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Dairy Sign-up Continues

This is the first summer dairy producers can sign up for margin protection or adjust their level of margin protection under the Dairy Margin Protection Program (MPP-Dairy). The program was introduced last fall. From now on, the sign-up period will be from July 1 to Sept. 30. Nearly half of U.S. dairy farms enrolled in 2015, so they only need to select their level of protection this year, said J.W. Schroeder, North Dakota State University Extension Service dairy specialist.

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Delay Effective Date of ‘WOTUS” Rule

With the effective date of the “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) rule set for Aug. 28 – just 60 days after it was finalized – NPPC this week joined the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, the Public Lands Council, the United Egg Producers and the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association in calling on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to postpone implementation of the regulation. The WOTUS rule is supposed to clarify the agencies’ authority under the Clean Water Act over various waters. Currently, that jurisdiction – based on several U.S. Supreme Court decisions – includes “navigable” waters and waters with a significant hydrologic connection to navigable waters. The new regulation would broaden that to include, among other water bodies, upstream waters and intermittent and ephemeral streams such as the kind farmers use for drainage and irrigation.

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Good Sign for HPAI in the Upper Midwest

The Minnesota Board of Animal Health today announced that all remaining HPAI control areas have been released from quarantine. This means that all Minnesota poultry and poultry products from non-infected farms are no longer restricted by additional testing and movement requirements.

The Board continues to work together with Minnesota’s poultry industry and other state and federal agencies to prepare for introductions of influenza in poultry. Commercial and non-commercial poultry flocks are routinely monitored for influenza as part of the state’s voluntary surveillance program.

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Trade Meeting in Hawaii

Trade ministers from United States and the 11 other countries in the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations meeting in Hawaii were close to concluding an agreement that could prove economically significant for U.S. pork producers. The TTP includes the United States, Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam, which account for nearly 40 percent of global GDP. A final TPP agreement, with a good outcome for U.S. pork, could see exponential growth in U.S. pork exports to the TPP countries and generate 10,000 U.S. jobs tied to pork exports, according to Iowa State University economist Dermot Hayes. NPPC is reserving judgment on the TPP until it can review a final agreement.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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(BARN Media – Briggsdale,CO) July 15, 2015 –  Joining the Colorado Ag News Network Inside the BARN is Verlyn Mahan, and we’ll be discussing the upcoming 13th Feeders & Friends Arabelle Ryanne Murphy Benefit August 15th in New Raymer, CO…

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The 2015 Feeders and Friends Arabelle Murphy Benefit in New Raymer Aug 15th…

07-14-15 USDA: Secretary Vilsack Proclaims August 2-8 National Farmers Market Week…

USDA Press ReleaseWASHINGTON, July 14, 2015 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has declared Aug. 2 through 8, 2015, as “National Farmers Market Week.” The declaration was made official by proclamation signed by Secretary Vilsack. This year marks the 16th annual National Farmers Market Week in honor of the important role that farmers markets play in local economies. Throughout the week, USDA will celebrate thousands of our nation’s farmers markets, the farmers and ranchers who make them possible and the communities that host them.

“National Farmers Market Week is a great opportunity for farmers markets across the country to host special events to showcase all the tremendous services they provide,” said Secretary Vilsack. “Farmers markets play a key role in developing local and regional food systems that support farmers and help grow rural economies. They bring communities together, connecting cities with the farms and providing Americans with fresh, healthy food.” Continue reading

07-31-15 ASI WEEKLY NEWS FOR SHEEP INDUSTRY LEADERS…

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07-31-15 USDA TO MEASURE SMALL GRAIN PRODUCTION…

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LAKEWOOD, CO – During the first two weeks of September, growers of small grains around the country will receive survey forms from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). The agency is taking a comprehensive look into the 2015 production and supply of small grains, which include wheat, oats, barley, and rye.

“The small grains industry is a big player in agriculture across our region and it is crucial for us to have accurate data about this key sector of the economy,” said NASS Mountain Region Director Bill Meyer. “We will contact more than 6,000 producers in Arizona, Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming to accurately measure 2015 acreage, yield, and production for small grains. The data collected from this survey will also help set small grain acreage and production estimates at the county level.” Continue reading

07-30-15 USDA Announces Available Funding for Farm Bill Broadband Loan Program…

USDA seal logoWASHINGTON, July 30, 2015 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the availability of loans to build broadband in rural areas, along with changes to the program required by the 2014 Farm Bill.

