07-09-19 Inside the 2019 Feeders and Friends Derek Weingardt Benefit w/Verlyn Mahan…

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Inside the 2019 Feeders and Friends Derek Weingardt Benefit w/Verlyn Mahan…

(The BARN / FarmCast Radio – Briggsdale, CO) July 9, 2019 – Joining the Colorado Ag News Network is Verlyn Mahan, discussing the upcoming 17th Feeders & Friends Derek Weingardt Benefit coming up August 17th in New Raymer, CO.

The interview includes the following information:

  • Feeders & Friends History
  • Recap 2018 Carlos Valdez Benefit (2018 Ranch Rodeo Archive)
  • Details regarding this year’s Benefactor Derek Weingardt
  • Calcutta – Ranch Rodeo – Auction – BBQ – Dance Details
  • Ranch Rodeo Open to Ranch Rodeo Teams – APPLY NOW!
  • Ranch Rodeo Events include: Sorting – Doctoring – Team Trailer Loading – Steer Branding – Steer Mugging
  • & NEW THIS YEAR a Second Round
  • Top Teams receive Cash & Prizes
  • Donations are needed for LIVE AUCTION (SEE BELOW)
  • Volunteers are Critical to the event’s success each year
  • For the latest updates…follow them on the Feeders and Friends Facebook Page
  • & more

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08-16-19 Congratulations to the Rodeo Hall of Fame Class of 2019!

Buck LeGrand (1931 – 1997), Bull Fighter and Rodeo Clown, Nebraska’s Big Rodeo, Burwell, Nebraska, 1958.

Congratulations to the Rodeo Hall of Fame Class of 2019!

The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum and the Rodeo Historical Society are excited to announce the Rodeo Hall of Fame Class of 2019! Celebrate their induction into the Rodeo Hall of Fame as well as Ben Johnson Memorial Award and Tad Lucas Memorial Award Honorees!
The 2019 Rodeo Hall of Fame Inductees are:
  • Wacey Cathey,
  • Gene O. “Buddy” Cockrell,
  • Lydia Moore,
  • Frank Shepperson,
  • Rob Smets,
  • Jack Ward,
  • Buck LeGrand (1931 – 1997) and
  • Thomas Joseph “T.J.” Walter (1949 – 2017).
The 2019 Ben Johnson Memorial Award Recipient is Doug Clark, the 2019 Tad Lucas Memorial Award Recipient is Cindy Rosser, and the 2019 Directors’ Choice Award Recipient is Dr. Charles “Bud” Townsend!

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The Denver Cash Grain Bids…

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Greeley, CO Fri Aug 16, 2019 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 3.59-3.84 4 higher
Up to 12 percent protein
 
US 2 Yellow Corn 3.91 10 higher
 
US 2 Barley – – not available
 
Source: USDA-CO Dept of Ag Market News Service, Greeley, CO
Tammy Judson, Market Reporting Assistant (970)353-9750
24 Hour Market Report (970)353-8031
 
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08-16-19 Pat Edelmann rejoins Southeastern Colorado Water Conservancy District board

Pat Edelmann rejoins Southeastern Colorado Water Conservancy District board

Pat Edelmann, who spent his career exploring water issues in the Arkansas River basin, has rejoined the Southeastern Colorado Water Conservancy District board.

Edelmann, 64, was appointed to the board this month to represent El Paso County. He lives in Colorado Springs. Edelmann served on the board as a Pueblo County representative from 2014-17. He replaces Gibson Hazard, who retired from the board in April.

“I resigned because I had moved, so I am happy to be serving again,” Edelmann said.

Edelmann retired from the U.S. Geological Survey after 37 years in 2011. He served 32 years in the Pueblo USGS office. During that time, he spearheaded numerous water quality studies dealing with the Arkansas River, Fountain Creek and other tributaries to the river during a time when water quality emerged as a central issue for water development in the basin. Continue reading

08-16-19 REGISTER NOW for the 2019 Range Beef Cow Symposium in Mitchell, NE November 18-20

REGISTER NOW for the 2019 Range Beef Cow Symposium in Mitchell, NE November 18-20

