06-26-15 US Senator Gardner to Lead NISP Rally at Northern Water in Berthoud on July 2nd…WATCH on Livestream!

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US Senator Cory GardnerNISP MapBERTHOUD, CO – June 26, 2015 – US Senator Cory Gardner will headline a Northern Integrated Supply Project support rally Thursday, July 2, in Berthoud. Senator Gardner, along with other elected officials, NISP participants and supporters will attend the rally to voice their continued support for the water storage project that includes Glade and Galeton reservoirs. NISP has been mired in the federal permitting process for more than a decade.

“Senator Gardner has been a leading advocate for NISP from the beginning and we are pleased he will headline our NISP support rally,” said Northern Water General Manager Eric Wilkinson.

The NISP rally will kick off with a barbecue on Northern Water’s backyard patio beginning at 12:15 p.m. This will be followed by a  public rally in Northern Water’s backyard beginning at 1:15 p.m. Tours of Northern Water’s award winning conservation gardens are also available.

For more information on this event please contact Brian Werner at 970-622-2229 or bwerner@northernwater.org.

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07-02-15 Colorado Corn expresses support for much needed NISP water storage project…

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Colorado Corn representatives today are attending a rally for the Northern Integrated Supply Project (NISP) in Berthoud — an event also attended by U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, among numerous other officials from the region.
Check out the webcast archive of the entire NISP Rally, courtesy of BARN Media & the Colorado Ag News Network…

Once built, NISP would provide northern Colorado with two new, and very much needed, reservoirs. The project reached a milestone this past month when the Army Corps of Engineers released NISP’s supplemental draft environmental impact statement. That document not only shows the project is needed, but also includes a proposed mitigation plan, illustrating how NISP participants will provide additional water to the Poudre River during low flows, build low-flow/fish-friendly bypass structures at key sites on the river through Fort Collins, and implement river restoration measures

Colorado Corn is not a participant in NISP, but has long been a supporter of the project, realizing that the additional water supplies for the participating municipalities could help in preventing those cities from pursuing agricultural water supplies to meet their needs.

Check out the following interview with BARN Media’s Brian Allmer and CO COrn’s Executive Director Mark Sponsler…

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The NISP project has been in its planning stages for 12 years — an effort that already has cost the participating municipalities $15 million. Today’s NISP rally is aimed at sending the message to officials that this project is much needed, the participants have done all necessary due diligence (and then some), and that time is running out.

For the latest information about NISP, visit www.northernwater.org/GladeReservoir.

07-02-15 Colorado Weekly Hay Report…

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Compared to last week, trade activity is slow with demand light.  Dairy
quality alfalfa hay is starting to trade in the country with interest coming
from the Texas panhandle.  Demand for cow hay is on an as need basis.  The U.S.
Drought Monitor has little to no change on drought severity across the state.
According to NASS?s Colorado Crop Progress report for the week ending June 28,
2015, 1st cutting Alfalfa progress is at 80 percent with 2nd cutting at 2
percent.  Pasture and range conditions in Colorado were 1 percent Very Poor, 13
percent Poor, 24 percent Fair, 47 percent Good and 15 percent Excellent.  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: http://www.coloradoagriculture.com.

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07-02-15 FSA-CO: Farmers to Receive Documentation of USDA Services…

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(Denver, Colorado), July 2, 2015 — U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director Leland Swenson reminds agricultural producers that FSA provides a receipt to customers who request or receive assistance or information on FSA programs.

“If you visit our office, you’ll receive documentation of services requested and provided,” said Swenson. “It’s part of our mission to provide enhanced customer service for producers. From December through June, FSA issued more than 327,000 electronic receipts.” Continue reading

07-02-15 CDA News: Vesicular Stomatitis (VS) – Positive Diagnosis in Two Colorado Counties…

