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Posted by Brian Allmer on April 17, 2014

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BARN’s Opening Ag Market Report

Posted by Brian Allmer on April 17, 2014

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Posted by Brian Allmer on April 17, 2014

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“USDA Accepting Applications for 2015 Export Development Program Funding”

Through the Market Access Program – the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service has helped more than 60 U.S. ag organizations expand commercial export markets for American products. The program provides 171.8-million dollars of funding to organizations to share the costs of overseas marketing and promotional activities that help build these export markets for ag products and commodities. FAS also provides 24.6-million dollars in funding to trade organizations representing U.S. ag producers through the Foreign Market Development program – which focuses on trade servicing and capacity building to create, expand and maintain long-term export markets for ag products. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says USDA is moving quickly to implement trade promotion programs to help open and expand opportunities for farmers, ranchers and small businesses and build on the past five-years of record ag exports. Vilsack says every dollar invested in trade promotion provides 35-dollars in economic benefits. Starting today (Thursday) – USDA is accepting applications for 2015 export development program funding.  Find more information at FAS dot USDA dot gov slash unified dash export dash strategy (www.fas.usda.gov/unified-export-strategy).

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The BARN’s Ag Market RECAP

Posted by Brian Allmer on April 17, 2014

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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…

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Commentary provided courtesy of the NAFB News Service

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Today’s BARN Morning Ag News

Posted by Brian Allmer on April 17, 2014

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04-16-14 Weld County Commissioners and Anadarko Partner to Bring Water to Wattenberg…

Posted by Brian Allmer on April 16, 2014

Weld County 150th LOGOAnadarko Petroleum Corporation LogoWELD COUNTY, CO – The residents of the unincorporated town of Wattenberg located in south western Weld County recently found themselves without safe water for drinking, making ice, washing dishes, brushing teeth and food preparation due to elevated nitrate levels in their water system. Nitrate in drinking water is a serious health concern, especially for infants less than six months old and the elderly.

Upon hearing about the issue in Wattenberg, Weld County Commissioner Barbara Kirkmeyer directed the Department of Public Health and Environment to have potable drinking water delivered to the residents, renting a potable water trailer capable of holding 6,000 gallons of water.

“As soon as we heard about the situation in Wattenberg, we took steps to get safe drinking water out to the residents,” said Commissioner Kirkmeyer. “This is no different than anything else Weld County would do for any of its residents in a time of crisis. This is no different than assisting in a flood or tornado. This was the right thing to do.”

The county was prepared to pay the rental fees of $1,200 a week, as well as other costs associated with delivery, setup and other fees, when Anadarko Petroleum Corp. stepped in as good neighbors and offered to cover the cost.

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04-16-14 Transportation Biosecurity Recommendations for PEDV Control at Packing Plants…

Posted by Brian Allmer on April 16, 2014

PEDV Update - Vol.2 No. 6 - March 18, 2014New Fact Sheet 

Because of the extreme ease of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) to spread, it’s very important that everyone do their part to prevent the spread of this costly disease. This means taking steps after the market pigs leave the farm.

Pig transporters need to take their part of PEDV control seriously. Biosecurity procedures for the truck and trailer include cleaning and disinfecting between every load taken to market. In addition, steps at the plant should be followed that help maintain a clear line of separationbetween the trailer and the market area (unloading chute).

To help keep trailers disinfected, consider using these disinfectants that have been demonstrated to effectively inactivate PEDV. They include: 1. Oxidizing Agents [e.g., potassium peroxymonosulfate (Virkon S) or sodium hypochlorite (bleach)]; 2. Sodium Carbonates (e.g., soda ash) 3. Lipid Solvents (e.g., ethyl alcohol); 4. Strong Iodophors in Phosphoric Acid (e.g., iodine); 5. Phenolic Compounds (e.g., 1 Stroke Environ or Tek-Trol); and 6. Aldehydes (e.g., Synergize).

Click the title to view the entire fact sheet, Transportation Biosecurity Recommendations for PEDV Control at Packing Plants. Visit www.pork.org/pedv for all related fact sheets.

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04-16-14 Cargill Gives $150,000 to National Pork Board for PEDV Feed Research…

Posted by Brian Allmer on April 16, 2014

PEDV Update - Vol.2 No. 6 - March 18, 2014As the first anniversary of confirmation of the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) in the United States nears, the National Pork Board continues to build an arsenal of information based on its nearly $2 million in Pork Checkoff-funded research funded to date. This work will be aided by a decision by Cargill’s Animal Nutrition and Pork Businesses to donate $150,000 for additional PEDV research directed by the National Pork Board.

“Cargill is committed to supporting research priorities related to PEDV,” said Douglas Cook, director of innovation at Cargill’s Provimi North America business, which includes the Akey brand, in Brookville, Ohio. “Cargill’s Animal Nutrition and Pork businesses are pleased to provide the National Pork Board with funding to be used for PEDV feed-related research priorities to advance knowledge on this critical topic for everyone in the pork industry.”

Paul Sundberg, National Pork Board’s vice president of science and technology, said this investment is a welcome addition to the series of funding coming from groups outside of Pork Checkoff that will help further leverage Checkoff-funded research into the costly disease.

