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The BARN’s Closing Ag Market Report…

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 30, 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!

CLICK HERE

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BARN In Depth

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 30, 2014

FOR TODAY’s BARN IN DEPTH REPORT & ARCHIVES

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10-30-14 NAFB News: USDA Secretary Vilsack Addresses members @ 87th National FFA Convention…

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 30, 2014

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

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(USDAlogoRGBNAFB – Louisville, KY) October 30th, 2014 - USDA secretary Tom Vilsack spoke Thursday morning at the 87th annual National FFA Convention..

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

To learn more about the USDA – CLICK HERE

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

 

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10-30-14 NACD Expresses Concerns on “Waters of the U.S.” Proposed Rule…

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 30, 2014

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WASHINGTON, D.C.–October 30, 2014— The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) submitted comments today on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Proposed Rule defining “Waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act (CWA).

“We support the mutual goal of clean water and acknowledge the successes of the Clean Water Act throughout its 40 year existence,” said NACD President Earl Garber. “While we appreciate the opportunity to provide our input on the proposed rule, we are asking the EPA and Army Corps to take additional time to obtain local input for any rule making. To that end, we are requesting that the current version of the rule be withdrawn.”

In its comments, NACD expressed concerns and requested additional clarification on the following definitions: tributaries, adjacency, other waters, and significant nexus. As drafted, the proposed rule would substantially expand CWA jurisdiction, granting EPA and USACE broad authority and discretion to regulate wetlands and other water bodies remote from traditionally navigable waters.

By policy, NACD opposes any measure that expands jurisdiction of the CWA. After completing an economic analysis, EPA and USACE have estimated the rule would result in a three-percent increase in CWA jurisdiction. The amount of expansion is difficult to predict with any meaningful precision; however, if the rule were to encompass all adjacent waters and most isolated wetlands and ditches, NACD estimates it would be significantly greater than three-percent. Regardless, even a three-percent increase in jurisdictional areas would be significant, considering the total number of acres affected and the associated potential economic impacts.

While EPA’s efforts to preserve the agricultural exemptions are critical and well-intentioned, the combined effect of the expansion of jurisdiction and the framework to implement the agricultural exemptions creates a number of legal uncertainties and risks.

NACD supports the decisions of the Supreme Court to leave the management of non-navigable waters in the hands of landowners and local governments. For more than 75 years, conservation districts have been leaders in locally-led efforts to ensure a clean and sustainable water supply for the nation. With earned trust and a proven ability to form partnerships at the local level, conservation districts are well positioned to play a key role in addressing water quality challenges in local communities.

“It is our philosophy that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” said Garber. “Less-costly preventative measures are being implemented on the ground every day due to voluntary and incentive-based conservation practices.”

An expansion of CWA jurisdiction would take away from the current voluntary approach to conservation, which promotes collaboration in a large-scale manner. Any attempt to clarify CWA jurisdiction should be subject to local input, in order to develop effective parameters, criteria, and standards that successfully meet specific local needs. No final ruling should be employed until EPA and USACE have successfully vetted and approved clear provisions that are predictable when applied on the local level.

NACD’s full comments can be found on the website.

The National Association of Conservation Districts is the non-profit organization that represents the nation’s 3,000 conservation districts, their state associations and the 17,000 men and women who serve on their governing boards. For more than 70 years, local conservation districts have worked with cooperating landowners and managers of private working lands to help them plan and apply effective conservation practices. For more information about NACD, visit: www.nacdnet.org.

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Today’s Colorado Ag News Reports…

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 30, 2014

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

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10-30-14 “GO ALL OUT” at the 87th National FFA Convention and Expo from Louisville, KY now thru Nov 1st…

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 30, 2014

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You Know National FFA Convention & Expo Has Started When…

Anyone who’s been to a previous National FFA Convention & Expo knows it could be considered stepping into another world. That said, you know national convention has started when…

Hunger Outbreak Response Team Gives Mission to FFA Members
One in seven Americans won’t get enough food today or some other day this year. Survival depends on you!

Melrose-Mindoro FFA Member Restores a Piece of History
When Riley Hanson decided to restore an Allis Chalmers WD tractor in 2012, he never imagined where this path would lead him.

FFA Chapters Create Untraditional Traditions during Convention
The National FFA Convention & Expo is packed with contests, reunions and inspiring moments – but for some FFA chapters, it’s also about tradition.

10 Things FFA Members Are Excited for During the National Convention and Expo
We took to the streets to see just what about the national convention and expo members look forward to most.

Download the National FFA Convention & Expo app for your smartphone
Quick and easy access to schedules, maps and more.

