Now celebrating our seventh year of honoring the best in our industry, the MEAT INDUSTRY HALL OF FAME is requesting nominations for Members of the Class of 2015. Eligible candidates must meet three key qualifications:
- Candidates must have spent a significant portion of their professional careers in an industry-related field (animal agriculture, food processing, government, academia, retail)
- Candidates must have contributed significant innovation, achieved notable business success or otherwise positively impacted their organization, institution or larger industry segment
- Candidates must have successfully undertaken significant community service or philanthropy
To nominate someone who’s worthy of membership in the MEAT INDUSTRY HALL OF FAME, simply request a nomination form by contacting Chuck Jolley at Chuck@MeatIndustryHallofFame.com or +1 913.205.3791. Continue reading
“There is a strong connection to the everyday tasks farmers and ranchers perform to the daily programming of farm broadcasters,” says Tom Brand, NAFB Executive Director. “Our member stations and networks develop programming based on audience needs in their listening area. That is the power of radio and farm broadcasting.”
The Colorado FFA Foundation inducted four honorees into the Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame. Mr. Jim Odle of Brush, Dr. Temple Grandin of Fort Collins, Mr. Don Rutledge of Yuma and Mr. Bob Tuttle of Eckert all were formally inducted into the Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame on February 26th during the 26th annual hall of fame banquet.
“The diversity and accomplishments of our honoree’s this year was outstanding,” said Dale McCall, Chairman of the Colorado FFA Foundation. “Our applicant pool continues to get deeper and deeper.”
The Rising Star in Colorado Agriculture Award was also presented. This is the fourth year for recognition of up and coming leaders in agriculture. Members of the Hall of Fame will vote yearly on the winner of the Rising Star Award.
Dr. James Pritchett, a professor at CSU was the recipient this year.
“The Rising Star Award is an indication of how many great leaders we have in this state and how talented some younger people involved in agriculture are,” said McCall.
The Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame banquet was held in conjunction with the Governor’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture and is a prime opportunity to gauge the direction of the industry and learn about issues facing one of the largest industries in Colorado. Both the forum and the banquet are attended by industry and political leaders as well as family farmers and ranchers who lead and support the agriculture industry and its future.
Over 450 friends, peers and business associates recognized the four inductees and the Rising Star during the Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame Banquet, Feb. 26, 2015, at the Renaissance Hotel, Denver. The 2015 inductees will join 82 other outstanding Colorado agriculturists who have been similarly honored since 1989. All Agriculture Hall of Fame members’ portraits will be displayed in the CoBank Center for Agricultural Education on CSU’s ARDEC campus after the building is constructed this fall.
Hosted by the Colorado FFA Foundation, the banquet is held yearly to induct members into the Agriculture Hall of Fame who have significantly contributed to Colorado’s second largest industry. A unique, multi-media presentation highlights the life of each new inductee during the ceremony.
2015 Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame nominees & Rising Star Biographies: Continue reading
The 2014 edition of the Golden Plains Area Agricultural Handbook is currently in production and orders are being taken now for your copy. This publication is a permanent and often used item in many farm, ranch, and agribusiness offices in Northeastern Colorado. This resource book contains the latest university research for High Plains agriculture in Colorado. Most of the research results presented in the handbook are conducted on local farms and ranches in the area.
Subscribers will find information regarding crop production, water management, crop pathology and weed management information, along with insect control, horticulture, weather, livestock cost of production, and crop cost of production information. In total, subscribers will find approximately 150 pages of current research information required to make informed decisions for agricultural operations.
Pricing for the handbook is a tiered pricing structure for multiple subscriptions and the handbook is available in print copy or CD version. The CD version has the added benefit of spreadsheet templates and other resources useful in farm and ranch decision making processes. The deadline for receiving a break on our subscription price is March 20, 2015. Order forms are available at every Golden Plains Area Extension office or from our web site at http://goldenplains.colostate.edu. Please send your order to: Washington County Extension Office, 181 Birch, Akron, CO 80721. An online ordering and payment option is also available on the web site.
Don’t miss out, hurry and get your order in today!
Denver, CO March 2, 2015: Pork. Beef. Lamb. Chicken. Eggs. Produce.
