 46,000 dairy producers to make decisions that make sense for them.”

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08-27-14 Weigh in on the Colorado Water Plan in Ft Collins on Sept 17th…

Posted by Brian Allmer on August 27, 2014

Weigh in on the CO Water Plan Poster

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08-26-14 CSU Extension Hosting Natural Gas Symposium Viewing Session in Akron on Sept 24th…

Posted by Brian Allmer on August 26, 2014

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(Akron, Colo.)  CSU Extension will be hosting live online viewing sessions of CSU’s 4th annual Natural Gas Symposium on September 24 from 8:15am – 12pm at Extension offices in Akron, Julesburg and Holyoke. The viewing session will live stream two panels focused on the big picture of oil and gas development in Colorado and what the community and industry need to know about each other. Speakers include the Vice President of Oil and Gas for General Electric, a Vice President for Noble Energy, a Boulder County Commissioner, and a Regional Director for the Environmental Defense Fund. Questions can be submitted during the presentations by attendees at the viewing sessions, and attendees will also have a chance to comment on a CSU white paper on the State of Oil and Natural Gas Development.

Viewing session attendees can attend as much or as little of the morning as they choose, but are asked to register in advance. Registration is free and light refreshments will be provided. For more information on the Natural Gas Symposium and viewing session, visit http://naturalgas.colostate.edu/live-streaming-sessions/

 

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08-26-14 BQA Stockmanship and Stewardship Tour Sept 5-6 in Ft Collins…

Posted by Brian Allmer on August 26, 2014

BQA Stockmanship Stewardship Clinic Poster

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08-26-14 *USDA/NASS News* USDA TO MEASURE SMALL GRAIN PRODUCTION…

Posted by Brian Allmer on August 26, 2014

CLICK HERE to visit the Colorado Field Office Website

REVISED 8/27/14

LAKEWOOD, CO – During the first two weeks of September, growers of small grains around the country will receive
survey forms from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). The agency is
taking an in-depth look into the 2014 production and supply of small grains, which include wheat, oats, barley, and rye.
“The small grains industry is a major component of our region’s agriculture and it is crucial to have accurate data about
this key sector,” said NASS Mountain Region Director Bill Meyer. “We will contact more than 5,000 producers in
Arizona, Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, Utah, & Wyoming to accurately measure 2014 acreage, yield, and production
for small grains. The data collected from this survey will also help set small grain acreage and production estimates at the
county level.”
NASS will contact agricultural producers to gather information on their 2014 production and the quantities of small grains
& row crops stored on farm. As an alternative to mailing the survey back, to help save both time and money, growers will
have the option to respond to the survey online. The farmers who have not responded by August 30th will receive a phone
call from a NASS-trained enumerator who will help them fill out the survey form.
As with all NASS surveys, information provided by respondents is confidential by law. NASS safeguards the privacy of
all responses and publishes only aggregate data, ensuring that no individual operation or producer can be identified.
Survey results will be published in several reports, including the annual Small Grains Summary and the quarterly Grain
Stocks report, both to be released September 30. These and all NASS reports are available online at http://www.nass.usda.gov.
For more information call the NASS Mountain Region Field Office at 1-800-392-3202.

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08-26-14 CDA News: Annual Directory Promotes Colorado Hay…

Posted by Brian Allmer on August 26, 2014

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BROOMFIELD, Colo. –The Colorado Department of Agriculture publishes the Colorado Hay Directory annually to help connect Colorado hay producers with buyers. The 2014 edition of the directory is now available to the public at no cost.

“The directory is a great way for Colorado hay producers to market their hay,” said Wendy White, marketing specialist for the Colorado Department of Agriculture. “Hay buyers from throughout Colorado and across the country request the publication.”

The 28th edition of the Colorado Hay Directory features producers and brokers of hay as well as companies that provide hay-related products and services. Categorized by region, each listing includes the type and amount of hay available, bale type and size, whether or not laboratory analysis is available, certified weed free status and identifies organic hay.

The Colorado Hay Directory is published by the Colorado Department of Agriculture in cooperation with participating Colorado hay producers, Colorado State University Extension, and with support from Hutchison Incorporated, Land Trust of the Upper Arkansas, ProAG-Morris Industries Inc. and Producer’s Choice.

The directory and other hay resources are available online at www.coloradoagriculture.com. For more information or to request a copy of the 2014 Colorado Hay Directory, call the Colorado Department of Agriculture at (303) 869-9175.

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08-26-14 PlainsGold® announces redesigned website for wheat farmers…

Posted by Brian Allmer on August 26, 2014

PlainsGold

August 26, 2014 – PlainsGold® announces the launch of its redesigned U.S. website. The site now features a variety selection tool, advanced dealer search options and a “responsive design” that automatically adjusts the site for smartphone, tablet or computer viewing.

The newly-designed website is at www.plainsgold.com. This is the same site address, although the look and content are totally revamped.

