05-03-16 CO Governor Hickenlooper signs Long Bill for 2016-17…

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HB16-1405 the 2016-17 Long Appropriations Bill Signing

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Gov. Hickenlooper signs Long Bill for 2016-17

DENVER — Tuesday, May 3, 2016Gov. John Hickenlooper today signed HB16-1405 “2016-17 Long Appropriations Bill” into law.

“This bill, and its accompanying legislative items that comprise the FY 2016-17 budget, reflect the commitment and collaboration of many participants over the last year,” said Hickenlooper. “The Colorado General Assembly has a long history of setting aside disagreements that in other states would lead to acrimonious gridlock. In keeping with that tradition, the budget agreement reflects the best spirit of bipartisanship in the United States and it will effectively serve the entire state of Colorado.”

The next fiscal year’s budget include these noteworthy items: Continue reading

05-03-16 Inside the BARN with CO State Fair General Manager Sarah Cummings…

CSF in Pueblo logoSarah Cummings CO State Fair General Manager(BARN Media – Briggsdale.CO) May 3, 2016 – This week the entertainment lineup was announced for the 144th CO State Fair and  joining the CO Ag News Network inside the BARN to discuss that and much more  is the new CSF General Manager Sarah Cummings…


The 144th CO State Fair is slated for Aug 26th – Sept 5th of 2016. Learn more online @ www.coloradostatefair.com

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05-03-16 USDA: Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces Open Prairie Rural Opportunities Fun

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Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces Open Prairie Rural Opportunities Fun


WASHINGTON, May 3, 2016 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the launch of a new private investment fund with the potential to inject $100 million into small food and agriculture businesses across rural America. The fund, known as the Open Prairie Rural Opportunities Fund, will be the fourth Rural Business Investment Company (RBIC) that USDA has helped to create since 2014, and is part of USDA’s ongoing efforts to help attract private sector capital to investment opportunities in rural America to help drive more economic growth in rural communities.

“Like their counterparts in urban areas, innovative small businesses throughout rural America need access to capital in order to grow and create jobs,” Vilsack said. “At USDA, we are working hard to reenergize the rural economy, and we are enlisting more and more private sector partners to help achieve that goal. Open Prairie has been a great partner in this effort.” Continue reading

05-03-16 Results from the 2016 CO FFA State Career Development Contests @ CSU…


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05-03-16 USDA Awards $16 Million for Research into Sustainable Crop and Livestock Production Method…

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USDA Awards $16 Million for Research into Sustainable Crop and Livestock Production Method

Next Round of Funding Will Support Pollinator Health, Plant and Animal Phenomics Research – includes $50k for USDA ARS in Ft Collins, CO

WASHINGTON, May 3, 2016 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today awarded $16.5 million in grants to support research into methods for boosting agriculture productivity and ensuring food security in the face of pests, diseases and a changing climate. In addition, USDA announced that it is seeking applications for the next round of projects, which will focus on pollinator health and plant and animal phenomics. The grants are made available through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), administered by USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). Continue reading

05-03-16 Pork Checkoff Announces 2016 Pork Industry Scholarship Recipients…


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Pork Checkoff Announces 2016 Pork Industry Scholarship Recipients

Includes Yuma, Co’s Morgan Weinrich

Des Moines, Iowa – May 3, 2016 – The Pork Checkoff has awarded 22 scholarships to college students around the United States as part of its strategy to develop the pork industry’s future leaders. Successful applicants were selected from a pool of 35 applicants based on scholastic merit, leadership activities, involvement in the pork production industry and future plans for a career in pork production.“The 2016 scholarship winners will positively impact the swine industry in the future,” said the National Pork Board President Derek Sleezer, a pork producer from Cherokee, Iowa. “We have an ongoing obligation to producers to help develop the next generation of pork producers. The goal is to ensure a sustainable source of leaders who will be ready to produce safe, wholesome food in a socially responsible way.”

