05-02-16 CO Governor Hickenlooper statement on EPA’s Methane Emission Rules…

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Gov. Hickenlooper statement on EPA rules

DENVER — Thursday, May 12, 2016 Gov. John Hickenlooper today issued the following statement after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a finalized rule to limit methane emissions from new and modified oil and gas facilities.

“The EPA announced today finalized standards to reduce greenhouse gases (GHG), notably methane, and volatile organic compounds (VOC) from oil and natural gas operations. Continue reading

05-12-16 Colorado welcomes Lieutenant Governor Donna Lynne…

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Donna Lynne, President and CEO of Kaiser Permanente Colorado, at the Regional offices in Arvada, CO., Monday, Oct. 14, 2013. (Photo by Barry Gutierrez)

Donna Lynne, President and CEO of Kaiser Permanente Colorado, at the Regional offices in Arvada, CO., Monday, Oct. 14, 2013. (Photo by Barry Gutierrez)

Colorado welcomes Lieutenant Governor Donna Lynne

DENVER — Thursday, May 12, 2016 Gov. John Hickenlooper and Chief Justice Nancy Rice today officiated the swearing-in of Donna Lynne as Colorado’s 49th lieutenant governor. Lynne was nominated by Hickenlooper in March and confirmed by the General Assembly last week. She will serve in a dual role at lieutenant governor and chief operating officer.

“Donna’s executive prowess and experience in both public and private business operations will help us make even more of an impact on programs across the state in this new role,” said Hickenlooper. “She has spent her career as a champion for families and communities and is renowned for her ability to listen, collaborate and then get it done. We are grateful for her willingness to serve.” Continue reading

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05-12-16 CAAA Scholarship Applications Due June1st…

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The Colorado Agricultural Aviation Association Scholarship will be awarded annually. Any persons submitting a resume application to the Colorado Agricultural Aviation Association will be eligible for this award. Candidates should demonstrate a genuine interest in agriculture particulary agronomy, research, or ag law that promotes or supports the Agricultural Aviation Industry. Non-traditional students are also encouraged to apply. Letters of recommendation will be accepted along with the resume application but are not required.

The Scholarship will be awarded to a graduating senior or any persons using the funds for continuing education in the agricultural aviation industry. This scholarship is worth One Thousand dollars ($1,000.00) and is payable to a school of choice. The CoAAA Board of Directors may vote to increase the amount or award more than one scholarship on an annual basis.

Applications must be postmarked no later than June 1, 2016 and submitted to:
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05-12-16 CSU Ext ALERT: Wheat Disease Update – Kirk Broders, Plant Pathologist…

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Wheat Disease Update – May 12, 2016

Written by: Kirk Broders, Plant Pathologist; Department of Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management, Colorado State University; C030 Plant Science Bldg., 1177 Campus Delivery, Fort Collins, CO, 80523-1177; 970-491-0850 (work);  kirk.broders@colostate.edu 

There has been good precipitation around the state this spring which has led to a good wheat crop, but also provides the potential for more foliar diseases than we usually see. Most of the wheat in the southeast has already headed out and there are low levels of stripe rust present, but likely will not impact yield especially where the wheat is further along. Wheat in the rest of the state ranges from booting to heading (Feekes 10 – 10.1). It is at this point that the flag leaf will also become fully emerged, and it will be important to ensure the flag leaf is protected in order to protect yield. I have received reports of stripe rust from multiple locations in eastern Colorado from Prowers County in the southeast and further north in Cheyenne, Kit Carson, Yuma, Washington and Arapahoe counties. Scott Haley mentioned he saw bacterial streak in the northeast part of Colorado and I have also received a couple reports and confirmed one report of Stagonosopora blotch on wheat in Washington County. Both reports were from wheat planted after a previous wheat crop. There were several reports of Stagonospora blotch in the state last year likely due to the significant amount of precipitation. This fungus is capable of surviving on wheat stubble and then infecting the successive crop given ample rainfall. Both Stagonospora blotch and stripe rust remain sporadically distributed and at low levels in most regions in the state, but with more predicted rain in the forecast growers may want to consider applying a fungicide once the flag leaf is fully emerged in order to ensure it is protected and the head is able to yield to potential. Certainly, they should take into consideration whether there is any foliar disease currently in the field or in their region, the potential yield of the crop and the cost of the fungicide to be applied, as well as the probability of cool, rainy weather in the forecast. Continue reading

05-12-16 CFVGA President Robert Sakata, Brighton, Colo., Addresses Federal Issues of Concern to Colorado Produce Growers

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(from left to right) CFVGA members Kyle and Vic Smith, Southern Colorado Farms, Center, Colo., U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, and CFVGA President Robert Sakata, Sakata Family Farms, Brighton, Colo., visited May 10 about issues impacting Colorado produce growers. These and other visits made by the CFVGA trio were part of a national legislative event organized by Western Growers.

