04-30-15 The 2015 PEDAL THE PLAINS Route: Julesburg, Holyoke and Sterling Sept 18-20…

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Fourth Annual Pedal The Plains Returns to Northeastern Colorado

Denver, Colo.— Gov. John Hickenlooper and The Denver Post are excited to announce the route of the fourth annual Pedal The Plains Bicycle Tour. From September 18th to 20th, participants will cycle through 172 miles of Colorado’s sweeping plains with stops in three host communities: Julesburg, Holyoke and Sterling. For the first time in its short history (pending permits), the tour will also venture into a neighboring state with a quick visit to Venango, Nebraska; a town that sits within a mile of the state line. As in years past, participants may expect a number of educational stops along the route, coupled with great activities, entertainment and locally sourced meals in each town. Saturday’s entertainment will once again include Sterling’s Sugar Beet Days, a festival that cyclists enjoyed in 2014. Continue reading

04-30-15 USDA TO CONDUCT SURVEY ON EQUINE HEALTH…

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DENVER, COLORADO – From May through mid-December 2015, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’sNational Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will conduct for the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), National Animal Health Monitoring System (NAHMS) its third national equine study. The study will collect and analyze equine health data to provide information on the equine population, disease and risk factors, health management, and biosecurity practices.

In June and July, NASS will reach out to over 500 equine owners in Arizona, Colorado, Montana, and Wyoming to conduct personal interviews with farms that have one or more equine. For operations that choose to continue to phase II of the study, representatives from USDA’s Veterinary Services will visit from August to mid- December 2015 to administer a second questionnaire. Respondents to this questionnaire may elect to participate in biologic sampling, including collection of blood and fecal samples, a tick exam, and collection of tick specimens.

“By responding to this survey, equine operators will provide accurate equine health data that help ensure agriculture decision-makers have the accurate, timely information they need, and allow researchers to focus their research on the most important diseases affecting the equine population,” said Bill Meyer, Director of the NASS Regional Field Office. Continue reading

04-30-15 USDA SEEKS INPUT FROM GROWERS ABOUT 2015 CROPS, STOCKS, INVENTORIES, VALUES…

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USDA SEEKS INPUT FROM GROWERS ABOUT 2015 CROPS, STOCKS, INVENTORIES, VALUES

LAKEWOOD, CO – During the next several weeks, U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will conduct two major mid-year surveys, the June Agricultural Survey and the June Area Survey. The agency will survey thousands of producers across Arizona, Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming to determine crop production and supply levels in 2015.

“Due to the widespread impact of its results, the June Agricultural Survey, also known as the Crops/Stocks Survey, and the June Area Survey, are two of the most significant surveys NASS conducts,” explained Bill Meyer, director of the NASS Mountain Regional Office. “Information growers provide serves as the first clear sign of the prospective production and supply of major commodities in the United States for the 2015 crop year.” Continue reading

04-30-15 Colorado Tumble Weed’s Crop Report with Lamar’s Don Turner…

Four Seasons Insurance website pic(CO Tumbleweed – Lamar, CO)  4/30/15 – Colorado Tumble weed rolled back into Colorado yesterday. Custom cutters are moving south into Texas. I met 3 cutters and 1 silage crew on 183 in Oklahoma. Several Harvesters live on that road  they were loading and getting ready to roll. There is 3 generations of custom cutters in my family myself included. I got the bug again! One good week of sunshine Texas will explode.

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04-30-15 CAB News: Given tenderness, marbling is key…

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The study of why we eat beef keeps pointing past tenderness. Given only certified tender strip steaks that varied in marbling and juiciness, a carefully chosen panel of 120 consumers said flavor is where it’s at.

Sensory evaluation research, as part of a joint project among Texas Tech, Utah State and Mississippi State universities, scored the strip-loin steaks to get at the role of taste fat in consumer appeal.

Mark Miller, the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo distinguished chair in meat science at Texas Tech, helped conduct the recent study published in Meat Science last fall titled, “Sensory evaluation of tender beef strip loin steaks of varying marbling levels and quality treatments.”