Thursday Oct. 30 Highlights

8 a.m. Opening Session 1C, Kentucky Exposition Center
8 a.m. – 5 p.m. National FFA Expo, KEC, South Wing A, B, C
1 – 4 p.m. National FFA Career Fair, KEC, Expo Floor
2 p.m. Second General Session, KEC
4:30 – 6 p.m. FFA Alumni Awards Session, KEC, Room C205
6:30 – 8:30 a.m. World’s Toughest Rodeo, KEC, Broadbent Arena
7:30 p.m. Third General Session, KEC
9:30 p.m. Concert – Scotty McCreery and Danielle Bradbery, KFC YUM! Center

About National FFA Organization

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10-29-14 USDA-NASS News: MEAT ANIMAL, MILK, AND POULTRY PDI FINAL ESTIMATES…

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 29, 2014

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USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service has published final estimates for Meat Animals Production, Disposition, and Income, Milk Disposition and Income, and Poultry Disposition and Value, including revisions made by the Agricultural Statistics Board (ASB), for the production years 2008 through 2012. The production, disposition, and income from meat animals for 2008-2012 were published during calendar years 2009-2013. The disposition and income from milk production for 2008-2012 were published during calendar years 2009-2013. The production and value from poultry for 2008-2012 were published during calendar years 2009-2013. Data included in these final publications provide a historic record and a benchmark for current estimates.

Revisions were made after a thorough review of the original survey data and all additional data now available, including the 2012 Census of Agriculture. Other data series considered included slaughter data, shipment records, imports, exports, and any other available administrative information. For Milk Disposition and Income, other data series considered included Federal Milk Market Orders, receipts of milk by plants and dealers, and any other available administrative information. The 2008-2012 estimates shown herein are considered final and will not be revised again.

For a full copy of the Meat Animals Production, Disposition, and Income Final Estimates 2008-2012, Milk Disposition and Income Final Estimates 2008-2012, and Poultry Production and Value Final Estimates 2008-2012 report please visit http://www.nass.usda.gov.

For state specific questions please contact:

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10-29-14 NMPF Welcomes Four New Co-ops as Members as 2014 Annual Meeting Closes…

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 29, 2014

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Secretary Vilsack speaking at NMPF’s annual meeting can be credited to Eric Priddy Photography

GRAPEVINE, Texas – The National Milk Producers Federation welcomed four new dairy cooperative members, two new board members and one new board officer, as the organization wrapped up its 2014 annual meeting here Wednesday.

Also at the meeting, guest speaker Tom Vilsack, the U.S. Agriculture Secretary, told attendees that the USDA is extending by one week the deadline for farmers to enroll in the new Margin Protection Program. The previous deadline, November 28, will be moved back to Friday, December 5th, to ensure that dairy producers have time after the Thanksgiving weekend to sign up for the new dairy safety net. NMPF had asked USDA to consider an extension, because November 28 is “Black Friday.”

The new cooperative members are Bongards’ Creameries, Norwood, Minnesota; Cortland Bulk Milk Producers Cooperative, Cortland, New York; Mount Joy Farmers Cooperative Association, Mount Joy, Pennsylvania, and Oneida-Madison Milk Producers Cooperative Association, Sherrill, New York.

These new members bring the number of dairy cooperatives in NMPF to 31. NMPF members market the majority of the milk produced in the United States, making NMPF the voice of more than 32,000 dairy producers on Capitol Hill and with government agencies.

The two new NMPF board members are Michael Doyle, president and CEO of Foremost Farms USA in Baraboo, Wisconsin, and Scot Meyer, board member of Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery, Ellsworth, Wisconsin. In addition, board member Keith Murfield, CEO of United Dairymen of Arizona, was elected to serve as secretary of the organization.

In addition, NMPF recognized six outgoing board members for their service to the organization and presented the NMPF Political Action Committee Award to board member Dan Senestraro of Dairy Farmers of America.

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10-29-14 USDA Extends Dairy Margin Protection Program Deadlines…

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 29, 2014

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Enrollment Continues Through Dec. 5; Comments Accepted Until Dec. 15

GRAPEVINE, Texas, Oct. 29, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, speaking at the National Milk Producers Federation annual meeting, today announced extended deadlines for the dairy Margin Protection Program. Farmers now have until Dec. 5, 2014, to enroll in the voluntary program, established by the 2014 Farm Bill. The program provides financial assistance to participating farmers when the margin – the difference between the price of milk and feed costs – falls below the coverage level selected by the farmer.

“We want dairy producers to have enough time to make thoughtful and well-studied choices,” said Vilsack. “Markets change and the Margin Protection Program can help protect dairy producers from those changes.”

Vilsack encouraged producers to use the online Web resource at www.fsa.usda.gov/mpptool to calculate the best levels of coverage for their dairy operation. “Historical scenarios also can be explored to see how the Margin Protection Program would function should poor market conditions occur again in the future,” said Vilsack. The secure website can be accessed via computer, smartphone or tablet.

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10-28-14 CFB News: McCloy Fellowship Program: Farm Bureau Reps Return from Germany…

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 28, 2014

Centennial, Colo., Oct. 28, 2014 Four Farm Bureau members and staffers travled to Germany to establish professional and personal ties with members of the Deutscher Bauernverband (German Farmers’ Association).

The exchange trip was part of the McCloy Fellowship program, which was established by the American Council on Germany in 1976 to give young American and German professionals an opportunity to broaden their professional experience and establish working relationships with transatlantic counterparts.

“Being able to travel Germany for three weeks to learn about agriculture was an experience of a lifetime,” said Nick Colglazier, a McCloy Fellow and Director of Public Policy, State Affairs at Colorado Farm Bureau. “I learned an incredible amount about German and EU farm policies and on the ground ag production, as well as some of the unique challenges German farmers face along with some challenges we share across the Atlantic.”

