02-05-16 USDA, NFL, Fuel Up to Play 60 Partner to Award $35 Million to Help Schools Serve Healthier Meals, Strengthen Childhood Nutrition…

USDA Press ReleaseGrants Will Improve Food Service Equipment, Upgrade Infrastructure Critical to Building Healthy Schools and Communities

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Feb. 5, 2016 – Amid pre-Super Bowl 50 celebrations today, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, NFL Commissioner, Roger Goodell, and Paul Rovey, dairy farmer and leader of the National Dairy Council (NDC), announced the availability of $35 million in grants to help schools upgrade their kitchen equipment and infrastructure in order to offer students better access to nutritious foods.

Three in five students – more than 30 million children – rely on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program for one to two meals per day, however according to a 2014 survey, 88% of schools reported lacking at least one piece of equipment they needed in order to serve healthier foods . These grants will give millions of additional children access to more nutritious meals by providing schools with the funds to purchase additional equipment to help them meet updated national nutrition standards, and serve healthy meals with more whole grains, fruits, vegetables, lean protein and low-fat dairy, and less sodium and fat. Continue reading

02-05-16 USDA To Offer Certificates for Farm Commodities Pledged to Marketing Loans…

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WASHINGTON, Feb. 3, 2016 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that producers who have crops pledged as collateral for a marketing assistance loan can now purchase a commodity certificate that may be exchanged for the outstanding loan collateral. The authority is provided by the 2016 Consolidated Appropriations Act, legislation enacted by Congress in December.Commodity certificates are available beginning with the 2015 crop in situations where the applicable marketing assistance loan rate exceeds the exchange rate. Currently, the only eligible commodity is cotton. Continue reading

02-05-16 ASI WEEKLY NEWS FOR SHEEP INDUSTRY LEADERS…

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02-05-16 USDA/CSU Grant Training Workshop in Akron on March 21st…

CSU Extension HeaderJoin CSU Extension on March 21, 2016 from 12:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Akron for a half-day workshop on how to identify, develop and write successful grant proposals. Bring the projects you are currently working on with you. Bring project ideas as well to the workshop. Participants will learn about federal and state grant opportunities, and receive coaching on how to develop a project idea into a grant proposal. Continue reading

02-05-16 Deadline to nominate YOUR school district for Monsanto’s America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education is April 1st…

GrowRuralEducationGraphicFarmers can nominate their school districts to receive grants of up to $25,000

Between now and April 1, 2016, farmers can nominate a public school district in their community to apply for a $10,000 or $25,000 grant.

For more information about the America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education program and to view the official rules, a list of eligible states, counties and CRDs, visit www.GrowRuralEducation.com.

About the Monsanto Fund

The Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of the Monsanto Company, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the farm communities where farmers and Monsanto Company employees live and work. Visit the Monsanto Fund at www.monsantofund.org.

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02-05-16 Insurance companies increase focus on child ag safety: survey…

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Insurance companies are becoming more involved in farm safety, as revealed in a survey by the National Children’s Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety.

You might think liability drives the increased interest in farm safety, but it is not the top reason, according to the survey results and discussions with insurance professionals. Continue reading

02-05-16 Colorado State Forest Service News: Late Winter the Best Time to Prune Trees…

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BROOMFIELD, Colo. – Feb. 3, 2016 – Late winter, from February through early March, is the best time to prune most trees. Trees are still dormant at this time of year and, unlike in early winter, wound closure will be rapid if pruning occurs just prior to the time new growth emerges.

“Pruning trees during the late dormant season reduces impacts on tree health, and builds a strong structure for our community trees in the long term,” said Keith Wood, community forestry program manager for the Colorado State Forest Service. Wood says that although some elms, maples, birch and walnut trees may visibly exude sap if pruned in the late winter or early spring, this should not harm the tree.

The CSFS offers the following tree pruning tips: Continue reading

02-04-16 History CO News: Make Plans to Attend a State Historical Fund Roundtable…

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ATTEND AN SHF COMMUNITY ROUNDTABLE IN YOUR AREA

2016 State Historical Fund Roundtables

STATE HISTORICAL FUND ROUNDTABLES

The History Colorado State Historical Fund supports community heritage through tangible and highly visible historic preservation projects for direct and demonstrable public benefit.  Since it’s inception, the State Historical Fund has awarded 4,064 grants, totaling more than $262 million to projects in all 64 counties.

