2014 Funding Supports More than 60 Organizations; Applications Now Available for 2015 Export Development Programs
WASHINGTON, April 16, 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) awarded funding to more than 60 U.S. agricultural organizations to help expand commercial export markets for American products. The funding was made available through the 2014 Farm Bill. USDA will begin accepting applications for 2015 export development program funding on April 17, 2014.
“Now that Congress has passed the Farm Bill, USDA is moving quickly to implement our trade promotion programs to help open and expand opportunities for farmers, ranchers, and small businesses and build on the past five years of record agricultural exports,” said Vilsack. “These programs are an important investment in rural America. Every dollar we invest in trade promotion provides $35 in economic benefits.”
Through the Market Access Program (MAP), FAS partners with U.S. agricultural trade associations, cooperatives, state regional trade groups and small businesses to share the costs of overseas marketing and promotional activities that help build commercial export markets for U.S. agricultural products and commodities. The program, which focuses on consumer promotion, including brand promotion for small companies and cooperatives, is used extensively by organizations promoting fruits, vegetables, nuts, processed products, and bulk and intermediate commodities. Through MAP, FAS will provide $171.8 million to 62 nonprofit organizations and cooperatives. Participants contribute an average 171-percent match for generic marketing and promotion activities and a dollar-for-dollar match for promotion of branded products by small businesses and cooperatives.
“USDA Considers Mandatory Reporting for PEDV Outbreaks”
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is discussing the possibility of having rules to require reporting of PEDV outbreaks with the American Association of Swine Veterinarians to improve tracking of the disease. PEDV has been difficult to track – partly because veterinarians aren’t required to report instances to government officials. Association Executive Director Tom Burkgren says it’s a very widely distributed disease – and at this point in the outbreak – he thinks there’d have to be really good reasons to start reporting it.
DTN Senior Analyst Darin Newsom says USDA’s latest weekly crop progress report could be viewed as neutral to bullish for corn – with three-percent of the nation’s corn crop planted so far. As for spring wheat – six-percent is planted. Five-percent of the nation’s winter wheat crop is headed. Newsom says winter wheat conditions have worsened due to dry weather and strong winds. DTN’s Crop Condition Index shows 62-points for winter wheat – which is 10-points lower than last week and seven-points lower than last year at this time. Twenty-percent of the sorghum crop has been planted and 25-percent of the rice crop has been planted. Cotton planting is on about the same pace as last year at eight-percent planted.Read the rest of this entry »
LAKEWOOD, Colo. – The Colorado Wine Industry Development Board (CWIDB) hosted the 4th annual Governor’s Cup Colorado Wine Competition April 5-6 at Metropolitan State University of Denver’s Hotel and Hospitality Learning Center. A total of 183 wines from 26 local wineries were judged by a panel of sommeliers, wine writers, consultants, winemakers and other experts from Colorado and around the country. The 2014 Governor’s Cup was awarded to Canyon Wind Cellars’ 2012 Petit Verdot from the Grand Valley American Viticultural Area (AVA) near Palisade.
“Petit Verdot often excels in Colorado as a varietal wine when it is almost exclusively used for blending in Bordeaux and California,” said Doug Caskey, executive director of the CWIDB. “This year’s competition exhibited the full range of quality of Colorado wine produced all across our state.”
“I was truly impressed with the quality and direction of Colorado’s wine producers. The industry has come a long way since I made wine here 46 years ago! Quite a number of the wines I tasted were beyond expressing merely the region but had the character of classics.” said Warren Winiarski, one of the judges and winner of the 1976 Judgment of Paris tasting. Judge Linda Murphy, writer and co-author of American Wine with Jancis Robinson, added, “The wines that made it to the sweepstakes round, especially the reds, were very impressive. Tempranillo, Malbec, Syrah, Petite Sirah and Petit Verdot appear to have great potential in Colorado, and there was a delicious Lemberger which was a real crowd-pleaser.”
Canyon Wind Cellars, nestled along the Colorado River between the Book Cliffs and the towering Grand Mesa, is a family-owned, estate winery named for the mountain breezes that keep the fruit cool under the hot Colorado sun and protect the vines during the extreme winter freezes. Norman and Ellen Christianson founded Canyon Wind in 1991 and crushed its first harvest in 1996. In 2010, the second generation arrived as the Christianson’s son, Jay and his wife Jennifer, took over the leadership of Canyon Wind Cellars.
