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07-20-14 Colorado Corn’s District Meetings Set for August…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 20, 2014

Colorado Corn LogoWant to hear the latest about the Pesticide Act Sunset Review? 

Want some updates, info and have your voice heard about the direction of Colorado Corn?

District Meeting Schedule:

  • August 4 in Sterling @ NOON – District 3, Plainsman Grill, 17408 Colorado 14, at Noon (Logan and Morgan counties)
  • August 5 in Delta @ NOON – District 8, Days Inn, 903 Main Street at Noon (Western Slope)
  • August 11 in Lamar  at 7pm – District 7, Cow Palace Inn, Colorado Room, 1301 N. Main St. (SE CO)
  • August 12 in Stratton @ NOON – District 6, Rodeway Inn Golden Prairie, 700 Colorado Ave, at Noon (Kit Carson, Cheyenne and Washington counties)
  • August 13 in Yuma @ 7am– District 5, Main Event, 420 W. 8Th Avenue, at 7am (Yuma County)
  • August 27 in Greeley @ TBA – District 1-2, Red Lobster, 2885 23rd Ave, (Weld & Larimer Counties)

To learn more about Colorado Corn or to become a member – CLICK HERE

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07-20-14 The 2014 PEDAL THE PLAINS Route will Follow the South Platte River Sept 19-21…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 20, 2014

2014 Pedal the Plains HeaderA2014 Pedal the Plains Route Mappril 29, 2014 – Denver, Colo.— Gov. John Hickenlooper and The Denver Post announced today the route for the third annual Pedal The Plains Bicycle Tour, scheduled for Sept. 19-21, 2014. This year’s route will take cyclists and spectators through Colorado’s Northeastern Plains with stops in three host communities, Wiggins, Fort Morgan and Sterling.

A meet and greet with a locally sourced brunch preceded the brief press conference announcing this year’s route. Gov. Hickenlooper and key partners including Dean Singleton, former publisher of The Denver Post and Viaero Wireless, the tour’s presenting partner for the third year running, spoke of the excitement surrounding this year’s event.

“Pedal The Plains is a unique ride that truly sums up what Colorado is all about,” said Gov. Hickenlooper. “It’s about people from all over the state coming together, being outside, exercising and exploring the state’s heritage and history. It is a great opportunity to explore the congenial communities along the roads less traveled.”

“We’re proud to partner with Pedal The Plains for its third annual tour across Colorado’s Eastern Plains, and we’re especially excited to showcase our own backyard,” said Frank DiRico, CEO and President of Viaero Wireless. “We look forward to connecting with our wireless users on the tour and providing exceptional 4G wireless broadband services.” Fort Morgan is home to Viaero Wireless.

Two stages of the 2014 bicycle tour follow along the South Platte River in the northeastern corner of the state. The 173-mile route will feature Jackson Reservoir, Pawnee National Grasslands, working farms and ranches, wind turbines and wetland habitats.

“This year’s tour coincides with Fort Morgan’s annual Fall Harvest Car Show and Sterling’s Sugar Beet Days, so participants will have many opportunities to experience the local flavor unique to these communities,” said Tour Director Chandler Smith. “The special offerings from all three hosts will make for a fun and festive time.”

Pedal The Plains was established three years ago as a celebration of Colorado’s agricultural roots and the state’s frontier heritage on the Eastern Plains. All proceeds from Pedal The Plains will benefit The Denver Post Community Foundation in support of the Colorado Future Farmers of America and Colorado 4-H. Last year’s ride stopped in Eads, Lamar and La Junta, and featured a hydro farm, Bent’s Old Fort, the Santa Fe Trail and Fort Lyon. Other sponsors of the Pedal The Plains Bicycle Tour include the Western Dairy Association, Anadarko, Noble Energy, Suncor, DaVita, Colorado Touchstone Energy Cooperatives, Colorado Wheat Administrative Committee, Leprino Foods, Department of Agriculture, Colorado Egg Producers, Rise Above Colorado, Primal, Cannondale and DT Swiss.

As in years’ past, cyclists of all ages and abilities can participate in any of the three ride offerings including the 3-Day Tour, Century Ride and Family Fun Ride. Online registration is now open at pedaltheplains.com.

