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Posted by Brian Allmer on September 22, 2014

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Livestock Exchange, LLC Weekly Update…

Posted by Brian Allmer on September 22, 2014

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(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) - Each week, Auctioneer Tyler Knode with Livestock Exchange, LLC. in Brush, CO will be inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network providing a RECAP of the previous week’s auctions and also a PREVIEW of upcoming cattle & hay auctions…

CLICK THE AUDIO LINK BELOW TO LISTEN TO THIS WEEK’S UPDATE…

Summer Sale Schedule continues…(NO SALES ON FRIDAY THRU THE SUMMER)

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Today’s Colorado Ag News Reports…

Posted by Brian Allmer on September 22, 2014

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09-22-14 CHS to Announce 1.5 Million Gift to Further Agricultural Education Sustainability in US…

Posted by Brian Allmer on September 22, 2014

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NAAE-National Association of Agricultural Educators logoOn Thursday, September 25, 2014, at 11:45 a.m., CHS will announce its commitment to furthering agricultural education in the United States through a gift of $1.5 million dollars, to be given over the next 3 years to the National FFA Foundation.

The gifting ceremony will take place at CHS headquarters in Inver Grove Heights, Minn., just in advance of the National Teach Ag Day celebration. The 10-minute announcement will include a ceremonial check presentation by Lisa Zell, Executive Vice President, Business Solutions at CHS, and remarks by Dr. Wm. Jay Jackman, Executive Director of the National Association of Agricultural Educators and Molly Ball, President of the National FFA Foundation.

A large portion of the CHS donation will be earmarked for the National Teach Ag Campaign ($275,000) and the Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education.

The National Teach Ag Campaign is an initiative to raise awareness of the need for more agricultural educators and celebrate the contributions agricultural educators make in their classrooms every day. CHS has been a sponsor of the National Teach Ag Campaign since 2011, contributing more than $450,000.  The campaign is a project of the National Council for Agricultural Education, led by the National Association of Agricultural Educators. It is funded by CHS, DuPont Pioneer and Growth Energy, as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

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BARN’s Opening Ag Market Report

Posted by Brian Allmer on September 22, 2014

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The BARN’s Ag Market RECAP

Posted by Brian Allmer on September 22, 2014

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Agriculture Markets at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange

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Commentary provided courtesy of the NAFB News Service

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Today’s BARN Morning Ag News

Posted by Brian Allmer on September 22, 2014

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Monday, Sept 22nd…

Posted by Brian Allmer on September 22, 2014

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“U.S. and Japanese Trade Officials to Meet this Week”

Top U.S. trade officials are expected to meet with Japanese trade officials this week in Washington, according to a report from The Hill. The two groups are expected to continue dialogue on issues in the Asia-Pacific trade deal. U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman said last week “we’re now at a critical juncture in this negotiation.” He made those remarks at a Trans-Pacific Partnership event further stating “”we are working hard with Japan to achieve our shared objectives.” Talks have been ongoing for months on agriculture trade barriers.

The United States and Japan are working with 10 other nations, from Chile to New Zealand, to forge the massive deal that represents 40 percent of global growth. More meetings between the trading partners are shaping up for mid-October in Australia, ahead of President Obama’s planned trip through Asia.

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Federal Government Investing in Biorefineries for Military”

Three companies were awarded contract to construct biorefineries for “drop in” biofuels for the military and private sector on Friday. The Departments of Navy, Energy and Agriculture announced the contracts under a 2011 presidential directive. The contracts are part of the Obama Administration’s goal to boost and diversify the domestic fuel base, according to Friday’s announcement. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus stated “The contracts being announced today will help expand the operational capability of our Navy and Marine Corps around the world.” Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack commented “”Any time our military can use more American grown fuels instead of relying on foreign sources it makes our armed forces more energy secure.” In total, these projects will produce more than 100 million gallons of military grade fuel beginning in 2016 and 2017 at a price competitive with their petroleum counterparts.

Under the contracts awarded Friday, Emerald Biofuels will build an 82 million gallon per year refinery on the Gulf Coast using waste fats to create military grade fuel. Fulcrum BioEnergy will build a 10 million gallon per year refinery in McCarran, Nevada using municipal solid waste as its feedstock. USDA announced a $105 million Biorefinery Assistance Program loan guarantee for that facility earlier this month. Also, Red Rock Biofuel will build a 12 million gallon per year refinery in Lakeview, Oregon using woody biomass, or the by-products of forest management, as its feedstock. The drop-in alternative fuels can be blended at a 50/50 ratio with traditional fossil fuels. This blend was successfully demonstrated during the Rim of the Pacific demonstration in 2012 for ships and planes, showing the fuel can be utilized in the Navy’s warfighting platforms with no degradation to performance or mission.

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“AFIA Gives Feedback on Release of Revised FSMA Rule”

The American Feed Industry Association has applauded the pre-publication of four re-proposed rules pertaining to the Food Safety Modernization Act. According to the group, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has incorporated many of the changes AFIA recommended. AFIA President Joel. Newman said “The American Feed Industry Association is pleased the Food and Drug Administration has issued a revised proposal for these complex rules.” AFIA plans to request an extension to the comment period as all the rules were released simultaneously versus in succession.

