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02-11-16 Upcoming WGCD Events and Local Input Sessions…

WGCD-West Greeley Conservation District logoLocal Workgroup Meeting – we need YOUR input for existing and new programs.   The WGCD in conjunction with the NRCS will be meeting in several locations across Weld County.  Come meet the new NRCS District Conservationist and District Manager and let us know what resource issues you are concerned with and how you would like to see EQIP programming dispersed (range management, irrigation efficiency, etc).

  • March 14th    11am     4302 W. 9th St. Road Greeley, CO
  • March 16th    11am         Briggsdale   (location tbd)

Lunch will be provided, RSVP 970-356-8097 x3

But if you don’t know until the last minute, come anyway! That’s how valuable your input is to our direction. Continue reading

02-11-16 NCBA Continues to Express Concerns with Market Volatility…

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WASHINGTON (Feb. 11, 2016) – After hearing concerns from membership nationwide, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association has instituted a working group with the CME Group to address volatility in the cattle markets. Working together as an industry is the best way to resolve these issues said Colin Woodall, NCBA senior vice president of government affairs.

“Recently the cattle markets have been susceptible to volatile limit price moves without corresponding market news,” said Woodall. “The result has been decreased confidence for cattlemen using the futures markets as a risk protection tool. This is not an issue for the government to address, but an issue the industry can resolve by working with CME.” Continue reading

02-11-16 Make Plans to Attend the NPRCH 2016 Building Blocks Workshops in March…

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USDA Northern Plains Regional Climate Hub (NPRCH) is offering two Building Blocks Workshops in March 2016. The workshops will focus on adaptive management practices for working lands that provide multiple economic and environmental benefits while also increasing resilience to extreme weather events. The workshops are a great opportunity for USDA family agencies, USDA land grant university, and state climate office partners to interactively exchange information about the USDA Building Blocks, discuss strategies to reduce enterprise risk and increase resilience of working lands, explore adaptation strategies to weather/climate variability, and identify needed trainings and educational material. Continue reading

02-11-16 Inside the BARN with Justin Derner from the Northern Plains Regional Climate Hub…

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(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) February 11, 2016 – Just over two years ago this month, on Feb 5, 2014, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the creation of the1st-ever Regional Hubs for Risk Adaptation and Mitigation to Climate Change at seven locations around the nation, and one of the seven is based in Fort Collins, Colorado. Joining the Colorado Ag News Network inside the BARN is Justin Derner, Agriculture Research Service Regional Director @ the Northern Plains Regional Climate Hub.  WIthin the interview you’ll learn…

  • What are the USDA Climate Hubs?
  • What is the role of the USDA Northern Plains Regional Climate Hub?
  • Thrust of the Regional Climate Hub?
  • Approaches of the Regional Climate Hub?
  • Key collaborations
  • Upcoming activities
  • 2016 Building Blocks Workshops in March
  • & MORE

To listen to the interview, click the audio mp3 link below…

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02-11-16 Inside the BARN with Colorado Corn Communications Director Eric Brown…

Colorado Corn LogoEric Brown - CO Corn Communications Director(The BARN – Briggsdale, CO) February 11, 2016 – Joining the Colorado Ag News Network inside the BARN is Colorado Corn’s Communications Director Eric Brown, discussing several topics that important to producers including:

To listen to the entire interview, click the mp3 audio link below…

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The Colorado Corn Growers Association and Colorado Corn Administrative Committee work on behalf of more than 4,000 corn producers through market development, communications, research and technical assistance. See more about the work of both organizations and to see the TRUTHS about Ethanol, please visit www.coloradocorn.com.

02-11-16 NAFB: CME Group Again Addresses Volatility in Cattle Markets…

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CME Group Again Addresses Volatility in Cattle Markets

The CME Group announced more steps to address volatility in the cattle markets Wednesday. Trading hours for livestock will be reduced, and CME officials will review a live cattle delivery point in South Dakota.

The CME Group also announced a joint working group with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association to discuss other possible enhancements to its cattle markets, including circuit breakers and other measures aimed at reducing volatility. Starting Monday, February 29th, trading hours will shorten to a four and half hour period for live cattle, feeder cattle and lean hog futures. Continue reading

02-10-16 CO High School Youth Benefit from Rangeland Management Forum in Corpus Christi, TX…

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By Ben Berlinger, Colorado Section of the Society for Range Management, Youth Activities Chair

The (SRM) was well represented at the 2016 High School Youth Forum (HSYF) held in Corpus Christi on February 1-4, 2016.  The HSYF is an integral part of the SRM annual meeting.  This year there were 23 delegates representing 11 of the SRM Sections.  During the Forum, high school youth from all part of the western United States and Canada are invited to participate and interact among the various professionals and college students attending the meeting.  Each of SRM’s 21 Sections is allowed to send up to three youth delegates to this program that provides a high quality learning experience.