The Range Beef Cow Symposium will be held November 18-20 in Mitchell, NE at the Scotts Bluff County fairgrounds. The format is slightly different this year. In the afternoon of November 18, we will be offering Beef Quality Assurance Certification and a Ron Gill stockmanship clinic. The more traditional program will start in the morning of the 19th. However, in the afternoon of both the 19th and the 20th, there will be demonstrations and hands on presentations offered 3-4 times throughout the afternoon. During this time one of the rotations offered will be to visit the vendor booths, allowing more time for producers to interact with those industry supporting services who help bring them this great program every year. Continue reading

08-16-19 Colorado Department of Agriculture warns against vesicular stomatitis misinformation

Colorado Department of Agriculture warns against vesicular stomatitis misinformation

Broomfield, Colo. – As Colorado’s livestock communities continue to manage a significant vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV) outbreak affecting 20 counties across the state, misinformation about the virus is being shared on social media channels and traditional media outlets. The initial source of the inaccurate reporting, comparing VSV to a “rabies-like” virus, was an Associated Press article that was reposted by a number of media outlets. The article has since been corrected.

“It is highly misleading to say that vesicular stomatitis virus is a rabies-like virus.  Both viruses belong to the same family, Rhabdoviridae, but that classification is based on viral structure alone,” said Maggie Baldwin, Epidemiology Traceability Veterinarian for the Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA). “The two diseases have no similarities in transmission, clinical signs, or outcome.”

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08-16-19 Colorado Governor Polis Statement on Air Quality Control Commission Adoption of a Zero-Emission Vehicle Standard

Colorado Governor Polis Statement on Air Quality Control Commission Adoption of a Zero-Emission Vehicle Standard

DENVER – Governor Jared Polis released a statement today after the Air Quality Control Commission voted 8-1 to approve a zero-emission vehicle standard for Colorado.

“In one of my first executive orders as governor, I asked for the Department of Public Health and Environment to increase the choices Coloradans have when it comes to purchasing electric cars by increasing the number of models available in our state, and we got it done within a few short months,” said Governor Jared Polis. “It’s only the beginning. Colorado must continue to reduce smog and increase consumer choice.”

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08-16-19 CDPHE News: Air Quality Control Commission adopts a zero-emission vehicle standard

CDPHE News: Air Quality Control Commission adopts a zero-emission vehicle standard

The new standard will provide Coloradans with more vehicle choices 

DENVER — The Air Quality Control Commission adopted a zero-emission vehicle standard for Colorado early today in an 8-1 decision. The move is directly aligned with the commission’s mission to achieve the cleanest practical air in every part of the state.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is pursuing aggressive strategies to reduce ozone pollution as quickly as possible, as the state continues to work to meet the federal ozone pollution standard. Fossil-fuel vehicles are a major source of ozone pollution, along with the oil and gas industry. Ozone pollution can cause asthma and other adverse symptoms. Fossil-fuel vehicles also emit greenhouse gases, which contribute to climate change.

“We are charged up and ready to roll. The adoption of the zero-emission vehicle standard is a clear demonstration of our unrelenting commitment to making sure every Coloradan has clean air to breathe.” said Jill Hunsaker Ryan, executive director, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. 

John Putnam, environmental programs director, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, said,  “We are committed to a state where Coloradans can zip up the mountains in a zero-emitting vehicle and go for a hike without coughing and wheezing from ozone. It’s what Coloradans rightfully expect and deserve. We’ve made a lot of progress on cleaning up our air over the past several years, but the standards are getting more stringent.  We have to rise to the challenge.” 

The new zero-emission standard requires automakers to sell more than 5 percent zero-emission vehicles by 2023 and more than 6 percent zero-emission vehicles by 2025. The standard is based on a matrix of credits given for each electric vehicle sold, depending on the vehicle’s zero-emission range. Continue reading

08-15-19 Make plans to Attend the 5th National Farmer Veteran Stakeholders Conference in Austin, TX November 17-20

Make plans to Attend the 5th National Farmer Veteran Stakeholders Conference in Austin, TX November 17-20

Farmer Veteran Coalition is excited to announce the 2019 Farmer Veteran Stakeholders Conference will be held November 17-20 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Austin in Austin, Texas.

This year’s conference is the fifth national gathering of the farmer veteran community and will feature two days of education, distinguished speakers, guest panels, networking and more.

