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09-29-14 *USDA/NASS-CO* September Grain Prices: CO Release…

Posted by Brian Allmer on September 29, 2014

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September Farm Prices Received Index Decreased 3 Points

The preliminary All Farm Products Index of Prices Received by Farmers in September, at 106 percent, based on 2011=100, decreased 3 points (2.8 percent) from August. The Crop Index is down 3 points (3.3 percent) but the Livestock Index was unchanged. Producers received lower prices for hogs, corn, soybeans, and cattle. Higher prices were received for broilers, milk, strawberries, and apples. In addition to prices, the overall index is also affected by the seasonal change based on a 3-year average mix of commodities producers sell. Increased monthly movement of soybeans, corn, potatoes, and calves offset the decreased marketing of cattle, wheat, cotton, and barley. The preliminary All Farm Products Index is up 3 points (2.9 percent) from September 2013. The Food Commodities Index, at 119, decreased 1 point (0.8 percent) from last month but increased 13 points (12 percent) from September 2013.

Prices Paid Index Unchanged

The September Index of Prices Paid for Commodities and Services, Interest, Taxes, and Farm Wage Rates (PPITW) is at 111 (2011=100). The index is unchanged from August but 4 points (3.7 percent) above September 2013. Higher prices in September for feeder cattle, potash & phosphate, LP gas, and herbicides offset lower prices for complete feeds, feeder pigs, hay & forages, and feed grains.

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09-29-14 Beef Checkoff News: 2015 National Beef Ambassadors Selected…

Posted by Brian Allmer on September 29, 2014

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2015 National Beef Ambassadors

 (Pictured L to R: Kalyn McKibben, Rachel Purdy, Will Pohlman, Alicia Smith and Demi Snider.)

Thirty of the nation’s best beef industry youth spokespersons competed.  

Rachel Purdy (Wyoming), Will Pohlman (Arkansas), Alicia Smith (Texas), Kalyn McKibben (Oklahoma), Demi Snider (Ohio) were chosen as the 2015 National Beef Ambassador Team at the annual National Beef Ambassador competition, which is funded in part by the beef checkoff and managed by the American National CattleWomen, Inc, contractor to the beef checkoff.

Twenty senior contestants, ages 17-21, were judged in the areas of consumer promotion, education and outreach strategy, media-interview technique and issues response at the event in Denver, Sept. 26-27.

Contestants from throughout the country vied for a spot on this elite team of agriculture advocates and for the $5,000 in cash prizes sponsored exclusively by Farm Credit. Additionally, five educational scholarships totaling $5,000 were awarded by the American National CattleWomen Foundation, Inc. and Monsanto.

This year’s contest also hosted a junior competition for youth beef-industry advocates, ages 12-16. Ten passionate contestants vied for cash prizes, competing in three judged categories: consumer promotion, media-interview technique and issues response. The first-place winner was Phillip Saunders (Virginia). The second place winner was Bret Lee (Louisiana), and the third place winner was Abbey Schiefelbein (Minnesota). They all took home checks from Farm Credit for their top scores.

While preparing for this national beef promotion and education competition, youth across the nation learn about beef and the beef industry with support from state CattleWomen and Cattlemen’s associations and state beef councils. The preparation highlights industry issues of current consumer interest. Winners of the state competitions compete at the national level, where they receive additional training. After the event, the youth ambassadors speak to industry issues and misconceptions and educate their peers and meal-time decision makers about beef nutrition, cattle care, safety and more during consumer events, in the classroom and online.

Follow the National Beef Ambassadors on Twitter at @beefambassador and visitwww.nationalbeefambassador.org or www.ancw.org for more information.

For more information about your beef checkoff investment, visit MyBeefCheckoff.com.

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09-29-14 CO Corn OpEd: New website a one-stop shop for info on drawbacks of Prop 105, mandatory GMO labeling…

Posted by Brian Allmer on September 29, 2014

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TColorado Corn Logohe No On 105 Coalition this week launched its website, which will serve as an information and resource hub during this election season, explaining to the public why voting “No” on Proposition 105 in November is critical.

Proposition 105 would mandate a whole separate food-labeling system for Colorado that doesn’t exist in any other state. This would put Colorado farmers and food producers at a competitive disadvantage, increase our production costs and regulatory burdens, and ultimately raise food prices for Colorado families. Additionally, Proposition 105 is so badly written that it would result in misleading and inaccurate information on food labels in our state.

