04-28-15 WSSA News: Weed Scientists Offer New Definition for “Superweed”…

WSSA Logo - Weed Science Society of AmericaLAWRENCE, KANSAS – APRIL 28, 2015 –Today the Weed Science Society of America (WSSA) joined with six sister organizations to recommend a new definition for superweed – a catchall term used by many to describe weeds that are perceived to be more invasive and to grow more aggressively after developing resistance to herbicides.

Use of superweed has snowballed in recent years, along with considerable misinformation that isn’t supported by scientific facts.  Most online dictionaries, for example, associate superweeds with herbicide resistance caused by the suspected transfer of resistance genes from crops to weeds.  To date, there is no scientific evidence to indicate that crop to weed gene transfer is contributing to the herbicide resistance issues faced by farmers.

“Since superweed is now clearly part of the public vernacular, we decided to offer a definition that more clearly reflects the true source of herbicide resistance,” says Lee Van Wychen, Ph.D., WSSA science policy director.    Continue reading

04-28-15 BARN Media named SE Weld Conservation Partner of the Year…

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HUGE THANKS to the Southeast Weld Conservation District for naming BARN Media as their 2015 Conservation Partner of the Year!

About Southeast Weld Conservation District

In 1937 President Franklin Roosevelt passed the Colorado Soil Conservation Act as a result of the Dust Bowl .  In 2002 Legisaltion voted to remove “Soil” from names of Conservation Districts to more accurately reflect  Districts’ concerns.  There are 76 Conservation Districts in Colorado.  The Southeast Weld Conservation District is a member of the Upper South Platte Watershed Association, Colorado Association of Conservation Districts and National Association of Conservation Districts.  Our long range plans are to focus on water quality and quantity, noxious weed management and small acreage management. The Southeast Weld Conservation District’s boundaries are Weld County Road 49 to the west, Morgan County line to the east, Adams County line to the south and nearly Highway 34 to the north.

To learn more abou the Southeast Weld Conservation District – CLICK HERE

04-28-15 Become a member of the Colorado Association of Wheat Growers & Harvest the Benefits…

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Make your voice heard. The Colorado Association of Wheat Growers (CAWG) is a voluntary membership which represents the Colorado wheat farmer at the state and national level.

One of the membership benefits is this beautiful re-designed bumper sticker/car decal.

Call 1-800-WHEAT10 to join.

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04-28-15 USDA extends comment period for ACEP interim rule…

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WASHINGTON, April 27, 2015 – Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Chief Jason Weller announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture will extend the deadline to provide public comment on the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program’s (ACEP) interim rule until May 28, 2015.

“We extended the comment period for the ACEP rule to give our partners, landowners and the public additional time to comment on a rule that will be used to implement USDA’s premier conservation easement program on private agricultural lands,” Weller said. Continue reading

04-27-15 Colorado Tumble Weed’s Crop Report with Lamar’s Don Turner…

Four Seasons Insurance website pic(CO Tumbleweed – Lamar, CO) 4-27-2015 Franklin Texas:   2 to 3 inches of Rain from Austin to Waco down to Bryan College station last night. Include Dallas, Fort Worth and you have a huge area of good rain soaked wheat. All the wheat that I have seen in this triangle will make in excess of 50 Bu. Give these Farmers down here a week of sunshine the Combines will start rolling. The next thing they will need is dry ground under the carpet of Wheat.

I just talked to a County Agent in the Corpus Christi area: I asked him if there was any sprouting in the heads. He said he wasn’t aware of any sprouting in the heads but that is a concern.

Don Turner, Four Seasons Insurance, 1002 North Main, Lamar, Co 81052

don@fsinsurance.net, 719-336-3606, Cell 719-688-4300

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04-27-15 CDA ALERT: Colorado Bird Owners: Protect your Poultry…

CDA State Veterinarian Dr Keith RoehrBROOMFIELD, CO – APRIL 27, 2015 –The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has confirmed the presence of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) H5N2 & H5N8 in wild birds, as well as in backyard and commercial poultry flocks. The states with confirmed cases of HPAI in domestic poultry are: Arkansas, California, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington, and Wisconsin. The Colorado Department of Agriculture and the Colorado Egg Producers Association urge Colorado’s bird owners to take steps to protect their poultry from avian influenza.
“While there are currently no cases of HPAI in Colorado, the number of states with confirmed cases continue to increase. The best measure bird owners can take to protect their flocks is to increase their disease prevention practices,” said CDA’s State Veterinarian, Dr. Keith Roehr. “Whether you’re a commercial poultry operation or a backyard bird owner, a few simple steps can make a big difference in the health of your birds.”

