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09-19-14 *USDA-NASS News* Cattle on Feed – CO: September…

Posted by Brian Allmer on September 19, 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 800,000 head as of September 1, 2014. The latest inventory was down 4 percent from September 1, 2013, and down 1 percent from the previous month. Cattle feeders with 1,000 head or larger capacity marketed an estimated 150,000 head of fed cattle during August 2014. This represented a 3 percent increase from the July 2014 marketings, but a 17 percent decrease from the August marketings one year earlier. An estimated 145,000 cattle and calves were placed on feed during August, up 61 percent from July 2014 placements but no change from a year ago. Of the number placed in August, 21 percent weighed less than 600 pounds, 10 percent weighed from 600 to 699 pounds, 24 percent weighed from 700 to 799 pounds, and 45 percent weighed 800 pounds and greater. Other disappearance for August, at 5,000 head, was the same as last month and 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 9.8 million head on September 1, 2014. The inventory was 1 percent below September 1, 2013. Placements in feedlots during August totaled 1.72 million, 3 percent below 2013. Net placements were 1.65 million head. During August, placements of cattle and calves weighing less than 600 pounds were 410,000, 600-699 pounds were 280,000, 700-799 pounds were 395,000, and 800 pounds and greater were 635,000. For the month of August placements are the lowest since the series began in 1996. Marketings of fed cattle during August totaled 1.69 million, 10 percent below 2013. August marketings are the lowest since the series began in 1996. Other disappearance totaled 66,000 during August, 32 percent above 2013.

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09-17-14 Webcast Archives of the 2014 Progressive 15 Fall Conference on Livestream September 18-19 from Denver, CO…

Posted by Brian Allmer on September 19, 2014

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September 17th, 2014 – Briggsdale, CO – Progressive 15 is hosting their annual fall conference @ the Holiday Inn & Suites in Denver, CO. If you still want to watch/listen to the ALL the Panel Discussions, Candidate Forums, Alumni of the Plains Awards Ceremony & MORE, BARN Media & the Colorado Ag News Network is providing TAPE DELAYED & ARCHIVED webcast coverage of the event @ www.new.Livestream.com/BarnMedia, click the link for more details.

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Don’t miss this opportunity…the TAPE DELAYED & ARCHIVED WEBCASTS are FREE and made possible by Progressive 15, in cooperation with BARN Media & the Colorado Ag News Network - CLICK HERE for webcasts

Progressive 15 is an advocacy organization that advocates and affects legislation and policy for the Economic Vitality and Quality of Life for the Citizens of Adams, Arapahoe, Cheyenne, Douglas, Elbert, Kit Carson, Larimer, Lincoln, Logan, Morgan, Phillips, Sedgwick, Washington, Weld, and Yuma counties. Further information on Progressive 15 is available at www.progressive15.org or by calling 970-867-9167.

 

 

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09-19-14 US Congressman Gardner: FDA Reconsiders Spent Grains Rule…

Posted by Brian Allmer on September 19, 2014

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Washington, DC – Today, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it was making revisions to a proposed rule regulating the use of spent grains- a high-protein byproduct of the brewing process- as feed for livestock. The revised rule allows breweries to continue this practice by specifying that byproducts of food in full compliance with human food safety requirements do not need to also comply with the full animal food rule.

Congressman Cory Gardner (CO-04) released the following statement in response to the announcement of the revised rule:

“The use of spent grains as animal feed is an environmentally friendly, economically sound practice, which is why I’m glad to see the FDA reverse its course on the proposed spent grains rule. Breweries, farmers and ranchers have created a unique partnership to prevent spent grains from going to waste, a practice that is centuries-old. In fact, when the spent grains rule was initially proposed, I introduced legislation to protect the use of spent grains as animal feed. I’m pleased the FDA has realized the errors of its ways on its own, and I appreciate the fact we will indeed be able to keep happy cows.”

After the initial proposed rule was announced, Congressman Gardner worked with a bipartisan coalition to introduce legislation that would allow the continued use of spent grains as animal feed. He also toured a local brewery to learn about the impact that the proposed rule would have on the industry.

Congressman Gardner is a member in the U.S. House of Representatives serving Colorado’s 4th Congressional District. He sits on the Energy and Commerce Committee and is a member of the following Subcommittees: Communications and Technology, Energy and Power, and Oversight and Investigations.

