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08-01-14 Port-To-Plains Alliance News: Can you see the can bouncing down the road? Oops, it landed in a pothole, got stuck in traffic, or worse yet was in an accident!

Posted by Brian Allmer on August 1, 2014

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Port-to-Palins Mission Statement logoThis week Congress addressed an immediate, critical need by passing legislation to extend federal surface transportation programs and ensure the solvency of the Highway Trust Fund through May 2015.  Without this short‐term fix, the United States Department of Transportation would have to start cutting highway project reimbursements to states and local governments early next week.  Thousands of transportation projects and hundreds of thousands of jobs across the country would be at risk. This is unacceptable. For this reason, the Ports‐to‐Plains Alliance strongly supports this short‐term fix, but it does so reluctantly.

The main reason for our reluctance is that this short‐term fix simply kicks the can down of the road without any real effort to address the long‐term structural deficit in the federal Highway Trust Fund. Congress is once again using ten‐year offsets to address the short‐term.  Since 2008, Congress has transferred $53.3 billion in General Funds into the Highway Trust Fund using these offsets.  Frankly, it’s a gimmick.  It’s a shell game.  Congress should stop the gimmicks, stop the games. It’s time for a long‐term, sustainable fix for the Highway Trust Fund.

The Highway Trust Fund has been in dire fiscal condition for the past six years as America’s transportation network continues to decline.  The Alliance’s message to Congress is simple: we need more than a short‐term fix; we need a long‐term fix.  It’s incumbent on the House and Senate, working with the Administration, to develop a long‐term and sustainable Highway Trust Fund solution that supports future transportation capital investments.  Anything less does a great disservice to the tens of millions of American motorists, businesses, and workers who rely on the transportation network every day.   Congress should continue working to develop a long‐term funding solution and a long‐term reauthorization bill.   And it should do so sooner rather than later.  It should act in 2014 if at all possible.

The Ports‐to‐Plains Alliance invites you to join in telling Congress it is time to return to a long term, user based funded transportation policy. Add your name to a letter to Congress asking that it reauthorizes federal transportation programs (MAP‐21) for five or six years in accordance with Ports‐to‐Plains Alliance priorities, and provides the user‐fee‐based, sustainable revenues for the Highway Trust Fund necessary to support the higher levels of investment needed to modernize America’s national transportationnetwork, including rural freight / energy / agricultural corridors like Ports‐to‐Plains, HeartlandExpressway, and Theodore Roosevelt Expressway.

See the Federal Priorities of the Ports‐to‐Plains Alliance for MAP‐21 Implementation and Reauthorization at http://www.portstoplains.com/images/advocacy/transportation‐advocacy/2014policypaper_lores.pdf.

Add your name to the Letter to Congress at http://www.portstoplains.com/index.php/advocacy/transportation/tell‐congress‐to‐address‐transportation‐funding.

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08-01-14 USWA – NAWG News: Wheat Organizations Support Congressional Call for Comprehensive Market Access in TPP…

Posted by Brian Allmer on August 1, 2014

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ARLINGTON, Virginia — U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) and the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) are very pleased that 140 members of Congress urged President Barack Obama this week to pursue a high standard, 21st Century Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement.

In a letter to the President, a bipartisan group of members expressed deep concern that Japan is seeking to exempt numerous tariff lines from complete tariff elimination under the agreement, including on wheat and wheat product imports. Allowing Japan or other TPP member countries to claim numerous exceptions for sensitive products opens the door for other countries to do the same, a situation that could unravel the talks and threaten the completion of a comprehensive agreement.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership was proposed as an ambitious model for all future U.S. free trade agreements. A weak TPP agreement would negatively affect our ability to reach acceptable agreements with the European Union in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations.

USW and NAWG agree with the members of Congress who urged President Obama to hold Japan to the same high standards envisioned by other TPP partners. If Japan, Canada or other negotiating parties fail to provide meaningful agricultural market access in the agreement, we too believe TPP negotiations should be suspended with them until they are ready to conclude a truly comprehensive agreement. Read the rest of this entry »

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Today’s Colorado Ag News Reports…

Posted by Brian Allmer on August 1, 2014

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For TODAY’s Colorado’s Ag News with Brian Allmer - CLICK HERE

For CoAgNews Archives – CLICK HERE

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08-01-14 CO Gov Hickenlooper and Lt. Gov. Garcia to join statewide day of service to commemorate anniversary of 2013 floods and a year of recovery efforts

Posted by Brian Allmer on August 1, 2014

Colorado United Day logoColorado United & SERVE Colorado encourage participation in volunteer events across the state

Denver, CO – Gov. John Hickenlooper and Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia will join in the Colorado United Day of Service, held Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014 to commemorate the one year anniversary of last year’s historic floods and highlight the intense need for continued recovery efforts in Colorado’s flood, fire and other disaster damaged communities.  Colorado United Day of Service was created by the Colorado Recovery Office and SERVE Colorado, the Governor’s Commission on Community Service.

Beginning today, Aug. 1, volunteers in Colorado can register online to work on projects at www.ColoradoUnited.com. SERVE Colorado is working with local partners across the state who will match volunteers with service events in their own or nearby communities in need of rebuilding and revitalization. Additional volunteer opportunities will be added in the coming weeks.

A celebration of Colorado’s unyielding resilience, undeniable unity and unwavering commitment to service will bring the Colorado United Day of Service to an end with a planned concert, food and drink in Lyons, CO.

The Colorado United website features volunteer opportunities and registration, videos produced by the Colorado Lottery featuring interviews with volunteers and residents from Boulder, Manitou Springs, Lyons, Weld County and Jamestown who were impacted by the floods. The site also offers additional information on the state’s recovery efforts and a toolkit for others to help get the word out about the Colorado United Day of Service and encourage participation in their own communities.

