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

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 22, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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07-22-14 WYOMING COMMUNITY FOUNDATION GRANTS $10,000 TO WYOMING STOCK GROWERS LAND TRUST…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 22, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 22, 2014

Application and scholarship deadline is Oct. 15, 2014

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

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

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

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

Registration forms and scholarship applications are available online at http://nationalpotatocouncil.org/events-and-programs/potato-industry-leadership-institute/ or by contacting Marie Ruff atmarier@nationalpotatocouncil.org. The deadline for both applications is October 15, 2014Read the rest of this entry »

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

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 22, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 22, 2014

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“15th National Farmers Market Week”

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

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“AFB Foundation Mini-Grants Awarded to 11 Communities”

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

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“Dairy Companies Try to Make Comeback”

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

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“School Meals Study Paints Positive Picture”

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

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“Video Game Developers Create Bacon Man”

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

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 21, 2014

CLICK HERE to visit the USDA/NASS Website

CLICK HERE to visit the USDA/NASS Website

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

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

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

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 21, 2014

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

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

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

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

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 21, 2014

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UPDATED: 07/21/14

Colorado Equine Update:

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

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

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

Vesicular Stomatitis (VS)

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

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

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

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

Additional information including tips for livestock owners and veterinarians can be found by visiting www.colorado.gov/ag/animals and clicking on “Vesicular Stomatitis Virus” or call the Colorado State Veterinarian’s Office at 303-869-9130.  To view the current location of cases and other important updates and information you can visit: http://www.aphis.usda.gov/wps/portal/aphis/ourfocus/animalhealth?1dmy&urile=wcm%3apath%3a%2Faphis_content_library%2Fsa_our_focus%2Fsa_animal_health%2Fsa_animal_disease_information%2Fsa_equine_health%2Fsa_vesicular_stomatitis%2Fct_vesicular_stomatitis.

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

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 21, 2014

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

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

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

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

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Livestock Exchange, LLC Weekly Update…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 21, 2014

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

CLICK THE AUDIO LINK BELOW TO LISTEN TO THIS WEEK’S UPDATE…

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

Thursday, July 24th

9am – Weight Cows/Bulls

1pm – Breds & Pairs

2pm – Stockers/Feeders

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07-21-14 NACD News: Resolution Recognizes Value of Locally-Led Conservation…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 21, 2014

NACD_Logo_200INDIANAPOLIS, IN—July 21, 2014The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) is kicking off itsSoil Health Forum and Conservation Tour in Indianapolis by praising a bipartisan resolution—recently introduced in both the U.S. House and Senate–expressing support for voluntary, incentive based, private land conservation implemented through cooperation with local soil and water conservation districts.
“The growing world population of nine billion by 2050 will require an affordable, safe and abundant supply of food, fiber and fuel,” said NACD President Earl Garber. “In order to meet the increased demand on the resource base, the voluntary, incentive-based approach to private land conservation will be more important than ever. The nearly 3,000 conservation districts across the nation must play an ever-increasing role, in partnership with local, state and federal partners, in working with producers and landowners on the education, planning and implementation of conservation at the local level.”
The House resolution, H.Con.Res.95, was introduced by U.S. Representative Richard Hudson, representing North Carolina’s Eighth Congressional District. On August 4, 1937, due to the efforts of Anson County native Dr. Hugh Hammond Bennett, Brown Creek became the first Soil Conservation District in America. “North Carolina is one of the most scenic and unique states in the country,” said Hudson. “As an avid hunter and outdoorsman, I have a great appreciation for North Carolina’s natural treasures.  Protecting our natural resources through voluntary, incentive-based, private land conservation is a fiscally responsible and thoughtful approach to maintaining long-term sustainable growth for our state and the entire country.”
An identical Senate version S.Con.Res.39 was introduced by Senator Mark Pryor of Arkansas, home to the nation’s first state conservation agency. “I appreciate the National Association of Conservation Districts tireless efforts to keep our country—and my home state of Arkansas—natural,” Pryor said. “When I talk about conservation to my colleagues in the Senate, I remind them that conservation isn’t just about agriculture or sportsmen—it’s about protecting the future of our nation. That’s why I’m proud to introduce this resolution to voice my strong support of private land conservation.”