The reissued rules are: Produce Safety Regulation, Foreign Supplier Verification Program, Current Good Manufacturing and Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Human Food, and Current Good Manufacturing Practices and Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Food for Animals. AFIA previously submitted comments on five major sets of related proposed rules during the last 10 months.

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“US Wants Clarification on Taiwan’s Ractopamine Policy”

Meatingplace reports A U.S. trade officials wants Taiwan to clarify its policy on ractopamine in pork imports and certain beef products. In 2012, Taiwan established a maximum residue level for ractopamine in beef cuts and has not set a level for pork. Taiwan also maintains unpredictable policies that impede the importation of rice, organic products and other items, according to deputy U.S. trade representative Michael Punke. Punke is also a U.S. ambassador to the World Trade Organization.

He commended Taiwan on its strong efforts over the past four years to liberalize its trade and investment policies to further integrate with the global economy. He noted U.S. farmers exported $3.1 billion to Taiwan in 2013, making it the seventh largest market for U.S. agricultural goods.

 

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“This Week Inside the BARN”

Posted by Brian Allmer on September 19, 2014

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09-19-14 CAB News: Meat scientist “Dr. Phil” named to 40 Under 40…

Posted by Brian Allmer on September 19, 2014

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It was a rare moment for Phil Bass. That’s “Dr. Phil” to all who know the corporate meat scientist for the Certified Angus Beef ® brand.

Rare because national honors don’t come around often, and rare because the naturally talkative Bass was so taken aback.

“When I got the phone call, I was speechless,” he admits.

The call from Vance Publishing’s Agribusiness Group was to notify Bass he’d been named one of the company’s 40 Under 40.

Started just last year, 40 Under 40 recognizes those judged most likely to make a difference for their leadership and commitment in advancing the cause to double food production by 2050, says Vance’s Greg Johnson.

“These are 40 of the brightest leaders in the agriculture industry, and we hope readers of all our brands are inspired by the work these young people are doing,” he says.

As for Bass, who soon regained his eloquence, the first honor was “just to be nominated” by colleagues within the brand.

“I did know about it, because I gave them my birthday and I think the spelling of Ferndale (California), my hometown,” he says. “But knowing that they see what I do and appreciate what I do, that means a lot.”

Certified Angus Beef LLC President John Stika wrote in a nominating letter this summer, “Phil is a natural teacher, and shares an engaging mix of meat science and the beef production story with leaders and influencers invested in our food supply.

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09-19-14 ASI WEEKLY NEWS FOR SHEEP INDUSTRY LEADERS…

Posted by Brian Allmer on September 19, 2014

Accelerated Lamb Production Webinar Sept. 23

Register now to participate in the Accelerated Lamb Production: an Opportunity to Build Markets and Increase Production Efficiencies webinar by going tohttps://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6457161670977093122.

Richard Ehrhardt, Ph.D., Sheep and Goat Extension Specialist at Michigan State University, will be presenting with Jay Parsons, Ph.D., University of Nebraska. The session will be held on Sept. 23 at 8 p.m. EDT.

Accelerated lamb production is a system of management that allows a ewe to give birth more than once per year. This creates a year-round supply of market-ready lambs. Creation of a steady, year-round supply of lambs is key to building new lamb markets and strengthening existing ones. By increasing reproductive efficiency (number of lambs produced per ewe per year), accelerated production also has the potential to decrease the cost of lamb production. This webinar will cover the basics of accelerated production, indicate resources required for success, identify constraints to successful adoption and provide management strategies to overcome these constraints.

Funding support for this educational opportunity comes from the American Sheep Industry Association and the Grow Our Flock program.

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09-19-14 *USDA-NASS News* Cattle on Feed – CO: September…

Posted by Brian Allmer on September 19, 2014

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CATTLE ON FEED – COLORADO

The number of cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market in Colorado feedlots with a capacity of 1,000 head or larger was estimated at 800,000 head as of September 1, 2014. The latest inventory was down 4 percent from September 1, 2013, and down 1 percent from the previous month. Cattle feeders with 1,000 head or larger capacity marketed an estimated 150,000 head of fed cattle during August 2014. This represented a 3 percent increase from the July 2014 marketings, but a 17 percent decrease from the August marketings one year earlier. An estimated 145,000 cattle and calves were placed on feed during August, up 61 percent from July 2014 placements but no change from a year ago. Of the number placed in August, 21 percent weighed less than 600 pounds, 10 percent weighed from 600 to 699 pounds, 24 percent weighed from 700 to 799 pounds, and 45 percent weighed 800 pounds and greater. Other disappearance for August, at 5,000 head, was the same as last month and last year.

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Cattle and calves on feed for slaughter market in the United States for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head totaled 9.8 million head on September 1, 2014. The inventory was 1 percent below September 1, 2013. Placements in feedlots during August totaled 1.72 million, 3 percent below 2013. Net placements were 1.65 million head. During August, placements of cattle and calves weighing less than 600 pounds were 410,000, 600-699 pounds were 280,000, 700-799 pounds were 395,000, and 800 pounds and greater were 635,000. For the month of August placements are the lowest since the series began in 1996. Marketings of fed cattle during August totaled 1.69 million, 10 percent below 2013. August marketings are the lowest since the series began in 1996. Other disappearance totaled 66,000 during August, 32 percent above 2013.