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04-16-14 US Senator Bennet: Gang of 8 Members on the Anniversary of Senate Immigration Reform Bill Intro…

Posted by Brian Allmer on April 16, 2014

Washington, DC – On the one-year anniversary of the introduction of S.744, The Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013, Senators Charles Schumer (D-NY), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), and Michael Bennet (D-CO), all members of the Senate’s “Gang of 8,” issued the following statement:

“The success of the Gang of 8 proved that compromise, cooperation, and bipartisanship are not only possible, but also necessary to get the job done,” said the Senators. “We’re forever proud and grateful to have been part of the cohort that hammered out a strong bipartisan immigration reform effort in the Senate. Despite being so close to permanently fixing our broken system once and for all, the path forward continues to be inexcusably stalled in the House of Representatives. It is our sincere hope that House Republicans move away from extremes so that commonsense immigration reform can be finally pushed over the finish line.”

Before the Senate recessed last week, in a speech on the Senate floor, Bennet called attention to the costs that inaction on immigration has on our economy and families. He noted that it’s been more than nine months since the Senate passed the bipartisan immigration reform bill.

In his remarks, Bennet said, “Every single day the House drags its feet on immigration, our borders remain less secure, our visa system keeps us less competitive, our economy suffers, and millions of families remain in the shadows. Hard-working immigrants who came here to live the American dream and who are part of the fabric of our communities all over the State of Colorado and all over the United States of America are suffering because Congress has not passed a bill.”

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04-16-14 From Family Farm to Pint Glass: Rural Development Funds Supporting Small Business Growing Barley for Brewers…

Posted by Brian Allmer on April 16, 2014

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Alamosa, CO – Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet announced that The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded a small business in the San Luis Valley a grant of $39,000 to help it develop a business plan to expand its production of locally-grown, high-quality malts for Colorado craft brewers.

What began as Cody’s farm, a family farm in Alamosa that’s been growing high-quality barley for generations, in 2008 spun-off into Colorado Malting Company, a small business that locally sources malts for craft brewers.

This grant – part of the USDA’s Rural Business Development Grant Program – will enable the rapidly growing business to expand operations and improve efficiency.

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04-16-14 CSU veterinary student awarded at American Indian research conference…

Posted by Brian Allmer on April 16, 2014

Header - Please enable images in your e-mail programFORT COLLINS - A Colorado State University veterinary student from the Choctaw Nation recently was honored for developing training exercises that teach aspiring and practicing veterinarians how to respond during an infectious-disease outbreak.

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Madeline Anna, who grew up in Colorado Springs and is in her first year in the CSU Professional Veterinary Medicine Program, won second place at the American Indian Science and Engineering Society National Research Conference in Denver. Her training presentation focuses on zoonotic disease, or infection that can be passed between animals and people.

Zoonoses include West Nile virus, Lyme disease, anthrax, Ebola, rabies and bovine tuberculosis, among many other diseases that threaten animal and human health around the world.

“I teared up a little bit when I found out,” Anna said of her success in the competition. The research conference typically attracts more than 1,500 people.

Anna first provided her tabletop training program for veterinary students at The Ohio State University; then it was offered at the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association’s 2013 Midwest Veterinary Conference.

Anna, 25, earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental health at CSU, followed by a master’s degree in veterinary public health at The Ohio State University. She envisions working as a federal veterinarian to help address public-health issues for American Indians.

At CSU, she is active with the campus Native American Culture Center and, through the center, tutors other students in biology.

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04-16-14 Inside NRCS-CO and the Ag Energy Efficiency Pilot Project w/State Resource Conservationist Gene Backhaus…

Posted by Brian Allmer on April 16, 2014

Gene Backhaus, NRCS-CO’s State Resource Conservationist, Denver

Gene Backhaus, NRCS-CO’s State Resource Conservationist, Denver

NRCS-CO website header(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) April 16th, 2014 – Joining the Colorado Ag News Network inside the BARN is Gene Backhaus “BAKE-HOUSE”, NRCS-CO’s State Resource Conservationist, out of Denver, Backhaus details thNRCS’s participation in the Ag Energy Efficiency Pilot Project that was announced back in March of ths year…

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


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The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) provides technical and financial assistance to help agricultural producers and others care for the land. The assistance they provide is based on an understanding that the land, and the landscape as a whole, must be the focus of conservation. Using this comprehensive approach, the people assisted by the NRCS are able to help the land function as a living sustainable system that provides a high standard of living and a quality of life for today and for future generations. You can learn more about NRCS-CO, their programs and more about the recently announced Ag Energy Efficiency Pilot Project OnLine @ www.co.nrcs.usda.gov

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04-16-14 USDA Helps Open and Expand Export Markets for U.S. Agriculture through 2014 Farm Bill Programs…

Posted by Brian Allmer on April 16, 2014

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2014 Funding Supports More than 60 Organizations; Applications Now Available for 2015 Export Development Programs

WASHINGTON, April 16, 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) awarded funding to more than 60 U.S. agricultural organizations to help expand commercial export markets for American products. The funding was made available through the 2014 Farm Bill. USDA will begin accepting applications for 2015 export development program funding on April 17, 2014.