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BROOMFIELD, Colo. – Horses on two Montrose and one Delta County premises tested positive for the disease and have been placed under quarantine. Colorado has become the fourth state in the country to have confirmed cases of vesicular stomatitis (VS) in 2015. Previous positive cases of vesicular stomatitis this year have been diagnosed in Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.
On July 2nd, the National Veterinary Services Laboratory reported positive tests on samples submitted from horses in Montrose and Delta Counties. The initial Colorado disease investigations were accomplished by field veterinarians from the State Veterinarian’s Office at the Colorado Department of Agriculture.
“The primary spread of VS is thought to occur through insect vectors; the horses involved in these cases have no history of travel,” said State Veterinarian, Dr. Keith Roehr. “Vesicular stomatitis can be painful for animals and costly to their owners. The virus typically causes oral blisters and sores that can be painful causing difficulty in eating and drinking.”
A 2014 outbreak of VS created 556 livestock investigations in Colorado resulting in 370 quarantines with the final quarantines released in January 2015.
Livestock owners who suspect an animal may have VS or any other vesicular disease should immediately contact their local veterinarian. Livestock with clinical signs of VS are isolated until they are determined to be of no further threat for disease spread. There are no USDA approved vaccines for VS. While rare, human cases of VS can occur, usually among those who handle infected animals. VS in humans can cause flu-like symptoms and only rarely includes lesions or blisters.
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07-02-15 CO Corn News: Wellington Kum & Go the next stop on July 7th for E85 fuel for just 85 cents…

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After going through another 2,400 gallons of E85 in Colorado Springs on Tuesday, Kum & Go’s E85 promotions are headed to Wellington for the first time this summer.

During June and July, Kum & Go, Colorado Corn and Front Range Energy are teaming up to host a series of promotions to draw attention to Flex-Fuel Vehicles and ethanol, and increase public awareness of E85. The next promotion is set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, July 7, at the Kum & Go store located at 8150 6th St. in Wellington.

Customers will be treated to E85 for just 85 cents per gallon, and representatives of Kum & Go, Colorado Corn and Front Range Energy will be on site spreading the good word about the cleaner-burning, American-made biofuel. Customers will also have a chance to win giveaways at these promotions.

Front Range Energy, an ethanol producer located in Windsor, Colo., is taking part in the effort to promote this locally produced, environmentally friendly fuel, by supplying the ethanol for the events.

E85 is a blend of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline, and is available for use in Flex-Fuel Vehicles (FFV). There are more than 200,000 Flex-Fuel Vehicles on the road in Colorado. Check your owner’s manual, or look for a Flex-Fuel insignia on your vehicle or gas cap, to see if you’re driving a Flex-Fuel Vehicle.

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07-02-15 WGCD News: June 2015 Conservation Message…

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June 2015 Conservation Message

Summer is in full swing, the days are longer, the temperatures are rising, and the bugs are out!  But not all bugs are bad, pollinators are necessary for the survival of many crops, native forbs, grasses, and trees.  There is a unique relationship between pollinating insects and many native plant species which drives ecosystem function.  The mutual relationship of many pollinators and native plants may be at risk due to declining pollinator populations and competition from non-native plant species. 

So what is pollination and why is it so important?  Pollination occurs when pollen is transferred from within flowers or between flowers by a pollinating animal such as bees, butterflies, moths, beetles, birds, bats, and others or via the wind.  The transfer of pollen leads to fertilization and in turn seed and fruit production.  Pollinators, the animals which pollinate flowers, are required for the success of many of the food, beverages, fiber, spices, and medicines we depend upon.  Pollinators and consequently our livelihood is threatened by the decline of pollinator habitat, chemical misuse, non-native plants and animals, disease, and parasites.  Continue reading

07-02-15 Colorado Corn: International Leadership Alumni Conference in Denver Aug 5-8…REGISTER TODAY!

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Get registered now for upcoming International Leadership Alumni Conference

Mark your calendars for August 5-8, and get registered to attend the 26th annual International Leadership Alumni Conference, taking place this year in Denver.

Agricultural Leadership Program alumni from all over will be headed to the Mile High City to see the Old West in a new way. Agriculture is one of the largest contributors to Colorado’s economy, and members of the Colorado Agricultural Leadership Program (CALP) are eager to showcase why it’s such a critical industry to the Centennial State and beyond its borders.

The conference will include tours of the National Center for Genetic Resources Preservation in Fort Collins (the only facility of its kind in the U.S.), the JBS packing plant in Greeley and Colorado’s new marijuana industry, among numerous other stops, while speakers will include the likes of world-renowned Temple Grandin and many other Colorado ag experts and officials.

