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The Denver Cash Grain Bids…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 30, 2014

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Greeley, CO    Wed Jul 30, 2014    USDA-CO Dept of Ag Market News

Daily Grain Bids for Denver and Surrounding Areas

Spot bids to producers for grain delivered to terminal and country
elevators.  Bids dollar/bu. except for Barley which is dollar/cwt.
Bids are as of 3:00 PM MST.
Bids        Change (cents)
US 1 Hard Red Winter Wheat      5.67-5.88    6 higher
Up to 12 percent protein

US 2 Yellow Corn                      3.96    6 lower

US 2 Barley                          7.00    steady

Source: USDA-CO Dept of Ag Market News Service, Greeley, CO
Tammy Judson 970-353-9750  Greeley.LGMN@ams.usda.gov
http://www.ams.usda.gov/mnreports/GL_GR110.txt
http://www.ams.usda.gov/lsmarketnews

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07-30-14 CDA News: Emerald Ash Borer Detected in New Areas of Boulder…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 30, 2014

CDA LogoBOULDER, Colo. – Emerald ash borer (EAB), a highly destructive tree pest that poses a serious threat to Colorado’s urban forests, has been detected in new locations within the City of Boulder. The non-native pest – already responsible for the death of millions of ash trees and tens of millions of dollars in costs in more than 20 states – is of concern because ash species comprise an estimated 15-20 percent of all trees in Colorado’s urban and community forests.

After EAB was first confirmed in Boulder in September 2013, an interagency EAB Response Team conducted a preliminary survey to determine the extent of infestation. The city was divided into a grid of one-square-mile sections, and branches were sampled from each to determine the presence of EAB. The survey resulted in infestation being positively identified in sampled ash trees within five separate sections.

Recent monitoring efforts have now revealed clear evidence of the pest in three additional grid sections, all adjacent to the original positive sections. A link to the revised grid map can be found at www.eabcolorado.com.

Mitch Yergert, Director, Plant Industry Division for the Colorado Department of Agriculture and incident commander for the EAB Response Team, says it is important to note that the new locations are most likely detections of previous infestation, as opposed to further spread of the insect.

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07-30-14 CDA ALERT: Vesicular Stomatitis (VS) Update: 21 Colorado Quarantines…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 30, 2014

VesiculCDA - Animal Health Division logoar Stomatitis (VS) Update: 21 Colorado Quarantines

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BROOMFIELD, Colo. – The Colorado Department of Agriculture’s State Veterinarian’s Office has placed 21 locations under quarantine after horses tested positive for Vesicular Stomatitis (VS). The quarantines are located in Boulder, Broomfield, El Paso, Larimer, and Weld counties; results on additional tests in other counties are pending.

Colorado is the second state in the country to have confirmed cases of VS. Previous positive cases of vesicular stomatitis in 2014 have been diagnosed in Texas.

“Vesicular stomatitis can be painful for animals and costly to their owners,” said State Veterinarian, Dr. Keith Roehr. “The virus typically causes oral blisters and sores that can be painful causing difficulty in eating and drinking.”

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.

Vesicular Stomatitis (VS) Signs and Transmission:

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. Vesicles are usually only seen early in the course of the disease. The transmission of vesicular stomatitis is not completely understood but components include insect vectors, mechanical transmission, and livestock movement.

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07-30-14 USCA News: Federal Appeals Court Ruling A Victory For Consumers And Ranchers…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 30, 2014

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USCA (July 30, 2014) –  The United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) says the July 29 ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia upholding the U.S. country of origin labeling (COOL) program and affirming a lower court’s denial of a preliminary injunction to block COOL is a significant victory for consumers and U.S. cattle producers.

 The ruling was limited to addressing the reach of First Amendment claims by the appellants where information required to be disclosed was factual and noncontroversial.  Nine of the eleven judges of the D.C Circuit who participated in the en banc review concluded that no First Amendment violation arises under the Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) 2013 COOL regulations.