The No On 105 Coalition is made up of hundreds of diverse individuals and organizations representing thousands of farmers, consumers, businesses and taxpayers across Colorado – including the Colorado Corn Growers Association – and is using the new website to educate voters on such drawbacks.  Read the rest of this entry »

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09-29-14 *NASS-CO NEWS* Colorado Crop Progress Report for September 29th, 2014…

Posted by Brian Allmer on September 29, 2014

CLICK HERE to visit the USDA/NASS Website

CLICK HERE to visit the USDA/NASS Website

Agricultural Summary: As warm, dry conditions persisted last week, field activities gained prevalence and were maintained at an accelerated pace similar to the week prior. Precipitation was received along the Western Slope while isolated events occurred in the eastern district with trace amounts elsewhere. Emergence of dry areas was noted by reporters in the northeastern district as precipitation has waned in previous weeks. However, no immediate concerns of crop quality were addressed. Statewide, farmers were allowed 6.5 days in the field for operations.
Small Grains:  Harvesting activities for spring wheat continued behind average, with 83 percent of the spring wheat crop harvested by week’s end. Winter wheat was 71 percent planted as of last week, up from 42 percent a week earlier. This is ahead of 53 percent last year and 64 percent on average. Thirty-four percent was emerged, continuing ahead of last year and the average.
Row Crops: Maturity of corn was estimated at 39 percent, up 23 percentage points from the week earlier. Harvest activities gained momentum last week, with 6 percent harvested by week’s end. Eighty-five percent of the corn crop intended for silage has been harvested, compared with 86 percent last year and 84 percent on average. Dry beans were 72 percent cut while 42 percent has been harvested, up from last week’s respective figures of 45 and 22 percent. On average, dry beans are 52 percent harvested by now. Onions were 51 percent harvested, behind 58 percent last year and the average of 71 percent. San Luis Valley potatoes were 36 percent harvested, up from 22 percent previously. Potatoes outside the San Luis Valley were 92 percent harvested, compared with 95 percent last year and the average of 80 percent. Sorghum was 86 percent coloring, 44 percent mature, and 5 percent was harvested compared with the averages of 93, 41, and 5 percent, respectively. 24% of the sugarbeet crop was harvested, compared with 9 percent a year ago and 14 percent on average
Pasture and Range: Pasture and range conditions were rated 65 percent fair to good across the State. Last year, 54 percent was rated fair to good while 53 percent is fair to good on average. The third and fourth cuttings of alfalfa hay were estimated at 89 and 26 percent complete, respectively. On average, the third and fourth cuttings are 85 and 30 percent complete, respectively.
Livestock: Death losses for cattle and sheep remainedmostly average to light. Stored feed supplies were rated 5 percent very short, 12 percent short, 72 percent adequate, and 11 percent surplus, unchanged from the previous week’s figures.

To view the Sept 29th, 2014 USDA/NASS Colorado Crop Progress Report – CLICK HERE

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09-29-14 CSU / CO FFA NEWS: Blue Jacket Society Breakfast and Groundbreaking Ceremony on Oct 4th “Ag Day”…

Posted by Brian Allmer on September 29, 2014

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Having met its goal of raising $3.3 million for the new center, CSU’s College of Agricultural Sciences will soon begin construction north of campus at the college’s Agricultural Research, Development and Education Center. The Colorado FFA Foundation led the campaign and partnered with the college to help raise funds and work with donors – individuals and corporations – interested in contributing to the building.Recent studies have shown a significant decline in the number of agriculture teachers in K-12 schools across the nation. With its new CoBank Center for Agricultural Education set to break ground soon, CSU will be uniquely-positioned to help fill this void and ensure that agricultural education remains a core component of K-12 education, not just here in Colorado but across the United States.

CoBank Center for Agricultural Education

The CoBank Center for Agricultural Education will encompass more than 14,000 square feet, with customized laboratory, technology, teaching and office space. It also will include special exhibit space for the newly named Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame, a signature program of the Colorado FFA Foundation. Not only will the center function as an academic space for faculty, staff, and students, but it will also serve as a community meeting space, bringing together individuals from the agricultural industry, rural communities, and local schools.

CLICK HERE to WATCH both events on Oct 4th from CSU's ARDEC...

CLICK HERE to WATCH both events on Oct 4th from CSU’s ARDEC…

‘Growing need’

“There is a growing need for agricultural educators, especially in K-12 schools,” said Craig Beyrouty, dean of Colorado State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences. “This new center will position our students for success as they enter the job market and will make our agricultural education program a highly sought after destination for new students.”

CSU students focused on agricultural education have a high success rate in finding jobs after graduation due in part to the reduced number of agricultural educators available in the marketplace, in Colorado and across the country. Even more importantly, leadership training and an appreciation for pressing global issues are hallmarks of CSU’s agricultural education program. Graduates of this program are positioned to become experts in education, industry and government in areas of global importance such as feeding a growing global population and providing safe and nutritious food to people around the world.

