American Sheep Industry Weekly May 6, 2016…

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Lamb Price Reporting Comments Available for Viewing

The comment period for Livestock Mandatory Reporting closed effective April 29. Producers can now go online to view the comments!docketBrowser;rpp=100;so=DESC;sb=docId;po=0;dct=PS;D=AMS-LPS-15-0070. Of the 10 comments submitted, one appears to be from an activist, one is specific to swine and eight comments focus on the recommended revisions to the lamb reporting requirements. Continue reading

05-06-16 Alex Cooper Joins Potatoes USA to Manage Spud Nation’s Washington, D.C., Expansion…


Alex Cooper Joins Potatoes USA to Manage Spud Nation’s Washington, D.C., Expansion

Alex CooperDENVER (May 6, 2016)—Potatoes USA is pleased to announce Alex Cooper of Bethesda, Maryland, will be the manager of its Spud Nation food truck expansion into Washington, D.C., and the surrounding Mid-Atlantic area. Cooper brings a solid set of skills from previous food truck business interests and a passion for this industry.

Cooper’s most recent role was as the Events Director for the D.C., Maryland and Virginia Food Truck Association (DMVFTA). In this position, he focused on creating and designing food truck based events like the Capital City Food Truck Convention and Curbside Cook-off. The Capital City Food Truck Convention is a two day gathering of the food truck industry’s brightest chefs, entrepreneurs, innovators and leaders in the Mid-Atlantic region. The Curbside Cook-off is the DMVFTA’S annual signature festival that’s not to be missed. It features food trucks, mobile retailers, local craft beers, an artisans market and kid zone. Continue reading

05-06-16 Potatoes USA: Spud Nation Welcomes Food Truck Chef Brandon Cassulis…


Consumer Packaged Goods Industry Professional Joins Potatoes USA

Chef Brandon CassulisDENVER (May 6, 2016)—Brandon Cassulis joins the Spud Nation Food Truck in Denver. He will be traveling around town inspiring consumers with field-to-fork potato adventures. Spud Nation was created by Potatoes USA and is the first food truck owned by the 2,500 farming families involved in the potato industry

Before moving to Denver, CO, Cassulis lived in New York, and worked in the foodservice industry for over seven years. He was an Assistant General Manager for Friendly’s in Middletown, NY. Best known for its ice cream, Friendly’s is an East Coast restaurant chain, with 380 locations, that was founded in 1935 in Springfield, MA. Continue reading

05-06-16 WDA: Celebrate Mom this Mother’s Day with these Kid-Friendly Recipes…

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Treat mom to breakfast in bed or brunch with recipes the kids can help make! Our nutritionist, Jaclyn, tested these recipes with her youngsters so you know they’re kid friendly (and that mom will love them too)!

Mother’s Day Drops – These tasty biscuits have Nutella in them!
Easy Omelet – Have the kids sprinkle the cheese on top!
Kidz Crepes – How can Mom not love something with hot fudge drizzled on top?

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05-06-16 WDA’s June Dairy Month Celebration: Honoring our Dairy Farm Families…


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This week, two farms had visits from Fuel Up to Play 60 students. Getting students on the farm gives them a better understanding of where their milk comes from and helps ensure they’ll be lifetime consumers of dairy.

Hudson Academy toured Lost Creek Dairy on Wednesday, where third, fourth and fifth graders learned where milk comes from, tried milking June the cow and enjoyed cheese sticks! The tour was set up so that students could go from station to station to learn about the different aspects of dairy, from how the milking parlors work, to animal care, what the cows eat and dairy products.

On Thursday, Brentwood Middle School students visited Galeton Dairy to see exactly what it takes to run a dairy farm – they learned that each and every job on the farm contributes to the dairy’s success! Plus they got to see first-hand the amount of care each and every cow on a dairy gets.

Thank you to the Eldred family, Faulkner family and Debbie Preston for hosting! Continue reading

05-06-16 WDA: Calling All Social Media Users – Join Stand Up for Ag!

