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
GREEN AND GROWING…
February 27th 2015 – Area crop producers are now in an economic bind as we near this year’s growing season. Prices for corn, wheat, alfalfa, and other area crops are very low at a time when input costs from fertilizer, pesticides, farm machinery maintenance and operation are high. Producers have faced these problems before and know that they should increase their farming efficiency by producing for optimum, not highest, yields and reducing inputs where possible without hurting crop yields or quality. Working farm land requires tried and true strategies that businesses have used for generations. A producer’s farm is much more than a business — it’s their way of life.
When it comes to putting your best interest first, a Certified Crop Adviser’s (CCA) or Certified Professional Agronomist’s (CPAg) professional commitment and knowledge is the correct beginning. An American Society of Agronomy (ASA) certified CCA or CPAg can provide you with Sound Advice coupled with the most advanced tools you need to succeed. Independent crop consultants (aka: scouts), fertilizer & pesticide dealer’s field agronomists, and University Extension Agronomists may all be Certified Advisers or Professionals.
The purpose of the certification programs is to protect the public and growers like you. These programs offer voluntary, professional certifications to Advisers – proving their commitment to their clients (you), their employers and to the public welfare. Farmers can depend on that determination and commitment for true results in the field.
Enlisting the help from a certified professional can help you tune up your crop farming techniques and increase your crop profits. Working together with you they’ll help you manage your crop production to optimize yields while reducing your Input costs. They will give you peace of mind with your farming decisions. Continue reading
Peterman named NJC’s Faculty of the Year…Automotive technology teacher brings real life experience to the program
By age nine, Layton Peterman had already moved on from bicycles and was learning to repair a lawnmower. His dad told him that if he was going to take things apart, he needed to figure out how to put them back together again so they would work.
With a lifelong interest for how things work and operate, Peterman came to Northeastern in 2002 to start teaching automotive technology. He brought with him 23 years of repair experience working for the Ford dealership in Julesburg, CO. He also brought some impressive industry credentials and certifications. Now in his 13th year of teaching for the college, his faculty peers honored him with this year’s Faculty of the Year Award.
When Peterman was in high school in Simla, CO, he spent as much time as he could in the automotive shop working alongside the instructor and district mechanic Herb VanderLug. “I was way more eager to be out there helping and learning from him than being inside the school in a classroom,” Peterman remembers. “It was then that I decided automotive repair would be a good occupation for me to get into after high school.”
After graduating from Simla High School Peterman attended Western Nebraska Technical College in Sidney NE and received an AAS degree with honors. He bounced around a bit working on heavy trucks and equipment before being employed by Thrasher Motors, later Stone Motors, now part of the Korf Continental group. Continue reading
Atencio named Star Performer at Northeastern…He’s paying forward what he received years ago
Jimmy Atencio knows the diesel technology program at Northeastern Junior College (NJC) all too well. That’s why it was an easy decision for him to make when he was asked to step into the shop in the Spring of 2011 and fill in for a teacher who had fallen ill and simply couldn’t continue. That was three years ago. Today, Atencio continues to direct the program as well as teach and mentor the students. For his success at this, his faculty colleagues chose him to receive the Star Performer Award this year.
This award goes to the individual on campus who has been teaching three or fewer years, who is showing the most potential to become a really great instructor. Atencio fits the description plus some.
Perhaps part of the reason Atencio has been so successful as an instructor is because he’s been there and done that. He’s a product of NJC’s automotive program, an over the years, he’s successfully started, operated and sold a business within the agricultural and construction sales and repair industry. Having run this business, he learned what makes an employee a positive asset. He knows well the set of skills that a diesel tech needs to know in order to be extra valuable and most employable. Continue reading
The Honorable Wellington Webb, former mayor of Denver, Colorado and a 1962 graduate of Northeastern Junior College has been named a 2015 Outstanding Alumni Award recipient by the American Association of Community Colleges. Webb will receive this national award April 21 at the AACC Annual Convention in San Antonio.
Webb is one of seven individuals who will be recognized. The other honorees are:
- Laurie Halse Anderson, Author, Alumna of Onondaga Community College, New York
- The Honorable Henry Cueller, U.S. House of Representatives, 28th Congressional District, Texas, Alumnus of Laredo Community College, Texas
- Luke Dollar. Project Director, National Geographic’s Big Cats Initiative and Associate Professor, Pfeiffer University Alumnus, of Bevill State Community College, Alabama
- Walt MacDonald, President and CEO, Educational Testing Service, Alumnus of Camden County College, New Jersey
- Elaine Nipcon Marieb, Professor Emerita, Holyoke Community College, Alumna of Holyoke Community College, Massachusetts
- Kimberley Motley, International Litigator/Lecturer, Milwaukee Area Technical College, Wisconsin.