“The most common addresses of our veteran members are rural route and county road,” said FVC Founder and Director Michael O’Gorman. “Our community of farmer veterans, whether they live far from town or in town, benefit greatly from the chance to meet each other and share ideas in person at our national conference.” Continue reading

08-15-19 CDA: Blockchain in Agriculture Research Request

CDA: Blockchain in Agriculture Research Request

Broomfield, Colo. – In 2019, the Colorado State Legislature passed House Bill 19-1247, which directs the Commissioner of Agriculture to convene an advisory group to study the potential applications for blockchain technology in agricultural operations and to report to the general assembly by January 15, 2020.

As a result, the Colorado Department of Agriculture is gathering existing ag-related blockchain research so that we can report the data required by House Bill 19-1247 and begin to assemble a blockchain advisory group. Continue reading

08-14-19 Feeding Colorado and Beyond – German American Agricultural Technology Symposium Set for September 19th in Denver – REGISTER NOW!

Feeding Colorado and Beyond – German American Agricultural Technology Symposium Set for September 19th in Denver – REGISTER NOW!

German AgTech event seeks to incite a global dialogue on how to keep pace in a growing world

The Food and Agriculture Industry contributes over $41 billion to Colorado’s economy every year, with over 60% of Colorado’s land being used for agriculture. With at least 4.4 thousand companies working in Food and Agriculture in Colorado, the industry employs 115.6 thousand people a year on average. Similarly, almost half of Germany’s national territory is devoted to agricultural use, employing over a million people in over 270 thousand agricultural enterprises. Consequently, Germany is the third largest exporter of agricultural products worldwide. An upcoming event will take a deep dive into the importance of agriculture to both Coloradan and German economies, focusing on how technology can keep pace with the challenges and opportunities facing this industry in the future.

On September 19, 2019 the German American Chamber of Commerce – Colorado Chapter (GACC-CO) will be hosting the German American Agricultural Technology Symposium at the National Western Complex in Denver, CO. This day-long event aims to bring together innovators and investors from across the Atlantic to address the most pertinent questions in AgTech – inciting dialogue, exchange, and action. The Agri-Tech Symposium will be the third event in the GACC-CO’s annual German American Business Series (GABS).

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08-14-19 USDA REMINDER: Market Facilitation Program Applications Are Open Now thru December 6th, 2019

USDA REMINDER: Market Facilitation Program Applications Are Open Now thru December 6th, 2019

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced earlier this month that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will provide more assistance to farmers in response to negative trade impacts resulting from tariff retaliation and trade disruption. The Farm Service Agency (FSA), will provide $14.5 billion in direct payments to producers who apply for them.

You can download an application by clicking here or you can visit the USDA website Farmers.gov for more information in determining what commodities are covered and what your payments may be.

Please note, the deadline to apply is December 6, 2019.

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Livestock Exchange, LLC Weekly Update…

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(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) – Each week, Auctioneer Tyler Knode with Livestock Exchange, LLC. in Brush, CO will be inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network providing a RECAP of the previous week’s auctions and also a PREVIEW of upcoming cattle & hay auctions…

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08-13-19 Livestock Exchange, LLC  Recap & Preview

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08-09-19 Pedal The Plains: Explore Southeastern Colorado on Two Wheels Sep 13-15: Lamar-Holly-Springfield

 

Pedal The Plains: Explore Southeastern Colorado on Two Wheels Sep 13-15: Lamar-Holly-Springfield

A Hootin’ Good Time on Two Wheels

Denver, CO (August 09, 2019) — Pedal The Plains is a unique ride that truly sums up what Colorado is all about. It’s about people from all over the state coming together, being outside, exercising and exploring the state’s heritage and history. It is a great opportunity to explore the congenial communities along the roads less traveled. And it is alot of fun!

Join us on September 13-15, 2019 for the 8th Annual Pedal The Plains as we travel through the communities of Lamar, Holly and Springfield, Colorado and cross the border touching your wheels into Kansas too!

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08-06-19 Inside the Colorado Centennial Farms & Ranches Program with Philip Clapham…

Inside the Colorado Centennial Farms & Ranches Program with Philip Clapham…

Twenty-two Farms & Ranches will be recognized at the 2019 CO State Fair

The BARN – BRIGGSDALE, CO – August 6, 2019 – Across the nation, family farms and ranches, historic barns and other agricultural sites are disappearing at an alarming rate. In Colorado, the family farm and working cattle ranches serve as a reminder of how the West was settled. The contributions of Colorado’s ranching and farming families have withstood the pressures of growth, changes in farming methods, drought, and economic conditions to preserve these important pieces of our state’s commercial and cultural history. The Colorado Centennial Farms and Ranches program not only illustrates the significance of agricultural sites to the development of Colorado, but also shows how vital these properties are to the well-being of our state today. Colorado Centennial Farms and Ranches provide open space and food, as well as support for our state’s economy and a reminder of our past.