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09-17-14 Webcast Archives of the 2014 Progressive 15 Fall Conference on Livestream September 18-19 from Denver, CO…

Posted by Brian Allmer on September 19, 2014

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September 17th, 2014 – Briggsdale, CO – Progressive 15 is hosting their annual fall conference @ the Holiday Inn & Suites in Denver, CO. If you still want to watch/listen to the ALL the Panel Discussions, Candidate Forums, Alumni of the Plains Awards Ceremony & MORE, BARN Media & the Colorado Ag News Network is providing TAPE DELAYED & ARCHIVED webcast coverage of the event @ www.new.Livestream.com/BarnMedia, click the link for more details.

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Progressive 15 is an advocacy organization that advocates and affects legislation and policy for the Economic Vitality and Quality of Life for the Citizens of Adams, Arapahoe, Cheyenne, Douglas, Elbert, Kit Carson, Larimer, Lincoln, Logan, Morgan, Phillips, Sedgwick, Washington, Weld, and Yuma counties. Further information on Progressive 15 is available at www.progressive15.org or by calling 970-867-9167.

 

 

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09-19-14 US Congressman Gardner: FDA Reconsiders Spent Grains Rule…

Posted by Brian Allmer on September 19, 2014

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Washington, DC – Today, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it was making revisions to a proposed rule regulating the use of spent grains- a high-protein byproduct of the brewing process- as feed for livestock. The revised rule allows breweries to continue this practice by specifying that byproducts of food in full compliance with human food safety requirements do not need to also comply with the full animal food rule.

Congressman Cory Gardner (CO-04) released the following statement in response to the announcement of the revised rule:

“The use of spent grains as animal feed is an environmentally friendly, economically sound practice, which is why I’m glad to see the FDA reverse its course on the proposed spent grains rule. Breweries, farmers and ranchers have created a unique partnership to prevent spent grains from going to waste, a practice that is centuries-old. In fact, when the spent grains rule was initially proposed, I introduced legislation to protect the use of spent grains as animal feed. I’m pleased the FDA has realized the errors of its ways on its own, and I appreciate the fact we will indeed be able to keep happy cows.”

After the initial proposed rule was announced, Congressman Gardner worked with a bipartisan coalition to introduce legislation that would allow the continued use of spent grains as animal feed. He also toured a local brewery to learn about the impact that the proposed rule would have on the industry.

Congressman Gardner is a member in the U.S. House of Representatives serving Colorado’s 4th Congressional District. He sits on the Energy and Commerce Committee and is a member of the following Subcommittees: Communications and Technology, Energy and Power, and Oversight and Investigations.

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09-19-14 US Senator Bennet Welcomes FDA Revision of Spent Grains and Food Safety Regulations…

Posted by Brian Allmer on September 19, 2014

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Announcement follows Bennet letters conveying concerns of Colorado brewers and producers

Washington, DC – Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet welcomed revised regulations from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding spent brewers grains, water quality, and soil amendments.  Bennet requested revisions to the regulations after hearing concerns from Colorado producers and brewers.  He wrote Margaret Hamburg, Commissioner of the FDA, earlier this year and invited her to come out to the state to hear the concerns firsthand. Bennet also echoed the concerns of Colorado brewers to Commissioner Hamburg at a Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pension Committee hearing in March.

“Colorado brewers and producers are committed to providing a healthy food supply and reducing consumer risks, but this was a classic case of unintended consequences flowing from well-meaning policies,” Bennetsaid. “We’re pleased that the FDA has listened to the voices of our agricultural community.  We look forward to reviewing the revised rules and working to create a framework that both supports our farmers and ranchers and ensures food safety.”

The originally proposed rules would have made it harder and more expensive for breweries to sell leftover grains as animal feed, sparking concerns from Colorado craft brewers.  The state’s fruit, vegetable, and organic producers expressed concerns about the water quality and compliance standards, as well as restrictions on the use of soil amendments.  In today’s announcement the FDA is proposing to revise the water quality testing provision to account for natural variations in water sources and adjust its approach to manure and compost used in crop production pending future research.

The proposed regulations will be implemented as a part of the 2011 Food Safety Modernization Act. The FDA will accept comments on the proposed revisions of the proposed rules for 75 days and final rules will be issued in 2015.

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09-19-14 USDA News: Secretary Vilsack Reappoints Members to the National Genetic Resources Advisory Council…

Posted by Brian Allmer on September 19, 2014

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WASHINGTON, Sept. 19, 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the reappointment of four individuals to serve on the National Genetic Resources Advisory Council (NGRAC), a subcommittee of the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics (NAREEE) Advisory Board. The newly appointed and returning members of the NGRAC will meet from Sept. 23 through Sept. 25 in Ames, Iowa.

The NGRAC is made up of nine voting members and eight ex-officio members. Two-thirds of voting members are selected from the scientific community and one-third from the general public. The following members have been reappointed to a 3-year term effective October 1, 2014:

Scientific Members

  • Dr. Jane Dever, Professor of Plant Breeding at Texas A&M AgriLife Research.
  • Dr. Karen Moldenhauer, Professor and Rice Industry Chair for Variety Development, University of Arkansas, Division of Agriculture.
  • Dr. Mulumebet Worku, Animal Scientist/Professor/Biotechnologist, Department of Animal Sciences, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.

