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08-20-14 The 142nd CO State Fair Livestock Shows, Championships and Jr Livestock Sale on Livestream…

Posted by Brian Allmer on August 23, 2014

 

WATCH the ARCHIVES of all the CSF Jr Livestock Shows & the Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Jr Livestock Sale from the 142nd CO State Fair...CLICK HERE

CLICK HERE to see the complete webcast schedule

 

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“This Week Inside the BARN”

Posted by Brian Allmer on August 22, 2014

CLICK HERE to visit the “Inside the BARN” webpage for this week’s show & archives too…

“This Week Inside the BARN”…

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If you would like to hear this program on your radio station or become a sponsor of the program

Please contact the BARN @ 970-656-3489 or by e-mail barnmedia@yahoo.com

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08-22-14 CSF News: State Fair Fans: $150,000 Still Unclaimed From Cashless Cards…

Posted by Brian Allmer on August 22, 2014

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Refunds Being Offered Until Sept. 2 at the Colorado State Fairgrounds

PUEBLO, Colo. – A little more than $150,000 is still unclaimed in refunds from the “Cashless Card” used at last year’s Colorado State Fair, and refunds are only available until the end of the 2014 Fair on September 1.

The Cashless Card is NOT being used at the Fair this year, and the Fair has no plans of returning to this particular system in the future. The Fair has gone back to accepting cash in payment for all food, drinks, rides and other purchases.

In 2013, fairgoers deposited money on Cashless Cards to buy items during the Fair and some visitors still have unspent money credited to their cards.

The total amount remaining in unclaimed refunds from the cards is approximately $150,300. Anyone who deposited money on a Cashless Card last year can still get a refund of any unspent money by going to the refund office, located on the Fairgrounds in Pueblo, Colo. The office is located in the Palace of Agriculture.

The refund office is open every day of the Fair from noon to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Labor Day.

This year’s Fair runs Friday, August 22, to Monday, September 1.

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The Denver Cash Grain Bids…

Posted by Brian Allmer on August 22, 2014

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Greeley, CO    Fri Aug 22, 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       5.73-5.88    11 higher
Up to 12 percent protein to

US 2 Yellow Corn                 3.42-4.00    mostly 4 higher

US 2 Barley                           5.75    steady

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

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A look back at the previous day…

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Greeley, CO    Thu Aug 21, 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       5.62-5.77    4 higher
Up to 12 percent protein to

US 2 Yellow Corn                 3.38-3.82    unevenly steady

US 2 Barley                           5.75    steady

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

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The BARN’s Closing Ag Market Report…

Posted by Brian Allmer on August 22, 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 August 22, 2014

FOR TODAY’s BARN IN DEPTH REPORT & ARCHIVES

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Today’s Colorado Ag News Reports…

Posted by Brian Allmer on August 22, 2014

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

For CoAgNews Archives – CLICK HERE

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08-20-14 CELEBRATE THE 2014 COLORADO CENTENNIAL FARMS ON AUGUST 22ND!

Posted by Brian Allmer on August 20, 2014

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

CLICK HERE to visit the History Colorado Centennial Farms Webpage…

WATCH the ARCHIVES of all the CSF Jr Livestock Shows & the Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Jr Livestock Sale from the 142nd CO State Fair...CLICK HERE

WATCH the ARCHIVE of the 2014 CO Centennial Farms Awards Ceremony from August 22nd @ the 142nd CO State Fair…CLICK HERE

Join History Colorado, the Colorado Department of Agriculture, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation on Friday, August 22, at 4 p.m. at the State Fair in Pueblo to celebrate nineteen new working Colorado farms and ranches that have been in the same family for more than a century!

Despite decades of economic hardships, changes in farming technology, and battles with the natural world, these families have tenaciously sustained their family farms and ranches.
This year’s ceremony will include a special presentation to honor our first-ever Centennial Farmer, Lyman Edgar (right) whose family farm in Rocky Ford was honored as a Centennial Farm in 2009. He returns this year to celebrate his 100th birthday with us!
Can’t make it down to the ceremony? Why not WATCH the webcast ARCHIVE!
There will be a tape-delayed webcast of the 2014 CO Centennial Farms Award Ceremony available online (CLICK HERE) on Livestream.com, courtesy of BARN Media & the Colorado Ag News Network. SHould be uploaded and available by SUnday, August 24th.

