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02-16-17 FFA Members Across the Country to Celebrate National FFA Week

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INDIANAPOLIS (Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017/National FFA Organization) – Agriculture is part of our daily lives—from the food we eat to the clothes we wear. Next week, more than 649,000 FFA members will celebrate the role agriculture plays in our lives while sharing the message of agricultural education as part of National FFA Week.

National FFA Week is a time for FFA members to host a variety of activities to raise awareness about the role the National FFA Organization plays in the development of agriculture’s future leaders and the importance of agricultural education.

National FFA Week always runs Saturday to Saturday and encompasses Feb. 22, George Washington’s birthday. This year, the week kicks off on Feb. 18 and culminates on Feb. 25. 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…

02-20-17 Livestock Exchange, LLC Recap & Preview

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02-13-17 Livestock Exchange, LLC Recap & Preview

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02-20-17 Inside the BARN with CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg…

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Inside the BARN with CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg…

(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) February 20, 2017 – Joining me inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network is CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg from District 1 discussing several topics including:

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02-17-17 An Interview with CSU’s Ryan O’Reilly AFBF YF&R’s Collegiate Discussion Meet National Winner…

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AFBF President Zippy Duvall presents award to AFBF YF&R Collegiate Discussion Meet’s National Champion Ryan O’Reilly of CSU…

An Interview with CSU’s Ryan O’Reilly AFBF YF&R’s Collegiate Discussion National Winner

AFBF-Young Farmer Rancher Program logo(The BARN – Briggsdale, CO) February 17, 2017 – The American Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers Collegiate Discussion Meet was held in Mid-February where Fifty-three competitors from 36 states participated in the contest. Joining the CO Ag News Network at this time is the winner of that competition, Ryan O’Reilly of Colorado State University.

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02-17-17 CSU’s Golden Plains Extension: Commercial Pesticide License Credits Available

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(Burlington, CO) – Commercial Pesticide licenses are needed for pesticide applicators charging a fee for pesticide services.  Commercial applicator credits are a different category than Private applicator credits.  Applicators licensed in Commercial catagories have an opportunity to collect credits at a program being held at the Akron Extension office (181 Birch st.) on Tuesday February 28th.  The program begins at 8 am and concludes at noon.  Catagories and speakers offered will be: 103 – Agricultural Weed control – Curtis Hildebrandt, 109 – Right of Way Weed Control – Rick Roehm, 206 – Turf Pest Control – Alison O’Conner, and 207- Ornamental Pest Control – Alison O’Conner. Cost for this program is $50 for the session.

Pre-registration is required and can be accomplished by registering on-line at http://goldenplains.colostate.edu/ or by contacting the Colorado State University Extension office in Burlington at 719-346-5571. Deadline to register is February 23rd.  To ensure adequate space for everyone, pre-registration at this location is required.

 

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02-06-17 CAWA/RGWCD hosting Rio Grande River in Alamosa on Feb 28th

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

02-02-17 Agriculture Day at the Capitol set for March 22nd in Denver, CO

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Agriculture Day at the Capitol set for March 22nd in Denver, CO

Food competition, celebration of state’s ag industry one of the most popular events under the Golden Dome

A celebration of Colorado’s agricultural producers and agribusinesses is set for Wednesday, March 22, at the Capitol Building in Denver.

The 48 ag organizations that make up the Colorado Agriculture Council will once again host Agriculture Day at the Capitol, starting at 10:45 a.m. and featuring the teaming up of 13 local chefs with various lawmakers and ag representatives in a cook-off competition of Colorado-grown foods. Lunch will be served around 11:30 a.m.

Producers, the public and media are all invited to attend the event, which takes place as part of National Agriculture Week. Continue reading

Inside the Colorado Agricultural Development Authority w/Jim Rubingh: Beginning Farmer Loans, Tax Deductions and more…

CADA-Colorado Agriculture Development Authority header(The BARN – Briggsdale, CO) January 3, 2017 – Did you know that there is New legislation that will provide farmers with tax credits if they lease land to first-time farmers?

