10-31-13 CO Governor Hickenlooper urges BLM to look to CO as model for Sage Grouse Mgmt, avoid Endangered Listing…

Colorado Governor's SealDENVER — Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013 — CO Governor John Hickenlooper and the Colorado Department of Natural Resources (DNR) are directly involved in conservation efforts and strategies to conserve the greater sage grouse (GSG) given its potential listing as threatened or endangered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Working with local communities, private landowners and other entities, the State developed a comprehensive conservation plan in 2008 that included a range of voluntary efforts to protect habitat so as to promote thriving populations in the northwest region of Colorado. This plan was the basis for the State to build upon for the current consideration of possible listing. The State is working with all interests to assess how well these conservation efforts are working and what more can be done to improve upon them.

“Given the unique landscapes and natural resources in Colorado, a Colorado-based solution is more practical that one handed down by the federal government,” Hickenlooper said. “We hope the Bureau of Land Management will look at the public-private partnerships that have been so successful in Colorado as a model on how to get things done.”

The State is working with local communities and stakeholders on a plan that is designed to promote conservation while also preserving the vibrant economic activities occurring in this region of the state.

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10-31-13 *USDA-NASS-CO News* October Cattle on Feed – Colorado

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The number of cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market in Colorado feedlots with a capacity of 1,000 head or larger was estimated at 870,000 head as of October 1, 2013. The latest inventory was 5 percent above last month’s inventory, but 13 percent below the October 1, 2012 inventory. The inventory included 560,000 steers and steer calves, down 16 percent from the previous year. The number of heifers and heifer calves, at 305,000 head, are down 6 percent from a year ago. The number of cows and bulls totaled 5,000, no change from last year’s number. Cattle feeders with 1,000 head or larger capacity marketed an estimated 145,000 head of fed cattle during September 2013. This was 19 percent below the previous month’s marketings and 3 percent below marketings one year earlier. An estimated 190,000 cattle and calves were placed on feed during September 2013, down 16 percent from a year ago, but up 31 percent from the August 2013 placements. Of the number placed in September, 18 percent weighed less than 600 pounds, 11 percent weighed from 600 to 699 pounds, 26 percent weighed from 700 to 799 pounds, and 45 percent weighed 800 pounds and greater. Other disappearance for September, at 5,000 head, was unchanged from last month and last year.
Cattle and calves on feed for slaughter market in the United States for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head totaled 10.1 million head on October 1, 2013. The inventory was 8 percent below October 1, 2012. The inventory included 6.44 million steers and steer calves, down 7 percent from the previous year. This group accounted for 64 percent of the total inventory. Heifers and heifer calves accounted for 3.66 million head, down 8 percent from 2012. Placements in feedlots during September totaled 2.03 million, 1 percent above 2012. Net placements were 1.96 million head. During September, placements of cattle and calves weighing less than 600 pounds were 475,000, 600-699 pounds were 335,000, 700-799 pounds were 480,000, and 800 pounds and greater were 735,000. Marketings of fed cattle during September totaled 1.70 million, 6 percent above 2012. Other disappearance totaled 62,000 during September, 3 percent below 2012.
For a full copy of the October 2013 Cattle on Feed report please visit www.nass.usda.gov.

10-31-13 *USDA/NASS-CO* Regional Grain Price Report: October Farm Prices Received Index Up 1 Point…

USDA NASS Regional News Release headerUSDA-NASS – October 31st, 2013 – The preliminary All Farm Products Index of Prices Received by Farmers in October, at 187 percent, based on 1990-1992=100, increased 1 point (0.5 percent) from September. The Crop Index is down 3 points (1.5 percent) but the Livestock Index is unchanged. Producers received higher prices for wheat and lower prices for corn, soybeans, and potatoes. In addition to prices, the overall index is also affected by the seasonal change based on a 3-year average mix of commodities producers sell. Increased monthly movement of soybeans, corn, ottonseed, and cotton offset the decreased marketing of wheat, milk, hogs, and hay.
The preliminary All Farm Products Index is down 23 points (11 percent) from October 2012. The Food Commodities Index, at 189, increased 8 points (4.4 percent) from last month but decreased 7 points (3.6 percent) from October 2012.
Prices Paid Index up 1 Point
The October Index of Prices Paid for Commodities and Services, Interest, Taxes, and Farm Wage Rates (PPITW) is 218 percent of the 1990-1992 average. The index is up 1 point (0.5 percent) from September but unchanged from October 2012. Higher prices in October for concentrates, feeder cattle, feeder pigs, and nitrogen offset lower prices for feed grains, complete feeds, diesel, and gasoline.
For a full copy of the report please visit www.nass.usda.gov.
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10-31-13 More than 56,000 students in Louisville for 2013 National FFA Convention & Expo through Nov 2nd…

