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Posted by Brian Allmer on October 31, 2014

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10-31-14 USCA News: U.S. Court of Appeals Denies Motion For Rehearing In COOL Lawsuit…

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 31, 2014

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USCA (Oct. 31, 2014) – The United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) said today that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has denied appellee’s petitions for both a panel rehearing and a rehearing en banc in the country of origin labeling (COOL) lawsuit filed on July 8, 2013 by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), the American Meat Institute (AMI) and seven other plaintiffs against the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Both orders were issued by the Court on October 31.  USCA is a defendant-intervenor in the case.

USCA President Danni Beer, South Dakota, praised the court’s decision.  “We appreciate the court’s diligence on this matter.  Today’s order is the fourth victory for COOL in the legal arena since this lawsuit began 15 months ago.  This is not only a victory for COOL, but also for consumers who benefit from enhanced labeling information and for U.S. cattle producers who are able to differentiate their product.  USCA believes it is time for the plaintiffs in this case to withdraw their lawsuit and end this continued waste of resources.”

Established in March 2007, USCA is committed to concentrating its efforts in Washington, D.C. to enhance and expand the cattle industry’s voice on Capitol Hill. USCA has a full-time presence in Washington, giving cattle producers across the country a strong influence on policy development.  For more information go to www.uscattlemen.org

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10-31-14 *USDA/NASS-CO* October Grain Prices: CO Release…

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 31, 2014

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October Farm Prices Received Index Declined 9 Points

The preliminary Agricultural Production Index of Prices Received by Farmers in October, at 98 percent, based on 2011=100, fell 9 points (8.4 percent) from September. The Crop Index decreased 9 points (10 percent) but the Livestock Index increased 4 points (3.0 percent). Producers received lower prices for soybeans, corn, and milk and higher prices for hogs, calves, and cattle. In addition to prices, the overall index is also affected by the seasonal change based on a 3-year average mix of commodities producers sell. Increased monthly movement of soybeans, corn, cotton, and calves offset the decreased marketing of cattle, milk, broilers, and wheat. The preliminary Agricultural Production Index decreased 2 points (2.0 percent) from October 2013. The Food Commodities Index, at 111, decreased 8 points (4.7 percent) from last month but increased 5 points (4.7 percent) from October 2013.

Prices Paid Index Unchanged

The October Index of Prices Paid for Commodities and Services, Interest, Taxes, and Farm Wage Rates (PPITW) is at 112 (2011=100). The index is unchanged from September, but 6 points (5.7 percent) above October 2013. Lower prices in October for concentrates, feed grains, diesel, and gasoline offset higher prices for feeder cattle, milk cows, feeder pigs, and supplements.

For a full copy of the report please visit www.nass.usda.gov. For state specific questions please contact: Read the rest of this entry »

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10-31-14 ASI WEEKLY NEWS FOR SHEEP INDUSTRY LEADERS…

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween! Be Safe.

150th Update

By 1830, thanks to advancements in the northeast United States, the quality of wool production in the country had increased dramatically. Wool traders and dealers began appearing and a wool warehouse was thriving in Boston.

Registration forms are arriving into the American Sheep Industry Association office. It is available by clicking on the “2015 ASI Convention” link at www.sheepusa.org.

Drought Causing Hay Shortages in California  Read the rest of this entry »

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The Denver Cash Grain Bids…

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 31, 2014

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Greeley, CO    Fri Oct 31, 2014    USDA-CO Dept of Ag Market News

Daily Grain Bids for Denver and Surrounding Areas

Spot bids to producers for grain delivered to terminal and country
elevators.  Bids dollar/bu. except for Barley which is dollar/cwt.
Bids are as of 3:00 PM MST.
Bids        Change (cents)
US 1 Hard Red Winter Wheat      5.34-5.69    8 lower
Up to 12 percent protein

US 2 Yellow Corn                3.42-3.77    8 to 13 higher

US 2 Barley                          5.25    steady

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

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Greeley, CO    Thu Oct 30, 2014    USDA-CO Dept of Ag Market News

