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10-28-14 Growth Energy Announces Multi-Year Support, Presents Workshops during 87th National FFA Convention & Expo…

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 28, 2014

growth-energy-logoNat FFA 2014 Nat Convention logoINDIANAPOLIS (Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014/National FFA Organization) – Growth Energy, a company that represents the producers and supporters of ethanol, recently announced support of the National FFA Organization and agricultural education as a special project of the National FFA Foundation. The multi-year sponsorship, a first-time gift to the organization from the company, will immediately launch with teacher and student workshops presented by Growth Energy this week at the 87th National FFA Convention & Expo, Oct. 29-Nov. 1, 2014, in Louisville, Ky.

The workshops, titled “Ethanol – Past, Present, Future,” take place on Friday, Oct. 31 and will provide an overview of the changing landscape in the ethanol industry and provide resources for teachers and students to take back to their classrooms after the event.

“Sustainable gifts, such as this from Growth Energy, provide long-term support for FFA and agricultural education,” Molly Ball, president of the National FFA Foundation, said. “We are excited to announce this new partnership and look forward to having Growth Energy host workshops this week to immediately engage with FFA members and agriculture educators.” Read the rest of this entry »

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10-28-14 CattleFax Announces Agenda for Outlook & Strategies Seminar Dec 2nd in Littleton, CO…

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 28, 2014

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Cattle Producers and Beef Industry Leaders Are Encouraged to Attend

Centennial, CO – Oct. 28, 2014 – The potential for the beef cattle industry to rebuild and expand the cowherd has not been this strong in more than 20 years. Likewise, cheaper feedstuff prices and robust protein demand are fueling expansion efforts in the pork and chicken segments.

Beef industry participants will feel the far-reaching influence of livestock expansion well beyond 2015. CattleFax will discuss those implications in detail during its Outlook & Strategies 2015 Seminar on Tuesday, December 2, 2014.

The event’s keynote speaker is Jan Lambregts, Global Head of Financial Markets Research for Rabobank International. He will share his thoughts on what factors will shape the U.S. and global economy in 2015. Art Douglas, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of the Atmospheric Science Department at Creighton University, will discuss weather patterns and trends expected for 2015 and beyond.

The CattleFax team will share its expectations on the major trends that will shape the livestock, grain, protein and energy markets over the next 12 to 24 months. Discussions will highlight: Read the rest of this entry »

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10-28-14 Inside the BARN w/Flint Hills Resources, LLC’s Sheryl Corrigan…

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 28, 2014

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Sheryl Corrigan is senior vice president of environmental, health and safety for Flint Hills Resources, LLC.

Sheryl Corrigan is senior vice president of environmental, health and safety for Flint Hills Resources, LLC.

Flint Hills Resources LLC logo(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) October 28th, 2014 - Flint Hills Resources is an independent refining, chemicals and grain processing company. It strives to create value for its customers and society – through the way its facilities operate, its efficient use of resources, the products it produces and markets, and its involvement in its communities. The company, based in Wichita, Kan., has expanded its operations through capital projects and acquisitions worth more than $8.6 billion since 2002. Flint Hills Resources is a wholly owned subsidiary of Koch Industries, Inc., and according to Forbes, Koch Industries, Inc. is one of the largest private companies in America with annual revenues of about $115 billion. It owns a diverse group of companies, involved in refining, chemicals, grain processing and biofuels; forest and consumer products; fertilizers; polymers and fibers; process and pollution control equipment and technologies; electronic components; commodity trading; minerals; energy; ranching; glass; and investments. Since 2003, Koch companieshave invested approximately $65 billion in acquisitions and other capital expenditures. With a presence in about 60 countries, Koch companies employ more than 100,000 people worldwide, with about 60,000 of those in the United States. From January 2009 to present, Koch companies have earned more than 900 awards for safety, environmental excellence, community stewardship, innovation, and customer service.