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013/National FFA Organization) – Rick Pitino told thousands of FFA members from across the country packed into Freedom Hall Wednesday that pressure and problems are good things.

“We’re all under pressure every day,” said Pitino, whose University of Louisville men’s basketball team won the national championship in 2013. “It’s why we wake up early in the morning, work hard throughout the day and stay up later at night. Pressure brings out enormous potential and when problems present themselves, we need to look adversity straight in the eye and deal with it.”

Pitino opened the 2013 National FFA Convention & Expo, an event that in its 86th year has drawn more than 56,000 FFA members from all 50 U.S. states to Louisville for four days. His motivational address focused on the importance of interpersonal communication in achieving career and life success.

“I believe in being upbeat and positive every day,” he said. “The more you listen, the more you learn. Successful people master the art of communications by having a razor-sharp focus, listening four times the amount they speak and facing adversity straight in the eye to shrink it down to the size of a pea.

“You all have unbelievable passion – a fiery enthusiasm – that must drive you every day. Say, ‘Bring it on.’ Listen and learn. Be totally focused. Be humble. You’re going to cross a bridge at some point and you’ll realize that you’ve achieved success because the bridge will be a crowded one.”

During convention, nine general sessions will gather FFA members together at the Kentucky Exposition Center. Students will have countless opportunities to engage exhibitors from more than 450 corporations, organizations and colleges through Friday at the Expo inside the center. Other events will be held at venues downtown, in suburbs and beyond.

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10-31-13 Support Our Farmers, Come Rain or Come Shine on Nov 4th in Denver…

Come Rain Come Shine local food shift logoLocal Food Shift logoJoin Grow Local Colorado, Waste Farmers, Slow Food Denver and The Rocky Mountain Farmers Union for a night of fun, food, and music to benefit front range farmers affected by the floods.

Join the party on Monday, November 4th from 6:00 – 10:00 pm at Balestreri Vineyards, 1946 E. 66th Ave., Denver.

All tickets are donations to support the Front Range Farm Relief Fund, supported by The Local Food Shift, The Boulder Community Foundation and the Boulder County Farmers Markets.

All funds will go into a special Front Range Farm Relief Fund for grants to farms, ranches and food producers impacted by the floods.

Unquiet Grave, Last Minute Bluegrass, Zen Moustache will provide music. Purchase your ticket here!

10-31-13 *Syngenta News* New sugarbeet seed product lead for Syngenta brings experience, passion to role – Meet Trevor Cook…

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New sugarbeet seed product lead for Syngenta brings experience, passion to role

  • Trevor Cook appointed to product lead for sugarbeet seeds
  • Cook brings lifetime of sugarbeet experience and knowledge to role

MINNETONKA, Minn., USA, October 31, 2013 – Bringing his sugarbeet experience to the position, Trevor Cook was recently named the product lead for Syngenta sugarbeet seeds. Cook, who was raised on a 5,000-acre sugarbeet farm and spent five years as a field consultant in Idaho, has been with Syngenta for more than five years in a district sales manager role and as an AgriEdge® specialist.

“I loved growing up on a sugarbeet farm and being out in the field, but I also know the hard work that comes along with it. Because of my farming background and working in the industry, I understand the challenges that sugarbeet growers face,” Cook said.  “Seeing how rapidly the industry has changed – resulting from breeding techniques, seed treatments and other technologies – has only strengthened my passion for the crop. I’m looking forward to this new role and the opportunity to meet directly with sugar cooperatives to talk about what Syngenta can do to help increase their yield and productivity.”

