12-19-14 Registration now open for 2015 Governor’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture…

2015 Governor’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture on February 26, 2015

Hear from leading water experts about the challenges facing Colorado in meeting the water demands of a diverse state with competing needs. “Water, Colorado’s Treasure” is intended to provide agriculture producers and agriculture professionals a greater insight into the challenges we face as a state in meeting increased water demands, balancing competing interests and agriculture’s role in today’s “water wars.”

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12-19-14 *USDA-NASS News* Cattle on Feed – CO: December…

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The number of cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market in Colorado feedlots with a capacity of 1,000 head or
larger was estimated at 930,000 head as of December 1, 2014. The latest inventory was 3 percent above last month’s
inventory but 4 percent below the December 1, 2013 inventory. Cattle feeders with 1,000 head or larger capacity marketed
an estimated 120,000 head of fed cattle during November 2014. This was 17 percent below the previous month’s
marketings and 14 percent below a year ago. An estimated 155,000 cattle and calves were placed on feed during
November, down 26 percent from October 2014 placements and down 6 percent from a year ago. Of the number placed in
November, 29 percent weighed less than 600 pounds, 26 percent weighed from 600 to 699 pounds, 19 percent weighed
from 700 to 799 pounds, and 26 percent weighed 800 pounds and greater. Other disappearance for November, at 5,000
head, was unchanged from last month and last year.

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Finish Your Shopping with an ASI Blanket

Have you completed your Christmas shopping for that “hard to buy for” sheep producer? If not, how about considering an American Sheep Industry Association (ASI) 150th Anniversary blanket and pillows? Orders made by 3 p.m. MST on Monday, Dec. 22, can be shipped to arrive by Christmas Eve.

Proceeds from the sale of the blankets and pillows benefit the ASI Sheep Heritage Foundation, a tax deductible entity, which is designed to memorialize the sheep industry. The foundation provides scholarships to graduate students studying sheep science.

Prices for blankets and pillows are $175 for an individual pillow, $300 for a pair of pillows, $750 for a single blanket or $1,000 for the entire set.

To place your order, call the ASI office at 303-771-3500.

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12-19-14 NFU Supports Continued Effort to Modernize Beef Checkoff Program…

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WASHINGTON (Dec. 19, 2014) – National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson issued the following statement today regarding the future direction of the beef checkoff:

“NFU is very appreciative and supportive of the Secretary’s efforts to modernize the current beef checkoff program. The current system is badly broken and has lost the trust of many of the beef producers it purports to represent. Clearly there are major concerns from family farmers and ranchers across the nation about the issue of having two checkoffs operating simultaneously, and we share those concerns.

“There is one major barrier to bringing about real and meaningful change to the beef checkoff and that is the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), which consumes nearly 98 percent of checkoff funds. In fact, on the very day that comments were due to USDA about how to reform the checkoff program, NCBA lobbied to have a rider attached to a spending bill protecting the status quo.

“Of course, that came as no surprise to anyone. NFU will continue to advocate for a new direction for the beef checkoff under the 1996 commodity promotion law, including separation of the lobbying organization from the non-political, promotional checkoff entities, just like the models embraced by the other checkoff programs. Additionally, we will work to ensure there is a single checkoff program that expands markets and invests in meaningful research, education and promotion for the good of the entire industry.” Continue reading

12-19-14 ASI News: Textile Development Expert to Receive Wool Excellence Award…

DENVER, Colo. – Parvez Mehta, Ph.D., a wool textile expert with nearly five decades of experience in the development of wool products and processes, will receive the esteemed American Wool Council Wool Excellence Award during the American Sheep Industry Association (ASI) Annual Convention taking place in Reno, Nevada Jan. 28-31, 2015.

Mehta, along with fellow wool industry veteran Dr. Rodney Kott, will be honored during the Wool Recognition lunch on Thursday, Jan. 29.

Dr. Mehta has been the Wool Development Consultant for ASI since 1995. During his two decades with the organization, he has worked with the U.S. wool textile industry and military in developing wool products. He was instrumental in fire retardant wool products and Superwash, plasma, enzyme treatments to wool. Dr. Mehta also served as the go-to person relative to wool science and new product developments.

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12-19-14 CSU News: Former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to speak at CSU Water Tables event January 29th…

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Salazar_Ken_hiThe Honorable Ken Salazar, former U.S. Secretary of the Interior, will be the keynote speaker at the annual Colorado State University Water Resources Archive Water Tables event Jan. 29, 6:15-9:15 p.m., at the Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center.

The theme of this year’s evening is Partnering the Waters. Two dozen tables will be hosted by experts on how partnerships – public/private, regulation/conservation, education/industry, ranching/recreation – affect the health of rivers in Colorado and throughout the West.

Attendees can join any table on a first-come, first-served basis for 90 minutes of discussion and dinner, followed by Secretary Salazar’s remarks, dessert and more conversation. Water Tables will be preceded by a reception, 5-6:15 p.m., hosted by the Colorado Water Congress.

