University of Colorado, Boulder, Colo., $900,000 – This study will provide an integrated social and biophysical assessment of vulnerability and adaptation to climate change and variability in the Blue Mountains ecoregion of Oregon.
Des Moines, Iowa, April 22, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) awarded $6 million to 10 universities to study the effects of climate on agriculture production and develop strategies to provide farmers and ranchers with the solutions they need to supply the nation with quality food. Vilsack made the announcement during remarks at “The Frontier of Climate Change: State and Local Action in the Heartland” conference held at Drake University.
“With longer growing seasons and an increased number of extreme weather events, climate-related changes are increasingly posing new challenges and risks for America’s producers,” said Vilsack. “Every day, farmers and ranchers see the impact that changes in climate patterns have on their operations, and they are contending with drought, floods or extreme temperatures. The discoveries these grants will lead to will be invaluable for American farmers whose livelihoods directly depend on the nation’s land and water resources.”
NIFA made the awards through its Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) funding opportunity in the Climate Variability and Change challenge area. NIFA’s climate work is focused on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and increasing carbon sequestration in agricultural and forest production systems and preparing the nation’s agriculture and forests to adapt to changing climates.
Lyn Burns will be speaking on South Africa this Wednesday, April 23rd at 6 p.m. in the Tennant Art Gallery located inside Hays Student Center on the campus of Northeastern Junior College. Her presentation is open to the public.
Born and raised in South Africa, Burns has lived in Colorado for the past 30 years. She is currently the priest at St. Charles in Fort Morgan and Prince of Peace Episcopal Church in Sterling, and chaplain to Valley View Villa Nursing Home in Fort Morgan. She returned to South Africa earlier this year and will be sharing her views on the changes she has seen.
Burn’s professional background was originally in corporate marketing, and then she moved into the non-profit world where she obtained a Certificate in Gerontology from DU, and, along with others, built an agency that promoted the independence of older adults and people with disabilities through community volunteerism. She completed her master’s degree in Divinity at Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, VA. During a one-year chaplaincy residency at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, Rev. Burns was ordained to the priesthood. Prior to relocating to northeastern Colorado, served as Vicar of St. Benedict in La Veta Colorado, and at St. Thomas, Alamosa Colorado.
LAKEWOOD, Colo. – The Bureau of Land Management is seeking public comments on the BLM Colorado White-Nose Syndrome Adaptive Management Strategy and Environmental Assessment.
White-Nose Syndrome is a fungal disease that killed more than 5.5 million bats across the northeast and mid-Atlantic United States during the past six years and continues to spread westward unchecked. The fungus has not been discovered in Colorado, but its introduction is feared to have similar consequences.
BLM Colorado prepared an EA to reduce the potential for the human introduction of White-Nose Syndrome in Colorado while providing appropriate opportunities for recreation and scientific research.
“We’re asking the public to provide input on the alternatives we analyzed in the Environmental Assessment,” said Bruce Rittenhouse, BLM Colorado Branch Chief of Natural Resources. “Our EA outlines management options to reduce the spread of White-Nose Syndrome and identifies additional actions if it is detected in Colorado.”
Public comments will be most helpful if received by May 22, 2014. The BLM plans to finalize the EA by fall 2014 after considering public comments received on the preliminary EA.
“Congressmen Urge USTR, USDA to Press Japan on Tariff Elimination”
President Obama will meet with Japanese Prime Minister Abe on Thursday – and ahead of that meeting – more than 60 House lawmakers have sent a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack about their concern regarding Japan’s stance on market access for ag goods. The lawmakers say accepting Japan’s demands would be inconsistent with U.S. requests in previous trade deals – and could undermine the balance of concessions the other eleven economies have achieved. National Pork Producers Council President Dr. Howard Hill says the U.S. meat industry supported Japan’s entry into the Trans-Pacific Partnership talks – but NPPC expected Japan would eliminate tariffs on ag products. If Japan remains unwilling to eliminate tariffs and other forms of protection – such as the gate price system for pork – Hill says NPPC will urge the administration to conclude the TPP agreement without Japan – which is the fourth largest market for U.S. agriculture.