Yes, pastry. Many of the state’s top chefs have been tapped to compete in the 4th Annual Colorado Ag Day at the Capitol Ag Producer/Chef Cook-off.
Hosted by the Colorado Ag Council, the event will be held Wednesday, March 18 in theNorth and West Wings of the State Capitol Rotunda at 11 a.m.
Colorado Ag Day at the Capitol coincides with National Ag Day. It will showcase agriculture’s significance to the citizens of Colorado and the state’s economy.
“Every single day, every single man, woman and child in Colorado is impacted by agriculture. If you eat food, agriculture is important to you,” according to David Collie, Colorado Ag Day Chef’s Cook-off Feast Chair and 5280 Culinary Managing Partner. Continue reading
(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…
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03/02 – Livestock Exchange, LLC Recap & Preview w/Auctioneer Tyler Knode
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WASHINGTON, Feb. 27, 2015 — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that a one-time extension will be provided to producers for the new safety-net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill, known as Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC). The final day to update yield history or reallocate base acres has been extended one additional month, from Feb. 27, 2015 until March 31, 2015. The final day for farm owners and producers to choose ARC or PLC coverage also remains March 31, 2015.
“This is an important decision for producers, because these programs provide financial protection against unexpected changes in the marketplace. Producers are working to make the best decision they can. And we’re working to ensure that they’ve got the time, the information, and the opportunities to have those final conversations, review their data, and to visit the Farm Service Agency to make those decisions,” said Vilsack. Continue reading
Submitted by: Dennis Kaan, Director of the Golden Plains Area CSU Extension
Many farm and ranch families are struggling with the many questions surrounding the transfer of their property to the next generation. How can I be fair to all the kids? Who will take over running this place? Who will take care of me in my last years, months, days? What can I do to help my passing be easier on those left behind?
“I have received numerous calls and emails from people in Northeastern Colorado wanting information about succession and estate planning”, said Dennis Kaan, CSU Extension Director for the Golden Plains Area. “This is a critical issue to get our youth back into our communities and the future of our farms and ranches.” Continue reading
In honor of National Auctioneers Day on April 18, donations raised through the drive will go to provide a permanent source of funding for cutting-edge industry education and the scholarships available to assist auction professionals in attending these programs.
“The auction industry is characterized by Auctioneers helping Auctioneers…The Foundation believes strongly that through the education of Auctioneers that we can build on the professional values and morals that Auctioneers before us have laid out.”
– Foundation President Tommy Rowell, CAI, AARE
The National Auctioneers Day drive will culminate in a celebration and check presentation at the 2015 World Automobile Auctioneers Championship on Friday, April 17, in Las Vegas. In a partnership developed via NAA Past President Paul C. Behr, CAI, BAS, the Foundation will receive the proceeds from a donated car that will be sold live during the WAAC.
How to Participate: Choose one auction your company holds during the month of March and donate 5 percent of your gross commission to the Foundation. You can also support the Foundation through a simple donation. download the pledge form!
I am writing this email so that you know that I’ll be retiring (I think I’m graduating from CSU Extension) in mid-March. My last official day at work will be 19 March. I’ll celebrate my new beginnings with new adventures and self-defined work on the Spring Equinox, March 20th. Until then I welcome your questions and comments about Colorado State Extension and/or Cropping Systems & Natural Resource topics.
Two retirement celebrations are planned in both Logan and Morgan Counties (see attached flyers)
My Extension career has been filled with many satisfying accomplishments. The best of these has been to experience the personal growth and accomplishments of those I’ve worked with. Many of my farmer collaborators and customers have enhanced their willingness to follow their curiosity with learning. Some have extended this by designing and implementing their own on-farm experiments and trying new research based production and cropping systems techniques.
For me the most rewarding impact from my contacts has been to see people become leaders among their peers. These individuals share their trial results and experiences with other farm producers. Their leadership has helped themselves and others to enhance the profitability and sustainability of their farm operations. These and those who they’ve touched have become life-long learners. They continue to stretch boundaries and tinker with alternative crop production methods and cropping systems.