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04-27-15 Colorado corn producers applaud Senator Bennet for Trade Promotion Authority support…

Colorado Corn LogoGREELEY, CO – APRIL 27, 2015 – Much to the delight of Colorado corn producers, U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., provided one of the “yeas” in a 20-6 vote this past week when the Senate Finance Committee approved the Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015 (TPA-15).

Passing Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation is viewed by many as critical for our economy, in opening our markets and allowing U.S. businesses the chance to grow and create jobs.

“It’s certainly critical for local agriculture,” Colorado Corn Growers Association officials on Friday said in a letter to Sen. Bennet, thanking him for his support. “According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service, Colorado’s agricultural exports reached an estimated $1.8 billion in 2013, up by nearly $500 million from 2009. Seeing such growth continue is critical for Colorado’s farmers, who constantly face increasing input costs, tight profit margins, unpredictable weather and other challenges that threaten their ability to stay on the farm and continue producing safe and affordable food for consumers.” Continue reading

04-27-15 Colorado corn producers thank Rep. Buck for introducing Fuel Choice and Deregulation Act…

Colorado Corn LogoGREELEY, CO – APRIL 27, 2015 – It was welcome news to the Colorado Corn Growers Association this past week that U.S. Rep. Ken Buck, R-Colo., is sponsoring the Fuel Choice and Deregulation Act of 2015 – companion legislation to a Senate proposal that would have the Environmental Protection Agency extend the same volatility waiver to E15 as it provides to E10.

E15 blends do not receive the same 1 psi Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) volatility waiver that is granted to E10. Under current regulations, summertime volatility restrictions are in place from June 1 to Sept. 15.

Like other supporters of the Fuel Choice and Deregulation Act, the Colorado Corn Growers Association feels there are several government impediments to fair market access for higher ethanol blends that restrict consumer choices at the pump, and the unfair regulatory treatment of E15 is one of the most important issues to address quickly. Continue reading

Livestock Exchange, LLC Weekly Update…

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

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

04/27 – Livestock Exchange, LLC RECAP & PREVIEW w/Auctioneer Tyler Knode

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04-27-15 CDA News: Colorado’s Wine, Beer and Spirits Take Center Stage at National Trade Show…

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CO Wine logoBROOMFIELD, Colo.–  Refreshing, spirited and well-balanced describe Colorado’s growing wine, beer and spirits industry. To celebrate the state’s “spirited” nature, 16 Colorado companies will exhibit in the BAR 15 (Beverage Alcohol for Restaurants) area at the National Restaurant Association trade show in Chicago, May 17-18.
“Colorado’s abundant fields and fertile valleys rise to tall mountains, the source of our fresh water and spirit of life,” said John Addison, International Marketing Specialist for the Colorado Department of Agriculture. “Besides tremendous beauty and ideal climate, there is an attitude here that seems to always inspire growth and innovation. For those in the alcoholic beverages business, Colorado is the only place to be.”
Colorado will have the one of the largest exhibits and the only state-run pavilion in the BAR 15 area, which will feature Colorado wineries, craft brewers and distillers. According to the trade show’s website, BAR is the world’s only forum tailored exclusively to beverage alcohol for the restaurant and hospitality industry, and more than 4,000 buyers are expected to attend.

