05-22-15 President Obama and CO Governor Hickenlooper orders flags lowered Monday to observe Memorial Day…

US_flag_half_mastDENVER — Friday, May 22, 2013 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today ordered flags be lowered to half-staff on on all public buildings statewide on Monday, May 25, as a mark of respect for Memorial Day and as proclaimed by President Barack Obama. Flags should be lowered from sunrise to noon.

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05-22-15 USMEF News: Despite Challenges, U.S. Meat Industry Remains Optimistic about International Markets…

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SAN ANTONIO, TX – May 22, 2015 – While U.S. meat exports face imposing challenges in 2015, this hasn’t dampened the industry’s enthusiasm for international marketing. This was the prevailing theme throughout the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) Board of Directors Meeting, which concluded Friday in San Antonio, Texas.

“The mood is very positive, despite all the challenges we have faced in the first few months of this year,” said USMEF Chair Leann Saunders. “We heard a lot this week about the large volume of protein that’s going to be entering the market in the next 10 years, and our members know the international markets are essential to their ability to move that protein into the value-added marketplace.”

Red meat exports endured a difficult first quarter in 2015, slowed by West Coast port congestion, intense competition in key markets and a very strong U.S. dollar. But Saunders said USMEF members are still confident in their investments in international marketing for beef, pork and lamb.

“They are definitely in this for the long haul and understand this is not a sprint, but a marathon,” she said. “It’s really been a pleasure to interact with USMEF members this week and see the positive outlook they have for the future of our industry.”

Al Almanza, deputy under secretary for food safety at USDA, addresses USMEF members in San Antonio

Al Almanza, deputy under secretary for food safety at USDA, addresses USMEF members in San Antonio

The opening speaker at USMEF’s closing business session was Al Almanza, deputy under secretary for food safety at USDA.

“What you all do at USMEF is so, so important for United States trade, our relationships with other countries and the ability of those countries to gain access to the safest meat and poultry supply in the world,” Almanza said. “Your work is evidence of a strong international commitment to science-based food safety policies that protect public health and facilitate trade.”

Almanza provided status reports on a number of issues that have recently interrupted U.S. meat exports, including delisting of pork plants by China. He noted that USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) staff members have prepared detailed responses on each establishment for review by Chinese regulators, documented the corrective actions taken, and asked that the plants be reinstated immediately based on FSIS’s review.

Almanza also discussed disruptions at the U.S.-Mexico border that have resulted in delisting of some U.S. plants. He said USDA is working with Mexican officials to develop protocols allowing them to work together to avoid these situations in the future.

Almanza was also asked about efforts to improve market access for U.S. lamb, which is currently shut out of several key markets due to restrictions dating back to the detection of BSE in the United States. He responded that USDA expects to see progress on this issue within the next two months. Continue reading

05-22-15 Colorado Tumble Weed’s Crop Report with Lamar’s Don Turner…

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05/22/15 – A  quick report just before Memorial Day. Vets we Salute you and Thank You for your Service. Which demonstrates you Love and Dedication to the USA!!!

Spring Crops Corn: The final plant date for the Texas Panhandle was 5/15, Colorado is 5/25 in the SE Corner. It is estimated by most Ag Professional’s that Texas is 55% of normal acres. Final Corn planting date for Burleson County/Bryan College Station area was 4/15. Grain Sorghum in this area has the Sugar cane aphid to deal with. It was a very negative factor in 2014 they are trying to find a spray that will control that Bug.

Corn does have a late planting period, but you lose 1% of your Insurance guarantee for every day you are late. Check with you Crop Insurance Agent for that information.


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Don Turner has heen serving us for many years with all types of agriculture insurance. Helping you to protect what you have worked so hard for. From yield base plans, revenue plans, crop hail plans to the information and technologyyou need to operate your business. Four Seasons Insurance offers everything in crop insurance. No matter how large or small your operation is, Four Seasons Insurance has the products and care that you will need to protect your agriculture investments.

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ASI Shares H-2A Comments

With just over a week remaining for the sheep industry to respond to the Department of Labor’s (DOL) proposed rule to revise the H-2A special procedures program for sheepherding, the American Sheep Industry Association (ASI) shared additional guidance for sheep producers, allied businesses and local governments to comment. All comments must be filed on or before June 1.

Peter Orwick, ASI executive director, suggested to those posting comments, “Minimally, I recommend remarking on the two main points of the rule — the wage proposal and the sheepherder job description.”

The wage structure recommended by DOL in the proposed rule triples herder wages over a period of time and is not sustainable for the industry, for the herder program or for the ranches. Julie Shiflett, Ph.D., Juniper Economic Consulting, provided an economic analysis showing that 38 percent of all sheep are herded. Sheep operations will be unable to afford this steep wage expense, thus vacating sheep from their operations. (i.e. Employers in South Dakota would be expected to pay herders nearly $39,000 annually in salary plus pay for all food and housing.)

The proposal also suggests that no fences would be allowed in connection with sheepherders and, further, that half of the herders’ year must be away from the ranch headquarters and livestock facilities. Our membership, and that of the Western Range Association and Mountain Plains Agriculture Services, indicate a majority of sheep operations would not be eligible to hire H-2A herders under this scenario.

The herding livestock industry has adapted a wide variety of grazing options as federal-grazing allotments have been continuously reduced and replaced with private-land leases rather than alternative federal permits. The sheep still graze the entire year but less frequently are they out of sight of a fence.

“ASI highlighted comments submitted to the DOL by banks and lamb companies pointing to the huge financial impact this rule will have on their ranch customers and suppliers, as well as the business itself, due to their reliance on herded sheep. 38 percent of all sheep in America are tended by an H-2A sheepherder. If the program is unaffordable or unavailable, the ranch has no alternative to herding and will be forced to dispose of the sheep,” continued Orwick. “Request the department withdraw its proposed wage and, instead, consider alternative formulas, including those submitted during the period that will be sustainable for sheep production, sheepherders and the sheepherder program.”

All documents will be posted to the Legislative Action Center at www.sheepusa.org/IssuesPrograms_LegislativeActionCenter. Please share this information with other producers and companies for their participation in the comment period.

