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Posted by Brian Allmer on July 23, 2014

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07-23-14 CSU’s School Sustainability Guide Named National Model…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 23, 2014

Header - Please enable images in your e-mail programFeature Story ImageFORT COLLINS – A Colorado State University institute’s set of guidelines for making schools more energy efficient through sustainable practices has been chosen as a national model by an arm of the U.S. Green Building Council.

And it grew out of a graduate student’s thesis.

The council’s Center for Green Schools has published “The Whole-School Sustainability Framework,” a collection of principles assembled by CSU’s Institute for the Built Environment, and is urging schools around the country to adopt its recommendations on sustainable practices.

Stephanie Barr, now a research associate for IBE, presented the findings of her master’s thesis on sustainability efforts at U.S. schools during the U.S. Green Building Council’s Greenbuild conference in 2011. The presentation caught the attention of the director of the Center for Green Schools, and “the center said they’d like us to develop it further and encourage schools and districts across the nation to use it,” said Brian Dunbar, executive director of the Institute for the Built Environment, part of CSU’s College of Health and Human Sciences.

“We were asked to take the academic research and make it a public guidebook,” Barr said. Read the rest of this entry »

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07-23-14 US Senator Bennet: Gypsum’s Eagle Valley Clean Energy Selected to Accept Biomass Deliveries…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 23, 2014

US Senator Michael Bennet color official photo-022513Biomass Removals from Public Lands Help Reduce Wildfires 

Suppliers May Qualify for BCAP Delivery Assistance

Washington, DC – Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet today announced that Eagle Valley Clean Energy, LLC in Gypsum has been selected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to accept biomass deliveries as part of the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP). The removal of dead or diseased trees from public lands is a crucial piece of the strategy to reduce the risk of wildfires in Colorado and across the West and helps generate clean energy.

Eagle Valley Clean Energy is one of 36 energy facilities in 14 states to be selected. The renewable energy plant in Gypsum also benefitted from a $40 million loan guarantee from USDA’s Rural Development initiative, a program Bennet fought to include in the 2014 Farm Bill.

“Biomass may not be what you typically think about when it comes to Colorado’s abundant energy resources, but this is an innovative way to generate clean energy while reducing the risk of catastrophic wildfires,” Bennet said. “These efforts support local businesses, promote a clean energy economy, and protect our forests and communities from the threat of wildfires. These are the types of investments that will get us out of the vicious cycle of needing to devote so many resources to wildfire suppression without addressing mitigation and preparedness.”

BCAP was authorized as part of the 2014 Farm Bill that Bennet, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, helped craft with the input of Colorado’s farmers, ranchers, and conservation community. Of the total $25 million per year authorized for BCAP, up to 50 percent ($12.5 million) is available each year to assist biomass owners with the cost of delivery of agricultural or forest residues for energy generation. Some BCAP payments will target the removal of dead or diseased trees from National Forests and Bureau of Land Management public lands for renewable energy, which reduces the risk of forest fire.

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07-23-14 USDA Selects 36 Energy Facilities to Accept Biomass Deliveries, one in CO…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 23, 2014

USDA seal logoProgram Includes Biomass Removals from Federal Lands to Reduce Forest Fires including Colorado: Eagle Valley Clean Energy, LLC

WASHINGTON, July 23, 2014 Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has selected 36 energy facilities in 14 states to accept biomass deliveries supported by the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP), which was authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill. Biomass owners who supply these facilities may qualify for BCAP delivery assistance starting July 28, 2014.

Of the total $25 million per year authorized for BCAP, up to 50 percent ($12.5 million) is available each year to assist biomass owners with the cost of delivery of agricultural or forest residues for energy generation. Some BCAP payments will target the removal of dead or diseased trees from National Forests and Bureau of Land Management public lands for renewable energy, which reduces the risk of forest fire.

“This program generates clean energy from biomass, reduces the threat of fires by removing dead or diseased trees from public forest lands, and invests in rural businesses and new energy markets,” said Vilsack. “The fires we are seeing right now in the west underscore the need for forest restoration and fire prevention. Pairing this effort with forest restoration on public lands will help guard against these fires while promoting economic opportunity for rural communities.”

Farmers, ranchers or foresters who harvest and deliver forest or agricultural residues to a BCAP-qualified energy facility may be eligible for financial assistance for deliveries. The USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA), which administers BCAP, will begin accepting applications from biomass owners from July 28 through Aug. 25. Deliveries of residues for approved contracts may be made through Sept. 26, 2014.