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04-24-15 MONSANTO ANNOUNCES FIVE REGIONAL WINNERS IN 2015 AMERICA’S FARMERS “MOM OF THE YEAR” CONTEST…

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Voting for National Winner Begins Today at AmericasFarmers.com; Runs Through May 5, 2015

ST. LOUIS (Apr. 24, 2015) – When Monsanto opened its search for the 2015 America’s Farmers Mom of the Year, the company knew it would get a lot of fantastic nominations. This year, though, the judging was particularly difficult because of all the amazing women who were entered. Today Monsanto, along with the American Agri-Women (AAW) are proud to announce its new 2015 class of regional winners. Beginning today, America can begin voting online for one of these women to be named “National Farm Mom of the Year.”

“Every year we receive such heartfelt nominations about people’s favorite Farm Mom,” says Tracy Mueller, corporate brand manager for Monsanto. “But this year, we’ve especially been overwhelmed by the number and quality of the entries we received. These women have different backgrounds and ways they contribute, but one thing was always clear – their strength, perseverance and dedication to their families, farms, communities and the industry they love.”

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04-23-15 Support CO AgrAbility and Ag in the Classroom by attending the CSU Alpha Gamma Rhodeo April 29th…

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(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) April 23, 2015 – Joining the Colorado Ag News Network inside the BARN to discuss the event in more detail is Colorado State University Junior Mitch Stahley, a member of the fraternity that is hosting the event on Wednesday, April 29th in Ft Collins, CO…

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04-23-15 Inside the RMFU with Bob Kjelland: COOL, 2015 Policy Handbook, HB-1234 & More…


To listen to the interview with RMFU’s Director of Communications, click the mp3 audio link below…

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(BARN Media & CoAgNews Network – Briggsdale, CO) April 23, 2015 – On this month’s edition of the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union’s Radioline Report inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network I will be visiting with RMFU’s Director of Communications Bob Kjelland. Kjelland discusses several topics including:

  • COOL – Country of Origin Labeling
  • 2015 NFU & RMFU Polisy Handbooks Available NOW
  • HB-1235: Tax incentive for Beginning Farmers/Ranchers
  • Springtime: Think Safety on the Roadways
  • & Much More

Since 1907, the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, serving family farming & ranching and “Growing the Agricultural Grassroots Network”, learn more and join the RMFU Today online @ www.rmfu.org or LIKE them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter @RMFUnion

 

CDA News: Pet and Livestock Owners Cautioned About Rabid Skunks…

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BROOMFIELD, Colo. – The Colorado Department of Agriculture and Tri-County Health Department have confirmed three rabid skunks in Adams, Arapahoe and Elbert counties in the past week. Pet owners are encouraged to check records to ensure rabies vaccinations are up to date. Livestock may have been exposed to rabies and owners need to be vigilant in monitoring health issues in their animals, and discuss any animal health concerns with their local veterinarian. Tri-County Health Department staff members will notify the residents living near each of the skunk incidents about the benefit of vaccinating their pets and livestock.
“The Department of Agriculture would like to stress two very important points,” said State Veterinarian, Dr. Keith Roehr. “One—livestock owners need to be aware that rabies can transfer from one species to another so they should monitor their property for skunks; and two—local veterinarians are a valuable resource to help producers decide the best course of action to protect their herds from rabies.”
“These rabid skunks confirm that rabies is present in the eastern regions of these counties. Rabies can spread from skunks to other mammals and we are concerned about the increase in skunk activity this time of year. Rabies is a deadly disease and vaccination is the single best method to protect your pets and livestock. People can get rabies if an animal in their home or on their property gets sick from being bitten by a rabid skunk,” said John M. Douglas, Jr., MD, Executive Director of Tri-County Health Department.
Between January 1 and April 17, 2015, there have been six rabid skunks identified in Adams, Arapahoe and Elbert counties, five since March 4th. For statewide data please visithttps://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/rabies-data.