“We are very excited to have won this year’s Governor’s Cup with what is one of our favorite grape varieties,” Jay Christianson revealed. “It is great in blends but is spectacular on its own.” Read the rest of this entry »
April 15, 2014, Fort Collins, Colo. – In honor of National Agriculture Week, March 25-30, the Colorado Wheat Administrative Committee (CWAC) and the Colorado Association of Wheat Growers (CAWG) teamed with ConAgra Mills to donate 24 tons (48,000 pounds) of Ultragrain® blend flour to the Food Bank of the Rockies. The donation, with a retail value of more than $38,304, provides 9,600 5-lb. bags of flour for distribution to families in need in Colorado. This is the fifth consecutive year for this donation.
Michelle Linnebur, John Linnebur, James Linnebur, Sophie Linnebur (front), CAWG President Mark Linnebur, holding Samuel Linnebur, all of Byers; CAWG Vice President Randy Traxler of Otis and Chef Daniel Flanagan, Sedalia, at the state capitol for the National Ag Day celebration and Farm-to-Fork Cookoff. CWAC, CAWG, and ConAgra Mills donated Ultragrain® flour valued at $38,304 in honor of National Ag Day.
This is enough flour to make over 100,000 one-pound loaves of bread. Ultragrain® flour has the fiber and nutrition of whole grain but the taste, texture and appearance of refined flour.
“Ag Day is the one time of year that all agricultural groups gather at the capitol to celebrate the abundance provided by agriculture,” said CAWG President, Mark Linnebur of Byers, “It is a great opportunity for the farmers and ranchers of the state to remind our legislators how important agriculture is to Colorado’s economy. It is also an opportunity for us to give back to those in need in the state. We are glad to partner with ConAgra Mills to donate this flour milled from Colorado-grown hard white wheat.”
“ConAgra Mills is proud to celebrate Colorado’s National Agricultural Day event by donating Ultragrain® flour to the Food Bank of the Rockies,” said Bill Stoufer, President of ConAgra Mills, “Through this donation, we are honoring a nutritional ingredient that is locally grown and locally milled. Ultragrain® whole wheat flour is made with wheat grown by Colorado farmers and is milled in Commerce City. It is important to us to continue our partnership with the Food Bank of the Rockies and we are proud to provide the Colorado community with a nutritional ingredient in Ultragrain.
“This is part of the long-standing commitment of ConAgra Foods to donate our products, engage our people through volunteerism, and lend our marketing expertise to the issue of child hunger in America, all rooted in the ConAgra Foods Foundations’ 20-year philanthropic investment in the cause.”
Colorado wheat was featured in the Farm-to-Fork Cookoff, which paired state legislators and local chefs to create dishes using Colorado products. Executive Chef Daniel Flanagan of the Sanctuary Golf Course in Sedalia created a savory “Colorado Bread Pudding” for the event. (Recipe follows.) Chef Flanagan was paired with State Representative Randy Fischer, chair of the Colorado House Agriculture Committee, who helped serve the dish.
CWAC and CAWG are two distinctly separate organizations with different, but complimentary purposes. CWAC is the producer-elected Board of Control for the Colorado Wheat Marketing Order whose purpose is to decide how assessment funds are to be spent for research, promotion and education activities. CAWG is a voluntary membership association that lobbies on behalf of wheat growers at the state and national levels of government and provides special programs and benefits to dues paying members.
State Representative Fischer’s Colorado Bread Pudding Recipe featuring Colorado Wheat and Eggs, Presented by Chef Danny Flanagan CEC, CCA of Sanctuary Golf Course Read the rest of this entry »
GL_GR110 Greeley, CO Tue Apr 15, 2014 USDA-CO Dept of Ag Market News
Daily Grain Bids for Denver and Surrounding Areas
Spot bids to producers for grain delivered to terminal and country elevators. Bids dollar/bu. except for Barley which is dollar/cwt. Bids are as of 3:00 PM MST. Bids Change (cents) US 1 Hard Red Winter Wheat 7.15-7.36 23 to 24 higher Up to 12 percent protein
LAKEWOOD, Colo. – There are a lot of questions and concerns about the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) pest and caring for ash trees. To date, EAB has only been found in the city of Boulder. For the most current information on EAB please visit www.eabcolorado.com.
The Colorado Department of Agriculture, Colorado State University, the Colorado State Forest Service, USDA APHIS, community foresters and professional arborists are working cooperatively to get the best information to managers of ash trees and homeowners, but ultimately, the decision will need to be made by each property owner with ash trees.