While this is an Agricultural Leadership Program alumni event, you don’t have to be in the program or an alumni. Anyone who’s interested is more than welcome. To get registered or learn more, go to www.ilac-conference.com.

07-02-15 Colorado Corn district meetings coming up in Delta, Haxtun and Sterling in July…

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Colorado Corn encourages any and all corn producers to join us for our upcoming Colorado Corn district meetings.

In addition to board elections and several other topics of discussion, Colorado Agricultural Aviation Association officials and other folks from the aviation world will be joining us to discuss the “Think Before You Launch” campaign. This campaign is aimed at helping drone operators, such as farmers and ranchers, and manned aircraft operators, like aerial applicators, safely conduct their work in the same areas — and avoid potential mid-air collisions, which are a major concern. The effort also looks to inform ag producers on some of the liabilities that go along with operating drones on their farms and ranches. Learn more at http://www.thinkbeforeyoulaunch.org.

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07-02-15 NPPC News: Groups File Lawsuit To Vacate ‘WOTUS’ Rule…

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WASHINGTON, D.C., July 2, 2015 – On the 239th anniversary of the Second Continental Congress declaring the fledgling United States should be free from an oppressive, oversized government, the National Pork Producers Council and 13 other organizations filed a lawsuit asking a federal court to vacate a new Clean Water Act (CWA) regulation that will bring under federal jurisdiction “a staggering range” of land and water and adversely affect numerous agricultural and business activities.

The final “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) rule was issued May 27, 2015, by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers ostensibly to clarify the agencies’ authority under the CWA over various waters. Currently, that jurisdiction – based on several U.S. Supreme Court decisions – includes “navigable” waters and waters with a significant hydrologic connection to navigable waters. The WOTUS rule would broaden that to include, among other water bodies, upstream waters and intermittent and ephemeral streams such as the kind farmers use for drainage and irrigation. It also would encompass lands adjacent to such waters.

In their suit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas against EPA and the Corps of Engineers, the agricultural and business groups said the final rule “bears no connection” to the CWA and violates provisions of the U.S. Constitution. They also allege that in writing the rule the agencies misinterpreted the Supreme Court’s decisions on CWA jurisdiction and subverted the notice-and-comment process by failing to seek public comments on scientific reports used to write the regulation and on major revisions of the proposed rule, conducting an inadequate economic analysis and engaging in an advocacy campaign during the comment period. (Click here to read the complaint.)

Similar lawsuits have been filed by the attorneys general of 27 states. Continue reading

07-02-15 NCBA and PLC Join with Coalition to File Suit against EPA and Army Corps…

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WASHIGTON (July 2, 2015) – Today, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and Public Lands Council, along with other producer and land use groups, filed a complaint in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas against the EPA and Army Corps over their “waters of the United States” final rule.

“The WOTUS rule remains a top priority for our producers and for all landowners nationwide,” said Philip Ellis, NCBA president and Chugwater, Wyo., cattleman. “While cattlemen have long asked for greater clarity around the Clean Water Act, this rule does the opposite, rendering jurisdictional determinations so vague and subjective that our members cannot possibly make a determination as to what basic ranching activities will subject them to criminal and civil penalties under the Clean Water Act. We remain committed to working with the administration, Congress and through the courts to stop this rule.”

The complaint charges that this rule by the EPA and the Corps exercises broad control over land use, far beyond what Congress authorized in the Clean Water Act. Moreover, the ambiguity and breadth of this rule violates the U.S. Constitution.

“As cattle producers and landowners, we are extremely concerned by this regulatory overreach by EPA and the Corps,” said Brenda Richards, PLC president and Idaho rancher. “Litigation is a last resort to exercise our rights against regulation, but producers have determined that this is a necessary step. Several states filed similar litigation requesting injunctive and declaratory relief from this administration’s regulatory rampage.” Continue reading

07-02-15 ACE News: Ethanol providing a few extra bucks in people’s pockets…

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Sioux Falls, SD (July 2, 2015) –  More drivers in the United States are expected to hit the road for the long 4th of July holiday weekend than any time in the past eight years, and they should notice an extra benefit after they fill up at the pump – more money left over to spend on food, fireworks and beverages.