“USDA Announces Funding as Part of Made in Rural America Initiative”
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Business Investment Program is developing a new investment fund – the Rural Business Investment Company – to allow innovative small businesses throughout rural America to access the capital they need to grow and create jobs. The fund will be managed by Advantage Capital Partners – which has pledged to invest nearly 150-million dollars into this new effort along with eight of its partners from Farm Credit institutions. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says this new partnership will allow USDA to facilitate private investment in businesses working in bio-manufacturing, advanced energy production, local and regional food systems, improved farming technologies and other cutting-edge fields. Applications for funding will be accepted until July 29th and reviewed during Fiscal Year 2014. USDA intends to accept RBIC applications through 2016. For more information – visit rur dev dot USDA dot gov (www.rurdev.usda.gov).Read the rest of this entry »
LA JUNTA, COLO. – April 11, 2014 – The 20th Annual Arkansas River Basin Water Forum “Planning and Planting for the Future” will be held April 22-24 at Otero Junior College in La Junta, Colo. The 2014 Forum is hosted by Otero County and the City of La Junta.
The first Arkansas River Basin Water Forum (ARBWF) was held in 1995 in Pueblo. The Forum was developed as a means to bring together the diverse water interests to explain their views and engage in open dialogue about water issues in the basin. Through this dialogue, the Forum seeks to create a greater understanding of Colorado water law, water use and water conservation.
A Pre-Forum Community Workshop will be held on Tuesday, April 22 from 6 to 9 p.m., with a sandwich bar from 5:15-6 p.m., at Otero Junior College. The Pre-Forum will include a landscaping for drought tour and panel discussing xeriscape principles, growing drought tolerant trees and a drought tolerant plants tour of the OJC Grounds. The panel will be followed by a Water 101 session by Colorado Water Resources Division Office representatives in addition to Federal Support for the Arkansas Valley Conduit withrepresentatives from Senator Mark Udall’s office, Congressman Scott Tipton’s office and Congressman Cory Gardner’s office. The last session – What is the Arkansas Basin Round Table and What Does It Do? – will round out the Pre-Forum. The public is invited and encouraged to attend. The cost is $10.
Written & Submitted by: By Linda Langelo, CSU Horticulture Program Associate, Golden Plains
The open plains of eastern Colorado are being host to the caterpillar stage of the infamous Army Cutworm, Euxoa auxiliaris through the end of April. The adult stage of this insect is the Miller Moth. What does this mean for homeowners?
These Army Cutworms travel in large numbers. Just picture an army marching in divisions. Both caterpillars and adults can be abundant in and around homes. If you acquire large numbers in the home, there will be an odor problem because the fat in their bodies turns rancid. They will spot drapes, surfaces and even unfinished wood furniture. Why? For most of their moth stage they excrete an acid fluid for defense purposes. Miller Moths emerging from their pupa stage produces a reddish-brown fluid deposited on household surfaces such as windowsills, walls or wherever the insect rests. This is a waste product stored during the pupa stage. This waste product is proteinaceous in nature and is called meconia. Luckily, a common household cleaner, Spray-and-Wash will remove this product.
Once you have large numbers of Miller Moths in your home, you will need to vacuum and clean their mess as thoroughly as possible. Old dead Miller Moths are food for Carpet Beetles. Then the Carpet Beetles become the bigger issue. Carpet beetle larvae feed and grow on a wide variety of materials. Among these materials are stored food products and anything of animal origin. They are also commonly known to develop in household lint. To control the carpet beetles regularly clean up spilled food, store susceptible fabrics in sealed containers and keep areas clean where pet hair and lint can accumulate. Vents and carpet edges tend to collect pet hair and lint.
New Fund, Established as Part of White House Rural Council’s “Made in Rural America” Export and Investment Initiative, Now Allows USDA to Facilitate Private Equity Investments in Agriculture-related Businesses
Fund is the First of Upcoming Announcements on Boosting Investment in Rural America; White House Rural Opportunity Investment Conference to be Held in July
Cedar Rapids, Iowa, April 21, 2014 – As part of the Obama Administration’s new “Made in Rural America” export and investment initiative, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the creation of a new investment fund that will help propel the growth of small businesses across rural America. The new Rural Business Investment Company (RBIC) will now allow USDA to facilitate private equity investments in agriculture-related businesses. Currently, USDA programs exist to help provide loans or loan guarantees to help rural businesses grow, but many small cutting-edge businesses also need equity support in addition to or instead of borrowed funds.