The 22 student recipients hail from 10 states and 15 universities and represent five different majors in swine-related fields. The 2016 Pork Industry Scholarship recipients are:

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05-03-16 Celebrating National Egg Month with Terri Heine of Morning Fresh Farms and the CO Egg Producers…

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CEP-CO Egg Producers LogoCelebrating National Egg Month with Terri Heine of Morning Fresh Farms & CEP

(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) May 3, 2016 – Joining the Colorado Ag News Network inside the BARN to discuss National Egg Month, going on throughout this month  is Terri Heine of Morning Fresh Farms, a member of the Colorado Egg Producers Association




Click here to learn more about DTC Eats on May 9th, as heard within the interview above

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Colorado Egg Producers: Producing for Colorado…Farming with Care…Learn more online @ http://www.coloradoeggproducers.com/

05-03-16 Ports-to-Plains Alliance Washington DC Fly-in Recap…

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Ports-to-Plains Alliance members with US Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO)

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Ports-to-Plains Alliance members with US Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO)

Fifteen representatives of the Ports-to-Plains Alliance met with members of the Federal delegation and/or their staff in eighteen House offices and seventeen Senate offices on April 20-21. Continue reading

05-03-16 Wyoming Livestock Producers Urged to Donate to Those in Need…

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Wyoming Livestock Producers Urged to Donate to Those in Need

Wyoming Stock Growers Association and the Wyoming Wool Growers Association join in effort to help local communities…

Cheyenne, Wyo. – The Wyoming Stock Growers Association and Wyoming Wool Growers Association  has joined together to start a grass-roots effort through their membership to help those in need throughout the state and in their local communities by donating locally raised and packaged meat. The recent job losses in the energy industry and related local businesses have many families concerned and some even looking to local food banks for help. This effort would supply WSGA and WWGA Producer members with oval stickers that state, “Wyoming’s Livestock Producers Care about You!” with WSGA and WWGA logos and a line where donors can sign their name. The donor can choose several cuts of beef and/or lamb to donate and give the packaged meat to neighbors, acquaintances or other unemployed members of their community.

“We saw an opportunity and need to help those who have come on hard times recently,” WSGA Communications Director Haley Lockwood stated. “This joint effort will supply families with nutritious Wyoming raised beef and lamb and give them an opportunity to meet local livestock producers who care deeply for their local communities.” Continue reading

05-03-16 Colorado State Fair Entertainment Series Announced…

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Colorado State Fair Entertainment Series Announced

Tickets go on Sale June 22 at 10am

PUEBLO, Colo. – The 2016 Colorado State Fair entertainment series includes a diverse, star-studded lineup is scheduled. The stage spotlights will be shining on a variety of shows including country, classic rock, legendary musicians and up-and-coming superstars. Plus, the Budweiser Rodeo Arena will be a centerpiece for entertainment with six nights of rodeo and thrilling, engine-roaring action.
“Our entertainment lineup is diverse and exciting with a budget-friendly price tag. Tickets include Fair admission, giving fans the opportunity to arrive early and enjoy a full day at the Fair with no additional cost,” said State Fair General Manager, Sarah Cummings. “We also have two more acts to announce that will help expand our lineup to our broad customer base.”
An internet presale begins June 20 at 10am; tickets officially go on sale on June 22 at 10am and can be purchased by visiting http://www.altitudetickets.com/search.aspx?q=colorado+state+fair, by calling 866-461-6556, or visiting the Colorado State Fairgrounds. You can also like us on Facebook for up-to-date information and Fair activities.

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05-03-16 CDA: Grant Funding Helps Colorado Stone Fruit

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BROOMFIELD, Colo. – Recent grant funding may keep pie bakers and fruit lovers in Colorado happy. Two grants totaling $21,300 were newly awarded to fight peach Cytospora canker and increase sweet cherry production in Colorado.