Joining the CO Ag News Network to discuss History CO’s Centennial Farms & Ranches Program and officially announce the 2019 Honorees is Philip Clapham, Preservation Communications Manager @ History Colorado…

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To apply or learn more, please visit www.historycolorado.org/centennial-farms-ranches or call (303) 866-3392.

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08-05-19 Inside the Dismiss Polis Recall Effort with Weld County Director Pat Bohlender…

Inside the Dismiss Polis Recall Effort with Weld County Director Pat Bohlender

Signature Petitions Due by Aug 30th – Time is Running Out – Have YOU signed yet?

The BARNBriggsdale, CO, August 5, 2019 – According to the website dismisspolis.com – In less than six months, Governor Jared Polis and his socialist legislature have pushed through 460 bills, many of which have gone against the desires of the people of Colorado. And over the last four months, there have been a couple different groups created with the goal of recalling Polis. The divide between the groups has created an environment that we felt would prevent this effort from being able to move forward, which is why Dismiss Polis was created. Joining the CO Ag News Network and FarmCast Radio to discuss the Dismiss Polis efforts is Pat Bohlender…

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Learn more online about the Dismiss Colorado Governor Jared Polis – the ONLY official petition being circulated to recall him visit www.dismisspolis.com. You can also follow the effort online @ https://www.facebook.com/dismisspolis/

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08-16-19 NEW THIRD-PARTY, INDEPENDENT STUDY MEASURES THE IMPACT OF CATTLEMEN’S BEEF BOARD ACTIVITIES ON BEEF DEMAND

NEW THIRD-PARTY, INDEPENDENT STUDY MEASURES THE IMPACT OF CATTLEMEN’S BEEF BOARD ACTIVITIES ON BEEF DEMAND
CENTENNIAL, CO (Aug. 5, 2019) — The combined benefit of all Cattlemen’s Beef Board (CBB) programs is 11.91 times more valuable than their costs. That is one major finding from a recent third-party, return-on-investment (ROI) study commissioned by the national Beef Checkoff program and conducted by Dr. Harry M. Kaiser of Cornell University.

Completed in June 2019, the study is based upon an econometric model which quantifies the relationship between the CBB’s various marketing activities and domestic and international demand for U.S. beef. It also compared the costs and benefits of those activities relative to producer and importer investments in the national portion of the Beef Checkoff program.* Under existing agricultural legislation, the CBB is required to have an independent analysis of the program’s economic effectiveness conducted at least once every five years.

“We’re extremely pleased with the results of this latest ROI study,” said Chuck Coffey, a cow/calf producer from Springer, OK who currently serves as CBB chairman. “Our primary goal is to increase beef demand worldwide. The statistics uncovered by this study tell us that we’re achieving that goal and providing producers with an excellent return on their national checkoff investments.”

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08-01-19 Inside the BARN with Colorado State Fair’s General Manager Scott Stoller…

Inside the BARN with Colorado State Fair’s General Manager Scott Stoller…

THE BARN – BRIGGSDALE, CO – August 1, 2019 – Hard to believe but summer is nearly gone…and its already time for folks to make plans to head to Pueblo for the 147th Colorado State Fair Aug 23 – Sept 2nd, and joining the CO Ag News Network & FarmCast Radio to discuss that event in much more detail is the General Manager of the Colorado State Fair Scott Stoller

  • New this Year @ the CSF
  • Horse Shows Celebrate 150th Anniversary
  • CSF Economic Impact on Pueblo & the State
  • CSF Historical Facilities
  • 147th CSF Schedule & Highlights
  • Concerts, PRCA Rodeos, Free Stage Acts, Midway, Vendors, Carnival & More
  • 4-H & FFA Youth Projects – Horse, Livestock & Non-Livestock Projects
  • Colorado’s Energy Cooperatives Junior Livestock Sale on Aug 27th
  • Animal Health Requirements for Livestock Exhibitors
  • & More

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The Colorado State Fair runs August 23 – September 2, 2019.  For more information and to purchase tickets visit www.coloradostatefair.com.

