10-09-14 RMFU News: CO Farmer, R.E.M. Song Featured in Video Supporting Proposed Clean Water Rule…

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Video released in advance of October 18 anniversary of the Clean Water Act

(DENVER, Colo.) — The Rocky Mountain Farmers Union (RMFU) today released a new video (click here for video, or see below for link) at a briefing today for farmers and other Coloradans about the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed “Waters of the US” rule. The video, which is being released in advance of October 18 anniversary of the Clean Water Act, encourages the White House to finalize the clean water rule.

The video stars fifth-generation San Luis Valley rancher and farmer Alfonso Abeyta, and uses with permission of the band R.E.M., their song, “Cuyahoga,” about the Ohio river that caught fire (although not for the first time) in 1969. The fire and subsequent media and public attention motivated Congress to pass the Clean Water Act on October 18, 1972. Since that time, the Clean Water Act has been successful in cleaning up half the polluted and toxic waterways of the U.S.

“…it puzzles me when some politicians in Washington don’t want to protect America’s streams and wetlands,” Abeyta says in the video. “You can’t grow food without water. You can’t live without water. Without water, nothing survives. I’m not thinking about myself; I’m thinking about my grandkids. I want them to be healthy and have clean water like I had growing up. I think it’s our job to protect it.”

R.E.M. is well-known for its leadership on clean water and countless environmental issues, so it is no surprise that the group authorized the use of its poignant song in this powerful PSA.

RMFU premiered the PSA at a briefing hosted today in Denver at the History Colorado Museum with the regional office of the Environmental Protection Agency. Officials were on hand to answer questions from farmers and the media about the agency’s proposed clean water rule.

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10-09-14 CDA UPDATE: Vesicular Stomatitis (VS): 320 Colorado Quarantines Since Beginning of Outbreak…

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Vesicular Stomatitis (VS): 320 Colorado Quarantines Since Beginning of Outbreak

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BROOMFIELD, Colo. – As of 10/8/2014, the Colorado Department of Agriculture’s State Veterinarian’s Office has 69 locations under quarantine after horses and cows tested positive for Vesicular Stomatitis (VS); 251 of the 320 quarantines have now been released.

“This week we had a new case confirmed in Otero County, an additional case in Morgan County, and five cases in Pueblo County.  As warm fall temperatures persist some fly populations are still proving capable spreading this disease.  Therefore, livestock owners must still work to prevent flies on their property,” said State Veterinarian, Dr. Keith Roehr.

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10-09-14 Colorado Weekly Hay Report…


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Colorado Hay Report

Compared to last week: Hay movement is slow this week with steady prices.
Rain is in the forecast this week and into the weekend with cooler temperatures.
All prices reported FOB the stack or barn unless otherwise noted.  Prices
reflect load lots of hay.

If you have hay for sale or need hay, use the services of the Colorado
Department of Agriculture website: www.coloradoagriculture.com.

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10-09-14 NFU President Addresses Role of Family Farming and Cooperatives in Food Security, Food Sovereignty…

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WASHINGTON (Oct. 9, 2014) – National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson today discussed the role of family farming and cooperatives in food security and food sovereignty as part of a panel discussion at the International Summit of Cooperatives in Quebec City, Canada.  

Family farms and ranches worldwide are the cultural, social, economic, and security cornerstones of every nation,” said Johnson. “Forty percent of the world’s households directly depend on family farming, and every person who eats also depends on family farmers.”

The International Summit of Cooperatives, held annually, brought together nearly 200 leading experts and more than 2500 participants from 42 countries to share their knowledge on innovation in sustainability, development, employment, food security, and the economics of cooperatives.

Johnson noted that despite agricultural production in the United States shifting to large farms, trends also indicate an increase in new, yet smaller, farms. “Americans want families to own and operate farms and ranches,” said Johnson. “Consumers want local foods, and demand is creating new opportunities.”

Johnson also noted that in the United States, farmers and ranchers have been successfully involved in cooperatives for nearly 100 years. Farmers Union’s own history is closely tied with the cooperative movement, having developed and supported thousands of cooperatives over the decades. Continue reading

10-09-14 USPB News: Update for Growers of Lamoka —Management Practices for Controlling Black Leg…

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image006DENVER (October 9, 2014)—Growers of Lamoka have seen a higher than normal incidence of blackleg in their fields this summer. It is not completely clear why the incidence is higher than in previous years, however, it is something every grower should be aware of and manage accordingly.

