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04-29-16 Livestock and Climate Change: Facts and Fiction an interview with UC-Davis Professor Frank Mitloehner…

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Holstein cows eat lunch at the Dairy Cattle Facility at UC Davis. Credit: Gregory Urquiaga, UC Davis

Frank M. Mitloehner, Ph.D. Professor and Air Quality Extension Specialist Department of Animal Science One Shields Avenue University of California Davis, CA 95616 USA

Frank M. Mitloehner, Ph.D.
Professor and Air Quality Extension Specialist
Department of Animal Science
One Shields Avenue
University of California
Davis, CA 95616 USA

(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) April 29, 2016 – The American Feed Industry Association recently announced they were pleased to support a white paper from the University of California-Davis regarding greenhouse gas emissions and livestock. The document dissects animal agriculture and other areas that produce greenhouse gas emissions, with the consensus that the livestock industry is not a driving force in climate change.

Joining the CO Ag News Network by telephone to discuss his paper, titled “Livestock’s Contribution to Climate Change: Facts and Fiction”, is Frank Mitloehner, professor of Animal Science and Air Quality Specialist at the University of California-Davis. He also recently concluded chairing a Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations committee to measure and assess the environmental impact of the livestock industry….

  • Professor Mitloehner’s background
  • Divorcing Political Fiction from Scientific Facts
  • GHG Breakdown by Animal Species
  • U.S. Dairy and Beef Production Carbon Footprint
  • Accurately assessing Emissions
  • The key to keeping the livestock sector low-carbon going forward
  • Reaction and thoughts to the 2015 Global Climate Change Conference COP21 
  • Discounting the ‘Meatless Mondays’ Myth
  • & more…


Learn more about the paper, “Livestock’s Contribution to Climate Change: Facts and Fiction” – CLICK HERE or download the document – CLICK HERE

Another paper you might want to take a look at…“IS THE RISING DEMAND FOR ANIMAL PROTEIN FUELING CLIMATE CHANGE?”

To learn more about the work that Frank Mitloehner, professor of Animal Science and Air Quality Specialist at the University of California-Davis is doing – CLICK HERE

04-29-16 USDA Establishes New Partnerships to Link Underserved Farmers to FSA Programs…

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USDA Establishes New Partnerships to Link Underserved Farmers to FSA Programs

Minority, Women, New and Beginning, Military Veteran and Urban Producers to Receive Training and Information on Agency Services

WASHINGTON, April 27, 2016 – The U.S. Department Agriculture (USDA) today announced cooperative agreements with 55 partners to educate farmers and other producers that have been underserved by USDA programs historically about Farm Service Agency (FSA) programs that provide financial, disaster or technical support. Nearly $2.5 million will go to nonprofits, associations, universities, and foundations that will provide training and information on agricultural best practices, local networking opportunities, and more.
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04-29-16 Inside Weld County Extension with Director Keith Maxey…

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Keith Maxey, Director/Livestock Agent, Colorado State University Extension, Weld County

(Barn Media – Briggsdale, CO) April 29, 2016 –  Joining the BARN & the Colorado Ag News Network is Keith Maxey, Director/Livestock Agent, Colorado State University Extension, Weld County, discussing several topics including:


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04-29-16 NGWA: Video helps home owners explore options for financing water well costs…

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Video helps home owners explore options for financing water well costs

A new online video helps home owners explore options for financing necessary well construction or maintenance costs in ways that fit their needs, the National Ground Water Association (NGWA) announced today.

The video produced by NGWA covers financing options including: Continue reading

04-28-16 USDA Unveils Three-Year Conservation Strategy for Lesser Prairie-Chicken…

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USDA Unveils Three-Year Conservation Strategy for Lesser Prairie-Chicken

Conservation Makes Working Rangelands More Productive and Resilient to Wildfire and Climatic Extremes

WILMORE, Kansas, April 28, 2015—The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced the release of a three-year conservation strategy that will guide the voluntary restoration of 500,000 acres of habitat for the lesser prairie-chicken, an iconic grassland bird of the southern Great Plains. The bird has historically suffered from population declines and this strategy is part of an ongoing science-based strategic effort by USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to restore grassland and prairie ecosystems while enhancing grazing lands in five states.