Daily Grain Bids for Denver and Surrounding Areas

Spot bids to producers for grain delivered to terminal and country
elevators.  Bids dollar/bu. except for Barley which is dollar/cwt.
Bids are as of 3:00 PM MST.
Bids        Change (cents)
US 1 Hard Red Winter Wheat      5.42-5.72    5 lower
Up to 12 percent protein

US 2 Yellow Corn                3.34-3.64    1 to 11 lower

US 2 Barley                          5.25    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
http://www.ams.usda.gov/lsmarketnews

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10-31-14 FREE VIEWING: The Hanna Ranch—One Cowboy’s Fight For Family And Land on Thursday, November 6, at the Armory in Brighton…

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 31, 2014

 

Hannah FilmDear Ag Partner,

The impact of urban development is increasingly felt by farmers and ranchers in Weld and Adams Counties, as it is in much of Colorado. We would like to invite you to a showing of The Hanna Ranch—One Cowboy’s Fight For Family And Land on Thursday, November 6, at the Armory in Brighton (see poster.) This documentary details how one extended family’s land near Fountain, and the family itself, was impacted by urban growth literally in their own backyard.

We hope you will join us for refreshments and a movie that will certainly lead to discussions within your own family.

Your ag partners at Platte Valley and West Adams Conservation Districts, and the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

 

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10-31-14 Make plans to attend the 70th Annual Meeting Nov 10-13 in Loveland, CO – REGISTRATION OPEN NOW!

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 31, 2014

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COLORADO ASSOCIATION OF CONSERVATION DISTRICTS 70TH ANNUAL MEETING

October 31st, 2014 – Loveland, CO - The Colorado Association of Conservation Districts, a Colorado non-profit organization that serves as the unified voice for the seventy-six Conservation Districts and their landowners from around the state, invites you to attend their 70th Annual Meeting! This event will take place on November 10 – 13, 2014, at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center in Loveland, CO.

The event speakers include: Earl Garber, President, National Association of Conservation Districts; Astor Boozer, Western Region Conservationist, National Resources Conservation Service; Karen Budd-Falen, Wyoming Western Issues Attorney; Terry Fankhauser, Colorado Cattlemen’s Association; Don Shawcroft, Farm Bureau; Ben Rainbolt, Rocky Mountain Farmers Union; Aaron Derwingson, The Nature Conservancy; Rebecca Mitchell, Colorado Water Conservation Board; and Charlie Bartlett, Colorado Ag Water Alliance.

The conference is well attended by farmers, ranchers, agricultural interests, and natural resource conservation partners. You can get further details, a program agenda, and registration information by visiting www.coloradoacd.org or by contacting Sharon Pattee, Executive Director, at (719)686-0020 or spattee4cacd@gmail.com

For more information about the Colorado Association of Conservation Districts, an NACD Member –  CLICK HERE

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10-31-14 NFU News: COOL Wins Fourth Victory in U.S. Courts, NFU to Multinational Meat Industry: Drop the Senseless Litigation…

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 31, 2014

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Urges USDA to Appeal WTO Ruling, Stay the Course on COOL

WASHINGTON (Oct. 31, 2014) – National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson today urged Congress to ignore a recent letter signed by groups who are using scare tactics to derail Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL), a law popular with both consumers and family farmers alike.

 

“This letter was organized by groups who have opposed COOL from day one and demonstrates that they understand they have lost the battle over this issue in the public arena,” said Johnson. “We urge Congress to ignore the overblown rhetoric of the letter and stay the course on COOL,” he said.

 

The letter comes on the heels of a recent World Trade Organization (WTO) ruling that the implementation of the law remains unbalanced between consumer information and production costs and will need further changes. “The WTO has already ruled that the COOL law is compliant and this ruling shows that USDA’s current rule is one more step in the right direction, but may not have gone far enough in providing sufficient information to consumers,” he said. Johnson noted that talk of retaliation is premature and the WTO process required to even consider such actions would likely be a year from concluding. “There is simply no rush to take rash action,” he said.

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10-31-14 NFU Says Congress Should Ignore Scare Tactics of Recent Anti-COOL Letter…

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 31, 2014

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Urges USDA to Appeal WTO Ruling, Stay the Course on COOL

WASHINGTON (Oct. 31, 2014) – National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson today urged Congress to ignore a recent letter signed by groups who are using scare tactics to derail Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL), a law popular with both consumers and family farmers alike.