(from left to right) CFVGA members Kyle and Vic Smith, Southern Colorado Farms, Center, Colo., U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, and CFVGA President Robert Sakata, Sakata Family Farms, Brighton, Colo., visited May 10 about issues impacting Colorado produce growers. These and other visits made by the CFVGA trio were part of a national legislative event organized by Western Growers.

CFVGA President Robert Sakata, Brighton, Colo., Addresses Federal Issues of Concern to Colorado Produce Growers
WASHINGTON, D.C.– Colorado Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association (CFVGA) President Robert Sakata is today winding up a visit to the nation’s capital to meet with elected officials and government agency representatives on issues key to the success of Colorado produce growers. Organized by Western Growers, the national legislative event took place May 10-12.
“I am honored to be able to speak for Colorado produce growers on some key federal issues that are important to all of us,” said Sakata. “In our meetings we have asked for members of Congress to support a bill currently being reviewed in committee that would mitigate the impact of drought in the West. We also need the support of Congress and immigration authorities to pass legislation and more efficiently implement current policies to enable Colorado growers to bring in foreign nationals as farm labor, especially during harvest.” Continue reading

05-12-16 CWC News: FWS Drops Appeal of Ruling Delisting Lesser Prairie Chicken


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FWS Drops Appeal of Ruling Delisting Lesser Prairie Chicken

Washington, D.C. (May 12th, 2016) –Yesterday the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service announced that it is dropping its appeal against the Texas Court ruling that removed the threatened designation of the lesser prairie chicken. The court cited that local conservation efforts and plans were ignored when the listing decision was made.

Congressional Western Caucus Chairman Cynthia Lummis (WY-At large), Chairman Emeritus Steve Pearce (NM-02), and caucus member U.S. Rep. Markwayne Mullin (OK-02) issued the following statements in response: Continue reading

05-12-16 WSGA 2016 Summer Convention “Educating for Ranching Success in the 21st Century”

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Wyoming Stock Growers Association 2016 Summer Convention “Educating for Ranching Success in the 21st Century”

The 2016 Wyoming Cattle Industry Convention and Trade Show will be held June 1-4 at the UW Conference Center/Hilton Garden Inn in Laramie, Wyo., and will revolve around the theme “Educating for Ranching Success in the 21st Century” with a focus on giving resources to convention attendees to improve their ranching operation. Hosted by the Wyoming Stock Growers Association (WSGA), the annual convention is open to members, non-members, state and the local media. This convention will feature a myriad of presentations from the University of Wyoming College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Wyoming Congressional Delegation, Congressional Candidate Forum as well as a special educational session from Zoetis called the Zoetis Cattlemen’s College featuring Dr. Kent Anderson, Director of Genetics for Cattle and & Equine Technical Service and Dave Pratt, Ranch Management Consultants, Inc. Continue reading

05-12-16 USDA Secretary Vilsack Announces Climate Smart Agriculture and Forestry Results…

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Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces Climate Smart Agriculture and Forestry Results, Additional $72.3 Million Soil Health Investment to Support Paris Agreement

WASHINGTON, May 12, 2016 – Today, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack shared the first results of USDA’s Building Blocks for Climate Smart Agriculture and Forestry, one year after he unveiled the plan at Michigan State University. In addition to providing specific goals and results of the many actions that USDA is taking to help farmers, ranchers, and forestland owners respond to and help mitigate climate change, Vilsack announced a new $72.3 million investment to boost carbon storage in healthy soils during a speech on climate at the Center for America Progress in Washington, DC.

“American farmers, ranchers, and forestland owners are global leaders in conserving rural America’s natural resources and reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” said Vilsack. “With today’s announcements, USDA is providing the necessary tools and resources called for under the President’s Climate Action Plan so producers and landowners can successfully create economic opportunity and provide the food, fiber and energy needs of a growing global population.” Continue reading

05-12-16 USCA Calls for Senate Hearing on State of Livestock Industry, Market…


USCA Calls for Senate Hearing on State of Livestock Industry, Market

WASHINGTON (May 12, 2016) – The United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) called on Congress to investigate the current state of the livestock industry.  Following the largest loss of equity in the history of the U.S. cattle industry, USCA has requested an in-depth review at the possible components contributing to ongoing market volatility.

USCA has requested U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry Chairman Pat Roberts and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow to convene a hearing focused on the contributing factors to the market collapse and its current state, including: algorithmic and anti-competitive buying practices, consumer confusion, ongoing block of funding for a final GIPSA rule, and additional industry concerns.  Continue reading

05-12-16 ASTA News: “Amseed” is Now “BetterSeed”…

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“Amseed” is Now “BetterSeed”

New ASTA Website Offers Improved User Experience

Alexandria, Va.—May 12, 2016—The American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) has a new website!  BetterSeed.org is the go-to source for all information related to the research, development and movement of quality seed to meet the world’s demand for food, feed, fiber and fuel.

