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10-20-14 World Dairy Expo Futurity Entries Due Soon…

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 20, 2014

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MADISON, WIS. – Dairy cattle exhibitors are encouraged to enter animals for the 2017 World Dairy Expo International Futurity. Ayrshire, Brown Swiss, Guernsey, Holstein, Jersey, Milking Shorthorn and Red & White Three-Year-Old Futurity competitions will be held, as well as an overall and reserve overall winner selected. Futurity entries will close November 1, 2014 at midnight (CDT).

Animals must be born between September 1, 2013-August 31, 2014 to be eligible to enter the 2017 Futurity. The entry fee is a one-time payment of $50 per animal. No additional futurity payments will be required. However, World Dairy Expo’s stalling/entry fee must also be paid the year of the 2017 Futurity. Visit the World Dairy Expo website for more details and the online entry form. Paper and online entries will be accepted.

World Dairy Expo is recognized as the meeting place for the global dairy industry. In early October, 77,204 dairy producers and industry experts from 94 countries traveled to Madison, Wis. The world-class event drew 2,334 head of North American dairy cattle and 835 exhibiting companies to the trade show. Next year, World Dairy Expo’s theme is “Dairy in Our DNA” and will be held Sept. 29 through Oct. 3, 2015. Visit for more information.

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10-20-14 CO Section of the Society of Range Management’s Annual Meeting will Focus on Restoration – Dec 3-5 in Ft Collins, CO…

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 20, 2014

CSSRM Event Poster 2014Colorado is no stranger to ground disturbance.  However, the last 24 months have brought a surplus of ground disturbing events to the state.  From grass killing drought, to creek re-routing floods, to forest denuding fires, Mother Nature has assaulted the land from all sides.

In response, the Colorado Section of the Society for Range Management (CSSRM) is hosting “Responding to Disturbance: Effective Restoration and Monitoring”.  The conference and workshop will be held December 3-5, 2014, at the Fort Collins Marriott on Horsetooth Road.  It will run from 1 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, December 3, until 1 p.m. on Friday, December 5.

The meeting will look closely at the impacts of fire, flood, grazing/drought, and oil/gas development and restoration methods for each.  A key component is a half-day “Practitioner Skills” Workshop on Friday morning.  Workshop speakers will focus on reseeding and revegetation methods, mulch and monitoring techniques and adaptive management.

The keynote speaker will open Wednesday with a look back at the history of restoration.  The remainder of the afternoon will focus on range recovery on the ranch. It will start with a look at the restoration challenges and opportunities on rangeland.  Livestock operators will then learn how they can manage the ranch to soften the impacts of drought and overgrazing.  Attendees will also hear about low cost yet highly effective methods to help riparian recovery.  The closing ranch talk will look at the Coal Basin Cow Stomp.

Wednesday evening will feature the Colorado Section banquet and awards presentation.  The mixer and cash bar will open at 6 p.m., and the banquet at 7 p.m.  The Colorado Section of SRM awards ceremony will follow the meal.

Small acreage lots present unique challenges to widespread disasters.  Thursday will open with a discussion about how to counter these challenges followed by a look at fire and flood repair.

After the provided lunch, the focus will shift to energy industry disturbances and recovery/restoration practices.   Noxious weed impact on restoration and information about efforts to build an ‘ecoregional’ seed network will close the day.

Friday will be the half-day “Practitioner Skills Workshop” co-hosted with the Society for Ecological Restoration Central Rockies Chapter.  The workshop will address questions such as, “How do you identify problem areas and alter your strategy to improve restoration success?”  Attendees will learn skills and techniques to help improve rangeland restoration success across habitats and disturbance types, from wetlands to energy lands to working prairies.

Registration for the full event includes breaks, the Wednesday evening banquet and Thursday lunch.  SRM and SER members pay $150.  Non-member registration is $165.  The Wednesday and Friday half-day sessions is $40 each (no meals) while Thursday is $75 (includes lunch).  After November 15, full registration increases $15 and day registrations increase $10.  Student rates are available.