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04-17-15 Inside FSA-CO with Leland Swenson, State Executive Director…

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 “The USDA Farm Service Agency delivered more than $438 million in federal program payments and loans to Colorado farmers and ranchers during FY 2014. Colorado agriculture benefits greatly from the tireless efforts of our dedicated employees and locally elected County Committees.” – Leland Swenson, State Executive Director

(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) April 17th, 2015 – Joining the Colorado Ag News Network is Leland Swenson, State Executive Director of the USDA Colorado Farm Service Agency and we are going to be discussing several programs and deadlines that CO’s ag producers need to be aware of including:

BIOGRAPHY: Leland (Lee) Swenson was appointed as the Colorado Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director on May 20, 2013. He is responsible for the management and oversight of all federal farm programs administered by FSA as well as the administrative operations for 39 county offices in Colorado. Born and raised on a diversified family farm, Swenson has been active in the agriculture sector for more than forty years. He has held significant leadership positions with several major agricultural organizations in South Dakota, California and Colorado, serving as the Executive Vice President of the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union; Executive Director of Community Alliance with Family Farmers; President of the National Farmers Union; and President and Secretary/Treasurer of the South Dakota Farmers Union. Swenson also held Presidential and Secretarial appointments to the 21st Century Commission on Production Agriculture and the USDA Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee on Trade. Swenson served in the United States Air Force and Army National Guard. Lee is married to Kathy Fischer Swenson. They reside in Centennial, Colo., and have five children and two granddaughters.

FSA-CO Contact Information: Leland Swenson,  Colorado State Office West 6th Avenue & Kipling St., Bldg 56 Denver, CO 80225 (720) 544-2874 (720) 544-2966 Fax

The Farm Service Agency is equitably serving all farmers, ranchers, and agricultural partners through the delivery of effective, efficient agricultural programs for all Americans. The FSA is a customer-driven agency with a diverse and multi-talented work force, dedicated to achieving an economically and environmentally sound future for American Agriculture.  The foundation of FSA’s mission and vision rests upon the USDA’s long-standing core values of Strong Ethics; Customer Service,Team Work; Inclusive Decision-Making; and Fiscal Responsibility. Learn more online @ www.fsa.usdagov

04-08-15 Meet Weld County Extension’s New 4-H / Youth Development Director Kim Sterkel…

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2015_LM_Sterkle 4H_03192015_002(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) April 8th, 2015 – Joining the Colorado Ag News Network inside the BARN is Kim Sterkel, the NEW 4-H / Youth Development Director, with Weld County Extension in Greeley. Sterkel discusses her new position, Weld County’s NEW 4H Ag Ambassador Program and the upcoming 97th Weld County Fair.

To learn more about the Weld County Extension’s NEW 4-H Agriculture Ambassador Program – CLICK HERE

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To learn more about the 97th Weld County Fair please visit http://www.weldcountyfair.com/

WELD COUNTY EXTENSION: “Providing information and education, and encouraging the application of research-based knowledge in response to local, state, and national issues affecting individuals, youth, families, dairy, livestock/agricultural enterprises, and communities of Colorado.” To learn more about Weld County Extension, please visit http://www.co.weld.co.us/Departments/CSUExtensionWeld/index.html/

03-26-15 Get Registered for the 2015 Protein Producer Summit in Steamboat Springs June 15-17…

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Monday, June 15 – CCA Committee Meetings, CCW Meetings, & JCCA Meetings

On Monday, members will engage in CCA committee meetings where their voices can be heard and policies that shape the future are formed. Be sure to submit any resolutions for the committees and nominations for the open board seats to the CCA office as soon as possible. The CattleWomen will also hold their executive committee and board meeting and general membership meeting on Monday. The lunch on Monday will include the Leopold Award presentation.

Tuesday, June 16 – Innovations and Technology Summit

The topic for 2015’s convention is “Innovations and Technology.” We will start off the day with breakfast in the trade show exhibit area. The featured speaker for the morning will kick off the Summit. The speaker is a recognized entrepreneur and has a background in agriculture. We will look toward the future using advanced technology in agriculture to set the stage for the morning’s forum. Next, two guest speakers will join in for a panel discussion. One of our panelists is from CSU and is at the forefront of agriculture and food innovation. Another panelist has already been successful at innovating new opportunities in agriculture. After lunch, we will move from Think Tank to Stock Tank, where we will create a spin-off of the popular television show “Shark Tank”. Three innovators will present their theories and ideas to the audience and it’s up to “titans of the industry” to vote on the best proposal. “From Innovation to Application” will follow in the afternoon, where two industry leaders will summarize the day with a session which will take innovative ideas that are already being applied into applications benefitting the livestock industry. The Junior Cattlemen will spend the day in educational workshops and offsite activities. The CCA Foundation and the Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust will also meet on this day. Tuesday night we will join to take a gondola ride up the mountain to a reception and banquet at the Steamboat Springs Ski & Resort including catching up with friends and taking in the beautiful views of the Yampa Valley.