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09-19-14 US Senator Bennet Welcomes FDA Revision of Spent Grains and Food Safety Regulations…

Posted by Brian Allmer on September 19, 2014

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Announcement follows Bennet letters conveying concerns of Colorado brewers and producers

Washington, DC – Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet welcomed revised regulations from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding spent brewers grains, water quality, and soil amendments.  Bennet requested revisions to the regulations after hearing concerns from Colorado producers and brewers.  He wrote Margaret Hamburg, Commissioner of the FDA, earlier this year and invited her to come out to the state to hear the concerns firsthand. Bennet also echoed the concerns of Colorado brewers to Commissioner Hamburg at a Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pension Committee hearing in March.

“Colorado brewers and producers are committed to providing a healthy food supply and reducing consumer risks, but this was a classic case of unintended consequences flowing from well-meaning policies,” Bennetsaid. “We’re pleased that the FDA has listened to the voices of our agricultural community.  We look forward to reviewing the revised rules and working to create a framework that both supports our farmers and ranchers and ensures food safety.”

The originally proposed rules would have made it harder and more expensive for breweries to sell leftover grains as animal feed, sparking concerns from Colorado craft brewers.  The state’s fruit, vegetable, and organic producers expressed concerns about the water quality and compliance standards, as well as restrictions on the use of soil amendments.  In today’s announcement the FDA is proposing to revise the water quality testing provision to account for natural variations in water sources and adjust its approach to manure and compost used in crop production pending future research.

The proposed regulations will be implemented as a part of the 2011 Food Safety Modernization Act. The FDA will accept comments on the proposed revisions of the proposed rules for 75 days and final rules will be issued in 2015.

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09-19-14 USDA News: Secretary Vilsack Reappoints Members to the National Genetic Resources Advisory Council…

Posted by Brian Allmer on September 19, 2014

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WASHINGTON, Sept. 19, 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the reappointment of four individuals to serve on the National Genetic Resources Advisory Council (NGRAC), a subcommittee of the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics (NAREEE) Advisory Board. The newly appointed and returning members of the NGRAC will meet from Sept. 23 through Sept. 25 in Ames, Iowa.

The NGRAC is made up of nine voting members and eight ex-officio members. Two-thirds of voting members are selected from the scientific community and one-third from the general public. The following members have been reappointed to a 3-year term effective October 1, 2014:

Scientific Members

  • Dr. Jane Dever, Professor of Plant Breeding at Texas A&M AgriLife Research.
  • Dr. Karen Moldenhauer, Professor and Rice Industry Chair for Variety Development, University of Arkansas, Division of Agriculture.
  • Dr. Mulumebet Worku, Animal Scientist/Professor/Biotechnologist, Department of Animal Sciences, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.

General Public Members

  • Matthew Dillon, Senior Manager Agricultural Programs and Director of Seed Matters, Clif Bar & Company.

Originally established by Congress in 1992, the NGRAC was re-activated in 2012 as a subcommittee under the NAREEE Advisory Board to formulate recommendations on actions and policies for the collection, maintenance, and utilization of genetic resources; to make recommendations for coordination of genetic resources plans; and to advise the Secretary of Agriculture and the National Genetic Resources Program (NGRP) Director of new and innovative approaches to genetic resources conservation. More recently, the NGRAC was charged with advising USDA on ways to ensure that the NGRP serves the needs of all farmers for high-quality and diverse seed for their particular farming operations and how the department can develop a broad strategy for maintaining plant biodiversity available to agriculture, and strengthening public sector plant breeding capacities.

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09-19-14 USDA News: Obama Administration Announces Competition to Designate Next Round of Promise Zones…

Posted by Brian Allmer on September 19, 2014

USDA seal logoWASHINGTON, Sept. 19, 2014 - U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, joined U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julian Castro, U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, and Education Secretary Arne Duncan to announce a competition to designate a new round of Promise Zones. These Promise Zones are part of the President’s plan to create a new pathway to the middle class by partnering with local communities and businesses to create jobs, increase economic security, improve educational opportunities, and reduce violent crime.

Urban, rural, and tribal communities nationwide will be invited to put forward a plan to partner with local business and community leaders to make evidence-based investments that reward hard work and expand opportunity. In exchange, these designees will receive priority access to federal investments that further their strategic plans, federal staff on the ground to help them implement their goals, and five full-time AmeriCorps VISTA members to recruit and manage volunteers and strengthen the capacity of the Promise Zone initiatives.