 The July 29 ruling stems from a lawsuit filed on July 8, 2013 by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), the American Meat Institute (AMI), National Pork Producers Council (NPPC), North American Meat Association (NAMA), Canadian Cattlemen’s Association, Canadian Pork Council, Mexico’s National Confederation of Livestock Organizations, Southwest Meat Association and the American Association of Meat Processors, seeking to block implementation of USDA’s 2013 COOL implementation regulations and seeking a preliminary injunction to halt the program’s implementation immediately.  The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia denied the groups’ motion for preliminary injunction and the full appellate panel heard the case after a three-judge appeals panel upheld the lower court’s decision but suggested the full court review its ruling on the First Amendment issue in light of other D.C. Circuit decisions on the topic.

 USCA is one of four defendant-intervenors in the lawsuit.  “USCA became involved in this lawsuit as a defendant-intervenor because we felt it was very important for the court to hear directly from U.S. ranchers,” said Jon Wooster, USCA President, San Lucas, California.

“We are pleased with the court’s decision that the 2013 regulations do not violate the First Amendment rights of the appellants,” continued Wooster.  “The court indicated clearly that the history of COOL ‘lifts it above’ mere consumer curiosity; that origin labeling rules have existed for almost 125 years; and there’s a ‘time-tested consensus’ that consumers want to know the origin of products they purchase.  COOL’s primary purpose is to provide consumers with enhanced labeling information so they can make informed purchases.  We believe USDA’s revised COOL regulations achieve exactly that goal.”

 “USCA strongly supports the en banc decision of the D.C. Circuit, the earlier D.C. Circuit panel decision and the District Court decision denying the preliminary injunction sought by the plantiffs/appellants,” noted Leo McDonnell, USCA Director Emeritus, Columbus, MT.  “In its opinion, the court wrote that the government’s interest in COOL is ‘substantial’ because there is a long history of such disclosures and there’s a demonstrated consumer interest in knowing where their food comes from.  The real question is why plaintiffs continue to seek to deny consumers information so basic as to where their food was produced,” added McDonnell.  “While it is unclear at this time whether the plaintiffs will file a petition for certiorari in order to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court or pursue a jury trial at the District Court level on the merits of the agency’s rule-making, USCA will continue to participate to ensure domestic producers have a strong voice in any remaining judicial action.”

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07-30-14 PROGRESSIVE 15 LOOKING FOR NOMINEES FOR OUTSTANDING ALUMNI…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 30, 2014

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Fort Morgan, CO  –  Annually Progressive 15 recognizes outstanding alumni who have graduated from high school in one of the fifteen counties they advocate for.   Those counties are:  Adams, Arapahoe, Cheyenne, Douglas, Elbert, Kit Carson, Larimer, Lincoln, Logan, Morgan, Phillips, Sedgwick, Yuma, Washington and Weld.  We are asking for nominations from the community.  The deadline for nominations is August 15, 2014.

Alumni of the Plains nominees are ones that have exceled in their profession and/or have given back to our area in a positive way.  We, also, must be able to contact them and they (or a family member) would be available to receive their award at a luncheon in their honor on September 19th at our Fall Conference.

Our very first honorees in 2006 were Steve Antonopulos, Head Athletic Trainer for the Denver Broncos, who grew up in Hugo, and Tim White, Owner, White Construction Group of Castle Rock, who grew up in Brush.  Mr. Antonopulos was honored for his longevity with the NFL and as an example of the heights rural area students can aspire.   Mr. White was recognized for being a successful businessman and for his commitment to historic preservation in his childhood community.

Each year we induct a new set of honorees and their stories are on our website, along with the nomination application and other information about Progressive 15 at www.progressive15.org or by calling 970-867-9167.

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07-30-14 KSU News: Cropping Systems Field Day Planned for August 28th in Garden City, KS…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 30, 2014

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Garden City is site for Southwest Research-Extension Center Field Day 2014

GARDEN CITY, Kan. – Farmers, ranchers and anyone interested in how crops are grown in southwest Kansas can hear the latest in key research findings at Kansas State University’s Southwest Research-Extension Center Field Day 2014 on Aug. 28 in Garden City. 