Cook, who will be based at the Syngenta regional headquarters in Minnetonka, Minn., will focus on bringing quality Hilleshög® brand sugarbeet varieties to cooperatives and ensuring an open-door policy of communication with their leadership.

For more information about Hilleshög brand varieties, visit www.syngentaseeds.com/sugarbeets. Follow Syngenta on Twitter(@SyngentaUS) and Facebook (Facebook.com/FarmAssist).

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10-31-13 *Syngenta News* U.S. sugarbeet delegation explores biotech development overseas…

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a group shot of the American delegation outside of the Syngenta Seed Care facility in Stein, Switzerland. o   Order of the group photo from left to right: Grant Ozipko (Syngenta Global Head of Diverse Field Crop Portfolio and Portfolio Strategy), Duane Grant (Chairman of the Board, Amalgamated Sugar Co.), Jeff Pomeroy (Syngenta Diverse Field Crops Crop Portfolio Head, North America), Kelly Erickson (President, ASGA), John Snyder (Vice President, ASGA) and Luther Markwart (Executive Vice President, ASGA)

a group shot of the American delegation outside of the Syngenta Seed Care facility in Stein, Switzerland.
o Order of the group photo from left to right: Grant Ozipko (Syngenta Global Head of Diverse Field Crop Portfolio and Portfolio Strategy), Duane Grant (Chairman of the Board, Amalgamated Sugar Co.), Jeff Pomeroy (Syngenta Diverse Field Crops Crop Portfolio Head, North America), Kelly Erickson (President, ASGA), John Snyder (Vice President, ASGA) and Luther Markwart (Executive Vice President, ASGA)

U.S. sugarbeet delegation explores biotech development overseas

·     Syngenta and ASGA officials visit Russia to determine viability of biotech sugarbeet research and development

·     Industry leaders discuss the future of biotech sugarbeets in Europe

·     Sugarbeet research in Russia could have long-term, positive impacts on industry

MINNETONKA, Minn., USA, October 31, 2013 – To advance the global sugarbeet industry, representatives from the grower-supportedAmerican Sugarbeet Growers Association (ASGA) and  Syngenta met with industry leaders during a weeklong trip to the UK, Switzerland, Sweden and Russia. The recent trip helped solidify relationships with Russia and further the acceptance of biotechnology by other producing nations. This development could benefit consumers and growers around the globe.

During their visit, the group met with representatives from British Sugar to discuss the state of the industry in the EU. They also toured Syngenta facilities in Sweden and Switzerland, and met with Syngenta leadership and researchers to discuss future innovations for the sugarbeet industry across all geographies. At the Syngenta sugarbeet breeding and biotechnology facilities in Landskrona, Sweden, researchers showcased the process of genetic modification and the effectiveness of CruiserMaxx® Sugarbeets insecticide/fungicide seed treatment combination of separately registered products in protecting against early season pests and improving crop stands.

“The day served as a great opportunity for the grower leaders to see the entire hybrid development process and they were impressed with the efforts Syngenta devotes to sugarbeet breeding,” Jeff Pomeroy, sugarbeet crop portfolio head at Syngenta, said.  “Of particular interest was the size and breadth of the seed collection, novel approaches to seed quality and the professionalism and dedication of the staff.”

The Russian sugar industry representatives also met with the visiting U.S. group to discuss the current state of the sugarbeet industry in Russia and Europe, and what lies ahead. The group included representatives from British Sugar, Agroholdings (Russia), Union of Sugar Manufacturers and the Association of Sugar Producers of Countries of the Customs Union.

“The Russian sugarbeet industry showed a lot of interest in using biotechnology and other crop solutions we employ in North America,” Pomeroy said. “They realize that Russia has the potential to greatly improve their sugarbeet production.”

