There’s still time to register for this great small acreage workshop this Saturday at The Ranch, 4-H McKee building.
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Washington, DC – Senator Michael Bennet announced today that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated Garfield County, Moffat County, and Rio Blanco County as contiguous disaster areas due to drought. The designation makes farm operators in these counties eligible to be considered for federal assistance, including Farm Service Agency (FSA) emergency loans.
“Producers on Colorado’s western slope have faced drought conditions that are damaging their goods and hurting local economies,”Bennet said. “These disaster designations will allow farmers and ranchers to access critical assistance to help them deal with any losses to crops or livestock.”
Producers in counties designated as primary or contiguous disaster areas are eligible to be considered for FSA emergency loans. Farmers in eligible counties have eight months from the date of the disaster declaration to apply for assistance. Local FSA offices can provide affected farmers and ranchers with additional information.
Submitted to BARN Media by email from US Senator Bennet’s Office in Washington D.C.
Centennial, Colo. – May 13, 2015 – “The U.S. House sent a strong message when they voted to “Ditch the Rule”, by a vote of 261-155, to defeat the flawed and overreaching Clean Water Act rule proposed by the Obama administration,” said Don Shawcroft, president of Colorado Farm Bureau. “The constitutional checks and balance system of co-equal branches of government is a very real thing, and it’s encouraging to see Congress weigh-in on this issue. This rule would be detrimental to property owners across the U.S. and is a clear example of federal overreach on private property rights. The proposal would only add additional bureaucracy and red tape for farmers on everyday tasks.”
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WASHINGTON (May 13, 2015) – National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson today voiced concerns over a recent petition to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to begin the process of setting up a checkoff program for the organic industry under the 1996 Generic Act, citing issues with the proposed amount of money appropriated to agricultural research, composition of the board, and administrative cap.
“The 1996 Generic Act was created to benefit small producers who lack the resources to market their products individually,” said Johnson. “NFU believes the petition does not adequately represent producers on the board, does not appropriate enough money to agricultural research, and provides for too high of an administrative cap.”
Johnson pointed out that the proposed composition of the organic checkoff board allows for a processor majority, a disproportionate representation of the organic industry. Continue reading
CENTENNIAL, CO — May 13, 2015 — Seasoned cow-calf producers recognize the calf market’s record-high prices are likely to decline as cowherd expansion brings additional supplies. Producers can maintain higher profitability by recognizing this shift and quickly adjusting management and marketing strategies.
CattleFax will discuss these topics during its next Trends+ Cow-Calf Webinar at 5:30 p.m. MT, Jun. 10, 2015. To participate in the webinar and access program details, producers and industry leaders simply need to register online at www.cattlefax.com/meetings.aspx.
The one-hour session will include a variety of relevant topics for the cow-calf audience: Continue reading
DENVER – Wednesday, May 13, 2015 – Gov. John Hickenlooper today announced several Boards and Commissions appointments. The appointments were to the State Board of Land Commissioners, the Ground Water Commission and the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District Board of Directors.
The State Board of Land Commissioners manages an endowment of assets held in perpetual, intergenerational public trusts for the financial support of Colorado’s public schools and other public institutions. Effective June 30, 2015 for terms expiring June 30, 2019:
Barbara King Bynum of Montrose, Colorado, to serve as a representative of public, primary or secondary education, and as a Democrat, appointed;
Honorable Greg Moffet of Vail, Colorado, to serve as a representative of local government and land use planning, and as a Republican, appointed.
The Ground Water Commission determines the boundaries of designated groundwater basins by geographic description and considers well permit applications for persons desiring to appropriate designated ground water for beneficial use. The Commission is responsible for the development of policies and procedures for maximum economic development, as well as the protection of the vested rights of the designated groundwater basins of the state. For terms expiring May 1, 2019: Continue reading
WELD COUNTY, CO – As transportation needs continue to grow in Northern Colorado, Weld County government has committed to hosting a half-day seminar on June 15 dedicated to sharing updates, information and concerns regarding public infrastructure north of the Denver-metro area. Transportation Summit 2015: Meet the Challenge and Help Navigate the Road to the Future, will be held at the Exhibition Building at Island Grove Regional Park in Greeley. The event is open to the public and will feature panel discussions, a presentation by political strategist Steve Gordon regarding alternative funding ideas for transportation projects, and a keynote speech by U.S. Senator Cory Gardner.
“Northern Colorado is facing significant Infrastructure issues,” said Weld County Commissioner Sean Conway. “This summit will bring the public and local, state and federal leaders to the table to discuss solutions for our transportation problems.
“Transportation affects our lives in so many ways. The public needs safe routes for travel, businesses need reliable and accessible routes for commerce. If we don’t address transportation now, Northern Colorado overall will suffer.”