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CACD - Colorado Association of Conservation Districts logoFOUNTAIN, CO – May 22, 2015 – Monte Vista’s Sargent High School FFA team took first place honors at the 2015 Colorado Envirothon Competition held on May 14 and 15, in Alamosa.  The second and third place teams were both from Castle View High School in Douglas County.

High school teams came from just about all areas of the state to compete in the Colorado Association of Conservation Districts’ annual natural resource-based contest. There were eighteen teams registered for the two day 2015 CO Envirothon event, but several had to cancel during the week due to unforeseen circumstances.  The schools that made the trip to the San Luis Valley for this event were from Castle Rock, Craig, Fort Garland, Greeley, Kremmling, Monte Vista, San Luis, and Alamosa, CO.

Sargent High School’s team members were Wyatt Clark, Syree Gunnels, Jessica Kern, Kenon Miner, and Cassidy Plane.  Mr. Jim Relyea acted as the school’s team sponsor.  All students were tested in a total of five areas of natural resource issues, including: aquatic ecology, forestry, wildlife, and soils. Teams also had to make an oral presentation on solving a current natural resource problem, with this year’s topic being “Urban Forestry”. Team work and critical thinking are the basis for a successful outcome at this fun and educational contest. CACD would like to thank all of this year’s participants and their school sponsors. The date and location of the 2016 CO Envirothon event will be announced in the coming months.

More information about the Colorado Envirothon program can be obtained from their website at www.coloenvirothon.com , or by calling CACD at: (719) 686-0020

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05-22-15 CO Governor Hickenlooper asks Interior Secretary to protect Colorado mining jobs

CO Gov John Hickenlooper 1DENVER – Friday, May 22, 2015 Gov. John Hickenlooper today asked Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to “do everything possible” to prevent a shutdown of the Colowyo Coal Mine near Craig that would eliminate 220 jobs and create significant economic hardship to northwest Colorado.

The governor’s request follows a May 8 ruling from a U.S. District Court in Denver that the federal Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) must, within 120 days, conduct supplement environmental analysis and public notice and comment, and render a new decision on Colowyo’s mining plan. Failure to comply would effectively shut down the mine, which contributes more than $200 million to the regional economy, generates royalties and taxes estimated at $12.0 million annually, and provides affordable and reliable electricity to Colorado and the Intermountain West.

“We have expressed our concerns to OSMRE about these impacts and pledged to play whatever role we can to minimize them, including participation as a cooperating agency in OSMRE’s supplemental environmental review,” Hickenlooper wrote.  “Given the importance of this mine to the economies of the region, I ask that you do everything possible to respond to the judge’s order and remedy the situation as expeditiously as possible. “

Hickenlooper encouraged Jewell to consider having OSMRE appeal the court order or petition the court to seek an extension on the timeframe to conduct the environmental analysis.

To view the full letter of the press release CLICK HERE

05-22-15 NFU Urges Congress to Vote Against COOL Repeal Bill…

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WASHINGTON (May 22, 2015) – National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson today urged members of Congress to vote against recent legislation passed in the House Agriculture Committee that would repeal portions of Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL), citing possible food safety issues, the bill’s overreach, and denial of consumers’ basic right to know about where their food comes from.

“The House Agriculture Committee has succumbed to lobbying and scare tactics from foreign governments and multinational meatpackers and inserted itself prematurely into the WTO process by voting for a bill to repeal COOL,” said Johnson. “This bill allows for unlabeled Chinese chicken to be imported into the U.S., extends well beyond the scope of the WTO dispute, and strips consumers of information they want. NFU urges Congress to vote against the COOL repeal bill and allow the ongoing WTO process to play out.”

Johnson noted in a letter to the House Agriculture Committee that repealing chicken as one of the covered commodities for COOL is setting the stage for allowing unlabeled chicken from China into the U.S. China has sought approval to export frozen, chilled and raw chicken to the U.S. Continue reading

05-22-15 NPPC President Ron Prestage Statement On Walmart Commitment To Responsible Farming…

NPPC - WPEX 2015 logoThe National Pork Producers Council applauds Walmart’s commitment, announced today, to sustainable and responsible farming, which America’s pork producers make every day. By using antibiotics responsibly and providing humane and compassionate care for their animals, pork producers ensure animal health and well-being and a safe, wholesome food supply. Walmart’s recognition of that proves that America’s farmers, not extreme animal activist groups, should be setting food policy.

The U.S. pork industry’s long-standing training and certification programs have worked to ensure that farmers and veterinarians use antibiotics responsibly, protecting the efficacy and availability of antibiotics for therapeutic and disease prevention purposes for the health and safety of animals and the food supply.

The Judicious Use Guidelines of the American Veterinary Medical Association and of the American Association of Swine Veterinarians and the Responsible Use of Antibiotics Guidelines in the pork industry’s Pork Quality Assurance Plus program are closely aligned, and NPPC supports their incorporation into every farmer’s daily practices. Additionally, the pork industry is adopting changes included in FDA Guidance 213, which is restricting the use in food animals of medically important antibiotics, as well as the agency’s Veterinary Feed Directive. The industry also is working with USDA and FDA to best accomplish meaningful reporting of antibiotics use data.

America’s hog farmers are committed to producing safe, affordable and healthful foods for consumers and using industry practices that have been designed with input from veterinarians and other animal-care experts to provide humane and compassionate care for their pigs at every stage of life.

– Dr. Ron Prestage is a veterinarian and pork producer from Camden, S.C.

05-22-15 USDA NASS Colorado Cattle On Feed…



The number of cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market in Colorado feedlots with a capacity of 1,000 head or larger was estimated at 900,000 head as of May 1, 2015. The latest inventory was 4 percent below May 1, 2014 inventory but 1 percent above the previous month’s inventory. Cattle feeders with 1,000 head or larger capacity marketed an estimated 120,000 head of fed cattle during April 2015. This was 14 percent below the previous month’s marketings, and 8 percent below the marketings one year earlier. An estimated 145,000 cattle and calves were placed on feed during April, 3 percent below the previous month’s placements, but up 12 percent from April 2014 placements. Of the number placed in April, 17 percent weighed less than 600 pounds, 17 percent weighed from 600 to 699 pounds, 24 percent weighed from 700 to 799 pounds, and 41 percent weighed 800 pounds and greater. Other disappearance for April, at 15,000 head, was 5,000 head above last month and last year.

