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Posted by Brian Allmer on October 17, 2014

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10-15-14 You are Invited to a Telephone Town Hall Meeting discussing the EPA’s “Clean Power Plan” on Oct 21st…

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 17, 2014

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

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

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

Get the facts and make your voice heard!

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ABOUT KEEP ELECTRICITY AFFORDABLE

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

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10-17-14 ASI WEEKLY NEWS FOR SHEEP INDUSTRY LEADERS…

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 17, 2014

150th Anniversary Trivia

Sheep production is man’s oldest organized industry with wool being the first commodity of sufficient value to warrant international trade. In the 1400s, Queen Isabella of Spain used money derived from the wool industry to finance voyages by Christopher Columbus and other conquistadors.

In 1519, Cortez began his exploration of Mexico and the Western United States taking with him sheep that were offspring of Christopher Columbus’ flock.

Sheep were brought into Virginia in 1609. Dutch Textel sheep were brought to New York from Holland in 1625. England tried to discourage the wool industry in the American colonies, but by the 1660s there were so many sheep in the colonies that the General Court of Massachusetts passed a law requiring youth to learn to spin and weave.

The 2015 American Sheep Industry Association Convention schedule is now available from the home page at http://www.sheepusa.org. Information to make hotel reservations has also been updated.

Secretary of Interior Responds to Congress on Bighorn Issues Read the rest of this entry »

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10-17-14 WDA News: Board Member Jim Webb Appointed to National Dairy Board…

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 17, 2014

WDA - Western Dairy Association logo 2012Last week U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack appointed 13 members to the National Dairy Promotion and Research Board. Western Dairy Association is pleased to share that Jim Webb, WDA’s Vice Chairman of the Board, was among the leaders chosen.

Representation on this key group of industry influencers ensures that our farmers in Colorado, Montana and Wyoming have a seat at the table in discussions about dairy nationally. Webb’s commitment to the dairy industry was paramount to his appointment, and we congratulate him on this distinguished role. His term will begin on November 1 and will run through October 31, 2017.

Learn more about the Western Dairy Association – CLICK HERE

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The Denver Cash Grain Bids…

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 17, 2014

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Greeley, CO    Fri Oct 17, 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       5.42-5.67    unevenly steady
Up to 12 percent protein

US 2 Yellow Corn                 3.08-3.58    4 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
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Greeley, CO    Thu Oct 16, 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      5.45-5.65    13 higher
Up to 12 percent protein

US 2 Yellow Corn                3.12-3.62    4 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
www.ams.usda.gov/mnreports/GL_GR110.txt
http://www.ams.usda.gov/lsmarketnews

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10-17-14 WDE News: World Dairy Expo Overall Herdsmanship Winner Announced…

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 17, 2014

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The World Dairy Expo 2014 Herdsmanship contest was nothing short of spectacular. With New Holland Pavilions to house the cattle throughout the week, exhibitors took extra special care to create displays promoting their farms and provide a welcoming environment for all Expo attendees. Woodmohr Jerseys of Bloomer, Wis. was named the 2014 Overall Herdsmanship Winner.

Herdsmanship awards are given to individuals and/or dairy farms that exhibit and demonstrate organization, cleanliness and cooperation with show management based on votes by their fellow exhibitors. This year the New Holland Pavilions provided ideal space for all exhibitors’ equipment and cattle, along with two additional tents to accommodate the large number of animals signed up to show. Categories for herdsmanship awards were divided by pavilion and tent zone as well as daily winners. The 2014 Herdsmanship Awards were generously sponsored by Select Sires, Inc., Plain City, Ohio.

Herdmanship winners for 2014 are as follows: Read the rest of this entry »

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10-17-14 NRCS in Colorado Recognized as Leader in Environmental Efforts…

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 17, 2014

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web Energy Group shotOctober 17, 2014 – DENVER, COUSDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service’s (NRCS) team efforts to help reduce environmental impacts has strong support.  As a result of the development of the nitrogen emissions early warning system (EMS), nitrogen deposits measured within Rocky Mountain National Park have declined over the past five years.  Colorado’s Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) not only played a role in the development of the system, but it also recognized NRCS and the numerous other natural resource partners for their collaborative efforts.

