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04-17-14 Colorado Weekly Hay Report…

Posted by Brian Allmer on April 17, 2014

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Greeley, CO    Thu April 17, 2014    USDA-CO Dept of Ag Market News

Colorado Hay Report

   Compared to last week: Hay movement is slow this week with steady prices,
with some moderate buyer demand.  Irrigation supplies look optimistic coming
into the spring.  According to the NRCS Regional snowpack levels are being
reported as Yampa and White 125 percent, Colorado 121 percent, North Platte 140
percent, South Platte 143 percent, Arkansas 108 percent, Upper Rio Grande 73
percent, Gunnison 100 percent, and (San Miguel, Dolores, Animas, San Juan) 71
percent.
   If you have hay for sale or need hay, use the services of the Colorado
Department of Agriculture website: www.coloradoagriculture.com.  All prices
reported FOB the stack or barn unless otherwise noted.  Prices reflect load lots
of hay  the most recent sales.

Northeast Colorado Areas

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04-17-14 CO Horse Council OpEd: Legislative Committee Members Work to Inform Use or Abuse of Colorado’s Citizen Initiative Process? Get Involved!

Posted by Brian Allmer on April 17, 2014

CHC-Colorado Horse Council HeaderWritten by: Magrit Lent Parker, for the CHC Legislative Committee

In this 2014 election year, the horse industry must pay close attention to Colorado’s citizen initiatives. Unfortunately, proposed citizen initiatives include measures intended to embed in our laws and constitution the ideas of a few, well-funded animal rights activists, to the detriment of the welfare of livestock, horses included.

The initiative process is a closely guarded right in Colorado, reserving to the citizens the right to bypass the legislature and vote directly to enact laws and constitutional amendments. It is an oft-used right, and has been used to constitutionalize such wide ranging issues as recreational marijuana use and the definition of marriage.

But the initiative process is not without significant vulnerabilities. Any person may submit any measure, no matter how well or poorly it is drafted or thought out. There is no vetting process, and so measures with serious unintended consequences can make it to the ballot, and, with a well-funded campaign, become part of our constitution or our laws. There is a mandatory review process with legislative experts to help prepare a well-drafted, functional, and thoughtful measure, but nothing requires the proponent to make suggested revisions, no matter how technical. Instead, so long as the measure addresses only a single subject, and the petition gets the requisite number of signatures, it is on the ballot. And, especially when something is added to the constitution, it is very difficult to change, leading to what has been described as constitutional clutter, with many provisions that should have been statutes so they can be altered and improved based on experience. Read the rest of this entry »

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04-17-14 Inside the CDA with Ag Commissioner John Salazar: HSUS Ballot Initiatives, PEDV, Specialty Crop Grants & MORE…

Posted by Brian Allmer on April 17, 2014

CLICK HERE to visit the CDA’s webpage

(The BARN – Briggsdale, CO) April 17th, 2014- Joining the Colorado Ag News Network Inside the BARN at this time is Colorado Ag Commissioner John Salazar discussing several topics including:

  • HSUS’ 6 Ballot Initiatives that Could Devastate CO’s Livestock Industry
  • PEDv Update
  • Specialty Crop Funding
  • US- Mexico Potato Import/Export Trade Agreement
  • CO’s Agriculture & CO’s Economy
  • & MORE

To listen to the interview with Colorado Agriculture Commissioner John Salazar, click the mp3 audio link below…


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To learn more about the Six Ballot Initiatives being brought forth by the Humane Society of the United States – CLICK HERE and read the final text for yourself, The Initiatives are # 97, 98, 99, 100, 101 & 102.

To learn more about the Colorado Department of Agriculture – CLICK HERE

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04-16-14 Inside NRCS-CO and the Ag Energy Efficiency Pilot Project w/State Resource Conservationist Gene Backhaus…

Posted by Brian Allmer on April 16, 2014

Gene Backhaus, NRCS-CO’s State Resource Conservationist, Denver

Gene Backhaus, NRCS-CO’s State Resource Conservationist, Denver

NRCS-CO website header(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) April 16th, 2014 – Joining the Colorado Ag News Network inside the BARN is Gene Backhaus “BAKE-HOUSE”, NRCS-CO’s State Resource Conservationist, out of Denver, Backhaus details thNRCS’s participation in the Ag Energy Efficiency Pilot Project that was announced back in March of ths year…

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


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The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) provides technical and financial assistance to help agricultural producers and others care for the land. The assistance they provide is based on an understanding that the land, and the landscape as a whole, must be the focus of conservation. Using this comprehensive approach, the people assisted by the NRCS are able to help the land function as a living sustainable system that provides a high standard of living and a quality of life for today and for future generations. You can learn more about NRCS-CO, their programs and more about the recently announced Ag Energy Efficiency Pilot Project OnLine @ www.co.nrcs.usda.gov

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04-15-14 Producer Meeting about Future of Animal Agriculture at Livestock Exchange in Brush April 15th – AUDIO

Posted by Brian Allmer on April 15, 2014

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CLICK HERE to view the flyer

The future of animal agriculture and veterinary medicine in Colorado is in grave danger.  

