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08-26-14 *CSF News* Colorado’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Junior Livestock Sale 51 Years Honoring Colorado’s 4H and FFA Youth…

Posted by Brian Allmer on August 26, 2014

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PUEBLO, Colo. – The annual Colorado’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Junior Livestock Sale at the Colorado State Fair has come to a close. According to preliminary totals, the 2014 sale accumulated approximately $480,950 from the state’s most dedicated bidders. Last year’s sale totaled $452,424. The sale is instrumental in supporting the future of Colorado’s agribusiness as it demonstrates to youth the importance of raising quality livestock and the work required of those who pursue careers in agriculture.

“This sale is the culmination of long hours and dedicated work by Colorado’s 4-H and FFA exhibitors. Over the past 35 years, the Colorado State Fair Junior Livestock Sale has raised over $8,734,600 for the youth involved in these programs. They truly are tomorrow’sagricultural leaders,” said State Fair General Manager, Chris Wiseman.

“We would also like to thank the generous bidders for their participation. Their participation helps make this sale a success,” said Jeanne Robison, State Fair Livestock Coordinator.

PRELIMINARY results are available at http://www.coloradostatefair.com/p/events/244.

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The Junior Livestock Sale Committee was formed 51 years ago in 1963 through the Greater Pueblo Chamber of Commerce. The committee does all the behind-the-scenes work to put on this important event, contributing more than 1,800 hours of work. Anyone with livestock and agricultural experience is invited to inquire about joining the committee. Contact the Livestock Office Jr. Sale Manager at 719-404-2035.

 

The Colorado State Fair is going on NOW thru September 1, 2014.

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08-26-14 CSU Extension Hosting Natural Gas Symposium Viewing Session in Akron on Sept 24th…

Posted by Brian Allmer on August 26, 2014

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(Akron, Colo.)  CSU Extension will be hosting live online viewing sessions of CSU’s 4th annual Natural Gas Symposium on September 24 from 8:15am – 12pm at Extension offices in Akron, Julesburg and Holyoke. The viewing session will live stream two panels focused on the big picture of oil and gas development in Colorado and what the community and industry need to know about each other. Speakers include the Vice President of Oil and Gas for General Electric, a Vice President for Noble Energy, a Boulder County Commissioner, and a Regional Director for the Environmental Defense Fund. Questions can be submitted during the presentations by attendees at the viewing sessions, and attendees will also have a chance to comment on a CSU white paper on the State of Oil and Natural Gas Development.

Viewing session attendees can attend as much or as little of the morning as they choose, but are asked to register in advance. Registration is free and light refreshments will be provided. For more information on the Natural Gas Symposium and viewing session, visit http://naturalgas.colostate.edu/live-streaming-sessions/

 

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08-26-14 BQA Stockmanship and Stewardship Tour Sept 5-6 in Ft Collins…

Posted by Brian Allmer on August 26, 2014

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08-26-14 *CSU Ext News* Should I Treat My Wheat Seed?

Posted by Brian Allmer on August 26, 2014

CSU Extension LogoBy Ron Meyer, Golden Plains Area Extension Agronomist, email: RF.meyer@colostate.edu

Seed Treatments Strongly Recommended for 2014 Wheat Crop –

Common Bunt (Stinking Smut) became an issue in some wheat growing areas in Eastern Colorado last season.  The fungal disease infects seed at germination and the infection becomes systemic resulting in wheat seed produced that has poor quality.  In some cases, smut infected wheat was not marketable.  Characteristics include a strong fish odor in grain with darkened kernels.

 

As the wheat planting season approaches, it is recommended that growers treat seed with a fungicide before planting.  Seed treatments control seed-transmitted diseases that lower yield and grain quality.  These diseases include common bunt (also known as stinking smut) and loose smut.  The fungi that cause these two diseases infect seed or seedlings and grow within the plant until heading, at which time they invade the developing kernels and replace them with fungal spores.  Common bunt in particular can lead to 100% loss because grain elevators sometimes will not accept common bunted grain.  This year several growers who had common bunt in their grain were not able to sell it.

Another group of seed-transmitted diseases causes root and crown rots and seedling blights.  The fungi that cause these diseases infect grain during the heading and grain maturation stages.  If grain affected by these fungi is not treated with a fungicide and is used as seed, severe root and crown rots and seedling blights can occur.  Together with soil borne fungi that cause damping off, damage can result in uneven stands and bare patches in wheat fields.

Benefits of treating wheat seed before planting

  • A good stand establishment and healthy and vigorous seedlings optimize the opportunity for high yields.
  • Diseases such as common bunt that lower grain quality and can lead to 100% loss are controlled.
  • Root and crown rot diseases, seedling blights, and camping off which result in uneven stands and bare patches in fields are controlled.
  • If systemic fungicides are used to treat seed, additional protection from fall foliar disease s is provided.

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08-26-14 WSGLT News: Bobbie Frank Honored with the Kurt Bucholz Conservation Award…

Posted by Brian Allmer on August 26, 2014

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Bobbie Frank Healy honored with 2014 Kurt Bucholz Conservation Award by the Wyoming Stock Growers Land Trust.