Along with Colglazier, McCloy Fellows returning from Germany are Kristi Boswell, a farm labor specialist who is director of congressional relations at the American Farm Bureau Federation; Meghan Mueseler, an engineering/environmental health and safety project specialist at Cargill Meat Solutions and Susan Wilkins, a beef cattle farmer and Farm Bureau member from West Virginia.

Through the program, participants learn how farmers on the other side of the Atlantic do business, become familiar with agriculture in Europe and compare best practices. The program allows both American and German agriculturalists to travel to each other’s countries every other year.

Colorado Farm Bureau is the state’s largest grassroots organization with over 24,000 members. Colorado Farm Bureau seeks to promote and protect the future of agriculture and rural values.

To learn more & become a CFB Member – CLICK HERE

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10-28-14 FSA-CO News: USDA Issues Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) Payments for Certain 2013 Crops in Colorado…

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 28, 2014

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Denver, Colorado, Oct.28, 2014 — U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director Leland Swenson announced today that FSA has begun distributing Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) payments for revenue losses associated with certain crops in Colorado.  Discontinued by the 2014 Farm Bill, the ACRE program provided producers with protection from revenue losses for crops grown in 2009-2013.

Crops eligible for October payments include corn, grain sorghum and wheat grown in the 2013 crop year.  Producers who participated in the 2013 ACRE program should contact their local offices for more information.  The Budget Control Act passed by Congress in 2011 requires these payments to be reduced by 5.1 percent. 

For more information on ACRE, producers should contact their local FSA office or visit FSA’s website at www.fsa.usda.gov .

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10-28-14 CattleFax Announces Agenda for Outlook & Strategies Seminar Dec 2nd in Littleton, CO…

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 28, 2014

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Cattle Producers and Beef Industry Leaders Are Encouraged to Attend

Centennial, CO – Oct. 28, 2014 – The potential for the beef cattle industry to rebuild and expand the cowherd has not been this strong in more than 20 years. Likewise, cheaper feedstuff prices and robust protein demand are fueling expansion efforts in the pork and chicken segments.

Beef industry participants will feel the far-reaching influence of livestock expansion well beyond 2015. CattleFax will discuss those implications in detail during its Outlook & Strategies 2015 Seminar on Tuesday, December 2, 2014.

The event’s keynote speaker is Jan Lambregts, Global Head of Financial Markets Research for Rabobank International. He will share his thoughts on what factors will shape the U.S. and global economy in 2015. Art Douglas, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of the Atmospheric Science Department at Creighton University, will discuss weather patterns and trends expected for 2015 and beyond.

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10-28-14 Inside the BARN w/Flint Hills Resources, LLC’s Sheryl Corrigan…

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 28, 2014

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Sheryl Corrigan is senior vice president of environmental, health and safety for Flint Hills Resources, LLC.

Sheryl Corrigan is senior vice president of environmental, health and safety for Flint Hills Resources, LLC.

Flint Hills Resources LLC logo(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) October 28th, 2014 - Flint Hills Resources is an independent refining, chemicals and grain processing company. It strives to create value for its customers and society – through the way its facilities operate, its efficient use of resources, the products it produces and markets, and its involvement in its communities. The company, based in Wichita, Kan., has expanded its operations through capital projects and acquisitions worth more than $8.6 billion since 2002. Flint Hills Resources is a wholly owned subsidiary of Koch Industries, Inc., and according to Forbes, Koch Industries, Inc. is one of the largest private companies in America with annual revenues of about $115 billion. It owns a diverse group of companies, involved in refining, chemicals, grain processing and biofuels; forest and consumer products; fertilizers; polymers and fibers; process and pollution control equipment and technologies; electronic components; commodity trading; minerals; energy; ranching; glass; and investments. Since 2003, Koch companieshave invested approximately $65 billion in acquisitions and other capital expenditures. With a presence in about 60 countries, Koch companies employ more than 100,000 people worldwide, with about 60,000 of those in the United States. From January 2009 to present, Koch companies have earned more than 900 awards for safety, environmental excellence, community stewardship, innovation, and customer service.

Joining the Colorado Ag News Network inside the BARN is Sheryl Corrigan, Flint Hills Resources, LLC’s senior vice president of environmental, health and safety. Corrigan will be discussing the vital role both organizations play within the US economy & agriculture industry as well, not to mention several other toics as well, including:

  • Background on Corrigan
  • Flint Hills Resources & Koch Industries, Inc. Histories
  • Role in US Ethanol Pproduction
  • In US Agriculture
  • In US Forestry
  • Contributions to the US, the region & to Colorado
  • & Much More

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Livestock Exchange, LLC Weekly Update…

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 27, 2014

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

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

Fall Sale Schedule Underway…

10/27 – 

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For more information about Livestock Exchange, LLC – CLICK HERE

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10-23-14 Inside NRCS-CO: A closer look at Wetland Dynamics, LLC., a CO CIG Project…

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 23, 2014

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Michael Brady, Conservation Innovation Grants Program Manager

(BARN Media & CoAgNews Network – Briggsdale, CO) October 23rd, 2014 – The USDA announced it is investing $15.7 million through grants to 47 entities that will help develop and demonstrate cutting-edge ideas to accelerate innovation in private lands conservation.