Wednesday, June 17 – Current Issues Breakfast, CCA Business Session, JCCA Meetings & Report, & CLA Meetings

Wednesday will begin with our Current Issues Breakfast; when the Colorado Beef Council, Western Dairy Association, and Pork Producers Council will be on hand to give us their updates. This will be followed by the CCA business meeting; CLA council/issues meetings, membership meetings, and the CLA Past Presidents’ Luncheon. CCA’s board of directors will meet following their business session. Look for updates and current information in future email Bulletins.

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03-10-15 BQA Transportation Symposium Coming to Ft Collins May 14-15: Registration Open Now…

Beef Checkoff News HeaderCattle Transportation Symposium logoAttention all cattle transporters, dairymen, cattle farmers and ranchers:  The Cattle Transportation Symposium, funded in part by the beef checkoff, is set for May 14-15 in Fort Collins, Colo. The symposium provides a venue for industry experts and stakeholders to gather and discuss issues, research, and solutions that directly relate to cattle transportation. The goal is to provide clarity about the state of the industry and the future of cattle transportation in the United States.

Registration for the event is now open and a tentative schedule has been posted.

“Producers will have the opportunity to hear more about loading and unloading practices for ranch, feedlot and dairy cattle, how to select animals that are fit for transport and principles of proper cattle transportation using stock trailers, including loading, hauling, and unloading, as well as weather-related considerations,” says Dr. Dan Thomson, Jones professor of production medicine and epidemiology and director of the Beef Cattle Institute at Kansas State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and 2015 National Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Educator of the Year.

“Managing cattle stress at the time of transportation is vitally important for the health and well-being of the cattle and safety people working with the cattle,” Thomson said. “Cattle that are stressed are difficult to handle, and the quality of their beef can be affected. This symposium is aimed at teaching producers, packers and dairymen how to get the most value from the carcass and provide consumers with the highest quality beef possible through best animal handling and transport practices.”

Hear from industry experts including Dr. Clyde Lane, University of Tennessee Extension; Dr. Caroline Schwartzkopf-Genswein, AgCanada; Lily Edwards-Callaway, Animal Welfare, JBS; Jason Ahola, associate professor, Beef Production Systems, Colorado State University; Mike Siemens, Animal Welfare & Husbandry, Cargill; Kristen Parman, Livestock Marketing Association; and Jeff Johnson, Out West Trucking.

For more information about the symposium, please contact Chase DeCoite. For more information about checkoff-funded BQA, visit bqa.org, and for more about your beef checkoff investment, visit MyBeefCheckoff.com.

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

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“TPP Hope This Week”

According to the Japan Times – Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiators finished four-days of talk this past weekend without making major progress. President Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will discuss trade issues during a summit today. Congress is working to enact trade promotion authority for President Obama – which would most likely help the negotiations. TPP would account for around 40-percent of the global economy if completed.

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“Nanotechnology Projects Receive USDA Funding”

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture announced more than 3.8-million dollars through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative yesterday to support grants focused on using nanotechnology to find solutions to societal challenges. NIFA Director Sonny Ramaswamy says advances in nanotechnology help secure a healthy food supply by enabling cost-effective methods for the early detection of insects, diseases and other contaminants, improve plant and animal breeding and create high value-added products of nano-biomaterials for food and non-food applications. Visit NIFA dot USDA dot gov (www.nifa.usda.gov) for more information.

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“Funding Announced Through Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act”

Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says the Forest Service’s century-long support of America’s public schools and roads is one of many ways in which USDA helps rural communities remain self-sustaining and prosperous. As part of Congress’ two-year reauthorization of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act – USDA has announced 285-million dollars to support local schools and roads in 41 states and Puerto Rico. The U.S. Forest Service’s payments may be used to support public schools, public roads, projects to maintain and improve forest health and county projects. For more information – visit FS dot USDA dot gov (www.fs.usda.gov).