When: Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Where:  Livestock Exchange, LLC (in the ring) – 28601 Hwy 34  Brush, CO

Speakers included:

Dr. Keith Roehr, DVM – Colorado State Veterinarian – CLICK the link below to listen


  • Branding, castrating, dehorning made illegal?  It may be if Mike Callicrate and the Humane Society of the United States get their way.
  • How and when will Veterinary Feed Directives change the way you use medicated feeds?

Dr. Marc Campbell, DVM – Merial - CLICK the link below to listen


  • The New Dewormer – LONGRANGE and it’s Theraphase technology for managing internal parasites in cattle.

Lunch prepared by Drovers Restaurant and provided by Merial

For more information feel free to contact us at:

Livestock Exchange, LLC - (970)842-5115
or
Cattleman’s Resource, Inc. - (970)842-0274

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Livestock Exchange, LLC Weekly Update…

Posted by Brian Allmer on April 14, 2014

Livestock Exchange LLC logo2(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…


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Summer Sale Schedule continues…(NO SALES ON FRIDAYS THRU THE SUMMER)

Thursday, April 17th

9am – Weigh Cows/Bulls

1pm Pairs/Breds

2pm Stockers/Feeders SPECIAL

Saturday, April 19th

10am Monthly Hay Sale

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04-14-14 Learn more about NACHURS and the Four R’s; Contact DSM Chad Hodgson in Loveland, CO…

Posted by Brian Allmer on April 14, 2014

Chad Hodgson NachursNachurs DSM Chad Hodgson logo(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) April 14th, 2014 – Joining the Colorado Ag News Network inside the BARN is Chad Hodgson, Direct Sales Manager, detailing the NACHURS Product line that can help YOUR bottom line this season.


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NACHURS liquid starters have a neutral pH and are low in both salt index and impurities. These features of our liquid starters enable the product to be placed directly with the seed at planting time. Placement with the seed allows the available phosphorus to be taken up at the critical early stages of growth to maximize yield potential.  NACHURS liquid starters contain 80% – 100% of their phosphates in the available orthophosphate form. Orthophosphate is immediately available to the plant during the critical early stages of growth. Plants can only take up phosphorus in the orthophosphate form.

For more information please contact:

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04-12-14 Bison a Natural for Earth Day Dining on April 22nd…

Posted by Brian Allmer on April 12, 2014

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Westminster, CO (April 11, 2014) - With Earth Day dinners becoming more popular each April, the National Bison Association recommends delicious, naturally-raised buffalo as the perfect choice for entertaining during this year’s celebration on April  22nd.

“Earth Day was established to draw our attention to the importance of respecting all of the factors that make for a healthy planet,” Said Dave Carter, executive director of the National Bison Association. “What is more appropriate in our part of this plant than to enjoy the delicious meat from the animal that has been a vital part of our ecosystem through the ages?”
More than 30 million bison once roamed across the North American landscape, shaping the grassland environment through their grazing patterns. By the late 1800′s, bison teetered on the brink of extinction before a handful of ranchers and conservationists began to restore the species. In recent years, bison herds have rebounded to more than 400,000 animals in the United States and Canada in large part because of the growth in consumer demand for bison meat.

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04-11-14 MCREA to Host Training April 21 for Grants and Loans for Renewable Energy System and Energy Efficiency Projects…

Posted by Brian Allmer on April 11, 2014

Morgan County REA logo2x2USDA Rural Development logoDenver, CO, – USDA Rural Development is encouraging agricultural producers and rural small businesses that are interested in energy efficiency and renewable energy projects to attend a training session on the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP).

Morgan County REA is sponsoring a session at their office at 20169 Highway 34, Fort Morgan, CO on April 21, 2014 from 1 PM to 4:30 PM.

Staff from USDA Rural Development will provide a detailed training session on how to complete the grant/loan application. The training is free, however, attendees must RSVP by April 18, 2014 to bobbi.ware@co.usda.gov. Funding for the REAP program is announced through a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) and the application window will be opening soon.

The program is designed to help eligible applicants reduce energy costs and consumption and help meet the Nation’s critical energy needs. Offering both grants and loan guarantees, the REAP program helps eligible applicants install renewable energy systems such as solar panels or anaerobic digesters, make energy efficiency improvements such as installing irrigation pumps or replacing ventilation systems. “This program can help convert older heating sources to cleaner technologies, produce advanced biofuels, install flexible fuel pumps, install solar panels, build bio-refineries, and much more,” said Trudy Kareus, Colorado Rural Development State Director.

USDA Rural Development is at the forefront of renewable energy financing and the REAP program is a great catalyst to help create opportunities for economic development for rural businesses.

For more information on this program contact Don Nunn, USDA Colorado Renewable Energy Coordinator at (720) 544-2907, donald.nunn@co.usda.gov.

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04-09-14 Ranching and a West That Works, Free Seminar at CSU April 24-25…

Posted by Brian Allmer on April 9, 2014

Header - Please enable images in your e-mail programFORT COLLINS - A free two-day conference focused on issues of ranching, land use, and sustainability will be held at Colorado State University’s Lory Student Theater on April 24- 25.