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07-23-14 USDA Secretary Announces Creation of Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 23, 2014

USDA seal logoWASHINGTON, July 23, 2014 Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the creation of the Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research (FFAR) and the appointment of a 15-member board of directors. The new foundation will leverage public and private resources to increase the scientific and technological research, innovation, and partnerships critical to boosting America’s agricultural economy.

Authorized by Congress as part of the 2014 Farm Bill, the foundation will operate as a non-profit corporation seeking and accepting private donations in order to fund research activities that focus on problems of national and international significance. Congress also provided $200 million for the foundation which must be matched by non-federal funds as the Foundation identifies and approves projects.

“Studies have shown that every dollar invested in agricultural research creates $20 in economic activity,” said Vilsack. “Investments in innovation made over the past several decades have developed new products and new procedures that have been critical to the continued growth of American agriculture. We must continue to make strategic investments in research and technology if we are to remain leaders in the global economy.”

The research funded by the Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research will address issues including plant and animal health; food safety, nutrition and health; renewable energy, natural resources, and environment; agricultural and food security; and agriculture systems and technology.

The foundation’s board of directors was chosen to represent the diverse sectors of agriculture. Seven of these board members were selected by the unanimous vote of the board’s five ex-officio members from lists of candidates provided by industry, while eight representatives were unanimously elected from a list of candidates provided by the National Academy of Sciences. Congress mandated that the ex-officio members choose the initial 15 board members from among the lists provided by these two groups. However, new board members now have the option of adding additional members if they so choose. Secretary Vilsack said today he hoped the board would exercise its prerogative to add more members to expand the board’s diversity.

In announcing the 15-member FFAR board today, Vilsack remarked, “Public-private partnerships are vital to the agricultural research community, and this is reflected in the membership of the foundation’s board of directors.”

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The Denver Cash Grain Bids…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 23, 2014

Greeley, CO    Wed Jul 23, 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      5.82-5.98    2 higher
Up to 12 percent protein

US 2 Yellow Corn                      3.97    2 higher

US 2 Barley                          7.00    steady

Source: USDA-CO Dept of Ag Market News Service, Greeley, CO
Tammy Judson 970-353-9750

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Here’s  look back at Tue, Jul 22 Denver Cash Grain Bids…

US 1 Hard Red Winter Wheat       5.80-5.96    7 lower
Up to 12 percent protein

US 2 Yellow Corn                      3.94    5 lower

US 2 Barley                           7.00    steady
Source: USDA-CO Dept of Ag Market News Service, Greeley, CO


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07-23-14 CAWG NEWS: 2014 Colorado Winter Wheat Harvest Update #9…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 23, 2014

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(Note: Farmers and elevators, give me a heads-up when harvest starts in your area, please!)

Results for the CSU UVPT trials are being posted, with Julesburg, Orchard, Lamar, Sheridan Lake, Walsh and Yuma posted:

July 23, 2014 – FT COLLINS, CO - Colorado winter wheat harvest moved back into full swing last Friday after being stalled due to rainy, cool and humid weather for most of the week.  The National Agricultural Statistics Service estimated that 68 percent of the crop was harvested as of Sunday night compared with 46 percent last week and the 5-year average of 71 percent.  Colorado Wheat estimates the harvest is now 80 percent complete based on ideal weather conditions since last Friday.

Cargill-Burlington estimated harvest was 97 percent complete for their area with moisture averaging 11 percent, test weight averaging 61.2 pounds, protein averaging 13.6 percent and yields ranging from a low of 6 bushels per acre on hail-damaged wheat to a high of 75 bushels per acre.

The Seibert Equity Coop estimated harvest was 95 percent complete for their intake area and would wrap up by this weekend. Moisture was averaging 10 to 10.5 percent, test weight averaging over 60 pounds, protein averaging 13.6 percent and yields averaging 35 to 40 bushels in the area due to extensive hail damage north of Seibert.

The Flagler Equity Coop estimated harvest was 70 – 75 percent complete with moisture ranging from 8 to 10.5 percent, test weight averaging 59.3 pounds, protein averaging over 12.5 percent and yields ranging from a low 20 to 30 bushels per acre on hail-damaged wheat to a high of 50 to 60 bushels per acre.

