02-29-16 USDA NASS Colorado Grain Prices…

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January Farm Prices Received Index Decreased 0.7 Percent

The January Prices Received Index (Agricultural Production), at 89.2, decreased 0.7 percent from December. At 80.7, the Crop Production Index is down 3.9 percent. At 99.9, the Livestock Production Index increased 2.9 percent. Producers received lower prices for milk, lettuce, broccoli, and cauliflower but higher prices for cattle, broilers, and tomatoes. In addition to prices, the indexes are influenced by the monthly mix of commodities producers market. Increased monthly movement of dry beans, cattle, soybeans, and corn offset the decreased marketing of cotton, broilers, market eggs, and hay. The Prices Received Index is down 8.1 percent from the previous year. The Food Commodities Index, at 95.8, decreased 0.8 percent from December and is down 12 percent from January 2015.

January Prices Paid Index Up 1.0 Percent
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02-29-16 Colorado SBDC announces winners of the 2015 Leading Edge Business Plan Business Plan Competition…

CO-OEDIT_CO-SBDC For Immediate Release HeaderDENVER – Mon., Feb. 29, 2016 – The Colorado Small Business Development Center (SBDC), a division of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade, announced the annual Leading Edge Business Plan Competition awards. The SBDC awarded the top business plans from across the state in the start-up, existing and creative business plan categories.

Leading Edge Business Plan Competition Awardees:

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02-29-16 NCGA: Corn Growers Disappointed in Supreme Court Declining to Review Chesapeake Decision

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ST. LOUIS (Feb. 29, 2016) – The National Corn Growers Association today expressed disappointment in the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision not to review a lower court ruling allowing the Environmental Protection Agency to micromanage local land use and development decisions under the guise of the Clean Water Act.

While this action relates to the EPA’s so-called “blueprint” for restoring the Chesapeake Bay, it has national implications related to the power and reach of the federal government. The TMDL, or total maximum daily load, is an unlawful overreach of federal regulatory power, NCGA notes. Continue reading

02-29-16 CDPHE News: Farm to Child Care in Colorado…

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CDPHE News: Farm to Child Care in Colorado

DENVER–The Colorado Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) is building on the success of the 20-year-old National Farm to School Program by developing a Colorado Farm to Child Care Program.

The program will help child care centers and homes participating in CACFP have access to more locally grown produce and increase children’s acceptance of vegetables and appreciation of locally grown food through hands-on gardening, cooking, nutrition education and taste testing.

“A balanced diet that includes plenty of fruits and vegetables and limits sugary beverages helps prevent obesity in children,” said Jennifer Dellaport, manager of the health department’s Early Childhood Obesity Prevention program. “By exposing young children to high quality, locally grown food, we can help them build healthy food habits that last a lifetime.” Continue reading

02-29-16 CO Sen Sonneberg – VOICE OF AG: March…

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VOICE OF AG – MARCH

The last week of February was a tough one for agriculture. I am not speaking of low commodity prices or weather conditions, but rather the loss of four icons and proven leaders in our industry….Bill Wailes, Charlie Bartlett, Ben Houston & Diane Hoppe. Continue reading

02-29-16 Inside the CO Egg Producers w/Board Member David Collie: Ag Day at the Capitol, Easter and More…

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(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) February 29, 2016 –  Joining the BARN on the CO Ag News Network at this time by telephone is David Collie, a board member of the Colorado Egg Producers, and we’ll be discussing this month’s upcoming holiday, Easter, which is on March 27th, and you’ll also learn more about 5280 Culinary too…

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02-29-16 CSU Ext: CSU RELEASES NEW WHEAT – AVERY…

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CSU RELEASES NEW WHEAT – AVERY

Colorado State University is pleased to announce the release of Avery, a new hard red winter wheat variety.  Consisting of a cross between TAM 112 and Byrd the original cross occurred in 2009, and as result of doubled haploid breeding technology, rapid progression and testing enabled a release much sooner than normal.  Registered and a limited amount of certified seed of this new variety will be available to producers this fall. Continue reading

