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Posted by Brian Allmer on July 26, 2014

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“This Week Inside the BARN”

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 25, 2014

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07-25-14 CMU News: “Water for the taking…at any price”, by Greg Trainor…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 25, 2014

CMU-Colorado Mesa University logoFrom the incorporation of the town of Grand Junction in 1882 until 1911, the prospect of a firm water supply for Grand Junction citizens was in doubt.  For almost thirty years, numerous recall elections, battles between the town and private water purveyors, and municipal expeditions to find mountain “water at any price” took up most of the official business of Grand Junction aldermen.

See-sawing back and forth between municipal ownership of  the town water system and franchises to private companies to operate the system,  the source of the town water supply also see-sawed between locations on the Colorado River at 5th Street and the Gunnison River near the Redlands Water and Power Company Diversion. In Spring, supply was up, but so was sediment and mud .  In late summer and fall, flow was down and ability to keep pipes full of water for fire protection suffered.

In 1894 the citizens voted 88% to build and operate a municipal water system but it took thirteen years for the Town to finally file for a water right in Kannah Creek, twenty miles to the southeast.  The town was desperate: could they afford a municipal system, who would buy bonds to pay for a system, where were there year-round supplies of water?

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07-25-14 CAWG NEWS: 2014 Colorado Winter Wheat Harvest Update #10…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 25, 2014

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(Note: Farmers and elevators, give me a heads-up when harvest starts in your area, please!)

Results for the CSU UVPT trials are being posted, with Julesburg, Orchard, Lamar, Sheridan Lake, Walsh and Yuma completed so far: http://bit.ly/lNngvt

Friday, July 25, 2014 - Colorado winter wheat harvest is moving rapidly towards completion after a week of very favorable harvest conditions and should be wrapping up over the weekend. Colorado Wheat estimates the harvest is 87 percent complete based on Ideal weather conditions since this Tuesday.

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Photo: Harvest on the Bergen farm on the CO/KS border, thanks to Bryan Bergen for sharing!

Stratton Equity Coop estimated that the harvest was 97 percent complete with moisture averaging 9.5 percent, test weight averaging 59 pounds per bushel, protein averaging 11.5 percent and yields ranging from 45 to 80 bushels per acre with an area average of over 60 bushels per acre.

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Photo: Trucks waiting to dump winter wheat at Anton.

The Flagler Equity Coop estimated that harvest was 65 percent complete with moisture averaging 10.8 percent, test weight averaging 58.9 pounds per bushel, protein averaging 13 percent and yields ranging up to 70 bushels per acre with an area average of 35 bushels per acre due to hail. A wheat farmer north of Limon reported that his farm yields were ranging from 30 to 50 bushels per acre with an average yield of about 40 bushels per acre. Moisture was averaging 10 percent, test weight averaging 60 pounds per bushel and protein averaging 12 percent.

Bartlett at Yuma estimated that the harvest was 95 percent complete and would wrap up by the weekend. Moisture was averaging 9 percent, test weight averaging 60 pounds pre bushel, protein averaging 11.5 percent and yields ranging from 50 to 90 bushels per acre with an area average of 65 bushels per acre. An Anton area wheat farmer reported that his farm yields were averaging 60 bushels per acre. Moisture was averaging 11 percent, test weight averaging over 60 pounds per bushel and protein ranging from 10 to 13 percent.

Paoli Coop estimated the harvest was 95 percent complete and reported yields in the area were 50 to 75 bushels per acre with moisture averaging 12 percent, test weight averaging over 60 pounds per bushel, protein averaging 12 percent and yields ranging from 50 to 75 bushels per acre with area average of 55 bushels per acre.

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Photo: Combines waiting to roll north of Anton.

CHS Grainland reported that they taken over 6.1 million bushels at all locations so far. Moisture was averaging 12.2 percent, test weight was averaging 61.5 pounds per bushel, protein averaging 12 percent and yields were ranging from mostly 50 to 80 bushels per acre with an average of over 60 bushels per acre.

Peetz Coop estimated that the harvest was 55 percent complete and reported yields in the area were ranging from 40 to 60 bushels per acre with an area average of 50 bushels per acre. Moisture was averaging 12 percent, test weight averaging over 60 pounds per bushel, protein ranging from 11 to 13 percent.

A wheat farmer northwest of Orchard reported “phenomenal yields” ranging from 50 to 65 bushels per acre with test weights ranging from 62 to 65 pounds and protein averaging over 13 percent. He reported yields of 65 bushels per acre for PlainsGold Snowmass and PlainsGold Brawl CL Plus. PlainsGold Byrd yielded 66 bushels per acre.

Cargill – Byers estimated that harvest was 75 percent complete with moisture averaging about 9 percent, test weight averaging 58 to 59 pounds per bushel, protein averaging 10 percent and yields ranging from 35 bushels per acre on wheat not hailed to a high of 85 bushels per acre with an area average of 55 bushels per acre. A wheat farmer east of Byers reported yields ranging from 40 to 80 bushels per acre with an average farm yield of about 50 bushels per acre. He reported that PlaisGold Byrd yielded 81 bushels per acre and PlainsGold Snowmass yielded 74 bushels per acre.

From USDA’s July 11 Crop Production Estimate:
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07-25-14 CSU receives $1.5 million to develop new crop for biofuels…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 25, 2014

Header - Please enable images in your e-mail programFORT COLLINS – Colorado State University Bioagricultural Sciences Associate Professor John McKay has been awarded nearly $1.5 million from the U.S. Department of Energy to develop a new crop for biofuels.

