05-20-16 WDA: Come Help Us Say Goodbye to David Bruton, Jr. on June 10th in Greeley…

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Come Help Us Say Goodbye to David Bruton, Jr.

Have you RSVP’d to our June Dairy Month event? You won’t want to miss out on this year’s festivities!

In addition to our NEW Fuel Up to Play 60 player representative, Miles the Mascot, Denver Broncos Cheerleaders and Broncos Alumni, our former Fuel Up to Play 60 player representative David Bruton, Jr. will be there to help celebrate 80 years of dairy history!

We are sad to say goodbye to Bruton (who will be playing for the Washington Redskins next year) but are looking forward to watching him give advice to our new player representative during the event.

Bruton served as our Denver Broncos FUTP 60 player spokesperson for over two years and was a huge advocate for dairy products and farmers, as well as a great role model for our FUTP 60 students and schools.

Help us say goodbye and thank Bruton for all he’s done, not only for the Fuel Up to Play 60 program, but also all he’s done for our dairy farm families.


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05-20-16 CO Corn News: Fuel up on E85 for just 85 cents at Kum & Go this summer!

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Kum & Go logoFuel up on E85 for just 85 cents at Kum & Go this summer

Kum & Go is teaming up with the Colorado Corn Administrative Committee (CCAC) this summer to host a series of events along the Front Range, drawing attention to ethanol, E85 and flex-fuel vehicles, and informing the public of their many benefits.

The events this summer will include big discounts on E85 (at 85 cents per gallon) and giveaways, and Colorado Corn staff and others will be on site spreading the good word about this cleaner-burning, American-made biofuel. E85 is an abbreviation for a fuel blend of typically 70 to 85 percent ethanol with the remainder being gasoline, and is available for use in flex-fuel vehicles (FFVs). Continue reading

05-20-16 CO Corn Op-Ed: Impacts of Vermont food-labeling law will be felt in Colorado without Congress stepping up…

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Mark Sponsler is the executive director of the Colorado Corn Growers Association, based in Greeley.

CO Corn Op-Ed: Impacts of Vermont food-labeling law will be felt in Colorado without Congress stepping up

Written by Colorado Corn Executive Director Mark Sponsler

Colorado agriculture might soon be forced to turn back the clock on decades of progress – thanks to a Vermont law taking effect July 1 – unless the U.S. Senate steps in and acts.

Agriculture contributes $40 billion to our state’s economy every year, and in recent decades, farmers and ranchers have used an advancement called biotechnology, or genetically modified organisms (GMOs), to help them achieve such levels of beneficial production. Continue reading

05-20-16 CCAC board member details to state officials optimum farm practices, use of system helping ag protect RMNP…

Colorado Corn LogoCCAC board member details to state officials optimum farm practices, use of system helping ag protect RMNP

Colorado Corn Administrative Committee (CCAC) board member Kenny Helling was in Denver this week for a meeting among state officials and agriculture representatives, to explain what he and other farmers are doing to implement best management practices on their operations, and also to talk about his involvement in the Early Warning System.
The Early Warning System, currently in its test phase, alerts ag producers to weather conditions that could potentially carry nitrogen from ag operations into Rocky Mountain National Park. Nitrogen emissions that make their way to Rocky Mountain National Park come from an array of sources, but the Early Warning System represents a proactive step the agriculture industry is taking in order to reduce its impact. 
Those in attendance at Thursday’s Rocky Mountain National Park Ag Subcommittee meeting included officials from the Environmental Protection Agency, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and National Parks Service, among others. 
Kenny, a Yuma County farmer, serves as the CCAC Regulatory Affairs Task Force co-chair. Colorado Corn Executive Director Mark Sponsler was also among those in attendance Thursday representing the ag industry. 
Who is Colorado Corn? 
Colorado Corn, based in Greeley, is made up of the Colorado Corn Administrative Committee and the Colorado Corn Growers Association. 
The Colorado Corn Administrative Committee (CCAC) oversees how Colorado’s corn check-off dollars (one penny per bushel of corn produced in Colorado) are spent on research, market development, outreach, education and other various endeavors. 
The Colorado Corn Growers Association (CCGA) is comprised of dues-paying members who are politically active, focusing on policy that impacts corn producers and ag in general. 

