DENVER — Colorado Parks and Wildlife is seeking nominations for the Wildlife Landowner of the Year Award given out annually to recognize outstanding contributions made by private landowners who provide wildlife habitat and public access for fishing and hunting.
The recipient will be honored with an awards ceremony and banquet in conjunction with the National Western Stock Show in January. The winner will also be recognized during the National Western Stock Show Rodeo. Nominations for the award must be submitted by Dec. 20, 2013.
“More than four of every 10 acres in Colorado is in agricultural production,” said Ken Morgan, Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s Private Lands Program Manager. “The management and stewardship of important habitat by farming and ranching families through the generations has been vital to supporting the remarkable wildlife abundance that many Coloradans take for granted today.”
The first Wildlife Landowner of the Year Award was handed out in 1982 as a part of the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Landowner Recognition Program. The program highlights the role of private land management and recognizes landowners who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in wildlife conservation and sound management principles.
Mitch Yergert, CDA’s Plant Health Inspection Division Director
(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) November 13th, 2013 – On Tuesday, November 12th, the Colorado Department of Agriculture has established an emergency quarantine in the Boulder County area related to the recent discovery of the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB). The quarantine is effective immediately. Joining the Colorado Ag News Network to discuss this in more detail is Mitch Yergert Plant Inspection Division Director with CO Dept of Ag’s…
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For more information about the Emerald Ash Borer, the EAB Quarantine on Boulder County, please visit www.EABcolorado.com or If you have questions or concerns or suspect you have EAB in your ash trees, please contact the Colorado Department of Agriculture at 1-888-248-5535 or send an email to: CAPS.email@example.com.
Centennial, Colo., – November 13 –Being the voice of truth, compassion, reason, and conviction is vital to the continuation of farming and ranching in Colorado. The 95th Colorado Farm Bureau Annual Meeting is set to empower members to step up and Be the Voice for Colorado agriculture. The meeting will be held November 21-24, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center.
“We are excited to gather our membership once again for our state annual meeting, where we will discuss policy development, elect new leaders and gain new skills that will help Colorado Farm Bureau continue on the path of success,” said Don Shawcroft, President of Colorado Farm Bureau.
The meeting kicks off with the general session, where President Don Shawcroft, Executive Vice President Chad Vorthmann, Congressman Cory Gardner and Perry Pendley, President of the Mountain States Legal Foundation, will speak about current issues facing Colorado farms and ranches.
CFB members and counties will then be recognized during the awards luncheon. That afternoon, members will have the opportunity to explore member benefit options through succession planning with ELegacy Connect and Health reimbursement accounts with TASC Online.
Leadership training and education are also a part of the conference. Stacey Bryan’s “Pull up a Chair” session will focus on leadership development and Dr. Cathleen Enright, Bio Institute, will discusses biotechnology.
(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) November 13th, 2013 – 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. CADA is governed by seven board members: three appointed by the President of the State Senate, three by the Speaker of the House, and one by the Governor. The Commissioner of Agriculture also serves on the Board as a non-voting member. Joining the CoAgNews Network inside the BARN is Jim Rubingh, Director of the Colorado Ag Development Authoriity discussing several topics including:
– History of the Colorado Agriculture Development Authority & Mission – Who oversees the CADA Program – CADA Programs & How they work – CADA/Beginning Farmer Loan Terms, Conditions, Interest Rates & Fees – CADA / Beginning Farmer Loan Steps to obtain a CADA/Beginning Farmer Loan – CADA/Beginning Farmer Loan Restrictions – CADA/Beginning Farmer Loan Application & Contact Information
To listen to the interview with CADA’s Director Jim Rubingh, click the audio mp3 link below…
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“AP Goes After Ethanol in Report, Industry Responds”
The Associated Press published an investigation Tuesday showing ethanol hasn’t lived up to some of the government’s clean-energy promises. The report is drawing criticism from the ethanol industry. Ethanol producers, corn growers and industry groups say the report is rife with errors. In fact – Renewable Fuels Association Vice President of Research and Analysis Geoff Cooper told reporters Monday there is probably more truth in this week’s National Enquirer than the AP story. But AP Vice President and Senior Managing Editor Mike Oreskes is standing behind the AP’s reporting – stating the report is a result of months of work and review of documents and interviews of experts and people on all sides of the public policy debate about this energy resource. The ethanol industry is disputing several of the AP’s finding – including the idea that farmers wiped out millions of acres of conservation land and destroyed habitat in their rush to find new places to plant corn. The industry says the primary driver for such losses was the Congressional decision to lower the number of acres allowed in conservation. The AP suggests USDA figures tell a different story. Another industry complaint is the AP’s statement that more corn went to fuel than livestock feed since 2010. The ethanol industry points to the distiller’s grains left behind by the distillation process that can be used for feed. The AP utilized data from USDA’s Economic Research Service – which doesn’t factor in distiller’s grain.