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Western Dairy Association started Stand Up for Ag two years ago in order to gather people from all parts of Colorado agriculture to share each other’s stories and collaborate in telling ag’s story to consumers. Over the last two years, we have helped hundreds of farmers, ranchers, agri-business professionals, FFA members and agricultural educators learn how to effectively use social media to tell their story. We have sent out monthly emails updating members on the latest happenings in the online ag world and we have shared stories and ideas. Continue reading

05-06-16 WDA: NFL Contributes an Additional $1.5 Million to Fuel Up to Play 60…


NFL Contributes an Additional $1.5 Million to Fuel Up to Play 60

The NFL Foundation has once again shown its commitment to youth health and wellness by contributing an additional $1.5 million to the dairy farmer-funded Fuel Up to Play 60 program.

This means that 4,000 more NFL FLAG Essential Kits will be distributed to Fuel Up to Play 60 schools throughout the country, helping students have access to more physical activity. The NFL FLAG Essential Kits help encourage students – boys and girls – to start flag football games or leagues. Flag football is a great way for students to participate in a fun physical activity and get their 60 minutes of exercise each day! Continue reading

05-06-16 WDA’s June Dairy Month Celebration: Honoring our Dairy Farm Families…

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By now, you’ve heard all about our June Dairy Month celebration. It’s going to be fun for everyone and we cannot wait to celebrate with you!

But let’s not forget the reason why we get to celebrate – eighty years of dairy history!

Our purpose is to help dairy farm families tell their stories so consumers see dairy as trustworthy and essential to their lives. So, we’re celebrating because of you – our farm families. We will show you some of the ways that we tell your story, talk about key partnerships and showcase one of our most visible partners – the Denver Broncos. You’ll have a chance to donate to the William R. Wailes, Jr. Animal Sciences Scholarship, as well as The Great American Milk Drive. Continue reading

05-06-16 CSU Extension Brings Estate Planning Workshop to Baca County…

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Estate Planning Workshop to Baca County on June 7th in Springfield, CO

Sensitive issues, such as money, death, and family relations are difficult issues not only to bring up but also to talk about in any depth. It is hard to approach these issues calmly when there are strong feelings about what is important. Some people avoid discussing these subjects because they believe it to be disrespectful and uncomfortable. A survey of Americans found that both parents and adult children were uncomfortable discussing the one-dimensional topic of leaving an “inheritance”, but both enthusiastically embraced the idea of leaving a “legacy”. People believe a legacy captures all facets of an individual’s life-including family traditions, history, sharing stories, values, and wishes. For most people inheritance or estate planning are scary, dry terms. A complete legacy, according to the study, is built on four pillars-Values and Life Lessons, Personal Possessions of Emotional Value, Instructions and Wishes to be Fulfilled, and Financial Assets/Real Estate.

The workshop is designed to help families document their wishes and communicate those wishes to family members.

“Everyone should determine what and to whom they want to pass on the legacies of their lives and then communicate those wishes with family members,” according to Jeff Tranel, CSU Agricultural and Business Management Economist and author of “Leaving a Lasting Legacy”. Tranel added “The difficult part of succession and estate planning is talking with family members. It is much easier to visit with a qualified accountant and attorney to apply the available tools.”

The day long workshop will walk participants through the four pillars of a Lasting Legacy. Past workshop participants have greatly enjoyed Tranel’s, ABM Economist with CSU, use of stories, discussion, examples, clickers, and other educational tools to help farm and ranch families begin documenting their legacies. Dr. Dalsted said “this program will truly help farm and ranch families get things in order before they consult with an attorney. There are many tools available for estate planning. However, if a family does not know what it wants to have happen to their personal assets and farm, the tools may not be the right ones.”

Tranel will speak on Tuesday, June 7th, 2016 at the Minnick Building in Springfield, Colorado. The day long workshop will begin at 9:00 a.m. and conclude at approximately 3:30 p.m.

People interested in participating in the workshops should contact the County Extension Office at (719)523-6971 or Continue reading

05-06-16 RMFU: Equally important, will you encourage anyone from your area to become a happy camper?…

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 Equally important, will you encourage anyone from your area to become a happy camper?

Parents who want their kids to attend an affordable and meaningful summer camp are invited to check out the education programs offered by Rocky Mountain Farmers Union. And, no, campers are not going to be driving tractors or wrestling steers.

“There are many places you can send your child for a great camping experience. Our smaller size and breathtaking mountain setting makes RMFU camp a natural choice. We offer a unique environment where kids have the opportunity to be themselves,” says Jennifer Luitjens Bahr, director of education for the RMFU. Continue reading

05-06-16 National FFA Organization Awards More Than $2.6 million in Scholarships!

