05-31-16 Culver’s “Scoops of Thanks” Raises $56,500 to Support Agriculture…

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Culver’s “Scoops of Thanks” Raises $56,500 to Support Agriculture

Each Guest’s $1 Donation Supported Local FFA and Other Ag Organizations

PRAIRIE DU SAC, Wis. – May 31, 2016 – More than 550 Culver’s restaurants across 23 states sold over 48,000 scoops of Fresh Frozen Custard during the second annual Scoops of Thanks Day on May 5, raising $56,500 for agricultural education. Guests received a scoop of Fresh Frozen Custard for a $1 donation to FFA or other local agricultural organizations. Continue reading

05-31-16 WDA: Celebrate National Dairy Month this June!

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CLICK HERE to get registered for the WDA Event @ the Platte River Fort in Greeley, CO on June 10th

Welcome to this special June Dairy Month Edition of 21st Serving!

We’re kicking off the summer with the 80th Anniversary of Western Dairy Association, celebrating the rich history of dairy in Colorado, Montana and Wyoming, and honoring the dairy farm families that bring nutritious dairy products to our tables.

In 1936, the National Dairy Council funded the Denver Dairy Council with the goal of promoting and educating children about the consumption of milk. Around the same time, the American Dairy Association of Colorado was founded by farmers with the purpose of promoting dairy products. Continue reading

05-31-16 CPPC: Young Producers on the Lookout for Knowledge at 2016 Pork Academy Workshops in Montrose June 18th and in Sterling July 16th…

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PORK ACADEMY: Young Producers on the Lookout for Knowledge

Montrose, Colorado, May 31, 2016:  The Colorado Pork Producers Council is currently working to put on two Pork Academies in different regions of Colorado. This event will be a day of fun and learning geared towards 4-Hers and FFA members in the swine project looking to learn more. This year an array of topics to be discussed have been selected such as nutrition, show ethics and the new veterinary feed directive going into effect as of January 2017.  The selected speakers are professors, judges, and current producers that are excited to come and talk with and answer your questions. We are excited to announce that we have selected two dates and locations for 2016.

The first will be held at the Montrose County Fairgrounds June 18 at 10:00 a.m., and the second will be held in Sterling at the Logan County Fairgrounds also beginning at 10:00 a.m.

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05-31-16 FSBC News: Bloggers Increase Knowledge of, Interest in Beef Through State Beef Council Pasture to Plate Program…

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May 31, 2016 – A recent “#BLOGMEETSBEEF” program highlighting the Pasture to Plate Experience, sponsored by four state beef councils and the Beef Checkoff Program, has helped increase knowledge of beef and beef production among 14 key food bloggers. The event was held April 26-27 in Columbus, Ohio, and funded by the Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin Beef Councils. It was also supported by the family-owned Meijer supermarket chain, which carries only Certified Angus Beef. Continue reading

05-31-16 Colorado Farm Bureau Recognizes top Legislative Awards…

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Colorado Farm Bureau Recognizes top
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Centennial, Colo. – Following the close of the legislative session, Colorado Farm Bureau is pleased to recognize legislators who stood up for agriculture. The honorees are Colorado state legislators who showed their willingness to advocate on behalf of farmers and ranchers and with Colorado Farm Bureau policies and priorities. They are recognized through the Friend of Farm Bureau and Pinnacle Awards.

“The Pinnacle Award is Colorado Farm Bureau’s most prestigious legislative award,” CFB President Don Shawcroft said. Continue reading

05-31-16 CO Corn: Pedal the Plains set for Sept. 16-18, going through Ordway, Fowler and La Junta…

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Pedal the Plains set for Sept. 16-18, going through Ordway, Fowler and La Junta