Link to video: http://youtu.be/eAtCU9xTHPA

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08-01-14 Learn more about the America’s Farmers Grows Communities Program from Monsanto’s Angela Allen…

Posted by Brian Allmer on August 1, 2014

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Monsanto's Angela Allen

Angela Allen, Monsanto customer advocacy outreach

(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) August 1st, 2014 - What could your community do with $2,500? America’s Farmers Grow Communities is launching its fifth annual campaign to support rural communities, and local 4-H clubs and FFA programs are two of the largest beneficiaries of the program. Since its inception in 2010, Grow Communities has invested more than $16 million, supporting over 6,000 nonprofit organizations… inside the BARN to discuss this in more detail is Angela Allen, Monsanto customer advocacy outreach

Topics covered within the interview include:

America’s Farmers Grow Communities Background
Monsanto Fund History
- AFGC Impacts to the US & to Colorado
- Now 13 Eligible Colorado Counties
- The America Farmers Grow Communities nomination deadline is November 30th

Farmers in the 13 eligible CO counties can submit their ideas or initiatives online

@ wwwGrowCommunities.org OR by calling 1-877-267-3332

To listen to the interview with Angela Allen, Monsanto Customer Advocacy Outreach, click the audio mp3 link below…

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To learn more about the America’s Farmers Grow Communities Program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund – CLICK HERE 

America’s Farmers Grow Communities is part of the America’s Farmers initiative. These programs, supported by the Monsanto Fund, have awarded over $22 million to rural communities since 2010. Connect with America’s Farmers on Facebook or @AmericasFarmers on Twitter. Join the #GrowCommunities conversation today. Don’t forget, the America Farmers Grow Communities nomination deadline is November 30!

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08-01-14 NGWA News: New, easy-to-understand information available to household water well owners…

Posted by Brian Allmer on August 1, 2014

Through support of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, a complete set of new educational tools is now available to household water well owners to help them protect their water quality and care for their water well systems, the National Ground Water Association (NGWA) announced today.

The easy-to-understand information—most accessible through the websitewww.WellOwner.org–includes:

·         15 short, free online lessons with quizzes and a Certificate of Completion for those who pass

·         8 free recorded webinars

·         A Private Well Owner Hotline (855-420-9355)

·         Monthly Private Well Owner Tip Sheets, including archived editions going back to September

·         New and improved content on WellOwner.org covering water well basics

“These educational tools are for household well owners who don’t know much about their well system or water quality but would like to learn more,” said Cliff Treyens, NGWA public awareness director. “This information is all free, simple, and focuses on the very basic information that all water well owners should know.”

NGWA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing groundwater knowledge. NGWA annually sponsors National Groundwater Awareness Week in March and Protect Your Groundwater Day, which occurs this year on September 9.

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08-01-14 USDA Announces Commodity Credit Corporation Lending Rates for August 2014…

Posted by Brian Allmer on August 1, 2014

USDA Press ReleaseWASHINGTON, Aug. 1, 2014 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) today announced interest rates for August 2014. The CCC borrowing rate-based charge for August is 0.125 percent, unchanged from 0.125 percent in July.

The interest rate for crop year commodity loans less than one year disbursed during August is 1.125 percent, unchanged from 1.125 percent in July.

Interest rates for Farm Storage Facility Loans approved for August are as follows, 2.125 percent with seven-year loan terms, unchanged from 2.125 percent in July; 2.625 percent with 10-year loan terms, unchanged from 2.625 percent in July and; 2.750 percent with 12-year loan terms, unchanged from 2.750 percent in July. The interest rate for 15-year Sugar Storage Facility Loans for August is 2.875 percent, unchanged from 2.875 percent in July.

Further program information is available from USDA Farm Service Agency’s (FSA) Financial Management Division at 202-772-6041.

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08-01-14 OpEd – Plans to take water from the agriculture industry will do irreparable harm to Colorado…

Posted by Brian Allmer on August 1, 2014

CO State Rep Don Coram - Montrose

CO State Rep Don Coram of Montrose Dist #58

Colorado State Representative Jerry Sonnenberg, 65th District

Colorado State Representative Jerry Sonnenberg, 65th District

Written by: CO State Representatives Don Coram and Jerry Sonnenberg

Members of the House Agriculture, Livestock, & Natural Resources Committee

July 31, 2014

Plans to take water from the agriculture industry will do irreparable harm to Colorado

Denver Water on behalf of the Bureau of Reclamation and the respective water districts from Arizona, California and Nevada recently developed a drought management pilot program for the Upper Colorado River System to send more water downstream. Other than Denver Water, the water districts involved in this program represent the states known as the Lower Basin states. The proposal addresses several concerns, which can be summed up as the Lower Basin states cannot satisfy their current water demand. Unfortunately, when the drafters of this pilot program looked up stream for more water, it seems Colorado’s agriculture industry became their target for relief.

In order to send more water to these Lower Basin states, the pilot program suggests farmers could fallow more land, employ deficit irrigation techniques and plant crops that use less water; but let us explain why these ideas will greatly damage our agriculture industry. First, fallowing, a term for intentionally leaving a portion of a field vacant, is strategically used by farmers to let soils recover from a harvest. Fallowing can improve yields in future years, but because a farmer is choosing not to plant in a portion of the field, no crops are produced. Secondly, changing to deficit irrigation methods can be very difficult and result in lower crop yields. And lastly, crops are soil, location, elevation and climate specific, and each require an enormous investment in equipment specific to that crop. Additionally, crop selection is based on market prices, demand and cost of harvest. Requiring farmers to plant different crops can be costly, and in some cases, not viable.