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wed, July 23rd…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 23, 2014

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“Combating Heat Stress During Extreme Heat”

The U.S. Department of Agriculture and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration projected the first emergency levels of heat and humidity across much of the U.S. this week. Forecast maps indicated emergency levels in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and neighboring states – as well as parts of southern California and Arizona. Iowa State University Beef Extension Veterinarian Grant Dewell says cattle producers and feeders need to take precautions to minimize the effects of this extreme heat on their cattle by working them early in the morning or in the evening. Also – make sure cattle are getting enough water by introducing extra water tanks to ensure they have access to enough water – as a 1,000-pound animal needs 1.5-gallons of water per hour. As for feed – Dewell says cattle should receive at least 70-percent of their feed two to four-hours after peak ambient temperature – and the energy content of their diet should be reduced by five to seven-percent. Shade, air flow and insect control are also very important to combat heat stress with cattle. For more information – visit ARS dot USDA dot gov ( and search Heat Stress.


“Senators Look for Further Explanation from DOJ, FTC Regarding Big Oil Behavior”

After a year – Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley and Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar have again asked the Justice Department and Federal Trade Commission to study possible anti-competitive practices regarding certain oil companies. Grassley and Klobuchar want DOJ and the FTC to review the Renewable Fuels Association’s comprehensive analysis on how some oil companies are blocking the sale of renewable fuels, investigate the claims and reply with an evaluation of the agencies conclusions regarding possible anti-competitive behavior – along with any proposed solutions they will take to resolve the issue.


“Zilmax Study Shows Product Doesn’t Harm Cattle”

According to the Western Livestock Journal – a recent study by USDA’s Agricultural Research Service and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln shows beta agonists don’t harm cattle. The thought that beta agonists do harm cattle was the primary reason for Merck Animal Health to remove its feed additive Zilmax last August. The Food and Drug Administration approved the product – which has been used to improve feed conversion and result in more beef from each animal harvested – which has been a priority since 1952. This recent study took place for a 26-day period. Researchers collected blood, monitored body temperature and video images from 20 heifers that were divided into two groups. One group received the recommended dose of Zilmax – the other did not. On the last day of the trial – heifers were exposed to a simulated stress event to mimic the stress response that would be anticipated in cattle being shipped from the feedlot to the packing plant. Study results show heifers fed Zilmax had an increase in parameters indicating increased muscle mass – which was expected. Researcher Ty Schmidt says results also showed heifers supplemented with Zilmax had a decreased production of cortisol – the stress hormone – and decreased body temperature during the simulated stress event. Overall – Schmidt says the results indicate while there are variations in the body temperature, endocrine and metabolic parameters and histopathology of major organs of Zilmax-supplemented heifers – the differences show no indication supplementation of Zilmax is detrimental to health or well-being in cattle.


“Conservation Compliance Changes Reminder”

USDA wants to remind farmers and ranchers about the changes through the 2014 Farm Bill requiring them to have a Highly Erodible Land Conservation and Wetland Conservation Certification form on file. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says it’s important for farmers and ranchers who take the right steps to conserve valuable farm and natural resources to have AD-1026 forms on file at their local Farm Service Agency office to ensure they remain eligible for crop insurance support. The form must be filed by June 1, 2015. For the revised form – visit FSA dot USDA dot gov (


“Little Time Left to Enter 2014 National Corn Yield Contest”

The National Corn Growers Association reminds farmers there are less than two weeks left to register for this year’s National Corn Yield Contest. NCGA Production and Stewardship Action Team Chair Don Glenn says the data gained from the contest every year is important because it helps develop the production practices of tomorrow. Entry remains open through August 1st. All harvest forms are due by November 21st and contest winners will be announced December 19th. To enter – visit membership dot NCGA dot com slash Cornyield Contest (


“Apply Now to be the Next Face of Farming and Ranching”

This year’s Faces of Farming and Ranching did an excellent job – according to National Corn Growers Association Corn Board Member Mike Geske. He says the ambassadors clearly showed how great the consumer desire for direct information on how their food is grown has become. Geske says farmers take great pride in the work they do – and he has seen the incredible move toward a more productive, more sustainable ag industry. He says farmers have an excellent story to share – and he urges all eligible farmers and ranchers to apply to be the next U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance Faces of Farming and Ranching. Entries will be accepted until midnight Central on Sunday – August 10th. To apply – visit Food Dialogues dot com slash Faces (


“AFBF, Georgetown Partner to Launch Entrepreneurship Webinar Series”

The American Farm Bureau along with the Georgetown University McDonough School of Business Global Social Enterprise Initiative has announced a new, online business training resource for rural entrepreneurs and Farm Bureau members. AFBF Director of Rural Development Dr. Lisa Benson says the series of webinars has been developed to meet the needs of Farm Bureau members who are already involved in rural entrepreneurship as well as those preparing to launch a business in their local communities. Benson says this continuing education initiative will connect rural residents with cutting-edge innovations, business development training and resources that will yield immediate benefits. An orientation workshop will start the series on July 29th at 3 p.m. Eastern. RSVP at www 1 dot go to meeting dot com slash register slash 984 624 936 ( Four more webinars will take place throughout the rest of this year.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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07-22-14 NMPF News: University of Florida Grad Student Receives NMPF Dairy Research Award…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 22, 2014

NMPF-National Milk Producers Federation logo 2KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI – Eduardo de Souza Ribeiro, a doctoral student in animal sciences at the University of Florida, today received the National Milk Producers Federation Richard M. Hoyt Award for dairy-related research.