Joining the Colorado Ag News Network inside the BARN is Sheryl Corrigan, Flint Hills Resources, LLC’s senior vice president of environmental, health and safety. Corrigan will be discussing the vital role both organizations play within the US economy & agriculture industry as well, not to mention several other toics as well, including:

  • Background on Corrigan
  • Flint Hills Resources & Koch Industries, Inc. Histories
  • Role in US Ethanol Pproduction
  • In US Agriculture
  • In US Forestry
  • Contributions to the US, the region & to Colorado
  • & Much More

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10-28-14 FARM Program Gets New Administrator As Emily Meredith Joins NMPF as VP of Animal Care…

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 28, 2014

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GRAPEVINE, TX - In another development involving the National Dairy FARM program, Emily Metz Meredith, vice president of communications and membership for the Animal Agriculture Alliance, will join NMPF next month as vice president of animal care. She replaces Betsy Flores, who left in mid-October for a position at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Meredith, a lawyer, shown at right, will have primary responsibility for the FARM program. NMPF President Mulhern said, “With her strong livestock agriculture background, Emily is well equipped to take the FARM program forward, building support among dairy producers while also educating processors, retailers, food service, media and others. She has been a strong proponent in her career for dairy farmers, and we look forward to her bringing her advocacy skill set to our organization.”

Before joining the Animal Agriculture Alliance, Meredith was a litigation assistant in the New York Attorney General’s office. She also served a speechwriter at the Department of Agriculture. 

Meredith was recently named one of “40 under 40 in Agriculture” by Vance Publishing

Co., publisher of Dairy Herd Management and other agri-business publications. In addition, she was named a “Rising Star” by PR News, a leading newsletter for communications professionals.

A Wisconsin native, Meredith has a degree in mass communications and international affairs from The George Washington University in Washington, DC. Her law degree is from Seton Hall University Law School in New York.

The National Milk Producers Federation, based in Arlington, VA, develops and carries out policies that advance the well-being of dairy producers and the cooperatives they own. The members of NMPF’s cooperatives produce the majority of the U.S. milk supply, making NMPF the voice of more than 32,000 dairy producers on Capitol Hill and with government agencies. Visit www.nmpf.org for more information.

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10-28-14 NMPF Board Votes to Require that Organizations Participating in FARM Animal Care Program Must Enroll All Dairy Farms in Their Supply Chain…

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 28, 2014

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GRAPEVINE, Texas –The board of directors of the National Milk Producers Federation voted Monday to require that each dairy marketing organization participating in the organization’s animal care program must enroll all its farmer-suppliers to ensure full participation in the program. 

The unanimous vote came as the board, meeting here during NMPF’s annual meeting, reviewed the structure and participation levels of theNational Dairy F.A.R.M (Farmers Assuring Responsible Management) program.  Now in its fifth year, the FARM program features a set of on-farm practices demonstrating farmers’ commitment to responsible animal care. In addition to dairy cooperatives, the program is open to milk processors and individual farmers.  Cooperatives and processors handling 75% of the nation’s milk supply are implementing the FARM program, although not all farms involved in those organizations have reviewed and adopted the program’s practices. Under the new policy, cooperatives and processors must require that every farmer supplying them must enroll in the program.

NMPF Board Chairman Randy Mooney hailed the vote as sending a clear message that the program must not be implemented selectively, in order to continue demonstrating the universal value and integrity of the FARM program.

“The FARM program has become the dairy industry animal care standard because of its integrity, rigor and authenticity,” Mooney said. “This decision means each farm in a participating cooperative will be held to the same high standards, with no exceptions. It demonstrates that the nation’s dairy farms, regardless of size, are committed to high-quality animal care across the supply chain.”

The NMPF board also this week reviewed new provisions in the FARM program that establish a clear process to investigate allegations of animal mistreatment on farms enrolled in the program. Any such farm will be subject to an independent review and may be temporarily suspended from the program if the allegations are substantiated. A corrective action plan will be developed to address any issues. Once any needed remedial actions are taken, the dairy operation can be reinstated in the FARM program.

NMPF President and CEO Jim Mulhern said this new policy will further strengthen the consistency of the program, and help such farms improve their animal care practices. “The goal of the FARM program is to assure a high level of quality animal care on our farms,” Mulhern said. “We want the program to be inclusive and adaptive. And where we find problems, we want to address and improve the situation rather than find ways to exclude individual farms from the program.