On top of the burdens proposed in this program is the current Colorado drought, which reduced agricultural production by 25 percent last year alone. Yet despite this drastic drop in production, Colorado’s agriculture industry still contributed over $2 billion to our state’s economy. Asking Colorado farmers to plant less, reduce their yield and even switch crops will have devastating impacts on our agriculture industry and ultimately our state’s economy.

Much like Colorado, the Lower Basin states are struggling to meet their water demand, but with growing populations in this region and declining rain and snow fall, this problem is likely here to stay. However, as Colorado and its neighboring states continue to look for solutions for water management, they need to consider who has been and will continue to be a leader of water conservation – our agriculture industry. This industry is first to experience the effects of drought and consequently is the first to take steps to better manage its water supply. Simply put, farmers and ranchers are already consummate water conservationists because their livelihoods depend on it.

The Lower Basin states can receive water above their agreed upon allotment. If these states are looking for more water, cities like Las Vegas need to discuss ways to better manage their current water budget, and leave Colorado farmers’ and ranchers’ water out of the discussion.

Sincerely,

Don Coram R-Montrose and Jerry Sonnenberg R-Sterling

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08-01-14 NCBA News: Cattle Operations Honored for Stewardship Efforts…

Posted by Brian Allmer on August 1, 2014

DENVER (July 31, 2014) – Seven cattle operations were recognized here today as regional winners of the 2014 regional Environmental Stewardship Award Program. The awards, announced during the 2014 Cattle Industry Summer Conference, honor the industry’s best land stewards. The seven regional winners will now compete for the national ESAP award, which will be announced during the 2015 Cattle Industry Annual Convention and NCBA Trade Show in San Antonio, Texas.

The awards, now in their 24th year, were developed to recognize beef producers for their efforts to implement practices which improve the environmental sustainability of their operations. The ESAP award is sponsored by Dow AgroSciences, USDA Natural Resources Conservations Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the National Cattlemen’s Foundation.

The 2014 regional winners are: Conlan Ranches California/True Grass Farms, Valley Ford, Calif.; Rock Hills Ranch, Lowry, S.D.; Wineinger-Davis Ranch, Colo.; Rocosa Ridge Ranch, Bosque County, Texas; Nichols Farms LTD, Bridgewater, Iowa; Sherwood Acres Farm, LaGrange, Ky.; Two Rivers Ranch, Thonotosassa, Fla.

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Fri, Aug 1st…

Posted by Brian Allmer on August 1, 2014

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“USDA Releases Scientific Rules for Quantifying Greenhouse Gas Changes.”

A USDA report released Thursday is designed for consistent, science based method for quantifying changes in greenhouse gas emissions and carbon storage from conservation programs on the farm.  The 600 page report is aimed at food producers and contains input from a large cross-section of agriculture experts, according to Meatingplace.com.  USDA Climate Change program Director William Hohenstien said this document is the first of its kind serving as a place where methodologies are laid out in depth. The report also is intended to aid USDA in developing new tools and updating existing ones for helping farmers and ranchers participate in emerging carbon markets. 

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“House Members Urge Negotiators to Leave  Out Japan, Canada in TPP”

140 members of the US House of Representatives urged the White House this week to pursue a Trans Pacific Partnership leaving out Japan and Canada.  A letter from the house member to President Obama stated that support for the TPP would be jeopardized if negotiators do not hold Japan and Canada to the same standard as other TPP partners.  The house members want Japan and Canada to provide full market access if they are to be part of a TPP deal.  The National Pork Producers Council, which has criticized Japan’s position in the TPP negotiations, said it welcomed the congressional show of support for U.S. agriculture.

Japan is the fourth largest market for U.S. agriculture, which shipped $12.1 billion of products to the nation in 2013; Canada is the second largest export destination for U.S. agricultural goods, importing $21.3 billion worth in 2013

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“Vilsack Announces New Poultry Inspection Rule.”

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced a new long-awaited poultry inspection rule Thursday. According to the Hagstrom report, the new rule will require companies to conduct microbiological test for pathogens not seen by the naked eye.  Secretary Vilsack says the rule is an effort to mondernize poultry inspection and predicted it would reduce the incidents of foodborne illness.  The new testing requirements as part of the rule went into effect Thursday. 

The rule has been subject to intense criticism from unions and consumer groups, which have said that the change is a way for the government to reduce the number of needed inspectors. But Vilsack said he considers the rule finalized today to be different from the one that was criticized, saying the final rule should be “judged on its merit.”  The rule will remove federal inspections from the beginning of lines but not increase the speed of the line.  The rule calls for USDA to maintain an inspector at the end of the line who would look for fecal matter and other problems.

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“House Subcommittee Looks Into Department of Labor Practices.”

A House agriculture subcommittee held a public hearing this week reviewing the impact of enforcement activities by the US Department of Labor on specialty crop growers. Subcommittee Members addressed growing concerns that the department is using the “Hot Goods” provision under the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 against producers of perishable agricultural commodities. FLSA prohibits the shipment or sale in interstate commerce of any goods produced in violation of the minimum wage, overtime pay, child labor or special minimum wage provisions. Members took issue with the use and threat of use of the “Hot Goods” provision by the Labor Department. The department has a wide range of authority to compel producers and packers to reimburse workers and pay civil penalties if they are found to be in violation of the minimum wage requirements without resorting to the use of this provision, which, according the sub committee, may impact producers’ due process rights.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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07-31-14 WSGLT News: ANNUAL ROUNDUP CELEBRATES CONSERVATION THROUGH RANCHING…

Posted by Brian Allmer on August 1, 2014

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CHEYENNE —  The Wyoming Stock Growers Land Trust will hold its Annual Roundup Barbeque at Bear Lodge Cattle Company at Devils Tower, WY on Saturday, August 23rd.  Hosts Bear Lodge Cattle Company and the Driskill Family will welcome Land Trust supporters for an evening in celebration of conservation through ranching in Wyoming.  Guests will be treated to a delicious beef dinner catered by the Chophouse Restaurant, dancing to the music of “Ruckus” and plenty of visiting with friends and neighbors from across the state.  And who knows, maybe some extraterrestrials will stop by for another close encounter!

