05-02-16 CO Governor Hickenlooper statement on Colorado Supreme Court hydraulic fracturing ruling…

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DENVER — Monday, May 2, 2016 Gov. John Hickenlooper today issued the following statement after the Colorado Supreme Court ruled to uphold state laws on hydraulic fracturing:

“We appreciate the Supreme Court’s guidance on balancing private property rights and local government jurisdiction of oil and gas operations in Colorado. Striking the right balance is not only important to public health and safety, it has enormous implications for our state’s economy.

Colorado has come a long way on these issues over the last decade. The work of the Task Force amplified the role of local governments in siting large oil and gas facilities and built a stronger connection between state and local regulators. Communities are working more productively with operators, crafting solutions that take into account local concerns while respecting property rights. These steps come on top of several major rulemakings since 2011 that reduce the impacts of oil and gas development on surrounding areas.

We believe collaboration is better than litigation and careful regulation is better than legislation to strike balance. We’ll continue to work creatively and energetically with communities and industry to ensure our world-class environment is protected while remaining a place that is welcoming to business and jobs.”

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05-02-16 Colorado Farm Bureau and other Business Groups Applaud Supreme Court Energy Rulings…

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Colorado Farm Bureau and other Business Groups Applaud Supreme Court Energy Rulings 

DENVER (May 2, 2016) – Today, the Colorado Supreme Court rejected attempts by two northern Colorado municipalities to place a ban or moratorium on hydraulic fracturing, a process used in the vast majority of oil and gas wells.
Vital for Colorado, a broad-based coalition of more than 56,000 Colorado businesses, associations and individuals, including Colorado Farm Bureau, underscored the significance of this landmark case.
“We appreciate the justices recognizing that Colorado’s regulatory energy experts are best suited to oversee our state’s energy development,” said Vital for Colorado Board Chair and local attorney Peter Moore. “With this case resolved, Colorado can continue its tradition of working together to craft reasonable energy processes that balance the needs of all stakeholders.”

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05-02-16 NCGA Launches Fields-of-Corn Photo Contest with New Conservation Category…

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The National Corn Growers Association calls on photographers to help tell the story of farming field corn in America through the third annual Fields-of-Corn Photo Contest. Through this contest, NCGA hopes to capture high-resolution photos of corn growth from seed to harvest and the families that grow it. While the contest opened today, interested participants will be able to submit multiple entries until November 30, 2016.

05-02-16 USDA Announces $6 Million in Available Funding for Antimicrobial Resistance Research…

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USDA Announces $6 Million in Available Funding for Antimicrobial Resistance Research

WASHINGTON, May 2, 2016 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced the availability of $6 million to fund research to address antimicrobial resistance (AMR). This funding is available through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill, and administered by USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).

“Through our Antimicrobial Resistance Action Plan, USDA is leading the way to better understand how antibiotic resistance develops, find alternatives to antibiotics, and educate people on practices that reduce the need for antibiotics,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “The research projects funded through this announcement will help us succeed in our efforts to preserve the effectiveness of antibiotics and protect public health.” Continue reading

05-02-16 CDA: Licensed Commercial Applicators Meet High Standards…

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BROOMFIELD, Colo. –Spring is in the air!  With warmer weather and longer days come greener grass, blooming bulbs…and weeds.
Before hiring a commercial pesticide company, consumers should know that the Colorado Pesticide Applicators’ Act requires any person or company that applies pesticides for hire, whether they are applying to a structure, lawn, or agricultural area, to be licensed as a commercial applicator.

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05-02-16 BQA Certifies Another 2,000 Producers During Free Certification Campaign!

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BQA logoBQA Certifies Another 2,000 Producers During Free Certification Campaign!

This spring, nearly 2,000 producers from across the country became Beef Quality Assurance (BQA)-certified, thanks to the latest “free-certification” supported by Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. (BIVI). And, of those who signed up during the free certification window, 65 percent completedtheir certification, the highest percentage in the program’s six-year history. Through the sponsorship of the BQA certification program, BIVI provides financial support for the Beef Cattle Institute, which developed the certification module. Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Monday, May 2nd…

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WRDA Clears Senate Panel

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee advanced a water infrastructure reauthorization bill that provides assistance to Flint, Michigan, as well as other areas with excess lead levels in their drinking water systems.  Pro Farmer’s First Thing Today says the bill, which would reauthorize the Water Resources Development Act, is now primed for the Senate floor.  Only Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) voted against advancing the bill, citing concerns that it doesn’t provide regulatory relief for on-farm storage.  Fischer feels an Environmental Protection Agency regulation over fuel spills on farmland went too far, stating that the overreach “weighs heavily on farmers and ranchers in Nebraska and across the country.”  She says she will continue to work with colleagues to prioritize regulatory relief when WRDA 2016 reaches the Senate floor. 