The day starts with registration at 8 a.m. and the program beginning at 9:15 a.m. at 4500 E. Mary St. in Garden City. The event features tours and seminars by K-State Research and Extension specialists and researchers, agricultural product displays and a sponsored, complimentary lunch.

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07-30-14 US Energy Department Announces $11M to Advance Renewable Carbon Fiber Production from Biomass, includes NREL in Golden, CO…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 30, 2014

Energy.gov logoThe Energy Department announced today up to $11.3 million for two projects that aim to advance the production of cost-competitive, high-performance carbon fiber material from renewable, non-food-based feedstocks, such as agricultural residues and woody biomass. Carbon fiber – a strong, lightweight material that can replace steel and other heavier metals – can lower the cost and improve performance of fuel-efficient vehicles and renewable energy components such as wind turbine blades. The two projects seek to demonstrate new biomass conversion technologies that enable the manufacturing of acrylonitrile – an essential feedstock for high performance carbon fiber – for less than $1 per pound.

  • Southern Research Institute (SRI) of Birmingham, Alabama will receive up to $5.9 million to innovate on a multi-step catalytic process for conversion of sugars from non-food biomass to acrylonitrile.
  • National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) of Golden, Colorado will receive up to $5.3 million to investigate and optimize multiple pathways to bio-acrylontrile.

This funding supports the Department of Energy’s Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative, a cross-cutting effort to ensure U.S. manufacturers remain competitive in the global marketplace.

The Energy Department’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy accelerates development and deployment of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies and market-based solutions that strengthen U.S. energy security, environmental quality, and economic vitality. Learn more about EERE’s work with industry, academia, and national laboratory partners on a balanced portfolio of research in biofuels and conversion technologies.

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07-30-14 KSU News: Proposed Rule Could Enhance Tracking of Ground Beef Sources…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 30, 2014

KSU Research and Extension logoK-State meat scientist discusses the implications for the proposed rule at the retail level, and also how it could affect beef producers, packers and consumers.

MANHATTAN, Kan. – A recently proposed rule by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) would require grocery stores and supermarkets to keep more documentation on ground beef sources, which could assist in more timely traceability of a particular beef source that may have caused a foodborne illness.

The proposed rule would require retailers to keep records of all the sources of ground beef that they grind in-store, said Travis O’Quinn, assistant professor in the Department of Animal Sciences and Industry at Kansas State University.

Traditionally, he said, retailers combine beef purchased specifically for grinding with beef products that may have hit the end of their shelf-life in a whole muscle cut form, such as roasts and steaks, to create the ground beef products consumers see on shelves. This limits traceability to a specific source of potentially contaminated meat if a foodborne illness outbreak were to occur.

“Currently, there aren’t regulations that require those retailers to track what products, the amounts and the sources of those products that go into their store’s ground product. The proposed rule would change that,” O’Quinn said. Read the rest of this entry »

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07-30-14 Alltech News: Be Wary of Wheat Quality after Wet Weather…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 30, 2014

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According to Dr. Max Hawkins, a nutritionist with Alltech’s Mycotoxin Management Team, there have been recent reports of wheat being rejected at grain terminals for DON levels ranging from five ppm to more than 10 ppm.

According to Dr. Max Hawkins, a nutritionist with Alltech’s Mycotoxin Management Team, there have been recent reports of wheat being rejected at grain terminals for DON levels ranging from five ppm to more than 10 ppm.

[LEXINGTON, Ky.] –  This summer’s excessive rain has left the wheat harvest lagging behind and the crop in suboptimal condition, according to one grain management expert.

Dr. Max Hawkins, a nutritionist with Alltech’s Mycotoxin Management Team, said that the most common mycotoxin issue with wheat is Deoxynivalenol (DON), produced by Fusarium graminareum mold. This is the same mold that produces Fusarium Head Blight (FHB), and the two are commonly associated in wheat. However, in some cases DON can still be present even if FHB is not spotted.

Fusarium graminareum prefers extended wet periods or relative humidity more than 90 percent with temperatures from 59 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit. The maps for June rainfall and temperature indicate these factors have been in play across a major portion of the Grain Belt.