Would you like to see your name in a CJ Box novel?  How about tickets for the National Finals Rodeo?  And who wouldn’t want to bid on a year’s worth of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream?  Are you a fan of Bob Coronato?   Golf?  Visiting Wyoming hotspots? You can bid on unique auction items and many others in a live auction presided over by Michael Schmitt of Torrington Livestock Markets.   You can even check out the items online to get a jump start on your bidding – visit www.wsgalt.org and follow the link to the on-line auction website.  Make sure to check out the antique sleigh!

DSC_0112A limited number of guests are invited to tour the Bear Lodge Cattle Company ranch prior to the barbeque.  Tickets for the 2014 Annual Roundup Barbeque and dance are $75 per person or $15 per person for the dance only.  If you are interested in attending or would like more information, please visit www.wsgalt.org or contact Tara at 307.772.8751 ortara@wsgalt.org for reservations.

About the Wyoming Stock Growers Land Trust

The Stock Growers Land Trust is dedicated to conservation through ranching. Based in Cheyenne, the non-profit organization serves the entire state and is Wyoming’s only agricultural land trust. Through partnerships with 56 ranch families, the Stock Growers Land Trust holds and stewards conservation easements on 201,176 acres of land on ranches and farms throughout Wyoming. Founded in 2000 by the 140-year-old Wyoming Stock Growers Association, it is one of the largest land trusts among the 1,659 regional land trusts in the United States. For more information, visit www.wsgalt.org

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08-01-14 BLM Seeks Bids for New Long-Term Pastures and Short-Term Facilities to Care for Off-Range Wild Horses…

Posted by Brian Allmer on August 1, 2014

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At a time when current off-range holding facilities are nearing capacity limits, the Bureau of Land Management is soliciting bids for new long-term pasture facilities that provide a free-roaming environment for wild horses.  The BLM is also soliciting bids for multiple short-term facilities in various states that border or are east of the Mississippi River.

Under the authority of the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act, as amended, the BLM manages and protects wild horses and burros while working to ensure that population levels are in balance with other public rangeland resources and uses.  The BLM removes animals from the range to control the size of herds, which have virtually no predators and can double in population every four years.  The BLM plans to remove 2,400 animals from the range in Fiscal Year 2014, down from 4,176 in FY 2013.  The BLM is also using population growth-suppression (PGS) measures, and is supporting research to improve existing and develop new PGS tools.

The current free-roaming population of BLM-managed wild horses and burros is estimated to be 49,209, as of March 1, 2014, which exceeds by more than 22,500 the number determined by the BLM to be the appropriate management level.  Off the range, as of June 2014, there were more than 47,000 wild horses and burros cared for in either short-term corrals or long-term pastures.  All these animals, whether on or off the range, are protected by the BLM under the 1971 law.

The solicitations involving long-term facilities are for one or more pasture facilities, each accommodating 100 to 5,000 wild horses.  Each pasture facility must be able to provide humane care for a one-year period, with a renewal option under BLM contract for a four-year or nine-year period.  The solicitations are open until August 28 and August 29, 2014.

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Today’s BARN Morning Ag News

Posted by Brian Allmer on August 1, 2014

The BARN CoAgNews Network logoLISTEN to the BARN’s Morning Ag News

with NAFB Broadcaster Brian Allmer

*As heard on participating BARN Affiliate Radio Stations*

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07-31-14 August is Colorado Proud Month and the 27-Day “Choose Colorado Tour”…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 31, 2014

August 2014 Choose Colorado Tour

August is Colorado Proud Month. Watch the video to find out what makes Governor John Hickenlooper and Commissioner of Agriculture John Salazar “Colorado Proud.”

Better for you. Better for Colorado

Look for the Colorado Proud logo at grocery stores, farmers’ markets, garden centers and restaurants. By buying locally grown, raised and processed food and agricultural products, you are receiving high quality fresh products and helping Colorado’s economy, local farmers, ranchers, greenhouses, manufacturers and processors in your area.

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07-31-14 NCBA News: Reporter Steffan Tubbs Reflects on Drought in SE CO, Other States at Cattle Industry Summer Conference…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 31, 2014

News Reporter Steffan Tubbs Produces Documentary on Impact of Drought

DENVER, Colo. (July 31, 2014) – Drought has devastated a big part of the West, and the impact it has had on real people has recently become especially significant to Steffan Tubbs. Tubbs, a radio and television reporter in Colorado, was keynote speaker during the 2014 Cattle Industry Summer Conference in Denver July 31. The conference will run through Aug 2.

“Within the last year, your industry has become more meaningful to me,” Tubbs told the more than 600 producers attending the Opening General Session and lunch. “Farmers and ranchers are important to this country.”

About a year ago Tubbs recognized the stories reflected in the drought in Southeastern Colorado, and undertook a documentary on the topic called Droughtland. Tubbs interviewed numerous cattlemen and women for the documentary, a portion of which was previewed at the lunch. Droughtland is expected to be released this fall.