See more about the work of the two organizations at www.coloradocorn.com.

05-20-16 WDA: In Remembrance of Lupe Carpio…

WDA_4C_wTaglineOn behalf of the Western Dairy Association Board of Directors and staff, we are saddened to learn of the passing of Lupe Carpio of Gill, Colo. 

Lupe Theresa Carpio, 87, a longtime resident of Gill, passed away Monday, May 16, 2016, at Hospice of Northern Colorado inpatient unit. She was born on December 12, 1928, in Greeley to George and Felipa (Avila) Herrera. Continue reading





The number of cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market in Colorado feedlots with a capacity of 1,000 head or larger was estimated at 900,000 head as of May 1, 2016. The latest inventory represents no change from last month or from the May 1, 2015 inventory. Cattle feeders with 1,000 head or larger capacity marketed an estimated 135,000 head of fed cattle during April 2016. This was 10 percent below the previous month’s marketings, but 13 percent above the marketings one year earlier. An estimated 145,000 cattle and calves were placed on feed during April 2016, 12 percent below the previous month’s placements, but no change from April 2015 placements. Of the number placed in April, 17 percent weighed less than 600 pounds, 14 percent weighed from 600 to 699 pounds, 24 percent weighed from 700 to 799 pounds, and 45 percent weighed 800 pounds and greater. Other disappearance for April, at 10,000 head, was 5,000 head above last month but 5,000 head below last year.

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05-20-16 CDA Celebrates “World Metrology Day” with Newly Acquired Accreditation…

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CDA Celebrates “World Metrology Day” with Newly Acquired Accreditation

State Laboratory Protects Consumers Daily

BROOMFIELD, Colo. – May 20th, 2016, is World Metrology Day. The Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) celebrates the day by announcing that their Metrology Laboratory has been accredited by the National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP) for mass and volume calibration services.  This consumer protection effort may not be widely known, but it affects almost every person in the state.
“CDA’s Division of Inspection and Consumer Services (ICS) inspectors and metrologists ensure the accuracy of scales, meters, and packaged products at supermarkets, airports, warehouses, packing plants, storage facilities, and other retail stores through inspections.  The metrology laboratory calibrates the standards used by the inspectors and licensed scale repair companies. Both protect the consumer and help ensure fairness in the marketplace,” said Nick Brechun, CDA’s Measurement Standards Program Manager.

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05-20-16 CCGA pleased with increase in EPA’s proposed ethanol volumes, but disappointed numbers again fall short of statute…

Colorado Corn LogoColorado Corn Growers Association pleased with increase in EPA’s proposed ethanol volumes,  but disappointed numbers again fall short of statute

The Colorado Corn Growers Association and other representatives of the grain and biofuels industries this week expressed appreciation toward the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its proposal that would again increase ethanol’s Renewable Volume Obligation (RVO) under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), but were also disappointed in that the EPA continues to set numbers below the original RFS statute. Continue reading

05-20-16 USDA Awards $4.5 Million in Rural Community Development Grants; To Seek Applications for Future Projects, including 1 in CO…

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USDA Awards $4.5 Million in Rural Community Development Grants; To Seek Applications for Future Projects

CO Community Resource Center, Inc. to receive $60,758 To help Shaping Sustainable Organizations and build economic development capacity in nine rural Colorado communities.

WASHINGTON, May 20, 2016 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is awarding more than $4 million in grants to 23 organizations to support rural economic development projects. Secretary Vilsack also announced that USDA soon will seek applications for the next round of program funding. The awards and the request for applications are being provided through the Rural Community Development Initiative(RCDI) program. RCDI helps community-based development organizations, federally recognized Indian tribes and other groups promote economic development in low-income, rural communities. Continue reading

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Report Shows Agriculture a Big Winner under TPP

A report by the U.S. International Trade Commission earlier this week says agriculture stands to reap the biggest benefits from the Trans-Pacific Partnership. If the TPP was implemented, the report finds that agricultural exports would rise by about $7.2 billion per year by 2032. Imports of farm products would also increase, but only by $2.7 billion annually. Groups like the American Farm Bureau Federation and the American Soybean Association say the report is further proof that Congress should act now to approve the TPP. However, Congressional leaders remain pessimistic that the trade pact will get a vote this year, according to Agri-Pulse. In renewing his call for Congress to approve the deal, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack says the Trade Commission report “echoes what every major reputable study on TPP has now found,” that being strong benefits for the U.S. agriculture sector.