“In the 2014 wheat crop, there are reports from across the U.S. of DON levels ranging from two parts per million (ppm) to 14 ppm. There are areas where the wheat has been relatively free of DON and bushel test weights have been excellent,” Hawkins said. “However, the areas contaminated with DON are increasing as rainfall and temperature play a more significant role. There have been recent reports of wheat being rejected at grain terminals for DON levels ranging from five ppm to more than 10 ppm.”

A standard alternative to corn in poultry and swine diets, wheat can be formulated into a diet on a lysine basis and provide similar nutritional value. Wheat can also be utilized to stretch a short corn supply or at certain times be a more economic replacement for corn. However, just as in corn, there can be a risk for mycotoxins.

“Wheat producers may have used fungicide to help prevent FHB but this requires proper timing and application rates to be more effective,” Hawkins said. “If there is variability in plant maturity across a field at application, this will result in fungicide being improperly timed for a percentage of the wheat crop. This will result in a percentage of the plants not being protected against FHB and at risk for DON formation.”

Since DON tends to be higher on light weight, damaged kernels or fines, Hawkins advises these tips for wheat growers:

  • Be proactive by increasing fan speed on combines to 1375 to 1475 rpm and increasing shutter openings to 3.5 inches.
  • When storing grain, it should be screened as it goes into storage and screened again when it is removed from storage.
  • Screening should not be used for livestock feed.
  • If the wheat grain contains DON, the straw from the crop will contain DON also so care must be used if the straw is destined for feeding or bedding.

“It is highly recommended to have the grain analyzed prior to feeding. Alltech’s 37+TM laboratory provides an in-depth analysis of 38 different mycotoxins and not only analyzes for DON but also for six different Type B Trichothecenes that can be formed by Fusarium graminareum,” Hawkins said. “The employment of a total mycotoxin management program that covers all areas from the field to the feeder will provide the greatest amount of information and the safest feed possible.”

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07-30-14 Voluntary “best practices” model for ag youth employment published…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 30, 2014

NCCRAHS - ational Childrens Center for Rural Health and Safety logoGiven the changes in agriculture in recent years and the lack of updated guidance for youth employment, a new voluntary “best practice” model policy has been developed to help fill this gap.  It can be adopted in both employment and non-employment settings to help safeguard young farm workers.

“Model Policy: Youth Employment in Agriculture,” addresses age- and developmentally- appropriate assignments, training needs for adolescent workers, and ideal supervision and mentoring by adult workers. This approach is consistent with new trends in agriculture to use certification systems, safety audits, and voluntary safety standards in addition to the regulatory process.

The policy, recommendations for its use and resources are posted at
http://marshfieldclinic.org/nccrahs/modelpolicy.

Mary E. Miller, RN, MN, young worker specialist at the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries, working with Barbara Lee, Ph.D., director, National Children’s Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety, led development of the policy, beginning with discussions at the National Council of Agricultural Employers (NCAE) annual conference in Washington D.C., and continuing with a survey of employers and a task force of NCAE members. The process resulted in a template that can be customized and adapted for individual companies that employ young workers. The policy process continued the conversation about youth safety after proposed changes to federal agricultural child labor laws were withdrawn by the White House in April 2012.

A manuscript about the policy and its development is featured in the current Journal of Agromedicine (issue 19-3).

The abstract can be viewed at http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/wagr20/current.

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wed, July 30th…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 30, 2014

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“NFU Pleased With Court’s En Banc Decision Regarding COOL”

The U.S. District Court of Appeals upheld an earlier decision to deny an appeal to stop the enforcement of Country-of-Origin-Labeling yesterday by a nine-to-two majority. National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson says the court’s decision is another victory for NFU and other organizations in their long battle to uphold the enforcement of the COOL regulation as modified by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Johnson says the court ruled the government may require factual, uncontroversial information to be included on a label. He says consumers want to know basic information about where their meat comes from – and U.S. livestock producers are proud of what they produce and are happy to give consumers that information. COOL will significantly improve the information available to consumers by reducing confusion about the origins of meat products – according to Johnson – and provide producers the opportunity to differentiate their products. With this being the third time COOL has won in court – Johnson says there is no need for the case to proceed.

