The Fuels America coalition has released an economic impact study by John Dunham & Associates that shows just how renewable fuels benefit the U.S. economy. Currently – renewable fuels represent nearly 10-percent of the U.S. fuel supply. They also have helped reduce the nation’s dependence on foreign oil – actually to the lowest level in years. The study shows renewable fuels drive more than 184-billion dollars of economic output – support more than 850,000-jobs and more than 46-billion dollars in wages – along with generating 14.5-billion dollars in tax revenue every year. The report states the Renewable Fuel Standard drives billions of dollars of economic activity across America – and this is the result of years of investment by the biofuel sector to bring clean, low carbon renewable fuels to market. The oil industry is urging the Environmental Protection Agency and Congress to repeal the RFS – but Fuels America is standing strong with renewable fuels supporters in urging EPA to protect the RFS – and the development of clean, domestic fuels. View the full report at Fuels America dot org (www.fuelsamerica.org).
As of this week – pork fans can visit Pork Be Inspired dot com – choose their favorite pork chop and submit a 140-character entry describing what makes their pork chop the Top Chop. Two finalists from each pork chop category will be selected and Americans will weigh-in on who they think should be named America’s Top #ChopGriller between June 2nd and June 13th. The finalist with the most votes will win 15,000-dollars toward a backyard makeover, a Large Big Green Egg Grill Package and a summer of free pork. Ray Dr. BBQ Lampe will help narrow the field of entries. Lampe says pork chops are the perfect complement to the grill. Pork Checkoff Domestic Marketing Committee Chair David Newman says contests like this are a great way to connect with consumers and increase awareness and consumer demand for pork while underscoring its versatility. So – visit Pork Be Inspired dot com (www.porkbeinspired.com) to learn more about becoming America’s Top #ChopGriller.Read the rest of this entry »
Emergency Watershed Protection Projects Now Underway
Denver, CO., April 23, 2014 – Construction is underway on Emergency Watershed Protection flood recovery projects sponsored by Colorado’s Office of Emergency Management and the Town of Jamestown. The two entities partnered with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), to provide technical and financial assistance to areas impacted by the 2013 floods, utilizing NRCS’s Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) Program. The federal program is designed to relieve imminent hazard to life and property caused by flood, fires, storms and other natural disasters
John Andrews, NRCS State Engineer and EWP Program Manager in Denver shares, “Colorado has witnessed some of the most destructive natural events within the past two years. We’ve seenfires, floods, and even dust-storms. The kind of assistance EWP can provide far exceeds the resources available, we are however pleased to be able to provide some level to the recovery efforts needed across the state.”
EWP is a federal program; however it requires partnerships with local units of government to serve as sponsors. Entities like the State of Colorado, a County, a Municipality or some legal subdivision of one of those entities are eligible as well as Conservation Districts, Water Conservancy Districts, and Indian Tribes.
CLICK HERE to watch the ARCHIVES of the 2014 Farm Bill Explanation Tour Session #4 from NJC in Sterling, CO…
DENVER, CO – April 7th, 2014 - The Colorado Association of Wheat Growers (CAWG) is hosting a Farm Bill Explanation Tour April 22-24 at five locations in eastern Colorado to explain the “The Agriculture Act of 2014” (2014 Farm Bill) recently passed by Congress.
The Farm Bill Explanation Tour will make stops in Lamar, Burlington, Limon, Sterling and Greeley. Following is the list of dates, times and locations:
• COMPLETE – April 22, Ports to Plains Travel Plaza, Lamar • COMPLETE – April 22, Community Center, Burlington • COMPLETE - April 23rd – Hub City Senior Center, Limon • COMPLETE - April 23 Northeastern Junior College, Hays Student Center, Ballroom, Sterling – COMPLETED *WEBCAST ARCHIVE* • April 24 @ 7:30am, Island Grove Park Events Center, Room A, Greeley (continental breakfast)
The 5-year bill, which replaces the “Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008” (2008 Farm Bill) provides farmers with a one-time election to enroll in Ag Risk Coverage (ARC) or Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs. If no decision is made, payments are forfeited for the 2014 crop year and PLC is established for 2015-18.