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)-firstname.lastname@example.org or Ken Lund at (202) email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com. 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…
LOOK BELOW FOR MORE DETAILS… Continue reading
Sheep industry leaders will be in Washington, D.C., in three short weeks. Have you or your state made your reservations to participate in this important meeting?
This year’s dates for the Annual Legislative Trip are earlier than in past years. The March 23-26 dates assure that producers are able to talk with Congressional delegates about sheep industry priorities during a critical time in the federal appropriations process.
Because of the nation-wide impact of many concerns, it is more important than ever that as many states as possible are represented in Washington this year.
Some of the more significance issues for the industry include:
- domestic and bighorn sheep,
- wildlife services,
- U.S. Sheep Experiment Station,
- mandatory price reporting,
- H-2A sheepherder provisions and
The purpose of meeting in D.C. is to bring the message of the sheep industry to the nation’s capital and coordinate updates on wool, lamb, trade, sheep disease and protection programs with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Visits with federal policy makers regarding legislation and meetings with agriculture and land management agencies about programs that impact the business of sheep producers in this country are being planned.
Producers interested in participating in this event should contact their state association or Peter Orwick at firstname.lastname@example.org by March 2.
Group Asks Congress to Reject Closure of Idaho Sheep Station Continue reading
Greeley, CO Fri Feb 27, 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 5.05-5.20 8 higher
Up to 12 percent protein
US 2 Yellow Corn 3.85 5 higher
US 2 Barley 5.25 steady
———–PREVIOUS DAY’s DENVER CASH GRAIN BIDS————– Continue reading
January 27, 2015 – Water saturated the agenda for Colorado farmers, policy leaders, and experts at yesterday’s Governor’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture. The annual conference, now in its 24th year, centered around the theme of “Water: Colorado’s Treasure.”
“When it comes to agriculture, water is the key that opens every lock,” said Gov. John Hickenlooper. “All of our challenges, all of our greatest successes, result from how we address water.”
Gov. Hickenlooper emphasized the value of agriculture to Colorado’s economy in his remarks to the audience, including a discussion of the growing market for Colorado-grown and
John Stulp, Special Policy Advisor to the Governor for Water, also stressed the economic importance of water to Colorado and to Gov. Hickenlooper, in particular.
“Governor Hickenlooper has always cared about water — as a geologist, as a brew pub owner, as mayor of Denver, and now as Governor — he’s always seen how important water is to Colorado’s economy across all sectors, including agriculture,” Stulp said.
Colorado’s new Commissioner of Agriculture, Don Brown, also addressed the audience and spoke to the essential nature of water in farming.
“Water is integral to the growing of crops,” Commissioner Brown said. “It’s the most precious element we have in the production of food and fiber.”
Read more at governorsagfourum.com.
Sponsored by the American Farm Bureau Federation
“Some Ag Groups Express Disappointment With Toomey, Feinstein and Flake Legislation”
Senators Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, Diane Feinstein of California and Jeff Flake of Arizona introduced legislation Thursday to replace the corn ethanol portion of the Renewable Fuel Standard. Growth Energy CEO Tom Buis says this legislation is incredibly shortsighted and would eviscerate the RFS – keeping the U.S. addicted to foreign oil. Buis says the legislation is based on false, misleading information – wrongly blaming ethanol for an increase in the price of food. The Senators fail to understand the actual process of how ethanol is produced – he says – as the starch is the only component removed while the fiber, oil and protein are returned to the food chain in the form of high protein animal feed. Buis also says ethanol has clear environmental benefits – reducing greenhouse gas emission by an average of 34-percent compared to gasoline – according to the Argonne National Laboratory. If this legislation is adopted – he says it will embrace the status quo of the nation’s dependence on foreign oil, concede the country is no longer serious about reducing greenhouse gas emissions and seek to pursue a policy that would result in massive upheaval and job loss in today’s booming rural economy.
The National Farmers Union says this legislation would cripple the rural economy. NFU President Roger Johnson says the elimination of corn-based ethanol as an option to fulfill the RFS will reverse the enormous economic prosperity rural America has seen since the passage of the RFS. He says family farmers and ranchers support the RFS because it’s not only good for their communities – but it keeps the U.S. on a steady path to energy independence.