“Now that Congress has passed the Farm Bill, USDA is moving quickly to implement our trade promotion programs to help open and expand opportunities for farmers, ranchers, and small businesses and build on the past five years of record agricultural exports,” said Vilsack. “These programs are an important investment in rural America. Every dollar we invest in trade promotion provides $35 in economic benefits.”

Through the Market Access Program (MAP), FAS partners with U.S. agricultural trade associations, cooperatives, state regional trade groups and small businesses to share the costs of overseas marketing and promotional activities that help build commercial export markets for U.S. agricultural products and commodities. The program, which focuses on consumer promotion, including brand promotion for small companies and cooperatives, is used extensively by organizations promoting fruits, vegetables, nuts, processed products, and bulk and intermediate commodities. Through MAP, FAS will provide $171.8 million to 62 nonprofit organizations and cooperatives. Participants contribute an average 171-percent match for generic marketing and promotion activities and a dollar-for-dollar match for promotion of branded products by small businesses and cooperatives.

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04-15-14 Producer Meeting about Future of Animal Agriculture at Livestock Exchange in Brush April 15th – AUDIO

Posted by Brian Allmer on April 15, 2014

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The future of animal agriculture and veterinary medicine in Colorado is in grave danger.  

When: Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Where:  Livestock Exchange, LLC (in the ring) – 28601 Hwy 34  Brush, CO

Speakers included:

Dr. Keith Roehr, DVM – Colorado State Veterinarian – CLICK the link below to listen


  • Branding, castrating, dehorning made illegal?  It may be if Mike Callicrate and the Humane Society of the United States get their way.
  • How and when will Veterinary Feed Directives change the way you use medicated feeds?

Dr. Marc Campbell, DVM – Merial - CLICK the link below to listen


  • The New Dewormer – LONGRANGE and it’s Theraphase technology for managing internal parasites in cattle.

Lunch prepared by Drovers Restaurant and provided by Merial

For more information feel free to contact us at:

Livestock Exchange, LLC - (970)842-5115
or
Cattleman’s Resource, Inc. - (970)842-0274

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04-15-14 CDA News: Canyon Wind Cellars Wins Best of Show in Annual Colorado Wine Competition…

Posted by Brian Allmer on April 15, 2014

CDA LogoCO Wine logoLAKEWOOD, Colo. – The Colorado Wine Industry Development Board (CWIDB) hosted the 4th annual Governor’s Cup Colorado Wine Competition April 5-6 at Metropolitan State University of Denver’s Hotel and Hospitality Learning Center. A total of 183 wines from 26 local wineries were judged by a panel of sommeliers, wine writers, consultants, winemakers and other experts from Colorado and around the country. The 2014 Governor’s Cup was awarded to Canyon Wind Cellars’ 2012 Petit Verdot from the Grand Valley American Viticultural Area (AVA) near Palisade.

“Petit Verdot often excels in Colorado as a varietal wine when it is almost exclusively used for blending in Bordeaux and California,” said Doug Caskey, executive director of the CWIDB. “This year’s competition exhibited the full range of quality of Colorado wine produced all across our state.”

“I was truly impressed with the quality and direction of Colorado’s wine producers. The industry has come a long way since I made wine here 46 years ago!  Quite a number of the wines I tasted were beyond expressing merely the region but had the character of classics.” said Warren Winiarski, one of the judges and winner of the 1976 Judgment of Paris tasting.  Judge Linda Murphy, writer and co-author of American Wine with Jancis Robinson, added, “The wines that made it to the sweepstakes round, especially the reds, were very impressive. Tempranillo, Malbec, Syrah, Petite Sirah and Petit Verdot appear to have great potential in Colorado, and there was a delicious Lemberger which was a real crowd-pleaser.”

Canyon Wind Cellars, nestled along the Colorado River between the Book Cliffs and the towering Grand Mesa, is a family-owned, estate winery named for the mountain breezes that keep the fruit cool under the hot Colorado sun and protect the vines during the extreme winter freezes. Norman and Ellen Christianson founded Canyon Wind in 1991 and crushed its first harvest in 1996. In 2010, the second generation arrived as the Christianson’s son, Jay and his wife Jennifer, took over the leadership of Canyon Wind Cellars.

“We are very excited to have won this year’s Governor’s Cup with what is one of our favorite grape varieties,” Jay Christianson revealed. “It is great in blends but is spectacular on its own.” Read the rest of this entry »

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04-15-14 CDA News: Emerald Ash Borers and Commercial Pesticide Application Companies…

Posted by Brian Allmer on April 15, 2014

CDA LogoLAKEWOOD, Colo. – There are a lot of questions and concerns about the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) pest and caring for ash trees. To date, EAB has only been found in the city of Boulder. For the most current information on EAB please visit www.eabcolorado.com.

The Colorado Department of Agriculture, Colorado State University, the Colorado State Forest Service, USDA APHIS, community foresters and professional arborists are working cooperatively to get the best information to managers of ash trees and homeowners, but ultimately, the decision will need to be made by each property owner with ash trees.