Some of the table topics include the recently released Colorado Water Plan; Climate Change, Resiliency and Adaptation; Extreme Drought; and Diversion Dam Removal on the South Platte River. Tables will be hosted by Patty Rettig, Head Archivist of the Water Resources Archive; historian George Sibley; John Sanderson, director of science for The Nature Conservancy; James Ecklund, director of the Colorado Water Conservation Board; and Patricia Wells, general counsel for Denver Water, among others.

Salazar, a fifth-generation Coloradan, also served as the state’s 35th U.S. Senator. He was a key leader in creating the successful energy framework created by the 2005 Energy Policy Act, the 2006 Gulf of Mexico Security Act, and the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act, all of which passed the Congress and were signed by the President. He also was recognized for his leadership on conservation, veterans, agricultural and immigration reform matters. He is now a partner in the global law firm of WilmerHale. Continue reading

12-19-14 ASI News: Long-time Sheep Specialist, Educator to Receive Wool Excellence Award…

DENVER, Colo. – Dr. Rodney Kott, who spent more than three decades implementing sheep and wool educational programs as the Montana State University extension sheep specialist and was instrumental in the development and continuing evolution of the National Sheep Improvement Program, will receive the esteemed American Wool Council Wool Excellence Award during the American Sheep Industry Association (ASI) Annual Convention taking place in Reno, Nevada Jan. 28-31, 2015.

Kott, along with fellow wool industry veteran Parvez Mehta, will be honored during the Wool Recognition lunch on Thursday, Jan. 29.

Raised on a sheep and cattle farm near Fredericksburg, TX., Dr. Kott received his B.S. and M.S. from Texas A&M University. He earned his Ph.D. from New Mexico State University in 1980. After graduation, he joined Montana State University (MSU) as an Assistant Professor of Animal Science and Extension Sheep Specialist. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 1986, became a full professor in 1994 and served in that position until his retirement in 2013. Continue reading

12-19-14 WDA News: Leprino Foods Enhances Commitment to Animal Care…

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New program establishes mandatory animal care compliance for dairy suppliers

Leprino Foods Company, one of the largest manufacturers of high quality cheese and dairy food ingredients in the world, today announced an industry-leading effort to improve animal health and wellness and foster industry and supplier accountability. As part of its commitment to animal care, Leprino Foods is voluntarily launching a new Leprino Quality Animal Care (LQAC) Program mandating that its dairy suppliers and farmers comply with world-leading animal care practices and commit to ongoing animal care education.

“In our business, it’s all about high-quality milk. We know that healthy, comfortable cows that are well-fed, maintained and cared for will always be the best and most productive source of high-quality milk,” Mike Reidy, Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs for Leprino Foods, said. “It’s our intent with this policy to be a positive force and industry leader in promoting animal health and wellness, including rigorous animal care standards and audit requirements,” he said.

Leprino Foods partnered with its milk suppliers, influential dairy farmers, industry leaders and the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy to create a program that raises the bar on animal care by strengthening current best practices, driving continued healthy behavior at the farm level, and requiring compliance with the program. The LQAC Program works in combination with existing global dairy industry programs such as the National Dairy Farmers Assuring Responsible Management (FARM) Program in the U.S. and the Red Tractor Program in Europe.

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12-19-14 Bureau of Reclamation and Northern Water announce finalization of the Chimney Hollow Reservoir Project…

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Site of proposed Chimney Hollow Reservoir  BERTHOUD, CO – December 19, 2014 – HUGE ANNOUNCEMENT @ 11:15am by the Bureau of Reclamation and Norther Water regarding the Chimney Hollow Reservoir Project…WATCH THE PRESS CONFERENCE LIVE @ https://new.livestream.com/BarnMedia

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Reservoir Project Moves Forward

BERTHOUD – The Windy Gap Firming Project received its Record of Decision Dec. 19, 2014, during a signing ceremony at Northern Water’s headquarters in Berthoud. Mike Ryan, Great Plains Regional Director for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, signed the firming project’s long-anticipated ROD.

Officials from Northern Water, Northern Water’s Municipal Subdistrict and Reclamation also signed a new Carriage Contract allowing Windy Gap water to be transported from the West Slope to Chimney Hollow Reservoir using existing Colorado-Big Thompson Project facilities.

The ROD identifies and confirms Chimney Hollow Reservoir as the firming project’s preferred alternative. If built as proposed, Chimney Hollow Reservoir would store up to 90,000 acre-feet of water southwest of Loveland and just west of Carter Lake. Continue reading

12-19-14 NCGA Announces 2014 Yield Contest Winners…



NCYC 2014 PosterST. LOUIS (December 19, 2014) — Advanced production techniques, informed growing practices and improved seed varieties helped corn growers achieve high yields in the National Corn Growers Association 2014 National Corn Yield Contest. Entrants continued to far surpass the national average corn yield, setting a contest record with a new all-time high yield of 503 bushels per acre. Additionally, a record six national entries surpassed the 400-plus bushel per acre mark.