The Colorado Agricultural Development Authority (CADA) is responsible for administering that program.  And joining the CO Ag News Network to discuss this in more detail is Jim Rubingh, Executive Director of CADA

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The Colorado Agricultural Development Authority (CADA) is an independent public body established by statute in 1981. Its mission is to encourage the investment of private capital in the agricultural sector through the use of public financing for the purpose of making low-interest loans available to agricultural producers for specified uses. To learn more about the Colorado Agriculture Development Authority, or to apply for a Beginning Farmer Loan, please visit http://www.cadafarmloan.com/

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12-30-16 CSU Ext News: Custom Rates for Colorado Farms & Ranches…

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Farmers know that when the price future for what they grow are low they need to tighten their belts and spend less. One method that works is to cut your costs of production for those crops by reducing inputs.

The 2015 custom rate report can help you decide if there are farming operations you can cut back on. It should be noted that these costs are the averages and ranges of production costs that are given to CSU economists by a large group of area farmers who have analyzed their own production costs. To some farmers they may seem high but they may not adequately give value to their own work.

Check the CSU Ag & Business management website for other methods of evaluating your farm’s business or crop enterprise profitability.

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02-21-17 2016 U.S. Pork Exports Show Impressive Progress

2016 U.S. Pork Exports Show Impressive Progress

National Pork Board Increases Funding For International Markets
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DES MOINES, IOWA —Feb. 21, 2017 – At year-end 2016, U.S. pork exports showed impressive progress following a challenging 2015. In 2016, 5.1 billion pounds of pork and pork variety meats valued at $5.94 billion dollars were exported, up 8 percent and 7 percent respectively from 2015, according to the USDA.

“We saw a strong 2016 for U.S. pork exports, but we still face challenges with increased global competition and a stronger U.S. dollar,” said Becca Nepple, vice president of international marketing for the Pork Checkoff. “The Checkoff is committed to bolstering its partnership with international customers through additional funding of in-country promotions of U.S. pork with the U.S. Meat Export Federation.” Continue reading

02-21-17 Applications Being Accepted for Governor’s Award for Excellence in Exporting

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DENVER – (Feb. 21, 2017) – The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) and the World Trade Center Denver are now accepting applications for the 2017 Governor’s Award for Excellence in Exporting. This award has been given to Colorado exporters annually since 1970 and recognizes economic growth through international business.  Winners will be formally recognized on May 16, 2017 at World Trade Day, the region’s premier international trade event. Continue reading

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Senate Confirms Trump EPA Chief

The U.S. Senate Friday confirmed the nomination of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to lead the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. On a mostly party-line vote of 52-46, Republicans in the Senate pushed the nomination through, allowing Pruitt to become the next EPA Administrator. The vote followed an overnight rally by Senate Democrats in an effort to delay the vote until next week, after 3,000 some emails between Pruitt and the fossil fuel industry are set to be released. The New York Times says Democrats, environmental groups and even current EPA employees have harshly criticized Pruitt’s record of fighting the mission of the agency he will now lead. Pruitt is welcomed, however, by many agriculture groups because of his opposition to the EPA’s Waters of the U.S. rule and other regulations.

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Mexico Looking at Argentina, Brazil, for Yellow Corn

Mexico is turning its attention to South America, given uncertainty over U.S. President Donald Trump’s trade policies. Mexico’s agriculture minister last week announced he would lead a business delegation to Argentina and Brazil to explore buying yellow corn from the two nations. The trip was attributed to an effort to consider lessening Mexico’s dependence on the United States, according to Reuters. Exact dates have yet to be set, but Mexico confirms the trip will happen within the next 20 days, and Mexico could explore quotas and changing the tariff regime for imports from South America if needed. The announcement follows a threat to retaliate against the U.S. by a Mexican Senator who is considering legislation to direct the country not to buy corn from the United States. The threats stem from Mexico’s opposition to a President Trump proposal to build a border wall and impose a 20 percent import tax on Mexican goods to cover the cost and the consideration of renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement.

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Senate Agriculture Committee Holding Farm Bill Field Hearing

The Senate Agriculture Committee will hold its first farm bill field hearing this week in Kansas. The hearing, planned for Thursday at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas, will feature testimony from a variety of agricultural producers, according to committee sources. Titled “Hearing from the Heartland: Perspectives on the 2018 Farm Bill from Kansas,” committee members will get an update on “what is working and what is not working in farm country,” according to Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, A Kansas Republican. The field hearing will follow the House Agriculture Committee’s pre-farm bill hearing last week. The Senate Agriculture Committee will live stream the hearing online at ag dot senate dot gov (www.ag.senate.gov). A time for the hearing had not been confirmed as of Friday afternoon.