While the State Historical Fund outreach team is always available by phone or email, the roundtables offer local community members an opportunity to interact with staff directly, as well as learn from fellow applicants and their projects.

Please RSVP 48 hours in advance. To RSVP, please contact Kristi Roberts or 303-866-3493.

Grant season is upon us! Attend a State Historical Fund Community Roundtable to meet with grant staff and strengthen your grant project. Competitive applications are now ONLINE ONLY!

February 10: Cortez – Cortez City Hall
February 12: Sterling – Logan County Courthouse
February 18: Pueblo – El Pueblo History Museum
February 23: Greeley – Greeley Masonic Temple
February 25: Steamboat Springs – Centennial Hall
March 1: Saguache – Saguache Town Hall
March 2: Hugo – Hugo Town Hall
TBD: Breckenridge – BGV Community Center
TBD: Springfield – Baca County Courthouse
TBD: Ouray – Wright Opera House

Can’t make it to a roundtable? Join us online via Adobe Connect on March 4 at 10am
Don’t forget: SHF staff will review your draft grant application before the April 1deadline! We recommend that first-time applicants submit drafts by February 16and repeat applicants submit drafts by March 1.
For information and to register for a roundtable, contact Kristi Roberts.kristi.roberts@state.co.us 303/866-3493

02-04-16 Meet CALP’s New Executive Director Durango’s Cathy Calderwood…

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CLICK HERE to learn more about the CALP…

CALP Exec Dir Cathy Calderwood

The Colorado Agricultural Leadership Program (CALP) announced on Feb 3rd that Cathy Calderwood will be the Executive Director. 

Joining the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network at this time is Cathy Calderwood of Durango…listen to the interview below to learn more about her background, her vision and more about the 25th Governor’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture taking place Feb 18th @ the Renaissance Hotel in Denver…

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If you would like to learn more about the Colorado Agricultural Leadership Program, please visit www.coloagleaders.org and if you are interested in learning more about the 2016 Governor’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture and to view a complete agenda, please visit www.governorsagforum.com Pre-registration has been extended until Feb 11th.

READ THE ORIGINAL CALP PRESS RELEASE

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02-04-16 Marshall Frasier Beef Symposium in Hugo Feb 16th…

8th Marshall Frasier Beef Symposium 021616 headerDon’t miss the eighth annual producer education symposium put on by the Colorado Livestock Association! Exciting and informative speakers at this year’s event will include a market outlook from CattleFax, livestock risk protection methods, and more! This is a free event open to one and all, we just ask that you register for lunch!

Marshall Frasier Beef Symposium

February 16, 2016 from 9:00-3:00pm

Lincoln County Fairgrounds, Hugo, CO

33747 County Rd 2W, Hugo, CO 80821

2016 Program

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02-04-16 Bent-Prowers Cattle & Horse Growers meeting in Rocky Ford on Feb 11th…

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Jim Gibb - GeneSeekSpeaker: Why DNA profile replacement heifers?

A GeneSeek official will discuss using DNA to select replacement heifers during a Bent-Prowers Cattle & Horse Growers meeting on Thursday night, Feb.11 in Rocky Ford.

Featured speaker, Jim Gibb, is a technical sales manager for GeneSeek, a Neogen Agrigenomics company. He will focus on how DNA profiling replacement heifers can lead to a more herd productivity, efficiency and profit.

Gibb received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois and his master’s and Ph.D. degrees from Colorado State University. He joined the University of Illinois faculty in 1979 as Assistant Professor of Beef Cattle Management. Continue reading

02-04-16 Early registration deadline for Governor’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture pushed back to Feb. 11th

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Those interested in attending of the Governor’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture are in luck, as they have another week to save on registration costs.

Rather than registration going up from $150 to $200 after Feb. 4, event organizers are pushing that back a week, to Thursday, Feb. 11

There’s no registration deadline for this year’s Governor’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture, and in addition to saving by registering early, there are also discounted rates for students and alumni of the Colorado Agricultural Leadership Program (CALP).

The 2016 Governor’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture – titled “Next Generation Agriculture” – is set for 8 a.m. on Feb. 18, taking place at the Renaissance Denver Stapleton Hotel (3801 Quebec St). The event is open to the public and media. Anyone interested in attending can learn more and register at www.governorsagforum.com.