“Growth Energy Executive Leadership Conference Begins”
Growth Energy kicked off its sixth annual Executive Leadership Conference in Phoenix, Arizona yesterday (Thursday). Jeff Broin – Growth Energy Board of Directors Co-Chair – told attendees about the current state of the renewable fuels industry and how 2015 is all about moving ahead and moving faster to bring clean, homegrown fuels to the American consumer. Broin also thanked retailers who have started offering E-15 – saying the world is depending on the renewable fuels industry – and agriculture as a whole – to continue the war against Big Oil. CEO Tom Buis says it’s a battle over market share – and one that will not be accomplished overnight – but it is one the renewable fuels industry is winning.
“USDA NRCS Provides More Funding for Disaster Relief Through EWP”
USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service is investing an additional 84-million dollars to help disaster recovery efforts through more than 150 projects in Alaska, Arkansas, Iowa, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Vermont (13 states) through the Emergency Watershed Protection Program. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says this program helps communities carry out much needed recovery projects to address the damage to watersheds that is caused by floods, hurricanes and other natural disasters. For more information – visit NRCS dot USDA dot gov (www.nrcs.usda.gov).
“Vote Now for Your Favorite Farm Mom”
Monsanto is now accepting nominations for its 2015 America’s Farmers Mom of the Year contest through March 31st. Monsanto Corporate Brand Communications Brand Manager Tracy Mueller says the program is one of the most fulfilling things Monsanto has the honor of doing all year. Each year – Mueller says they read about the strong, caring and dedicated moms who not only help raise their crops, livestock and other ag goods – but who nurture their families and actively support their communities. Anyone can nominate their favorite farm mom by visiting Americas farmers dot com (www.americasfarmers.com) and submitting a brief essay online or by mail that explains how she contributes to her family, farm, community and agriculture. A panel of judges from American Agri-Women will select five regional winners – who will be announced at the end of April and receive 5,000-dollars. Those winners’ profiles will then be posted online for the public to vote for one national winner. The national winner will be announced before Mother’s Day and receive an additional 5,000-dollars.
“Farmland Documentary DVD On Sale Next Week”
Beginning Tuesday – the documentary Farmland will be available on DVD at Walmart and Walmart dot com. Freestyle Media’s Mark Borde says they are thrilled Walmart selected Farmland to be one of its new documentary titles – as Walmart is the premier retail outlet for top-line DVD releases. The documentary also is available to rent on DVD from Netflix and to purchase on Amazon. Documentary filmmaker James Moll is thrilled with the wide distribution for the documentary and says there’s a lot of interest out there in the lives of young farmers and ranchers.
“Public Comment Period Now Open on Interim ACEP Final Rule”
USDA is now accepting public comments on its interim final rule for the new Agricultural Conservation Easement Program – which is designed to help producers protect working agricultural lands and wetlands. Electronic comments must be submitted through regulations dot gov (www.regulations.gov). Visit NRCS dot USDA dot gov (www.nrcs.usda.gov) for more information.
Comments may also be mailed to:
Public Comments Processing
Attn: Docket No. NRCS-2014-0011, Regulatory and Agency Policy Team, Strategic Planning and Accountability, USDA, NRCS
5601 Sunnyside Avenue
Beltsville, MD 20705
Nominations Open February 26 Through March 31, 2015
ST. LOUIS (Feb. 26, 2015) – They are the heart of the family and the backbone of their farm operation. They are farm moms, and they nourish, nurse and care for everything and everyone in their families, on their farms and in their communities. To once again recognize and thank these inspiring women, Monsanto Company today announced it has opened up nominations for its 2015 America’s Farmers Mom of the Year contest. Nominations will be accepted now through March 31.
“The America’s Farmers Mom of the Year program is one of the most fulfilling things we have the honor of doing all year,” says Tracy Mueller, Monsanto Corporate Brand Communications Manager. “Each year we read about the strong, caring and dedicated moms who not only help raise their crops, livestock and other agricultural goods, but who nurture their families and actively support their communities. Every story is amazing.”
Anyone can nominate their favorite farm mom, whether it’s their mom, sister, aunt, daughter, friend or community member. Just visit AmericasFarmers.com during the nomination period and submit a brief essay online or by mail that explains how the nominated farm mom contributes to her family, farm, community and agriculture. Be sure to address all four areas as a panel of judges from American Agri-Women will use that as part of the criteria they use to help Monsanto select five regional winners. Continue reading
WASHINGTON (Feb. 26, 2015) – National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson said that the Corn Ethanol Mandate Elimination Act would cripple rural America’s economy and be an enormous step backwards for America’s goal of energy independence by a decade or more.