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Farmers File Class Action Suit over Dicamba Drift

Farmers have filed a class action lawsuit against Monsanto over dicamba herbicide drift issues. The lawsuit focuses on the off-label use of dicamba that led to drift damage in ten states last year. DTN says the new case, a class action suit filed in the U.S. District Court in Missouri, has two farmers from Missouri as lead plaintiffs. The lawsuit was filed by the same Missouri-based legal firm that also sued Monsanto over dicamba drift in November 2016 on behalf of a Missouri fruit and row-crop operation. Attorneys representing the farmers say they expect “hundreds of farmers” will eventually join the class action lawsuit. The lawsuit is open to farmers who experienced damage from illegal dicamba drift in 2016 from Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Tennessee and Texas. Illegal, off-label, over the top use of a Monsanto dicamba product led to drift damage to crops that were not tolerant to dicamba. The new lawsuit contends that Monsanto is responsible for the off-label dicamba use and damage.

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Day Without Immigrants Protests Slowed some Meatpacking Operations

Last week’s Day Without Immigrants protests caused some slowdowns at meatpacking operations in the United States, but Tyson Foods and Cargill said all plants were operational last Thursday. A Cargill spokesperson told meat industry publication Meatingplace the impact was “minimal,” and a Tyson Foods spokesperson said absentee levels at some locations were “higher than normal,” but noted all plants were operating. North American Meat Institute President Barry Carpenter said some operations were slowed or modified because of the protests across the nation. Carpenter said: “We respect the rights of our employees to express themselves,” noting that the meat industry has long supported comprehensive immigration reform. Media reports listed several types of business closures, largely in urban areas, and including grocery stores and restaurants from fast food to fine dining.

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East Coast Dock Workers Starting Contract Negotiation Early

Dock workers and cargo companies along the east coast are getting an early start to contract negotiations, an effort that could prevent a port slowdown like the one seen on the west coast during 2015. The International Longshoremen’s Association held informal contract talks last week with the United States Maritime Alliance, which represents the employers of some 25,000 unionized Atlantic and Gulf Coast port workers, according to the Wall Street Journal. In a joint statement, the two organizations say the discussions were “productive and peaceful.” The meeting came 19 months before the current contract, agreed to in 2013, is set to expire in September of 2018. Talks first began in 2015, after labor negotiations at west coast seaports forced a slowdown in exports and congested ports on that side of the nation.

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02-20-17 CCA: Open Letter Issued to All Federal Grazing Permittees

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CCA:  Open Letter Issued to All Federal Grazing Permittees

ARVADA, CO – Recently, a group has materialized claiming to be the only organization that represents the public lands rancher. This recently-formed group, which has questionable ties to public lands grazing; is advancing a compelling but dangerous theory that ranchers who hold grazing permits on public lands are not merely permittees, but allotment owners. While we at PLC fight every day for the preference and property rights of ranchers, we feel that this particular theory goes beyond our legal rights and could ultimately result in the loss of permits and subsequent destruction of family ranches.

We are lucky in this industry to have a deep bench of legal talent that is focused on our issues and represents our interests in the courts. These assembled legal minds have released the following open letter on this general topic which we present to you independent of our opinions and analysis. That so many of the names on the attached letter will be familiar to you is a testament to their commitment to our industry and their years of work on behalf of ranchers.

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02-20-17 ANCW names Collegiate Beef Advocacy Program scholarship winners

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The 2017 winners of the Collegiate Beef Advocacy Program were announced at the Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show in Nashville, Tenn. The three winners are (pictured center, left to right) Elisabeth Loseke, Columbus, Neb., McKenzie Smith, Snowville, Utah, and Haley Goodall, Belden, N.D. They are pictured with ANCW program manager Evelyn Brown (far left) and Janet Bailey Barrows of Farm Credit Services of America (far right). Each recipient receives a $2,000 scholarship sponsored by Farm Credit Services of America.

The 2017 winners of the Collegiate Beef Advocacy Program were announced at the Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show in Nashville, Tenn. The three winners are (pictured center, left to right) Elisabeth Loseke, Columbus, Neb., McKenzie Smith, Snowville, Utah, and Haley Goodall, Belden, N.D. They are pictured with ANCW program manager Evelyn Brown (far left) and Janet Bailey Barrows of Farm Credit Services of America (far right). Each recipient receives a $2,000 scholarship sponsored by Farm Credit Services of America.