CSU 4HColorado FFA FoundationPedal The Plains is proud to give back to organizations across Colorado in an effort to make a difference in the lives of our residents. To help foster this mission, a percentage of event proceeds go to The Denver Post Community Foundation and each host community will be provided with a $2,000 grant for a community initiative selected by the town’s local organizing committee. In addition to the grants given to the host communities and proceeds benefitting The Denver Post Community Foundation, the 2014 partnering nonprofits, Future Farmers of America and Colorado 4-H, will each receive a $5,000 grant. Click here to learn more about each of these charities.

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07-18-14 CFVGA News: San Luis Valley Soil Health Tour in Center, CO on July 22nd…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 18, 2014

SLV Soil Health Tour 072214 in Center poster

CLICK HERE for more information

CLICK HERE for more information

This information was provided courtesy of the Colorado Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association – CLICK HERE to learn more about the CFVGA

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Come on out to the 65th Northeast Weld County Fair & Rodeo in New Raymer, CO on July 18-19…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 18, 2014

65th NE Weld County Fair and Rodeo Poster

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07-18-14 ASI WEEKLY NEWS FOR SHEEP INDUSTRY LEADERS…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 18, 2014

Executive Board Recommends Budgets 

The executive board of the American Sheep Industry Association held its summer meeting in Hastings, Neb., this week. In a unanimous vote, the board recommended the budgets be forwarded to the board of directors for approval.

Budgets relating to wool programming, quality improvement and market promotion were covered in the Wool Trust Budget. A supplemental budget was also recommended for 2015 to fund sheep research and Let’s Grow initiatives in order to support the industry roadmap. A separate budget for legislative and trade association business was also recommended.

While in Hastings, the executive board took the opportunity to visit with the sheep research scientists at the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center in Clay Center, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary.

Reprograming of Dubois Funding Denied 

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07-18-14 CAB News: Thorpe honored for beef industry achievements…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 18, 2014

CAB-RGB-LG logoThere is no man more associated with the words “cattle market” than Topper Thorpe, who left his mark on the industry during a 32-year tenure with CattleFax. His contributions and leadership will be noted as Thorpe receives the Feeding Quality Forum Industry Achievement Award in August.

“The uniqueness of the cattle feeding industry is that we supply almost 80% of the fed cattle produced in the world,” says Larry Corah, vice president of supply for Certified Angus Beef LLC (CAB), who began his own career when Thorpe was a rising star. “That is a pretty impactful industry, and CattleFax and Topper have had a strong influence on how successful it has been.”

Raised on a diversified livestock and crop operation in southern New Mexico, Thorpe earned degrees in business and economics from New Mexico State University before becoming one of two original employees of CattleFax in 1968. As the first analyst at the start-up company, Thorpe laid the foundation and served 30 years as CEO of what became “the nation’s premier market information, analysis, research and education service, owned by cattle producers and feeders.”

“His leadership in creating the organization of CattleFax and putting market power in producer hands helped the feeding industry grow and become what it is today,” Corah says.

“Topper understood the value of data, of information, and he could take that aggregate data and do the analysis and then weave a picture of what this industry looked like and what it was going to look like 5 to 10 years down the road,” says Randy Blach, current CattleFax CEO, hired by Thorpe in 1980.

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07-18-14 CCALT News: July 25th Navajo River Restoration Celebration…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 18, 2014

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07-18-14 CO State Forest Service News: Colorado receives $250,000 grant to promote wood-energy facilities, technologies…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 18, 2014

Header - Please enable images in your e-mail programFORT COLLINS - This week, the USDA announced that Colorado is the recipient of a quarter-million-dollar grant to promote the development of wood-to-energy projects in the state. The grant will help foresters and researchers address forest health and wildfire concerns by accelerating the establishment of wood-energy facilities and technologies that use woody biomass.

The Colorado State Forest Service received the three-year, $250,000 grant from the USDA Forest Service, Wood Education and Resource Center (WERC) through a second round of funding from the national program.

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07-18-14 CAWG NEWS: 2014 Colorado Winter Wheat Harvest Update #8…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 18, 2014

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(Note: Farmers and elevators, give me a heads-up when harvest starts in your area, please!)

Results for the CSU UVPT trials are being posted, so far Orchard, Lamar, Sheridan Lake and Yuma are posted: http://bit.ly/lNngvt

July 18, 2014 – FT COLLINS, CO - This is a short harvest report as essentially no winter wheat has been harvested since Wednesday. Widespread rain and continued humidity are benefitting spring crops but have kept farmers from harvesting wheat.