“The elimination of corn-based ethanol as an option to fulfill the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) will reverse the enormous economic prosperity we’ve seen in rural America since the passage of the RFS and will severely hamstring this nation’s goal of energy independence,” said Johnson.
Johnson pointed out that corn-based ethanol has been used to fulfill the lion’s share of the RFS because it is among the most efficient renewable transportation fuels to produce. It has not only helped reduce the nation’s dependence on foreign oil but also generates a very valuable by-product – Dried Distiller’s Grains – that has proven invaluable as animal feed. “Not only will this bill hurt family farmers and ranchers and the rural economies they support, but it will also increase carbon emissions and petroleum use, neither of which is good for the nation or the environment,” said Johnson. Continue reading
ST. LOUIS (February 26, 2015) – Today, Sens. Pat Toomey (R-PA) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) introduced the Corn Ethanol Mandate Elimination Act. National Corn Growers Association board member Keith Alverson of South Dakota issued the following statement:
“Every year, corn ethanol gets cleaner and more efficient, and oil gets dirtier. Congress should not turn its back on the success we have seen in renewable fuels. The Renewable Fuel Standard is working. We are growing renewable, clean energy right here in America. Corn ethanol is better for the environment and has historically lowered the cost of filling our tanks by nearly a dollar.
“With a second consecutive record crop, there is more than enough corn to meet all demands for food, fuel, feed, and fiber. Corn farmers have more than met our commitment on the RFS. There are many good reasons to continue this policy, and we look forward to working with Congress to support it.”
Founded in 1957, the National Corn Growers Association represents 42,000 dues-paying corn farmers nationwide and the interests of more than 300,000 growers who contribute through corn checkoff programs in their states. NCGA and its 48 affiliated state organizations work together to create and increase opportunities for corn growers. For more information, visit www.ncga.com.
The Colorado Corn Growers Association this past week sent letters to Colorado’s two U.S. senators, detailing the major drawbacks of a recently introduced bill that would cap federal crop insurance premium support.
The Shaheen-Toomey Bill – S. 345, which would cap crop insurance premium support at $50,000 per entity – violates the fundamental principles of the federal program, and would take farm policy back to the days of annual ad hoc disaster bills instead of the tried and true system of risk management that exists today, CCGA Public Policy Committee co-chair Rick Palkowitsh wrote in his letters to U.S. senators Michael Bennet and Cory Gardner.
Colorado Hay Report
Compared to last week, hay movement continues to be slow this week with
prices showing a lower undertone. Large hay supplies seem to be dropping the
demand across the state. Moisture accumulation is being reported in all areas
of the state in the form of snow with the southwest recording the most at 17-21
inches and more being forecast for the following week. According to the NRCS,
regional snowpack levels are being reported in Yampa and White River Basins at
80 percent, Upper Colorado River Basin at 91 percent, Laramie and North Platte
River Basins at 90 percent, South Platte River Basin at 107 percent, Arkansas
River Basin at 97 percent, Upper Rio Grande River Basin at 76 percent, Gunnison
River Basin at 75 percent, and San Miguel, Dolores, Animas, San Juan River
Basins at 67 percent. The U.S. Drought Monitor had no change in drought
severity from the prior week. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor Weekly
Comparison for the state of Colorado, the Drought Severity in the northwest and
southwest regions are categorized mostly as Moderate Drought, the San Luis
Valley region is categorized mostly as Moderate Drought, The southeast region is
categorized mostly as Severe Drought and the northeast region is categorized as
None. All prices reported FOB 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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Water tops agenda for Governor’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture
January 20, 2015 – The Governor’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture in Denver on Feb. 26 will focus on “Water: Colorado’s Treasure,” an examination of the challenges facing Colorado in meeting competing demands for water while maintaining a diverse economy. The all-day event will be held at the Renaissance Hotel in Denver.
“Water is vital to all aspects of Colorado’s economy,” Gov. John Hickenlooper said. “This forum will help connect businesses, municipalities and rural communities that are dependent on agriculture and meeting our water needs.”
The Governor’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture will include speakers from all facets of Colorado’s agriculture, including produce growers, water managers and climatologists.
“We’re approaching the entire event to address the challenges we face in meeting future water needs,” said John Salazar, former Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture. “We, as a state, will need to meet those needs while ensuring our agriculture industry remains vibrant.” Continue reading