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09-17-14 American Gelbvieh Association Releases Genomic-Enhanced EPDs…

Posted by Brian Allmer on September 17, 2014

AGA Logo - American Gelbvieh AssnThe American Gelbvieh Association (AGA) has released genomic-enhanced EPDs with the fall 2014 international cattle evaluation. Genomic-enhanced EPDs (GE EPDs) combine pedigree, individual performance and genomic information to save time and money, reduce risk, and accelerate the rate of genetic progress.

GE EPDs provide more precise EPDs based on a combination of both phenotype and DNA. One major benefit of these EPDs is risk reduction through increased accuracies. These increased accuracies save time when assessing young breeding stock as well as deliver commercial customer confidence when buying seedstock. Herd improvement is accelerated when breeders can more accurately identify young individuals with the best genetics.

GE EPDs also give the chance to collect data on economically important traits, which are expensive or difficult to measure.

The information from the genomic data can be as informative as a bull’s first calf crop or a cow’s lifetime production record. Since the genomic data is incorporated directly into the EPDs, cattle producers will not have to learn how to interpret the new data.

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09-17-14 NCGA Applauds USDA Deregulation of ENLIST Crops, Urges EPA Movement on Herbicide…

Posted by Brian Allmer on September 17, 2014

NCGA LogoThe National Corn Growers Association applauds the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s approval of Dow AgroSciences 2,4-D and glyphosate-resistant corn, a part of the ENLIST system. This approval, which will still require U.S. Environmental Protection Agency approval of the accompanying pesticide before the system comes to market, represents the first time in which USDA approved a crop modified to be resistant to more than one herbicide.

“Gaining approval for this important technology has been a long, hard fought battle,” said NCGA Trade Policy and Biotechnology Action Team Chair Jim Zimmerman, a farmer from Rosendale, Wis. “It is important that farmers continue to gain access to the tools that they need in the field through a science-based, timely regulatory system. We look forward to similar results for other herbicide systems in the future.” Read the rest of this entry »

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09-17-14 NALF Hires Padilla for Director of Marketing…

Posted by Brian Allmer on September 17, 2014

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DENVER – (September 17, 2014) – The North American Limousin Foundation is pleased to announce the addition of Frank Padilla as the Director of Marketing to the association’s staff. Padilla began his duties for NALF on September 16, 2014.

“Padilla’s hands on experience and knowledge in all sectors of the beef industry make him a valuable addition to the team at the North American Limousin Foundation. Few combine the skill set to communicate across the board to seedstock breeders, commercial producers and feedyard managers in serving their needs. We welcome him back to NALF and look forward to him serving the membership and stakeholders of the Limousin breed,” said Mark Anderson, Executive Director of NALF.

Padilla, of Henderson, Colo., has years of diversified experience in all aspects of the beef industry. Most recently, he was the Director of Breed Promotion for the American Gelbvieh Association where he led breed promotion, the development of marketing strategies as well as educational programs.

“I’m excited to begin assisting the staff at NALF. The Limousin breed and the membership of NALF have always been very progressive and visionary in serving the beef industry and consumers. They are looking to the future into and developing more programs that create win-win opportunities for both the producer and the consumer.”

Padilla will be headquartered at the NALF office in Englewood, Colorado and can be reached atfrank@nalf.org or by phone at 303.220.1693 ext. 49. Read the rest of this entry »

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09-17-14 Syngenta announces 52 new corn hybrids for 2015 planting season….

Posted by Brian Allmer on September 17, 2014

syngentalogo_2pmsSyngenta announces 52 new corn hybrids for 2015 planting season

  •  Latest class of Golden Harvest® and NK® corn hybrids features new sets of genetics
  • One-third contain the Agrisure Duracade trait for control of corn rootworm
  • A quarter of the new hybrid line-up represents Agrisure Artesian® genetics, with scientifically selected genes for season-long drought protection

MINNETONKA, Minn., USA, Sept. 17, 2014 Building off of a year in which Syngenta corn hybrids out-yielded major competitors on farms across the country, the company has announced 52 new Golden Harvest® and NK® corn hybrids for the 2015 growing season in the U.S.

The hybrids are the result of new combinations, a broader genetic pool and an innovative digital breeding process that has allowed Syngenta genetics to achieve the fastest rate of genetic gain over the past seven years. The 2015 class incorporates many new sets of genetics that offer a range of maturities and include hybrids with key agronomic characteristics such as standability, disease tolerance and adaptability to many different soil types – offering an expanding series of options for all corn-growing areas.

