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10-30-13 *CFRA News* Senator Grassley, Representative Fortenberry urge Conference to keep Payment Limit Reform in Farm Bill…

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 30, 2013

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Lyons, Nebraska - Today, Representative Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) and Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) encouraged House and Senate farm bill conferees to retain key farm policy reforms regarding federal farm payment limitations as they begin work this week on a reconciled farm bill. New farm payment limit requirements were approved earlier this year in both the House and Senate farm bills.

“After many years of discussion, farm payment limitations reform finally has a chance to become law,” said Fortenberry, the House sponsor of a payment limits amendment approved with strong bipartisan support. “More robust payment limits help farm supports reach intended recipients and close loopholes. In this time of tight budgets, the need for this type of fair reform is even greater. With the opportunity for new farm policy under negotiation between the House and Senate, payment limits should remain a key piece of the overall package. It is my hope that this important provision will carry forward into the final Farm Bill.”

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10-25-13 Alumni of the Plains Honored at Progressive 15 Fall Conference: Annan, Bailey & Scofield…

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 25, 2013

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October 24th, 2013 – Sterling, CO - Progressive 15 honored three Alumni of Plains Inductees last week at their Annual Fall Conference in Sterling.  Jack Annan, Logan County; Don Bailey, Elbert County; and Cheryl Scofield, Yuma County are the 2013 Inductees into the Alumni of the Plains group.  To be considered for induction, individuals must be a graduate of one of the high schools in the fifteen county region that Progressive 15 represents.  In addition, individuals selected for this honor must have made significant contributions in leadership, passion and skill in their respective professions or communities.

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10-23-13 *USMEF News* U.S. Beef Tripe Ads Roll into Peru…

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 23, 2013

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Seven Halema vehicles serve as rolling billboards for U.S. beef

Seven Halema vehicles serve as rolling billboards for U.S. beef

U.S. beef exports to South America are up sharply in recent years, and Peru is one of the main drivers of this phenomenal growth. Now, residents in this nation of 30 million have mouth-watering images of one of their favorite dishes – made with high-quality, grain-fed U.S. beef – rolling the nation’s streets to spark their appetites.

In partnership with leading Peruvian meat importer and processor Halema, the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) is installing colorful truck graphics on seven of the company’s vehicles to serve as rolling billboards advertising U.S. beef tripe. Funding for the graphics is provided through the Beef Checkoff Program.

“Halema’s trucks are a daily visitor throughout the countryside, particularly in the capital city of Lima,” said Jessica Julca, UMEF representative in South America. “Now, instead of a generic white truck, everyone from consumers and chefs to food service managers and retailers will see frequent reminders of how well U.S. beef works in Peruvian cuisine, including cau-cau, a popular dish made with tripe.”

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10-22-13 KSU Studies Show Benefits of Early Calf Weaning Drought Prompted Recent Decisions but Little Research Had Been Done…

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 22, 2013

KSU Research and Extension logoHAYS, Kan. – It’s always been done this way, right? Calves are weaned in the fall. But drought conditions in the Plains states prompted some beef producers to wean calves earlier than usual in recent years, which may have been surprisingly beneficial, according to recent Kansas State University studies.

“The conventional weaning time has always been in the fall, when calves are around 180 to 210 days old, but there was no substantial research to show that that was necessarily the best time,” said John Jaeger, beef scientist with K-State Research and Extension, based in Hays. There were probably many factors at play over the years, including bringing cows home from summer pasture, fitting weaning into crop harvest, fall school activities and more.

“We wondered if, rather than putting growth on calves at the expense of cows, it might be better to wean them earlier. If the calves fared well, it might give the cow more time to recover from calving and lactating and improve her own body condition before going into winter,” Jaeger said.

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10-22-13 KSU Webinar to Focus on the Future of Cattle Feeding on Oct 29th…

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 22, 2013

KSU Research and Extension logoThe webinar, to take place on Oct. 29, is open to the public.