This meeting is for practitioners, landowners, contractors, city and county government employees.  A complete agenda, registration and exhibitor information is available at the meeting website:

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10-20-14 *NASS-CO NEWS* Colorado Crop Progress Report for October 20th…

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 20, 2014

CLICK HERE to visit the USDA/NASS Website

CLICK HERE to visit the USDA/NASS Website

Agricultural Summary: Conditions last week were ideal for field operations as the vast majority of Colorado experienced mostly dry conditions. Wet conditions reportedly delayed harvest activities in some localities within the San Luis Valley. Elsewhere in the valley, conditions for harvesting were more favorable. Statewide, farmers were allowed 6.7 days in the field for operations.
Small Grains:  Winter wheat was 83 percent emerged, up from 70 percent previously. This is ahead of 71 percent last year and the average of 73 percent.
Row Crops: Ninety percent of the corn crop was mature while 30 percent harvested, continuing behind respective averages of 95 and 44 percent. Virtually all dry beans were cut while 76 percent were harvested, behind 80 percent last year and 88 percent on average. Onions were 92 percent harvested, up from 78 percent last week. The harvest of San Luis Valley potatoes gained 11 percentage points, ending last week on 90 percent complete. Sorghum was 79 percent mature, and 19 percent was harvested. On average, sorghum is 85 percent mature and 21 percent harvested by now. Sugarbeets were 56 percent harvested by week’s end, ahead of 51 percent last year and 52 percent on average. Sunflowers were 15 percent harvested, behind 40 percent last year and the average of 45 percent.
Pasture and Range: Pasture and range conditions were rated 66 percent fair to good across the State. On average, 54 percent is fair to good. The fourth cutting of alfalfa was 74 percent complete, up from 56 percent a week earlier. On average, the fourth cutting is 70 percent complete
Livestock: Death losses for cattle and sheep remained mostly average to light. Stored feed supplies were rated 5 percent very short, 10 percent short, 72 percent adequate, and 13 percent surplus. Last week, stored feed supplies were rated 5 percent very short, 10 percent short, 73 percent adequate, and 12 percent surplus.

To view the October 20th, 2014 USDA/NASS Colorado Crop Progress Report – CLICK HERE

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10-20-14 CSU and the Colorado AgrAbilty Project to help disabled CO farmers and ranchers…

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 20, 2014

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Colorado AgrAbility workshop schedule:

Oct. 30 – Steamboat Springs: contact Todd Hagenbuch, (970) 879-0825
Nov. 6 – Mancos: contact Tom Hooten, (970) 565-3123
Nov. 7 – Alamosa: contact Marvin Reynolds, (719) 852-7381 ext. 15
Jan. 26 – Burlington: contact Ron Meyer, (719) 346-5571
Jan. 27 – Lamar: contact Bruce Fickenscher, (719) 438-5321
Feb. 2 – Aurora: contact Sheila Gains, (303) 738-7943
Feb. 3 – Greeley: contact Keith Maxey, (970) 304-6535 ext. 2075
Feb. 4 – Sterling: contact Bruce Bosley, (970) 522-3200 ext. 285

FORT COLLINS – Two Colorado State University professors will continue assisting those who are responsible for feeding millions of Americans every year work through their disabilities and run successful agricultural operations.

Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics Norm Dalsted and Professor of Human Development and Family Studies Robert Fetsch have received a four-year grant of $720,000 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture to provide assistance, networking, and educational workshops across Colorado for farmers and producers affected by disabilities.

The workshops, part of the Colorado AgrAbility Project, were developed in partnership with CSU Extension and Goodwill Industries of Denver. For the past 16 years, CSU has led the AgrAbility Project and has served 436 clients. Now, with another four-year renewal, the university will have led this program for a full 20 years.

“It is often hard to get farmers and producers to admit that they have disabilities such as back and hearing problems, arthritis, and PTSD,” said Dalsted. “That there has been so much interest in these workshops over the years testifies to their continued service to a sizable community.”

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10-20-14 USDA Awards $18M in Small Business Research Grants Supporting Agricultural Research and Development: $200k for CO…

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 20, 2014

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  • Information System Technologies, Inc., Fort Collins, Colo., $100,000
  • Membrane Protective Technologies, Inc., Fort Collins, Colo., $100,000

WASHINGTON, Oct. 20, 2014 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today awarded more than $18 million in grants to small businesses for high quality, advanced research and development that will lead to technological innovations and solutions for American agriculture. NIFA awarded 100 grants through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program.