“USDA is committed to providing broadband to rural areas,” Vilsack said. “Broadband is as vital as electricity was 80 years ago. Since 2009, USDA investments have delivered broadband service to 1.5 million households, businesses, schools, libraries and community facilities. But our work is not done. With program improvements and available funding made possible by the Farm Bill, we can continue our work to make broadband more accessible to those who live and work in rural areas.” Continue reading

07-30-15 Colorado Producers Reminded of Nearing Deadline to Submit Nominations for Farm Service Agency County Committees…

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(Denver, Colorado,) July 30, 2015 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Colorado Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director, Leland Swenson, today reminded farmers, ranchers and other agricultural producers that they have until Aug. 3, 2015, to nominate eligible candidates to serve on local FSA county committees.

“Producers only have a few more days until that Aug. 3 deadline,” said Swenson. “If you’ve been considering nominating a candidate or nominating yourself to serve on your local county committee, I encourage you to visit your county office as soon as possible to submit your nomination form. I especially encourage the nomination of beginning farmers and ranchers, as well as women and minorities. This is your opportunity to have a say in how federal programs are delivered in your county.” Continue reading

07-30-15 Farm Foundation News: Denver workshop will examine stewardship of antimicrobial drug use in livestock…

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OAK BROOK, IL July 29, 2015: Stewardship of medically-important antimicrobial drugs in food animals is the subject of workshop targeted to livestock producers, their feed suppliers and veterinarians in five states of the Western United States. The workshop will be Sept. 28, 2015 at the National Western Stock Show, 4655 Humboldt St., Denver, CO.

This free workshop is an opportunity for participants to gain a comprehensive understanding of two Guidance for Industry (GFIs) issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding the use of medically-important antimicrobial drugs in food-producing animals, as well as FDA’s revised Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD). The workshop is also an opportunity for other stakeholders, such as state and federal agencies, colleges of veterinary medicine and university extension personnel, to gain insights into the changes needed to meet the requirements. Continue reading

07-29-15 Potato Industry Leadership Institute to be Held Feb. 17-25, 2016…

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Potato Council (NPC) and the United States Potato Board (USPB) are accepting applications for the Potato Industry Leadership Institute (PILI) class of 2016. The annual eight-day program, held Feb. 17-25, 2016, is designed to identify, develop, and cultivate new leaders within the U.S. potato industry.

During the program, 20 potato growers and industry representatives from across the country focus on leadership development, public policy, marketing, team building and public communication. The 2016 class will begin in Grand Forks, North Dakota, where participants will receive an overview of the U.S. potato industry and tour local production areas, storages, fresh pack facilities, and processing plants. The group will then travel to Washington, D.C., where the focus will move to national legislative and regulatory policy priorities for the U.S. potato industry.

Participants are selected through state organization nominations and a committee facilitated by NPC and the USPB, who jointly coordinate the program. The Institute is made possible each year through a major sponsorship from Syngenta, which has a long history of commitment to leadership development in agriculture. Continue reading

07-28-15 The 2015 Rocky Mountain Agribusiness Association’s Summer Meeting in Keystone August 19-20…

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The 2015 Rocky Mountain Agribusiness Association is holding its annual Summer Meeting August 19-20 at Keystone Lodge & Spa.

The two-day meeting provides opportunities to collaborate with industry peers and discuss business and industry trends. The Summer Meeting will incorporate golfing or fishing with business leaders and innovative speakers to swap ideas and network while raising funds for the RMAA Scholarship program.

RMAA’s annual fundraising dinner and auction will be held during the Summer Meeting to raise money for students with agricultural disciplines. Each year, RMAA awards more than $6000 to students who are passionate about agriculture.   Continue reading

07-27-15 Colorado Corn’s Cheyenne/Kit Carson/Washington County district meeting in Stratton on Aug 11th…

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Colorado Corn encourages farmers and any others interested to attend its upcoming District 6 meeting in Stratton, where attendees will hear updates about the organization and issues impacting the agriculture industry.

There will also be a presentation from Colorado Agricultural Aviation Association officials, who are looking to inform ag producers on safety and the liabilities of operating drones on their farms and ranches.

Colorado Corn’s District 6 encompasses all of Cheyenne, Kit Carson and Washington counties. The District 6 meeting is set for Tuesday, Aug. 11, from noon to 1:30 p.m., at the Claremont Inn & Winery, located at 800 Claremont Drive in Stratton.

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07-27-15 Colorado Corn’s Yuma County meeting to feature critical drone-safety presentation on Aug 12th…

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Colorado Corn encourages farmers and any others interested to attend its upcoming District 5 meeting in Yuma, where attendees will hear updates about the organization and issues impacting the agriculture industry.

There will also be a presentation from Colorado Agricultural Aviation Association officials, who are looking to inform ag producers on safety and the liabilities of operating drones on their farms and ranches.

Colorado Corn’s District 5 encompasses all of Yuma County. The District 5 meeting is set for Wednesday, Aug. 12, from 10-11:30 a.m., at the Irrigation Research Farm, located at 40161 Colo. Highway 59 in Yuma.