“These improvements mean the PlainsGold website will make decisions easier and clearer for High Plains wheat farmers,’ says Darrell Hanavan, executive director of the Colorado Wheat Research Foundation (CWRF).

The new variety search feature helps wheat farmers find varieties based on characteristics such as drought tolerance, test weight, straw strength, maturity and disease resistance. Farmers can use the site to find a seed grower/dealer by state, PlainsGold® variety, and distance from their farm location.

The latest information on wheat genetics and performance trial results continues to be available at PlainsGold.com, along with news and publications, events, and details on the CWRF Ardent Mills Ultragrain® Premium Program.

The PlainsGold brand was introduced in 2012, yet its winter wheat varieties are some of the most well-known and innovative available today in the High Plains. The PlainsGold brand is owned by CWRF. Royalties from the sale of PlainsGold seed support public wheat breeding at Colorado State University. This further enhances the funding provided by the wheat assessment paid by all Colorado winter wheat farmers.

Check out the numerous PlainsGold varieties that will work for your operation this fall:

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08-25-14 Colorado Corn reiterating support of federal food-labeling bill over state ballot measure…

Posted by Brian Allmer on August 25, 2014

Colorado Corn LogoAugust 25, 2014 – GREELEY, CO - With news this past week of a mandatory GMO-labeling measure officially making the Colorado ballot, many across the state are stressing that a vote for Proposition 105 would only contribute to the ongoing state-by-state patchwork of food-labeling and food-safety rules, which is confusing and disruptive for farmers, other food producers and consumers.

Furthermore, implementing mandatory labels would create added production costs, which would then be passed on to consumers, some of whom already struggle with their grocery bills.

While in opposition to Proposition 105 — a law that would require “GMO” labels for all foods sold in Colorado containing genetically modified organisms — Colorado Corn and a number of other agricultural and food groups are putting their support behind the nationwide Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, HR-4432, and hope the legislation will continue to have support from both sides of the aisle as it works its way through Washington, D.C.

If approved, the law would create a nationwide, voluntary labeling system, and also a set of labeling standards — not only for foods containing GMOs, but also for other food categories. Currently, there are very loose standards for some food labels, like “natural,” leaving some of these terms to be used more so as marketing tools, rather than ways of helping consumers make informed food choices. And while there are much more stringent standards for foods labeled “organic,” some rules vary state-to-state, making it a headache for farmers who market their goods to different states.

The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act would further ensure the safety of GMOs, by requiring the Food and Drug Administration to conduct reviews of all new GMO traits before they’re introduced into commerce.

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08-20-14 CO Sec of State: Initiative 48 Deemed Sufficient “Labeling Genetically Modified Food” will appear on November ballot…

Posted by Brian Allmer on August 20, 2014

CO SOS

DENVER, August 20, 2014 – Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler announced today that the proposed ballot measure concerning “Labelling Genetically Modified Food” was found to be sufficient as required by statute.

Proponents submitted petitions for Proposed Initiative 48 to the Secretary of State’s office on August 4. A five-percent random sample of the submitted signatures projected the number of valid signatures to be greater than 110 percent of the total number of signatures required for placement on the ballot.

Because the random sample verification established that the projected number of valid signatures totals 145.06 percent of the amount required for placement on the ballot, Proposed Initiative 2013-2014 #48 is sufficient and will be certified to the 2014 general election ballot.

Under Colorado law, and barring a successful protest, the initiative will be numbered “Proposition 105.”

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08-18-14 Dr. Bartolo details upcoming Arkansas Valley Research Center’s 2014 Field Day is in Rocky Ford, CO on September 4 and MORE…

Posted by Brian Allmer on August 18, 2014

Listen to the interview with Dr. Michael Bartolo, PhD. by clicking on the audio mp3 link below…

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CSU Dr Michael Bartolo, Ph.D., Senior Research Scientist @ the Arkansas Valley Research Center in Rocky Ford, CO

CSU Dr Michael Bartolo, Ph.D., Senior Research Scientist @ the Arkansas Valley Research Center in Rocky Ford, CO

(BARN Media - Briggsdale, CO) August 18th, 2014 - Joining the Colorado Ag News Network inside the BARN is Dr Michael Bartolo, PhD and Seior Research Scientist at CSU’s Arkansas Valley Research Center in Rocky Ford, CO. Dr Bartolo discusses several topics including:

CSU AVRC 2014 Field Day Poster

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08-11-14 Colorado Agricultural Leadership Program (CALP) September 1st Deadline Approaching…

Posted by Brian Allmer on August 11, 2014

CLICK HERE to learn more about the CALP...

CLICK HERE to learn more about the CALP…

The Colorado Agricultural Leadership Program (CALP) is seeking individuals interested in enhancing their understanding of public affairs and developing their expertise to play a leading role in guiding the matters affecting Colorado agriculture and rural communities. The program is open to any individual engaged in serving rural communities, production agriculture, all related agricultural industry and business, extension services and education.  Individuals may be in the early or middle phase of their leadership career, and are looking for that next level of training or experience.  CALP provides practical, applied experiences and will be a unique lifetime experience for each participant.