Bobbie Frank Healy honored with 2014 Kurt Bucholz Conservation Award by the Wyoming Stock Growers Land Trust.

DEVILS TOWER – The Wyoming Stock Growers Land Trust awarded Bobbie Frank the seventh annual Kurt Bucholz Conservation Award at its annual Roundup Barbeque Saturday, held on August 23 at Bear Lodge Cattle Company at Devils Tower.

Bobbie has been employed by the Wyoming Association of Conservation Districts since August 1991 as Executive Director.  She also serves as Executive Director for the Wyoming Natural Resource Foundation.

In her capacity as Executive Director, Bobbie is responsible for the development and implementation of natural resource conservation programs for local conservation districts, development of policy positions for the Association on local, state and federal issues, management of the Association’s financial and public relation affairs, and lobbying on various state and federal legislative issues.

The WACD is aggressively involved in a myriad of water quality issues both at the state and national levels.

A Jerry Palen bronze depicting the Stock Growers Land Trust horse and rider logo is awarded to the recipient of the Kurt Bucholz Conservation Award.

A Jerry Palen bronze depicting the Stock Growers Land Trust horse and rider logo is awarded to the recipient of the Kurt Bucholz Conservation Award.

Prior to coming to WACD, Bobbie was employed for two years with the Laramie County Conservation District.  During her employment with the District, she assisted with public relations and education, organization and assisting the District with implementation of various conservation programs, etc.

Bobbie lived and worked in northern Alberta for four and a half years.  She worked for the Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development Committee and Exhibition Association as well as working as a freelance reporter for two rural weekly newspapers.

She has received the Wyoming Stock Growers Guardian of the Grassland Award, was recognized as a member of the Wyoming Ag Hall of Fame, and received the Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of Conservation Districts.

She and her husband, Dan Frank a Cheyenne Attorney, reside south of Cheyenne. She has three children and one grandson.

“I am very humbled and honored to receive the Kurt Bucholz award. He was an amazing person in his diligence to protect Wyoming’s ranching community and the water we all depend upon. Words cannot express how honored I am to receive this award. It is even more rewarding to know that I was nominated by the folks I serve. I am just grateful for the opportunity I have been given to work in this area of natural resources and for some of the best people in this state.” – Bobbie Frank

“I was thrilled that Bobbie Frank was our first woman recipient.  Bobbie is so well-known and respected throughout the state.  I think everyone was very pleased with the choice.” Laura Bucholz.

The Kurt Bucholz Conservation Award is named for the late Dr. Kurt Bucholz DVM, one of the Stock Growers Land Trust’s early supporters who, along with his wife Laura, ranched in Carbon County. For many years Dr. Bucholz devoted countless hours to his county and state. He demonstrated a keen understanding of state and local water issues, and was adamant about protecting the upper North Platte Valley’s vital and historic water rights. A rare cancer claimed Kurt’s life in December 2006. The Stock Growers Land Trust and Laura Bucholz created the Kurt Bucholz Conservation Award in 2008 to be presented annually to an individual who exemplifies Kurt’s conservation values, particularly those that center on protecting and nourishing Wyoming’s working ranches.

The Bucholz award honoree receives a bronze statue sculpted by Wyoming artist Jerry Palen that depicts the Stock Growers Land Trust horse and rider logo. Past recipients are Mike Healy, Bob Budd, Jim Chant, Joe Glode, Dennis Sun, and Dr. John Lunt.

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08-26-14 *USDA/NASS News* USDA TO MEASURE SMALL GRAIN PRODUCTION…

Posted by Brian Allmer on August 26, 2014

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LAKEWOOD, CO – During the first two weeks of September, growers of small grains around the country will receive
survey forms from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). The agency is
taking an in-depth look into the 2014 production and supply of small grains, which include wheat, oats, barley, and rye.
“The small grains industry is a major component of our region’s agriculture and it is crucial to have accurate data about
this key sector,” said NASS Mountain Region Director Bill Meyer. “We will contact more than 5,000 producers in
Arizona, Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, Utah, & Wyoming to accurately measure 2014 acreage, yield, and production
for small grains. The data collected from this survey will also help set small grain acreage and production estimates at the
county level.”
NASS will contact agricultural producers to gather information on their 2014 production and the quantities of small grains
& row crops stored on farm. As an alternative to mailing the survey back, to help save both time and money, growers will
have the option to respond to the survey online. The farmers who have not responded by August 30th will receive a phone
call from a NASS-trained enumerator who will help them fill out the survey form.
As with all NASS surveys, information provided by respondents is confidential by law. NASS safeguards the privacy of
all responses and publishes only aggregate data, ensuring that no individual operation or producer can be identified.
Survey results will be published in several reports, including the annual Small Grains Summary and the quarterly Grain
Stocks report, both to be released September 30. These and all NASS reports are available online at http://www.nass.usda.gov.
For more information call the NASS Mountain Region Field Office at 1-800-392-3202.

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08-26-14 CDA News: Annual Directory Promotes Colorado Hay…

Posted by Brian Allmer on August 26, 2014

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BROOMFIELD, Colo. –The Colorado Department of Agriculture publishes the Colorado Hay Directory annually to help connect Colorado hay producers with buyers. The 2014 edition of the directory is now available to the public at no cost.

