05-01-15 CSU SE Area Ext News: Prowers County 4-H Foundation Awards 2015 Scholarships…

CSU SEA Ext Says logoBy Lacey Mann, CSU 4-H Extension Agent, Prowers & Bent Counties

Southeast Area—Each year the Prowers County 4-H Foundation awards scholarships to qualifying graduating seniors. This year the Foundation was able to award nine scholarships in the amount of $500 each. Recipeints include Callie Bennett, Amber Comer, Dalton Harris, Jericka Melgoza, Koy Palmer, Mason Pierce, Halie Schenck, Joel Souders, and Sheyenne Spady.

  •             Bennett will attend the University of Northern Colorado to pursue nursing. She is completing her 11th year in 4-H and her projects have included market livestock, cake decorating, and junior leadership.
  •             Comer will attend West Texas A&M to pursue animal science and agricultural education. She is completing her 11th year and her projects have included breeding and market livestock projects.
  •             Harris will attend Lamar Community College to pursue nursing. He is completing his ninth year and his projects have included market livestock and photography.
  •             Melgoza will attend Lamar Community College to pursue nursing. She is completing her ninth year in 4-H and her projects have included breeding and market livestock.
  •             Palmer will attend Lamar Community College to pursue agricultural business. He is completing his 11th year and his projects have included market livestock.
  •             Pierce will attend Northwest Tech to pursue diesel mechanics. He is completing his 11th year and his projects have included horses, shooting sports, and market livestock.
  •             Schenck will attend the College of the Ozarks. She is completing her 11th year and her projects have included market livestock.
  •             Souders will attend Northeastern Junior College and pursue agriculture. He has completed 11 years in 4-H and his projects have included market and breeding livestock, woodworking, self-determined, bicycle and model rocketry.
  •             Spady will attend Lamar Community College to pursue a veterinary assistant certificate. She is completing her seventh year and her projects have included breeding and market livestock.

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05-01-15 ASI WEEKLY NEWS FOR SHEEP INDUSTRY LEADERS…

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05-01-15 Agri-Pulse Guest Column: “It’s Not Just Consumers in the U.S. Who Demand To Know Where Their Food Comes From”…

NFU - National Farmers Union logo5WASHINGTON (May 1, 2015) –  National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson argues that regardless of the upcoming announcement from the World Trade Organization (WTO) on America’s popular labeling law – Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL) – Congress needs to let the WTO process run its course.

“The announcement from the WTO on this lawsuit is due in just weeks, and we may win.  If not, it can still be brought to arbitration. And that’s why it’s important that Congress refrain from making any changes to the popular labeling law until this process has run its course,” notes Johnson in Agri-Pulse. “To do otherwise would not only be unprecedented in U.S. history, but would also be a disservice to consumers who support COOL by a margin of 90 percent, according to decade’s worth of polling.

Johnson notes that the food labeling movement is no longer confined to the U.S., but now includes the European Union as well. “A few years ago European politicians got an earful when their constituents learned that they were walking around with a stomachful ¾ of horsemeat. Meat from horses labeled as beef was being imported into the European Union (EU), and since strict labeling laws were not in place in one of the world’s most lucrative markets, consumers were tricked into eating something very different than they thought,” he notes. Continue reading

05-01-15 CEP News: LOCAL EGG FARMERS ENCOURAGE COLORADANS TO “FUEL THEIR FUN” DURING NATIONAL EGG MONTH…

CEP-CO Egg Producers LogoEggbertLOCAL EGG FARMERS ENCOURAGE COLORADANS TO “FUEL THEIR FUN” DURING NATIONAL EGG MONTH
With essential nutrients and unparalleled versatility, eggs are a delicious and nutritious way to keep your energy up through warm weather activities

DENVER – May 2015 – With all of the delicious food found at barbeques and pool parties, it’s easy to let healthy eating fall by the wayside in the warmer months. May is National Egg Month, and there is a lot to celebrate about the nutrition, versatility and flavor eggs bring to the picnic table. Whether you’re planning to scale a 14er, enjoy a family bike ride or spend the day by the pool, the Colorado Egg Producers (CEP) Association encourages Coloradans to “fuel your fun” with eggs this spring and summer.

At 15 cents apiece, one large egg contains six grams of high-quality protein in only 70 calories. Eggs also contain almost every essential vitamin and mineral your body needs. All of the nutrients found in eggs play a role in weight management, muscle strength, healthy pregnancy, brain function, eye health and more. With the weather warming up, this is the time when many people start spending more time outside with activities such as hiking, biking and swimming. Fuel your body with a healthy diet, including eggs, so you can enjoy the beautiful weather and fun outdoor activities spring and summer offer. Continue reading

05-01-15 NPC Accepting 2015-2016 Scholarship Applications for Graduate Students Advancing the Potato Industry…

National Potato Council - US Potato Board Joint Release headerApplications accepted from May 1 through June 30, 2015

Washington, D.C. – The National Potato Council (NPC) is now accepting applications for a $10,000 graduate-level scholarship to be applied toward the 2015-2016 academic year. Each year, NPC awards one scholarship to a graduate student pursuing advanced studies (Master’s degree or higher) that will improve the future of the U.S. potato industry. Final scholarship selection is based on academic achievement, leadership abilities and the potential commercial value of the applicant’s academic work.