“We are thrilled to offer this new and improved online resource to better serve our members, industry allies, policymakers and the general public who are looking for information about seed, seed improvement and the key policy issues that impact our industry,” said ASTA President and CEO Andrew LaVigne.  “So many of the things that enhance our quality of life can be traced to a seed someone planted.  From the food we eat, to the clothes we wear, to the fuel that powers our cars – it all starts with a seed.  Our new website helps bring this story to life.” Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Thursday, May 12th…

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Roberts Wants Stabenow’s GMO Bill Approved by Agriculture

Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts wants any GMO labeling proposal from the Committee’s ranking Democrat Debbie Stabenow vetted by agriculture groups. A Kansas Republican, Roberts says any GMO labeling bill needs the approval from agriculture and food groups to be successful in the U.S. Senate, according to Politico. Roberts says “we can’t get anywhere” unless the majority of the 800 agriculture and food groups approve of a GMO labeling proposal, adding “should that be the case, I’m ready to go.” Roberts says he is still unclear what Stabenow is willing to agree with to set a national standard on GMOs. Staff members for both lawmakers are reportedly hammering out the details for a bill with the hope of getting a proposal on the Senate floor before Vermont’s labeling law takes effect in July.


Grain Elevators Face Challenges in New Crop Year

Grain merchandisers are beginning the new-crop growing season facing significant challenges. A new report by CoBank released Wednesday says low price volatility, ample grain and oilseed inventories, slow farmer selling and an anemic export program are all factors pressuring grain merchandisers in the United States. A CoBank researcher says that while many grain elevators have solid balance sheets thanks to multiple years of strong revenues, “pressure for consolidation will likely intensify”with slimmer profit margins. The grain and oilseed basis markets continue to remain stagnant, offering limited opportunities for elevators to profit on old-crop basis appreciation. However, grain elevators could still stand to profit by year’s end off the opportunity to buy wider new-crop basis post-harvest, according to the report. Further, the report says that a growing concern among co-op managers is the availability of storage space this fall.


New Platform Aims to Expedite H-2A Processing

Federal officials say they have streamlined the process farmers use to temporarily bring migrant workers into the United States. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services and the State Department launched an online approval platform Wednesday that the American Farm Bureau hopes will expedite H-2A visa processing. Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall says visa approval delays “have gone on far too long and cost farmers across the country hundreds of thousands of dollars in lost business.” The move follows advocacy from farm groups who argued that the current system causes workers to arrive late or miss critical planting and harvesting seasons, according to Politico. The Western Growers Association says Congress’ inability and unwillingness to move immigration reform have forced farmers to use the H-2A Program, a program that has historically seen little use. Currently, the H-2A visa program is the only way farmers can legally hire migrant workers.


Dairy Groups Urge Obama to Oppose WHO Proposal

The U.S. dairy industry wants President Barack Obama to challenge a World Health Organization proposal that would discourage the consumption of dairy products by young children. The National Milk Producers Federation, along with the International Dairy Foods Association and the U.S. Dairy Export Council joined in a letter to the President this week. The groups say the WHO advice contradicts recommendations of respected national and global health organizations that endorse milk for its nutritional value, according to the Hagstrom Report. A WHO guidance document that will be presented to the World Health Assembly later this month contains the proposal. The three dairy organizations urged the U.S. government to seek further scientific review of the WHO guidance and how it may be used in the future. The dairy industry letter noted that for American toddlers aged 12 to 24 months, dairy products provide 26.7 percent of total energy intake.

USDA Projects Record High Sugar Beet Production

In this week’s round of USDA reports, the Agriculture Department projected U.S. sugar beet farmers will produce a record 5.09 million short tons of sugar from beets in the 2016-2017 growing season. Pro Farmer’s First Thing Today reports that record production would come despite food manufacturers’ push for non-GMO cane sugar. This increase in production comes as the industry faces a five percent drop in cane production to 3.62 million metric tons due to the closure of a cane mill in Hawaii. Beets represent nearly 60 percent of U.S. sugar output and have been reliant of genetically engineered seeds since 2008. The recent push for non-GMO cane has strained the U.S. sugar program and has cane refiners pressuring USDA to increase raw sugar imports at a time when sugar beet inventories are swelling.


2013 Texas Fertilizer Company Explosion A Criminal Act

Federal officials say the 2013 explosion at the West Fertilizer Company facility in West, Texas started from an intentionally set fire. The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives announced the findings Wednesday stemming from a re-enactment of the fire performed at a research lab. While the ATF did not identify any suspects, the federal agency is offering a reward of up to $50,000 for information leading to an arrest. A criminal investigation has been underway since shortly after the blast, according to the Dallas Morning News. The explosion killed 15, injured 300, and leveled a neighborhood in West, Texas, about 75 miles south of Dallas. About a month after the blast, the fire marshal offered three possible causes of the fire, faulty electrical wiring, a spark from a golf cart parked in a shed adjacent to the bin holding the fertilizer, or arson.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service