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“Large Supply, Weak Demand Expected for Corn”

University of Illinois Extension reports corn prices have come under renewed pressure over the past week – with futures prices decreasing nearly 20-cents. Ag economist Darrel Good says those prices are the lowest since October 2014. Good says low corn prices appear to reflect expectations for a combination of prolonged demand weakness and another year of ample supplies. Expectations for demand weakness center on ethanol and export markets. He says the corn supply for the 2015-2016 marketing year will consist of carryover supplies of old-crop corn and the 2015 harvest. He says the potential size of the harvest will be revealed over the next several months. Unless an unusually large or small percentage of the crop is planted late this year – Good says yield expectations should continue to focus on trend value from 164 to 165-bushels. An expected yield will be reported in USDA’s May 12th WASDE report.

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“Growth Energy Applauds Kum & Go’s Announcement to Offer E-15”

Kum & Go will be offering E-15 – according to an announcement made Monday. Growth Energy CEO Tom Buis says Kum & Go – the fifth-largest, privately held and company-operated convenience store chain in the U.S. – prides themselves on their exemplary service and drive to give customers more than they expect. Buis says this announcement underscores their role as an innovator and leader in the convenience store marketplace. Kum & Go’s decision to offer E-15 demonstrates the strength of consumer demand for higher ethanol blends – Buis says – and proves that consumers will select a high performance, low cost fuel when given the choice.

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“Cattle Market Update”

According to Meatingplace – cattle and calves on feed for slaughter market in the U.S. for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head was 10.8-million head at the beginning of the month – a slight increase from the same time last year. Steers and steer calves accounted for 69-percent of the total inventory. Heifers and heifer calves accounted for 3.34-million head. Last month – net placements were 1.74-million head with 365,000 cattle and calves weighing less than 600-pounds – 275,000 from 600 to 699-pounds – 449,000 from 700 to 799-pounds and 720,000 more than 800-pounds. Marketings of fed cattle last month were 1.63-million – the lowest since 1996.

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“Inaugural Global Gold Chain Alliance Announced for Summer 2016”

The United Fresh Produce Association and Global Cold Chain Alliance have joined to hold the first Global Gold Chain Expo – which will take place in Chicago in June 2016. The purpose of the Expo is to be a one-stop-shop for cold chain needs for more than 15,000 key decision makers within retail, foodservice, processing, production, distribution, logistics and transportation. United Fresh President and CEO Tom Stenzel says the fresh produce industry is increasingly being challenged to compete with locally grown fruits and vegetables that are picked closer to ripeness. United Fresh believes the only way to enhance quality control in the supply chain is a deep dive into the cold chain and technologies that bring growers, packers and wholesales closer to the consumer.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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04-27-15 US Senator Bennet: Colorado Counties, School Districts Receive Almost $10 Million in SRS Funding…

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Washington, DC – Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet applauded U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack’s announcement today that Colorado counties will receive $9,847,536 in funding from the Secure Rural Schools (SRS) program. Much of the funding will go to rural school districts. The SRS program was recently extended as a part of the passage of a bill to permanently fix the Medicare reimbursement system.  The SRS program provides vital resources for public schools, road improvements, and maintenance projects, in more than 700 rural counties nationwide.  The provision extended funding for the SRS program for two years at 95 percent of the previous year’s level. 

“This announcement is great news for Colorado counties that rely on these resources to fund maintenance and improvement projects and for rural school districts that use the funding to help educate kids,” Bennet said. “We are pleased that Congress was able to come together to extend this program, however, we need to continue working on a long-term extension that will provide communities with the certainty they need to plan and budget.”

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04-27-15 USPB News: Chefs Who Attended USPB Seminar Add Potato Items to Menu…

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image002Denver (April 27, 2015)—Sixty-three percent of the chefs who attended last year’s Global Potato Innovation Seminar have either tested or added new potato items to their restaurant menus. The 10th annual seminar, sponsored by the United States Potato Board (USPB), was held at The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) Greystone, Napa Valley, CA, in late October 2014. The chefs in attendance represented more than 9,800 units. It’s inspiring to see how quickly these operations have adopted creative new menu dishes.

