12-12-13 Colorado Weekly Hay Report…

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Greeley, CO    Thu Dec 12, 2013    USDA-CO Dept of Ag Market News

Colorado Hay Report

Compared to last week: Frigid temperatures throughout the state have
increased buyer interest on hay.  However, hay prices remain steady to weak on
slow trading activity as buyers and sellers still cannot agree on a fair market
price.  Temperatures are predicted to warm up to seasonal averages through the
end of this week and into the weekend.
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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12-12-13 CSU News: Application Deadline for Blue Ocean Enterprises Challenge Business Pitch Competition Extended to Dec 31st…

CSU College of Agricultural Sciences HeaderBlue Ocean Ent Challenge LogoFORT COLLINS – Startup firms and entrepreneurs around the country have additional time to apply to compete in the Blue Ocean Enterprises Challenge, the nation’s premier business pitch competition. Organizers today announced that they have extended the application deadline to midnight on Dec. 31, 2013. Information and an online application to compete are available atwww.blueoceanchallenge.com.

Collegiate entrepreneurs, startups seeking capital, and existing businesses seeking expansion capital are invited to compete for a grand prize package of $250,000 in funding, intensive strategy and operations support, and a 12-month business mentoring program, presented by Blue Ocean Enterprises and Colorado State University.

A panel of distinguished judges from CSU’s College of Business, Blue Ocean Enterprises, and the national business community will select up to 40 finalists from the competition’s Collegiate and Enterprise Tracks. Finalists will to participate in a three-month business coaching and pitch consultation program leading up to the live competition on May 24, 2014, in Fort Collins.

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12-12-13 CDA News: Rust Fungus to Battle Widespread, Damaging Weed…

CDA LogoLAKEWOOD, Colo. – Canada thistle is one of Colorado’s most widespread and damaging exotic invasive weeds, infesting croplands as well as pastures, rangelands, roadsides and other non-crop areas. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) have entered into a cooperative agreement to control the noxious weed Canada thistle using a rust fungus.

The four year agreement provides $392,000 to the CDA’s Biological Pest Control Program to harvest and redistribute the rust fungus to uninfected patches of Canada thistle and monitor the decline of the weed following infection. If successful, the program is expected to help landowners and weed managers save millions of dollars by reducing weed infestations and cutting control costs.

The fungus, known as Puccinia punctiformis, only attacks Canada thistle and kills the plant by infecting the root system. Canada thistle has an extensive and long-lived root system which makes it resistant to most control methods. The weed can survive mowing, burning and often even chemical treatment, sending up new shoots from the still-living root system. The rust fungus is deadly to Canada thistle because it enters the root system, eventually killing the plant from below.

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12-12-13 CDPHE News: Organic Traditions chocolate products recalled due to undeclared allergen…

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Company name: Health Matters America Inc.

Product names: Organic Traditions Dark Chocolate Hazelnuts, Dark Chocolate Hazelnuts with Chili, Dark Chocolate Almonds, and Dark Chocolate Almonds with Chili

Reason for recall: Undeclared allergen: milk

Distribution: Retail stores in Colorado and other states

Food and Product Recalls:  If a food, drug, dietary supplement or cosmetic product or medical device has been recalled, the company and product names will be listed here. The division works with the US Food and Drug Administration and the US Department of Agriculture to determine recall specifics, such as distribution and reported illnesses or injuries.

If you’ve consumed or used these products and became ill or injured, please contact your local county health department, or call (303) 692-3645 to report the incident.

Fruit on Shelf in Grocery Store: These recalls are listed as a matter of public health. The department does not endorse either the product or the company.

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12-12-13 USDA & DOE Fund 7 Research Projects to Develop Plant Feedstocks for Bioenergy, including $1.38+M for CSU…

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DOE- Department of Energy LogoWASHINGTON, Dec. 12, 2013 – The U.S. Departments of Agriculture (USDA) and Energy (DOE) today announced $8 million in research grants to develop non-food feedstocks that can be used for bioenergy. The grants are part of a broader effort by the Obama administration to develop domestic renewable energy and advanced biofuels, providing a more secure future for America’s energy needs and enhancing rural economies.