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08-20-14 CO Sec of State: Initiative 48 Deemed Sufficient “Labeling Genetically Modified Food” will appear on November ballot…

Posted by Brian Allmer on August 20, 2014

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DENVER, August 20, 2014 – Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler announced today that the proposed ballot measure concerning “Labelling Genetically Modified Food” was found to be sufficient as required by statute.

Proponents submitted petitions for Proposed Initiative 48 to the Secretary of State’s office on August 4. A five-percent random sample of the submitted signatures projected the number of valid signatures to be greater than 110 percent of the total number of signatures required for placement on the ballot.

Because the random sample verification established that the projected number of valid signatures totals 145.06 percent of the amount required for placement on the ballot, Proposed Initiative 2013-2014 #48 is sufficient and will be certified to the 2014 general election ballot.

Under Colorado law, and barring a successful protest, the initiative will be numbered “Proposition 105.”

Petition verification summary: Read the rest of this entry »

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08-19-14 Colorado Corn’s ‘early warning’ support honored by environmental officials…

Posted by Brian Allmer on August 19, 2014

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Colorado’s corn growers have proven yet again that while providing our feed, fuel and fiber, they’re doing so with the environment at the forefront of their minds.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment announced recently that the Colorado Corn Growers Association received the Bronze Environmental Achievement Award. The Greeley-based organization was recognized for its participation in the Early Warning System Development Team, which is creating a system to alert agricultural producers of impending weather conditions likely to transport nitrogen into Rocky Mountain National Park.

“We applaud the Colorado Livestock Association for spearheading this effort, along with the dozen-plus other organizations and entities now taking part in it,” said Mark Sponsler, CEO for the Colorado Corn Growers Association. “As we are with our many other research and resource-focused endeavors, we’re looking forward to continuing our participation in the Early Warning System.” Read the rest of this entry »

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08-18-14 Dr. Bartolo details upcoming Arkansas Valley Research Center’s 2014 Field Day is in Rocky Ford, CO on September 4 and MORE…

Posted by Brian Allmer on August 18, 2014

Listen to the interview with Dr. Michael Bartolo, PhD. by clicking on the audio mp3 link below…

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CSU Dr Michael Bartolo, Ph.D., Senior Research Scientist @ the Arkansas Valley Research Center in Rocky Ford, CO

CSU Dr Michael Bartolo, Ph.D., Senior Research Scientist @ the Arkansas Valley Research Center in Rocky Ford, CO

(BARN Media - Briggsdale, CO) August 18th, 2014 - Joining the Colorado Ag News Network inside the BARN is Dr Michael Bartolo, PhD and Seior Research Scientist at CSU’s Arkansas Valley Research Center in Rocky Ford, CO. Dr Bartolo discusses several topics including:

CSU AVRC 2014 Field Day Poster

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08-12-14 CFVGA News: CSU hosting Organic Ag Field Day in Ft Collins on August 27th…

Posted by Brian Allmer on August 12, 2014

CFVGA - CO Fruit and Vegetable Growers Assn logoWhat:  CSU’s Organic Agriculture Field Day

Date: Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Time: 4:00 pm

Place: CSU’s Horticulture Field Research Center (just East of I-25 on Mountain Vista Rd, between Fort Collins and Wellington)

The CSU Specialty Crops team has been working hard this summer and are eager to show you their variety trials, cover crop evaluations, and student-run CSA.  In addition, a CSU team has been developing an on-farm process for growing N-fixing bacteria and applying them through drip irrigation as a bio-fertilizer for vegetables.  They are running comparisons of this new fertilizer with other organic fertilizer options in a variety of vegetable crops.

Come learn more about CSU’s organic agriculture research!

CLICK HERE to learn more about the CFVGA

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08-11-14 Colorado Agricultural Leadership Program (CALP) September 1st Deadline Approaching…

Posted by Brian Allmer on August 11, 2014

CLICK HERE to learn more about the CALP...

CLICK HERE to learn more about the CALP…

The Colorado Agricultural Leadership Program (CALP) is seeking individuals interested in enhancing their understanding of public affairs and developing their expertise to play a leading role in guiding the matters affecting Colorado agriculture and rural communities. The program is open to any individual engaged in serving rural communities, production agriculture, all related agricultural industry and business, extension services and education.  Individuals may be in the early or middle phase of their leadership career, and are looking for that next level of training or experience.  CALP provides practical, applied experiences and will be a unique lifetime experience for each participant.