“With the pending implementation of the 2014 Farm Bill, CAWG believes it is important to inform producers how the new Farm Bill will affect their farming operations and future decisions,” said CAWG President Mark Linnebur, a wheat farmer from Byers. “We are very excited to be able to present such a diverse program to producers.” Linnebur will explain the development and passage of the new Farm Bill by Congress and compare it to the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) Farm Bill Plan.
Leland Swenson, state executive director of the Colorado Farm Service Agency (FSA) office, will discuss implementation of the new Farm Bill by county FSA offices; Jenny Peterson, FSA state farm program chief, will discuss implementation of the commodity programs in the new Farm Bill and answer questions; and Scott Miller, FSA state farm loan chief, will discuss the credit title in the new Farm Bill.
Wayne Myers, director of farm program services and manager at Kennedy and Coe, will focus on the commodity programs, with a detailed review of required elections including base reallocation, yield update and ARC and PLC programs, including county or individual coverage options.
Sponsors who are supporting the Farm Bill Explanation Tour April 22-24:
Brian Domonkos NRCS-CO Snow Survey and Water Forecasting Supervisor
(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) April 23rd, 2014 – Recently, it announced that Brian Domonkos was hired as the new Snow Survey and Water Forecasting Supervisor for Colorado’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. The appointment of that position has been highly anticipated and is welcome news. Joining me on the Colroado Ag News Network at this time is Brian Domonkos…
Four students from Northeastern Junior College’s transportation technology programs recently competed in the Colorado state-wide Skills USA competition held at Pikes Peak Community College in Colorado Springs.
Pictured, from left to right, are the students who represented Northeastern during the April competition: Kody Pickering of Sterling (Auto Technology ), Bryson Grenann of Fort Morgan ( Diesel Technology ), Ethan Berg of La Junta (Diesel Technology), and Logan Ward of Merino (Auto Technology).
Ethan Berg took home a gold, first place award in diesel technology and has earned the right to compete in the national contest in Kansas City in July. NJC Automotive Technology program director and Instructor Layton Peterman and diesel instructor Jimmy Atencio coached and accompanied the contestants to the state contest.
New USDA Discoveries Led to 180 New Inventions, Include Flour that Prevents Weight Gain, Protections from Disease for U.S. Troops, Turning Grass Clippings to Energy
WASHINGTON, April 23, 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced a new report on scientific breakthroughs discovered by USDA researchers that led to new patents and inventions with the potential for commercial application and potential economic growth. Innovations included in the report range from flour made out of chardonnay grape seeds that prevents weight gain to antimicrobial packets that keep food from spoiling, efforts to protect U.S. troops in Iraq from diseases carried by sand flies, new processes for turning grass clippings and raked leaves into bioenergy, and many more.
“Studies have shown that every dollar invested in agricultural research returns $20 to the economy. We have accelerated commercialization of federal research and government researchers are working closely with the private sector to develop new technology and transfer it to the marketplace,” said Secretary Vilsack. “USDA has a proven track record of performing research that benefits the public.”
USDA reports receiving 51 patents, filing 147 patent applications, and disclosing 180 new inventions in the last fiscal year, which are detailed in the Department’s 2013 Annual Report on Technology Transfer released today. Helping drive these innovations, USDA has 259 active Cooperative Research and Development Agreements with outside investigators, which includes Universities and other organizations, including 117 with small businesses. The USDA’s technology transfer program is administered by the Agricultural Research Service (ARS), USDA’s principal intramural scientific research agency.
DENVER - The Colorado Futures Center at Colorado State University launched a new video explaining the long-term challenges the state will face in paying for state government services that go into preserving Colorado’s quality of life, including K-12 education, health care, corrections, courts, higher education and a host of others.
“This is a very important issue with significant implications for Colorado’s long-term quality of life and state government’s ability to meet the needs and expectations of current and future citizens,” said Colorado Futures Center Director Charles Brown. “The decisions made at the polls and at the Capitol have impacts that stay with us for many years to come, and this video boils the issue down to its simplest form to illustrate the difficulties that are ahead if we stay on the current path and don’t take steps now to change course.”