General Public Members

  • Matthew Dillon, Senior Manager Agricultural Programs and Director of Seed Matters, Clif Bar & Company.

Originally established by Congress in 1992, the NGRAC was re-activated in 2012 as a subcommittee under the NAREEE Advisory Board to formulate recommendations on actions and policies for the collection, maintenance, and utilization of genetic resources; to make recommendations for coordination of genetic resources plans; and to advise the Secretary of Agriculture and the National Genetic Resources Program (NGRP) Director of new and innovative approaches to genetic resources conservation. More recently, the NGRAC was charged with advising USDA on ways to ensure that the NGRP serves the needs of all farmers for high-quality and diverse seed for their particular farming operations and how the department can develop a broad strategy for maintaining plant biodiversity available to agriculture, and strengthening public sector plant breeding capacities.

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The Denver Cash Grain Bids…

Posted by Brian Allmer on September 19, 2014

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Greeley, CO    Fri Sep 19, 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       4.95-5.10    10 lower
Up to 12 percent protein

US 2 Yellow Corn                      3.62    mostly 6 lower

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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Greeley, CO    Thu Sep 18, 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      5.05-5.20    12 to 15 lower
Up to 12 percent protein

US 2 Yellow Corn                2.98-3.68    4 lower

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
http://www.ams.usda.gov/mnreports/GL_GR110.txt
http://www.ams.usda.gov/lsmarketnews

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09-19-14 USDA News: Obama Administration Announces Competition to Designate Next Round of Promise Zones…

Posted by Brian Allmer on September 19, 2014

USDA seal logoWASHINGTON, Sept. 19, 2014 - U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, joined U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julian Castro, U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, and Education Secretary Arne Duncan to announce a competition to designate a new round of Promise Zones. These Promise Zones are part of the President’s plan to create a new pathway to the middle class by partnering with local communities and businesses to create jobs, increase economic security, improve educational opportunities, and reduce violent crime.

Urban, rural, and tribal communities nationwide will be invited to put forward a plan to partner with local business and community leaders to make evidence-based investments that reward hard work and expand opportunity. In exchange, these designees will receive priority access to federal investments that further their strategic plans, federal staff on the ground to help them implement their goals, and five full-time AmeriCorps VISTA members to recruit and manage volunteers and strengthen the capacity of the Promise Zone initiatives.

“The Promise Zones initiative allows us to work directly with local leaders and organizations to meet a community’s specific needs,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “In the current Promise Zones, especially in rural and tribal areas, we are seeing how effective it can be when we work in a coordinated way to address economic and social challenges. We’ve seen economic recovery strategies like this create jobs and opportunity through USDA’s community-based StrikeForce Initiative and Promise Zones build on this success.” Read the rest of this entry »

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09-19-14 CO Governor Hickenlooper announces statewide grants to reduce wildfire risk…

Posted by Brian Allmer on September 19, 2014

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DENVER – Friday, Sept. 19, 2014 Gov. John Hickenlooper announced today $3.7 million in grants to reduce wildfire risk in communities across Colorado. The grants will be directed to 37 projects in 18 counties to treat areas where human development and forested landscapes overlap, often called the wildland-­urban interface.

“Colorado has endured more than its fair share of natural disasters. We continue to learn many valuable lessons, and one of them is that there is much we can do proactively to make our communities and residents safer,” said Hickenlooper. “These grants will go along way to help implement strategies and safeguards to do exactly that.”

The Wildfire Risk Reduction Grant Program, created under Senate Bill 269 and passed in 2013 by the Colorado General Assembly, focuses on projects that reduce the risk for damage to property, infrastructure and water supplies, and those that limit the likelihood of wildfires spreading into populated areas. Funds are directed to non-federal lands within Colorado. This is the third round of grants awarded under the program.

In all, this round of grants will generate more than $7.5 million worth of work on the ground, due to a 100 percent match requirement for applicants. Every project selected includes plans to use the woody material that will be generated.

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09-18-14 NCBA News: House Passes Jobs Bill…

Posted by Brian Allmer on September 18, 2014

WASHINGTON (Sept. 18, 2014) – Today, the House passed The Jobs for America Act (H.R. 4) by a vote of 253 to 163. Bob McCan, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association president and Victoria, Texas, cattleman said this was a positive move for cattle producers and a solid step toward stabilizing the economy.

“The Jobs bill passed by the House contains a number of priorities for our producer members including some key tax provisions,” said McCan. “The passage of this legislation brings our producers one step closer to having the certainty they need to make financial preparations and needed investments in this tax year.”

Included in the Act is the America’s Small Business Tax Relief Act and other provisions directed toward the Internal Revenue Service, which makes section 179 expensing and bonus depreciation permanent. The bill also contains the Regulations From the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act, requiring Congress to take an up-or-down vote on all new major rules that would have an economic impact of more than $100 million annually before they can be enforced. And critical for many public lands and western ranchers is the inclusion of the Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy Communities Act addressing catastrophic wildfire and forest mismanagement.