“Across the country, we’re seeing firsthand how farmers, ranchers and forest landowners are voluntarily stepping forward to aid wildlife species,” NRCS Chief Jason Weller said. “By adopting conservation systems, agricultural producers in the southern Great Plains can restore top-notch lesser prairie-chicken habitat while also making working lands more productive and resilient to wildfire and climatic extremes.” Continue reading

04-28-16 Learn more about the Colorado Energy Office receiving a $1.1M USDA RCPP Award…

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Michael Turner CO Energy Office(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) April 28, 2016 – On April 27th, the Colorado Energy Office (CEO) announced that it was selected for a $1.1 million U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) award to help finance energy efficiency improvements for Colorado farmers.  Joining the Colorado Ag News Network inside the BARN to discuss this award in more detail is Michael Turner Energy Efficiency Programs Manager from the Colorado Energy Office.

Topics included within the interview:

  • USDA RCPP Award background and details
  • What the CEO will utilize the funds for?
  • CO Dairy & Irrigation Efficiency Program Details
  • Agricultural Anaerobic Digesters
  • CDA’s Small Hydro Program
  • Renewable Energy Resources
  • & More


To learn more about the Colorado Energy Office or the Colorado Dairy & Irrigation Energy Program – CLICK HERE



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04-28-16 Inside the BARN with Colorado Ag Commissioner Don Brown…


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(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) April 28, 2016 – Joining the Colorado Ag News Network inside the BARN is Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture Don Brown discussing several topics including:

To listen to the interview with Colorado Agriculture Commissioner Don Brown, click below…


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04-28-16 CSU’s Associate Dean of Extension and Deputy Director of the Ag Experiment Station in College of Ag Search Continues…

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Colorado State University is excited to bring four finalists to your area for its open leadership position — Associate Dean of Extension/ Deputy Director of the Agricultural Experiment Station in the College of Agricultural Sciences.  This position is responsible for implementing the strategy of the College of Agricultural Sciences at CSU as it relates to agricultural Extension and research. The successful candidate will oversee a budget of more than $15 million used at seven research centers across Colorado. We welcome your input in fulfilling this important leadership position!

Opportunities to meet the candidates can be found on the itineraries at:

This page also contains candidate background materials, videos of seminars and a feedback survey. A number of opportunities exist in Fort Collins, Greeley, Boulder, and at the Western Colorado Research Center.

In Weld and Boulder Counties, candidates will be available for meetings that include: Continue reading

04-27-16 NASS-CO: USDA Seeks Feedback from Growers about 2016 Crops, Stocks, Inventories & Values…

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DENVER, CO – During the next several weeks, U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will conduct two major mid-year surveys, the June Agricultural Survey and the June Area Survey. The agency will survey thousands of producers across Arizona, Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming to determine crop production and supply levels in 2016.

“Due to the widespread and significant impact of its results, the June Agricultural Survey, also known as the Crops/Stocks Survey, and the June Area Survey, are two of the most important and well-known surveys NASS conducts,” explained Bill Meyer, Director of the NASS Mountain Regional Office. “When growers respond to the June Agricultural Survey, they provide essential information that helps us determine the prospective production and supply of major commodities in the United States for the 2016 crop year. Everyone who relies on agriculture for their livelihoods is interested in the results.” Continue reading

04-27-16 NBA: American Icon: Congress Passes Bill to Make Bison Our National Mammal…

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Vote Bison logoWASHINGTON (April 27, 2016) – The Vote Bison Coalition is proud to celebrate the House and Senate passage of the National Bison Legacy Act, which when signed by the President will officially make bison the National Mammal of the United States.

The House of Representatives passed its version of the National Bison Legacy Act late Tuesday night and the Senate passed its version of the bill last December. The Senate sponsors expect the Senate to adopt the House bill later this week and send the legislation to the president to be signed into law. Continue reading

04-27-16 CSU Ext ALERT: Wheat Disease Update – Kirk Broders, Plant Pathologist…

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Wheat Disease Update – April 27, 2016

Written by: Kirk Broders, Plant Pathologist; Department of Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management, Colorado State University; C030 Plant Science Bldg., 1177 Campus Delivery, Fort Collins, CO, 80523-1177; 970-491-0850 (work); 

Wheat in Colorado made it through the April snow with limited damage and has continued to develop with warmer temperatures this last week. In much of the northeast part of the state the first and/or second nodes are visible (Feekes stage 6-7) and as you move south the wheat is getting closer to flag leaf emergence (Feekes Stage 8). You will notice I frequently mention the Feekes wheat growth development scale. For more information regarding this scale as well as optimal time for pesticide application based on growth stage please review this extension bulletin from Purdue University. Continue reading

04-26-17 CAWA: Looking to the Future for Irrigated Agriculture in Colorado – Regional Workshop in Delta May 3rd…

CAWA - Gunnison Ag Producers Water Future WOrkshop May 3 2016

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The Colorado Water Plan aims to address the water needs of cities, agriculture and the environment in light of projected shortages. Agriculture is a focus; all the basin roundtables and the IBCC expressed that while water for other needs will come partly from agriculture, we must guard against large scale dry-up. Instead, the Plan promotes alternative transfer methods as an alternative to “buy and dry.”