McKay, who also holds the title of Monfort Professor, and his team will focus on the plant species Camelina sativa, an oilseed feedstock crop that can be grown on less-than-ideal farmland with relatively low fertilizer inputs and limited irrigation. Leveraging the newly available genome sequence of Camelina, this project will use forward and reverse genetics and natural variation to combine optimal qualities in Camelina as an oilseed feedstock for the Great Plains and western United States.

The grant was awarded by a joint DOE-U.S. Department of Agriculture program that began in 2006 focusing on fundamental investigations of biomass genomics, with the aim of harnessing nonfood plant biomass for the production of fuels such as ethanol or renewable chemical feedstocks. The ideal biofuel feedstock crop requires less intensive production practices and can grow on poorer quality land than food crops, making this a critical element in a strategy of sustainable biofuels production that avoids competition with crops grown for food. A total of $12.6 million went to 10 projects to researchers in California, Colorado, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, Texas, and Virginia.

“This project is a collaboration with Kansas State University, University of Nebraska and University of California-Davis,” said McKay. “Our proposed approach focuses on replacing petroleum-derived diesel fuel use in the agricultural sector with advanced oilseed based diesel fuels. The Great Plains and western United States have great potential to make a significant contribution to the production of bioenergy if regionally appropriate feedstocks can be developed. In this collaboration, we leverage this newly available genome sequence to facilitate genetic adaptation of Camelina as a crop to be grown on marginal farmland with relatively low fertilizer and irrigation inputs. Our research targets the most critical needs of this biofuel crop, enhancement of its drought tolerance and improvement of its seed oil profile.”

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07-25-14 *USDA-NASS News* July Cattle on Feed – Colorado: July 1st Cattle Inventory Down 3% from 2012…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 25, 2014

CLICK HERE to visit the USDA/NASS Colorado Field Office Website

CLICK HERE to visit the USDA/NASS Colorado Field Office Website

All cattle and calves in the United States as of July 1, 2014, totaled 95.0 million head, 3 percent below the 97.8 million on July 1, 2012. This is the lowest all cattle and calves inventory for July 1 since the series began in 1973. After a year  absence due to sequestration, the July Cattle report has been reinstated.

All cows and heifers that have calved, at 39.0 million, were down 2 percent from July 1, 2012. Beef cows, at 29.7 million, were down 3 percent from July 1, 2012. Milk cows, at 9.3 million, were up 1 percent from July 1, 2012.

Other class estimates on July 1, 2014 and the changes from July 1, 2012, are as follows:

  • All heifers 500 pounds and over, 14.9 million, down 5 percent.
  • Beef replacement heifers, 4.1 million, down 2 percent.
  • Milk replacement heifers, 3.9 million, down 5 percent.
  • Other heifers, 6.9 million, down 7 percent.
  • Steers, weighing 500 pounds and over, 13.5 million, down 4 percent.
  • Bulls, weighing 500 pounds and over, 1.9 million, unchanged.
  • Calves under 500 pounds, 25.7 million, down 3 percent.
  • All cattle and calves on feed for slaughter, 11.6 million, down 6 percent.

The 2014 calf crop is expected to be 33.6 million, down 1 percent from 2013 and down 2 percent from 2012. Calves born during the first half of the year are estimated at 24.3 million, down 2 percent from 2013 and down 3 percent from 2012.

For a full copy of the Cattle report please visit www.nass.usda.gov.

For state specific questions please contact:

Arizona – Steven Manheimer 1-800-645-7286
Colorado – William R. Meyer 1-800-392-3202
Montana – Eric Sommer 1-800-835-2612
New Mexico – Longino Bustillos 1-800-530-8810
Utah – John Hilton 1-800-747-8522
Wyoming – Rhonda Brandt 1-800-892-1660

For a full copy of the June 2014 Cattle on Feed report, please visit www.nass.usda.gov

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07-25-14 Eagle Valley Clean Energy, LLC has Been Selected to Accept Biomass Deliveries…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 25, 2014

USDA seal logoOf the total $25 million per year authorized for BCAP, up to 50 percent ($12.5 million) is available each year to assist biomass owners with the cost of delivery of agricultural or forest residues for energy generation. Some BCAP payments will target the removal of dead or diseased trees from National Forests and Bureau of Land Management public lands for renewable energy, which reduces the risk of forest fire.

“This program generates clean energy from biomass, reduces the threat of fires by removing dead or diseased trees from public forest lands, and invests in rural businesses and new energy markets,” said Swenson.

Farmers, ranchers or foresters who harvest and deliver forest or agricultural residues to a BCAP-qualified energy facility may be eligible for financial assistance for deliveries. The USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA), which administers BCAP, will begin accepting applications from biomass owners from July 28 through Aug. 25. Deliveries of residues for approved contracts may be made through Sept. 26, 2014.

Visit www.fsa.usda.gov/bcap or a local FSA county office to learn more about BCAP.

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07-25-14 WELD COUNTY FAIR KICKS OFF WITH MORE THAN 1,000 EXHIBITORS…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 25, 2014

Weld County Fair LogoWELD COUNTY, CO – The Weld County Fair kicked off yesterday with more than 1,000 exhibitors registered in all categories, including 4-H and FFA county projects, 4-H and FFA livestock, 4-H family consumer science, 4-H general and natural resources, the better living division, kids’ events, the premier exhibitor category and the youth groups department.