The National Corn Yield Contest is now in its 50th year and remains NCGA’s most popular program for members. Participation in the contest remained strong in 2014 with 8,129 entries received.

“While this contest provides individual growers a chance for good-natured competition with their peers, it also advances farming as a whole,” said Don Glenn, chairman of NCGA’s Production and Stewardship Action Team. “The techniques and practices contest winners develop provide the basis for widely used advances that help farmers across the country excel in a variety of situations, including drought.  This contest highlights how innovation, from both growers and technology providers, allows us to meet the growing demand for food, feed, fuel and fiber.”

The 18 winners in six production categories had verified yields averaging more than 383.6 bushels per acre, compared to the projected national average of 173.4 bushels per acre in 2014. While there is no overall contest winner, yields from first, second and third place farmers overall production categories topped out at 503.7190.

The all-time high yield record of 503 bushels per acre was set by Randy Dowdy/growbigcorn.com of Valdosta, GA. The seven national entrants recording yields of more than 400 bushels per acre are: David Hula of Charles City, Va.; Craig Hula of Charles City, Va.; Steven Albracht of Hart, Texas; Randy Dowdy/growbigcorn.com of Valdosta, Ga.; Randy Dowdy of Valdosta, Ga.; Dowdy Farms VIII of Valdosta, Ga; and Dowdy Farms II of Valdosta, Ga.


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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Friday, December 19th…

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“West Coast Shipping Still a Drag”

Gridlock at West Coast ports is not likely to go away from routing cargoes through Canada. Reuters reports the delays at west coast ports won’t be helped much be the re-route because Capacity is already limited at Canada’s largest port, Port Metro Vancouver, which is also staring at the possibility of another crippling strike by container truck drivers. The gridlock in the Western U.S. shipping industry has forced companies to amend their plans. McDonalds is currently rationing French fries at its Japanese restaurants.

Cargo shipments to ports on the U.S. West Coast have been backed up for the last three months, with the congestion most pronounced at the twin ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, the nation’s two busiest cargo hubs. Adding to the Canadian labor concerns, British Columbia ports are operating near ideal capacity, leaving little room to take diverted shipments from U.S. ports.


“U.S. Wheat Growers Anticipate Trade with Cuba”

Following Thursday’s announcement regarding normal relations with Cuba, The National Association of Wheat Growers and Wheat Associated announced the groups expect wheat trade with Cuba in the future. Cuba does not have a domestic wheat industry and must purchase wheat from the European Union and Canada. The groups estimate Cuba could import at least 500,000 metric tons of wheat from the United States each year but has not purchased U.S. wheat since 2011. Wheat Growers President Paul Penner said “U.S. wheat farmers are excited about the prospect of exporting more wheat to Cuba.”


“USDA Releases Resources for Risk Management”

USDA’ s Risk Management Agency announced program details in regards to relief for farmers affected by severe weather, including drought. Information made available includes eligible crops, crop years, and counties where producers are eligible to exclude certain yields under the Actual Production History (APH) Yield Exclusion, a fact sheet, and a list of frequently asked questions. The APH Yield Exclusion will be available in the actuarial documents beginning in the 2015 crop year for spring planted corn, soybeans, wheat, cotton, grain sorghum, rice, barley, canola, sunflowers, peanuts, and popcorn. It will allow eligible producers who have been hit with severe weather to receive a higher approved yield on their insurance policies through the federal crop insurance program. RMA Administrator Brandon Willis said “the resources made available will help eligible producers get the most benefit out of the new protections created in the 2014 Farm Bill.”


“Walmart Issues New Poultry Safety Measures for Suppliers”

Walmart will implement new poultry safety guidelines for suppliers in an effort to reduce foodborne illnesses such as salmonella. The new guidelines require suppliers to get prevention-based certification against one of the Global Food Safety Initiative (internationally recognized standards, according to Meatingplace. The new program requires Walmart and Sam’s Club U.S. poultry suppliers to implement farm-to-fork controls they say are designed to reduce potential contamination levels, including on chicken parts. It also requires suppliers to undergo specialized testing to validate that the measures they have implemented are effective. All suppliers must comply by June 2016.


“Deadline for Beef Industry Scholarship”

Today (Friday) is the deadline for students to apply for the CME Group Beef Industry Scholarship, sponsored by CME group and awarded by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. Ten scholarships of $1,500 each will be awarded to students pursuing careers in the beef industry. Applicants must be a graduating high school senior or full-time undergraduate student enrolled at a two-or four-year school for the 2015-16 school year. For more application requirements and last minute submissions, go to national cattlemens foundation dot org. (www.nationalcattlemensfoundation.org)

SOURCE: NAFB News Service