04-01-15 Beef Checkoff Introduces the Protein Challenge…

Beef Checkoff News HeaderAre you up for a challenge? Americans currently consume two-thirds of their total daily protein intake at dinner – that doesn’t leave much room for protein at other meals or snacks. Introducing: the beef checkoff’s 30 Day Protein Challenge!

For some time now, research has shown that consuming protein in balanced amounts at each meal is beneficial to improving overall health. Some of the more remarkable benefits of distributing protein throughout the day include feeling satisfied after a meal or snack that features protein, which helps reduce mindless eating. Additionally, meals with high-quality protein help to build muscle and reduce body fat.

The 30 Day Protein Challenge is a step-by-step way to get an optimal amount of protein throughout the day. Continue reading

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04-01-15 RAAA News: Red Angus Choice+ Grid Enhanced…

RAAA-Red Angus Association of America OldLogoChoice Plus Red Angus logoCow-calf producers and feeders utilizing the Red Angus Feeder Calf Certification Program (FCCP) are continuing to find more price discovery for their cattle in today’s competitive market. The Red Angus Association of America (RAAA) and Tyson Fresh Meats Inc. have released new enhancements to the Choice+ performance-based grid, designed exclusively to pay premiums for cattle enrolled in the FCCP.

Cattlemen buying Red Angus bulls in the past are familiar with the FCCP, also known as the “yellow tag” program offered by the RAAA. This genetic, source and age processed-verified program (PVP) guarantees that those cattle are of at least 50 percent Red Angus genetics. What adds even more value to the program is the fact that the FCCP yellow tag is the admission ticket for the Choice+ Grid offered by Tyson, one of the nation’s premier beef packing companies.

The Choice+ Grid allows producers enrolled in FCCP to be competitive in the calf and feeder cattle marketplace, often garnering prices above other cattle in the market place.  Packers know and trust the consistency that Red Angus-influenced cattle bring to the table and are willing to pay the extra dollar to ensure their product’s background.   Continue reading

04-01-15 CCGA puts support behind young farmer-focused measure…

Colorado Corn LogoGREELEY, CO – APRIL 1, 2015 - The number of state bills the Colorado Corn Growers Association is supporting grew this past week, and now includes a tax proposal aimed at helping young farmers and ranchers.

CCGA’s Public Policy Committee voted recently to support Colorado House Bill 15-1234, which would allow an income tax deduction for a producer who enters into a qualified lease with an eligible beginning farmer or rancher.

One of the biggest challenges facing the ag industry is the aging farmer, with the average age of today’s producer at about 60 years old. A number of factors and challenges – such as the high price of land, water, equipment and other inputs – make it very difficult for young people to get their foot in the door, and CCGA is continually looking for ways to help address this issue.

“This would only be a small and simple step, but we can’t leave any stone unturned in addressing such a critical issue,” said Dave Eckhardt, a fourth-generation family farmer near LaSalle, Colo.  Continue reading

04-01-15 CSU – Golden Plains Extension: Wheat’s Winter Survival…

CSU Extension Golden Plains Area logo(Burlington, CO) Winter injury to wheat is now evident in many fields across Eastern Colorado.  Extreme weather patterns were noticed during last season’s winter period that included far warmer than normal temperatures followed by deeply colder than normal air temperatures.  Indeed, last November 9 and 10 high air temperatures recorded were 71 and 69 degrees F.  while on November 12 and 13 the air temperature lows were -2.5 and -8 degrees F, respectively.  Wheat plants were “shocked” into winter conditions without the benefit of being able to slowly transition to winter.  A second round of extremes occurred in February with February 7 registering 78 degree F and February 23 only reaching 13 degree F for the high.

A number of comparisons were noted when observing winter damage from area fields.  There are definite variety differences found with winter damage variations, also wheat planted in tilled, loose soil had more damage than harder ground, hoe drilled fields tend to be better than disc drilled fields, deeper planted wheat (1.5 inches) was less damaged than shallow planted (0.75 inch), and early planted wheat also noted greater winter damage than later planted fields.