This year the Colorado Section SRM sponsored three delegates to Corpus Christi.  Sean Doherty of Branson, Micah Crane of Pritchett, and McCrae Rider of Burlington were selected to participate in the Forum.  All three delegates were chosen based on their exceptional achievements in rangeland management programs.  Micah was the second place individual for site judging & plant identification at the Eastern Colorado State FFA rangeland judging contest held in Akron on October 7, 2015; and McCrae was the high scoring individual in the plant identification section of the state FFA contest.  Sean was the second place individual for site judging & plant identification at the Eastern Colorado State FFA rangeland judging contest held in Stratton in 2013.

(Left to Right) Sean Doherty, McCrae Rider and Micah Crane. These three High School youth represented the Colorado Section SRM at the 2016 SRM High School Youth Forum held in Corpus Christi, TX on February 1-4, 2016. During the field tour the students learned about the ecology of Padre Island as pictured above. The Costal Prairie ecosystem of south Texas along with wildlife considerations involving the proper management of the rangelands of south Texas were the highlights of the field tour.

(Left to Right) Sean Doherty, McCrae Rider and Micah Crane. These three High School youth represented the Colorado Section SRM at the 2016 SRM High School Youth Forum held in Corpus Christi, TX on February 1-4, 2016. During the field tour the students learned about the ecology of Padre Island as pictured above. The Costal Prairie ecosystem of south Texas along with wildlife considerations involving the proper management of the rangelands of south Texas were the highlights of the field tour.

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02-10-16 WGCD News: Windbreak Planning Workshop in Greeley on March 9th…

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Windbreak Planning Workshop

Time and Location:  March 9th  2016   6:30-8:30pm   Island Grove  4-H Building 2   

The Colorado State Forest Service in partnership with the West Greeley Conservation is offering a FREE Windbreak Planning Workshop to residents of Weld County.

Every year residents across Colorado purchase seedling trees from the CSFS Seedling Tree Sale with plans of planting windbreaks, shelterbelts and living snow fences to protect homes, property and provide wildlife habitat.  There are proper spacing requirements to ensure a proper functioning windbreak, and to make sure snow does not pile up where you DON’T want it.  The trees you select also matter as different tree species thrive in different areas.  We will cover species selection, planting design, and maintenance.  RSVP to West Greeley Conservation District 970-356-8097 x 3

Not sure what to plant? We’re here to help! For assistance with windbreak planning, tree planting or care, call the West Greeley Conservation District (970.356.8097 x 3). Or email us at info@wgcd.org

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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…

02/09 – Livestock Exchange, LLC UPDATE

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02/08 – Livestock Exchange, LLC Preview w/Auctioneer Tyler Knode

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02/03 – Livestock Exchange, LLC UPDATE

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02/02 – Livestock Exchange, LLC Preview w/Auctioneer Tyler Knode

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02-09-16 Get Ready to Celebrate National FFA Week, Feb. 20-27th!

FFA-Week_Amplify_2016_BannerNational FFA Week: Feb. 20-27, 2016

Did you know?

Each year, FFA chapters around the country celebrate National FFA Week. The week-long tradition began in 1947 when the National FFA Board of Directors designated the week of George Washington’s birthday as National FFA Week in recognition of his legacy as an agriculturist and farmer. The first National FFA Week was held in 1948. Today, FFA Week always runs Saturday to Saturday and encompasses Feb. 22, Washington’s birthday.

National FFA Week did not start out as a week-long event. At first it was National FFA Day. The 1933 National FFA Convention Proceedings records the beginning of FFA Day in this way: “Stewart of Montana requested the floor at this time to present a matter of general interest. He suggested the idea of having a special Future Farmer Day some time during 1934, preferably on one of the regular national FFA broadcasting days. It was pointed out that the various state associations could perhaps plan special state broadcasts also on that day and that chapters might plan their father and son banquets on the date specified. The idea seemed to meet with general delegate approval and after some discussion it was moved by Stewart that the Board of Trustees arrange for such a day; motion passed.” Continue reading

02-08-16 CACD News: CO ENVIROTHON State Competition 2016…

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The Colorado Association of Conservation Districts and the Rio Grande Watershed Education Initiative are sponsoring the 2016 CO Envirothon event on April 25 and 26, in Castle Rock, CO. After several months of study, high school students, FFA and 4-H groups will compete against each other in teams of five students each. They will prepare themselves for testing in the areas of wildlife biology, forestry, aquatics, soil science, and a current environmental issue. Continue reading

02-08-16 Ag Day at the Capitol set for March 16th in Denver…

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A celebration of Colorado’s ag producers and agribusinesses is set for Wednesday, March 16, at the Capitol Building in Denver.