Gov. John Hickenlooper, The Denver Post Community Foundation and presenting sponsor Viaero Wireless recently announced the route for the 2016 Pedal The Plains Bicycle Tour.
Now in its fifth year, an estimated 1,000 riders will spin through southeast Colorado covering 151 miles over the course of three days. From Sept. 16-18, participants will visit the host communities of Ordway, Fowler and La Junta, while touring a number of scenic, historical and agricultural stops along the way.
“The bar is high for our fifth Pedal The Plains,” Hickenlooper said. “Every year this event gets better and we’re looking forward to celebrating our frontier heritage, exploring our Eastern Plains communities and raising funds to benefit tomorrow’s agricultural leaders.”  Continue reading

05-27-16 Colorado Corn staff member, CALP classmates highlight state’s diverse ag industry at Colfax Marathon Relays…

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Colorado Corn staff member, CALP classmates highlight state’s diverse ag industry at Colfax Marathon Relays

Earlier this month, Colorado Corn Communications Director Eric Brown joined his Colorado Agricultural Leadership Program (CALP) classmates in representing the state’s ag industry at the Colfax Marathon Relays.  Continue reading

05-31-16 NCBA: Supreme Court Upholds Landowners Rights Challenging WOTUS Jurisdiction

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Supreme Court Upholds Landowners Rights Challenging WOTUS Jurisdiction

WASHINGTON (May 31, 2016) – Today, the Supreme Court in United States Army Corps of Engineers v. Hawkes Co., Inc., set a precedent that landowners may challenge the Corps’ jurisdictional determination specifying that a piece of property contains a “water of the United States.” The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association filed an amicus brief in support of Hawkes. NCBA President Tracy Brunner, said this is a major victory for landowners across the country. Continue reading

05-31-16 Meat Industry Hall of Fame announces Class of 2016…

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Announcing the MEAT INDUSTRY HALL OF FAME Class of 2016

Kansas City, KS, May 31, 2016: The Meat Industry Hall of Fame is proud to announce the Members of the Class of 2016. The Class was selected from a distinguished list of nominees and a record number of votes were cast by current members of the Hall of Fame and the organization’s Board of Trustees.

Members of the Class of 2016 are:

  • Clayton Yeutter, United States Secretary of Agriculture (1989 to 1991) and Counselor to the President (1992);
  • Chuck Hendryx, Vice President, Meat, H -E -B Grocery Company;
  • Dr. Joe Sebranek, Professor, Iowa State University;
  • Sam Stein, Founder and Chairman, Chef’s Pantry and Sam Stein Associates;
  • Dr. Joe Cordray, Professor and Extension Meat Specialist, Iowa State University;
  • Sam Kane, Founder, Sam Kane Beef Processors, and C. Larry Pope, President and Chief Executive Officer, Smithfield Foods.

The 2016 Induction Ceremony will take place on January 31, 2017 during the International Production & Processing Expo in Atlanta, GA. Continue reading

05-31-16 Inside the RMFU with Membership Coordinator Aubriel Jones…

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Inside the RMFU with Membership Coordinator Aubriel Jones…

(BARN Media & CoAgNews Network – Briggsdale, CO) May 31, 2016 – On this month’s edition of the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union’s Radioline Report inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network I will be visiting with RMFU’s NEW Membership Coordinator Aubriel Jones…

Listen to the interview BELOW…

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Since 1907, the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, serving family farming & ranching and “Growing the Agricultural Grassroots Network”, learn more and join the RMFU Today online @ www.rmfu.org or LIKE them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter @RMFUnion

 

05-31-16 Inside the BARN with CO Farm Bureau’s NEW Vice President of Advocacy Shawn Martini…

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(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) May 31, 2016 – Joining the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network to discuss issues facing Colorado’s ag industry is Shawn Martini, CFB’sNEW Vice President of Advocacy, discussing his new position and much more…

LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW…

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About: Shawn Martini, CFB VP of Advocacy

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05-31-16 USDA Unveils New Improvement to Streamline Crop Reporting…

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USDA Unveils New Improvement to Streamline Crop Reporting