Colorado Wheat estimates harvest hasn’t advanced significantly from 52 percent complete estimated on Wednesday. USDA estimated harvest as of Monday the 14th at 46 percent complete, compared with 40 percent at this time last year and the five-year average of 51 percent harvested.

As this is Glenda Mostek’s last day, we are asking our usual harvest resources to reply to an email that Darrell Hanavan will send out on Monday. We will be going to a Tuesday/Thursday Harvest report schedule, and will gather the information on Monday and Wednesday and publish it on Tuesday and Thursday morning.

From USDA’s July 11 Crop Production Estimate:

Based on July 1 conditions, winter wheat production in Colorado is forecast at 86.4 million bushels, down 3 percent from the June 1 forecast but 95 percent above the 44.3 million bushels produced last year. Estimated acreage for harvest, at 2.40 million acres, is down 150,000 acres from June 1, but 760,000 acres more than the 1.64 million acres harvested in 2013. As of July 1, the average yield is forecast at 36.0 bushels per acre, 1.0 bushel above the June 1 forecast, and 9.0 bushels above last year’s final yield.

U.S. winter wheat production is forecast at 1.37 billion bushels, down 1 percent from the June 1 forecast and down 11 percent from 2013. Based on July 1 conditions, the United States yield is forecast at 42.2 bushels per acre, down 0.2 bushel from last month and down 5.2 bushels from last year. The area expected to be harvested for grain or seed totals 32.4 million acres, unchanged from the Acreage report released on June 30, 2014 but up slightly from last year. Hard Red Winter production, at 703 million bushels, is down 2 percent from last month. Soft Red Winter, at 458 million bushels, is up 1 percent from the June forecast. White Winter, at 206 million bushels, is up slightly from last month. Of the White Winter production, 10.6 million bushels are Hard White and 196 million bushels are Soft White.

 

Colorado has a long and proud history of wheat production. The art of growing this “prairie gold” has been passed down from generation to generation, and more than two million acres of wheat are currently planted in Colorado each year. To learn more please visit www.ColoradoWheat.org

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07-18-14 CMU News: “Colorado Needs a Better Water Plan” an Op-Ed by Jim Pokrandt, Chair, Colorado Basin Roundtable…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 18, 2014

CMU-Colorado Mesa University logoCWCB-CBR CO Water Conservation Board CO Basin Roundtable HeaderIt’s almost time for football training camps, so here’s a gridiron analogy for Colorado River water policy watchers: Western Colorado is defending two end zones. One is the Colorado River. The other is agriculture. The West Slope team has to make a big defensive play. If water planning errs on the side of overdeveloping the Colorado River, the river loses, the West Slope economy loses and West Slope agriculture could be on the way out.

This is how the Colorado River Basin Roundtable is viewing its contribution to the Colorado Water Plan ordered up by Gov. John Hickenlooper. A draft plan will be submitted this December and a final plan in December 2015. The Roundtable is assessing local water supply needs and environmental concerns for inclusion into the plan and there is plenty of work to consider in the region. But the big play may very well be the keeping of powerful forces from scoring on our two goal lines.

Here’s why: Colorado’s population is slated to double by 2050. Most of it will be on the Front Range, but our region is growing too. Mother Nature is not making any new water. We still depend on the same hydrological cycle that goes back to Day 1. So where is the “new” water going to come from? Right now, there seems to be two top targets, the Colorado River and agriculture (where 85 percent of state water use lies in irrigated fields). Colorado needs a better plan.

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Fri, July 18th…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 18, 2014

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“Farm Bureau Releases Document Detailing Issues with Proposed WOTUS Rule”

The American Farm Bureau Federation and several state Farm Bureaus have met with the Environmental Protection Agency repeatedly – according to AFBF President Bob Stallman – and each time – agency officials have declined to grapple with the serious, real world implications of the rule. Now – he says EPA is engaged in an intensive public relations campaign – and AFBF believes its statements are directly contrary to the reality of the proposed Waters of the U.S. rule. That’s why Farm Bureau has released a comprehensive document responding to inaccurate and misleading comments made about EPA’s latest rule to Congress. The document explains how the rule would give EPA broad Clean Water Act jurisdiction over dry land features and farming practices long declared off-limits by Congress and the Supreme Court. Stallman says Farm Bureau is dedicated to communicating to farmers, their elected representatives and the public how the proposed rule will impose costly and time-intensive federal permitting regimes on commonplace and essential practices U.S. farmers and ranchers depend on. Farm Bureau hopes the document will contribute to the ongoing discussion in Congress regarding the rule and its implications not just for farming – but the entire U.S. economy.

