02-28-15 Cattle workshop shows early calving benefits…

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The benefits of boosting calf crop profits through nutrition and improved reproductive technology was featured in the “More Pounds/More Profit” educational program Monday night, Feb. 23, here.

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Miles Bond of Rocky Ford discusses minerals with Otto Lehmberg following the More Pounds/More Profit Workshop.

About 40 progressive Southeast Colorado ranchers gathered at Jodi’s Grill to listen to four speakers explaining long-term research and how it translates to increasing the rancher’s bottom line. Otto Lehmberg of Purina Animal Nutrition from Amarillo, TX, led off by reviewing the importance of a mineral program to decrease infection, maximize feed efficiency and improve conception. “Balanced mineral intake is most important,” Lehmberg said as he pointed to the scientific data that clearly graphed the increase in herd performance when mineral is consumed at proper levels.

Despite a high of only 20 degrees on Monday, Lehmberg said to look ahead and he touched on spring fly control, which is available with Purina’s minerals.

Ryan Phillips and Curtis Russell of WW Feed & Supply tag-teamed the importance of getting more cows bred in the first 21 days of breeding season and how that change impacts profit.

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Jay Hill, left, shares insight about bulls offered by Select Sires, as Purina’s Otto Lehmberg, listens during the More Pounds/More Profit Workshop on Feb. 23 at Jodi’s Grill.

Phillips dispelled several myths and tackled typical arguments versus benefits of embracing industry developments. Phillips pointed out that a few days labor on the front end will allow numerous paybacks when calving season arrives.  He highlighted several different estrus synchronization choices. He pointed to seven-year research which illustrated that by just adding an estrus synchronization program, a large test herd moved an astounding 58 days earlier in their calving cycle. When more calves are born at the start of a cycle, it makes a more uniform crop that allows those early-born calves more days to grow and thus put on additional pounds to later sell.

Phillips also outlined benefits if a rancher chooses to use synch in concert with Artificial Insemination (AI). “If you are selecting bulls with a high calving ease and low birth weight EPD you’d have fewer heifers having trouble calving, have less total days checking heifers, have a tighter calving season, and have the majority of calves born in the first 10 days of  calving,” he said.

Russell’s power point presentation on “Artificial Insemination – Boosting returns” looked at economics. AI provides uniformity, decreases calving problems with high-accuracy bulls, and in today’s cattle cycle it can strongly boost profit. Russell shared 13-year data from his personal AI calving records, plus he walked the crowd through the costs versus the gains in increasing weaning weights, improving genetics, reducing costs and increasing profits. “If you have a 10 to 14 day increase in average age of calf crop at weaning with estrus synchronization that equals 20-30 pounds more per calf,” he said. “You can also select heavier weaning weight genetics without sacrificing calving ease. Then you can easily increase calf crop weaning weight by 30-50 pounds average.” Continue reading

02-28-15 *CSU Ext News* Green and Growing: Crop Prices and Next Year’s Growing Season…

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Bruce BosleyColorado State University Extension Agent - Logan & Morgan Counties Cropping Systems & Natural Resources

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Colorado State University Extension Agent – Logan & Morgan Counties Cropping Systems & Natural Resources

GREEN AND GROWING…

February 27th 2015 – Area crop producers are now in an economic bind as we near this year’s growing season. Prices for corn, wheat, alfalfa, and other area crops are very low at a time when input costs from fertilizer, pesticides, farm machinery maintenance and operation are high. Producers have faced these problems before and know that they should increase their farming efficiency by producing for optimum, not highest, yields and reducing inputs where possible without hurting crop yields or quality. Working farm land requires tried and true strategies that businesses have used for generations. A producer’s farm is much more than a business — it’s their way of life.

When it comes to putting your best interest first, a Certified Crop Adviser’s (CCA) or Certified Professional Agronomist’s (CPAg) professional commitment and knowledge is the correct beginning. An American Society of Agronomy (ASA) certified CCA or CPAg can provide you with Sound Advice coupled with the most advanced tools you need to succeed. Independent crop consultants (aka: scouts), fertilizer & pesticide dealer’s field agronomists, and University Extension Agronomists may all be Certified Advisers or Professionals.