The Ranching and a West That Works conference is designed for a diverse audience – from students to families to business owners – who are encouraged to attend and learn from speakers who will explore ranching’s connections to water, food, sustainable grazing, public-private partnerships, livelihoods, rural economies and much more.

Ranching can build bridges between rural and urban communities through the twin connections of open space and food. Across the American West, ranching accounts for a majority of land use, both on private and on public lands. In fact, close to half of the private lands that surround our public lands belong to ranchers that graze livestock on public lands. There is a tight coupling of this land use that protects open space but also produces an important food item. This event will explore these connections and start important dialogue about new ideas for the future of ranching.

To RSVP for the conference contact Kellie.Clark@colostate.edu. For more information, visit www.coopext.colostate.edu/WR/ranchingcsu.shtml.

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04-07-14 CAWG News: Farm Bill Explanation Tour Scheduled at Five Locations in CO…

Posted by Brian Allmer on April 7, 2014

CAWG logo 2014DENVER, CO – April 7th, 2014 - The Colorado Association of Wheat Growers (CAWG) is hosting a Farm Bill Explanation Tour April 22-24 at five locations in eastern Colorado to explain the “The Agriculture Act of 2014” (2014 Farm Bill) recently passed by Congress.

The meetings are being co-sponsored by the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, Colorado Farm Bureau and the Colorado Corn Administrative Committee.

The Farm Bill Explanation Tour will make stops in Lamar, Burlington, Limon, Sterling and Greeley. Following is the list of dates, times and locations:

• 7:30 a.m., Tuesday, April 22, Ports to Plains Travel Plaza, Lamar (complimentary continental breakfast)
• 3:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 22, Community Center, Burlington, (complimentary refreshments)
• 7:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 23, Hub City Senior Center, Limon (complimentary continental breakfast)
• 3:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 23, Northeastern Junior College, Hays Student Center, Ballroom, Sterling (complimentary refreshments)
• 7:30 a.m., Thursday, April 24, Island Grove Park Events Center, Room A, Greeley (complimentary continental breakfast)

The 5-year bill, which replaces the “Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008” (2008 Farm Bill) provides farmers with a one-time election to enroll in Ag Risk Coverage (ARC) or Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs. If no decision is made, payments are forfeited for the 2014 crop year and PLC is established for 2015-18.

“With the pending implementation of the 2014 Farm Bill, CAWG believes it is important to inform producers how the new Farm Bill will affect their farming operations and future decisions,” said CAWG President Mark Linnebur, a wheat farmer from Byers. “We are very excited to be able to present such a diverse program to producers.” Linnebur will explain the development and passage of the new Farm Bill by Congress and compare it to the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) Farm Bill Plan. Read the rest of this entry »

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04-03-14 LOCAL FARMERS OFFER EGG-CITING EASTER IDEAS AND TRADITIONS…

Posted by Brian Allmer on April 3, 2014

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DENVER – April 2014 – Though the winter weather was unpredictable this year, you can count on at least one thing for spring – the Easter Bunny. He’s getting all of his eggs in row so children around the world can wake up on Easter morning to the thrill of an Easter egg hunt. The Colorado Egg Producers (CEP) Association honors the history of the holiday and encourages fellow Coloradans to learn more about Easter traditions that span the globe.

“Easter presents a great opportunity to gather with family and friends while enjoying the nice spring weather, and eggs have been a central part Easter celebrations for hundreds of years,” said Vince Ruscitti, a Colorado egg farmer and member of CEP. “As local egg farmers, we take pride in knowing that our friends, family and neighbors across the state are using only the best and highest quality local eggs in their festivities from holiday feasts to decorating fun.”

In many countries, including right here in the U.S., the Easter Bunny is a prominent symbol of the holiday. While its exact origin is uncertain, the experts at History.com have helped narrow it down. Hares and rabbits are ancient symbols of fertility and new life, which make them ideal “mascots” for the spring season and Easter. Sources say the Easter Bunny first arrived in America in the 1700s from German immigrants who carried the tradition of an egg-laying hare called “Osterhase” or “Oschter Haws.” Their children made nests for the creature to lay its colored eggs. Eventually, the custom spread across the U.S. in the form of Easter baskets.

According to History.com, the egg is an ancient symbol of new life and is thought to be associated with pagan festivals celebrating spring. Decorating eggs for Easter dates back to at least the 13th century. To mark the end of Lent, people would paint and decorate eggs then eat them on Easter as a celebration.

Easter egg decorating is a fun tradition in many cultures and countries. Courtesy of Kinderinfo.com, an online children’s resource center, below is a list of international egg decorating styles. Read the rest of this entry »

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03-27-14 Register now for the Western Governors Association’s Annual Meeting in Colorado Springs June 9-11…

Posted by Brian Allmer on March 27, 2014

WGA-Western Governors Assn logoRegistration has opened for the Western Governors’ Association Annual Meeting June 9-11 at the Broadmoor resort in Colorado Springs.

