09-29-14 CSU / CO FFA NEWS: Blue Jacket Society Breakfast and Groundbreaking Ceremony on Oct 4th “Ag Day”…

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Having met its goal of raising $3.3 million for the new center, CSU’s College of Agricultural Sciences will soon begin construction north of campus at the college’s Agricultural Research, Development and Education Center. The Colorado FFA Foundation led the campaign and partnered with the college to help raise funds and work with donors – individuals and corporations – interested in contributing to the building.Recent studies have shown a significant decline in the number of agriculture teachers in K-12 schools across the nation. With its new CoBank Center for Agricultural Education set to break ground soon, CSU will be uniquely-positioned to help fill this void and ensure that agricultural education remains a core component of K-12 education, not just here in Colorado but across the United States.

CoBank Center for Agricultural Education

The CoBank Center for Agricultural Education will encompass more than 14,000 square feet, with customized laboratory, technology, teaching and office space. It also will include special exhibit space for the newly named Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame, a signature program of the Colorado FFA Foundation. Not only will the center function as an academic space for faculty, staff, and students, but it will also serve as a community meeting space, bringing together individuals from the agricultural industry, rural communities, and local schools.

CLICK HERE to WATCH both events on Oct 4th from CSU's ARDEC...

CLICK HERE to WATCH both events on Oct 4th from CSU’s ARDEC…

‘Growing need’

“There is a growing need for agricultural educators, especially in K-12 schools,” said Craig Beyrouty, dean of Colorado State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences. “This new center will position our students for success as they enter the job market and will make our agricultural education program a highly sought after destination for new students.”

CSU students focused on agricultural education have a high success rate in finding jobs after graduation due in part to the reduced number of agricultural educators available in the marketplace, in Colorado and across the country. Even more importantly, leadership training and an appreciation for pressing global issues are hallmarks of CSU’s agricultural education program. Graduates of this program are positioned to become experts in education, industry and government in areas of global importance such as feeding a growing global population and providing safe and nutritious food to people around the world.

“The new Center for Agricultural Education will benefit the students in Ag Ed by equipping us with the tools to be well prepared as we enter into agricultural instructor positions,” said Shauna Brown, a junior Agricultural Education major. “This building sets us apart from other agricultural education programs in the country and ultimately sets us up for success as we move into our future positions. I am excited for the hands-on opportunities and the experience I will gain working in the classroom. Once again, CSU, and specifically the College of Agricultural Sciences, is going above and beyond to make sure our time here at the university is well spent. I want to thank the many donors and the university for the support that makes this building possible.”

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09-26-14 CSU Ag Day 2014 on October 4th: Food, fun and football – all for scholarships: GET YOUR TIX TODAY!

CSU-AgDay-Logo2014-300x245CSU Ag Day 2013 college student jpegFORT COLLINS – Thousands of Colorado State University students, alumni and friends are expected at Ag Day 2014, the 33rd annual football-day feast of Colorado-grown food.

Ag Day will run 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4 on the south side of Hughes Stadium off Overland Trail in Fort Collins. The barbecue is open to the public and precedes the football game between the CSU Rams and Tulsa Golden Hurricane ; kickoff is at 1 p.m.

Advance meal tickets cost $17 each and may be purchased in combination with football tickets. Tickets and information are available on the Ag Day website at http://agday.agsci.colostate.edu/.

Ag Day showcases the bounty of Colorado agriculture while funding scholarships for students in the CSU College of Agricultural Sciences. During 2013-14, 19 CSU students received Ag Day scholarships.

“The College of Agricultural Sciences is pleased to help host Ag Day. It’s a hallmark event at CSU, and draws more than 3,000 people for a delicious game-day meal and a celebration of our state’s rich agricultural heritage,” said Craig Beyrouty, college dean and event co-chair. “Beyond the fun, it’s amazing to consider how many students have benefitted from Ag Day scholarships.”

Colorado’s leading commodity groups partner with the College of Agricultural Sciences to plan the event and provide the Ag Day feast.

The menu includes Colorado beef, pork, lamb, potatoes, beans, wheat and dairy products, watermelon and drinks.

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10-03-14 US Senator Bennet Meets with Local Farmers, Harvests Corn in Cheyenne County, CO…

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Cheyenne County, CO – Today, Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet spent the day on the Eastern Plains meeting with local farmers, ranchers, business owners, and officials, and harvesting corn on Campbell Farm.  Bennet drove the combine during the annual harvest and also met with producers to talk about the implementation of the Farm Bill, particularly in regards to the Colorado corn industry, as well as other community concerns.

“Spending time on the Eastern Plains and working alongside Colorado’s hardworking producers is always a great experience,” Bennet said. “Our rural communities are vital to the prosperity and economic growth of our state and agriculture contributes $40 billion a year to Colorado’s economy. It’s important that we hear from our farmers and ranchers to ensure that they have the resources they need to succeed and provide the nation with a healthy food supply.”