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“White House Releases Climate Change Report”

The White House released a report Tuesday titled The Cost of Delaying Action to Stem Climate Change. White House officials believe delays will have major negative economic consequences. In fact – the report finds delaying policy actions by a decade would increase total mitigation costs by nearly 40-percent. Failing to take any action would risk substantial economic damage – according to the report. White House counselor John Podesta says the lack of action on Capitol Hill is a lagging indicator of public policy – and he believes the Republican-led House will catch up with the political reality at some point. Podesta says the public is solidly on board with the idea that climate change is happening – and they want to see clean energy solutions.

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“Organizations Concerned About Decision Regarding Inspection Services at Port”

Several national, regional and state agricultural producer, commodity and agribusiness organizations met with USDA GIPSA Administrator Larry Mitchell and other USDA officials last fall to urge preparation of contingency plans to ensure an immediate and effective program to continue official services at the Port of Vancouver after previous service interruptions due to inspectors ordered to cease inspections. A July 1st notice by the Washington State Department of Agriculture stated it no longer would fulfill its obligation to provide official grain inspection and weighing services at the port. More than 20 organizations – including the American Farm Bureau Federation, American Soybean Association, National Corn Growers Association and U.S. Grains Council – are urging USDA to take immediate action to restore services at the port. They say the latest announcement by WSDA is unprecedented and create an extremely troubling precedent that will cause irreparable damage to the integrity and reliability of the U.S. official grain inspection system. Until now – they say confidence that the U.S. official grain inspection system will function in a continuous and consistent manner has been instrumental in facilitating the ability of U.S. farmers and agribusinesses to reliably serve foreign customers and remain competitive in world markets. WSDA’s recent decision sends a dangerous signal to any third-party that might wish to disrupt U.S. grain export trade. Visit NGFA dot org (www.ngfa.org) to read the full letter.

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“U.S. Soybean Farmers Receive Big Returns on Investment From Checkoff”

Results of the soy checkoff’s most recent return-on-investment analysis shows all U.S. soybean farmers receive five-dollars and 20-cents in profits for every dollar they invest in the checkoff. Untied Soybean Board Chairman Jim Call says this study shows U.S. soybean farmers are better off because of the checkoff. Study leader Gary Williams says five-percent of all U.S. soybean farmers’ revenues are due to the checkoff’s marketing and research efforts. Overall – Williams says the checkoff has increased the size of the U.S. soybean industry, lifted markets for U.S. soybeans, meal and oil and increased U.S. soy exports. Ultimately – he says the benefits have far exceeded the costs. For more information on the United Soybean Board – visit united soybean dot org (www.unitedsoybean.org).

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“USDA Implements SCO”

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack says America’s agricultural producers work hard to produce a sufficient amount of safe and nutritious food for the country. He says it’s critical that they have crop insurance options to effectively manage risks and ensure they don’t lose everything due to events beyond their control. That’s why the U.S. Department of Agriculture has made it a priority to ensure the Supplemental Coverage Option is available to help farmers in the 2015 crop year. SCO will be available for corn, cotton, grain sorghum, rice, soybeans, spring barley, spring wheat and winter wheat in selected counties for the upcoming crop year. The Risk Management Agency plans to make it more widely available by adding more counties and crops. For more information – visit RMA dot USDA dot gov (www.rma.usda.gov).

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“Funding Available to Veteran, Minority Farmers Through 2501 Program”

USDA Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden announced the availability of more than 9-million dollars of outreach and technical assistance for minority farmers, ranchers and military veterans new to farming through the Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers Program – or the 2501 Program. Since 2010 – the program has distributed more than 57-million dollars to 188 partners. Harden says the future face of agriculture needs to be varied in experience, background and knowledge to meet the demand of the 21st Century. She says it enables USDA to bring more farmers and ranchers into American agriculture by partnering with the institutions, land-grant universities and other organizations that work directly with these diverse communities. Through these partnerships – she says a stronger ag future for the U.S. and the world is built. Applications for funding will be accepted through August 25th. To apply – visit grants dot gov (www.grants.gov).

