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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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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.

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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.

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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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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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07-31-14 NCGA Applauds OSHA Guidance on Grain Safety Standards…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 31, 2014

NCGA LogoThe National Corn Growers Association applauds the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s announcement of the final guidance to the agency’s field staff restricting enforcement of grain safety standards. The guidance ensures on-farm grain operations continue to fall under the long-standing exemption for farms and thus that OSHA will not take enforcement actions against farms with ten or fewer employees over the way they manage their grain bins.

“The guidance provides necessary clarity and guards against overreach,” said NCGA President Martin Barbre. “Farmers across the country already work tirelessly to ensure that their farms run in a safe manner. We thank OSHA for its efforts to provide certainty and ensure farmers ability to operate without unnecessary regulation.”

The guidance came as a result of a requirement included in the fiscal 2014 omnibus spending bill requiring OSHA to consult with USDA on the issue. OSHA withdrew a field memorandum that had led to the enforcement effort following the passage of this provision. 

Grain bin entrapments fell from 57 in 2010 to 19 in 2012 according to statistics released by OSHA. During the same period, the number of fatalities resulting from such situations also fell from 31 to eight. Notably, NCGA released a video on the importance of grain bin safety and proper protocol in 2011.

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07-31-14 BLM Sets Meeting of National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board in Riverton, WY on Aug 25th…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 31, 2014

US DoI BLM logoUS Dept of Interiror BLM Wild Horse and Burro Program logo

The Bureau of Land Management’s National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board will meet for one day in August in Riverton, Wyoming, to discuss issues relating to the management and protection of wild horses and burros on Western public rangelands.  The meeting will take place on Monday, August 25, 2014, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (Mountain Time).

The upcoming Advisory Board meeting will be held in the Little Theater (SC 109), located in the Student Center Building of Central Wyoming College, 2660 Peck Avenue, Riverton, Wyoming 82501, phone number 1-800-735-8418.  The agenda of the meeting can be found in the Friday, July 25, 2014, Federal Register (at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-07-25/pdf/2014-17378.pdf).

The Advisory Board provides input and advice to the BLM as it carries out its responsibilities under the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act.  The law mandates the protection and management of these free-roaming animals in a manner that ensures healthy herds at levels consistent with the land’s capacity to support them.  According to the BLM’s latest official estimate, approximately 49,200 wild horses and burros roam on BLM-managed rangelands in 10 Western states.

The public may address the Advisory Board on Monday, August 25, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., local time.  Individuals who want to make a statement at Monday’s meeting should register in person with the BLM by 12:00 p.m., local time, on that same day at the meeting site.  Depending on the number of speakers, the Board may limit the length of presentations, set at three minutes for previous meetings.

Speakers should submit a written copy of their statement to the BLM at the addresses below or bring a copy to the meeting.  There may be a Webcam present during the entire meeting and individual comments may be recorded.  Those who would like to comment but are unable to attend may submit a written statement to: National Wild Horse and Burro Program, WO-260, Attention: Ramona DeLorme, 1340 Financial Boulevard, Reno, Nevada, 89502-7147.  Comments may also be e-mailed to the BLM (at wildhorse@blm.gov); please include “Advisory Board Comment” in the subject line of the e-mail.

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07-31-14 USDA Announces Additional Food Safety Requirements, New Inspection System for Poultry Products…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 31, 2014

USDA_FSISRevised modernization effort includes new preventative measures, re-focused inspection activities that will prevent thousands of illnesses annually and improved coordination on worker safety

WASHINGTON, July 31, 2014 The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) today announced a critical step forward in making chicken and turkey products safer for Americans to eat. Poultry companies will have to meet new requirements to control Salmonella and Campylobacter, and up to 5,000 foodborne illnesses will be prevented each year as a result of the New Poultry Inspection System (NPIS), an updated science-based inspection system that positions food safety inspectors throughout poultry facilities in a smarter way.

“The United States has been relying on a poultry inspection model that dates back to 1957, while rates of foodborne illness due to Salmonella and Campylobacter remain stubbornly high. The system we are announcing today imposes stricter requirements on the poultry industry and places our trained inspectors where they can better ensure food is being processed safely. These improvements make use of sound science to modernize food safety procedures and prevent thousands of illnesses each year,” Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said.

