01-31-14 Inside the BARN with US Senator Michael Bennet: Farm Bill Update, PILT, Denver Broncos and more…

US Senator Michael Bennet color official photo-022513(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) January 31st, 2014 – Joining the Colorado Ag News Network is US Senator Michael Bennet,  inside te BARN  to discuss the latest developments from Capitol Hill regarding the Farm Bill. Senator  Bennet,  is not only a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee but was also appointed to serve as one of the conferees on the Farm Bill Conference Committee.

Topics contained within the interview include:

– Farm Bill  Update

– Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) and what it means to Coloradoans

– Denver Broncos and the Super Bowl 

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US Senator Michael Bennet is a member of the Senate committees on Finance; Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry; and Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. To learn more about US Senator Michael Bennet and the work he is doing in Washington DC on behalf of the Colorado’s citizens as well as for Colorado’s agriculture industry & producers, please visit http://www.bennet.senate.gov/

01-31-14 NCBA Releases Smartphone App for 2014 Cattle Industry Convention…

DENVER (Jan. 31, 2014) – Once again, the Cattle Industry Convention and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Tradeshow is releasing a smartphone app for its 2014 show to be held Feb. 4-7 in Nashville, Tenn. Available for the iPhone, Android and BlackBerry, the Cattle Industry Convention & NCBA Tradeshow App will give its users access to everything the largest cattle convention has to offer during the show.

The CIC&NCBA mobile app includes a complete list of the show’s exhibitors, sessions and speakers, including a map with which to navigate the show. In addition, marketing materials in a pdf format will be available from sponsors, along with text alerts and helpful tips about using the app. The app also allows users to search for activities and things to do in Nashville.

The NCBA app will allow attendees to plan in advance by selecting meetings, events and booth visits to place on their personalized calendars. It will also provide trade show contacts and exhibitor descriptions, in addition to profiles of meeting activities and a place for users to take notes.

The app was developed by BEEF magazine and is sponsored by Zoetis, with additional support provided by AgriLabs.

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01-31-14 Colorado Farm Bureau Gives Legislative Update at 50th Colorado Farm Show…

CLICK HERE to visit the CO Farm Show website....

CLICK HERE to visit the CO Farm Show website….

CFB-Colorado Farm Bureau Logo LGCentennial, Colo. – January 31 – Knowing what is going on with policy at the state and national level is important to producers across the state. Brent Boydston, Vice President of Public Policy and Nick Colglazier, Director of State Affairs, gave a legislative update to attendees at the Colorado Farm Show in Greeley, Colo.

The passage of the Farm Bill out of the House was a big win for farmers and ranchers. “The House has been an interesting challenge. That’s a big step forward and the Senate should take it up soon. There are a lot of good things in there, including the strengthening of the crop insurance program so that’s good,” said Boydston. “In this case the good outweighs the bad and so we support it.”

The stability that the Farm Bill brings is good for farmers. “It is a strange feeling to know that we will have stability in the rules and regulations that we will be farming under. We’ve dealt with extensions, and right now we are farming under laws from 1938 and 1949. It will be nice to have come certainty,” he stated.

He continued, “Farmers are hesitant to make choices on the farm. It’s hard to make planning choices when you don’t know what is happening. Hopefully with the 2014 Farm Bill it will allow for stability for the next five years.”

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01-31-14 *CSU Ext News* Southeast Area 4-H Leaders Recognized for Service…

Dawn James AwardMary Alton AwardWritten & Submitted to BARN Media by: Amy Kelley, CSU 4-H Extension Agent, Cheyenne and Kiowa Counties

Southeast Area – Two 4-H leaders from the Southeast Area were recognized as Outstanding 4-H Volunteer Leaders at the 2014 Leadership Development Conference. Dawn James from Kiowa County and Mary Alton from Baca County were recognized at a banquet on January 25, 2014.

Dawn James has volunteered sixteen years (officially) as a 4-H leader in Kiowa County. As the leader of the Prairie Queen 4-H Club she has seen the club grow to over thirty members. Besides just her 4-H club Dawn has been elected leader advisor of the Kiowa County 4-H Council numerous times. Her and her husband, Louis, took on responsibility of the Kiowa County 4-H Horse Program, including coordinating two shows annually. It didn’t matter what the activity was and what role she needed to serve Dawn was quick to volunteer. Also, she attended many state 4-H functions as a chaperone. Dawn and Louis have four children, all of whom have went quite successfully through the 4-H program, Jennifer, Brian, Jessica, and Alicia. Dawn has stepped down as a 4-H leader this fall, but her efforts will have a lasting impact on Kiowa County 4-H.