“The new Center for Agricultural Education will benefit the students in Ag Ed by equipping us with the tools to be well prepared as we enter into agricultural instructor positions,” said Shauna Brown, a junior Agricultural Education major. “This building sets us apart from other agricultural education programs in the country and ultimately sets us up for success as we move into our future positions. I am excited for the hands-on opportunities and the experience I will gain working in the classroom. Once again, CSU, and specifically the College of Agricultural Sciences, is going above and beyond to make sure our time here at the university is well spent. I want to thank the many donors and the university for the support that makes this building possible.”

Producing food for the global population

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09-29-14 USDA Awards Over $52 Million in Grants to Grow Organic and Local Food Economies…

Posted by Brian Allmer on September 29, 2014

USDA seal logoDOSWELL, Va., Sept. 29, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the award of over $52 million in support of the growing organic industry and local and regional food systems through five U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) grant programs. The Secretary made the announcement during an event with Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe and First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe and local farmers at the Virginia State Fair.

“Local and regional food systems are one of the pillars of our efforts to revitalize rural economies,” said Secretary Vilsack. “Consumers are increasingly demanding more local and organic options. Investing in local and regional food systems supports the livelihoods of farmers and ranchers, especially smaller operations, while strengthening economies in communities across the country. Today’s announcements also improve access to fresh, healthy food for millions of Americans.”

Most of the grants announced today were authorized through the Agricultural Act of 2014 (the 2014 Farm Bill), including the Agricultural Marketing Service’s (AMS) Farmers Market Promotion Program and Local Foods Promotion Program, and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s (NIFA) Organic Research and Extension Initiative (OREI) and Community Food Projects (CFP) grant program. Also announced today are grants from AMS’s Federal-State Marketing Improvement Program (FSMIP). Together, these investments represent USDA’s commitment to strengthening organic and local and regional food systems through projects that recruit and train farmers, expand economic opportunities, and increase access to healthy foods.

Secretary Vilsack made the announcement while in Virginia, where M. James Faison, a farmer and business owner of Milton’s Local Harvest, was awarded a Local Food Promotion Program grant. Milton’s Local Harvest will develop aggregation and wholesale distribution channels for farmers producing local swine and cattle products in Virginia and the District of Columbia. The project will improve the commercial viability of small to medium scale farmers, allowing wholesalers to source locally and increasing consumer access to local, sustainable, and healthy meat.

USDA’s AMS awarded over $27 million in competitive grants to expand marketing through the new Local Food Marketing Promotion Program (LFPP) and the Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP). LFPP will invest millions annually in marketing and promotion activities for local food enterprises including food hubs, aggregation businesses, local food processors, farm to institution activities and other similar efforts. FMPP makes annual investments in marketing and promotion activities for farmers markets, CSAs and other direct producer-to-consumer outlets for local food.

“These Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program grants provide farmers and ranchers around the country with tools to reach consumers, strengthen ties between urban and rural communities, and help meet the growing demand for locally and regionally produced food,” said AMS Administrator Anne Alonzo.

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09-29-14 CDA NEWS: Fall is the Perfect Time to Experience Colorado Agriculture…

Posted by Brian Allmer on September 29, 2014

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CDA NEW main logo 051414BROOMFIELD, Colo. – The air is crisp and hues of red, orange and yellow dot the landscape. There is no better place to enjoy fall in Colorado than on a farm or ranch. This time of year brings a variety of family events involving agriculture including pumpkin patches and corn mazes. To help people explore agritourism in the state, the Colorado Department of Agriculture lists a variety of seasonal activities online at www.coloradoagritourism.com.

“Colorado’s harvest continues well into the fall,” said Wendy White, marketing specialist for the Colorado Department of Agriculture. “It really is a wonderful time to get out and enjoy our beautiful agricultural landscape, and have a little fun too.”

Online resources include a list featuring corn mazes across the state as well as harvest festivals and pumpkin patches. The site also lists farmers’ markets, bird watching trails, wineries, breweries, agricultural festivals, ranch vacations and more.

Pumpkin Picking Tips: When selecting your pumpkin, choose a gourd that is heavy for its size, clean, well-shaped with no cracks in the rind and avoid those with soft spots or decay. More than just a beautiful decoration, pumpkins are nutritious. They are fat free, sodium free, a good source of Vitamin C and an excellent source of Vitamin A.

For more information, visit www.coloradoagritourism.com or call (303) 869-9175.

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09-29-14 National Sheep Improvement Survey Underway…

Posted by Brian Allmer on September 29, 2014

NSIP-logo-150x150U.S. sheep producers are encouraged to participate before Oct. 10 in an online survey about improving the quality of the U.S. sheep flock.

This survey is being conducted by the National Sheep Improvement Association (NSIP), a non-profit group led by industry volunteers, whose sole purpose is to improve the quality of sheep and goats in the U.S. As a result of the American Lamb Industry Roadmap Project, which concluded that a major barrier to growth and prosperity in the U.S. sheep industry is quality, NSIP is taking a fresh look at how it can better serve U.S. sheep producers.