Regarding varietal tolerance to this winter’s weather, following are ratings that have been observed from area variety trials (notes collected by CSU wheat team): Continue reading

03-31-15 COLORADO EGG FARMERS HOPPED INTO ACTION TO HELP THOSE IN NEED THIS EASTER DONATING MORE THAN A QUARTER MILLION EGGS TO AREA FOOD BANKS…

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Colorado Egg Producers mascot, Eggbert and the Easter Bunny entertained kids at Food Bank of the Rockies today, were CEP donated more than 250,000 eggs just in time for Easter

CEP-CO Egg Producers LogoDENVER – March 31, 2015 – Colorado egg farmers helped the Easter Bunny out again this year. The seven local farms that make up the Colorado Egg Producers (CEP) Association have donated more than a quarter million eggs to food banks throughout Colorado to ensure those in need will have eggs in time for Easter. CEP is proud to contribute to the efforts of Feeding Colorado and the Good Egg Project, an initiative to end childhood hunger through the American Egg Board.

The Easter Bunny and CEP’s mascot, Eggbert made a special appearance at Food Bank of the Rockies’ event today, entertaining children and partner agencies that came to pick up their Easter eggs. Several lucky kids were also randomly selected to win prizes from CEP including two new bicycles. The CEP team, along with special guest, acclaimed Colorado chef and Douglas County School District Executive Chef Jason K. Morse, CEC, cooked and served free omelets to all the families, guests and organizations in attendance. The children participated in a cooking demonstration with Chef Morse as a part of the Chef’s Move to Schools Initiative, a platform for chefs and schools to create partnerships in their communities with the mission of collaboratively educating kids about food and healthy eating. Continue reading

03-31-15 CFB News: HB15-1057 should move forward to improve Colorado’s statewide ballot…

CFB-Colorado Farm Bureau Logo LGCentennial, Colo. – March 31, 2015 – Colorado Farm Bureau is calling on the House State, Veterans & Military Affairs committee to move a bill out of committee that would clearly improve the statewide ballot process. Last week CFB testified in support of HB 15-1057, sponsored by Reps. Lois Court (D) and Brian DelGrosso (R) and Sens. Jerry Sonnenberg (R) and Mary Hodge (D).

“Providing fiscal analysis gives voters the information they want up front – how the initiative will affect them, their families, their neighbors and our state,” stated Chad Vorthmann, executive vice president of CFB . “It’s disappointing when the petitioners in front of my grocery store, who can affect our constitution, are less informed about what’s in their hand than the Girl Scouts selling cookies.” Continue reading

03-31-15 Electric Co-ops Cheer Passage of Bill That Helps Them Add Renewables in a Reasonable Way…

CREA-Colorado Rural Electric Association logoMarch 31, 2015 – Monday, March 30, the Colorado House of Representatives passed Senate Bill 15-046 on third and final reading. The vote: 65-0 in favor of the bill. Since the bill was not amended in the House, it does not have to go back to the Senate and will now go to Governor John Hickenlooper (D) for his signature.

SB 15-046 was proposed by the Colorado Rural Electric Association to address the “retail distributed generation (DG)” requirement contained in SB 13-252, which increased renewable resource requirement for electric co-ops two years ago. SB 13-252 requires electric co-ops to derive at least 0.5 percent of their sales from renewable energy sources that are located on the customer side of the electric meter by 2020.  For some electric co-ops, this is impractical because while they may have large sales of electricity from industrial consumers, they have small numbers of residential consumers willing and eligible to install renewable energy like rooftop solar panels. So, one component of SB 15-046 allows co-ops to exclude industrial sales from the total amount of sales that is subject to the 0.5 percent retail DG requirement.