Attendees will find a variety of exhibits outside of livestock within the above mentioned categories, including robotics, woodworking, model rocketry, cake decorating and much more.

“The Weld County Fair is an excellent representation of many of the talented residents we have here,” said Commissioner Chairman Douglas Rademacher. “I hope everyone takes the opportunity to visit the fair and see what Weld County has to offer.”

“There really is something for everybody at the Weld County Fair,” said Weld County 4-H Extension Director Keith Maxey. “We’ve had a really great turnout for exhibits this year and hope to see the public out here to check them out.”

For more information regarding the Weld County fair, visit www.weldcountyfair.com.

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Help the CO 4H Foundation and YOU might WIN a FORD…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 25, 2014

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07-24-14 CDA ALERT: Vesicular Stomatitis (VS) Update: Seven Colorado Quarantines…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 24, 2014

CDA - Animal Health Division logoGuidelines for Livestock Shows, Fairs, Exhibitions, and Events

BROOMFIELD, Colo. – The Colorado Department of Agriculture’s State Veterinarian’s Office has placed seven locations under quarantine after horses tested positive for Vesicular Stomatitis (VS). The quarantines are located in Weld and Boulder counties; results on additional tests in other counties are pending.

Colorado is the second state in the country to have confirmed cases of VS. Previous positive cases of vesicular stomatitis in 2014 have been diagnosed in the southern area of Texas near the Mexico border and more recently in Bastrop and Travis Counties just south of Austin, TX.

“Vesicular stomatitis can be painful for animals and costly to their owners,” said State Veterinarian, Dr. Keith Roehr. “The virus typically causes oral blisters and sores that can be painful causing difficulty in eating and drinking.”

Veterinarians and livestock owners who suspect an animal may have VS or any other vesicular disease should immediately contact State or federal animal health authorities. Livestock with clinical signs of VS are isolated until they are healed and determined to be of no further threat for disease spread. There are no USDA approved vaccines for VS.

While rare, human cases of VS can occur, usually among those who handle infected animals. VS in humans can cause flu-like symptoms and only rarely includes lesions or blisters.

Vesicular Stomatitis (VS) Signs and Transmission:

VS susceptible species include horses, mules, cattle, bison, sheep, goats, pigs, and camelids. The clinical signs of the disease include vesicles, erosions and sloughing of the skin on the muzzle, tongue, teats and above the hooves of susceptible livestock. Vesicles are usually only seen early in the course of the disease. The transmission of vesicular stomatitis is not completely understood but components include insect vectors, mechanical transmission, and livestock movement.

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07-24-14 White House Rural Council Announces $10 Billion Private Investment Fund to Finance Job-Creating Infrastructure Projects in Rural America…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 24, 2014

Header Press ReleaseCoBank Pledges Initial Multi-billion Commitment for New Rural Infrastructure Opportunity Fund; More Private Investments in Fund Expected

WASHINGTON, July 24, 2014 - The White House Rural Council today announced the creation of the new U.S. Rural Infrastructure Opportunity Fund through which private entities can invest in job-creating rural infrastructure projects across the country. An initial $10 billion has been committed to the fund with greater investment expected to follow. Target investments will include hospitals, schools and other educational facilities, rural water and wastewater systems, energy projects, broadband expansion, local and regional food systems, and other rural infrastructure.

CoBank, a national cooperative bank serving rural America and a member of the Farm Credit System, is the fund’s anchor investor, committing $10 billion to get the fund off the ground. Capitol Peak Asset Management will manage the new fund and work to recruit more investors to add to CoBank’s initial commitment. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and other federal agencies will help to identify rural projects that could be potential beneficiaries of financing through this new fund and other private sources.

The creation of the new fund was announced during the first-ever White House Rural Opportunity Investment Conference in Washington, D.C. The conference brought together business and financial community leaders, Administration and other government officials, rural development experts, and others to promote investment opportunities in America’s rural communities.

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07-23-14 CAWG NEWS: 2014 Colorado Winter Wheat Harvest Update #9…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 23, 2014

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(Note: Farmers and elevators, give me a heads-up when harvest starts in your area, please!)

Results for the CSU UVPT trials are being posted, with Julesburg, Orchard, Lamar, Sheridan Lake, Walsh and Yuma posted: http://bit.ly/lNngvt

July 23, 2014 – FT COLLINS, CO - Colorado winter wheat harvest moved back into full swing last Friday after being stalled due to rainy, cool and humid weather for most of the week.  The National Agricultural Statistics Service estimated that 68 percent of the crop was harvested as of Sunday night compared with 46 percent last week and the 5-year average of 71 percent.  Colorado Wheat estimates the harvest is now 80 percent complete based on ideal weather conditions since last Friday.

Cargill-Burlington estimated harvest was 97 percent complete for their area with moisture averaging 11 percent, test weight averaging 61.2 pounds, protein averaging 13.6 percent and yields ranging from a low of 6 bushels per acre on hail-damaged wheat to a high of 75 bushels per acre.

The Seibert Equity Coop estimated harvest was 95 percent complete for their intake area and would wrap up by this weekend. Moisture was averaging 10 to 10.5 percent, test weight averaging over 60 pounds, protein averaging 13.6 percent and yields averaging 35 to 40 bushels in the area due to extensive hail damage north of Seibert.