02-29-16 USDA Improves the WIC Shopping Experience to Better Serve our Nation’s Low-Income, New and Expecting Mothers and Their Young Children…

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USDA Improves the WIC Shopping Experience to Better Serve our Nation’s Low-Income, New and Expecting Mothers and Their Young Children

WASHINGTON, Feb. 29, 2016 – Today, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced a major step to make it easier for participants in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) to access nutritious foods. The WIC Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) Final Rule will improve the shopping experience for WIC participants by requiring states to transition from paper benefits to EBT systems by Oct. 1, 2020, as required by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. Secretary Vilsack made this announcement during a speech at the 2016 National Anti-Hunger Policy Conference, hosted by the Food Research & Action Center and Feeding America, in Washington, DC. The Secretary was joined at the conference by Dorothy McAuliffe, First Lady of Virginia and a champion of child nutrition programs. Virginia is one of 12 states and 4 tribal nations that have already competed the transition to EBT for distributing WIC benefits. Continue reading

02-29-16 Ports-to-Plains: Staying Current…

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Ports-to-Plains: Staying Current

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Michael Reeves (806) 775-2338 michael.reeves@portstoplains.com

For the past fourteen weeks, many media outlets throughout the Ports-to-Plains region have published this series of articles on a weekly basis.  From safety to economics and trade to funding, the Ports-to-Plains Alliance is committed to providing ongoing information about the progress of the development and impacts along the corridor.

In just the past week, staff spent a full day in Washington DC holding meetings with Congressional staff, staff from Federal Highway Administration, staff from U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and staff from the American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials (AASHTO) and National Association of Development Associations (NADO). At each meeting Ports-to-Plains Alliance focused on the importance of rural corridors like Ports-to-Plains which not only connect urban economies, but provide the resources needed to drive those economies across North America.  Continue reading

02-29-16 NFU Joins Field to Market, Continues Support for Sustainable Agriculture…

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WASHINGTON (February 29, 2016) – Recognizing the importance of agriculture sustainability for farmers, ranchers and rural communities, the National Farmers Union (NFU) announced today they have joined Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture. Working together with grower organizations, academia, conservation groups, public sector partners and leading companies represented in the Alliance, NFU will engage in this leading multi-stakeholder initiative that is working to unite the agricultural supply chain in defining, measuring and advancing the sustainability of agriculture production in the United States.

“For the 200,000 family farm and ranch members of NFU, sustainability is essential to producing food, fiber and fuel for the world’s consumers. Field to Market’s collaborative approach to science-based sustainable agriculture programs and communications aligns with our objectives as a farmer-led organization,” NFU President Roger Johnson stated. “As a member of Field to Market, I am pleased to unite with our new partners to achieve the common goals of production efficiency, environmental quality and food security.” Continue reading

02-29-16 NGWA News: Valuing groundwater during National Groundwater Awareness Week March 6-12…

NGWA-National Groundwater Association logo(WESTERVILLE, OH — February 29, 2016) If you value your life, you should value groundwater, the National Ground Water Association said today in recognition of National Groundwater Awareness Week, March 6-12.

Quite literally, life as we know it would not be possible without groundwater.

National Groundwater Awareness Week is a time to take stock of this most important natural resource,” said NGWA Director of General Public Outreach Cliff Treyens.

“In times of drought or groundwater contamination — when people are noticeably affected — the value of groundwater becomes clear,” said Treyens. “The principle behind what Benjamin Franklin said two centuries ago remains true today: ‘When the well runs dry, we shall know the value of water.’”