What does this emphasis on alternative transfer methods mean? What’s the motivation for farmers and ranchers to participate in leasing or improve irrigation efficiency? What are the barriers? Colorado Ag Water Alliance is hosting a series of workshops throughout the state to share information and foster dialogue among agricultural producers.

Brief, highly focused presentations will outline the basics, followed by opportunity for Ag producers to ask questions and engage in dialogue about what they see as opportunities and barriers—and how those barriers and opportunities might best be addressed.

Gunnison Basin Workshop Agenda – May 3, 2016

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04-25-16 Make plans to attend the 2016 National Bison Association Summer Conference…

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Bison: America’s Soil Builders

The 2016 National Bison Association’s annual summer conference will land in Elk River, Minnesota this June 20th – 22nd .The conference theme is “Bison: America’s Soil Builders”.

The three day meeting, which changes location each year, is packed with information and fun.  The conference will provide both new bison ranchers and current producers something to take away. Located just 40 miles northwest of Minneapolis, Elk River is an ideal location for our summer event and features the conference host-farm, Snake River Farm  This holistically managed farm produces  not only bison, but also a variety of livestock including pasture-raised swine, poultry, beef cattle and more. The conference includes a tour of the Snake River Farm, offering an example of a working bison operation. Continue reading

Livestock Exchange, LLC Weekly Update…

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


04/25 – Livestock Exchange, LLC Recap & Preview w/Auctioneer Tyler Knode


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04-22-16 Monsanto Announces 2016 Regional “Farm Mom of the Year” Winners, includes CO’s Nikki Weathers…

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National Winner to be Determined by America’s Votes on

ST. LOUIS (Apr. 22, 2016) – As spring arrives in full force, two things are sure to follow – planting will begin, and Monsanto will announce its new crop of “Farm Moms.” For most areas of the country, planting has officially started, and now today Monsanto is proud to announce it has selected five fantastic women as its regional winners in its 2016 America’s Farmers Mom of the Year contest.

“Once again we are so honored to have read nominations for hundreds of the strongest, kindest and most passionate women when it comes to their families, farms, communities and agriculture,” says Tracy Mueller, corporate brand manager for Monsanto. “What all of these women accomplish on a daily basis is phenomenal, making our job to select just one winner per region a difficult one. However, we are thrilled to introduce America to our five new regional farm moms. We were impressed with their drive and willingness to speak out for agriculture, and we know America will be, too.”

The 2016 regional winners of the America’s Farmers Mom of the Year contest include:

Nikki Weathers - Yuma CO

CLICK HERE to vote for Nikki Weathers of Yuma, CO or any of the other regional winners…



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04-18-16 Inside the BARN with CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg: Conservation Easements & Water-Water-Water…

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(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) April 18, 2016 – Joining me inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network is State Senator Jerry Sonnenberg from District 1 discussing several topics including:

  • Conservation Easments – Where does it go from here?
  • Gov Hickenlooper endorses Windy Gap
  • Bill to streamline water permitting process
  • Passage of HB 1256 – When will it be introduced in the Senate?
  • And More

To listen to the Two Part Interview, click the audio mp3 links below…



04-12-16 Inside the American Cancer Society’s 2016 Cattle Baron’s Ball w/Jill Anderson: September 17th in Greeley, CO…

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JillAndersonHeadshot2016(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) April 11, 2016 – Did you know that the annual Cattle Barons Ball has raised $5.705 million net dollars in the last 23 years? Joining the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network to detail the 2016 Cattle Baron’s Ball – “Diggin in Blue Jeans” fund-raiser on September 17th in Greeley, CO is Jill Anderson, Senior Development Manager, Distinguished Events Great West Division, with the American Cancer Society, Inc


For more information about the 2016 Cattle Baron’s Ball, September 18th @ Duran Enterprises in Greeley, CO – CLICK HERE

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04-06-16 Inside Quantum Water & Environment: Securing YOUR Water Rights within the Upper Pierre & Upper Laramie Aquifers…

