10-31-15 National FFA Organization Selects 2015-16 Officers…

2015-16 National FFA Officer Team

National FFA Organization Selects 2015-16 Officers to Conclude 88th National FFA Convention & Expo

LOUISVILLE – Students from Arkansas, Tennessee, Ohio, Iowa, Georgia and Utah have been elected by delegates from throughout the United States to serve on the 2015-16 National FFA Officer team:

Taylor McNeel of Arkansas, an agricultural business major at Southern Arkansas University, was elected president.
Nick Baker of Tennessee, an agricultural communications major at the University of Tennessee, will serve as secretary.
Sydney Snider of Ohio, an agricultural communications major at The Ohio State University, was elected eastern region vice president.
Abrah Meyer of Iowa, an agricultural business major at Iowa State University, will serve as central region vice president.
Abbey Gretsch of Georgia, an agricultural communications major at the University of Georgia, was elected southern region vice president.
Sarah Draper of Utah, an agricultural education major at Utah State University, will serve as western region vice president.

The new team was elected Saturday, Oct. 31, at Freedom Hall during the 88th National FFA Convention & Expo.

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2016 Convention Registration Open

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10-30-15 Former Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar statement on attorney general lawsuit…

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Former Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar statement on attorney general lawsuit

DENVER — Friday, Oct.30, 2015 Ken Salazar, former Colorado Senator, Attorney General and former U.S. Secretary of the Interior, today issued the following statement regarding Gov. John Hickenlooper’s petition to the Colorado Supreme Court requesting that the court clarify who has the authority under Colorado law to make the state a party to a civil action:

Ken_Salazar“The Attorney General must be the lawyer for the Governor and the executive branch agencies, and as such, the Attorney General and her office provide legal guidance and support under the strict requirements of the  Code of Professional Responsibility and Colorado specific statutory authority. The only exception for the Attorney General to take a position adverse to the Governor is where the Governor has taken a clearly unlawful position, and then only when certain traditional protocols are followed. Here no such argument can be made against the Governor Hickenlooper’s position concerning the Clean Power Rule. Hence, in my view Attorney General Coffman’s actions exceed her authority as Attorney General.”


10-30-15 NWSS Seeks Volunteers for the 110th Show, January 9-24, 2016…

2016 NWSS logoDenver, Colo The National Western Stock Show is seeking an additional 200 volunteers to be a part of the 110th Show, January 9-24, 2016.

This year the National Western Stock Show is seeking an additional 200 volunteers to add to the current 600 volunteer base.  Volunteers are needed in hospitality, ambassador, administration, livestock and horse show functions.  Those interested in volunteering should attend the NWSS Volunteer Round-Up session on Wednesday, November 4, 2015 from 6:00pm – 7:00pm or Sunday, December 6 from noon to 1:00pm.  Continue reading

10-30-15 CSU Pow Wow set for October 31st…

CSU News Release Header logoFORT COLCSU Pow Wow picLINS — The community is invited to experience the fun and cultural richness of Pow Wow in the main ballroom of the Lory Student Center on the Colorado State University campus on Oct. 31.

The 33rd annual AISES Pow Wow events start at 10:30 a.m. with the Gourd Dance. The Grand Entry at 1 p.m. kicks off the Pow Wow, which will feature dancers, drum groups, food, vendors, social events and more until 10 p.m. The Pow-Wow Feed takes place at 5 p.m., followed by a demonstration by CSU’s Little Shop of Physics at 5:30 p.m. Another Grand Entry takes place at 7 p.m. Continue reading

10-30-15 CO Governor Hickenlooper announces disaster designation for 4 counties due to spring freeze…

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DENVER — Friday, Oct. 30, 2015 Gov. John Hickenlooper today approved a primary county disaster designation for Delta County, due to damages and losses caused by severe freezes that occurred from April 2 through April 19, 2015. Gunnison, Montrose and Mesa counties were also declared contiguous disaster counties. Continue reading

10-30-15 USDA Ranks High in EPA Report on Renewable Energy Use…

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EPA Report Highlights Growth in Green Power Sector

WASHINGTON, Oct. 27, 2015—The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) continues to lead in the use of green power according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Top 100 list of the largest green power users nationally. USDA ranked eighth among federal agencies and 92 among all sectors.