The chefs have introduced a wide variety of potato items. Wienerschnitzel, for example, added a new category and menu board for chili fries with various condiments, such as bacon ranch. Aramark is introducing a potato-filled empanada, and Garden Fresh is testing on-trend potato salads. Red Robin Gourmet Burger is testing a potato side to accompany a salmon entrée, and Fresh Grill is testing a new potato concept. Delta Airlines has also added a shrimp and avocado causa, made with mashed potatoes, to its menu options.

During this two-day seminar in California, the chefs learned about potato nutrition and participated in hands-on culinary sessions focused on global cuisines. USPB Board Member John Halverson, a potato grower and Black Gold Farms Executive from Arbyrd, MO, answered questions about potato farming and various potato types. Halverson currently serves on the USPB Executive Committee as Co-Chairman of the Domestic Marketing Committee.

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04-27-15 ACE thanks Kum and Go for adding E15…

ACE LOGOSioux Falls, SD (April 27, 2015) –  Convenience store chain Kum & Go announced today that they will be adding the E15 fuel blend to 65 stores in 7 states over the next two years. ACE Senior Vice President Ron Lamberty offered congratulations and thanks to Kum & Go for making E15 more widely available.

“Kum & Go has been a leader in offering E85 as a fuel choice at most of the locations they’ve built in the last several years – it seems fitting that they would now be the first large Midwest retailer to announce the addition of E15 as a fuel option. In the c-store business, everyone “wants to be first to be second,” so other retailers will take notice when a chain like Kum & Go is added to the list of E15 retailers that includes Mapco, Murphy Oil, Protec, Sheetz, and other smaller chains and single stores that have been offering E15 for two years or more. E15 is real, and with the number of vehicles built and warrantied for E15 growing by 10 million or more a year, it’s a smart option for stations to offer in the future,” said Lamberty.

The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) is powered by people who have built an innovative industry that sustainably delivers clean fuel and valuable food for a growing world. These farmers, ranchers, Main Street businesses, scientists, investors, and renewable fuel producers work together to inform consumers and elected officials that in addition to helping keep gas prices low, creating jobs, improving the economy, displacing foreign oil, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, ethanol delivers a great deal of human good.  Unite with ACE at www.ethanol.org and follow us on Twitter at @ACEethanol.   Continue reading

04-27-15 CMU Op-Ed: Snowpack still low, leading to below-average Powell inflows….

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Last week’s storms, which snarled I-70 and (briefly) turned Grand Valley trails to sticky mud, calmed fears of an early start to wildfire season, but didn’t significantly improve the regional water supply picture.

April 20 snowpack levels in Western Colorado ranged from 40% of average in the Southwestern basins to 71% in the Colorado Basin.  The statewide snowpack was at 61% of average. The South Platte Basin snowpack, upstream from Colorado’s most populated areas, got the biggest bump out of the storms and reached 94% of average.  Statewide, the total amount of water in the snow that has fallen since the 2015 water year began on October 1, 2014 (as opposed to snowpack at this moment in time) was a little less than 80% of normal.  Continue reading

04-27-15 USDA Announces Rural Schools Payments…

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$285 million to be distributed to 41 States and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, includes $12M for Colorado…

USDAlogoRGBWASHINGTON, April 27, 2015 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that $285 million will go to 41 states and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico this year in support of local schools and roads as part of the Congressional two-year reauthorization of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act.

“This support is part of the administration’s ongoing commitment to rural communities,” said Secretary Vilsack. “The Forest Service’s century-long support of America’s public schools and roads is one of many ways in which USDA helps rural communities remain self-sustaining and prosperous.”

“I’m grateful for the Congressional action to reauthorize this Act and understand how important these funds have become to the communities that receive them,” said U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell. “We’ve been anticipating its passage and we are positioned to make the payments as rapidly as possible.” Continue reading