The Flagler Equity Coop estimated harvest was 70 – 75 percent complete with moisture ranging from 8 to 10.5 percent, test weight averaging 59.3 pounds, protein averaging over 12.5 percent and yields ranging from a low 20 to 30 bushels per acre on hail-damaged wheat to a high of 50 to 60 bushels per acre.

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07-21-14 USDA Ag Secretary Vilsack Proclaims August 3-9 National Farmers Market Week…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 21, 2014

USDA seal logoWASHINGTON, July 21, 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has declared August 3 through 9, 2014, “National Farmers Market Week”. Throughout the week, USDA will celebrate our nation’s thousands of farmers markets, farmers who make them possible and the communities that host them.

The declaration was made via an official proclamation signed by Secretary Vilsack. This year marks the 15th Annual National Farmers Market Week recognizing the important role that farmers markets play in the agricultural and food economy. The U.S. Department of Agriculture began declaring National Farmers Market Week in 2000.

“National Farmers Market Week is a great opportunity for farmers markets across the country to host special events to showcase all the tremendous services they provide,” said Secretary Vilsack. “Farmers markets play a key role in developing local and regional food systems that support family farms, and help grow rural economies. They bring communities together, connecting cities with the farms that support them and provide Americans across the country with fresh, healthy food.”

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Livestock Exchange, LLC Weekly Update…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 21, 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…

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

Thursday, July 24th

9am – Weight Cows/Bulls

1pm – Breds & Pairs

2pm – Stockers/Feeders

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07-20-14 Colorado Corn’s District Meetings Set for August…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 20, 2014

Colorado Corn LogoWant to hear the latest about the Pesticide Act Sunset Review? 

Want some updates, info and have your voice heard about the direction of Colorado Corn?

District Meeting Schedule:

  • August 4 in Sterling @ NOON – District 3, Plainsman Grill, 17408 Colorado 14, at Noon (Logan and Morgan counties)
  • August 5 in Delta @ NOON – District 8, Days Inn, 903 Main Street at Noon (Western Slope)
  • August 11 in Lamar  at 7pm – District 7, Cow Palace Inn, Colorado Room, 1301 N. Main St. (SE CO)
  • August 12 in Stratton @ NOON – District 6, Rodeway Inn Golden Prairie, 700 Colorado Ave, at Noon (Kit Carson, Cheyenne and Washington counties)
  • August 13 in Yuma @ 7am– District 5, Main Event, 420 W. 8Th Avenue, at 7am (Yuma County)
  • August 27 in Greeley @ TBA – District 1-2, Red Lobster, 2885 23rd Ave, (Weld & Larimer Counties)

To learn more about Colorado Corn or to become a member – CLICK HERE

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07-17-14 Nomination Deadline Nears for Farm Service Agency County Committees…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 17, 2014

USDA FSA LogoWASHINGTON, July 17, 2014 — U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Juan Garcia reminds farmers, ranchers and other agricultural producers that Aug. 1, 2014, is the deadline for local FSA county committee nominations.

County committees are an important link between the farm community and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Farmers and ranchers elected to local committees share their opinions and ideas on federal farm programs.

“There’s still time for eligible farmers and ranchers to get involved in this year’s county committee elections,” said Garcia. “Nominate yourself or a candidate of your choice to serve on the local county committee. I especially encourage the nomination of beginning farmers and ranchers, as well as women and minorities. This is your opportunity to have a say in how federal programs are delivered in your county.”

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07-17-14 BLM: Gunnison Sage-Grouse Environmental Impact Statement – Public Meetings in Golden, Gunnison, Montrose and Dove Creek in August…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 17, 2014

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BLM Sage Grouse photoJuly 17, 2014 – DENVER – As part of a collaborative effort to protect wildlife and promote balanced development on public lands, the Bureau of Land Management is seeking public input to identify conservation measures to protect Gunnison Sage-Grouse within the bird’s habitat on federally-managed lands in Colorado and Utah.

Based on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s recommendation to adopt additional conservation measures, the BLM is initiating a public scoping process to incorporate these measures into up to 11 BLM Resource Management Plans through an Environmental Impact Statement and associated amendment. The EIS is slated for completion by July 2016.

“The BLM has already taken a number of steps to ensure balanced management of public lands in the species’ range,” said Ruth Welch, BLM Colorado State Director. “As we work with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and other federal, state and local partners to conserve important habitat for wildlife, this public process will be helpful in understanding, minimizing and addressing threats to the Gunnison Sage-Grouse. We look forward to hearing from the public as we seek to understand what additional conservation measures may be appropriate for the Bureau of Land Management to take.”

The public is invited to four public meetings to learn more about the project:

  • Monday, August 4 at 6 p.m.
    • Denver Marriott West, 1717 Denver West Blvd., Golden, CO 80401
  • Tuesday, August 5 at 6 p.m.
    • Fred R. Field Western Heritage Center, Fairgrounds and Multi-Purpose Building, 275 Spruce St., Gunnison, CO 81230
  • Wednesday, August 6 at 6 p.m.
    • Holiday Inn Express Montrose, 1391 S. Townsend Ave., Montrose, CO 81401
  • Thursday, August 7 at 6 p.m.
    • Dove Creek Community Center, 403 W. 7th St., Dove Creek, CO 81324

The range-wide amendment process will enable the BLM to examine issues across the range of species and consider conservation and mitigation measures on a landscape scale.  The EIS will amend RMPs within several BLM offices to address conservation measures and ensure adequate conservation of the Gunnison Sage-Grouse and its habitat on public lands.