“We are glad to support two projects that will make a difference for fruit growers in Colorado,” said Glenda Mostek, Marketing Specialist for the Colorado Department of Agriculture. “Increasing the availability of Colorado fruits and vegetables and helping fruit growers combat disease are important focus areas for the Specialty Crops Block Grant Program.” Continue reading

05-03-16 Beef Checkoff: Launching Second Annual 30 Day Protein Challenge…

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Launching Second Annual 30 Day Protein Challenge

The checkoff’s “Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner.” brand will launch the second annual 30 Day Protein Challenge campaign this month. Americans currently consume two-thirds of their total daily protein intake at dinner, which doesn’t leave much room for protein at other meals or snacks. The 30 Day Protein Challenge provides a step-by-step plan to get an optimal amount of protein throughout the day.

The first launch of the Protein Challenge in 2015 was extremely successful, exceeding benchmark metrics set for the campaign, including more than 14,000 email campaign subscriptions, 81,000+ email opens and click-thrus, and more than 164,000 visits to the Protein Challenge landing page on BeefItsWhatsForDinner.com during the campaign period.

To continue the success in 2016, several upgrades have been made to the campaign to increase engagement with, and visibility of the program. Continue reading

05-03-16 Check out the May 2016 Colorado Proud Newsletter…


May 2016 Colorado Proud Newsletter


Colorado Proud News & Events

Colorado Proud Recipe of the Month

Rocky Mountain Food Safety Conference. The 2015 Rocky Mountain Food Safety Conference will be held May 24-25, 2016, at Johnson & Wales University, 7150 E. Montview Blvd, Denver, CO 80220 with preconference workshops scheduled for Monday, May 23, 2016. The conference brings together professionals from the food industry and the food safety community, providing a unique annual opportunity for updates, networking, and new ideas. National and local experts present information and views on current issues, problems, and developments, and conference participants gain an updated, broader view of the field and their role in securing and protecting a safe food supply. This year’s agenda includes information about cottage foods, produce safety, FSMA, liability and allergens. Visit www.rmfoodsafety.org for more information and to register. Continue reading

05-03-16 Scholarships Available for the 2016 Colorado AgriCULTURE in the Classroom Summer Institute in June…

05-03-16 WSSA: Survey Provides Insights on Distribution and Management of Giant Ragweed in the Corn Belt…

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Survey Provides Insights on Distribution and Management of Giant Ragweed in the Corn Belt   

LAWRENCE, Kansas – May 3, 2016 – A new survey published in the journal Weed Science offers insights into the distribution and management of giant ragweed, a plant known to cause significant losses in corn, soybean and cotton crops.

Over the past three decades, giant ragweed has become an increasing concern, especially as herbicide-resistant populations have increased. To date, though, scientists have lacked quantitative data on how giant ragweed is distributed and spreads.

To help address this gap, a team of researchers from six universities and the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service surveyed certified crop advisors working in the Corn Belt regions of the U.S. and Canada. The survey explored the prevalence of giant ragweed and gathered information on crop production practices. The responses led to several key findings: Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Tuesday, May 3rd…

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R-CALF Suing USDA over Beef Checkoff, Again

A group of cattle ranchers is again challenging USDA regarding the department’s oversight of the beef checkoff program. R-CALF claims the beef checkoff should be promoting U.S. beef only, according to Politico. R-CALF, headquartered in Billings Montana, filed a lawsuit in a Montana-based federal court Monday. The organization claims its members in Montana are having their First Amendment rights denied because USDA forces the ranchers to pay into the state’s chapter of the checkoff program without having a say in the marketing strategy. In a copy of the complaint obtained by Politico, R-CALF says its members “believe it is important to communicate to consumers that all beef is not equal.” The complaint goes on to say R-CALF members are being required to subsidize private speech they disagree with, an act the organization calls “a plain violation of the First Amendment.” The lawsuit is the latest in the long-running dispute with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association by R-CALF. NCBA is charged with managing the beef checkoff program and R-CALF claims NCBA is dominated by multinational corporate interests that want control of the cattle supply