Ribeiro was recognized during the awards ceremony at the annual meeting of the American Dairy Science Association in Kansas City. NMPF Vice President for Dairy Foods and Nutrition Beth Briczinski made the scholarship presentation.

A native of São Joaquim, Brazil, Ribeiro has done extensive research in reproductive physiology and management of dairy cows. He earned a master’s degree from the University of Florida in 2011 and is currently in the animal molecular and cellular biology program there. His research has resulted in 24 publications, of which he was the lead author on eight.

Briczinski called Ribeiro an exemplary student who has already made significant contributions to the U.S. dairy industry. “In light of his ongoing work to advance dairy science, Eduardo richly deserves this award,” she said.  

The Richard M. Hoyt Award is a joint project of NMPF and ADSA, with NMPF providing the scholarship money. The award recognizes research efforts with direct application to problems in the dairy industry. The winner must be enrolled in or have completed a program leading to an advance degree in dairy science, dairy production, diary processing or a similar curriculum. Read the rest of this entry »

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07-22-14 USDA Reminds Farmers of 2014 Farm Bill Conservation Compliance Changes…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 22, 2014

USDA seal logoWASHINGTON, July 22, 2014 Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today reminded producers that changes mandated through the 2014 Farm Bill require them to have on file a Highly Erodible Land Conservation and Wetland Conservation Certification (AD-1026). The Farm Bill relinked highly erodible land conservation and wetland conservation compliance with eligibility for premium support paid under the federal crop insurance program.

“It’s important that farmers and ranchers taking the right steps to conserve valuable farm and natural resources have completed AD-1026 forms on file at their local Farm Service Agency (FSA) office,” said Vilsack. “This will ensure they remain eligible for crop insurance support.”

For farmers to be eligible for premium support on their federal crop insurance, a completed and signed AD-1026 form must be on file with the FSA. Since many FSA and Natural Resource Conservation (NRCS) programs have this requirement, most producers should already have an AD-1026 on file. If producers have not filed, they must do so by June 1, 2015.

When a farmer completes the AD-1026, FSA and NRCS staff will outline any additional actions that may be required for compliance with the provisions. The Risk Management Agency, through the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC), manages the federal crop insurance program that provides the modern farm safety net for American farmers and ranchers.

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07-22-14 US Senators Bennet and Udall Press for Additional Firefighting Resources…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 22, 2014

US Senate SealUrge Senate to Supply Emergency Funds and Revamp Broken Fire Prevention, Management System

Washington, DC – Amidst a record-setting wildfire season in the West, Colorado U.S. Senators Michael Bennet and Mark Udall today called for swift passage of the president’s emergency supplemental funding request, which would allocate $615 million – accessible immediately – to fight wildfires. The Senators also called for a vote on the Wildfire Disaster Funding Act, a bill that would fix the broken system of stealing funds from prevention programs to fight wildfires that are already burning.

With persistent droughts, dry forest conditions, and new wildfires starting daily, the West has experienced a particularly harsh wildfire season. At this rate, it is expected to require more fire suppression funding than the amount appropriated this fiscal year.

“We cannot afford to wait another year to fix this urgent problem,” the Senators wrote. “We urge you to take up the President’s emergency funding request to deal with wildfire funding once and for all.”

The emergency supplemental funding request would grant $615 million, which would be immediately accessible for firefighting efforts in western states through the end of the year.

The cost of fighting wildfires has regularly exceeded the amount appropriated by Congress in past years. To cover this need for additional funds, money must be redirected from mitigation and prevention efforts. The Senators also pointed out that key prevention programs, such as the hazardous fuel removal program, have lost funding in the past two years.

To ensure that fires are treated like other natural disasters and ensure that both firefighting and prevention efforts are adequately funded, the Senators urged passage of the bipartisan Wildlife Disaster Funding Act.


“In the last two years, the U.S. Forest Service and the Department of Interior have been forced to take money from other important programs to cover the cost of fighting wildfires,” the Senators wrote in the letter. “[…] We must act immediately to pass emergency supplemental appropriations to ensure we do not continue this vicious cycle of fire funding, and include legislation to permanently fix the fire funding problem, such as the Wildfire Disaster Funding Act of 2013.”