“The directory is a great way for Colorado hay producers to market their hay,” said Wendy White, marketing specialist for the Colorado Department of Agriculture. “Hay buyers from throughout Colorado and across the country request the publication.”

The 28th edition of the Colorado Hay Directory features producers and brokers of hay as well as companies that provide hay-related products and services. Categorized by region, each listing includes the type and amount of hay available, bale type and size, whether or not laboratory analysis is available, certified weed free status and identifies organic hay.

The Colorado Hay Directory is published by the Colorado Department of Agriculture in cooperation with participating Colorado hay producers, Colorado State University Extension, and with support from Hutchison Incorporated, Land Trust of the Upper Arkansas, ProAG-Morris Industries Inc. and Producer’s Choice.

The directory and other hay resources are available online at www.coloradoagriculture.com. For more information or to request a copy of the 2014 Colorado Hay Directory, call the Colorado Department of Agriculture at (303) 869-9175.

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08-26-14 Archer Daniels Midland Company Announces Sponsorship to Support National FFA Organization Programs…

Posted by Brian Allmer on August 26, 2014

FFA Logo good copyINDIANAPOLIS (August26, 2014, National FFA Organization) – Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) recently donated $50,000  in support of the National FFA American Degree and the American Star Awards recognition as a special project of the National FFA Foundation. This is a renewed gift on behalf of ADM’s Crop Risk Services business unit and 2014 marks the 55th year in ADM’s history of giving to FFA. The donation, in addition to its other contributions to the National FFA Foundation, places ADM at the organization’s silver sponsorship level for the year with support of more than $345,000.

The donation was given through ADM Cares, a social investment program that directs funds to initiatives and organizations that drive meaningful social, economic and environmental progress worldwide. The program comprises three distinct focus areas: supporting the responsible development of agriculture, improving the quality of life in ADM communities and fostering employee giving and volunteer activities.

“ADM is proud to partner with the National FFA and to do our part to help develop the next generation of leaders in the agricultural industry,” said Mark Schweitzer, ADM’s managing director of intermodal and container freight and a member of the National FFA Sponsors’ Board.

 ADM has also donated in support of National FFA Organization’s leadership programs including National Leadership Conference for State Officers (NLCSO) and State Presidents’ Conference (SPC), which recently concluded in Washington, D.C. for 2014.

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08-26-14 PlainsGold® announces redesigned website for wheat farmers…

Posted by Brian Allmer on August 26, 2014

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August 26, 2014 – PlainsGold® announces the launch of its redesigned U.S. website. The site now features a variety selection tool, advanced dealer search options and a “responsive design” that automatically adjusts the site for smartphone, tablet or computer viewing.

The newly-designed website is at www.plainsgold.com. This is the same site address, although the look and content are totally revamped.

“These improvements mean the PlainsGold website will make decisions easier and clearer for High Plains wheat farmers,’ says Darrell Hanavan, executive director of the Colorado Wheat Research Foundation (CWRF).

The new variety search feature helps wheat farmers find varieties based on characteristics such as drought tolerance, test weight, straw strength, maturity and disease resistance. Farmers can use the site to find a seed grower/dealer by state, PlainsGold® variety, and distance from their farm location.

The latest information on wheat genetics and performance trial results continues to be available at PlainsGold.com, along with news and publications, events, and details on the CWRF Ardent Mills Ultragrain® Premium Program.

The PlainsGold brand was introduced in 2012, yet its winter wheat varieties are some of the most well-known and innovative available today in the High Plains. The PlainsGold brand is owned by CWRF. Royalties from the sale of PlainsGold seed support public wheat breeding at Colorado State University. This further enhances the funding provided by the wheat assessment paid by all Colorado winter wheat farmers.

Check out the numerous PlainsGold varieties that will work for your operation this fall:

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Tue, Aug 26th…

Posted by Brian Allmer on August 26, 2014

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“USDA Raises Price Forecast for Beef, Pork.”

USDA has raised its price forecast for beef and pork consumed at home this year.  USDA now expects retail beef and veal prices to rise by 6.5 percent to 7.5 percent during 2014. Prices rose by 0.4 percent from June to July and have shot up 10.4 percent between July 2013 and last month.  Retail pork prices in 2014 are predicted to rise by 6.5 percent to 7.5 percent. Prices rose by 0.7 percent from June to July and have shot up 10.9 percent since July of last year.

Restaurants appear to not boost prices as much, according to Meatingplace.  Still, the cost of food consumed away from home is expected to rise 2.5 percent to 3.5 percent in 2014. For poultry, USDA predicted retail prices in 2014 would rise between 3 percent and 4 percent. Poultry prices rose 0.4 percent in June to July and have risen 2.7 percent since July 2013.For 2015.

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“USCA Waiting for WTO Statement, not Wall Street Journal Report.”