The video provides a glimpse into the Colorado Futures Center’s Sustainability Study released in December, which analyzes the fiscal health of Colorado government’s main checking account for the decades ahead and builds on the widely-cited, award-winning study first completed in 2011.
FORT COLLINS - John McKay, Monfort Professor and associate professor of Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management at Colorado State University, will deliver the inaugural Monfort Lecture, 4-5 p.m. Monday, April 28, in Natural Resources Building Room 113. His talk, “Understanding and Facilitating Adaption to Climate in Plants” will focus on understanding how plant populations adapt to local climate and how such adaptations can be applied to crops and natural plant populations.
McKay hopes to attract the next generation of scientists to work on this important problem, just as he became interested in the theoretical nature of genetics and evolution as an undergraduate.
“Many undergraduates do not consider Agricultural Sciences to be an option for an exciting career in research,” said McKay.
Gary and Georgia Walker, owners of Turkey Creek Ranch, photo courtesy of CCALT
Arvada, CO –April 22, 2014– The Turkey Creek Ranch owned and operated by Gary and Georgia Walker has been selected as the recipient of the 2014 Colorado Leopold Conservation Award. The Pueblo-based ranch consists of approximately 65,000 deeded acres and is managed for both wildlife and livestock.The acts of cattle ranching and wildlife management go hand in hand, and the life’s work of the Walkers proves it. Under an agreement with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, they re-introduced Black Footed Ferrets, which were once thought to be extinct, in eastern Colorado.
“The Walkers’ passion for caring for the habitat and rare plant species on their land, near a growing urban community, sets a remarkable example of conservation leadership,” said Sand County Foundation President Brent Haglund.
Given in honor of renowned conservationist Aldo Leopold, the Leopold Conservation Award recognizes private landowner achievement in voluntary conservation. The Walkers will receive a crystal depicting Aldo Leopold, and $10,000 at the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association’s Protein Producer Summit on June 16 in Colorado Springs.
The award recognizes private landowner achievement in voluntary conservation. It is presented annually by Sand County Foundation, the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association, the Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust, Peabody Energy, Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, and American AgCredit.
“The Walkers balance a love of the land and a dedication to preserving wildlife with cattle ranching,” said Gene Manuello, President of the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association. “The fourteen years of sustained drought have put unfathomable pressure on producers in southeastern Colorado; the Walkers’ forethought and planning included the installation of pipelines, water storage tanks and stock ponds which have played an integral part in the long-term viability of the Turkey Creek Ranch as a home to livestock and wildlife.”
The Leopold Conservation Award recognizes extraordinary achievement in voluntary conservation. It inspires landowners through these examples and provides a visible forum where farmers, ranchers and other private landowners are recognized as conservation leaders. In his influential 1949 book, “A Sand County Almanac,” Leopold called for an ethical relationship between people and the land they own and manage, which he called “an evolutionary possibility and an ecological necessity.”Award applicants are judged based on their demonstration of improved resource conditions, innovation, long-term commitment to stewardship, sustained economic viability, community and civic leadership, and multiple use benefits.The Leopold Conservation Award is possible thanks to generous contributions from many organizations, including Peabody Energy, Tri-State Generation and Transmission Assoc., American AgCredit, The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, Farm Credit, DuPont Pioneer, The Mosaic Company, and the Natural Resources Conservation Service.
FORT COLLINS - Colorado State University students enrolled in the Brewing Science & Technology course will release the fruits of this semester’s fermentation labor at a ceremonial tapping of their “Spring Forward Belgian Bok Bier” 4-6 p.m., Thursday, April 24, at the Odell Brewing Tap Room in Fort Collins.
As part of the course, which is in its 15th semester, students brewed the beer on March 29 and kept it in cold cellars since then. It is described as a traditional artisanal farmhouse ale from Northern France.
The release party, dubbed “Never Look Bok,” will feature live bluegrass music and, at 5 p.m., brewery owner Doug Odell will offer a few comments as well as a toast to the CSU student brewers.