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07-31-14 Beef Checkoff ROI Study: $11.20 Return on your Beef Checkoff Dollar…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 31, 2014

BeefCheckoffNewsDENVER, Colo., July 31, 2014 In the most comprehensive study ever rendered about the Return on Investment (ROI) of beef checkoff assessments, Dr. Harry Kaiser of Cornell University concludes that each dollar invested in the Beef Checkoff Program between 2006 and 2013 returned about $11.20 to the beef industry.

“The news for beef checkoff investors couldn’t be better,” said Kaiser, the Gellert Family professor of applied economics and management at Cornell and director of the Cornell Commodity Promotion Research Program, who is sharing study results this week at the 2014 Cattle Industry Summer Conference.

“It is clear to me that activities funded through the Beef Board budget have a substantial impact on beef demand in the U.S. and in foreign markets. The return on producers’ and importers investments into this program is vastly greater than the cost of the program.”

Commissioned through the checkoff’s Joint Evaluation Committee, this new ROI study could be a useful tool for producers who make decisions about how to invest checkoff dollars.

“This really tells us that we’re on the right track with how we plan our checkoff programs,” said cattleman Ted Greidanus of California, who chairs the checkoff’s Evaluation Committee. “We are accountable to beef producers and importers who fund the work we do with checkoff dollars, so we wanted to know how much difference we were really making in the marketplace, good or bad — and I must say that I am quite pleased at how good the news really is.”

Some additional key findings in Kaiser’s benefits-cost analysis include:

  • Had there not been any CBB-funded marketing between 2006 and 2013, total domestic beef demand would have totaled 15.7 billion pounds – or 11.3 percent less than it was with the checkoff programs in place. Holding the effects of all other demand drivers constant, the activities funded by the CBB resulted in an increase in beef demand of 2.1 billion pounds per year.
  • Had the national Beef Checkoff Program not invested in foreign-market development between 2006 and 2013, foreign demand for U.S. beef would have been 6.4 percent lower.
  • The statistical results indicate that all eight CBB demand-enhancing activities — generic beef advertising; channels marketing; industry information; new-product development; public relations; nutrition research; beef-safety research and product-enhancement research — have a positive and statistically significant impact on increasing per capita beef demand.
  • At the bottom line, the increase in beef demand due to CBB-funded marketing efforts resulted in higher prices for beef producers and importers, which means higher net revenue than they would have experienced without those checkoff programs.

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07-31-14 CSU Ext Pest Alert:Sunflower moth and other insect pests in sunflowers…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 31, 2014

CSU Extension LogoWritten & submitted to BARN Media by: Assefa Gebre-Amlak Pest Management Specialist

July 31, 2014 - Sunflower moth, banded sunflower head moth seed weevils (red and gray) have been detected in the Front Range area and northeastern Colorado. Usually these insects are active in sunflower fields between from mid-July to early September in Colorado. If your sunflower is approaching blooming stage, scouting for these insects should be initiated to make pest management decision.

Sunflower moth: young sunflower moth larvae feed primarily on florets and pollen while older larvae tunnel through immature seeds and other parts of the sunflower head. As the larvae feed and spin silken threads, the dying florets and frass give the sunflower head a trashy appearance.

Insecticide applications are made at early bloom (R5.1) to prevent moths from laying eggs. Pheromone traps may be used to monitor moth activity. Less than one sunflower moth trapped per night is considered low risk, while more than four moths trapped per night is considered high risk and justified for treatment.  If visual scouting is used instead of pheromone traps, consider treatment if more than two sunflower head moths per five plants is observed while scouting during early bloom.

Banded moths are most active during the early morning and early evening. During the day they rest quietly underneath the lower leaves of sunflower plants, but flutter from plant to plant when disturbed. Larvae feed primarily on seed and florets in the central portion of the head. A single larva may feed on from three to five seeds. As many as 30 larvae have been found in a single head.

Insecticide applications made at early bloom (R5.1) to prevent moths from laying eggs as in the sunflower moth. Scouting in the early morning or early evening will provide the most accurate counts, since moths are most active at these times. Pheromone traps can be used to determine when scouting should be started, but a pheromone-based treatment threshold is not available.  One moth per two plants is the currently accepted economic threshold level.

Sunflower seed weevils: red and gray sunflower weevils are both small weevils found in sunflower heads, although the gray sunflower weevil is larger. Females usually lay a single egg directly into the developing seed, and the larva completes its development within the seed. If seed weevil infestations are encountered late in the year, harvest may be delayed to avoid bringing infested seed into storage.  Larvae emerging in storage will not damage additional seeds, but their bodies will remain in the storage.

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07-30-14 *OEDIT-CO News* CDBG-DR flood recovery grants for businesses increased: Grants up to $50,000 available for CO businesses…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 30, 2014

OEDIT-CO logoDENVER – Weds., July 30, 2014The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) today announced that the guidelines and processes for the Recover Colorado Business Grant/Loan Program have changed, including an increase to the grant and loan maximums.
“These changes increase the maximum size of potential grant amounts to individual businesses to further support job recovery and economic vitality in flood impacted areas,” said OEDIT executive director Ken Lund. “Additionally, we streamlined the application and extended the deadline to allow the state to help even more businesses recover from the disaster.”

Key changes to the guidelines and processes to the program are as follows:

* Grant maximum increase:

o Increased from $10,000 to $50,000
o Actual award amounts: Up to $50,000 (not all businesses will qualify or be eligible for the max award)
o Multiple locations maximum: $75,000
o Applications submitted before June 16, 2014 will receive priority consideration for funding. This includes priority consideration for maximum award amounts described in the July 2014 Revised Action Plan. No additional application will be required for previous applicants to receive priority consideration for increased maximum award amounts, although additional documentation of economic loss and receipts for expense reimbursement may be required.

