12-10-13 CO Governor Hickenlooper names Glenn Vaad to PUC…


Glenn Vaad of Mead, CO

Colorado Governor's SealDENVER — Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today appointed Glenn Vaad to the Colorado Public Utilities Commission.

Vaad, of Mead, brings more than 25 years of public service in a variety of elected and appointed positions to the commission. He will replace James K. Tarpey, who resigned last month.

“Glenn is a distinguished leader who has dedicated much of his life to public service,” Hickenlooper said. “He knows how to listen to all sides of an issue and work with varied interests to find common ground. Glenn is calm, courageous and a good addition to the Public Utilities Commission.”

The reappointment is effective Jan. 7, 2014, for a term expiring in January 2017.

“This is a great opportunity to build on the 26 years I have served the people of Colorado,” Vaad said. “I look forward to diving into the often complex regulatory issues facing the Public Utilities Commission and helping to negotiate the right balance between energy development and the environment.”

Vaad worked for 31 years at the Colorado Department of Transportation in various positions, including legislative liaison and secretary to the Colorado Transportation Commission.

His public service experience includes: one year each on the Mead Town Board and the Mead Sanitation Board; nine years on the St. Vrain Valley Board of Education, including two years as president; two years on the Weld County Planning and Zoning Commission; eight years elected to the Weld County Board of Commissioners; and six years elected as a state representative from House District 48.

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12-10-13 Congressional Western Caucus News: Wind Farms Given Special Treatment, Eagles Suffer the Consequences…

Congressional Western Caucus Logo HeaderWashington, D.C. (December 10, 2013) – On Monday, the Obama Administration published a rule in the Federal Register that gives wind farms an unlimited 30-year “take permit” to accidentally kill or injure bald and golden eagles. Congressman Steve Pearce, Chairman of the Congressional Western Caucus, responded to the rule with the following statement:

“Eagles should be cherished as an important symbol of American freedom and liberty,” said Chairman Pearce. “This new rule from the Fish and Wildlife Service encourages special treatment for wind farms at the expense of eagles everywhere. As one of the few success stories of the Endangered Species Act, we should not throw caution to the wind and allow for the careless destruction of our national bird. Instead, we should hold wind farms to the same high standards that every other industry is held to. Wind power is an important part of our all-of-the-above energy strategy, but allowing unlimited take permits for eagles is not necessary to encourage development of this resource.

“While our national bird is suffering at the hands of the federal government, other species are being protected at all costs- including devastating the industries trying to protect them. The lesser prairie-chicken is currently being considered for listing under the Endangered Species Act, despite a five-state conservation plan that has even been endorsed by the Fish and Wildlife Service. The dunes sagebrush lizard narrowly avoided an endangered listing last year, and it took years and a collapsing timber industry before the spotted owl was removed from the endangered species list after Fish and Wildlife Service admitted they made a mistake by listing it. If our country has decided that eagles are no longer a symbol of American independence that should be protected, then why such the fuss over a chicken, a lizard, and an owl?”

12-10-13 NJC Registered Nurses Being Pinned This Week…

NJC LogoIMG_3573(NJC – Sterling, CO) December 10th, 2013 – The Northeastern Junior College Associate Degree Nursing Class of 2013 will hold a pinning ceremony and reception on Thursday, December 12, 2013. This ceremony, which represents much in the way of academic commitment, long nights of no sleep, hours away from family and friends and in some instances, thousands of miles driven, will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the ballroom of Hays Student Center.

The ceremony is open to the public. A reception follows the pinning program and it too will be held in the ballroom.  Several special awards will be presented during the event including the top academic student and the best bedside manner award.

At the recent Northeastern Junior College Advisory Board meeting, two nurses were recognized and asked to speak about the training they have received.  Meghan Sandridge (left)  and Kristy Kuntz Smets (right), both of Sterling, completed licensed nursing training at Northeastern in previous years, worked in the medical area for several years and then returned to NJC to advance themselves professionally with registered nursing degrees.  Both spoke of their love for the nursing program, citing dedicated instructors and a level of professionalism that is beyond what many in their field have learned in other nursing programs.  They will be celebrating with classmates on Thursday night.