After the Wall Street Journal reported last week the World Trade Organization will side with Canada and Mexico regarding Country of Origin labeling, the U.S. Cattlemen’s Association issued a statement that while the article is notable, the World Trade Organization isn’t expected to release its report publicly until next month.  The USCA stated the Wall Street Journal article was published based on unsubstantiated rumors from unnamed sources.  USCA President Jon Wooster said “until the WTO report is released, articles like this one are based merely on the claims of unnamed individuals and, in my opinion, amount to irresponsible journalism.”  Wooster also stated the USCA will not comment on the WTO panel decision until it is in the public domain.

Further, Wooster stated “COOL supporters can be assured that USCA is following this closely and will respond appropriately when a decision is publicly released.” And that he has “full confidence in the actions that USDA undertook, at the end of the first set of challenges, to address underlying concerns.”

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“USDA Funding Employee Training to Help SNAP Participants Find Jobs.”

USDA announced Monday $200 million of competitive grants are available for state SNAP agencies for employee training programs.  The grants for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program are available for designing and conducting training for employees to help SNAP participants find jobs and increase their earnings.  The grants are part of the 2014 Farm Bill which will fund up to 10 pilot projects to test methods of training.  USDA is looking for states to submit proposals that target populations indicated by the Farm Bill, including individuals with low skills, able-bodied adults without dependents, and recipients who are working in very low-wage or part-time jobs.

Secretary Tom Vilsack stated “When provided the opportunity to obtain additional skills many SNAP recipients are able to obtain a good job and transition out of the program.”  He says the grants will allow USDA “to test innovative approaches to give folks the opportunity to get training, get a good job and build stronger futures for their families.” The grants will be distributed across a range of geographic areas, including rural and urban parts of the country.

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“Could PEDv Become Airborne?”

A new study suggests airborne transmission should be considered as a potential route for Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus.  The study published last week by Veterinary Research looked at whether PEDV could become airborne. Results indicated presence of infectious PEDV in the air from experimentally infected pigs and genetic material of PEDV was detected up to 10 miles downwind from naturally infected farms, according to the Pig Site.  PEDV has spread rapidly after being diagnosed in the USA in April 2013.

This study comes just after a recent study suggested that PEDV could be carried by animal feed if the feed is contaminated with the virus.  That study indicated that while not the source of the virus, PEDV could be carried by the feed if it was to come into contact with the virus.  One vaccine is on the market for pork producers to use and another is expected to reach the market soon.  So far, experts say the best defense against PEDV is good biosecurity measures.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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08-25-14 *NASS-CO NEWS* The latest Colorado Crop Progress Report for August 25th, 2014…

Posted by Brian Allmer on August 25, 2014

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Agricultural Summary: Widespread, isolated precipitation was received throughout most of Colorado with locally heavy rainfall reported in some cases. Producers had made good progress prior to the rain events which resulted in limited harvesting and cutting opportunities throughout a good portion of Colorado. Reporter comments indicate rainfall was beneficial for soil moisture supplies and enhancing conditions of pastures, crops and rangeland. Farmers were allowed 5.5 days in the field for operations.
Small Grains: The harvest of barley gained 9 percentage points last week ending with 65 percent complete, ahead of 40 percent last year and 49 percent on average. Maturity of spring wheat remained behind average last week with 88 percent turning color by week’s end, compared with 99 percent both last year and on average. Harvest of the crop was estimated at 28 percent complete as of last week, behind 48 percent a year ago and 34 percent on average.
Row Crops: Virtually all corn was silked last week, 69 percent was in the dough stage, and 13 percent was dented. Three percent of the corn crop intended for silage has been harvested as of last week. The harvest of onions gained 3 percentage points last week with 4 percent complete by week’s end, behind 6 percent last year and the average of 15 percent. Harvest of potatoes outside the San Luis Valley was 20 percent complete, continuing behind last year and the average of 28 and 27 percent, respectively. Sorghum was 74 percent headed, up from 50 percent previously. Twenty-five percent of the crop was coloring, compared with 30 percent last year and 38 percent on average. Seven percent of the crop was mature as of last week, up from 2 percent last year and the average of 4 percent
Pasture and Range: Pasture and range conditions were rated 65 percent fair to good across the State. Last year, 50 percent was rated fair to good while 58 percent is fair to good on average. The second and third cuttings of alfalfa were estimated at 93 and 46 percent complete, respectively.
Livestock: Death losses for cattle and sheep remained mostly average to light. Stored feed supplies were rated 5 percent very short, 13 percent short, 75 percent adequate, and 7 percent surplus. Last week’s supplies were rated 5 percent very short, 14 percent short, 73 percent adequate, and 8 percent surplus.

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08-25-14 Colorado Corn reiterating support of federal food-labeling bill over state ballot measure…

Posted by Brian Allmer on August 25, 2014

Colorado Corn LogoAugust 25, 2014 – GREELEY, CO - With news this past week of a mandatory GMO-labeling measure officially making the Colorado ballot, many across the state are stressing that a vote for Proposition 105 would only contribute to the ongoing state-by-state patchwork of food-labeling and food-safety rules, which is confusing and disruptive for farmers, other food producers and consumers.

Furthermore, implementing mandatory labels would create added production costs, which would then be passed on to consumers, some of whom already struggle with their grocery bills.