“Our goal is to support domestic production and use of renewable energy,” said USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack. “Using green power helps grow American jobs, helps USDA programs and services become more sustainable, and demonstrates to every level of government and private industry that supporting clean sources of electricity is a sound business decision and an important choice to help reduce climate risk.” Continue reading

10-30-15 Team Beef at the 40th Marine Corps Marathon…

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October 30, 2015 – Fifty-five runners, sponsored by the beef checkoff’s Northeast Beef Promotion Initiative, took to the streets of Washington, DC, on Oct. 25. Fueled by beef, these runners were among more than 30,000 who participated in the 40th running of the Marine Corps Marathon and 10K. Members of Team Beef received nutrition education on how to incorporate lean beef into their diets during training and wore team running jerseys during the race. Continue reading

10-30-15 National FFA: 2015 American Star and National Chapter Awards Announced…

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2015 American Star and National Chapter Awards Announced

American Star Farmer: Austin Wippel, Westfall FFA, Ohio
American Star in Agribusiness: William James Maltbie, Burlington FFA, Oklahoma
American Star in Agricultural Placement: Eric Coddington, Montello FFA, Wisconsin
American Star in Agriscience: Justin Zahradka, Park River FFA, North Dakota

Model of Excellence: Marshall FFA in Missouri
Model of Innovation-Student: Troy FFA in Missouri
Model of Innovation-Chapter: Burlington FFA in Oklahoma
Model of Innovation-Community Development: Firelands FFA in Ohio
Outstanding Middle School: West Jackson Middle FFA in Georgia

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Friday, October 30th…

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“House, Senate, Both Commit to Crop Insurance fix Later this Year”

Agriculture leaders in both the House and Senate have announced an agreement to fix crop insurance cuts in the Bipartisan Budget Act later this year as part of the 2016 Spending Bill. Senator Ag Committee Chair Pat Roberts spoke of the agreement on the Senate floor Thursday, saying farmer’s number one concern during the 2014 Farm Bill process was crop insurance. The Ag leaders vowed support to the budget agreement with a plan in place for crop insurance, however, Senator Roberts told Roll Call off the Senate floor that he doesn’t know if he is ready to support the bill or not. The budget agreement includes $3 billion in cuts over 10 years to crop insurance. Committee Ranking Democrat Debbie Stabenow said in a statement she would support the Bipartisan Budget Act while noting she opposes any efforts to cut or reopen farm bill programs. An agreement on crop insurance was announced by House Ag leadership Wednesday. However, new House Speaker Paul Ryan in the past has criticized farm subsidies. Ryan was elected speaker Thursday morning. In 2012, he called for savings of $30 billion in farm programs.

Further, the Hagstrom Report said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack declined to say that the Obama administration will totally back efforts in Congress to avoid any cuts to crop insurance. Vilsack said “we will obviously continue to work with the budget process to ensure that whatever reductions are required are thoughtful and well thought out,” continuing that  “there are ways in which the crop insurance program can be reformed and improved while also saving money.”


“Short-Term Highway Funding, PTC Deadline Delay Sent to President Obama”

Following House action earlier this week, the Senate approved a short-term highway bill that includes a delay of the Positive Train Control implementation deadline. The move averts a shutdown of rail networks across the country, according to Agri-Pulse. The bill was passed by the Senate unanimously. The Senate has already passed a long-term highway spending bill. The House has yet to pass a long-term highway bill, and the short-term bill means the House has until November 20th to move the bill through the House and onto conference between the two chambers. The prospects of getting that done could increase with the selection of Paul Ryan as Speaker of the House. Earlier this month, Ryan called on the House Transportation Committee to move the bill on to the full House and pledged support for the bill.


“Ernst Gains Enough Support to Tackle WOTUS Rule “

Iowa Senator Joni Ernst announced Thursday she believes there is now enough support in the U.S. Senate to consider her bill that would scrap the “Waters of the U.S.” rule. Senator Ernst has secured enough support to ensure the Senate can consider the bill without a filibuster, according to a press release. It’s expected the efforts to stop the expanded definition of WOTUS will be taken up in the next week or two. Last month, Senator Ernst led a group of 49 fellow Senators in introducing an effort to eliminate the WOTUS rule submitted by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers which expands the scope of federal authority over land and waterways. However, if the bill were to pass, it faces a near certain veto by the President, and the ability to override the veto would be questionable, at best.


“End of China’s One Child Cap Promises World Dairy Demand”

With China lifting the nation’s one child cap, Bloomberg reports to move should provide a boost to the countries dairy demand. China is the world’s biggest consumer of dried milk powders used in infant formula and world milk prices have slumped this year in part due to a slowdown in Chinese imports. The nation makes up nearly half of the world’s imports of whole milk powder though purchases are expected to drop about 40 percent this year as economic growth slows and China works through large dairy stockpiles. FC Stone dairy analyst John Lancaster said “if this leads to a large increase in child numbers, it would definitely be supportive in the medium to longer term.” Low milk prices in recent months spurred losses for farmers from Europe to New Zealand, which Bloomberg reports sparked protests and leading the European Union to issue a 500 million-euro emergency aid package to help keep some producers in business.