 

“This letter was organized by groups who have opposed COOL from day one and demonstrates that they understand they have lost the battle over this issue in the public arena,” said Johnson. “We urge Congress to ignore the overblown rhetoric of the letter and stay the course on COOL,” he said.

 

The letter comes on the heels of a recent World Trade Organization (WTO) ruling that the implementation of the law remains unbalanced between consumer information and production costs and will need further changes. “The WTO has already ruled that the COOL law is compliant and this ruling shows that USDA’s current rule is one more step in the right direction, but may not have gone far enough in providing sufficient information to consumers,” he said. Johnson noted that talk of retaliation is premature and the WTO process required to even consider such actions would likely be a year from concluding. “There is simply no rush to take rash action,” he said.

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10-31-14 Dairy industry fights prostate cancer during MoDairy Movember Campaign!

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 31, 2014

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MoDairy, an initiative committed to raising awareness of men’s health throughout Movember, gears up for a second year.

Madison, Wis. [October 29, 2014] – November 1st marks the start of the MoDairy initiative’s second year. MoDairy, in support of the Movember Foundation, committed to raising awareness for men’s health issues, specifically prostate cancer, testicular cancer and male mental health, all through the power of the moustache.

Globally recognized as the leading global organization changing the face of men’s health, growing a moustache in the month of November reminds us of the health challenges facing a high proportion of males – specifically prostate cancer. Statistically, one in seven men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime.

With the high potential of men being affected by prostate cancer, dairy farmers are also at risk. “Adding to the concern, dairy farmers have less awareness as to signs and symptoms, likely have less frequent medical examinations and simply are often more focused on the care of their cows and crops than they are of their own health,” says Amy Throndsen, director of international sales for DCC Waterbeds and founding member of MoDairy.

A group dedicated to supporting Movember, MoDairy is a small coalition dedicated to help dairy producers become more aware of their health.

“The goal of this growing coalition is to increase awareness of prostate cancer and build support throughout the dairy industry to help dairy farmers protect themselves with greater education, understanding and action to help keep their health in check,” says Ed Peck, president of Filament Marketing and member of MoDairy.

Combining humor and health, MoDairy is driving change by growing moustaches, sharing key statistics and encouraging dairy producers to contact their doctors for health screenings.

Producers, companies, and industry partners can all help spread the word about MoDairy in the following ways: Read the rest of this entry »

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10-31-14 CDA UPDATE: Vesicular Stomatitis (VS): 344 Colorado Quarantines Since Beginning of Outbreak…

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 31, 2014

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Vesicular Stomatitis (VS): 344 Colorado Quarantines Since Beginning of Outbreak

Guidelines for Livestock Shows, Fairs, Exhibitions, and Events

BROOMFIELD, Colo. –As of 10/29/2014, the Colorado Department of Agriculture’s State Veterinarian’s Office has 52 locations under quarantine after horses and cows tested positive for Vesicular Stomatitis (VS); 292 of the 344 quarantines have now been released.

 

“As warm fall temperatures persist some fly populations are still proving capable spreading this disease.  Therefore, livestock owners must still work to prevent flies on their property,” said State Veterinarian, Dr. Keith Roehr.

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10-31-14 USDA Farm Service Agency County Committee Elections to Begin Monday, Nov. 3…

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 31, 2014

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Farmers and Ranchers Encouraged to Make Their Voices Heard

WASHINGTON, Oct. 31, 2014 The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is encouraging farmers and ranchers to make their voices heard by voting in the upcoming Farm Service Agency (FSA) County Committee elections. FSA Administrator Val Dolcini announced that beginning Monday, Nov. 3, 2014, USDA will mail ballots for the 2014 elections to eligible producers across the country. Producers must return ballots to their local FSA offices by the Dec. 1, 2014, deadline to ensure that their vote is counted.