* Loan maximum increase:

o Increased from $50,000 to $100,000
o Actual award amounts: Up to $100,000 (not all businesses will qualify or be eligible for the max award)
o Multiple locations maximum: $100,000
* The application period has been extended through Sept. 30, 2014, and a new application is available at http://dola.colorado.gov/cdbg-dr/content/businesses-eligibility-process. The Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) will continue to assist applicants in providing required follow-up documentation.

Applicants who have already applied for funds and submitted complete required documentation should start receiving award notifications and reimbursement checks in August.

In December 2013, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded $62.8 million to the State of Colorado in Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds to assist with recovery efforts addressing the September 2013 severe storms that produced devastating floods and mudslides. These CDBG-DR grants are intended to confront housing, business and infrastructure needs beyond those addressed by other forms of public and private assistance. HUD identified counties in Colorado with the greatest extent of damage to housing, businesses and infrastructure.

The state budgeted $9 million of CDBG-DR funds to provide grants and loans to businesses in impacted counties that suffered substantial economic harm. A minimum of 80 percent of the funds awarded were targeted to Boulder, Weld and Larimer counties, while the remaining 20% was targeted to 15 other counties severely impacted by the floods.

For a complete list of affected counties, please visit http://dola.colorado.gov/cdbg-dr/content/impacted-areas. To date, 196 grants and 84 loans have been requested from communities in the impacted areas.

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07-30-14 CDA News: Emerald Ash Borer Detected in New Areas of Boulder…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 30, 2014

CDA LogoBOULDER, Colo. – Emerald ash borer (EAB), a highly destructive tree pest that poses a serious threat to Colorado’s urban forests, has been detected in new locations within the City of Boulder. The non-native pest – already responsible for the death of millions of ash trees and tens of millions of dollars in costs in more than 20 states – is of concern because ash species comprise an estimated 15-20 percent of all trees in Colorado’s urban and community forests.

After EAB was first confirmed in Boulder in September 2013, an interagency EAB Response Team conducted a preliminary survey to determine the extent of infestation. The city was divided into a grid of one-square-mile sections, and branches were sampled from each to determine the presence of EAB. The survey resulted in infestation being positively identified in sampled ash trees within five separate sections.

Recent monitoring efforts have now revealed clear evidence of the pest in three additional grid sections, all adjacent to the original positive sections. A link to the revised grid map can be found at www.eabcolorado.com.

Mitch Yergert, Director, Plant Industry Division for the Colorado Department of Agriculture and incident commander for the EAB Response Team, says it is important to note that the new locations are most likely detections of previous infestation, as opposed to further spread of the insect.

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07-30-14 CDA ALERT: Vesicular Stomatitis (VS) Update: 21 Colorado Quarantines…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 30, 2014

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Guidelines for Livestock Shows, Fairs, Exhibitions, and Events

BROOMFIELD, Colo. – The Colorado Department of Agriculture’s State Veterinarian’s Office has placed 21 locations under quarantine after horses tested positive for Vesicular Stomatitis (VS). The quarantines are located in Boulder, Broomfield, El Paso, Larimer, and Weld 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 Texas.

“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.

Tips for Livestock Owners: Read the rest of this entry »

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07-30-14 PROGRESSIVE 15 LOOKING FOR NOMINEES FOR OUTSTANDING ALUMNI…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 30, 2014

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Fort Morgan, CO  –  Annually Progressive 15 recognizes outstanding alumni who have graduated from high school in one of the fifteen counties they advocate for.   Those counties are:  Adams, Arapahoe, Cheyenne, Douglas, Elbert, Kit Carson, Larimer, Lincoln, Logan, Morgan, Phillips, Sedgwick, Yuma, Washington and Weld.  We are asking for nominations from the community.  The deadline for nominations is August 15, 2014.

Alumni of the Plains nominees are ones that have exceled in their profession and/or have given back to our area in a positive way.  We, also, must be able to contact them and they (or a family member) would be available to receive their award at a luncheon in their honor on September 19th at our Fall Conference.

Our very first honorees in 2006 were Steve Antonopulos, Head Athletic Trainer for the Denver Broncos, who grew up in Hugo, and Tim White, Owner, White Construction Group of Castle Rock, who grew up in Brush.  Mr. Antonopulos was honored for his longevity with the NFL and as an example of the heights rural area students can aspire.   Mr. White was recognized for being a successful businessman and for his commitment to historic preservation in his childhood community.

Each year we induct a new set of honorees and their stories are on our website, along with the nomination application and other information about Progressive 15 at www.progressive15.org or by calling 970-867-9167.

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07-29-14 Inside the BARN with CO Governor John Hickenlooper…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 29, 2014

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

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Colorado Governor's Seal(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) July 29th, 2014 - Joining the Colorado Ag News Network inside the BARN is CO Governor John Hickenlooper, discussing several topics including:

 – CO’s Economy & Job Growth

 – CO’s Agricultural Economy & Agritourism Industry

  – CO Proud’s “Choose Colorado Tour” this August

 – CO’s Water Plan Update

 – 142nd CO State Fair Aug 22- Sept 1st in Pueblo

 – 3rd Annual Pedal the Plains Bicycle Tour Wiggins – Ft Morgan – Sterling Sept 19-21 

 – & MORE

For related stories about any of the topics/events, click on the links above.

And for more information about the Colorado Governor’s Office – CLICK HERE

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07-29-14 CAWG NEWS: 2014 Colorado Winter Wheat Harvest Update #11…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 29, 2014

2014 CO Winter Wheat Harvest Update HeaderResults for the CSU UVPT trials are being posted, with Julesburg, Orchard, Lamar, Sheridan Lake, Walsh, Yuma and most recently, Roggen, completed so far:http://bit.ly/lNngvt. The top yield recorded so far is 105.1 bushels per acre for a CSU-developed experimental variety CO11D174, a doubled haploid cross of TAM 112/Byrd at the Julesburg test site.