Since the mid-1980s, the beef industry has worked to improve overall tenderness, Miller says. Now that the 2010 National Beef Tenderness Survey found no toughness issue with 94% of rib and loin cuts, the focus rightly moves to other factors.

“We have the previous data that suggests tenderness, flavor and juiciness all affect palatability,” he says. “The data suggested flavor was important but no study had isolated that component by leveling the tenderness in the samples. As the product is getting more tender, we wanted to know what are the primary drivers for consumer eating satisfaction.” Continue reading

04-30-15 NCBA News: Senators Call for Repeal of WOTUS…

NCBA - New Image 2010WASHINGTON (April 30, 2015) – Today, Senators John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) and Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) announced they are introducing bipartisan legislation to repeal EPA’s “Waters of the United States” proposal, a proposal that will jeopardize the rights of private property owners across the country. The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the Public Lands Council applaud the Senators for actively working to stop EPA’s aggressive attempt to expand federal jurisdiction over nearly all waters.

Under the proposal, nearly all waters in the country will be subject to regulation, regardless of size or continuity of flow. NCBA President Philip Ellis said Congressional action is imperative to stopping the rule from moving forward. S.1140 Federal Water Quality Protection Act requires the EPA and Army Corps to withdraw the rule and re-write their proposal with consideration of stakeholders and review of economic and small business input, following through with the straightforward procedures EPA skipped the first time. The bill also requires EPA to adhere to definitions included in the bill, specifically limiting the reach of a new rule.

“EPA Administrator McCarthy has already sent her final rule to Office of Management and Budget,” said Ellis. “Finalizing the rule only six months after receiving over one million comments sends a clear message that EPA has no intention of listening to the broad array of stakeholders and is pushing forward with a problematic rule.”   Continue reading

04-30-15 US Senators announce Waters of the U.S. rule…

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US Senate SealWASHINGTON D.C. – April 30, 2015 – Today, U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.), Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), Mike Rounds (R – S.D.), and Dan Sullivan (R – Alaska) held a press conference and announceed legislation on Waters of the United States rule. The bill, if passed would in essence direct the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to start over on WOTUS.

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04-30-15 Corn Association Staff Comes Together

NCGA News Release logoThis week, staff from the National Corn Growers Association and state corn associations across the country met in St. Louis to share insights gained over the past year and coordinate efforts for the next.  With a record of more than 150 attendees including state association executives, program directors and communicators, the conference also provided a forum to discuss pressing issues facing farmers including increasing demand for corn, communications on GMO issues and ethanol promotion.

The week began as state association staff joined with national staff from both the St. Louis and Washington offices to begin an in-depth look at some of the exciting activities and programs that have achieved success since they last met in April 2014.  Each state took a chance to share some of their accomplishments, knowledge gained from the process of implementing tactics and to provide a glimpse of projects on the horizon.  In turn, national staff deeply involved in various legislative and regulatory issues and those heading a broad array of communications and market support programs presented brief overviews of recent successes and forecasts of what is to come. Continue reading

04-30-15 Colorado Weekly Hay Report…

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Colorado Hay Report

Compared to last week, trade activity and buyer demand is light.  Growers in
the lower elevations of the state are anticipating first cutting to be mid-May
while those in the higher elevation are looking more towards early to mid-June.
Snowpack levels in the mountains had little change from the prior week.
According to the NRCS, regional snowpack levels are being reported in Yampa and
White River Basins at 59 percent, Upper Colorado River Basin at 68 percent,
Laramie and North Platte River Basins at 68 percent, South Platte River Basin at
95 percent, Arkansas River Basin at 81 percent, Upper Rio Grande River Basin at
31 percent, Gunnison River Basin at 57 percent, and San Miguel, Dolores, Animas,
San Juan River Basins at 41 percent.  According to the U.S. Drought Monitor,
relatively small-scale revisions were made to the depiction in both Colorado and
Utah. The largest change was a 1-category improvement (from D2 to D1) across
eastern sections of Utah, and adjacent western sections of Colorado. All prices
reported are FOB at 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: http://www.coloradoagriculture.com.