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Mon, July 21st…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 21, 2014

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“Biotechnology Still a Concern for EU”

Last week – the European Union and U.S. held its sixth round of Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership negotiations in Brussels. Negotiations have moved forward in several areas – but formal discussion on sanitary and phytosanitary measures still leave much to be desired. Incoming European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has labeled biotechnology as the only product specific category in his 12-page manifesto presented to the European Parliament at his nomination hearing – according to the U.S. Grains Council. Juncker says he intends to review legislation applicable to the authorization of GMOs – stressing it isn’t right that the Commission is legally forced to authorize new organisms for import and processing even though a clear majority of Member States is against it under current rules. The European Commission hasn’t made a decision on authorizations of eight biotech crop events since last November. MAIZALL – the International Maize Alliance – recently forwarded a letter to EU Commission officials requesting they address these delays in the EU’s authorization system so trade between its countries and European customers can flow without unnecessary interruption or increased costs for European farmers and consumers.

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“GMO Disclosure Rule Taken Off the Table”

In February 2013 – the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service proposed sharing information with state regulators about genetically engineered organisms released in their jurisdictions. Now – according to The Hill – USDA has withdrawn this rule because it found potential vulnerabilities that would have put farmers’ businesses at risk. While confidential business information is protected from mandatory public disclosure – USDA conducted an in-depth review of the Freedom of Information Act and determined disclosure of this information may constitute a waiver of this FOIA exemption.  

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“#PorkBucketList Campaign Begins”

The National Pork Board is asking consumers to share their Pork Bucket List through Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram by using hashtag Pork Bucket List (#PorkBucketList) in posts describing pork dishes they want to try. NPB is then encouraging consumers to begin trying the items on their list and get ideas from watching pork recipes shared by other consumers, food personalities and chefs. The plan is to surprise a few who participate in this Bucket List campaign by helping them check an item off their list.

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“NRCS Watershed Rehabilitation Program Funding Announced”

Through the 2014 Farm Bill – the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service will invest 262-million dollars to rehabilitate dams that provide critical infrastructure and protect public health and safety. NRCS Chief Jason Weller says the funding will provide rehabilitation assistance for 150 dams in 26 states. An additional 500 dam sites will be assessed for safety through the NRCS Watershed Rehabilitation Program. Weller says this investment will protect people and property from floods, help keep water clean and ensure critical structures continue to provide benefits for future generations.

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“Cargill Turkey Suppliers to End Use of Growth-Promoting Antibiotics”

Cargill has announced independent farms that supply it with turkey will stop using growth-promoting antibiotics – some by Thanksgiving and the rest by the end of 2015. Cargill Turkey and Cooked Meats President Ruth Kimmelshue says consumer research shows people are more interested in where their food comes from and how it is produced. Kimmelshue says Cargill believes ending the use of growth-promoting antibiotics in turkeys is an important step that provides consumers with nutritious, affordable options.

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“Vesicular Stomatitis Confirmed in Second State”

The National Veterinary Services Laboratory last week reported a positive test of vesicular stomatitis on samples submitted from four horses in Weld County, Colorado. Previous positive cases of this disease have been diagnosed in the southern area of Texas this year. Colorado State Veterinarian Dr. Keith Roehr says this disease can be painful for animals – and costly to their owners – typically causing oral blisters and sores that can cause difficulty in eating and drinking. Veterinarians and livestock owners who suspect an animal may have VS should immediately contact state or federal animal health authorities. For more information – visit APHIS dot USDA dot gov (www.aphis.usda.gov).

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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07-20-14 USDA/NASS-CO: APRIL – JUNE 2014 QUARTERLY MILK PRODUCTION MOUNTAIN REGION HIGHLIGHTS…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 20, 2014

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CLICK HERE to visit the USDA/NASS-CO Website

CLICK HERE to visit the USDA/NASS-CO Website

Arizona dairy herds produced 1.24 billion pounds of milk during the April – June quarter, up 3.1 percent from the previous year.

Colorado dairy herds produced 914 million pounds of milk during the April – June quarter, up 9.7 percent from the previous year.