The second component of SB 15-046 allows electric co-ops to count the output from community solar gardens as retail DG. The current Renewable Energy Standard allows investor-owned utilities to count solar gardens as retail DG, so this provision in the bill simply puts co-ops on equal footing with the other utilities. 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…

CLICK THE AUDIO LINK BELOW TO LISTEN TO THIS WEEK’S UPDATE…

03/31 – Livestock Exchange, LLC PREVIEW w/Auctioneer Tyler Knode Pt2 of 2

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03/30 – Livestock Exchange, LLC RECAP  w/Auctioneer Tyler Knode Pt 1of 2

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03-30-15 Grover FFA Chapter to host Annual Hired Hand Auction April 11th…

National FFA Emblem - REfreshed March 2015The Grover FFA chapter would like to know how to get their Hired Hand Auction event on the calendar and public announcements.

The auction will be held at Pawnee High School in Grover CO on Saturday, April 11th.

All you can eat dinner of Rocky Mountain Oysters, Chicken tenders, potato salad, baked beans, and dessert will be served starting at 5:00 with the auction to follow.

Prices are: Adults 8.00, children 6-12 and Seniors 6.00, children 5 and under eat free.

Auction items include projects built by Ag students:  Roping dummy, horse panels, plasm cam art, etc… as well as donated items from around Weld County.

For more information feel free to contact Advisor, Mrs. Seely Daniels at 970-895-2222.

03-27-15 USDA Extends ARC and PLC Deadlines until April 7th…

USDA seal logoFarmers Have Until April 7 to Update Yields, Reallocate Base Acres, and Make Final Selections

WASHINGTON, March 27, 2015 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today provided farm owners and producers one additional week, until April 7, 2015, to choose between Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC), the safety-net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill. The final day to update yield history or reallocate base acres also will be April 7, 2015.

“This is an important decision for producers because these programs help farmers and ranchers protect their operations from unexpected changes in the marketplace,” said Vilsack. “Nearly 98 percent of owners have already updated their yield and base acres, and 90 percent of producers have enrolled in ARC or PLC. These numbers are strong, and continue to rise. This additional week will give producers a little more time to have those final conversations, review their data, visit their local Farm Service Agency offices, and make their decisions,” said Vilsack.

If no changes are made to yield history or base acres by the deadline, the farm’s current yield and base acres will be used. If a program choice of ARC or PLC is not made, there will be no 2014 crop year payments for the farm and the farm will default to PLC coverage for the 2015 through 2018 crop years. Producers who have an appointment at their local FSA offices scheduled by April 7 will be able to make an election between ARC and PLC, even if their actual appointment is after April 7. Continue reading

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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03-24-15 NAFB Foundation Scholarships Available…

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Liz Koehler (University of Illinois), Joel Penhorwood (The Ohio State University), and Shannon Yokely (University of Missouri)

Liz Koehler (University of Illinois), Joel Penhorwood (The Ohio State University), and Shannon Yokely (University of Missouri)

The National Association of Farm Broadcasting Foundation has been investing in the future of farm broadcasting by providing financial support for students pursuing careers in agriculture communications by awarding college scholarships since 1975. The foundation will be awarding three $5,000 scholarships this year.

The scholarships are named after farm broadcasting pioneers:
  • Glenn Kummerow Memorial Scholarship. Glenn dedicated himself to the farm broadcasting industry, and was a respected authority in ag radio. He was a true friend and loyal supporter of the Association.
  • George Logan Scholarship. George was the first NAFB Executive Director, a long time farm broadcaster and television manager. He was a mentor to many broadcasters during their careers.
  • Orion Samuelson Scholarship. Orion is the most recognized radio and television farm broadcaster in history. Orion along with George Logan started the NAFB Foundation in 1975.
Eligible applicants are in-coming college juniors, seniors or graduate students currently enrolled in a college or university agriculture communications program and pursuing careers in agriculture communications.

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03-24-15 CO Wheat Scholarships – Application Deadline FAST Approaching…

CAWG logo 2014The Colorado Association of Wheat Growers (CAWG) will award two $1,000 college scholarships in 2015.