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07-27-15 Culver’s “Scoops of Thanks” Day to Support Agriculture and the FFA on Aug 11th…

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PRAIRIE DU SAC, Wis. – July 27, 2015Anyone with a sweet tooth can stop by any Culver’s restaurant on Tuesday, August 11, 2015, also known as Scoops of Thanks Day. In exchange for a $1 donation, they’ll enjoy a single scoop of Fresh Frozen Custard while supplies last.

Proceeds raised from this Culver’s chain-wide event will benefit local or state FFA chapters or other agricultural organizations selected by each restaurant.

“Our guests share our tremendous gratitude for the abundant food American farm families provide,” says Phil Keiser, president & CEO of Culver’s. “We’re excited to set aside a day when the entire Culver’s community can make a contribution that supports the next generation of farmers.”

Scoops of Thanks Day is part of the Culver’s Thank You Farmers program, an initiative that recognizes all farmers for their hard work and dedication in growing and producing the wholesome food that feeds our nation. To date, the program has raised over a half-million dollars in support of the National FFA Organization and Foundation, local FFA chapters and a variety of local agricultural organizations. To learn more about the Thank You Farmers program and how to get involved, visit http://www.culvers.com/farmers/from-gratitude-to-support/.

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07-24-15 CO Energy Office Update on Colorado Dairy and Irrigation Efficiency Program…

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 Michael Turner CO Energy Office(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) July 24, 2015 – Back in March, dairies and producers in the state with powered irrigation had opportunity to lower their energy costs by enrolling in the Colorado Dairy and Irrigation Efficiency Program through the Colorado Energy Office (CEO). Overall, CEO’s pilot program was a success. The CEO provided free audits, technical support, and project incentives for each producer to change equipment and management needed to achieve energy efficiency. Joining the Colorado Ag News Network inside the BARN to discuss the program in more detail is Michael Turner Energy Efficiency Programs Manager from the Colorado Energy Office
For more information about becoming part of the Colorado Dairy and Irrigation Efficiency Program, call Michael Turner at 303-866-6665 or email him at: Michael.a.turner@state.co.us.
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07-23-15 Inside the RMFU with Bill Midcap: Clean Water Act, Clean Power Plan, Trade, Renewable Energy, SAFE, COOL and more…


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Bill Midcap, RMFU’s Director of External Affairs(BARN Media & CoAgNews Network – Briggsdale, CO) July 23, 2015 – On this month’s edition of the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union’s Radioline Report inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network I will be visiting with Bill Midcap, RMFU’s Director of External Affairs discussing several topics including:

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Friday, July 31st…

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Research into E. coli Promising

New research could reduce the probability of E.coli in lettuce. Scientists with the US Department of Agriculture have found the bacterium that causes foodborne illness in humans, is more likely to contaminate lettuce when downy mildew is already present. Downy mildew is a lettuce disease caused by a fungus-like water mold, and is one of the biggest problems lettuce growers face. Microbiologist Maria Brandl has been investigating why so many E. coli outbreaks can be traced back to lettuce fields when E. coli sources are as diverse as undercooked beef, sprouts, raw dairy, shelled walnuts, fruits and vegetables.  Lettuce leaves are actually a harsh place for microbes to survive, but the epidemiological evidence is indisputable about how often lettuce is the source of E. coli contamination. Brandl’s research has uncovered that lettuce that is bred to be resistant to downy mildew is also less likely to host the E. coli bacterium. Brandl and her team are now trying to pinpoint the exact factors that cause the reduction of E. coli in the resistant lettuce, with hopes the genetic trait could be bred into lettuce varieties and thus lead to fewer cases of the food-borne illness. The study is published in the journal Ag Research.

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07-30-15 Bennet-Burr Bill to Lower Tax on Cleaner Alternative Fuels Heads to President’s Desk…

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Washington, DC – Today, the U.S. Senate passed a provision to modify the federal excise tax on Liquefied Natural Gas and Propane as part of the three month highway funding extension. The provision, introduced by Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), will make modifications to the Excise Tax for Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) and Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG), allowing natural gas to compete fairly with diesel by taxing the fuel on an energy output basis rather than per gallon. Under the current system, Americans are unfairly paying about 70% more in taxes to fill up their cars and trucks with comparatively cleaner Natural Gas than diesel.