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10-31-13 *USDA-CDA Ag Mkt News* Colorado Weekly Hay Report…

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Colorado Hay Report

Compared to last week:  Prices are steady to weak on very light buyer demand,
and slow trading activity.  There are still large amounts of low quality hay on
are on the market due of late season rains during second and third cuttings.
The lower quality hay continues to put downward pressure on the market, which
has limited trading activity until buyers and sellers can agree on a market
If you have hay for sale or need hay, use the services of the Colorado
Department of Agriculture website: http://www.coloradoagriculture.com.  All prices
reported FOB the stack or barn unless otherwise noted.  Prices reflect load lots
of hay  the most recent sales.

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10-31-13 *USDA News* Reapers and Creepers Give Rave Reviews for Fall Harvest and Halloween Stats!

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USDA – October 31, 2013 – Whether its an abundance of fresh farm crops at the local grocery store, farmers market or fall festival, the fruits (and vegetables) of the growing season are all around us. About 158 million Americans will get into the Halloween spirit this year, spending an estimated $7 billion to celebrate Halloween.

Just over 44 percent will carve pumpkins for the holiday, but that won’t be the only starring role the big orange squash will play this season. To meet the demand for all things pumpkin, U. S. farmers produced more than one billion pounds of pumpkins last year. That’s a lot of pumpkin pies, flavored coffee drinks and Jack-O-Lanterns.

While less than half of American adults will dress up in costumes, 13.8 percent plan to dress up their pets.

Apples are another fall staple.  Whether you like them candied, caramelized or bobbed-for, a visit to your local farmers market is a great way to find fresh apples. From Gala to Red Delicious to Granny Smith, American farmers produced $3 billion worth of apples in 2012.

Here at the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), we’re happy to do our part to help American farmers and businesses reap the benefits of their harvests. Whether tracking down key market news pricing information to help operations of all sizes compete in the marketplace or providing grading services that ensure the quality of food available to American consumers, AMS is committed to supporting American agriculture.

From all of us at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, have a happy and safe Halloween!


10-31-13 USCA Opposes Congressional Intervention In COOL…

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USCA (October 31, 2013) – The United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) joined the National Farmers Union (NFU), the American Sheep Industry Association (ASI) and the Consumer Federation of America (CFA) in a joint letter sent to House and Senate Farm Bill conferees this week voicing strong support for U.S. country of origin labeling (COOL) and opposing any attempt to make modifications through the farm bill to the underlying COOL law or to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) regulations which became final just a few months ago.

COOL opponents recently sent a letter to House and Senate Farm Bill conferees urging them to utilize COOL placeholder language in the House version of the farm bill as a mechanism to drastically change the law.  The letter specifically references the need to insert language in the farm bill that will halt all current action regarding the program and negate the actions currently underway at the World Trade Organization (WTO).

“USCA and its allies oppose any efforts to derail COOL,” state Jon Wooster, USCA President.  “The statutory process for addressing the prior WTO Appellate Body decision was followed by USDA, including consultations with Congress.  The revised regulation addressed the core issues raised by the WTO decision following additional extensive comments by parties, including thousands of parties supporting the improved information that the revised regulations require.  Certain groups have challenged the regulations in court and, to date, have not established any right to a delay in the implementation of the regulation.”

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10-31-13 FFA Pulse: Convention Day 2 from Louisville, KY…

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86th National FFA Convention & Expo lifts off 
Three…two…one…lift off! The convention and expo has reached ignition at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky.


FFA Link: Your way to career success
FFA Link is a newly established, exclusive group of college students and young professionals ready to connect their passion for agriculture with real-world career skills.

FFA member scores second tractor restoration award
Ryan Haass of the Devine FFA Chapter in Texas took home the Grand Champion title in the 2012 Delo Tractor Restoration Competition with the restoration of a 1970 Case 1070.

Watch the second and third general sessions live
Watch live as Central and Eastern region vice presidents Brennan Costello and Joenelle Futrell give their retiring addresses and we honor our top FFA chapters. The second session begins at 1:30 p.m. and the third session at 7 p.m. live on RFD-TV and iHigh.  Visit our broadcast page to learn more.

Download the National FFA Convention & Expo app for your smartphone.
Quick and easy access to schedules, maps and more.