Mary Alton started her 4-H career as a member of the Helping Hands 4-H Club in Springfield, CO where she participated in projects such as sewing, childcare, cooking, and home furnishing. She has three children that have all been active members of 4-H. She started and is the club organizational leader for the Whispering Winds 4-H Club. In addition, she is the president of the Baca County Shooting Sports program and the archery project leader where she spends countless hours assisting the archery 4-H members become extremely successful in the archery project. She has been instrumental in expanding the shooting sports program and especially the archery project in Baca County. She is a member of the Baca County Fair board, and she can be seen at various 4-H functions always giving a helping hand and support to the 4-H youth. She always keeps a smile on her face and has a positive attitude, and she never asks for anything in return. She has been a diligent 4-H member and leader for over 20 years in Baca County.

For more information on 4-H please contact your local CSU Extension Office; Baca County 719-523-6971, Bent County 719-456-0764, Cheyenne County 719-767-5716, Crowley County 719-267-5243, Kiowa County 719-438-5321, Otero County 719-254-7608, Prowers County 719-336-7734 or you can find us on the web at http://www.extension.colostate.edu/SEA. CSU Extension offers up-to-date, unbiased, research based information to families in Southeast Colorado. CSU Extension programs are available to all without discrimination.

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01-31-14 THE CLIMATE CORPORATION MAKES LANDMARK DATA ACCESS AND PRIVACY COMMITMENTS TO FARMERS…

The Climate Corporation logoEstablishes Free, Private Data Service For All Farmers And Calls For Open-Standards Industry Alliance To Drive Precision Agriculture Adoption

SAN FRANCISCO (Jan. 31, 2014) – Data science has the potential to fundamentally improve the productivity and sustainability of global agriculture.  With recommendations customized for their fields, farmers will continue to make more informed decisions that help them maximize their yield potential and use our planet’s finite resources more efficiently. However, some barriers still exist to unlocking the tremendous potential of data science in agriculture due to understandable uncertainty about the privacy of farmers’ data.

Today, The Climate Corporation is announcing a number of groundbreaking principles and commitments related to data use and privacy in an openly published Guiding Principles on Data and Privacy statement, available online at www.climate.com/principles.

“The application of data science in agriculture is relatively new, and with the development of new technologies comes some level of uncertainty about its potential implications. In our experience, farmers are more likely to embrace new technologies that will drive the evolution of agricultural production when they have certainty about the use, privacy and control of the data they personally generate on their own farms,” said David Friedberg, CEO of The Climate Corporation.

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01-31-14 KEN WIXOM ELECTED TO ASI EXECUTIVE BOARD…

ASI Sheep Logo 1DENVER, Colo. – Ken Wixom of Blackfoot, Idaho, was elected to represent Region VII on the American Sheep Industry Association’s (ASI) Executive Board at the 2014 ASI/National Lamb Feeders Association (NLFA) Convention in Charleston, S.C., Jan. 23-25.

Wixom got his start in the sheep business just as he was graduating with a degree in Animal Science from Brigham Young University in 1971.

“I used what money I had to buy 60 old ewes at $20 apiece, and that was where it started,” said Wixom, who today runs 4,000 ewes and 600 mother cows. He also grows hay and crops on about 1,000 acres. “Back at the start we had a really small farm, but we rented some land and just kept working hard.”

Wixom formerly served as president of the Idaho Wool Growers Association.

ASI’s Region VII includes Montana and Wyoming, as well as Wixom’s home state of Idaho. He said he looks forward to working with the rest of the executive board to help the sheep industry grow and thrive.

“Above all else, I’m interested in helping,” he said. “There are some areas I am particularly interested in, such as natural resources and labor issues. But there are a lot of things we need to work on, and I’m looking forward to helping out and doing my part, and of course representing my region.”

ASI is a national trade organization supported by 46 state sheep associations, benefiting the interests of more than 81,000 sheep producers.

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01-31-14 MILT WARD ELECTED TO ASI EXECUTIVE BOARD…

ASI Sheep Logo 1DENVER, Colo. – Milt Ward of Paris, Idaho, was elected to represent the lamb feeders on the American Sheep Industry Association’s (ASI) Executive Board at the 2014 ASI/National Lamb Feeders Association (NLFA) Convention in Charleston, S.C., Jan. 23-25.