To take the survey, go to nsip.org or send an email to research@nsip.org with the subject “Link to Survey.”

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09-29-14 CDA News: Biological Control Enlisted to Help Manage Emerald Ash Borer in Colorado…

Posted by Brian Allmer on September 29, 2014

CEABRT-CO Emerald ASh Borer Response Team logoTetrastichus adult wasp-APHIS Tetrastichus larvae under bark-APHISBOULDER, Colo. – Stingless, parasitic wasps that target and kill emerald ash borer (EAB), a highly destructive tree pest that poses a serious threat to Colorado’s urban forests, will be releasedtomorrow in Boulder to help control the borer’s spread. More than a thousand Tetrastichus planipennisi, which target EAB larvae specifically, will be brought into an area of known infestation by experts on the interagency Colorado EAB Response Team.*

 

The Colorado Department of Agriculture, University of Colorado and City of Boulder worked with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) to obtain the wasps as biocontrol measures, to help suppress EAB populations in the city and manage the insect’s potential future spread. The release will occur on the East Campus of the University of Colorado.

“Biocontrols like these won’t eradicate EAB, but they are additional tools we can utilize in our integrated management approach to help control EAB in Colorado,” said Mitch Yergert, Director, CDA Plant Industry Division and incident commander for the EAB Response Team.

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Livestock Exchange, LLC Weekly Update…

Posted by Brian Allmer on September 29, 2014

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

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

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

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Monday, Sept 29th…

Posted by Brian Allmer on September 29, 2014

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“National Teach Ag Day at CHS Includes $1.5 Million Gift to Ag Education” 

CHS hosted the National Teach Ag Day celebration at its headquarters in Inver Grove Heights, Minn. today, which included the announcement of a $1.5 million gift over the next three years from CHS to further agricultural education in the United States.  National Teach Ag Day, which was streamed live online to celebrants watching all over the United States, brought attention to the current shortage of agriculture teachers and celebrated the contributions agriculture teachers make in their classrooms every day.

The celebration kicked off with the CHS announcement that it was committing $1.5 million dollars over the next three years to further agricultural education in the U.S. The gift was made to the National FFA Foundation, with a portion of the funds earmarked for the National Teach Ag Campaign Coordinator.

The National Teach Ag Campaign is an initiative to raise awareness of the need for more agricultural educators and celebrate the contributions agricultural educators make in their classrooms every day. CHS has been a sponsor of the National Teach Ag Campaign since 2010, contributing more than $450,000.  The campaign is a project of the National Council for Agricultural Education, led by the National Association of Agricultural Educators. It is funded by CHS, DuPont Pioneer and Growth Energy, as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

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“Foundation Releases New My American Farm App” 

The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture has released a new version of its popular My American Farm app for iPads, Android tablets and Kindle Fire. The app is available for download on iTunes, Google Play and Amazon. 

The new version of the app, My American Farm 2.0, contains six My American Farm games, including the newly added Power Up game. This game allows young learners to dive into the world of energy and agriculture and embark on problem-solving missions for the virtual community of Energyville. The new app also builds on the math-focused game, In My Barn, with a Pre-K level to draw in new users. New badges also will be incorporated into the latest version of the app for everything from completing a game to engaging in virtual tasks like meeting a farmer or planting seeds. 

My American Farm is an educational game platform launched in 2011 to engage pre-K through fifth-grade learners in the discovery of relevant agricultural issues. Today, the free site offers 19 agriculturally themed games and more than 100 free educator resources such as lesson plans, activity sheets and comics.

The My American Farm educational resource is a special project of the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture.  To take advantage of the free My American Farm resources, games and activities, visit http://www.myamericanfarm.org.

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“USDA Implements New Farm Bill Provision for Peanut Producers”

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced a new peanut revenue policy that will be available for eligible peanut producers. The policy, approved by the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC) Board of Directors, paves the way for USDA’s Risk Management Agency to make it broadly available to producers for the 2015 crop year in all counties where yield-based insurance coverage is currently offered.

The peanut revenue policy is one of several new risk management options authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill that will help farmers manage risks beyond their control. The Georgia Peanut Commission and the Western Peanut Growers developed the policy under section 508(h) of the Federal Crop Insurance Act, which allows private entities to design and submit crop insurance products to the FCIC Board.

The new insurance policy, which will be offered through the federal crop insurance program, replaces current peanut crop provisions. The policy will be based on the Common Crop Insurance Policy currently available for other major commodities and provide growers with a choice of Yield Protection, Revenue Protection, and Revenue Protection with the Harvest Price Exclusion. Available coverage levels will range from 50 percent to 85 percent. Information on the new peanut revenue policy for 2015 will be available on the Risk Management Agency’s website later this fall.