“The Promise Zones initiative allows us to work directly with local leaders and organizations to meet a community’s specific needs,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “In the current Promise Zones, especially in rural and tribal areas, we are seeing how effective it can be when we work in a coordinated way to address economic and social challenges. We’ve seen economic recovery strategies like this create jobs and opportunity through USDA’s community-based StrikeForce Initiative and Promise Zones build on this success.” Read the rest of this entry »

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09-19-14 CO Governor Hickenlooper announces statewide grants to reduce wildfire risk…

Posted by Brian Allmer on September 19, 2014

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DENVER – Friday, Sept. 19, 2014 Gov. John Hickenlooper announced today $3.7 million in grants to reduce wildfire risk in communities across Colorado. The grants will be directed to 37 projects in 18 counties to treat areas where human development and forested landscapes overlap, often called the wildland-­urban interface.

“Colorado has endured more than its fair share of natural disasters. We continue to learn many valuable lessons, and one of them is that there is much we can do proactively to make our communities and residents safer,” said Hickenlooper. “These grants will go along way to help implement strategies and safeguards to do exactly that.”

The Wildfire Risk Reduction Grant Program, created under Senate Bill 269 and passed in 2013 by the Colorado General Assembly, focuses on projects that reduce the risk for damage to property, infrastructure and water supplies, and those that limit the likelihood of wildfires spreading into populated areas. Funds are directed to non-federal lands within Colorado. This is the third round of grants awarded under the program.

In all, this round of grants will generate more than $7.5 million worth of work on the ground, due to a 100 percent match requirement for applicants. Every project selected includes plans to use the woody material that will be generated.

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Friday, Sept 19th…

Posted by Brian Allmer on September 19, 2014

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“Farm Groups Respond to Executive Order on Antibiotic Resistance”

President Barack Obama signed an executive order announced Thursday calling for a five year plan to track highly resistant bacterial infections.  The executive order came as a response to bacteria that is resistant to antibiotic treatment, a problem that’s been noted to kill 23,000 people each year. In the executive order, Obama stated “The Food and Drug Administration, in coordination with USDA, shall continue taking steps to eliminate the use of medically important classes of antibiotics for growth promotion purposes in food-producing animals.” American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman released a statement saying. “Just as parents do not give antibiotics to a child, except when necessary and prescribed by a doctor, farmers don’t rush to treat animals with antibiotics.” Stallman encouraged those developing a strategy on this issue to protect the nation’s people and farms to talk with farmers and ranchers during the process. Stallman added that “healthy animals mean healthful meat, milk and eggs.”

National Pork Producers Council President Howard Hill said the White House acknowledged something that the NPPC has been saying for years: “More epidemiological research is needed to understand the key drivers of increased antibiotic resistance.” He said America’s pork producers who abide by strict antimicrobial stewardship programs are committed to protecting public health and producing a safe food. Hill said “NPPC is pleased that the administration agrees that more research is needed and looks forward to working further with FDA and USDA on determining the most informed and appropriate solutions for combating antibiotic resistant bacteria.”?

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“Beef Checkoff Budget Set”

The Cattlemen’s Beef Board will invest about $39 million into programs under the fiscal year 2015 budget, pending review by the full Beef Board and USDA approval. In action earlier this week, the Operating Committee approved checkoff funding for a total of 18 proposals for checkoff funding, in the fiscal year beginning October first. The committee also recommended full Beef Board approval of a budget amendment to reflect the split of funding between budget categories affected by their decisions. The budget includes $9.7 million for research programs, $10.4 million for consumer information programs, $1.7 million for industry information programs, $7.7 million for foreign marketing and education and $1.5 million for producer communications. Other expenses funded through the $41.3 million budget include $221,000 for evaluation, $305,000 for program development, $325,000 for USDA oversight; and about $1.9 million for administration expenses. Beef Board and Operating Committee Chairman Kim Brackett said I am truly excited about the opportunities that we have before us as an industry and so pleased that we have our checkoff to take those on.”

The Operating Committee approved proposals from eight national beef organizations for funding through the FY15 Cattlemen’s Beef Board budget That included $27.8 million to the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, $7.7 million to the U.S. Meat Export Federation, $1.5 million to the Cattlemen’s Beef Board, $1.1 million to the North American Meat Association, $371,000 to the American National CattleWomen, $350,800 to the Meat Import Council of America, $222,500 to the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture and $45,000 to the National Livestock Producers Association.

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“USDA investing $68 million in Renewable Energy Projects”

USDA secretary Tom Vilsack announced Thursday $68 million worth of funding for 540 Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Projects Nationwide. The funding includes loan guarantees and grants for solar energy to create jobs, promote energy independence and advance the use of renewable fuels. Secretary Vilsack made the announcement while in North Carolina to highlight USDA’s investments in rural renewable energy projects. Vilsack stated “Investing in renewable energy and energy efficiency will continue the unprecedented increase in home-grown energy sources and American energy independence we’ve seen in recent years.” Two weeks ago, Vilsack announced a $105 million loan guarantee to a company that will produce jet fuel from municipal solid waste.