The 2014 scholarship winner was Washington Luis da Silva, who is a plant pathology Ph.D. student at Cornell University. His research into Potato Tuber Necrotic Ringspot Disease (PTNRD), a tuber deformity, will offer insight into the ongoing issues the industry faces related to infections from Potato virus (PVY) necrotic strains. His goal to improve the screening process for this issue would have a direct economic benefit for potato breeders and for the potato industry as a whole. Continue reading

05-01-15 NFU Urges Congress to Allow WTO Process to Play Out on Heels of Required USDA Report…

NFU - National Farmers Union logo5WASHINGTON (May 1, 2015) – National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) economic report on Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL) required by Congress:

“While the economic benefits of COOL may not translate into measurable increases in market-level consumer demand, USDA’s analyses and comments, as well as a decade’s worth of polling, indicate substantial interest in COOL. The COOL law also satisfies the consumer’s right to know, which is immeasurable.

“Congress required USDA to send over a report before the WTO Appellate Body has even decided on COOL’s compliance. Even if the WTO rules against COOL, arbitration would force Canada and Mexico to prove they suffered economic harm as a result of COOL, which recent information suggests they will not be able to do. This recent USDA report is premature and Congress should not intervene at this point during the WTO process.” Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Friday, May 1st…

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“Legislation to Repeal WOTUS Introduced in Senate”

Senators John Barrasso of Wyoming and Joe Donnelly of Indiana are introducing bipartisan legislation to repeal EPA’s proposed Waters of the U.S. rule. This legislation would require EPA and the Army Corps to withdraw the rule and re-write their proposal with consideration of stakeholders and review of economic and small business input. It also requires EPA to adhere to definitions included in the bill – which would limit the reach of a new rule. National Cattlemen’s Beef Association President Philip Ellis says the final WOTUS rule has already been sent to the Office of Management and Budget. Ellis says finalizing the rule only six months after receiving more than 1-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. NCBA and the American Farm Bureau applaud the introduction of this legislation. AFBF President Bob Stallman says tens of thousands of farmers, ranchers and landowners have spoken out – but EPA has yet to fully acknowledge the proposal’s potential impact on everyday farming activities. Farm Bureau urges Congress to act swiftly – before the rule is final – so agencies can re-craft the rule to ensure it is practical and addresses farmers, ranchers and business owners’ concerns across the country.

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“House Ag Approves GSRA, MPR Bills”

The House Ag Committee has approved the Grain Standards Reauthorization Act and Mandatory Price Reporting Act – both of which reauthorize laws set to expire at the end of September. The Grain Standards bill ensures the official inspection and weighing of bulk grains and oilseeds is done in a reliable, uninterrupted, consistent and cost-effective manner. The Mandatory Price Reporting bill reauthorizes livestock mandatory price reporting – an essential tool for producers and packers to compete in an ever-evolving industry. House Ag Chair Mike Conaway says these are important laws for agriculture – promoting competition and certainty. He is pleased the committee found bipartisan consensus to put forth these two strong bills.

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“ASA, Other Groups Support Legislation for National Labeling Standard”

The American Soybean Association sent a letter to the House of Representatives earlier this week with more than 370 organizations supporting the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act. Interest groups across the U.S. are pushing state-level labeling mandates that will exacerbate consumer confusion and increase food prices – according to the groups. GMOs have been an important part of the nation’s food supply for the past 20-years – and ASA says leading health and regulatory organizations have concluded GMOs are safe. The Association says a national labeling standard will give consumers, farmers and small businesses certainty and improve clarity for foods carrying a GMO-free label by creating a national certification program for foods produced without bioengineering. ASA encourages House members to support this legislation.

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“Applications for 2nd Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge Accepted Starting June 1st”

The American Farm Bureau Federation will accept applications for the Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge June 1st through June 30th. This is the second year of the challenge – which provides an opportunity for individuals to showcase ideas and business innovations. AFBF President Bob Stallman says the inaugural challenge successfully identified rural entrepreneurs with innovative ideas – proving that great business ideas can germinate anywhere. Entrepreneurs will compete for 145,000-dollars in startup funds. They must have an idea for a business that is related directly or indirectly to food and ag. Competitors must be based in a rural community – as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau – and located in a county with less than 50,000 residents or a town with less than 2,500 residents. The top 10 teams will be announced on October 15th. Six teams will win 10,000-dollars in startup funds and four finalist teams will win 15,000. The four finalists will compete in a live competition at AFBF’s 97th Annual Convention in Orlando in January. Farm Bureau will work to connect top scoring teams with resources for crowdfunding loans to help them jumpstart their businesses. Visit Strong Rural America dot com slash challenge (www.strongruralamerica.com/challenge) for more information.

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“FFA Alum Gives Back, Begins Endowment for Organization”

A former FFA student recently donated 250,000-dollars to establish an endowment to begin a multi-level initiative. Herman Wilson of Texas and his family want other investors to put their money where their thoughts are. Wilson says they believe teachers who can motivate students are the heart of FFA – like his own agricultural education teacher more than 62-years ago – who made an impact on him and his wife. Wilson says teachers must be recognized and rewarded for their work so they will want to continue in the profession. There currently is a shortage of agricultural education teachers who serve as FFA advisors – which is why the Wilsons donated this money. The plan is to attract and retain FFA advisors and ag teachers.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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