“Small businesses are adept at finding solutions that can advance agriculture, create new jobs and grow our economy. These grants will provide resources so small businesses can innovate and create new breakthroughs,” said USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack. “The SBIR program has provided hundreds of small businesses with the ability to explore new ideas that have led to cutting-edge solutions to pressing challenges and helped keep American agricultural innovative and strong.”

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Livestock Exchange, LLC Weekly Update…

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 20, 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…


Fall Sale Schedule Underway…

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For more information about Livestock Exchange, LLC – CLICK HERE

To listen to previous Livestock Exchange, LLC Updates – CLICK HERE

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10-20-14 USPB News: Lose the Weight, NOT the Potatoes…

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 20, 2014

USPB Press Release HeaderNewly-Published Research Shows Potatoes Can Be Part of a Weight Loss Regimen

DENVER (October 20, 2014)—Research published last week in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition demonstrates how people can include potatoes as part of a weight management program.

The study, a collaborative effort between the University of California at Davis and the Illinois Institute of Technology, sought to gain a better understanding of the role of calorie reduction and the glycemic index in weight loss when potatoes are included in the diet. 

“Some people have questioned the role of potatoes in a weight loss regimen because of the vegetable’s designation as a high glycemic index food,” explained Dr. Britt Burton-Freeman, PhD, the lead investigator of the study. “However, the results of this study confirm what health professionals and nutrition experts have said for years: it is not about eliminating a certain food or food groups, rather, it is reducing calories that count,” said Burton-Freeman.

Ninety overweight men and women were randomly assigned to one of three groups: (1) reduced calorie/high GI, (2) reduced calorie/low GI, (3) control group with no calorie or GI restrictions.  All three groups were provided potatoes, healthful recipes and instructions to consume 5-7 servings of potatoes per week. At the end of the 12-week study period, the researchers found all three groups had lost weight and there was no significant difference in weight loss between the groups.   Read the rest of this entry »

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10-14-14 Inside the BARN w/Ross Eisenberg of the National Association of Manufacturers: EPA’s “Clean Power Plan” Town Hall Meeting & More…

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 20, 2014

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Listen to the full interview with  Ross E. Eisenberg, Vice President of Energy and Resources Policy at the National Association of Manufacturers


NAM-National Association of Manufacturers logoRoss Eisenberg Nat Assn of Manufacturers(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) October 14th, 2014 – The newly proposed “Clean Power Plan” from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is a very contentious topic, and those opposing the measure say it “would limit fuel options and put an unnecessary and burdensome mandate on America’s power plants – while holding states responsible for the complex, expensive and impractical implementation of the regulations. According to the organization, “Keep Electricity Affordable”, “in its unprecedented application of the Clean Air Act, the EPA may well be overreaching its authority in seeking to regulate nearly every aspect of energy production and transform the electric grid. As a result, families, farms, schools, businesses and communities nationwide will likely see rising electricity prices and an unwelcome intrusion into their personal decisions on energy use.” Joining the CO Ag News Network inside the BARN to discuss the EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan and its effects, if implemented, is Ross E. Eisenberg, Vice President of Energy and Resources Policy at the National Association of Manufacturers. 


Residents from NM, WY, NE & CO are invited to participate in the “Clean Power Plan” Telephone Town Hall Meeting, hosted by Keep Electricity Affordable, by calling 1-888-550-4122 on Tuesday, October 21st @ 7pm.


The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) is the largest manufacturing association in the United States, representing small and large manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states. Manufacturing employs nearly 12 million men and women, contributes more than $1.8 trillion to the U.S. economy annually, has the largest economic impact of any major sector and accounts for two-thirds of private-sector research and development. The NAM is the powerful voice of the manufacturing community and the leading advocate for a policy agenda that helps manufacturers compete in the global economy and create jobs across the United States. The NAM’s world-class staff of policy experts provides unmatched access and information on the key issues affecting your business and your bottom-line.  We are on the front lines of a wide range of policy battles, from immigration reform and labor relations to energy and the environment to trade policy and taxes. At every turn, we are working on behalf of manufacturers in America to advance policies that help manufacturers do what they do best: create economic strength and jobs. Learn more about NAM – CLICK HERE


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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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Monday, October 20th…

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 20, 2014

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“European Farm Groups Asked EU to Approve GM Varieties”

Six European farm groups asked the European Union last week to approve eight genetically modified grain varieties to be used in food and feed processing before the current commission leaves office on November 1, according to the Hagstrom Report. The groups said in a joint release that the grains “have scientifically proved to be safe,” and should be approved “to avoid a further threat to the EU food and feed supply and market balance.” They warned the approval was especially important to the livestock industry. The groups statement said any further delays will result in a “suicidal situation” for European growth and could lead to a disruption for food and feed businesses.