MANHATTAN, Kan. – The history and future of Zilmax, formally known as zilpaterol hydrocholoride, and implications on the cattle feeding industry is the focus of an upcoming webinar that will be led by Chris Reinhardt, extension feedlot specialist for K-State Research and Extension. It will take place Oct. 29 at 10 a.m. and is open to the public.

Zilmax is a beta-agonist, or cattle feed supplement, approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Feedlots have used it to improve the cattle’s natural ability to convert feed into more lean muscle.

“Beta-agonists increase the deposition of lean muscle on the carcass,” Reinhardt said. “They make cattle more efficient at converting grain to muscle. They also help the efficiency of converting an animal carcass into sellable meat.”

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10-21-13 PROGRESSIVE 15 TAKES POSITIONS AT FALL CONFERENCE…

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 21, 2013

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FORT MORGAN, CO, October 20, 2013 - During the 2013 Fall Conference in Sterling, Colorado October 10 and 11, the Progressive 15 Board of Directors took the following positions:  Oppose Amendment 66; Support Initiative AA; and, support efforts of Limon, Colorado to develop a Foreign Trade Zone.

Progressive 15 is a strong supporter of K-12 education in the state, however, Amendment 66 has some inherent flaws that the organization was not able to support.  The two tiered taxing system creates an uneven support system; there appears to be little accountability or flexibility in the bill; and, the bill becomes a part of the constitution superseding the TABOR Amendment protection.  Progressive 15 encourages all parties to continue to work on a workable solution for funding of not only K-12, but also higher education.

The Board of Directors did vote to support Initiative AA regarding sales tax on marijuana.  As a group they did not support the legalization of marijuana, however, since it is now the law of the state, the taxation will help with enforcement, education, public safety and oversight.

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09-25-13 *KSU Ext News* The Ogallala Depletion: A Societal Issue…

Posted by Brian Allmer on September 25, 2013

KSU Research and Extension logoUrban and rural dwellers rely on the Ogallala Aquifer and share responsibility in managing the water resource

GARDEN CITY, Kan. – Vast, vital and vulnerable is the Ogallala Aquifer. Lying beneath eight U.S. states and encompassing more than 170,000 acres, the Ogallala is a sizeable and important water resource that has brought life to Kansans in both rural and urban areas. Not only is the aquifer used for production agriculture, but it also provides water for people’s homes and for other municipal uses. It’s no secret, however, that the Ogallala has been overused, and its depletion could pose a problem for everyone and the Kansas economy.

David Steward, a professor of civil engineering at Kansas State University, and a team of researchers recently completed a study that examined the future of the Ogallala Aquifer. The study found that if current usage of the aquifer continues, as much as 69 percent of it would be depleted by 2060.

Usage is exceeding the recharge of the aquifer, which is leading to its depletion. Steward said that natural recharge of the aquifer is currently supplying 15 percent of the pumping that’s going into the wells.

“What happens is that as you pump the well, the groundwater goes down, and the ability to extract the water decreases,” Steward said.  Read the rest of this entry »

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09-19-13 USDA ANNOUNCES THIRD SUGAR EXCHANGE RESULTS AND AN EXTENSION OF THIS EXCHANGE ACTION TO ADDRESS DOMESTIC SUGAR SUPPLIES…

Posted by Brian Allmer on September 19, 2013

USDAlogoRGBWASHINGTON, Sept. 19, 2013 — The Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) announced today the results of the third action taken on Sept. 12, 2013, to reduce its recently acquired sugar inventory and address the domestic sugar market. At the same time, CCC also announced an extension of the third offer to exchange the remaining sugar inventory for credits held by refiners with licenses under the Refined Sugar Re-Export Program.

The third sugar exchange reduced CCC’s sugar inventory by 51,448 metric tons by exchanging that sugar for 139,882 metric tons of credits under the Refined Sugar Re-Export Program. CCC received an average of 2.72 tons of import access per ton of CCC inventory, and this latest action reduced sugar available to the market by 88,434 metric tons. Additional information on this action can be found online: www.fsa.usda.gov/FSA/webapp?area=home&subject=coop&topic=pas-sa.