ANCW names Collegiate Beef Advocacy Program scholarship winners

Developing young people to be tomorrow’s advocates for the beef industry is the goal of the Collegiate Beef Advocacy Program. The program is managed by the American National CattleWomen, Inc., and sponsored by Farm Credit Services of America.

Three winners of the Collegiate Beef Advocacy Program have been selected for this year. The three 2017 winners are Elisabeth Loseke, Columbus, Neb., McKenzie Smith, Snowville, Utah, and Haley Goodall, Belden, N.D. Each recipient received a $2,000 scholarship sponsored by Farm Credit Services of America. The winners were announced at the 2017 Cattle Industry Convention & NCBA Trade Show held in Nashville, Tenn. Continue reading

02-19-17 Livestock Marketeers induct three into Hall of Fame

The Livestock Marketeers honored three inductees to the Hall of Fame for 2017: Jim Danekas, Wilton, CA, was honored posthumously and represented by his son-in-law, Matt Lohse; Bill Angell, LaSalle, CO; and Doug Paul, Edmond, OK.

The Livestock Marketeers honored three inductees to the Hall of Fame for 2017: Jim Danekas, Wilton, CA, was honored posthumously and represented by his son-in-law, Matt Lohse; Bill Angell, LaSalle, CO; and Doug Paul, Edmond, OK.

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DENVER —The Livestock Marketeers — an informal fraternity of livestock fieldmen, auctioneers, sale managers and related livestock business leaders — met for their 52nd Annual Banquet at the National Western Club on January 14. The event was hosted by American Live Stock; master of ceremonies was J. Neil Orth, executive vice president of the American-International Charolais Association and 1984 Hall of Fame inductee.

The Livestock Marketeers group was formed in 1965 by Harry Green, Ross Miller and Claud Willett. Their purpose was to establish a fraternal organization of livestock professionals, and to make annual awards in order to encourage younger members of the industry to succeed in their chosen profession. Continue reading

02-17-17 Culver’s Launches Third Annual FFA Essay Contest

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Restaurant celebrates FFA Week with contest that sends FFA chapters to national convention

PRAIRIE DU SAC, Wis. – Feb. 20, 2017 – There are already 649,355 reasons to celebrate National FFA Week, but Culver’s is adding one more. On Feb. 20, Culver’s will kick off its third annual FFA Essay Contest to award three winners the funds to send their FFA chapters to the National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis, Oct. 25-28, 2017.

The essay contest asks FFA members to submit an essay in response to the following questions: As a future ag leader, what do you want people to know about the agricultural industry? How will you help to educate them on this subject? Culver’s will award prizes for the top three essays, providing winners with $7,500, $5,000 and $2,500 respectively. To submit their essays, FFA members should visit Culvers.com/essaycontest. The contest ends March 31, 2017, at 5 p.m. CST. Continue reading

02-17-17 USDA-NASS CO: Farms and Land in Farms…

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The number of farms and ranches in Arizona in 2016 totaled 19,600, up 100 operations from the 2015 estimate. Total land in farms in Arizona, at 25.9 million acres, was down less than one-half percent from the 2015 estimate. The average size of farm was 1,321 acres, compared to 1,333 acres the previous year.

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The number of farms and ranches in Colorado in 2016 totaled 33,800, down 400 operations from the 2015 estimate. Total land in farms in Colorado, at 31.7 million acres, was unchanged from the 2015 estimate. The average size of farm was 938 acres, compared to 927 acres the previous year.

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02-17-17 CICA: 2017 A Year of Opportunity for the Ranching Industry…

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Back row, L to R:  Director Tom Hendrix, Wray, CO; Past President and State Representative Kimmi Lewis, Kim, CO; Immediate Past President Wil Bledsoe, Hugo, CO; Director Wayne Rusher, Ordway, CO; Director John Beatty, Ignacio, CO; Director Martin Canterbury, Canon City, CO; Director Tom Robb, McClave, CO; Past President John Reid, Ordway, CO; Director David Cundiff, Bayfield, CO.   Front row, L to R: Past President Gerald Schreiber, Last Chance, CO; Director and Treasurer Janell Reid, Ordway, CO; President Lorene Bonds, Durango, CO; Director and Vice President Cody Jolly, Hugo, CO; and Director and Secretary Curt Werner, Merino, CO.