National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson says one of those misconstrued facts is that reduced acres in the Conservation Reserve Program were for biofuels – instead of the truth – that Congress reduced CRP by roughly 7-million acres in the 2008 Farm Bill. Johnson says NFU will continue to stand up for the Renewable Fuel Standard that is cleaning up the environment, diversifying fuel sources and supporting rural economies. National Corn Growers Association President Martin Barbre says the fact is that farmers are doing a better job every day of meeting the duel challenges of productivity and sustainability – and renewable corn ethanol is helping the U.S. use 465-million fewer barrels of oil each year.
A press call regarding the AP story Monday included an Iowa farmer who was interviewed for the project. Leroy Perkins was surprised by the focus of the article. He thought the AP was writing about the increase in farm ownership from people outside the area and about water quality impacts. The AP argues Perkins was aware of the questions they had about the expansion of cornfields into conservation land and even helped arrange a flight over Iowa farmland.
Growth Energy CEO Tom Buis says the investigative report released by the Associated Press reads more like an opinion piece. He says the report is littered with misinformation and inaccuracies – attempting to discredit the renewable fuels industry. According to Buis – the authors of the piece need to get a fact checker. He says even the simplest of facts were misconstrued. Buis says this was clearly an agenda piece and the truth was irrelevant to what the author was fixated on writing. He says the fact is that the renewable fuels industry is reducing our dependence on foreign oil, creating good paying jobs at home that can’t be outsourced, driving growth and innovation in rural America – all while improving the environment and providing consumers a choice and savings at the pump.
Here is a look at Growth Energy’s comprehensive fact check – which corrects the false claims and inaccurate information found within the AP story: Continue reading →
PHOENIX, AZ – Dairy farmers participating in the industry’s program to quantify animal care practices are continuing to improve the manner in which they adhere to the program’s standards, according to a new summary year in review report issued today by the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF).
Available to all dairy farmers in the United States, Farmers Assuring Responsible Management (FARM) is a voluntary, national set of guidelines designed to demonstrate farmers’ commitment to outstanding animal care and a quality milk supply. Cooperatives, proprietary milk processors, and individual producers are using the program to assure consumers that the dairy foods they purchase are produced with integrity. Since enrollment began in September 2010, the FARM Animal Care Program has been implemented by suppliers accounting for 70% of the nation’s milk supply.
At this week’s NMPF annual meeting in Phoenix, a newly-released annual assessment derived from 8,000 second-party evaluations, found universal adoption of many of the best practices from the program. For example, 94% farms enrolled in the program train their employees to properly move animals that cannot walk, and 98% train employees to handle calves with a minimum of stress. Other findings included:
99% of farms observe animals daily to identify health issues for early treatment;
93% have protocols developed with veterinarians for dealing with common; diseases, calving and animals with special needs.
92% train workers to recognize the need for animals to be euthanized.
ELMWOOD, ILL. — LG Seeds donated $8,925 this week to the National FFA Organization. The donation will be used to support existing programs for 580,000 FFA members across the country.
At the company’s annual Fall Focus meeting in East Peoria, Ill., LG Seeds employees donated items to the 1st LG Seeds Benefit Auction. Items auctioned ranged from Nebraska wine baskets to Door County cheeses. At the end of the evening, LG Seeds Key Accounts Manager, Paul Handsacker, auctioned off 60 items raising $8,925.