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12-10-13 NJC Livestock Judging Team Excels in Texas…

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NJC Livestock Judging Team 121113Jaylinn Lohr captures high Individual award

(NJC – Sterling, CO) December 10th, 2013 – The Northeastern Junior College (NJC)  Livestock Judging Team competed in early December at The West Texas Livestock Judging Contest held in Canyon and came home with some impressive scores.

This was a junior college contest in which freshmen and sophomores competed against each other. Having undergone a one year hiatus to regroup, the NJC team is comprised heavily of freshmen  this year.  If this contest is an indication of what’s to come, northeastern Colorado should be excited about the future. NJC  student swept the team contest and were named the High Team Overall.  The NJC team is comprised of the following students:  Jaylinn Lohr, Gill, CO; Samantha Trehal, Kiowa, CO;  Bailey Jago, Calhan, CO; Caleb Christensen, Akron, CO;  Zac Abushaban, Colorado Springs, CO; and Annie McNeel, Newcastle, CO .

Another exciting aspect of the contest was that NJC’s Jaylinn Lohr  captured the overall high Individual award as well.  Two other NJC judgers were listed among the top 10 high individuals.

NJC’s team scored  first in swine, third in sheep, fourth in cattle and first in oral reasons to win the top team award.  Individual judgers made excellent showings, as follows: High Individual in Swine judging: 3rd Jaylinn Lohr,  4th Samantha Trehal, 8th Caleb Christensen. High Individual in Sheep Judging: 1st Jaylinn Lohr. High Individual in Beef Judging:  2nd Jaylinn Lohr, 4th Samantha Trehal.  High Individual Oral Reasons:  2nd Jaylinn Lohr,  5th Samantha Trehal, 9th Caleb Christensen. High Individual Overall:1st Jaylinn Lohr, 5th Caleb Christensen, 7th Samantha Trehal.

In his first full year of coaching livestock judging at Northeastern is Animal Science Instructor Randell Von Krosigk.  The students are practicing on a regular basis and preparing for some other upcoming contests, many which will put them up against upper classmen, including junior and seniors at other universities.

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12-10-13 NJC News: Logan Ward Wins Auto Technology Award…

NJC LogoLogan Ward njc auto tech award(NJC – Sterling, CO) December 10th, 2013 – Logan Ward of Atwood, CO and a second year student in the automotive technology program at Northeastern Junior College has been named the NAPA Student of the Month for November.  Ward is on track to earn his Associate of Applied Science Degree in automotive technology this May.

The son of Larry and Shannon Ward, Logan graduated from Merino High School.  His interest in engines and hot rods has grown over the years. He grew up around cars and trucks, helping his dad and others tinker with vehicles. He especially likes the engine aspect of automotive technology, figuring out how to make one perform better, increasing efficiencies and speed.  He was selected for the award by instructor Layton  Peterman for his performance academically as well as how he completed the various labs that are part of the training in the shop area. For winning, Logan received an engraved plaque and a gift certificate from NAPA Auto and Truck Parts who has partnered with NJC for more than 20 years on these monthly awards. Pictured here with Logan Ward (right) is Aaron Hettinger, outside salesman for the NAPA store (left).

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12-10-13 NJC News: Krier Wins Auto Technology Award…

Austin Krier wins NJC award

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NJC Logo(NJC – Sterling, CO) December 10th, 2013 – Austin Krier, a senior at Sterling High School and a student in the Secondary Automotive Technology program at Northeastern Junior College, was recently named the NAPA Student of the Month for September of this year.  NAPA sponsors a monthly award which is rotated through the secondary program as well as the collegiate automotive technology program and the diesel technology program, all operated by the college.  Every few months, students are recognized for their outstanding performance in the classrooms and in the lab settings where hands-on learning is taking place.  Students who win receive an engraved plaque and a gift certificate from the NAPA Auto and Truck Parts store in Sterling. NAPA has been sponsoring these monthly awards for more than 20 years now.

Krier is the son of Matt and Krista Krier of Sterling.  This is his first year to participate in the secondary automotive program. This program is a joint venture of Northeastern and the Northeast Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) which allows area high school students to spend some of their school week at the college’s facility learning skills related to automotive repair and upkeep.  Krier (left) is shown here with NAPA’s outside sales manager Aaron Hettinger, who coordinates the awards program.