I’ve been blessed to have been mentored by and worked with a wonderful collection of far thinking farmers and Exemplary Colorado State research and Extension faculty as well as USDA Agricultural Research scientists. With their generous collaborations and guidance, I’ve received a full complement of Extension and University honors. I look forward to having the time to pursue my other life goals which include: Continue reading
BLM Seeks Bids for New Off-Range Pastures to Care for Wild Horses
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is seeking proposals for new off-range pasture facilities that can provide a free-roaming environment for wild horses removed from Western public lands.
Proposals will be accepted from the following states through April 22, 2015: Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, and Wyoming.
One or more off-range pasture contracts will be awarded and each must accommodate a minimum of 100 wild horses. The contractor must provide humane care for a one-year period, with a renewal option under BLM contract for a four-year or nine-year period.
Applicants who have never conducted business with the government must first obtain a Duns and Bradstreet number at www.dnb.com before registering at www.sam.gov/ to do business with the Federal Government. There is no fee involved.
To obtain the solicitation: (1) go to www.fedconnect.net ; (2) click on “Search Public Opportunities”; (3) under Search Criteria, select “Reference Number”; (4) put in the solicitation number “L15PS00182”; and (5) click Search” and the solicitation information will appear. The solicitation form describes what to submit and where to send it.
For assistance, visit www.blm.gov or contact Eric Pagal at (202)-email@example.com or Ken Lund at (202) firstname.lastname@example.org. They can assist with general questions and/or coordinate a meeting for you with a local BLM contracting officer and small business specialist.
Have you ever wanted to take the plunge and design your landscape totally with native plants? Do you know the techniques and tips that could save your home in a wildfire? Are you curious about the process of beekeeping?
Join us Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at the Sedgwick County Fairgrounds in Julesburg. Pre-registration deadline is March 6, 2015 and is required to guarantee lunch, which is included in seminar fees. Check-in begins at 9:00 A.M.
At 9:30 A.M., Jan Toyne of Toyne’s Apiaries will speak on “Beekeeping 101”. Get a firsthand look at the process. The Toyne family has been beekeeping for over 50 years in Sedgwick County and has 500-600 colonies.
Beginning at 10:45 A.M., Boyd Lebeda, Colorado State Forester will speak on “Plains FireWise: Steps to Protect Your Home”. Learn the basics of wildfire behavior on the plains.
Lunch served at noon catered by Lucy’s Place. Continue reading
*CORRECTION- SEE BELOW*
(Burlington, Colo.) - Colorado State University Extension is hosting Private Pesticide Recertification sessions at various locations in Northeast Colorado. Anyone who purchases restricted-use pesticides must have a Private Pesticide Applicator license which is issued by the Colorado Department of Agriculture. Private Applicator license study guides and exams can be obtained either from the Colorado Department of Agriculture or some Extension offices. Once a license is received, it is active for 3 years before renewal is needed. Renewal can be achieved by either retaking the exam or attending a recertification meeting. These recertification meetings offer credits which can be substituted for retaking the exam.
A Commercial license recertification session is also being offered on March 6 at the CSU Extension Office in Akron beginning at 8:00 a.m.
Pre-registration can be accomplished by visiting the Golden Plains Area website at http://goldenplains.colostate.edu. Cost for the Private Applicator’s recertification is $40 with the Commercial license recertification being $50. Registrations can also be done by calling the local CSU Extension Office where the event is taking place.
Locations and times are as follows:
March 6 – 8:00 a.m. - Washington County Extension Office – Commercial Pesticide Applicator Recertification* – Contact: 970-345-2287
March 6 – 1:00 pm Washington County Extension Office– Private Pesticide Recertification – Contact: 970-345-2287 *Commercial Pesticide Licenses are in a different category and are needed for pesticide applicators charging a fee for pesticide services. Credits for this program will be provided
West Greeley Conservation District to offer scholarships
WGCD offers four high school scholarships each year to high school students in Weld County pursuing a career in natural resources or agriculture. They include one $2500 and three $1000 scholarships.
WGCD also offers a $5000 scholarship to college students in their third year or grad school at UNC, CSU, or School of Mines pursuing a career in natural resources.