While in opposition to Proposition 105 — a law that would require “GMO” labels for all foods sold in Colorado containing genetically modified organisms — Colorado Corn and a number of other agricultural and food groups are putting their support behind the nationwide Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, HR-4432, and hope the legislation will continue to have support from both sides of the aisle as it works its way through Washington, D.C.

If approved, the law would create a nationwide, voluntary labeling system, and also a set of labeling standards — not only for foods containing GMOs, but also for other food categories. Currently, there are very loose standards for some food labels, like “natural,” leaving some of these terms to be used more so as marketing tools, rather than ways of helping consumers make informed food choices. And while there are much more stringent standards for foods labeled “organic,” some rules vary state-to-state, making it a headache for farmers who market their goods to different states.

The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act would further ensure the safety of GMOs, by requiring the Food and Drug Administration to conduct reviews of all new GMO traits before they’re introduced into commerce.

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Mon, Aug 25th…

Posted by Brian Allmer on August 25, 2014

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“EPA Send RFS Proposal to White House Office.”

The EPA has sent its proposed Renewable Fuels Standard Volume Obligation Rule to a White House office for review.  The EPA sent the proposal to the White House Office of Management and Budget, which could take up to 90 days to review.  Several groups responded, including the National Biodiesel Board, stating the board was “pleased to see the process moving forward and hope the final rule will show that this Administration is standing behind our national goals for clean, domestic fuels that strengthen our economy and national security.”  Growth Energy CEO Tom Bius said that “While OMB has up to 90 days to review this rule, what is most important is the content of the final rule.”  The content has yet to be made public and the timeline for releasing it remains unclear.

The EPA stated the organization has received more than 340,000 comments on the proposal.  In a statement released Friday, the EPA said “Biofuels are an important part of our all-of-the-above energy strategy, helping to curb our dependence on foreign oil, cut carbon pollution, and drive innovation.”  EPA will issue a final rule-making after the inter-agency review process has been completed.

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“WTO Rules in Favor of Canada, Mexico on COOL.”

The Wall Street Journal reports the World Trade Organization has sided with Canada and Mexico in regards to U.S. Country of Origin Labeling rules. the Wall Street Journal, cited “sources familiar with the panel’s confidential report.” Canada and Mexico have asked for the World Trade Organization’s help against new U.S. COOL rules, which they say are more restrictive and harmful to beef cattle and pigs imported into the U.S. than an earlier version of the legislation that was found to violate WTO rules, according to Meatingplace.  In July, the WTO decision was provided to the governments, but will not be made public until it’s translated which could be weeks or months.  WTO rules give the United States 60 days to appeal from the date the report is published.

Supporters of COOL say U.S consumers have a right to know where their food originates from.  Opponents say the rule would be costly and burdensome.  Last month, a U.S. Appeals court in D.C. upheld COOL rules.  The nine judges who ruled in favor of USDA’s rules stated the government has a “substantial” interest in requiring meat processors to label where livestock was born, raised and slaughtered, including food safety concerns.

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“Guidelines for Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge.”

The American Farm Bureau Federation announced updated eligibility guidelines for the Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge.  Friday, Farm Bureau announced eligibility to enter the competition has been extended to not only include rural counties listed by the Agriculture Department’s Economic Research Service, but also rural communities that lie within metropolitan counties, based on the population density found in the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2010 Census of Urban Areas. AFBF is accepting applications through Sept. 15th. Semi-finalists will be announced at the National Summit on Rural Entrepreneurship at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business in October. 

AFBF says the first-of-its-kind challenge provides an opportunity for individuals to showcase ideas and business innovations being cultivated in rural regions of the United States, and that the Farm Bureau Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge is a key component of the Rural Entrepreneurship Initiative, a joint effort between AFBF and Georgetown.

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“USDA Reopens California Citrus Market to China.”

On Friday, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced California citrus farmers can resume exports to China this season. The move allows shipments just before the start of the 2014 citrus shipment season coming this fall.  In April 2013, California-origin citrus was suspended from entering the Chinese market due to brown rot, a soil fungus that affects stored fruit.  California citrus exports are valued at $30 million annually.

Secretary Vilsack said “Resuming trade before the start of the 2014 citrus shipping season is the result of a lot of effort by a number of USDA employees, who worked very closely with their foreign counterparts to resolve China’s concerns.”

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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08-22-14 *CFB News* Pfc. Zuriko Llaca Wins 5th Annual Governor’s Beef Show…

Posted by Brian Allmer on August 22, 2014

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2014 CFB Governors Beef Show 082214Centennial, Colo. – August 22, 2014 – For the fifth year in a row, Colorado Farm Bureau hosted the Governor’s Beef Show at the Colorado State Fair. This year’s grand champion showman was Pfc. Zuriko Llaca, and Counsel General Marcy Grossman was named the reserve grand champion showman.

As the grand champion showman, Llaca and exhibitor Megan Cothren of Weld County received a commemorative belt buckle.

“I learned a lot about the agriculture industry today, something I am not to familiar with,” said Llaca. “My favorite part about the show was learning from Megan about her steer and her passion for the agricultural industry.”