“The project was implemented nearly six years ago with the understanding that it would take at least five for us to collect some reliable consistent data about its effectiveness,” says Gene Backhaus, NRCS State Resource Conservationist, Denver.  “We’ve reached our first benchmark for measuring the success of our efforts and we’re really quite pleased.  It was an honor to be recognized by CDPHE’s Environmental Leadership Program. ”

Upon the inception of the system, the nitrogen attainment levels within the park at the two locations from which particulates are measured were at approximately 3.2.  They are now at approximately 2.9.  The initial five year EMS glide plan attainment goal was 2.7.  “Although were slightly off our goal, we consider our efforts successful,” Backhaus goes on to say.

One of the main reasons for the continued decline in attainment levels at the park is the EMS warning system.  It predicts the time periods when nitrogen emissions are most likely to have the greatest environmental impacts. By predicting the time periods, forecasters can “alert” agricultural producers via their cell phones so that they may modify their operations in order to temporarily avoid agricultural practices associated with nitrogen emissions during or just prior to the upslope situation.

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10-17-14 USDA Awards Funding for Regional Centers of Excellence in Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention…

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 17, 2014

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Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colo., $856,250

WASHINGTON, Oct. 17, 2014 The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today awarded $4 million in grants to establish four regional centers of excellence for research on nutrition education and obesity prevention, as well as a coordinating center, which will develop and test innovative nutrition education and obesity prevention interventions for underserved, low-income families.

“Nearly one in three children today is overweight or obese, and nutrition promotion strategies, including education, public policies, health systems, and environmental changes, are the key to reversing this trend,” said Sonny Ramaswamy, Ph.D., National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) director. “These grants provide the opportunity to improve the health of our next generation and ensure that all children have access to the tools they need to improve their nutrition and physical fitness.”

“This joint grant program is one of the most important and powerful tools at our disposal to promote healthier choices and improved physical health among participants in our nutrition assistance programs,” said Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) Administrator Audrey Rowe. “I am thrilled that we have been able to launch this partnership to drive innovation and increase our impact in preventing and reducing obesity.”

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10-17-14 CME Group and NAFB Foundation to Award First-Ever Orion Samuelson Scholarship for Agricultural Communications…

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 17, 2014

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CHICAGO and PLATTE CITY, Mo., Oct. 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ – CME Group and the National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB) Foundation today announced the first-ever recipient of the Orion Samuelson Scholarship. Elizabeth (Liz) Koehler, a senior at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, has been selected as the recipient of this $5,000 NAFB Foundation scholarship sponsored by CME Group, and named in honor of legendary farm broadcaster, Orion Samuelson of WGN Radio.

“The presentation of the 100th NAFB Scholarship in the name of Orion Samuelson is about as good as it gets,” says NAFB Foundation President, Ken Root. “To have anIllinois farm girl, who grew up listening to Orion receive the scholarship is perfect. The scholarship helps the next generation prepare for a career in broadcasting and honors Orion who has dedicated his life to farm broadcasting.”

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10-17-14 RABOBANK REPORT: Rapid intensification of Brazilian beef production to continue…

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 17, 2014

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St. Louis, Mo. (October 17, 2014) – In response to rising global beef demand, Brazil is set to step up the rapid intensification of its beef production sector over the next ten years, enabling the industry to expand into higher-value export markets. According to its latest report “Beefing up in Brazil: Feedlots to Drive Industry Growth,” the Rabobank Food & Agribusiness Research (FAR) and Advisory group expects Brazil’s feedlot capacity to more than double to 4.5 million head, turning out over 9 million head of fed cattle annually, and increasing fed beef production by approximately 2.5 million tons per year by 2023.

“The opportunities for Brazilian beef producers, feeders, processors and exporters appear very bright,” explained Rabobank Analyst Adolfo Fontes. “Expected improvements in productivity and quality in the beef industry will help Brazil increase its presence in high-value export markets such as Europe, Japan and Korea.”

Brazil is already the world’s second-largest beef producer and the largest exporter. However, the industry remains relatively inefficient by global standards, with below-average sector productivity and yield parameters, suggesting significant opportunities exist for improvement.

The outlook for global beef demand in the next decade is promising, as economic and population growth in developing countries leads to a dietary shift towards higher-protein content meals.

“Brazil is uniquely positioned to fulfil this need, due to the country’s unmatched potential for expanding corn and soybean production—the two most universally-used ingredients for animal rations,” explained Rabobank Analyst Renato Rasmussen. Read the rest of this entry »

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10-17-14 NACD News: Diverse Coalition Releases Vision Statement for Cover Crops and Soil Health…

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 17, 2014

 

NACD-ASA-NSAC joint logoWASHINGTON, D.C.—October 17, 2014A diverse coalition of more than 40 national organizations, including commodity groups, agriculture associations, conservation and environmental NGOs, and major agriculture corporations, have joined together in “A Common Vision Statement on Cover Crops and Soil Health.” The statement, submitted earlier today to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) by the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD), American Soybean Association (ASA) and National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC), provides encouragement for further work on cover crops and soil health through relevant USDA agencies and major program areas.