Ward was born and raised on a cattle ranch in the rural southeastern Idaho town of Paris, where he still resides. In 1979, he went to work for C.D. Ranches, owned by Calvin and Alicia Dredge, and headquartered in Rupert, Idaho. In 1990, Ward purchased his own ranch but continued working part-time for C.D. Ranches. In 2000, following the passing of Calvin, Ward gave up his operation and went back to working full-time with Alicia.

Today, C.D. Ranches runs 6,000 ewes, 250 mother cows and 200 yearlings. The ewes spend the fall and winter grazing on the border of southern California and Arizona, returning to Idaho for the spring and summer. The ranch also operates a small lamb feedlot in Idaho.

“The lamb business is my livelihood,” said Ward. “In my term on the ASI executive board, I hope to be able to offer valuable ideas that will help promote the industry. I believe the Let’s Grow initiative came about at a time when industry promotion was critical and I hope we can continue to provide incentive to grow as a whole.”

In addition to his membership with the NLFA, Ward is a member of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, U.S. Cattlemen’s Association, Idaho Farm Bureau, California Wool Growers Association and is a director for the Idaho Wool Growers Association.

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01-31-14 ASI News: SHEEP CONVENTION TOUTS RECORD ATTENDANCE IN SOUTH CAROLINA…

ASI Sheep Logo 1Denver, Colo. – American wool epitomized the American Sheep Industry Association (ASI)/National Lamb Feeders Association annual convention held in Charleston, S.C., on Jan. 22-25. The conference theme, Weaving a Path to the Future, included tours of wool processing plants to offer a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for sheep producers to see the transformation of their raw wool into high-end finished products.

“Another reason for the record attendance at this year’s convention was the up-beat attitude among farmers and ranchers due to the September turn around in feeder lamb prices and the much needed relief from the record high grain prices,” said Peter Orwick, ASI executive director.

America’s only remaining wool scouring, combing and carding plant — Chargeurs (USA) Inc. — opened the doors of its Jamestown, S.C., facility to nearly 300 meeting attendees to provide an opportunity to view the process of converting greasy wool into top. The superwash line — a continuous wool-top shrink-proofing treatment piece of equipment that alters the fiber in wool products, allowing them to be washed and dried without shrinking — was viewed by tour participants. This process is the most reliable shrink-resistance treatment for wool available on the market. It not only helps fill domestic commercial-wool orders, but also maintains and expands the use of American wool in the valuable U.S. military market.

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01-31-14 New CSU Field Investigation Unit Solves Problems with an Approach Akin to CSI: Livestock…

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CSU College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical SciencesCharlie Davis spoke @ the 50th CO Farm Show on Tuesday, January 28th on BEEF DAY – LISTEN – CLICK HERE

To listen to the rest of the speakers/presenters from the 50th CO Farm Show – CLICK HERE

FORT COLLINS – Livestock veterinarians and experts in disease diagnostics and herd management at Colorado State University have launched a Field Investigation Unit to help livestock producers solve multipronged problems in herd health and management.

Barb Powers, director of the CSU Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratories, announced the new consultation service during the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association 2014 Mid-Winter Conference, which brings together hundreds of beef producers for discussions about critical topics in the beef industry.

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01-31-14 ASI RECOGNIZES FOUR AWARD RECIPIENTS…

ASI Sheep Logo 1ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – Three long-time members of the agriculture community and one media organization were honored for their contributions to the sheep industry during the American Sheep Industry Association (ASI)/National Lamb Feeders Association Convention, held Jan. 22-25 in Charleston, S.C. The honorees received the awards at a Jan. 24 luncheon that featured the introduction of a new award – the “Distinguished Producer Award.” This award was created as part of ASI’s 150th anniversary, which will be celebrated at next year’s convention in Reno, Nev.

“Each recipient of this year’s ASI awards represents some of the best and most dedicated the sheep industry has to offer, and they have each have had a positive impact on our business,” said Clint Krebs, president of the ASI Board of Directors.

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01-31-14 CPW News: COMPANIES PARTNER WITH STATES TO CONSERVE LESSER PRAIRIE-CHICKEN HABITAT

CPW-Colorado Parks and Wildlife logoCHEYENNE — Five oil and gas companies are voluntarily enrolling nearly 1.5 million acres of land under an innovative plan to conserve the lesser prairie-chicken. This represents the first enrollment in the Lesser Prairie-Chicken Range-wide Conservation Plan, developed by the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA) and state wildlife agencies in Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas.