Back row, L to R: Director Tom Hendrix, Wray, CO; Past President and State Representative Kimmi Lewis, Kim, CO; Immediate Past President Wil Bledsoe, Hugo, CO; Director Wayne Rusher, Ordway, CO; Director John Beatty, Ignacio, CO; Director Martin Canterbury, Canon City, CO; Director Tom Robb, McClave, CO; Past President John Reid, Ordway, CO; Director David Cundiff, Bayfield, CO.
Front row, L to R: Past President Gerald Schreiber, Last Chance, CO; Director and Treasurer Janell Reid, Ordway, CO; President Lorene Bonds, Durango, CO; Director and Vice President Cody Jolly, Hugo, CO; and Director and Secretary Curt Werner, Merino, CO.

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The Colorado Independent CattleGrowers Association looks with eager anticipation to 2017 as a year of opportunity for the ranching industry. Resonating President Trump’s strong pro-American agenda, the CICA is continuing to work diligently to re-implement Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) for beef. COOL has been widely opposed by the four main beef packers, none of which are based in the U.S. “Product of USA” allows exporters to seek high premiums for U.S. beef, yet domestic producers have been blocked from the same labeling advantage at home. The cost of implementing COOL is no greater than that of food products with country of origin labeling requirements already in place. COOL will give Americans a choice when purchasing beef and create a fair marketplace for U.S. producers as well as a transparent, safer market for consumers. Consumers have the right to know where their beef comes from. Continue reading

02-17-17 Managing in Tough Times Part 4: Current Financial Situation Unfolding in Colorado’s Production Agriculture

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Managing in Tough Times Part 4: Current Financial Situation Unfolding in Colorado’s Production Agriculture
(NOTE: Guest article by Dr. Norm Dalsted, Professor and Extension Farm/Ranch Management Economist.  Dr. Dalsted works out of the Peaks to Plains Regional office in Pueblo and may be contacted at: (719) 545-1845.)

The current agricultural economy is facing difficult times with low commodity prices and the drought conditions facing much of the state’s agricultural lands.  For the majority of farmers and ranchers the ability to breakeven this year is not possible even with record wheat and corn yields.  At this time wheat prices are $2.70 to $3.05 depending on the region of the state while corn prices also vary but are in the $2.60 to $3.10 range.  For many producers the breakeven price is well above the current and harvest prices they have or could have received. This will create a significant shortfall in their ability to cover this past year’s costs of production and certainly jeopardize their ability to acquire operating capital for the upcoming crop year.  Some may need to offer existing equity in their operation to offset the inability to pay off their line of credit (operating monies). Continue reading

02-17-17 CSU’s Golden Plains Extension: Retirement Plans for Self-Employed and Small Business

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Saving for retirement is one of the major goals of personal and family savings efforts emphasized by America Saves Week www.americasaves.org. This has been much easier for people working for an employer that offers retirement benefits.  However; retirement planning for the entrepreneur has been primarily growing net worth through the years. Then, someday selling out and retiring on the proceeds of the sale. However, if you want to pass down some wealth to your children or grandchildren, this selling out option creates a large debt burden on your family. What other options are there?  Continue reading

02-17-17 CSU Ext News: “Walking Dust Specks”

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“Walking Dust Specks”

By Linda Langelo, Golden Plains Extension Horticulture Program Associate; 

Phone: (970) 854-3616; Email: Linda.Langelo@colostate.edu

According to CSU Entomologist, Whitney Cranshaw you may have these “walking dust specks” in your home.  How did they gain access?  First by climbing on a south-facing wall to a window or doorway with a slight crack on warm days fall or spring.  They are commonly known as clover mites.

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EU To Begin Trade Talks with China

The European Union is getting set to talk trade with China in April or May. European officials told Reuters the goal is to promote free trade and international cooperation in the face of what may be a more protectionist Washington D.C. A European trade official says the summit is meant to send a “message to the U.S. that China has friends in Europe.” The EU is hoping to get China’s vocal support for international institutions like the United Nations and the World Trade Organization. President Donald Trump has criticized the U.N. in the past, while Russia completely bypassed the U.N. in securing a cease-fire in Syria. China and the European Union hold a summit every year and while a specific date hasn’t been chosen yet, Beijing requested it to take place as soon as possible. The EU believes China wants to use the summit to re-emphasize its defense of open trade and global ties that China put forth at the World Economic Forum in January.