“People are traveling more because gas prices are about a dollar a gallon less than last year,” says ACE Senior Vice President Ron Lamberty, “American drivers are paying $11 billion a month less at the pump. That’s almost $40 bucks a month for every man, woman and child in the U.S.”

Lamberty says ethanol production gains made possible by the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) are a big help in lowering the price of gas.

“Ethanol costs less than gas, so adding ethanol lowers the price of gas,” Lamberty explained. “And when people can use more ethanol in fuels like E15 or E85, that’s more competition for gasoline. That forces oil companies to lower their prices to compete, and that’s why they badmouth ethanol and the RFS.” Continue reading

07-02-15 The 2015/2016 NFU National Youth Advisory Council Elected…

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WASHINGTON (July 2, 2015) – Six Farmers Union young adults have been elected by their peers to represent Farmers Union youth nationwide as the 2015/2016 National Youth Advisory Council (NYAC) to National Farmers Union (NFU). The elections took place at the 2015 NFU All-States Leadership Camp in Bailey, Colorado, last week.

One of NFU’s priorities is to ensure the future of family farm agriculture and rural communities is in good hands,” said NFU President Roger Johnson, a former All-States Leadership Camp participant. “NYAC builds leaders in the agriculture industry and ensures the voice of younger generations is heard and is visible in what the organization does. NFU is proud to have these six young people representing their peers and the organization.” Continue reading

06-30-15 NISP Comment Period Extended until September 3rd…

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According to AM 1310 KFKA out of Greeley, CO, a BARN Media affiliate, Just days after the Draft Environmental Impact Study on the Northern Integrated Supply Project was released, there’s now a 30-day extension to the comment period in place. The Army Corps of Engineers today agreed to extend the open comment period through September 3rd. Two public events to discuss the project are scheduled for late next month: July 22nd in Fort Collins and July 23rd in Greeley.

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District, is extending the comment period for the Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Northern Integrated Supply Project (NISP). In accordance with 40 C.F.R. 1506.6, the USACE published a Notice of Availability for the NISP Supplemental Draft EIS in the Federal Register on June 19, 2015. In addition, the USACE posted a matching Public Notice on the Omaha District Regulatory web site. The Federal Register Notice and the Public Notice identified the length of the public comment period as 45 days, concluding on August 4, 2015.

Since publishing the Notice of Availability and the Public Notice, USACE has received a number of requests to extend the comment period. After reviewing these requests, an extionsion of an additional 30 days is warranted. The extended comment period will close on September 3, 2015.

For more information, call: 303-979-4120

07-02-15 National 4-H Shooting Sports Joins NSSF’s Project ChildSafe to Emphasize Responsible Firearm Storage…

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NEWTOWN, Conn., and TRAPPE, Md. — The National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®) announced today that National 4-H Shooting Sports, a leading shooting education and youth development program administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, will join forces with Project ChildSafe® to emphasize the importance of responsible firearm storage across the country.

As a first step, both organizations are preparing to kick off NSSF’s third annual “S.A.F.E. Summer” effort. Consistent with Project ChildSafe’s overarching message of “Own it? Respect It. Secure it.,” S.A.F.E. Summer is a reminder that properly storing firearms when they’re not in use is the number one way to help prevent firearm accidents, theft and misuse.

“Remembering to store firearms responsibly when they aren’t in use is always important, and it’s particularly important during summer months when children are home from school and more likely to be unattended,” said NSSF President and CEO Steve Sanetti.

NSSF-National Shooting Sports FoundationLogoWith “SAFE” serving as an acronym for Secure your firearms when not in use; Be Aware of those around you who should not have unauthorized access to guns; Focus on your responsibility as a firearm owner and Educate yourself and others about safe firearm handling and storage, the effort is focused on providing education and tools that helps gun owners take action to keep families and communities safer.

“Our slogan is ‘Learn by Doing,’” said National 4-H Shooting Sports Coordinator Conrad Arnold. “We equip students to teach others and lead by example, and we want to work with NSSF to emphasize safe storage among our 300,000 participants, so they can share that message with their friends and families.” Continue reading

07-01-15 The Throlson American Bison Foundation Scholarship Now Accepting Applications…

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Westminster, CO (July 1, 2015) –The National Bison Association (NBA) has announced the 2015 Throlson American Bison Foundation Scholarship amid continued growth in consumer demand for healthy, natural bison meat.