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, WGA Chairman, will host his colleagues for three days of conversation on vital issues facing the West. In addition, a variety of events are planned in and around this spectacular destination at the base of Pikes Peak.
Governors will take part in sessions such as “Water in a Changing West,” “The Future of Energy” and a roundtable discussion of “Managing Inter-related Challenges of Wildfire, ESA and Invasive Species.” (See a working agenda.)
The Governors have invited several high-profile guests: Ernie Moniz, Secretary, U.S. Department of Energy; Mike Connor, Deputy Secretary, Department of the Interior; Jo-Ellen Darcy, Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works), and Fred Hochberg, Chairman, Export-Import Bank of the U.S.
The meeting starts on Monday (June 9), so register early and book your room to enjoy the discounted group rate over the weekend prior to the event.

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03-25-14 Colorado Poultry Association hosting Annual Spring Show in Pueblo May 3rd…

Posted by Brian Allmer on March 25, 2014

CPA-CO Poultry Association logoCPA Poultry Show 2(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) March 25th, 2014 - Joining the Colorado Ag News Network inside the BARN is Bruce Murdoch, Colorado Poultry Associaiton Vice-President and Show Secretary discussing the upcoming Spring Poultry/Pigeon/Rabbit Show @ the Colorado State Fairgrounds’ Small Animal Building in Pueblo, CO on May 3rd.


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2014 CO Poultry Show Book – CLICK HERE

2014 CO Poultry Show Entry Form – CLICK HERE

To learn more about the Colorado Poultry Association - CLICK HERE

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03-24-14 Colorado Centennial Farms Seeks Nominations for 2014 Awards…Deadline to Apply is April 30th!

Posted by Brian Allmer on March 24, 2014

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CLICK HERE to visit the History Colorado Centennial Farms Webpage…

DENVER — Families who have owned and operated their Colorado farm or ranch for 100 years or more are encouraged to submit a nomination to receive a Colorado Centennial Farms award. Selected nominees will be honored at the 28th Annual Centennial Farms Celebration at the Colorado State Fair in Pueblo, Colo., in August 2014. Farmers and ranchers nominating their property for this award must submit an application providing information about the history of their farm and its buildings by close of business on Wednesday, April 30, 2014.

 Nominees must meet the following requirements to be selected as a Colorado Centennial Farm:
  • Farming or ranching properties must have remained in the same family continuously for at least 100 years
  • Each property must still operate as a working farm or ranch­­­
  • Farms or ranches must have a minimum of 160 acres
  • Properties with fewer than 160 acres can qualify if they gross at least $1,000 in annual sales
History Colorado and the Colorado Department of Agriculture created the Colorado Centennial Farms Program in 1986 to recognize the important role that agriculture has played in the state’s history and economic development.
How to nominateDownload a Colorado Centennial Farms application, or call Lyle Miller at 303-866-2779.
Due Date: Wednesday, April 30, 2014.
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03-10-14 FFA partners with 8 MLB Teams for ‘FFA Day at the Ballpark’ to raise funds, community awareness, includes CO Rockies!

Posted by Brian Allmer on March 18, 2014

CLICK HERE to order YOUR tickets!

CLICK HERE to order YOUR tickets!

(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) March 18th, 2014 - Joining the Colorado Ag News Network inside the BARN is Duane Brodt Marketing and Communications National FFA Foundation to discuss the 2014 “FFA Day at the Ballpark”…


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INDIANAPOLIS (Monday, March 10, 2014/National FFA Organization) – FFA members, their friends and family members and FFA supporters can catch a Major League Baseball game this summer and take advantage of specially discounted ticket rates, help raise funds for FFA and heighten awareness of the organization.

FFA Day at the Ballpark games will be in June and July from Washington, D.C., to Washington state:

  • 7:10 p.m. Friday, June 14: Seattle Mariners vs. Texas Rangers at Safeco Field in Seattle
  • 7:10 p.m. Friday, June 20: Kansas City Royals vs. Seattle Mariners at Kauffman Field in Kansas City
  • 1:10 p.m. Sunday, June 22: Cincinnati Reds vs. Toronto Blue Jays at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati
  • 1:15 p.m. Sunday, June 22: St. Louis Cardinals vs. Philadelphia Phillies at Busch Stadium in St. Louis
  • 7:10 p.m. Friday, June 27: Milwaukee Brewers vs. Colorado Rockies at Miller Park in Milwaukee
  • 7:05 p.m. Friday, July 11: Philadelphia Phillies vs. Washington Nationals at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia
  • 1:35 p.m. Sunday, July 20: Washington Nationals vs. Milwaukee Brewers at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.
  • 2:10 p.m. Sunday, July 27: Colorado Rockies vs. Pittsburgh Pirates at Coors Field in Denver

Each game is a fundraising event for FFA with a portion of each ticket sold benefitting FFA at the state level.

Based on ticket sales, FFA has the potential to share how the organization makes a positive difference in the lives of agricultural education students throughout the country with nearly 500,000 baseball fans in the combined eight markets.

To order specially discounted tickets online for any of the FFA Day at the Ballpark games, visit FFA.org/MLB.

