Boating and Engine Experts Call on Lawmakers to Boost Biofuel Blends
WASHINGTON, DC – Certified mechanics, engine performance experts, and professional fishermen briefed lawmakers on Capitol Hill today about the importance of ethanol in protecting the environment, preserving America’s energy security, and providing a high-octane boost to marine engines. The briefing, hosted by Fuels America, provided an important opportunity for experts to dispel myths about ethanol and discuss key benefits of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).
“We work on a wide variety of racing engines for watercraft, and they run at their absolute best on a high-octane ethanol blend,” said Keith Holmes, President and Owner of CK Motorsports in Nunica, Michigan and a Certified Mercury Marine Racing Technician. “Ethanol burns cleaner and cooler. Since the introduction of E10, we find that many engine parts have a 25 to 50 percent longer lifespan. The National Boat Racing Association exclusively uses E10 for all their races.” Continue reading →
(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) May 10, 2016 – Joining the Colorado Ag News Network inside the BARN is National FFA Alumni Region II Vice-President William “Bill” Carlson, who also serves a Treasurer of the Colorado FFA Alumni Association as well. Carlson covers several topics including
Fundamentals of Food Product Success & GMP 101 Workshop-May 23
The Colorado Department of Agriculture is partnering with the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment to organize this workshop on May 23 at Johnson & Wales University in Denver. Join us for a full day of great information to help food businesses get started. This two-part full day workshop will begin by offering food-focused businesses an overview of sales techniques and tips; developing costs, margins and pricing for manufactured food products; and marketing insights. The new State Regulatory Program for Manufactured Foods will then provide an overview of the current Good Manufacturing Practices as they relate to Colorado Wholesale Food Regulations. Items discussed will include sanitation, hygiene and employee practices.
Keeping food safe is the central theme of the annual Rocky Mountain Food Safety Conference, which will be May 24-25, 2016, at Johnson & Wales University in Denver. The conference brings together professionals from the food industry and the food safety community, providing an 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 conference agenda will feature information about the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), foodborne illness trends, produce safety, liability, allergens and communications. The keynote speaker is Lauren Bush, food safety advocate who will talk about her experience surviving pathogenic E. coli. The Rocky Mountain Food Safety Conference and pre-conference workshops will be held at Johnson & Wales University, 7150 E. Montview Blvd., Denver, CO 80220. For the first time, the conference is offering a discounted rate to new small business owners. For more information and to register, visit www.rmfoodsafety.org.
If you have any questions about these events, please contact:
Wendy Lee White
Marketing Specialist Colorado Department of Agriculture, Markets Division
New Poll: Americans Overwhelmingly Support Farmers, Farm Policy, Crop Insurance
(OVERLAND PARK, Kan.)-Nearly 90 percent of Americans have a favorable view of farmers, and 92 percent said it was important to provide them with federal funding, according to a new national poll released today. Furthermore, positive marks cut across party lines, showing that a strong farm policy is a bipartisan issue.
“Americans overwhelmingly like farmers and support the programs that protect them,” explained Jon McHenry, vice president of North Star Opinion Research, the polling firm that explored the general public’s views on farmers, farm policy and crop insurance. “This response is not surprising when you consider that eight in 10 voters believe a vibrant agricultural industry was critical to the country’s national security.”
USDA Helps Farms and Small Businesses Conserve Energy and Save Costs
Grants for Energy Audits and Renewable Energy Development are Provided through the Rural Energy for America Program
WASHINGTON, May 10, 2016 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today awarded 26 grants to help rural small businesses and agricultural producers across rural America conserve energy and develop renewable energy systems, ultimately reducing their carbon footprint, lowering overhead costs and helping to create jobs. The grants are made possible through the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP), which helps farms and small businesses right-size their energy systems and helps with the installation costs for renewable energy equipment. Continue reading →
Soil Health Institute Announces Sheldon R. Jones as New Chief Operating Officer
Farm Foundation, NFP’s Sheldon R. Jones Begins June 1
Research Triangle Park, N.C. (May 10, 2016) –The Soil Health Institute announced today it has hired Sheldon R. Jones as its Chief Operating Officer. Jones will work closely with Wayne Honeycutt, Ph.D., president and CEO, and Steven Shafer, Ph.D., chief scientific officer, in pursuing the Soil Health Institute’s mission to safeguard and enhance the vitality and productivity of the soil.
“Agriculture is who I am, what I do, and what I have a passion for,” Jones said. “Being a part of the Soil Health Institute is an exciting next step for me and a great opportunity both personally and professionally. It’s about coalescing around a common goal and reawakening the world to the importance of our soil.” Continue reading →