“Growers seek consistency, top performance and high yields, all of which this new class of corn hybrids from Syngenta is designed to provide,” said Eric Boersma, head of corn seed product management at Syngenta. “It is the next step in adding to an already successful portfolio that collectively out-yielded major competitors in a majority of nearly 15,000 national yield comparisons in 20131.”

The 2015 class includes new-to-market genetics, as well as proven traits and technologies that offer protection against a range of yield-robbing pests and crop stresses.

·         Thirteen hybrids feature Agrisure Artesian® genetics – with scientifically selected genes that provide multiple modes of action for season-long drought protection. Artesian™ corn hybrids convert water to grain more effectively than other hybrids, maximizing yield when it rains and increasing yield when it doesn’t. Available in combination with best-in-class insect control and herbicide-tolerance traits, Artesian corn hybrids fit almost any production environment and help growers achieve more consistent yields. Artesian corn hybrids are designated by an “A” at the end of the hybrid number. Read the rest of this entry »

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09-17-14 ACE urges support for STB Reauthorization Act of 2014…

Posted by Brian Allmer on September 17, 2014

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Sioux Falls, SD (September 17, 2014) – Brian Jennings, Executive Vice President of the American Coalition of Ethanol (ACE) has sent a letter to the leaders of the Senate Commerce Committee urging support for S. 2777, the Surface Transportation Board Reauthorization Act of 2014.

Jennings says in the letter, (which can be read here) “U.S. corn-based ethanol is the most economical transportation fuel in the world, and given its favorable blending economics and the Renewable Fuel Standard, ethanol is capable of comprising much more than its 10 percent share of U.S. gasoline use today.  But in order to do that, reliable and timely rail service is critical.”

“Unfortunately, during most of 2014, railroads have failed to provide reliable and timely service.  Logjams built-up this winter due to extreme cold and snow which reduced the speed and size of trains, and all year long it has appeared that railroads have provided favorable service to crude oil shipments at the expense of ethanol and agricultural commodities….”

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09-17-14 *USDA-CDA Ag Mkt News* Colorado Weekly Hay Report…

Posted by Brian Allmer on September 17, 2014

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Greeley, CO    Thu Sep 18, 2014    USDA-CO Dept of Ag Market News

Colorado Hay Report

Compared to last week: Hay movement is slow this week with steady prices.
The weather this week has more rain towards the end of the 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: http://www.coloradoagriculture.com.

Northeast Colorado Areas
Alfalfa
Large Squares: Good 130.00-140.00.
Delivered; Utility 100.00-115.00.
Ground and Delivered: 155.00.
Small Squares: Premium 230.00-260.00 (7.00 to 8.00 per bale).
Alfalfa/Grass
Large Squares: Premium 180.00.
Grass
Small Bales: Premium 250.00-275.00 (7.00 to 8.00 per bale).
Wheat Straw
Large Squares: Good 55.00, Certified 105.00.
No reported quotes for other classes of hay.

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09-17-14 Gospel Trail Ministry Concert Sept 28th at Greeley’s Tigges Farm…

Posted by Brian Allmer on September 17, 2014

Military Days - Tigges FarmGospel Trail - Straw Stack PictureSunday, September 28, officially begins the “harvest celebration” with the Gospel Trail Ministry Concert in the activities center at 2 pm at Tigges Farm, located at 12404 WCR 64 ½, Greeley, Colorado.

There is no admission charge, but a free will offering will be accepted in support of this non-denomination ministry through country gospel songs.

Mark Peterman, the founder of the Gospel Trail Ministry 12 years ago is a musician and song writer and has been sharing God’s Word through country gospel music along with his band members, Margaret, Troy and Jerry to the delight of audiences.

Mark and his wife, Connie, live on a ranch in Briggsdale, Colorado.  Their ministry has taken them and their band members to small farms, such as Tigges Farm, to the stage of nationally known talent out of Nashville, Tennessee.

Tigges Farm is the best place around to enjoy the season of fall, the season of harvest, a season to celebrate.

For directions, go to http://www.TiggesFarm.com or call 970-686-7225 or 970-576-8970.

Tigges Farm is open daily 9am to 6pm through October 31.  There is a food vendor on site on weekends only.