“Cover crops and soil health have been capturing the attention and involvement of farmers and organizations all across the U.S.,” stated the groups. “These practices represent a systems-based approach to enhancing crop production and profitability, protection of soil and water resources, and land stewardship.”

In the vision statement, the coalition recognized the importance of the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service national soil health campaign, and many other soil-health partnerships across the nation. It also highlighted a number of ways in which the use of cover crops and other soil-health conservation practices is paying off across the nation, including: increased crop yields, better resilience to weather extremes, less soil erosion, improved nutrient management, greater carbon sequestration, and enhanced cropping system diversity.

“Ultimately, support and innovation from decision makers in both the public and private sector is needed to ensure that this great opportunity to transform American farming reaches its full potential, benefiting as many farmers, communities, and families as possible,” stated the groups. “We recommend that USDA seek to broadly support cover crops and soil health, including through a comprehensive strategic plan with clear, outcome-based goals for research, education, extension, data collection, financial and technical assistance, credit, risk management, and other relevant policies and programs. “

To view the full statement and the list of signing organizations, click here.

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10-17-14 USDA Designates Otero County in Colorado as a Primary Natural Disaster Area…

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 17, 2014

USDA seal logoWASHINGTON, Oct. 17, 2014 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated Otero County in Colorado as a primary natural disaster area due to damages and losses caused by a hailstorm that occurred on July 16, 2014.

“Our hearts go out to those Colorado farmers and ranchers affected by recent natural disasters,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “President Obama and I are committed to ensuring that agriculture remains a bright spot in our nation’s economy by sustaining the successes of America’s farmers, ranchers, and rural communities through these difficult times. We’re also telling Colorado producers that USDA stands with you and your communities when severe weather and natural disasters threaten to disrupt your livelihood.”

Farmers and ranchers in Bent, Crowley, Kiowa, Las Animas and Pueblo counties in Colorado also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous.

All counties listed above were designated natural disaster areas on Oct. 15, 2014, making all qualified farm operators in the designated areas eligible for low interest emergency (EM) loans from USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA), provided eligibility requirements are met. Farmers in eligible counties have eight months from the date of the declaration to apply for loans to help cover part of their actual losses. FSA will consider each loan application on its own merits, taking into account the extent of losses, security available and repayment ability. FSA has a variety of programs, in addition to the EM loan program, to help eligible farmers recover from adversity.

Additional programs available to assist farmers and ranchers include the Emergency Conservation Program, The Livestock Forage Disaster Program, the Livestock Indemnity Program, the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised Fish Program, and the Tree Assistance Program. Interested farmers may contact their local USDA Service Centers for further information on eligibility requirements and application procedures for these and other programs. Additional information is also available online at http://disaster.fsa.usda.gov.

 

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Friday, October 17th…

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 17, 2014

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“Lawsuit Filed To Reverse Approval of Dow Enlist”

The Natural Resources Defense Council has filed a lawsuit seeking to reverse EPA approval of Enlist Duo produced by Dow Chemical Company. The Hill reports the NRDC filed the lawsuit claiming Enlist Duo would destroy monarch butterfly populations and pose a risk to human health. NRDC senior scientist Sylvia Fallon stated the approval was bad news for butterflies “whose migrating population has dropped by more than 90 percent in recent years because glyphosate has wiped out the milkweed they need to survive.” Glyphosate is one of the ingredients in Enlist Duo, along with 2,4-D, another existing herbicide. The NRDC filed its lawsuit Wednesday in the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit—the same day EPA announced approval.

Other environmental groups criticized the EPA for the approval. Earthjustice accused the agency of ignoring potential harm to humans and wildlife from the herbicide, and said it would evaluate legal options to challenge the decision. The Organic Consumers Association and Just Label It said they were disappointed. The product was widely studied by the EPA and EPA officials stated that Enlist Duo passed their rigorous test. Dow said it plans to start selling the product next year.