Sometimes blackleg can be a prior warning of soft rot decay during storage. In the table above, Dr. Gary Secor at North Dakota State University (NDSU) showed more decay in Lamoka tubers from the 2012 crop when challenged with the soft rot bacteria (Erwinia carotovora) than other selections and varieties. The same pathogen challenges on tubers from the 2013 crop did not show Lamoka as more susceptible than other chip varieties at NDSU and the University of Wisconsin.

The chip industry has invested in Lamoka as a high-quality, late storage potato, and it is vital growers are aware of the variety’s characteristics observed so proper care can be taken when growing this variety. In other areas, Lamoka has shown less decay from late blight, pink rot and fusarium dry rot than Snowden in challenges at NDSU and the University of Wisconsin. The storage chip industry has worked with soft rot susceptible varieties such as Chipeta, Monona and other varieties for many years with great success. There are always some soft rot bacteria in the lenticels of any field grown potatoes, and if growers are seeing black leg in the field, there will probably be more bacteria in the lenticels and an increased soft rot potential.

If the environment around the tubers is perfect, no free water and cool temperatures, then bacterial soft rot will not develop because this bacterium grows very slow if plenty of oxygen is available. It can spread very rapidly if oxygen levels become low from excess water or slime from decay by other diseases like Pink Rot.


10-09-14 EPA’s WaterSense 2014 Partners of the Year Honored for Efficiency Efforts to Protect Nation’s Water Supply…


WASHINGTON, DC — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized the 2014 WaterSense Partners of the Year for their commitment to promoting water efficiency and strengthening the drought resiliency of communities across the country, during the WaterSmart Innovations Conference today in Las Vegas, Nev.

“As the United States experiences the driest conditions in more than a decade, there has never been a more important time for EPA and WaterSense to focus on water efficiency” said Ken Kopocis, deputy assistant administrator in EPA’s Office of Water. “We are working to find ways to further reduce water consumption to support healthy ecosystems and communities. EPA is pleased to honor an impressive group of WaterSense program leaders, whose efforts to build strong, resilient water systems are helping communities nationwide meet challenges of extreme weather, drought, and other effects of our changing climate.”

The 2014 WaterSense Partners of the Year winners, along with more than 1,500 other WaterSense partners, have helped American consumers save 757 billion gallons of water – enough to supply all of the homes in the United States with water for 26 days—since 2006. WaterSense partners combined efforts have resulted in a $14.2 billion reduction in consumer water and energy bills over the past 8 years and a reduction of 37 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emission.

Building on the important work of the WaterSense program, and as part of the President’s Climate Action Plan, EPA and WaterSense partners are continuing to find ways to enhance water efficiency.  Improving water efficiency helps communities to save water, save energy, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

EPA’s WaterSense program  seeks to protect our nation’s water supply by offering people a simple way to use less water with water-efficient products and services.  By encouraging people to use less water now, these partners are helping to ensure we have clean and safe water supplies in the future. 

The Alliance for Water Efficiency and the Southern Nevada Water Authority cosponsored the ceremony.

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10-09-14 CSU News: SoGES panel looks at the challenges of water and climate for a sustainable future on Oct 15th…

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FORT COLLINS – Ensuring the availability of freshwater resources for a growing human population and fragile ecosystems is one of the greatest challenges of the coming century.  How do we achieve a sustainable path forward when considering the potential impacts of climate change at a global scale? How can we work together to address an issue with no easy answers?

A panel of experts from Colorado State University and the U.S. Forest Service will tackle these tough questions on Wednesday, Oct. 15, 5–6:30 p.m. at Avogadro’s Number, 605 S. Mason St.

This is part of the CSU School of Global Environmental Sustainability (SoGES) Managing the Planet Topics in Sustainability series, held once a semester. This panel is co-sponsored by the CSU Water Center.

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10-09-14 NCGA News: Don’t Forget to Fill Out Online Harvest Forms for National Corn Yield Contest…


With harvest currently underway in most areas, the National Corn Growers Association reminds entrants to submit harvest forms for the 2014 National Corn Yield Contest. While the harvest information form deadline may seem distant, entrants are asked to report within seven days of their final yield check or by Nov. 21, whichever comes first.