CALP Class 12 Schedule:

  • Seminar 1 – Denver – February 25-27, 2015
  • Seminar 2 – Fort Morgan – April 19-21, 2015
  • Seminar 3 – Steamboat Springs – June 14-16, 2015
  • Seminar 4 – Washington DC – September 20-26, 2015 (dates may vary)
  • Seminar 5 – Palisade – November 15-17, 2015
  • Seminar 6 – Denver – February, 2016 (dates TBD)
  • Seminar 7 – La Junta – April 17-19, 2016
  • Seminar 8 – Alamosa – June 12-14, 2016
  • Seminar 9 – Durango – September 18-20, 2016
  • Seminar 10 – International – December, 2016 (dates TBD)
  • Seminar 11 – Denver – February, 2017 (dates TBD)
Applications are due September 1 and online applications can be found at www.coloagleaders.org

Please share this with prospective ag leaders, nominate a candidate here orsend us an email with their contact information.

Thank you and we look forward to growing Colorado’s Agricultural Leaders!

For more information please contact Angie Cue, (303) 547-5963, angie@coloagleaders.org

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08-20-14 The 142nd CO State Fair Livestock Shows, Championships and Jr Livestock Sale on Livestream…

Posted by Brian Allmer on August 31, 2014

 

WATCH the ARCHIVES of all the CSF Jr Livestock Shows & the Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Jr Livestock Sale from the 142nd CO State Fair...CLICK HERE

CLICK HERE to see the complete webcast schedule

 

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The Denver Cash Grain Bids…

Posted by Brian Allmer on August 29, 2014

GL_GR110    *Next Release Date*
Greeley, CO    Fri Aug 29, 2014    USDA-CO Dept of Ag Market News

Daily Grain Bids for Denver and Surrounding Areas

*Next Release Date will be Tue Sep 02, 2014*

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       5.61-5.76    9 lower
Up to 12 percent protein

US 2 Yellow Corn                 3.35-3.94    unevenly steady

US 2 Barley                           5.75    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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Greeley, CO    Thu Aug 28, 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       5.70-5.85    7 higher
Up to 12 percent protein

US 2 Yellow Corn                 3.38-3.91    steady to 6 higher

US 2 Barley                           5.75    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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08-29-14 ASI WEEKLY NEWS FOR SHEEP INDUSTRY LEADERS…

Posted by Brian Allmer on August 29, 2014

Regions of Argentina Opened to Trade with United States

This week the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) made two announcements regarding trade with Argentina. First, the Patagonia South and Patagonia North B areas of Argentina are being added to the lists of regions that are considered free of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD). This will allow the importation of ruminant and ruminant commodities from the region into the United States.

APHIS completed a qualitative risk assessment to evaluate the risk of importing FMD in susceptible species and products from the Patagonia Region of Argentina, and conducted three site visits to the Patagonia Region of Argentina, most recently in November 2013. The region will be subject to certain restrictions designed to mitigate the risk of introducing FMD into the United States by ensuring that there is no commingling of products from nearby regions with a lesser animal health status. Any meat imported for human consumption would also have to comply with USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service regulations.

Second, APHIS is proposing to amend the regulations to allow the importation of fresh (chilled or frozen) beef from Northern Argentina, a region located north of Patagonia South and Patagonia North B. APHIS conducted a comprehensive, science-based risk assessment at the request of the government of Argentina, which indicates that fresh (chilled or frozen) beef from Northern Argentina can be safely imported, provided certain conditions are met to ensure beef will not harbor FMD. The APHIS risk assessment included five site visits, most recently in 2013.

APHIS does not recognize countries or regions that continue to vaccinate against FMD as free of the disease. This is the situation in northern Argentina where they continue to vaccinate in the region. Therefore, APHIS cannot recognize this region as free of FMD. However, APHIS can evaluate the risk presented by fresh/frozen beef products imported under specific conditions. The proposed rule to allow fresh/frozen beef from northern Argentina is based on this type of analysis.

The notices have posted in the Federal Register and will be open for comment until Oct. 28 on the proposed rule and accompanying economic analysis and risk analysis.

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Fri, Aug 29th…

Posted by Brian Allmer on August 29, 2014

CLICK HERE to listen to TODAY's BARN Morning Ag News with Brian Allmer...

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Sponsored by the American Farm Bureau Federation

“Dairy Farm Risk Management Program Enrollment Starting.”

Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack announced enrollment for the Dairy Farm Risk Management program will begin next week.  Sept. 2, 2014, farmers can enroll in the new dairy Margin Protection Program. The voluntary program, established by the 2014 Farm Bill, provides financial assistance to participating farmers when the difference between the price of milk and feed costs falls below the coverage level selected by the farmer. The Margin Protection Program, which replaces the Milk Income Loss Contract program, gives participating dairy producers the flexibility to select coverage levels best suited for their operation.  Enrollment ends on Nov. 28, 2014, for 2014 and 2015.