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“EPA Study Suggest Neonicotinoid Seed Treatments Bring Little Benefit”

A new Environmental Protection Agency analysis concluded neonicotinoid insecticide seed treatment for soybeans pose little, if any benefit. The EPA says Neonicotinoid pesticides are a class of insecticides widely used on U.S. crops that EPA is reviewing with particular emphasis for their impact on pollinators. Jim Jones of the EPA Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention department stated “In our analysis of the economic benefits of this use we concluded that, on a national scale, U.S. soybean farmers see little or no benefit from neonicotinoid seed treatments.” A Federal Register notice inviting the public to comment on the analysis will be published in the near future.

The analysis concluded that there is no increase in soybean yield using most neonicotinoid seed treatments when compared to using no pest control at all, Alternative insecticides applied as sprays are available and effective and that all major alternatives are comparable in cost. The periodic re-evaluation of pesticides to determine if they continue to meet the safety standard — can result in EPA discontinuing certain uses, placing limits on the pesticide registration, and requiring other label changes.

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“Russia Importing Chinese Pork”

Eight hundred tons of pork is on its way to Russia, according to a report by food-market-dot-com.  Russia is importing pork for the first time in a decade to replace imports from the U.S. and Europe over the bans announced back in August. The bans resulted from back and forth retaliations regarding Russia’s conflict with the Ukraine.  China is the world’s largest pork producer and in 2013 delivered 68 million tons, or about 50 percent of the world’s pork.  In August, Russia agreed to resume pork imports from China, and gave two Chinese companies permission to sell on the Russian market. Nine more applications have been processed and are awaiting approval. China, Brazil, as well as Mongolia, have regained their export privileges after Moscow announced the one year ban on food imports from Western countries that have adopted sanctions against Russia’s economy over the Ukraine crisis.

Russia originally banned Chinese meat imports in 2004 due to concerns over foot and mouth disease. In 2009 swine flu struck Chinese pigs and in 2003 the severe acute respiratory syndrome all raised concerns for Russia. Moscow banned live pigs and pork products coming from the European Union in January after four isolated cases of African swine fever were discovered in Poland and Lithuania.

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“RFA Announces E85 “Post Your Price” Contest”

The Renewable Fuels Association has announced a contest to promote E85 sales and track prices. Following up on a recent study in the St Louis, Missouri metro, the association wants to see the largest and smallest gaps between E85 and regular unleaded gasoline. A winner will be drawn at random and will win free E85 for one year. Participants must submit a photo of an E85 pump to www-dot-choose-ethanol-dot-com-slash-post-your-price. The Associations CEO Bob Dinneen said “The more information we collect on E85 prices, the more we are able to track and ensure consumers receive a fair price.” A recent study of St. Louis, Missouri revealed retailers on average were charging more for E85 than regular unleaded gasoline when the study showed E85 should have cost as much as a dollar less given current market indicators.  E85 is currently sold at more than 3,440 stations and is approved for use in all flex-fuel vehicles.

In addition to an overall winner, two participants will receive free E85 for a month. This award will be given to the individual who posts a photo of the largest gap between E85 and regular unleaded gasoline and the individual who posts a photo of the smallest gap between E85 and regular unleaded gasoline.

(http://www.chooseethanol.com/PostYourPrice)

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“USDA Investing $1.4 Billion in Rural Electric Infrastructure”

USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced $1.4 billion worth of loan guarantees to improve rural electric infrastructure in 21 states. The announcement made Thursday includes includes $106 million for smart grid technologies and $3 million for renewable energy programs and systems. Vilsack stated that “upgrading the electric grid will bring jobs and increased economic opportunities to rural communities. Vilsack said smart grid technology helps rural electric utilities manage power use more effectively. For fiscal year 2014, USDA’s Rural Utilities Service provided more than $186 million for smart grid technologies.

USDA has invested nearly $2.5 billion in electric infrastructure improvements in FY 2014 and almost $31 billion since 2009. In FY 2014 alone, USDA loan guarantees have helped build or improve 19,000 miles of electric transmission and distribution lines. USDA has worked with rural electric cooperatives since 1935 to provide electricity for rural consumers.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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10-16-14 Colorado Weekly Hay Report…

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 16, 2014

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Colorado Hay Report

Compared to last week: Hay movement is slow this week with steady prices.
Fourth and third cutting of hay is being wrapped this week.  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.