The 40 agricultural organizations that make up the Colorado Ag Council will once again host Ag Day at the Capitol, starting at 10:45 a.m. and featuring the teaming up of local chefs, lawmakers and others in a cook-off competition of Colorado-grown foods. Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m.

Producers, the public and media are all invited to attend the event, which takes place as part of National Ag Week. Ag Day at the Capitol has become one of the most popular events under the Golden Dome, attended by about 500 people, including the governor, state legislators, farmers, ranchers and many others. Continue reading

02-05-16 USDA/CSU Grant Training Workshop in Akron on March 21st…

CSU Extension HeaderJoin CSU Extension on March 21, 2016 from 12:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Akron for a half-day workshop on how to identify, develop and write successful grant proposals. Bring the projects you are currently working on with you. Bring project ideas as well to the workshop. Participants will learn about federal and state grant opportunities, and receive coaching on how to develop a project idea into a grant proposal. Continue reading

02-04-16 Meet CALP’s New Executive Director Durango’s Cathy Calderwood…

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CALP Exec Dir Cathy Calderwood

The Colorado Agricultural Leadership Program (CALP) announced on Feb 3rd that Cathy Calderwood will be the Executive Director. 

Joining the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network at this time is Cathy Calderwood of Durango…listen to the interview below to learn more about her background, her vision and more about the 25th Governor’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture taking place Feb 18th @ the Renaissance Hotel in Denver…

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If you would like to learn more about the Colorado Agricultural Leadership Program, please visit www.coloagleaders.org and if you are interested in learning more about the 2016 Governor’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture and to view a complete agenda, please visit www.governorsagforum.com Pre-registration has been extended until Feb 11th.

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02-04-16 Marshall Frasier Beef Symposium in Hugo Feb 16th…

8th Marshall Frasier Beef Symposium 021616 headerDon’t miss the eighth annual producer education symposium put on by the Colorado Livestock Association! Exciting and informative speakers at this year’s event will include a market outlook from CattleFax, livestock risk protection methods, and more! This is a free event open to one and all, we just ask that you register for lunch!

Marshall Frasier Beef Symposium

February 16, 2016 from 9:00-3:00pm

Lincoln County Fairgrounds, Hugo, CO

33747 County Rd 2W, Hugo, CO 80821

2016 Program

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02-01-16 Inside the RMFU with Bill Midcap…

 

RMFU New logo 111315Bill Midcap, RMFU’s Director of External Affairs(BARN Media & CoAgNews Network – Briggsdale, CO) February 1, 2016 – 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 Bill Midcap, RMFU’s Director of External Affairs discussing several topics including:

  • CO Legislative Watch
  • CO Legislative Drive-In Feb 22nd
  • Thoughts regarding EPA’s Clean Power Plan
  • & More

Listen to the interview with RMFU’s Bill Midcap…

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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.

RMFU: Safe, Healthy Food Begins with Secure, Profitable Farm and Ranch Families.

02-01-16 RMFU Legislative Drive Ins for Colorado and New Mexico…

RMFU New logo 111315For those of you in New Mexico, mark your calendars for your Legislative Drive-In, which is set for Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 26-27 in Santa Fe. The event will run from noon to noon at the Drury Plaza Hotel. RSVP to Pam Roy at505.660.8403. For details, email bill.micap@rmfu.org.

For those of you in Colorado, The RMFU Colorado Drive-In is set for Monday, Feb. 22 at the Scottish Rite Temple, 1370 Grant Street. Look forward to hearing John Stulp update us on the latest on the Colorado Water Plan. For details, email bill.micap@rmfu.org

A Legislative Drive-in is a great way to learn what is happening in state policy development and it will give you a chance to talk to lawmakers.

A Legislative Drive-in is a great way to learn what is happening in state policy development and it will give you a chance to talk to lawmakers.