The scholarships will be awarded to two graduating high school seniors planning to attend an accredited college, university, junior college or community college.  The students must enter college the same year as their graduation from high school.  Students intending to major in agricultur- related fields are strongly urged to apply. The scholarships will be one-year, non-renewable awards. Applicant’s parent, grandparent, or legal guardian must be current or new members of CAWG OR the applicant must be nominated by a current or new sponsor of CAWG. CAWG sponsors may each nominate one student.

Click here for the scholarship application.  2015 CAWG Scholarship Application (0)

Application deadline is Friday, April 17, 2015.

One scholarship is funded by CAWG, and one is the “Friends of Wheat” scholarship, funded by donations in memory of several wheat supporters, including Patti Wickstrom, Lorin Starkebaum, Cindy Seger, Gale Dunn, Cassie Brooks, Larry Palser, and David Heck.

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03-24-15 CO Egg Producers: CLEVER AND CREATIVE EASTER EGG DECORATING IDEAS…

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DENVER – March 2015 – No matter what winter throws our way each year, Coloradans can rely on one tradition that arrives without fail each spring – Easter. From Easter egg hunts to candy and family brunches, Easter is a cherished springtime holiday that brings together family and loved ones in celebration. And no Easter celebration would be complete without egg decorating. Easter egg decorating is a classic Easter activity that people of all ages enjoy every year. This year, the Colorado Egg Producers (CEP) Association would like to share some helpful egg decorating tips to help make your Easter eggs the best and brightest.

“Easter egg decorating is a tradition near and dear to our hearts,” said Vince Ruscitti, a Colorado egg farmer and member of CEP. “There are so many fun, beautiful ways to decorate Easter eggs. We hope that as Coloradans prepare for their Easter festivities, they remember to buy local and use Colorado-produced eggs, available at many stores throughout the state.”

Before you get to the decorating, make sure your eggs are properly hard-boiled and have cooled. Or you can decorate blown – or empty – eggs. Our partners at the American Egg Board provide easy instructions on how to properly hard-boil or blow eggs for decorating, click here to learn more.

Below are several fun Easter egg decorating ideas that will be easy for all ages to do at home courtesy of Parenting.com.

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03-10-15 BQA Transportation Symposium Coming to Ft Collins May 14-15: Registration Open Now…

Beef Checkoff News HeaderCattle Transportation Symposium logoAttention all cattle transporters, dairymen, cattle farmers and ranchers:  The Cattle Transportation Symposium, funded in part by the beef checkoff, is set for May 14-15 in Fort Collins, Colo. The symposium provides a venue for industry experts and stakeholders to gather and discuss issues, research, and solutions that directly relate to cattle transportation. The goal is to provide clarity about the state of the industry and the future of cattle transportation in the United States.

Registration for the event is now open and a tentative schedule has been posted.

“Producers will have the opportunity to hear more about loading and unloading practices for ranch, feedlot and dairy cattle, how to select animals that are fit for transport and principles of proper cattle transportation using stock trailers, including loading, hauling, and unloading, as well as weather-related considerations,” says Dr. Dan Thomson, Jones professor of production medicine and epidemiology and director of the Beef Cattle Institute at Kansas State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and 2015 National Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Educator of the Year.

“Managing cattle stress at the time of transportation is vitally important for the health and well-being of the cattle and safety people working with the cattle,” Thomson said. “Cattle that are stressed are difficult to handle, and the quality of their beef can be affected. This symposium is aimed at teaching producers, packers and dairymen how to get the most value from the carcass and provide consumers with the highest quality beef possible through best animal handling and transport practices.”

Hear from industry experts including Dr. Clyde Lane, University of Tennessee Extension; Dr. Caroline Schwartzkopf-Genswein, AgCanada; Lily Edwards-Callaway, Animal Welfare, JBS; Jason Ahola, associate professor, Beef Production Systems, Colorado State University; Mike Siemens, Animal Welfare & Husbandry, Cargill; Kristen Parman, Livestock Marketing Association; and Jeff Johnson, Out West Trucking.