Continental Resources, Devon Energy, Apache Corp., Occidental Oil and Gas Corporation, and Samson Resources have committed to develop enrolled land in ways that minimize impacts on lesser prairie-chicken habitat. They will also mitigate development impacts that cannot be avoided by providing funding for conservation on private land throughout the region. Other companies in various industries, including oil and gas, pipeline, electric transmission and distribution, and wind energy, are now considering enrollment in the plan.

“The oil and gas industry enthusiastically supports the WAFWA range-wide plan,” said Ben Shepperd, Permian Basin Petroleum Association president. All five enrolling companies are members of the association, which also helped fund aerial surveys to verify chicken populations in 2012.

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01-31-14 50th CO Farm Show Interviews: CO FFA, Fellowship of Christian Farmers & Hydro Resources…

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Kayla Calvin, CO FFA State Executive Committee from Fruita, CO

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Jerry Lee Rice, Fellowship of Christian Farmers International from Boise City, OK

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John Taylor, Hydro Resources, Inc of Ft Lupton, CO

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01-31-14 The Great American Wheat Harvest Documentary Film Makes National Premiere Screening Debut in Washington, D.C.; kicks off 2014 National Ag Day Events…

agdayGAWH_Emmitsburg, MD – Jan. 31, 2014 –In collaboration with the Agriculture Council of America, independent filmmaker, Conrad Weaver of ConjoStudios, LLC., announces that the Great American Wheat Harvest documentary film will make its national premiere screening at the 41st Annual National Agriculture Day on Tuesday, March 25, in Washington, D.C.
The film’s GAWH National Premiere Screening & Breakfast Reception will kick off the National Ag Days activities from 8:30 to 11 a.m., at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, which is located on the National Mall between the Smithsonian’s National Air & Space Museum and the U.S. Capitol Building. Seats are limited and you must RSVP for this event at: https://gawhpremiere.eventbrite.com.
We couldn’t be more honored or pleased to work with the Agriculture Council of America to make our national debut at National Ag Day possible, Weaver says. “We are so grateful for all of our sponsors and collaborative partners who provided the resources to help bring this film to the consumer.”
Great American Wheat Harvest major sponsors include: John Deere; U.S. Custom Harvesters Inc.; C& B Operations; MacDon Industries; Case IH; Association of Canadian Custom Harvesters; TMCO/National Manufacturing; North Dakota Department of Agriculture and North Dakota Wheat Commission; Nebraska Wheat Board; Oklahoma Wheat Commission; Montana Wheat and Barley Committee and media partner, AgWired, an online media service at http://agwired.com.
The Great American Wheat Harvest documentary film focuses on connecting consumers to those who produce their food and will feature stories of North America’s wheat growers and custom harvesters. Weaver says the film’s message aligns with the National Ag Day nationwide effort to tell the true story of American agriculture and remind citizens that agriculture is a part of all of us. A number of producers, agricultural associations, corporations, students and government organizations involved in agriculture are expected to participate.
The theme for National Ag Day is “Agriculture: 365 Sunrises and 7 Billion Mouths to Feed.”, and is celebrated in classrooms and communities across the country. Other major events hosted by the Agriculture Council of America in the nation’s capital include the Mixand-Mingle Luncheon and the National Celebration of Agriculture Dinner. Additionally, about 100 college students will be in Washington, D.C., to deliver the message of Ag Day to the Hill.
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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Fri, Jan 31st…

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“Senate Farm Bill Vote Next Week”

The Senate will vote on the farm bill conference report next week. The Office of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced he filed cloture on the bill. The cloture vote will be held Monday evening. As long as 60 Senators vote to end debate – there will be 20 minutes for final debate and closing statements Tuesday afternoon – immediately followed by the vote. If the Senate approves the bill as expected – White House Press Secretary Jay Carney has signaled President Obama will sign it.

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“Immigration Principles Unveiled by House Republicans”

House Republican leaders have unveiled their immigration reform principles. The plan would require tighter border security, more interior immigration enforcement and allow undocumented immigrants to get right with the law and stay in the country. House Speaker John Boehner reportedly told Republicans at their annual retreat that the plan is to address the issue in a step-by-step, common sense fashion that starts with securing the nation’s borders and enforcing the nation’s laws. Boehner said he will not support a special path to citizenship for the 12-million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. like the Senate’s bill does. But the Republican principles do back citizenship for those who came illegally if they meet certain conditions. In response – New York Senator Charles Schumer said the standards – though not everything Senate Democrats would agree with – leave a real possibility Democrats and Republicans in the House and Senate can in some way come together and pass immigration reform that both sides can accept. He admitted it’s a long, hard road – but said the door is open. Continue reading

01-30-14 UPSTATE COLORADO SELECTS BOARD OFFICERS & WELCOMES NEW MEMBERS…

Upstate Colorado logoWELD COUNTY, CO – The Upstate Colorado Economic Development privately lead 13-member (7 private sector; 6 public sector) Board of Directors has chosen Officers to lead the organization during 2014.