Last month, the BLM issued an Instruction Memorandum guiding management of Gunnison Sage-Grouse as an interim measure until an amendment process can be completed. The IM only applies to proposed occupied critical Gunnison Sage-Grouse habitat on BLM-managed lands. The EIS, once completed, will consider both proposed occupied and unoccupied critical Gunnison Sage-Grouse habitat on BLM lands. Read the rest of this entry »

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07-15-14 Make plans to attend the 2014 Feeders and Friends: Cody Waitley Benefit in New Raymer on August 16th…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 15, 2014

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Can’t make it, but still want to make a donation – CLICK HERE for a donation form or look below…

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07-10-14 Inside the RMFU with Bob Kjelland: Waters of the US, Commodity Prices, Aging Ag Workforce, CO Farmers Markets and MORE…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 10, 2014


To listen to the interview with RMFU’s Director of Communications, click the mp3 audio link below…

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Bob Kjelland RMFU Dir of Communications

Bob Kjellan, RMFU’s Director of Communications

(BARN Media & CoAgNews Network – Briggsdale, CO) July 10th, 2014 - On this month’s edition of the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union’s Radioline Report inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network I will be visiting with RMFU’s NEW Director of Communications Bob Kjelland. Kjelland discusses several topics including:

  • EPA’s “Waters of the US” proposed final rule and the RMFU’s “They Don’t Talk For Me” ad campaign
  • The recent slide of ag commodity prices
  • NFU’s Solution to the Aging Ag Workforce Problem
  • Colorado’s Farmers Markets
  • & Much More!

Additional Information and links regarding the EPA’s proposed Final Rule on the “Waters of the US”:

Comment period extended thru October

The Rocky Mountain Farmers Union: Serving family farming and ranching since 1907…Learn more online @ www.rmfu.org

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07-08-14 Colorado Poultry Association’s Bruce Murdoch details 2014 Southern Colorado Show in Pueblo on Sept 27th…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 8, 2014

CPA-CO Poultry Association logo(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) July 8th, 2014 - Joining the Colorado Ag News Network inside the BARN is Bruce Murdoch, Colorado Poultry Association Vice-President and Show Secretary about the upcoming Southern Colorado Show in Pueblo on September 27th & much more

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

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To learn more about the Colorado Poultry Association - CLICK HERE

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07-02-14 Learn more about the Western Slope’s “Our Colorado River” Program from Richard Van Gytenbeek of Trout Unlimited…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 2, 2014

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Trout Unlimiteds Our Colorado River Program Brochure

CLICK HERE to view the brochure

Richard Van Gytenbeek, and he is the Colorado River Basin Outreach Coordinator for Trout Unlimited based out of Grand Junction

Richard Van Gytenbeek, and he is the Colorado River Basin Outreach Coordinator for Trout Unlimited based out of Grand Junction

(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) July 2nd, 2014 – Joining me inside the BARN and on the Colorado Ag News Network is Richard Van Gytenbeek, and he is the Colorado River Basin Outreach Coordinator for Trout Unlimited based out of Grand Junction. Richard & I will be discussing a new program called “OUR COLORADO RIVER”, that Trout Unlimited is coordinating with agriculture producers on the western slope.

The program has grown out of Trout Unlimited’s successful work in western Colorado with the agricultural community. Through the staff who live and work on the West Slope they have partnered with irrigators to improve diversion structures, stabilize stream channels, improve fish passage and upgrade aging irrigation infrastructure. These partnerships have proven the value of cooperation between the agricultural and sportsman/recreation communities in protecting West Slope water resources.

Farms and ranches, recreation and tourism, towns and cities: they all depend on the health of the Colorado River and its tributaries. In western Colorado, water from the Colorado River basin irrigates about 700,000 acres of land on about 9,000 farms and ranches. These operations produce crops and animals for market and contribute over $1 billion to the Western Slope economy. Similarly , our recreation and tourism industries depend heavily on western Colorado rivers to support rafting, camping, and other activities. Recreation contributes over $9 billion to the economy of western Colorado. This industry owes much of its success to agriculture’s protection of open spaces, wildlife habitat and the unique culture and heritage that still exist in the West. Together, these independent sectors comprise western Colorado’s largest economic engine: an engine that runs on water. Healthy rivers are the key.

To encourage this cooperation, the “Our Colorado River” program endorses five core values– five common sense principles that speak to cooperation, protection of agriculture, protection of open space and habitat, upgrading irrigation systems and employing innovative water conservation and management practices. Trout Unlimited believes these values can be embraced by all West Slope citizens and by signing the core values, individuals, businesses, organizations and elected officials express unity and resolve as we move towards the creation of a Colorado Water Plan.

Citizens of western Colorado have a lot to gain by working cooperatively to meet water needs and maintain healthy rivers and streams. Trout Unlimited partners with ranchers and irrigators to implement projects that benefit agriculture while ensuring healthy rivers.

To learn more about TROUT UNLIMITED and their “OUR CO RIVER” program, please visit  http://www.ourcoriver.com.