The National Milk Producers Federation, based in Arlington, VA, develops and carries out policies that advance the well-being of dairy producers and the cooperatives they own. The members of NMPF’s cooperatives produce the majority of the U.S. milk supply, making NMPF the voice of more than 32,000 dairy producers on Capitol Hill and with government agencies. Visit www.nmpf.org for more information.

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Tuesday, October 28th…

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 28, 2014

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“TPP Negotiations Making Process, Gaps still exist.”

Weekend negotiations progressed the Trans-Pacific Partnership talks but gaps still exist between the United States and Japan, according to trade representatives. The Pork Network reports the 12 nation trade deal still has gaps regarding market access and other hurdles. The United States insists that Japan should lower barriers to agricultural imports, but Japan refuses to budge and wants to protect sensitive products, such as pork. Japanese Economics minister had stated “there is no prospect for an agreement on market access at the moment.” He did say they expect the two countries will reach a compromise in further trade negotiations.

An agreement between Tokyo and Washington is crucial to securing the broader pact. Other trade partners are watching to see how the two countries resolve differences on agriculture products like pork and other markets such as automobiles. Australian Trade Minister Andrew Robb, who hosted the meeting, stated “there is a real sense that we are within reach of the finish line and the prize does look very attractive. He described the negotiations as at the “compromise stage.”

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“USDA Proposes Including New Products in BioPreferred Program”

USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced a proposal Monday to include new, innovative products as part of the BioPreferred program. USDA is seeking public comment on the proposal. It would also include current market products produced in an innovative way. The proposal is part of requirements in the 2014 Farm Bill for USDA to promote biobased products regardless of the date of entry into the marketplace.

USDA’s BioPreferred program was created to increase the purchase and use of specific biobased products through a preferred procurement initiative for Federal agencies. Secretary Vilsack said “The expanding bioeconomy means more than just additional consumer choices, it also means new jobs.” To find the proposed rule, or to make comments, go to federal register dot gov.  (www.federalregister.gov)

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“Fires Devastate Animal Farms”

A fire at a Minnesota hog farm over the weekend left roughly 4,000 sows and 6,000-7,000 piglets dead. WCCO-TV reports the fire started in a hog barn Near Truman, Minnesota Saturday at the Cougar Run Farm owned by Pipestone System. Pipestone also has many other operations in Minnesota and in Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota. A company official stated “when we have a livestock loss like this, we lost a lot of animals so the owners of this farm will regroup and start over.” Farm Employee Kaycee Gebhart stated “a truck is replaceable, barns are replaceable, but these hogs are our livelihood and we cared for them every day.” Inspectors say so far there is nothing suspicious but the investigation does continue.

Also, Authorities are blaming an electrical short for starting a fire at an Alabama chicken house late last week that killed about 10,000 of 18,000 birds housed there. Meatingplace reports no humans were injured in the aftermath of the fire Friday night.

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“Web Tool Allows Users to Analyze Agriculture Data”

USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, or NASS, now offers an online tool for data. The tool allows for rapid access to Census of Agriculture maps and data about farms in more than 3,000 counties across the United States. The web maps will “give farmers, ranchers, researchers, planners, non-profits, and industry easy access to important data that impact nearly every aspect of agriculture,” according to NASS administrator Joseph T. Reilly. The interactive maps allow users to navigate to an area and print and display that exact area’s data. It provided users a way to visualize and analyze the 2012 Census of Agriculture data. Anyone can access and use the Ag Census Web Maps. Find the new maps online at ag census dot usda dot gov. (http://www.agcensus.usda.gov)

NASS developed the application in collaboration with USDA’s Economic Research Service. Information about harvested acreage, agricultural sales, enrollment in crop insurance programs, natural resources use, statistics on cattle, demographics about farmers and ranchers, and more can be visualized and analyzed using the Ag Census Web Maps application.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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10-27-14 *NASS-CO NEWS* Colorado Crop Progress Report for October 27th…