For more information about the symposium, please contact Chase DeCoite. For more information about checkoff-funded BQA, visit bqa.org, and for more about your beef checkoff investment, visit MyBeefCheckoff.com.

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04-01-15 NGWA News: Special issue of Groundwater Monitoring & Remediation focuses on agricultural impacts to groundwater quality…

(WESTERVILLE, OH — April 1, 2015) The National Ground Water Association’s technical journal,Groundwater Monitoring & Remediation®, has published a special issue focusing on the monitoring and remediation of agricultural impacts to groundwater quality.

Agricultural land use represents the largest nonpoint source threat to groundwater quality on a global scale. As a result of decades of fertilizer application and surface spreading of animal manure, chronic increases in nitrate concentrations have been documented within the shallow and deep groundwater environments, and with increasing frequency in both private and public supply wells.

Beneficial management practices (BMPs) designed to reduce the risk of groundwater quality impacts are being adopted worldwide, yet very little data are available to assess the performance of these BMPs. Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, April 1st – NO FOOLIN’…

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“NASS Releases Prospective Plantings and Quarterly Grain Stocks Reports”

According to the Prospective Plantings report released by USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service on Tuesday – U.S. growers intend to plant a record-high 84.6-million acres of soybeans this year – up one-percent from last year’s record. U.S. corn growers intend to plant two-percent less acres to corn – at an estimated 89.2-million acres. As for other crops – wheat acreage is estimated at 55.4-million acres – winter wheat at 40.8-million acres – cotton at 9.55-million acres and sorghum at 7.9-million acres. NASS also released the quarterly Grain Stocks report on Tuesday. As of March 1st – corn stocks are up 11-percent from the same time last year at 7.74-billion bushels. Soybeans stored on farms are up 34-percent from last year at 1.33-billion bushels. Wheat is up six-percent from 2014 at 1.12-billion bushels and durum wheat is down one-percent from last year at 37.6-million bushels. For more on these reports – visit NASS dot USDA dot gov (www.nass.usda.gov).

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“House Chairs Send Letter to EPA’s McCarthy”

Chairmen of various House Committees have sent a letter to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy asking for documents to confirm whether EPA weight the impact of the proposed Waters of the U.S. rule on farmers and ranchers or not. The Chairmen say the Ag, Oversight and Government Reform, Science, space and Technology Committees are interested in ensuring all stakeholder voices are being heard and taken into consideration. Congress is obligated to ensure the integrity and transparency of the rulemaking process – they say in the letter – and the American people have a right to be assured their voices are being heard by the Administration.

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“$332 Million Available Through ACEP”

Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Chief Jason Weller announced Tuesday 332-million dollars in financial and technical assistance to help productive farm and ranch lands remain in ag – among other things – through the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program. Vilsack says USDA helps farmers, ranchers, private forest landowners and partners to achieve their conservation goals using USDA’s technical expertise, Farm Bill funding and sound conservation planning. He says conservation easements are an important tool to help them voluntarily provide long-term protection of the nation’s farmland, ranchland, wetlands and grasslands for future generations. While ACEP applications may always be submitted to NRCS – applications for the current funding round are due on or before May 15th. For more information – visit NRCS dot USDA dot gov slash Get Started (www.nrcs.usda.gov/GetStarted).

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“Food Safety Grants Awarded to 36 Projects”

USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture announced nearly 19-million dollars of funding on Tuesday to 36 grantees to ensure a safe and nutritious food supply while maintaining American agricultural competitiveness. NIFA Director Sonny Ramaswamy says increasing food safety continues to be a major focus for USDA because it directly impacts the health and well-being of all Americans. Ramaswamy says funding provided to universities supports discoveries of new ways to prevent foodborne illnesses and increase the safety of the U.S. food production industry. For the list of projects receiving grants – visit NIFA dot USDA dot gov (www.nifa.usda.gov).