The applications are due to WGCD office March 5, 2015.
To learn more please visit: www.wgcd.org.
The Confluence Institute – Teacher’s Workshop is a four day hands on water education workshop for teachers in northeastern Colorado. Participants will receive the Project Wet Curriculum & Activity Guide and the Water Wise Colorado Curriculum. The Workshop is free to teachers and is located at the Poudre Learning Center in Greeley. 2015 date to be announced.
AG IN THE CLASSROOM, FOOD, FIBER, AND MORE
This is a five day course designed for teachers who have little or no agriculture background. The purpose of this class to assist educators in understanding the agriculture industry and its connection to our environment and society. The class will provide a variety of methods for using agriculture materials in the classroom, and assist educators in developing curriculum ideas which integrate an understanding of agriculture in various academic subjects. Fort Collins – 2015 Food, Fiber & More AITC Summer Institute, June 15th, 2015 San Luis Valley – 2015 Food, Fiber & More AITC Summer Institute, June 22nd, 2015. Learn more online @ www.growingyourfuture.com
A Natural Challenge for High School Students Visit CO Envirothon website at www.coloenvirothon.com February, 2015
CHILDREN’S WATER FESTIVAL
The Children’s Water Festival 2015 theme “Colorado Water, Live Like You Love It” focuses on the Colorado water connection. The 2015 Festival is April 29 at Island Grove Regional Park. The Children’s Water Festival in Greeley is a free event for 4th grade students in Weld, Morgan and Adams Counties hosted by Central Colorado Water Conservancy District, West Greeley Conservation District, City of Greeley Stormwater, and City of Greeley Water Conservation. For more information visit, greeleywaterfest.org.
To learn more please visit: www.wgcd.org.
The Colorado Association of Conservation Districts (CACD) is hosting the 2015 Camp Rocky…an Outdoor Natural Resource Conservation Adventure for Youth Ages 14 – 19 near Divide, Colorado
What is Camp Rocky?
Camp Rocky is a week long, residential camp for 14 through 19 year olds who enjoy the outdoors and are interested in natural resources. The camp is located just outside Divide, Colorado. Camp Rocky’s professional staff helps participants learn about their environment through hands-on experiences. The students work in teams, making new friends from across Colorado.
Each year, new and returning students choose one of the following resource fields for their area of focus: Continue reading
The Skyline Stampede 2015 Rodeo is
@ the BW Pickett Arena in Ft Collins, CO
Colorado State University, Weld County Extension is hosting a Colorado Pesticide Applicator Recertification meeting on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at the Weld County Extension Office, 525 N 15th Avenue, Greeley. This workshop offers all the recertification credits for anyone holding a Private Applicator License and the Core credits for Commercial Applicators.
Anyone who purchases restricted-use pesticides must have a Private Pesticide Applicator license which is issued by the Colorado Department of Agriculture. Private Applicator license study guides and exams can be obtained from the Colorado Department of Agriculture or some Extension offices. Once a license is received, it is active for three years before renewal is needed. Renewal can be achieved by either re-taking the exam or attending a recertification meeting. This recertification meeting offers credits which can be substituted for retaking the exam.
Commercial pesticide licenses are in a different category and are needed for pesticide applicators charging a fee for pesticide services. This program provides only the core credits for those holding a commercial license. Category credits are not offered at this program.
The meeting agenda is as follows (see reverse side for more detailed information): Continue reading
Denver, CO - February 19, 2015 – The highly anticipated selection of USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service’s (NRCS) State Conservationist in Colorado was recently announced. Clint Evans, Assistant State Conservationist for Operations, in Idaho reports to the Mile High City and assumes his new role Monday, February 23, 2015. “It’s an exciting time,” shares Evans. “I’m looking forward to this opportunity to work with the NRCS employees, conservation partners, landowners and land managers across the state.”
Evans started his career with NRCS in March of 2000 as a Soil Conservation Technician in Altamont, Kansas, but that wasn’t his first experience with the Agency. His introduction to NRCS was in the late 1990s while working on the ranch where his then employer enrolled in the Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP). As a result, Evans gained experience in conservation planning and practice implementation thru financial assistance programs from the customer’s perspective. He enjoyed working with the NRCS field staff so much that he decided to pursue a career with the Agency.