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 27, 2014

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Agricultural Summary: Harvest activities gained momentum last week as a recent spate of warm, dry conditions have been experienced in most localities. Field operations throughout the San Luis Valley were decreasing as harvest activities were generally complete by week’s end. Reporters indicated harvest activities in some locations are still on hold for row crops until killing frosts occur. Statewide, farmers were allowed 6.8 days in the field for operations.
Small Grains:  Virtually all winter wheat in Colorado was emerged as of last week.
Row Crops: Virtually all corn was mature while its harvest progress was estimated at 44 percent complete, behind 56 percent last year and 59 percent on average. Dry bean harvest activities were 89 percent complete, up from 76 percent the week earlier. Onion and San Luis Valley potato harvest activities were virtually complete as of last week. Maturity of sorghum continued to lag behind average with 84 percent estimated mature by week’s end. On average, sorghum is 94 percent mature by this time. Sorghum harvest activities continued behind average last week, gaining 6 percentage points to end on 25 percent complete, compared with the average of 35 percent. Sugarbeet harvest is slightly behind average, with 68 percent complete by week’s end. Sunflowers were 27 percent harvested, behind 54 percent last year and the average of 55 percent.
Pasture and Range: Pasture and range conditions were rated 65 percent fair to good across the State. On average, 57 percent is fair to good. The fourth cutting of alfalfa was 89 percent complete, up from 74 percent a week earlier. On average, the fourth cutting is 81 percent complete.
Livestock: Death losses for cattle and sheep remained mostly average to light. Stored feed supplies were rated 2 percent very short, 6 percent short, 75 percent adequate, and 17 percent surplus. Last week, stored feed supplies were rated 5 percent very short, 10 percent short, 72 percent adequate, and 13 percent surplus.

To view the October 27th, 2014 USDA/NASS Colorado Crop Progress Report – CLICK HERE

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Livestock Exchange, LLC Weekly Update…

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 27, 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…

Fall Sale Schedule Underway…

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10-27-14 CAB News: Find, keep the best people…

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 27, 2014

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Producing top quality calves and beef takes top quality people, and families can’t always get all the work done on their own. Just about every full-time cattle operation needs hired labor once in a while, but feedlots especially rely on their employees.

Managers of feedlots from Texas to Canada discussed hiring and keeping the best people at this summer’s Feeding Quality Forum panels in Amarillo, Texas, and Kearney, Neb.

Cozad, Neb., feeders John Schroeder and Anne Burkholder, of Darr Feedlot and Will Feed Inc., respectively, talked about the “human spirit” as a motivating factor.

“Our people make the difference,” Schroeder said, noting that motto before showing a video of a pen rider who grew up without arms, but now inspires all 45 employees so that nobody thinks about “disabilities.” On a broader scale, he says working managers inspire by doing, and older employees serve as mentors to young ones.

Burkholder, at a much smaller yard, put her psychology degree to work early on by working alongside her crew of four. “I started in 1997 at $6.85 an hour, so I have been in their shoes, I relate to them and give them a stake in the game,” she said. Anchored by official weekly meetings, communication is continuous and each teammate knows, “I trust them to make decisions and the buck stops with them.”

Giving them responsibility is as positive as praise, but it won’t sustain them without a regular pay raise, she added: “They’re people, not robots.”

Kevin Hazelwood, Cactus Feeders vice president of human resources, noted, “The temptation is to think of employees as commodities, but you have to care about them as individuals, and that starts with managers who care. People join good companies but they quit bad managers.”

Those are the ones who fail to set clear expectations, lack organization and don’t take care of their equipment or crew, he said.    Read the rest of this entry »

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10-27-14 US Forest Service seeks proposals to expand markets for wood energy and products, provide new jobs…

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 27, 2014

USFWS - US Fish and Wildlife Service - Mountain Region logoUS Forest Service LogoWASHINGTON, Oct. 27, 2014 – The U.S. Forest Service today published a Federal Register Notice seeking proposals to expand wood energy and wood products markets to support sustainable forest management, especially in areas of the country with high wildfire risks.