TIGGES FARM FALL CALENDAR OF EVENTS:

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09-17-14 Greeley’s Tigges Farm Offers Field Trips…

Posted by Brian Allmer on September 17, 2014

Military Days - Tigges FarmTigges Farm Produce and Pumpkin Patch, located at 12404 WCR 64 ½, Greeley, CO offers field trips to schools, art and photography students, child care centers and adult day care centers on weekdays October 1 thru October 31.

Information and details on the field trips can be found on the website, www.TiggesFarm.com.

Go to the Field Trip tab and then open the informational letter or call 970-576-8970 to request a letter be mailed.

For youth the field trip consists of reading a story, talking about the farm and after a going over a few rules while in the Pumpkin Patch the search for the perfect pumpkin begins.  There is a small fee for the pumpkin.  Youth groups, such as Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, 4-H Clubs or the Boys and Girls Clubs may schedule field trips also.

Adult day care centers are welcome to visit.  Based on the administrators wishes the pumpkins are free or a small fee charged.  Tigges Farms goal is to make the visit enjoyable and within the mission of the care center.  If independence is a goal of the adult day care centers and wishes are for us to charge something we will do a nominal fee.

For more information, please visit www.TiggesFarm.com

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09-17-14 CO Corn News: E85 Discount Days set for Friday in Brighton; Many others across the state coming up…

Posted by Brian Allmer on September 17, 2014

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Head to Western Convenience in Brighton on Friday for E85 Discount Days.

This is the next in line in a series of events, during which Western Convenience staff members look to educate the public on the many benefits of E85, with 50-cent discounts on that fuel, taking place from 5:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.(The price listed on the canopy that day includes the discount.) At the E85 Discount Days kickoff in Parker last week, the 50-cent discount dropped E85 to $2.69 per gallon for drivers that day.

Western Convenience staff will also be on hand to provide educational materials and other giveaways regarding ethanol, E85 and agriculture.

Friday’s E85 Discount Days event will take place at the Western Convenience store located at 1351 E. Bridge St. in Brighton.

There are about 25 events taking place during September and October.

Others coming up in September include:

  • Sept. 22 – 2525 Broadway in Grand Junction.
  • Sept. 23 – 2998 North Ave. in Grand Junction.
  • Sept. 25 – 1502 Howard St. in Delta.
  • Sept. 26 – 938 S. Townsend Ave. in Montrose.
  • Sept. 29 – 3201 Lake Ave. in Pueblo.
  • Sept. 30 – 2714 Thatcher Ave. in Pueblo.
  • Sept. 30 – 123 West Cranston in Fowler.

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, Sept 17th…

Posted by Brian Allmer on September 17, 2014

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PEDv Cases dropping, Concerns Still Persist”

Meatingplace reports that the number of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus cases is dropping according to reports from American and Canada growers. Just five new cases have been found since April in Ontario according to recent reports. That’s compared to the 60 cases identified between January and April, when the virus was first found in Ontario. USDA’s National Animal Health Laboratory Network reported that 53 tests for PEDv proved positive out of 672 conducted in the week ending Sept. 5th. That compares with 204 positives recorded in April. There is a concern however that cases may increase as cooler weather comes heading into the winter months.

The lower numbers come as a second vaccine for PEDv  by animal health company Zoetis was granted a conditional license for a vaccine to help fight PEDv. The vaccine is expected to be available to veterinarians and pork producers later this month.

“NCC Responds to Reuters Article about Antibiotic Use in Chicken Industry”

The National Chicken Council used an article by Reuters this week as an opportunity to reiterate the fact that the majority of antibiotics approved for use in raising chickens are not used in human medicine, and those that are will be phased out for growth promotion purposes by December, 2016. NCC Vice President Ashley Peterson stated: “All antibiotics used to prevent and treat disease in chickens are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The majority of these antibiotics are never used in human medicine and therefore represent no threat of creating resistance in humans.”  Only about 10 percent of the feed tickets reviewed by Reuters list antibiotics belonging to medically important drug classes – the exact ones that both the industry and FDA are currently phasing out for growth promotion purposes.

Antibiotics themselves and their dosage rates have been approved by the FDA.  Any feed mill that makes feed which contains an FDA-approved and regulated product, like an antibiotic, is subject to FDA authority and inspection.  Contrary to what Reuters reports, these mills keep records of antibiotic use and the information is available to FDA and regulators, according to NCC. The Council also stated Reuters failed to point out that according to the most recent FDA data, 85 percent of Salmonella collected from humans had no resistance to any of the antibiotics tested, and multi-drug resistance in Salmonella from humans and chickens is the lowest since FDA began testing.