Among those decisions are the options of monitoring ash trees for EAB symptoms, removal of ash trees, EAB pesticide treatments or any combination of these. If pesticide application is chosen it may be best to hire a commercial applicator. Even though at least one of the pesticides labeled to control EAB is available to homeowners to purchase, effectiveness of the pesticide is decreased the larger the tree. If an ash tree is larger than 15 inches diameter at breast height, homeowner formulations of labeled insecticides are unlikely to be effective. Refer to www.eabcolorado.com for more information.
WASHINGTON (April 15, 2014) – National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson issued the following statement on U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack’s announcement that sign-up begins today for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) disaster programs:
“Baseline funding for these critical disaster programs in the 2014 Farm Bill was a huge victory for family farmers and ranchers. These producers, many of whom were impacted by a devastating blizzard that swept the upper Midwest in October 2013, were subject to congressional inaction for more than two years. I thank House and Senate Agriculture Committee leadership for ensuring livestock disaster programs were retroactive to cover these losses.
“Livestock disaster programs represent just a few of many provisions in the 2014 Farm Bill that help family livestock producers. Others include maintaining the common-sense Country-of-Origin Labeling law for meat, poultry and seafood; supporting fair and competitive markets for independent family farmers and ranchers by excluding language that would have undercut enforcement of the Packers and Stockyards Act; and funding numerous disease prevention and eradication programs.
“I commend the secretary for his swift implementation of these much-needed programs and look forward to the remainder of the farm bill implementation timeline.”
National Farmers Union has been working since 1902 to protect and enhance the economic well-being and quality of life for family farmers, ranchers and rural communities through advocating grassroots-driven policy positions adopted by its membership.
WASHINGTON (April 15, 2014) – Today the third working group of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued its report on climate change mitigation. The report finds that climate change is occurring at a rapid rate, but mitigation strategies such as scaling up renewable energy production could substantially reduce anthropogenic greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
“The working group’s report complements NFU’s long-held, member-led policy positions by recognizing the need for a comprehensive renewable energy strategy,” said National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson. “Tripling or even quadrupling the share of zero- and low-carbon energy supply from renewables, as the report recommends, will require significant investments in energy technologies that utilize rural America’s renewable and human resources. These investments would pay off not only by helping to mitigate the effects of climate change but by driving significant rural economic development.”
According to the report, total anthropogenic GHG emissions have continued to increase over 1970 to 2010 in spite of a growing number of climate change mitigation policies. Total anthropogenic GHG emissions were the highest in human history from 2000 to 2010. Without additional efforts to reduce GHG emissions beyond those in place today, emissions growth is expected to persist, driven by growth in global population and economic activities.
“America’s family farmers and ranchers are concerned about the effects of climate change and stand ready to be part of the solution to our global climate challenges,” said Johnson.
National Farmers Union has been working since 1902 to protect and enhance the economic well-being and quality of life for family farmers, ranchers and rural communities through advocating grassroots-driven policy positions adopted by its membership.
CASPER – The Wyoming CattleWomen announced the selection of the 2014 Wyoming Beef Ambassador Team. Rachel Purdy, Ty Shockley and Garrett Irene were chosen during the contest held at Casper College on April 5.
Winners were Garrett Irene (ROCK RIVER), Ty Shockley (WHEATLAND) and Rachel Purdy (PINE BLUFFS). I’ve attached a photo and a logo.
Purdy was the overall winner and will represent Wyoming at the National Beef Ambassador Competition in Denver, Colo., Sept. 26 – 27, where she will compete for one of five spots on the National Beef Ambassador Team. From Pine Bluffs, Wyo., she is a sophomore attending the University of Wyoming studying to be a lawyer specializing in Agriculture.
Ty Shockley, a Wheatland, Wyo. native and a sophomore at the University of Wyoming, is studying to be an Agricultural Business Consultant. Garrett Irene is a senior at Rock River High School where he has a passion for welding technology.
“The CattleWomen are excited that these young folks will help represent our Wyoming beef industry during the next year,” Leslie Hendry, co-chairman of the Wyoming CattleWomen Beef Ambassador Program, said.
The Beef Ambassador Program is a national youth advocate program that teaches leadership skills and promotes the beef industry. The national and state programs strive to provide an opportunity for youth to educate consumers and students about beef nutrition, food safety and stewardship practices of the beef community. During the Wyoming contest participants prepared a written response on the subject of “the Environmental Community”, took a quiz on beef industry facts and participated in a 10-minute mock interview.