“Natural gas is a growing part of Colorado’s diverse energy industry, and this bill recognizes the ongoing shift to alternative transportation technologies and fuels,” Bennet said. “Providing parity to LNG creates an opportunity to help grow this market and encourages the use of natural gas as a transportation fuel.” Continue reading

07-30-15 Colorado Weekly Hay Report…

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Colorado Hay Report

Compared to last week, trade activity continues to remain slow with
demand light.  Rain damage during the drying process has supplied large
amounts of Good quality alfalfa to the market.  This, along with feedlot
and dairies carrying ample inventory has affected the demand for hay in
the state.  Wheat straw continued to trade steady on moderate demand.
According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, the D0 Drought Category changed
slightly from 2.04 percent to 2.05 percent, again encompassing small
portions of Moffat, Rio Blanco, Montezuma and La Plata counties.
According to NASS?s Colorado Crop Progress report for the week ending
July 19, 2015, 2nd cutting alfalfa progress is at 52 percent.  Pasture
and range conditions in Colorado remained unchanged at 1 percent Very
Poor, 12 percent Poor, 23 percent Fair, 50 percent Good and 14 percent
Excellent.  All prices reported are FOB at the stack or barn unless
otherwise noted.  Prices reflect load lots of hay.

If you have hay for sale or need hay, use the services of the
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07-30-15 US Senator Bennet: Highway Extension Another Missed Opportunity…

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Washington, DC – Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet issued the following statement on passage of a three-month extension of highway and transit funding:

“Kicking the can down the road for three months does nothing to give our states the certainty they need to plan for the future. In Colorado and across the country, crucial infrastructure projects are being delayed because officials have no way of knowing whether the funding will be there to complete them. In the coming months, I hope we can continue working on a long-term plan that provides the necessary certainty to communities across our state. Congress needs to stop operating from one manufactured crisis to another so we can build the infrastructure we need to remain competitive in the 21st century economy.”

 

07-30-15 NCGA Award Program Recognizes Good Stewards…

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Award Program Recognizes Good Stewards

The National Corn Growers Association announces its third year of the recognizing good stewardship to expand awareness of best practices in sustainable corn production. The focus of the Good Steward Recognition program is to demonstrate the economic and conservation value of soil management.

“Practical solutions are what drive the adoption of best practices on the farm,” said Don Glenn, chairman of NCGA’s Production and Stewardship Action Team. “Discovering new methods for improving soil health, preserving water quality and improving the profitability of farming makes everyone take notice. This is why we recognize individuals who excel at demonstrating leadership in sustainable corn production.” Continue reading

07-30-15 NCGA to Congress: Farmers Need Safe, Reliable Roads & Bridges…

NCGA OnLine logoThe National Corn Growers Association today expressed disappointment that Congress failed to pass a long-term highway funding bill before its August recess. Congress voted to extend the United States Highway Trust Fund’s authorization through Oct. 29, the second such short-term extension this year.
“Once again, Congress kicked the can down the road – and that road is in bad shape,” said NCGA President Chip Bowling, a farmer from Newburg, Maryland. “Farmers rely on our nation’s infrastructure system every day. We need safe, reliable roads and bridges to get our products to market quickly, safely and efficiently. Instead, our roads and bridges are at best, in disrepair, and at worst, unsafe or unusable – and that hurts every farmer in America.”

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07-30-15 USMEF Op-Ed: Access to China Key Factor in Maintaining Meat Export Growth…

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by Philip Seng, president and CEO  U.S. Meat Export Federation

The U.S. red meat industry has achieved outstanding export growth in recent years, enhancing profitability for all members of the supply chain. In 2014, both beef exports ($7.13 billion) and pork exports ($6.67 billion) shattered previous records for export value. Beef exports have steadily increased in value in each of the 11 years since global markets began to reopen after the first U.S. case of BSE. For pork, export value has increased in 15 of the past 20 years.

In 2015, several headwinds have made it difficult for the U.S. industry to maintain this positive trajectory. Severe congestion in the West Coast ports – the result of a prolonged labor impasse – impacted our first-quarter results. Unusually large supplies of European pork and Australian beef have poured into key Asian markets, buoyed by favorable exchange rates that make them very attractive to price-sensitive buyers. Key competitors have also achieved gains due to free trade agreements that reduced import duties on their beef and pork products. Continue reading

07-30-15 Farm, Consumer and Competition Groups Oppose JBS-Cargill Pork Merger…

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Washington, D.C. — Today, American Antitrust Institute, Food & Water Watch, Iowa Farmers Union, Missouri Rural Crisis Center and National Farmers Union demanded that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) investigate the proposed JBS-Cargill pork packing acquisition. The proposed $1.45 billion acquisition would create the second largest pork processing company in the U.S. The groups are concerned that increased concentration in the pork packing industry would harm hog farmers and consumers.

“The wave of mega-mergers sweeping the food and agribusiness industries encourages a cascade of consolidation throughout the supply chain,” said Wenonah Hauter, Food & Water Watch executive director. “The rampant consolidation is raising consumer prices, reducing consumer choices and undermining the economic livelihood of farmers.” Continue reading