The purpose of the certification programs is to protect the public and growers like you. These programs offer voluntary, professional certifications to Advisers – proving their commitment to their clients (you), their employers and to the public welfare. Farmers can depend on that determination and commitment for true results in the field.

Enlisting the help from a certified professional can help you tune up your crop farming techniques and increase your crop profits. Working together with you they’ll help you manage your crop production to optimize yields while reducing your Input costs. They will give you peace of mind with your farming decisions. Continue reading

02-28-15 Peterman named NJC’s Faculty of the Year…

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Peterman named NJC’s Faculty of the Year…Automotive technology teacher brings real life experience to the program

By age nine, Layton Peterman had already moved on from bicycles and was learning to repair a lawnmower. His dad told him that if he was going to take things apart, he needed to figure out how to put them back together again so they would work.

With a lifelong interest for how things work and operate, Peterman came to Northeastern in 2002 to start teaching automotive technology. He brought with him 23 years of repair experience working for the Ford dealership in Julesburg, CO. He also brought some impressive industry credentials and certifications. Now in his 13th year of teaching for the college, his faculty peers honored him with this year’s Faculty of the Year Award.

When Peterman was in high school in Simla, CO, he spent as much time as he could in the automotive shop working alongside the instructor and district mechanic Herb VanderLug. “I was way more eager to be out there helping and learning from him than being inside the school in a classroom,” Peterman remembers. “It was then that I decided automotive repair would be a good occupation for me to get into after high school.”

After graduating from Simla High School Peterman attended Western Nebraska Technical College in Sidney NE and received an AAS degree with honors. He bounced around a bit working on heavy trucks and equipment before being employed by Thrasher Motors, later Stone Motors, now part of the Korf Continental group.  Continue reading

02-28-15 Atencio named Star Performer at Northeastern Junior College…

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Atencio named Star Performer at Northeastern…He’s paying forward what he received years ago

Jimmy Atencio knows the diesel technology program at Northeastern Junior College (NJC) all too well. That’s why it was an easy decision for him to make when he was asked to step into the shop in the Spring of 2011 and fill in for a teacher who had fallen ill and simply couldn’t continue. That was three years ago. Today, Atencio continues to direct the program as well as teach and mentor the students. For his success at this, his faculty colleagues chose him to receive the Star Performer Award this year.

This award goes to the individual on campus who has been teaching three or fewer years, who is showing the most potential to become a really great instructor.  Atencio fits the description plus some.

Perhaps part of the reason Atencio has been so successful as an instructor is because he’s been there and done that.   He’s a product of NJC’s automotive program, an over the years, he’s successfully started, operated and sold a business within the agricultural and construction sales and repair industry. Having run this business, he learned what makes an employee a positive asset. He knows well the set of skills that a diesel tech needs to know in order to be extra valuable and most employable. Continue reading

02-28-15 Wellington Webb to receive prestigious collegiate award at NJC…

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The Honorable Wellington Webb, former mayor of Denver, Colorado and a 1962 graduate of Northeastern Junior College has been named a 2015 Outstanding Alumni Award recipient by the American Association of Community Colleges. Webb will receive this national award April 21 at the AACC Annual Convention in San Antonio.

Webb is one of seven individuals who will be recognized. The other honorees are:

  • Laurie Halse Anderson, Author, Alumna of Onondaga Community College, New York
  • The Honorable Henry Cueller, U.S. House of Representatives, 28th Congressional District, Texas, Alumnus of Laredo Community College, Texas
  • Luke Dollar. Project Director, National Geographic’s Big Cats Initiative and Associate Professor, Pfeiffer University Alumnus, of Bevill State Community College, Alabama
  • Walt MacDonald, President and CEO, Educational Testing Service, Alumnus of Camden County College, New Jersey
  • Elaine Nipcon Marieb, Professor Emerita, Holyoke Community College, Alumna of Holyoke Community College, Massachusetts
  • Kimberley Motley, International Litigator/Lecturer, Milwaukee Area Technical College, Wisconsin.

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02-20-15 ASI WEEKLY NEWS FOR SHEEP INDUSTRY LEADERS…

It’s Not Too Late to Reserve Your Spot in Washington, D.C.

Sheep industry leaders will be in Washington, D.C., in three short weeks. Have you or your state made your reservations to participate in this important meeting?