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“U.S., Japan fail to reach deal on TPP; NPPC wants agreement closed without Japan”

A two-day bilateral meeting was held this week between U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman and Japan’s chief Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) minister, Akira Amari, on the TPP negotiations in hopes of arriving at a consensus on the outstanding issue of agricultural market access. The TPP is a regional negotiation that includes the United States, Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam, which account for nearly 40 percent of global GDP. The two countries were unable to reach an agreement on market access for what Japan calls its five “sensitive” agricultural sectors, including pork.

In a statement released Thursday, NPPC reiterated that Japan’s current offer is unacceptable. “The TPP could result in even greater gains for U.S. pork, but Japan is the key. It must be willing to phase out its tariffs over a reasonable transition period and abolish its trade-distorting Gate Price system,” NPPC said. In addition to being the largest value market for U.S. pork exports ($1.89 billion in 2013), Japan is the fourth largest market for the rest of U.S. agriculture, which shipped $12.1 billion of food and agricultural products to the island nation in 2013.

If Japan is allowed exemptions for its “sensitive” sectors from tariff elimination, other TPP countries will pull back on both market access and rules, which would significantly diminish the benefits of the entire agreement and set a terrible precedent for future trade deals. Taking a hard stance on Japan’s unwillingness to open its markets, NPPC said, “If Japan continues to refuse, the United States and the other TPP countries should close the negotiation without Japan.” NPPC applauded U.S. trade officials for their continued commitment to a gold-standard deal for U.S. pork producers. The next full round of negotiations is to be held in Australia in mid-October.

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“U.S. Hogs and Pigs Inventory Down 2 Percent”

As of September 1, there were 65.4 million hogs and pigs on U.S. farms, down 2 percent from September 2013, but up 6 percent from June 1, according to the Quarterly Hogs and Pigs report published today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).

Other key findings in the report were:

  • Of the 65.4 million hogs and pigs, 59.4 million were market hogs, while 5.92 million were kept for breeding.
  • Between June and August 2014, 29.5 million pigs were weaned on U.S. farms, down 1 percent from the same time period in 2013.
  • U.S. hog producers intend to have 2.89 million sows farrow between September and November 2014, and 2.87 million sows farrow between December 2014 and February 2015.
  • From June through August 2014, U.S. hog and pig producers weaned an average of 10.16 pigs per litter.
  • With 20.7 million head, Iowa hog producers had the largest inventory among the states. North Carolina and Minnesota had the second and third largest inventories with 8.4 million and 7.7 million head, respectively.
  • While the national hogs and pigs inventory is down from September 2013, growers in Texas and South Dakota have increased the number of hogs and pigs in their states.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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09-26-14 National Child’s Center News: Child agricultural safety grants offered – up to $20,000: Apply Before Nov 7th…

Posted by Brian Allmer on September 26, 2014

National Childrens Center logoThe National Children’s Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety is offering three mini-grants of up to $20,000 each to support small-scale projects and pilot studies that address prevention of childhood agricultural disease and injury. Highest funding priority will be given to projects that:

  1. Address issues pertaining to barriers, motivators and interventions for keeping young children out of the farm worksite.
  2. Address vulnerable populations (e.g., immigrant workers’ children, Anabaptists, African Americans, and Native Americans).
  3. Test safety strategies with new partners (e.g., insurers, bankers, equipment dealers, media).

Application Deadline: November 7, 2014

Information on eligibility, priority topics and the application process is available at http://www.marshfieldclinic.org/nccrahs/minigrants and is attached.

 Submitted to BARN Media by:

Scott Heiberger, communications specialist

National Farm Medicine Center

1000 N. Oak Ave.

Marshfield, WI  54449-5790

heiberger.scott@mcrf.mfldclin.edu

(715) 389-7541; 1-800-662-6900
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09-26-14 APHIS Report Shows Source of Unapproved GM Wheat Inconclusive But Commercial Supplies Not Affected…

Posted by Brian Allmer on September 26, 2014

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Following is a joint statement from

U.S. Wheat Associates and the National Association of Wheat Growers

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) and the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) were notified Friday, September 26, 2014, that USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has completed its investigation into the May 2013 discovery of an unapproved Roundup Ready (RR) trait in isolated volunteer wheat plants. APHIS has determined that the source of the RR trait is inconclusive but reconfirmed that there is no indication that any wheat with this regulated trait has entered the commercial supply chain. This is consistent with the results of independent testing by Japan and Korea that has not identified a single event among all classes of U.S. wheat exported to those countries. APHIS also noted that in 2004, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration concluded that the Roundup Ready trait in wheat did not pose a health risk in food or animal feed.