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“NFU Looks for Clarification Regarding Certain Aspects of WOTUS Rule”

The National Farmers Union has sent a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy asking for more information about which bodies of water would be jurisdictional under the proposed Waters of the U.S. rule. During a conference call between the NFU board of directors and McCarthy – NFU President Roger Johnson says the board asked for clarity surrounding some of the definitions in the proposal – yet many members feel the proposed rule has instead created less clarity. Johnson says more information must be made available to rural America to alleviate confusion and resentment. NFU is asking EPA to provide a map with estimates of which bodies of water will be considered jurisdictional to EPA’s regulation. NFU is currently preparing formal comments about the proposed rule and hopes EPA will answer these questions soon to ensure the organization’s comments are as informed as possible.

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“API Looks to Regulatory Side in Ethanol Fight”

The American Petroleum Institute is now focusing its fight against ethanol on EPA’s regulatory decision – according to The Hill. API is still pushing for changes to the Renewable Fuel Standard – but API Director of Downstream Operations Bob Greco says the organization trying to convince the EPA to keep mandated volumes low as elections approach and chances for legislative action seem dim. API wants EPA to finalize the blending levels it proposed last year. Environmental Working Group Vice President of Government Affairs Scott Faber says the single most effective way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is to implement the standard as EPA proposed and not increase the amount of corn ethanol that would ultimately be blended into gasoline. EWG estimates reducing the level – as EPA proposed – would cut carbon dioxide emissions by the equivalent of taking 580,000 cars off the road for one year. Faber says increasing the amount of corn ethanol would contradict the Obama Administration’s climate policy and do more to create momentum for reform in this Congress.

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“Coalition Urges New Comment Period for Latest Poultry Inspection Rule Change”

According to The Hagstrom Report – a coalition of consumer groups has asked USDA and the Office of Management and Budget to release the latest version of its rule to change poultry inspection and open a new comment period. The rule would shift some responsibilities from federally employed inspectors to employees of the poultry companies and change line speeds from 140 birds per minute to 175 birds per minute. Union and consumer groups have opposed the rule due to food safety and worker safety concerns. Considering the importance of the rule – the Safe Food Coalition says the public should be given an opportunity to comment to the changes made to the proposal before the rule is finalized. Consumer Federation of America senior fellow Carol Tucker-Foreman says the Obama Administration has blown of all concerns about the threats to public health and safety created by HIMP – and the proposed rule destroys the effort to set microbial standards and use them to assure plants are meeting their responsibility to reduce levels of disease-causing organisms in raw poultry.

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“USDA Helps Offset Organic Certification Costs”

USDA has announced 13-million dollars in Farm Bill funding is now available for organic certification cost-share assistance. This assistance will be distributed through the National Organic Certification Cost-Share Program and Agricultural Management Assistance Organic Certification Cost-Share Program. The funding is provided through participating states to USDA certified organic producers and handlers for up to 75-percent of certification-related expenses they incur – up to 750-dollars per certification – from October 1, 2013 through September 30, 2014. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says consumer demand for organic products is surging across the country. To meet this demand – he says small farmers who choose to grow organic products must be able to afford to get certified. For state information regarding this funding – visit AMS dot USDA dot gov slash NOP Cost Sharing (www.ams.usda.gov/NOPCostSharing).

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“USCA Members Meet with Lawmakers and Agency Officials in D.C.”

Earlier this month – 27 ranchers from Arkansas, California, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, Washington and Wyoming participated in the U.S. Cattlemen’s Association’s Washington, D.C. fly-in. Participants took the time with their legislators to discuss the Fiscal Year 2015 appropriations process and also urged them to oppose any inclusion of language in spending measures that would weaken – or repeal – country of origin labeling. They also took time to thank Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services Michael Scuse and his staff for their efforts to implement disaster assistance for those affected by Winter Storm Atlas last October. USCA members met with EPA Acting Assistant Administrator for Water Nancy Stoner and her staff to address concerns regarding the agency’s proposed Waters of the U.S. rule. USCA President Jon Wooster says the fly-in was very successful – as participants spent their time in an intense schedule of meetings and effectively advanced the interests of their industry with lawmakers and agency officials.