This year’s dates for the Annual Legislative Trip are earlier than in past years. The March 23-26 dates assure that producers are able to talk with Congressional delegates about sheep industry priorities during a critical time in the federal appropriations process.

Because of the nation-wide impact of many concerns, it is more important than ever that as many states as possible are represented in Washington this year.

Some of the more significance issues for the industry include:

  • domestic and bighorn sheep,
  • wildlife services,
  • U.S. Sheep Experiment Station,
  • mandatory price reporting,
  • H-2A sheepherder provisions and
  • trade.

The purpose of meeting in D.C. is to bring the message of the sheep industry to the nation’s capital and coordinate updates on wool, lamb, trade, sheep disease and protection programs with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Visits with federal policy makers regarding legislation and meetings with agriculture and land management agencies about programs that impact the business of sheep producers in this country are being planned.

Producers interested in participating in this event should contact their state association or Peter Orwick at porwick@sheepusa.org by March 2.

Group Asks Congress to Reject Closure of Idaho Sheep Station Continue reading

02-27-15 Honoring auction professionals through National Auctioneers Day…

NAF-National Auctioneers Foundation HeaderNAF-CollageHelp pave the way for the future of the auction industry when you take part in the Foundation’s National Auctioneers Day drive!

In honor of National Auctioneers Day on April 18, donations raised through the drive will go to provide a permanent source of funding for cutting-edge industry education and the scholarships available to assist auction professionals in attending these programs.

“The auction industry is characterized by Auctioneers helping Auctioneers…The Foundation believes strongly that through the education of Auctioneers that we can build on the professional values and morals that Auctioneers before us have laid out.”
                                                                            – Foundation President Tommy Rowell, CAI, AARE

The National Auctioneers Day drive will culminate in a celebration and check presentation at the 2015 World Automobile Auctioneers Championship on Friday, April 17, in Las Vegas. In a partnership developed via NAA Past President Paul C. Behr, CAI, BAS, the Foundation will receive the proceeds from a donated car that will be sold live during the WAAC.

How to Participate: Choose one auction your company holds during the month of March and donate 5 percent of your gross commission to the Foundation. You can also support the Foundation through a simple donation. download the pledge form!

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02-27-15 CSU Ext Agent Bruce Bosley to Retire March 19th…Two events being held in his honor March 12th and 30th…

Bosley Retirement Party Sterling March 30thBosley Retirement Party Ft Morgan March 12Submitted by Bruce Bosley…

Greetings,

I am writing this email so that you know that I’ll be retiring (I think I’m graduating from CSU Extension) in mid-March. My last official day at work will be 19 March. I’ll celebrate my new beginnings with new adventures and self-defined work on the Spring Equinox, March 20th. Until then I welcome your questions and comments about Colorado State Extension and/or Cropping Systems & Natural Resource topics.

Two retirement celebrations are planned in both Logan and Morgan Counties (see attached flyers)

My Extension career has been filled with many satisfying accomplishments. The best of these has been to experience the personal growth and accomplishments of those I’ve worked with. Many of my farmer collaborators and customers have enhanced their willingness to follow their curiosity with learning. Some have extended this by designing and implementing their own on-farm experiments and trying new research based production and cropping systems techniques.

For me the most rewarding impact from my contacts has been to see people become leaders among their peers. These individuals share their trial results and experiences with other farm producers. Their leadership has helped themselves and others to enhance the profitability and sustainability of their farm operations. These and those who they’ve touched have become life-long learners. They continue to stretch boundaries and tinker with alternative crop production methods and cropping systems.

I’ve been blessed to have been mentored by and worked with a wonderful collection of far thinking farmers and Exemplary Colorado State research and Extension faculty as well as USDA Agricultural Research scientists. With their generous collaborations and guidance, I’ve received a full complement of Extension and University honors. I look forward to having the time to pursue my other life goals which include: Continue reading

02-27-15 Colorado farmers and policy leaders dive into ‘Water: Colorado’s Treasure’

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January 27, 2015 – Water saturated the agenda for Colorado farmers, policy leaders, and experts at yesterday’s Governor’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture.  The annual conference, now in its 24th year, centered around the theme of “Water: Colorado’s Treasure.”

“When it comes to agriculture, water is the key that opens every lock,” said Gov. John Hickenlooper. “All of our challenges, all of our greatest successes, result from how we address water.”