The Throlson American Bison Foundation is named after its founder, Dr. Ken Throlson, DVM, a pioneer of the modern bison business and awards three outstanding college students with an interest in the burgeoning bison industry.

“The Throlson American Bison Foundation Scholarship program has been established to recognize, encourage and promote leadership among future bison industry professionals,” said Dave Carter, executive director of the NBA. Continue reading

07-01-15 Colorado Tumble Weed’s Crop Report with Lamar’s Don Turner…

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07/01/15 – I need to lay down a little bit of background information today.

I live and die by the Weather Channels, Thank God for the Weather Nation channel 215. At least they are currently supplying weather conditions not repetitive shows every day.

As a kid I woke up every morning hearing dad making coffee, mom making breakfast with Weather Man Bowman and Pete Smythe, broadcasting the weather from Tin Cup Colorado on KOA Radio. Yes I’m old enough. Dad taught me early in life how to watch the low pressures. An Albuquerque low was a positive weather system for SE Colorado, SE Colorado low is normally a I 70 storm. It’s still follows the same patters today. My day usually starts between 3:30 and 4:30 am. Thank God the new generation forecasters finally figured out what El Nino is!!

Now back to the future: Spring crop are in trouble! I watched Hurricane Bill usher in the African dust cloud across the United States from Galveston, Texas to New York, State.  It missed very little of the Corn Belt. Small scale example first which supports my opinion. We are blessed in this community in Texas to have a long time organic gardener. On less than ten acres he produces every vegetable he can, some in rows others under black plastic with row irrigation. I was there Monday he told me he was basically having to destroy his tomato plants. Why? I could see the vines were loaded with the fruit but the leaves dying. He told that with the 30 plus inches of rain it has leached all of the organic fertilizer out of his soil. As I travel I see one Corn/spring crop that looks normal and others are still standing, that are showing the effects of excess moisture. The root system hasn’t developed enough to keep the plant from lodging or stressing out when the heat does come. South regions of Texas in silks brown with high moisture corn silage starting. Further north spring crops are still in the normal maturing process.

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06-30-15 Cattlemen’s Land Trust Celebrates 20 Years of Conservation in Colorado at the Elk Ranch Near CO Springs…

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Johnson0012johnfieldercreditThe Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust (CCALT) will hold its 10th annual Sunset BBQ at the Elk Ranch near Colorado Springs, Colorado on Saturday, July 11th.  The Sunset BBQ is hosted by landowners in different regions of Colorado every year, but this is the first time that the BBQ has been held in Teller County. Portions of the Elk Ranch were conserved by the family and CCALT in the late 2000s.

 “We love our working landscapes and the people who protect them,” said Mark Johnson. “The Johnson/Hammond family is honored to be hosting this 20th anniversary celebration.”

The 2015 BBQ will begin with a variety of special activities and a tour of the ranch, followed by cocktails, dinner, live entertainment from Coal Town Reunion, and an auction.  Bids for auction items can also be placed online in advance of the event at www.biddingforgood.com/ccalt. Proceeds from the BBQ will be used by CCALT to protect additional working ranches throughout the state.

CCALT has conserved more than 450,000 acres on more than 280 working ranches all across Colorado and is currently working with more than 20 other ranching families on conservation projects throughout the state. CCALT provides ranching families with important tools to carry on the agricultural heritage that defines Colorado and the American West.

“The Elk Ranch provides the perfect setting for a celebration of 20 years of conservation success.  This ranch serves as an example of what can be accomplished through conservation partnerships with non-profits, local government agencies, landowners and their families. It also serves as a reminder that there is still more work to be done,” said Erik Glenn, CCALT executive director.

Tickets are available for the July 11th event, which will begin at 5 p.m. Tickets are $150 per person for general admission or $250 for a patron ticket which includes special activities throughout the day. All proceeds will go toward CCALT’s conservation efforts statewide.   For more information, or to RSVP, visit the event website at www.ccalt.org or email Alyssa Street at alyssa@ccalt.org.