“As we have said before, nothing is more important than the trust wheat growers have earned with our customers,” said Paul Penner, NAWG President and wheat farmer from Hillsboro, Kan. “We appreciate the thorough and diligent investigation that APHIS has conducted and we accept its findings. We also believe those findings show that our customers can be confident that we are still producing a reliable supply of high-quality, wholesome and nutritious wheat.”

“As we move on from this isolated incident, wheat growers remain committed to keeping up the dialogue with partners and customers at home and around the world,” said Roy Motter, USW chairman and a Desert Durum® grower from Brawley, Calif. “We have always provided the resources and information they need to make the best decisions about the wheat they purchase and that will not change.”

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09-26-14 ASI WEEKLY NEWS FOR SHEEP INDUSTRY LEADERS…

Posted by Brian Allmer on September 26, 2014

Waters of U.S. – Comments Due Oct. 20

The American Sheep Industry Association (ASI) recently submitted its comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) supporting the withdrawal of the proposed rule to redefine the Waters of the United States. Producers and industry groups are encouraged to also submit comments with this message.

The EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently proposed an expansion of their federal authority over Waters of the United States. That jurisdiction – based on several U.S. Supreme Court decisions – includes “navigable” waters and waters with a significant hydrologic connection to navigable waters. The proposed rule would redefine Waters of the United States to include, among other water bodies, intermittent and ephemeral streams such as the kind farmers use for drainage and irrigation. It also would encompass lands adjacent to such waters or that fall within an expansive definition of a flood plain. Almost all activities on open land would touch a Waters of the United States under the expanded definition.

Many groups believe the expansion goes against the U.S. Constitution, the plain language of the Clean Water Act and Congressional intent and is, therefore, illegal.

The Montana Wool Growers Association prepared an extensive set of comments and shared them with the industry for individual sheep producer and state association use in their own comments. These comments, as well as those submitted by ASI, are available atwww.sheepusa.org/IssuesPrograms_Issues_WatersOfTheUs along with the directions to submit comments. Comments must be received by end of day Oct. 20.

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09-26-14 USDA Invests $20 Million to Hire 11,000 Youth and Veterans on Forest Lands…

Posted by Brian Allmer on September 26, 2014

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WASHINGTON, September 26, 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said today that in fiscal year 2014, the U.S. Forest Service invested a total of $20 million in partnerships that supported work and training opportunities for 11,000 youth and veterans on national forests and grasslands. Service members worked on projects that addressed restoration, hazardous fuels, watershed protection, wilderness stewardship, recreation access, facilities management, trail maintenance, and other natural and cultural resource priorities.

“The partnerships associated with developing the next generation of conservationists offer an opportunity to connect veterans and our young people to the great outdoors,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “This program engages veterans and young people from diverse backgrounds, including underserved populations, and equips them with the knowledge and critical job skills they need to pursue careers in conservation and land management.”

“The 21st Century Conservations Service Corps gives young people and veterans real-world experience that pays dividends for their career prospects and the health of America’s wild places,” said U.S Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell. “This partnership and the people who make it work are a big part of the future of conservation in America.”

The Forest Service provided employment opportunities for youth and veterans from coast to coast and in every region, including Hawaii and Alaska. The work accomplished by these youth and veterans was conducted in support of the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps (21CSC), a part of the Obama Administration’s “America’s Great Outdoors” Initiative. A collaborative effort with public and private partners, the 21CSC puts America’s youth and veterans to work protecting, restoring and enhancing America’s great outdoors. Through the 21CSC, young people and veterans accomplish meaningful work and gain important personal and professional skills while building a lifelong connection to the outdoors.

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09-26-14 USDA Announces 2014-Crop Sugar Loan Rates and FY 2015 Sugar Program Provisions…

Posted by Brian Allmer on September 26, 2014

USDA seal logoWASHINGTON, Sept. 26, 2014 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Commodity Credit Corporation today announced loan rates for 2014-crop sugar as required by the 2014 Farm Bill. The 2014-crop national average loan rate is 18.75 cents per pound for raw cane sugar and 24.09 cents per pound for refined beet sugar, the same as last year. These national loan rates are adjusted regionally to reflect marketing cost differentials.

The Commodity Credit Corporation also announced sugar program provisions of the fiscal year (FY) 2015 domestic sugar program.

USDA’s Sugar Loan Program provides price support loans to processors of sugar beets and domestically grown sugarcane. Price support loans are nonrecourse, meaning producers have the option of delivering the pledged sugar collateral to the Commodity Credit Corporation as full payment for the loan at maturity. USDA’s Farm Service Agency is administering sugar nonrecourse loans on behalf of the Commodity Credit Corporation for the 2014 crop. Sugar and in-process sugar loans are available beginning Oct. 1, 2014, and mature at the earlier of (1) the end of the nine month period beginning the first day of the first month after the month in which the loan is made, or (2) the end of the fiscal year in which the loan is made.