Gov. Hickenlooper emphasized the value of agriculture to Colorado’s economy in his remarks to the audience, including a discussion of the growing market for Colorado-grown and
-made products.

John Stulp, Special Policy Advisor to the Governor for Water, also stressed the economic importance of water to Colorado and to Gov. Hickenlooper, in particular.

“Governor Hickenlooper has always cared about water — as a geologist, as a brew pub owner, as mayor of Denver, and now as Governor — he’s always seen how important water is to Colorado’s economy across all sectors, including agriculture,” Stulp said.

Colorado’s new Commissioner of Agriculture, Don Brown, also addressed the audience and spoke to the essential nature of water in farming.

“Water is integral to the growing of crops,” Commissioner Brown said. “It’s the most precious element we have in the production of food and fiber.”

Read more at governorsagfourum.com.

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Friday, February 27th…

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Sponsored by the American Farm Bureau Federation

“Some Ag Groups Express Disappointment With Toomey, Feinstein and Flake Legislation”

Senators Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, Diane Feinstein of California and Jeff Flake of Arizona introduced legislation Thursday to replace the corn ethanol portion of the Renewable Fuel Standard. Growth Energy CEO Tom Buis says this legislation is incredibly shortsighted and would eviscerate the RFS – keeping the U.S. addicted to foreign oil. Buis says the legislation is based on false, misleading information – wrongly blaming ethanol for an increase in the price of food. The Senators fail to understand the actual process of how ethanol is produced – he says – as the starch is the only component removed while the fiber, oil and protein are returned to the food chain in the form of high protein animal feed. Buis also says ethanol has clear environmental benefits – reducing greenhouse gas emission by an average of 34-percent compared to gasoline – according to the Argonne National Laboratory. If this legislation is adopted – he says it will embrace the status quo of the nation’s dependence on foreign oil, concede the country is no longer serious about reducing greenhouse gas emissions and seek to pursue a policy that would result in massive upheaval and job loss in today’s booming rural economy.

The National Farmers Union says this legislation would cripple the rural economy. NFU President Roger Johnson says the elimination of corn-based ethanol as an option to fulfill the RFS will reverse the enormous economic prosperity rural America has seen since the passage of the RFS. He says family farmers and ranchers support the RFS because it’s not only good for their communities – but it keeps the U.S. on a steady path to energy independence.

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“Growth Energy Executive Leadership Conference Begins”

Growth Energy kicked off its sixth annual Executive Leadership Conference in Phoenix, Arizona yesterday (Thursday). Jeff Broin – Growth Energy Board of Directors Co-Chair – told attendees about the current state of the renewable fuels industry and how 2015 is all about moving ahead and moving faster to bring clean, homegrown fuels to the American consumer. Broin also thanked retailers who have started offering E-15 – saying the world is depending on the renewable fuels industry – and agriculture as a whole – to continue the war against Big Oil. CEO Tom Buis says it’s a battle over market share – and one that will not be accomplished overnight – but it is one the renewable fuels industry is winning.

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“USDA NRCS Provides More Funding for Disaster Relief Through EWP”

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service is investing an additional 84-million dollars to help disaster recovery efforts through more than 150 projects in Alaska, Arkansas, Iowa, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Vermont (13 states) through the Emergency Watershed Protection Program. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says this program helps communities carry out much needed recovery projects to address the damage to watersheds that is caused by floods, hurricanes and other natural disasters. For more information – visit NRCS dot USDA dot gov (www.nrcs.usda.gov).

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“Vote Now for Your Favorite Farm Mom”

Monsanto is now accepting nominations for its 2015 America’s Farmers Mom of the Year contest through March 31st. Monsanto Corporate Brand Communications Brand Manager Tracy Mueller says the program is one of the most fulfilling things Monsanto has the honor of doing all year. Each year – Mueller says they read about the strong, caring and dedicated moms who not only help raise their crops, livestock and other ag goods – but who nurture their families and actively support their communities. Anyone can nominate their favorite farm mom by visiting Americas farmers dot com (www.americasfarmers.com) and submitting a brief essay online or by mail that explains how she contributes to her family, farm, community and agriculture. A panel of judges from American Agri-Women will select five regional winners – who will be announced at the end of April and receive 5,000-dollars. Those winners’ profiles will then be posted online for the public to vote for one national winner. The national winner will be announced before Mother’s Day and receive an additional 5,000-dollars.