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The Denver Cash Grain Bids…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 31, 2014

GL_GR110 
Greeley, CO    Thu Jul 31, 2014    USDA-CO Dept of Ag Market News

Daily Grain Bids for Denver and Surrounding Areas

Spot bids to producers for grain delivered to terminal and country
elevators.  Bids dollar/bu. except for Barley which is dollar/cwt.
Bids are as of 3:00 PM MST.
Bids        Change (cents)
US 1 Hard Red Winter Wheat      5.75-5.95    7 to 8 higher
Up to 12 percent protein

US 2 Yellow Corn                3.33-3.96    6 lower

US 2 Barley                          6.50    50 lower

Source: USDA-CO Dept of Ag Market News Service, Greeley, CO
Tammy Judson 970-353-9750  Greeley.LGMN@ams.usda.gov
http://www.ams.usda.gov/mnreports/GL_GR110.txt
http://www.ams.usda.gov/lsmarketnews

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A look back at the previous day…

GL_GR110
Greeley, CO    Wed Jul 30, 2014    USDA-CO Dept of Ag Market News

Daily Grain Bids for Denver and Surrounding Areas

Spot bids to producers for grain delivered to terminal and country
elevators.  Bids dollar/bu. except for Barley which is dollar/cwt.
Bids are as of 3:00 PM MST.
Bids        Change (cents)
US 1 Hard Red Winter Wheat      5.67-5.88    6 higher
Up to 12 percent protein

US 2 Yellow Corn                      3.96    6 lower

US 2 Barley                          7.00    steady

Source: USDA-CO Dept of Ag Market News Service, Greeley, CO
Tammy Judson 970-353-9750  Greeley.LGMN@ams.usda.gov
http://www.ams.usda.gov/mnreports/GL_GR110.txt
http://www.ams.usda.gov/lsmarketnews

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07-31-14 *NCF News* National Cattlemen’s Foundation Presents 2014 W.D. Farr Scholarships to Ison, Overstreet-Adkins…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 31, 2014

NCF-WD Farr Scholarship logoDENVER (July 31, 2014) – Two graduate students have been presented with W.D. Farr Scholarships for the 2014-15 school year by the National Cattlemen’s Foundation.  Each $12,000 award recognizes superior achievement in academics and leadership, and will allow the students to further their study in fields that benefit the cattle and beef industry.  The awards were presented July 31, 2014 at the 2014 Cattle Industry Summer Conference in Denver.

The recipients are:

Josh Ison of Batavia, Ohio, a Ph.D. student in Animal Science at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas.  The focus of Ison’s studies is food safety and public health epidemiology, with graduate research focusing on the burden of Salmonella in cattle populations. For instance, in early 2015 he will travel to France to conduct a study of antimicrobial resistant Salmonella to help U.S. regulatory agencies in making informed decisions to address pathogen surveillance and antibiotic resistance in food animal production systems. He intends to use his education and leadership skills in a career in food safety within the beef industry.

Ison received his Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science from Morehead State University in 2011, and his Master of Science in food science from Texas Tech University in 2013. Since 2011 he has been a graduate research assistant in the Department of Animal and Food Sciences at Texas Tech.

Ariel Overstreet-Adkins of Big Timber, Mont., a law student at the University of Montana School of Law in Missoula, Mont.  Expecting to graduate in 2016, Overstreet-Adkins had the 3rd highest GPA in her class of 83 after her first semester. By obtaining her law degree, Overstreet-Adkins intends to help ensure the continued influence of agriculture and rural America, improving the legal, policy and business climate for American farmers and ranchers. Her focus will be on natural resource and environmental law, especially water law from an agricultural perspective.

Ariel Overstreet-Adkins received her Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in cultural anthropology from Princeton University in 2006. For the five years prior to law school she worked for the Montana Stockgrowers Association in charge of the association’s communications efforts and serving as a lobbyist at the Montana legislature for three sessions to help advocate for Montana ranchers.

The annual W.D. Farr Scholarship awards were established by the National Cattlemen’s Foundation in 2007 to recognize outstanding students who plan to pursue careers in meat science and animal agriculture. W.D. Farr was the first president of the National Cattlemen’s Foundation, and served as president of the American National Cattlemen’s Association, which would later become the NCBA. His career spanned 75 years and included innovations in cattle feeding, uniform beef grading, water conservation and banking. Farr died at age 97 in August 2007.

The National Cattlemen’s Foundation advances the future of the beef industry by assisting in the education of the next generation of beef industry professionals. For more information, visit www.nationalcattlemensfoundation.org.

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The BARN’s Closing Ag Market Report…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 31, 2014

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NEW CME TRADING HOURS WENT INTO EFFECT ON APRIL 8th, 2013… 

this report is now available by 1pm each weekday!

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07-31-14 U.S. Forest Service Seeks Comments on Proposal for Noncommercial Forest Products for Traditional and Cultural Purposes…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 31, 2014

US Forest Service LogoWASHINGTON, July 31, 2014.—The U.S. Forest Service today announced and is seeking comment on a proposed rule that would provide forest products to federally-recognized Indian Tribes.