From our Lands to Your Hands Poster Feb 24

The countdown to the From Our Lands to Your Hands Event has started!

Please help us spread the word about this great event and that we will be opening the doors to the public on Wednesday February 24th from 5:00 to 8:00 pm at the Boulder County Fairgrounds Exhibit Building in Longmont, Colorado.

Admission is free, parking is free, and there will be food available.  A great way to break up the week and to meet farmers, ranchers, and learn about agriculture in Boulder County! Continue reading

01-14-16 From our Lands to Your Hands in Longmont on Feb 24th…

02-11-16 NCBA News: EPA Testifies before House Agriculture Committee…

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WASHINGTON (Feb. 11, 2016) –

Today, the House Agriculture Committee held a hearing to consider the impacts of the Environmental Protection Agency’s actions on the rural economy. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy was the hearing’s sole witness. National Cattlemen’s Beef Association President Tracy Brunner said this hearing showed the continued broad opposition to the EPA’s “waters of the United States” or WOTUS rule.

“While the WOTUS rule remains under a judicial stay, we all understand that is only temporary, said Brunner. “This rule poses a significant risk to cattle producers and all land use stakeholders. The overwhelming requests to withdraw the WOTUS rule by the bi-partisan members of the House Agriculture Committee mirror those of America’s farmers and ranchers.”

During the course of the hearing, Administrator McCarthy was repeatedly questioned about her agency’s violation of the anti-lobbying provision of the federal rulemaking process. Despite the fact that the Government Accountability Office found that EPA violated these provisions, Administrator McCarthy maintained that her agency acted within the law. Representative David Scott (D-Ga.) pointed out that EPA drastically manhandled and violated the rights of farmers, especially in dealing with the Clean Water Act.

“You broke the law,” said Rep. Scott. “It needs to be admitted, it needs to be recognized and furthermore you spent taxpayer’s money in the lobbying. And, the GAO reports it’s $64,610 that you spent in lobbying from February 2014 to 2015. Now, let’s come clean with this so we can correct this. There’s no way you’re going to correct this if you don’t realize that you’ve drastically overstepped here.”

The committee also discussed the exemptions, including the exemptions in place for agriculture, which EPA claims will not be affected by the WOTUS rule. In response to a question by Rep. Walorski (R-Ind.) Administrator McCarthy admitted that landowner questions of jurisdiction over waters must be considered by the government, in contradiction to earlier statements that the ditch exemptions were automatic. Continue reading

02-11-16 NPPC Calls For Improved FMD Vaccine Bank…

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WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 11, 2016 – Citing the seriousness of the disease and the devastation it could cause the U.S. livestock industry, the National Pork Producers Council today urged congressional lawmakers and the Obama administration to make dealing with an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) a priority.

“Improving preparedness for an FMD outbreak through development of an adequate vaccine bank must be a priority,” testified NPPC immediate past president Dr. Howard Hill, a veterinarian and pork producer from Cambridge, Iowa, before a subcommittee of the House Committee on Agriculture. Continue reading

02-11-16 BLM-CO: Planning 2.0: BLM Takes Major Step toward Modernizing Planning Process, Increasing Public Involvement…

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WASHINGTON – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) today announced a major step as part of its Planning 2.0 initiative to modernize the agency’s planning process and increase public involvement in the management of 245 million acres of public lands the agency directs.  The new approach will make future land-use planning more collaborative, transparent, and effective.  The changes will increase opportunities for early engagement by state and local government, Tribes and other stakeholders in BLM’s land-use decision-making while adopting a broader landscape-scale, science-based approach to managing public lands and incorporate modern technology into the agency’s planning process. Continue reading

02-11-16 Colorado Weekly Hay Report…

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Colorado Hay Report

Compared to the last week, hay movement light with prices steady.  Demand
light to moderate.  According to the U. S. Drought Monitor, Colorado has seen a
reduction in the D0 drought category by approximately 3 percent statewide.  The
NRCS SNOTEL reports the basin index percentages for the Gunnison River Basin at
112 percent, the Upper Colorado River Basin at 104 percent, the South Platte
River Basin at 109 percent, the Laramie and North Platte River Basins at 100
percent, the Yampa and White River Basins at 95 percent, the Arkansas River
Basins at 105 percent, the Upper Rio Grande Basin at 105 percent, and the San
Miguel, Dolores, Animas, and San Juan River Basins at 123 percent.  All prices
reported are FOB at the stack or barn unless otherwise noted.  Prices reflect
load lots of hay.