Among those decisions are the options of monitoring ash trees for EAB symptoms, removal of ash trees, EAB pesticide treatments or any combination of these. If pesticide application is chosen it may be best to hire a commercial applicator. Even though at least one of the pesticides labeled to control EAB is available to homeowners to purchase, effectiveness of the pesticide is decreased the larger the tree. If an ash tree is larger than 15 inches diameter at breast height, homeowner formulations of labeled insecticides are unlikely to be effective. Refer to www.eabcolorado.com for more information.

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04-15-14 NFU Commends USDA on Rapid Disaster Program Rollout…

Posted by Brian Allmer on April 15, 2014

NFU - National Farmers Union logo5WASHINGTON (April 15, 2014) – National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson issued the following statement on U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack’s announcement that sign-up begins today for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) disaster programs:

“Baseline funding for these critical disaster programs in the 2014 Farm Bill was a huge victory for family farmers and ranchers. These producers, many of whom were impacted by a devastating blizzard that swept the upper Midwest in October 2013, were subject to congressional inaction for more than two years. I thank House and Senate Agriculture Committee leadership for ensuring livestock disaster programs were retroactive to cover these losses.

“Livestock disaster programs represent just a few of many provisions in the 2014 Farm Bill that help family livestock producers. Others include maintaining the common-sense Country-of-Origin Labeling law for meat, poultry and seafood; supporting fair and competitive markets for independent family farmers and ranchers by excluding language that would have undercut enforcement of the Packers and Stockyards Act; and funding numerous disease prevention and eradication programs.

“I commend the secretary for his swift implementation of these much-needed programs and look forward to the remainder of the farm bill implementation timeline.”

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

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04-15-14 NFU News: Renewable Energy Must Play a Significant Role in Climate Change Mitigation…

Posted by Brian Allmer on April 15, 2014

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WASHINGTON (April 15, 2014) – Today the third working group of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued its report on climate change mitigation. The report finds that climate change is occurring at a rapid rate, but mitigation strategies such as scaling up renewable energy production could substantially reduce anthropogenic greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

“The working group’s report complements NFU’s long-held, member-led policy positions by recognizing the need for a comprehensive renewable energy strategy,” said National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson. “Tripling or even quadrupling the share of zero- and low-carbon energy supply from renewables, as the report recommends, will require significant investments in energy technologies that utilize rural America’s renewable and human resources. These investments would pay off not only by helping to mitigate the effects of climate change but by driving significant rural economic development.”

According to the report, total anthropogenic GHG emissions have continued to increase over 1970 to 2010 in spite of a growing number of climate change mitigation policies. Total anthropogenic GHG emissions were the highest in human history from 2000 to 2010. Without additional efforts to reduce GHG emissions beyond those in place today, emissions growth is expected to persist, driven by growth in global population and economic activities.

“America’s family farmers and ranchers are concerned about the effects of climate change and stand ready to be part of the solution to our global climate challenges,” said Johnson.

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

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04-14-14 *NRCS-CO/CSU Ext News* Upcoming Small Acreage Events…

Posted by Brian Allmer on April 14, 2014

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Native Plant Master® Program
Colorado

The Native Plant Master® Program has announced a newly expanded 2014 schedule of offerings. Explore a new park by taking an award-winning Native Plant Master® course. Sample one of the exciting new classes taught by CSU faculty and other experts. Topics include native plant landscaping, poisonous plants, native lawns, invasive weeds, grasses, orchids and more, alpine/subalpine plants and ecological restoration. Most of these popular offerings have a waiting list each year, so register early to ensure you get the class you want.

The Native Plant Master® Program is offered in many locations throughout Colorado. For more information and to register, please visit www.conativeplantmaster.org

Colorado Master Steward Program

Wednesdays: April 23 – June 18, 2014
6 pm to 8:30 pm
First National Bank of Cortez Community Room

Have you thought about taking a look at the whole farm approach to managing your farm or ranch? This program will introduce the tools and skills you need to become more productive and to protect our quality of life.

  • Incorporate your property goals into a long range plan
  • Prioritize what to do first to improve your property
  • Learn about the soils you have on your land
  • Irrigate for better crop production and water conservation
  • Prevent noxious weed infestations and much more

This is an interactive course that includes 9 weekly meetings, a visit to your farm by a conservation planner, a soils test from your property, and two field trips to other farms in the area.

For more info and to register visit our website: www.ext.colostate.edu/sam/ms/

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Livestock Exchange, LLC Weekly Update…

Posted by Brian Allmer on April 14, 2014

Livestock Exchange LLC logo2(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) - Each week, Auctioneer Tyler Knode with Livestock Exchange, LLC. in Brush, CO will be inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network providing a RECAP of the previous week’s auctions and also a PREVIEW of upcoming cattle & hay auctions…

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


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

Thursday, April 17th

9am – Weigh Cows/Bulls

1pm Pairs/Breds

2pm Stockers/Feeders SPECIAL

Saturday, April 19th

10am Monthly Hay Sale

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04-14-14 Learn more about NACHURS and the Four R’s; Contact DSM Chad Hodgson in Loveland, CO…

Posted by Brian Allmer on April 14, 2014

Chad Hodgson NachursNachurs DSM Chad Hodgson logo(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.


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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.

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04-12-14 Bison a Natural for Earth Day Dining on April 22nd…

Posted by Brian Allmer on April 12, 2014

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Westminster, CO (April 11, 2014) - With Earth Day dinners becoming more popular each April, the National Bison Association recommends delicious, naturally-raised buffalo as the perfect choice for entertaining during this year’s celebration on April  22nd.