Recipients of USDA’s Conservation Innovation Grants will demonstrate innovative approaches to improve soil health, air and water quality, conserve energy, and enhance wildlife habitat in balance with productive agricultural systems.

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service administers this competitive grants program.

Of the 47 grants announced, one is in Colorado. Wetland Dynamics, LLC received $60,000 to develop new technology for monitoring threatened and endangered species in the San Luis Valley in Colorado.

The technology will include remote, passive, and acoustic monitoring of Southwestern Willow Flycatcher, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, and Northern Leopard Frogs.

Joining the Colorado Ag News Network inside the BARN is Jennifer Nehring, an NRCS Partner; Biologist & Conservation Innovation Project Manager AND Michael Brady, Conservation Innovation Grants Program Manager…

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

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For additional information about USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Colorado

please visit www.co.nrcs.usda.gov or please call 720-544-2810.

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Keep Electricity Affordable’s Telephone Town Hall Meeting discussing the EPA’s “Clean Power Plan”…

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 21, 2014

In case you missed the Keep Electricity Affordable’s Telephone Town Hall Meeting, the BARN has got you covered…

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Moderating the “Clean Power Plan” Telephone Town Hall Meeting is Brian Allmer, owner/host of BARN Media & the Colorado Ag News Network

On Tuesday, Oct. 21, Keep Electricity Affordable is hosting a telephone town hall to discuss the impact of the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed “Clean Power Plan” on your community. As advocates for affordable electricity, it’s important we all understand the facts about these regulations and the potential impact they could have to our energy use, our electric bills and our entire way of life. We’ll be joined by manufacturing expert Ross Eisenberg, vice president of the National Association of Manufacturers, who will discuss the facts about how the West will be impacted by these regulations. Mr. Eisenberg will also be on the line to answer your questions about the EPA’s plan and what you can do to take action.

Join us by calling 888-550-4122 at 7 p.m. Mountain time, on Tuesday, Oct.21.

Get the facts and make your voice heard!

Click here to register

ABOUT KEEP ELECTRICITY AFFORDABLE

Keep Electricity Affordable is an alliance of citizens and organizations in Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico and Wyoming that believes affordable electric power is an indispensable resource that is essential to families, businesses, communities and the economy. This initiative is a program of the Rural Economic Action Alliance (REA-A), a not-for-profit organization that educates the public on the importance of affordable and reliable electricity, the value of consumer owned, not-for-profit cooperative business model and factors that support a vibrant economy and quality of life across the rural West. Learn more about Keep Electricity Affordable – CLICK HERE

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10-21-14 *CSU Ext SEA News* ‘Who will get the Farm’ Workshop on Nov 6th…

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 21, 2014

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No matter your age, size of family, or net worth, it is important to have an estate plan. A plan will ensure that your family and financial goals will be met after you die.

Colorado State University Prowers County Extension office will be hosting a one-day session titled “Heirs in Agriculture” on November 6, 2014 from 9:30 – 3:30 at the Home Economics Building located on the Prowers County Fairgrounds.

The session will address how to plan the transition of the family farm and ranch from one generation to the next as it can be complicated and emotional. If you strategically plan, the transition can be smooth and less stressful for all involved. Presenter will be Jeffrey Tranel, CSU Extension Ag Economist.

Topics to be included are final instructions and last wishes, personal possessions, communicating with family members and real estate and financial assets. Even if you do not own a farm or ranch, the information will be valuable to all that attend.

Registration is $20 for the first family member and $10 for additional family members. Registration includes one set of materials per family and lunch. Space is limited, pre-registration and payment are due October 30.

To register or for more information call the CSU Prowers County Extension office at 719-254-7608.

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10-20-14 CO Section of the Society of Range Management’s Annual Meeting will Focus on Restoration – Dec 3-5 in Ft Collins, CO…

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 20, 2014

CSSRM Event Poster 2014Colorado is no stranger to ground disturbance.  However, the last 24 months have brought a surplus of ground disturbing events to the state.  From grass killing drought, to creek re-routing floods, to forest denuding fires, Mother Nature has assaulted the land from all sides.

In response, the Colorado Section of the Society for Range Management (CSSRM) is hosting “Responding to Disturbance: Effective Restoration and Monitoring”.  The conference and workshop will be held December 3-5, 2014, at the Fort Collins Marriott on Horsetooth Road.  It will run from 1 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, December 3, until 1 p.m. on Friday, December 5.

The meeting will look closely at the impacts of fire, flood, grazing/drought, and oil/gas development and restoration methods for each.  A key component is a half-day “Practitioner Skills” Workshop on Friday morning.  Workshop speakers will focus on reseeding and revegetation methods, mulch and monitoring techniques and adaptive management.

The keynote speaker will open Wednesday with a look back at the history of restoration.  The remainder of the afternoon will focus on range recovery on the ranch. It will start with a look at the restoration challenges and opportunities on rangeland.  Livestock operators will then learn how they can manage the ranch to soften the impacts of drought and overgrazing.  Attendees will also hear about low cost yet highly effective methods to help riparian recovery.  The closing ranch talk will look at the Coal Basin Cow Stomp.

Wednesday evening will feature the Colorado Section banquet and awards presentation.  The mixer and cash bar will open at 6 p.m., and the banquet at 7 p.m.  The Colorado Section of SRM awards ceremony will follow the meal.