CALP Class 12 Schedule:

  • Seminar 1 – Denver – February 25-27, 2015
  • Seminar 2 – Fort Morgan – April 19-21, 2015
  • Seminar 3 – Steamboat Springs – June 14-16, 2015
  • Seminar 4 – Washington DC – September 20-26, 2015 (dates may vary)
  • Seminar 5 – Palisade – November 15-17, 2015
  • Seminar 6 – Denver – February, 2016 (dates TBD)
  • Seminar 7 – La Junta – April 17-19, 2016
  • Seminar 8 – Alamosa – June 12-14, 2016
  • Seminar 9 – Durango – September 18-20, 2016
  • Seminar 10 – International – December, 2016 (dates TBD)
  • Seminar 11 – Denver – February, 2017 (dates TBD)
Applications are due September 1 and online applications can be found at www.coloagleaders.org

Please share this with prospective ag leaders, nominate a candidate here orsend us an email with their contact information.

Thank you and we look forward to growing Colorado’s Agricultural Leaders!

For more information please contact Angie Cue, (303) 547-5963, angie@coloagleaders.org

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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 “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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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Fri, Aug 22nd…

Posted by Brian Allmer on August 22, 2014

CLICK HERE to listen to TODAY's BARN Morning Ag News with Brian Allmer...

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Sponsored by the American Farm Bureau Federation

“AFBF Files Court Brief on EPA Chesapeake Bay Pollution Limits”

The American Farm Bureau Federation once again asked a federal appeals court this week to reverse a court ruling regarding the pollution limits in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.  The pollution limits set by the Environmental Protection Agency gives EPA power to set only the “total” allowable pollutant load for waters, as AFBF and its allies maintain, or also to set individual limits for farming.   According to AFBF, under EPA’s view of its power, “EPA could assign nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment limits for each farm, home site, or even each acre of undeveloped land across the countryside.”  The appellate court will decide whether EPA has the authority, as EPA claims. AFBF maintains that Congress reserved such land use decision-making exclusively for the states.

The EPA has claimed that its Bay limits were developed in cooperation with the Bay states. However, AFBF’s court brief noted the EPA could place limits without cooperation from states.  AFBF added that a ruling against the EPA would not stop Chesapeake Bay cleanup efforts.

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“ASA, others, urge EU to Take action on Biotech Events.”

The American Soybean Association is urging the European Union take action on nine biotech events with positive safety reviews awaiting import authorization. ASA was joined on the letters by 18 other farm, commodity, grain processing, grain trade, and biotechnology associations this week. In a letter to United States Trade Representative Michael Froman, the groups encouraged the Administration to contact the EU Commission President to ensure action on the pending events in September.  Several of these products are already being commercialized under stewardship programs in the U.S. and elsewhere, and the groups claim failure to approve them in September will increase the risk of trade disruptions during the coming months.

Some of the products have been before the European Commission since the end of 2013 and were submitted more than five years ago. The groups stated that the time required for EU decisions on new biotech crops has only lengthened in recent years and no authorizations have been issued since November of last year. The letters emphasized that the delays could cause feed shortages and price increases, which would affect European producers, traders, livestock industry and consumers.

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“Valley Meats Will not seek Horse slaughter”

Valley Meat Company has withdrawn a ground water discharge request permit, effectively ending the company’s efforts to build a horse slaughter facility near Roswell New Mexico.  Meatingplace reported Thursday the company continues to seek permits for processing cattle. The decision comes seven months after a federal spending bill cut funding for horse slaughter inspection by USDA.  The company was seeking the permits through the New Mexico Environment Department.

Valley Attorney Blair Dunn noted the states delay in making a decision and that the company had to withdraw its application, among other reasons, because the state laws “only recognize livestock and do not differentiate by species.  Valley Meat Co. still faces a lawsuit from the New Mexico Attorney General’s office asking a judge to assure that the company cannot reapply for a permit in the future.

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“China Imports More U.S. Products.”

Even with the ongoing challenges with China regarding U.S. imports, the United States still exported more than three million tons of U.S. corn, sorghum and dried distiller’s grain for this marketing year.  With the marketing year coming to an end at the end of this month, the U.S. Grains Council reported demand in China remains strong.  With rapid corn purchases earlier this year the toughest of the trio still was corn exports due to the November announcement of zero tolerance for Syngenta’s MIR 162 trait, when China’s corn imports from the United States ground to a halt. However, the slowdown in corn imports contributed to a surge in sorghum imports. China is forecast to take more than 30 percent of U.S. sorghum production, making it by far the single biggest user for the grain. The U.S. Grains Council stated despite all of the complexities surrounding China’s feedstuff needs, one thing remains constant: end-users love the quality and value of imported feed products.