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“White House Honors Champions of Change for Agriculture”

The White House and USDA honored champions of change for agriculture yesterday – which included several Farm Bureau members. American Farm Bureau President Bob Stallman says these champions of change serve as community and agricultural leaders – inspiring others to develop their own interests in farming and ranching while providing food, fiber and fuel for the U.S. and the world. Farm Bureau members honored as champions are Jake Carter of Georgia, Lee Haynes of Alabama, Kristin Fritz Kubiszak of Michigan, Melinda Litvinas of Delaware, Jacob Hunt of New Jersey, Quint Pottinger of Kentucky, Lindsey Lusher Shute of New York, Pierre Sleiman of California and Desiree Wineland of Nebraska. For more information on the Champions of Change program – visit White House dot gov slash champions (www.whitehouse.gov/champions).

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“AVMA Updates Sow Housing Resolution”

According to Meatingplace – the American Veterinary Medical Association has passed a resolution to update its policy on sow housing. This resolution doesn’t directly oppose the use of gestation stalls – but adds language to address quantity of space and warns against conditions that could produce distress or fear in the animals. The resolution states sow housing and management systems should provide every animal access to appropriate food and water, promote good air quality, allow proper sanitation, protect sows from environmental extremes, reduce exposure to hazards, facilitate the observation of individual sows to assess their welfare and provide sows with adequate quality and quantity of space to allow them to assume normal postures and express normal patterns of behavior. The association encourages ongoing research to better understand and meet the welfare needs of gestating sows.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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07-29-14 COLORADO TRANSPORTATION SURVEY RESULTS RELEASED BY ADVOCACY GROUPS…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 29, 2014

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Action 22, CLUB 20 and Progressive 15 released today the results of a transportation survey conducted jointly by the three advocacy organizations in the April/May timeframe this year.  The rural advocacy organizations have been involved in statewide transportation discussions over the years and participated as convening partners of the MPACT 64 (Metro Mayors, Progressive 15, Action 22, CLUB 20 Transportation) coalition since its inception.  For the three organizations representing the interests of rural Colorado, transportation is a critical issue and has been since the groups were formed.

During discussions with the MPACT 64 coalition, these rural organizations expressed the widely held view that their rural members believe transportation is important and that rural communities are willing to identify ways to fund road maintenance and safety measures in those areas.  Additionally, the three organizations have held that rural members would support a tax increase to support maintenance and safety measures in rural Colorado.

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07-29-14 *FSA-CO Weld County* Livestock Program Signups Continue…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 29, 2014

Weld County FSA logoEmergency Livestock Assistance Program (ELAP)

(July 29, 2013, Greeley Colorado) Signup ends August 1st for 2012 and 2013 losses, and November 1st for 2014!  ELAP covers losses of feed and forage during crop years 2012 and 2013 when the loss was caused by Natural Disaster Events such as September’s flooding.

To Apply – Producers Must:

  • Applications on Form CCC-851 must be signed by August 1st for loss in 2012 or 2013
  • Provide proof of livestock and feed inventories just prior to the natural disaster event
  • Document the weather event.

ELAP also has a segment for Honey Bee Producers.  Any Honey Bee producer who has suffered a loss should take immediate action by calling for an appointment at (970) 203-4812.

Livestock Forage Program (LFP)

This program covers grazing losses due to drought in 2012 and 2013.  Producers will be compensated at the lesser of the Total Livestock Monthly Feed cost or the Total Carrying Capacity Monthly Feed cost.

The deadline to apply is January 30, 2015.  Producers are encouraged to make applications now as budgetary reductions may apply later in the year.

To Apply – Producers Must:

  • Provide Livestock Inventory by kind and type as May 1, 2013 and/or 2013.
  • Have a valid acreage report with FSA on Form FSA-578.
  • Certify to Adjusted Gross Income Provisions for each year’s application. The Income threshold is $900,000.
  • Call for an appointment at (970) 203-4812.

Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP)

This program covers death losses to livestock caused by Natural weather events.  Producers will be compensated once the death loss exceeds the normal mortality rate.