Small acreage lots present unique challenges to widespread disasters.  Thursday will open with a discussion about how to counter these challenges followed by a look at fire and flood repair.

After the provided lunch, the focus will shift to energy industry disturbances and recovery/restoration practices.   Noxious weed impact on restoration and information about efforts to build an ‘ecoregional’ seed network will close the day.

Friday will be the half-day “Practitioner Skills Workshop” co-hosted with the Society for Ecological Restoration Central Rockies Chapter.  The workshop will address questions such as, “How do you identify problem areas and alter your strategy to improve restoration success?”  Attendees will learn skills and techniques to help improve rangeland restoration success across habitats and disturbance types, from wetlands to energy lands to working prairies.

Registration for the full event includes breaks, the Wednesday evening banquet and Thursday lunch.  SRM and SER members pay $150.  Non-member registration is $165.  The Wednesday and Friday half-day sessions is $40 each (no meals) while Thursday is $75 (includes lunch).  After November 15, full registration increases $15 and day registrations increase $10.  Student rates are available.

This meeting is for practitioners, landowners, contractors, city and county government employees.  A complete agenda, registration and exhibitor information is available at the meeting website:  http://cssrm2014.eventbrite.com.

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10-20-14 CSU and the Colorado AgrAbilty Project to help disabled CO farmers and ranchers…

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 20, 2014

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Colorado AgrAbility workshop schedule:

Oct. 30 – Steamboat Springs: contact Todd Hagenbuch, (970) 879-0825
Nov. 6 – Mancos: contact Tom Hooten, (970) 565-3123
Nov. 7 – Alamosa: contact Marvin Reynolds, (719) 852-7381 ext. 15
Jan. 26 – Burlington: contact Ron Meyer, (719) 346-5571
Jan. 27 – Lamar: contact Bruce Fickenscher, (719) 438-5321
Feb. 2 – Aurora: contact Sheila Gains, (303) 738-7943
Feb. 3 – Greeley: contact Keith Maxey, (970) 304-6535 ext. 2075
Feb. 4 – Sterling: contact Bruce Bosley, (970) 522-3200 ext. 285

FORT COLLINS – Two Colorado State University professors will continue assisting those who are responsible for feeding millions of Americans every year work through their disabilities and run successful agricultural operations.

Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics Norm Dalsted and Professor of Human Development and Family Studies Robert Fetsch have received a four-year grant of $720,000 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture to provide assistance, networking, and educational workshops across Colorado for farmers and producers affected by disabilities.

The workshops, part of the Colorado AgrAbility Project, were developed in partnership with CSU Extension and Goodwill Industries of Denver. For the past 16 years, CSU has led the AgrAbility Project and has served 436 clients. Now, with another four-year renewal, the university will have led this program for a full 20 years.

“It is often hard to get farmers and producers to admit that they have disabilities such as back and hearing problems, arthritis, and PTSD,” said Dalsted. “That there has been so much interest in these workshops over the years testifies to their continued service to a sizable community.”

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10-13-14 *CSU Ext* Colorado Crop Clinic “Soil and Crop Health” Nov 18-19 in Sterling…

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 13, 2014

CO Crop Clinic 2014COLORADO CROP CLINIC

Co-Sponsored by: Colorado State University Extension Colorado’s Certified Crop Advisors Board 

November 18-19

Logan County Extension Office

508 S 10th Ave, Suite 1

Sterling CO 80751

Program Content

- Managing Pests & Pesticide Resistance

- Crop Nutrient Management

- Crop Health Optimization

- Building Soil Health

- Water Quality & Availability issues

Speakers – To be announced

Cost & Conditions:

- $50 per pre-registration for either day
– $80 per two days received by Nov 5th
– $25 late fee after November 5th
– Registrations are limited to 75 people.

A minimum of 20 people are required by November 20th, If we don’t reach this number by that date, the Crop Clinic will be canceled or postponed until January 2015.

Register & pay online via these websites:

http://goldenplains.colostate.edu

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Thursday, October 30th…

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 30, 2014

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“Dairy Margin Protection Programs Deadline Extended”

The deadlines for the dairy Margin Protection Program will extend now until December fifth. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the extension while speaking at the National Milk Producers Federation annual meeting.  The voluntary enrollment deadline was changed because Vilsack said “We want dairy producers to have enough time to make thoughtful and well-studied choices.” The program provides financial assistance to participating farmers when the margin – the difference between the price of milk and feed costs – falls below the coverage level selected by the farmer.

Vilsack encouraged producers to use the online Web resource at www dot fsa dot usda dot gov slash mpp tool (www.fsa.usda.gov/mpptool) to calculate the best levels of coverage for their dairy operation. USDA also extended the opportunity for public comments on both the Margin Protection Program and the Dairy Product Donation Program until Dec. 15th.

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“USDA Planning to Move Ahead with Second Beef Checkoff”

Meatingplace reports USDA will move ahead with its plans to create a second beef checkoff in the absence of consensus from the industry as to how to overhaul the existing program. USDA is expected to file a notice in the Federal Register in early November seeking public comment on the proposal. Vilsack said earlier this month he’d create the parallel program if industry members couldn’t reach consensus on the existing checkoff’s reforms. Cattlemen’s groups nationwide responded with a letter urging the secretary to back off, arguing that USDA’s program would give the government too much control.