“Participants were very knowledgeable and there was no doubt that FFA and 4-H had taught them to speak intelligently and with confidence,” Mary Owens, co-chairman of the Wyoming CattleWomen Beef Ambassador Program, said.
The Wyoming Beef Ambassadors will be visible at various events including their County Fairs, Wyoming State Fair, Wyoming Stock Growers Association Cattle Industry Convention, local ag expos, Wyoming Ag In the Classroom Summer Institute and more. They will also conduct classroom education.
“U.S. Leaders Call on Partner Countries to Donate More Funds to GAFSP”
The U.S. Departments of Treasury and State sent a letter to international partner countries this weekend urging them to expand their support for the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program. The GAFSP was started in 2007 and promotes food security by providing merit-based financing for the ag sector in low-income countries. Since it was established – there have been sustainable reductions in hunger and malnutrition. Still – Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew and Secretary of State John Kerry say the challenge of meeting the global demand for food is just as pressing as ever. In October 2012 – the U.S. challenged the international community to provide funding for food security by committing to one-dollar contributions to GAFSP for every two-dollars donated from other countries. That contribution would be a maximum of 475-million dollars from the U.S. – and so far – other donors have given 230-million dollars in new pledges. But 720-million is still needed to fully leverage matching U.S. funds. To learn more about GAFSP – visit GAFSP Fund dot org (www.gafspfund.org).
The U.S. Department of Agriculture released its latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report last week. University of Illinois ag economist Darrel Good says there is an opportunity for the consumption projections – currently 100-million bushels larger for corn used for ethanol production – 350-million bushels larger for exports – and 100-million bushels larger for feed and residual use – compared to those made in November – to change again in the last 4.5-months of the marketing year. Good says the most uncertainty about corn consumption is from the feed and residual category. This uncertainty is due to a variety of factors – including the lack of ongoing measurement of corn used in that category, how feed use is influenced by the rate of feeding other ingredients, and the fact there’s no strong correlation between the number of grain-consuming animal units estimated by USDA and the magnitude of feed and residual use. Based on current and expected consumption rates – Good says it appears corn consumption during the current marketing year could exceed the most recent USDA projection.Read the rest of this entry »
DENVER (April 14, 2014) — The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) awarded two state affiliates for their outstanding recruitment efforts at the 2014 Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C., last week. In all, 21 states met the criteria to qualify for the award; the choice of a one-year lease for either a New Holland Roll-Belt™ 560 Specialty Crop round baler or a New Holland T6.175 tractor.
NCBA recognizes the importance of a strong partnership with its state affiliate organizations and has joined forces with New Holland Ag to recognize and reward recruiters for their outstanding efforts. Mark Lowery, Dairy and Livestock Marketing Specialist for New Holland Ag emphasized the importance of working together on behalf of the beef industry and the company’s commitment to helping strengthen all of agriculture.
“This conference highlights the strength of our state/national partnerships and showcases the importance of your NCBA membership,” said Lowery. “We are proud of the opportunity to recognize state affiliates for their continued support of NCBA membership programs, which ultimately give the cattle industry a louder voice here on Capitol Hill.”
The 21 state affiliates which reached NCBA’s recruitment goals and qualified for the drawing for a one-year lease for a New Holland tractor or baler were: Alabama Cattlemen’s Association, Arizona Cattle Feeders, California Cattlemen’s Association, Colorado Livestock Association, Hawaii Cattlemen’s Association, Kansas Livestock Association, Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association, Louisiana Cattlemen’s Association, Michigan Cattlemen’s Association, Minnesota State Cattlemen’s Association, Nebraska Cattlemen’s Association, New York Beef Producers’ Association, Ohio Cattlemen’s Association, Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association, Pennsylvania Cattlemen’s Association, Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association, Texas Cattle Feeders Association, Utah Cattlemen’s Association, Virginia Cattlemen’s Association, Washington Cattle Feeders and Wisconsin Cattlemen’s Association.
A random drawing of qualifying states was held during the Legislative Conference and the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association will choose a one-year lease for either a New Holland Roll-Belt™ 560 Specialty Crop round baler or a New Holland T6.175 tractor to be used to support their efforts on behalf of their membership.