Advantage Capital Partners, which will manage the new fund, and their partners from eight Farm Credit institutions have pledged to invest nearly $150 million into the new effort.
“This new fund will allow innovative small businesses throughout rural America to access the capital they need to grow and create jobs,” Vilsack said. “One of USDA’s top priorities is to help reenergize the rural economy, and we now have a powerful new tool available to help achieve that goal. This new partnership will allow us to facilitate private investment in businesses working in bio-manufacturing, advanced energy production, local and regional food systems, improved farming technologies and other cutting-edge fields.”
SoGES funds research projects that are innovative and interdisciplinary in nature, involving faculty members and researchers from across colleges. Selected projects target all six of the school’s Research Focal Areas: Climate Change and Energy, Food Security, Environmental Institutions and Governance, Sustainable Communities, Land and Water Resources, and Biodiversity, Conservation, and Management.
“This year’s cohort of Global Challenge Research Teams and Resident Fellows represent Colorado State University’s breadth of knowledge related to sustainability science as well as its commitment to solving the most pressing global challenges,” saidDiana Wall, director of the School. “Through these research programs and interdisciplinary partnerships, the School stimulates critical thinking to address these challenges.“
A recent online promotion for U.S. pork the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) conducted with China’s leading business-to-consumer platform, Tmall.com, drew rave reviews from Chinese consumers and strong results for U.S. pork suppliers.
The seven-day promotion, developed with support from the Pork Checkoff, highlighted Tmall.com’s nationwide 24- to 48-hour delivery service and gave thousands of Chinese consumers the opportunity to learn about U.S. pork through videos and recipes developed by master chefs, and to order U.S. pork for home delivery.
Within the first five days, the three participating U.S. suppliers had sold nearly 3,000 one-kilo orders (2.2 pounds per kilo) — 6,600 pounds — of U.S. pork. Within five more days, total orders jumped to 7,000. Equally impressive were the consumer reactions posted on the website:
”I got delivery on the next morning. The pork looks red and fresh. The pork tasted very tender and far better than the normal pork. Several minutes later, we finished the pork.”
“The delivery was so fast that it was sent to my home the next morning around 9 o’clock. I couldn’t wait until dinner, so I had the U.S. pork for lunch. The pork was thin and tender. I finished all the pork very soon.”
“The pork looks very fresh – different from the pork on the wet market. I can’t wait to put the pork on the electric grill and make barbecue pork. The barbecue pork was very fresh and tender – very good taste.”
“The pork is fresh and of good taste. It’s a good choice to make barbecue with U.S. pork. I would strongly recommend you taste it.”
“This shopping channel creates different buying experiences for consumers,” said Joel Haggard, senior vice president for USMEF-Asia-Pacific. “It opens up sales of U.S. pork to the whole of China.”
(BARN Media & CoAgNews Network – Briggsdale, CO) April 21st, 2014 - Unfortunately the conversation around a recovering Colorado is still a pertinent one. It has been for the past two years with fires and floods and because of the sheer magnitude and devastation left by those and other events, the conversation will go on much longer than most understand. Joining the Colorado Ag News NEtwork inside the BARN to discuss this further is Todd Boldt, NRCS District Conservationist, out of Fort Collins, CO…
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LAKEWOOD, Colo. – Colorado dry bean producers voted to approve an increase in the dry bean assessment through the Colorado Dry Bean Marketing Order. With 61 “yes” votes and 47 “no” votes, the referendum passed. The assessment will increase from $0.04/cwt. to $0.08/cwt. for producers and from $0.02/cwt. to $0.04/cwt. for handlers.
“Exciting progress is being made at Colorado State University (CSU) with pinto bean breeding and research to genetically improve the upright structure of the plant, which aides in improved harvest, better seed quality, and more disease resistance,” said Harvey Colglazier, President of the Dry Bean Administrative Committee. “The increase in assessment will allow research to progress at CSU, thus enhancing the quality of edible dry beans grown in Colorado.”
The goal of a marketing order is to establish and expand the market as well as create and maintain that product as a viable crop in Colorado. The current assessment rate has been in effect since 1988. The increase will allow the Committee to invest in research of new varieties, enhancement of production practices, and improvements in pest management strategies.