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06-30-15 CDA News: Don’t get Burned when Purchasing Firewood…

CDA NEW main logo 051414BROOMFIELD, Colo. –As outdoor enthusiasts prepare for summer camping, the Colorado Department of Agriculture strongly recommends purchasing firewood from a reputable dealer.
“Bulk firewood sellers in Colorado are required to provide a receipt with their business name and address as well as the price, amount, and type of wood sold,” said Nick Brechun, CDA’s Measurement Standards Program Administrator.
CDA cautions consumers against the purchase of firewood advertised by the terms truckload, face cord, rick, fireplace cord or pile. These terms do not allow for the facilitation of a value comparison for the purchaser. For instance, the size of one truckload may be different than the size of the seller’s competitor. Thus the consumer would have no way of knowing which would be the better buy.
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06-30-15 KCD’s Evans and NRCS-CO’s Pollick: Kiowa Conservation District Watershed Project, DamWatch and more…

 

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(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) June 30, 2015 – As many Coloradoans continue to look up at the sky for hints about when the next rain event will occur, those within Elbert County are bowing their heads and giving thanks because they now know that whenever more torrential rains fall, their community is safe and less likely to be flooded.  The Kiowa Conservation District (KCD) Watershed Protection Project is credited with not only helping protect landowners in portions of Eastern Colorado from the recent 2015 rains, but also with saving lives and much of the agricultural lands during the devastating flood of 1965. Joining the COLORADO AG NEWS NETWORK to discuss the Kiowa Conservation District in more detail is Linda Pollick, Civil Engineering Tech with the Natural Resources Conservations Districts in Colorado, as well as Kiowa Conservation District Board Member Art Evans. We will also be discussing the USDA’s newest monitoring tool, called DamWatch, which is a new web-based application that provides real-time monitoring of rainfall, snowmelt, stream flow and seismic events that could pose potential threats to dam safety here in Colorado and around the nation.

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06-30-15 AFBF News: July 4th Cookout Costs Less This Year, 
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WASHINGTON, D.C., June 30, 2015 – A Fourth of July cookout of Americans’ favorite foods including hot dogs, cheeseburgers, pork spare ribs, potato salad, baked beans, lemonade and chocolate milk will cost slightly less this year and still comes in at less than $6 per person, says the American Farm Bureau Federation.

Farm Bureau’s informal survey reveals the average cost for a summer cookout for 10 is $55.84, or $5.58 per person. That’s about a 3-percent decrease compared to a year ago.

“Meat production is starting to increase substantially. Beef prices have started to stabilize but have not declined yet. On the other hand, retail pork prices have been declining all year,” Anderson said.“Based on our survey, food prices overall appear to be fairly stable. Prices for beef have continued to increase this year, but prices for other meats are generally declining. Dairy product prices are also quite a bit lower,” said John Anderson, deputy chief economist at AFBF.

“Fuel and other energy prices have also generally been lower so far this year compared to last year,” Anderson said. “This helps keep prices down on the more processed items in the basket. Energy is an important component of the final price for these products.

“As a nation, we continue to enjoy a consistent, high-quality supply of meats and poultry at prices that are remarkably affordable for most consumers,” he said.

AFBF’s summer cookout menu for 10 consists of hot dogs and buns, cheeseburgers and buns, pork spare ribs, deli potato salad, baked beans, corn chips, lemonade, chocolate milk, watermelon for dessert, and ketchup and mustard.

A total of 88 Farm Bureau members (volunteer shoppers) in 30 states checked retail prices for summer cookout foods at their local grocery stores for this informal survey.

The summer cookout survey is part of the Farm Bureau marketbasket series which also includes the popular annual Thanksgiving Dinner Cost Survey and two “everyday” marketbasket surveys on common food staples Americans use to prepare meals at home. A squad of Farm Bureau members across the nation checks retail prices at local grocery stores for the marketbasket surveys. AFBF published its first marketbasket survey in 1986.

AFBF is the nation’s largest general farm organization with member families in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. Learn more at http://facebook.com/AmericanFarmBureau or follow @FarmBureau on Twitter. Continue reading

06-29-15 Wyoming Files Lawsuit with Eleven Other States over WOTUS…

Wyoming Governor bannerCHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Matt Mead announced today the State of Wyoming has joined in a lawsuit filed against the US Environmental Protection Agency and the US Army Corps of Engineers over the agencies’ Waters of the United States rule. Governor Mead has opposed this rule since it was first proposed and he will help lead a coalition of twelve states in litigation against the final rule. The final rule was published in the Federal Register today.