The parallel program Vilsack is planning would likely be funded by an additional $1 per head fee that producers would pay while continuing to pay $1 per head to fund the current checkoff program. However as previously reported, Vilsack is willing to pull back his plan if the industry reaches consensus on a viable way forward.

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“Consumer Groups Want Bee Killing Pesticide out of Lowe’s”

Consumer campaigns are urging Lowe’s to take ‘bee-killing’ pesticides off its shelves. According to the Hagstrom report, Friends of the Earth said the environmental group and its allies have organized more than 30,000 people to “swarm” Lowe’s stores around the country to deliver one million petition signatures to ask the home improvement company to remove neonicotinoid pesticides and plants treated with them from its shelves. The campaign follows similar moves regarding groups trying to get certain foods off of store shelves.

The group cited its own study of the impact of neonicotinoid pesticides on pollinators, and said gardeners “should beware” of the plants and pesticides they may be buying. Home Depot is requiring its suppliers to label all plants treated with neonicotinoid pesticides, and is working with its suppliers to “find alternative insecticides for protecting live goods and bees,” according to the Friends of the Earth environmental group.

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“Monsanto Investing to Transform Plant Breeding”

In a news release, Monsanto announced a commitment to further improve the genetic potential of seeds. The company announced Wednesday a $20 million investment in integrated technology centers as part of its global breeding program. The technology centers will utilize continuing advancements in data science, genomic breeding methods and predictive analytics to further enhance seeds, according to the release. The funding will help accelerate plant breeding research across integrated technology centers in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Minnesota and Nebraska.

Monsanto vice president of global plant breeding Sam Eathington stated “We are at a unique inflection point in the evolution of plant breeding where data science and predictive analytics will help to unlock previously untapped potential of plant genetics.”

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“Vilsack to address FFA Members”

USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack will address FFA members this morning during the 87thNational FFA Convention and Expo in Louisville, Kentucky. Vilsack is set to speak during the opening session of the convention this morning at 8:00am. An estimated 60,000 are expected to attend the national FFA convention, with approximately 12,000 in attendance to hear Secretary Vilsack speak.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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10-29-14 WY Game and Fish Study Underway to Determine Effectiveness of CWD Vaccine…

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 29, 2014

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CHEYENNE – A multi-year study to evaluate the effectiveness of a vaccine against chronic wasting disease is continuing at the Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s Thorne/Williams Wildlife Research facility west of Wheatland. Chronic wasting disease is a fatal neurological disease affecting elk, deer, and moose, but is not thought to affect humans.

The study, which began in February 2013, involves 40 elk—20 that have been vaccinated and 20 non-vaccinated elk serving as a control group. Previous research has shown elk naturally contract chronic wasting disease at the facility.

“This study will be informative and valuable as we try to find out if there is a way to vaccinate against CWD. But, we do not know if this vaccine will work. Even if we find differences in infection rates, an effective, usable chronic wasting disease vaccine in free-ranging elk still has a long ways to go,”

Dr. Mary Wood, Wyoming Game and Fish wildlife veterinarian said.

Dr. Wood and other researchers are taking biopsies from both groups of elk and results from each group will be compared to determine if the vaccine is preventing infection.Obtaining CWD samples from live animals can help researchers determine if the animal has been infected before it develops the clinical disease. The biopsies of the vaccinated elk and those of the control group will be compared to see if there’s any difference in early infection rates.

Dr.Wood said that rightnow they are injecting the elk with the vaccine by hand. “We have to give it once per year, and it’s not something we could use in free ranging wildlife at the moment.” Dr. Wood said. “But, if it were to work, we could look into other delivery methods such as an oral vaccine. This would still take a long time to develop and we would have to find a way to safely and effectively administer it to wildlife.”

The study is expected to last about seven years after which it is hoped that it can be determined if the vaccine is giving the elk some protection against the disease. If the vaccine proves to be effective, wildlife managers could someday have an important tool to combat the disease.

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10-29-14 Wyoming Game and Fish Appreciates Public’s Help with Poaching Investigations…

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 29, 2014

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CHEYENNE –The Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGFD) is actively seeking information from the public about poaching crimes this fall. The help game wardens receive from people across Wyoming is extremely beneficial in solving crimes against the state’s wildlife.

Game and Fish’s increased outreach on poaching incidents has raised questions through social media and other channels as to whether there has been an increase in wildlife crimes. The Game and Fish Department does not believe that is the case this year.

“Through the Stop Poaching tip line and through direct communication with wardens, Wyoming hunters, anglers and people who recreate in the outdoors are valuable sources of information for the Game and Fish Department in many ways,” said Brian Nesvik, WGFD chief game warden. “We appreciate the help and know we couldn’t do our jobs without this partnership.”

2014 poaching report figures will be available in coming months, but it is believed there is not an increase in poaching this year.

“So far in 2014, we have had several incidents that we need help from the public to solve, so we have been more active seeking tips,” Nesvik said. “We are also using additional ways to communicate, like social media and direct emails to the public. I think it is more noticeable that we are looking for assistance and that is good news. In past years, several of these poaching incidents were successfully prosecuted and probably would have gone unsolved without the public’s help.”