Further, the release stated “Regardless of whether they are genetically modified or not, consignments of grain imported to the EU could be halted at the borders if the authorization process is postponed.” They pointed to that triggering further uncertainty. The grains in question are: Maize MON 87460, Rapeseed GT 73, Soybean 305423, Soybean MON87708, Soybean MON87705, Soybean BPS-CV127-9, Maize T2 and Cotton T304-40.


“Perdue Farms Antibiotic Free”

A Perdue Farms brand is now verified as antibiotic free, made with no antibiotic, ever. The company announced last week its’ Simple Smart brand of fully cooked, frozen breaded products are now USDA Process Verified for being made from chickens raised with no antibiotics ever, according to Meatingplace. Chairman Jim Perdue said “Consumers are increasingly interested in how their food is raised and where it comes from, and our USDA Process Verified Programs help us answer those questions,” The No-Antibiotics-Ever products will begin appearing in the frozen food section of stores in October and November.

The “No Antibiotics Ever” assurance is on all Perdue Simply Smart packages, along with the new “Raised Cage-free in the U.S.” Process Verified claim. The Simply Smart line is also USDA Process Verified for chickens raised on an all-vegetarian diet with no animal byproducts. The company claims all Perdue products are from chickens that never receive antibiotics for growth promotion or human-use antibiotics in the feed.


“Export Exchange this week”

Export Exchange 2015 kicks off Monday in Seattle. The event, sponsored by the U.S. Grains Council and the Renewable Fuels Association, brings export customers to U.S. exporters. Trade teams from 30 top destinations for U.S. corn, barley, sorghum and their co-products, including distiller’s dried grains will participate in the event, along with U.S. suppliers and agribusiness representatives from more than 100 organizations.

The conference runs October 20 to October 22 and will feature speakers, educational sessions and networking opportunities for exporters and their customers.  Held every two years by USGC and RFA, Export Exchange is called the nation’s premier international trade conference focused on the export of U.S. coarse grains and co-products.


“Science Magazine Calls Monsanto a Top Employer”

Science magazine has recognized Monsanto as one of the world’s top employers. Their 2014 ranking has Monsanto sixth in the magazine’s top employer survey. The survey spotlights the 20 best companies in the biotechnology, biopharmaceutical, pharmaceutical, and related industries as well as the characteristics that make them great places to work. Monsanto chief technology officer Robb Fraley said “It’s personally meaningful to see the organization and our people be recognized by Science as a great employer.” An independent research firm conducted the survey, which polled employees around the world.

Respondents from North America, Europe and the Asia/Pacific Rim rated companies based on 23 characteristics including financial strength, easy adaptation to change, and a research-driven environment. In Monsanto’s rise to number 6 in 2014 from number 14 in 2013, respondents highlighted Monsanto’s innovative leadership in the industry, its loyal employees and agility in making necessary changes as characteristics for making the list. Monsanto is the only Missouri-based company to make the global list.


“CME Group, NAFB Award Orion Samuelson Scholarship”

CME Group and the National Association of Farm Broadcasting Foundation announced last week 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. NAFB Foundation President Ken Root said “to have an Illinois farm girl, who grew up listening to Orion receive the scholarship is perfect.” Root says the scholarship was created to help the next generation prepare for a career in broadcasting and honors Orion who has dedicated his life to farm broadcasting.

Koehler is focusing her education on Broadcast Journalism, and minoring in Environmental Economics and Law and getting her Public Relations Certificate. After graduation, she hopes to combine these to report policy news for agriculture broadcast. The award of the Orion Samuelson Scholarship to Koehler represents the 100th scholarship presented to a college student seeking a career in agricultural communications since the NAFB Foundation began awarding scholarships in 1977.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service


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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 Information to make hotel reservations has also been updated.

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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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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

CME Group LogoNAFB Foundation LogoNAFB Foundation Celebrates Presentation of 100th Scholarship

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


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


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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.


“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.


“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.


“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.



“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


Greeley, CO    Thu Oct 16, 2014    USDA-CO Dept of Ag Market News

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:

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