Ballots were mailed to all eligible voters in March and voting ended on April 4, 2014. The assessment increase will become effective August 1, 2014.
(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…
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Save the date for the 2014 Arkansas River Basin Water Forum taking place at Otero Junior College!
The Forum will be held from April 23-24, 2014
Early registration ($45) may done online at our website or by mail-in. Exhibitors are also welcome at the same registration rate. For registration information, please visit, www.arbwf.org
The Forum will be celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2014. We will be taking the Forum down the river this year to La Junta, home of the nearby Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site. Additional activities to enjoy in the Otero County area can be found at the City of La Junta website: http://www.ci.la-junta.co.us/
Given that the original purpose of the Forum was to encourage positive dialogue about seminal Ark Basin issues, it is fitting that this year, the focus will be on the Colorado Water Plan and the attendant Basin Implementation Plans that will be of paramount importance in the coming year.
The Forum will be hosting representatives from basins adjoining the Arkansas, along with James Eklund (Director of the CWCB) and John Stulp (Special Advisor to the Governor for Water Issues). Additional panel discussions will be focused on the Value and Importance of Agriculture, Invasive Species, and Agricultural Water Use. This year’s chairman, Dr. Lorenz Sutherland, has done a fabulous job and it’s shaping up to be a great event. Based on the success of our experience with the “Citizen Session” on water use, we will be repeating this community events once again on the evening before the main Forum.
“Railroads Ordered to Make Fertilizer Deliveries Priority”
Last week – the U.S. Surface Transportation Board ordered BNSF Railway and Canadian Pacific Railway to direct all railcars to make fertilizer deliveries to avoid planting delays this spring. The railroads were ordered to report their delivery plans by last Friday – along with weekly status reports on deliveries for the next six-weeks. National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson says farmers have faced prolonged delays in transporting ag commodities by BNSF and CP – but this decision will ensure timely delivery of much-needed fertilizer for farmers in the upper Midwest. Johnson says it’s a step in the right direction – and he is pleased STB is requiring railroads to report on their fertilizer delivery performance.
“Food Manufacturers Say Proposed Animal Feed Rule Costly, Bad Policy”
Food manufacturers send a lot of their waste to be turned into animal feed – including expired marshmallows, broken crackers and orange peels. Bloomberg reports the Food and Drug Administration’s proposed animal feed rule under the Food Safety Modernization Act could make it too expensive for these businesses to recycle un-used food in this way. The Grocery Manufacturers Association says the proposed rule would be costly, bad for the environment and provide little or no food safety benefit. In 2011 – nearly 44-billion pounds of food was kept out of landfills – with nearly 70-percent of the waste stream from manufacturers becoming animal feed and only five-percent being dumped into landfills. But if the proposed rule becomes law – GMA says as little as 22-percent of food waste would become feed and almost 28-percent would enter landfills to save manufacturers money. Overall – GMA says the new rule would cost manufacturers nearly 444-million dollars each year. Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri urges FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg to revise the proposed animal feed rule to give more consideration to food byproducts used in animal feed. Blunt says we don’t just need to think about how to produce more food – but also how to effectively use the food and food products available.Read the rest of this entry »
Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet announced that the Colorado Department of Agriculture received an $835,856 Specialty Crop Block Grant from the United States Department of Agriculture. The grant, designed to expand markets for specialty crops, will support statewide projects that help Colorado growers market their crops. Specialty crops include fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, floriculture, and nursery crops.
Funding and support for this program was provided by the 2014 Farm Bill, which as a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee and the conference committee, Bennet helped craft and pass.
“We encourage Coloradans across the state to apply for this funding. Supporting specialty crops increases access to fresh, healthy foods and supports American farmers and rural economies,” Bennet said. “These types of programs provide another important example of how the Farm Bill benefits Coloradans and why it was so essential that this bill was passed.”
The grant was part of $66 million distributed by the USDA nationally.Specialty Crop Block Grants are allocated to states based on a formula that takes into consideration both the specialty crop acreage and the production value.Last year Colorado received more than $650,000, which was used to support projects ranging from educating grape growers about incorporating different types of grapes into their wines to working with organic farmers in the Arkansas Valley to increase sales through a local food hub.
Interested applicants should apply directly to the Colorado Department of Agriculture by clicking here.