Thursday Oct. 31 Highlights

  • 8 a.m.                        Opening Session 1C, Kentucky Exposition Center
  • 8 a.m.  –  5 p.m.         National FFA Expo, KEC, South Wing A, B, C
  • 1 – 3 p.m.                   Collegiate and FFA Alumni Career Fair, KEC, Expo Floor
  • 2 p.m.                        Second General Session (watch the broadcast beginning at 1:30 p.m.)
  • 4 – 6:30 p.m.              FFA Alumni Awards Session, KEC, Room C205
  • 6 – 8:30 p.m.              FFA Alumni Awards Reception and Live Benefit Auction, KEC, Rooms C203-204
  • 6:30 – 8:30 a.m.          World’s Toughest Rodeo, KEC, Broadbent Arena
  • 7:30 p.m.                    Third General Session (watch the broadcast beginning at 7 p.m.)
  • 7:30 – 10:30 p.m.        Collegiate House Party, Fourth Street Live, The Sports and Social Club, Downtown Louisville

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News as heard inside the BARN for HALLOWEEN, Thu, Oct 31st…

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“Highlights of Chairman Lucas’s Opening Statement” At the first formal meeting of the Farm Bill Conference Committee Wednesday – Chairman Frank Lucas made it clear that the committee has a responsibility to put policy in place that is good for farmers, ranchers, consumers and those who have hit difficult times. When the committee reaches consensus – Lucas says the final production will provide major savings to the Treasury, significant reforms to policy and yet still provide a safety net for not only the production of food and fiber – but also to ensure Americans have enough food to eat. Lucas said a safety net must be written with bad times in mind. According to Lucas – a farm bill shouldn’t guarantee that the good times are the best – but rather that the bad times are manageable. He said a safety net should provide flexibility and choice to meet the unpredictable nature of farming. Lucas said the House farm bill reflects a belief in giving farmers and ranchers – no matter where they live or what they grow – something they can count on to help mitigate risks inherent in this business. To that end – he said livestock SURE and crop insurance take on great significance. Continue reading






CSU Extension LogoColorado State University Extension is hosting an informational meeting for farmers, ranchers and landowners affected by the flood. Learn what financial and technical tools are available and how to get them. The meeting will be useful for landowners and ag producers with flood- related damage to infrastructure, business and crop losses. This Northern Colorado Flood Recovery Assistance Meeting will feature presentations from agencies and experts ready to help, including:

  •  USDA/Natural Resources Conservation Service
  •  USDA/Farm Service Agency
  •  CSU Extension
  •  Colorado Farm Bureau
  •  Rocky Mountain Farmers Union
  •  Local Food Shift Group
  •  Living GREEN Foundation
  •  Colorado Department of Agriculture
  •  Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment
  •  Representatives from the offices of Colorado’s Congressional delegation

For more information contact: Adrian Card, CSU Extension, Boulder County @ 303.678.6383 or Adrian.Card@colostate.edu


Please contact the Farm Service Agency at 970-295-5665 in Fort Collins or 303-776-1242 in Longmont or email wayne.rieger@co.usda.gov.

For Farm Loans, please contact Buddy Nichols, Farm Loan Officer in Greeley at 970-356-8097 or Bryan Cook in Brighton at 303-659-0525 or email richard.nicols@co.usda.gov or bryan.cook@co.usda.gov.

10-30-13 US Senator Bennet Opens Farm Bill Conference with Call for Principled, Practical Compromise to Provide Certainty for CO Producers…

Washington, DC – Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet today called on members of the Farm Bill conference committee to work together to get a full 5-year Farm Bill to the president’s desk to be signed into law. Today marked the first official meeting of members of the conference committee as they work to reconcile the differences between the Senate-passed and House-passed bills.

In his opening statement, Bennet said, “For the farmers, ranchers, and rural communities driving Colorado’s $40 billion agricultural economy, it is so important that we work through our differences to complete this process. If I could sum up what I’ve heard in the nearly 30 listening sessions we’ve had across Colorado on this topic, the message would be simple: Give us the certainty of a 5-year Farm bill.”

As a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, Bennet helped craft the Senate bill with input he received from dozens of listening sessions and meetings held throughout Colorado.

Agriculture adds $40 billion to Colorado’s economy every year, making the Farm Bill particularly relevant. It also supports tourism and other vital industries with its increased focus on conservation and forest health – two priorities Bennet fought to include in the Senate bill.