Earlier in the day Bennet spoke at the Senior Speakout in Sterling, a legislative annual conference on aging.  The forum provides an opportunity for seniors to gather, network, talk about legislation affecting them, learn about service programs and connect with service providers.  He also held a roundtable meeting in Julesburg with elected officials, school districts, health care providers, economic development corporations, and agricultural organizations to talk about local issues including infrastructure, education, agriculture, health care, and building rural economies.

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10-03-14 Rabobank Beef Quarterly Q3: Russian bans won’t slow runaway markets…

rabobank-logo-printST LOUIS (October 3, 2014) — The Rabobank Q3 Beef Quarterly reports that global beef supply is in a tightening phase, with most key producing and export regions already experiencing record tight supplies. Further tightening is expected throughout the remainder of 2014 and into 2015. Russian import bans are unlikely to have a large impact on world beef markets with Brazil’s industry likely to be the ban’s largest beneficiary. The impact on major exporters, such as Australia and the US, will be minimal given increased impediments to trade with Russia prior to the current ban.

“There is largely positive news for the global beef industry as strong demand and tight supply are showing no signs of slowing, pushing prices, in some cases record prices, even higher”, explains Rabobank analyst Angus Gidley-Baird.

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10-03-14 NCBA discusses Suggested Changes to the Beef Checkoff…

WASHINGTON (October 3, 2014) – The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association is held a press conference on Friday, October 3rd regarding USDA Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack’s stated plans for the National Beef Checkoff moving forward. The Secretary’s recent statements threaten the success of the current Beef Checkoff.

The conference call featured: Bob McCan, NCBA President, Scott George, NCBA Immediate Past President & Forrest Roberts, NCBA CEO

To listen to the entire press conference audio, please click on the audio mp3 link below…

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The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) has represented America’s cattle producers since 1898, preserving the heritage and strength of the industry through education and public policy.  As the largest association of cattle producers, NCBA works to create new markets and increase demand for beef.  Efforts are made possible through membership contributions. To join, contact NCBA at 1-866-BEEF-USA or membership@beef.org.

10-03-14 CSU researcher Tod Hansen tackles livestock pregnancy and viral infection…

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Tod Hansen was recently honored for his research on cattle reproduction and disease.

FORT COLLINS – As a young man working on his family ranch, Colorado State University reproductive scientist Thomas “Tod” Hansen checked cattle for pregnancy using conventional rectal palpation – a routine and inexpensive method that can be stressful for cows and physically demanding for technicians.

There’s got to be a better way, he thought.

Hansen, now director of the highly regarded CSU Animal Reproduction and Biotechnology Laboratory, has become a leading scientist working to understand the dynamics of livestock pregnancies at the molecular level. He also is leading new discoveries in the economically devastating bovine viral diarrhea virus (BVDV), in part because of links between cattle pregnancy and viral infection.

For these and other achievements, the American Society of Animal Science recently conferred to Hansen its Animal Physiology and Endocrinology Award for important research contributions to the livestock industry.

“Dr. Hansen has emerged as the leader in maternal recognition of pregnancy in ruminants,” CSU Distinguished Professor Emeritus George Seidel, an eminent reproductive scientist, wrote in an award-nomination letter. “His seminal discoveries have advanced our basic understanding of the mechanisms involved in embryo recognition by the mother, and also have provided new diagnostic tools to identify problems that limit reproductive efficiency.”

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10-03-14 CO Governor Hickenlooper announces agreement for greater Front Range water storage…

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DENVER – Friday, Oct. 3, 2014 Gov. John Hickenlooper announced today that the State of Colorado and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have signed an agreement that will provide for greater water storage – up to a 75 percent increase for uses other than flood control – at Chatfield Reservoir, a project in the planning and permitting stages for well over a decade and one securing important new water supplies for the Front Range and northeast Colorado.

The Chatfield Reservoir Storage Reallocation Project will help farmers irrigate crops and assist communities working to replace limited groundwater with sustainable surface supplies. The project also has the benefit of storing more Front Range water and easing demand for water from the Western Slope. Importantly, as well, the project increases the capacity of an existing reservoir, reducing the impacts to the environment that could be associated with an entirely new reservoir site.

Possible impacts that may occur from the project, located within the popular Chatfield State Park, will be mitigated to highest standards required by the Army Corps and State of Colorado.  Water providers purchasing new storage space in the reservoir are required to mitigate impacts and to place funds for such mitigation in escrow before construction begins.  Additionally, no new water will be stored until key on-site recreational and environmental mitigation milestones are complete.

With the signing of the storage agreement, the early phases of mitigation work can begin. The State of Colorado now has the ability to contract with water providers who wish to purchase space in the reservoir. The project will support agricultural partners including the Central Colorado Water Conservancy District and municipal partners, such as the Centennial Water and Sanitation District and other members of the South Metro Water Supply Authority.

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10-03-14 CO Corn OpEd: Farmers in trouble with prices collapsing, USDA not implementing new farm bill provisions…

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 Written by Dave Cure and Rick Palkowitsh: 

In 2011, Washington borrowed a line from Reba McIntyre and told us, “I have a deal for you.”

If producers agreed to a Farm Bill that repealed Direct Payments and permanent disaster aid, Washington would make crop insurance tools work better.