Montana dairy herds produced 79.0 million pounds of milk during the April – June quarter, up 3.9 percent from the
previous year.

New Mexico dairy herds produced 2.10 billion pounds of milk during the April – June quarter, up 0.4 percent from
the previous year.

Utah dairy herds produced 536 million pounds of milk during the April – June quarter, up 3.1 percent from the
previous year.

Wyoming dairy herds produced 33.0 million pounds of milk during the April – June quarter, up 0.9 percent from
the previous year.

UNITED STATES HIGHLIGHTS
Nationally, U.S. milk production during the April – June quarter totaled 52.8 billion pounds, up 1.6 percent from the April – June quarter last year.

For complete results of the Milk Production report go to www.nass.usda.gov

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07-20-14 Colorado Corn’s District Meetings Set for August…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 20, 2014

Colorado Corn LogoWant to hear the latest about the Pesticide Act Sunset Review? 

Want some updates, info and have your voice heard about the direction of Colorado Corn?

District Meeting Schedule:

  • August 4 in Sterling @ NOON – District 3, Plainsman Grill, 17408 Colorado 14, at Noon (Logan and Morgan counties)
  • August 5 in Delta @ NOON – District 8, Days Inn, 903 Main Street at Noon (Western Slope)
  • August 11 in Lamar  at 7pm – District 7, Cow Palace Inn, Colorado Room, 1301 N. Main St. (SE CO)
  • August 12 in Stratton @ NOON – District 6, Rodeway Inn Golden Prairie, 700 Colorado Ave, at Noon (Kit Carson, Cheyenne and Washington counties)
  • August 13 in Yuma @ 7am– District 5, Main Event, 420 W. 8Th Avenue, at 7am (Yuma County)
  • August 27 in Greeley @ TBA – District 1-2, Red Lobster, 2885 23rd Ave, (Weld & Larimer Counties)

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07-20-14 The 2014 PEDAL THE PLAINS Route will Follow the South Platte River Sept 19-21…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 20, 2014

2014 Pedal the Plains HeaderA2014 Pedal the Plains Route Mappril 29, 2014 – Denver, Colo.— Gov. John Hickenlooper and The Denver Post announced today the route for the third annual Pedal The Plains Bicycle Tour, scheduled for Sept. 19-21, 2014. This year’s route will take cyclists and spectators through Colorado’s Northeastern Plains with stops in three host communities, Wiggins, Fort Morgan and Sterling.

A meet and greet with a locally sourced brunch preceded the brief press conference announcing this year’s route. Gov. Hickenlooper and key partners including Dean Singleton, former publisher of The Denver Post and Viaero Wireless, the tour’s presenting partner for the third year running, spoke of the excitement surrounding this year’s event.

“Pedal The Plains is a unique ride that truly sums up what Colorado is all about,” said Gov. Hickenlooper. “It’s about people from all over the state coming together, being outside, exercising and exploring the state’s heritage and history. It is a great opportunity to explore the congenial communities along the roads less traveled.”

“We’re proud to partner with Pedal The Plains for its third annual tour across Colorado’s Eastern Plains, and we’re especially excited to showcase our own backyard,” said Frank DiRico, CEO and President of Viaero Wireless. “We look forward to connecting with our wireless users on the tour and providing exceptional 4G wireless broadband services.” Fort Morgan is home to Viaero Wireless.

Two stages of the 2014 bicycle tour follow along the South Platte River in the northeastern corner of the state. The 173-mile route will feature Jackson Reservoir, Pawnee National Grasslands, working farms and ranches, wind turbines and wetland habitats.

“This year’s tour coincides with Fort Morgan’s annual Fall Harvest Car Show and Sterling’s Sugar Beet Days, so participants will have many opportunities to experience the local flavor unique to these communities,” said Tour Director Chandler Smith. “The special offerings from all three hosts will make for a fun and festive time.”