Llaca has served in the Colorado National Guard for two years, and helped rebuild the Lyons and Estes Park area after the floods last year.

“I absolutely loved this opportunity to promote the agriculture industry in Colorado and Canada,” said Grossman. “Our agriculture industry is integrated with Colorado, and we rely on each other to provide food and fiber products to consumers in both Canada and Colorado.”

Legislators and dignitaries were paired with state fair junior market beef exhibitors, and were shown the ropes on how to show a market steer. They then entered the arena to compete for the title, putting their newly learned skills to the test.

Don Shawcroft, CFB President, judged the participants on how well they showed their market steer and their answers to questions.

“Nearly three million farmers and ranchers across the country work daily to provide wholesome, safe and affordable food for consumers,” said Shawcroft. “Our farmers and ranchers not only provide food for millions of consumers, they are also constantly improving their farming techniques to conserve the environment and preserve the lands and waters we all love in the great state of Colorado. I commend those who are working diligently everyday to produce the best and most abundant food supply in the world.”

The following participants competed for the championship title: Arthur Bosworth II, chairman of the State Fair Board Authority, Rep. Leroy Garcia (House District 46), Consul General Marcy Grossman, Eboni Justice, Denver Bronco cheerleader, Gov. John Hickenlooper, Pfc. Zuriko Llaca, Liz Losoff, Denver Bronco cheerleader, Rep. Clarice Navarro-Ratzliff (House District 47), Renee Brown, member of the State Fair Board Foundation, Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture John Salazar, Karl Stressman, commissioner of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and Cary Wickstrom, Centennial Farm Award winner.

The event was considered a highlight of the state fair by many in attendance, as it was family friendly and connected state fair attendees with legislators and dignitaries.

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08-22-14 CSF News: State Fair Fans: $150,000 Still Unclaimed From Cashless Cards…

Posted by Brian Allmer on August 22, 2014

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Refunds Being Offered Until Sept. 2 at the Colorado State Fairgrounds

PUEBLO, Colo. – A little more than $150,000 is still unclaimed in refunds from the “Cashless Card” used at last year’s Colorado State Fair, and refunds are only available until the end of the 2014 Fair on September 1.

The Cashless Card is NOT being used at the Fair this year, and the Fair has no plans of returning to this particular system in the future. The Fair has gone back to accepting cash in payment for all food, drinks, rides and other purchases.

In 2013, fairgoers deposited money on Cashless Cards to buy items during the Fair and some visitors still have unspent money credited to their cards.

The total amount remaining in unclaimed refunds from the cards is approximately $150,300. Anyone who deposited money on a Cashless Card last year can still get a refund of any unspent money by going to the refund office, located on the Fairgrounds in Pueblo, Colo. The office is located in the Palace of Agriculture.

The refund office is open every day of the Fair from noon to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Labor Day.

This year’s Fair runs Friday, August 22, to Monday, September 1.

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Fri, Aug 22nd…

Posted by Brian Allmer on August 22, 2014

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“AFBF Files Court Brief on EPA Chesapeake Bay Pollution Limits”

The American Farm Bureau Federation once again asked a federal appeals court this week to reverse a court ruling regarding the pollution limits in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.  The pollution limits set by the Environmental Protection Agency gives EPA power to set only the “total” allowable pollutant load for waters, as AFBF and its allies maintain, or also to set individual limits for farming.   According to AFBF, under EPA’s view of its power, “EPA could assign nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment limits for each farm, home site, or even each acre of undeveloped land across the countryside.”  The appellate court will decide whether EPA has the authority, as EPA claims. AFBF maintains that Congress reserved such land use decision-making exclusively for the states.

The EPA has claimed that its Bay limits were developed in cooperation with the Bay states. However, AFBF’s court brief noted the EPA could place limits without cooperation from states.  AFBF added that a ruling against the EPA would not stop Chesapeake Bay cleanup efforts.

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“ASA, others, urge EU to Take action on Biotech Events.”

The American Soybean Association is urging the European Union take action on nine biotech events with positive safety reviews awaiting import authorization. ASA was joined on the letters by 18 other farm, commodity, grain processing, grain trade, and biotechnology associations this week. In a letter to United States Trade Representative Michael Froman, the groups encouraged the Administration to contact the EU Commission President to ensure action on the pending events in September.  Several of these products are already being commercialized under stewardship programs in the U.S. and elsewhere, and the groups claim failure to approve them in September will increase the risk of trade disruptions during the coming months.

Some of the products have been before the European Commission since the end of 2013 and were submitted more than five years ago. The groups stated that the time required for EU decisions on new biotech crops has only lengthened in recent years and no authorizations have been issued since November of last year. The letters emphasized that the delays could cause feed shortages and price increases, which would affect European producers, traders, livestock industry and consumers.

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“Valley Meats Will not seek Horse slaughter”

Valley Meat Company has withdrawn a ground water discharge request permit, effectively ending the company’s efforts to build a horse slaughter facility near Roswell New Mexico.  Meatingplace reported Thursday the company continues to seek permits for processing cattle. The decision comes seven months after a federal spending bill cut funding for horse slaughter inspection by USDA.  The company was seeking the permits through the New Mexico Environment Department.