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05-21-15 CSP/CDOT News: Memorial Day DUI Enforcement and Checkpoint Colorado Begins May 22nd…

CDOT logoHeat is On LogoSTATEWIDE — For many, Memorial Day weekend means time-off from work and celebrating the unofficial start of summer. For the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), Colorado State Patrol (CSP) and law enforcement agencies across the state, Memorial Day marks a rise in impaired driving and a need for increased DUI enforcement. With this in mind, law enforcement will saturate Colorado’s roadways from Friday, May 22, through Tuesday, May 26, citing and arresting drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

“As Coloradans celebrate the holiday, they may head to concerts, BBQs or other events where alcohol or marijuana may be consumed,” said Darrell Lingk, Director of the Office of Transportation Safety at CDOT. “CDOT urges everyone across the state to plan ahead and have a safe way home. That cab ride home will be cheaper than a $10,000 DUI. It’s simple —if you drink or consume marijuana, don’t drive.”

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05-20-15 USDA Offers Summer Food Safety Tips In Advance of Memorial Day Weekend…

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USDA Food Keeper Mobile APp Website logoWASHINGTON, May 20, 2015 – Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start to summer, and many Americans will celebrate with cookouts, camping, road trips and other activities that involve food. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is reminding families to take extra care not to let foodborne bacteria, which grows more quickly in hot weather, ruin the fun.

“This Memorial Day weekend and all summer long, I encourage families to get outside and enjoy our natural resources, national parks and forests, and the variety of food America’s farmers are able to provide,” said Agriculture Secretary Vilsack. “It’s important to remember that bacteria grow faster in the same warm temperatures that people enjoy, so extra care needs to be taken to prevent food poisoning when preparing meals away from home. USDA reminds everyone to use a food thermometer, and take advantage of resources like our FoodKeeper app to help with any food handling questions.”

Last month, USDA launched its FoodKeeper mobile app, which contains specific guidance on more than 400 food and beverage items, including safe cooking recommendations for meat, poultry and seafood products. The app provides information on how to store food and beverages to maximize their freshness and quality. This will help keep products fresh longer than if they were stored improperly, which can happen more often during hot summer days. The application is available for free on Android and Apple devices.

Due to a variety of factors, including warmer temperatures, foodborne illness increases in summer. To help Americans stay healthy and safe, USDA offers the following food safety recommendations.

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05-21-15 USDA Reminds Farmers to Certify Conservation Compliance by June 1st Deadline…

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WASHINGTON, May 21, 2015 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reminds farmers to file a Highly Erodible Land Conservation and Wetland Conservation Certification form (AD-1026) with their local USDA Service Center by June 1, 2015. The 2014 Farm Bill requires producers to have the form on file in order to remain eligible, or to become eligible for crop insurance premium support.

Many farmers already have a certification form on file since it’s required for participation in most USDA programs including marketing assistance loans, farm storage facility loans and disaster assistance. However, farmers who only participate in the federal crop insurance program must now file a certification form to receive crop insurance premium support. These producers might include specialty crop farmers who may not participate in other USDA programs.

“USDA is making every effort possible to get the word out about this new Farm Bill provision,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “We’ve deployed a variety of informational documents and online resources including fact sheets, frequently asked questions and brochures to help farmers understand what they need to do. We’ve also conducted informational meetings and training sessions for nearly 6,000 stakeholders across the country. We want to make sure that those who are required to act do so by the June 1 deadline. We want all eligible producers to be able to maintain their ability to protect their operations with affordable crop insurance.”

USDA has conducted extensive outreach over the past year, especially to producers who only participate in the federal crop insurance program and may be subject to conservation compliance for the first time. Along with the outreach done by crop insurance agents and companies, USDA efforts have included letters, postcards, phone calls, producer meetings and interaction with stakeholder groups to help them reach their members. While there are procedures in place to correct good faith errors and omissions on certification forms, the deadline cannot be waived or extended and a form must be filed by June 1.

The Highly Erodible Land Conservation and Wetland Conservation Certification form AD-1026 is available at local USDA Service Centers or online at www.fsa.usda.gov/AD1026form.When a farmer completes this form, USDA’s Farm Service Agency and Natural Resources Conservation Service staff will identify any additional actions that may be required for compliance with highly erodible land and wetland provisions. USDA’s Risk Management Agency, through the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation, manages the federal crop insurance program. Continue reading

05-21-15 Make plans to attend the 2015 CO Farm Bureau Mid-Summer Meeting in Sterling July 19-21

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CENTENNIAL, CO – May 21, 2015 – The CFB Mid-Summer Meeting is a wonderful opportunity for families from all around Colorado to come together and catch up with old friends and meet new ones. This conference moves around the State of Colorado and is hosted by the local counties in the district. Held every July, the primary goal of this Meeting is to kick-off our Policy Development process. Colorado Farm Bureau prides itself on its grassroots policy process, and therefore, it is the farmers and ranchers themselves that surface policy changes that may be needed. Like all CFB events, our Mid-Summer Meeting is family friendly and truly an enjoyable social time for everyone!

This summer’s conference is held in Sterling, Logan County, and hosted by District 2 Counties. The meetings will take place at the Northeastern Junior College Campus. The Mid-Summer Meeting is a unique occasion to spend a few days in a different part of the state learning and seeing more of what Colorado has to offer or perhaps this year’s conference takes place close to home for you! Continue reading

05-21-15 Inside the BARN with Colorado Ag Commissioner Don Brown…


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CO Ag Commissioner Don Brown

(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) May 21, 2015 – Joining the Colorado Ag News Network inside the BARN is Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture Don Browndiscussing several topics including:

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The mission of the Department of Agriculture is to strengthen and advance Colorado agriculture; promote a safe, high quality, and sustainable food supply; and protect consumers, the environment, and natural resources. The vision of the Department of Agriculture is that Colorado agriculture be strong and vibrant, a key driver of the state’s economy, and recognized worldwide for its safe, affordable, and abundant supply of high quality food and agricultural products.