“New USDA Commitments to Help Build Up Next Generation of Farmers and Ranchers “

 USDA announced Thursday a commitment to prioritize $5.6 billion over the next two years within USDA programs and services that serve new and beginning farmers and ranchers. Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden also announced a new, tailored web tool designed to connect burgeoning farm entrepreneurs with programs and resources available to help them get started. The new web tool was designed based on feedback from new and beginning farmers and ranchers around the country, who cited unfamiliarity with programs and resources as a challenge to starting and expanding their operations. The site features advice and guidance on everything a new farm business owner needs to know, from writing a business plan, to obtaining a loan to grow their business, to filing taxes as a new small business owner, according to USDA. Deputy Secretary Harden made the announcements at the National FFA Convention in Louisville, Kentucky. The web tool can be found at USDA dot gov slash new farmers (www.usda.gov/newfarmers).


“Midwest, Western Farmers to See High Plains Cotton Operations”

Midwestern and Western farmers will tour the cotton industry in the Lubbock, Texas area starting Sunday. The four-day tour is part of the National Cotton Council’s Multi-Commodity Education Program. Launched in 2006 the exchange is designed to provide the program’s participants with a better understanding of production issues and concerns faced by their peers in another geographic region and an opportunity to observe agronomic practices. Farmers from the Dakotas, Idaho, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana and Ohio will join the tour. The tour starts at the National Cotton Council and includes stops at the Plains Cotton Growers Association, the AgriLife Research & Extension Center, the USDA Agricultural Research Service’s Ginning Laboratory, Hurst Farm Supply and Lubbock Cotton Growers Cooperative. They also will get a presentation from High Plains Water District staff on water rights and rules and learn about cotton warehousing and shipping along with a presentation on cottonseed use for dairymen.


“Growth Energy Makes Gift to Ag Education Fund”

Students majoring in agricultural education will have more and larger scholarships available starting in 2016, thanks to a commitment from Growth Energy to provide $90,000 in funds over the  next three years. The Upper Division Scholarships from the National Association of Agricultural Educators is for students majoring in agricultural education during the semester when they student teach. Previously, the Upper Division Scholarships were $750 each and approximately 15 were given each year. Growth Energy’s gift means that the scholarship amounts will be doubled, and more of these larger scholarships will be awarded, beginning in 2016. Tom Buis, co-chair of Growth Energy noted, “We are thrilled to help support those who will write the next great chapter of American excellence by providing food, feed and fuel to move our nation forward.”

SOURCE: NAFB News Service


10-29-15 FFA Members Receive American Star Awards…

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LOUISVILLE (Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015/National FFA Organization) – FFA members from Ohio, Oklahoma, Wisconsin and North Dakota earned the most prestigious honor awarded to a student by the National FFA Organization Thursday at the 88th National FFA Convention & Expo in Louisville, Ky.

The American Star awards – including the American Star Farmer, American Star in Agribusiness, American Star in Agricultural Placement and American Star in Agriscience – are awarded to FFA members who demonstrate outstanding agricultural skills and competencies through completion of a supervised agricultural experience. A required activity in FFA, an SAE allows students to learn by doing by either owning or operating an agricultural business, working or serving in an internship at an agriculture-based business or conducting an agriculture-based scientific experiment and reporting results.

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10-29-15 Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden Announces New USDA Commitments to Help Build Up Next Generation of Farmers and Ranchers…

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USDA Deputy Agriculture Secretary Krysta Harden, photo courtesy of BARN Media

USDA Deputy Agriculture Secretary Krysta Harden, photo courtesy of BARN Media

LOUISVILLE, October 29, 2015—Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden today announced a commitment by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to prioritize $5.6 billion over the next two years within USDA programs and services that serve new and beginning farmers and ranchers. Deputy Secretary Harden also announced a new, tailored web tool designed to connect burgeoning farm entrepreneurs with programs and resources available to help them get started.