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10-30-13 *NFU News* Farm Bill Conference Committee Meets…

NFU logo 3WASHINGTON (Oct. 30, 2013) – National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson issued the following statement upon the 2013 Farm Bill Conference Committee holding its first public meeting today:

“I am pleased that the conference committee has begun to officially meet. It is encouraging that the ball is now rolling and we are closer to a final bill than we have been in the past two years.

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10-30-13 *CFRA News* Senator Grassley, Representative Fortenberry urge Conference to keep Payment Limit Reform in Farm Bill…


Lyons, Nebraska – Today, Representative Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) and Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) encouraged House and Senate farm bill conferees to retain key farm policy reforms regarding federal farm payment limitations as they begin work this week on a reconciled farm bill. New farm payment limit requirements were approved earlier this year in both the House and Senate farm bills.

“After many years of discussion, farm payment limitations reform finally has a chance to become law,” said Fortenberry, the House sponsor of a payment limits amendment approved with strong bipartisan support. “More robust payment limits help farm supports reach intended recipients and close loopholes. In this time of tight budgets, the need for this type of fair reform is even greater. With the opportunity for new farm policy under negotiation between the House and Senate, payment limits should remain a key piece of the overall package. It is my hope that this important provision will carry forward into the final Farm Bill.”

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10-30-13 Third Annual Upper Colorado River Basin Water Conference in Grand Junction Nov 6-7…

2013 Upper Colorado River Basin Water Conference

November 6-7, 2013 @ Colorado Mesa University, Grand Junction, CO


CLICK HERE to view a complete agenda and for more information 

Sharing Experiences Accross Borders


Topics will include:

– Understanding and Using Water Suppy and Streamflow Information
– Following up on the Colorado River Basin Supply & Demand Study: Report from Work Groups
– Agricultural Experiences and Challenges Across the Upper Basin
– Should changes be made in inter-state water administration?

Bonus: “Water Law in a Nutshell” class by Atty Aaron Clay on Nov. 8 – details here.

*Registration is free for Colorado Mesa University students and employees.

A limited number of scholarship & volunteer opportunities are available – email watercenter@coloradomesa.edu to inquire.

10-23-13 USDA Deputy Under Secretary Bartuska to Present Sustainability Lecture at CSU on Oct 30th…

Ann Bartuska, USDA Under Secretary for Research, Education and Economics.

Ann Bartuska, USDA Under Secretary for Research, Education and Economics.

CSU Science of Sustainability PosterFORT COLLINS – Ann Bartuska, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Deputy Under Secretary for Research, Education, and Economics (REE), will visit Colorado State University on Wednesday, Oct. 30, to talk about sustainability research.

At 1 p.m., Bartuska will present a free public lecture on “The Science of Sustainability: Multiple Approaches for Complex Issues.” The lecture is sponsored by CSU’s School of Global Environmental Sustainability (SoGES) and will take place at the Lory Student Center in Room 228.

During her time on campus, Bartuska also will meet privately with CSU deans, administrators and SoGES faculty to learn more about the groundbreaking sustainability research being conducted at the University.

The USDA REE Mission Area is dedicated to the creation of a safe, sustainable, competitive U.S. food and fiber system, and strong, healthy communities, families, and youth, through integrated research, analysis, and education.

For more information about the lecture, visit the website http://sustainability.colostate.edu/soges-events

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10-30-13 NMPF Urges Farm Bill Conferees to Include Senate’s Dairy Security Act in Final Measure…

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From Jim Mulhern, Chief Operating Officer, NMPF:

“At long last, the House and Senate are poised to finish their work on a final farm bill package. For America’s dairy farmers, this is no time for a game of congressional trick or treat. The final product must provide farmers real stability, and not be a costumed disguise that masks the serious problems that will result if the House dairy program were enacted.

“The Senate’s bipartisan Dairy Security Act is the only option that will provide help to farmers when they need it most, while also limiting taxpayers’ exposure through its market stabilization mechanism. It’s an important safety net to farmers when they need it, and not an underfunded liability to the government when the program is in operation.

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