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Monday, February 29th…

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Crop Insurance Industry Urges Congress to Protect Crop Insurance

A letter sent to the Senate and House Budget Committee’s last week urges lawmakers to protect crop insurance from further cuts. The letter, signed by 58 farm organizations, tells lawmakers an overreliance on savings from the agriculture community in the future will significantly undermine rural economies that have faced an estimated 54 percent decline in net farm income from 2013 to 2015. The groups say “the 2014 Farm Bill is a careful balance of priorities and should not be reopened before its expiration in 2018 to achieve additional budget savings.” Lawmakers avoided a $3 billion cut to crop insurance through a catch-all spending bill late last year after the cuts were approved in an earlier budget agreement. President Obama’s recent budget proposal includes more cuts to the federal crop insurance program, but GOP leaders called the plan at the time “dead on arrival.”

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China Demand for Animal Products Expected to Rise

A U.S. Grains Council official told the USDA Agriculture Outlook Forum last week China’s demand for animal products will continue to rise in the coming years. Bryan Lohmar, director of U.S. Grains Council programs in China, said that will drive demand for feed grains including from imports. Lohmar spoke as part of a panel examining China’s economic situation and its impact on agricultural markets. Using estimates based on food consumption from other, higher-income Asian populations, he suggested actual pork consumption could rise to about 40 kilograms per person per year, dairy consumption could triple and poultry meat consumption could double, with eggs and beef also increasing. Regardless of whether increased demand for animal products in China is fulfilled domestically or through imports, it will mean increased overall world demand for feed grains. Lohmar said “when demand for animal products exceeds domestic supply, China will import either finished agricultural products or feed grains – either way, global demand for grains will rise.”

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Mexico Could be Top U.S. Corn Exporter

Japan stands to lose the title of top corn export market for the U.S. if current trends hold through the marketing year. DTN reports if that happens, it will be the first time since 1989 that a country other than Japan wore the crown. Corn export sales to Mexico are up 14 percent compared to this time last year, while sales to Japan are down 38 percent, according to USDA. Sales over the past several years are growing to Western Hemisphere countries while sales to Asia are declining. Mexico exported the second most corn from the United States in the 2014-2015 marketing year. However, DTN says Mexico’s possible move into the top buyer slot has as much to do with China’s sorghum buying as it does with lower corn prices, growing feed use and favorable logistics.

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Cotton Outlook Expects Decline in Global Cotton Stocks

Cotton Outlook’s initial supply and demand forecast for 2016-2017 calls for global raw cotton production of 22.75 million metric tons, up 1.7 million metric tons from the year prior as it expects yields to recover and cotton area to expand modestly. Pro Farmers First Thing Today reports it also expects consumption to increase slightly to 23.32 million metric tons, resulting in a net decline in stocks of 569,000 metric tons from year-ago levels, the second consecutive year of contraction. However, the research firm explains the fall in stocks is forecasted to take place mainly in China, whereas stocks outside that country are expected to recover following a downturn this season. The research should come as no surprise to the cotton industry as China’s oversupply of cotton is putting pressure on global cotton markets.

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USDA Offering Assistance to Organic Farmers to Establish Buffer Strips

USDA announced financial assistance for organic farmers with the cost of establishing up to 20,000 acres of new conservation buffers and other practices on and near farms that produce organic crops. The assistance, available through USDA’s Conservation Reserve Program, will help tailor existing conservation practices to the needs of organic farmers, according to USDA’s Farm Service Agency. For conservation buffers, funds are available for establishing shrubs and trees, or supporting pollinating species, and can be planted in blocks or strips. Interested organic producers can offer eligible land for enrollment in the initiative at any time. USDA’s Farm Service Agency announced the funds at the Midwest Organics and Sustainable Education Service Conference in La Crosse, Wisconsin, Friday. Organic farmers can learn more at their local Farm Service Agency office or online at fsa dot usda dot gov (www.fsa.usda.gov).