“Many of the provisions contained in this bill are critical for the cattle industry; legislation that extends certainty in the tax code, reins in the regulatory train wreck our members face from administration agencies like the EPA and aims to better manage our public lands and resources,” said McCan. “We appreciate the efforts of the House in bringing this bill to the floor and urge the Senate to take action.”

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09-18-14 Sorghum Field Days set for October 1st in SE CO…

Posted by Brian Allmer on September 18, 2014

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September 18, 2014, Fort Collins, Colo. - The Colorado Sorghum Producers (CSP), Plainsman Research Center, and Scherler Farms are hosting Sorghum Field Day events Wednesday, October 1, at 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

At 9:00 a.m., producers will meet at the Plainsman Research Center and tour sorghum research studies followed by lunch. Kevin Larson will show and talk about the grain sorghum variety and agronomy trials and Courtney Jahn will talk about the sweet/forage sorghum trial.

At 2:00 p.m., producers will meet at the Brandon sorghum test plot. Kevin Larson will show and talk about the grain sorghum variety and agronomy trials. Refreshments will be served, sponsored by Scherler Sales.

Larson is a Colorado State University (CSU) research scientist at the Plainsman Research Center, and Jahn is an Assistant Professor in the CSU Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management department.

The sorghum variety trials are sponsored by a United Sorghum Checkoff Program Grant.

The Plainsman Research Center is located 4 miles north of Walsh on CR 43, 1.5 miles west on CR HH.

The Brandon sorghum plot is located 2 miles south of Scherler Farms then 1/8 mile west.

CSP was organized in November 2007 as a voluntary membership organization to represent sorghum producers at the state and national levels of government and is a member state organization of the National Sorghum Producers. CSP also advances the sorghum industry through public and private research into sorghum production and works to develop, promote and improve the domestic and export markets for sorghum through the United Sorghum Checkoff Program.

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09-18-14 NCGA News: This Harvest, Take Your Camera Along in the Combine…

Posted by Brian Allmer on September 18, 2014

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The National Corn Growers Association asks photographers and farmers to help tell the story of farming and harvesting field corn in America through the first annual Fields-of-Corn Photo Contest. Through this contest, NCGA captures high-resolution photos of corn growth from seed to harvest and the families that grow it. While the contest opened in June, interested participants will be able to submit multiple entries until November 30, 2014.

Open to all, the Fields-of-Corn photo contest offers a free opportunity for photographers to share their work while competing for a $500 grand prize. Entries will also be considered for prizes with cash awards for the top three entries in five categories including: Farm Family Lifestyle, Farming Challenges, Growing Field Corn, Scenery/Landscape, and Still Life from the Farm.

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09-18-14 CO Corn News: Town hall meeting on ballot issues set for Saturday in Fort Collins…

Posted by Brian Allmer on September 18, 2014

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Colorado Corn speaking out against Proposition 105

State Senator John Kefalas will be hosting a town hall meeting Saturday in Fort Collins, featuring discussions on a variety of measures that will appear on the November ballot – among them is Proposition 105, which aims to mandate the labeling of Colorado foods containing GMOs.

The event is set for 10 a.m. to noon, taking place at the Old Town Library, 201 Peterson St.

The public and media are invited to attend.

Sen. John Kefalas, D-Fort Collins, is hosting the meeting to provide information on the various topics. He has not taken any position on the issues.

There will be four topics discussed during the two-hour event, with 30 minutes devoted to each one – 10 minutes for each side to make presentations, followed by 10 minutes of questions and discussion.

In regards to Proposition 105, Colorado Corn communications director Eric Brown will be speaking on behalf of his organization, and also on behalf of the No On Proposition 105 Coalition. The No On Proposition 105 Coalition – made up of hundreds of individuals and ag and food organizations, including Colorado Corn, and others – has long stressed that Proposition 105, with its arbitrary and unfair exemptions for two-thirds of foods, would only confuse consumers more about their choices, rather than inform them, and put certain producers at a disadvantage. Read the rest of this entry »

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09-18-14 Beef Checkoff Sets FY2015 Plan of Work…

Posted by Brian Allmer on September 18, 2014

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Beef Board and Operating Committee Chairman Kim Brackett, a cattle producer from Idaho

The Cattlemen’s Beef Board will invest about $39 million into programs of beef promotion, research, consumer information, industry information, foreign marketing and producer communications in fiscal year 2015, if this week’s recommendation of the Beef Promotion Operating Committee is approved by USDA, following review by the full Beef Board.

In action concluding its Sept. 16-17 meeting in Denver, the Operating Committee — including 10 members of the Beef Board and 10 members of the Federation of State Beef Councils — approved checkoff funding for a total of 18 “Authorization Requests,” or proposals for checkoff funding, in the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1, 2014. The committee also recommended full Beef Board approval of a budget amendment to reflect the split of funding between budget categories affected by their decisions.

“As both a producer and a checkoff leader, it’s rewarding to see the tremendous efforts that go into responsible investment of producers’ and importers’ hard-earned dollars into solid checkoff programs that produce results,” said Beef Board and Operating Committee Chairman Kim Brackett, a cattle producer from Idaho. “I am truly excited about the opportunities that we have before us as an industry and so pleased that we have our checkoff to take those on.”