After his tenure as a technician, Evans served as a Soil Conservationist in two Kansas field offices and was then promoted to District Conservationist in Kingman, Kansas. Evans’ next move was to the Kansas State Office where he served as a Resource Conservationist on the programs staff and shortly thereafter he was selected as Idaho’s Assistant State Conservationist for Programs in 2009. In an effort to gain a wider range of expertise and experience, in 2013 Evans transferred to serve as Idaho’s Assistant State Conservationist for Operations. This offered invaluable insight into human resource management, budgets, strategic planning, and conservation partnerships.
*CORRECTED – 02/19/15 per Eric Brown*
Colo. Ag Council seeking donations in its $100,000 effort for Food Bank of the Rockies
Donation, other events taking place during Ag Day at the Capitol in March
The 35 organizations and members that make up the Colorado Ag Council are again partnering with Food Bank of the Rockies in celebrating National Ag Day.
In doing so, they are asking for your help to raise $100,000 in cash and food products for those in need.
Last year the Colorado Ag Council, with support of its member organizations and agribusinesses, raised approximately $95,000 for Food Bank of the Rockies.
As has been the case in recent years, this donation to the food bank will take place as part of Ag Day at the Capitol in Denver, which this year is set for March 18. In recognition of National Ag Day, the Colorado Ag Council is coordinating activities to celebrate and recognize the tremendous role Colorado ag producers and agribusinesses play in providing abundant and safe food for Coloradans. During this year’s event at the State Capitol, the Colorado Ag Council will again be holding the Farm-to-Table Cook-off, featuring top chefs from Colorado, partnered with state legislators and producers, to serve up delicious and creative dishes.
The public and media are invited to attend.
In addition to your attendance at Ag Day at the Capitol, please consider contributing to the Colorado Ag Council’s goal of raising $100,000 in cash and food product – anything from canned goods, to a side of beef or a load of flour, along with many other possibilities – for Food Bank of the Rockies.
Monetary donations can be made via check, payable to “Food Bank of the Rockies,” and mailed to Colorado Ag Council in care of Colorado Livestock Association, 822 7th St., Suite 210, Greeley, CO 80631.
Food or commodity donations should go directly to Food Bank of the Rockies, 10700 E. 45th Ave., Denver, CO 80239. You can also contact Kevin Seggelke, president and CEO, at (303) 371-9250, or email@example.com. Please indicate that your donation is part of Colorado Ag Council’s Ag Day celebration.
For more information on how to make food or commodity donations, contact David Collie, Ag Day event manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you contribute directly to the Food Bank, please let David know the approximate value, so you can be recognized as part of the press conference held during the activities at the State Capitol. All contributors will also be recognized in the programs distributed to attendees as part of the Farm-to-Table Cook-off.
The Colorado Ag Council is made up of:
(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) February 16th, 2015 – Just exactly what will it look like to feed an additional 2 billion people by 2050? How will American farmers and ranchers help meet that demand? And what changes will be needed in Colorado’s agriculture and food industries to ensure continued prosperity? Some of the country’s leading influencers and thinkers in agriculture will explore creative and collaborative responses to these challenges during Colorado State University’s “Advancing the Agriculture Economy Through Innovation” Summit March 18-20 at the Lory Student Center in Ft Collins. Joining the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network to discuss the event in more detail is Kathay Rennels, Associate Vice President for Engagement @ Colorado State University…
LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW WITH KATHAY RENNELS…
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“FDA’s Progress Report on Strategy Regarding Antimicrobial Use in Food-Producing Animals”
In December 2013 – the FDA took a significant step forward in addressing antimicrobial resistance by publishing a guidance that calls on animal drug sponsors of approved medically important antimicrobials administered through medicated feed or water to remove indications for use related to growth promotion from their product labels. The guidance also called on the remaining therapeutic uses of these products to be brought under a veterinarian’s oversight by December 2016. Close to 300 applications were affected by the guidance a year ago – and since then – 11 new generic and combination approvals have been added to the list of affected applications. Some affected sponsors have started implementing recommended changes to their antimicrobial products. Three applications have been converted from over-the-counter to prescription status. Product indications have been withdrawn from one application and 32 affected applications have been withdrawn. FDA continues to work closely with affected drug sponsors to ensure the changes the agreed to make are completed by the end of December 2016.