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04-30-15 CAB News: People behind beef research…

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Scientists and technicians help cattlemen improve

Modified-live vaccines. The flat iron steak. Timed breeding protocols. Without beef researchers, farmers and ranchers across the country wouldn’t have all the products and applied technology that help them manage better. Consumers wouldn’t benefit from the rising beef quality they’ve enjoyed during the last decade.

Without people like Bridget Wasser, Larry Kuehn and Jon Schreffler the best answers might go unshared. These are the ones who not only do the research, but also help apply it.

Wasser, executive director of meat science at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, does more than 40 cutting demonstrations a year. As a contractor to the beef checkoff, she’ll present about innovative fabrication to a group of regional meat cutters one day and will talk about USDA quality grades to international trade partners the next. Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Thursday, April 30th…

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“USDA Announces New RBICs”

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced two new private funds – Innova Memphis and Meritus Kirchner Capital – to make equity investments in rural businesses and help them grow and create jobs. These funds – also known as Rural Business Investment Companies – will provide innovative small businesses throughout rural America access to the capital they need to grow and create jobs – according to Vilsack. He says USDA is working hard to reenergize the rural economy and is enlisting more private sector partners to help achieve that goal. Innova Memphis has set a goal of raising 25-million dollars and Meritus Kirchner Capital has a goal of raising 100-million dollars. Visit USDA dot gov (www.usda.gov) for more information.

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“Food for Progress Program Provisions Accepted Through U.S., Honduras Agreement”

On Wednesday – U.S. Deputy Agriculture Secretary Krysta Harden and Honduras Secretary of Agriculture and Livestock Jacobo Paz signed an agreement to support agricultural development and trade in Honduras. USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service will provide the Honduran government with 30,000 metric tons of U.S. yellow corn and 18,000 tons of U.S. soybean meal through the Food for Progress Program. That’s an approximate value of 17-million dollars. Honduras will use proceeds from commodity sales to implement projects to improve ag productivity, enhance farmer access to information and market skills, build government capacity and strengthen local, regional and international trade in ag products. Harden says this program is a cornerstone in USDA’s efforts to support sustainable ag production in developing nations and promote ag trade. She says this agreement continues USDA’s successful partnership with the Honduran government and the private sector under Food for Progress and the McGovern-Dole Food for Education Program. Visit FAS dot USDA dot gov (www.fas.usda.gov/programs/food-progress) for more information.

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“Senate Ag Leaders Want Bipartisan Child Nutrition Reauthorization Bill”

Senate Ag Committee Chair Pat Roberts and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow are working on a bipartisan child nutrition reauthorization bill. Stabenow is excited that children are receiving more access to healthier food options – but she wants to move forward by providing food to children after school and also during the summer. She views school meals as a national security issue – reported by The Hagstrom report. Stabenow says obesity causes large expenditures to fight preventable diseases – so she believes that money would be better spent on healthy foods. Roberts says schools need more flexible rules. He has been eating school meals across Kansas and the biggest thing he has heard is flexibility. Stabenow looks forward to creating a bipartisan bill – but is unsure if that is possible.

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“Dairy Focus of Peterson’s Position on TPA”

Earlier this week – according to The Hagstrom Report – House Ranking Member Collin Peterson said his vote on trade promotion authority will depend on whether U.S. trade negotiators achieve a deal with Canada to reform its dairy supply management system and provide market access for U.S. dairy producers. House Ag Chair Mike Conaway says Canadians won’t come to the table without TPA. Peterson says the Trans Pacific Partnership needs to address the dairy problem that came when Canada’s supply management program for dairy and import restrictions weren’t addressed in NAFTA. Peterson says if the TPP countries try to finish the agreement before the Canadian election this fall – there won’t be a Canadian deal.