If you would like to learn more about the Colorado Department of Agriculture stop by their offices @ 305 Interlocken Parkway in Broomfield, CO, give them a call @ 303-869-9000 or visit the CDA online @ www.colorado.gov/ag



05-20-15 CSU Golden Plains Area Ext News: Corn Planting…

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BURLINGTON, CO – May 20, 2015 – Since soil temperature, stand establishment and uniform emergence are all key considerations when attempting to determine an optimum corn planting window, early plantings are generally discouraged when significant acreages are involved.  Agronomy professionals agree that the optimum corn planting window will be related directly to a consistent soil temperature of around 50 to 55° F at the two-inch soil depth.  Traditionally, these consistent soil temperatures occur between the third week of April through the first week of May.  Since cool soils through mid-April often result in a lengthy germination period, corn emergence can often times take over three weeks from the time of planting to full stand establishment.

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05-20-15 CSU Golden Plains Area Ext News: Freeze Injury on Wheat…

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Leaf burn from freeze damage. By itself, this is cosmetic damage only. Photos by Jim Shroyer, K-State Research and Extension.

Leaf burn from freeze damage. By itself, this is cosmetic damage only. Photos by Jim Shroyer, K-State Research and Extension.

Close up of stem damage from freeze injury, resulting in lodging in 2007.

Close up of stem damage from freeze injury, resulting in lodging in 2007.

BURLINGTON, CO – May 20, 2015 – Freezing temperatures have affected many wheat fields within the Colorado High Plains Region this season.  In fields where only some of the tillers have been damaged, there is still plenty of time for undamaged tillers to compensate and minimize any potential yield loss.  However, frost damaged wheat heads will be permanently damaged.

Important factors determining freeze damage

There are a number of key factors in determining freeze damage: the stage of development of the wheat, the density of the stand and condition of the plants, the amount of residue on the soil surface, the extent and duration of low temperatures, temperature gradients within the field, soil moisture, and the wind speed.

* Stage of development.

— Greenup. Wheat that has greened up but hasn’t started to joint yet will probably suffer damage to the existing foliage, but the growing points will be protected by the soil and should escape injury. This wheat will have cosmetic damage to the leaves that will show up almost immediately. If new leaves emerging over the next few weeks are green, that will indicate that the growing points survived and the plants will still produce tillers. If the new leaves are yellow, the growing point of that particular tiller was killed by the freeze. Continue reading

05-20-15 US Senators Gardner, Bennet Introduce Native American Indian Education Act…

US Senate SealUS Senator Cory GardnerUS Senator Michael Bennet color official photo-022513Washington, DC ­- Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) announced today that they have introduced The Native American Indian Education Act in the United States Senate to provide relief to State education budgets currently fulfilling a federal mandate to provide tuition-free higher education opportunities for Native American Indians.

The Act addresses federal-state agreements which required, as part of a land grant agreement, that States finance Native American tuition at certain universities in perpetuity. One such agreement, at Fort Lewis College in Colorado, covered just a few dozen students when it was originally struck in 1910. Today, over 1,123 American Indian and Alaska native students from over 162 tribes nationwide attend Fort Lewis college, and the State of Colorado is bearing much of the cost of tuition waivers and other expenses, which exceed $16 million per year.

This Act ensures the tuition wavier program will continue, but updates the program to reflect the current day reality of educational costs and make the federal-state arrangement as equitable as it was originally intended. The Act ensures that the cost of educating Native American and Alaska native students from across the country does not fall solely on individual states, thereby having the federal government live up to its commitment to provide educational opportunities to Native students.  Continue reading

05-20-15 CFWE News: Water efficiency tour set for June 11-12…

CFWE - CO Foundation for Water Education logo 2Join the Colorado Foundation for Water Education to explore water efficiency along the Front Range, June 11-12. This annual tour is the most unique professional development opportunity available in Colorado water.

The group will see the extent of water conservation and reuse along the Front Range and identify exemplary projects that other communities can employ to cut water use in the future. The group will also be joined by members of the Interim Water Resources Review Committee and other leaders across Colorado.

To learn more, go to https://www.yourwatercolorado.org/component/civicrm/?task=civicrm/event/info&reset=1&id=117.


The mission of the Colorado Foundation for Water Education is to promote better understanding of Colorado’s water resources and issues by providing balanced and accurate information and education. We accomplish our mission through the production of high-quality educational tools and experiences—which we’ve been doing since 2002. Learn more online @ https://www.yourwatercolorado.org/about-cfwe

05-20-15 Learn more about the NFU’s Annual Spring Fly-In and COOL from RMFU Member Chad Franke of Roggen, CO…

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RMFU LogoChad Franke Family Roggen CO(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) May 20, 2015 – The National Farmers Union are hosting their annual Spring Fly-In in Washington DC this week and joining me to discuss that eventin much more detail here inside the BARN is Roggen, CO area farmer Chad Franke, a member of the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union.

The National Farmers Union is encouraging other supporters of COOL to join Farmers Union fly-in participants, like Chad Franke, by calling your representatives on Capitol Hill at (202) 224-3121 and telling them to #keepCOOL. You too can follow along with NFU and others at the fly-in on Twitter with the hashtag #COOLFlyIn. Want to learn more about Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL)…then check out the NFU’s  COOL Fly-In Packet http://www.nfu.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Spring-Cool-Fly-In-Packet.pdf

Learn more about RMFU Member Chad Franke – CLICK HERE

Learn more about the National Farmers Union @ www.nfu.org.

Learn more about the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, serving family farming & ranching since 1907, and become a member @ www.rmfu.org.