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“Researchers Make Progress with Wheat Genome”

The International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium recently published a chromosome-based draft sequence of wheat’s genetic code – which collaborator Eduard Akhunov says is an invaluable resource to plant science researchers and breeders. For the first time – Akhunov says researchers and breeders have a set of tools enabling them to rapidly locate specific genes on individual wheat chromosomes throughout the genome – which helps identify genes that control traits like yield, grain quality, disease, pest resistance and stress tolerance. Through this – he says researchers will be able to produce a new generation of wheat varieties with higher yields and improved sustainability to meet the demands of a growing world population in a changing environment. Wheat is a staple source of food for the majority of the world – according to USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture Director Sonny Ramaswamy. As the global population continues to rapidly increase – Ramaswamy says we’ll need all the tools available to continue producing enough food for all people in light of a changing climate, diminishing land and water resources and changing diets and health expectations. He says this work will give a boost to researchers looking to identify ways to increase wheat yields.

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“Winners Announced for Agriculture in a Growing World Essay Contest”

The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture’s Agriculture in a Growing World Essay contest winner for 2014 is Alexandria Schut of Caledonia, Michigan. Foundation Executive Director Julie Tesch says the contest is one of the many ways Farm Bureau strives to promote agricultural literacy. Tesch says it’s a pleasure to reward students for increasing their knowledge of agriculture by studying a Foundation Book of the Year. To participate – students must have studied in a classroom that implemented The Man Who Fed the World by Leon Hesser and the corresponding curriculum. The essays were to address modern agricultural technologies and social, political or environmental issues related to agriculture. The Nutrients for Life Foundation partners with Farm Bureau on this competition and sponsors the winning teacher’s trip to the National Science Teachers Conference along with grants to further agricultural literacy projects at the winning schools. Schut will receive $500 from winning the contest – and her school will receive $1,000. For more information about the contest – visit Ag Foundation dot org (www.agfoundation.org).

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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07-18-14 CAB News: 2014 Feeding Quality Forums in Kearney, NE Aug 19th and in Amarillo, TX Aug 21st…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 18, 2014

CAB-RGB-LG logo2014 Feeding Quality Forum logoJuly 18, 2014 - Don’t miss your chance to hear industry experts share current insight on market conditions, take aways from feed sample testing, consumer trends and questions, how high quality cattle can impact your bottom line and visit with feedlot managers about labor and hiring. It’s all part of the Great Plains’ premier feeding seminar.

Aug. 19, 2014

Kearney Ramada
301 2nd Avenue
Kearney, NE 68847
(308) 237-3141

Aug. 21, 2014

Holiday Inn Amarillo West Medical Center
8231 W Amarillo Blvd
Amarillo, Texas 79124
(806) 322-4777

Register Now!     A 4′ x 10′ Double D Family Mat will be given away at each meeting…Worth $800!

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07-17-14 NCGA News: EPA Official Discusses WOTUS and RFS…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 17, 2014

NOTDNCGA – JULY 17, 2014 - The deputy administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency addressed the concerns of attendees at the National Corn Growers Association’s Corn Congress delegate session Thursday afternoon, regarding proposed rules for the Waters of the U.S. and the 2014 volume obligation of the Renewable Fuel Standard.

“We greatly appreciate the deputy administrator’s willingness to participate in an open, well-considered conversation,” said NCGA President Martin Barbre. “While we certainly have concerns over the proposed WOTUS and interpretive rules, we hope that by working with the EPA we will be able to shape a final rule that addresses them adequately.”

Following his address to the delegation, EPA Deputy Administrator Bob Perciasepe answered questions from the farmer delegates and members of the NCGA Corn Board. Stressing the interests shared by the EPA and farmers, whom he called America’s original environmentalists, Perciasepe pointed to a common need for clear air and water. He expressed the EPA’s desire to work directly with agriculture to improve both the rules clarifying the Clean Water Act and the proposed volumes under the RFS.

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07-17-14 Research Projects to Improve Plant Feedstocks for Bioenergy Production – Depts of Ag and Energy Announce Projects in 10 States, including CO…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 17, 2014


DOEs Genomic Science Program logo
USDA seal logoWASHINGTON, July 17, 2014 –
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced the selection of 10 projects that are being awarded funding aimed at accelerating genetic breeding programs to improve plant feedstocks for the production of biofuels, biopower, and biobased products. The investment is part of the Obama Administration’s broader effort to diversify the nation’s energy portfolio and accelerate development of new clean energy technologies designed to decrease dependence on foreign oil, providing a more secure future for America’s energy needs and enhancing rural economies.