08-16-19 U.S. DOI to Treat 27,000 Acres in CO, 1.2 Million Across U.S. this Wildfire Season

U.S. DOI to Treat 27,000 Acres in CO, 1.2 Million Across U.S. this Wildfire Season

Agency personnel and critical assets are poised to respond to wildfires across the country

Washington – With peak wildfire activity predicted in the coming months, the Department of the Interior (DOI) has been working tirelessly to implement preventative measures to limit the size and scope of wildfires, treat current wildfires already underway, and protect wildfire-prone areas to best safeguard people and their communities.

“As stewards of one-fifth of the country’s public lands, primarily in the West, we know that our ability to be prepared for wildfires and reduce their severity is paramount to protecting communities and saving lives,” said U.S Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt. “In collaboration with local, state, and other federal partners, we are using everything in our arsenal to prepare for wildfires this year, treating more than one million acres.”
As a part of the DOI, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), the National Park Service (NPS), and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) contribute to a total workforce of 4,500 firefighting personnel, 500 tribal firefighters, 151 smokejumpers, 18 interagency hotshot crews and 4 Tribal hotshot crews. These firefighters will have over 600 pieces of specialized equipment available for use, including engines, water tenders, dozers, and other equipment. Aviation assets also play a critical role in efforts to manage wildfires as the DOI will have access to 23 single engine air tankers, 6 water scoopers, 41 Type 1, 2 and 3 helicopters, and a number of other aviation resources.

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08-16-19 ASI: EPA Reevaluating Use of M-44

ASI: EPA Reevaluating Use of M-44

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced on Thursday that the EPA would reevaluate the use of M-44 devices to control wild animals that prey on livestock and other animals.
“I am announcing a withdrawal of EPA’s interim registration review decision on sodium cyanide, the compound used in M-44 devices to control wild predators,” he said. “This issue warrants further analysis and additional discussions by EPA with the registrants of this predacide. USDA is the primary registrant, along with five other state departments of agriculture: Montana, New Mexico, South Dakota, Texas and Wyoming.
“I look forward to continuing this dialogue to ensure U.S. livestock remain well-protected from dangerous predators while simultaneously minimizing off-target impacts on both humans and non-predatory animals.” 
The American Sheep Industry Association fully supports the M-44 and Livestock Protection Collar. The M-44 and LPC are the most targeted and environmentally friendly predator control products available to producers, and ASI will work closely with the EPA and the administration as they conduct this further review.
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08-16-19 ASI: Administration Rolls Out ESA Modernization

ASI: Administration Rolls Out ESA Modernization

On Monday, U.S. Department of Interior Sec. David Bernhardt rolled out the final Federal Rule modernizing the Endangered Species Act. The three rules are the culmination of work by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration.
American Sheep Industry Association President Benny Cox said this represents a huge step in the right direction.
“We greatly appreciate Sec. Bernhardt and President Donald Trump for taking this action,” said Cox. “America’s sheep industry has been set back many times by the irregular and unpredictable enforcement of the Endangered Species Act. These rules represent tremendous progress toward not only regulatory certainty for our producers, but true recovery for listed wildlife species.
“Through these rules, the administration has done everything it can to promote the recovery of species through a collaborative effort, and we will continue to work with Congress to support fundamental ESA reform.”
The ESA was last authorized by Congress in 1988, and has a less than 3 percent recovery rate.

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08-16-19 DOE Announces $59 Million and 43 Projects to Accelerate Advanced Vehicle Technologies Research, including 1 Project in CO

DOE Announces $59 Million and 43 Projects to Accelerate Advanced Vehicle Technologies Research, including 1 Project in CO

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Department of Energy Under Secretary of Energy Mark W. Menezes announced $59 million for 43 projects for new and innovative advanced vehicle technologies research. Funded through the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, these projects address priorities in advanced batteries and electric drive systems, co-optimized engine and fuel technologies, materials for more efficient powertrains, and alternative fuels and new energy efficient mobility systems.. These projects support the Energy Department’s goals to strengthen national security, support American energy dominance, enable future economic growth, and increase transportation affordability for all Americans.