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“Lawmakers Send Boehner Letter About E-Verify”

Agri-Pulse reports 57 Republicans and 4 Democrats signed a letter last week to House Speaker John Boehner saying mandatory E-Verify legislation must be accompanied by a bill to ensure farmers have access to more legal foreign workers. Lawmakers agree with the need to stem the flow of illegal immigration and are supportive of measures like E-Verify – but they say implementing mandatory E-Verify without also enacting strong reforms to ensure access to a legal, reliable and stable workforce will cause serious problems for the U.S. ag industry and U.S. economy as a whole. The House Judiciary Committee has already approved the E-Verify legislation by a vote of 20 to 13.

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“NFU: President Misses Opportunities in Plan to Cut GHG Emissions”

In his formal submission to the United Nations of a plan to cut U.S. greenhouse gas pollution – President Obama excluded the Renewable Fuel Standard. National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson says the RFS offers America a cleaner, more environmentally friendly fuel sector with its support for biofuels. Johnson says the president is ignoring agriculture’s great potential to help the U.S. cut GHG emissions and mitigate climate change by excluding the RFS from his plan. While GHG emissions from agriculture cannot be regulated – Johnson says voluntary conservation and production practices can cut emissions and sequester carbon in working soils. By not including other ways ag or rural communities can be involved in reducing GHG emissions in his plan – he says the president also missed an opportunity to provide for systems that reward farmers for mitigating the great threats posed by climate change.

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“AFBF Announces New PAL Class Members”

The American Farm Bureau Federation has selected 10 outstanding young farm and ranch leaders for its 8th Partners in Agricultural Leadership class. AFBF President Bob Stallman says the class represents the very best of the best among today’s farmers, ranchers and agri-business professionals. Stallman says Farm Bureau looks forward to working with them as they embark on an exciting journey that will equip them as vital contributors to the organization’s agricultural outreach efforts. Training through PAL involves four learning modules to develop specific leadership skills while exploring leadership components, theories and philosophies. The program is two-years long and includes intense, in-person, hands-on training. This new class members are Jeremy Barron of Indiana; Jennifer Bergin of Montana; Dr. Emily Buck of Ohio; Terisha Driggs of Arizona; Cameron Edwards of Kentucky; Brian Marshall of Missouri; Chris Pollack of Wisconsin; Derek Sawyer of Kansas; Scott Sink of Virginia; and Julie White of Mississippi.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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03-31-15 NFU Concerned by Omission of RFS from President’s Plan to Cut GHG Emissions…

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WASHINGTON (March 31, 2015) – National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson today expressed concern over the exclusion of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) in President Obama’s formal submission of a plan to the United Nations to cut United States greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution.

“The RFS offers America a cleaner, more environmentally friendly fuel sector with its support for biofuels,” said Johnson. “The president is ignoring agriculture’s great potential to help the country cut GHG emissions and mitigate climate change by excluding the RFS from his plan.”

Johnson noted that climate change poses a great risk to agriculture. Family farmers and ranchers are willing and able to help build climate resiliency. Continue reading

03-31-15 *USDA-NASS News* The latest Prospective Plantings Report…

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MARCH 1, 2015 PROSPECTIVE PLANTINGS 