Thursdays announcement came on a day when President Obama announced new executive actions to further advance the development of solar technologies across the country. These new investments in solar, according to USDA,  will reduce America’s energy consumption, cut carbon pollution by nearly 300 million metric tons – equivalent to taking more than 60 million cars off the road for a year – and save businesses nearly $45 billion on their energy bills.

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“ASA Welcomes USDA Deregulation of Enlist Duo Soybeans”

In response to this week’s USDA decision to deregulate Dow’s 2-4-D resistant Enlist Duo soybeans, the American Soybean Association issued a statement cheering the move and called on the Environmental Protection Agency to quickly finalize the label for the new low-volatility Enlist Duo. ASA also called upon foreign markets where U.S. soybeans are exported to quickly review and approve these new biotech events.

ASA President and Iowa farmer Ray Gaesser stated “for new tools like Enlist Duo to be implemented and realized, we need to have approvals in key U.S. soy export markets since approximately 60% of the U.S. soy crop is exported.” Further, he stated USDA “deserves a great deal of credit” for working to address delays in the biotech approval process and that “this solution presents another integral mode of action with which farmers can fight yield-robbing weeds.”

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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09-18-14 NCBA News: House Passes Jobs Bill…

Posted by Brian Allmer on September 18, 2014

WASHINGTON (Sept. 18, 2014) – Today, the House passed The Jobs for America Act (H.R. 4) by a vote of 253 to 163. Bob McCan, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association president and Victoria, Texas, cattleman said this was a positive move for cattle producers and a solid step toward stabilizing the economy.

“The Jobs bill passed by the House contains a number of priorities for our producer members including some key tax provisions,” said McCan. “The passage of this legislation brings our producers one step closer to having the certainty they need to make financial preparations and needed investments in this tax year.”

Included in the Act is the America’s Small Business Tax Relief Act and other provisions directed toward the Internal Revenue Service, which makes section 179 expensing and bonus depreciation permanent. The bill also contains the Regulations From the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act, requiring Congress to take an up-or-down vote on all new major rules that would have an economic impact of more than $100 million annually before they can be enforced. And critical for many public lands and western ranchers is the inclusion of the Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy Communities Act addressing catastrophic wildfire and forest mismanagement.

“Many of the provisions contained in this bill are critical for the cattle industry; legislation that extends certainty in the tax code, reins in the regulatory train wreck our members face from administration agencies like the EPA and aims to better manage our public lands and resources,” said McCan. “We appreciate the efforts of the House in bringing this bill to the floor and urge the Senate to take action.”

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09-18-14 Sorghum Field Days set for October 1st in SE CO…

Posted by Brian Allmer on September 18, 2014

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September 18, 2014, Fort Collins, Colo. - The Colorado Sorghum Producers (CSP), Plainsman Research Center, and Scherler Farms are hosting Sorghum Field Day events Wednesday, October 1, at 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

At 9:00 a.m., producers will meet at the Plainsman Research Center and tour sorghum research studies followed by lunch. Kevin Larson will show and talk about the grain sorghum variety and agronomy trials and Courtney Jahn will talk about the sweet/forage sorghum trial.

At 2:00 p.m., producers will meet at the Brandon sorghum test plot. Kevin Larson will show and talk about the grain sorghum variety and agronomy trials. Refreshments will be served, sponsored by Scherler Sales.

Larson is a Colorado State University (CSU) research scientist at the Plainsman Research Center, and Jahn is an Assistant Professor in the CSU Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management department.

The sorghum variety trials are sponsored by a United Sorghum Checkoff Program Grant.

The Plainsman Research Center is located 4 miles north of Walsh on CR 43, 1.5 miles west on CR HH.

The Brandon sorghum plot is located 2 miles south of Scherler Farms then 1/8 mile west.

CSP was organized in November 2007 as a voluntary membership organization to represent sorghum producers at the state and national levels of government and is a member state organization of the National Sorghum Producers. CSP also advances the sorghum industry through public and private research into sorghum production and works to develop, promote and improve the domestic and export markets for sorghum through the United Sorghum Checkoff Program.