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

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02-11-16 Beef Checkoff News: Antibiotic Stewardship White Paper Available Now…

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The issue of antibiotic resistance is complex and has been the topic of discussion for several years. At this year’s antibiotic symposium (Antibiotic Stewardship: From Metrics to Management), funded in part by the beef checkoff, experts and other stakeholders gathered to continue the conversation.

Access the 2015 Antibiotics Symposium White Paper here. Continue reading

02-11-16 USDA Secretary Vilsack, General Clark to Keynote NFU Convention…

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WASHINGTON (February 11, 2016) – Farmers and ranchers attending the National Farmers Union (NFU) 114th Anniversary Convention will have the opportunity to hear from high-ranking experts in food and ag policy. NFU is pleased to announce U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and General Wesley Clark as keynote speakers at the annual convention, which kicks off March 5th in Minneapolis, Minn.

Vilsack and Clark will address some of the most challenging issues facing agriculture today, providing farmers and ranchers with the information and resources they need to be well-informed producers and influential advocates for the industry.

The four-day meeting will bring together NFU members, industry professionals and friends of agriculture for a series of educational breakout sessions, two industry tours, and the organization’s unique, grassroots policy adoption process. Continue reading

02-11-16 CO-OEDIT: Colorado Economic Development Commission approves three businesses to participate in Rural Jump-Start Program…

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DENVER – Thurs., Feb. 11, 2016 – The Colorado Economic Development Commission (EDC) today voted unanimously to approve three Mesa County businesses and up to 86 employees to participate in the Rural Jump-Start program, which provides tax relief to new businesses and new hires who locate in certain designated areas.

On Jan. 14, the EDC approved Mesa County as the first of three Rural Jump-Start program zones for 2016. Colorado Mesa University sponsored the zone. The following businesses were approved today: Continue reading

02-11-16 OEDIT grants $4.6 million to Colorado organizations…

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DENVER – Thurs., Feb. 11, 2016 – The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) today announced grantees for the Advanced Industry Accelerator Grant Program. A total of $4,634,779 will be awarded for the Proof-of-Concept and Early Stage Capital and Retention Grants to support Colorado’s advanced industries.

“We are thrilled to grant these innovative organizations with funds needed to help scale their technologies,” said OEDIT executive director Fiona Arnold. “The Advanced Industries Program continues to be a great success, and it has attracted other state agencies, such as the Colorado Energy Office, to put funding and resources into the program to reach even more Colorado organizations.

Proof-of-Concept Grantees: Continue reading

02-11-16 USDA Sees Strong Demand for CRP…

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Deadline to Submit Offers for Competitive Enrollment is Feb. 26

WASHINGTON, Feb. 11, 2016 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is reminding farmers and ranchers that the competitive sign-up deadline for its most popular voluntary conservation program, the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), is Feb. 26, 2016. This will be one of the most competitive general sign-up periods in history, in part due a statutory limit on the number of acres that can be enrolled in the program. The most competitive applications will be those that combine multiple conservation benefits, such as water quality and wildlife habitat. Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Thursday, February 11th…

CLICK HERE to listen to TODAY's BARN Morning Ag News with Brian Allmer...

CLICK HERE to listen to TODAY’s BARN Morning Ag News with Brian Allmer…

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CME Group Again Addresses Volatility in Cattle Markets

The CME Group announced more steps to address volatility in the cattle markets Wednesday. Trading hours for livestock will be reduced, and CME officials will review a live cattle delivery point in South Dakota. The CME Group also announced a joint working group with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association to discuss other possible enhancements to its cattle markets, including circuit breakers and other measures aimed at reducing volatility. Starting Monday, February 29th, trading hours will shorten to a four and half hour period for live cattle, feeder cattle and lean hog futures. The new trading hours are 8:30 a.m. to 1:05 p.m., Central time, Monday through Friday. CME Group says 87 percent of daily livestock trade already occurs during those hours. CME Group is also reviewing the Worthing, South Dakota delivery point for Live Cattle and if warranted, will announce changes yet in the first quarter of this year.

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House Speaker: Not Enough Votes to Pass TPP

House Speaker Paul Ryan said this week his chamber does not have the votes yet to pass the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The Wisconsin Republican also said lawmakers have a long list of issues regarding the TPP, which was signed last week in New Zealand. Currently, the trade agreement faces opposition from a majority of Democrats on Capitol Hill and presidential candidates in both parties. Some are pressing the White House to make changes to the deal to ensure passage, according to The Hill. However, congressional leaders still don’t expect a vote until after the November Elections. Congress can only pass or fail the agreement under the terms set by Trade Promotion Authority which was passed by Congress last year. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch both have said they want to get the deal done, but not without addressing their concerns. Ryan and McConnell met with the president at the White House last week to discuss trade and other issues facing Congress in the final year of his presidency.