“Earth Day was established to draw our attention to the importance of respecting all of the factors that make for a healthy planet,” Said Dave Carter, executive director of the National Bison Association. “What is more appropriate in our part of this plant than to enjoy the delicious meat from the animal that has been a vital part of our ecosystem through the ages?”
More than 30 million bison once roamed across the North American landscape, shaping the grassland environment through their grazing patterns. By the late 1800′s, bison teetered on the brink of extinction before a handful of ranchers and conservationists began to restore the species. In recent years, bison herds have rebounded to more than 400,000 animals in the United States and Canada in large part because of the growth in consumer demand for bison meat.

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04-12-14 Water Plan Input – Pubic Meetings – Arkansas Basin

Posted by Brian Allmer on April 12, 2014

Public Meetings Arkansas Basin 2014

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04-12-14 Water Plan Input – Public Meetings – Rio Grande Basin

Posted by Brian Allmer on April 12, 2014

Rio Grande Basin Water Input Meetings

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04-11-14 MCREA to Host Training April 21 for Grants and Loans for Renewable Energy System and Energy Efficiency Projects…

Posted by Brian Allmer on April 11, 2014

Morgan County REA logo2x2USDA Rural Development logoDenver, CO, – USDA Rural Development is encouraging agricultural producers and rural small businesses that are interested in energy efficiency and renewable energy projects to attend a training session on the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP).

Morgan County REA is sponsoring a session at their office at 20169 Highway 34, Fort Morgan, CO on April 21, 2014 from 1 PM to 4:30 PM.

Staff from USDA Rural Development will provide a detailed training session on how to complete the grant/loan application. The training is free, however, attendees must RSVP by April 18, 2014 to bobbi.ware@co.usda.gov. Funding for the REAP program is announced through a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) and the application window will be opening soon.

The program is designed to help eligible applicants reduce energy costs and consumption and help meet the Nation’s critical energy needs. Offering both grants and loan guarantees, the REAP program helps eligible applicants install renewable energy systems such as solar panels or anaerobic digesters, make energy efficiency improvements such as installing irrigation pumps or replacing ventilation systems. “This program can help convert older heating sources to cleaner technologies, produce advanced biofuels, install flexible fuel pumps, install solar panels, build bio-refineries, and much more,” said Trudy Kareus, Colorado Rural Development State Director.

USDA Rural Development is at the forefront of renewable energy financing and the REAP program is a great catalyst to help create opportunities for economic development for rural businesses.

For more information on this program contact Don Nunn, USDA Colorado Renewable Energy Coordinator at (720) 544-2907, donald.nunn@co.usda.gov.

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04-10-14 West Greeley Conservation District to host free gardening workshop April 26th at Houston Gardens in Greeley…

Posted by Brian Allmer on April 10, 2014

WGCD-West Greeley Conservation District logoThe Urban Farm Company of Colorado logoPresented by Bryant Mason, The Urban Farm Company of Colorado Gardening 101 – Step-by-step description of how to start an easy and productive raised bed vegetable garden. Topics covered will include: soil development, how to build raised beds, planting timing, fertilizing, weeding, watering, harvesting, recommended crops, and other topics related to beginning a garden. Bryant Mason is the founder of The Urban Farm Company of Colorado, whose mission is to make it simple to grow your own fresh healthy food right in your backyard. Growing in a raised bed can help bring the garden up to your level. Find out the best techniques to have a healthy and sustainable garden in a raised bed, including the best materials to use, how to keep your soil healthy, and how to water correctly.

April 26, 2014, 2pm Houston Gardens, 515 23rd Ave. Greeley, CO 80634

RSVP by April 21, 2014

For more information, please contact Pam Wright, Community Outreach/Education Technician @ 970-356-8097×3 , pam.wright@wgcd.org

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04-09-14 Got your goat? Then get to CSU symposium for vital information about backyard goat farming April 19th…

Posted by Brian Allmer on April 9, 2014

Healthy Living with GoatsCSUVTH-LogoFORT COLLINS - Goat health, husbandry and licensing requirements for city ownership will be the focus of a daylong symposium designed largely for new backyard goat farmers and hosted by the Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital on April 19.

The Community Goat Symposium is free and open to the public. It will be in the CSU Diagnostic Medicine Center, off Drake Road just north of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, and is sponsored by the CSU student chapter of the American Association of Small Ruminant Practitioners.

The event will include a dozen presentations provided by CSU veterinarians, veterinary interns and students who are experts in small-ruminant medicine.
The symposium is designed in part to provide important information for people interested in raising backyard goats; established farmers also will be interested in detailed information about veterinary concerns in goats. 

In summer 2013, the Fort Collins City Council adopted a local ordinance that allows city dwellers to raise Nigerian Dwarf or African Pygmy goats as pets or for production of milk or fiber. The city of Denver also allows backyard goat farming as part of a blossoming national trend in urban agriculture.

The CSU College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences published an online booklet, called “Healthy Living with Goats,” to give goat owners key information about the commitment required for backyard farming. 