The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 579,678 student members in grades seven through 12 who belong to one of 7,570 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

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04-17-14 USMEF Among Organizations Receiving 2014 USDA Funds to Support Exports…

Posted by Brian Allmer on April 17, 2014

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More than 60 U.S. agricultural organizations focusing on expanding exports – including the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) – were awarded funds yesterday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS). The funding, made available through the 2014 Farm Bill, was announced by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.

“Now that Congress has passed the Farm Bill, USDA is moving quickly to implement our trade promotion programs to help open and expand opportunities for farmers, ranchers and small businesses and build on the past five years of record agricultural exports,” said Vilsack. “These programs are an important investment in rural America. Every dollar we invest in trade promotion provides $35 in economic benefits.”

A total of 62 organizations and cooperatives have been designated to receive a collective $171.9 million in Market Access Program (MAP) funds to focus on consumer promotion, including brand promotion. The funds are used extensively by organizations promoting fruits, vegetables, nuts, processed products, and bulk and intermediate commodities. USMEF is the second-largest recipient of 2014 MAP funds at $14.07 million.

FAS also allocated $24.6 million through the 2014 Foreign Market Development (FMD) Program to 22 trade organizations that focus on trade servicing and trade capacity building by helping to create, expand and maintain long-term export markets for U.S. agricultural products. USMEF received an additional $1.1 million in funding through the FMD Program.

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04-17-14 CMU Water Center News: Water Returns to the Colorado River Delta – what else is possible?

Posted by Brian Allmer on April 17, 2014

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Written & submitted to BARN Media by: Hannah Holm, Coordinator, Water Center at Colorado Mesa University

Right now for the first time in many years, the Colorado River is flowing through its historic delta to the sea as a result of an intentional release by water managers.  Scenes of jubilation have spread across the internet as children play in a river they’ve never seen before, and scientists report that bird counts in the corridor are already up.

Meanwhile, combined water storage upstream from the delta in Lakes Mead and Powell have dropped to the lowest they’ve been since Powell filled in the 1960’s as water withdrawals from the river and its tributaries have exceeded new inflows for over 10 years.

How can this be, that in an era of increasing competition for water, water was found to re-water the Colorado River Delta, and there aren’t riots in the streets?  The answer provides a window into the complexities of water management on the river, and the determination of multiple parties to work together to solve its challenges.

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04-17-14 NFU News: STB Decision a Step in the Right Direction…

Posted by Brian Allmer on April 17, 2014

NFU - National Farmers Union logo5WASHINGTON (April 17, 2014) – National Farmers Union (NFU) today praised an April 15 decision by the U.S. Surface Transportation Board (STB) that ordered BNSF Railway (BNSF) and Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. (CP) to direct all necessary railcars and locomotive power to move fertilizer into position to avoid planting delays this spring.

The STB held a public hearing on April 10, 2014, at its office in Washington, D.C., to provide interested persons the opportunity to report on recent service problems in the U.S. rail network, to hear from rail industry executives on plans to address their service problems, and to discuss additional options to improve service.

“Farmers have faced prolonged delays in transporting agricultural commodities by BNSF and CP,” said NFU President Roger Johnson. “This action will ensure timely delivery of much-needed fertilizer for farmers in the upper Midwest.”

The STB decision requires the railroads to report by April 18 their plans to deliver fertilizer shipments for spring planting and to provide weekly status reports over the next six weeks regarding delivery of fertilizer.

“This is a step in the right direction to make sure that farmers have the tools they need by planting season,” Johnson said. “I am pleased that the STB is now requiring the railroads to report on their fertilizer delivery performance. I urge the board to follow Tuesday’s action by addressing the equally serious issue of grain shipment delays.”  

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04-17-14 CDA NEWS: Industrial Hemp Registration Ends May 1st…

Posted by Brian Allmer on April 17, 2014

CDA LogoLAKEWOOD, Colo. – Those interested in growing industrial hemp during Colorado’s 2014 season must register with the Colorado Department of Agriculture byMay 1, 2014.

“The rest of the country is watching how we work through this history-making season. It is vital that farmers register if they want to grow industrial hemp; therefore, if industrial hemp is grown without registering with the Colorado Department of Agriculture, law enforcement may be contacted, “ said Colorado Deputy Commissioner of Agriculture Ron Carleton.

REGISTRATION

To register, visit www.colorado.gov/ag/dpi and click on “Industrial Hemp.” Registrants will need to print the registration form, fill it out, and mail it to the Department with the appropriate amount of payment. Those wishing to pay by credit card or cash must hand deliver payment to CDA at 700 Kipling St, Suite 4000, Lakewood, CO, 80215.

The annual registration fee for commercial production of industrial hemp will be $200 plus $1.00/acre. The annual registration fee for production of industrial hemp for research and development will be $100 plus $5/acre.

Upon receipt of the application, the form will be reviewed for completeness. If approved, a certificate will be sent to the registrant. All registrants must receive the approved CDA certificate before they begin planting industrial hemp. Each certificate will be valid for one year from date of issuance.