Loan Rates for Refined Beet Sugar

The refined beet sugar processing regions and applicable 2014-crop (FY 2015) loan rates in cents per pound of refined beet sugar are:

Michigan and Ohio – 25.32 Minnesota and the eastern half of North Dakota – 23.72 Northeastern quarter of Colorado, Nebraska and the southeastern quarter of Wyoming – 24.36 Montana, northwestern quarter of Wyoming and the western half of North Dakota – 23.81 Idaho, Oregon and Washington – 23.98 California – 25.03

Loan Rates for Raw Cane Sugar

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09-26-14 CSU Ag Day 2014 on October 4th: Food, fun and football – all for scholarships: GET YOUR TIX TODAY!

Posted by Brian Allmer on September 26, 2014

CSU-AgDay-Logo2014-300x245CSU Ag Day 2013 college student jpegFORT COLLINS – Thousands of Colorado State University students, alumni and friends are expected at Ag Day 2014, the 33rd annual football-day feast of Colorado-grown food.

Ag Day will run 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4 on the south side of Hughes Stadium off Overland Trail in Fort Collins. The barbecue is open to the public and precedes the football game between the CSU Rams and Tulsa Golden Hurricane ; kickoff is at 1 p.m.

Advance meal tickets cost $17 each and may be purchased in combination with football tickets. Tickets and information are available on the Ag Day website at http://agday.agsci.colostate.edu/.

Ag Day showcases the bounty of Colorado agriculture while funding scholarships for students in the CSU College of Agricultural Sciences. During 2013-14, 19 CSU students received Ag Day scholarships.

“The College of Agricultural Sciences is pleased to help host Ag Day. It’s a hallmark event at CSU, and draws more than 3,000 people for a delicious game-day meal and a celebration of our state’s rich agricultural heritage,” said Craig Beyrouty, college dean and event co-chair. “Beyond the fun, it’s amazing to consider how many students have benefitted from Ag Day scholarships.”

Colorado’s leading commodity groups partner with the College of Agricultural Sciences to plan the event and provide the Ag Day feast.

The menu includes Colorado beef, pork, lamb, potatoes, beans, wheat and dairy products, watermelon and drinks.

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09-26-14 *USDA/NASS-CO* Colorado’s 2014 Agricultural Statistics Report…

Posted by Brian Allmer on September 26, 2014

(BarnMediaBriggsdale, CO) – Sept 26, 2014 – On Sept 26th, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released the CO Agricultural Statistics Report and in to discuss that in  more detail is Bill Meyer, USDA-NASS CO Field Office Director…Bill, welcome back Inside the BARN…

TO LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW WITH NASS-CO’s BILL MEYER…

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Posted by Brian Allmer on September 26, 2014

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“USDA Unveils Key New Programs to Help Farmers Manage Risk”

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack today unveiled highly anticipated new programs to help farmers better manage risk, ushering in one of the most significant reforms to U.S. farm programs in decades.

Vilsack also announced that new tools are now available to help provide farmers the information they need to choose the new safety net program that is right for their business.

The new programs, Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC), are cornerstones of the commodity farm safety net programs in the 2014 Farm Bill, legislation that ended direct payments. Both programs offer farmers protection when market forces cause substantial drops in crop prices and/or revenues. Producers will have through early spring of 2015 to select which program works best for their businesses.

To help farmers choose between ARC and PLC, USDA helped create online tools that allow farmers to enter information about their operation and see projections about what each program will mean for them under possible future scenarios. The new tools are now available at www.fsa.usda.gov/arc-plc.

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“NFU Commends USDA on Timely Rollout of Important Farm Safety Net Programs”

National Farmers Union (NFU) Senior Vice President of Programs Chandler Goule said U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) should be commended for its timely rollout of several important farm safety net programs.

“Family farmers across this great nation need as much certainty as possible as they plan for the upcoming crop year, and USDA has given them an enormous peace of mind by rolling out these very important risk management tools,” said Goule.

USDA Secretary Vilsack unveiled the details of several important programs contained in the 2014 Farm Bill intended to help farmers manage the ups and downs of unpredictable weather and commodity price fluctuations. Farmers will be able to make a choice between Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) or Price Loss Coverage (PLC) starting Sept. 29, 2014, a one-time decision that will affect them through the length of the Farm Bill.

Producers will be required to make a number of choices in the months ahead. Decisions around updating base acres, reallocating existing base acres, and program elections will need to be made. These decisions will take a great deal of reflection, and producers will need to evaluate their strategic goals on a given FSA farm. Like past commodity programs, upcoming selections will have multi-year payment implications, and decisions will reside with the land going forward. Producers can utilize online web-based decision tools developed by the USDA to help make the program selections that best fit their operation.