Senate Expected to Consider Appropriations Bills Soon

One U.S. Senator expects action on 2017 Appropriations bills after the Senate returns from recess next week. Senator Jerry Moran, A Kansas Republican who chairs the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee, said he expects action on all the fiscal year 2017 appropriations bills when the Senate returns next week, according to the Hagstrom Report. Moran made the comments during a speech to the Independent Community Bankers of America. However, he did not say when he expects the fiscal year 2017 Agriculture Appropriations bill to be considered in the Subcommittee or the Senate. The House Appropriations Committee has already approved its bill. Also, last week, House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, a Maryland Democrat, suggested Congress will end up passing another catch-all spending plan, known as a continuing resolution. Hoyer made the suggestion because of the little remaining time Congress will be in session between now and the end of September deadline for appropriation bills.


Wheat Groups Pressing Canada to Change Grain Grading

The U.S. Wheat Associates and the National Association of Wheat Growers are urging Canada to change the nation’s grain grading system. The two U.S. groups sent a letter last week to Canadian agriculture and trade officials claiming Canada’s grain grading system unfairly minimizes the quality of U.S.-grown wheat. Currently, under the Canada Grains Act, when a U.S. farmer transports his wheat across the border to Canada with the intent of selling at a local elevator, that wheat will automatically be deemed feed-quality without any regard for the actual quality of the grain. The U.S. wheat groups compare the policy barriers to the Country of Origin Labeling Dispute, saying the Canadian grain grading system affords less favorable treatment for imported wheat as compared to domestically-grown wheat, which aligns closely with Canada’s argument that the U.S. COOL program led to a lower price being paid for Canadian livestock.


Taiwan Pig Farmers Threaten Protest of Ractopamine

Agriculture representatives in Taiwan threatened to stage a large-scale protest last week if the country were to lift its ban on imports of pork from hogs given the feed additive ractopamine. The threat was prompted by a statement from a Taiwanese agriculture official who said Taiwan “cannot shut its doors to U.S. pork containing ractopamine forever in the face of globalization,” according to the U.S. based National Pork Producers Council. NPPC has been pressing the Obama administration to urge Taiwan to lift the ban, which the organization says is not based on science. NPPC says ractopamine was determined to be safe by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and is approved for use in pork production in 26 countries, with 75 additional nations allowing the importation of pork from hogs fed ractopamine.


Canadian Restaurant Chain Serving Certified Humane Beef

A Canadian restaurant chain claims to be the first in North America to serve 100 percent Certified Humane beef. Vancouver Canada-based Earls Restaurants says Certified Humane beef is raised without the use of antibiotics or steroids and contains no added hormones. Effective last week, all 66 Earl’s restaurants across North America now serve the 100-percent Certified Humane beef, according to Meatingplace. The new focus on Certified Humane products forced the company to change procurement practices. The company is requiring that all of its beef must come from not only Certified Humane ranches but also from Certified Humane slaughterhouses. The move also means that Earl’s will source from the United States as Canadian suppliers cannot keep up the with company’s demand for Certified Humane beef products.


Feed Industry Group Creating FSMA Compliance Guidelines

The American Feed Industry Association and National Grain and Feed Association are partnering to finance a project that the groups say will help the industry comply with the Food Safety Modernization Act. The two groups are funding the University of Minnesota’s work to develop guidelines aimed at helping animal feed, feed ingredient and pet food facilities to cost-effectively comply with a core requirement of the Food and Drug Administration’s final rules in the Act. FSMA requires covered animal food facilities to establish and implement an animal food safety system that includes an analysis identifying “known or reasonably foreseeable” hazards to determine if any hazards exist that require risk-based preventive controls. Under the project, the University will develop a generic hazard analysis and provide the analysis to the associations’ foundations, which in turn will share it with AFIA and NGFA-member facilities to use.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service