Despite several years of production increases and a record crop last year, corn prices in China continue to rise. Additionally, the demand for high-quality corn continues to outpace available supply. According to the most recent USGC data, theoretical import margins into southern Chinese ports now stand at almost $180 per ton. Kevin Roepke, USGC director of trade development in China, stated  “factoring in China importing 7.5 million tons of U.S. soybeans last month, if this were baseball, you could say China has ‘hit for the cycle,’ getting a single, a double, a triple and a home run in the same baseball game.”

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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08-19-14 Colorado State Fair Kicks Off with “98.9 Magic FM Sneak Peek” on Thursday, August 21st…

Posted by Brian Allmer on August 21, 2014

2014 CSF Button LogoPUEBLO, Colo. – The 2014 Colorado State Fair will open its gates to celebrate the 142nd year as Colorado’s popular summer attraction on Friday, August 22nd, but those who enjoy thrills and great deals have an opportunity to enjoy a Sneak Peek before opening day.

“The Sneak Peek has always been a big hit with families. It is one more way we strive to provide a fun, family event at an affordable price,” said Chris Wiseman, Colorado State Fair General Manager.

Crabtree Amusements will feature approximately 50 rides that spin, rock, and whirl fairgoers. During the Sneak Peek, $15 gets carnival fans an unlimited ride band and gate admission. Carnival gates will be open from 5 pm-midnight. During the Fair, the carnival will be open:

2 p.m. to midnightMonday through Thursday

Noon to midnightFriday through Sunday and Labor Day

The 98.9 Magic FM Sneak Peek is followed by the grand opening of the 2014 Colorado State Fair on Friday, August 22nd. This year’s Fair features free attractions, national recording stars, five nights of rodeo action, educational opportunities, agricultural exhibits, and food vendors—plus much more.

The Colorado State Fair is located at 1001 Beulah Avenue in Pueblo. Gate admission is free for ages 4 and under, $7 for ages 5-12, $7 for adults Monday through Thursday, and $10 Friday through Sunday. Gate 2 is closed this year. Admission gates are Gate 3 (Carnival Midway), Gate 4 (Livestock), Gate 5 (Prairie) and Gate 9 (Beulah).

The Pueblo Transit Shuttle, sponsored by Parkview Medical Center, will run from the Main Street Parking Garage, located at 110 S. Main St. in downtown Pueblo, to the State Fair Gate on Beulah Ave. Shuttles will run every 15 to 30 minutes. The shuttle fee is $2 per person, round-trip, or $1 one way, for everyone ages 7 and older. Parking in the garage is free. Call Pueblo Transit for information at (719) 553-2727. Shuttle service hours:

Monday-Thursday:  Noon to Midnight

Friday & Saturday:  10 am to 1 am

Sunday:  10 am to Midnight

The Colorado State Fair runs August 22 – September 1, 2014.  For more information, visit www.coloradostatefair.com.

The 2014 Colorado State Fair will mark the Fair’s 142nd year as Colorado’s premier celebration of agriculture. The Fairgrounds provides nearly $34 million in economic activity to Colorado throughout the year; $29 million of that activity is driven by the annual State Fair event. In addition to showcasing Colorado agriculture, the annual event features one of the country’s largest traveling carnivals, artwork, crafts, food competitions, thrilling rodeo action, a wide variety of food and merchandise booths and a Fiesta Day honoring Colorado’s ties to the Hispanic culture.

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Thu, Aug 21st…

Posted by Brian Allmer on August 21, 2014

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Sponsored by the American Farm Bureau Federation

“Russian Ban Could Have Global Effect”

After banning food and agriculture imports from the U.S, Canada, The E.U., Austraila and Norway, Russia is seeking alternate markets for the country that imports 40 percent of its food.  According to the Pig Site, over the last week the Russian veterinary and food safety authority has approved several food processing operations in Chile and Brazil for export to the Russian Federation.  The move could be a boon for exporters in those countries, but not good for Europe, where the Russian embargo is starting to hit home.  The European Commission has introduced support measures for certain perishable fruits and vegetables this week.  The market situation for all products will be discussed in another meeting with E.U. experts and experts from the European Parliament in Brussels on Friday.