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04-17-14 USCA Comments on Start of Sign-Up Period for Disaster Aid…

Posted by Brian Allmer on April 17, 2014

USCA logo newUSCA (April 17, 2014) - The United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) issued the following statement in regards to the announcement made by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack declaring the sign-up period open for livestock disaster assistance.

USCA President Jon Wooster, San Lucas, California, commented on the announcement, “This week marks the start of sign-ups for those producers seeking aid to combat the lasting effects of recent weather-related disasters.  We applaud the USDA in the timely rollout of this program and urge all of those seeking aid to file the appropriate documents as quickly as possible.”

“Programs of note and available to livestock producers within the sign-up period include the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP), the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) and the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP).  As relayed to USCA and other stakeholders, producers should visit their local FSA office for more information regarding enrollment.  The success of the 2014 Farm Bill is showcased in this announcement and we look forward to working with the department and our members to ensure all who are in need gain access to these necessary programs.”

USCA Director Danni Beer, Keldron, SD, stated, “The 2014 Farm Bill provides for retroactive and ongoing payments made under the livestock disaster provision.  In addition, the ten-year baseline provision prevents the uncertainty once associated with the ad-hoc nature of the program.  As a rancher located in the region impacted by the historic blizzard known as Winter Storm Atlas, I know these programs offer much-needed help to ranching operations devastated by weather-related disasters.  We appreciate Secretary Vilsack’s work to make these programs available so quickly. Western South Dakota ranchers began signing up for relief this week.”

USCA urges producers seeking assistance to visit: www.fsa.usda.gov for more information and details regarding program specifics and sign-up requirements.

Established in March 2007, USCA is committed to concentrating its efforts in Washington, D.C. to enhance and expand the cattle industry’s voice on Capitol Hill. USCA has a full-time presence in Washington, giving cattle producers across the country a strong influence on policy development.  For more information go to www.uscattlemen.org

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04-17-14 USDA Announces Specialty Crop Block Grant Program-Historic Farm Bill Support Available through State Departments of Agriculture: CO $835M…

Posted by Brian Allmer on April 17, 2014

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WASHINGTON, April 17, 2014 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced the availability of approximately $66 million in Specialty Crop Block Grants to state departments of agriculture for projects that help support specialty crop growers, including locally grown fruits and vegetables, through research, programs to increase demand, and more.

The historic support provided by the Agricultural Act of 2014 (Farm Bill), will strengthen rural American communities by supporting local and regional markets and improving access to fresh, healthy, and nutritious high quality products for millions of Americans. The Specialty Crop Block Grant Program, administered by the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), is designed to enhance the markets for specialty crops like fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture and nursery crops, including floriculture.

“Specialty crop block grants help sustain the livelihoods of American farmers while strengthening the rural economy” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “These grants contribute to food safety improvements, increased access to healthy food, and new research to help growers increase profitability and sustainability.”

As directed by the Farm Bill, the block grants are now allocated to U.S. States and territories based on a formula that takes into consideration both specialty crop acreage and production value. Nearly all states are seeing an increase in funds.

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Thu, April 17th…

Posted by Brian Allmer on April 17, 2014

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“USDA Accepting Applications for 2015 Export Development Program Funding”

Through the Market Access Program – the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service has helped more than 60 U.S. ag organizations expand commercial export markets for American products. The program provides 171.8-million dollars of funding to organizations to share the costs of overseas marketing and promotional activities that help build these export markets for ag products and commodities. FAS also provides 24.6-million dollars in funding to trade organizations representing U.S. ag producers through the Foreign Market Development program – which focuses on trade servicing and capacity building to create, expand and maintain long-term export markets for ag products. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says USDA is moving quickly to implement trade promotion programs to help open and expand opportunities for farmers, ranchers and small businesses and build on the past five-years of record ag exports. Vilsack says every dollar invested in trade promotion provides 35-dollars in economic benefits. Starting today (Thursday) – USDA is accepting applications for 2015 export development program funding.  Find more information at FAS dot USDA dot gov slash unified dash export dash strategy (www.fas.usda.gov/unified-export-strategy).

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04-16-14 Weld County Commissioners and Anadarko Partner to Bring Water to Wattenberg…

Posted by Brian Allmer on April 16, 2014

Weld County 150th LOGOAnadarko Petroleum Corporation LogoWELD COUNTY, CO – The residents of the unincorporated town of Wattenberg located in south western Weld County recently found themselves without safe water for drinking, making ice, washing dishes, brushing teeth and food preparation due to elevated nitrate levels in their water system. Nitrate in drinking water is a serious health concern, especially for infants less than six months old and the elderly.

Upon hearing about the issue in Wattenberg, Weld County Commissioner Barbara Kirkmeyer directed the Department of Public Health and Environment to have potable drinking water delivered to the residents, renting a potable water trailer capable of holding 6,000 gallons of water.

“As soon as we heard about the situation in Wattenberg, we took steps to get safe drinking water out to the residents,” said Commissioner Kirkmeyer. “This is no different than anything else Weld County would do for any of its residents in a time of crisis. This is no different than assisting in a flood or tornado. This was the right thing to do.”