Northeast Colorado Areas Read the rest of this entry »

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10-16-14 USDA Invests $1.4 Billion to Improve Rural Electric Infrastructure: $250M for CO’s CoBank…

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 16, 2014

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Funding Includes $110 million for Renewable Energy and Smart Grid Improvements

WASHINGTON, Oct. 16, 2014 Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced $1.4 billion in USDA loan guarantees to improve the delivery of electric power to rural communities in 21 states.

“With the help of investments such as these from USDA, rural electric utilities have delivered reliable and affordable electricity for nearly 80 years,” Vilsack said. “Upgrading the electric grid will bring jobs and increased economic opportunities to rural communities.”

Today’s announcement includes $106 million for smart grid technologies and $3 million for renewable energy programs and systems. The funding will help diversify energy portfolios and decrease our nation’s reliance on carbon-based fuel sources, Vilsack noted.

View the complete list of recipients and projects receiving funding under today’s announcement. Each loan is contingent upon the recipient meeting the terms of the loan agreement.

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10-16-14 EIA launches expanded winter heating fuels data program for winter 2014-15…

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 16, 2014

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The U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (www.eia.gov) new “Today in Energy” brief looks at the expansion of EIA’s weekly propane price survey after many states asked to join the survey following last winter’s high propane prices paid by farmers and households.

”Starting on October 16 and continuing through March 2015, EIA will publish propane prices for 14 new states—Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Mississippi, Montana, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, and Utah—as well as aggregate propane prices for the U.S. Gulf Coast and Rocky Mountain regions…Adding these 14 states will increase SHOPP’s coverage of households using propane as a heating fuel from 56% to 85%.”—EIA

The EIA is expanding the State Heating Oil and Propane Program (SHOPP) this winter heating season. SHOPP is a joint effort between EIA and participating states to collect weekly residential heating oil and propane price data. The SHOPP program has traditionally included 24 states in the Northeast and Midwest regions, but the program was expanded after many other states expressed interest in the program following the winter of 2013-14.

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Today in Energy, published every weekday, brings you short, timely articles with graphics on energy facts, issues, and trends. Questions, comments, story suggestions? Email us at todayinenergy@eia.gov..

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10-16-14 USPB News: U.S. Frozen Potatoes Gain Greater Retail Presence in Mexico…

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 16, 2014

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Comercial Mexicana was one of two major retail chains to introduce U.S. frozen potato products into its Ready-to-Eat section last year.

‘Comercial Mexicana’ was one of two major retail chains to introduce U.S. frozen potato products into its Ready-to-Eat section last year.

DENVER (October 16, 2014)—U.S. frozen potato products have been consolidating their presence in Mexico’s retail chains over the past few years, thanks to efforts by the United States Potato Board (USPB) to develop this market sector. Most major retail chains now utilize U.S. frozen potatoes as their primary source, and the vast majority of smaller chains do as well. More recently, the USPB has been focusing on expanding the products offered in the frozen section, and penetrating the Ready-to-Eat (RTE) sections of retail stores. During the July 2013-June 2014 marketing year, two of Mexico’s most important supermarket chains, Soriana and Comercial Mexicana, introduced new U.S. frozen potato products in the RTE section of 245 outlets across the country.

In May/June 2014, Comercial Mexicana replaced its non-U.S.-sourced fries with high quality U.S. 3/8-inch straight cut and potato wedges in the deli area of 135 outlets. At the same time, Soriana introduced a U.S. hash brown product, called tater drums, and potato wedges in the delis of 110 outlets in different cities of Mexico. Besides the additional sales generated, the usage of U.S. product in delis helps set a standard for frozen potato products Mexican consumers will expect when they purchase and prepare these products on their own.

The retail sector in Mexico continues to grow in number of units and geographic reach, and represents one of the newer channels for frozen potato sales. Utilizing funding from the USDA’s Market Access Program as well as industry funds, USPB’s marketing program conducted visits and regular communications with major chains. USPB also carried out trade education like the USPB’s Integrated Potato Training, a multi-featured training program. Frozen foods, in general, are not yet part of the regular purchases of most consumers visiting Mexico’s supermarkets. Conducting in-store promotions to inform consumers about the convenience, versatility and nutrition provided by U.S. frozen potato products is important in creating pull-through in the retail sector. Read the rest of this entry »

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10-16-14 Inside the CDA with Ag Commissioner John Salazar: VS Update, Cashless Cards, Specialty Crop Grants and more…

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 16, 2014

To listen to the interview with Colorado Agriculture Commissioner John Salazar, click the mp3 audio link below…

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CDA Ag COmmissiner John Salazar logo(The BARN – Briggsdale, CO) October 16th, 2014- Joining the Colorado Ag News Network Inside the BARN at this time is Colorado Ag Commissioner John Salazar discussing several topics including:

  • Vesicular Stomatitis Quarantines Update 
  • State Fair Cashless Refund Card Extension 
  • Specialty Crop Grants 
  • Agritourism in Colorado this Autumn 
  • Organic Certification 
  • Annual Ag Photo Contest 
  • Upcoming Nov 4th Elections & Prop 105
  • & MORE!