National FFA Emblem - REfreshed March 2015National FFA Organization Awards More Than $2.6 million in Scholarships

INDIANAPOLIS (Friday, May 6, 2016/National FFA Organization) – The National FFA Organization and Foundation has awarded more than $2.6 million in scholarships to 1,791 recipients. This was made possible thanks to the generosity of 116 sponsors.

More than 8,300 students applied online for the scholarships, with many of the applicants being considered for multiple awards. Approximately one in every five students who applied was awarded a scholarship. The scholarships were available to students pursuing two-year or four-year degrees or vocational programs. The average recipient had a GPA of 3.75 on a 4.0 scale and were in the top 16 percent of their class.

This year marks the 32nd year for the scholarship program, which began in 1984 with 16 scholarships offered. Since then, more than $44 million has been awarded in scholarship funds through the National FFA Organization.

The selection process takes into account the whole student, including FFA involvement, work experience, supervised agricultural experience, community service, leadership skills and academics.

A list of recipients is available on the scholarship results page on Recipients are listed first by the state in which their high school is located then alphabetically by student last name. To see an illustrative overview of the 2016 recipients, visit Continue reading

05-06-16 CO Water Congress: 2016 Summer Conference and Membership Meeting in Steamboat Springs Aug 24-26…


Wednesday, August 24, 2016 – Friday, August 26, 2016
Sheraton Steamboat Resort
2200 Village Inn Court
Steamboat Springs, CO 80477

Join the Colorado Water Congress at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort, August 24 to 26 for the CWC 2016 Summer Conference. The high-energy Summer Conference is packed with great topical content. It’s a don’t miss event for those who wish to stay informed about water issues in Colorado while engaging in numerous professional development activities.

Member Registration – Are you a CWC member? Click HERE to see if the organization you work for is listed. To Fax or Mail in your registration, click HERE to download the registration form.

05-06-16 BQA is my story, what’s yours? Facebook Contest…

BQA is my story, what’s yours? Facebook Contest

The beef checkoff’s Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) program is kicking off a Facebook photo contest on May 9, 2016. Beef and dairy producers are encouraged to enter the ‘BQA is my story, what’s yours?’ contest by sharing their BQA story in the comments of one of the four BQA contest specific posts.

Each week, the BQA program will select one person as the weekly Facebook Story and Photo Contest winner to receive a BQA vest valued at $50. Following the contest, one of the four weekly winners will receive an Omaha Steaks package valued at $250. The grand prize winner will be announced June 13, 2016.

Find the contest rules here. Continue reading

04-07-16 NAFB 2016 Scholarship Program Details – Apply By June 6th…

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Since 1977, the NAFB Foundation has provided financial support and educational opportunities in the form of college Scholarships to assist students in pursuit of careers in agricultural communications. More than $315,000 in scholarships have been presented.

Currently, the NAFB Foundation offers five $5,000 college scholarships: the Glenn Kummerow Memorial Scholarship, the George Logan Scholarship, the Orion Samuelson Scholarship (presented by CME Group), the BASF Grow Smart Scholarship (presented by BASF), and the CHS Scholarship (presented by CHS, Inc.). These scholarships are recognized at the NAFB Convention in Kansas City each November and the recipients also receive an expense-paid trip to attend the convention as part of the award. Continue reading

05-06-16 USDA Awards $39.3 Million in Loans and Grants to Support Economic Development in Rural Areas, including CO…

USDA Press ReleaseUSDA Awards $39.3 Million in Loans and Grants to Support Economic Development in Rural Areas

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WASHINGTON, May 6, 2016 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced $39.3 million in loans and grants for 68 projects that will help small, rural businesses and communities in 26 states. The announcement comes as the Obama Administration celebrates the profound economic impact of American entrepreneurs during National Small Business Week.