“The role and input of our county committee members is vital as we implement the 2014 Farm Bill,” said Dolcini. “New members provide input and make important decisions on the local administration of FSA programs. We have seen promising increases in the number of women and minority candidates willing to serve on county committees, helping to better represent the diversity of American agriculture.”

FSA County Committee members provide an important link between the local agricultural community and USDA. Farmers and ranchers elected to county committees help deliver FSA programs at the local level, applying their knowledge and judgment to make decisions on commodity support programs; conservation programs; indemnity and disaster programs; emergency programs and eligibility. County committees operate within official regulations designed to carry out federal laws.

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10-31-14 NRCS-CO News: NRCS’ Highly Sought After Web Soil Survey Site Gets Even Better…

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 31, 2014

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CLICK HERE to learn how the USDA’s WSS site can benefit you and your operation.

header_nrcsDenver, CO- October 29, 2014 – One of USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service’s (NRCS) most sought after tools was recently updated.  Ninety-four percent of all soil survey areas nationwide recently had their information assessed and updated as part of the annual refresh on the Web Soil Survey (WSS) Site.  Web Soil Survey provides soil data and information produced by the National Cooperative Soil Survey.

“Colorado soil survey information has been updated and enhanced significantly this year,” shared William Shoup, NRCS State Soil Scientist in Colorado.  “Soil surveys can be used for general farm, local, and wider planning.  Colorado tends to see the majority of inquiries along the front-range, and most users are interested in physical properties, or engineering interpretations.”

USDA receives more than 180,000 hits on the WSS site each month.  Users access the site to generate an ‘area of interest’, and then can review the interpretations and properties customizing their report as needed. Read the rest of this entry »

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10-31-14 CO’s Heid and Thompson qualify for NCBA’s National Anthem Contest Final Four…

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 31, 2014

DENVER (Oct. 31, 2014) - The top four finalists have been selected for the second annual National Cattlemen’s Beef Association National Anthem Contest and we need your help in selecting the winner.

  • Mollie Beaver (11) Wichita, Kansas
  • Talli Heid (17) Yuma, Colorado
  • Hannah Segrist (14) Lubbock, Texas
  • Cassidy Thompson (16) Limon, Colorado

The participant entry videos can be seen on www.beefusa.org or the NCBA Facebook page. Online voting will take place October 31st through November 24th (One vote per day, per person). The winner will be determined by the most public votes and will be announced on December 8th. Cast your vote today! Be sure to tell your friends and family to vote online to help spread the word about these talented contestants.

The winner will win a variety of great prizes including: Read the rest of this entry »

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10-31-14 “GO ALL OUT” at the 87th National FFA Convention and Expo from Louisville, KY now thru Nov 1st…

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 31, 2014

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Award-Winners Take the Stage at the National Convention and Expo
See which FFA chapters have been named the model chapters of the year.

What the FFA Letters Mean to 12 Members at Convention
FFA is, simply, FFA! It’s not an acronym; instead, an opportunity for premier leadership, personal growth and career success.

Tyson Foods Encourages FFA members to Share #myAGstory
Tyson Foods is not only promoting its story but also encouraging FFA members to share their own via social media.

We Are FFA Booth in Expo Encourages Inclusivity
Providing FFA members with an experience where they can learn about intentional inclusiveness, multicultural awareness and organizational connectedness is what Megan Tanaka and the We Are FFA program is all about.

Going All Out for Career Success
Your time as an FFA member has prepared you for a successful career in agriculture; now it’s time to go find it.

How Far Have FFA Members Traveled to Convention?
From Alaska to Puerto Rico and Maine to Hawaii, members have traveled from near and far to attend the national convention and expo. And we wanted to know just how far.

For more news, click here. Also check us out on Facebook and Twitter or watch us live on RFD-TV and iHigh.

Friday Oct. 31 Session Highlights–Watch Live on RFD–TV or iHigh

8 a.m. Fourth General Session, Serve All Out
Honorary American FFA Degree Ceremony
Distinguished Service Citations and VIP Awards
Retiring Address by Mitch Baker, National FFA Secretary, “At the Table”
Noon Fifth General Session, All Out Commitment
Retiring Address by Wes Davis, National FFA Eastern Region Vice President, “Here for a Reason”
Agriscience Teacher and Agriscience Fair Recognition
3 p.m. Sixth General Session, All Out Passion
National Agricultural Proficiency Awards
7 p.m. Seventh General Session, Motivate All Out
Retiring Address by Jackson Harris, Southern Region Vice President, “Don’t Give Up on Home“

About National FFA Organization

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Friday, October 31st…HALLOWEEN!