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House Ag Committee Passes Two Measures on Pesticides

The House Ag Committee passed two measures this week that deal with pesticide regulations. H.R. Bill 953, called the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act, would clarify Congressional intent regarding pesticide applications around the waters of the U.S. A 2009 Court of Appeals decision mistakenly applied provisions of the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System permitting process under the Clean Water Act to pesticide applications that were already fully regulated by federal law. The result was two different permitting processes, which Ag Committee Chair Mike Conaway, a Texas Republican, said was never the intent of Congress. H.R. Bill 1029, titled the Pesticide Registration Enhancement Act, reauthorizes the Pesticide Registration Improvement Act. PRIA (Pree’-ah) was intended to make the evaluation process more predictable and effective for affected pesticide decisions. It couples the collection of fees with a specific review period and it shortens the review period for reduced-risk pesticides. Committee Chair Conaway says, “For over a decade, PRIA has provided predictability and certainty to the Ag and public health communities while bringing transparency to the pesticide registration process.”

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EPA Defends RFS Implementation

A group of plaintiffs recently filed suit against the Environmental Protection Agency challenging how the Renewable Fuels Standard has recently been implemented. Attorneys for the EPA filed a court brief this week saying it followed the law. A DTN report says oral arguments are scheduled for April 24 in the D.C. Court of Appeals. The 165-page brief goes through the reasons why the EPA denied a petition to change the point of obligation under the RFS, how it set the biofuel requirements for 2017-2018, and a number of other issues raised by agriculture, biofuels, and petroleum groups. The EPA rejected a petition from petroleum interests to change the point of obligation under the RFS from refiners and petroleum importers to blenders. Petroleum interests say it would spread the cost of compliance throughout the industry, but the EPA said it would take the number of companies that need to be in compliance from hundreds to thousands. The EPA has also taken heat for missing multiple statutory deadlines and for how it went about setting biofuels volumes for the next year.

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New Venture for the National Farm Machinery Show

Dennis Slater, President of the Association of Equipment Manufacturers, and Jason Rittenberry, CEO of the Kentucky State Fair, made a joint announcement at this week’s National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, Kentucky, regarding a collaboration between the groups. Beginning with next year’s show, the Association of Equipment Manufacturers will assist with managing and co-producing the show, as well as having an equity position in the show’s future growth. Rittenberry said, “Every year, potential exhibitors are put on a waiting list for America’s largest farm show. This partnership will bring new opportunities for current and future exhibitors, as well as the people who attend the show every year.” The Show brings together manufacturers and customers. The face-to-face interaction includes a chance to talk about issues that affect the overall industry. Slater noted this partnership will eventually allow different sectors of the Ag industry to work together to advance and strengthen agriculture for the benefit of all. Show organizers expect 30,000 people to come through the doors this week at the 2017 Show in Louisville.

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11 Dollar Soybeans Possible

An Ag Web Dot Com article says gains in other commodities have convinced at least one analyst that $11 soybeans are possible, even with an average 2017 crop. John Payne of Daniels Trading says other markets like copper, cotton, and oats to a certain extent, have risen. “Corn has come up a little, as has the stock market,” Payne said. He says farmers who have the capital to do so, might want to hold off on deciding final crop mixes for 2017 “until the market shows its hand,” Payne said. “Soybeans are going to give you an opportunity at some point.” At the same time, Payne says there is a significant downside possible for prices if bean yields hit near 53 bushels per acre. Corn does remain a strong contender based on data showing that farmers historically like to plant the crop. Payne expects corn acreage to be 91-92 million acres this year. “I understand the arguments against it,” says Payne, “prices certainly don’t reflect it. Given the yield that farmers had last year, if they’re up for rotation, I highly doubt they’re going to switch out.”  

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KIND CEO Pledges $25 Million for Nutrition Group

Daniel Lubetzky, the founder of a rapidly growing granola and nut bar company called KIND LLC, says he’s giving $25 million to back a new non-profit group called Feed the Truth. It’s a group that wants to counteract what they say is the food industry’s influence on nutrition policy. The move comes as nutrition groups come to grips with a change in the White House after eight years of an administration that generally supported their goals. Lubetzky told Politico’s Morning Agriculture Report that he’ll have no influence or control over the operation. The group could find that almonds, a key ingredient in KIND bars, are not healthy, and he said (half-jokingly) that he would have to consider their findings. “The goal is for this group to represent the nutrition interests of the public.” Lubetzky founded his New York-based company in 2004 after growing frustrated with a lack of readily available healthy snack options.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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