“NCGA Testifies on Importance of Biotechnology at GMO Hearing”

The National Corn Grower Association’s Biotechnology Action Team testified to a National Research Council committee on the importance of biotechnology. Ohio corn grower John Linder testified on behalf of NCGA during the hearing Monday in Washington D.C. The hearing was part of a broader review of crop biotechnology. Linder stated “modern biotechnology provides American farmers with safe and sustainable ways to protect our crops, allowing us to continue producing the safest, most reliable food supply in the world.” Linder grows both genetically modified and non-genetically modified crops, spoke with committee members about the impact he had personally witnessed growing biotech crops on his farm. He was the only farmer to provide testimony. Other speakers voiced concern about the need for an independent government review of GMO crops, weed and insect resistance to GMO crops, cross-contamination of GMO and non-GMO fields, and consolidation of global seed supply.

The NRC is the operating arm of the National Academy of Sciences, a Congressionally-chartered nonprofit providing science, technology and health policy advice to the government. The GMO study is partially sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and will be completed in 2016. Committee members working on the study include scientists specializing in ecology, genetics and crop health from several public universities, as well as experts from nongovernmental organizations including the International Food Policy Research Institute and The Nature Conservancy.

“Denver to Host Ag Leadership Conference”

The Colorado Ag Leadership Program will host the 2015 International Leadership Alumni Conference in August of next year. The International Leadership Alumni Conference is for graduates of ag and rural leadership programs from the U.S., Canada and Australia. The conference provides an interactive program for graduates to continue their professional development to foster their commitment to representing agriculture.

Colorado State House Representative Jerry Sonnenberg stated “We are proud to host the 2015 ILAC conference honoring graduates of national and international agricultural leadership programs. We need these graduates to be a unified voice for our industry and to encourage farmers, ranchers, producers and ag business professionals to participate in our ag leadership programs. I admire their passion and dedication to agriculture and their commitment to serve our industry.”

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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09-16-14 CALP News: International Leadership Alumni Conference Coming to Denver…

Posted by Brian Allmer on September 16, 2014

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The Colorado Ag Leadership Program (CALP) is pleased to announce they are the hosting the 2015 International Leadership Alumni Conference (ILAC) August 5-8, 2015in Denver.

The International Leadership Alumni Conference is for graduates of ag and rural leadership programs from the U.S., Canada and Australia. The conference provides an interactive program for graduates to continue their professional development to foster their commitment to representing agriculture.

“We are proud to host the 2015 ILAC conference honoring graduates of national and international agricultural leadership programs. We need these graduates to be a unified voice for our industry and to encourage farmers, ranchers, producers and ag business professionals to participate in our ag leadership programs. I admire their passion and dedication to agriculture and their commitment to serve our industry,” said Jerry Sonnenberg, State House Representative, CALP President and Class 8 graduate.

“Given the critical issues facing agriculture today, there is a need to continue our intensive leadership development through communication, networking and education,” said Commissioner of Agriculture, John Salazar, and CALP Class 3 graduate.

For additional information about ILAC, CALP and its commitment to leadership development, please visit www.ilac-conference.com or www.coloagleaders.org.

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09-16-14 Gov. Hickenlooper announces nearly $2M in advanced industry grants to promote economic growth in CO…

Posted by Brian Allmer on September 16, 2014

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DENVER ­—Tues., Sept. 16, 2014 — Gov. John Hickenlooper and the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) announced today the most recent grantees of the Advanced Industry Accelerator Grant Program.

A total of $1,944,085 is being awarded for both Proof-of-Concept and Early Stage Capital and Retention Grants that will support several key industries in Colorado’s economy.

“Colorado continues to set the standard on innovative programs that accelerate key and growing industries in our economy,” said Hickenlooper. “It’s exciting to see this program working to bring pioneering ideas from concept to development to the global marketplace. It’s companies like these and our advanced industries that will help Colorado continue to grow jobs and build our economy for the future.”