Doors will open at 7:30 for networking and a continental breakfast provided by Anadarko Petroleum Corporation. The event will begin at 8:00 a.m. and is expected to last until 2:00 p.m; lunch will be provided by Weld County. While the event is free, registration is required. Continue reading
(BARN Media & CoAgNews Network – Briggsdale, CO) May 13, 2015 – On this month’s edition of the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union’s Radioline Report inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network I will be visiting with RMFU’s Director of Education Jennifer Luitjens-Bahr, discussing several topics including:
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KREMMLING, CO – The Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust (CCALT) recently conserved one of the state’s spectacular working ranches along both the Colorado and Blue Rivers in Grand County near Kremmling. The Yust family’s desire to leave an intact working ranch legacy resulted in a 995-acre conservation easement held by CCALT.
“With places like Yust Ranch, it’s easy to say that Colorado is home to some of the country’s most spectacular landscapes,” U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet (CO) said. “As we’ve seen first-hand on this working ranch, active cattle production can co-exist with thriving sagebrush habitat and wildlife. Everyone involved in finally making this conservation easement a reality should be very proud.”
Sen. Bennet visited the ranch in 2014 to see the benefits of Farm Bill conservation programs, including the Sage Grouse Initiative, a partnership launched by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service in 2010.
Fifth generation rancher Jay Yust grew up ranching here and, with his father Jim, shares a passion for the family’s home and their land.
“The easement absolutely made this ranch more economically viable, and it will stay that way in the future whether we’re here or not,” he said.
The Yust family has tended their ranch with a strong sense of stewardship for wildlife as well as their livestock operation. The ranch is home to healthy populations of sage grouse, mule deer, elk, pronghorn and moose. Bald eagles routinely roost in the cottonwoods that line the Blue River.
This area is one of Colorado’s truly special places,” said Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper. “Keeping this large landscape together provides not only important habitat for sage grouse, but also conserves river corridors that nourish ranchers, recreation and other wild animals. Protecting these elements sustains our environment, economy and quality of life.”
Strong partnerships and dedication from the Yusts and the CCALT staff brought a seven-year project across the finish line. The significance for sage grouse led to funding from the Farm Bill via the Sage Grouse Initiative. Great Outdoors Colorado (lottery funded), Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Trout Unlimited, and the Gates Family Foundation all stepped up to contribute dollars to purchase the easement.
Noted Colorado photographer John Fielder has documented the beauty of a ranch in three of his books and inspired partners to join together for an easement that protects both sagebrush country and the irrigated hay meadows at the confluence of the Blue and Colorado Rivers. The easement includes a mile and half of the Blue River on both sides and over three miles of the south side of the Colorado River.
Centennial, Colo. – May 13, 2015 – Yesterday, the Senate Democrats blocked consideration of fast-track Trade Promotion Authority legislation by 52-45 vote, eight votes short of the 60 needed to open debate on the bill.
“We are extremely disappointed in the outcome of yesterday’s vote,” Don Shawcroft, president of Colorado Farm Bureau, said. “This authority would help Colorado agriculture expand into new markets, specifically the Asian-Pacific region, by allowing streamlined consideration of trade legislation.”
Trade is vitally important to agriculture. TPA is a vehicle that provides the rules and sideboards for trade agreements that support and create Colorado jobs while helping American agriculture compete more successfully in the global marketplace. Without TPA, trade deals will face roadblocks and leave Colorado agriculture in a vulnerable position. Colorado Farm Bureau supports the passage of fast-track Trade Promotion Authority legislation. The passage of TPA allows our nation to negotiate deals while still allowing Congress the opportunity to vote yes or no on the final terms of the agreements.
We urge members of Congress to allow TPA to proceed to a vote. We are hopeful that the Senate will reconsider TPA legislation again in the near future. Several Colorado farmers and ranchers directly benefit from trade and in order for the benefits to continue, the agriculture industry needs strong trade commitments on TPA.
(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) May 2015 – Joining the Colorado Ag News Network inside the BARN to discuss the Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust is Chris West, Executive Director, Carolyn Aspelin, Director of Conservation Transactions & Alyssa Street, Development and Communications Director. Theydiscussed several topics including:
RANCH PROPERTY CONSERVED AT CONFLUENCE OF COLORADO AND BLUE RIVERS: BENEFITS COLORADO, SAGE GROUSE AND RANCHING
KREMMLING, CO The Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust (CCALT) recently conserved one of the state’s spectacular working ranches along both the Colorado and Blue Rivers in Grand County near Kremmling. The Yust family’s desire to leave an intact working ranch legacy resulted in a 995-acre conservation easement held by CCALT.
“With places like Yust Ranch, it’s easy to say that Colorado is home to some of the country’s most spectacular landscapes,” U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet (CO) said. “As we’ve seen first-hand on this working ranch, active cattle production can co-exist with thriving sagebrush habitat and wildlife. Everyone involved in finally making this conservation easement a reality should be very proud.” Continue reading
WASHINGTON, May 13, 2015 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) today announced new labeling requirements for raw or partially cooked beef products that have been mechanically tenderized. Consumers, restaurants, and other food service facilities will now have more information about the products they are buying, as well as useful cooking instructions so they know how to safely prepare them.