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 31, 2014

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“Groups Ask Congress to Rescind Parts of COOL”

Agriculture and other industry groups have asked Congress to “immediately authorize and direct” USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack to rescind elements of Country of Origin Labeling. The groups want Congress to take out elements of COOL that are non-compliant with trade obligations by the World Trade Organization, according to the Hagstrom Report. Known as the COOL Reform Coalition, the group claims such action by Congress would not undermine COOL to the extent it is not consistent with international trade obligations nor would it weaken U.S. defense of COOL in WTO litigation.

The list of letter-signers included many commodity groups but it did not include the two largest general farm groups, the National Farmers Union or the American Farm Bureau Federation. The United States still has the right to appeal the ruling, but the coalition said its members are “gravely concerned” that “Canada and Mexico could subject an array of U.S. exports to retaliatory tariffs.”

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House Planning Vote on Requirements for EPA Regulations”

While no date has been set in stone, The Hill reports House Majority leader Kevin McCarthy says a vote will be “soon” on Environmental Protection Agency regulations requirements. He says the House will vote on legislation that would prevent the EPA from issuing regulations without scientific data to support implementation. The House will return to Washington on Nov. 12 McCarthy said the measure would be part of GOP messaging to show the party can make government function.

Under the bill, H.R. 4012, the EPA would be required to make it available for “independent analysis and substantial reproduction of research results.” The EPA currently does not always provide scientific data to the public to identify the need for new regulations.

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“97 Percent of Doctors Concerned with Antibiotic Resistance”

97 percent of doctors say they are concerned about antibiotic resistance, according to a study by Consumers Report. Think Progress dot org reports almost 30 percent of surveyed doctors had a patient either suffer severe complications or die as a result of a multi-drug resistant bacterial infection. The study surveyed 500 doctors and found about 80 percent of them had a patients with a drug resistant type of infection in the last year. According to that study, several types of farmed fish were found to contain a type of antibiotics used in humans. The study claims feeding chickens a same type of antibiotic may have contributed to last year’s antibiotic-resistant salmonella outbreak, according to a report by Reuters.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that over two million people get sick and 23,000 die annually from drug-resistant infections. CRE-based infections, which have high antibiotic resistance, have increased by 500 percent between 2008 and 2012.

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“Registration Open for AFBF Convention”

Online registration is open for the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 96th Annual Convention and IDEAg Trade Show, which will be held January 10-14, 2015, in San Diego.  About 7,000 Farm Bureau members from across the nation are expected to gather for the convention, where they will hear from distinguished leaders and participate in a grassroots policy setting process that will guide the American Farm Bureau Federation through 2015. AFBF’s senior director of conventions and events, John Hawkins said this year’s convention “offers a preview of the future of agriculture.” The online registration can be found at annual convention dot fb dot org.
 http://annualconvention.fb.org/

The full Farm Bureau member registration includes the IDEAg Trade Show and Young Farmer & Rancher competitive events, general sessions, workshops and the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture Silent Auction. AFBF President Bob Stallman will give his annual “State of Farm Bureau” address to members at the opening general session of the convention. Commander Rorke Denver will give the general session keynote address, and acclaimed late night TV host Jay Leno will give the closing session keynote address.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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10-31-14 Inside the USDA’s Rural Development w/Deputy Under Secretary Doug O’Brien…

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 30, 2014

LISTEN TO AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW…

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Doug O Brien Deputy Under Secretary for USDA Rural Development(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) October 31st - On Friday, October 31st, USDA Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the USDA is investing $20.7 million in loans and $8.3 million in grants for 10 projects in six states, including Colorado.

