05-04-16 Weld County Commissioners: Local Control at Heart of Board’s Request for Hikenlooper Veto…

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LOCAL CONTROL AT HEART OF BOARD’S REQUEST FOR HICKENLOOPER VETO

WELD COUNTY, CO – A letter formally requesting Governor John Hickenlooper’s veto of House Bill 16-1401(HB 16-1401) was sent yesterday by the Weld County Board of Commissioners. HB 16-1401 pertains to the regulation of retail food establishments, or more simply put, restaurant inspections. The bill, which limits counties’ ability to control local funds as well as dictates to counties what they can and can’t say to constituents, passed both the House and the Senate and is on the way to the Governor’s desk.

“If the Governor signs this bill into law,” said Commissioner Chair Mike Freeman, “it will have a significant negative local impact in terms of public health.” Continue reading

05-04-16 USDA Announces $15.6 Million in Grants to Strengthen Rural Communities…

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WASHINGTON, May 4, 2016 The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced $15.6 million in grants to increase prosperity in rural America through research, education, and extension programs focused on promoting rural community development, economic growth, and sustainability. These grants were made through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) Foundational program, administered by USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).

“Nearly 60 million Americans live in rural areas, and their value and impact through the agriculture industry can be felt both domestically and internationally,” said Secretary Tom Vilsack. “To help these communities remain prosperous and viable, we need to support discovery of new ways that promote economic viability among producers, small businesses, and communities in rural America.” Continue reading

05-04-16 RFA Launching Boating Campaign to Combat E10 Misinformation…

RFA Launching Boating Campaign to Combat E10 Misinformation

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WASHINGTON — As Memorial Day weekend approaches later this month and people start heading out to the beaches and on the water, the Renewable Fuels Association is launching an ad campaign today to correct misinformation regarding ethanol usage in marine engines.

The campaign kicked off with a two-page ad in the latest issue of Marina Dock Age, which is delivered to nearly every marina in the United States. A copy of the ad can be found here. The campaign will also feature educational outreach and further ad placement in news outlets throughout the country. Continue reading

05-04-16 U.S. EIA: Almost all U.S. gasoline is blended with 10% ethanol…

EIA US Energy Information Administration logoAlmost all U.S. gasoline is blended with 10% ethanol: U.S. EIA

The U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (www.eia.gov) new Today in Energy brief looks at the increased use of ethanol in U.S. gasoline.

“Blends of petroleum-based gasoline with 10% ethanol, commonly referred to as E10, account for more than 95% of the fuel consumed in motor vehicles with gasoline engines. Ethanol-blended fuels are one pathway to compliance with elements of the federal renewable fuel standard (RFS). The total volume of ethanol blended into motor fuels used in the United States has continued to increase since 2010, albeit at a declining rate of growth…With nearly all U.S. gasoline now being sold as E10, the only way to increase ethanol use in the motor vehicle fleet is to adopt fuel blends containing a higher volume of ethanol, such as E15 and E85. However, not all gasoline-powered vehicles can use these fuels.—“EIA

graph of U.S. ethanol product supplied and U.S. ethanol-free motor gasoline, as explained in the article text

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Petroleum Supply Monthly

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05-04-16 WSSA Calculates Billions in Potential Economic Losses from Uncontrolled Weeds…

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WSSA Calculates Billions in Potential Economic Losses from Uncontrolled Weeds

Combined losses in corn and soybean crops would total $43 billion annually in the U.S. and Canada

LAWRENCE, Kansas – MAY 4, 2016 – What losses would corn and soybean growers experience if they were forced to eliminate herbicides and other control techniques from their weed management toolbox?  A team of experts with the Weed Science Society of America (WSSA) found that in the U.S. and Canada, about half of both crops would be lost to uncontrolled weeds, costing growers about $43 billion annually. Continue reading

05-04-16 EPA awards $1.9 million to Colorado School of Mines for water infrastructure research…

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EPA awards $1.9 million to Colorado School of Mines, Golden, Colo. for water infrastructure research

Total of $3.9 million awarded to two institutions

Denver, Colo. – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced $3.9 million in funding to two institutions to research innovative, cost-effective technologies to manage stormwater runoff and combined sewer overflows.  Colorado School of Mines received $1.95M to develop a decision support tool to help communities evaluate alternative stormwater treatment technologies that consider diverse climates, regional practices and policies across the country.  The tool will evaluate options and risks as well as life cycle costs associated with improving stormwater runoff management using green, gray and hybrid infrastructure. Colorado School of Mines will also create resources and hold workshops to conduct training sessions for these tools. Continue reading

05-04-16 Colorado Corn: HB 16-1228 “Ag Protection Water Right Transfer Mechanism” – Headed for the Finish Line…

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One CCGA-supported water bill headed to the governor for signature, another nearing the finish line

A bill aimed at giving more flexibility to agricultural water rights owners is headed to the governor for signature. After varying versions of House Bill 16-1228, “Ag Protection Water Right Transfer Mechanism,” passed through the House and Senate in recent weeks, House and Senate leaders came to a compromise on the differences between the two versions to move the bill forward.  Continue reading

