05-25-16 GAO Report Affirms Continuous Improvement in Poultry Workplace Safety…

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GAO Report Affirms Continuous Improvement in Poultry Workplace Safety

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – May 25, 2016 – Our employees are our most important asset and their safety is of paramount importance.  As such, the National Chicken Council, National Turkey Federation and U.S. Poultry & Egg Association fully cooperated with GAO for more than a year, through stakeholder interviews and processing plant visits, as GAO worked on its report, released today.  We are pleased to see the report emphasizes the fact that injuries and illnesses have decreased dramatically in the poultry processing industry over the past several years.   Continue reading

05-25-16 CFVGA: Fiber is Your Friend…

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Fiber is Your Friend

By Marilyn Bay Wentz, Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association
Medical and nutritional research continues to provide a host of reasons to increase dietary fiber in our diets. Fiber consumption appears to significantly lower risks for developing heart disease, stroke, diabetes and high blood pressure.
“Increasing dietary fiber by consuming foods high in fiber, the leading source of which is fruits and vegetables, is a healthy choice,” said Amy Kunugi, chair of the Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association Nutrition and Health Committee.
Here are some additional reasons to increase dietary fiber: Continue reading

05-25-16 Meet the NEW Livestock Manager at the CO State Fair: Robyn Toft…

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(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) May 25, 2016 – Joining the CO Ag News Network inside the BARN is the new Livestock Manager for the CO State Fair Robyn Toft

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Don’t forget Pre-sale event ticks go on sale on the internet June 20 and then they officially go on sale June 22nd!

The 2016 CO State Fair Aug 26 – Sep 5th in Pueblo, CO – it’s YOUR fair…

For tickets and to view a complete schedule, please visit www.coloradostatefair.com

05-25-16 BLM-CO: From the Front Line to the Fireline Veterans Train to Become Wildland Firefighters in Loveland May 27-30…

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Loveland, CO—The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), in partnership with the Department of Interior (DOI) and Team Rubicon, is conducting a wildland firefighter training session May 27-30 in Loveland, Colorado for military veterans. The training, one of several sessions taking place throughout the country, will train Team Rubicon members in wildland fire suppression tactics, including communication techniques, fireline construction, equipment operation, and other critical wildland firefighting skills. Other sessions been held in California, Texas, Georgia, Washington and Maryland. Continue reading

05-25-16 JCCA Brings Nationally Renowned Stock Show University Clinic to Colorado…

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Stock Show University logoArvada, CO – May 24, 2016 – The Junior Colorado Cattlemen’s Association (JCCA) is excited to announce a free hands-on beef showmanship and fitting clinic presented by Sullivan Supply on June 13 in Colorado Springs.

This nationally-renowned workshop is open to all junior beef exhibitors and is sure to have something to offer to beginner, as well as experienced, showmen. “Stock Show U is a great program, that has taught me a great deal about fitting and showmanship”, says Dean VanWinkle, President of JCCA. “We are really excited about bringing this opportunity to Colorado”, he continued. The clinic is being held in conjunction with the annual convention of the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association.   Continue reading

05-25-16 Air Tractor® Makes Entry into the UAS Market – Acquires Yield Defender…

Air Tractor Inc logoAir Tractor® Makes Entry into the UAS Market – Acquires Yield Defender

Wednesday, May 25, 2016 – OLNEY, TX — Air Tractor, Inc. is proud to announce its expansion into the field of unmanned aerial systems. The recent acquisition of Hangar 78 UAV, and its flagship aircraft, the Yield Defender unmanned aerial system (UAS) will create the foundation of Air Tractor’s development and visionary integration of unmanned technology to complement its core agricultural and firefighting aircraft lines.  Continue reading

05-25-16 NCBA and PLC News: House Interior Appropriations Committee Marks Up FY17 Spending Bill…

NCBA PLC logosHouse Interior Appropriations Committee Marks Up FY17 Spending Bill

WASHINGTON (May 25, 2016) – Statement by National Cattlemen’s Beef Association President Tracy Brunner on the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies mark-up of the fiscal 2017 spending bill: Continue reading

05-24-16 Colorado Farm Bureau welcomes back Shawn Martini…

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Colorado Farm Bureau Hires New Advocacy Staff

Centennial, Colo. – This week Colorado Farm Bureau welcomes former staff member Shawn Martini back to the organization. Martini, who served as CFB’s communications director from 2008-2012, will take the reins of CFB’s new outreach mission as Vice President of Advocacy. Continue reading

05-25-16 Inside the BARN w/Ag Comedian Damian Mason: Politics, GMO’s, Corporate Buyouts, “Reinvent with Intent”, Indy 500 & MORE…

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Inside the BARN with Ag Comedian Damian Mason: Politics, GMO’s, Corporate Buyouts, “Reinvent with Intent” & MORE…