“USDA Provides Funding to Fight Childhood Hunger”
Approximately 15.8-million children in the U.S. live in families that have to worry about access to food – and many live in rural communities. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is committed to ensuring all Americans have access to a healthy diet – whether at home or at school. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says the goal of ending child hunger in America is absolutely achievable – and a new initiative will help USDA test innovated strategies for getting there. Through the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 – USDA is providing more than 27-million dollars in grants to fund innovative projects designed to help end childhood hunger. Visit FNS dot USDA dot gov (www.fns.usda.gov) for more information.
“NFU Prepares for Policy Discussion at Convention”
The National Farmers Union’s 113th Anniversary Convention is coming up March 14th through the 17th. The policy-setting process for the organization began at the end of January when the NFU Policy Committee met. NFU President Roger Johnson says that meeting is the first part of the process where chosen leaders discuss possible policy changes that are then brought to the voting membership during the annual convention. During the convention in Wichita, Kansas – the policy committee’s suggestions are considered and voted on – and any NFU member may propose changes to the policy. After hearing from delegates and members – Johnson says the committee submits a final copy of the suggested policy to the delegates at the convention for their consideration, amendment and adoption. For more information – visit NFU dot org slash convention (www.nfu.org/convention).
“Farmer Honored for Conservation and Outreach”
During Commodity Classic last week in Phoenix, Arizona – the National Corn Growers Association’s Good Steward Recognition Program honored Mike Shuter of Indiana for his tireless enthusiasm for discovering new methods for improving his soil, preserving water quality and improving the profitability of farming that makes everyone take notice. NCGA President Chip Bowling says Shuter has proven a superior commitment to sustainability through innovation. The program is sponsored by the Howard G. Buffett Foundation as part of its Harvesting the Potential campaign. Buffett says it’s important to recognize farmers who demonstrate conservation’s compatibility with high yields and strong profits. He says farmers must take the lead in adapting production practices to ensure they preserve and protect natural resources while maintaining their role as the world’s leading producers.
“NCGA Releases 2014 World of Corn”
NCGA has released the latest edition of the World of Corn – a statistical look at the corn industry in the U.S. and around the world. This year’s edition includes two compilations highlighting the benefits of ethanol and biotechnology. Last year – America’s corn farmers worked tirelessly to grow a record crop of 14.2-billion bushels. NCGA President Chip Bowling and CEO Chris Novak say the unparalleled abundance has positive implications for every American. Visit World of corn dot com (http://worldofcorn.com) to explore the World of Corn.
Greeley, CO Mon Mar 02, 2015 USDA-CO Dept of Ag Market News
Daily Grain Bids for Denver and Surrounding Areas
Spot bids to producers for grain delivered to terminal and country
elevators. Bids dollar/bu. except for Barley which is dollar/cwt.
Bids are as of 3:00 PM MST.
Bids Change (cents)
US 1 Hard Red Winter Wheat 4.97-5.12 8 lower
Up to 12 percent protein
US 2 Yellow Corn 3.83-3.88 unevenly steady
US 2 Barley 5.25 steady
———–PREVIOUS DAY’s DENVER CASH GRAIN BIDS————– Continue reading
Positive Trich Locations
Number of Colorado Counties
The official test for import into Colorado or for change of ownership within the state is the PCR test. The previous rule allowed culture for import or change of ownership.
The official test is now applicable for 60 days. The former rule stated the test was only valid for 30 days prior to importation, change of ownership, or movement to grazing associations.
The test eligible age for bulls, for import into Colorado or for change of ownership, is 18 months of age. The previous rule had an age eligibility of 12 months for bulls imported into Colorado and had some provision for virgin bull status.
WASHINGTON (March 2, 2015) – National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson today saluted the organization’s commitment to grassroots leadership and true democracy in action as NFU members from across the nation prepare to convene at their national convention in Wichita, Kansas, to vote on the organization’s policy and vision for the future of agriculture.