05-20-15 Colorado Tumble Weed’s Crop Report with Lamar’s Don Turner…

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5/19/2015 – For the last 3 years I have traveled Texas back roads always looking for Crop Land and Minneapolis Moline Tractors. Since 1958 my dad and I would always look for the Luther Lock Custom Cutting crew to come down 287 through Springfield Colo. Luther was a custom cutter from Wheatland Wyo. He would always come through Springfield on his way to Vernon, Texas. Ten Chevy Trucks and Ten Massey Combines with all the support vehicles in line. Beautiful sight, for a country boy!!

Last Sunday afternoon headed north on my way back to Colorado. Up Hwy 6 to 35. Filled up in Waco at 1pm but missed all of the excitement on the other side of 35. All the Wheat from Waco to Wichita Fall is still soaking wet. Anything combine ripe is in jeopardy!

I headed North on 44 out of Texas and turned west on Oklahoma 70 to 36 then west again on 5. Continued west on 5 until I came to hwy 283, 26 miles north of Vernon, Texas. Total wipe out at that intersection by hail, I also crossed the path of a tornado that had knocked down power lines, sprinklers and building 5 or 6 miles east of this intersection. I crossed the path of this tornado twice more before getting to Chillicothe, Texas. All the way down hwy 5 the land was still draining from the heavy showers Saturday night, some ten plus hours since the rain. All the wheat in this 130 mile strip is still green enough to complete the maturing process. I talked to a custom cutter/farmer from Frederick he indicated that with some sunshine and wind he thought their biggest loss would be from the hail.  I had stated in my last report that a Texas Radio station had reported 10,000 acres of wheat was lost to hail a week ago in the Chillicothe area. I call the Chillicothe Co-op this morning to confirm this information. The person wasn’t sure of that number but a large number of wheat acres had received severe hail damage. In 2014 I traveled many of these same roads. I told many of my customers that there were less than ten fields that would make over 20 bu. from Wichita Falls Texas to Lamar Colorado. That statement proved to be true last year.

The buzz word last year in Colorado and Texas was “Pray for Rain.” The correct response now is “Thank You Lord” but how do we manage all this water??? Just be safe, drive smart and stay out of fast moving water. The tumble weeds are floating down the Arkansas River and into the local canals as we speak!! That is about it for the Colorado Tumble Weed today. My plan today is to stay as dry as possible. I will roll back into Texas later this week!!

The Colorado Tumble Weed


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05-19-15 Southeast Colorado CattleWomen: “Make the Most of Your Meat Dollars” Seminar in Las Animas on June 2nd…

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Learn to make the most of your meat dollars at a presentation hosted by Southeast Colorado CattleWomen.  Luke Newlon, meat manager at Florence Super Foods, will give meat-buying tips June 2 at 6:30 p.m. at the John W. Rawlings Heritage Center in Las Animas.  Cattle producers will also enjoy the presentation as Newlon talks about trends in the meat industry and what consumers are looking for when purchasing meat.

Southeast Colorado CattleWomen President Bonnie Lessenden stated the group is excited to share this informative, entertaining speaker with area residents.  Everyone is welcome to attend.  For more information, contact Kaye Kasza at 719-829-4208.

05-19-15 Inside the NACD w/President Lee McDaniel…


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NACD President  Lee McDaniel

(BARN Media & CoAgNews Network – Briggsdale, CO) May 19, 2015 – Joining the BARN by telephone is Lee McDaniel, National Association of Conservation Districts President discussing several topics including:

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Biography: Lee McDaniel, NACD President-elect, operates his family’s Indian Spring Farm in Darlington, Maryland.  He has served on the Harford Soil Conservation District Board since 1997, elected as Chairman since 2005.  He has served two terms as President of the Maryland Association of Soil Conservation Districts from 2005 to 2009. He has been involved on the national level since 2005, serving on the Board of Directors and the Executive Board. McDaniel is a graduate of Cornell University, with a BS in Agricultural Economics. McDaniel and his wife Connie, a retired school teacher, grow corn, soybeans and alfalfa hay on the 850 acre farming operation. Conservation practices on the farm include cover crops, no-till, grassed waterways, diversions, spring developments, strip cropping, stream bank protection, grassed and wooded buffers and stream crossings.

For more information about the National Association of Conservation Districts – CLICK HERE

For more information about the Colorado Association of Conservation Districts, an NACD Member –  CLICK HERE

05-18-15 CSU Extension: AgFest 2015 – Teaching the Science behind Agriculture – Final Stop on May 18 in Brush, CO…

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ICYMI: WATCH the Webcast or the archives from the final stop in Brush, CO on May 18, 2015.

“Cultivators of the earth are the most valuable citizens.  They are the most vigorous, the most independent, the most virtuous and they are tied to their country and wedded to its liberty and interests by the most lasting bands.”  (Thomas Jefferson, 1785.)

Many of you may be able to personally identify with this quote from Mr. Jefferson, due to the fact that we live in a rural, predominately agricultural area.  However, our urban counterparts may be several generations removed from any form of production agriculture and do not understand the science behind the production of their food.  Even many of our youth, who will soon be the leaders and scientists of tomorrow, are losing sight of where food comes from and how it’s produced.  Colorado State University Extension agents and specialists recognized this concerning trend and created a program called AgFest in 2015.  AgFest is an innovative, eclectic approach to help 5th and 6th grade students explore science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) through hands-on educational workshops that supplement their school curriculum.

In order to deliver AgFest to a large audience of 5th and 6th grade students, the program travels to communities across eastern Colorado and the last stop of this year’s tour was at the Morgan County Fairgrounds in Brush, CO.

During the day-long program, students rotate through ten activity stations, typically in groups of 15-30 students.  The following stations for the 2015 AgFest event will focus on different science-based learning objectives related to these aspects of agriculture:

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05-14-15 CSU Extension Rates High With Commissioners…

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May 14, 2015 – Colorado State University Extension (CSU) has been working with Colorado’s County Commissioner’s for more than a century.  The Extension’s new decentralized organizational structure is founded on this long-trusted relationship.  The seventh annual survey summary report of county satisfaction with CSU Extension showed that, overall, Colorado county commissioners were positive about Extension program value and quality, and agent expertise and responsiveness.  The quality of CSU programs and responsiveness of local agents received particularly positive ratings.