USDA Also launched a new web tool to help producers determine the level of coverage under the Margin Protection Program that will provide them with the strongest safety net under a variety of conditions. The online resource allows dairy farmers to quickly and easily combine unique operation data and other key variables to calculate their coverage needs based on price projections. Producers can also review historical data or estimate future coverage based on data projections.  You can visit the site at fsa dot usda dot gov slash mpptool. (www.fsa.usda.gov/mpptool)

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“Reaction to DOJ decision on Tyson, Hillshire Deal.”

Following the announcement by the U.S. Justice Department regarding the deal between Tyson Foods and Hillshire brands, Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley said he appreciated the DOJ’s work.  On the other side of the coin, the National Farmers Union stated the Justice Department had “turned it’s back” on American farmers.  The Justice Department ruled Tyson must sell its sow purchasing business, Heinold Hog Markets, before the acquisition of Hillshire could proceed. The merger without conditions would have allowed the new company to control more than one-third of the slaughter sow purchasing market.  Grassley stated ”We’ve seen in previous acquisitions the serious difficulties that can arise when monopsony concerns and the impact of concentration on farmers as consumers are not taken seriously.”     

National Farmers Union president Roger Johnson stated   “nearly every merger request they file is approved by the Department of Justice.  As a result, the meat industry grows more powerful by the day and the family farmer continues to get squeezed.”  . Johnson said the top four meat packers already control 80 percent of the market and now that number has just gone up.

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“Nebraska Governor Calls EPA Enemy of Agriculture.”

Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman said early this week the Environmental Protection Agency is the “enemy of agriculture.  Heineman said the federal government under the Obama Admiration has been overly aggressive with regulation in general, according to the Lincoln Journal Star.  A recent series of proposals, from farm dust to consideration of lowering blending requirements under the Renewable Fuels Standard, has striated agriculture’s relationship with the EPA.

Currently, the EPA’s proposal regarding the RFS sits in the White House office of Budget and Management.  The Waters of the US proposal, the latest in the series of disagreements with the EPA, is in a comment period until October 10th.

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“Cleveland Goes Meatless Mondays.”

The city of Cleveland is latest to join the “Meatless Mondays” campaign.  Meatingplace reports a recent resolution declares that “the City of Cleveland recognizes the benefits of a diet high in fruits and vegetables and urges residents to participate in Meatless Mondays to improve their health and decrease their carbon footprint.”  Cleveland joins Los Angeles, Washington D.C, San Francisco and Raleigh-Durham North Carolina that have passed similar city resolutions.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported Councilman Joe Cimperman, the resolution’s sponsor, sponsored the resolution to help shine a spotlight on the issue that gaining support.  Further, he stated “by no means are we saying you should never eat meat.”

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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08-28-14 *USDA/NASS-CO* August Grain Prices: CO Release…

Posted by Brian Allmer on August 28, 2014

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August Farm Prices Received Index Unchanged

The preliminary All Farm Products Index of Prices Received by Farmers in August, at 109 percent, based on 2011=100, was unchanged from July. The Crop Index is down 2 points (2.2 percent) and the Livestock Index decreased 1 point (0.8 percent). Producers received higher prices for cattle, milk, apples, and broccoli and lower prices for corn, broilers, soybeans, and wheat. In addition to prices, the overall index is also affected by the seasonal change based on a 3-year average mix of commodities producers sell. Increased monthly movement of cattle, grapes, hogs, and calves offset the decreased marketing of wheat, corn, soybeans, and hay. The preliminary All Farm Products Index is up 4 points (3.8 percent) from August 2013. The Food Commodities Index, at 120, was unchanged from last month but increased 14 points (13 percent) from August 2013.

Prices Paid Index down 1 Point

The August Index of Prices Paid for Commodities and Services, Interest, Taxes, and Farm Wage Rates (PPITW) is at 111 (2011=100). The index is down 1 point (0.9 percent) from July but 5 points (4.7 percent) above August 2013. Lower prices in August for feeder pigs, complete feeds, concentrates, and mixed fertilizer more than offset higher prices for feeder cattle, herbicides, supplies, and insecticides.

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08-28-14 CDA UPDATE: Vesicular Stomatitis (VS) Update: 222 Colorado Quarantines…

Posted by Brian Allmer on August 28, 2014

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Vesicular Stomatitis (VS): 222 Colorado Quarantines Since Beginning of Outbreak

Guidelines for Livestock Shows, Fairs, Exhibitions, and Events

BROOMFIELD, Colo. –As of 8/27/2014, the Colorado Department of Agriculture’s State Veterinarian’s Office has 205 locations under quarantine after horses and cows tested positive for Vesicular Stomatitis (VS); 17 of the 222 total quarantines have now been released.