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The Denver Cash Grain Bids…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 25, 2014

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Greeley, CO    Fri Jul 25, 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       5.81-6.01    10 higher
Up to 12 percent protein

US 2 Yellow Corn                      3.98    1 higher

US 2 Barley                           7.00    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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Here’s  look back at Thu, Thu July 24 Denver Cash Grain Bids…

US 1 Hard Red Winter Wheat       5.71-5.91    7 to 11 lower
Up to 12 percent protein

US 2 Yellow Corn                      3.97    steady

US 2 Barley                           7.00    steady

www.ams.usda.gov/mnreports/GL_GR110.txt
Source: USDA-CO Dept of Ag Market News Service, Greeley, CO

 

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Fri, July 25th…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 25, 2014

The BARN CoAgNews Network logoSponsored by the American Farm Bureau Federation

“Small Business Changes Require Regulation Changes”

The evolution of today’s livestock industry has shifted – according to Missouri Cattleman Ken Keesaman – and in order for family businesses to survive – he says cattlemen have expanded and diversified their operations. During his testimony before the House Small Business Subcommittee on Ag, Energy and Trade Wednesday – Keesaman said it is appropriate for the size standards applied by the Small Business Administration to more accurately represent today’s small operations. Diversifying is key to mitigating risk for small family businesses like Keesaman’s farm. He says America’s cattle farmers and ranchers have developed a successful business model domestically and globally – producing 20-percent of the world’s beef with just seven-percent of the world’s cattle supply. As industries adapt to the changing marketplace – Keesaman says it is important for the government to modify the governing regulations to better reflect the changes in the business climate.

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“New U.S. Rural Infrastructure Opportunity Fund Announced”

The White House Rural Council has announced the creation of the U.S. Rural Infrastructure Opportunity Fund. This new fund – anchored by CoBank – allows private entities to invest in job-creating rural infrastructure projects across the country. CoBank has committed 10-billion dollars to the fund to get it off the ground. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack says this fund represents a new approach to supporting job-creating projects across the country. Vilsack says USDA and other agencies invest in infrastructure through a variety of federal initiatives – but its resources are finite. With new efforts like this – he says we can move beyond existing programs and help encourage substantial private investment in projects that grow the economy and improve quality of life for millions of Americans.

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“Outlook for Retail Pork Prices”

The Farm and Ranch Guide reports Purdue University Ag Economist Chris Hurt expects retail pork prices to continue increasing to record highs this summer. However – Hurt also expects those increases to level off in the fall and then move lower into the winter as producers increase production. Producer profits were at a record high near 70-dollars per head during the second quarter of this year – but Hurt says third quarter profits should exceed that record and be around 90-dollars per head. If producers begin expanding their herd – and PEDv is better controlled – Hurt says pork supplies can begin to grow next spring by four to six-percent in the last three quarters of 2015. As supplies build – he says more record-high retail pork prices can be expected in the second half of next year.

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“Farm Bureau, Georgetown Launch Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge”

The American Farm Bureau Federation and Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business Global Social Enterprise Initiative have announced the beginning of the Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge. The goal of the challenge is to provide individuals an opportunity to showcase their ideas and business innovations being cultivated throughout rural America. AFBF Director of Rural Development Dr. Lisa Benson says a team of judges will hear the challenge finalists pitch their business ideas – and winners will get initial capital and mentoring to turn their ideas into realities. Applications are being accepted now through September 15th. Semi-finalists will be announced at the National Summit on Rural Entrepreneurship on October 14th. Finalists will then compete during the 96th Annual AFBF Convention January 9th through the 14th for the Rural Entrepreneur of the Year Award – which includes up to 30,000-dollars to implement their ideas. For more information and to apply – visit Strong Rural America dot com slash challenge (www.strongruralamerica.com/challenge).

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“Genetics Could Help Change Consumer Perceptions of Beef’s Healthfulness”

University of Florida Geneticist Raluca Mateescu says surveys on consumer attitudes about beef show that healthfulness is increasingly more important and impacts their buying decision. Mattescu says research is currently taking place to see if beef producers can improve the healthfulness of beef through genetic selection. The Beef Healthfulness Project shows some nutrients in beef’s healthfulness profile have very good heritabilities. For instance – she says a serving of beef has between eight and 18-percent of the recommended daily value of iron – and the iron concentration in beef has 54-percent heritability. Zinc in beef is 26-percent of the recommended daily value and has 10-percent heritability. As research continues – Mateescu says traits that affect the nutrition profile of beef may loom larger in selection indexes. She says this research provides an opportunity to really change the way beef is portrayed to the consumer.

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“Center for Green Schools Releases National Sustainability Model”

The U.S. Green Building Council’s Center for Green Schools has published the Whole-School Sustainability Framework – which is a collection of principles assembled by Colorado State University’s Institute for the Built Environment. The Council is urging schools across the U.S. to adopt these recommendations for sustainable practices to make schools more energy efficient. Center for Green Schools Director Rachel Gutter says the Center is thrilled to collaborate with the CSU Institute to present a guiding framework that articulates the conditions and approach to advance successful whole-school sustainability efforts. She says the framework supports lasting cultural shifts toward healthier, greener schools. To view the guidebook – visit Center for Green Schools dot org (www.centerforgreenschools.org).

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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07-24-14 Colorado Weekly Hay Report…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 24, 2014

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Greeley, CO    Thu Jul 24, 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.  With an adequate supply of low quality hay these
prices are having some downward pressure.  Conversely the supply of upper end
quality is hard to find, showing a mostly steady market with a slightly firmer
undertone.  With the monsoon season upon us second cutting is getting hit with
afternoon showers.  Hail and flooding also plagued the southwest last week and
affected a lot of hay that was put up or laying in the field.  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: www.coloradoagriculture.com.