“More than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, and these businesses create two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year,” Vilsack said. “Supporting small businesses and rural communities is vital to our economic health. This funding enables communities to provide important support services and access to capital for rural, small businesses.” Continue reading

Read the NAFB’s National Ag News for Friday, May 6th…

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Global Corn Market Focusing on China

China estimates the country’s corn planting area will fall for the first time in 13 years as the nation prepares to end its corn stockpiling program. Planting area of corn in China is expected to fall more than one million hectares, or three million acres, this year. The planting area announcement comes as global markets are bracing for the fallout from China ending the nation’s corn stockpiling program, according to Reuters. China has nearly 250 million metric tons of corn in storage, and the markets are closely watching how the country plans to dispose of the stockpile. China could choose to export the surplus corn, causing a shakeup of the global corn export market. An agriculture official from China said this week that “During this reform process, and as the corn market changes, we must ensure that farmers remain positive about growing.” The support program helped boost China’s corn planted area to 37 million hectares last year. However, with the program ending, farmers there are expected to switch to other crops, including soybeans.


USDA Announces CRP Sign-up Results

More than 800,000 thousand acres of farmland were enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program in the latest sign-up period, according to USDA. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the enrollment figure Thursday from the program’s 49th sign-up period. The program pays farmers to idle marginally productive land to enhance conservation efforts. USDA says the CRP program provides nearly $2 billion annually to landowners. Vilsack says over the past 30 years, “CRP has created major environmental improvements throughout the countryside.” The most recent sign-up period was one of the most selective, according to USDA. As of March 2016, 23.8 million acres were enrolled in CRP, with 1.7 million acres set to expire this fall.


Iowa Town Rejects Processing Plant Proposal

The city council for Mason City, Iowa voted against a proposal by Prestage Farms to build a $240 million pork processing facility in the northern Iowa town. The Mason City Globe Gazette reports the vote was a 3-3 tie and a tie vote on a motion represents a loss. Prestage Farms had planned to hire more than 1,700 workers over the next four years. However, citizens of Mason City were concerned with environmental and quality of life issues. Prestage Farms issued a statement following the vote expressing disappointment. Mason City joins Nickerson, Nebraska, in rejecting processing facilities this year. The eastern Nebraska town rejected a proposed chicken processing plant that would have brought 1,100 jobs to the 400 person town. The town fought against Georgia-based Lincoln Premium Poultry, which wanted to process 1.6 million chickens a week for Costco.


Meat Exports Move Higher in March

Beef and pork exports rebounded in March, increasing year-over-year volume. The U.S. Meat Export Federation says March export values were lower than a year ago but trended upward, with both pork and beef exports reaching a 2016 high. The lower values are a direct result from softer market prices this year. Beef exports totaled 89,000 some metric tons in March, up three percent from a year ago and pushing first-quarter volume two percent higher than last year. March export value was $483 million for beef, down eight percent from a year ago but the highest since December. For the first quarter, export value was $1.36 billion, down 13 percent from the same period last year. March pork exports were the largest in 11 months at 195,000 some metric tons, up three percent compared to this time last year. First-quarter exports also increased two percent. March export value, $480 million, was down three percent from a year ago but the highest since May 2015. First-quarter export value totaled $1.3 billion, nine percent below last year’s pace.


Outcry Overturns Certified Humane Beef Announcement

An outcry from Canadians upset with the decision has forced Earls Restaurants to reverse its plan to source 100 percent Certified Humane beef. Meatingplace reports that the outcry, which started on social media, led the chain to announce it will still source beef from Canada. The 100 percent Certified Humane beef plan by Earl’s Restaurants would have required the company to source products from the United States as Canadian suppliers would not be able to keep up with demand. The company described 100 percent Certified Humane beef as antibiotic and steroid free. With 59 of the companies 66 locations in Canada, Earl’s Restaurants announced this week “we made a mistake when we moved away from Canadian beef.” Company officials say the restaurant chain will work with local farms in Canada to build a supply of beef that meets their criteria. The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association called the company’s apology a “good first step.”

Farm Mom of the Year Announced

After two weeks of online voting, Kentucky farmer Mary Courtney was announced Thursday as America’s Farmers Mom of the Year. Courtney, who started her farm with her husband, now grows corn, soybeans and vegetables on their family farm and raise cattle. Mary was one of five women who were recognized at the end of April as a regional finalist in the program. All of the finalists were selected by both the American Agri-Women Association and Monsanto for their dedication and commitment to their families, farms, communities and the agriculture industry. All five women will receive $5,000. Courtney will receive an additional $5,000 for securing the most votes to be named the national Farm Mom of the Year.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service