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12-10-13 NJC News: Fincher Wins Diesel Technology Award…

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NJC Logo(NJC – Sterling, CO) December 10th, 2013 – Laura Fincher of Sterling was selected the NAPA Student of the Month for October 2013. She is a freshman in the diesel technology program at Northeastern Junior College.  She is studying in this area with aspirations of eventually working for some type of diesel based operation in the area of agriculture. The daughter of Robert Fincher, Laura says that she has had numerous indoor office type jobs and they have not provided the kind of challenge she’s needed to stay engaged and like the work.

Taking on a non-traditional training experience– meaning a woman doing what is typically done by men– has presented her with quite a bit of not only mental, but physical tests.  She was selected for this award based on her academic performance in the classroom and her ability to complete required tasks in the lab portion of the program.  For winning the October award, she received an engraved plaque and a gift certificate from NAPA Auto and Truck Parts here in Sterling.  NAPA sponsors a monthly award which is rotated through the three auto/diesel programs operated by NJC.  Awards are presented every few months for the last round of award winners.  Fincher (left) is shown here with Aaron Hettinger (right), the outside sales manager for NAPA.

According to the latest data (2010) from the U.S. Department of Labor, two  percent of small-engine mechanics were women. Less than one percent of bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists were women. An estimated 3,000 women in this country work as diesel mechanics.  Another 14,000 women were working as automotive service technicians. There also were 18,000 welders and fewer than 1,000 small-engine mechanics, according to U.S. Department of Labor statistics.

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12-10-13 Farm & Ranch Drought Workshop in Garden City, KS on January 9th…

Farm and Ranch Drought Workshop Garden City KSLincoln, Neb. — Southern Plains farmers and ranchers can register now for a one-day workshop Jan. 9 in Garden City, Kan., to discuss planning for long-term and extreme drought in their operations.
The workshop will be at the 4-H building on the county fairgrounds. Registration and coffee begin at 8 a.m. The workshop will feature morning sessions on climate forecasts and the long-term outlook for drought. Separate afternoon tracks will target the specific needs of ranchers and irrigated-crop producers who are dealing with long-term choices associated with declining aquifer levels.
Speakers will include range, climate and irrigation specialists such as Joel Brown, New Mexico USDA-NRCS rangeland ecologist; Klaus Wolter, research associate with NOAA’s Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) in Boulder, Colo.; and Freddie Lamm, irrigation engineer at the Northwest Research Extension Center in Colby, Kan. Additional speakers are being confirmed and will be announced online at http://drought.unl.edu/ranchplan.
The workshop is open to the public and the only charge is an at-the-door $10 fee for a brisket or pulled pork lunch. Space is limited and participants are asked to pre-register by Jan. 3 at www.drought.unl.edu/ranchplan.
For more information or to pre-register, please contact the National Drought Mitigation Center at ranchplan@unl.edu or (402) 472-6776.

12-10-13 Lower Arkansas Valley Water Conservancy District Meeting set for Dec 11th in Rocky Ford…

LAVWD-Lower Arkansas Valley Water Conservaancy District LogoOFFICIAL MEETING NOTICE

The Lower Arkansas Valley Water

Conservancy District Regular Monthly Meeting of the Board will be held

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

10:30 A.M. Enterprise and General Session

801 Swink Avenue

Rocky Ford, CO  81067

LAVWCD Phone Number: 254-5115

LAVWCD Fax Number: 254-5150

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12-10-13 U.S. Soy Exports Hit Record for Value in 2013…

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ST. LOUIS (December 10, 2013) – The U.S. soy industry has done it again, exporting an eye-popping 1.7 billion bushels of U.S. soy to customers around the world in the 2012-13 marketing year, which ended Sept. 30. The value of these exports comes to a record of more than $28 billion, a 19 percent increase from 2011-2012.

The final figures show farmers continue to meet customer demand for a reliable supply of quality products. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, this total includes more than 1.3 billion bushels of whole U.S. soybeans, meal from 454 million bushels of U.S. soybeans and oil from 186 million bushels, which represents 56 percent of U.S. soybean production from last year.

“The reliability and quality of the U.S. soy supply are just a few reasons that customers keep buying U.S. soybeans, meal and oil,” says Jared Hagert, soybean farmer from Emerado, N.D., and United Soybean Board (USB) farmer-leader. “Continuing to meet our customers’ needs is very important to U.S. soybean farmers, and these numbers prove we are doing that.”