To Apply – Producers Must:

  • Provide livestock inventory records to prove the kind and type of stock, or had just prior to the disaster.
  • Proof of deceased stock caused by the event.

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07-29-14 PLC News: US House Passes Bill to Modernize Endangered Species Act…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 29, 2014

PLC - Public Lands Council Header - NR SmallWASHINGTON (July 29, 2014) - Today, the House passed H.R. 4315 the Endangered Species Transparency and Reasonableness Act by a vote of 233 to 190. ThePublic Lands Council and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association strongly support the legislation, which combines four bills previously marked up by the House Natural Resources Committee, and will be beneficial to updating and improving the Endangered Species Act of 1973.
“The ESA, while designed to protect species from endangerment of extinction, has proven to be ineffective and immensely damaging to our members’ ability to stay in business,” said Brice Lee, PLC president and Colorado rancher. “During the nearly 40 years since the ESA was passed and over 25 years since Congress last reauthorized the law, our industry has come to recognize the Act as greatly flawed and outdated. Less than two percent of species placed on the endangered species list have ever been deemed recovered.”

H.R. 4315 will require data used by federal agencies for ESA listing and proposed listing decisions to be made publicly available and accessible. The bill also requires the Interior Secretary to report and comprehensively track all litigation costs associated with the Act. Furthermore, the bill caps hourly fees paid to attorneys that prevail in cases filed under ESA, consistent with current law.

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07-29-14 USDA Urged to Immediately Restore Official Grain Inspection Service at the Port of Vancouver, WA…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 29, 2014

USWA - US Wheat Associates LogoARLINGTON, Virginia — Citing the “extremely troubling precedent” being set, 22 national, regional and state agricultural producer, commodity and agribusiness organizations, including U.S. Wheat Associates and the National Association of Wheat Growers, have urged the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to take immediate action to restore official grain inspection and weighing services at the Port of Vancouver, Washington.


In a recent letter to the Secretary of Agriculture and other key administration officials, the organizations cited a notice by the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) stating that it no longer would fulfill its obligation to provide official grain inspection and weighing services at the Port of Vancouver. WSDA had been delegated the responsibility to provide official grain inspection and weighing services at the port by USDA’s Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA).
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07-29-14 Dairy Industry to Congress: Korea Trade Pact Beneficial, But Cheese Access Remains Restricted Due to Korea’s Agreement with EU…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 29, 2014

NMPF - US Dairy Export Council joint logoJuly 29, 2014 - The U.S. dairy industry told the Senate Finance Committee’s trade subcommittee today that the 2010 U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement has further strengthened U.S. dairy exports to the Korean market, even though it is not yet fully implemented.

At the same time, Shawna Morris, vice president for trade for the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) and the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC), said a new and growing type of trade barrier involving common food names has emerged that is restricting access to the Korean market for key U.S. cheeses.

“(Korea’s restrictions on the use of several common cheese names) are the direct result of their separate free trade agreement with the European Union,” Morris testified. “In a nutshell, the European Union has been leaning on countries around the world to block imports of products by confiscating common food names and reserving them exclusively for cheese producers in their member countries.”

The U.S.-Korea free trade agreement eliminated nearly all Korean tariffs on America’s dairy exports. Morris said even though the agreement has only been in place since 2012, and its full impact is still years away, U.S. dairy exports to Korea in 2013 more than doubled the average of the three previous years.

Morris said the Korea FTA’s dairy provisions could be a good model for the Pacific trade liberalization agreement now being negotiated with Japan, Canada and eight other countries. “We hope that Trans-Pacific Partnership will result in an agreement that we can support as robustly as we have supported the Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement,” she testified. Read the rest of this entry »

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07-29-14 Inside the BARN with CO Governor John Hickenlooper…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 29, 2014

To listen to the interview, click the audio mp3 link below

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Colorado Governor's Seal(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) July 29th, 2014 - Joining the Colorado Ag News Network inside the BARN is CO Governor John Hickenlooper, discussing several topics including:

 – CO’s Economy & Job Growth

 – CO’s Agricultural Economy & Agritourism Industry

  – CO Proud’s “Choose Colorado Tour” this August

 – CO’s Water Plan Update

 – 142nd CO State Fair Aug 22- Sept 1st in Pueblo

 – 3rd Annual Pedal the Plains Bicycle Tour Wiggins – Ft Morgan – Sterling Sept 19-21 

 – & MORE

For related stories about any of the topics/events, click on the links above.