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09-18-14 NCGA News: This Harvest, Take Your Camera Along in the Combine…

Posted by Brian Allmer on September 18, 2014

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The National Corn Growers Association asks photographers and farmers to help tell the story of farming and harvesting field corn in America through the first annual Fields-of-Corn Photo Contest. Through this contest, NCGA captures high-resolution photos of corn growth from seed to harvest and the families that grow it. While the contest opened in June, interested participants will be able to submit multiple entries until November 30, 2014.

Open to all, the Fields-of-Corn photo contest offers a free opportunity for photographers to share their work while competing for a $500 grand prize. Entries will also be considered for prizes with cash awards for the top three entries in five categories including: Farm Family Lifestyle, Farming Challenges, Growing Field Corn, Scenery/Landscape, and Still Life from the Farm.

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09-18-14 CO Corn News: Town hall meeting on ballot issues set for Saturday in Fort Collins…

Posted by Brian Allmer on September 18, 2014

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Colorado Corn speaking out against Proposition 105

State Senator John Kefalas will be hosting a town hall meeting Saturday in Fort Collins, featuring discussions on a variety of measures that will appear on the November ballot – among them is Proposition 105, which aims to mandate the labeling of Colorado foods containing GMOs.

The event is set for 10 a.m. to noon, taking place at the Old Town Library, 201 Peterson St.

The public and media are invited to attend.

Sen. John Kefalas, D-Fort Collins, is hosting the meeting to provide information on the various topics. He has not taken any position on the issues.

There will be four topics discussed during the two-hour event, with 30 minutes devoted to each one – 10 minutes for each side to make presentations, followed by 10 minutes of questions and discussion.

In regards to Proposition 105, Colorado Corn communications director Eric Brown will be speaking on behalf of his organization, and also on behalf of the No On Proposition 105 Coalition. The No On Proposition 105 Coalition – made up of hundreds of individuals and ag and food organizations, including Colorado Corn, and others – has long stressed that Proposition 105, with its arbitrary and unfair exemptions for two-thirds of foods, would only confuse consumers more about their choices, rather than inform them, and put certain producers at a disadvantage. Read the rest of this entry »

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09-18-14 NACD Testimony Highlights District-led Soil Health Efforts…

Posted by Brian Allmer on September 18, 2014

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WASHINGTON, DC—September 18, 2014—National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) Chief Executive Officer John Larson testified this morning at a House Agriculture Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy and Forestry hearing examining “the benefits of promoting soil health in agriculture and rural America.” In his remarks, Larson highlighted the role of soil and water conservation districts in both the history and the future of the national soil health movement.

“Conservation districts are proud to be leading the way in soil health,” Larson said. “Without question, we believe that soil health is the key to the future productivity of agriculture and the protection of our natural resources.”

The benefits of improved soil health reach far beyond the farm. Healthy soils lead to higher water quality, by allowing for better nutrient cycling and reducing sediment runoff; a better ability to manage water and reduce flood damage; and an increase in the amount of carbon sequestered in the soil itself.

In the past several years, NACD, and its member conservation districts and associations have been working hard to put a renewed national focus on soil health. These efforts include partnering with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service on an integrated campaign to increase the adoption of soil health management practices by America’s farmers and private landowners. By increasing the health of our soils, the campaign ultimately seeks to produce systemic, continental-scale improvements in water, air, and wildlife – all while enhancing long-term agricultural productivity and providing the best return on the nation’s conservation investment over the long term.

“To make measurable improvements in soil health at the national level will require a locally-led, voluntary, coordinated effort,” Larson continued. “Because of their strong relationships with local landowners, as well as their strong reputation as a trusted source of conservation planning and implementation at the local level, conservation districts are well poised to continue to play a leading role in these efforts, in close partnership with local, state and federal partners.”

While we are seeing improvements nationwide in both the recognition of the need for, and the adoption of, best management practices for soil health, there is still work to be done. Specifically, Larson pointed out five main areas of need for the future: 1) developing specific soil health conservation practice criteria; 2) increasing soil health research – both scientific and economic; 3) training NRCS, district and partner employees; 4) ensuring Farm Bill programs facilitate soil-health adoption; and 5) communicating the benefits of soil health to both agriculture and urban audiences.

“If population growth projections are correct, in a few short decades our population will hit nine billion,” Larson continued. “To feed this many people will require a significant increase in food production; and we will have to do it while coping with erratic weather conditions, and while still conserving our natural resources. We believe that the widespread adoption of soil health practices is what will make us successful. If we act now, we have a chance to make a difference on the land that will last for generations.”

To view Larson’s full written testimony, click here.