The goat symposium will offer even more: Morning talks will address goat breeds, housing, nutrition, waste management and city of Fort Collins regulations. Afternoon presentations will delve into veterinary care and costs, milking goats, life expectancy and diseases of concern to goat owners.

For a full schedule, registration, and to read or download the “Healthy Living with Goats” booklet, visit csuvth.colostate.edu

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04-09-14 Ranching and a West That Works, Free Seminar at CSU April 24-25…

Posted by Brian Allmer on April 9, 2014

Header - Please enable images in your e-mail programFORT COLLINS - A free two-day conference focused on issues of ranching, land use, and sustainability will be held at Colorado State University’s Lory Student Theater on April 24- 25.

The Ranching and a West That Works conference is designed for a diverse audience – from students to families to business owners – who are encouraged to attend and learn from speakers who will explore ranching’s connections to water, food, sustainable grazing, public-private partnerships, livelihoods, rural economies and much more.

Ranching can build bridges between rural and urban communities through the twin connections of open space and food. Across the American West, ranching accounts for a majority of land use, both on private and on public lands. In fact, close to half of the private lands that surround our public lands belong to ranchers that graze livestock on public lands. There is a tight coupling of this land use that protects open space but also produces an important food item. This event will explore these connections and start important dialogue about new ideas for the future of ranching.

To RSVP for the conference contact Kellie.Clark@colostate.edu. For more information, visit www.coopext.colostate.edu/WR/ranchingcsu.shtml.

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04-07-14 CAWG News: Farm Bill Explanation Tour Scheduled at Five Locations in CO…

Posted by Brian Allmer on April 7, 2014

CAWG logo 2014DENVER, 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 meetings are being co-sponsored by the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, Colorado Farm Bureau and the Colorado Corn Administrative Committee.

The Farm Bill Explanation Tour will make stops in Lamar, Burlington, Limon, Sterling and Greeley. Following is the list of dates, times and locations:

• 7:30 a.m., Tuesday, April 22, Ports to Plains Travel Plaza, Lamar (complimentary continental breakfast)
• 3:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 22, Community Center, Burlington, (complimentary refreshments)
• 7:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 23, Hub City Senior Center, Limon (complimentary continental breakfast)
• 3:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 23, Northeastern Junior College, Hays Student Center, Ballroom, Sterling (complimentary refreshments)
• 7:30 a.m., Thursday, April 24, Island Grove Park Events Center, Room A, Greeley (complimentary 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. Read the rest of this entry »

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04-03-14 LOCAL FARMERS OFFER EGG-CITING EASTER IDEAS AND TRADITIONS…

Posted by Brian Allmer on April 3, 2014

CEP-CO Egg Producers Logoeaster-eggs largeColorado Egg Producers Recognize and Celebrate the Traditions of the Holiday

DENVER – April 2014 – Though the winter weather was unpredictable this year, you can count on at least one thing for spring – the Easter Bunny. He’s getting all of his eggs in row so children around the world can wake up on Easter morning to the thrill of an Easter egg hunt. The Colorado Egg Producers (CEP) Association honors the history of the holiday and encourages fellow Coloradans to learn more about Easter traditions that span the globe.

“Easter presents a great opportunity to gather with family and friends while enjoying the nice spring weather, and eggs have been a central part Easter celebrations for hundreds of years,” said Vince Ruscitti, a Colorado egg farmer and member of CEP. “As local egg farmers, we take pride in knowing that our friends, family and neighbors across the state are using only the best and highest quality local eggs in their festivities from holiday feasts to decorating fun.”

In many countries, including right here in the U.S., the Easter Bunny is a prominent symbol of the holiday. While its exact origin is uncertain, the experts at History.com have helped narrow it down. Hares and rabbits are ancient symbols of fertility and new life, which make them ideal “mascots” for the spring season and Easter. Sources say the Easter Bunny first arrived in America in the 1700s from German immigrants who carried the tradition of an egg-laying hare called “Osterhase” or “Oschter Haws.” Their children made nests for the creature to lay its colored eggs. Eventually, the custom spread across the U.S. in the form of Easter baskets.

According to History.com, the egg is an ancient symbol of new life and is thought to be associated with pagan festivals celebrating spring. Decorating eggs for Easter dates back to at least the 13th century. To mark the end of Lent, people would paint and decorate eggs then eat them on Easter as a celebration.

Easter egg decorating is a fun tradition in many cultures and countries. Courtesy of Kinderinfo.com, an online children’s resource center, below is a list of international egg decorating styles. Read the rest of this entry »

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04-02-14 Inside the USDA with Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack: Farm Bill Implementation…

Posted by Brian Allmer on April 2, 2014

USDAlogoRGB(BARN Media & CoAgNews Network – Briggsdale, CO) April 2nd, 2014 - Joining the BARN by telephone is Tom Vilsack, USDA Agriculture  Secretary in regards to the implementation of the Agricultural Act of 2014, the Farm Bill…

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


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To learn more about the Food, Farms & Jobs Bill, the Agricultural Act of 2014 or the Farm Bill – CLICK HERE

To learn more about USDA Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack – CLICK HERE

To learn more about the USDA – CLICK HERE

 

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04-02-14 Learn More about the RMNP’s Early Warning System for CO’s Ag Producers…

Posted by Brian Allmer on April 2, 2014

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Did you realize that Colorado’s agriculture impacts the nitrogen deposition levels in Rocky Mountain National Park?