The letter was sent to the Senate Majority and Minority Leaders, Senators Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell, and the Chair and Ranking Member of the Appropriations Committee, Senators Barbara Mikulski and Richard Shelby. It was led by Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and was also signed by Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR), Tom Udall (D-NM), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Diane Feinstein (D-CA), Jon Tester (D-MT), John Walsh (D-MT), Patty Murray (D-WA), and Barbara Boxer (D-CA).


Bennet and Udall have led efforts in Congress to help Colorado communities mitigate the risk of wildfire and secure resources to fight fires. They also have worked to help Colorado communities rebuild and repair watersheds in the wake of recent wildfires and other natural disasters.


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Posted by Brian Allmer on July 22, 2014

WSGLT-Wyo Stock Growers Land Trust logoIMG_6487[Cheyenne, WY] – The Wyoming Stock Growers Land Trust has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the Wyoming Community Foundation through the Working for Wyoming Endowment Fund to support efforts in securing funding for core operations. The $10,000 grant is a challenge grant to incentivize additional donations. The funds will help cover costs associated with accomplishing conservation easement project work, including staff time, legal expense and travel throughout the state.

The Stock Growers Land Trust is a 501 [c] 3 non-profit organization dedicated to conserving Wyoming’s working family ranches and farms and the wide-open spaces, natural habitats, and rural communities they support.  The Land Trust was founded by a general membership vote of the Wyoming Stock Growers Association in December 2000 in response to a growing need within the ranching community to provide voluntary, private-sector options for agricultural land conservation.

The Stock Growers Land Trust’s objectives are accomplished through the acquisition of donated and purchased conservation easements and increasing awareness of tools to maintain working lands and the wide open spaces which define the Cowboy State.

Chairman of the Board, Ed Prosser of Cheyenne said, “We are proud to receive the support of the Wyoming Community Foundation. We thank them for helping us to continue our work to keep Wyoming, Wyoming.”

The Wyoming Community Foundation is a statewide nonprofit organization with total assets in excess of $100 million. Since its inception twenty five years ago, the Community Foundation has awarded over $40 million in grants to nonprofit organizations across Wyoming. The mission of the Wyoming Community Foundation is to connect people who care with causes that matter to build a better Wyoming.  For information call 307-721-8300 or visit their website at

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07-22-14 Potato Industry Leadership Institute to be Held Feb. 19-26, 2015…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 22, 2014

Application and scholarship deadline is Oct. 15, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Potato Council (NPC) and the United States Potato Board (USPB) are accepting applications for the Potato Industry Leadership Institute (PILI) class of 2015. The annual eight-day program, held Feb. 19-26, 2015, is designed to identify, develop, and cultivate new leaders within the U.S. potato industry.

During the program, 20 potato growers and industry representatives from across the country focus on leadership development, public policy, marketing, team building, and public communication. The 2015 class will begin in eastern Washington state, where participants will receive an overview of the U.S. potato industry and tour local production areas, storages, fresh pack facilities, and processing plants. The class will also learn about the area’s water challenges by visiting with regulators from the state Department of Ecology, the Columbia Basin Development League, and local irrigation districts. The group will then travel to Washington, D.C., where the focus will move to national legislative and regulatory policy priorities for the U.S. potato industry.

Participants are selected through state organization nominations and a committee facilitated by NPC and the USPB, who jointly coordinate the program. The Institute is made possible each year through a major sponsorship from Syngenta, which has a long history of commitment to leadership development in agriculture.

The Institute is also accepting applications for two scholarships targeting growers who lack a state or local potato organization. The scholarships cover the $2,000 PILI registration fee, air transportation, lodging, and meals. Scholarships will be given based upon an application form reviewed by the selection committee.

Registration forms and scholarship applications are available online at or by contacting Marie Ruff The deadline for both applications is October 15, 2014Read the rest of this entry »

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07-22-14 Colorado Farm Bureau Honors Pinnacle Award Winners…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 22, 2014

CFB - Colorado Farm Bureau HeaderPagosa Springs, Colo. – July 22, 2014 –Colorado Farm Bureau recognized the 69th General Assembly Pinnacle Award winners at their annual mid-summer meeting in Pagosa Springs, Colo. Four legislators from each party and each chamber were recipients of the highest legislative award given by Colorado Farm Bureau in recognition of their support on issues vital to Colorado agriculture.