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09-12-13 Organic Trade Association’s Global Organic Trade Guide issues new organic market reports for France, Germany & the United Kingdom…

Posted by Brian Allmer on September 12, 2013

Global Organic Trade Guide logoComprehensive go-to-market reports are available free online

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Sept. 12, 2013) – The first comprehensive go-to-market reports covering the current organic industry in France, Germany and the United Kingdom have been published online by the Organic Trade Association’s new Global Organic Trade Guide. The world’s first user-friendly website to help U.S. organic producers and handlers export organic products, the site also features an in-depth Market Datasection and the only map tool to communicate global organic trade information in real time.

“We’re excited to offer the U.S. organic industry the comprehensive, up-to-date information it needs to evaluate the challenges and opportunities of exporting to high-value markets,” said Christine Bushway, OTA’s CEO and  Executive Director. “Together with the market data and map tool offered by the site, our market reports provide organic exporters an invaluable resource.”

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09-10-13 *KSU Ext News* Kansas Income Tax Institute Planned in Eight Locations…

Posted by Brian Allmer on September 10, 2013

KSU Research and Extension logoMANHATTAN, Kan. – Dates have been set for the 65th Annual Kansas Income Tax Institute, designed to provide information on current tax law and regulations, including recent rulings. The two-day training will be offered in eight locations across the state.

The institute, sponsored by K-State Research and Extension, is coordinated by Kansas State University’s Department of Agricultural Economics.

“This year’s program will review recent cases and rulings and key legislation,” said extension agricultural economist Rich Llewelyn. “It will cover newly-enacted regulations and procedures critical to tax practitioners, and practical information to facilitate the filing of individual, small business, and farm tax returns.”

Presenters include Roger McEowen, director of the Iowa State University Center for Agricultural Law and Taxation, and speakers representing the Internal Revenue Service and the Kansas Department of Revenue, as well as several accounting professionals.

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09-03-13 US Senators Bennet, Udall Author Bill to Protect States’ Mineral Royalties from Sequester…

Posted by Brian Allmer on September 3, 2013

Mark Udall US Senator COUS Senator Michael Bennet color official photo-022513Mineral Leasing Revenues Help Communities Provide Critical Services - Bill Follows Announcement That Payments Will Continue to be Delayed in Future

Washington, DC – Colorado U.S. Senators Michael Bennet and Mark Udall today announced that they will introduce a bill to ensure that royalty payments owed to Colorado and other states, mostly from the Western part of the country, under the Mineral Leasing Act of 1920, will be delivered to states immediately for FY 2013. The bill, entitled the State Mineral Revenue Release Act, will also ensure that royalty payments will be delivered to states as scheduled in the future and not subjected to the sequester.

The mineral leasing revenues are dispersed to communities in Colorado and other states that depend on the funds to help run local governments and schools and provide other critical community services. The bill will be formally introduced when the Senate returns on September 9.

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08-26-13 *Center for Rural Affairs News* Passing the Torch…

Posted by Brian Allmer on August 26, 2013

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Chuck Hassebrook departs, Brian Depew tapped as new Center for Rural Affairs Executive Director

Lyons, NE - The Center for Rural Affairs announced today a leadership transition within the organization. Assistant Executive Director Brian Depew has been named the new Executive Director, effective September 1, 2013. Chuck Hassebrook, who shaped the Center’s vision and direction for seventeen years as Director and dedicated 36 years of hard work and personal commitment to serving on the Center for Rural Affairs staff, will depart to pursue new challenges.
“Chuck’s vision and leadership has been the heartbeat, the soul of the Center for Rural Affairs for nearly two decades, and as a vital member of the staff for nearly that many years before that,” said Jim Knopik, a Fullerton, Nebraska farmer and Center for Rural Affairs Board President. “While we cannot truly replace Chuck, we believe that Brian Depew brings the same level of talent, leadership, intelligence and dedication to the Center’s mission and to rural America. We are truly lucky to have someone of Brian’s caliber to step in and lead the Center into the future.”