“We must continue to find new, economically valuable ways to use wood,” said U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell. “The biggest threat to forests is conversion to non-forest use. Harvesting wood can be used to help forest managers protect forests from hazards, such as insects, disease and fire.”

Proposals will be evaluated through the agency’s Wood Innovations program, which will provide roughly $5 million to help successful applicants increase or stimulate markets for wood energy and wood products in a manner which helps enhance forest sustainability while providing useful products and jobs for people.

The funding is available for a diverse range of activities such as completing the final engineering design for a renewable wood energy system or establishing statewide wood energy or wood utilization teams to demonstrating wood as a primary building material in commercial construction.

Bioenergy is the use of organic material, such as materials from forest thinning, residues, agricultural waste or urban wood waste, to generate heating, cooling and/or electricity.

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08-27-14 ACE thanks motor clubs for embracing E15…

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 27, 2014

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Sioux Falls, SD (October 27, 2014) – American Coalition for Ethanol Senior Vice President Ron Lamberty today thanked Travelers Motor Club and Association Motor Club Marketing for setting the record straight on E15. The two motor clubs, with members in 50 states, today announced that since E15 became available in the marketplace, none of their 18 million members has reported a problem related to E15.

Lamberty called it “eerily appropriate” for the auto clubs to speak out so close to Halloween. “Ethanol opponents have done a masterful job of devising E15 horror stories, and we appreciate these two motor clubs shining the light on the campaign being waged by Big Oil and AAA, and showing drivers that the E15 monsters aren’t real,” said Lamberty.

“Real-world results trump ghost stories, and the real-world findings of these two auto clubs mirror what we have heard from fuel station owners who sell E15: they’ve had no customer complaints, no breakdowns, and no repair bills from drivers who fill-up with E15,” Lamberty said. “In fact, because E15 is a higher-octane fuel that costs less than regular, stations with E15 are gaining customers and E15 has become the second highest volume fuel in most of the stations that sell it.”

Lamberty said the motor clubs’ announcement, coupled with last week’s U.S. Court of Appeals ruling rejecting an E15 lawsuit filed by Big Oil, automakers, and the small engine lobby, “offers hope that truth will win out over fear-mongering,” Lamberty said, “The court pointed out – several times – that there was no evidence to support claims of misfueling or damage, and at one point called claims against E15 ‘conjectural’ and ‘hypothetical.’ That’s a three judge panel saying that – not me.” Read the rest of this entry »

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Monday, October 27th…

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 27, 2014

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“Ag Senators Asking for Withdrawal of WOTUS”

Senate Ag Committee members requested withdrawal of part of the Environmental Protection Agencies Water of the U.S. proposal last week. In a letter to the EPA, the senators on the Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee asked the EPA and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to withdraw the agriculture interpretive rule of WOTUS. The Senators argued the proposal could fundamentally alter interaction between farmers and the federal government. In their letter, the senators say the Interpretive Rule should be withdrawn because farming, ranching and rural constituencies had little opportunity to have input on the new rule. The letter stated that farmers and ranchers were deeply concerned the rule “has created great confusion about what agriculture activities are exempt from regulation under the Clean Water Act.” The part of rule at question would bring USDA into the permitting process. The agriculture Interpretive Rule outlines just 56 activities out of more than 160 conservation practices that previously qualified for the normal farming and ranching exemption, according to the Senators.

Signers of the letter included Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), John Boozman (R-Ark.), John Hoeven (R-N.D.), Mike Johanns (R-Neb.), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa),John Thune (R-S.D.), and Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) The letter was addressed to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, Army Secretary John McHugh and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.

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“Voting Open for Faces of Farming and Ranching”

Voting is open for the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance Faces of Farming contestants. Now through November second, people can vote online for the finalist you believe best exemplifies agriculture. The votes will be factored into the final decision to determine the next Faces of Farming and Ranching. The winner will be announced at next month’s National Association of Farm Broadcasting Convention in Kansas City, Missouri. You can vote online by heading to USFRA’s Facebook page and clicking on the vote now tab. Or find a link at food dialogues dot com (www.fooddialogues.com)

The finals include Erin Brenneman of Iowa, Jay Hill of New Mexico, Carrie Mess of Wiconsin, Thomas Titus of Illinois, Darrel Glaser of Texas, Brian Jones of Texas, Jessica Potter of Colorado and Carla Wardin of Michigan.