05-04-16 Colorado Corn staff, board reaching out to drivers about manufacturers’ potential move to end Flex Fuel Vehicles

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Colorado Corn staff, board reaching out to drivers about manufacturers’ potential move to end Flex Fuel Vehicles 

Colorado Corn staff and board members are in the midst of reaching out to corn farmers, agribusinesses, lawmakers, the general public and others seeking their help. As folks will read in the mailer we’re sending out, major automakers could possibly phase out Flex Fuel Vehicles — vehicles that run on any blend of ethanol and gasoline, up to 85% ethanol.  Continue reading

05-04-16 Colorado Corn: CCAC board member Op-Ed regarding Ethanol and RFS…

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CCAC board member pens op-ed dispelling myths surrounding ethanol and the Renewable Fuel Standard

Colorado Corn Administrative Committee (CCAC) Vice President Mike Lefever recently wrote an op-ed to be submitted to publications across the state, explaining the truth behind the myths surrounding ethanol and the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). He concludes there’s a place at the pump for ethanol, petroleum and other fuel sources, but stressed that “ethanol doesn’t want to lose its place due to misinformation and false perceptions.”
Mike, a Longmont farmer and retired firefighter, explains that — in contrast to comments from the media and lawmakers — the RFS is not a “subsidy,” there’s no “ethanol mandate,” and there’s no “ethanol production subsidy.” He notes his frustrations in hearing ethanol demonized as “overly subsidized,” when it’s not (meanwhile, the oil industry receives $4-5 billion annually in tax breaks) and when ethanol is doing so much good.  Continue reading

05-04-16 Colorado Corn: Yuma County farmer, CCGA member Nikki Weathers a finalist for 2016 Farm Mom of the Year; VOTE TODAY!

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Nikki WeathersYuma County farmer, CCGA member Nikki Weathers a finalist for 2016 Farm Mom of the Year; Vote today! 
Be sure to vote for Nikki Weathers as the 2016 America’s Farmers Mom of the Year. 
The American Agri-Women have selected five moms whose dedication to their family, farm, community and industry is unmatched, and Nikki Weathers — who farms near Yuma, serves as the Women’s Committee Chair for the Colorado Farm Bureau, and is a Colorado Corn Growers Association (CCGA) member — is one of those five finalists after winning the Southwest Region competition. 
Learn about these amazing women, and vote for your favorite farm mom here

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05-04-16 Colorado Corn talks water with local youth at Children’s Water Festival in Greeley…

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Colorado Corn talks water with local youth at Children’s Water Festival in Greeley
Colorado Corn Communications Director Eric Brown was on hand at the Greeley Children’s Water Festival to discuss H2O with about 1,000 fourth-graders, covering how much water goes into food production, as well as other facets of everyday life. 
This event offers professionals from various aspects of the water, ag and other industries an opportunity to bring presentations and activities about water, conservation, health, and aquatic life to Weld County youngsters. The event also provides teachers with materials and lessons that they can use for years to come. 
The Central Colorado Water Conservancy District created the Children’s Water Festival in 1991, and it now stands as one of the oldest children’s water festivals in the nation.

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05-04-16 Colorado Corn: Sen Bennet Signs Letter on need for TPP…

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Bennet signs onto letter expressing need for ag priorities in Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership 

The Colorado Corn Growers Association recently reached out to Sen. Michael Bennet, asking that he help in the effort to work toward a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP) that prioritizes U.S. agriculture, including the removal of non-science based regulatory barriers and the reduction and removal of tariffs on agricultural products. 

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05-04-16 CO Corn: 2016 Colorado Legislative Session updates…

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2016 Colorado Legislative Session updates

The Colorado Corn Growers Association has put its support behind five bills so far during the 2016 Colorado Legislative Session. 
Below is the status of each of those bills, along with links to learn more about them: 
(Updates from recent days are in italics.) Continue reading

05-04-16 Colorado Corn looking for producer input through water survey…

Colorado Corn LogoColorado Corn looking for producer input through water survey 

Colorado Corn is working in coordination with the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association Ag Water Network to conduct a survey of water right holders.
This survey focuses on ag-water leasing, which presents an opportunity for ag water right holders to diversify income and potentially access a long-term, escalating revenue stream, and at the same time maintain farm viability.
Our state population is growing by the equivalent of the city of Longmont every year, and maintaining the viability of agriculture in Colorado will grow more challenging as the population expands. 
This Ag Water NetWORK Survey takes about 5-7 minutes to complete.