“Labeling mechanically tenderized beef products and including cooking instructions on the package are important steps in helping consumers to safely prepare these products,” said Deputy Under Secretary Al Almanza. “This common sense change will lead to safer meals and fewer foodborne illnesses.” Continue reading
DENVER, CO, May 12, 2015 – Leland Swenson, State Executive Director, USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) and Clinton Evans, State Conservationist, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) would like to remind farmers that the 2014 Farm Bill requires producers to file a Highly Erodible Land Conservation and Wetland Conservation Certification form (AD-1026) with their local USDA Service Center by June 1, 2015, in order to remain or become eligible for crop insurance premium support. To find your local USDA Service Center, visit http://offices.usda.gov.
Many farmers may already have an AD-1026 certification form on file since it’s required for participation in most USDA FSA programs such as marketing assistance loans, farm storage facility loans and disaster assistance or USDA NRCS programs such as EQIP. However, there are a number of farmers who have chosen not to have participated in FSA or NRCS programs, who receive federal crop insurance premium support, and now must file a certification form to maintain their crop insurance premium support. This may also include specialty crop producers who may not participate in other USDA programs. Continue reading
Greeley Chamber of Commerce’s Ag Committee, and we’re hosting an Ag Symposium this Wednesday, May 13, which is set for 3:30-5:30 p.m. in the Hensel Phelps Theater of the Union Colony Civic Center.
Attendees will hear from a panel of water experts on where water comes from, who owns and manages it, and where it goes after we use it.
During and after the panelists’ presentations, there will be an opportunity for the audience to ask questions.
Panelists are Eric Wilkinson, general manager of the Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District; Harold Evans, chair of the Greeley Water and Sewer Board; Dale Trowbridge, general manager of the New Cache la Poudre Irrigating Company and the Cache la Poudre Reservoir Company; and Charlie Bartlett, a Merino-area farmer and Colorado Corn board member, who also serves as president of the Colorado Ag Water Alliance.
Nicole Selzer, executive director of the Colorado Foundation for Water Education, will moderate the panel.
Sponsored by the American Farm Bureau Federation
“U.S. Ethanol Exports Continue to Expand”
The National Corn Growers Association reports a recent chart from the U.S. Grains Council illustrates the wide range of markets for U.S. ethanol exports last year. The strongest export growth last year was to the United Arab Emirates, Philippines and India. The U.S. currently has a 55-percent market share in the Philippines – and the Council hopes there is room to capture more market share. The Council and its partners – including Growth Energy – have planned missions to the Philippines and other growing markets – including China and Japan – this summer.
“World Pork Expo Less Than One Month Away”
The 2015 World Pork Expo will take place in Des Moines, Iowa June 3rd through the 5th. National Pork Producers Council Director of Trade Show Marketing Doug Fricke says the trade show is full. Even with additional booths – the show is sold out for a second year in a row – he says. There’s a different reason and purpose to attend World Pork Expo for every producer – Fricke says – as they can get more information on specific issues and talk with other producers. He says several companies are planning to unveil new products at the show. During the Expo – the National Pork Board will present its Pork Academy June 3rd and 4th. The Academy includes seminars on various topics currently impacting the industry. For more information and to register – visit World Pork dot org (www.worldpork.org).
“Record Number of Producers Become BQA Certified”
More than 21-hundred producers across the U.S. became certified for free through the checkoff-funded Beef Quality Assurance program – supported by Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica – this year. Throughout the program’s four-years – nearly 22,000 producers have received free BQA certification. Iowa producer Scott Niess says being BQA-certified gives him and the packer he works with the confidence that he is treating his animals correctly. Most importantly – he says certification gives consumers the confidence that he is doing everything he can to ensure the health and nutritious value of the beef they purchase. Producers need to be upfront with their animal husbandry practices – Niess says – and BQA certification allows them to do so. For more information on BQA certification – visit BQA dot org (www.bqa.org).
“Product Label Directions Vital for Cattle Health, Dairy Wellness”
Zoetis reiterates the importance of reading and understanding product labeling – as it is vital to caring for and protecting cattle and dairy wellness. Zoetis Dairy Technical Services Senior Manager Gary Neubauer says the labeling of products contains usage and safety information – and it’s important producers strictly adhere to the labeled instructions when they are treating cattle. The FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine defines nonlactating dairy cattle as those that have not yet – or would never – produce milk for human consumption – which includes replacement dairy heifers and calves under 20 months of age and dairy bulls. The FDA CVM defines lactating dairy cattle as a dairy breed animal that is more than 20 months of age – including springing heifers and dry cows. In addition to ensuring products are used only in the appropriate class of animals – Neubauer recommends using products only for indicated diseases, the proper dosage of a products, the correct route of administration, administering products for appropriate duration of therapy and choosing products with low-residue risk profiles. For more information about reducing violative residues on your dairy – visit Avoid Residues dot com (www.avoidresidues.com).