The beer will be on tap at Odell’s and in the Ramskeller in the CSU Lory Student Center on campus for the rest of the semester, until all eight barrels are depleted.
The class, FETC 460, is taught by Jack Avens, a professor in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, and usually has about 20 students enrolled.
Odell Brewing is located at 800 E. Lincoln Ave. in Fort Collins.
Centennial, Colo. – April 22, 2014 – Colorado farmers and ranchers are excited about the launching of a new website, My Colorado Food. The site encourages real conversations about Colorado food and farming, while providing factual answers to commonly asked questions in agriculture.
The site, developed by members of the Colorado Farm Bureau, helps consumers access facts about food and farming without having to dig through pages of search results. The website focuses on agriculture in Colorado, but answers questions that span across the country.
“There is so much misinformation about how food is being produced that it is often difficult to find credible facts,” said Don Shawcroft, President of Colorado Farm Bureau. “We developed this site so consumers can go to one place to address their questions and see the facts that back up the answers.”
The new site focuses on eight main areas: animal welfare, hormones/antibiotics, GMO/GE foods, Organic/Local food, Corporate Farming, water, wildlife/natural resources and food safety. Each area answers five questions and provides resources for more information. There is also an area on the site dedicated to general agriculture facts, called Food on Your Table.
There is also a Facebook page found athttps://www.facebook.com/mycoloradofood, where consumers and producers can engage in meaningful dialogue. Questions and their answers as well as facts will be posted on a regular basis to engage the public. People can connect on Twitter as well @MyColoradoFood.
“Social media holds great opportunity to connect consumers with those of us who grow their food,” stated Shawcroft. “We can use these platforms to facilitate real discussions about farming and Colorado agriculture.”
The website also offers visitors a place to ask members of Colorado Farm Bureau a question. “We want consumers to know they have a place to go with their questions, which will be answered by those who live and work in agriculture,” Shawcroft said.
To learn more about the Colorado Farm Bureau – CLICK HERE
NRCS State Conservationist in Colorado Leaves Lasting Legacy
Denver, CO – April 21, 2014 - Phyllis Ann Philipps, State Conservationist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Colorado announced her retirement and will be returning to the family farm in north central Montana on May 2, 2014. She looks forward to spending time with her family and working within her community.
“It has been a privilege and an honor providing leadership for natural resources conservation in Colorado these last three years” remarked Philipps “I will miss working with the many wonderful partners in this state dedicated to making Colorado a better place for its soil, water, air, plants, animals, and humans”.
Philipps’ career spans over 32 years with NRCS. She started in Washington, DC working for the Agency’s Land Use Division. After that, her career took her to Montana where she served for more than 25 years in various capacities including Soil Conservationist, District Conservationist, Natural Resources Team Leader, and Assistant State Conservationist for Field Operations. Her most recent post prior to her time here in Colorado was back in Washington, DC where she served on a detail to the White House Council on Environmental Quality and served as the Deputy Associate Director for Private Lands and Agriculture.
Philipps leaves a lasting legacy as she departs Colorado. As she returns to her home base and steps into her next chapter she’ll be greeted by her two children, her new grand-daughter and her husband who is a third generation wheat and barley farmer.
To learn more about the Natural Resources Conservation Service in Colorado – CLICK HERE
University of Colorado, Boulder, Colo., $900,000 – This study will provide an integrated social and biophysical assessment of vulnerability and adaptation to climate change and variability in the Blue Mountains ecoregion of Oregon.
Des Moines, Iowa, April 22, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) awarded $6 million to 10 universities to study the effects of climate on agriculture production and develop strategies to provide farmers and ranchers with the solutions they need to supply the nation with quality food. Vilsack made the announcement during remarks at “The Frontier of Climate Change: State and Local Action in the Heartland” conference held at Drake University.
“With longer growing seasons and an increased number of extreme weather events, climate-related changes are increasingly posing new challenges and risks for America’s producers,” said Vilsack. “Every day, farmers and ranchers see the impact that changes in climate patterns have on their operations, and they are contending with drought, floods or extreme temperatures. The discoveries these grants will lead to will be invaluable for American farmers whose livelihoods directly depend on the nation’s land and water resources.”