Dr. Brock Faulkner, Ph.D., P.E. Assistant Professor Dept. Biological and Agricultural Engineering @ Texas A&M University

Dr. Brock Faulkner, Ph.D., P.E. Assistant Professor Dept. Biological and Agricultural Engineering @ Texas A&M University

(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) Appril 2nd, 2014 –  Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP) is a spectacular natural treasure encompassing 415 square miles of montane, subalpine, and alpine ecosystems. Air emissions of nitrogen from agricultural, industrial, and urban sources have contributed to increases in the amount of nitrogen deposited into the Park and are impacting the ecosystems. The Rocky Mountain Atmospheric Nitrogen and Sulfur (RoMANS) study, was published back in 2009, and it demonstrated that a substantial portion of nitrogen deposition into RMNP occurs when large-scale, upslope weather events transport air from eastern Colorado and the surrounding region westward into the mountains. Rain or snow produced during these events captures the atmospheric nitrogen and deposits it in the Park. Most of these large weather events happen in the spring or fall.  Joining me inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network to discuss this in more detail is Dr. Brock Faulkner, Ph.D., P.E. Assistant Professor Dept. Biological and Agricultural Engineering Texas A&M University, who just launched a Pilot Project on April 1st, which will provide a WARNING SYSTEM FOR COLORADO AG PRODUCERS regarding nitrogen deposition in Rocky Mountain National Park…


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To learn more about the Rocky Mountain National Park’s Early Warning System Pilot Project and how to voluntarily sign-up for Nitrogen Deposition Alerts , as discussed within the interview - CLICK HERE

To learn more about the sponsors of the RMNP Early Warning System program – CLICK HERE

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03-27-14 Register now for the Western Governors Association’s Annual Meeting in Colorado Springs June 9-11…

Posted by Brian Allmer on March 27, 2014

WGA-Western Governors Assn logoRegistration has opened for the Western Governors’ Association Annual Meeting June 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.
The meeting starts on Monday (June 9), so register early and book your room to enjoy the discounted group rate over the weekend prior to the event.

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03-25-14 Colorado Poultry Association hosting Annual Spring Show in Pueblo May 3rd…

Posted by Brian Allmer on March 25, 2014

CPA-CO Poultry Association logoCPA Poultry Show 2(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) March 25th, 2014 - Joining the Colorado Ag News Network inside the BARN is Bruce Murdoch, Colorado Poultry Associaiton Vice-President and Show Secretary discussing the upcoming Spring Poultry/Pigeon/Rabbit Show @ the Colorado State Fairgrounds’ Small Animal Building in Pueblo, CO on May 3rd.


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2014 CO Poultry Show Book – CLICK HERE

2014 CO Poultry Show Entry Form – CLICK HERE

To learn more about the Colorado Poultry Association - CLICK HERE

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03-24-14 Colorado Centennial Farms Seeks Nominations for 2014 Awards…Deadline to Apply is April 30th!

Posted by Brian Allmer on March 24, 2014

CLICK HERE to visit the BarnMedia-History Colorado Centennial Farms Webpage...

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.
How to nominateDownload a Colorado Centennial Farms application, or call Lyle Miller at 303-866-2779.
Due Date: Wednesday, April 30, 2014.
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03-10-14 FFA partners with 8 MLB Teams for ‘FFA Day at the Ballpark’ to raise funds, community awareness, includes CO Rockies!

Posted by Brian Allmer on March 18, 2014

CLICK HERE to order YOUR tickets!

CLICK HERE to order YOUR tickets!

(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”…


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ORIGINAL PRESS RELEASE

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.

FFA Day at the Ballpark games will be in June and July from Washington, D.C., to Washington state:

  • 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.

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The Denver Cash Grain Bids for April 16th…

Posted by Brian Allmer on April 16, 2014

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Greeley, CO    Wed Apr 16, 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       7.04-7.25    11 lower
     Up to 12 percent protein

US 2 Yellow Corn                 4.78-5.07    6 to 7 lower

US 2 Barley                           8.00    steady

Source:  USDA-CO Dept of Ag Market News Service, Greeley, CO
         Tammy Judson, Market Reporting Assistant (970)353-9750
         24 Hour Market Report (970)353-8031
         www.ams.usda.gov/mnreports/GL_GR110.txt

1300M    tj

 

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04-16-14 CO Gov Hickenlooper announces Boards and Commissions appointments; including to the Stock Inspection Commission…

Posted by Brian Allmer on April 16, 2014

Colorado Governor's SealDENVER — Wednesday, April 16, 2014 Gov. John Hickenlooper today announced several Boards and Commissions appointments. The appointments were to the Charter School Institute Board; Governor’s Commission on Community Service; the State Board of Stock Inspection Commissioners; the State Board of Dental Examiners; the Board of Examiners of Nursing Home Administrators; the Colorado Podiatry Board; and the State Board of Optometry.

The State Board of Stock Inspection Commission makes rules regarding brand inspection and livestock laws and regulates fees for stock inspections.  The commission also sets service charges and procedures, administers the Estray Fund, licenses public livestock markets, and secures bond and surety on butchers and slaughters.