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02-03-16 CSU Ext: 2016 Ag Outlook and Strategy Forums for Producers in Lamar on March 3rd…

CSU Extension HeaderThe Ag Outlook and Strategy Forums will be held in Lamar on March 3rd

Producers know their costs of producing crops and livestock continue to be high while market prices are going down. As profits decrease or there are losses, producers may have difficulty securing operating loans or have to take money from the savings they accumulated over the past few years of good prices. What are they to do? 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…

02/03 – Livestock Exchange, LLC UPDATE

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02/02 – Livestock Exchange, LLC Preview w/Auctioneer Tyler Knode

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01/27 – Livestock Exchange Update #2

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01/26 – Livestock Exchange, LLC Preview w/Auctioneer Tyler Knode

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For more about Livestock Exchange, LLC – CLICK HERE

02-01-16 Inside the RMFU with Bill Midcap…

 

RMFU New logo 111315Bill Midcap, RMFU’s Director of External Affairs(BARN Media & CoAgNews Network – Briggsdale, CO) February 1, 2016 – On this month’s edition of the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union’s Radioline Report inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network I will be visiting with Bill Midcap, RMFU’s Director of External Affairs discussing several topics including:

  • CO Legislative Watch
  • CO Legislative Drive-In Feb 22nd
  • Thoughts regarding EPA’s Clean Power Plan
  • & More

Listen to the interview with RMFU’s Bill Midcap…

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Since 1907, the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, serving family farming & ranching and “Growing the Agricultural Grassroots Network”, learn more and join the RMFU Today online @ www.rmfu.org or LIKE them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter @RMFUnion.

RMFU: Safe, Healthy Food Begins with Secure, Profitable Farm and Ranch Families.

02-01-16 Resilience in New Mexico Agriculture regional meeting in Taos set for Feb 11th…

New Mexico State University and New Mexico First are joining forces to help develop a strategic plan to maintain a resilient New Mexico food and agricultural system.

The Resilience in New Mexico Agriculture regional meeting will be held in Taos from 9:30 a.m. to noon, Thursday, Feb. 11, at the Juan I. Gonzales Memorial Taos County Agricultural Center, 202 Chamisa Rd. A free lunch will be served. Continue reading

02-01-16 RMFU Legislative Drive Ins for Colorado and New Mexico…

RMFU New logo 111315For those of you in New Mexico, mark your calendars for your Legislative Drive-In, which is set for Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 26-27 in Santa Fe. The event will run from noon to noon at the Drury Plaza Hotel. RSVP to Pam Roy at505.660.8403. For details, email bill.micap@rmfu.org.

For those of you in Colorado, The RMFU Colorado Drive-In is set for Monday, Feb. 22 at the Scottish Rite Temple, 1370 Grant Street. Look forward to hearing John Stulp update us on the latest on the Colorado Water Plan. For details, email bill.micap@rmfu.org

A Legislative Drive-in is a great way to learn what is happening in state policy development and it will give you a chance to talk to lawmakers.

A Legislative Drive-in is a great way to learn what is happening in state policy development and it will give you a chance to talk to lawmakers.

01-29-16 NASS-CO: USDA TO MEASURE FARMLAND RENTAL RATES…

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Lakewood, Colorado – Beginning in February, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service will contact farmers and ranchers to gather land rental rate information for the Cash Rents and Leases survey. The results of this survey will serve as a valuable decision-making tool for farmers, ranchers and other landowners and will help shape negotiations for 2017 rental agreements.

“This brief survey is our only source of county cash rental rates,” said NASS’ Mountain Region Field Office Director Bill Meyer. “By responding, producers help the farming community when establishing new leases or rental agreements and ensures USDA bases its decisions on the most accurate data.” NASS will publish average cash rental rates at national, state and county levels for non-irrigated cropland, irrigated cropland, and pastureland on September 9, 2016. Continue reading

Read the NAFB’s National Ag News for Friday, February 5th…

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

CLICK HERE to listen to TODAY’s BARN Morning Ag News with Brian Allmer…

Sponsored by the American Farm Bureau Federation

FAO Food Price Index Starts the New Year with Another Decline

World food prices begin 2016 with a decline, according to the latest Food Price Index by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. The index released Thursday for January shows a near two percent decline from December and a 16 percent decline from this time last year. The index averaged 150.4 points overall for January; that’s roughly three points lower than the December average. The prices of all commodities tracked by the Index fell, with sugar and dairy products registering the steepest declines. The Dairy Price Index fell three percent while the Sugar Price Index fell four percent, compared to December. Most prices fell on ample global supplies and weak export markets, according to the latest report.