Proof-of-Concept grants are open to Colorado research universities, federal labs located in Colorado and other private, nonprofit and for-profit labs with valid technology transfer offices. Proof-of-Concept Grants are for pre-commercialization research and commercialization preparation. Read the rest of this entry »

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Tuesday, Sept. 16th…

Posted by Brian Allmer on September 16, 2014

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“USCA Supports USDA Review of Beef Checkoff”

The United States Cattlemen’s Association is encouraging USDA to review and rewrite the Beef Checkoff. USCA joins the National Farmers Union in calling on intervention by USDA. Secretary Vilsack said recently that is under consideration. The support for USDA intervention comes after fallout with the Beef Checkoff Enhancement Working Group in which the National Farmers Union backed out of after three years of talks by the groups involved. USCA President Jon Wooster issued a statement Monday that said “the Secretary’s actions are needed and timely and USCA looks forward to engaging with USDA and members of our industry in rewriting a new Beef Checkoff Order in a manner that addresses the needs and interests of all US cattle producers.” Further, Wooster said cattle producers deserve an enhanced and improved Beef Checkoff now, and not “a decade from now.”

The organizations in the Beef Checkoff Enhancement Working groups consisted of the American Farm Bureau Federation, American National Cattlewomen, Cattlemen’s Beef Board, Federation of State Beef Councils, Livestock Marketing Association, Meat Importers Council of America, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, National Livestock Producers Association, National Milk Producers Federation, NFU and USCA.

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“Vilsack Highlights Conservation Efforts in Midwest”

Agriculture secretary Tom Vilsack announced more than $15 million in Conservation Innovation Grants to 47 organizations to accelerate innovation in private lands conservation. Secretary Vilsack announced Monday the funding of $15.7 million while visiting an Illinois farm.  The grants are funded through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program and in part by the 2014 Farm Bill. Secretary Vilsack stated the grants are “critical in sparking new ideas and techniques for conservation on America’s private lands and improving the environment.”

Grantees must work with producers and forestland owners to develop and demonstrate the new technologies and approaches. At least 50 percent of the total cost of CIG projects must come from non-federal matching funds, including cash and in-kind contributions provided by the grant recipient. Entities in 34 states and the District of Columbia will receive the grant funding.

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“NPB Selects Firm for CEO Search”

The National Pork Board has selected the firm Kincannon & Reed to assist in the search for the organizations new Chief Executive Officer.  Founded in 1981, Kincannon & Reed provides retained search services globally for organizations in the food, agribusiness and life science sectors. Earlier this month, it was announced current CEO Chris Novak would step down after six years to take over leadership at the National Corn Grower Association. Corn Growers CEO Rick Tolman announced earlier this year he was retiring after 14 years of service at NCGA.

NPB Chief Operating Officer John Johnson was immediately named interim CEO by the Board following the announcement the Novack would step down. Johnson will lead the organization during the search process. Novak’s last day with the National Pork Board will be Oct. 3, 2014.

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“Growers Confirmed for ASA’s WISHH”

16 soybean growers from 11 states were confirmed to the American Soybean Associations World Initiative for Soy in Human Health Committee. ASA released the names of the 16 growers Monday that will serve on the committee which is seeking to develop markets for U.S. grown soybeans.  ASA president Ray Gaesser said “Russia’s recent import sanctions are yet another reminder that U.S. farmers need a diverse customer base.” The program has already been successful no finding new markets. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, developing countries will dominate the growth in world demand for agricultural products. USDA projects developing countries’ demand for agricultural products will increase faster than their production. As a result, these countries will account for 92 percent of the total increase in world oilseed and meat imports in 2013-2022.

Since U.S. soybean farmers founded WISHH in 2000, it has worked in 24 countries to develop long-term markets for U.S. soybean farmers while fueling economic growth and value chain development. New officers are: Chairman Andy Welden of Michigan; Vice Chair Lucas Heinen of Kansas; Treasurer Monica McCranie of South Dakota; and Secretary Dean Coleman of Iowa. Other WISHH Committee Members include: Gary Berg, Daryl Cates and Jeff Lynn of Illinois; Ron Bunjer of Minnesota; Ryan Cahoon of North Carolina; Bret Davis and Keith Roberts of Ohio; John Heisdorffer of Iowa; Levi Huffman of Indiana; Jack Trumbo of Kentucky; Art Wosick and Rick Albrecht (alternate) of North Dakota. U.S. Soybean Export Committee Manager Marypat Corbett is an ex officio member.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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09-15-14 CO Farm Bureau News: ColoradoAg Political Action Committee Announces 2014 Candidate Endorsements…

Posted by Brian Allmer on September 15, 2014

 

CFB-Colorado Farm Bureau Logo LGCentennial, Colo. – September 15, 2014 – The ColoradoAg Political Committee (ColoradoAg PAC) announced its endorsements for the Colorado General Assembly’s general elections today. The ColoradoAg PAC endorsed 21 House of Representative candidates and 11 Senate candidates.