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10-29-14 “GO ALL OUT” at the 87th National FFA Convention & Expo from Louisville, KY Oct 29-Nov 1…

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 29, 2014

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Join RFD-TV Live at the 87th National FFA Convention & Expo
The benefits of the recently announced long-term agreement between FFA and RFD-TV are already showing as the network brings unprecedented live coverage of the 87th National FFA Convention & Expo.

List: 2014-15 National FFA Officer Candidates
Meet the 42 FFA members who are vying to become one of six National FFA Officers for 2014-15.

Follow all the action on the National FFA Blog and more
More than 60,000 FFA members will descend upon Louisville, Ky., for the next four days, so you better believe there are thousands of stories to share. Also check us out on Facebook and Twitter.

Download the National FFA Convention & Expo app for your smartphone
Quick and easy access to schedules, maps and more.

Wednesday Oct. 29 Highlights

12:30 p.m. National FFA Expo Grand Opening
3:30 p.m. Opening Session 1A
6:45 p.m. Opening Session 1B (Watch live on RFD-TV and iHigh)
9:30 p.m. FFA Concert, featuring Justin Moore and Easton Corbin

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, October 29th…

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 29, 2014

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“COOL Appeal not likely until January.”

The United States won’t appeal the World Trade Organization’s recent ruling on Country of Origin Labeling until the beginning of next year, according to USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack. Vilsack told DTN this week the U.S. Trade Representative’s office is in the process of considering an appeal, but the U.S. also has been asked to take its time. Vilsack said the WTO has asked the U.S. to wait because “they are not capable of processing any additional appeals, based on the level of work at the WTO that is currently in the queue.” A WTO panel ruled this month the U.S. can have a country-of-origin label for meat products, but the current USDA rule discriminates against Canadian and Mexican cattle.

Vilsack said to change the rule, congress would need to get rid of the COOL mandate. Vilsack has asked USDA staff to see if there is another way to craft a labeling rule or a way to not violate WTO rules. Canadian Ag Minister Gerry Ritz has demanded the rule be dropped and preferably by the next WTO meeting in November.

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“New USDA Partnership Announced to Support Gulf Restoration”

A new partnership between USDA ‘s Natural Resources Conservation Service and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation announced Tuesday seeks to provide support for restoration of the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem. The effort is a result of the impacts from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill. USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack stated “partnering with NFWF and private landowners will enable us to continue to make progress in this region.” The partnership expands conservation efforts with landowners who may not otherwise be eligible to participate in recovery programs. The partnership will begin with a $20 million investment from NFWF, matched by a $20 million investment from NRCS.

Additional commitments of up to $30 million from each partner are possible over the next four years. The partnership will focus on conservation projects for private lands as part of the existing recovery efforts in Louisiana, Alabama, Florida, Mississippi and Texas. Projects could include wetlands conservation, stream restoration and farm and ranch protection including improving soil health, no-till farming and enhancing wildlife habitat.

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“Zoetis Proving Immune Response Research Grants”

Zoetis announced Tuesday the company will provide $125,000 in grants for immune response research in relation to Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus. The grants will fund studies the company hopes will provide insight into new methods that can help control PEDv. Steve Sornsen of Zoetis stated “There is a critical need to better understand immune response to help control PEDv.” University researchers or practicing veterinarians are invited to submit research proposals for consideration.

Research proposals must be received by December fifth to PEDvResearch@zoetis.com. A committee will review the proposals, and an announcement of the successful applications will be made in January. Since PEDv was confirmed in the United States last year, the disease has devastated the pork industry, with cases confirmed in 31 states thus far.

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“Growth Energy Announces Support for FFA during FFA Convention”

At this week’s FFA convention in Louisville, Kentucky, FFA and Growth Energy announced a multi-year sponsorship supporting FFA and agricultural education as a special project of the FFA Foundation. Through the sponsorship, workshops will start immediately at this year national FFA convention. The workshops, titled “Ethanol – Past, Present, Future,” will provide an overview of the changing landscape in the ethanol industry and provide resources for teachers and students to take back to their classrooms after the event. President of the National FFA Foundation, Molly Ball, said “we are excited to announce this new partnership and look forward to having Growth Energy host workshops this week to immediately engage with FFA members and agriculture educators.”

In addition to the workshops, funding from Growth Energy will help support TeachAg and Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education. Also included in the gift is support for the national organization’s online personalized career exploration and development resources called “My Journey.” Support for Washington Leadership Conference, an annual event focused on developing students’ leadership skills and service to others, is also included in the sponsorship.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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10-28-14 NMPF Leaders Set Sights on Immigration, Trade & Other Issues In Wake of 2014 Victory on New Dairy Safety Net…

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 28, 2014

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GRAPEVINE, Texas – With a major reform of the federal dairy safety net now complete, the leadership of the National Milk Producers Federation pledged today to step up efforts on other key issues, including the fight for meaningful immigration reform, and opening more foreign markets to U.S. dairy products.

Speaking at the organization’s two-day annual meeting here, Board Chairman Randy Mooney and President and CEO Jim Mulhern also stressed the need to address environmental issues and concerns over the treatment of animals on dairy farms.