Officers:

Scott Ehrlich, President of Ehrlich Dealerships, was elected Chair of the Board. A Greeley native, Scott has been involved in many local community activities, including the Boards of the Boys and Girls Club and the Greeley Chamber of Commerce.  Scott established the College Promise program, which provides financial support to eligible area students wishing to attend Aims Community College.

Sean Conway, Weld County Commissioner, will serve as Chair-Elect.  Sean is a third generation Coloradan who grew up on a ranch in the Rocky Mountains. Conway and his family have made Weld County their home for more than two decades. Following re-election in 2012, Conway is currently serving in his second term as Weld County Commissioner At Large. Prior to serving as County Commissioner, Conway worked as Colorado Senator Wayne Allard’s Chief of Staff.

Tom Haren, Owner of AGPROfessionals, continues as Treasurer. Tom specializes in project development strategy and regulatory, political, and public relations. He is CHMM certified and holds licenses for CSS and Class D waste water operator.  He founded AGPRO in 2000 and recently moved the corporate headquarters to Greeley. Tom served and was honorably discharged as a Sergeant in the U.S. Army and was a Drill Instructor in Fort Benning, GA and Fort Jackson, SC from 1988 to 1992.

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01-30-14 US Senator Bennet (D-CO) Urges Senate to Quickly Pass Farm Bill…

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On Thursday, January 30th, Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet spoke on the Senate floor to urge his colleagues to quickly pass the final version of the Farm Bill, which was agreed to earlier this week and passed by the House of Representatives yesterday. The five-year bill reforms farm policy to better support farmers and ranchers, consolidates and streamlines programs, and would reduce the deficit by $23 billion.

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

Unofficial Transcript of Bennet’s Remarks:

MR. BENNET: BEFORE HE LEAVES THE FLOOR LIKE TO THANK THE SENATOR FROM GEORGIA THROUGH THE CHAIR FOR ALL OF HIS

EXTRAORDINARY LEADERSHIP ON THE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE FOR SO MANY YEARS. AS A NEW MEMBER OF THAT COMMITTEE, I SAW FIRSTHAND HOW IMPORTANT HE WAS TO OUR GETTING TO A COMPROMISE. SO THROUGH THE CHAIR I WANT TO SAY THANK YOU TO HIM FOR HIS GREAT SERVICE AND PARTICULARLY HIS GREAT SERVICE TO FARMERS AND RANCHERS ALL ACROSS HIS HOME STATE BUT ALSO ACROSS THE GREAT STATE OF COLORADO.

AND I, TOO, WANTED TO SPEAK TODAY ON THIS COMPROMISE BILL, THIS BIPARTISAN BILL, THIS BILL, THIS FARM BILL THAT HAS SUCH A LONG HISTORY. IN 2012 THE SENATE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE WAS THE ONLY COMMITTEE IN THE ENTIRE UNITED STATES CONGRESS WITH A BIPARTISAN DEFICIT PLAN. IT PASSED THE SENATE, THE HOUSE DIDN’T TAKE IT UP, IT WAS AN ENORMOUS DISSERVICE I THINK TO RURAL AMERICA.

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01-30-14 EPA Awards Almost $9 Million in Grants to Researchers Working to Improve Water Quality, including CSU…

epa_seal_mediumcolorWASHINGTON – Today at the 14th National Conference and Global Forum on Science, Policy and the Environment, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy announced grants to four research institutions for innovative and sustainable water research to manage harmful nutrient pollution. Nutrient pollution is one of America’s most widespread, costly and challenging environmental problems, and is caused by excess nitrogen and phosphorus in waterways.

“These grants will go towards research to help us better manage nutrients and better protect our precious water resources from the dangers of nutrient pollution, especially in a changing climate,” said Administrator McCarthy.