The top five states in NCBA membership recruitment from Jan. 1, 2014 through Mar. 31, 2014 were as follows: Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, Missouri Cattlemen’s Association, Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association, Kansas Livestock Association and Pennsylvania Cattlemen’s Association. Texas and Missouri were winners of these leases during the Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show in February and therefore Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association was awarded the equipment lease.Read the rest of this entry »
WASHINGTON, April 14, 2014–March storms increased snowpack in the northern half of the West but didn’t provide much relief for the dry southern half, according to data from the U.S Department of Agriculture’s National Water and Climate Center (NWCC) in its April 2014 water supply forecast.
According to the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Washington, most of Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, and northern parts of Colorado and Utah are expected to have near normal or above normal water supplies, according to the forecast. Far below normal streamflow is expected for southern Oregon, California, Arizona, New Mexico, southern Utah and western Nevada.
Early April is commonly regarded as the transition from snow accumulation to snowmelt, making the April 1 water supply forecast of key importance for planning, according to NWCC hydrologist Cara McCarthy.
“Many water managers, reservoir operators, irrigation districts and hydroelectric power companies make significant strategic decisions based on the April forecasts,” McCarthy said.
Visit follows Bennet’s appointment to chair Finance Subcommittee on Energy, Natural Resources
Fort Collins – Today, Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet visited the VanDyne SuperTurbo engines lab at Colorado State University’s (CSU) Powerhouse Energy Institute and VanDyne’s headquarters in Loveland to talk with leaders about their work to develop the energy efficient SuperTurbo engine. The visits come on the heels of Bennet’s appointment to chair the Senate Finance Subcommittee on Energy, Natural Resources, and Infrastructure – all issues that are key to Colorado’s economy.
Today’s stops were the first in a larger tour Bennet is completing around the state to highlight Colorado’s innovation economy.
“Colorado companies have an entrepreneurial spirit that is driving innovation, spurring economic growth, and creating the jobs of the future,” Bennet said. “The development of new energy efficient technology, like the kind being developed right here at VanDyne, has helped our state become a recognized leader in an increasingly diverse energy industry and allowed us to continue to compete in the global economy.”
The Native Plant Master® Program has announced a newly expanded 2014 schedule of offerings. Explore a new park by taking an award-winning Native Plant Master® course. Sample one of the exciting new classes taught by CSU faculty and other experts. Topics include native plant landscaping, poisonous plants, native lawns, invasive weeds, grasses, orchids and more, alpine/subalpine plants and ecological restoration. Most of these popular offerings have a waiting list each year, so register early to ensure you get the class you want.
The Native Plant Master® Program is offered in many locations throughout Colorado. For more information and to register, please visit www.conativeplantmaster.org
Colorado Master Steward Program
Wednesdays: April 23 – June 18, 2014 6 pm to 8:30 pm
First National Bank of Cortez Community Room
Have you thought about taking a look at the whole farm approach to managing your farm or ranch? This program will introduce the tools and skills you need to become more productive and to protect our quality of life.
Incorporate your property goals into a long range plan
Prioritize what to do first to improve your property
Learn about the soils you have on your land
Irrigate for better crop production and water conservation
Prevent noxious weed infestations and much more
This is an interactive course that includes 9 weekly meetings, a visit to your farm by a conservation planner, a soils test from your property, and two field trips to other farms in the area.
(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…
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(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO)April 14th, 2014 – Joining the Colorado Ag News Network inside the BARN is Chad Hodgson, Direct Sales Manager, detailing the NACHURS Product line that can help YOUR bottom line this season.
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“House-Approved Budget Proposal May Not Passs the Senate”
Last week – the House approved Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s Fiscal year 2015 budget proposal by a vote of 219 to 205. The proposal would reduce federal spending by 5.1-trillion dollars over 10-years. This reduction would occur through certain cuts – including 125-billion dollars from the SNAP program and 23-billion dollars from mandatory agricultural expenditures – including crop insurance. No Democrats voted for the budget proposal. It’s unlikely the bill will advance in the Senate – according to Agri-Pulse.
“U.S. Slipping On Stance Regarding Japanese Tariffs?”
Reuters reports the U.S. may be willing to accept proposed cuts on U.S. beef imports from Japan instead of insisting on getting rid of the tariffs in Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations. During talks last week – U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman seemed to have abandon insistence on deleting these tariffs completely – which many ag organizations are lobbying for – but there are still big gaps that remain. Japanese Trade Minister Toshimitsu Motegi says the April 24th summit between President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will be important.