Soy exports for the 2013-2014 marketing year are off to a good start with 87 percent of the total 2014 export forecasts already sold.

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12-10-13 USDA Announces Support for Mental Health Facilities in Rural Areas…

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Department sets goal of $50 million investment as part of President Obama’s effort to help improve access and treatment for mental health problems

WASHINGTON, Dec. 10, 2013 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that the U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has set a goal of investing up to $50 million to increase access to mental health care in rural areas over the next three years.  The funding will be used for the construction, expansion, or equipping of rural mental health facilities and will be provided through the Community Facilities direct loan program.  USDA’s effort to provide better mental health care in rural areas is part of President Obama’s ongoing commitment to address mental illness.

“We need to be sure that every American has access to quality mental health services, including Americans living in rural areas,” said Vilsack.  “As part of the Obama Administration’s effort to expand access to treatment for those suffering from mental health problems, USDA investments in mental health care facilities will reduce the difficulty many rural families face in accessing mental health help.  These funds can also help expand and improve upon the services already offered by mental health facilities in rural communities, many of which increasingly are focused on helping military veterans.”

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12-10-13 Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Inc.: Notice of Availability of an Environmental Assessment…

TSGEA-Tri-State Generation and Energy Association logoAGENCY: Rural Utilities Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice of Availability of an Environmental Assessment.

SUMMARY: The Rural Utilities Service (RUS), an agency of the United  States Department of Agriculture, has issued an Environmental  Assessment (EA) to meet its responsibilities under the National  Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Council on Environmental Quality’s  (CEQ) regulations for implementing NEPA (40 CFR Parts 1500-1508), and  RUS’s Environmental and Policies and Procedures (7 CFR Part 1794) in  connection with potential impacts related to a proposal by Tri-State  Generation and Transmission Association, Inc. (Tri-State) with  headquarters in Westminster, Colorado. The proposal consists of the  construction of approximately 72 miles of 230 kilovolt (kV)  transmission line in eastern Colorado between the Burlington Substation  (located in Kit Carson County) and the Wray Substation (located in Yuma  County) (proposed Project). Tri-State is requesting financial  assistance from RUS for the construction of the proposed Project.

RUS is considering funding the proposed Project, thereby making it  an undertaking subject to review under Section 106 of the National  Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), 16 U.S.C. 470(f), and its  implementing regulation, Protection of Historic Properties” (36 CFR  part 800). To meet its responsibilities under Section 106, RUS must  take into account the effect of the proposed Project on historic  properties; i.e., buildings, structures, sites, objects and districts which are listed or eligible for listing on the National Register of  Historic Places (NRHP). RUS has coordinated its compliance with Section  106 with the steps taken to comply with NEPA and its environmental policies and procedures. Accordingly, this EA also documents the manner in which RUS has met its responsibilities to take into account effects to historic properties. RUS has determined that the proposed project will have no adverse effects to historic properties listed on or eligible for listing on the NRHP.

DATES: Written comments on this Notice must be received on or before January 8, 2014.

ADDRESSES: Copies of the EA will be available for public review at the Agency’s Web site: http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/UWP-EA-Burlington-Wray.html., at Tri-State’s Web site: http://www.tristategt.org/Transmission/Burlington-Wray.cfm, and at the following repositories:

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12-10-13 *USDA/NASS* The latest WASDE Report…

CLICK HERE to view the entire WASDE Report for Dec 10th, 2013

The December World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) is now available in PDF, XML, and Microsoft Excel formats at:

This from the NAFB: “WASDE at a Glance”

The latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report was released Tuesday. Here are some of the highlights:

WHEAT: Projected U.S. wheat supplies for 2013-14 are raised 10-million bushels this month with higher projected imports. Record production and higher exports for Canada are expected to add to wheat supplies in the United States. Imports are raised five-million bushels each for Hard Red Spring (HRS) and Soft Red Winter (SRW) wheat. Projected exports for all wheat are unchanged – but minor adjustments are made by class with SRW wheat exports raised five-million bushels and HRS wheat exports lowered an offsetting amount. Projected ending stocks are raised 10-million bushels. The 2013-14 projected season-average farm price is lowered 10-cents at the midpoint with the range narrowed to $6.65 to $7.15 per bushel as near record world supplies and increased export competition reduce price prospects for U.S. wheat.