“Innovative research is a critical link to stimulating rural economies and creating jobs across America,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “These awards are part of the Obama Administration’s ‘all of the above’ energy policy. These projects will not only support our efforts to provide a sustainable and domestic energy source for the nation, but also improve the lives of rural residents.”

“Biofuels and bio-based products offer the potential of homegrown American resources that can reduce our dependence on imported oil and also cut carbon emissions,” said Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz. “This advanced research is helping us to lay the groundwork for biomass as an important part of the low-carbon future.”

The $12.6 million in research grants are awarded under a joint DOE-USDA program that began in 2006 focused on fundamental investigations of biomass genomics, with the aim of harnessing nonfood plant biomass for the production of fuels such as ethanol or renewable chemical feedstocks. Dedicated feedstock crops tend to require less intensive production practices and can grow on poorer quality land than food crops, making this a critical element in a strategy of sustainable biofuels production that avoids competition with crops grown for food.

The projects are located in California, Colorado,
Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, Texas, and Virginia
. DOE’s Office of Science will provide $10.6 million in funding for eight projects, while USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) will award $2 million to fund two projects. Initial funding will support research projects for up to three years. The full list of awardees and project descriptions can be found online at: http://genomicscience.energy.gov/research/DOEUSDA/index.shtml.

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07-17-14 Colorado Weekly Hay Report…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 17, 2014

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Greeley, CO    Thu Jul 17, 2014    USDA-CO Dept of Ag Market News

Colorado Hay Report

Compared to last week: Hay movement is slow this week with steady prices,
with moderate buyer demand.  Due to the carryover of low quality hay from last
year and the difficult spring putting up first cutting there is a bit of price
variance beginning to show.  With an adequate supply of low quality hay these
prices are having some downward pressure.  Conversely the supply of upper end
quality is hard to find, showing a mostly steady market with a slightly firmer
undertone.  Northeast Colorado had much of first cutting rained on and the
quality has taken a hit.  Most areas are starting or will be starting second
cutting of alfalfa in the next 7 days.  All prices reported FOB the stack or
barn unless otherwise noted.  Prices reflect load lots of hay.

If you have hay for sale or need hay, use the services of the Colorado
Department of Agriculture website: www.coloradoagriculture.com.

Northeast Colorado Areas
Alfalfa
Large Squares: Supreme 200.00-240.00; Premium 170.00; Good/Premium 150.00-
160.00; Good 130.00-140.00, 150.00 Delivered; Fair 115.00-130.00, 140.00
Delivered; Utility 100.00-115.00.
Standing: 120.00-155.00.
Ground and Delivered: 155.00.
Small Squares: Premium 230.00-260.00 (7.00 to 8.00 per bale).
Grass
Small Bales: Premium 250.00-275.00 (7.00 to 8.00 per bale).
Wheat Straw
Large Squares: Good 60.00, 70.00-90.00 Delivered.
No reported quotes for other classes of hay.

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07-17-14 Nomination Deadline Nears for Farm Service Agency County Committees…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 17, 2014

USDA FSA LogoWASHINGTON, July 17, 2014 — U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Juan Garcia reminds farmers, ranchers and other agricultural producers that Aug. 1, 2014, is the deadline for local FSA county committee nominations.

County committees are an important link between the farm community and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Farmers and ranchers elected to local committees share their opinions and ideas on federal farm programs.

“There’s still time for eligible farmers and ranchers to get involved in this year’s county committee elections,” said Garcia. “Nominate yourself or a candidate of your choice to serve on the local county committee. I especially encourage the nomination of beginning farmers and ranchers, as well as women and minorities. This is your opportunity to have a say in how federal programs are delivered in your county.”

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07-17-14 CSU Ext News: Seed Treatments Strongly Recommended for 2014 Wheat Crop – Stephen Wegulo, Nebraska’s Extension Wheat Plant Pathologist

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 17, 2014

CSU Extension LogoJuly 17, 2014 – Sterling, CO - As the wheat planting season approaches, it is recommended that growers treat seed with fungicide before planting. Seed treatments control seed-transmitted diseases that lower yield and grain quality. These diseases include common bunt (also known as stinking smut) and loose smut.