“The Forest Service works diligently to respect our government-to-government relationship with Indian Tribes,” said U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell. “American Indians and Alaska Natives have been connected to these lands for thousands of years, and we want to facilitate continued access to these resources.”

Many forest products are used by Indian tribes in the practice of their cultural and religious beliefs and heritage. For example, ginseng and Devil’s club are used by some Tribes for medicinal purposes. The proposal would clarify the process Indian tribes must use to request trees, portions of trees or forest products for noncommercial traditional and cultural purposes.

This rule would implement section 8105 of the 2008 Farm Bill, which gives the Secretary of Agriculture discretionary authority to provide, free of charge, any trees, portions of trees, or forest products from National Forest System lands to federally recognized Indian tribes for noncommercial traditional and cultural purposes. The proposed rule will be published in the Federal Register on July 31, 2014, with a 60-day public comment period.

Written comments concerning the Federal Register notice should be addressed to: Director, Forest Management Staff, USDA Forest Service, Mail Stop 1103, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, D.C. 20250 or by email to FarmBillForestProductsRule@fs.fed.us.  Comments may also be submitted on-line at www.regulations.gov.

The mission of the Forest Service, part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the Nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The agency manages 193 million acres of public land, provides assistance to state and private landowners, and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world. Public lands the Forest Service manages contribute more than $13 billion to the economy each year through visitor spending alone. Those same lands provide 20 percent of the Nation’s clean water supply, a value estimated at $7.2 billion per year. The agency has either a direct or indirect role in stewardship of about 80 percent of the 850 million forested acres within the U.S., of which 100 million acres are urban forests where most Americans live.

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BARN In Depth

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 31, 2014

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07-31-14 Beef Checkoff Sizzles in Atlantic City…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 31, 2014

Beef Checkoff News - Please turn on images to ViewBeef topics sizzled on the Boardwalk at the Atlantic City Food and Wine Festival in Atlantic City July 25-27, thanks to a national checkoff partnership with the South Dakota Beef Industry Council and Roseda Farm.

As part of its Northeast Beef Promotion Initiative (NEBPI), the checkoff distributed beef materials, interacted with festival-goers, and cooked more than 400 pounds of Roseda Farm beef sirloin samples at its booth in the Grand Market before the inaugural Burger Beach Bash, featuring Martha Stewart.

Winners of the checkoff’s “I Love Beef” trivia challenge had the opportunity to meet Stewart, and checkoff mascot, Miss Patty Melt, made an appearance at the Bash with National Beef Ambassadors Emma Morris and Justana Von Tate and Pennsylvania Beef Ambassador Elizabeth Palmer.

“The Atlantic City Food and Wine Festival was a big success when it came to interacting with the consumers,” Palmer said. “Our stand was, by far, one of the most popular ones there. Everyone loved the beef that Roseda provided and often stopped back for seconds…. There were also a lot of people interested in the recipes and beef cut charts we handed out and enjoyed the ‘Pin the Cuts on the Cow’ game for cool beef prizes.”

Back in the tent at the Grand Market, beef ambassadors played educational games to teach the largely millennial crowd about various lean cuts of beef, to provide beef recipes, and to hand out more than 7,500 samples of Roseda sirloin.

“We had an amazing time talking to the thousands of guests who stopped by our tent at the festival this weekend, said Mike Brannon of Roseda Farm. “It was great hearing such wonderful feedback about our meat…. With a versatile meat like beef, it’s amazing what a simple rub of sea salt, finely ground dark roast coffee and Montreal steak seasoning can create!”

For additional details and photos from the event, follow NEBPI @NortheastBeef and visitFacebook/NortheastLovesBeef for more information about the program. For more information about your beef checkoff investment, visit www.MyBeefCheckoff.com.

The Beef Checkoff Program was established as part of the 1985 Farm Bill. The checkoff assesses $1 per head on the sale of live domestic and imported cattle, in addition to a comparable assessment on imported beef and beef products. States retain up to 50 cents on the dollar and forward the other 50 cents per head to the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board, which administers the national checkoff program, subject to USDA approval.

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07-31-14 NMPF Supports FDA’s Draft Food Shipment Safety Regulations…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 31, 2014

NMPF-National Milk Producers Federation logo 2ARLINGTON, VA – Milk producers joined milk processors yesterday in supporting the Food and Drug Administration’s proposed regulations on the safe shipment of food, saying the draft rules largely write into regulations what the dairy industry is already doing.

“Dairy foods are safely transported already, and there is no need to improve on current practices,” said Beth Briczinski, vice president for dairy foods and nutrition for the National Milk Producers Federation. “As a result, we basically support what the FDA is proposing.”