NIFA made the awards through its Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) funding opportunity in the Climate Variability and Change challenge area. NIFA’s climate work is focused on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and increasing carbon sequestration in agricultural and forest production systems and preparing the nation’s agriculture and forests to adapt to changing climates.
Lyn Burns will be speaking on South Africa this Wednesday, April 23rd at 6 p.m. in the Tennant Art Gallery located inside Hays Student Center on the campus of Northeastern Junior College. Her presentation is open to the public.
Born and raised in South Africa, Burns has lived in Colorado for the past 30 years. She is currently the priest at St. Charles in Fort Morgan and Prince of Peace Episcopal Church in Sterling, and chaplain to Valley View Villa Nursing Home in Fort Morgan. She returned to South Africa earlier this year and will be sharing her views on the changes she has seen.
Burn’s professional background was originally in corporate marketing, and then she moved into the non-profit world where she obtained a Certificate in Gerontology from DU, and, along with others, built an agency that promoted the independence of older adults and people with disabilities through community volunteerism. She completed her master’s degree in Divinity at Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, VA. During a one-year chaplaincy residency at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, Rev. Burns was ordained to the priesthood. Prior to relocating to northeastern Colorado, served as Vicar of St. Benedict in La Veta Colorado, and at St. Thomas, Alamosa Colorado.
SoGES funds research projects that are innovative and interdisciplinary in nature, involving faculty members and researchers from across colleges. Selected projects target all six of the school’s Research Focal Areas: Climate Change and Energy, Food Security, Environmental Institutions and Governance, Sustainable Communities, Land and Water Resources, and Biodiversity, Conservation, and Management.
“This year’s cohort of Global Challenge Research Teams and Resident Fellows represent Colorado State University’s breadth of knowledge related to sustainability science as well as its commitment to solving the most pressing global challenges,” saidDiana Wall, director of the School. “Through these research programs and interdisciplinary partnerships, the School stimulates critical thinking to address these challenges.“
(BARN Media & CoAgNews Network – Briggsdale, CO) April 21st, 2014 - Unfortunately the conversation around a recovering Colorado is still a pertinent one. It has been for the past two years with fires and floods and because of the sheer magnitude and devastation left by those and other events, the conversation will go on much longer than most understand. Joining the Colorado Ag News NEtwork inside the BARN to discuss this further is Todd Boldt, NRCS District Conservationist, out of Fort Collins, CO…
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LAKEWOOD, Colo. – Colorado dry bean producers voted to approve an increase in the dry bean assessment through the Colorado Dry Bean Marketing Order. With 61 “yes” votes and 47 “no” votes, the referendum passed. The assessment will increase from $0.04/cwt. to $0.08/cwt. for producers and from $0.02/cwt. to $0.04/cwt. for handlers.
“Exciting progress is being made at Colorado State University (CSU) with pinto bean breeding and research to genetically improve the upright structure of the plant, which aides in improved harvest, better seed quality, and more disease resistance,” said Harvey Colglazier, President of the Dry Bean Administrative Committee. “The increase in assessment will allow research to progress at CSU, thus enhancing the quality of edible dry beans grown in Colorado.”
The goal of a marketing order is to establish and expand the market as well as create and maintain that product as a viable crop in Colorado. The current assessment rate has been in effect since 1988. The increase will allow the Committee to invest in research of new varieties, enhancement of production practices, and improvements in pest management strategies.
Ballots were mailed to all eligible voters in March and voting ended on April 4, 2014. The assessment increase will become effective August 1, 2014.
(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…
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(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO)April 14th, 2014 – Joining the Colorado Ag News Network inside the BARN is Chad Hodgson, Direct Sales Manager, detailing the NACHURS Product line that can help YOUR bottom line this season.
NACHURS liquid starters have a neutral pH and are low in both salt index and impurities. These features of our liquid starters enable the product to be placed directly with the seed at planting time. Placement with the seed allows the available phosphorus to be taken up at the critical early stages of growth to maximize yield potential. NACHURS liquid starters contain 80% – 100% of their phosphates in the available orthophosphate form. Orthophosphate is immediately available to the plant during the critical early stages of growth. Plants can only take up phosphorus in the orthophosphate form.