In the end, the Operating Committee approved proposals from eight national beef organizations for funding through the FY15 Cattlemen’s Beef Board budget, as follows: Read the rest of this entry »

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09-17-14 CDA UPDATE: Vesicular Stomatitis (VS): 297 Colorado Quarantines Since Beginning of Outbreak…

Posted by Brian Allmer on September 17, 2014

CDA - Animal Health Division logo*UPDATED @4:40pm 09/17/14*

Vesicular Stomatitis (VS): 297 Colorado Quarantines Since Beginning of Outbreak

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BROOMFIELD, Colo. –As of 9/172014, the Colorado Department of Agriculture’s State Veterinarian’s Office has 168 locations under quarantine after horses and cows tested positive for Vesicular Stomatitis (VS); 129 of the 297 quarantines have now been released.

“While we continue to see new cases, the good news is that the number of new cases are decreasing while the number of released quarantines are increasing; we believe that’s a sign that we’ve hit the peak of this disease in Colorado for this year,” said State Veterinarian, Dr. Keith Roehr.

COUNTY

CURRENT QUARANTINES

RELEASED QUARANTINES

Adams

9

3

Arapahoe

2

Boulder

32

43

Broomfield

1

2

Douglas

2

El Paso

1

Fremont

1

Jefferson

21

8

Larimer

61

17

Logan

1

Morgan

1

Pueblo

4

3

Weld

33

52

Total

168

129

For a map of Colorado counties with confirmed cases, visit http://www.aphis.usda.gov/wps/portal/aphis/ourfocus/animalhealth?1dmy&urile=wcm%3apath%3a%2Faphis_content_library%2Fsa_our_focus%2Fsa_animal_health%2Fsa_animal_disease_information%2Fsa_equine_health%2Fsa_vesicular_stomatitis%2Fct_vesicular_stomatitis. Read the rest of this entry »

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09-17-14 CO Corn News: E85 Discount Days set for Friday in Brighton; Many others across the state coming up…

Posted by Brian Allmer on September 17, 2014

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Head to Western Convenience in Brighton on Friday for E85 Discount Days.

This is the next in line in a series of events, during which Western Convenience staff members look to educate the public on the many benefits of E85, with 50-cent discounts on that fuel, taking place from 5:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.(The price listed on the canopy that day includes the discount.) At the E85 Discount Days kickoff in Parker last week, the 50-cent discount dropped E85 to $2.69 per gallon for drivers that day.

Western Convenience staff will also be on hand to provide educational materials and other giveaways regarding ethanol, E85 and agriculture.

Friday’s E85 Discount Days event will take place at the Western Convenience store located at 1351 E. Bridge St. in Brighton.

There are about 25 events taking place during September and October.

Others coming up in September include:

  • Sept. 22 – 2525 Broadway in Grand Junction.
  • Sept. 23 – 2998 North Ave. in Grand Junction.
  • Sept. 25 – 1502 Howard St. in Delta.
  • Sept. 26 – 938 S. Townsend Ave. in Montrose.
  • Sept. 29 – 3201 Lake Ave. in Pueblo.
  • Sept. 30 – 2714 Thatcher Ave. in Pueblo.
  • Sept. 30 – 123 West Cranston in Fowler.

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09-15-14 CO Farm Bureau News: ColoradoAg Political Action Committee Announces 2014 Candidate Endorsements…

Posted by Brian Allmer on September 15, 2014

 

CFB-Colorado Farm Bureau Logo LGCentennial, Colo. – September 15, 2014 – The ColoradoAg Political Committee (ColoradoAg PAC) announced its endorsements for the Colorado General Assembly’s general elections today. The ColoradoAg PAC endorsed 21 House of Representative candidates and 11 Senate candidates.

“The ColoradoAg PAC is pleased to announce its endorsements for the 2014 Colorado General Assembly’s general election,” said Don Korrey, chairman of the ColoradoAg PAC. “We take our endorsement process seriously. These candidates have shown they understand that to lead Colorado properly and to ensure our state’s future, the agricultural community must be preserved and protected.”

The ColoradoAg PAC endorsements were based primarily on the candidate’s responsiveness to a questionnaire sent by the ColoradoAg PAC, and their stance on agricultural issues before the Colorado General Assembly as noted in the 2014 Colorado Farm Bureau legislative scorecard.

“It is our belief these candidates are looking out for the best interests of Colorado farmers and ranchers,” Korrey said.

Below is the list of ColoradoAg PAC endorsements for the 2014 Colorado House of Representatives and Senate general election. The list is in order by House/Senate District: 

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09-09-14 U.S. Ag Centers ready for National Farm Safety and Health Week: Sept 21-27…

Posted by Brian Allmer on September 15, 2014

ASHC-Agricultural Safety and Health Centers logoThe 10 U.S. Agricultural Centers funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) urge everyone involved in agriculture to recognize National Farm Safety and Health Week (September 21-27) and promote awareness of safety solutions year round. 

The 2014 safety week theme is, “Safety Counts: Protecting what Matters.” The U.S. Agricultural Centers address that theme with their special regional and collective expertise.

“The theme underscores the importance of us all working together to build a safer and healthier agricultural work place,” said Scott Heiberger, U.S. Ag Centers spokesman. 