  • Marla A. Rock of Wray, to represent the confinement cattle industry. Reappointed for a term expiring May 1, 2018.

The mission of the Charter School Institute Board is to foster high-quality public school choices offered through institute charter schools, including particularly schools for at-risk students. Read the rest of this entry »

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wed, April 16th…

Posted by Brian Allmer on April 16, 2014

The BARN CoAgNews Network logoSponsored by the American Farm Bureau Federation

“USDA Considers Mandatory Reporting for PEDV Outbreaks”

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is discussing the possibility of having rules to require reporting of PEDV outbreaks with the American Association of Swine Veterinarians to improve tracking of the disease. PEDV has been difficult to track – partly because veterinarians aren’t required to report instances to government officials. Association Executive Director Tom Burkgren says it’s a very widely distributed disease – and at this point in the outbreak – he thinks there’d have to be really good reasons to start reporting it.

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“Crop Progress Reports”

DTN Senior Analyst Darin Newsom says USDA’s latest weekly crop progress report could be viewed as neutral to bullish for corn – with three-percent of the nation’s corn crop planted so far. As for spring wheat – six-percent is planted. Five-percent of the nation’s winter wheat crop is headed. Newsom says winter wheat conditions have worsened due to dry weather and strong winds. DTN’s Crop Condition Index shows 62-points for winter wheat – which is 10-points lower than last week and seven-points lower than last year at this time. Twenty-percent of the sorghum crop has been planted and 25-percent of the rice crop has been planted. Cotton planting is on about the same pace as last year at eight-percent planted. Read the rest of this entry »

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04-15-14 Colorado Wheat and ConAgra Donate 24 Tons of Flour to Food Bank of the Rockies…

Posted by Brian Allmer on April 15, 2014

April 15, 2014, Fort Collins, Colo. – In honor of National Agriculture Week, March 25-30, the Colorado Wheat Administrative Committee (CWAC) and the Colorado Association of Wheat Growers (CAWG) teamed with ConAgra Mills to donate 24 tons (48,000 pounds) of Ultragrain® blend flour to the Food Bank of the Rockies. The donation, with a retail value of more than $38,304, provides 9,600 5-lb. bags of flour for distribution to families in need in Colorado. This is the fifth consecutive year for this donation.

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Michelle Linnebur, John Linnebur, James Linnebur, Sophie Linnebur (front), CAWG President Mark Linnebur, holding Samuel Linnebur, all of Byers; CAWG Vice President Randy Traxler of Otis and Chef Daniel Flanagan, Sedalia, at the state capitol for the National Ag Day celebration and Farm-to-Fork Cookoff. CWAC, CAWG, and ConAgra Mills donated Ultragrain® flour valued at $38,304 in honor of National Ag Day.

This is enough flour to make over 100,000 one-pound loaves of bread. Ultragrain® flour has the fiber and nutrition of whole grain but the taste, texture and appearance of refined flour.

“Ag Day is the one time of year that all agricultural groups gather at the capitol to celebrate the abundance provided by agriculture,” said CAWG President, Mark Linnebur of Byers, “It is a great opportunity for the farmers and ranchers of the state to remind our legislators how important agriculture is to Colorado’s economy. It is also an opportunity for us to give back to those in need in the state. We are glad to partner with ConAgra Mills to donate this flour milled from Colorado-grown hard white wheat.”

“ConAgra Mills is proud to celebrate Colorado’s National Agricultural Day event by donating Ultragrain® flour to the Food Bank of the Rockies,” said Bill Stoufer, President of ConAgra Mills, “Through this donation, we are honoring a nutritional ingredient that is locally grown and locally milled. Ultragrain® whole wheat flour is made with wheat grown by Colorado farmers and is milled in Commerce City. It is important to us to continue our partnership with the Food Bank of the Rockies and we are proud to provide the Colorado community with a nutritional ingredient in Ultragrain.

“This is part of the long-standing commitment of ConAgra Foods to donate our products, engage our people through volunteerism, and lend our marketing expertise to the issue of child hunger in America, all rooted in the ConAgra Foods Foundations’ 20-year philanthropic investment in the cause.”

Colorado wheat was featured in the Farm-to-Fork Cookoff, which paired state legislators and local chefs to create dishes using Colorado products. Executive Chef Daniel Flanagan of the Sanctuary Golf Course in Sedalia created a savory “Colorado Bread Pudding” for the event. (Recipe follows.) Chef Flanagan was paired with State Representative Randy Fischer, chair of the Colorado House Agriculture Committee, who helped serve the dish.

CWAC and CAWG are two distinctly separate organizations with different, but complimentary purposes. CWAC is the producer-elected Board of Control for the Colorado Wheat Marketing Order whose purpose is to decide how assessment funds are to be spent for research, promotion and education activities. CAWG is a voluntary membership association that lobbies on behalf of wheat growers at the state and national levels of government and provides special programs and benefits to dues paying members.

State Representative Fischer’s Colorado Bread Pudding Recipe featuring Colorado Wheat and Eggs, Presented by Chef Danny Flanagan CEC, CCA of Sanctuary Golf Course
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