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08-26-13 PROGRESSIVE 15 PRESENTING OPPORTUNITY TO BE SUPPLIER FOR AEROSPACE INDUSTRY…

Posted by Brian Allmer on August 26, 2013

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FORT MORGAN, CO:  Progressive 15 is pleased to present a great opportunity for  your company to become a supplier or subcontractor in the aerospace industry!

Colorado Space Business Roundtable (CSBR) members will be visiting Northeast Colorado on September 18th, in Sterling.  The purpose of their visit is to promote Colorado’s aerospace economy and to seek business relationships with companies in Northeast Colorado that may be interested in becoming suppliers or subcontractors to Colorado’s aerospace prime contractors.

Please let us know if you are interested in meeting with representatives of these Colorado Aerospace leaders. Representatives of the aerospace industry are interested in learning about potential business relationships that can be developed with businesses across Colorado; please take this opportunity to meet these representatives and to explore this business opportunity.

Companies who provide Janitorial, Coffee, Assembly of products, Engineering, Satellite communications, Other communications  (radio/radar), Electrical equipment & wiring installation, Instrument manufacturing, Computer systems and Many more products andmservices …..

There is no charge for this event, but we would appreciate your registering for planning purposes.  Registration is on line at www.progressive15.org or by calling 970-867-9167 or by e mail to cathy@progressive15.org     To learn more about the Colorado Space Business Roundtable, visit www.coloradosbr.org .

 

 

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08-20-13 *CFRA News* Rural America and the Affordable Care Act…

Posted by Brian Allmer on August 21, 2013

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Lyons, Nebraska - Today, the Center for Rural Affairs released a new report that examines how the Affordable Care Act will provide tax credits and subsidies through new health insurance marketplaces to make health coverage more affordable for many Americans. The report summarizes these provisions, how they will work and their importance to rural Americans.

Read or download a full copy of the report @ http://files.cfra.org/pdf/ACA-subsidies.pdf

“Beginning October 1, 2013, Americans will face a new world of health insurance purchasing,” said Jon Bailey, Director of Rural Research and Analysis at the Center for Rural Affairs and author of the report. “Many individuals and families will have the opportunity to purchase health insurance from either
state-operated or federally facilitated health insurance marketplaces. Millions of uninsured Americans will be purchasing health insurance for the first time, or the first time in awhile.”

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08-20-13 Weekly USMEF Audio Report: Hosting Pork Buyers from Japan…

Posted by Brian Allmer on August 20, 2013

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DENVER, CO – August 20th, 2013 - Volunteer leaders from many agricultural sectors not only provide direction for the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF), they also frequently play a key role in hosting trade teams from international markets to help show them every phase of the U.S. pork, beef and lamb production chains.

Bruce Schmoll of Claremont, Minn., is president of the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association and a member of the USMEF Executive Committee. In the attached audio report, he speaks about a recent opportunity to host a team of pork buyers from Japan at his farm and the personal connection achieved during this tour. Schmoll also draws a correlation between the pork buyers’ tour of Minnesota agriculture and the experience he gained by visiting Japan in 2011 as a participant in the USMEF Market Education Program.

Japan is consistently the largest value market for U.S. pork exports, setting a record in 2012 at nearly $2 billion. Through June of this year, pork exports to Japan totaled more than 473 million pounds valued at $949 million.

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08-16-13 CSU and CU Team Up to ‘Tackle Hunger’ at Rocky Mountain Showdown…

Posted by Brian Allmer on August 16, 2013

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FORT COLLINS - Colorado’s research universities are teaming up to fight hunger on the same day their football teams square off in the annual Rocky Mountain Showdown, set for 4 p.m. Sept. 1 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.

“Tackle Hunger” will collect monetary donations from fans attending the annual game matching football teams from Colorado State University and the University of Colorado. Money collected will be divided between Feeding America food banks in Larimer and Boulder counties.

CSU President Tony Frank and CU Chancellor Phil DiStefano issued a joint statement supporting the new initiative: “The two universities often collaborate on research and other initiatives that benefit the entire state. The ‘Tackle Hunger’ challenge is yet another example of the many ways that higher education institutions in Colorado support our communities.”