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Farm Bureau Entrepreneurship Challenge Set to Open

The American Farm Bureau Federation will open online applications for its third Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge on May 1, to coincide with National Small Business Week, which runs May 1-7.  Entrepreneurs will compete for $145,000 in start-up funds.  The competition provides opportunities for individuals to showcase ideas and business innovations that will benefit rural regions of the US.  It’s the first national rural business challenge to focus exclusively on innovative entrepreneurs working on food and agriculture businesses.  Competitors are invited to submit for-profit business ideas related to food and agriculture online beginning May 1 at www.strongruralamerica.com/challenge.  All applications that include a business plant, video pitch, and photo, must be submitted online by June 30.  The top ten teams will be announced in October, and the final four will compete in a live competition at the AFBF Annual Convention in Phoenix on January 8.

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Study Says Dairy Fat Could Lower Risk of Diabetes

A recent study published in the journal Circulations suggest that dairy fats may guard against Type 2 diabetes.  The Daily Agri-News report notes the study doesn’t show full cause and effect, there are several reason why full-fat milk, yogurt, and cheeses could delay the development of diabetes.  An LSU Ag Center dietician, Sandra May, notes that it could be the full-fat dairy products keep you fuller longer.  That would help reduce the number of calories we take in a day.  The study followed 3,000 adults for two decades and showed that those who had higher dairy fatty acids in their blood showed a lower incidence of diabetes.  Other studies looking at the connection between vitamins and minerals in dairy products and a reduced risk of diabetes, but those results were inconclusive.  May notes that recommendations are to continue to consume lower-fat dairy products.   

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TTIP Round in New York Concludes with No Ag Chapter

The latest negotiating round on the TransAtlantic Trade and Investment Partnership between the US and the European Union concluded in New York.  The Hagstrom Report says talks are expected to continue on a daily basis to try to complete the agreement before the end of the year.  The chief negotiators said that TTIP would not contain a separate agriculture chapter.  Agriculture and food chapters will be matters contained in separate chapters.  The Washington Trade Daily said continued high Ag tariffs on both sides remain a problem, but the United States continues to insist on zero tariffs for all goods.  The European Commissioner for Ag and Trade Development said the European Union won’t sign off on a trade deal with the US that doesn’t include recognition of its geographical indications.  The EU intends to tie increased market access for meat to recognition of the GI’s.

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USDA offers new loans for Portable Storage and Handling Equipment

The US Department of Agriculture will provide a new financing option to help farmers finance and purchase portable storage and handling equipment.  The FSA and the Ag Marketing Service announced changes to the Farm Storage Facility Loan Program during a food roundtable in Columbus, Ohio.  The loans now include a smaller microloan option, with lower down payments designed to producers, including new, small, and mid-sized producers, grow their businesses and markets.  The microloan option allows producers seeking $50,000 or less to qualify for a reduced down payment of five percent and no three year production history requirement. Farms and ranches of all size are eligible, but it should be a particular benefit to smaller farms and ranches, and specialty crop producers who may not have access to commercial storage or on-farm storage after harvest.  These producers can invest in things like conveyors, scales, refrigeration units, and trucks to store commodities before the go to market.

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ASA Accepting Nominations for Leadership At its Best Program

The American Soybean Association is seeking candidates for it’s 2016-2017 “Leadership At Its Best” Program.  The program is sponsored by Syngenta and designed to provide state soybean leaders with advanced leadership training and communication skills to make a difference in American agriculture. The goal is to advance local leaders to national leadership levels. Leadership at Its Best is a two-part program, and candidates must be able to attend both sessions in August of this year and March of next year.  The candidate must be a current director or committee chair must have expressed a strong desire to attain an advanced leadership position.  Applications are due by May 20, and for information contact Michelle Hummel at mhummel@soybean.org.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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05-02-16 Protect the Harvest: Ending the Sound of Silence: Property Rights Top Priority…

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ENDING THE SOUND OF SILENCE: PROPERTY RIGHTS TOP PRIORITY

2 May 2016–How prepared are we to embrace property rights protections envisioned by our founders?There are a growing number of people who are vocal and steadfast in support. What do students, the next generation of leaders, think they can do to protect these individual rights that helped build and make our country the land of opportunity.

The first annual Range Rights and Resource Symposium is set for Layton, UT at the Davis Conference Center May 20-21, 2016.  Event organizers want to hear from “students” about property rights. Regardless of which side of the property rights debate you are on, we are seeking your opinion on the issue in the form of a 1- minute video submission.
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