Global 2013-14 wheat supplies are raised 5.3-million tons to 887.3-million. This is up 32.1-million tons from last year – but nine-million tons below the record supplies of 2011-12. Global 2013-14 production is raised five-million tons. This is up 4.3-million tons from last month’s forecast and 5.4-million tons higher than the previous record in 1990-91 as excellent summer weather and an extended growing season boosted yields to record levels.

Global wheat trade for 2013-14 is raised this month with larger available supplies in key exporter countries and stronger demand expected for several importing countries. Global wheat ending stocks are projected 4.3-million tons higher.

COARSE GRAINS: Projected U.S. feed grain supplies for 2013-14 are raised slightly this month with a five-million bushel increase projected for corn imports. U.S. corn use for 2013-14 is projected higher with increases for food, seed, and industrial use and for exports. Corn used in ethanol production is projected 50-million bushels higher reflecting the strong pace of weekly ethanol production since mid-October. Exports are also projected 50-million bushels higher based on the pace of sales to date and higher expected global consumption. Projected U.S. ending stocks are lowered 95-million bushels. The 2013-14 season-average farm price for corn is projected 10-cents lower at the midpoint with the range narrowed to $4.05 to $4.75 per bushel based on prices reported to date. Average prices received by farmers – however – are expected to continue to be reported above prevailing cash bids well into early 2014 as some sales will reflect the higher forward prices available before harvesting. Continue reading

12-10-13 CDA: Are Pets on your Holiday Shopping List?

CDA LogoLAKEWOOD, Colo. – The Colorado Department of Agriculture urges families to consider carefully certain factors before purchasing pets as holiday gifts.

“Children running to a new puppy or kitten on Christmas morning can make wonderful holiday memories but it is important to consider how the pet can affect the entire family for years to come,” said Dr. Kate Anderson, CDA’s Pet Animal Care Facilities program administrator.

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12-10-13 Center for Food Integrity: Expert Panel Addresses Hidden Camera Investigation at Wisconsin Dairy…

The Center for Food Integrity logoA panel of farm animal care specialists created to analyze undercover video investigations at livestock farms has examined video captured at a Wisconsin dairy farm. The Center for Food Integrity (CFI) created the Animal Care Review Panel to engage recognized animal care specialists to examine video and provide expert perspectives for food retailers, the dairy industry and the media.

The panel examined video that was posted online by the group Mercy for Animals. The panel was comprised of Dr. Jim Reynolds, Western University; Dr. Temple Grandin, Colorado State University and Dr. Raymond Anthony, University of Alaska Anchorage.

“Some of the treatment in this video is very abusive, cruel behavior.” said Dr. Grandin. “It is absolutely unacceptable.”

“There’s nothing defendable in the video,” said Reynolds. “The cows are under stress, certainly in fear and probably in pain. The animals are clearly being abused.”

Dr. Anthony notes that the video features instances in which poor and/or inappropriate judgments were exercised as farm employees were seen trying to move seemingly non-compliant or immobile animals.

“The actions resulting from these judgments seem to be repetitive and are not isolated to a single employee,” said Anthony. “The underlying reasons for why these workers failed to show the appropriate sensitivity towards and respect for the animals should be investigated immediately … is it lack of training, poor or inadequate farm management, or blatant cruelty? It is important to find out just how long these workers have been using these techniques and how widespread is their employment.”

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12-10-13 FSIS: Meat, Poultry and Egg Product Inspection Directory…

USDA_FSISThe Meat, Poultry and Egg Product Inspection Directory is a listing of establishments that produce meat, poultry, and/or egg products regulated by USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) pursuant to the Federal Meat Inspection Act, the Poultry Products Inspection Act, and the Egg Products Inspection Act.

The directory is updated monthly, and the current edition replaces all previous editions. The directory is available in two formats:

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12-10-13 Angus VNR: Tours ramp up at Kuner Feedlot in CO…

Kuner Feedlot, one of 12 in the JBS Five Rivers group, averages more than 100 tours per year. General Manager Nolan Stone talks about why they open their facility up. This video news is provided by Certified Angus Beef LLC and the American Angus Association. Visit http://www.CABpartners.com or http://www.angus.org for more information.