Volunteers from the Food Bank for Larimer County in Fort Collins and Community Food Share in Louisville, which serves Boulder and Broomfield counties, will collect cash donations from tailgating fans prior to the game. Volunteers at the stadium gates will be equipped to accept cash and credit card donations.

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08-15-13 USDA Solicits Bids Under the Feedstock Flexibility Program…

Posted by Brian Allmer on August 15, 2013

USDA FSA LogoWASHINGTON, Aug. 15, 2013 –The Farm Service Agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that purchase invitations have been extended to solicit bids to the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) through the Feedstock Flexibility Program (FFP).

Congress created FFP in the 2008 Farm Bill which requires the purchase of sugar as a feedstock for producing fuel-grade ethanol and other biofuels to avoid forfeiture of sugar pledged as collateral by processors when securing nonrecourse commodity loans from CCC.

USDA is announcing the use of the FFP following the success of two sugar “exchanges” earlier this summer. On July 9, USDA awarded contracts to purchase 91,238 metric tons of sugar in exchange for 299,153 metric tons of re-export credits and Colombian Trade Promotion Agreement Certificates of Quota Eligibility. On July 31, USDA announced the results of a second exchange and purchased 15,504 metric tons of sugar and removed 46,559 metric tons of import access from the market.

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08-15-13 *NCGA News* Higher Water Quality Means Greater Profitability…

Posted by Brian Allmer on August 15, 2013

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Field to Market logoThe Field to Market alliance is preparing to release a water quality metric to its Fieldprint Calculator. This update includes the integration of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service Water Quality Index and can help growers better understand how their farming systems and practices affect the quality of water flowing off their fields.

“The time, landscape and community in which farmers grow their crops, along with their management decisions and skills regarding inputs and production practices, all play a part in the profitability of a farming operation,” said Keith Alverson, NCGA’s board representative to Field to Market. “No farmer wants to leave dollars on the field, and the water quality metric in the Fieldprint Calculator will help determine if we are boosting yields enough to cover things like extra fertilizer costs or soil loss. While profitability is import, longevity is a greater priority.”

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08-04-13 *Progressive 15 News* SEEKING NOMINATIONS FOR 2013 ALUMNI OF THE PLAINS AWARDS…

Posted by Brian Allmer on August 4, 2013

 

Progressive 15 logo 080413FORT MORGAN, CO:  Progressive 15 is seeking nominations of people to induct into our Alumni of the Plains and we are asking the public’s help.

The nominee must have graduated from a high school in one of our 15 counties and have gone on to excel in their career and/or give back to their community or the region.  Nominees must be living and they or a family member must be available to attend the awards ceremony on September 20th, 2013 in Sterling, Colorado, during our Fall Conference.

The nomination form is on our website at www.progressive15.org and the deadline for nominations is August 23rd, 2013.  At that time the Board of Directors of Progressive 15 will review all nominees and select those to induct in 2013.  Selections will be announced by August 30th.

The current Alumni of the Plains Inductees are shown on our website.  For more information or questions e mail:  cathy@progressive15.org

 

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07-10-13 RMFU Says No to Splitting Farm Bill…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 10, 2013

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In a letter to Congressional representatives of Colorado, New Mexico, and Wyoming,  RMFU President Kent Peppler, a Mead, Colo., farmer, gave categorical opposition to removing the nutrition title from the Farm Bill. “Our organizational policy, which is set by grassroots members, recognizes the importance of nutrition programs to our nation’s future, security, and well-being,” Peppler said. “We are absolutely opposed to the cynical attempt to divide the interests of agricultural producers and America’s neediest citizens.”

The letter points out that every nutrition dollar puts 20 cents in the pocket of farmers and ranchers. “Someone has to grow the food for programs that feed schoolchildren and the elderly,” Peppler said. According to USDA estimates, 70% of nutrition money goes to households with children, and about 80 percent of SNAP recipients are either employed or on Social Security. A SNAP (“food stamp”) dollar adds $1.80 to the local economy.

The letter concludes, “The effort to break the link between family farms and the urban poor is meant to disenfranchise both groups, a simple hope to divide and defeat. Our members understand that, and they do not support that effort.”

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