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09-18-14 Beef Checkoff Sets FY2015 Plan of Work…

Posted by Brian Allmer on September 18, 2014

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Beef Board and Operating Committee Chairman Kim Brackett, a cattle producer from Idaho

The Cattlemen’s Beef Board will invest about $39 million into programs of beef promotion, research, consumer information, industry information, foreign marketing and producer communications in fiscal year 2015, if this week’s recommendation of the Beef Promotion Operating Committee is approved by USDA, following review by the full Beef Board.

In action concluding its Sept. 16-17 meeting in Denver, the Operating Committee — including 10 members of the Beef Board and 10 members of the Federation of State Beef Councils — approved checkoff funding for a total of 18 “Authorization Requests,” or proposals for checkoff funding, in the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1, 2014. The committee also recommended full Beef Board approval of a budget amendment to reflect the split of funding between budget categories affected by their decisions.

“As both a producer and a checkoff leader, it’s rewarding to see the tremendous efforts that go into responsible investment of producers’ and importers’ hard-earned dollars into solid checkoff programs that produce results,” said Beef Board and Operating Committee Chairman Kim Brackett, a cattle producer from Idaho. “I am truly excited about the opportunities that we have before us as an industry and so pleased that we have our checkoff to take those on.”

In the end, the Operating Committee approved proposals from eight national beef organizations for funding through the FY15 Cattlemen’s Beef Board budget, as follows: Read the rest of this entry »

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09-18-14 USDA Invests $68 Million in 540 Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Projects Nationwide: $125M for CO…

Posted by Brian Allmer on September 18, 2014

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Funding includes loan guarantees and grants for solar energy to create jobs, promote energy independence and advance the use of renewable fuels

BUNN, N.C., Sept. 18, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that USDA is investing in 540 renewable energy and energy efficiency projects nationwide.

“These loan guarantees and grants will have far-reaching impacts nationwide, particularly in the rural communities where these projects are located,” Vilsack said. “Investing in renewable energy and energy efficiency will continue the unprecedented increase in home-grown energy sources and American energy independence we’ve seen in recent years. This is creating jobs, providing new economic opportunities and leading the way to a more secure energy future.”

Secretary Vilsack made the announcement while in North Carolina to highlight USDA’s investments in rural renewable energy projects, as part of the Obama Administration’s ‘all-of-the-above’ energy strategy. It is the most recent of a series of USDA actions to strengthen the country’s energy sector. Two weeks ago, Vilsack announced a $105 million loan guarantee to a company that will produce jet fuel from municipal solid waste.

Today’s funding is being provided through USDA Rural Development’s Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). REAP was created by the 2008 Farm Bill and was reauthorized by the recently passed 2014 Farm Bill.

CO’s Recipients include:

  • CO HART, DONALD R. $8,943 HYDROPOWER/HYDROEL ECTRIC HYDROELECTRIC
  • CO HAWMAN & ECKERT, INC dba DURANGO ANIMAL $6,215 ENERGY EFFICIENCY LIGHTING & HVAC UNITS
  • CO JAMES RANCH BEEF, LLC $18,253 SOLAR 12.72 kW SOLAR PV SYSTEMCO STRATIFIED
    ENVIRON & ARCHAEOLOGICAL SERV $11,061 SOLAR STRATIFIED E&A SERV
  • CO THE HELLER CORPORATION $11,378 SOLAR 10.14 kW SOLAR PV SYSTEM
  • CO THE SMILEY BUILDING $39,400 SOLAR 29.12 kW SOLAR PV SYSTEM
  • CO THREE GUYS FARMS, INC.$8,849 SOLAR 10 kW SOLAR PV SYSTEM
  • CO ZIA II, LLC $21,682 SOLAR 20.12 kW SOLAR PV SYSTEM

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Thursday, Sept 18th…

Posted by Brian Allmer on September 18, 2014

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“Russian Meat Associations Warn of Crisis”

A leader for a Russian meat association is warning Russian President Vladimir Putin the industry is in crises and in a public letter warned of an industry default without government assistance. Meatinglace reports the recent bans by Russia on imports of beef, pork and poultry have increased prices to processors by 12 to 14 percent. The one year bans were part of sanctions on Australia, Canada, the United Stated and the European Union in retaliation for those countries sanctions in regards to Russia’s conflict with the Ukraine. On top of earlier price increases, processors in Russia are dealing with an increase in raw materials prices of between 62 percent and 67 percent this calendar year, according to the public letter released by the National Union of Processors in Russia.