“Today’s investments are a critical piece of President Obama’s strategy to create a clean source of energy and advance the sustainable use of natural resources,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “Innovative research plays a vital role in boosting rural economies and creating jobs in rural America, and the benefits this type of research may offer is another pressing reason we need a new Food, Farm and Jobs bill passed.”

Overall, the USDA and DOE projects are designed to improve biomass to be grown for biofuels-including selected trees and grasses-by increasing their yield, quality and ability to adapt to extreme environments. Researchers will rely on the most advanced techniques of modern genomics to develop breeding and other strategies to improve the crops. The research will be conducted on switchgrass, poplar and pine, among other plants.

The potential benefits of this research range from decreasing oil imports to increasing options for American farmers. Because these non-food crops will be optimized to tolerate conditions such as drought and poor soils, they can be grown on marginal lands unsuitable for food crops, thereby avoiding competition with food production. Farmers will have the option to grow bioenergy crops in addition to other existing crop choices.

Fiscal Year 2013 awardees include:

USDA-NIFA-funded

  • University of Florida, Gainesville, Fla., $1,000,000
  • Oregon State University, Corvallis, Ore., $1,000,000

DOE-funded

  • Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, Colo., $1,385,763
  • University of Georgia, Athens, Ga., $1,314,235
  • University of Illinois, Urbana, Ill., $998,564
  • Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind., $863,576
  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, N.C., $1,543,490

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12-12-13 Secretary Jewell Meets with Western Governors: Sage Grouse Conservation Planning…

US DOI BLM - US Dept of Interior Bureau of Land Management logoEmphasizes Much Work Still to Be Done Before Deadline on Listing Decision under Endangered Species Act

LAS VEGAS, NV – At a meeting with western governors today, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell applauded the unprecedented federal-state cooperation on planning efforts to conserve the greater sage-grouse but emphasized that much work still needs to be done by both the federal government and the states in advance of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s September 2015 deadline to determine if the species warrants protection under the Endangered Species Act.

“Thanks to our partnership with states throughout the range of the greater sage-grouse, we have made tremendous progress analyzing and planning landscape-level strategies that could lessen the threats to the bird and conserve its sage-brush habitat,” said Jewell. “At the same time, we are not yet where we need to be and it is time for both the states and the federal government to redouble our efforts so that we can have effective conservation efforts in place before a listing determination must be made.”

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“Negotiators Reach Deal on Budget, House Expected to Vote TODAY”

House Budget Committee Chair Paul Ryan and Senate Budget Chair Patty Murray have announced an agreement to fund federal agencies through the fall of 2015. The deal would cancel half of the sequester cuts for the current fiscal year and includes 85-billion dollars in spending cuts and non-tax revenue. Ryan called the agreement a step in the right direction that protects the Pentagon from fresh cuts set to hit in January while trimming deficits by more than 20-billion dollars over the next decade. He said the package represents a clear improvement on the status quo by replacing one-time cuts to agency budgets with permanent savings from other programs. President Obama said it was a good sign that Democrats and Republicans were able to come together and break the cycle of short-sighted, crisis-driven decision making to get this done. The House is on track to vote on the deal Thursday – one day before the chamber’s scheduled adjournment for the year. The Senate is expected to vote on the package next week. President Obama has said he’ll sign it.

Under the agreement – fiscal year 2014 spending for the Pentagon and other federal agencies would be set at 1.012-trillion dollars. That’s right in between the 1.058-trillion sought by Democrats and the 967-billion championed by Republicans. Spending would increase slightly for fiscal 2015 to 1.014-trillion dollars – for a total of 63-billion in sequester replacement.

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“NACD Has Concerns with Budget Agreement”

While pleased the budget agreement avoids a government shutdown and replaces sequestration for the next two years – the National Association of Conservation Districts is concerned about the unprecedented imposition of USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service technical assistance user fees. NACD President Earl Garber says the move is short-sighted – creating a burden on producers who are simply trying to be proactive and do the right thing for the land and water resources. According to Garber – user fees will discourage producers from implementing critical conservation practices at a time when they have the heavy burden of meeting the demand of a growing population. He says this will ultimately take a toll on the nation’s natural resource base. Garber says NACD cannot support user fees if they aren’t going toward the technical assistance that is necessary to do conservation planning. As the Budget Resolution reads – he notes there’s no guarantee that receipts collected from user fees would be allocated for future conservation planning and implementation. Continue reading