Update Lets Farmers and Ranchers Report Common Acreage Information Once

WASHINGTON, May 31, 2016 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that farmers and ranchers filing crop acreage reports with the Farm Service Agency (FSA) and participating insurance providers approved by the Risk Management Agency (RMA) now can provide the common information from their acreage reports at one office and the information will be electronically shared with the other location. Continue reading

05-31-16 Inside the CO FFA Foundation w/Executive Director Don Thorn: 88th CO FFA State Convention at NJC in Sterling June 7-8-9…

 

 

(The BARN – Briggsdale, CO) May 31, 2016 –  Joining the BARN to discuss the latest news and events involving the Colorado FFA Foundation is Executive Director Don Thorn discussing the 88th CO FFA State Convention on June 7-8-9 at Northeastern Junior College in Sterling…

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To learn more about the CO FFA Foundation, please visit, www.coloradoffafoundation.org and to view a complete schedule & to learn more about the 88th CO FFA Convention June 7-8-9 in Sterling @ NJC, please visit www.coloradoffa.org

And if you can’t be there in person, the BARN, in association with the CO FFA Foundation, the CO FFA & Snob Productions, will be providing LIVE & ARCHIVED webcast coverage of ALL the sessions, ALL the interviews & ALL the excitement of the event OnLine @ www.Livestream.com/BarnMedia – Helping you to INTENSIIFY your experience!

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05-31-16 CO Sen Sonneberg – VOICE OF AG…

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VOICE OF AG – May 31st, 2016

Trade is essential for rural Colorado

By Senator Jerry Sonnenberg

Colorado is at the heart of agricultural trade in America, bringing high quality meat and vegetables to people throughout the country and beyond. As a native of Colorado, a lifelong rancher and State Senator chairing the committee that deals with agriculture , I have seen firsthand the widespread benefits of our beef, pork, vegetables and other agricultural exports. Trade is truly a cornerstone of Colorado’s economy, and our products support families statewide. In order to bolster our economy and help workers across Colorado, we need the Trans-Pacific Partnership to pass this year.

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05-31-16 AAI, FWW and NFU Urge the U.S. Department of Justice to Challenge the Dow-DuPont Merger…

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WASHINGTON (May 31, 2016) – In a letter sent today to the Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Renata Hesse, the American Antitrust Institute (AAI), Food & Water Watch (FWW) and National Farmers Union (NFU) urged the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Antitrust Division to challenge the proposed merger of Dow Chemical Co. and DuPont Co.

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Tuesday, May 31st…

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CLICK HERE to listen to TODAY’s BARN Morning Ag News with Brian Allmer…

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USDA Issues Latest Ag Export Forecast

Agricultural exports in fiscal year 2016 are projected at $124.5 billion, which is $500 million below the February projection. The Hagstrom Report says it’s also $15.2 billion dollars below fiscal year 2015. The Ag Department also says grain and feed exports are forecast at $27.7 billion, up $500 million from the February forecast. The rise in grain and feed exports is primarily because of larger wheat and corn volumes, as well as higher unit values for corn and sorghum. Oilseed and its product exports are forecast at $26.1 billion dollars, up $700 million in response to stronger soybean and soybean meal export volumes as well as higher soybean unit values. Cotton exports are forecast at $3.1 billion, down $100 million from the February forecast. The forecast for livestock, poultry, and dairy is forecast at $33.5 billion, down $1.2 billion because lower prices in dairy, poultry, and beef won’t be offset by gains in other livestock products. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack said today these numbers show the importance of getting the Trans Pacific Partnership agreement passed in Congress.

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USA Unprepared for Animal Disease Outbreak

The past president of the National Pork Producers Council, Dr. Howard Hill, spoke at a Congressional sub-committee hearing on livestock, and said the USA is unprepared for a foreign animal disease outbreak. He said Foot and Mouth disease poses a serious threat to hog farmers who have no way to treat it should American pork producers be hit by an outbreak. Brownfield reports that Hill said the only way to treat the disease is with vaccinations. The USA currently can’t produce a large number of vaccines for even an initial outbreak, let alone long term. Hill said the country must put together an FMD vaccine bank, and that’s consistent with a recent Homeland Security presidential directive. NPPC wants the government to establish an offshore vendor-maintained bank, which would contain an inventory of 10 million doses, which NPPC estimates will be needed during the first two weeks of an outbreak.