“While harvest may be stalled in some areas, we remind entrants that we ask contest applicants to submit harvest forms within one week of their final yield check to allow NCGA staff adequate time to thoroughly review each form,” said Production and Stewardship Action Team Chair Don Glenn, a farmer from Alabama. “The National Corn Yield Contest plays a significant role in recognizing excellence and finding new, more productive techniques. We hope that growers continue to support the contest by seeing their entry through and submitting their completed harvest data forms.”

To enter today using the online form, which now includes a mobile version accessible by iPad or tablet, click here.

The National Corn Yield Contest is now in its 50th year and remains NCGA’s most popular program for members. While an official count of the entries submitted for the 2014 contest is not yet available, participation appears to be strong again this year.

The online harvest form is available to both farmers and seed representatives using the same login process as the initial entry form. Login does require submission of the entrant’s NCGA membership number.

NCGA moved to a solely online entry platform this year, but all entrants must complete one final step after submitting the online harvest form. Following online submission, they must submit a printed copy of the harvest confirmation form with the appropriate weight tickets attached for verification. Failure to do so will void entry. Forms and other required documentation must be sent by mail to NCGA and postmarked no later than seven days after the final yield check or by Nov. 21, whichever is earlier. See complete rules for details. Continue reading

10-09-14 Reclamation, Northern Water Reach Tentative Agreement on Windy Gap Firming Project…

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BILLINGS, Mont. — Bureau of Reclamation, Northern Water Conservancy District and Northern Water’s Municipal Subdistrict have been negotiating a contract that would allow the Subdistrict to use excess, or unused, capacity in Reclamation’s Colorado-Big Thompson Project for the Windy Gap Project and future Windy Gap Firming Project.

The 30-day public comment period will open October 8, and close November 7. The comment period provides the public the opportunity to comment on the Contract, Senate Document 80, and Section 14 (Reclamation Project Act of 1939) Determination Memos.

“This project will make more efficient use of existing water rights,” said Reclamation’s Great Plains Regional Director Mike Ryan. “When completed, Windy Gap Firming would provide water storage for 13 municipal providers.”

The contract will allow for the introduction, storage, conveyance, exchange, substitution, and delivery of water for Municipal Subdistrict, Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District and allows the flexibility to move or preposition water from the Colorado-Big Thompson Project in Colorado.

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10-09-14 USCA News: 32 US Senators Sign Letter Encouraging Members to Keep COOL…

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USCA (October 9, 2014) – The United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) commends the thirty-two U.S. Senators led by Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY) and Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) for standing up for U.S. cattle producers and supporting the U.S. country of origin labeling (COOL) law.  The bi-partisan group of Senators sent a letter to the Senate Appropriations Committee this week urging leadership to reject any efforts to weaken or suspend COOL through upcoming legislation.

“The Senate should not undermine the United States’ position by inserting a legislative rider into an appropriations bill before the World Trade Organization (WTO) process is final,” the letter states.  The letter also directs the Senate committee to allow the ongoing WTO process to reach finality in order to ensure labeling remains consistent with U.S. trade obligations.

USCA President Danni Beer, Keldron, SD stated, “It’s gratifying to see such bi-partisan support for the US COOL law.  This is exactly the message that U.S. producers want to convey to Congress.  USCA encourages this bipartisan group of policy-makers to stay engaged in defending COOL. COOL opponents will continue to try and dismantle COOL at every opportunity. USCA will stay the course in defending COOL by assisting the U. S. Trade Representative, the Department of Agriculture and Congress as the need arises.”

USCA, along with a coalition representing a large number of producer and consumer groups will continue to defend COOL via the legislative, regulatory and judicial process.

The 32 US Senators who signed-on to this letter include: Senator Jon Tester (D-MT); Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY); Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD); Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA); Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-SD); Senator John Thune (R-SD); Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA); Senator John Hoeven (R-ND); Senator Mark Begich (D-AK); Senator Susan M. Collins (R-ME); Senator Carl Levin (D-MI); Senator David Vitter (R-LA); Senator Tom Udall (D-NM); Senator Kristen Gillibrand (D-NY); Senator Mary L. Landrieu (D-LA); Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH); Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM); Senator Bernard Sanders (I-VT); Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA); Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD); Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR); Senator Edward Markey (D-MA); Senator Christopher S. Murphy (D-CT); Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO); Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA); Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT); Senator Al Franken (D-MN); Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN); Senator John Walsh (D-MT); Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT); Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI); Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI).