Northeast Colorado Areas
Alfalfa
Large Squares: Supreme 200.00-240.00; Premium 170.00; Good/Premium 150.00-
160.00; Good 130.00-140.00, 150.00 Delivered; Fair 115.00-130.00, 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).
Grass
Small Bales: Premium 250.00-275.00 (7.00 to 8.00 per bale).
Wheat Straw
Large Squares: Good 60.00, 70.00-90.00 Delivered.
No reported quotes for other classes of hay.

Southeast Colorado Areas
Alfalfa
Large Squares: Supreme/Premium 240.00-250.00; Premium 230.00; Good/Fair
210.00.
Small Bales: Good 200.00; Fair 180.00.
Wheat Straw
Large Squares:  Good 65.00.
No reported quotes for other classes of hay.

San Luis Valley Area

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Thu, July 24th…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 24, 2014

The BARN CoAgNews Network logoSponsored by the American Farm Bureau Federation

“Stabenow Says Reversing Course on Child Nutrition Not an Option”

Senate Ag Chair Debbie Stabenow held a committee hearing yesterday (Wednesday) on childhood nutrition – saying school personnel, parents, community leaders and other stakeholders must work together to address challenges in providing healthy meals to children in schools. According to the Center for Disease Control – Stabenow says obesity in young children has more than doubled in the last 30-years – and it’s grown more than four-times higher for teenagers in that same period. If the U.S. can turn a corner by offering healthy food choices in schools and teaching healthy eating habits – Stabenow says children’s health will improve and the country’s long-term economic and national security will – too. For an archived webcast of the hearing – visit ag dot senate dot gov (http://ag.senate.gov).

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“Ag Senators Express Frustrations, Concerns to EPA Administrator”

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy met with Senate Ag Committee Republicans Tuesday – according to The Hagstrom Report. Mississippi’s Thad Cochran told McCarthy the Waters of the U.S. proposal and agriculture interpretive rule are a source of uncertainty, anxiety and distrust for people in rural areas. Kansas Senator Pat Roberts expressed his frustration with EPA’s recent campaign calling concerns surrounding the proposed rules myths. Iowa’s Chuck Grassley reiterated his concerns with the proposed waters rule – too – and says there’s no question this administration has a poor track record with agricultural interests on any number of issues. Grassley says it’s hard to believe how EPA thinks it can manage new rules when this unhelpful approach and general negative attitude toward agriculture seem to be standard protocol. He says the meeting with McCarthy did little to alleviate his concerns that the agency isn’t listening to the people its rules will directly impact. EPA Spokeswoman Liz Purchia says EPA knows no one understands the importance of water quality better than the ag community – and the Administrator appreciated the meeting with the Senators.

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“USDA Develops FFAR”

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced the creation of the Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research. The new foundation – authorized under the 2014 Farm Bill – is a non-profit corporation comprised of 15 board members that will seek and accept private donations to fund research activities focusing on problems that are nationally and internationally significant. These issues include plant and animal health, food safety, nutrition, renewable energy, natural resources, the environment, agricultural and food security and ag systems and technology. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says studies show every dollar invested in ag research creates 20-dollars in economic activity. Vilsack says investments in innovation made over the past several decades have developed new products and new procedures that have been critical to the continued growth of American agriculture. He says strategic investments in research and technology must continue if the U.S. is to remain a leader in the global economy.

National Corn Growers Association Chairwoman Pam Johnson is one of the 15 board members. Johnson says advancing American agriculture cannot be done without advancing the critical research to make sure production increases in an economically and environmentally sustainable way. As someone who has long held an interest in ag research – and long believed in its importance – Johnson says she is grateful for the opportunity to serve her country and industry in this foundation.

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“Financial Assistance Available for Biomass Deliveries”

Through the 2014 Farm Bill – a total of 25-million dollars per year was authorized for the Biomass Crop Assistance Program. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack says this program generates clean energy from biomass, reduces the threat of fires by removing dead or diseased trees from public forest lands and invests in rural businesses and new energy markets. Vilsack says USDA has selected 36 energy facilities in 14 states to accept biomass deliveries supported by BCAP. Farmers, ranchers or foresters who harvest and deliver forest or agricultural residues to a BCAP-qualified energy facility may be eligible for financial assistance for those deliveries. The Farm Service Agency will accept applications from biomass owners July 28th through August 25th. Approved contracts may make deliveries through September 26th. For more information – visit FSA dot USDA dot gov slash BCAP (www.fsa.usda.gov/bcap).

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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07-23-14 CSU’s School Sustainability Guide Named National Model…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 23, 2014

Header - Please enable images in your e-mail programFeature Story ImageFORT COLLINS – A Colorado State University institute’s set of guidelines for making schools more energy efficient through sustainable practices has been chosen as a national model by an arm of the U.S. Green Building Council.

And it grew out of a graduate student’s thesis.

The council’s Center for Green Schools has published “The Whole-School Sustainability Framework,” a collection of principles assembled by CSU’s Institute for the Built Environment, and is urging schools around the country to adopt its recommendations on sustainable practices.

Stephanie Barr, now a research associate for IBE, presented the findings of her master’s thesis on sustainability efforts at U.S. schools during the U.S. Green Building Council’s Greenbuild conference in 2011. The presentation caught the attention of the director of the Center for Green Schools, and “the center said they’d like us to develop it further and encourage schools and districts across the nation to use it,” said Brian Dunbar, executive director of the Institute for the Built Environment, part of CSU’s College of Health and Human Sciences.