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Russia to Ban U.S. Corn and Soybeans

Russia plans to ban imports of corn and soybeans from the U.S. effective February 15th. The country cites phytosanitary concerns for the decision and the risk of delivering GMO products into Russia. However, Russia does not buy U.S. corn in a traditional sense. Pro Farmer’s First Thing Today reports the corn in question is used for popcorn. Russia is a buyer of U.S. soybeans, however, a small one. In the 2014-15 marketing year, Russia imported 316,000 metric tons of soybeans from the United States. In the current marketing year, the country has imported 395,000 metric tons of U.S. soybeans, making it the 10th largest buyer overall.

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UN Food and Agriculture Organization Says Antibiotics Overuse a Food Security Threat

The United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization says the overuse of antibiotics requires globally coordinated efforts. The FAO said this week that the overuse is impacting rural livelihoods and food security. Speaking at a conference on antimicrobial resistance, FAO Deputy Director-General Helena Semedo (say-may-da) said antimicrobial agent’s foster increasing resistance among the very microbes that cause the infection. That, she says, threatens to reverse a century of progress in human and animal health, adding “we have to help save life-saving drugs.” She said broad improvements in hygiene, disease prevention, veterinary oversight and accurate diagnostics, as well as ensuring quality nutrition to improve the overall health of livestock and fish through safe feed and suitable breeds are critical in reducing the overuse of antibiotics.

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Bunge Challenging Egypt’s Rejection of Wheat Cargo

International grain trader Bunge has commenced legal proceedings against Egypt’s General Authority for Supply Commodites following the recent rejection of a wheat cargo. The Financial Times reports the rejection of Bunge’s cargo last month because there were traces of ergot, despite the country’s grain authority allowing for 0.05 percent, created confusion and frustration among the wheat trading community. Wheat traders boycotted tenders by Egypt out of fear of rejection of further shipments. The Egyptian government is the top buyer of wheat and an important customer to many of the leading agricultural traders. However, Bunge claims quality certificates – signed by a surveyor nominated and appointed by Egypt – completely conform to the tender terms that allow a maximum of 0.05 percent ergot at loading, meaning the cargos should have been allowed to enter the country.

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Rabobank: World Must Increase Usable Water Supply through Water Markets

A new report by Rabobank says the world must increase its usable water supply and effectively manage water demand. The report “Agricultural Water – Free Flowing Markets Sustain Growth” focuses significant attention on water markets. Rabobank calls water markets an effective tool for delivering water where it is most valued. According to the research, markets are an important part of ensuring that the proper allocation of water can occur. Rabobank also says water markets can help ensure that agricultural has access to enough water to be economically viable and can feed a growing world population. Rabobank’s Vernon Crowder says “we encourage food and agri suppliers and other leaders to be directly involved in the establishment of water markets.” The report goes on to examine the situation in some of the major agricultural regions of the globe. In North America, the report focuses on California, the Colorado River Basin and the Ogallala Aquifer.

Find the report here.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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02-10-16 CO Corn awards $3,500 in grants to local 4H programs…

Colorado Corn LogoA pair of 4-H programs in the state recently received a boost to their respective endeavors, thanks to grant dollars from the Colorado Corn Administrative Committee.

The two winners in this year’s Colorado Corn 4-H Grant Program were:

  • Colorado State University’s Denver Extension Embryology Program ($2,000). This effort allows about 500 youth to take responsibility for fertilized eggs and hatched chicks, which are later donated to local farmers upon project completion. The program helps students generate and sustain an interest in agricultural sciences, and acquaint youth with agriculture-related topics and careers.
  • The Western Peaks and Plains AgFest Program ($1,500). This event takes fifth- and sixth-grade students from seven counties, nearly 900 total students, to the Colorado State Fairgrounds, where they take part in eight agriculture-focused stations. The stations cover embryology, global positioning systems, water, butter making, entomology, fiber, renewable energy and forestry.

Adding to its support of other youth-focused efforts, Colorado Corn began teaming up on this grant program with Colorado 4-H Foundation Executive Director Gary Small in 2013.   Continue reading