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USDA Invests $25 Million in High-Priority Watersheds to Improve Water Quality

USDA Friday announced $25 million aimed at improving water quality for seventeen more watersheds under the National Water Quality Initiative. The funding seeks to help agriculture producers improve water quality in high-priority streams and rivers across the country. Through the initiative, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service will help farmers in 187 priority watersheds apply conservation measures that contribute to cleaner water downstream. The initiative aims to implement conservation efforts, so agriculture in the targeted area’s no longer decreases water quality. NRCS and partners, according to USDA, work with producers and landowners to implement voluntary conservation practices, such as nutrient management, cover crops, conservation cropping systems, filter strips, terraces and buffers, that improve water quality in high-priority watersheds while maintaining agricultural productivity. Since 2012, conservation systems have been placed on almost 500,000 acres in priority watersheds through the initiative, supported by $100 million in USDA investments.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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02-26-16 ASI WEEKLY NEWS FOR SHEEP INDUSTRY LEADERS…

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02-26-16 WGCD: Natural Resources and Agriculture Scholarship Program…

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WGCD: Natural Resources and Agriculture Scholarship Program

The West Greeley Conservation District Scholarship has been established for educational assistance to recognize and support local students pursuing a career in a Natural Resources or Agricultural field. Three $2,000 scholarships and one $3,500 Bryce White Memorial Scholarship will be awarded each year.

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02-26-16 USDA NASS Colorado Trout Production…

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USDA NASS Colorado Trout Production

Trout Value of Sales Increased 1 Percent from 2014 The total value of fish sales received by trout growers in the United States totaled 104 million dollars for 2015, an increase of 1 percent from 2014. Idaho accounted for 47 percent of the total value of fish sold. Continue reading

02-26-16 CSU Ext: Pesticide Applicator Continuing Education Credit Workshops March 22nd in Springfield, CO…

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Colorado State University’s SEA Extension is offering a Pesticide Applicator Continuing Education Credit Workshop in Springfield at the Minnick Building in the Baca County Fairgrounds on March 22nd, 2016 from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm.  This training is aimed to provide new information on pest control, health and environmental safety, pest management technology and changes in pesticide laws and regulations.  The workshop provides all 7 core credits required for both private and commercial applicators to be re-certified to renew their pesticide applicator license through the Colorado Department of Agriculture without retaking the test. Continue reading

02-26-16 CCGA, National Corn Growers applaud introduction of proposal to avoid patchwork of state food-labeling laws…

Colorado Corn LogoMany among the ag industry recently applauded Sen. Pat Roberts for his introduction of a bill to address the growing threat of a patchwork of state labeling laws, and called for the urgent passage of this important legislation.

Vermont’s mandatory law requiring on-package labels of foods containing ingredients that have been genetically modified takes effect in July, and unless Congress acts swiftly, families, farmers and food companies will face chaos in the market and higher costs. Multiple studies have shown that the associated costs with Vermont’s GMO-labeling law and a subsequent patchwork of state laws will cost American families hundreds of dollars more in groceries each year — with low-income Americans being hit the hardest. Continue reading

02-26-16 Colorado Corn contributes $1,500 to CSU Extension Ag Fest efforts on eastern plains…

Colorado Corn LogoThe Colorado Corn Administrative Committee recently gave $1,500 to the 2016 Ag Fest, a CSU Extension ag education effort that includes 11 events in nine communities along the eastern plains, taking place from March through May.

During its seven years in existence, the program — geared toward fifth-graders, and focused on science and technology in food production — has grown from a three-day event reaching about 300 students to its current structure that reaches about 2,200 students. Continue reading

02-26-16 CO Corn Alert: Farmers Needed at Boulder County Heaings on GMOs and Open Space in Longmont Feb 29th…

Colorado Corn LogoFarmers needed Feb. 29 at Boulder County hearing on GMOs, open space land

Colorado Corn and the Farmers Alliance for Integrated Resources (FAIR) are looking for producers who can attend a Feb. 29 hearing in Longmont, where the use of GMOs on Boulder County Open Space lands will be discussed.

Specifically, county officials are holding a hearing from 1 p.m. to midnight at the Plaza Event Center in Longmont (1850 Industrial Circle) to take public input on whether to continue or change the county’s current policies that allow the use of genetically engineered crops on open space land. That approval expires on Dec. 20, 2016. Continue reading