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“Farmland Documentary DVD On Sale Next Week”

Beginning Tuesday – the documentary Farmland will be available on DVD at Walmart and Walmart dot com. Freestyle Media’s Mark Borde says they are thrilled Walmart selected Farmland to be one of its new documentary titles – as Walmart is the premier retail outlet for top-line DVD releases. The documentary also is available to rent on DVD from Netflix and to purchase on Amazon. Documentary filmmaker James Moll is thrilled with the wide distribution for the documentary and says there’s a lot of interest out there in the lives of young farmers and ranchers.

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“Public Comment Period Now Open on Interim ACEP Final Rule”

USDA is now accepting public comments on its interim final rule for the new Agricultural Conservation Easement Program – which is designed to help producers protect working agricultural lands and wetlands. Electronic comments must be submitted through regulations dot gov (www.regulations.gov). Visit NRCS dot USDA dot gov (www.nrcs.usda.gov) for more information.

Comments may also be mailed to:

Public Comments Processing

Attn: Docket No. NRCS-2014-0011, Regulatory and Agency Policy Team, Strategic Planning and Accountability, USDA, NRCS

5601 Sunnyside Avenue

Building 1-1112D

Beltsville, MD 20705

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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02-26-15 CSU Ext News: Upcoming Landscape Seminar on March 11th in Julesburg, CO…

CSU Extension HeaderSubmitted by:  Linda Langelo, CSU Horticulture Program Associate

Have you ever wanted to take the plunge and design your landscape totally with native plants? Do you know the techniques and tips that could save your home in a wildfire? Are you curious about the process of beekeeping?

Join us Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at the Sedgwick County Fairgrounds in Julesburg. Pre-registration deadline is March 6, 2015 and is required to guarantee lunch, which is included in seminar fees. Check-in begins at 9:00 A.M.

At 9:30 A.M., Jan Toyne of Toyne’s Apiaries will speak on “Beekeeping 101”. Get a firsthand look at the process. The Toyne family has been beekeeping for over 50 years in Sedgwick County and has 500-600 colonies.

Beginning at 10:45 A.M., Boyd Lebeda, Colorado State Forester will speak on “Plains FireWise: Steps to Protect Your Home”. Learn the basics of wildfire behavior on the plains.

Lunch served at noon catered by Lucy’s Place. Continue reading

02-26-15 MONSANTO NOW ACCEPTING NOMINATIONS FOR 2015 “FARM MOM OF THE YEAR” CONTEST…

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Nominations Open February 26 Through March 31, 2015

ST. LOUIS (Feb. 26, 2015) – They are the heart of the family and the backbone of their farm operation. They are farm moms, and they nourish, nurse and care for everything and everyone in their families, on their farms and in their communities. To once again recognize and thank these inspiring women, Monsanto Company today announced it has opened up nominations for its 2015 America’s Farmers Mom of the Year contest. Nominations will be accepted now through March 31.

“The America’s Farmers Mom of the Year program is one of the most fulfilling things we have the honor of doing all year,” says Tracy Mueller, Monsanto Corporate Brand Communications Manager. “Each year we read about the strong, caring and dedicated moms who not only help raise their crops, livestock and other agricultural goods, but who nurture their families and actively support their communities. Every story is amazing.”

Anyone can nominate their favorite farm mom, whether it’s their mom, sister, aunt, daughter, friend or community member. Just visit AmericasFarmers.com during the nomination period and submit a brief essay online or by mail that explains how the nominated farm mom contributes to her family, farm, community and agriculture. Be sure to address all four areas as a panel of judges from American Agri-Women will use that as part of the criteria they use to help Monsanto select five regional winners. Continue reading

02-26-16 NFU: Corn Ethanol Mandate Elimination Act Will Cripple Rural America’s Economy, Set Back Energy Independence by a Decade…

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WASHINGTON (Feb. 26, 2015) – National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson said that the Corn Ethanol Mandate Elimination Act would cripple rural America’s economy and be an enormous step backwards for America’s goal of energy independence by a decade or more.

“The elimination of corn-based ethanol as an option to fulfill the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) will reverse the enormous economic prosperity we’ve seen in rural America since the passage of the RFS and will severely hamstring this nation’s goal of energy independence,” said Johnson.