“I am disappointed at the lack of consideration shown to the states throughout this process,” said Governor Mead. “When I saw the original draft of the rule it was so flawed, I asked the agencies to withdraw it. Nonetheless, the agencies, without addressing significant concerns raised by Wyoming and other states, charged ahead.” 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…

06/29 – Livestock Exchange, LLC Recap & Preview w/Auctioneer Tyler Knode

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06/22 – Livestock Exchange, LLC Recap & Preview w/Auctioneer Tyler Knode

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06-24-15 Inside the RMFU with Harrison Topp: Farmers Markets, Cooperatives and More…

To listen to the interview with RMFU’s Harrison Topp, click the mp3 audio link below… 

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Harrison Topp - RMFU 2(BARN Media & CoAgNews Network – Briggsdale, CO) June 24, 2015  – Joining me Inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network for this month’s Rocky Mountain Farmers Union Radioline Report is Rocky Mountain Farmers Union Membership Field Representative Harrison Topp, discussing several topics including…

  • Farm-to-Market & Farmers Markets across the state
  • The importance of cooperatives
  • & More…

To learn more about the Rocky Mountain Farmers Uinion – CLICK HERE

06-16-15 CO Water Congress Requests Nominations for Aspinall Award…

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The late Wayne N. Aspinall

The Colorado Water Congress presents the prestigious Wayne N. Aspinall “Water Leader of the Year” Award annually to an individual Coloradan who has long demonstrated courage, dedication, knowledge and strong leadership in the development, protection and preservation of Colorado water- those attributes possessed by Wayne N. Aspinall.

The late Wayne N. Aspinall, was a lawyer and former member of the U.S. House of Representatives, remains one of the most influential water leaders in Colorado history.

The Aspinall Award is given for a career of service and contribution to the water community. It is awarded to a person who has dedicated a significant part of his or her career to the advancement of the state and its programs that define the process of protecting, developing and preserving the state’s water resources.

Nominations must be received by August 31, 2015 for the 2016 Aspinall Award.

CLICK HERE for the Nomination Form.
CLICK HERE for the Nomination Guidelines.

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07-02-15 Beef Checkoff News: Why Long-Range Planning?

Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now.”

Renowned time-management author Alan Lakein

In today’s global marketplace, every successful cattle producer and importer knows the importance of planning when it comes to succeeding in their businesses. The same value holds true for the producers and importers who volunteer to make decisions about how to invest folks’ hard-earned dollar-per-head investments into the Beef Checkoff Program.

Those decisions are not made in a vacuum. In fact, every decision about investing checkoff dollars into beef promotion, research, education, information and foreign-market development aimed at building consumer demand for beef is directly tied to long-range planning.

In whole, checkoff planning is an integration, of sorts, between research of various types – beef-safety, human-nutrition, product-enhancement, and consumer-market research – because they all come together to provide a roadmap for the future of the beef community.

So how does research help with long-range planning?

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Thursday, July 2nd…

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“Cuba, U.S. Relations, Take another Step Forward”

The trade embargo remains, but U.S. relations with Cuba took a step further this week as President Obama announced the countries have agreed to open embassies in each other’s country. The L.A. Times reports the diplomatic development is the most authoritative move the Obama administration can make unilaterally without an act of Congress, which still holds the power to lift or retain the Cuban economic embargo that has been in place for decades. The move comes six months after the President ordered the opening of normalized relations with Cuba. Lawmakers could still put up hurdles to a fully operational U.S. embassy opening in Cuba. The Republican-led Senate could block the confirmation of a new ambassador, and lawmakers in both chambers have threatened to deny full funding for an embassy.

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“New Members of Trade Advisory Committees Announced”

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack along with U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman announced the appointment of 129 private sector members to the Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee earlier this week. They also announced six appointments to the Agricultural Technical Advisory Committees. Trade Representative Froman stated the new appointments will provide “critical advice” as the nation negotiates the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. The group of committee members will serve until June 15th, 2019.

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“U.S. Wheat Growers See TPA as First Step to Increased Export Opportunity” Continue reading