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“Groups Support Pompeo Labeling Bill”

Agri-Pulse reports close to 400 ag and food companies in the Coalition for Safe and Affordable Food sent a letter to House lawmakers Tuesday to support the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act – introduced by Representatives Mike Pompeo and G.K. Butterfield last month. This legislation would establish a voluntary, national labeling law for genetically modified foods and products. The legislation also would require FDA to evaluate all genetically engineered foods before they enter the market. This would pre-empt state mandatory laws for GMO labeling. The groups say the bill will ensure food labeling in the U.S. is uniform and based on science. The coalition urges Congress to pass the bill this year to ensure people across the nation continue to have access to consistent science-based standards for food labeling.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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04-29-15 Broadband Opportunity Council Seeks Public Comments…

US National Telecommunications and Information Administration logoWASHINGTON D.C. – April 29, 2015 – Today, the President’s interagency Broadband Opportunity Council (BOC) announced it is seeking public comment on how federal agencies can promote broadband deployment, adoption, and competition.The Council, which is made up of 25 federal agencies and co-chaired by the Departments of Agriculture and Commerce, was established by a March 23Presidential Memorandum. The Council’s purpose is to explore ways to remove unnecessary regulatory and policy barriers, incentivize investment, and align funding polices and decisions to support broadband access and adoption.

In a request for comment (RFC), the Departments of Agriculture and Commerce are asking the public for input in helping to identify regulations and other barriers that are hampering deployment of broadband. The RFC is also seeking recommendations on ways to promote public and private investment in broadband and get a better understanding of the challenges facing areas that lack access to broadband. President Obama specifically noted discrepancies in access between rural and urban areas in the Memorandum, directing agencies to “pay particular attention to increasing broadband access for under-served communities, including in rural areas, and to exploring opportunities to reduce costs for potential low-income users”.

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04-29-15 Progressive 15 Talks Transportation during Ports-to-Plains Fly-In…

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Progressive 15’s Cathy Shull Talks Transportation At Ports to Plains Fly In to D. C.

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Fort Morgan, CO – Cathy Shull, Executive Director of Progressive 15 and a member of the Board of Directors of Ports to Plains Alliance (PTP) participated in a fly in to Washington, D. C. to visit with Senators and Representative from Texas to Montana and talk transportation this last week.  While there she also attended the Board of Directors meeting for Ports to Plains.

Thirty two people from Texas to Alberta, Canada met with various Senators, Representatives and their staffs with a message of secure and reliable transportation funding at the federal level.  The alliance has six priorities for transportation reauthorization which included:  1) Opposition to devolution – the federal government should not abandon its constitutional role by transferring responsibility for the national transportation network to state and local governments.  2) Passing of a multi-year transportation bill  –  we support a 5 to 6 year reauthorization bill, which is consistent with previous surface transportation bills and necessary for proper long-term planning. 3)  Increase investment – virtually every study, including studies by two bipartisan national commissions established by Congress, have concluded that there must be a significant increase in surface transportation investment from the federal, state and local governments, as well as the private sector.  Ports to Plains logo smaller

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, April 29th…

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“Abe, Obama Celebrate Strengthened Relationship”

The Associated Press reports President Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe are celebrating the ties of friendship during Abe’s visit to the nation’s capital this week. President Obama says the U.S. has renewed its leadership in the Asia Pacific – and Abe is leading Japan to a new role on the world stage. Abe says he and the president have been working to strengthen the U.S.-Japan alliance for the past two-years – and now the bilateral relationship is more robust than ever.

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“Tyson Announces Plan to End Human Antibiotics Use by 2017”

According to the New York Times – Tyson Foods announced Tuesday its plan to end use of human antibiotics in its chicken production by 2017. The company will begin meeting with pork, turkey and cattle producers under contract with Tyson to develop a phase-out plan. Tyson President and CEO Donnie Smith says Tyson Foods is confident its meat and poultry products are safe – but wants to do its part to responsibly reduce human antibiotics on the farm so medicines can continue working when they’re needed to treat illness.

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“House Ag to Consider 2 Key Pieces of Legislation”

The House Agriculture Committee will meet Thursday at 10 a.m. Eastern to consider the United States Grain Standards Act Reauthorization Act of 2015 and Mandatory Price Reporting Act of 2015. The American Soybean Association – along with other major U.S. farm organizations – support reauthorization of the USGSA – which includes key provisions set to expire at the end of September. The National Pork Producers Council supports a five-year reauthorization of MPR – also set to expire at the end of September.