“NFU is one of the few organizations in Washington that is truly driven by its members, who meet with each other, elected officials and government agencies and then convene to discuss the organization’s overall policies and vision for policies important to family farmers and ranchers,” said Johnson. Continue reading
The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) and the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) today jointly urged Congress to enact new Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation, saying it is crucial to securing well-negotiated trade agreements, including a Pacific Rim pact that must open key markets to more U.S. dairy products.
In a letter to Congress, NMPF and USDEC said renewing TPA, which expired in 2007, will increase congressional influence over trade negotiations and lead to agreements that are better for both the country and the dairy industry.
“By having a clear framework for participating in the process and identified priorities that a successful agreement must address, Congress increases its influence over these agreements as they are being written,” said NMPF President and CEO Jim Mulhern. Continue reading
ST. LOUIS (March 2 , 2015) — The National Corn Growers Association named Mike Shuter from Frankton, Indiana, as this year’s honoree for the NCGA’s Good Steward Recognition Program during last week’s 2015 Commodity Classic convention and trade show. The award recognizes one U.S. farmer annually who is demonstrating leadership in sustainable corn production.
The program and award funding was provided by the Howard G. Buffett Foundation as part of its Harvesting the Potential campaign to raise awareness among U.S. farmers of the importance of conservation agriculture.
“When it comes to finding practical solutions to conserve and better natural resources on the farm, Mike Shuter has a mind you want to make sure you tap,” said NCGA President Chip Bowling. “His tireless enthusiasm for discovering new methods for improving his soil, preserving water quality and improving the profitability of farming makes everyone take notice. Mike has really proven a superior commitment to sustainability through innovation.” Continue reading
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“USDA Extends Deadline to Update Yield, Reallocate Base Acres”
The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Friday it will extend the deadline for producers to update yield history or reallocate base acres until March 31st. If no changes are made to yield history or base acres by March 31st – the farm’s current yield and base will be used. The deadline to choose between ARC and PLC coverage is also March 31st. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says this is an important decision for producers because these programs provide financial protection against unexpected changes in the marketplace. If a choice is not made by March 31st – no 2014 payments will be made to the farm and it will default to PLC coverage through the 2018 crop year. For more information – visit FSA dot USDA dot gov slash ARC dash PLC (www.fsa.usda.gov/arc-plc).
“Former Ag Secretaries Lobby for TPA”
Also on Friday – a bipartisan group of former Ag Secretaries issued an open letter to Congress to pass Trade Promotion Authority. They say TPA is critical for successfully negotiating new trade partnerships that boost exports and create jobs. Thanks to opportunities created by trade agreements – the secretaries say U.S. ag exports last year soared to a new record of 152.5-billion dollars – which propelled farm income to new highs. They say trade helps farmers, their suppliers, distributors and customers – and exports support not only rural economies – but the U.S. economy as a whole. The Secretaries encourage Congress to enact TPA and support trade agreements that help U.S. farmers, ranchers and producers thrive.
“U.S. Grains Council Works to Increase Ag Exports to Cuba”
The U.S. grain industry is working to increase exports to Cuba. Yesterday (Sunday) – representatives from across the U.S. ag industry began an exploratory mission – led by the U.S. Grains Council – to Cuba to assess the countryside, meet with industry leaders and reengage the U.S. ag sector with Cuban officials. The Council also plans a follow-up mission for its officers and delegates from its associated grower organizations. Council staff will also complete targeted trade servicing visits to help assess and build plans to address marketing, finance and education barriers to increased sales. Since the early 2000s – Cuba has purchased corn from the U.S. with market share varying from as high as 100-percent to just 15-percent this past marketing year. Cuba would be the 12th largest overseas market for U.S. corn if it imported all of its corn from the U.S.
“A Diverse Ag Industry Means a Better Ag Industry”
During the 20th Commodity Classic in Phoenix, Arizona last week – National Corn Growers Association Past President Pam Johnson participated in a panel discussion and highlighted the importance of diversity to the ag industry. Johnson says the industry is better when it is diverse. The ag industry is better than when she started in the business – she says – but it still needs to improve. USDA Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden says diversity is a strength – and the ag industry needs to reflect its populations. She says it’s about being a leader – not about being a farmer. Johnson says it’s important to get involved in a trade association – and she encourages women and minority farmers to do so as they are paving the way for the next generation.