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Most of the fields in Colorado look like this on in Adams County, as the 2014 Harvest wraps up.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - Colorado winter wheat harvest is winding down after a weekend of very favorable harvest weather. The National Agricultural Statistics Service estimated that 87 percent of the crop was harvested as of Sunday night compared with 68 percent last week and the 5-year average of 88 percent.  Colorado Wheat estimates the harvest is now 92 percent complete as of Mondaynight.  This will be our final harvest report. Following is a summary of locations where wheat harvest is still active.

The Flagler Equity Coop estimated that harvest was 95 percent complete on Monday with moisture ranging from 8 to 10 percent, test weight averaging 58 to 59 pounds, protein averaging 12.8 to 12.9 percent and yields ranging from a low of 30 bushels per acre on hail-damaged wheat to a high of 70 bushels per acre with an average of about 35 bushels per acre.

The Peetz Coop estimated that harvest was 90-95 percent complete on Monday with moisture in the 8 to 12 percent range, test weight ranging from 60 to 64 pounds,  30 percent of the crop with protein over 12 percent and yields ranging from 40 to 70  bushels per acre .  PlainsGold Snowmass was yielding over 60 bushels per acre.

The Roggen Farmers’ Elevator estimated that the harvest was over 90 percent complete on Monday with moisture averaging 10 percent, test weight averaging over 60 pounds, protein was ordinary at 11 percent and yields mostly in the 60 to 70 bushel per acre range and hail damaged yields in the 30 to 35 bushel per acre range. The Roggen Coop reported receiving 120 percent of an average wheat crop.  An area wheat farmer reported a dryland yield of 102 bushels per acre for PlainsGold Snowmass.

Cargill-Byers estimated that harvest was 90-95 percent complete with moisture in the 8 to 10 percent range, test weight averaging 59 to 60 pounds, protein falling to 9 to 10 percent from 10.5 to 11 percent and yields ranging from a low of 12 bushels per acre on hail-damaged wheat to a high of 85 bushels per acre.

From USDA’s July 11 Crop Production Estimate: Read the rest of this entry »

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07-28-14 Inside the Rocky Ford Growers Association with Eric Hanagan…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 28, 2014

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(BARN Media & CoAgNews Network – Yuma, CO) July 28th 2014 - Joining BARN Media’s Ashley Lynch on the Colorado Ag News Network is Eric Hanagan a member of the Rocky Ford Growers Association, inside the BARN to discuss the 2014 Melon Crop as well as food safety as it pertains to preparing melons for your family.

To listen to the interview with RFGA’s Eric Hanagan, click the audio mp3 link below…

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To learn more about the safe handling of melons and cantaloupes – CLICK HERE

To learn more about the Rocky Ford Growers Association – CLICK HERE

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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 28, 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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07-21-14 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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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 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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07-10-14 CDA News: Colorado Proud Launches “Choose Colorado Tour” on August 1st…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 13, 2014

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Choose Colorado Tour map 2014Free Admission to History Colorado Center, Community Celebration and Farmers’ Market

DENVER, July 9, 2014 – Colorado Proud is launching its second annual Choose Colorado Tour on August 1 – the state’s “birthday” – at the History Colorado Center in Denver. The 27-day, statewide road trip across Colorado’s agricultural landscape kicks-off with a farmers’ market offering fresh produce and statewide ag products and a community celebration for the tour’s departure. The History Colorado Center will also be hosting a free, two-day Colorado Day celebration that will include food, music, dance, hands-on activities and a chance to recognize how Colorado’s past has shaped who we are as a state and people today.

The free day at History Colorado Center begins at 10 a.m., with a press conference that includes government officials and agricultural experts announcing details about the Choose Colorado Tour, proclaiming August “Colorado Proud Month” and celebrating the state’s local produce with a farmers’ market.  While the Colorado Proud press event concludes at 10:30 a.m., the free admission to the History Colorado Center, located at 1200 Broadway in Denver, is extended through the Center’s closing at 5 p.m. that day.

“Agriculture is a vital part of Colorado’s history, and we are grateful for the History Colorado Center’s educational exhibits, which share the stories and spirit of our state – especially the stories of agriculture, as told through our farmers and producers,” said Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture John Salazar.

The Choose Colorado Tour, scheduled from Aug. 1-27, with 20 stops in 11 cities, was created to integrate agricultural communities and celebrate farmers and produce growers, while educating and influencing consumers along the journey. Colorado’s agricultural industry continues to overcome adversity from drought, fires, floods and recession, and consistently earns its ranking as one of the state’s top-three leading industries.

About Colorado Proud

The Colorado Proud Program was created by the Colorado Department of Agriculture in 1999, to promote Colorado food and agricultural products. One of the goals of Colorado Proud is to make it easier for consumers to identify and purchase Colorado products by labeling them with the Colorado Proud logo. In 1999, the program started with 65 companies; and now, the Colorado Proud Program has more than 2,000 members that include growers, processors, restaurants, retailers and associations statewide.