Every school year, Western Dairy Association reaches thousands of Colorado students by presenting the dairy farmer-funded Fuel Up to Play 60 kickoff assembly with Miles, the Denver Broncos mascot.
The assemblies are designed to help launch the FUTP 60 program, and to get students excited about making better nutrition choices, emphasizing dairy foods, and getting more physical activity.
The assemblies provide an excellent opportunity for our dairy farm families to see the FUTP 60 program in action, and to further illustrate dairy farmer commitment to the health and wellness of students. Our dairy farm families are always welcome to attend a kickoff assembly with or without their children. The next assemblies are:
Cherry Drive Elementary, Thornton, CO, April 21, 8:30 a.m.
Longmont Estates Elementary, Longmont, CO, April 23, 8:30 a.m.
If you would like to experience the excitement surrounding FUTP 60 by attending an assembly, please call Bill Keating at 720-356-3180 for information about what to expect and the address of the school! We will continue to provide dates/times for assemblies in Impact Weekly as they are scheduled to ensure all our dairy farm families have the opportunity to attend one at your convenience.
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Western Dairy Association’s Director of Nutrition Marketing and Affairs Jenna Allen, was honored by the Colorado Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics with their Emerging Dietetic Leader Award last weekend for her work in the dairy industry.
The Emerging Leader Award is presented to dietitians who have demonstrated leadership and the utmost concern for the promotion of optimal health for the residents of Colorado. Allen was recognized as serving on local district, state and national dietetics boards, as well as multiple regional committees representing dairy farm families.
During the awards ceremony, Allen was described as personally and professionally representing the field of dietetics in a truly passionate way, and due to her success and sincerity she has been recruited to participate in multiple leadership positions. The Academy recognized Allen as a “brilliant, kind, and consummate professional in our field.”
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The Colorado Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (the state professional organization of registered dietitians and dietetics students) held their annual conference and exhibition April 11th and 12th in Denver.
Saturday morning, Western Dairy Association sponsored Carol Ireton-Jones, PhD, RD to present on FODMAPs elimination diets. Ireton-Jones is a household name in the field of dietetics and leader in both energy metabolism and irritable bowel syndrome management.
Her presentation focused on managing foods to control irritable bowel symptoms. Ireton-Jones is a proponent of lactose intolerance management through the use of low-lactose dairy products including cheese, yogurt and lactose-free milk. Ireton-Jones provided a group of 175 Colorado registered dietitians tips for managing lactose intolerance, emphasizing the need to include dairy products in the diet when doing so.
“Almond and coconut milks don’t have the nutritional punch that cow’s milk has, and they have no protein,” said Ireton-Jones.
Diet therapy is all about managing symptoms by including the right healthful foods.
Saturday afternoon, three Colorado farm women shared their stories with members of the group in a breakout session sponsored by CommonGround, a group of volunteer farm and ranch women with a passion to share their personal experiences as farmers with consumers. New Western Dairy Board Director Mary Kraft, of Badger Creek Dairy; Sondra Pierce who raises a variety of crops in Boulder County; and Danell Kalcevic, of Kalcevic farms in Bennett, Colo., shared their experience as farmers. Registered dietitians asked questions about life on the farm as well as questions about hot topics such a mega-farms, GMOs, water conservation and hormones. RDs also asked and brainstormed ways that they can share pro-agriculture messages with their patients and the public. Read the rest of this entry »
NRCS utilizes the EWP Program to Provide Financial and Technical Assistance
April 17, 2014, Denver, CO– Construction on numerous projects aimed at providing relief and peace of mind to many Coloradoans impacted by the 2013 floods is now underway. Many organizations have partnered with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Colorado’s Office of Emergency Management (COEM) to implement the Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) Program.
EWP is managed and administered by NRCS and is designed to relieve imminent hazard to life and property caused by flood, fires, storms and other natural disasters. John Andrews, NRCS State Engineer and EWP Program Manager in Colorado shares, “The need for EWP assistance in the State is extensive. Within the past two years we’ve seen everything from devastating floods, fires and even dust-storms. The need far exceeds our resources, however those resources are increased when we leverage thru partnerships like the ones formed with organizations like Larimer County, the Town of Estes Park, Boulder County, El Paso County and many others.”