The Mooney-Mulhern joint presentation came less than two months after the Agriculture Department formally launched the new dairy safety net, a margin insurance program known the Margin Protection Program, or MPP.

NMPF conceived of the program after dairy farmers lost billions of dollars in equity in the 2008-2009 recession. The organization, the voice of 32,000 dairy farmers in Washington, then lobbied Congress to include margin insurance in the 2014 farm bill.

“The new Margin Protection Program is going to be more flexible, more fair, and more functional than the old MILC program,” said Mooney, a dairy farmer from Rogersville, Missouri.

“I want, most of all, to remind farmers to take action and enroll their operation in the Margin Protection Program by USDA’s Thanksgiving deadline,” added Mulhern, who took over as NMPF president 10 months ago. “Even if you only want the barebones catastrophic coverage for next year, it will only cost you $100.”

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10-28-14 NCBA and PLC Tell EPA: Don’t Drown Land Owners in Regulatory Flood…

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 28, 2014

PLC - Public Lands Council Header - NR SmallWASHINGTON (Oct. 28, 2014) - Today, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the Public Lands Council filed comments calling for the immediate withdrawal of the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers’ proposed “waters of the United States” rule. The proposed rule vastly expands the agencies’ jurisdiction and attempts to regulate all land uses.

“The agencies’ proposal jeopardizes private property rights and violates Supreme Court precedent by subjecting nearly all waters to regulation,” said NCBA Environmental Counsel Ashley McDonald. “Through the use of broad and ambiguous language, the proposal is a limitless expansion of authority that cannot be supported by the Clean Water Act or the U.S. Constitution.” Read the rest of this entry »

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10-28-14 In Memory of Former NAFB President Earl Hunter…

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 28, 2014

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Earl HunterFormer NAFB President Earl Hunter has passed at the age of 85.  Earl was a broadcaster for 38 years in Wisconsin.  Below is Earl’s obituary as it appears in the LaCrosse Tribune. 
Earl “Harry” Hunter, 85, of West Salem and formerly of La Crescent died Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, at his home in West Salem.

He was born July 18, 1929, in Richville, Minn., and lived most of his life in La Crescent. He was the son of Harry and Ella (Mahlke) Hunter of New York Mills, Minn. He served with the U.S. Marine Corps from 1947 to 1951. After leaving the Marine Corps he farmed for a short time in Northern Minnesota. He married Elaine Hanebuth in 1955. He graduated from the Radio Broadcasting Program at Brown College in Minneapolis in 1957. In 1958 he started a 38 year career as a radio announcer for WKTY radio in La Crosse. He was known best as a farm broadcaster and radio personality. He was extremely well read. He enjoyed public speaking, especially sharing jokes and anecdotes with his audiences, playing cards and family gatherings. He served on numerous boards, committees and service organizations throughout his life, including the church board and serving as Sunday School Superindendent of First Ev. Lutheran Church, and later in a leadership position at Messiah Lutheran Church, both in La Crescent.

      He is survived by his wife, Elaine Hunter of West Salem; his children, Alan (Heike) Hunter of Onalaska, Sharon Mellem (Al Diede) of Parker, S.D., Dirk (Carol) Hunter of Onalaska, Brad Hunter (Jen Bury) and Todd Hunter both of La Crescent and Mark (Kim) Hunter of West Salem; eight grandchildren, Melissa and Austin Hunter, Katelyn (Joram) Smith, Ken Mellem, Zach and Kelly Hunter, Mikaela and Molly Hunter; sister-in-law, Anna Hunter; brothers-in-law, Marvin (Bonnie) Hanebuth and Donald (Sharon) Hanebuth.

      He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Kenneth Hunter; sister and brother-in-law, Lorraine (Hilding) Pearson, all of New York Mills.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Messiah Lutheran Church, 825 Jonathan Lane, La Crescent. Pastor Matt Lorfeld will officiate. Burial, with military honors, will follow in Toledo Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Schumacher-Kish Funeral and Cremation Services, 111 S. Oak St., La Crescent.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred. Online guestbook is available at www.schumacher-kish.com.

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10-28-14 Growth Energy Announces Multi-Year Support, Presents Workshops during 87th National FFA Convention & Expo…

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 28, 2014

growth-energy-logoNat FFA 2014 Nat Convention logoINDIANAPOLIS (Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014/National FFA Organization) – Growth Energy, a company that represents the producers and supporters of ethanol, recently announced support of the National FFA Organization and agricultural education as a special project of the National FFA Foundation. The multi-year sponsorship, a first-time gift to the organization from the company, will immediately launch with teacher and student workshops presented by Growth Energy this week at the 87th National FFA Convention & Expo, Oct. 29-Nov. 1, 2014, in Louisville, Ky.

The workshops, titled “Ethanol – Past, Present, Future,” take place on Friday, Oct. 31 and will provide an overview of the changing landscape in the ethanol industry and provide resources for teachers and students to take back to their classrooms after the event.

“Sustainable gifts, such as this from Growth Energy, provide long-term support for FFA and agricultural education,” Molly Ball, president of the National FFA Foundation, said. “We are excited to announce this new partnership and look forward to having Growth Energy host workshops this week to immediately engage with FFA members and agriculture educators.” Read the rest of this entry »

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