Representative Leroy Garcia (D), Representative Bob Rankin (R), Senator Greg Brophy (R) and Senator Lois Tochtrop (D) were recognized as the CFB Pinnacle Award Winners. These legislators were recognized for their willingness to advocate on behalf of Colorado farmers and ranchers, their workability with Colorado Farm Bureau staff and leadership.

Colorado Farm Bureau also recognized the Friend of Farm Bureau recipients who were recognized for their exceptional voting record in-line with Colorado Farm Bureau positions, as well as their willingness to sponsor and carry bills for the agriculture industry. The following were awarded Friend of Farm Bureau Award: Rep. Kathleen Conti (R), Rep. Don Coram (R), Rep. Brian DelGrosso (R), Rep. Tim Dore (R), Rep. Bob Gardner(R), Rep. Cheri Gerou (R), Rep. Frank McNulty(R), Rep. Carole Murray (R), Rep. Clarice Navarro (R), Rep. Bob Rankin (R), Rep. Ray Scott (R), Rep. Jerry Sonnenberg (R), Rep. Amy Stephens (R), Rep. Spencer Swalm (R), Rep. Mark Waller (R), Rep. Jim Wilson (R), Rep. Leroy Garcia (D), Rep. Ed Vigil (D), Sen. Randy Baumgardner (R), Sen. Greg Brophy (R), Sen. Bill Cadman (R), Sen. Larry Crowder (R), Sen. Kevin Grantham (R), Sen. Ted Harvey (R),  Sen. Owen Hill (R), Sen. Mary Hodge (D), Sen. Cheri Jahn (D), Sen. Steve King (R), Sen. Kent Lambert (R), Sen. Kevin Lundberg (R), Sen. Vicki Marble (R), Sen. Scott Renfroe (R), Sen. Ellen Roberts (R), Sen. Mark Scheffel (R), Sen. Gail Schwartz (D), Sen. Lois Tochtrop (D).

Colorado Farm Bureau members will gather for the 96th annual meeting in Denver, Colo. from November 20-23, 2014.

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Tue, July 22nd…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 22, 2014

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“15th National Farmers Market Week”

August 3rd through the 9th has been declared as National Farmers Market Week. This year is the 15th Annual National Farmers Market Week – which Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says is a great opportunity for farmers markets across the country to host special events to showcase all the tremendous services they provide. Vilsack says farmers markets play a key role in developing local and regional food systems that support family farms – and help grow rural economies. To celebrate the week – the USDA Farmers Market will host a Healthy Back-to-School Challenge on August 8th to show kids and their families how to cook simple, healthy, delicious snacks with seasonal ingredients. Other USDA officials will attend other farmers markets across the country throughout the week.


“AFB Foundation Mini-Grants Awarded to 11 Communities”

Eleven 500-dollar mini-grants have been awarded to communities across the U.S. by the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture to help create new agricultural literacy projects or expand on existing agricultural literacy efforts. Foundation Executive Director Julie Tesch says the program was developed to help Farm Bureau members provide free tools to share with educators in their communities. Tesch says the program’s primary goal is to help teach young rural and urban students about the importance of agriculture and the vital role it plays in our everyday lives. Grants are awarded based on the effectiveness of demonstrating a strong connection between ag and education, how successfully the project enhances learner engagement in today’s food, fiber and fuel systems, and the processes for accomplishing project goals. This year’s mini-grants are awarded to the Colorado Farm Bureau, Irwin County Farm Bureau in Georgia, Madison County Farm Bureau in Idaho, Cook County Farm Bureau and Monroe County Farm Bureau in Illinois, Franklin County Farm Bureau in Maine, Kalamazoo County Farm Bureau and Wexford County Farm Bureau in Michigan, Chaves County Farm Bureau in New Mexico, Davison/Hanson County Farm Bureau in South Dakota and Franklin County Farm Bureau in Virginia. A second mini-grant application process will be announced this fall – and applications will be available at ag foundation dot org (


“Dairy Companies Try to Make Comeback”

According to the Wall Street Journal – the trend of looking for healthier food choices has caused a shift in the dairy market. More shoppers seem to be switching from cow milk to soy, almond and coconut milks – according to Arlon Group Analyst Ryan Oskenhendler. Dean Foods – the largest milk processor in the U.S. – has experienced profit losses due to decreasing demand and higher costs for raw milk – but the company is trying to reverse these losses by cutting costs and expanding sales of flavored milks and higher-protein drinks. The Journal reports this isn’t just a short-term challenge – though – as U.S. milk consumption per person has been decreasing for decades as consumers have switched to flavored waters, juices, sodas and alternative dairy drinks. Dairy companies hope to help rejuvenate milk sales by capitalizing on the rising demand for protein-rich foods through its new advertising campaign – Milk Life – which emphasizes the fact that there are 8 grams of protein in 8 ounces of milk.