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“U.S. Soybean Farmers Witness Direct Impact of Soy Checkoff’s Efforts”

Ten U.S. soybean farmers participated in the United Soybean Board’s (USB’s) 2014 See for Yourself program to learn about their customers beyond the elevator and the soy checkoff’s role in marketing U.S. soy to those customers. This year, the farmers visited St. Louis, Panama and Ecuador, from Aug. 14-22. A total of 70 farmers have taken advantage of this unique opportunity over the past seven years.

“Before I went on the See for Yourself program, I knew the checkoff was important, but I really couldn’t put a finger on exactly why,” says LaVell Winsor, See for Yourself participant and farmer from Grantville, Kansas. “I feel like I have a much greater understanding now of how checkoff dollars are used, and where the investments are both at home and abroad. I think it is money well spent by U.S. farmers.”

See for Yourself invites farmers to see their funds and the checkoff’s efforts in action. The stops on the program examined domestic and international transportation, high oleic soybeans, biodiesel and the use of soybean meal for animal feed.

The 70 farmer-directors of USB oversee the investments of the soy checkoff to maximize profit opportunities for all U.S. soybean farmers. These volunteers invest and leverage checkoff funds to increase the value of U.S. soy meal and oil, to ensure U.S. soybean farmers and their customers have the freedom and infrastructure to operate, and to meet the needs of U.S. soy’s customers.

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“Congress Requests GAO Audit for Brazil and Argentina Proposals”

In two separate letters sent by Congress, an audit conducted by the Government Accountability Office has been requested in response to the United States Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s proposed rule to allow the importation of fresh and frozen beef from regions in Brazil and Argentina, as well as live cattle from Argentina. The audits are to focus on the methodology and controls used in the site visit review process, which were the foundation for these decisions.

“Our concern stems from the risk of introduction of Foot and Mouth Disease, which is the most economically damaging livestock disease, and one of the most contagious diseases, in the world,” according to NCBA Chief Veterinarian Kathy Simmons. “The last case of FMD in the United States was in 1929 and was brought in from Argentina. That area of the world has been plagued with this disease and reintroduction could risk the health and well-being of our domestic livestock herds.”

The letter emphasized the importance of trade, but not at the risk of animal health or harming our domestic food supply.

“While we are staunch advocates for open markets and free trade, we will not ignore the fact that unfettered access of these products has the potential to cause significant harm to our domestic food supply,” the letter states.

The last documented case of FMD in Argentina was in 2006. In April, the Food Safety Inspection Service released an audit that found substantial flaws related to Brazil’s food safety regulation requirement.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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09-25-14 US Forest Service Chief: I will ensure the 1st Amendment is upheld under agency commercial filming directives…

Posted by Brian Allmer on September 25, 2014

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WASHINGTON, Sept. 25, 2014 – The U.S. Forest Service today released information to clarify the agency’s intentions regarding a proposed directive for commercial photography and filmmaking in congressionally designated wilderness areas.

“The US Forest Service remains committed to the First Amendment,” said U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell. “To be clear, provisions in the draft directive do not apply to news gathering or activities.”

The proposal does not apply to news coverage, gathering information for a news program or documentary. However, if a project falls outside of that scope and the filming is intended to be on wilderness land, additional criteria are applied to protect wilderness values. In that case, a permit must be applied for and granted before any photography is permitted.

The agency issued a Federal Register notice on Sept. 4 seeking public comment on a proposal to formally establish consistent criteria for evaluating requests for commercial filming in wilderness areas as it has on national forests and grasslands.  The proposed directive on commercial filming in wilderness has been in place for more than four years and is a good faith effort to ensure the fullest protection of America’s wild places.

The fact is, the directive pertains to commercial photography and filming only – if you’re there to gather news or take recreational photographs, no permit would be required. We take your First Amendment rights very seriously,” said Tidwell. “We’re looking forward to talking with journalists and concerned citizens to help allay some of the concerns we’ve been hearing and clarify what’s covered by this proposed directive.”

Congressionally designated wilderness areas are protected by the Wilderness Act of 1964 and must remain in their natural condition. This is achieved in part by prohibiting certain commercial enterprises, and the agency is responsible for ensuring its policies adhere to that standard.

The public originally had until Nov. 3, 2014, to comment on the proposal. Based on the high level of interest, the agency will extend the public comment period to Dec. 3, 2014.

The proposal does not change the rules for visitors or recreational photographers. Generally, professional and amateur photographers will not need a permit unless they use models, actors or props; work in areas where the public is generally not allowed; or cause additional administrative costs. Read the rest of this entry »

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