“The good news is that we have been able to release a number of quarantines and we expect that number to increase over the coming days and weeks. But, livestock owners must remain vigilant in their fly control. There is evidence that fly control as a prevention practice has been effective in disease prevention,” said State Veterinarian, Dr. Keith Roehr.

VS can be painful for animals and costly to their owners. The virus typically causes oral blisters and sores that can be painful causing difficulty in eating and drinking.  In Colorado, there have been 313 horses and 7 cows that tested positive for VS.

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08-27-14 In Memory of Keith Vincent Ashbaugh…

Posted by Brian Allmer on August 28, 2014

Keith AshbaughKeith Vincent Ashbaugh, 93, of Denver, CO formerly of New Raymer, CO passed away August 25, 2014 at his residence.

He was born on a farm 3 ½ miles south of Buckingham, CO on April 2, 1921. He grew up with 6 siblings and learned to have a great deal of fun with his 4 older brothers. His parents, Harry and Clara Ashbaugh, were hard working and taught their children the value of money and being wholesome, caring people.

He married Shirley Greenlee of Buckingham in 1946 and they lived on the farm for 65 years before health concerns caused them to move to Denver in 2010 to be near their daughter. They have two children: Cathy (Chris) Barnes and Roy Ashbaugh of Loveland. In 2012 the Ashbaugh Farm was honored by the Colorado Historical Society as a Centenniel Farm at a ceremony at the Colorado State Fair.

When World War II came, Keith stayed on the farm, allowing his brothers to serve in the military. He raised wheat, dairy and beef cattle and Shirley had a huge garden from which the family ate heartily all through the winter.

Keith got a kick out of his extended family – celebrating together at an annual picnic and Thanksgiving, sometimes totaling 30 people from as far away as Texas, Michigan, California and Oregon. When these occasions were at the farm, Keith took great joy in providing “toys” for the kids. His mechanical prowess kept go-karts, bicycles, and ski do’s going for the various nieces and nephews.
He held many jobs in addition to being a farmer, rancher, husband and dad: Great Western Sugar Factory handyman, Weld County road maintenance operator, welder and mechanic.

He is survived by his wife of nearly 68 years, Shirley; son and daughter; three granddaughters; eight great-grandchildren; a brother and sister; and many nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, August 28, 2014 at Adamson Chapel, 2000 47th Avenue, Greeley, CO 80634. Interment will be in Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.adamsonchapels.com.

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08-27-14 In Memory of Keith Vincent Ashbaugh…

Posted by Brian Allmer on August 28, 2014

Keith AshbaughKeith Vincent Ashbaugh, 93, of Denver, CO formerly of New Raymer, CO passed away August 25, 2014 at his residence.

He was born on a farm 3 ½ miles south of Buckingham, CO on April 2, 1921. He grew up with 6 siblings and learned to have a great deal of fun with his 4 older brothers. His parents, Harry and Clara Ashbaugh, were hard working and taught their children the value of money and being wholesome, caring people.

He married Shirley Greenlee of Buckingham in 1946 and they lived on the farm for 65 years before health concerns caused them to move to Denver in 2010 to be near their daughter. They have two children: Cathy (Chris) Barnes and Roy Ashbaugh of Loveland. In 2012 the Ashbaugh Farm was honored by the Colorado Historical Society as a Centenniel Farm at a ceremony at the Colorado State Fair.

When World War II came, Keith stayed on the farm, allowing his brothers to serve in the military. He raised wheat, dairy and beef cattle and Shirley had a huge garden from which the family ate heartily all through the winter.

Keith got a kick out of his extended family – celebrating together at an annual picnic and Thanksgiving, sometimes totaling 30 people from as far away as Texas, Michigan, California and Oregon. When these occasions were at the farm, Keith took great joy in providing “toys” for the kids. His mechanical prowess kept go-karts, bicycles, and ski do’s going for the various nieces and nephews.
He held many jobs in addition to being a farmer, rancher, husband and dad: Great Western Sugar Factory handyman, Weld County road maintenance operator, welder and mechanic.

He is survived by his wife of nearly 68 years, Shirley; son and daughter; three granddaughters; eight great-grandchildren; a brother and sister; and many nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, August 28, 2014 at Adamson Chapel, 2000 47th Avenue, Greeley, CO 80634. Interment will be in Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.adamsonchapels.com.

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08-28-14 NFU Commends USDA for Timely Rollout of Dairy Program…

Posted by Brian Allmer on August 28, 2014

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WASHINGTON (Aug. 28, 2014) – National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson commended USDA on their timely rollout of the dairy Margin Protection Program and for including provisions that will help America’s family farmers with their risk management needs.

“America’s family-run dairy farms are in great need for these kind of risk management tools to help them manage risk that is beyond their control,” said Johnson.

The Margin Protection Program, which replaces the Milk Income Loss Contract program, gives participating dairy producers the flexibility to select coverage levels best for their operation. The program is voluntary.