The European Commission said it will continue following markets development for all sectors affected by the Russian ban on agriculture and food products and will not hesitate to support further sectors heavily dependent on exports to Russia or to adapt the measures already announced, if necessary.

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“Tyson, Hillshire merger, delayed another week.”

Tyson Foods has again extended the offering period for its offer to buy Hillshire Brands due to  the Justice Department’s request for more information on the merger.  The department’s Antitrust Division is seeking more information on the large merger of Tyson and Hillshire.  That came after U.S. Senator Charles Grasssley of Iowa asked the Justice Department to take a harder look at the $7.7 billion deal.  Grassley was concerned of a possible decrease in competition in the pork industry, according to Meatingplace. Grassley’s request echoed worries expressed by a group of farm, ranch and consumer groups  that had also contacted the Justice Department.  The so-called tender offer, at $63 a share, was extended by another week and is set to close on August 26th.

Tyson Foods issued a statement saying “The offer has been extended to allow additional time for the expiration or termination of the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976.”  Tyson Foods,  is one of the world’s largest processors and marketers of chicken, beef and pork, the second-largest food production company in the Fortune 500 and a member of the S&P 500.

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“NCGA Announces Second Year for New Leaders Program.”

The National Corn Growers Association, along with DuPont, announced Tuesday the second year of the New Leaders Program.  The program helps corn growers newly active in agriculture wanting to build upon their leadership skills.  Expected participants include farming couples or individuals from NCGA’s affiliated states.  NCGA President Martin Barbe said “It’s important that farmers become strong leaders and spokespersons for American agriculture.” The application deadline is September 30th.  You can apply online at www.ncga.org/nlp.

Those interested must be at least 21 years old, active in corn farming, NCGA members and not currently serving in a state affiliate board officer position or as a Corn Congress delegate or alternate. One couple or up to two single persons per NCGA-affiliated state will be chosen to participate. The program will be implemented in three phases with sessions planned in Iowa next January and Washington D.C. next summer.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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08-20-14 CDA UPDATE: Vesicular Stomatitis (VS) Update: 184 Colorado Quarantines…

Posted by Brian Allmer on August 20, 2014

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Vesicular Stomatitis (VS) Update: 184 Colorado Quarantines

Guidelines for Livestock Shows, Fairs, Exhibitions, and Events

BROOMFIELD, Colo. –The Colorado Department of Agriculture’s State Veterinarian’s Office currently has 184 locations under quarantine after horses and cows tested positive for Vesicular Stomatitis (VS). The quarantines are located in Adams, Boulder, Broomfield, Douglas, El Paso, Jefferson, Larimer, and Weld counties; results on additional tests in these and other counties are pending. VS can be painful for animals and costly to their owners. The virus typically causes oral blisters and sores that can be painful causing difficulty in eating and drinking.  In Colorado there are 201 horses and 3 cows that tested positive for VS.

“The Colorado Department of Agriculture is not recommending events be cancelled; instead, we are recommending that events and livestock owners take extra caution to control flies,” said State Veterinarian, Dr. Keith Roehr.  “Livestock owners should not grow weary in doing well concerning insect control. There is some evidence that fly control practices have been an effective prevention tool in this present VS outbreak.”

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wed, Aug 20th…

Posted by Brian Allmer on August 20, 2014

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Sponsored by the American Farm Bureau Federation

“Three from Rancho Feeding Federally Indicted.”

A Federal indictment names two employees and the co-owner of Rancho Feeding Corp charged with distribution of adulterated and misbranded meat, mail fraud and conspiracy. The federal charges unsealed this week, name co-owner Jesse Amaral Jr along with two employees of the now defunct California company, according to Meatingplace.  The indictment alleges Amaral instructed employees to process cattle that had been condemned by the USDA veterinarian.  The charges stem from an investigation of the company following the recall of 8.7 million pounds of beef earlier this year. 

The allegations include processing USDA condemned cattle, removing the “USDA Condemned” stamp from the cattle carcasses and processing the condemned cattle, among other allegations to cover up the activity.  The slaughterhouse closed in February after the product recall.

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USDA Continues to Seek Input for the 2017 Census of Agriculture

USDA continues to seek input on the 2017 Census of Agriculture.  Released once every five years, the census provided detailed data covering agriculture down to the county level.  USDA officials said Tuesday they are still seeking comments for any suggestions or changes asked to be made to the census questionnaire.  Any individual or organization may ask to add or delete items on the questionnaire, as well as send any other ideas about the Census. National Ag Statistics Service Associate Administrator Renee Picanso stated there are research fields some “people think are no longer relevant with changing trends in agriculture.” And that “this is the time to express those ideas and concerns.”