“Today’s announcement is symbolic of the evolution of USDA’s efforts to better serve the next generation of farmers and ranchers. What began seven years ago with the recognition that the rapid aging of the American farmer was an emerging challenge, has transformed into a robust, transparent, tech-based strategy to recruit the farmers of the future,” said Harden. “No matter where you’re from, no matter what you look like, no matter your background, we want USDA to be the first stop for anyone who is looking to be a part of the story and legacy of American agriculture.” Continue reading

10-20-15 RMFU News: CRP educational program at NJC on November 5th – NEW DATE

RMFU receives $200K Grant to assist Food Hubs

RMFU CRP Info Meeting Poster 110515 NEW DATECRP educational program set for November 4th @ NJC in Sterling, CO

Logan County Farmers Union, the Farm Service Agency, and Jackson Agency in Sterling are partnering to host a Conservation Reserve Program informational meeting. The sign up deadline for the CPR grasslands program is fast approaching, as is the opening sign up for CRP itself.

The event will be held from 9:30-11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5, *NEW DATE* in the HSC Ballroom at Northeastern Junior College in Sterling. The event is open to the public. Coffee and refreshments will be provided.

For more information contact either RMFU’s Bob Kjelland @ 970.397.0039 or Harrison Topp @ 303-918-3538 or visit www.rmfu.org

10-29-15 NASS-CO News: USDA NASS CO Grain Prices for September 2015

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September Farm Prices Received Index Decreased 3.9 Percent

The September Prices Received Index (Agricultural Production), at 98, decreased 3.9 percent from August. At 87, the Crop Production Index decreased 1.1 percent. At 109, the Livestock Production Index decreased 6.8 percent. Producers received lower prices for cattle, market eggs, broilers, and hogs but higher prices for lettuce, milk, apples, and sweet corn. In addition to prices, the indexes are influenced by the monthly mix of commodities producers market. Increased monthly movement of soybeans, corn, potatoes, and calves offset the decreased marketing of beef cattle, wheat, cotton, and barley. The Prices Received Index is down 8.4 percent from the previous year. The Food Commodities Index, at 103, decreased 6.4 percent from the previous month and is down 13 percent from September 2014.

September Prices Paid Index Down 0.9 Percent
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10-29-15 New Seven-Figure Fuels America Ad Campaign Lays Out President Obama’s Choice on the RFS: Clean Renewable Fuel or Oil Industry Lies…

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New Seven-Figure Fuels America Ad Campaign Lays Out President Obama’s Choice on the RFS:  Clean Renewable Fuel or Oil Industry Lies

WASHINGTON, DC—Fuels America will launch a seven-figure TV and digital ad campaign Friday morning depicting President Obama’s choice of who to listen to when it comes to the Renewable Fuel Standard: his own experts who have repeatedly shown that ethanol and renewable fuel is dramatically reducing carbon emissions, or the oil industry, which has spent decades covering up the science and facts on both renewable fuel and climate science.

“It’s absurd that oil companies are feigning concern over America’s climate after over a century of oil spills, pollution, and harm to our environment and public health,” said Chip Bowling, President of the National Corn Growers Association. “The truth is that slashing the amount of clean, domestic renewable fuel in our motor fuel supply would dramatically increase pollution and carbon emissions, while strengthening the RFS and building on the progress of the past 10 years would help in our efforts to combat climate change.” Continue reading

10-29-15 NCGA Statement on Election of Speaker Paul Ryan…

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NCGA Statement on Election of Speaker Paul Ryan

WASHINGTON (October 29, 2015) – National Corn Growers Association Chip Bowling today released the following statement regarding the election of Paul Ryan as Speaker of the House of Representatives:

“We congratulate Speaker Ryan on his election and wish him the best of luck. In his speech today, Speaker Ryan called the House ‘broken’ and urged his colleagues to come together, re-establish order, and find unity and common ground. We hope Congress will heed the advice of their new leader. It’s time to get back on the path of doing the people’s business. From reforming our tax code to finding long-term solutions for our nation’s roads and bridges, there is important work to do. We ask Congress to take Speaker Ryan’s words to heart. Let’s wipe the slate clean, put aside partisan differences, and commit to moving our country forward together.” Continue reading

10-29-15 AAW and Ag Transition Partners hosting Estate Planning Webinar on Nov 17th…

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USDA NIFAFacing the challenge of farm transition planning?

Ag Transition Partners, American Agri-Women host no-cost webinar on Nov. 17 to help producers develop a customized succession plan…

DeWITT, Mich., Oct. 29, 2015 — Ag Transition Partners, a group of educators and agricultural consultants, is continuing its no-cost farm transition planning project that includes no-cost consulting services to help producers move their transitions plan forward.

There are three webinars to prepare participants, along with on-site or virtual coaching and action plan templates. American Agri-Women (AAW), the nation’s largest coalition of farm, ranch and agri-business women, is supporting the project and hosting the program’s webinars. Continue reading