“The family farmer provision, included as part of the program, will allow many of this nation’s family-operated dairy farms to breathe a sigh of relief now that they have adequate risk management tools in hand. It is unfortunate that the Congress did not include a dairy stabilization program that would have helped take the volatility out of milk prices.”

USDA also announced the Dairy Product Donation Program (DPDP), which will donate dairy products to low-income people, including food banks, state and local agencies and advocacy organizations to determine the types and quantities of foods to purchase for distribution through its nutrition assistance programs. Johnson called the DPDP smart public policy. “This is a wonderful example of smart public policy since it allows USDA to help stabilize the milk market while also helping those facing food insecurity,” he said.

“USDA has done a wonderful job rolling out its new and updated programs as mandated by the 2014 Farm Bill and they should be commended for that,” he said.

- See more at: http://www.nfu.org/news/288-dairy/2585-nfu-commends-usda-for-timely-rollout-of-dairy-program#sthash.BmS53eWr.dpuf

National Farmers Union has been working since 1902 to protect and enhance the economic well-being and quality of life for family farmers, ranchers and rural communities through advocating grassroots-driven policy positions adopted by its membership. Learn more online @ www.nfu.org

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08-28-14 *USDA-CDA Ag Mkt News* Colorado Weekly Hay Report…

Posted by Brian Allmer on August 28, 2014

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Greeley, CO    Thu Aug 28, 2014    USDA-CO Dept of Ag Market News

Colorado Hay Report

Compared to last week: Hay movement is slow this week with steady prices,
with moderate buyer demand.  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
Alfalfa
Large Squares: Supreme 190.00; Good 130.00-140.00.
Delivered; Utility 100.00-115.00.
Ground and Delivered: 155.00.
Small Squares: Premium 230.00-260.00 (7.00 to 8.00 per bale).
Alfalfa/Grass
Large Squares: Premium 180.00.
Grass
Small Bales: Premium 250.00-275.00 (7.00 to 8.00 per bale).
Wheat Straw
Large Squares: Good 55.00-85.00, 70.00 Delivered, Certified 105.00.
No reported quotes for other classes of hay.

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08-28-14 NMPF Pleased with Newly Unveiled Margin Protection Program for Dairy Farmers…

Posted by Brian Allmer on August 28, 2014

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Sign-Up for NMPF-Designed Insurance Program Runs Through November 28

ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA – The new margin protection insurance program for dairy farmers, which was developed by the National Milk Producers Federation and enacted in the 2014 Farm Bill, was formally unveiled today by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. NMPF said it is pleased with the overall provisions of the new program, and urged farmers to begin familiarizing themselves with what will be a “valuable tool” to help manage farms’ financial risks in the future.

“Today’s release of the new dairy program’s details is the culmination of five years of work by NMPF, the nation’s dairy cooperatives and other farm groups to create an important new safety net for dairy farmers,” said Jim Mulhern, President and CEO of NMPF. “We applaud the U.S. Department of Agriculture on its hard work during the past six months putting the final touches on the dairy provisions of Congress’s Farm Bill. While some of the issues we raised could not be fully resolved in the short time available to complete the rulemaking, we’re pleased with the final package.”

Mulhern said NMPF will be working in the coming weeks to help dairy farmers understand the importance of the new safety net program. He said the organization is updating its www.futurefordairy.com website with relevant information for farmers, including a spreadsheet of historical margin trends, and an online calculator that will allow farmers to enter pricing and production data to help them select insurance coverage levels in the future.

Every farm producing milk commercially is eligible to sign up for the new program. USDA said producers can sign up at their local Farm Service Agency offices starting on Sept. 2, and the sign-up period will run through November 28. This 13-week period will allow farmers to register for coverage for the last four months of calendar year 2014, as well as for the entire year of 2015. There is a $100 sign-up fee for each calendar year, which qualifies a farmer to receive free, basic margin insurance coverage. Once farmers pay that fee, they are enrolled in the MPP for its duration, through 2017, and must annually pay at least the $100 fee.

The MPP allows farmers to protect the margin between milk prices and feed costs. Producers will insure their margins on a sliding scale, and must decide annually both how much of their milk production to cover (from 25% up to 90%), and the level of margin they wish to protect.

Basic coverage, at a margin of $4 per hundredweight, is offered at no cost. Above the $4 margin level, coverage is available in 50-cent increments, up to $8 per cwt. Premiums are fixed for five years, but will be discounted by 25% in 2014 and 2015, for annual farm production volumes up to 4 million pounds. Premium rates are higher at production levels above 4 million pounds.

Importantly, USDA agreed with NMPF that the lower premiums will apply to the first 4 million pounds of a farm’s enrolled annual milk production, regardless of the farm’s total production. For example, a farm with an annual production history of 8 million pounds that elects to cover 50% of its production history would pay the lower rate on all 4 million pounds enrolled in the program. Farmers will be able to change their coverage (the percentage of milk insured, as well as margin level) on an annual basis, with USDA establishing a 90-day enrollment window of July 1-Sept. 30 each year after 2014.