“Senators Introduce Legislation to Help Rural Hospitals”
Senators Chuck Grassley of Iowa, Michael Bennet of Colorado, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Jerry Moran of Kansas have introduced legislation to extend a Medicare demonstration program that helps rural hospitals. Grassley says the bill allows hospitals participating in the demonstration to continue to seek opportunities to expand and improve health services their rural communities need. Approximately 35 hospitals have participated in the program since its inception in 2004.
“State Specific Information on TPP Available”
As part of the Made in rural America Executive Actions announced by the White House last week – USDA released data showing how the Trans Pacific Partnership will not just help boost ag exports – but also impact each individual state. Visit FAS dot USDA dot gov slash topics slash Trans dash Pacific dash Partnership dash tpp (www.fas.usda.gov/topics/trans-pacific-partnership-tpp) for your state’s information.
“USB, ASA, USSEC to Host International Oilseed Producers Dialogue”
The United Soybean Board, American Soybean Association and U.S. Soybean Export Council will host the 18th International Oilseed Producers Dialogue this summer. USB Chair Bob Haselwood says this even brings together oilseed industries from around the world and highlights that they all have the same goals – helping them find ways to work together to achieve those goals. At the same time – representatives of North and South American soybean farmers will gather as part of the International Soy Growers Alliance – representing 90-percent of the world’s soybean production – to discuss important issues to soybean growers in both continents. The exact dates for both events will be announced soon.
LA JUNTA – The benefits of boosting calf crop profits through nutrition and improved reproductive technology was featured in the “More Pounds/More Profit” educational program Monday night, Feb. 23, here.
About 40 progressive Southeast Colorado ranchers gathered at Jodi’s Grill to listen to four speakers explaining long-term research and how it translates to increasing the rancher’s bottom line. Otto Lehmberg of Purina Animal Nutrition from Amarillo, TX, led off by reviewing the importance of a mineral program to decrease infection, maximize feed efficiency and improve conception. “Balanced mineral intake is most important,” Lehmberg said as he pointed to the scientific data that clearly graphed the increase in herd performance when mineral is consumed at proper levels.
Despite a high of only 20 degrees on Monday, Lehmberg said to look ahead and he touched on spring fly control, which is available with Purina’s minerals.
Ryan Phillips and Curtis Russell of WW Feed & Supply tag-teamed the importance of getting more cows bred in the first 21 days of breeding season and how that change impacts profit.
Phillips dispelled several myths and tackled typical arguments versus benefits of embracing industry developments. Phillips pointed out that a few days labor on the front end will allow numerous paybacks when calving season arrives. He highlighted several different estrus synchronization choices. He pointed to seven-year research which illustrated that by just adding an estrus synchronization program, a large test herd moved an astounding 58 days earlier in their calving cycle. When more calves are born at the start of a cycle, it makes a more uniform crop that allows those early-born calves more days to grow and thus put on additional pounds to later sell.
Phillips also outlined benefits if a rancher chooses to use synch in concert with Artificial Insemination (AI). “If you are selecting bulls with a high calving ease and low birth weight EPD you’d have fewer heifers having trouble calving, have less total days checking heifers, have a tighter calving season, and have the majority of calves born in the first 10 days of calving,” he said.
Russell’s power point presentation on “Artificial Insemination – Boosting returns” looked at economics. AI provides uniformity, decreases calving problems with high-accuracy bulls, and in today’s cattle cycle it can strongly boost profit. Russell shared 13-year data from his personal AI calving records, plus he walked the crowd through the costs versus the gains in increasing weaning weights, improving genetics, reducing costs and increasing profits. “If you have a 10 to 14 day increase in average age of calf crop at weaning with estrus synchronization that equals 20-30 pounds more per calf,” he said. “You can also select heavier weaning weight genetics without sacrificing calving ease. Then you can easily increase calf crop weaning weight by 30-50 pounds average.” Continue reading