LG Seeds Supply Manager, Eric Yoder, says LG Seeds is proud to support the National FFA Organization.
“By supporting the National FFA Organization at the local, state and even national levels, we are helping to ensure the next generations of agriculturalists flourish in the industry,” Yoder said. “We are always looking to hire bright, young people who are enthusiastic about agriculture into our internship and trainee programs and the national FFA program helps provide us with those students. If we can help programs like the National FFA succeed, we succeed.”
LG Seeds, based in Elmwood, Ill., is a producer and marketer of seed corn, soybean and alfalfa seed that serves farmers in 14 states across the Midwest.
In the state of Colorado, pesticide application is regulated by a very strict set of laws enforced by the Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA). Some of the regulations include the licensing of private, commercial, limited-commercial, and public pesticide applicators. The purpose of the license is to demonstrate a level of competency by pesticide users on the safe use of pesticides. To become licensed, a private applicator must take and pass an open book test developed by the CDA. Commercial applicators must take a closed book test for categories in which they wish to be licensed. All pesticide applicator licenses are valid for three years. Under the Colorado Pesticide Applicators Act, applicators must re-certify either by re-examination or by attending pesticide education programs to acquire continuing education credits (CEC’s) in core subjects and for a commercial applicator, one or two CEC(s) in each of the categories in which they are currently licensed.
Colorado State University’s Southeast Area Extension is offering two Pesticide Applicator Continuing Education Credit Workshops in December.
The first workshop is in Springfield at the Baca County Fairgrounds Minnick Building on December 4 at 12:30 pm.
The second workshop will be in Rocky Ford at the Otero County Extension office on December 5 at 8:00 am.
The training is aimed to provide new information on pest control, health and environmental safety, pest management technology and changes in pesticide laws and regulations. The workshops also provide all 7 credits required for both private and commercial applicators to be re-certified.
The workshop fees are $40 for private and commercial applicators. If you are interested in attending one of the workshops, please contact your local County Extension Office (Bent, Baca, Cheyenne, Crowley, Kiowa, Otero, and Prowers) for more information and registration forms. You can also contact Wilma Trujillo, the Southeast Area Agronomist, at the Prowers Extension Office, 1001 S. Main Street, Lamar, CO. Tel: (719) 336-7734 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration deadline is November 29, 2013.
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Agricultural Summary: Harvest activities continued amidst weather conditions that were generally favorable for fieldwork. However, dry conditions remain a concern to producers in some areas. Reporters emphasized a need for winter wheat snow protection and increased moisture for pasture growth into the next year. In some cases, livestock producers were holding on to feed stocks for personal use instead of marketing. Other seasonal activities last week included moving livestock from pasture. On average, farmers were allowed 6.1 days in the field for operations.
Small Grains: Virtually all winter wheat had emerged by late last week.
Row Crops: The corn harvest progressed at a slower pace last week as some standing corn with high moisture content remained in fields—85 percent was harvested by week’s end. This is a gain of 5 percentage points from the previous week. The harvest of sorghum was at 69 percent last week, up from 59 percent previously. Eighty-three percent of the sunflower crop has been harvested, up from 71 percent the week prior. The harvest of sugarbeets was virtually complete as of last week.
Pasture and Range: Pasture and range conditions showed a decline into last week, with 40 percent rated very poor to poor compared with 30 percent previously. On average, 38 percent is rated very poor to poor. As of last week, the 4th cutting of alfalfa was virtually complete.
Livestock: Livestock conditions were rated 60 percent good to excellent, down from 74 percent previously. Death losses remained at average levels for cattle and sheep. Overall, stored feed supplies remained rated as average for this time of year.
FORT COLLINS – While international student enrollment is on the rise at colleges and universities across the country, an emphasis on international recruitment is helping Colorado State University outpace national trends.
CSU’s international student enrollment jumped 23 percent for the 2013-14 academic year and has increased by more than 70 percent in five years. Nationally, international student enrollment increased this year by 9.8 percent, according to figures released Monday by the Institute of International Education in its annual Open Doors Report. (http://www.iie.org/Research-and-Publications/Open-Doors)
CSU added 280 international students for 2013-14 for a total of 1,506 on campus. The influx of international students – the result of increased recruiting abroad – helped CSU establish a new record enrollment of 31,514. CSU hopes to build its international enrollment to 3,000 by 2020.