NASS released the complete 2012 Census of Agriculture results in May of this year. To learn more and to access the complete 2012 Census of Agriculture results, including State and County Profiles and all the other Census data and tools, visit www.agcensus.usda.gov.

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“NFU Withdraw from Beef Checkoff Working Group”

The National Farmers Union has withdrawn from the working group attempting to reach a consensus on changes to the beef checkoff program, as reported by the Hagstrom Report Tuesday.  The legislative committee for NFU announced the organization has left the board due to what was called an unlikelihood of necessary reform.  An adopted resolution by NFU’s legislative committee said “. It is time for the U.S. Department of Agriculture to react to beef producers’ demand to reform this system.”

Further, the resolution said “It is our recommendation that USDA consider rewriting the beef check off program under the 1996 generic research and promotion act.”  The reforms deemed necessary by NFU  include giving the Cattlemen’s Beef Board the authority to carry out its own checkoff projects and be allowed to enter checkoff contracts to prevent policy-driven organizations from using checkoff dollars to fund overhead for political activity.  Making the beef checkoff completely refundable and holding a referendum vote on continuing the beef checkoff every five years.

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“National Peanut Board See’s Checkoff Return”

In a recent study, the National Peanut Board found the return of investment in the Board’s checkoff program returned $8.87 per each dollar invested between 2007 and 2013.  The study emphasized without checkoff funded research over this period, peanut yield would have averaged 10.8 percent less than it actually was.  Cornell University’s Dr. Harry Kaiser, who led the research in the study, stated that “had there been no promotion conducted by the Board from 2007-2013, peanut consumption would have averaged 15 percent less than it actually was.” America’s peanut farmers, through the National Peanut Board, invest around $8 million annually into the checkoff program.  The study was presented at the NPB quarterly meeting last week.

The checkoff funds are used for reputation management, public relations, business development, advertising and production research.  NPB chairman John Herrell noted the analysis confirms checkoff dollars have had a profitable return on the investments producers make.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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08-19-14 CO-OEDIT NEWS: Four Delta County companies celebrate expansions and new jobs made possible with help from CO’s rural economic grants…

Posted by Brian Allmer on August 19, 2014

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DENVER – Tues., Aug. 19, 2014 – Four Delta County businesses that received Rural Economic Development Initiative (REDI) Program grants to help with facility expansions celebrated their new success and employment opportunities today. The REDI Program helps eligible rural communities develop plans and undertake projects to create jobs, drive capital investment, and increase wages to help grow and create resiliency and diversity in the local economy. Representatives from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs and the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) toured the companies today, including a ribbon cutting at one of the businesses.

“All of Colorado benefits when our rural economy grows,” said Governor John Hickenlooper. “The REDI program was designed specifically to support this type of growth, and we are thrilled Delta County businesses and communities are able to utilize the program to continue to grow.”

“Delta County Economic Development, Inc. is thrilled to have worked with OEDIT and these four businesses to bring in these important REDI grant monies to support facility and job growth,” said Trish Thibodo, director of Delta County Economic Development, Inc.

Delta County REDI Grantee companies visited today:

Diversified Innovative Products (DIP) Company, a business-to-business manufacturing company that supplies specialty printing products, had a ribbon-cutting ceremony in celebration of their newly completed $250,000 expansion. A REDI grant of $25,000 helped to retain DIP in Delta, and aided in the hiring of up to three new jobs. DIP Company recently consolidated its Minnesota operations into the expanded Delta location, and now services customers throughout the world from this location.

TK Holdings used its $50,000 REDI grant to help remodel and renovate an empty former implement dealer location into a consolidated headquarters office and shop. The transformation of the aging building will allow the business to gain essential efficiency, encouraging growth and putting more employees to work throughout the US, Canada and Mexico. TK Holdings anticipates the expansion will help add numerous field jobs and an additional three to five headquarters positions in the next 24 months.

Amarna Company, a business-to-business manufacturer of Amarnakote, a water-based food release product, will use their $137,000 REDI grant to assist with an 8,000 square foot expansion of their manufacturing plant and national headquarters. The Amarna Company solidified their commitment to the Delta community with this $800,000 investment and will be adding two-to-three jobs as a result of the expansion.