Valley Attorney Blair Dunn noted the states delay in making a decision and that the company had to withdraw its application, among other reasons, because the state laws “only recognize livestock and do not differentiate by species.  Valley Meat Co. still faces a lawsuit from the New Mexico Attorney General’s office asking a judge to assure that the company cannot reapply for a permit in the future.

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“China Imports More U.S. Products.”

Even with the ongoing challenges with China regarding U.S. imports, the United States still exported more than three million tons of U.S. corn, sorghum and dried distiller’s grain for this marketing year.  With the marketing year coming to an end at the end of this month, the U.S. Grains Council reported demand in China remains strong.  With rapid corn purchases earlier this year the toughest of the trio still was corn exports due to the November announcement of zero tolerance for Syngenta’s MIR 162 trait, when China’s corn imports from the United States ground to a halt. However, the slowdown in corn imports contributed to a surge in sorghum imports. China is forecast to take more than 30 percent of U.S. sorghum production, making it by far the single biggest user for the grain. The U.S. Grains Council stated despite all of the complexities surrounding China’s feedstuff needs, one thing remains constant: end-users love the quality and value of imported feed products.

Despite several years of production increases and a record crop last year, corn prices in China continue to rise. Additionally, the demand for high-quality corn continues to outpace available supply. According to the most recent USGC data, theoretical import margins into southern Chinese ports now stand at almost $180 per ton. Kevin Roepke, USGC director of trade development in China, stated  “factoring in China importing 7.5 million tons of U.S. soybeans last month, if this were baseball, you could say China has ‘hit for the cycle,’ getting a single, a double, a triple and a home run in the same baseball game.”

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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08-19-14 Colorado State Fair Kicks Off with “98.9 Magic FM Sneak Peek” on Thursday, August 21st…

Posted by Brian Allmer on August 21, 2014

2014 CSF Button LogoPUEBLO, Colo. – The 2014 Colorado State Fair will open its gates to celebrate the 142nd year as Colorado’s popular summer attraction on Friday, August 22nd, but those who enjoy thrills and great deals have an opportunity to enjoy a Sneak Peek before opening day.

“The Sneak Peek has always been a big hit with families. It is one more way we strive to provide a fun, family event at an affordable price,” said Chris Wiseman, Colorado State Fair General Manager.

Crabtree Amusements will feature approximately 50 rides that spin, rock, and whirl fairgoers. During the Sneak Peek, $15 gets carnival fans an unlimited ride band and gate admission. Carnival gates will be open from 5 pm-midnight. During the Fair, the carnival will be open:

2 p.m. to midnightMonday through Thursday

Noon to midnightFriday through Sunday and Labor Day

The 98.9 Magic FM Sneak Peek is followed by the grand opening of the 2014 Colorado State Fair on Friday, August 22nd. This year’s Fair features free attractions, national recording stars, five nights of rodeo action, educational opportunities, agricultural exhibits, and food vendors—plus much more.

The Colorado State Fair is located at 1001 Beulah Avenue in Pueblo. Gate admission is free for ages 4 and under, $7 for ages 5-12, $7 for adults Monday through Thursday, and $10 Friday through Sunday. Gate 2 is closed this year. Admission gates are Gate 3 (Carnival Midway), Gate 4 (Livestock), Gate 5 (Prairie) and Gate 9 (Beulah).

The Pueblo Transit Shuttle, sponsored by Parkview Medical Center, will run from the Main Street Parking Garage, located at 110 S. Main St. in downtown Pueblo, to the State Fair Gate on Beulah Ave. Shuttles will run every 15 to 30 minutes. The shuttle fee is $2 per person, round-trip, or $1 one way, for everyone ages 7 and older. Parking in the garage is free. Call Pueblo Transit for information at (719) 553-2727. Shuttle service hours:

Monday-Thursday:  Noon to Midnight

Friday & Saturday:  10 am to 1 am

Sunday:  10 am to Midnight

The Colorado State Fair runs August 22 – September 1, 2014.  For more information, visit www.coloradostatefair.com.

The 2014 Colorado State Fair will mark the Fair’s 142nd year as Colorado’s premier celebration of agriculture. The Fairgrounds provides nearly $34 million in economic activity to Colorado throughout the year; $29 million of that activity is driven by the annual State Fair event. In addition to showcasing Colorado agriculture, the annual event features one of the country’s largest traveling carnivals, artwork, crafts, food competitions, thrilling rodeo action, a wide variety of food and merchandise booths and a Fiesta Day honoring Colorado’s ties to the Hispanic culture.

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Thu, Aug 21st…

Posted by Brian Allmer on August 21, 2014

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“Russian Ban Could Have Global Effect”

After banning food and agriculture imports from the U.S, Canada, The E.U., Austraila and Norway, Russia is seeking alternate markets for the country that imports 40 percent of its food.  According to the Pig Site, over the last week the Russian veterinary and food safety authority has approved several food processing operations in Chile and Brazil for export to the Russian Federation.  The move could be a boon for exporters in those countries, but not good for Europe, where the Russian embargo is starting to hit home.  The European Commission has introduced support measures for certain perishable fruits and vegetables this week.  The market situation for all products will be discussed in another meeting with E.U. experts and experts from the European Parliament in Brussels on Friday.