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10-09-14 OpenSecrets: Oil Industry Spent Over $1.1b Rigging Congress with Lobbyists and Campaign Cash…

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The Fuels America coalition launched a significant digital advertising campaign to highlight the $1.1 billion that Big Oil has spent to rig the political system with lobbyists and campaign cash since 2008, according to the latest data from opensecrets.org. Oil lobbyists have directed enormous resources toward blocking competition from domestic renewable fuels.

The ads, which are running on news websites such as POLITICO.com, RollCall.com and TheHill.com highlight the oil industry’s effort to rig Congress and campaigns across our country. They point out that the oil industry has spent over $1,107,000,000 —$961 million lobbying congress, and $146 million in campaign contributions since 2008. That’s more than $2 million for every member of Congress.

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Thursday, October 9th…

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“Consumers Look to Meats for Protein”

Nearly half of U.S. consumers say animal protein is still the best source of protein. A study released by the NPD group found fish and meat are primarily considered the best sources for protein. More than 60 percent of consumers, according to the study say they eat animal protein in a typical day. Animal Protein in the report does not include lunch and deli meat, which is included in the other category. NPD analyst Darren Seifer stated “While Traditional Protein Purists stick to their traditional meat sources for protein; they are also likely to have more meals that are rounded out with vegetables and grains.” The report categorized consumers into three segments, Traditional Protein Purists, Flexible Protein Users, and Knowledgeable but Indifferent.

Topping the list of the animal proteins considered the best sources of protein are beef and chicken, then fish which is distantly followed by others, which includes pork, ham, shellfish, lamb, and bacon, according to the NPD report. The report also finds that consumers, generally, are less likely to cite dairy and eggs as the best sources of protein when compared to animal protein.


“EDF Takes aim at Fertilizer Use”

The Environmental Defense Fund has taken aim at agriculture to eliminate fertilizer pollution as an environmental concern. The EDF says The effort will “engage farmers and businesses throughout the supply chain to transform the way fertilizer-dependent grain crops are grown and sourced.” Suzy Friedman, director of EDF’s Sustainable Sourcing Initiative, says  “Our long-term goal is to make the entire U.S. grain supply sustainable – good for farmers, good for the climate and good for our waterways.” The near-term goal of EDF’s Sustainable Sourcing Initiative is to maximize fertilizer efficiency on half of U.S. corn crops by 2020, which the group claims will cut 25 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions and improve water quality.

Further, the EDF called fertilizer the engine of agriculture, but says its inefficient use is one of the biggest threats to a stable climate and clean water. They say unused nitrogen emits carbon and phosphorus and nitrogen run-off from fertilizer are considered to causes toxic algal blooms that contaminate drinking water supplies and create dead zones.


“Feed Product Could Reduce PEDV Spread”

A recent study suggests a feed product could help reduce the spread of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus. Researchers at Pipestone Veterinary Services in Minnesota say it may be possible that feed could help combat the deadly virus that’s’ killed an estimated more than eight million pigs. The study was funded by Kemin Industries of Iowa to see if their feed additive could help combat the disease, according to the Des Moines Register. Pipestone said it tested three groups of pigs over 14 day.: One group of piglets was given feed spiked with PEDv; another group was given the same feed treated with Kemin’s product, Sal CURB; and a third group was given PEDv-free feed. The groups receiving the feed with the Kemin product and the PEDv-free feed showed no evidence of infection. The group receiving the virus-spiked feed was at no surprise infected.

Sal CURB is an antimicrobial product the company has produced for nearly 20 years. A separate Pipestone study, published in August, linked livestock feed to the spread of PEDv. The group investigated the connection after several Pipestone-related farms became infected.


“Minnesota Company Recalling 62,000 lbs of Meat and Poultry”

A Minnesota company is recalling more than 62,000 pounds of meat and poultry products after federal inspectors confirmed the presence of Listeria. Meatingplace reports Buddy’ Kitchen Inc. of Burnsville Minnesota produced the products between July 16th and September 24th of this year. The USDA Food and Safety Inspection Service says no illnesses have been reported and is advising consumers to reheat the products “until steaming hot.”

The foods under the recall were shipped to retailers and airlines, according to FSIS. . The agency said the raw sample tested involved roasted red skin potatoes that were provided by an independent supplier and there are concerns that the products may be frozen and in consumer freezers.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service