(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) May 25, 2016 –  It has long been said that LAUGHTER is the best medicine with dealing with just about anything that LIVE throws your way, and that is why my special guest Inside the BARN is none other than one of the most hilarious agriculture comedians you have heard of, Damian Mason…

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05-25-16 Navy Seal Benefit Shoot in Brighton, CO on June 10th…

Navy Seal Foundation Sporting Clay Tournament June 10 2016REMINDER: You are invitied to attend and participate in the upcoming benefit fundraiser for the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the UDT/SEAL Foundation on June 10th at Colorado Clays, http://coloradoclays.com/, in Brighton. Here is the registration page, http://www.navysealfoundation.org/denver/ Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, May 25th…

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Monsanto to Reject Bayer Bid, Seeks Higher Offer

Monsanto will reject the 62 billion dollar bid from Bayer and seek a higher price. Monsanto company officials say they believe a deal with the German-based Bayer could get antitrust and regulatory approval. That means a deal is not out of the question. However, the Monsanto Board of Directors says the current offer is incomplete and financially inadequate. Bayer will have to decide if it wants to raise its bid in the face of shareholder criticism that the $122 per-share price tag is already too high. Other options for Bayer include walking away from the deal or mounting a hostile takeover bid. Bayer said Monday it would finance the bid with a combination of debt and equity. The Monsanto Board of Directors has not set a timeline for further discussion with Bayer. Global agrochemical companies are trying to consolidate, in part, due to lower commodity prices. Seed and pesticide markets are also increasingly converging.

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White House Threatens to Veto Energy and Water Bill

On Monday, the White House threatened to veto the House’s energy and water spending bill, which will hit the House floor this week. The House will consider the 37.4 billion dollar spending bill for 2017, which is slightly larger than what the Senate passed recently. The Hill reports the bill contains a host of environmental riders likely to turn off Democrats. In a statement issued through the Office of Management and Budget, the administration rejected what it called “highly problematic ideological provisions.” In particular, the administration wants more funding for the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, as well as energy efficiency and renewable energy programs.   

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TPP Moving Slowly in Japan

The U.S. is not the only country where momentum for getting the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement passed has been slowed by politics. The Japanese government has also slowed its process to approve the deal despite formal debate being started in the legislature. The current session ends on June first, and sources say lawmakers are unlikely to vote on the TPP for a number of reasons. Politico says an April earthquake in the country has diverted legislative efforts to recovery, taking attention off TPP. Election politics are also in play as an election is set for July in the upper house of Japan’s bicameral legislature. Some lawmakers suggest the Prime Minister may want to see parallel movement on TPP in the U.S. and hopes ratification will take place in a similar timeframe to the United States.  

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El Nino Has Ended

El Nino has ended as the tropical Pacific Ocean has returned to a neutral state, and outlooks are suggesting no chance of returning to an El Nino state. Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology said that means mid-May marks the end of the event that reduced Indian rainfall, parched farmland in Asia, and reduced cocoa harvest in parts of Africa. Weather watchers are now waiting for La Nina, a cooling of tropical Pacific waters that some view as the opposite of El Nino. The US Climate Prediction Center says there is a 75 percent chance it will develop by years’ end, but some models say it could develop sooner. La Nina can upset agricultural markets as it can change the weather, including more hurricanes in the Atlantic and produce more heavy rains in India and Indonesia. The El Nino that just ended was one of the hottest on record, generating the hottest global temperatures in more than 130 years. 

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2016 P.I.E. Program Tour Dates Are Set

The National Cotton Council has scheduled tour dates and locations of its 2016 Producer Information Exchange, or P.I.E. Program. The P.I.E. program provides US cotton producers with opportunities to maximize production efficiency, improve yields, and improve fiber quality. Producers get new perspectives on basic practices like land preparation, planting, fertilizing, pest control, irrigation, and harvesting. They also get to see different types of farming practices and unique ways that other producers have adopted current and new technologies. Mid-South producers will see operations in North and South Carolina July 17th through July 22nd; Southeast producers will see operations in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee on July 24th through July 29th; California producers will visit the San Joaquin Valley in California on July 31st to August 5th; and Western producers will see operations in Texas on August 14th through August 19th.

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Goule New CEO of National Wheat Growers

The National Association of Wheat Growers announced that Chandler Goule will be their new Chief Executive Officer. Goule is currently the Senior Vice President of Programs at the National Farmers Union. He comes to the Wheat Growers with 11 years of ag policy experience on the House side of Capitol Hill and takes over his new role on July 5th. Wheat Growers President Gordon Stoner, a grower from Outlook, Montana, said the industry is at a critical juncture, so “with Chandler’s guidance, we know the National Wheat Growers Association will be in a great position to advocate for all U.S. wheat producers. Stoner believes with all of Goule’s experience, he’ll provide beneficial guidance to the Wheat Growers when it comes time to draft the next Farm Bill.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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