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“Salmonella Cases Linked to Frozen Chicken Entrees”

Officials in Minnesota say six recent salmonellosis cases in the state are linked to frozen chicken products. Health and agriculture officials have linked the cases to raw, frozen breaded and pre-browned stuffed chicken entrees. Meatingplace reports the implicated product is Antioch Farms brand A La Kiev raw stuffed chicken. The product is sold at many grocery store chains.

Investigators from the state’s Health Department and Agriculture Department determined six cases of salmonella infection in August and September were due to the same strain. One person was hospitalized from the illness. Minnesota has About 700 cases of salmonellosis reported each year.

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“USDA Announces Rural Business and Cooperatives Funding”

USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced funding to strengthen rural businesses and cooperatives and to boost economic development. Vilsack announced 43 organizations were selected in 27 states for grants and loans. The announcement Friday culminated a week in which the department has been highlighting products that are Made in Rural America. The funding is being provided through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Cooperative Development Grant program and the Intermediary Relending Program Vilsack stated the funding “will provide the critical training and technical assistance rural cooperatives and non-profit groups need to enhance the work they are doing to strengthen America’s Main Street businesses.” Under the announcement, $5.8 million of grants were awarded and more than $7 million loans. Funding is contingent upon the recipient meeting the terms of the loan or grant agreement.

The grant recipients include several who are developing new opportunities for rural farmers and ranchers by capitalizing on the fast-growing market for locally produced food. Since fiscal year 2009, USDA has awarded 281 IRP loans for approximately $140 million. These loans have helped more than 4,700 businesses. Find a list of recipients and the announcement on USDA’s Rural Development homepage—rur dev dot usda dot gov. (http://www.rurdev.usda.gov)

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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10-24-14 *USDA-NASS News* Cattle on Feed – CO: October…

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 24, 2014

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CATTLE ON FEED – COLORADO

The number of cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market in Colorado feedlots with a capacity of 1,000 head or larger was estimated at 840,000 head as of October 1, 2014. The latest inventory was 5 percent above last month’s inventory but 3 percent below October 1, 2013 inventory. The inventory included 530,000 steers and steer calves, down 5 percent from the previous year. The number of heifers and heifer calves, at 305,000 head, are even from a year ago. The number of cows and bulls totaled 5,000 head, no change from last year’s number. Cattle feeders with 1,000 head or larger capacity marketed an estimated 155,000 head of fed cattle during September 2014. This was 3 percent above the previous month’s marketings and 7 percent above a year ago. An estimated 200,000 cattle and calves were placed on feed during September, up 38 percent from August 2014 placements and up 5 percent from a year ago. Of the number placed in September, 18 percent weighed less than 600 pounds, 10 percent weighed from 600 to 699 pounds, 23 percent weighed from 700 to 799 pounds, and 50 percent weighed 800 pounds and greater. Other disappearance for September, at 5,000 head, was unchanged from last month or last year.

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Cattle and calves on feed for slaughter market in the United States for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head totaled 10.1 million head on October 1, 2014. The inventory was 1 percent below October 1, 2013. The inventory included 6.46 million steers and steer calves, up 1 percent from the previous year. This group accounted for 64 percent of the total inventory. Heifers and heifer calves accounted for 3.55 million head, down 3 percent from 2013. Placements in feedlots during September totaled 2.01 million, 1 percent above 2013. Net placements were 1.94 million head. During September, placements of cattle and calves weighing less than 600 pounds were 460,000, 600-699 pounds were 340,000, 700-799 pounds were 437,000, and 800 pounds and greater were 770,000. For the month of September, placements are the second lowest since the series began in 1996. Marketings of fed cattle during September totaled 1.68 million, 1 percent below 2013. Other disappearance totaled 65,000 during September, 5 percent above 2013.