Johnson pointed out that corn-based ethanol has been used to fulfill the lion’s share of the RFS because it is among the most efficient renewable transportation fuels to produce. It has not only helped reduce the nation’s dependence on foreign oil but also generates a very valuable by-product – Dried Distiller’s Grains – that has proven invaluable as animal feed. “Not only will this bill hurt family farmers and ranchers and the rural economies they support, but it will also increase carbon emissions and petroleum use, neither of which is good for the nation or the environment,” said Johnson. Continue reading

02-26-15 NCGA News: Corn Growers to Congress: Don’t Turn Your Back on Ethanol and Other Renewable Fuels…

NCGA News Release logoST. LOUIS (February 26, 2015) – Today, Sens. Pat Toomey (R-PA) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) introduced the Corn Ethanol Mandate Elimination Act. National Corn Growers Association board member Keith Alverson of South Dakota issued the following statement:

“Every year, corn ethanol gets cleaner and more efficient, and oil gets dirtier. Congress should not turn its back on the success we have seen in renewable fuels. The Renewable Fuel Standard is working. We are growing renewable, clean energy right here in America. Corn ethanol is better for the environment and has historically lowered the cost of filling our tanks by nearly a dollar.

“With a second consecutive record crop, there is more than enough corn to meet all demands for food, fuel, feed, and fiber. Corn farmers have more than met our commitment on the RFS. There are many good reasons to continue this policy, and we look forward to working with Congress to support it.”

About NCGA

Founded in 1957, the National Corn Growers Association represents 42,000 dues-paying corn farmers nationwide and the interests of more than 300,000 growers who contribute through corn checkoff programs in their states. NCGA and its 48 affiliated state organizations work together to create and increase opportunities for corn growers. For more information, visit www.ncga.com.
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02-26-15 CCGA cautions leaders in D.C. about proposal to cap crop insurance…

Colorado Corn LogoThe Colorado Corn Growers Association this past week sent letters to Colorado’s two U.S. senators, detailing the major drawbacks of a recently introduced bill that would cap federal crop insurance premium support.

The Shaheen-Toomey Bill – S. 345, which would cap crop insurance premium support at $50,000 per entity – violates the fundamental principles of the federal program, and would take farm policy back to the days of annual ad hoc disaster bills instead of the tried and true system of risk management that exists today, CCGA Public Policy Committee co-chair Rick Palkowitsh wrote in his letters to U.S. senators Michael Bennet and Cory Gardner.

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02-26-15 Colorado Weekly Hay Report…

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Colorado Hay Report

Compared to last week, hay movement continues to be slow this week with
prices showing a lower undertone.  Large hay supplies seem to be dropping the
demand across the state.  Moisture accumulation is being reported in all areas
of the state in the form of snow with the southwest recording the most at 17-21
inches and more being forecast for the following week.  According to the NRCS,
regional snowpack levels are being reported in Yampa and White River Basins at
80 percent, Upper Colorado River Basin at 91 percent, Laramie and North Platte
River Basins at 90 percent, South Platte River Basin at 107 percent, Arkansas
River Basin at 97 percent, Upper Rio Grande River Basin at 76 percent, Gunnison
River Basin at 75 percent, and San Miguel, Dolores, Animas, San Juan River
Basins at 67 percent.  The U.S. Drought Monitor had no change in drought
severity from the prior week.  According to the U.S. Drought Monitor Weekly
Comparison for the state of Colorado, the Drought Severity in the northwest and
southwest regions are categorized mostly as Moderate Drought, the San Luis
Valley region is categorized mostly as Moderate Drought, The southeast region is
categorized mostly as Severe Drought and the northeast region is categorized as
None.  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.

Northeast Colorado Areas Continue reading

02-26-15 Water tops agenda for Governor’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture in Denver WATCH THE WEBCAST ARCHIVE!

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Water tops agenda for Governor’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture

January 20, 2015 – The Governor’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture in Denver on Feb. 26 will focus on “Water: Colorado’s Treasure,” an examination of the challenges facing Colorado in meeting competing demands for water while maintaining a diverse economy. The all-day event will be held at the Renaissance Hotel in Denver.

“Water is vital to all aspects of Colorado’s economy,” Gov. John Hickenlooper said. “This forum will help connect businesses, municipalities and rural communities that are dependent on agriculture and meeting our water needs.”