Learn more about Colorado Proud – CLICK HERE

 

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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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BARN’s Opening Ag Market Report

Posted by Brian Allmer on August 1, 2014

To listen to this morning’s report or archives…

CLICK HERE

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The BARN’s Ag Market RECAP

Posted by Brian Allmer on August 1, 2014

The BARN CoAgNews Network logo

nafblogobluegoldcopyFind out what happened in the previous day’s

Agriculture Markets at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange

by listening to the BARN’s Ag Market RECAP…

CLICK HERE

Commentary provided courtesy of the NAFB News Service

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07-31-14 NMPF, USDEC Praise Congressional Letter Urging Agricultural Market Access to Japan and Canada in TPP…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 31, 2014

NMPF-National Milk Producers Federation logo 2ARLINGTON, VA - The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) and the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) praised a letter to President Obama yesterday from 140 members of the U.S. House of Representatives expressing concerns about the status of agricultural market access negotiations with Japan and Canada in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The bipartisan letter was led by Devin Nunes (R-CA), chairman of the U.S. House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Trade, and Ranking Member Charles Rangel (D-NY).

“This Congressional letter reinforces the message that a unified dairy industry expressed last month in a letter to Ambassador Froman and Secretary Vilsack and that is the importance of a high-quality dairy outcome with Japan and Canada,” said USDEC President Tom Suber. “We share the concerns of Congress over the efforts of Japan and Canada to evade meaningful market access in the TPP.” 

“We believe that TPP needs to be a high standard agreement that maximizes export opportunities for U.S. dairy products,” said Jim Mulhern, president and CEO of NMPF. “To that end, we concur with the Congressional message that the key to a good agricultural outcome with Japan and Canada is an agreement that is meaningful and comprehensive. The letter’s core message, urging the U.S. Trade Representative to obtain the best deal possible, is very much in line with the type of ambitious and balanced outcome our members believe is necessary.”

Both organizations also remain focused on addressing another U.S. dairy industry priority regarding the lingering impacts of New Zealand government dairy policies that have intentionally advantaged a single national champion at the expense of other competitors. Read the rest of this entry »

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07-31-14 USDA-NASS: Agricultural Prices for July 31, 2014…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 31, 2014

CLICK HERE to visit the USDA/NASS-CO Website

Agricultural Prices

ISSN: 1937-4216

Released July 31, 2014, by the National Agricultural Statistics Service
(NASS), Agricultural Statistics Board, United States Department of
Agriculture (USDA).

July Farm Prices Received Index Down 4 Points

The preliminary All Farm Products Index of Prices Received by Farmers in
July, at 108 percent, based on 2011=100, decreased 4 points (3.6 percent)
from June. The Crop Index is down 8 points (7.1 percent) but the Livestock
Index increased 4 points (3.9 percent). Producers received lower prices for
corn, soybeans, broilers, and wheat and higher prices for cattle, hogs, eggs,
and onions. In addition to prices, the overall index is also affected by the
seasonal change based on a 3-year average mix of commodities producers sell.
Increased monthly movement of wheat, grapes, hay, and cotton offset the
decreased marketing of milk, cattle, oranges, and hogs.

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07-31-14 *USDA/NASS-CO* Grain Prices: CO Release…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 31, 2014

USDA NASS Regional Release

CLICK HERE to view the July 31st, 2014 Grain Prices Report

July Farm Prices Received Index Down 4 Points

The preliminary All Farm Products Index of Prices Received by Farmers in July, at 108 percent, based on 2011=100, decreased 4 points (3.6 percent) from June. The Crop Index is down 8 points (7.1 percent) but the Livestock Index increased 4 points (3.9 percent). Producers received lower prices for corn, soybeans, broilers, and wheat and higher prices for cattle, hogs, eggs, and onions. In addition to prices, the overall index is also affected by the seasonal change based on a 3-year average mix of commodities producers sell. Increased monthly movement of wheat, grapes, hay, and cotton offset the decreased marketing of milk, cattle, oranges, and hogs. The preliminary All Farm Products Index is unchanged from July 2013. The Food Commodities Index, at 120, decreased 2 points (1.6 percent) from last month but is up 13 points (12 percent) from July 2013.

Prices Paid Index up 1 Point

The July Index of Prices Paid for Commodities and Services, Interest, Taxes, and Farm Wage Rates (PPITW) is 113 percent of the 2011 base. The index is up 1 point (0.9 percent) from June and 6 points (5.6 percent) above July 2013.Higher prices for feeder cattle, other services, milk cows, and feeder pigs more than offset lower prices in July for feed grains, nitrogen, complete feeds, and supplements.

For a full copy of the report please visit www.nass.usda.gov. For state specific questions please contact:

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07-31-14 USDA Extends Deadline for the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised Fish Program…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 31, 2014

USDA seal logoWASHINGTON, July 31, 2014 U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Juan M. Garcia announced today that the enrollment deadline for the 2012 and 2013 Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP) has been extended to Aug. 15, 2014. Originally, program sign-up was scheduled to end Aug. 1.

The new deadline gives livestock, honeybee, and farm-raised fish producers who experienced losses because of disease, adverse weather, wildfires or colony collapse disorder between Oct. 1, 2011 and Sept. 30, 2013, an additional two weeks to enroll in ELAP.

“Because ELAP is an important safety net for key sectors of American agriculture, we’ve provided this two week extension so that producers can submit required documentation and apply for program benefits,” said Garcia.

Producers are encouraged to contact their local FSA service center or visit FSA’s website at www.fsa.usda.gov for additional information regarding ELAP.

ELAP was authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill, which builds on historic economic gains in rural America over the past five years, while achieving meaningful reform and billions of dollars in savings for taxpayers. Since enactment, USDA has made significant progress to implement each provision of this critical legislation, including providing disaster relief to farmers and ranchers; strengthening risk management tools; expanding access to rural credit; funding critical research; establishing innovative public-private conservation partnerships; developing new markets for rural-made products; and investing in infrastructure, housing and community facilities to help improve quality of life in rural America. For more information, visit www.usda.gov/farmbill.

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