The group believes the Russian government has an unofficial ban on increasing retail prices for fear of stirring social upheaval. They are seeking tax breaks or a gradual increase in the retail price of meat products to return the processing sector to profitability.

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“Lucas Holds Hearing on SNAP Pilot Programs”

House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas held a public hearing Wednesday to review implementation of state pilot projects under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.  One of the reforms in the 2014 Farm Bill included new employment and training pilot projects. They allow for up to ten states to develop and test methods to help adults secure employment and job training and reduce their dependency on SNAP. USDA asked for applications in the pilot program last month. Lucas stated “it is important to maintain an open line of communication with USDA as it implements the Agricultural Act of 2014.”

Ranking Member Collin Peterson said “we authorized these pilot projects because we value work and we want to put people back to work. Keeping a close eye on farm bill implementation is a top Committee priority.” Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced the application process was open on August 25th. He also announced $200 million in funding for up to ten state that participated in the pilot program.

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“USDA Announced Additional Support for Farms with Citrus Greening”

USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced new financial assistance for citrus farms to remove and replace trees affected by citrus greening. Through the Tree Assistance Program, USDA is providing Florida with additional support to combat citrus greening. Florida was identified as the state with the greatest need. Other citrus-growing states could be eligible for similar support in the future. Secretary Vilsack stated “the key to the citrus industry’s survival is getting new trees in the ground, and we’re doing everything we can to help with that.” Citrus greening is a bacterial disease that spreads internally throughout the plant. The disease causes fruit to ripen unevenly and become lopsided, visibly smaller and bitter-tasting. The bacteria do not pose a health threat to humans, livestock or pets, but the effect on the fruit crop is devastating.

Florida citrus growers will be eligible for up to 50 percent of the cost of the removal of diseased trees and site preparation, 65 percent of the cost of replanting and labor, and 65 percent of the cost of seedlings. Losses must have occurred on or after Oct. 1, 2011, and individual stands must have sustained a mortality loss of 15 percent after adjustment for normal mortality. Trees that are no longer commercially viable may be considered to have met mortality. Florida’s citrus industry contributes $9 billion per year to the state’s economy and supports about 76,000 jobs. In the 2012-2013 growing season Florida accounted for 63 percent of all U.S. citrus production.

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“Export Customers Commit to Buy $2.3 Billion of U.S. Soy”

Buyers from China have agreed to buy $2.3 billion of U.S. soy products during the U.S Global Trade Exchange this week in Milwaukee. This marks the second consecutive year that the gathering has generated significant export sales for U.S. soybean farmers. The event allows foreign buyers to make deals and learn about U.S. soy and is co-sponsored by the U.S. Soybean Export Council, the Midwest Shippers Association and the American Soybean Association. United Soybean Board chairman Jim Call said “this shows that we continue to meet the needs of our international customers, and they’ve certainly taken notice.”

In the most recent marketing year, U.S. soybean farmers exported more than 1.7 billion bushels of U.S. soy to customers beyond our borders. The value of these exports set a record of more than $28 billion. Representatives from China committed to buy $2.8 billion worth of U.S. soy during last year’s U.S. Soy Global Trade Exchange in Davenport, Iowa.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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09-17-18 NFU Applauds Resolution Designating 2014 “International Year of Family Farming”…

Posted by Brian Allmer on September 17, 2014

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NFU Applauds Resolution Designating 2014 “International Year of Family Farming” National Farmers Union (NFU) today applauded the passage of the Senate Resolution designating 2014 as the “International Year of Family Farming (IYFF).” NFU has lead the U.S. Committee for IYFF and played a key role in having the resolution adopted by the Senate.

“Recognizing the critical role family farmers play in providing food, fuel, feed and fiber to the global population and alleviating hunger and poverty is important because we need to be developing our future farmers – both in the United States and abroad – right now,” said NFU President Roger Johnson.

Senate Resolution 544, introduced by Sens. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, notes that while agriculture contributes more than $130 billion to the U.S. economy and employs 14 percent of the total U.S. workforce, 45 percent of individuals around the world make their living from farming.

“Family farming clearly plays a major role in today’s economy and will continue to play a key role for those living in developing nations,” said Johnson. “For many citizens of the world, the primary key to breaking out of poverty will be farming.”