COLORADO HIGHLIGHTS

  • As of March 1, Colorado growers intend to plant 1.09 million acres of corn for all purposes in 2015, down 60,000 acres and five percent below last year’s plantings, according to the Mountain Regional Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA.
  • Sorghum intentions total 375,000 acres, up 30,000 acres from plantings last year.
  • The area expected to be seeded to oats, at 45,000 acres, is unchanged from a year ago. Most of the oat acreage in Colorado is harvested for hay.
  • Growers intend to plant 65,000 acres of barley in 2015, up 8,000 acres from last year’s actual plantings.
  • All wheat acreage is expected to total 2.52 million acres for 2015. Winter wheat seedings last fall for harvest in 2015 are estimated at 2.50 million acres, down 250,000 acres from the 2014 crop. Growers intend to seed 15,000 acres of spring wheat this year, up 6,000 acres from last year.
  • Hay producers in the State intend to harvest 1.45 million acres this year. This is up 110,000 acres from the acreage cut for hay in 2014.
  • Growers intend to plant 54,000 acres of sunflowers this year, up 9,500 acres from what they planted in 2014. The acreage of oil varieties is expected to total 40,000 acres, up 5,000 acres from last year’s plantings. The area for non-oil varieties is expected to be up 4,500 acres to 14,000 acres this year.
  • The area planted to sugarbeets is expected to be up 2,300 acres from last year’s actual plantings to 31,700 acres.
  • Dry edible bean acreage is expected to total 69,000 acres, up 50 percent from the 46,000 acres planted in 2014.
  • Mountain snowpack is currently 74 percent of average, statewide. Final acreages actually planted for several crops will be determined by irrigation water prospects, soil moisture levels at planting time, and changes in economic conditions between now and actual planting.

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03-31-15 *USDA/NASS News* Grain Stocks Report…

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GRAIN STOCKS – MARCH 1, 2015

ARIZONA

Off-farm corn stocks in Arizona on March 1, 2015 were 2.49 million bushels, down 27 percent from March 1, 2014, according to the Mountain Regional Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. Off-farm sorghum stocks totaled 169,000 bushels. Off-farm all wheat stocks in Arizona on March 1, 2015 were 3.38 million bushels, down 19 percent from March 1, 2014. Offfarm barley stocks totaled 313,000 bushels. Other Arizona grain stocks were not published separately to avoid disclosing data for individual operations.

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All corn stocks in Colorado on March 1, 2015 were 63.34 million bushels, up 16 percent from March 1, 2014, according to the Mountain Regional Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. All corn stocks stored on farms amounted to 36.0 million bushels, up 24 percent from a year ago. All corn stored off farms amounted to 27.34 million bushels, up 7 percent from a year ago. Offfarm sorghum stocks were 761,000 bushels, down 51 percent from March 1, 2014. Off-farm oat stocks in Colorado were estimated at 63,000 bushels, unchanged from last year. All wheat stocks in Colorado on March 1, 2015 were 31.13 million bushels, up 46 percent from March 1, 2014. All wheat stocks stored on farms amounted to 8.60 million bushels, up 115 percent from a year ago. All wheat stored off farms amounted to 22.53 million bushels, up 30 percent from a year ago. Off-farm soybean stocks on March 1, 2015 were 73,000 bushels, up 170 percent from a year ago. Other Colorado grain stocks were not published separately to avoid disclosing data for individual operations. Continue reading

03-31-15 USDA Awards 36 Food Safety Grants, Including $6.7M for Antimicrobial Resistance, to Protect Consumers,including $749k for CSU…

USDA seal logoColorado State University, Fort Collins, Colo., $749,838 for Effective Mitigation Strategies for Antimicrobial Resistance

WASHINGTON, March 31, 2015 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced funding awards totaling nearly $19 million, including more than $6.7 million for antimicrobial resistance strategies, to 36 grantees to ensure a safe and nutritious food supply and while maintaining American agricultural competitiveness. NIFA made the awards through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), which is authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill.

“Increasing food safety continues to be a major focus for USDA, as it directly impacts the health and well-being of all Americans,” said Sonny Ramaswamy, NIFA director. “Funding provided to universities supports discoveries of new ways that we can prevent foodborne illnesses and increase the safety of our food production industry.”

NIFA made the awards through the AFRI Food Safety program to protect consumers from microbial and chemical contaminants that may occur in the food chain, from production to consumption. This year, AFRI’s Food Safety program is comprised of five sub-programs. The following projects have been selected for awards in each sub-program: Continue reading

03-31-15 USDA to Provide $332 Million to Protect and Restore Agricultural Working Lands, Grasslands and Wetlands…

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WASHINGTON, March 31, 2015 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that U.S. Department of Agriculture is making available $332 million in financial and technical assistance through the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP). USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will accept ACEP applications to help productive farm and ranch lands remain in agriculture and to protect the nation’s critical wetlands and grasslands, home to diverse wildlife and plant species.