And for more information about the Colorado Governor’s Office – CLICK HERE

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07-29-14 NFU News: District Court Strikes Down Injunction Against Country of Origin Labeling…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 29, 2014

NFU - National Farmers Union logo5WASHINGTON (July 29, 2014) – National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson issued the following statement after receiving news of the District Court of Appeals’ en banc decision on a challenge to enforcement of Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL) by the multinational meatpackers and our foreign competitors. By a 9-2 majority, the panel upheld an earlier 3-judge panel decision to deny an appeal to halt the enforcement of the popular labeling law, passed in 2008.

“NFU, and our broad coalition of consumer and producer organizations, have achieved yet another victory in our long battle to uphold the enforcement of the COOL regulation as modified by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA). This marks the third time that COOL has won in court. There is no need for this case to proceed.

“The Court ruled that the government may require factual, uncontroversial information to be included on a label. American consumers want to know basic information about where their meat comes from, and livestock producers across this great nation are very proud of what they produce and happy to let consumers know where their meat comes from. USDA’s new COOL rules will significantly improve the information available to consumers by reducing confusion about the origins of meat products. It will also provide U.S. livestock producers the opportunity to differentiate their products, which they are proud to claim as theirs.”

National Farmers Union has been working since 1902 to protect and enhance the economic well-being and quality of life for family farmers, ranchers and rural communities through advocating grassroots-driven policy positions adopted by its membership. Learn more online @ www.nfu.org

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07-29-14 USDA Implements Key Farm Bill Crop Insurance Provision…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 29, 2014

Header Press Release2014 Farm Bill Measure Strengthens and Expands Insurance Coverage Options for Farm Operations

WASHINGTON, July 29, 2014 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced continued progress in implementing provisions of the 2014 Farm Bill that will strengthen and expand insurance coverage options for farmers and ranchers. The new Supplemental Coverage Option (SCO), available through the federal crop insurance program and set to begin with the 2015 crop year, is designed to help protect producers from yield and market volatility.

“America’s agricultural producers work hard to produce a sufficient amount of safe and nutritious food for the country,” said Secretary Tom Vilsack. “It’s critical that they have crop insurance options to effectively manage risks and ensure that they do not lose everything due to events beyond their control. Following the 2014 Farm Bill signing, USDA has made it a priority to ensure the Supplemental Coverage Option was available to help farmers in this upcoming crop year.”

The 2014 Farm Bill strengthens and expands crop insurance by providing more risk management options for farmers and ranchers and by making crop insurance more affordable for beginning farmers. SCO, which is administered by the Risk Management Agency (RMA), further strengthens the farm safety net.

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07-29-14 USDA Announces Grants to Help Veterans and Minority Farmers Get Started in Agriculture…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 29, 2014

Header Press ReleasePartnerships Continue USDA Efforts Supporting New Farmers and Build Greater Diversity in American Agriculture

WASHINGTON, July 29, 2014 Today, USDA Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden announced the availability of over $9 million in outreach and technical assistance for minority farmers and ranchers and military veterans that are new to farming and ranching. The funding, provided through the Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers Program, also known as the 2501 Program, will enable community-based organizations and other partners to work directly with these groups to successfully acquire, own and operate farms and ranches and equitably participate in all USDA programs.

“The future face of agriculture needs to be varied in experience, background and knowledge to meet the demand of the 21st century,” said Deputy Secretary Harden. “The 2501 Program enables USDA to bring more farmers and ranchers into American agriculture by partnering with the institutions, land-grant universities and other organizations that work directly with these diverse communities. Through these critical partnerships, we will build a stronger agricultural future for our country and for the world.”

Deputy Secretary Harden made this announcement at the White House during the Future of American Agriculture Champions of Change event celebrating the next generation of America’s farmers and ranchers.

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