The county was prepared to pay the rental fees of $1,200 a week, as well as other costs associated with delivery, setup and other fees, when Anadarko Petroleum Corp. stepped in as good neighbors and offered to cover the cost.

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04-16-14 Transportation Biosecurity Recommendations for PEDV Control at Packing Plants…

Posted by Brian Allmer on April 16, 2014

PEDV Update - Vol.2 No. 6 - March 18, 2014New Fact Sheet 

Because of the extreme ease of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) to spread, it’s very important that everyone do their part to prevent the spread of this costly disease. This means taking steps after the market pigs leave the farm.

Pig transporters need to take their part of PEDV control seriously. Biosecurity procedures for the truck and trailer include cleaning and disinfecting between every load taken to market. In addition, steps at the plant should be followed that help maintain a clear line of separationbetween the trailer and the market area (unloading chute).

To help keep trailers disinfected, consider using these disinfectants that have been demonstrated to effectively inactivate PEDV. They include: 1. Oxidizing Agents [e.g., potassium peroxymonosulfate (Virkon S) or sodium hypochlorite (bleach)]; 2. Sodium Carbonates (e.g., soda ash) 3. Lipid Solvents (e.g., ethyl alcohol); 4. Strong Iodophors in Phosphoric Acid (e.g., iodine); 5. Phenolic Compounds (e.g., 1 Stroke Environ or Tek-Trol); and 6. Aldehydes (e.g., Synergize).

Click the title to view the entire fact sheet, Transportation Biosecurity Recommendations for PEDV Control at Packing Plants. Visit www.pork.org/pedv for all related fact sheets.

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04-16-14 Cargill Gives $150,000 to National Pork Board for PEDV Feed Research…

Posted by Brian Allmer on April 16, 2014

PEDV Update - Vol.2 No. 6 - March 18, 2014As the first anniversary of confirmation of the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) in the United States nears, the National Pork Board continues to build an arsenal of information based on its nearly $2 million in Pork Checkoff-funded research funded to date. This work will be aided by a decision by Cargill’s Animal Nutrition and Pork Businesses to donate $150,000 for additional PEDV research directed by the National Pork Board.

“Cargill is committed to supporting research priorities related to PEDV,” said Douglas Cook, director of innovation at Cargill’s Provimi North America business, which includes the Akey brand, in Brookville, Ohio. “Cargill’s Animal Nutrition and Pork businesses are pleased to provide the National Pork Board with funding to be used for PEDV feed-related research priorities to advance knowledge on this critical topic for everyone in the pork industry.”

Paul Sundberg, National Pork Board’s vice president of science and technology, said this investment is a welcome addition to the series of funding coming from groups outside of Pork Checkoff that will help further leverage Checkoff-funded research into the costly disease.

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04-16-14 US Senator Bennet: Gang of 8 Members on the Anniversary of Senate Immigration Reform Bill Intro…

Posted by Brian Allmer on April 16, 2014

Washington, DC – On the one-year anniversary of the introduction of S.744, The Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013, Senators Charles Schumer (D-NY), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), and Michael Bennet (D-CO), all members of the Senate’s “Gang of 8,” issued the following statement:

“The success of the Gang of 8 proved that compromise, cooperation, and bipartisanship are not only possible, but also necessary to get the job done,” said the Senators. “We’re forever proud and grateful to have been part of the cohort that hammered out a strong bipartisan immigration reform effort in the Senate. Despite being so close to permanently fixing our broken system once and for all, the path forward continues to be inexcusably stalled in the House of Representatives. It is our sincere hope that House Republicans move away from extremes so that commonsense immigration reform can be finally pushed over the finish line.”

Before the Senate recessed last week, in a speech on the Senate floor, Bennet called attention to the costs that inaction on immigration has on our economy and families. He noted that it’s been more than nine months since the Senate passed the bipartisan immigration reform bill.

In his remarks, Bennet said, “Every single day the House drags its feet on immigration, our borders remain less secure, our visa system keeps us less competitive, our economy suffers, and millions of families remain in the shadows. Hard-working immigrants who came here to live the American dream and who are part of the fabric of our communities all over the State of Colorado and all over the United States of America are suffering because Congress has not passed a bill.”

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04-16-14 From Family Farm to Pint Glass: Rural Development Funds Supporting Small Business Growing Barley for Brewers…

Posted by Brian Allmer on April 16, 2014

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Alamosa, CO – Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet announced that The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded a small business in the San Luis Valley a grant of $39,000 to help it develop a business plan to expand its production of locally-grown, high-quality malts for Colorado craft brewers.

What began as Cody’s farm, a family farm in Alamosa that’s been growing high-quality barley for generations, in 2008 spun-off into Colorado Malting Company, a small business that locally sources malts for craft brewers.

This grant – part of the USDA’s Rural Business Development Grant Program – will enable the rapidly growing business to expand operations and improve efficiency.