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ChemChina, Syngenta Deal Likely to Face Regulatory Review by the U.S.

The $43 billion takeover deal by ChemChina to purchase Syngenta will likely face a regulatory review from the United States. Bloomberg reports a U.S. national security watchdog is likely to look closely at the merger on two fronts—whether such a deal would compromise American food security and whether the combined company’s locations would be too close to U.S. military bases—that according to several lawyers who deal with security reviews for similar transactions. Syngenta has several U.S. research and production facilities, which could draw interest from the Committee on Foreign Investment, led by the Treasury Department. The committee reviews acquisitions of U.S. businesses by foreign investors and can recommend the president block transactions it deems compromising to national security. However, one lawyer familiar with similar deals suggests a Chinese takeover of Syngenta probably wouldn’t raise national security concerns that are severe enough to scuttle the deal.

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Japan Allows More Mexican Pork Imports

Japan now recognizes Mexico as free of classical swine fever, allowing Mexico to export more pork to Japan. The Mexican meat industry is set to expand exports to Japan, which already exceeds 70,000 tons year. Before the announcement, The Pig Site reports Japan only recognized imports from certain Mexican states, but now allows imports from the entire country. The World Animal Health Organization certified Mexico as being free of classical swine fever last June. However, Japan only recently opened its doors to all Mexican pork imports.

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ADM Considering Sale of Ethanol Plants

Archer Daniels Midland, or ADM, is reportedly considering a sale of the company’s ethanol facilities. Reuter’s reports the plants are now seen as more of a headache for the Chicago-based company, which opened two large ethanol plants six years ago in Nebraska and Iowa. ADM’s chief executive said this week he would consider a sale of the two facilities along with another ADM plant in Peoria, Illinois. The three dry-mill ethanol plants, some of the largest in the country, represent just under half of ADM’s 1.8-billion-gallon-per-year U.S. ethanol capacity. Ethanol margins remain under pressure on lower gasoline and overall energy prices. The company is not alone as Abengoa seeks a buyer for some of its biofuels assets as well. Smaller rivals CHS Inc. and Green Plains Inc. have scooped up smaller, struggling plants in Illinois, Texas and Virginia in the past eight months. However, one industry executive estimated the Iowa and Nebraska ADM plants together could be worth as much as half a billion dollars.

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Panama Canal Improvements Delayed Again

The opening of larger locks at the Panama Canal faces another delay. Canal officials say the opening of the larger locks is not expected until the second quarter of this year after already being postponed several times by construction delays. The Panama Canal Authority says the larger locks should open for commercial use early in the second quarter though a certain date remains to be set. Work is currently estimated at 96 percent complete, and the new locks are operational. However the Authority wants to make sure the locks are working perfectly before opening them. The new locks will nearly triple the capacity of the canal’s existing infrastructure, allowing for much larger container ships to pass through.

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USDA Investing $150 Million to Improve Working Land

USDA announced Thursday the availability of $150 million in funding to help producers voluntarily improve the health and productivity of private and tribal working lands. The Natural Resources Conservation Service plans to add 10 million acres to the Conservation Stewardship Program this year through the funding. USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack said the program “results in real change “and enables producers to “achieve higher levels of conservation.” USDA suggests producers interested in the program should submit applications by the end of March. Funding is available for more than 100 kinds of enhancements nationwide, including improving soil quality through the use of cover crops, improving water quality and restoring habitat for wildlife. More information is online at NRCS dot USDA dot gov (www.nrcs.usda.gov).

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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02-04-16 ASI Announces Award Winners During Annual Convention…

ASI President Burton Pfliger, N.D.; Jw Nuckolls, Wyo., Distinguished Producer Award; Cindy Siddoway, Idaho, McClure Silver Ram Award; David Bossman, Fla., Camptender Award

ASI President Burton Pfliger, N.D.; Jw Nuckolls, Wyo., Distinguished Producer Award; Cindy Siddoway, Idaho, McClure Silver Ram Award; David Bossman, Fla., Camptender Award

DENVER, Colo. – The American Sheep Industry Association recognized the efforts of three individuals during the association’s annual convention the last week of January in sunny Scottsdale, Ariz. Two longtime sheep producers and a relative newcomer to the industry walked away with the hardware at the industry awards luncheon on Jan. 29.