“Family farmers across the world lift up their communities with every harvest,” Senator Amy Klobuchar said. “Today’s action in the Senate recognizes that rural communities are the backbone of local economies around the world, and honors the contributions that family farmers make in our global fight to eradicate poverty and hunger.” Read the rest of this entry »

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09-17-14 Leprino Foods issues statement regarding a dairy in New Mexico…

Posted by Brian Allmer on September 17, 2014

Denver, Colo., Sept. 17, 2014 –Leprino Foods cares deeply about the health and welfare of the animals on the farms that supply our milk. As soon as Leprino Foods was informed about the abuse on one of these dairies, ALL SHIPMENTS FROM THAT FARM WERE TERMINATED IMMEDIATELY. LEPRINO FOODS IS NOT RECEIVING ANY MILK FROM THIS OPERATION. We take these situations extremely seriously and are extremely repulsed by these events. The actions depicted in the video are appalling and unacceptable. Leprino Foods Company prides itself in providing an uncompromising commitment to high-quality real cheese, and  the milk must be supplied to us by farmers who share our commitment to the highest level of animal health and wellness.

This isolated incident does not reflect the daily care and comfort that New Mexico dairy farmers provide their cows. The farm has taken quick and decisive action. Information about the incident was immediately shared by the farm owner with the proper New Mexico authorities, who are conducting an investigation so that the individuals responsible can be held accountable for their actions.

For more information contact Chris Galen SVP, Communications, National Milk Producers Federation (cgalen@nmpf.org); Monica Massey, Communications Director, Dairy Farmers of America (mmassey@dfamilk.com); or Mike McCloskey, CEO, Select Milk Producers (575-748-1200).

About Leprino Foods Company
Headquartered in Denver, Colorado, Leprino Foods Company produces, markets, and sells the highest quality dairy food ingredients, including Italian-style cheeses to pizza chains, frozen food manufacturers, foodservice distributors, and retail and foodservice shredders, and whey, lactose and related products to the nutrition, confectionary and other industries. While serving its domestic customer base out of its 9 U.S. Plants, Leprino Foods also ships cheese and whey products to more than 40 countries worldwide. For more information, please visit http://www.leprinofoods.com.

 

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09-17-14 CDA UPDATE: Vesicular Stomatitis (VS): 297 Colorado Quarantines Since Beginning of Outbreak…

Posted by Brian Allmer on September 17, 2014

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Vesicular Stomatitis (VS): 297 Colorado Quarantines Since Beginning of Outbreak

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BROOMFIELD, Colo. –As of 9/172014, the Colorado Department of Agriculture’s State Veterinarian’s Office has 168 locations under quarantine after horses and cows tested positive for Vesicular Stomatitis (VS); 129 of the 297 quarantines have now been released.

“While we continue to see new cases, the good news is that the number of new cases are decreasing while the number of released quarantines are increasing; we believe that’s a sign that we’ve hit the peak of this disease in Colorado for this year,” said State Veterinarian, Dr. Keith Roehr.

COUNTY

CURRENT QUARANTINES

RELEASED QUARANTINES

Adams

9

3

Arapahoe

2

Boulder

32

43

Broomfield

1

2

Douglas

2

El Paso

1

Fremont

1

Jefferson

21

8

Larimer

61

17

Logan

1

Morgan

1

Pueblo

4

3

Weld

33

52

Total

168

129

For a map of Colorado counties with confirmed cases, visit http://www.aphis.usda.gov/wps/portal/aphis/ourfocus/animalhealth?1dmy&urile=wcm%3apath%3a%2Faphis_content_library%2Fsa_our_focus%2Fsa_animal_health%2Fsa_animal_disease_information%2Fsa_equine_health%2Fsa_vesicular_stomatitis%2Fct_vesicular_stomatitis. Read the rest of this entry »

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09-17-14 American Gelbvieh Association Releases Genomic-Enhanced EPDs…

Posted by Brian Allmer on September 17, 2014

AGA Logo - American Gelbvieh AssnThe American Gelbvieh Association (AGA) has released genomic-enhanced EPDs with the fall 2014 international cattle evaluation. Genomic-enhanced EPDs (GE EPDs) combine pedigree, individual performance and genomic information to save time and money, reduce risk, and accelerate the rate of genetic progress.

GE EPDs provide more precise EPDs based on a combination of both phenotype and DNA. One major benefit of these EPDs is risk reduction through increased accuracies. These increased accuracies save time when assessing young breeding stock as well as deliver commercial customer confidence when buying seedstock. Herd improvement is accelerated when breeders can more accurately identify young individuals with the best genetics.

GE EPDs also give the chance to collect data on economically important traits, which are expensive or difficult to measure.

The information from the genomic data can be as informative as a bull’s first calf crop or a cow’s lifetime production record. Since the genomic data is incorporated directly into the EPDs, cattle producers will not have to learn how to interpret the new data.

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