Big B’s Organic Juices and Hard Cider in Hotchkiss is improving its manufacturing and distribution facility with a $30,000 REDI grant, allowing for reconfiguration of their juicing line and dramatically improving productivity. Big B’s self-labeled organic juice line, contract juicing, bulk juice and hard cider production will be increased, allowing the company to add another two-to-three positions. A true “value-added agriculture” success story, Big B’s is proof that a local company committed to product innovation and diversification can grow rapidly in rural Colorado.

To learn more about the OEDIT here in Colorado click hthe following link…www.advancecolorado.com

 

 

 

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08-19-14 CSU hosts Biomass Cookstove Testing Marathon as part of Climate Study…

Posted by Brian Allmer on August 19, 2014

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CSU mechanical engineering Ph.D. student Kelsey Bilsback tests cookstoves at the Powerhouse Energy Institute.

FORT COLLINS – Colorado State University is hosting an intensive laboratory testing campaign for biomass cookstoves this month as part of a $1.5 million study on the air quality, climate and health effects of cookstove smoke.

“About half of the world’s population wakes up and starts a campfire in their kitchens to keep their families warm and fed,” said John Volckens, the study’s lead investigator and director of the CSU Center for Energy Development and Health. “Eventually, it all goes up in the sky, and we inhale it too.”

During the event, being conducted Aug. 4-22, Volckens’ team and other experts are testing more than 30 stove and fuel combinations and their emissions. It’s part of a three-year study funded by the Environmental Protection Agency that will eventually examine hundreds of stove and fuel combinations.

The event, titled the 2014 Front Range Cookstoves Study, is being conducted in the Advanced Cookstoves Laboratory at CSU’s Powerhouse Energy Campus. Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, CU-Boulder, the EPA and Uganda are participating in the tests.

It’s an effort to help determine to what extent the stoves used by 3 billion people worldwide for heating, lighting and cooking are contributing to climate change and global air quality. Researchers hope to understand whether atmospheric pollution could be markedly lessened by reducing the use of biomass cookstoves. They also want to gauge how much of a reduction in cookstove use might be needed to cause a meaningful impact on climate change.

A video about the testing session can be found at http://youtu.be/8C9s3EztdaU.

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Tue, Aug 19th…

Posted by Brian Allmer on August 19, 2014

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“AFBF Court Filling Seeks to Stop EPA Privacy Abuses.”

The American Farm Bureau Federation argued in federal court last week that the Environmental Protection Agency is breaking federal law by the public release of farmers and ranchers personal information.  AFBF officials in a Minnesota Federal Court Friday argued the release violates basic tenets of federal law.  EPA released personal information early last year to environmental groups that requested the data under the Freedom of Information Act.  The database included the names of farmers, ranchers and sometimes other family members, home addresses, GPS coordinates, telephone numbers and emails.  AFBF President Bob Stallman stated the “EPA believes that if information about you can be found somewhere on the Internet, or if you own a closely held family corporation, you have no interest in protecting your personal information. All citizens should be worried about that, not just farmers and ranchers.”

AFBF’s court filing argues that privacy interests are particularly strong for farming and ranching families, who typically have multiple generations living and working on the farm. The lawsuit cites a Freedom of Information Act exemption aimed at preventing federal agencies from publicly releasing personal information held in agency files.  AFBF, joined by the National Pork Producers Council, filed the lawsuit last July to block EPA from responding to new FOIA requests seeking information about farmers and ranchers in six additional states. EPA agreed not to release further information pending the court’s decision in this lawsuit. AFBF’s latest filing asks the court for a permanent order preventing future disclosures of farmers’ and ranchers’ personal information in response to similar requests.

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“PEDV May be Transferable through Animal Feed.”

Researchers at South Dakota State suggest Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus could be passed along through animal feed.  The research found that if animal feed is exposed to feces of infected pigs or other items, the feed can become contaminated with the virus.  PEDV is particularly deadly to piglets and has already cost hog farmers millions of dollars since its discovery in the United States in May of last year, according to Meatingplace. On Monday, the American Feed Industry Association released a statement fully supporting research into PEDV but the Association reminded producers while feed may be a carrier of the virus it is not the source of the virus.

Researchers at South Dakota State tested feed bins that had held feed suspected of contaminating pigs on three Iowa farms with PEDV. Although the farms used biosecurity measures, the feed bins in the study had been used on an emergency basis and were outside the farms’ normal biosecurity area. The feed residue still in the bins was found to be contaminated.  Earlier studies had looked into whether blood plasma that is used in pig feed could also be responsible for spreading the virus; subsequent tests could not confirm a link.