Pedal The Plains was established three years ago as a celebration of Colorado’s agricultural roots and the state’s frontier heritage on the Eastern Plains. All proceeds from Pedal The Plains will benefit The Denver Post Community Foundation in support of the Colorado Future Farmers of America and Colorado 4-H. Last year’s ride stopped in Eads, Lamar and La Junta, and featured a hydro farm, Bent’s Old Fort, the Santa Fe Trail and Fort Lyon. Other sponsors of the Pedal The Plains Bicycle Tour include the Western Dairy Association, Anadarko, Noble Energy, Suncor, DaVita, Colorado Touchstone Energy Cooperatives, Colorado Wheat Administrative Committee, Leprino Foods, Department of Agriculture, Colorado Egg Producers, Rise Above Colorado, Primal, Cannondale and DT Swiss.

As in years’ past, cyclists of all ages and abilities can participate in any of the three ride offerings including the 3-Day Tour, Century Ride and Family Fun Ride. Online registration is now open at pedaltheplains.com.

CSU 4HColorado FFA FoundationPedal The Plains is proud to give back to organizations across Colorado in an effort to make a difference in the lives of our residents. To help foster this mission, a percentage of event proceeds go to The Denver Post Community Foundation and each host community will be provided with a $2,000 grant for a community initiative selected by the town’s local organizing committee. In addition to the grants given to the host communities and proceeds benefitting The Denver Post Community Foundation, the 2014 partnering nonprofits, Future Farmers of America and Colorado 4-H, will each receive a $5,000 grant. Click here to learn more about each of these charities.

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07-18-14 CFVGA News: San Luis Valley Soil Health Tour in Center, CO on July 22nd…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 18, 2014

SLV Soil Health Tour 072214 in Center poster

CLICK HERE for more information

CLICK HERE for more information

This information was provided courtesy of the Colorado Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association – CLICK HERE to learn more about the CFVGA

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Come on out to the 65th Northeast Weld County Fair & Rodeo in New Raymer, CO on July 18-19…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 18, 2014

65th NE Weld County Fair and Rodeo Poster

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07-18-14 ASI WEEKLY NEWS FOR SHEEP INDUSTRY LEADERS…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 18, 2014

Executive Board Recommends Budgets 

The executive board of the American Sheep Industry Association held its summer meeting in Hastings, Neb., this week. In a unanimous vote, the board recommended the budgets be forwarded to the board of directors for approval.

Budgets relating to wool programming, quality improvement and market promotion were covered in the Wool Trust Budget. A supplemental budget was also recommended for 2015 to fund sheep research and Let’s Grow initiatives in order to support the industry roadmap. A separate budget for legislative and trade association business was also recommended.

While in Hastings, the executive board took the opportunity to visit with the sheep research scientists at the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center in Clay Center, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary.

Reprograming of Dubois Funding Denied 

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07-18-14 CAB News: Thorpe honored for beef industry achievements…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 18, 2014

CAB-RGB-LG logoThere is no man more associated with the words “cattle market” than Topper Thorpe, who left his mark on the industry during a 32-year tenure with CattleFax. His contributions and leadership will be noted as Thorpe receives the Feeding Quality Forum Industry Achievement Award in August.

“The uniqueness of the cattle feeding industry is that we supply almost 80% of the fed cattle produced in the world,” says Larry Corah, vice president of supply for Certified Angus Beef LLC (CAB), who began his own career when Thorpe was a rising star. “That is a pretty impactful industry, and CattleFax and Topper have had a strong influence on how successful it has been.”

Raised on a diversified livestock and crop operation in southern New Mexico, Thorpe earned degrees in business and economics from New Mexico State University before becoming one of two original employees of CattleFax in 1968. As the first analyst at the start-up company, Thorpe laid the foundation and served 30 years as CEO of what became “the nation’s premier market information, analysis, research and education service, owned by cattle producers and feeders.”

“His leadership in creating the organization of CattleFax and putting market power in producer hands helped the feeding industry grow and become what it is today,” Corah says.

“Topper understood the value of data, of information, and he could take that aggregate data and do the analysis and then weave a picture of what this industry looked like and what it was going to look like 5 to 10 years down the road,” says Randy Blach, current CattleFax CEO, hired by Thorpe in 1980.

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07-18-14 CCALT News: July 25th Navajo River Restoration Celebration…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 18, 2014

CCALT_072514_NavajoRiverCelebration

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