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“AFBF Submits Comments to FAA on Drones Rule”

Drones are the next evolution in American agriculture – according to American Farm Bureau Executive Director of Public Policy Dale Moore. Used properly – Moore says drones let farmers and ranchers grow more food on available land using less water and fewer pesticides. He says airborne sensors give farmers and ranchers important tools with which to reduce erosion and keep agricultural runoff to the absolute minimum. This is important not just for farmers – Moore says – but for anyone else who cares deeply about the environment. But he says they won’t do anyone any good if they’re grounded by restrictions that make them too cumbersome to use. AFBF submitted comments to the Federal Aviation Administration emphasizing the need for performance-based standards in regard to the Operation and Certification of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems. Moore says farmers and ranchers are ready to unlock the potential of new technologies in agriculture – and Farm Bureau is hopeful the FAA’s final rule gives them a key to do that safely and quickly.

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“U.S.-Peru FTA Working Well”

USDA’s Global Agricultural Information Network report released earlier this month shows the U.S.-Peru trade agreement has been instrumental in increasing bilateral trade in food and ag products since its inception six-years ago. National Corn Growers Association Trade Policy and Biotechnology Action Team Chair John Linder says the increase in the export of U.S. corn to Peru provides another outstanding example of how free trade agreements can open markets and create real opportunities for America’s corn farmers. Linder says the possibilities for farmers are growing each day – with NCGA pushing for TPA and favorable trade agreements – and once those policies are in place – the U.S. Grains Council building markets abroad. While these markets help build demand for U.S. corn – Linder says they also support American jobs and benefit the entire U.S. economy.

During this marketing year – Peru has accumulated exports of more than 75-million bushels of U.S. corn – compared to 43-million bushels last year at this time. The Council has been actively promoting U.S. corn for the past several years – according to Council Regional Director for the Western Hemisphere Marri Carrow. She says Peruvian buyers are becoming more sophisticated in purchasing grains – but have indicated they have a preference for U.S. corn. Carrow says this trade agreement is a great example of how reducing trade barriers to create mutually beneficial trade partnerships increases opportunities for U.S. products.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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04-28-15 CSU and Temple Grandin Win the Internet with a Webby Award…

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PHOTO Courtesy of Barn Media of Dr Temple Grandin @ the 2010 CCA Convention in Pueblo, CO

FORT COLLINS – What do Jimmy Fallon, Buzzfeed, The New Yorker, GoPro, Mashable, Grumpy Cat, Colorado State University Animal Sciences Professor Temple Grandin and the CSU social media team have in common? They’re all 2015 Webby Award winners.

The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences named “Temple Grandin Talks to Reddit – Now Most Popular Science AMA. Ever.” the 19th annual Webby Award winner in the category of Social: Education and Discovery.

Hailed as the “Internet’s highest honor” by The New York Times, the Webby Awards is the leading international recognition of excellence on the Internet. The Webby Awards received nearly 13,000 entries from all 50 states and over 60 countries worldwide this year.

“The Temple Grandin Reddit AMA has set the standard for innovation and creativity on the Internet,” said David-Michel Davies, executive director of The Webby Awards. “This award is a testament to the skill, ingenuity, and vision of its creators.” Continue reading

04-28-15 CHSAA presents $5,000 donation to Feeding Colorado…

CHSAA assistant commissioner Bert Borgmann, left, and Kevin Seggelke, President and CEO of Food Bank of the Rockies. (Whitney Webermeier/CHSAANow.com)

CHSAA assistant commissioner Bert Borgmann, left, and Kevin Seggelke, President and CEO of Food Bank of the Rockies. (Whitney Webermeier/CHSAANow.com)

AURORA — The Colorado High School Activities Association joined forces with five statewide food banks during state basketball championship week to help bring greater visibility to hunger in Colorado by hosting the first-ever food drive at the basketball championships.

Bolstered by a $5,000 donation from the Foundation for Colorado High School Student Activities, a program known as Feeding Colorado was able to add food stores to its shelves this year. Additionally, any food donated during the state championship stayed in the community where that site is located.

“CHSAA was happy to try and help curb some of the challenges residents in our state have in feeding their families,” CHSAA Assistant Commissioner Bert Borgmann said. He noted the statistics that show more than 750,000 Coloradans are food insecure and in need of food assistance on any given week. And, nearly 1 in 4 children in Colorado are food insecure.