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10-24-14 Colorado Farm Bureau Wins Appeal in Right to Farm Case…

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 24, 2014

Centennial, Colo. – Oct. 16, 2014 - Today, the Colorado Court of Appeals overturned the Jardon v. Hostetler case, a case involving a poultry operation in Delta County, Colorado. This decision rules in favor of Colorado Farm Bureau members Edwin and Eileen Hostetler, legally allowing them to reopen their organic, cage-free, free-range chicken egg-laying operation, Western Slope Layers.

“This ruling is a win for all Colorado agriculture, not just poultry production,” said Hugh Sanburg, a Delta County rancher and Colorado Farm Bureau Board Member. “The court agrees agriculture is a key staple in Delta County. This will allow the family to reopen their poultry farm and add agricultural commerce back into Delta County.”

In 2011, the Delta County Board of County Commissioners approved the Hostetler’s poultry operation after gathering evidence about the effects of the operation. A small group of neighbors made allegations against the operation, thus the county commissioned an air quality study, which concluded the operation caused minimal health and environmental impact. Subsequently, the Hostetler’s neighbors filed a lawsuit, claiming the commissioners’ decision to approve the operation was unreasonable.

The District Court for Delta County sided with the neighbors, and issued a Cease and Desist Order for the Hostetler’s farm forcing the Hostetler’s to close their operation and send their chickens to Arkansas. The Hostetler’s immediately filed an appeal at the Colorado Court of Appeals and the Colorado Farm Bureau filed a friend of the court brief and argued that the Colorado Right to Farm and the Delta County Right to Farm Acts create a presumption in favor of allowing poultry operations.

“The Right to Farm is still alive here in Colorado,” said Delta County Farm Bureau President, Olen Lund.

Colorado Farm Bureau is the state’s largest grassroots organization with over 24,000 members. Colorado Farm Bureau seeks to promote and protect the future of agriculture and rural values. Read the rest of this entry »

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10-24-14 CFB News: CSU Releases Fact Sheet on Labeling GE Foods…

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 24, 2014

Centennial, Colo. – Oct. 24, 2014 - Colorado State University (CSU)  Extension recently released an extension fact sheet addressing labeling of Genetically Modified foods.

“Our farmers and ranchers have been speaking up about the increased costs and impacts of mandatory labeling,” said Don Shawcroft, president of Colorado Farm Bureau. “Colorado State University Extension and many other leading universities researching this issue continue to reach the same conclusion, mandatory labeling of GM foods will increase cost to consumers and taxpayers, and it will impact the value chain and trade.”

The following points are addressed in the fact sheet: Read the rest of this entry »

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10-24-14 CDA UPDATE: Vesicular Stomatitis (VS): 334 Colorado Quarantines Since Beginning of Outbreak…

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 24, 2014

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Vesicular Stomatitis (VS): 334 Colorado Quarantines Since Beginning of Outbreak

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BROOMFIELD, Colo. –As of 10/22/2014, the Colorado Department of Agriculture’s State Veterinarian’s Office has 60 locations under quarantine after horses and cows tested positive for Vesicular Stomatitis (VS); 274 of the 334 quarantines have now been released.

“As warm fall temperatures persist some fly populations are still proving capable spreading this disease. Therefore, livestock owners must still work to prevent flies on their property,” said State Veterinarian, Dr. Keith Roehr.

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10-24-14 VOTE NOW FOR THE NEXT FACES OF FARMING & RANCHING…

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 24, 2014

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Cast votes until from October 24 until November 2

CHESTERFIELD, MO. (October 24, 2014) – Now, you can cast your vote for the next Faces of Farming & Ranching! Beginning October 24 through November 2, visit the Faces of Farming & Ranching Online Voting page to learn more about each of the finalists and the work they do, including short videos highlighting their farms/ranches. From there, vote for whom you believe best exemplifies agriculture. These votes will be factored into the final decision to determine the next Faces of Farming and Ranching.

THE FINALISTS
Erin Brenneman, IA; Jay Hill, NM; Carrie Mess, WI; Thomas Titus, IL; Darrell Glaser, TX; Brian Jones, TX; Jessica Potter, CO and Carla Wardin, Mich.