The European Commission said it will continue following markets development for all sectors affected by the Russian ban on agriculture and food products and will not hesitate to support further sectors heavily dependent on exports to Russia or to adapt the measures already announced, if necessary.

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“Tyson, Hillshire merger, delayed another week.”

Tyson Foods has again extended the offering period for its offer to buy Hillshire Brands due to  the Justice Department’s request for more information on the merger.  The department’s Antitrust Division is seeking more information on the large merger of Tyson and Hillshire.  That came after U.S. Senator Charles Grasssley of Iowa asked the Justice Department to take a harder look at the $7.7 billion deal.  Grassley was concerned of a possible decrease in competition in the pork industry, according to Meatingplace. Grassley’s request echoed worries expressed by a group of farm, ranch and consumer groups  that had also contacted the Justice Department.  The so-called tender offer, at $63 a share, was extended by another week and is set to close on August 26th.

Tyson Foods issued a statement saying “The offer has been extended to allow additional time for the expiration or termination of the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976.”  Tyson Foods,  is one of the world’s largest processors and marketers of chicken, beef and pork, the second-largest food production company in the Fortune 500 and a member of the S&P 500.

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“NCGA Announces Second Year for New Leaders Program.”

The National Corn Growers Association, along with DuPont, announced Tuesday the second year of the New Leaders Program.  The program helps corn growers newly active in agriculture wanting to build upon their leadership skills.  Expected participants include farming couples or individuals from NCGA’s affiliated states.  NCGA President Martin Barbe said “It’s important that farmers become strong leaders and spokespersons for American agriculture.” The application deadline is September 30th.  You can apply online at www.ncga.org/nlp.

Those interested must be at least 21 years old, active in corn farming, NCGA members and not currently serving in a state affiliate board officer position or as a Corn Congress delegate or alternate. One couple or up to two single persons per NCGA-affiliated state will be chosen to participate. The program will be implemented in three phases with sessions planned in Iowa next January and Washington D.C. next summer.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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08-20-14 CDA UPDATE: Vesicular Stomatitis (VS) Update: 184 Colorado Quarantines…

Posted by Brian Allmer on August 20, 2014

CDA - Animal Health Division logo*UPDATED @ 4:15pm 8/20/14*

Vesicular Stomatitis (VS) Update: 184 Colorado Quarantines

Guidelines for Livestock Shows, Fairs, Exhibitions, and Events

BROOMFIELD, Colo. –The Colorado Department of Agriculture’s State Veterinarian’s Office currently has 184 locations under quarantine after horses and cows tested positive for Vesicular Stomatitis (VS). The quarantines are located in Adams, Boulder, Broomfield, Douglas, El Paso, Jefferson, Larimer, and Weld counties; results on additional tests in these and other counties are pending. VS can be painful for animals and costly to their owners. The virus typically causes oral blisters and sores that can be painful causing difficulty in eating and drinking.  In Colorado there are 201 horses and 3 cows that tested positive for VS.

“The Colorado Department of Agriculture is not recommending events be cancelled; instead, we are recommending that events and livestock owners take extra caution to control flies,” said State Veterinarian, Dr. Keith Roehr.  “Livestock owners should not grow weary in doing well concerning insect control. There is some evidence that fly control practices have been an effective prevention tool in this present VS outbreak.”

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08-20-14 CELEBRATE THE 2014 COLORADO CENTENNIAL FARMS ON AUGUST 22ND!

Posted by Brian Allmer on August 20, 2014

CLICK HERE to visit the BarnMedia-History Colorado Centennial Farms Webpage...

CLICK HERE to visit the History Colorado Centennial Farms Webpage…

WATCH the ARCHIVES of all the CSF Jr Livestock Shows & the Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Jr Livestock Sale from the 142nd CO State Fair...CLICK HERE

WATCH the ARCHIVE of the 2014 CO Centennial Farms Awards Ceremony from August 22nd @ the 142nd CO State Fair…CLICK HERE

Join History Colorado, the Colorado Department of Agriculture, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation on Friday, August 22, at 4 p.m. at the State Fair in Pueblo to celebrate nineteen new working Colorado farms and ranches that have been in the same family for more than a century!

Despite decades of economic hardships, changes in farming technology, and battles with the natural world, these families have tenaciously sustained their family farms and ranches.
This year’s ceremony will include a special presentation to honor our first-ever Centennial Farmer, Lyman Edgar (right) whose family farm in Rocky Ford was honored as a Centennial Farm in 2009. He returns this year to celebrate his 100th birthday with us!
Can’t make it down to the ceremony? Why not WATCH the webcast ARCHIVE!
There will be a tape-delayed webcast of the 2014 CO Centennial Farms Award Ceremony available online (CLICK HERE) on Livestream.com, courtesy of BARN Media & the Colorado Ag News Network. SHould be uploaded and available by SUnday, August 24th.

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