Under the Farm Bill, we lived up to our end of the bargain, saving $23 billion.

Ever since, we’ve been wondering if we got had – not by Congress, but by bureaucrats.

Aside from flooding in northeast Colorado, much of the state has been burning up in recent years, but a key crop insurance tool we were promised has been put on ice until 2016.

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10-03-14 CME Group Announces Reduced Electronic Trading Hours for CME Livestock Products in Response to Customer Feedback…

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CHICAGO, Oct. 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — CME Group, the world’s leading and most diverse derivatives marketplace, today announced it will reduce electronic trading hours of CME Livestock futures and options products following comprehensive outreach to producers, commercial customers, traders and other industry participants who manage their risk in its markets. Pending CFTC review, trading in CME Livestock markets will be amended on the CME Globex electronic trading platform beginning with trade date,Monday, October 27, 2014.

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“Over the past several months, we have been engaging with a broad cross section of customers and industry participants, including a formal survey in August, and based on that feedback we have determined we should reduce electronic trading hours for our livestock products,” said Tim Andriesen, Managing Director, Agricultural Commoditiesand Alternative Investments, CME Group. “It is important that we provide products that meet the changing needs of our customers and the market. We believe this change will result in deeper and more liquid markets to serve their risk management needs.”

Beginning Monday, October 27, electronic trading hours for CME Lean Hogs, Live Cattle and Feeder Cattle futures and options will be as follows on CME Globex:

  • Monday – 9:05 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. CT
  • Tuesday to Thursday – 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. CT
  • Friday – 8:00 a.m. to 1:55 p.m. CT

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Friday, Oct 3rd…

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“Tyson Removes Antibiotics at Chicken Hatcheries”

As of the beginning of this month, Tyson Foods is no longer using antibiotics at the company’s 35 chicken hatcheries. Meatingplace reports the move follows Perdue Farms’ announcement last month that it was making the same change at its hatcheries. A company statement says the antibiotic typically used in hatcheries is important to human health. Tyson calls this a significant first step toward their goal of reducing the use of antibiotics that are also used in human medicine.

Tyson said it continues to use FDA-approved antibiotics in chicken feed, “but only when prescribed by a veterinarian to treat or prevent disease.” The “vast majority” of the antibiotics are “never used in humans,” the company said. Further, the company states “Healthy animals mean safe and healthy food, so we’re committed to making sure the livestock and poultry we depend on are raised responsibly.

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“Following EPA, Environmental Group Drop Suit on a W.V. Farmer”

The American Farm Bureau Federation announced Thursday that five environmental groups dropped their appeal against a court ruling in favor of West Virginia farmer Lois Alt. In October 2013, the U.S. Court for the Northern District of West Virginia rejected EPA’s contention that the Clean Water Act requires a federal permit for ordinary rain water runoff from the farmyard at large livestock or poultry farms known as “concentrated animal feeding operations.” AFBF President Bob Stallman says “the EPA and its allies have simply slunk back. They know their position can’t survive in court.” Both American Farm Bureau and West Virginia Farm Bureau joined alongside Alt in the suit.

An appeal in the case would have brought the issue to the appellate level, where another victory for Alt would have provided even broader protection for other poultry and livestock farmers. The EPA dropped its appeal last month. A blog post suggested the agency would continue to enforce the same policy that the district court found unlawful, according to AFBF.

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“Senators ask for Study on Impact of Rail Problems”

Earlier this week, U.S. Senator John Thune of South Dakota and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota sent a letter to USDA calling for an economic analysis of rail service challenges facing agricultural shippers. The senators called for Secretary Tom Vilsack to conduct the study citing recent testimony by USDA officials stressing the significance of the current rail situation facing agriculture producers and grain elevators, particularly in parts of the Upper Midwest. The Senators requested the analysis to include “the ongoing transportation challenges facing producers and agricultural end users in our region, including food processors, livestock producers, and ethanol refiners.”

Specifically in South Dakota, Senator Thune says the Surface Transportation Board needs to hold railroads accountable for the backlog of railcars and locomotives at a time when the fall harvest is predicted to be record setting. The Senators pointed to a University of Minnesota report indicating that transportation bottlenecks cost the state’s farmers almost $100 million between March and May of this year.  The same report also suggested the potential for another $124 million in lost revenue due to lagging rail service.

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“NASS Will Not Survey Cash Rents Survey in 2015”

USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, or NASS, announced Thursday the service will not conduct the county-level cash rents survey next year. The Agricultural Act of 2014 does not require that the survey be conducted annually, as it was in the past. NASS will still collect and publish the state-level cash rents data in August of 2015 as scheduled. The service says officials will reassess the program to see if any further changes will be necessary in 2016, when the agency will next publish the county-by-county data.

NASS collects agricultural county-level cash rents data as part of a cooperative agreement with USDA’s Farm Service Agency. FSA is a key user of NASS’ data and relies on this information to implement its Conservation Reserve Program. Cash rents data for 2014 and prior years are available online at quickstats dot nass dot usda dot gov. (www.quickstats.nass.usda.gov)

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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