When excessive nitrogen and phosphorus enter our waterways — usually via stormwater runoff and industrial activities — our water can become polluted. Nutrient pollution has impacted many streams, rivers, lakes, bays and coastal waters for the past several decades, resulting in serious environmental and health issues, and negatively impacting the economy. For example, nutrient pollution can reduce oxygen levels in water, leading to illnesses in fish and the death of large numbers of fish. In some cases nutrient pollution leads to elevated toxins and bacterial growth in waters that can make people sick.

The Science to Achieve Results (STAR) grants, announced by Administrator McCarthy today, are an integral part of EPA’s research on water quality and availability. Improving existing water infrastructure is costly, which makes creating new and sustainable approaches to water use, reuse and nutrient management important.

These grants support sustainable water research and demonstration projects consistent with a comprehensive strategy for managing nutrients and active community engagement throughout the research process.

The following institutions received grants: 

— Colorado State University, Center for Comprehensive, Optimal, and Effective Abatement of Nutrients, for linking physical, biological, legal, social and economic aspects of nutrient management in the Western and Eastern United States; and

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01-30-14 Colorado Weekly Hay Report…

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Greeley, CO    Thu Jan 30, 2014    USDA-CO Dept of Ag Market News

Colorado Hay Report

Compared to last week: Hay prices remain steady to weak on light demand.
Trading activity is slow to inactive for new customers, with the majority
movement consisting of repeat customers.  A cold front moved into the state,
bringing large amounts of snow to the western part of the state.  Several inches
are predicted to fall across the Front Range and into the eastern portions of
the state by tomorrow.
If you have hay for sale or need hay, use the services of the Colorado
Department of Agriculture website: www.coloradoagriculture.com.  All prices
reported FOB the stack or barn unless otherwise noted.  Prices reflect load lots
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01-30-14 The Aurora Cooperative Announces Aurora Agronomy® Expansion in Colorado…

Aurora Cooperative logoAURORA, NE  (January 29, 2014) – The Aurora Cooperative, a leading grain marketer and agricultural supplier based in Nebraska and serving America’s farmers in multiple states, today announced finalization of its Aurora Agronomy®expansion in Colorado with the acquisition of Tri County Ag, located in Wray and Paoli, CO.

The Colorado multi-site expansion was previously owned and operated by Kris and Laurie Jones and headquartered at Wray, CO.  The sites will continue to operate under the Tri County Ag brand, with the Jones’ family continuing to lead operations at the facilities, and assist in the expansion of  Aurora Ag Aviation; a sub-division of Aurora Agronomy®.

Tri County Ag is a full-service agronomy business, featuring aerial and ground application, scouting services, and crop protection and fertilizer sales.  Construction of a two million gallon liquid fertilizer terminal has begun at the Wray site, and will be operational for the upcoming crop year.

“The vision of the Aurora Cooperative is to be financially strong, innovative, independent and a farmer-owned agri-business…now, and for the next generation.  We are committed to delivering the finest products, service, and expertise to all farmer-owners in our expanding market area,” said George Hohwieler, President and CEO of the Aurora Cooperative.

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01-30-14 USDA TO MEASURE THE ECONOMIC WELL-BEING OF AMERICAN FARMS…

USDA-NASS Regional News HeaderLAKEWOOD, CO – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will spend the next several months contacting farmers and ranchers across the nation to conduct the Agricultural Resource Management Survey (ARMS). The results of this survey will serve as a baseline for numerous federal policies and programs that affect U.S. farms and farm families. “ARMS is our primary tool for gauging the financial condition and production practices on American farms and ranches,” said Bill Meyer, director of the NASS Mountain Regional Field Office. “By participating in this survey, farmers directly impact the decisions that affect them, their families and their operations.” NASS conducts ARMS jointly with USDA’s Economic Research Service. In an effort to obtain the most accurate data, the federal agencies will reach out to nearly 35,000 producers nationwide, including over 1,100 across the Mountain Region states of Arizona, Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming. The survey asks producers to provide data on their operating expenditures, production costs and household characteristics.
“Decision makers from all facets of U.S. agriculture will use the collective information from ARMS to answer questions and make important decisions concerning the economic viability of American agriculture, the rural economy and other emerging issues,” explained Meyer. “That’s why it is imperative for all farmer contacted by NASS to provide responses and help shape the future of U.S. agriculture.”
As with all NASS surveys, information provided by respondents is confidential by law. NASS safeguards the confidentiality of all responses, ensuring no individual respondent or operation can be identified.
The economic data gathered in ARMS will be published in the annual Farm Production Expenditures report on August 1, 2014. All NASS reports are available online at http://www.nass.usda.gov.
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