The fungi that cause these two diseases infect seed or seedlings and grow within the plant until heading, at which time they invade the developing kernels and replace them with fungal spores. Common bunt in particular can lead to 100% loss because grain elevators usually will not accept common bunted grain. This year several growers who had common bunt in their grain were not able to sell it.

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

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07-17-14 *KSU News* Scientists complete chromosome-based draft of the wheat genome…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 17, 2014

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July 17, 2014 – MANHATTAN — Several Kansas State University researchers were essential in helping scientists assemble a draft of a genetic blueprint of bread wheat, also known as common wheat. The food plant is grown on more than 531 million acres around the world and produces nearly 700 million tons of food each year.

The International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium, which also includes faculty at Kansas State University, recently published a chromosome-based draft sequence of wheat’s genetic code, which is called a genome. “A chromosome-based draft sequence of the hexaploid bread wheat genome” is one of four papers about the wheat genome that appear in the journal Science.

The genetic blueprint is an invaluable resource to plant science researchers and breeders, said Eduard Akhunov, associate professor of plant pathology and a collaborator with the International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium.

“For the first time, they have at their disposal a set of tools enabling them to rapidly locate specific genes on individual wheat chromosomes throughout the genome,” Akhunov said. “This resource is invaluable for identifying those genes that control complex traits, such as yield, grain quality, disease, pest resistance and abiotic stress tolerance. They will be able to produce a new generation of wheat varieties with higher yields and improved sustainability to meet the demands of a growing world population in a changing environment.”

Although a draft, the sequence provides new insight into the plant’s structure, organization, evolution and genetic complexity. Read the rest of this entry »

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07-17-14 NFU Asks EPA for Clarity on Key Points Under WOTUS Rule…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 17, 2014

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WASHINGTON (July 17, 2014) – In a letter sent today to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy, National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson asked for more information about which bodies of water would be deemed jurisdictional under the proposed Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule.
The letter was a follow-up to a conference call held this week between the Administrator and members of the NFU board of directors, which consists of Farmers Union state and regional presidents.
“During our call, a number of questions were raised by NFU board members,” Johnson wrote.  “The board asked for clarity surrounding some of the definitions in the proposed rule.  The general sense was that the proposed rule has created less clarity, not more as intended.”
Johnson acknowledged that it is not always possible for EPA to make definitive determinations for all bodies of water at this point, but stressed that more information must be made available to rural America to alleviate confusion and resentment.  Johnson also mentioned that EPA’s reputation was damaged in farm country with the proposed reductions in the Renewable Fuel Standard, which likely led to a more negative reaction to the WOTUS proposed rule.

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07-17-14 Northeast CO Resident Wins Free Fuel From Cenex…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 17, 2014

Cenex logoCenex Tanks of Thanks logoTanks of Thanks® program rewards Fleming resident Nancy Glaspie for making a difference in the community

ST. PAUL, MINN. July 17, 2014 – A local resident has received a special thank you for her contributions to the community. Nancy Glaspie of Fleming, Colo., was selected to receive free fuel from Tanks of Thanks®, a program that rewards people who do good deeds to help make their community just a little bit better.

The Tanks of Thanks program from CHS and Cenex® retailers encourages people to nominate friends, family and neighbors for free fuel as a way to say thank you for doing good in the community. Each month, CHS and Cenex retailers give away more than $5,000 in free fuel through the Tanks of Thanks program. Glaspie was nominated for volunteering to serve on several committees in Fleming, providing neighbors with rides to grocery stores and helping a friend who had infusion treatments twice a week. Earlier this month, Glaspie was selected to receive a $50 Tanks of Thanks gift card, redeemable at any Cenex location.

“There are people doing good things in every local community, and these acts of kindness do not go unnoticed or unappreciated,” explains Akhtar Hussain, CHS refined fuels brand marketing manager. “Congratulations to Nancy Glaspie, and thank you for your contributions to the community.”

According to Hussain, Tanks of Thanks is a multiyear program, so there is still plenty of time for others to nominate someone they know for free fuel. “Nominating someone for Tanks of Thanks is easy, and anyone can nominate or be nominated for any act of kindness – big or small.”

To make a nomination, visit TanksofThanks.com and briefly describe why someone deserves a Tank of Thanks.

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