“Vehicles drive our national economy,” said Under Secretary Menezes. “At DOE, we support a broad portfolio of technologies, generating the knowledge needed for industry to further develop and commercialize affordable, secure, and reliable transportation systems.” Continue reading

08-16-19 American Agri-Women Support Updated Endangered Species Act Regulations

Jacquie Compston, co-chair of American Agri-Women’s National Resources Committee, met recently with with U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt.

American Agri-Women Support Updated Endangered Species Act Regulations

Organization says changes are positive for conservation and building trust among farmers, ranchers, and rural communities

COLCHESTER, VT. (AgPR) August 16, 2019 – American Agri-Women (AAW) supports the recent updates to the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and see them as positive changes for conservation and agriculture. AAW also believes the changes will build trust between rural America and the Department of Interior and its agencies.

“We depend upon natural resources every day of our lives, and we make it a priority to conserve and protect both the land and the species that depend upon it for their habitat. We are appreciative that this administration is working with American farmers and ranchers to promote common sense values,” says American Agri-Women President Jeanette Lombardo. AAW is a national coalition of farm, ranch, and agri-business women.

“This administration’s appointments of real experts of natural resource management within the Department of Interior, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, and particularly within the Bureau of Land Management, have re-energized our enthusiasm with the hope that rural Americans will be able to continue to produce the most abundant and the safest food in the world on both private and public lands. Nothing is more vital to our country’s security than that of a guaranteed, adequate, and safe food supply,” says Lombardo. Continue reading

08-15-19 American Lamb Board: Farm/Ranch Tours Proving Effective for Showcasing Benefits of US Lamb with Chefs

American Lamb Board: Farm/Ranch Tours Proving Effective for Showcasing Benefits of US Lamb with Chefs

U.S. consumer food choices are often sparked by creative chefs many years before they become mainstream. Examples are ethnic flavor fusion, local foods and sustainable options. Getting US lamb in favor with the right chefs is a cornerstone foodservice marketing strategy of your checkoff promotion program for both current and future industry benefit.

The American Lamb Board (ALB) is increasing its efforts among forefront chefs to showcase American lamb and create a preference versus imported choices. Of the tactics used by ALB, one of the most effective is to host chefs on US sheep farms and ranches. Tours give chefs first-hand proof of how much care goes into raising US lamb and how passionate our American farmers and ranchers are about producing the highest quality meat in a sustainable manner. Continue reading

08-15-19 USRSB Recognizes Programs in Alignment with the U.S. Beef Industry Sustainability Framework

USRSB Recognizes Programs in Alignment with the U.S. Beef Industry Sustainability Framework

DENVER (August 15, 2019) – The U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (USRSB), a full beef stakeholder initiative focused on continuous improvement, recognized two industry programs and one audit company that successfully demonstrated alignment to the U.S. Beef Industry Sustainability Framework.

In May 2019, the USRSB launched a formal program recognition process that established a path for marketplace programs to be recognized when they are in alignment with the six key elements of the framework, including animal health and well-being, efficiency and yield, employee safety and well-being, air emissions and greenhouse gas emissions, land resources and water resources.

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08-15-19 ACE’s 32nd Annual Ethanol Conference Kicks Off in Omaha, NE

ACE’s 32nd Annual Ethanol Conference Kicks Off in Omaha, NE

Omaha, NE – The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) 32nd annual conference kicked off in Omaha, Nebraska, today with a welcome from Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts and updates from ACE leadership.

“As the second largest ethanol producing state in the nation, President Trump’s approval of year-round E15 is a big win for Nebraska,” Governor Ricketts said.  “There is, however, still more work to do.  While the EPA granted fewer small refinery waivers to the RFS this year, the 1.4 billion of gallons waived undermines the purpose of the RFS.  To deliver on President Trump’s support for ethanol, the EPA should be more transparent about the waiver process and reallocate any waived gallons.  They owe it to our farmers.”

“The agriculture and ethanol industries have been weathering challenging market conditions, as we convene for the 32nd annual ACE conference, and there are headwinds to confront ahead,” Kristensen said. “With uncertainty surrounding the RFS and trade negotiations, we must engage in meaningful dialogue to find ways to increase demand for ethanol in our fuel supply domestically with E15 and higher ethanol blends, as well as in markets around the globe that are beginning to recognize ethanol’s high octane and environmental benefits in renewable fuels policies.” Continue reading