“These are folks in our CHSAA communities and we felt a need to try and help the efforts of these families as they struggle to get ahead,” he said. The five Feeding Colorado food banks in Colorado provide and distribute over 100 million pounds annually to nearly 1600 food assistance programs and touches each of Colorado’s 64 counties at least once each month.

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04-28-15 WACD News: 2015 WATERSHEDS PROGRESS REPORT RELEASED…

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Watershed Progress Report 1 - The Uinta County Conservation District teaches the Evanston Middle School 7th grade challenge science class how to measure flow and use math to determine stream discharge. Many more projects are highlighted in the 2015 Watershed Progress Report available at www.conservewy.com

Watershed Progress Report 1 – The Uinta County Conservation District teaches the Evanston Middle School 7th grade challenge science class how to measure flow and use math to determine stream discharge. Many more projects are highlighted in the 2015 Watershed Progress Report available at http://www.conservewy.com

CHEYENNE, WY (April 28, 2015) – The recently released 2015 Watershed Progress Report, published by the Wyoming Association of Conservation Districts (WACD), highlights work across Wyoming that addresses the state’s impaired and threatened waters.

This biennial report features local efforts to restore water quality across Wyoming and includes pictures of projects and maps illustrating the watersheds and the specific impaired waterbodies.

“These efforts address critical needs and will positively impact Wyoming watersheds for years to come,” WACD Executive Director Bobbie Frank said.

This report summarizes the efforts within Wyoming’s watersheds by landowners, local Conservation Districts, and numerous local, state and federal partners. Information includes local Conservation Districts’ monitoring results, watershed planning efforts and implementation of Best Management Practices within watersheds with listed impairments.

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04-28-15 WSSA News: Weed Scientists Offer New Definition for “Superweed”…

WSSA Logo - Weed Science Society of AmericaLAWRENCE, KANSAS – APRIL 28, 2015 –Today the Weed Science Society of America (WSSA) joined with six sister organizations to recommend a new definition for superweed – a catchall term used by many to describe weeds that are perceived to be more invasive and to grow more aggressively after developing resistance to herbicides.

Use of superweed has snowballed in recent years, along with considerable misinformation that isn’t supported by scientific facts.  Most online dictionaries, for example, associate superweeds with herbicide resistance caused by the suspected transfer of resistance genes from crops to weeds.  To date, there is no scientific evidence to indicate that crop to weed gene transfer is contributing to the herbicide resistance issues faced by farmers.

“Since superweed is now clearly part of the public vernacular, we decided to offer a definition that more clearly reflects the true source of herbicide resistance,” says Lee Van Wychen, Ph.D., WSSA science policy director.    Continue reading

04-28-15 BARN Media named SE Weld Conservation Partner of the Year…

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HUGE THANKS to the Southeast Weld Conservation District for naming BARN Media as their 2015 Conservation Partner of the Year!

About Southeast Weld Conservation District

In 1937 President Franklin Roosevelt passed the Colorado Soil Conservation Act as a result of the Dust Bowl .  In 2002 Legisaltion voted to remove “Soil” from names of Conservation Districts to more accurately reflect  Districts’ concerns.  There are 76 Conservation Districts in Colorado.  The Southeast Weld Conservation District is a member of the Upper South Platte Watershed Association, Colorado Association of Conservation Districts and National Association of Conservation Districts.  Our long range plans are to focus on water quality and quantity, noxious weed management and small acreage management. The Southeast Weld Conservation District’s boundaries are Weld County Road 49 to the west, Morgan County line to the east, Adams County line to the south and nearly Highway 34 to the north.

To learn more abou the Southeast Weld Conservation District – CLICK HERE

04-28-15 Become a member of the Colorado Association of Wheat Growers & Harvest the Benefits…

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Make your voice heard. The Colorado Association of Wheat Growers (CAWG) is a voluntary membership which represents the Colorado wheat farmer at the state and national level.

One of the membership benefits is this beautiful re-designed bumper sticker/car decal.

Call 1-800-WHEAT10 to join.

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