A great starting point for tapping into the Centers’ resources is their YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/USagCenters. The channel features more than 40 videos available for Extension agents/educators, agricultural science teachers, producers/owner/operators, first responders and agricultural families. 

NIOSH, within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), funds nine regional Centers for Agricultural Disease and Injury Research, Education, and Prevention and one National Center to address children’s farm safety. The Centers are distributed throughout the nation to be responsive to the agricultural safety and health issues unique to particular areas.

Links to individual Centers can be found at http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/oep/agctrhom.html. Read the rest of this entry »

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09-11-14 Statement by Don Shawcroft, President, Colorado Farm Bureau Regarding Proposition 105…

Posted by Brian Allmer on September 11, 2014

This is the following statement on behalf of the Colorado Farm Bureau regarding the CIR and Proposition 105, which will be on Colorado’s November ballot.

“Proposition 105 misleads consumers, it does not tell them which foods contain GMO’s and which do not; and it will unfairly hurt Colorado’s family farmer and ranchers by placing us at a competitive disadvantage,” said Don Shawcroft, rancher and president of Colorado Farm Bureau. “This is a deeply flawed and misleading initiative and I believe Colorado voters will agree with the facts and Colorado farmers and ranchers, and vote no on Proposition 105.”

“I’m proud to see Coloradans standing together – organic and traditional family farmers, ranchers, chefs, medical experts, taxpayers, grocery stores, food companies and business owners and consumers – joining together to defeat Proposition 105,” Shawcroft said. “This diverse and rapidly growing coalition has joined together to provide Colorado voters with the facts; Proposition 105 is deeply flawed, costly and misleading proposal, and deserves a no vote.”

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.

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09-11-14 CITIZENS’ INITIATIVE REVIEW ON COLORADO’S PROPOSITION 105…

Posted by Brian Allmer on September 11, 2014

healthy-democracy-logoRequires food that has been genetically modified or treated with genetically modified material to be labeled.

OVERVIEW

This Citizens’ Statement was developed by an independent panel of 20 Colorado voters, chosen at random from the voting population of Colorado, and balanced to fairly reflect the state’s voting population. The panel has issued this statement after 3.5 days of hearings and deliberation.

FINDINGS

  • Sixty-four countries around the world require GMO labeling, and 16 of the top 25 countries that import Colorado food products require GMO labeling. Many US food manufacturers already label their foods that contain GMOs for export to these countries.
  • Labels required by Proposition 105 would not tell consumers which ingredients in a packaged food product are GMOs, or what percentage of the product is GMO ingredients.
  • Existing food labels already give consumers a reliable way to choose foods without GE ingredients, such as “organic” and “non-GMO” labels.
  • Approximately 2/3 of the foods and beverages we buy and consume would be exempt. Meat and dairy products would be exempt even if they come from animals raised on GMO feed and grain. All alcoholic beverages, food for immediate consumption served in restaurants and other institutions would also be exempt, even if they contain GMO ingredients.
  • Proposition 105 is not a ban or a warning on GMOs. The proposition proposes labeling only.
  • Genetic modification takes certain genes from one species and puts them into a different species. This is different from hybridization, which is a cross between two naturally compatible varieties within the same species.
  • Proposition 105 would not give consumers reliable information about which foods contain GMOs and which don’t. Many foods would require labels even if they don’t contain GMOs. Others would be exempt even if they contain or are made with GMOs.
  • Prop 105 will require imported/out of state products to comply with Colorado GMO labeling requirements.
  • Documenting and labeling foods as GM will require oversight, compliance, record keeping, and handling, and therefore may increase costs for farmers, food producers and consumers.
  • No long-term epidemiological studies in humans have been carried out to determine whether there are any health effects associated with GM food consumption.

These findings were agreed to by a supermajority of the panel 11 to 9 was the final vote… Read the rest of this entry »

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09-09-14 Third Annual Bracewell Community Reunion Picnic in Greeley Sept 20th…

Posted by Brian Allmer on September 9, 2014

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09-04-14 FSA-CO: Colorado Livestock Producers Urged to Enroll in Disaster Assistance Program by October 1st…

Posted by Brian Allmer on September 4, 2014

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TN_LelandSwenson1111Denver CO, September 3, 2014 – Colorado Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director, Leland Swenson, is encouraging all Colorado livestock producers who have suffered eligible disaster-related losses to contact their local FSA office to secure assistance by Sept. 30, 2014. After September 30, 2014, congressionally mandated payment reductions will take place for producers who have not acted before that date.
Swenson stated, “In just four months, the Colorado Farm Service Agency local offices have assisted over 3,800 livestock producers and distributed more than $68 million dollars in disaster benefits. These dollars have been critical for producers looking to recover from the multi-year drought, rebuild their herds and pay off debts.” Livestock producers that have experienced grazing losses since October 2011 and may be eligible for benefits, but have not yet contacted their local Farm Service Agency (FSA) office should do so as soon as possible.

The Budget Control Act passed by Congress in 2011 requires USDA to implement reductions of 7.3 percent to the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) in the new fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1, 2014. However, producers seeking LFP support who have scheduled appointments with their local FSA office before Oct. 1, even if the appointment occurs after Oct.1, will not see reductions in the amount of disaster relief they receive.