“USDA helps farmers, ranchers, private forest landowners and partners to achieve their conservation goals using our technical expertise, Farm Bill funding and sound conservation planning,” Vilsack said. “Conservation easements are an important tool to help these landowners and partners voluntarily provide long-term protection of our nation’s farmland, ranchland, wetlands and grasslands for future generations.” Continue reading

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“Disinfectant Could Help Reduce Spread of PEDv”

The Pig Site reports Michigan State University has released new information to assist producers with disinfection protocols for PEDv. The National Pork Board recently published a study on the use and effectiveness of Accelerated Hydrogen Peroxide in cold temperature environments. While washing, disinfecting and drying trailers is the gold standard to reduce the spread of disease – the study shows the Accel product is an alternative option when fully washing and disinfecting is restricted due to limited time. Through NPB’s study with both a heavy and light fecal load and at standing times of 40 and 60 minutes – results shows the disease was inactivated in the presence of light and heavy fecal contamination. Concentrations of 1:16 and 1:32 of AHP disinfectant in a 10-percent propylene glycol solution with 40 minutes of contact time is an effective alternative to reduce disease transmission between loads during cold weather conditions. Another benefit of AHP is it doesn’t require the use of Personal Protection Equipment when being applied and is environmentally friendly. MSU Swine Veterinarian Dr. Madonna Benjamin says this product may reduce pathogens on commercial and non-commercial swine movement when used as part of a cleaning biosecurity regime.

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“FDA Sends Warning Letter to Cattleman Regarding High Levels of Certain Antibiotic in Beef”

Food Safety News reports FDA has established a safe level of point-one parts per million for residues of Tilmicosin – a veterinary antibiotic used to treat cattle and sheep for bovine and ovine respiratory diseases – in muscle tissue and 1.2-parts per million in liver tissues. USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service tested a beef cow offered for sale as an animal for slaughter by a Virginia cattleman last year. In that testing – residues of the antibiotic resulted in 2.914 ppm in the muscle tissue and 19.994 ppm in the liver tissue. FDA sent the cattleman a warning letter about the findings from its investigation and asked for a response to FDA’s concerns within 15-working days.  

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“NFU Opposes Acceptance of COOL, GIPSA Riders in 2016 Ag Appropriations”

The National Farmers Union has joined a coalition representing family farmers, ranchers, consumers and rural affairs to submit testimony urging Congress to reject any policy riders in the Fiscal Year 2016 Ag Appropriations bill that would weaken or withdraw COOL or limit the rulemaking authority of GIPSA. NFU President Roger Johnson says opponents of basic rights for producers and consumers have chosen the appropriations process as a mechanism to preempt the World Trade Organization process on COOL and limit the Ag Secretary’s authority to address anti-competitive market concerns. As for COOL – Johnson says it is premature to surrender to Canada and Mexico’s threats of tariff retaliation. As for GIPSA – he says any provision gutting the Packers and Stockyard Act through the GIPSA rider is unconscionable to America’s family farmers and ranchers and would deny them protection from retaliation when they use their First Amendment rights to speak with congressional representatives, deny them the right to a jury trial and deny them the right to request information on how their pay is calculated. For those reasons – NFU urges Congress to reject policy riders that would undermine the effectiveness of COOL and GIPSA.

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“USDA Announces Funding for Rural Development”

The U.S. Department of Agriculture – through its Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant program – is providing 31-million dollars in loans and grants for 38 projects in 12 states. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says these infrastructure investments will help rural residents start or expand businesses by helping increase production and manufacturing capacity for businesses or helping rural homeowners save money by making their homes more energy efficient. To view the list of funding recipients – visit RD dot USDA dot gov slash Files slash RD underscore REDLG underscore recipients dot pdf (www.rd.usda.gov/files/rd_redlg_recipients.pdf).

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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