HOW CAN PEOPLE VOTE?
Access the Faces of Farming & Ranching Online Voting Page:

  • From any desktop computer OR mobile device: Visit http://faces.pgtb.me/w2Sg4d
  • From any desktop computer OR mobile device: Go to USFRA’s Facebook Page, and click on the link in the Faces of Farming and Ranching Post pinned at the top of the Timeline.
  • From any desktop computer: Go to USFRA’s Facebook Page – click on the VOTE NOW tab – Only one vote per day per email address is allowed. Registering on Facebook is required in order to vote – to ensure all votes are legitimate and non-fraudulent. Not already a member of Facebook? No problem – simply sign up at Facebook.com to register.

FACES OF FARMING & RANCHING WINNERS ANNOUNCEMENT
A combination of public votes and USFRA judges’ scores will determine the winners, who will be announced on November 12, 2014, during a press conference at the National Association of Farm Broadcasting Convention (NAFB) in Kansas City. Read the rest of this entry »

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10-24-14 *KDA News* Kansas reaches agreements on Republican River Compact disputes…

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 24, 2014

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MANHATTAN, Kansas – Kansas, Colorado and Nebraska officials announced Wednesday that the three states have signed agreements resolving several Republican River Compact issues. One of the agreements ensures that the Kansas Bostwick Irrigation District in north central Kansas will have a viable irrigation water supply for the 2015 growing season while providing Nebraska certainty of the effectiveness of its compact compliance efforts. The other agreement ensures that Colorado and Kansas will work towards improving Kansas’ water supply on the South Fork Republican River while authorizing Colorado to receive credit in the Compact accounting for operating its augmentation project on the North Fork Republican River.

“I’m pleased with the agreements we’ve come to with our neighbors in Nebraska and Colorado. There is still work to be done to strengthen our relationships and to administer the Compact together, but today’s agreements are very important steps towards a much better long-term situation,” Jackie McClaskey, Kansas Secretary of Agriculture said. Read the rest of this entry »

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10-24-14 FCA News: Agencies Request Comment on Proposed Flood Insurance Rule…

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 24, 2014

FCA Joint Release Header 102414Five federal regulatory agencies today announced the approval of a joint notice of proposed rulemaking to amend regulations pertaining to loans secured by property located in special flood hazard areas. The proposed rule would implement provisions of the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014 (HFIAA) relating to escrowing flood insurance paymentsand the exemption of certain detached structures from the mandatory flood insurance purchase requirement. HFIAA amends the escrow provisions of the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 (the Biggert-Waters Act).

In accordance with HFIAA, the proposed rule would require regulated lending institutions to escrow premiums and fees for flood insurance for loans secured by residential improved real estate or mobile homes that are made, increased, extended or renewed on or after January 1, 2016, unless the regulated lending institution or a loan qualifies for a statutory exception. In addition, the proposed rule would require institutions to provide borrowers of residential loansoutstanding on January 1, 2016, the option to escrow flood insurance premiums and fees. The proposal includes new and revised sample notice forms and clauses concerning the escrow requirement and the option to escrow. Read the rest of this entry »

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10-24-14 USDA Announces Funding to Strengthen Rural Businesses and Cooperative, includes $200K for RMFU-ECF…

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 24, 2014

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WASHINGTON, Oct. 24, 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the selection of 43 organizations in 27 states for grants and loans to help create jobs and boost economic development activity in rural areas. The announcement culminates a week in which the department has been highlighting products that are Made In Rural America.

“Many rural businesses and organizations are succeeding but with access to additional resources can create more jobs, promote growth and create an environment where more products can be made in rural America,” Vilsack said. “The awards we are announcing today will not only provide funding, but they also will provide the critical training and technical assistance rural cooperatives and non-profit groups need to enhance the work they are doing to strengthen America’s Main Street businesses.”

The funding is being provided through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Cooperative Development Grant (RCDG) program and the Intermediary Relending Program. Vilsack announced $5.8 million in RCDG awards to 32 recipients, and just over $7 million in loans to 11 recipients under USDA’s Intermediary Relending Program. Funding is contingent upon the recipient meeting the terms of the loan or grant agreement.

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