USDA is encouraging producers to register, request an appointment or begin a Livestock Forage Disaster Program application with their county FSA office before Oct. 1, 2014, to lock in the current zero percent sequestration rate. As an additional aid to qualified producers applying for LFP, the Farm Service Agency has developed an online registration that enables farmers and ranchers to put their names on an electronic list before the deadline to avoid reductions in their disaster assistance. This is an alternative to visiting or contacting the county office. To place a name on the Livestock Forage Disaster Program list online, visit http://www.fsa.usda.gov/disaster-register.

Producers who already contacted the county office and have an appointment scheduled, need do nothing more. 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

Beef Checkoff News - Please turn on images to ViewBeef 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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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Friday, Sept 19th…

Posted by Brian Allmer on September 19, 2014

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“Farm Groups Respond to Executive Order on Antibiotic Resistance”

President Barack Obama signed an executive order announced Thursday calling for a five year plan to track highly resistant bacterial infections.  The executive order came as a response to bacteria that is resistant to antibiotic treatment, a problem that’s been noted to kill 23,000 people each year. In the executive order, Obama stated “The Food and Drug Administration, in coordination with USDA, shall continue taking steps to eliminate the use of medically important classes of antibiotics for growth promotion purposes in food-producing animals.” American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman released a statement saying. “Just as parents do not give antibiotics to a child, except when necessary and prescribed by a doctor, farmers don’t rush to treat animals with antibiotics.” Stallman encouraged those developing a strategy on this issue to protect the nation’s people and farms to talk with farmers and ranchers during the process. Stallman added that “healthy animals mean healthful meat, milk and eggs.”

National Pork Producers Council President Howard Hill said the White House acknowledged something that the NPPC has been saying for years: “More epidemiological research is needed to understand the key drivers of increased antibiotic resistance.” He said America’s pork producers who abide by strict antimicrobial stewardship programs are committed to protecting public health and producing a safe food. Hill said “NPPC is pleased that the administration agrees that more research is needed and looks forward to working further with FDA and USDA on determining the most informed and appropriate solutions for combating antibiotic resistant bacteria.”?

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“Beef Checkoff Budget Set”

The Cattlemen’s Beef Board will invest about $39 million into programs under the fiscal year 2015 budget, pending review by the full Beef Board and USDA approval. In action earlier this week, the Operating Committee approved checkoff funding for a total of 18 proposals for checkoff funding, in the fiscal year beginning October first. The committee also recommended full Beef Board approval of a budget amendment to reflect the split of funding between budget categories affected by their decisions. The budget includes $9.7 million for research programs, $10.4 million for consumer information programs, $1.7 million for industry information programs, $7.7 million for foreign marketing and education and $1.5 million for producer communications. Other expenses funded through the $41.3 million budget include $221,000 for evaluation, $305,000 for program development, $325,000 for USDA oversight; and about $1.9 million for administration expenses. Beef Board and Operating Committee Chairman Kim Brackett said I am truly excited about the opportunities that we have before us as an industry and so pleased that we have our checkoff to take those on.”

The Operating Committee approved proposals from eight national beef organizations for funding through the FY15 Cattlemen’s Beef Board budget That included $27.8 million to the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, $7.7 million to the U.S. Meat Export Federation, $1.5 million to the Cattlemen’s Beef Board, $1.1 million to the North American Meat Association, $371,000 to the American National CattleWomen, $350,800 to the Meat Import Council of America, $222,500 to the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture and $45,000 to the National Livestock Producers Association.

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“USDA investing $68 million in Renewable Energy Projects”

USDA secretary Tom Vilsack announced Thursday $68 million worth of funding for 540 Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Projects Nationwide. The funding includes loan guarantees and grants for solar energy to create jobs, promote energy independence and advance the use of renewable fuels. Secretary Vilsack made the announcement while in North Carolina to highlight USDA’s investments in rural renewable energy projects. Vilsack stated “Investing in renewable energy and energy efficiency will continue the unprecedented increase in home-grown energy sources and American energy independence we’ve seen in recent years.” Two weeks ago, Vilsack announced a $105 million loan guarantee to a company that will produce jet fuel from municipal solid waste.

Thursdays announcement came on a day when President Obama announced new executive actions to further advance the development of solar technologies across the country. These new investments in solar, according to USDA,  will reduce America’s energy consumption, cut carbon pollution by nearly 300 million metric tons – equivalent to taking more than 60 million cars off the road for a year – and save businesses nearly $45 billion on their energy bills.

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“ASA Welcomes USDA Deregulation of Enlist Duo Soybeans”

In response to this week’s USDA decision to deregulate Dow’s 2-4-D resistant Enlist Duo soybeans, the American Soybean Association issued a statement cheering the move and called on the Environmental Protection Agency to quickly finalize the label for the new low-volatility Enlist Duo. ASA also called upon foreign markets where U.S. soybeans are exported to quickly review and approve these new biotech events.

ASA President and Iowa farmer Ray Gaesser stated “for new tools like Enlist Duo to be implemented and realized, we need to have approvals in key U.S. soy export markets since approximately 60% of the U.S. soy crop is exported.” Further, he stated USDA “deserves a great deal of credit” for working to address delays in the biotech approval process and that “this solution presents another integral mode of action with which farmers can fight yield-robbing weeds.”

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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