“We were asked to take the academic research and make it a public guidebook,” Barr said. Read the rest of this entry »

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07-23-14 US Senator Bennet: Gypsum’s Eagle Valley Clean Energy Selected to Accept Biomass Deliveries…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 23, 2014

US Senator Michael Bennet color official photo-022513Biomass Removals from Public Lands Help Reduce Wildfires 

Suppliers May Qualify for BCAP Delivery Assistance

Washington, DC – Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet today announced that Eagle Valley Clean Energy, LLC in Gypsum has been selected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to accept biomass deliveries as part of the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP). The removal of dead or diseased trees from public lands is a crucial piece of the strategy to reduce the risk of wildfires in Colorado and across the West and helps generate clean energy.

Eagle Valley Clean Energy is one of 36 energy facilities in 14 states to be selected. The renewable energy plant in Gypsum also benefitted from a $40 million loan guarantee from USDA’s Rural Development initiative, a program Bennet fought to include in the 2014 Farm Bill.

“Biomass may not be what you typically think about when it comes to Colorado’s abundant energy resources, but this is an innovative way to generate clean energy while reducing the risk of catastrophic wildfires,” Bennet said. “These efforts support local businesses, promote a clean energy economy, and protect our forests and communities from the threat of wildfires. These are the types of investments that will get us out of the vicious cycle of needing to devote so many resources to wildfire suppression without addressing mitigation and preparedness.”

BCAP was authorized as part of the 2014 Farm Bill that Bennet, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, helped craft with the input of Colorado’s farmers, ranchers, and conservation community. Of the total $25 million per year authorized for BCAP, up to 50 percent ($12.5 million) is available each year to assist biomass owners with the cost of delivery of agricultural or forest residues for energy generation. Some BCAP payments will target the removal of dead or diseased trees from National Forests and Bureau of Land Management public lands for renewable energy, which reduces the risk of forest fire.

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07-23-14 USDA Selects 36 Energy Facilities to Accept Biomass Deliveries, one in CO…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 23, 2014

USDA seal logoProgram Includes Biomass Removals from Federal Lands to Reduce Forest Fires including Colorado: Eagle Valley Clean Energy, LLC

WASHINGTON, July 23, 2014 Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has selected 36 energy facilities in 14 states to accept biomass deliveries supported by the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP), which was authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill. Biomass owners who supply these facilities may qualify for BCAP delivery assistance starting July 28, 2014.

Of the total $25 million per year authorized for BCAP, up to 50 percent ($12.5 million) is available each year to assist biomass owners with the cost of delivery of agricultural or forest residues for energy generation. Some BCAP payments will target the removal of dead or diseased trees from National Forests and Bureau of Land Management public lands for renewable energy, which reduces the risk of forest fire.

“This program generates clean energy from biomass, reduces the threat of fires by removing dead or diseased trees from public forest lands, and invests in rural businesses and new energy markets,” said Vilsack. “The fires we are seeing right now in the west underscore the need for forest restoration and fire prevention. Pairing this effort with forest restoration on public lands will help guard against these fires while promoting economic opportunity for rural communities.”

Farmers, ranchers or foresters who harvest and deliver forest or agricultural residues to a BCAP-qualified energy facility may be eligible for financial assistance for deliveries. The USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA), which administers BCAP, will begin accepting applications from biomass owners from July 28 through Aug. 25. Deliveries of residues for approved contracts may be made through Sept. 26, 2014.

The 36 BCAP energy facilities are: Read the rest of this entry »

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07-23-14 USDA Secretary Announces Creation of Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 23, 2014

USDA seal logoWASHINGTON, July 23, 2014 Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the creation of the Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research (FFAR) and the appointment of a 15-member board of directors. The new foundation will leverage public and private resources to increase the scientific and technological research, innovation, and partnerships critical to boosting America’s agricultural economy.

Authorized by Congress as part of the 2014 Farm Bill, the foundation will operate as a non-profit corporation seeking and accepting private donations in order to fund research activities that focus on problems of national and international significance. Congress also provided $200 million for the foundation which must be matched by non-federal funds as the Foundation identifies and approves projects.

“Studies have shown that every dollar invested in agricultural research creates $20 in economic activity,” said Vilsack. “Investments in innovation made over the past several decades have developed new products and new procedures that have been critical to the continued growth of American agriculture. We must continue to make strategic investments in research and technology if we are to remain leaders in the global economy.”

The research funded by the Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research will address issues including plant and animal health; food safety, nutrition and health; renewable energy, natural resources, and environment; agricultural and food security; and agriculture systems and technology.

The foundation’s board of directors was chosen to represent the diverse sectors of agriculture. Seven of these board members were selected by the unanimous vote of the board’s five ex-officio members from lists of candidates provided by industry, while eight representatives were unanimously elected from a list of candidates provided by the National Academy of Sciences. Congress mandated that the ex-officio members choose the initial 15 board members from among the lists provided by these two groups. However, new board members now have the option of adding additional members if they so choose. Secretary Vilsack said today he hoped the board would exercise its prerogative to add more members to expand the board’s diversity.

In announcing the 15-member FFAR board today, Vilsack remarked, “Public-private partnerships are vital to the agricultural research community, and this is reflected in the membership of the foundation’s board of directors.”

The 15 voting members are: Read the rest of this entry »

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