The MPP’s margin definition is the national all-milk price, minus national average feed costs, computed by a formula NMPF developed using the prices of corn, soybean meal, and alfalfa hay. Farms in the program will be assigned a production history consisting of their highest milk production in either 2011, 2012 or 2013. A farm’s production history will increase each year after the farm first signs up based on the average growth in national milk production. Any production expansion on an individual farm above the national average cannot be insured.

When the margins announced by USDA for the consecutive two-month periods of Jan.-Feb., Mar.-Apr., May-June, etc., fall below the margin protection level selected by the producer (from $8/cwt. down to $4), the program will pay farmers the difference on one-sixth (or two months’ worth) of their production history at the percentage of coverage they elected to insure. Premiums must be paid either in full at sign-up, or 25% by February 1, with the remaining 75% balance to be paid by June 1. NMPF had urged USDA to provide greater flexibility on producer premium payment, such as through milk check deductions. “While USDA advised us they did not have time to set up such a system for the initial launch of MPP, we will continue to work with the department in an effort to modify this feature for future years,” Mulhern said.

“The new Margin Protection Program is more flexible, comprehensive and equitable than any safety net program dairy farmers have had in the past,” Mulhern said. “It is risk management for the 21st century, and we strongly encourage farmers to invest in using it going forward.”

Also today USDA issued the rules for another element of the farm bill’s dairy title design to help farmers: a Dairy Product Donation program through which USDA will purchase consumer-packaged dairy products for food assistance programs during extreme low-margin periods. “This is a positive step as well,” said Mulhern, “since it will stimulate demand, help dairy farmers when they need it most, and provide additional food to those in need.”

The National Milk Producers Federation, based in Arlington, VA, develops and carries out policies that advance the well-being of dairy producers and the cooperatives they own. The members of NMPF’s 30 cooperatives produce the majority of the U.S. milk supply, making NMPF the voice of more than 32,000 dairy producers on Capitol Hill and with government agencies. Visit www.nmpf.org for more information.

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Thu, Aug 28th…

Posted by Brian Allmer on August 28, 2014

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“Justice Department Requires Tyson Foods to Divest Sow Purchasing Business.”

The U.S. Justice Department announced Wednesday that it will require Tyson Foods to divest Heinold Hog Markets in order to proceed with its $8.5 billion acquisition of The Hillshire Brands Company.  The department said it would require the sale of the sow purchasing business because the transaction with Hillshire would have combined companies that account for more than a third of sow purchases from U.S. farmers, thereby likely reducing competition for purchases of sows from farmers.  Tyson Foods, along with Hillshire, announced they have agreed with terms of the settlement.  Under the terms, Tyson must divest Heinold Hog Markets in its entirety to a buyer approved by the Antitrust Division. State Attorney Generals of Illinois, Iowa, and Missouri joined the department in the civil lawsuit filed Wednesday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to block the proposed transaction.

The acquisition of Hillshire by Tyson Foods would combine two major purchasers of sows from farmers in the United States and eliminate the benefit farmers have received from the competition between Hillshire and Tyson’s Heinold Hog Markets. said Bill Baer, Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Antitrust Division, stated “Without the divestiture, the proposed acquisition would have eliminated a significant customer for farmers’ sows and likely would have resulted in less competition in this important agricultural market.”

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“Net Farm Income Forecast To Fall in 2014”

USDA has forecasted net farm income for 2014 will be $113.2 billion, down 13.8 percent from 2013’s forecast of $131.3 billion. If that holds true, 2014 net farm income would be the lowest since 2010, but would still remain more than $25 billion above the previous 10-year annual average.   Net cash income is forecast at $123 billion, down 6 percent from 2013.   Net cash income is projected to decline less than net farm income primarily because it includes the sale of more than $10 billion in carryover stocks from 2013.  Net farm income reflects only earnings from current calendar-year production.  The forecast was released earlier this week.  

After adjusting for inflation, 2013’s net farm income is expected to be the highest since 1973.  The 2014 net farm income forecast would be the fifth highest. Total production expenses are forecast to be 4 percent higher in 2014, which would be the fifth consecutive increase since last falling in 2009. Livestock receipts are expected to increase by more than 15 percent in 2014, due to a 21-percent increase in dairy, a 20-percent increase in hog, and a 15-percent increase in cattle receipts.  Crop receipts are expected to decrease 7 percent in 2014, led by a $12.8-billion decline in corn receipts.

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Argentina Restricts Beef Exports as Price Control”

Argentina has placed restrictions on beef exports for 15 days in hopes to stem the rise of prices on the countries domestic market.  The Cattle Site reports the decision sparked criticism by business leaders in the sector with some voices saying the strategy will have “no positive effects.” The Argentine government claims beef prices have climbed 54 percent since the beginning of the year and, over the past two weeks cattle prices have increased 10-15 percent.