NMPF, the voice of 32,000 dairy farmers in Washington, submitted comments on the draft regulations issued in February as part of efforts to implement a major update of the nation’s food safety laws enacted in 2011.

NMPF did note several areas where the proposal could be clarified or modified. In particular, it urged expanding waivers from the regulation for dairy products if a shipper is licensed under the Grade “A” milk program. NMPF urged including outbound shipments of finished products – such as yogurt, cottage cheese and sour cream – as well as inbound shipments of unpasteurized milk under the waiver.

Other areas NMPF suggested clarifying included language regarding short or intra-company food shipments and the transportation of frozen dairy desserts. On the latter, the organization said the final regulations should specify that ice cream and other frozen dairy desserts should not be included under the proposed regulations because when ice cream is temperature-abused it doesn’t present a food safety risk. Instead, it melts.

The proposed rules were issued under the 2011 Food Safety Modernization Act, as well as a separate 2005 law covering safe transportation of foods.

“We supported the FSMA and have been pleased to work with the FDA to implement its provisions,” said Briczinski. “We share the desire for food transportation rules that are broad, goal-oriented, aligned with current practices, and adaptable to the many transportation activities conducted in our industry.

“For the most part, FDA’s draft regulations are just that,” Briczinski added.

The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF), based in Arlington, VA, develops and carries out policies that advance the well being of dairy producers and the cooperatives they own. The members of NMPF’s cooperatives produce the majority of the U.S. milk supply, making NMPF the voice of more than 32,000 dairy producers on Capitol Hill and with government agencies. For more on NMPF’s activities, visit our website atwww.nmpf.org.

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07-31-14 Colorado Weekly Hay Report…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 31, 2014

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Greeley, CO    Thu Jul 31, 2014    USDA-CO Dept of Ag Market News

Colorado Hay Report

Compared to last week: Hay movement is slow this week with steady prices,
with moderate buyer demand.  With an adequate supply of low quality hay these
prices are having some downward pressure.  The monsoon season hit this week and
cutting hay will have to wait a week to dry out.  All prices reported FOB the
stack or barn unless otherwise noted.  Prices reflect load lots of hay.

If you have hay for sale or need hay, use the services of the Colorado
Department of Agriculture website: www.coloradoagriculture.com.

Northeast Colorado Areas
Alfalfa
Large Squares: Premium 150.00-160.00; Good 130.00-140.00.
Delivered; Utility 100.00-115.00.
Ground and Delivered: 155.00.
Small Squares: Premium 230.00-260.00 (7.00 to 8.00 per bale).
Grass
Small Bales: Premium 250.00-275.00 (7.00 to 8.00 per bale).
Wheat Straw
Large Squares: Good 60.00, 70.00-90.00 Delivered.
No reported quotes for other classes of hay.

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07-31-14 U.S. Forest Service Extends Public Comment Period for Proposed Groundwater Directive…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 31, 2014

US Forest Service LogoEngages in Continued Dialogue with Partners and States

WASHINGTON, July 31, 2014 – U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell today announced a 30-day extension in the amount of time the public has to comment on a proposal to clarify the agency’s direction for groundwater. The extension allows the public more time to read the proposal, and provide input.  The proposal is intended to help the Forest Service maintain and enhance water resources on national forests and grasslands.

“We are grateful for the public’s involvement and want to offer additional time for more States, tribes, individuals and groups to submit comments,” said U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell. “The goal is to improve the quality and consistency of our approach to understanding groundwater resources on National Forest System lands, and to better incorporate consideration of those resources to inform agency decision-making. We look forward to additional input on how to achieve those objectives.”

The proposed directive on groundwater resource management was  published in the Federal Register on May 6. The original comment period closes on August 4, 2014. A notice will be published in the Federal Register extending the comment period an additional 30 days until September 3, 2014.

Currently, the Forest Service does not have a consistent approach to evaluating the potential effects to groundwater from the multiple surface uses of National Forest System (NFS) lands, or the role that groundwater plays in ecosystem function on NFS land. Nor does it have a consistent approach to responding to proposals that require Forest Service authorization when those proposals might impact groundwater resources.  The proposed directives would create a more consistent approach for the Forest Service to evaluate and monitor the effects to groundwater from actions on national forest system lands. By improving the agency’s ability to understand groundwater resources, the proposed directive would make the agency a better and more consistent partner to States, tribes and project proponents.

The proposed directive does not specifically authorize or prohibit any uses, and is not an expansion of authority. The agency recognizes and honors the States’ authority in the allocation and appropriation of water. The proposed directive would not infringe on a States’ authority to allocate water, nor would it impose requirements on private landowners.

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