“The results are encouraging and reinforce our commitment to Extension’s continued responsiveness to each county’s needs,” said Lou Swanson, director of CSU Extension and Vice President for Engagement.”  “County fiscal commitment is a sign of support.  Our partnerships with counties, who provide office space and staff for Extension’s programming, are strong.”  Commissioners rated the services provided from local Extension office favorably, with more than 97 percent rated as acceptable, above acceptable or excellent.  As one commissioner commented: . . . very responsive, professional, and capable.  Positive, highly satisfied.” Continue reading

05-14-15 NestFresh’s Brandy Gamoning discusses National Egg Month in May and more…

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CEP-CO Egg Producers Logonational-egg-month(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) May 14th, 2015 – Did you know that May is National Egg Month…and all month long, the egg industry is reminding everyone about the many benefits of the incredible edible egg™. Joining the Colorado Ag News Network inside the BARN to discuss National Egg Month in more detail is Brandy Gamoning, Marketing Manager of NestFresh, which is a member of the Colorado Egg Producers Association.

To learn more about NestFresh please visit http://www.nestfresh.com/

To learn more about the Colorado Egg Producers Association please visit http://www.coloradoeggproducers.com/

And to learn more about National Egg Month and the Incredible Edible Egg™ please visit http://www.incredibleegg.org/

05-13-15 CattleFax News: Webinar for Producers with Value-Added Calves on June 10th…

CattleFax logoCENTENNIAL, CO — May 13, 2015 — Seasoned cow-calf producers recognize the calf market’s record-high prices are likely to decline as cowherd expansion brings additional supplies. Producers can maintain higher profitability by recognizing this shift and quickly adjusting management and marketing strategies.

CattleFax will discuss these topics during its next Trends+ Cow-Calf Webinar at 5:30 p.m. MT, Jun. 10, 2015. To participate in the webinar and access program details, producers and industry leaders simply need to register online at www.cattlefax.com/meetings.aspx.

The one-hour session will include a variety of relevant topics for the cow-calf audience: Continue reading

05-13-15 Weld County hosting Transportation Summit on June 15th…

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FREE event, but registration required by June 9th.

WELD COUNTY, CO – As transportation needs continue to grow in Northern Colorado, Weld County government has committed to hosting a half-day seminar on June 15 dedicated to sharing updates, information and concerns regarding public infrastructure north of the Denver-metro area. Transportation Summit 2015: Meet the Challenge and Help Navigate the Road to the Future, will be held at the Exhibition Building at Island Grove Regional Park in Greeley. The event is open to the public and will feature panel discussions, a presentation by political strategist Steve Gordon regarding alternative funding ideas for transportation projects, and a keynote speech by U.S. Senator Cory Gardner.

“Northern Colorado is facing significant Infrastructure issues,” said Weld County Commissioner Sean Conway. “This summit will bring the public and local, state and federal leaders to the table to discuss solutions for our transportation problems.

“Transportation affects our lives in so many ways. The public needs safe routes for travel, businesses need reliable and accessible routes for commerce. If we don’t address transportation now, Northern Colorado overall will suffer.”

Doors will open at 7:30 for networking and a continental breakfast provided by Anadarko Petroleum Corporation. The event will begin at 8:00 a.m. and is expected to last until 2:00 p.m; lunch will be provided by Weld County. While the event is free, registration is required. Continue reading



 YUST P92 #2JohnFielderKREMMLING, CO –  The Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust (CCALT) recently conserved one of the state’s spectacular working ranches along both the Colorado and Blue Rivers in Grand County near Kremmling. The Yust family’s desire to leave an intact working ranch legacy resulted in a 995-acre conservation easement held by CCALT.

“With places like Yust Ranch, it’s easy to say that Colorado is home to some of the country’s most spectacular landscapes,” U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet (CO) said. “As we’ve seen first-hand on this working ranch, active cattle production can co-exist with thriving sagebrush habitat and wildlife. Everyone involved in finally making this conservation easement a reality should be very proud.” 

bennetandyustsSen. Bennet visited the ranch in 2014 to see the benefits of Farm Bill conservation programs, including the Sage Grouse Initiative, a partnership launched by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service in 2010.

Fifth generation rancher Jay Yust grew up ranching here and, with his father Jim, shares a passion for the family’s home and their land.

“The easement absolutely made this ranch more economically viable, and it will stay that way in the future whether we’re here or not,” he said.

The Yust family has tended their ranch with a strong sense of stewardship for wildlife as well as their livestock operation. The ranch is home to healthy populations of sage grouse, mule deer, elk, pronghorn and moose. Bald eagles routinely roost in the cottonwoods that line the Blue River.

YustJohnFielderThis area is one of Colorado’s truly special places,” said Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper. “Keeping this large landscape together provides not only important habitat for sage grouse, but also conserves river corridors that nourish ranchers, recreation and other wild animals. Protecting these elements sustains our environment, economy and quality of life.”

Strong partnerships and dedication from the Yusts and the CCALT staff brought a seven-year project across the finish line. The significance for sage grouse led to funding from the Farm Bill via the Sage Grouse Initiative. Great Outdoors Colorado (lottery funded), Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Trout Unlimited, and the Gates Family Foundation all stepped up to contribute dollars to purchase the easement.

Noted Colorado photographer John Fielder has documented the beauty of a ranch in three of his books and inspired partners to join together for an easement that protects both sagebrush country and the irrigated hay meadows at the confluence of the Blue and Colorado Rivers.  The easement includes a mile and half of the Blue River on both sides and over three miles of the south side of the Colorado River.

Listen to an exclusive interview regarding CCALT and this announcement – CLICK HERE

To learn more about the Colorado Cattlemens Agricultural Land Trust – CLICK HERE

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Inside the Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust with West, Aspelin and Street…

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CCALT - West - Aspelin - StreetTo listen to the interview with CCALT’s West, Aspelin & Street, click the audio link below…


CCALT logo new 042815(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) May 2015 – Joining the Colorado Ag News Network inside the BARN to discuss the Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust is Chris West, Executive Director, Carolyn Aspelin, Director of Conservation Transactions & Alyssa Street, Development and Communications Director. Theydiscussed several topics including:


KREMMLING, CO    The Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust (CCALT) recently conserved one of the state’s spectacular working ranches along both the Colorado and Blue Rivers in Grand County near Kremmling. The Yust family’s desire to leave an intact working ranch legacy resulted in a 995-acre conservation easement held by CCALT.