The Head of the Argentine Beef Trade Chamber Miguel Schiariti criticized the government’s decision and said that the rise in cattle prices follows a restriction in the supply due to roads’ “bad conditions,” according to Meatingplace.  Schiariti stated “This is no way to fix the situation.”  Further, he states it is the repeat of the policies that lead Argentina to lose 10 million cattle head, to having 135 slaughterhouses closed and losing 16,000 jobs

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“EPA Released WOTUS Proposal Maps.”

The Environmental Protection Agency released maps detailing the extent of the Waters of the U.S. proposal on Wednesday.  The maps were handed over to the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.  Similar maps were made by tthe National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and other agricultural organizations.  NCBA alleges the maps show individual states facing upwards of 100,000 additional stream miles that could be regulated under the proposed regulation.  NCBA’s Ashley McDonald called the maps “the smoking gun” for agriculture.  She stated “These maps show that EPA knew exactly what they were doing and knew exactly how expansive their proposal was before they published it.”

Knowledge of the maps came as the Committee was doing research in preparation for a hearing regarding the proposed Waters of the United States rule. The maps were kept hidden while the Agencies marched forward with rulemaking that fundamentally re-defines private property rights, said Chairman Representative Lamar Smith. He stated “Given the astonishing picture they paint, I understand the EPA’s desire to minimize the importance of these maps.”  You can see the maps online at science dot house dot gov. (www.science.house.gov.)

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wed, Aug 27th…

Posted by Brian Allmer on August 27, 2014

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“Seven lawsuits filed against Smithfield Foods Subsidiary.”

Seven lawsuits were filed last week  on behalf of North Carolina Residents against Smithfield Foods subsidiary Murphy-Brown LLC.  The lawsuits filed on behalf of more than 200 listed plaintiffs from five Counties in North Carolina allege hog nuisance complaints, according to Meatingplace.  The lawsuits are seeking compensatory damages.

The lawsuits filed Thursday in U.S. District Court lodge numerous nuisance complaints against Murphy-Brown, including alleged issues with nausea and foul-tasting well water among nearby residents. They also allege problems stemming from uncovered waste water lagoons.

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“NCGA Calling for Action to Open Markets.”

At the 2014 Farm Progress Show, NCGA called for action to open markets with the potential of this year’s record corn crop in mind.  NCGA Vice President Chip Bowling said  “As thrilled as we are with a record crop, we know it has its challenges, but there are a few simple actions Washington can take that will keep the situation from becoming much worse.” Bowling called on the Environmental Protection Agency to stick to the Renewable Volume Obligations as set by Congress.  Failure to do so, Bowling said, would reduce the demand of corn for ethanol and have a significant impact on corn prices at a time when prices are already too low. This year’s record corn crop could reach an estimated 15.2 billion bushels.

Further, Bowling also commented on the Proposed Waters of the U.S. rule by the EPA.  He urged farmers to make their comments to the EPA.  “Farmers cannot afford more regulatory uncertainty that drives up costs,” said Bowling. “We urge them to make their voices heard before the comment period ends Oct. 20.”

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“Cenex Program Announce to Assist Retailers Offering E15.”

The Cenex Tank Program announced Tuesday will help build out the infrastructure to offer consumers E15.  Following the announcement, Growth Energy CEO Tom Buis said the program will enable some of the 1,400 Cenex branded locations to meet consumer demands for E15. The new program will cover a substantial part of the cost to obtain and install an additional E15 storage tank for retailers interested in expanding their offerings.  Bius said “They are empowering consumers with the ability to improve our environment and increase our nation’s energy and national security, all while saving money at the pump.”

Cenex was among the first in the country to offer higher ethanol blends under its brand. Growth Energy said Currently, E15 is available at more than 90 Cenex stations. The locations are spread between 14 states including Wisconsin, South Dakota, Ohio, Nebraska, North Carolina, Missouri, Minnesota, Mississippi, Kansas, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa and Arizona.

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“NFU Urges Quick Action on RFS.”

The National Farmers Union’s President is urging the Obama Administration to act quickly on the Renewable Fuels Standard.  The rule is currently pending review by the White House Management and Budget office.  NFU President Roger Johnson says biofuels are a critical component of this nation’s energy portfolio.  He said the RFS decreases “our dependence on foreign oil imports while also giving a shot in the arm to family farms and the larger rural economies they support.”  The RFS has created $184.5 billion for the economy while supporting 852,056 jobs nationwide, according to the National Farmers Union.

Further, Johnson stated “the RFS has created a win-win-win scenario for the environment, farmers, jobs and consumers. Johnson said that the mixed messages coming from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regarding the Administration’s support for the RFS targets, combined with the lengthy delays in finalizing the rule, have been a set-back to the biofuels industry and farmers who grow the grains they need.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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