“School Meals Study Paints Positive Picture”

A study by researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Michigan State University has shown from the beginning of the 2012-2013 school year – elementary school students adjusted to healthier school meals better than middle and secondary students. According to The Hagstrom Report – researcher Yvonne Terry-McElrath notes 90-percent of schools – out of 557 elementary, 306 middle and 334 high schools  - reported they had changed their meals – and while students resisted changes at first – their negative responses dropped over time. Program Officer Tina Kauh at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation – which funded the study – says policymakers at all levels should be encouraged by these findings and continue to support efforts to provide healthy meals and snacks to students. However – School Nutrition Association President Julia Bauscher says these reported perceptions do not reflect reality. Bauscher says USDA data shows a decline in participation across 49 states – which has severely impacted school meal program budgets at a time when programs struggle with increased costs to prepare meals and meet the new requirements. The senate Ag Committee is scheduled to have a hearing on the school meals program tomorrow (Wednesday) as part of an expected reauthorization of child nutrition programs next year.


“Video Game Developers Create Bacon Man”

Meat Poultry dot com reports Skymap Games video game developers have created a 3D role-playing game featuring a superhero called Bacon Man. In the game – Bacon Man has been framed from a crime and must clear his name. The developers say gamers will battle various villains in the new, multiplayer-capable game. They have launched a campaign to raise money to fund the rest of the game’s development. So far – more than 7,600-dollars of their 20,000-dollar budget goal has been raised. To contribute to the campaign – visit Kickstarter dot com ( and search Bacon Man An Adventure.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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07-21-14 *NASS-CO NEWS* The latest Colorado Crop Progress Report for July 21st, 2014…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 21, 2014

CLICK HERE to visit the USDA/NASS Website

CLICK HERE to visit the USDA/NASS Website

Agricultural Summary:  Last week was characterized by below normal temperatures and increased precipitation throughout the state. The lack of heat units slowed crop development in some instances while precipitation slowed harvesting and cutting activities, although some progress was made. Hail damage was reported in the San Luis Valley, the eastern district and southeastern districts. The most significant damage noted was within the San Luis Valley, with most damage particular to potatoes, alfalfa, and small grains. Reporters indicated non-irrigated cropland within the valley responded nicely to the increased precipitation. Outside the San Luis Valley, condition of some crops fell slightly last week as a result of the low temperatures and isolated hail damage. Farmers were allowed 4.9 days in the field for operations.
Small Grains: Ninety-two percent of the spring barley crop was headed while 19 percent was coloring. Harvest of spring barley began last week ending on 2 percent complete. Thirty-five percent of the spring wheat crop was turning color, up from 17 percent previously. This is compared with 40 percent last year and 37 percent on average. Ninety-four percent of the winter wheat crop was mature, with harvest estimated at 68 percent complete, up from 46 percent the previous week.
Row Crops: Forty-five percent of the dry bean crop was blooming, up from 26 percent last week. This is compared with 31 percent last year and the average of 33 percent. Twenty-five percent of the corn crop was silking by week’s end, up from the previous week’s 8 percent. Sorghum progress was estimated at 90 percent emerged and 5 percent headed, compared with 99 percent and 17 percent on average, respectively.
Pasture and Range: Pasture and range conditions were rated 58 percent fair to good across the State, unchanged from last week. Last year, 35 percent was rated fair to good while 56 percent is fair to good on average. The second cutting of alfalfa, estimated at 46 percent complete, was slightly behind 51 percent last year and level with the five-year average. The third cutting started last week with an estimated 5 percent complete by week’s end.
Livestock: : Death losses for cattle and sheep remained mostly average to light. Stored feed supplies were rated 6 percent very short, 15 percent short, 72 percent adequate, and 7 percent surplus. Last week, stored feed supplies were rated 6 percent very short, 17 percent short, 64 percent adequate, and 13 percent surplus.

To view the July 14th, 2014 USDA/NASS Colorado Crop Progress Report - CLICK HERE

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07-21-14 USDA Ag Secretary Vilsack Proclaims August 3-9 National Farmers Market Week…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 21, 2014

USDA seal logoWASHINGTON, July 21, 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has declared August 3 through 9, 2014, “National Farmers Market Week”. Throughout the week, USDA will celebrate our nation’s thousands of farmers markets, farmers who make them possible and the communities that host them.