“All three of these individuals have contributed to the success of the American sheep industry in some form,” said ASI President Burton Pfliger of North Dakota. Pfliger presented engraved plaques to each recipient after providing a brief rundown of the ways they’d worked within the industry. “I think it’s worth noting that we have three individuals who have contributed in many different ways to the industry, but each is certainly worthy of the awards they received.” Continue reading

02-04-16 ASI News: United Voice Evident at Sheep Industry Convention…

DENVER, Colo. – The Arizona sun spotlighted the issues brought by the large gathering of sheep producers from across the country that met for the 2016 American Sheep Industry Association Convention in Scottsdale Ariz., Jan. 28-30. Under the motto The Strength of a United Voice, it was fitting that announcements such as another year of increased sheep inventory, the launch of Working Dog Liability Insurance and mandatory country of origin labeling for lamb were revealed.
“The focus of our meeting this year was current events and current issues,” said ASI President Burton Pfliger (N.D.). “Agriculture and the sheep industry in particular are facing the new veterinary feed directive, protecting ourselves from liability claims associated with working dogs and keeping our markets transparent. All of these topics – plus many more – were given center stage at our meetings in Scottsdale.”

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02-04-16 Ports-to-Plains, LEDA host Energy and Ag Summit March 30-31 in Lubbock, TX

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Highlighting the issues affecting the region’s key economic drivers will be the focus of the 2016 Port-to-Plains Energy and Ag Summit co-hosted by the Lubbock Economic Development Alliance March 30 – 31 at the Arbor Hotel and Conference Center in Lubbock, Texas.

“This is quite a volatile time for energy and agriculture, which are the industries that are critical to the economies throughout the Ports-to-Plains Corridor region.  That is why we think it is so important for business and community leaders to learn as much as possible about the key issues we are facing so that we can overcome challenges, identify opportunities and thrive economically,” said Ports-to-Plains President Michael Reeves. Continue reading

02-04-16 NCBA and PLC Accepting Applications for Two Summer Positions…

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Open Positions Include Public Policy Intern and Summer Law Clerk

WASHINGTON (Feb. 4, 2016) – The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the Public Lands Council’s government affairs office in Washington, D.C., is accepting applications for a 2016 summer  public policy intern as well as a summer law clerk. The deadline to submit an application for either position is Feb. 24, 2016. Continue reading

02-04-16 Colorado Weekly Hay Report…

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Colorado Hay Report

Compared to the last week, hay movement light with prices steady.  Snow
storms leaving up to 12 inches in areas across the state started on Saturday and
continued through Tuesday, making it difficult to move hay within the state.
Demand was moderate on Dairy quality alfalfa with the bulk of activity in the
San Luis Valley on trades going to dairies in Texas.  Grass hay trades were
mostly on small squares.  The NRCS SNOTEL reports the basin index percentages
for the Gunnison River Basin at 114 percent, the Upper Colorado river Basin at
105 percent, the South Platte River Basin at 112 percent, the Laramie and North
Platte River Basins at 101 percent, the Yampa and White River Basins at 96
percent, the Arkansas River Basins at 109 percent, the Upper Rio Grande Basin at
110 percent, and the San Miguel, Dolores, Animas, and San Juan River Basins at
127 percent.  All prices reported are FOB at the stack or barn unless otherwise
noted.  Prices reflect load lots of hay.

If you have hay for sale or need hay, use the services of the Colorado
Department of Agriculture website: http://www.coloradoagriculture.com.

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02-04-16 ACE 2016 Washington DC Fly-in April 13-14…

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Sioux Falls, SD (February 4, 2016) – The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) is announcing the date for their annual grassroots lobbying effort in Washington, DC this year. The 8th annual ACE fly-in will be held on April 13-14, with the Washington Court on Capitol Hill serving as the host hotel for the event.

“The most persuasive and effective spokespeople for our industry are real people, whose everyday life experiences and authenticity illustrate how the decisions made in Washington, DC impact their businesses and communities.  Given how much is at stake for biofuels in 2016 between the election, RFS implementation challenges, and regulatory hurdles impacting consumer access to E15, flex fuels, and the clean octane in ethanol, we encourage supporters to join us for this important event,” said ACE Executive Vice President Brian Jennings. Continue reading