The Governor’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture will include speakers from all facets of Colorado’s agriculture, including produce growers, water managers and climatologists.

“We’re approaching the entire event to address the challenges we face in meeting future water needs,” said John Salazar, former Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture. “We, as a state, will need to meet those needs while ensuring our agriculture industry remains vibrant.” Continue reading

02-26-15 NCGA News: Soil Health Partnership Discusses Productivity, Profitability and Sustainability…

NCGA News Release logoSoil Health Partnership Discusses Productivity, Profitability and Sustainability

PHOENIX (February 26, 2015) – The Soil Health Partnership (SHP) is sponsoring a Learning Session Friday, February 27th 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. Mountain during the 2015 Commodity Classic in Phoenix, Arizona. A panel of demonstration farmers will discuss what they’ve learned and experienced during this past program year.

The session is moderated by Dr. Nicholas Goeser, National Corn Growers Association Manager of Soil Health and Sustainability. The panel includes Iowa farmer Mark Mueller and Indiana farmers Brent Bible and Brandon Mosely. These farmers cover a diverse set of agronomic skills and will share their thoughts and experience with conservation cropping system practices, cover crops, prescription nutrient management and other soil heath practices. Continue reading

02-26-15 Refuel Colorado Fleet Coaching to Drive Alternative Fuels Market Statewide…

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DENVER  February 25, 2015 – Refuel Colorado Fleet Coaching, a free coaching service offered to fleet managers who are interested in adding alternative fuel vehicles to their fleets, has expanded its operations from 14 counties to statewide.

Since the Refuel Colorado Fleet Coaching pilot program rolled out in 2013, Refuel fleet coaches have provided free coaching services to 226 government and private sector fleets. Of these, 114 fleets either purchased alternative fuel vehicles in 2013 or 2014, or were planning to do so in 2015.

The statewide program will have a team of six fleet coaches dedicated to working with fleet owners, auto dealers, fueling station owners and station developers throughout Colorado.

The coaches will help fleet owners understand the benefits of alternative fuels, particularly compressed natural gas, propane and plug-in electric. Coaches also are actively promoting the development of more fueling stations across the state, and helping auto dealers market alternative fuel and bi-fuel cars and trucks.  Continue reading

02-26-15 CSU SEA Ext News: New USDA Project…

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New USDA Project

A federally funded project will look at how to use recent research on salinity, selenium and high water tables to help keep irrigated farms in business and the land and river healthy in the Lower Arkansas River Valley of Colorado. “It builds upon our work in the Valley over the last 15 years,” said Dr. Tim Gates, professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Colorado State University-Fort Collins. The three-year, $660,000 project funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture will expand on the studies that Dr. Gates, Project Director, has led in the Valley since 1999.

CSU faculty co-directors include Dr. John Labadie and Dr. Ryan Bailey of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Dr. Dana Hoag of Agricultural and Resource Economics. Dr. Lorenz Sutherland, retired NRCS Agronomist, and Jim Valliant, CSU Research Associate, along with CSU graduate students will assist with field investigations.

Past research has looked at hundreds of fields throughout the Valley in Otero, Bent and Prowers counties and data have shown how farming and irrigation practices have affected water tables in these areas.

The results have also shown how these practices contribute to salt and selenium in the soils, groundwater, and streams. Other studies have looked at the impact of fallowing fields for several years. This latest project will consider how conservation planning and analysis can economically improve water quality and crop production. These goals will be tied to a number of best management practices (BMPs) such as improved irrigation efficiency, lining canals, and improved land management.

Also, the impact of water leasing/land fallowing (such as the Super Ditch), a practice designed to keep farmland productive while periodically leasing some irrigation water from these lands, will be examined. The project will use an existing broad database as well as calibrated models to rate the potential effectiveness of conservation strategies and will make this information available on the Internet.

In an effort to make the research most relevant, a committee of local growers and agency personnel will work with CSU to examine how BMPs can be implemented so that they are practicable and do not affect the provisions of the Arkansas River Compact between Colorado and Kansas.

“We are fortunate that several farmers and state and local water agencies have pledged to cooperate with this effort,” Gates said. “A major goal is to form a bridge from research findings to beneficial action.”

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