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USDA Extends Deadline for Recording Farm Structure

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced a one-time 30-day deadline extension to the June 1 deadline for recording farm organization structures related to Actively Engaged in Farming Determinations. This date is used to determine the level of interest an individual holds in a legal entity for an applicable program year. Farming operations now have until July 1 to complete their restructuring or finalize any operational change. The U.S. Department of Ag issued the extension in response to farmers and ranchers who requested more time to comply, and to assure everyone has enough time to provide the information under the new rules.

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Soybean Harvest Progresses in Argentina, but Still Behind

Drier weather has helped soybean harvesting to make progress in Argentina. 72 percent of the crop was harvested as of Thursday. Pro Farmer’s First Thing Today says represents an 11-point increase from a week prior, but harvest is still 18 percent behind last year’s pace. The Buenos Aires Grain Exchange notes that record yields in areas not hit by rain have allowed it to maintain the 56 Million Metric Ton forecast, in spite of losing 1.65 million bean acres. Corn harvest is also progressing, with 29 percent of the crop out of the fields. The exchange also reports that farmers have sown 3 percent of total land amounts they plan to put wheat production.

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Soybean Meal Futures Surging Higher

Soybean meal futures have risen by 54 percent since the beginning of this year. Bloomberg reports that the surge was spurred by flooding in Argentina that reduced its soymeal supplies at a time when global meat production is expected to set a record. Some livestock producers are looking to find cheaper alternatives to soybean meal, such as corn, and others are delaying booking their soybean meal needs because they think the rally may be a short one. Even though the price of corn has risen recently, it’s still a cheaper option right now than soybean meal. Dried distiller’s grains are also benefitting from the rise in soybean meal prices. It’s appeal as a more affordable feed option has driven the price of DDG’s to its highest spot since last August.

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Soybean Growers Welcome MOU with Cuban Agribusiness Group

At a signing ceremony on Thursday, The U.S. Ag Coalition for Cuba and a Cuban agribusiness group (G.E.A) formalized an agreement between the two nation’s farm and food industries to reestablish the Cuban marketplace for American food and agricultural products. Both the USACC and GEA will meet regularly to make sure the relationship is mutually beneficial for both countries. The American Soybean Association supports normalizing trade relations with Cuba and lifting the decades-old trade embargo. Soybean Association Vice President Ron Moore said “Much has changed since the embargo was put in place back in 1961. Cubans have more opportunity to develop their economy, and Americans have an increasing opportunity to help meet that demand.”

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Presidential Candidates Support the RFS

Presumptive Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump recently said he supports the Renewable Fuels Standard and ethanol because “renewable energy is one way to make America great again.” Emily Skor is the CEO of Growth Energy, and she said “I couldn’t be more pleased. His announcement that he would meet with Iowa Governor Terry Branstad to talk about ensuring a strong RFS past 2022 is great news.” She said the fact that both of the leading candidates to be the next President support the RFS is good news for renewable fuel supporters across the country.

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Nebraska Pork Facility Target of Animal Abuse Video

The Animal Legal Defense Fund released undercover footage obtained at a pork production facility in Nebraska. Feedstuffs magazine said the facility is owned and operated by the Maschoff’s (Ma-shoff) LLC. The video depicts animal neglect and violations of laws protecting both consumers and animals. According to the A.L.D.F, the video shows long term neglect and a lack of veterinary care. The Maschoff’s are the third largest American pork producer, and one of their key customers is Hormel Foods. The Maschoff’s said their animal abuse policy is straightforward: “We have a zero tolerance policy for any abuse or mistreatment of our pigs, and this instance is no exception. We will investigate and take swift action to address these concerns.” Hormel has issued a suspension to all Maschoff sow operations in Nebraska while a thorough investigation is completed.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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