Registration has opened for the Western Governors’ Association Annual MeetingJune 9-11 at the Broadmoor resort in Colorado Springs.
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, WGA Chairman, will host his colleagues for three days of conversation on vital issues facing the West. In addition, a variety of events are planned in and around this spectacular destination at the base of Pikes Peak.
Governors will take part in sessions such as “Water in a Changing West,” “The Future of Energy” and a roundtable discussion of “Managing Inter-related Challenges of Wildfire, ESA and Invasive Species.” (See a working agenda.)
The Governors have invited several high-profile guests: Ernie Moniz, Secretary, U.S. Department of Energy; Mike Connor, Deputy Secretary, Department of the Interior; Jo-Ellen Darcy, Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works), and Fred Hochberg, Chairman, Export-Import Bank of the U.S.
CLICK HERE to visit the History Colorado Centennial Farms Webpage…
DENVER — Families who have owned and operated their Colorado farm or ranch for 100 years or more are encouraged to submit a nomination to receive a Colorado Centennial Farms award. Selected nominees will be honored at the 28th Annual Centennial Farms Celebration at the Colorado State Fair in Pueblo, Colo., in August 2014. Farmers and ranchers nominating their property for this award must submit an application providing information about the history of their farm and its buildings by close of business on Wednesday, April 30, 2014.
Nominees must meet the following requirements to be selected as a Colorado Centennial Farm:
Farming or ranching properties must have remained in the same family continuously for at least 100 years
Each property must still operate as a working farm or ranch
Farms or ranches must have a minimum of 160 acres
Properties with fewer than 160 acres can qualify if they gross at least $1,000 in annual sales
History Colorado and the Colorado Department of Agriculture created the Colorado Centennial Farms Program in 1986 to recognize the important role that agriculture has played in the state’s history and economic development.
(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) March 18th, 2014 - Joining the Colorado Ag News Network inside the BARN is Duane Brodt Marketing and Communications National FFA Foundation to discuss the 2014 “FFA Day at the Ballpark”…
INDIANAPOLIS (Monday, March 10, 2014/National FFA Organization) – FFA members, their friends and family members and FFA supporters can catch a Major League Baseball game this summer and take advantage of specially discounted ticket rates, help raise funds for FFA and heighten awareness of the organization.
7:10 p.m. Friday, June 14: Seattle Mariners vs. Texas Rangers at Safeco Field in Seattle
7:10 p.m. Friday, June 20: Kansas City Royals vs. Seattle Mariners at Kauffman Field in Kansas City
1:10 p.m. Sunday, June 22: Cincinnati Reds vs. Toronto Blue Jays at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati
1:15 p.m. Sunday, June 22: St. Louis Cardinals vs. Philadelphia Phillies at Busch Stadium in St. Louis
7:10 p.m. Friday, June 27: Milwaukee Brewers vs. Colorado Rockies at Miller Park in Milwaukee
7:05 p.m. Friday, July 11: Philadelphia Phillies vs. Washington Nationals at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia
1:35 p.m. Sunday, July 20: Washington Nationals vs. Milwaukee Brewers at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.
2:10 p.m. Sunday, July 27: Colorado Rockies vs. Pittsburgh Pirates at Coors Field in Denver
Each game is a fundraising event for FFA with a portion of each ticket sold benefitting FFA at the state level.
Based on ticket sales, FFA has the potential to share how the organization makes a positive difference in the lives of agricultural education students throughout the country with nearly 500,000 baseball fans in the combined eight markets.
To order specially discounted tickets online for any of the FFA Day at the Ballpark games, visit FFA.org/MLB.