Monsanto Reviewing Bayer Proposal

Monsanto publicly announced late Wednesday that the company was reviewing a proposal by Bayer AG to acquire Monsanto. Earlier in the week, BASF and Bayer were reportedly interested in acquiring the St. Louis, Missouri-based company. Monsanto confirmed the company has received what officials call an “unsolicited, non-binding proposal” from Bayer, subject to “due diligence, regulatory approvals and other conditions.” Further, the company says the Board of Directors of Monsanto is reviewing the proposal, in consultation with its financial and legal advisors. The proposal by Bayer comes a year after Monsanto was making offers to purchase Swiss-based Syngenta worth up to $46 billion. However, state-owned ChemChina and Syngenta agreed to an all-cash deal worth $43 billion.


Health Concerns Delay EU vote on Glyphosate

European Union countries have chosen to delay a vote that would allow the continued sale and use of glyphosate herbicides, leaving little time before the EU license for glyphosate expires. A spokesperson for the European Commission said since a majority could not be reached, no vote was held this week as previously planned, according to the Wall Street Journal. The commission had proposed to reauthorize glyphosate for nine years once its current sales license runs out next month. After failing to receive a majority approval in March, the commission had reduced the proposed authorization from to nine years to 15 years. Glyphosate is one of the most popular weed killers in the EU. Complicating the vote is the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer findings last year that say glyphosate probably has the potential to cause cancer in humans. If the commission fails to vote before June 30th, glyphosate sales and use will no longer be authorized in the EU.


Senate Ag Committee Holds Farm Credit Hearing

Farm groups confirmed their support for the Farm Credit System as the Senate Agriculture Committee held a hearing Thursday regarding farm lending. Two panels gave testimony during the hearing titled “The Farm Credit System: Oversight and Outlook of the Current Economic Climate.” More than 50 farm groups wrote the Senate Agriculture Committee this week telling lawmakers the current farm economy makes “the role of the Farm Credit System more important than ever.” The American Farm Bureau Federation says the array of credit products offered by both the Farm Credit System and commercial banks ensures farmers and their industry sector partners have access to financial tools that are vital to their success. Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, a Republican from Kansas, announced at the opening of the hearing that the Farm Service Agency has seen a 21 percent increase in farm loans compared to last year.


EPA Plans RFS Public Hearing in Kansas City, Mo

While announcing its Renewable Fuel Standard proposal this week, the Environmental Protection Agency also announced plans to conduct a public hearing. The EPA said it would hold a public hearing in Kansas City, Missouri. Following its proposal last year, EPA held a public hearing in Kansas City, Kansas. This year’s hearing is planned for Thursday, June 9th. The public comment period will remain open until July 11th. EPA this week proposed to increase the renewable fuel volume requirements across all types of biofuels. However, ethanol groups say the increases are not enough. The proposal for ethanol is 200 million gallons shy of the 15 billion gallons mandated by Congress. Groups opposing the EPA proposal include the National Chicken Council, which charges the EPA is creating an artificial demand for corn-based ethanol beyond what the fuel market can bear. The group says the proposal will “have unintended consequences for other corn users,” like livestock producers.

April Milk Production up 1.2 Percent

The monthly USDA milk production report finds production for April was 1.2 percent higher compared to the same period last year. Milk production in the 23 major milk producing states during April totaled roughly 18 billion pounds. USDA also revised the March production to 17.2 billion pounds, up 1.8 percent from March of 2015. The March revision represents an increase of seven million pounds or less than 0.1 percent from last month’s preliminary production estimate. The number of milk cows on farms in the 23 major states was 8.65 million head, 21,000 head more than April of 2015, and 4,000 head more than March of this year. USDA also says production per cow in the 23 major States averaged 1,900 some pounds for April, the highest production per cow for the month of April since the 23 state report began in 2003.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service