“With places like Yust Ranch, it’s easy to say that Colorado is home to some of the country’s most spectacular landscapes,” U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet (CO) said. “As we’ve seen first-hand on this working ranch, active cattle production can co-exist with thriving sagebrush habitat and wildlife. Everyone involved in finally making this conservation easement a reality should be very proud.”  Continue reading

05-12-15 Kum & Go and Colorado Corn teaming up this summer to promote E85 and ethanol…

Colorado Corn LogoKum & Go is bringing E85 fuel to more of its stations around the U.S., including many in Colorado. To celebrate, Kum & Go will be teaming up with Colorado Corn, hosting a series of events along the Front Range during June and July to draw attention to ethanol, E85 and flex-fuel vehicles, and educating the public on the many benefits.

E85 is an abbreviation for an ethanol fuel blend of 85 percent ethanol fuel and 15 percent gasoline, and is commonly used by flex-fuel vehicles (FFV).

The events this summer will include giveaways and big discounts on E85, and Colorado Corn will be on site spreading the good word about the corn-based, cleaner-burning, American-made biofuel. 

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05-12-15 Colorado Corn helping Beef Battalion feed Wounded Warriors June 6-7 in Aurora…

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Colorado Corn will once again be teaming up with the All American Beef Battalion to serve steak dinners to our men and women in uniform.

The next event is set for June 6-7 in Aurora, when the groups will be feeding hundreds of “Wounded Warriors.” The Wounded Warrior Project is a charity and veterans service organization that offers a variety of programs, services and events for wounded veterans of military actions following the events of Sept. 11, 2001.

Colorado Corn is still waiting for more details about the June 6-7 event, but will pass those along, as soon as we have them, to anyone who wants to help out.

To date, Colorado Corn has given $85,000 to the Beef Battalion — a volunteer organization that travels the U.S. feeding our nation’s troops and their families — and has been on hand to help serve more than 30,000 steak dinners in Colorado.


To learn more about the Colorado Corn Growers Association – CLICK HERE


03-26-15 Get Registered for the 2015 Protein Producer Summit in Steamboat Springs June 15-17…

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Monday, June 15 – CCA Committee Meetings, CCW Meetings, & JCCA Meetings

On Monday, members will engage in CCA committee meetings where their voices can be heard and policies that shape the future are formed. Be sure to submit any resolutions for the committees and nominations for the open board seats to the CCA office as soon as possible. The CattleWomen will also hold their executive committee and board meeting and general membership meeting on Monday. The lunch on Monday will include the Leopold Award presentation.

Tuesday, June 16 – Innovations and Technology Summit

The topic for 2015’s convention is “Innovations and Technology.” We will start off the day with breakfast in the trade show exhibit area. The featured speaker for the morning will kick off the Summit. The speaker is a recognized entrepreneur and has a background in agriculture. We will look toward the future using advanced technology in agriculture to set the stage for the morning’s forum. Next, two guest speakers will join in for a panel discussion. One of our panelists is from CSU and is at the forefront of agriculture and food innovation. Another panelist has already been successful at innovating new opportunities in agriculture. After lunch, we will move from Think Tank to Stock Tank, where we will create a spin-off of the popular television show “Shark Tank”. Three innovators will present their theories and ideas to the audience and it’s up to “titans of the industry” to vote on the best proposal. “From Innovation to Application” will follow in the afternoon, where two industry leaders will summarize the day with a session which will take innovative ideas that are already being applied into applications benefitting the livestock industry. The Junior Cattlemen will spend the day in educational workshops and offsite activities. The CCA Foundation and the Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust will also meet on this day. Tuesday night we will join to take a gondola ride up the mountain to a reception and banquet at the Steamboat Springs Ski & Resort including catching up with friends and taking in the beautiful views of the Yampa Valley.

Wednesday, June 17 – Current Issues Breakfast, CCA Business Session, JCCA Meetings & Report, & CLA Meetings

Wednesday will begin with our Current Issues Breakfast; when the Colorado Beef Council, Western Dairy Association, and Pork Producers Council will be on hand to give us their updates. This will be followed by the CCA business meeting; CLA council/issues meetings, membership meetings, and the CLA Past Presidents’ Luncheon. CCA’s board of directors will meet following their business session. Look for updates and current information in future email Bulletins.

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Friday, May 22nd…

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“NFU Opposes House Passage of America COMPETES Reauthorization”

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2015 on Wednesday night. The National Farmers Union opposes the passage of this legislation and urges the Senate to reinstate funding for climate and renewable energy research. NFU President Roger Johnson says the ability to combat climate change depends on adequately funded research. Johnson says the U.S. must work quickly and decisively toward understanding and mitigating the threat of climate change to avoid significant disruptions to the food supply and economy.


“Senate Takes Step Closer to TPA”

By a vote of 62 to 38 – according to The Hagstrom Report – the Senate invoked cloture to begin debate on trade promotion authority legislation on Thursday. The motion allows 30-hours of debate on an amendment to extend the charter of the Export-Import Bank. Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden says the vote shows the U.S. Senate is ready to turn the page on the trade policy of the 90s. Wyden says the legislation ensures new transparency for all trade deals – and he is working to ensure the Senate votes on as many amendments as possible and passes TPA into law.


“Trade Mission for USGC, Growth Energy and RFA Proves Valuable”

Growth Energy, U.S. Grains Council and Renewable Fuels Association representatives traveled to Tokyo this week to follow up on an industry market assessment of the potential to export U.S. ethanol to Japan. Growth Energy Chief Economist and Vice President Jim Miller says the team came away with a greater understanding of the current Japanese requirements and market conditions pertaining to ethanol. Over the next two-years – the Japanese government will fully review its national energy policies. Miller says the team began the implementation of a strategy to help ensure U.S. ethanol receives fair market access under the future energy policy that will be adopted in 2017.