“The ColoradoAg PAC is pleased to announce its endorsements for the 2014 Colorado General Assembly’s general election,” said Don Korrey, chairman of the ColoradoAg PAC. “We take our endorsement process seriously. These candidates have shown they understand that to lead Colorado properly and to ensure our state’s future, the agricultural community must be preserved and protected.”

The ColoradoAg PAC endorsements were based primarily on the candidate’s responsiveness to a questionnaire sent by the ColoradoAg PAC, and their stance on agricultural issues before the Colorado General Assembly as noted in the 2014 Colorado Farm Bureau legislative scorecard.

“It is our belief these candidates are looking out for the best interests of Colorado farmers and ranchers,” Korrey said.

Below is the list of ColoradoAg PAC endorsements for the 2014 Colorado House of Representatives and Senate general election. The list is in order by House/Senate District: 

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09-15-14 NCGA News: Online Harvest Forms for 50th National Corn Yield Contest Now Available…

Posted by Brian Allmer on September 15, 2014

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With harvest underway in some areas and soon to begin in others, the National Corn Growers Association announces that online harvest forms for the 2014 National Corn Yield Contest are now available. While the harvest information form deadline may seem distant, entrants are asked to report within seven days of their final yield check or by Nov. 21, whichever comes first.

“While harvest has only begun in a few areas, we ask contest applicants to submit harvest forms within one week of their final yield check to allow NCGA staff adequate time to thoroughly review each form,” said Production and Stewardship Action Team Chair Don Glenn, a farmer from Alabama. “The National Corn Yield Contest plays a significant role in recognizing excellence and finding new, more productive techniques. We hope that growers continue to support the contest by seeing their entry through and submitting their completed harvest data forms.”

To enter today using the online form, which now includes a mobile version accessible by iPad or tablet, click here

The National Corn Yield Contest is now in its 50th year and remains NCGA’s most popular program for members. While an official count of the entries submitted for the 2014 contest is not yet available, participation appears to be strong again this year.

The online harvest form is available to both farmers and seed representatives using the same login process as the initial entry form. Login does require submission of the entrant’s NCGA membership number. Read the rest of this entry »

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09-15-14 *NASS-CO NEWS* The latest Colorado Crop Progress Report for September 15th, 2014…

Posted by Brian Allmer on September 15, 2014

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Agricultural Summary: Planting and harvesting activities continued between precipitation events while some localities experienced heavier precipitation than normal, limiting field accessibility. Locally heavy precipitation was sporadic while the remainder of Colorado experienced conditions ranging from relatively dry to wet and overcast. Reports of frost have begun to surface in the northeastern district, with some damage to standing row crops noted by reporters. Statewide, farmers were allowed 5.1 days in the field for operations.
Small Grains: Barley was 89 percent harvested last week, slightly behind 94 percent a year ago and the average of 95 percent. The harvest of spring wheat was 69 percent complete, also behind last year and the average of 94 and 75 percent, respectively. Seeding of winter wheat was on par with the average, with 20 percent complete by week’s end.
Row Crops: Seventy-six percent of the corn crop was dented, up from 48 percent previously. Ten percent was mature, behind 18 percent last year and 22 percent on average. Forty-two percent of the corn crop intended for silage has been harvested, compared with 52 percent last year and 46 percent on average. By week’s end, dry bean cutting and harvesting activities remained behind average as 30 percent of the dry bean crop was cut while 11 percent was harvested. On average, 46 percent is cut and 21 percent harvested by this time. The harvest of onions gained 10 percentage points from the previous week ending on 24 percent complete. This is behind 31 percent last year and the average of 45 percent. Fifteen percent of potatoes inside the San Luis Valley were harvested as of last week, behind 25 percent last year and 23 percent on average. Potatoes outside the San Luis Valley were 60 percent harvested as of last week, behind last year’s 70 percent, but ahead of 56 percent on average. Fifty-seven percent of the sorghum crop was coloring, behind 77 percent last year and 76 percent on average. Maturity of sorghum was estimated at 22 percent complete, equal to the average. The harvest of sorghum saw modest gains last week, ending with 2 percent complete. Harvest of sugarbeets has begun with 5 percent complete as of last week.
Pasture and Range: Pasture and range conditions were rated 64 percent fair to good across the State. Last year, 53 percent was rated fair to good while 56 percent is fair to good on average. The third and fourth cuttings of alfalfa hay were estimated at 67 and 9 percent complete, respectively. On average, the third and fourth cuttings are 69 and 8 percent complete, respectively.
Livestock: Death losses for cattle and sheep remained mostly average to light. Stored feed supplies were rated 5 percent very short, 12 percent short, 73 percent adequate, and 10 percent surplus. Last week’s supplies were rated 5 percent very short, 13 percent short, 73 percent adequate, and 9 percent surplus.