The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 579,678 student members in grades seven through 12 who belong to one of 7,570 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
GL_GR110 Greeley, CO Wed Apr 23, 2014 USDA-CO Dept of Ag Market News
Daily Grain Bids for Denver and Surrounding Areas
Spot bids to producers for grain delivered to terminal and country elevators. Bids dollar/bu. except for Barley which is dollar/cwt. Bids are as of 3:00 PM MST. Bids Change (cents) US 1 Hard Red Winter Wheat 7.06-7.21 5 higher Up to 12 percent protein
The American Farm Bureau Federation is asking its members to join a grassroots campaign – Ditch the Rule. The campaign is targeted at the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Waters of the U.S. rule – which was published in the Federal Register on Monday. Among other things – the proposed rule would expand federal control over land features – such as agricultural land areas that are wet only during storms. If carried out – Farm Bureau believes ordinary field work, fence construction or even planting could require a federal permit – which would mean new regulations or prohibitions on routine farming practices and other land uses. While EPA contends an entire set of exemptions will protect farmers from the new rule – Farm Bureau says they only apply to farms that have been in existence since the 1970s – not new or expanded farms. AFBF President Bob Stallman says exemptions have continuously been narrowed by EPA guidance and offer no meaningful protection for farmers and ranchers. Stallman says the rule is an end run around congressional intent and rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court. Stallman says Congress and the courts have said the 50 states have power to decide how farming and other land uses should be restricted – so it’s time to ditch this rule.
The Fuels America coalition has launched a television and digital ad campaign called Oil Rigged – in addition to Oil Rigged dot com (www.oilrigged.com) – to expose how the oil industry has rigged the system to protect their profits and block the transition to renewable fuels. The campaign showcases how the Renewable Fuel Standard benefits Americans and warns not to let the oil industry continue rigging the system in the renewable fuels debate. The coalition says the RFS is the most important policy moving America away from reliance on foreign oil and toward a healthier economy and environment. For more information on the coalition – visit fuels America dot org (www.fuelsamerica.org).Read the rest of this entry »
Runners and their families made their way to the John Hancock Sports & Fitness Expo between April 18 and April 20 to pick up their race numbers and packets. During the three-day event there, an estimated 110,000 health-conscious athletes and supporters had the opportunity to learn about lean beef’s role in a heart-healthy diet. More than 36,000 of the world’s most elite athletes – up by 9,000 compared to 2013 — ran the Boston Marathon on Monday morning. Additional participants were allowed to register this year to help mark the one-year anniversary of the 2013 Boston bombings at the finish line of the marathon on April 15, 2013.
National Beef Ambassador Team members Tori Summey, Justana Von Tate and Sierra Jepsen were on site to distribute about 3,000 lean beef sticks, recipe brochures and beef nutrition information to expo participants. Visitors enjoyed talking with the Ambassadors about how cattle are raised and the ways to incorporate lean beef into an athlete’s diet. The Ambassadors gave booth visitors the chance to win the “Best of Beef” raffle basket, featuring a $100 Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse gift card, a copy of the Cooking Light: Global Kitchen cookbook signed by author David Joachim, and other beef prizes. The event, in total, brought out about 1 million spectators.
On Team BEEF, 13 runners participated in this year’s marathon. The team included runners from Kansas, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin, all of whom serve as great spokespeople for the industry and have a passion for promoting the health benefits of beef. Team Beef runner profiles are available on the NEBPI website.
These runners enjoyed being recognized as part of Team BEEF and loved hearing the “Go Beef!” cheers from the crowd as they made their way to the finish line. In Heath Larson’s hometown of Wichita, Kan., he gave a TV interview about why he participates on Team BEEF and how lean beef fuels him for the finish. Watch Heath’s interview here. This was Heath’s third time qualifying for the Boston Marathon and his second opportunity to run it. He and the rest of the 2014 Team BEEF runners say they are looking forward to running on the team again at next year’s marathon.
Our thoughts and prayers remain with those affected by the tragedies in Boston at the 2013 Marathon.
For more information about the beef checkoff at the 2014 Boston Marathon contact Jennifer Orr firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the NEBPI website and Facebook page for photos and more event details.
The Beef Checkoff Program was established as part of the 1985 Farm Bill. The checkoff assesses $1 per head on the sale of live domestic and imported cattle, in addition to a comparable assessment on imported beef and beef products. States retain up to 50 cents on the dollar and forward the other 50 cents per head to the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board, which administers the national checkoff program, subject to USDA approval.