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10-16-14 World Dairy Expo Breed Sales Offer Nothing Less Than the Best…

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 16, 2014

2013 World Dairy Expo logoMADISON, Wis. - The Top of The World Jersey Sale kicked off the 2014 World Dairy Expo Sales, Tuesday, September 29. This year’s highest selling consignment was TLJ Visionary Bree-ET. She is sired by All Lynns Legal Visionary-ET, and her dam is GR TLS Britany Bobbi J Dale. Bree was consigned by Travis Lehnertz of Plainview, Minn., and purchased by Matthew Steiner of Marshallville, Ohio for $10,100. Ratliff Action Angela-ET was the second highest sale at $7,300. Angela is sired by Forest Glen Avery Action-ET, and her dam is Ratliff Price Alicia. She was consigned by Ron and Christy Ratliff of Garnett, Kan. and purchased by Sistrunk Farms of Bastrop, La. The 2014 sale saw a total of $89,200 in sales between 21 lots with an average of $4,247.62. Ten states and three countries were represented at the Top of the World Jersey Sale.

The World Ayrshire Event Sale, held Wednesday, October 1; kept the momentum moving forward with a high sale of $17,000 for Onword Wilton April sold to David Koss, Jason Steinlage and Eric Lang of Lawler, Iowa. April was consigned by P & A Ayrshires of Dyersville, Iowa. Onword Lazy M Distinct Arrow purchased by Monica Streff of Peshtigo, Wis. for $6,300, was the second highest sale of the event. Included in this sale were eight live animals, two picks of flushes and five embryo packages. Buyers from seven states and two countries were represented at the 2014 World Ayrshire Event Sale. The average for all 15 lots was $4,450.

Rolling through the middle of the week the World Premier Brown Swiss Sale had a full house on Thursday, October 2, in the Estrumate Sale Pavilion. High selling lot was Brown Heaven Bonanza Frosty for $12,000 to Bradner Farms of Abbotsford, British Columbia. Frosty’s consigner was Brown Heaven Farm of Vercheres, Quebec. The second highest sale of the evening was Blessing Faust Alexa for $9,900. She was purchased by Cynthia Ziegler of Belleville, Wis., and consigned by Blessing Farm of Ft. Wayne, Ind. There were a total of 25 lots on The World Premier Brown Swiss Sale, and seven of those cattle were exhibited at the World Dairy Expo International Brown Swiss Show. The average for the Brown Swiss Premier Sale was $5,910. Eleven states and two countries were represented at the 2014 sale.

The World Premier Milking Shorthorn Sale was nothing short of a success on Thursday, October 2, with six lots and a high sale of $7,500. Ecua Farm Zeus Patty-EXP was the high seller, and sold to Mike Halpin of Cullom, Ill., with Tyler Endres of Arlington, Wis. as the consigner.  Patty is sired by GMC Robin Zeus – EXP- ET, and her dam is Ecua Farm Kaiser Patty-EXP. Second highest lot was $4,700, for Lands-Brook Crimson. She was sold to Kaden and Carlton Petroshus of Gobles, Mich. Consigner was Larry Landsgard—Lands-Brook Farms of St. Olaf, Iowa. Crimson is sired by Lands-Brook Cancun – EXP – ET, and her dam is Lands-Brook Chippewa. There were six total lots with an average sale of $4,567. Buyers came from four states and two countries at the 2014 World Premier Milking Shorthorn Sale. Read the rest of this entry »

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10-16-14 Young Artists: Submit Artwork for the 2015 National Ag Day Poster Contest…

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 16, 2014

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The National Ag Day Poster Art contest is designed to showcase the talents of young artists who share a passion for modern agriculture. A winning original piece of art will be chosen as the official National Ag Day poster and the winner will be awarded a $1,000 scholarship. The contest is open to all amateur artists enrolled in high school or college.

The contest theme is Agriculture: Sustaining Future Generations and the deadline is midnight on October 31, 2014.

Visit www.agday.org for more details.

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