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Theresa Jehn-Dellaport, President of Quantum Water & Environment

Theresa Jehn-Dellaport, President of Quantum Water & Environment

(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) April 6th, 2016 – Did you know in NE Colorado there is a water resource that could help benefit your farm/ranch? Joining the CO Ag News Network to discuss the Upper Pierre & Upper Laramie Aquifers and much more is Theresa Jehn-Dellaport, President of Quantum Water & Environment, headquartered in Lakewood, CO…

  • QWE History – Services – Staff
  • Upper Pierre Aquifer
  • Upper Laramie Aquifer
  • Protecting YOUR water rights thru adjudication
  • Costs / Benefits
  • & much more


To learn more about Quantum Water & Environment please visit , or follow QWE on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, GooglePlus and YouTube as well.

04-29-16 USDA Offers New Loans for Portable Farm Storage and Handling Equipment…

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USDA Offers New Loans for Portable Farm Storage and Handling Equipment

Portable Equipment Can Help Producers, including Small-Scale and Local Farmers, Get Products to Market Quickly

COLUMBUS, Ohio, April 29, 2016 U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will provide a new financing option to help farmers purchase portable storage and handling equipment. Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Val Dolcini and Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) Administrator Elanor Starmer announced changes to the Farm Storage Facility Loan (FSFL) program today during a local and regional food roundtable in Columbus, Ohio. The loans, which now include a smaller microloan option with lower down payments, are designed to help producers, including new, small and mid-sized producers, grow their businesses and markets. Continue reading

04-29-16 USDA Unveils New ‘Urban Agriculture Toolkit’ for Urban Farmers and Agri-business Entrepreneurs…

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USDA Unveils New ‘Urban Agriculture Toolkit’ for Urban Farmers and Agri-business Entrepreneurs

Online Resource Draws on USDA’s and Partners’ Experience with Launching and Sustaining Urban Agriculture Operations Points Producers to Helpful Financial and Technical Resources

WASHINGTON, April 29, 2016 Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today unveiled the USDA Urban Agriculture Toolkit, a new resource created by USDA’s Know Your Farmer team to help entrepreneurs and community leaders successfully create jobs and increase access to healthy food through urban agriculture. From neighborhood gardens grown on repurposed lots, to innovative mobile markets and intensive hydroponic and aquaculture operations, urban food production is rapidly growing into a mature business sector in cities across the country. Continue reading

Read the NAFB’s National Ag News for Friday, April 29th…

CLICK HERE to listen to TODAY's BARN Morning Ag News with Brian Allmer...

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Kansas City Fed Issues Farm Economy Report

The Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank issued a report on the farm economy that said farm lending remains “brisk,” but agricultural credit conditions have “deteriorated” as repayment rates have gone down.  The report also says that banks are increasingly using real estate as collateral and raising interest rates.  The report says farmland values have remained relatively strong, but a poor outlook for cash flow could continue to pressure a large share of farm borrowers, particularly those who are highly leveraged.  National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson said the Federal Reserve’s assessment of farm credit conditions, and the signs of deterioration, have NFU concerned about hard times ahead.


Some Argentina Soybean Fields are Still Flooded

Drier weather has returned to Argentina and should continue through May.  Pro Farmer’s First Thing Today says many soybean fields still remain waterlogged.  Eduardo Sierra, the weather adviser to the Buenos Aires Grain Exchange, said Argentina has 21 million hectares of soybeans.  7 million are fine, 7 million are wet but not swamped, and in the other 7 million, growers have to wait for flooding to recede before they try to harvest.  He said the waterlogged fields would be at least “partially lost.”  Several experts estimate soybean crop losses at 5 MMT.


Taiwan Organizations Protest Over US Pork Imports

The Taiwan swine industry and the pro-independence Taiwan Solidarity Union protested against a Washington delegation on the island due to the possible opening to ractopamine-containing US pork. The Taiwan Swine Association Secretary General said imports of US pork with ractopamine not only negatively affect the market but also the health of the Taiwanese people.  He said if the government lifts the ban on ractopamine-containing pork, pig farmers would organize a large-scale protest.  Taiwan’s Council of Ag Minister-designate said that that Taiwan, who needed Washington’s support to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership, cannot close its doors to ractopamine-containing pork forever.  The World News Report said Washington has hinted that acceptance of US ractopamine-containing pork was a condition for the inclusion of Taiwan in the TPP.