To view the Sept 15th, 2014 USDA/NASS Colorado Crop Progress Report – CLICK HERE

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09-15-14 USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Chief to Highlight Conservation Projects…

Posted by Brian Allmer on September 15, 2014

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WASView the complete list of recipients...HINGTON – Sept. 15th, 2014 - Natural Resources Conservation Service Chief Jason Weller hosted a media conference call from Washington discussing conservation projects which were s=announced by USDA Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.

The projects, to be awarded in 31 States, including Colorado and the District of Columbia will help develop and demonstrate cutting-edge ideas to accelerate innovation in conservation of natural resources.

The 2014 Farm Bill is our country’s biggest investment in land and water conservation and has been called the most significant conservation legislation in generations. Voluntary partnerships between agricultural and conservation groups help farmers conserve soil health, protect water quality, and restore wildlife habitat

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09-15-14 New Toolkit Helps Grocery Retailers Promote Their Most Profitable Protein…

Posted by Brian Allmer on September 15, 2014

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“Go Tasty, Go Lean” toolkit proven to generate bottom-line results for stores

The beef checkoff is offering a new toolkit to help supermarket retailers and their on-staff registered dietitians make their store a health and wellness destination for consumers. The “Go Tasty, Go Lean” toolkit contains turnkey materials proven to drive beef sales and purchase intent.

This new resource is the result of a multi-phase research project the beef checkoff conducted with the assistance of supermarket registered dietitians, to evaluate the impact of highlighting fresh beef as part of in-store wellness efforts led by supermarket registered dietitians. The result was a significant sales lift for the beef cuts featured and strong purchase intent reported by shoppers.

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09-15-14 The Refreshing Face of Beef Research…

Posted by Brian Allmer on September 15, 2014

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Call it a facelift, a refresh or a redesign. Whatever its name, the checkoff-funded BeefResearch.org has a new look and improved functionality, including housing the Beef Issues Quarterly e-newsletter.

The updated site contains a library of research fact sheets, project summaries, executive summaries, etc., and features a user-friendly filter process to ease the visitor’s ability to find the right information. Now, the viewer can go to the program area of interest, then filter by topic, type and date. With hundreds of research items, this functionality makes for a much-improved website experience. An added feature for those on the move is accessibility from all mobile devices — laptopos, tablets and smartphones. An added feature for those on the move is accessibility from all mobile devices – laptop, tablet and smartphones.

BeefResearch.org also now contains a photo library of raw cuts, accessible from the Product Quality landing page or through the resources menu.

Visit the site today and test out the usability.

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09-15-14 *ACE News* Pump Prices Drop, Could Drop Further With More E15…

Posted by Brian Allmer on September 15, 2014

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Sioux Falls, SD (September 15, 2014) – With the end of the “summer gasoline” season and its Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) restrictions that handcuff retailers who want to offer E15 to their customers, ACE Senior Vice President Ron Lamberty is urging independent fuel station owners and their customers to consider the E15 fuel blend.

“We’re seeing reports and predictions of lower gas prices, with some celebrating the fact that the price is down to $3.39 nationwide.  In the Midwest, where E15, E30, and E85 are more widely available, even E10 prices are already under $3.00 in some markets. Ethanol adds octane and lowers prices because it provides competition for higher priced, lower octane gasoline,” said Lamberty.

“E15 brings environmental benefits as well. Recent studies highlight the reduction in cancer causing emissions offered by E15. E15 means cleaner, higher octane fuel at a lower price and fuel marketers are starting to realize that. Fuel retailers like CHS/Cenex and Protec have taken steps to make E15 available in more markets soon and others will follow,” Lamberty said.

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