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“Tyson Plans to Find Other Export Markets after China Bans.”

Tyson Foods plans on seeking other export markets for pork products that were recently banned from China because of ractopamine use.  Last week, USDA announced China was baring future imports of pork from six U.S. processing plants and six cold storage facilities due to the use of the feed additive.  Tyson announced the company is seeking other export markets, but would not disclose what those markets could be.  Tyson spokesperson Gary Mickelson told Reuters “We’re confident about the safety and quality of our pork and will work with the USDA to try to resolve China’s concerns.”  How long the Chinese ban on pork from these plants will remain in place is not known.

Exports of pork to China last year was valued at $645.2 million and this year’s exports totals for U.S. pork are expected to break records.  Reuters speculated China may be trying to slow pork imports down because their domestic supply has grown this year.  Three Tyson facilities were named in the ban announced last week along with a Hormel Foods plant, Quality Pork Processors of Minnesota and Triumph Foods in Missouri.

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“USDA Updates Cost of Raising a Child”

A child born last year will cost a middle-income family more than $200,000 to raise, according to a USDA report released Monday.  USDA’s Expenditures on Children and Families report projected the cost to raise a child born in 2013 to the age of 18 at $245,340.  The breakdown of cost shows food as the third highest cost followed by education and housing.  While the cost of raising a child has increased since 2012, USDA Undersecretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services, Kevin Concannon said “The good news is the cost increased only 1.8 percent.”

The data within the report is based on the federal government’s report on household expenses, known as the Consumer Expenditure Survey.  Education and childcare increased the most from last year’s report.  Data in the report is used by states for determining child-support payments., among other things.  The annual expenses per child for a middle-income and two-parent family were between $12,800 and $14,970, according to the report. The report shows that where the family lives affects the price of raising a child and as more children are born into the family, the expense per child decreases.  The first report in 1960 suggested the price to raise a child was just more than $25,000.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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08-18-14 *USDA-FSA CO News* Livestock Forage Disaster Program…

Posted by Brian Allmer on August 18, 2014

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Livestock Forage Disaster Program

The Farm Service Agency (FSA) is currently conducting sign-up for the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP). LFP provides compensation to eligible livestock producers that have suffered grazing losses due to drought on privately owned or cash leased land. Eligible producers must physically be located in a county affected by a qualifying drought during the normal grazing period, which is May 1-October 31 for Washington County. This program is retroactive and application can be made for both the 2012 and 2013 grazing period. The deadline to apply for this program is January 30, 2015; however, producers are strongly encouraged to apply prior to October 1, 2014. Producers who suffered eligible grazing losses in Washington County should call and make an appointment as soon as possible, 970-345-2364 extension 2.

Those producers who have already applied and are in process of providing the office with leases, cattle documentation, or eligibility forms are also strongly encouraged to submit these records prior to October 1, 2014.


Questions?
Please contact CED Alicia Davisson, County Executive Director, at 970-345-2364 Ext 2, alicia.davisson@co.usda.gov or for Farm Loans, please contact FLM Jeanne Klemt, Farm Loan Manager, at 970-522-7440, jeanne.klemt@co.usda.gov.

 

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08-18-14 CLA Identifies Areas for EPA to Enhance Effectiveness of Current Worker Protection Standard…

Posted by Brian Allmer on August 18, 2014

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WASHINGTON, DC – CropLife America (CLA) calls for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to increase farmworker safety through improved pesticide application training, and withdraw its proposed sweeping revisions to the Worker Protection Standard (WPS). First implemented in 1992, the existing WPS has proven successful in protecting farmworker health and safety. EPA published proposed vast revisions to the rule in March 2014. CLA today submitted comments in response to the proposed revisions.

In the comments submitted by CLA, the association stresses five primary points:

  • The current version of the WPS has successfully improved farmworker health and safety over the last 20 years, and CLA supports retention of the current version of the WPS. The proposed revisions provide no practical additional worker protection.
  • CLA supports improved farmworker training to reflect the many advancements in pesticide products and application technology that have evolved since 1992.
  • Data demonstrates a steep and ongoing reduction in incidents of acute poisoning and a lack of evidence in support of purported elevated levels of chronic exposure concern.
  • The cost burden of revising the rule is significantly underestimated by EPA, and is not justified relative to the assumed benefits.

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