Pilgrim’s Pride First Quarter Earnings Are Lower

Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation reported it’s 2016 first quarter net income at $118.4 million, down 42 percent from a year ago.  Net sales in the first quarter were $1.96 billion, down 4.3 percent from last year. said these results were actually a small rebound from a bad fourth quarter in 2015.  The results also come just one day after the company recalled more than 4.5 million pounds of fully cooked chicken products.  The company attributes the improved numbers to a jump in US and Mexican business in the first quarter of this year after a weak fourth quarter. They say puts them in a good position for a strong second quarter.  First quarter-results of 46 cents a share also were 4 cents above the analyst’s expectations of 42 cents a share.  Pilgrim’s also announced a dividend of $2.75 per share or roughly $700 million total.


AFIA Supports UC-Davis White Paper on GHG Emissions

The American Feed Industry Association is pleased to support a white paper from the University of California-Davis on greenhouse gas emissions from livestock.  The paper is titled “Livestock’s Contribution to Climate Change: Facts and Fiction.”  The document dissects animal agriculture and other areas that produce greenhouse gas emissions, with the consensus that the livestock industry is not a driving force in climate change.  The author states “Efficiencies in US livestock agriculture have lowered the industry’s combined emissions to a historic low of 4 percent of the nation’s total.”  The author adds that furthering those advancements will be paramount to meeting global demand for protein without depleting natural resources.  The EPA says energy production and transportation are the largest contributors, together equaling more than half of the total US emissions.


USGC Looks At Potential For Sales Growth in Colombia

The recently release US Grains Council “Outlook Colombia 2030” report found new market development opportunities in Colombia.  Opportunities in the market come about, as feed imports are likely to expand dramatically in the country, even faster than historical trends suggested.  Colombia’s corn imports are expected to reach 5.5 MMT by 2020, and 7.8 MMT by 2030.  The bullish outlook is due to continued economic growth in Colombia that will expand the middle class and lead to increased meat consumption.  Colombia’s livestock sector is expected to increase its output by more than 50 percent to meet the demand by 2020.  The country’s lagging crop production performance is projected to continue, which means Colombia’s livestock producers will have to rely on imports to support their expected expansion.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service


04-28-16 USDA NASS Colorado Meat PDI Report #2…

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Milk production increased 1.3 percent in 2015 to 209 billion pounds. The rate per cow, at 22,393 pounds, was 134 pounds above 2014. The annual average number of milk cows on farms was 9.32 million head, up 60,000 head from 2014. Continue reading

04-28-16 USDA NASS Colorado Meat PDI Report…

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Total 2015 production of cattle and calves and hogs and pigs for the United States totaled 76.6 billion pounds, up 6 percent from 2014. Production increased 3 percent for cattle and calves and 9 percent for hogs and pigs. Continue reading

04-28-16 NCGA: Farmers Bridge Gaps to Find Clean Water Solutions…

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Farmers Bridge Gaps to Find Clean Water Solutions

This week, National Corn Growers Association staff took a deeper look into water quality issues during the Hypoxia Task Force Meeting in St. Louis. The HTF is a partnership of 12 states, five federal agencies and tribal representatives focused on collaborative efforts to reduce nutrient loading in the Mississippi and Atchafalaya River Basin and subsequent hypoxic zone in the Gulf of Mexico.  The Task Force heard presentations from several non-governmental groups and the Missouri Corn Growers Association, and its soy counterpart, discussions on how they approach finding solutions to ensure clean water for future generations. Continue reading

04-28-16 Colorado Weekly Hay Report…


04-28-16 FB News: Farm Bureau partners with Drone World Expo to bring farmers, ranchers to November event…

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Farm Bureau partners with Drone World Expo to bring farmers, ranchers to November event

April 28, 2016-The American Farm Bureau Federation and several other leading groups whose members are commercial drone users are partnering with the Drone World Expo. Through this partnership, Farm Bureau members receive free registration for the 2nd annual Drone World Expo event to be held November 15-16, 2016, at the San Jose Convention Center.

Drone World Expo’s two-day conference focuses on the latest advancements in the commercial drone industry.

“Drones are the next evolution within American agriculture technology. Drones have the potential to help farmers grow more food while using less water and fewer pesticides. High-tech cameras and other airborne sensors give farmers important data to reduce their environmental footprint. This is important not just for farmers but for anyone else who cares deeply about the environment. Farm Bureau is excited to bring education and solutions to farmers and ranchers via this new partnership with Drone World Expo and encourage our members to attend this important industry event,” said RJ Karney, director of congressional relations for the American Farm Bureau Federation. Continue reading