Controlled-release fertilizer nominated as an innovative technology by ARA retail members
Loveland, Co. (November 12, 2013) – ESN® SMART NITROGEN®, made by Agrium Advanced Technologies (AAT), was chosen as one of two finalists for the Ag Retailers Association (ARA)/ AgGateway Innovative Technology Contest. Both were nominated by the retail members of ARA and a final Grand Champion will be chosen during the 2013 ARA Conference.
As one of the finalists, AAT will present its ESN technology with the help of a current retail customer, at the 2013 ARA Conference in Miami, Dec. 3-5. After both finalists have presented, attendees will vote via text message to determine the Grand Champion.
WASHINGTON (Nov. 12, 2013) – National Farmers Union (NFU) released today curriculum that will help students separate fact from fiction when it comes to renewable energy. This curriculum, developed by NFU, is available free to organizations, schools, institutions and businesses whose focus is to build cultural awareness and acceptance of renewable fuels.
“Renewable energy is fast becoming a way of life for millions of Americans,” said NFU President Roger Johnson. “Technological advances are delivering sustainable, reliable, and increasingly affordable sources of renewable energy. At the same time, Americans are curious about the economic and environmental costs of relying on fossil fuels.”
Ken Reardon, founder of OptiEnz Sensors LLC, and professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Colorado State University.
FORT COLLINS – OptiEnz Sensors LLC, founded in 2010 by Ken Reardon, professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Colorado State University, has been selected to present at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Industry Growth Forum on Dec. 3 and 4 in Denver. The company, which develops biosensors to measure organic contaminants in liquids, has completed prototype development and is moving into the production and sales phase.
The NREL Industry Growth Forum features presentations from 30 emerging clean energy startups. Each year, the best presenters are awarded cash prizes and commercialization services from NREL. These companies will be able to present their business endeavors to an important audience of corporations, investors, and government agencies.
Since 2003, the presenting clean-tech companies have collectively raised more than $5 billion in growth financing, according to NREL.
The following is a statement from National Corn Growers Association President Martin Barbre on the Associated Press’s story today on corn ethanol and land use:
“Today’s controversial story on corn ethanol and land use appears to simply be based on a complete misunderstanding of modern agriculture generally and the Conservation Reserve Program specifically, but unfortunately, the problem is much deeper. It is discouraging that the Associated Press appears to be following a political agenda which clearly targets our only renewable alternative to imported petroleum. Even the headline is a colorful but inaccurate indictment. – ‘The secret, dirty cost of Obama’s green power push.’ Secret? There are no secrets in how land is used, as their own reporting shows. Acres are tracked, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture guarantees a high level of transparency. No, these watch words ‘secret’ and ‘dirty’ show clearly that the reporters were sensationalizing the issue to a high degree, which is conduct unbecoming a true journalist.”
“The fact is, farmers are doing a better job every day of meeting the duel challenges of productivity and sustainability. Land use per bushel is down 30 percent and soil loss is down 67 percent since 1980. Thanks to renewable corn ethanol, we’re using 465 million fewer barrels of oil each year. Thanks to corn ethanol, rural economies are improving. And, yes, the air is getting cleaner. We have no regrets about these outcomes.”
Founded in 1957, the National Corn Growers Association represents more than 40,000 dues-paying corn farmers nationwide and the interests of more than 300,000 growers who contribute through corn checkoff programs in their states. NCGA and its 48 affiliated state associations and checkoff organizations work together to create and increase opportunities for their members and their industry. Learn more online @ www.ncga.com
WASHINGTON (Nov. 12, 2013) – National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson issued the following statement in response to a recent story by the Associated Press that blames biofuels for causing environmental harm:
“The story blames biofuels for the reduced acres in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). What it neglects to mention is that Congress reduced CRP by roughly seven million acres in the 2008 Farm Bill and is poised to be reduced by seven to eight million acres in the next farm bill.