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Study conducted by U.S. Farmers & Ranches Alliance finds nearly 60 percent of consumers say the availability of information about how their food is grown and raised is extremely important.

CHESTERFIELD, MO. (December 9, 2013) Transparency in the food industry is a growing topic of conversation and, in order to continue to effectively communicate with consumers about the food they grow and raise, the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance® (USFRA®) conducted research to hone in on the topic of food transparency, specifically how important it is to American consumers.

According to the survey, food transparency is very important. Fifty-nine percent of respondents report it is extremely important (rated it as an 8-10 on a 10 point scale) for grocery stores and restaurants to provide information about the way the food they sell is grown and raised. And over 50 percent say they want more information than they are currently getting.

The good news is that farmers and ranchers across the country have the information consumers are asking for. However, it needs to be shared.

“The call for transparency from the American consumer is real,” said Katie Pratt, an Illinois farmer and one of USFRA’s Faces of Farming and Ranching. “However, as an agriculture community, we have the tools, the real-life experiences and the stories to share with those who purchase the food we grow and raise.  And we can continue to increase consumer confidence in our great systems of American agriculture.”

“Information about how a food product was grown and raised is important for consumers. It’s almost as important as the price,” said Bob Stallman, President, American Farm Bureau Federation and USFRA Chairman. “The research found that when asked which is more important when making purchasing decisions, how much a food item costs or how much information is available about how it was grown or raised, 45 percent of total survey respondents chose information and 55 percent chose cost. That is significant.”

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12-10-13 FSIS: Colorado Firm Recalls Meat And Poultry Products That Were Produced Under Insanitary Conditions…

USDA_FSISWASHINGTON, Dec. 9, 2013 – Yauk’s Specialty Meats, a Windsor, Colo., establishment, is recalling approximately 90,000 pounds of various meat and poultry products that were produced under insanitary conditions, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The following products are subject to recall:

  • “Colorado Best Beef” brand various fresh, smoked and shelf-stable meat products.
  • “James Ranch” brand jerky and summer sausage.
  • “Rocky Plains Meats” brand hams, bacon, raw and smoked sausage, jerky and raw poultry.
  • “John Long Farms” brand fresh and smoked pork products.
  • “Horned Beef” brand jerky.
  • “Mile High Hungarian Sausage” brand fresh and smoked bacon and sausage.

All products being recalled are packaged in retail-ready packaging of various sizes. Each package bears the establishment number “Est. 20309” or “P-20309” inside the USDA Mark of Inspection. The products were produced between April 1, 2013, and Dec. 5, 2013 and can be identified by four-digit Julian dates ranging between 3091 and 3339. The products were sold at the wholesale and retail level in Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming.

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“Negotiators Close to Budget Deal, But Nothing Grand”

Congressional budget negotiators have until Friday to finish their work for the year – and they are reportedly closing in on a proposal for next year. But according to the Washington Post – the deal would not include any significant tax or entitlement reforms – nor would it seriously deal with the sequester cuts. Aides told the Post the emerging plan would raise agency spending to just over a trillion dollars for the next two fiscal years – aiming to offset spending by cutting federal worker pensions and with other modest changes. The deal would do nothing to trim the debt. It’s reported the negotiators hope to finish the bill in a matter of days and take it straight to the House and Senate floors – rather than taking it to the conference committee. Lawmakers have until January 15th to pass a budget bill.


“USCA Wants a Farm Bill With No COOL Changes”

As negotiations for a new farm bill continue – the U.S. Cattlemen’s Association continues to urge members of the conference committee to leave the country of origin labeling program alone. USCA is strongly opposed to any amendment that would alter or repeal COOL. The group says legislative action on COOL is unwarranted – as USDA and the U.S. Trade Representative have stated the revised regulations bring the U.S. into compliance with our international trade obligations. According to USCA President Jon Wooster – it wouldn’t be appropriate for Congress to disrupt the ongoing process at the World Trade Organization. What USCA does want to see – Wooster says – is Congressional passage of a final farm bill that provides U.S. agricultural producers with the long-term, comprehensive safety nets they need as they prepare for the new year. Continue reading