The declaration was made via an official proclamation signed by Secretary Vilsack. This year marks the 15th Annual National Farmers Market Week recognizing the important role that farmers markets play in the agricultural and food economy. The U.S. Department of Agriculture began declaring National Farmers Market Week in 2000.

“National Farmers Market Week is a great opportunity for farmers markets across the country to host special events to showcase all the tremendous services they provide,” said Secretary Vilsack. “Farmers markets play a key role in developing local and regional food systems that support family farms, and help grow rural economies. They bring communities together, connecting cities with the farms that support them and provide Americans across the country with fresh, healthy food.”

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07-21-14 CDA UPDATED ALERT: Vesicular Stomatitis (VS) – Positive Diagnosis in Horses in Weld and now in Boulder County…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 21, 2014

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UPDATED: 07/21/14

Colorado Equine Update:

Additional Vesicular Stomatitis Case; First Colorado Horse Infected with West Nile Virus in 2014

BROOMFIELD, Colo. – The Colorado Department of Agriculture has two important updates involving Colorado’s horse community; Vesicular Stomatitis and the West Nile Virus have been confirmed in Colorado horses.

“Strict fly control is an important factor to inhibit the transmission of Vesicular Stomatis. Although the insect vectors for transmission of West Nile Virus and VS in horses are different, one of the most important disease prevention practices for both diseases is insect control for both the premises and the individual animals,” said State Veterinarian, Dr. Keith Roehr.

Vesicular Stomatitis (VS)

A third Colorado premises has a confirmed diagnosis of vesicular stomatitis and a number of other premises in the surrounding area are being investigated. The third confirmed premises is located in Boulder county and has been placed under quarantine. Last week, four horses on two Weld County premises were placed under quarantine after testing positive for VS. Colorado is the second state in the country to have VS; previous positive cases in 2014 have been diagnosed in Texas.

VS susceptible species include horses, mules, cattle, bison, sheep, goats, pigs, and camelids. The clinical signs of the disease include vesicles, erosions and sloughing of the skin on the muzzle, tongue, teats and above the hooves of susceptible livestock.

Veterinarians and livestock owners who suspect an animal may have VS or any other vesicular disease should immediately contact State or federal animal health authorities. Livestock with clinical signs of VS are isolated until they are healed and determined to be of no further threat for disease spread. There are no USDA approved vaccines for VS.

While rare, human cases of VS can occur, usually among those who handle infected animals. VS in humans can cause flu-like symptoms and only rarely includes lesions or blisters.

Additional information including tips for livestock owners and veterinarians can be found by visiting and clicking on “Vesicular Stomatitis Virus” or call the Colorado State Veterinarian’s Office at 303-869-9130.  To view the current location of cases and other important updates and information you can visit:

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07-21-14 USDA Releases Request for Applications for Unprocessed Fruit and Vegetable Pilot…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 21, 2014

USDA Press ReleasePilot will support schools’ efforts to procure locally and regionally grown fruits and vegetables; Offers new opportunity that supports local farmers and local economies

WASHINGTON, July 21, 2014 *UPDATED 7/22/14*- Agriculture Undersecretary Kevin Concannon today announced the release of a Request for Applications from states interested in participating in the Pilot Project for Procurement of Unprocessed Fruits and Vegetables authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill.  Under the pilot, up to eight states across five regions will be granted flexibility in using a portion of their USDA Foods entitlement dollars to purchase locally-grown unprocessed fruits and vegetables for the National School Lunch Program (NSLP).

The pilot project will provide State Distributing Agencies (SDAs) in selected states additional flexibility in the procurement of locally-grown unprocessed fruits and vegetables.  School food authorities (SFAs) in selected states, or SDAs acting on behalf of participating SFAs, will be permitted to competitively solicit a USDA-approved vendor using USDA Foods National School Lunch Program (NSLP) entitlement funds.  SDAs or SFAs will also be able to use pre-existing commercial distribution channels and relationships with growers, produce wholesalers, and distributors.  Use of geographic preference, as allowed by FNS regulation, is permitted in the procurement of these products.

“Allowing pilot states to pursue procurement of local fruits and vegetables with their USDA Foods’ dollars provides added flexibility,” Concannon said.  “It offers states an additional opportunity to bolster local farm economies while providing the children who participate in our school meals programs with healthy food from within their own communities.  “

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Livestock Exchange, LLC Weekly Update…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 21, 2014

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


07/21 -


Summer Sale Schedule continues…(NO SALES ON FRIDAY THRU THE SUMMER)

Thursday, July 24th

9am – Weight Cows/Bulls

1pm – Breds & Pairs

2pm – Stockers/Feeders

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