“In addition, climate change and new seed varieties are mostly responsible for the expansion of corn production, with warmer temperatures and longer growing seasons making it possible to plant corn in places like North Dakota and Canada.
“American-produced biofuels are a clear and environmentally-friendly alternative to oil. Today’s ethanol reduces greenhouse gas emissions by more than 30 percent compared to gasoline.
“NFU will continue stand up for the Renewable Fuel Standard that is cleaning up the environment, diversifying fuel sources and supporting rural economies.”
National Farmers Union has been working since 1902 to protect and enhance the economic well-being and quality of life for family farmers, ranchers and rural communities through advocating grassroots-driven policy positions adopted by its membership.
NASCAR announced today that during the NASCAR Nationwide Series™ race in Phoenix it surpassed more than five million competition miles across its three national series on Sunoco Green E15, a biofuel blended with 15% American Ethanol made from American grown corn. The five million miles have been accumulated across practice, qualifying and racing laps dating back to 2011 when the bio-fuel was introduced.
“Fuel is fundamental to our sport and our teams demand performance without compromise,” said Robin Pemberton, NASCAR vice president of competition. “With more than five million miles of hard competitive driving across our three national series, Sunoco’s Green E15 renewable fuel stands up to rigorous racing conditions while significantly reducing our impact on the environment.”
In 2011 NASCAR entered into a groundbreaking partnership with Sunoco and the American Ethanol industry, launching its long-term bio fuels program to reduce emissions of the fuel used across its three national series. The transition to the bio-fuel reduced on-track carbon emissions and teams report an increase in horsepower.
Left to right: Barry Carpenter, Dr. Tom Pierson, Dr. Michael Dikeman, Sheldon Lavin, Dr. James “Bo” Reagan, Roger Reiser
CHICAGO, Nov. 4, 2013-In a special ceremony at Chicago’s historic Drake Hotel Sunday, the Meat Industry Hall of Fame inducted six new members into the Class of 2013.
In a room filled with invited guests, colleagues and family, all six members elected this year were on hand to accept an honor recognizing their long history of leadership, career accomplishments and community service.
The Class of 2103 includes:
Barry Carpenter, CEO of the North American Meat Association, presented by Larry Vad, CEO, President, Ideal Meat & Provisions, Inc.
Dr. Michael Dikeman, Professor of Meat Science at Kansas State University (Retired), presented by Dr. Dell Allen, Meat Industry Hall of Fame board member, a distinguished member of the Hall’s Inaugural Class of 2009, former Kansas State University professor and Cargill Meats Solutions Executive.
Sheldon Lavin, Chairman and CEO of the OSI Group, presented by Jeff Stratton, President of McDonald’s USA
Dr. Tom Pierson, Professor Emeritus of Michigan State University, presented by Meat Industry Hall of Fame Member of the Class of 2011 and former MSU colleague, Dr. Jack Allen
James “Bo” Reagan, Vice President of Research (retired) for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, presented by Meat Industry Hall of Fame Member of the Inaugural Class of 2009 and Texas A&M University Professor, Dr. Russell Cross
Roger Reiser, President of Robert Reiser & Co., presented by Michael Botto, President of American Food Equipment Co. Inc
Name for Animated Dairy REAL® Seal Character Picked in Nationwide Vote
PHOENIX, AZ – After a nationwide vote, a new cartoon character helping to build awareness of the advantages of real dairy foods has a name: DairyUS, the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) announced today here at its annual meeting.
The animated character, modeled after the iconic REAL® Seal logo, will help a new generation of consumers distinguish between genuine U.S. dairy products and a growing list of list of imitations. A video announcing the name is on the REAL® Seal website homepage.
NMPF, which represents cooperatives that produce the majority of the U.S. milk supply, designed the cartoon character after assuming management of the REAL® Seal last year. The new animated icon is part of an effort to revitalize the seal, which was created in the 1970s and is already used on more than 10,000 food products.
NMPF asked the public to suggest names for the character last summer, using the REAL® Seal website and new REAL® Seal Facebook page. Three finalists were selected from among more than 100 names submitted. An online vote was held from mid-September through Election Day, November 5.