USGC President and CEO Tom Sleight says the U.S. exported 900-million gallons of ethanol last year – and going forward – ethanol exports have the potential to grow and become equally beneficial for overseas customers. RFA Director of Regulatory Affairs Kelly Davis says Japan represents a unique and exciting opportunity for U.S. ethanol exports – but the opening of markets and trade partnerships doesn’t happen overnight. Davis says the team will continue examining the requirements of the Japanese sustainability standards – looking for ways to overcome infrastructure concerns and compiling data responding to some misinformation government officials hold regarding renewable fuels.


“3 Themes Guide Rural Economic Development Policies”

Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development Deputy Secretary-General Mari Kiviniemi and U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack released a joint statement at the end of the 10th Annual OECD Rural Development Conference outlining major themes guiding rural economic development policies. One theme is a New Rural Narrative. In OECD countries – rural is equal to unharnessed potential for growth. The statement notes many rural regions are diversifying their economies to include manufacturing and services. Another theme is Prosperity for All – meaning rural policy should be an important part of any national strategy promoting inclusive growth. Last – Implementing the New Rural Policy – noting rural stakeholders at the conference recognized the value of the OECD New Rural Paradigm as a policy framework to promote rural development. To learn more – visit OECD dot org (www.oecd.org).


“Deadline to Remain Eligible for Crop Insurance Premium Support Coming Up”

In order to remain eligible – or become eligible – for crop insurance premium support – producers must file a Highly Erodible Land Conservation and Wetland Conservation Certification form with their local USDA Service Center by June 1st. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says USDA is making every effort possible to get the word out about this new Farm Bill provision. USDA wants to make sure those who are required to act do so by the deadline so that all eligible producers maintain their ability to protect their operations with affordable crop insurance. The form is available at FSA dot USDA dot gov slash AD 1026 form (www.fsa.usda.gov/AD1026form).


“National Rice Month Scholarship Program Expands to Students in Rice Producing States”

Dow AgroSciences is supporting the USA Rice Federation’s National Rice Month Scholarship Program for the sixth year in a row. This year – the scholarship opportunity is available to students in all U.S. rice-producing states. Students graduating high school in the 2015-2016 school year are eligible to apply for scholarships totaling 85-hundred-dollars. Students must create a promotional program highlighting U.S.-grown rice for National Rice Month in September – and then submit a synopsis of the promotion in order to apply. Last year’s grand-prize scholarship winner was Nicholas Schafer of Arkansas for his promotion – Do You Know Where Your Rice Comes From – which educated children in his community about where their food comes from and farming in general. Dow AgroSciences Rice Product Manager Darla Huff says supporting America’s youth and educating the public about agriculture is integral to the success of the rice industry. Promotions must be done in September and applications are due October 15th. For more information – visit USA Rice dot com (www.usarice.com).


“Holiday Schedule for NASS Reports”

USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service will release the Cattle on Feed, Chicken and Eggs, Cold Storage and Peanut Prices reports today (Friday) at noon Eastern. Following normal holiday weekend protocol – next week’s Crop Progress report will be released on Tuesday at 4 p.m. Eastern and the Broiler Hatchery report on Thursday at 3 p.m. Eastern.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service


05-21-15 NFU Applauds Swift Senate Action on Grain Standards Reauthorization Act…

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Reminds Congress Threats of Retaliation Only Relevant if Parties Fail to Find Agreement on Moving Forward

WASHINGTON (May 21, 2015) – National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson today applauded the Senate Agriculture Committee leadership for its work on the swift reauthorization of the U.S. Grain Standards Act (USGSA).

“On behalf of National Farmers Union’s 200,000 members, I applaud your work on the reauthorization of the U.S. Grain Standards Act (USGSA),” said Johnson in a letter to Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kansas, and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow, D-Michigan, of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry. “As you are aware, this issue is of great importance to producers across the country. Your work to swiftly move legislation ahead of the law’s expiration is both appreciated and a credit to your commitment to producers who rely on this standard.” Continue reading

05-21-15 U.S Wheat Growers Call for Equal Trade in Canada…

Following is a joint statement from the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) and U.S. Wheat Associates (USW)…

USWA - US Wheat Associates LogoNAWG - wheat_logoARLINGTON, Virginia – Yesterday, U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) and the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) jointly called for improvements in Canada’s treatment of U.S. wheat classes in a letter to Canadian Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Gerry Ritz, and Canadian Minister of International Trade, Ed Fast. While there has been positive collaboration between the two countries on wheat policy, the recent WTO Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) decision concerning the labeling of meat highlights Canada’s inconsistency on the issue of treatment of foreign agricultural products.

The United States is routinely Canada’s top wheat export market and allows wheat grown in Canada to be graded and traded the same as U.S. wheat in the market. Yet, the Canada Grains Act and Varietal Registration System (VRS) denies U.S. producers that same courtesy. Instead, all foreign grown grain is automatically downgraded under Canada’s official grading system to the lowest designation, regardless of whether the wheat is an approved Canadian variety or of high quality. Continue reading

05-21-15 NFU Opposes House’s America COMPETES Reauthorization Act, Urges Senate to Reinstate Research…

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Reminds Congress Threats of Retaliation Only Relevant if Parties Fail to Find Agreement on Moving Forward

WASHINGTON (May 21, 2015) – National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson today announced its opposition to the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2015 that passed in the U.S. House of Representatives last night – noting that the act cuts important funding for climate and renewable energy research – and urged the Senate to reinstate these funds in order to keep the U.S. moving toward climate resilience.

“America’s family farmers and ranchers are already enduring the effects of climate change,” NFU President Roger Johnson said. “Our ability to effectively combat this threat depends on adequately funded research on renewable energy and energy efficiency to curb carbon emissions, and on the climate change impacts that cannot be avoided, offering family farmers the information they need to adjust accordingly. NFU opposes the House reauthorization act and urges the Senate to reinstate important funds for energy and climate research.” Continue reading