Joining me to discuss this in more detail is Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Doug O’Brien, first…welcome inside the BARN on the CO Ag News Network. (INTERVIEW ABOVE)

BIOGRAPHY: Doug O’Brien, was appointed Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development. Prior to his appointment, O’Brien served as Senior Advisor to Secretary Tom Vilsack and Chief of Staff to Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan. Before joining the United States Department of Agriculture, O’Brien served as the Assistant Director at the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In this capacity, he assisted the Director in administering the day-to-day operations of that department in such areas as plant industries, animal health, and its laboratories. In addition, he was responsible for developing the department’s biofuels, bio-products and renewable energy policy. O’Brien has also served as Senior Advisor to Iowa Governor Chet Culver, Interim Co-Director for the National Agricultural Law Center in Fayetteville, Ark., and Senior Staff Attorney at the Drake Agricultural Law Center in Des Moines, Iowa. He is former counsel for the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee, where he worked on the 2002 Farm Bill. He also served as Legislative Assistant for Representative Leonard Boswell, focusing primarily on Rep. Boswell’s work on the House Agriculture Committee, and as a Clerk for Justice Jerry Larson of the Iowa Supreme Court. O’Brien graduated from Loras College and earned a Juris Doctorate with honors from the University of Iowa. In addition, he holds a Master’s Degree in Agricultural Law from the University of Arkansas. O’Brien, who was raised on a diversified farm in Iowa, has dedicated his career to agriculture and rural policy

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The USDA’s Rural Development, committed to the future of rural communities. Learn more online @ http://www.rurdev.usda.gov

 

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10-31-14 USDA Announces $29 Million to Provide Housing for Farmworkers…

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 30, 2014

LISTEN TO AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH USDA RURAL DEVELOPMENT DEPUTY UNDER SECRETARY DOUG O’BRIEN

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USDA Rural Development logoWASHINGTON, Oct. 31, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that USDA is investing $29 million to provide affordable housing for farm laborers and their families.

“A safe, affordable home is often the first step on the road to more economic prosperity for farmworkers and their families,” Vilsack said. “These loans and grants will significantly improve the lives of farmworkers, who are vital to agricultural production.”

USDA is providing assistance through the Farm Labor Housing Loan and Grant program. Financing is available to qualified organizations to develop housing for domestic farm laborers.  USDA also provides rental assistance to help very-low-income families afford the monthly rent.

Through today’s announcement, USDA is awarding $20.7 million in loans and $8.3 million in grants for 10 projects in six states. When completed, the properties will provide 320 farmworker families with new homes. Rental assistance will be offered for 315 of the new housing units.

“I have witnessed firsthand the way these loans and grants help farmworkers and their communities,” said Tony Hernandez, Administrator of USDA’s Rural Housing Service, which runs the Farm Labor Housing program.  Earlier this month, Hernandez toured the Sugarloaf Apartments farm labor housing complex in Hendersonville, N.C.,  Since the complex opened in 1995, it is usually fully occupied.  Sugarloaf has two day care facilities onsite, one of which is year-round, making it a convenient place for residents to work and raise their families.

Below is a complete list of loan and grant recipients announced today. Funding is contingent upon the recipients meeting the terms of their agreements:

California

Coachella Valley Villa Hermosa Phase II – $3 million loan.  Funds will be used to add 68 units to the complex.

Peoples Self Help – $3 million loan.  Funds will be used to develop 33 units.

9355 Avenida Maria – $3 million loan.  Funds will be used to develop 60 units.

1006 Golden Valley – $3 million loan.  Funds will be used to develop 41 units.

Colorado

San Luis Valley – $1.5 million loan and $1.5 million grant.  Funds will be used to develop 30 units.

Straton Area Foundation – $750,000 loan and $1.6 million grant.  Funds will be used to develop 12 units.

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10-30-14 Colorado Weekly Hay Report…

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 30, 2014

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Colorado Hay Report

Compared to last week: Hay movement is slow this week with steady prices.
Fourth cutting of hay is testing above 180 RFV and most buyers are paying a
dollar a point for the RFV.  Cow hay is still hard to move due to abundance.
All prices reported FOB the stack or barn unless otherwise noted.  Prices
reflect load lots of hay.

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

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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

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

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SOURCE: NAFB News Service

 

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