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04-16-14 CSU veterinary student awarded at American Indian research conference…

Posted by Brian Allmer on April 16, 2014

Header - Please enable images in your e-mail programFORT COLLINS - A Colorado State University veterinary student from the Choctaw Nation recently was honored for developing training exercises that teach aspiring and practicing veterinarians how to respond during an infectious-disease outbreak.

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Madeline Anna

Madeline Anna, who grew up in Colorado Springs and is in her first year in the CSU Professional Veterinary Medicine Program, won second place at the American Indian Science and Engineering Society National Research Conference in Denver. Her training presentation focuses on zoonotic disease, or infection that can be passed between animals and people.

Zoonoses include West Nile virus, Lyme disease, anthrax, Ebola, rabies and bovine tuberculosis, among many other diseases that threaten animal and human health around the world.

“I teared up a little bit when I found out,” Anna said of her success in the competition. The research conference typically attracts more than 1,500 people.

Anna first provided her tabletop training program for veterinary students at The Ohio State University; then it was offered at the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association’s 2013 Midwest Veterinary Conference.

Anna, 25, earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental health at CSU, followed by a master’s degree in veterinary public health at The Ohio State University. She envisions working as a federal veterinarian to help address public-health issues for American Indians.

At CSU, she is active with the campus Native American Culture Center and, through the center, tutors other students in biology.

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04-16-14 CO Gov Hickenlooper announces Boards and Commissions appointments; including to the Stock Inspection Commission…

Posted by Brian Allmer on April 16, 2014

Colorado Governor's SealDENVER — Wednesday, April 16, 2014 Gov. John Hickenlooper today announced several Boards and Commissions appointments. The appointments were to the Charter School Institute Board; Governor’s Commission on Community Service; the State Board of Stock Inspection Commissioners; the State Board of Dental Examiners; the Board of Examiners of Nursing Home Administrators; the Colorado Podiatry Board; and the State Board of Optometry.

The State Board of Stock Inspection Commission makes rules regarding brand inspection and livestock laws and regulates fees for stock inspections.  The commission also sets service charges and procedures, administers the Estray Fund, licenses public livestock markets, and secures bond and surety on butchers and slaughters.

  • Marla A. Rock of Wray, to represent the confinement cattle industry. Reappointed for a term expiring May 1, 2018.

The mission of the Charter School Institute Board is to foster high-quality public school choices offered through institute charter schools, including particularly schools for at-risk students. Read the rest of this entry »

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04-16-14 USDA Helps Open and Expand Export Markets for U.S. Agriculture through 2014 Farm Bill Programs…

Posted by Brian Allmer on April 16, 2014

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2014 Funding Supports More than 60 Organizations; Applications Now Available for 2015 Export Development Programs

WASHINGTON, April 16, 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) awarded funding to more than 60 U.S. agricultural organizations to help expand commercial export markets for American products. The funding was made available through the 2014 Farm Bill. USDA will begin accepting applications for 2015 export development program funding on April 17, 2014.

“Now that Congress has passed the Farm Bill, USDA is moving quickly to implement our trade promotion programs to help open and expand opportunities for farmers, ranchers, and small businesses and build on the past five years of record agricultural exports,” said Vilsack. “These programs are an important investment in rural America. Every dollar we invest in trade promotion provides $35 in economic benefits.”

Through the Market Access Program (MAP), FAS partners with U.S. agricultural trade associations, cooperatives, state regional trade groups and small businesses to share the costs of overseas marketing and promotional activities that help build commercial export markets for U.S. agricultural products and commodities. The program, which focuses on consumer promotion, including brand promotion for small companies and cooperatives, is used extensively by organizations promoting fruits, vegetables, nuts, processed products, and bulk and intermediate commodities. Through MAP, FAS will provide $171.8 million to 62 nonprofit organizations and cooperatives. Participants contribute an average 171-percent match for generic marketing and promotion activities and a dollar-for-dollar match for promotion of branded products by small businesses and cooperatives.

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wed, April 16th…

Posted by Brian Allmer on April 16, 2014

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“USDA Considers Mandatory Reporting for PEDV Outbreaks”

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is discussing the possibility of having rules to require reporting of PEDV outbreaks with the American Association of Swine Veterinarians to improve tracking of the disease. PEDV has been difficult to track – partly because veterinarians aren’t required to report instances to government officials. Association Executive Director Tom Burkgren says it’s a very widely distributed disease – and at this point in the outbreak – he thinks there’d have to be really good reasons to start reporting it.

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“Crop Progress Reports”

DTN Senior Analyst Darin Newsom says USDA’s latest weekly crop progress report could be viewed as neutral to bullish for corn – with three-percent of the nation’s corn crop planted so far. As for spring wheat – six-percent is planted. Five-percent of the nation’s winter wheat crop is headed. Newsom says winter wheat conditions have worsened due to dry weather and strong winds. DTN’s Crop Condition Index shows 62-points for winter wheat – which is 10-points lower than last week and seven-points lower than last year at this time. Twenty-percent of the sorghum crop has been planted and 25-percent of the rice crop has been planted. Cotton planting is on about the same pace as last year at eight-percent planted. Read the rest of this entry »

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