Who is Colorado Corn?  Continue reading

05-0416 Cullman named President/CEO of Farm Foundation, NFP…

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OAK BROOK, IL May 4, 2016: Farm Foundation has named Constance Cullman to be President and CEO of Farm Foundation, NFP and President of Farm Foundation. Cullman, who is currently U.S. Government Affairs Leader with Dow AgroSciences, will assume her new duties on June 6.
“We are excited to have Constance step into the day-to-day leadership role at Farm Foundation,” says Farm Foundation Board Chairman Mark Scholl. “She brings to the table a unique set of skills that have been fine-tuned through experiences in education, farm organizations, government service and private business.”
Cullman will be the seventh person to serve as President of Farm Foundation
since the organization was founded in 1933. She succeeds Neilson Conklin, who has served as Farm Foundation President since 2008. In July 2015, Conklin announced his plans to retire.

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, May 4th…

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Ag Groups Push For FOIA Exemption

Language exempting checkoff programs from federal public records law was added to the pending Fiscal Year 2017 Ag Appropriations bill after a coalition of agriculture groups lobbied for the addition. Meatingplace reports the coalition pressed Congress to add the language which states that because funding for checkoff organizations is provided by producers, “the House urges USDA to recognize such boards as not subject to U.S. Code Section 552.” Section 552 pertains to Freedom of Information Act requests. Several agriculture groups penned a letter to a House Agriculture subcommittee stating that including the language in the Appropriations Bill will ensure that producer resources are focused on research and promotion activities. The coalition in favor of the language includes the National Pork Producers Council and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. However, USDA told The Hagstrom Report on Tuesday that the language “wouldn’t work.” That’s because, according to USDA, the agency is bound by laws passed by Congress, including the Freedom of Information Act. The 2017 Ag Appropriations bill still needs final approval from the full House. Meanwhile, the Senate is expected to consider appropriation bills starting next week.

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Soybeans Futures hit 15 Month High

U.S. soybean futures pushed to their highest point in over a year during the overnight session Tuesday morning, before a downturn during the day trading session. Reuters says futures rose as crop damage in Argentina and fund buying pushed prices higher. Argentina lost nine million tons of soybeans in April storms that swamped part of the nations farm belt. An analyst with the Argentina state weather agency is now forecasting a 15 to 16 percent drop in production for the world’s third largest soybean exporter. The sun has come out too late to help the hardest hit areas in Argentina. Importers such as China are now said to be looking at the United States to make up for the drop in Argentina supplies. 

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Other Bills Come Before The Next Farm Bill

Senate Ag Committee Chair Pat Roberts, a Kansas Republican, and Committee Ranking Democrat Debbie Stabenow of Michigan, agree there are more important things to work on than the 2018 Farm Bill. Last week, the two Senators told agriculture journalists’ that speculation regarding the new Farm Bill should wait. Roberts and Stabenow say they look forward to the Senate considering their bipartisan Child Nutrition Reauthorization bill. Each noted the Congressional Budget Office has been very slow in calculating the various costs of the provisions. Roberts says the Child Nutrition bill and bills to establish federal rather than state labeling of genetically modified foods as well as the Commodity Futures Trading Commission must come before the new Farm Bill. Roberts and Stabenow both say they are opposed to opening the current Farm Bill and were glad to beat back efforts to cut the crop insurance budget.

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Published Report Indicates Glyphosate Likely Not Carcinogenic

The US Environmental Protection Agency pulled a report offline regarding glyphosate that the agency said was inadvertently published on Monday. Pro Farmer’s First Thing Today said the EPA noted it has not finished its review of the key ingredient in Monsanto’s herbicides, and that the document was “preliminary.” According to Reuters, the report that was errantly published found glyphosate was “not likely to be carcinogenic to humans.” Reuters also pointed out that each page of the report, dated October first of 2015, contained the word FINAL. 

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Final Iowa Pork Plant Hearing Nears with Protest likely

Residents opposed to a proposed pork processing facility in Mason City, Iowa, launched a new round of protests as the final vote by local officials on whether or not the facility will be built draws closer. Meatingplace said members city council for Mason City were scheduled to hold the final vote on Tuesday (yesterday) on the proposal from Prestage Farms to build the plant. Protesters renewed their objections with a march last weekend. Opponents continue to voice objections over potential environmental impacts, in addition to what some local residents said would be “increased crime rates” and “strain on infrastructure.” The $240 million project is expected to create 1,000 new jobs. Protesters said opposition would continue even if the city council votes in favor of the project. They promise to fight Prestage on subsequent local permit applications.

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Second Annual 30-day Protein Challenge Launched

The checkoffs “Beef, It’s What’s for Dinner” brand will launch the second annual 30 Day Protein Challenge this month. Americans consume nearly two-third of their daily protein intake at dinner, whichthe checkoff says does not leave room for protein in 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. Beef Board member Chuck Kiker, the Co-Chair of the checkoffs Consumer Trust Committee said researchers have known for some time that there are health benefits to consuming protein in balanced amounts in each meal. Kiker, from Beaumont, Texas, said “significant research shows some people can lose and maintain a healthy weight and support a healthy metabolism when they consume high-quality protein within calorie goals. To sign up for the challenge, check out Beef-Its-What’s-For-Dinner dot com. (www.beefitswhatsfordinner.com)

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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