06-01-16 Check out the June 2016 Colorado Proud Newsletter…


June 2016 Colorado Proud Newsletter


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06-01-16 CO Corn News: E85 for just 85 cents per gallon, Luke Bryan tickets up for grabs at Kum & Go ethanol promotion in Greeley

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Kum & Go logoE85 for just 85 cents per gallon, Luke Bryan tickets up for grabs at Kum & Go ethanol promotion in Greeley

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. Continue reading

06-01-16 CSU Ext ALERT: Wheat Disease Update – Kirk Broders, Plant Pathologist…

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Allmer Wheat Fields Sec 34 053116Wheat Disease Update – June 1, 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 

The wheat in Colorado is progressing quite well, the cool weather has slowed growth modestly, but overall much of the wheat is between Feekes Growth Stage 10 – 10.5. The cool wet weather has provided good growing conditions for the wheat and growers should see good yield across the state. However, these same weather conditions are favorable for a number of foliar pathogens. In particular stripe rust is widespread across the state but disease severity is generally low in most areas. This is likely due to the fact that many growers applied a fungicide at flag leaf. The main concern now will be the longevity of the fungicide in the leaf and its ability to prevent further infection. Hopefully the forecasted warmer and drier weather in the next week will also help slow down the sporulation and spread of the pathogen.

In addition to stripe rust, I have received reports of bacterial streak, Stagonospora leaf and glume blotch and powdery in several fields in the eastern part of the state. These diseases are not wide spread, but could increase in the coming weeks depending on the weather. There has also been a significant amount of virus (Wheat streak mosaic & Barley yellow dwarf) pressure in certain parts of the state, and this is usually associated with when and where the crop was planted last fall. Early planting in close proximity to corn and/or volunteer wheat provides the greatest risk of virus infection in the subsequent year.

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06-01-16 CDA: Annual Publication Promotes Colorado Farmers’ Markets

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Annual Publication Promotes Colorado Farmers’ Markets


CDA - 2016 Colorado Farm Fresh Directory

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BROOMFIELD, Colo.–  Tis the season for pop-up tents, community gatherings and local foods—farmers’ market season is here.  The Colorado Department of Agriculture’s 32nd annual Colorado Farm Fresh Directory helps consumers find farmers’ markets, roadside stands, u-picks, wineries and agritourism activities.

“When tents start popping up in parking lots, everyone gets excited,” said Wendy White, marketing specialist for the Colorado Department of Agriculture. “We are happy to provide this popular publication to residents and tourists looking to experience Colorado agriculture.” Continue reading

06-01-16 Colorado Beef Council Names Gregory Bloom New Executive Director…

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Gregory Bloom CEO CO Beef CouncilReplaces Fred Lombardi, Who Retires June 30

DENVER (June 1, 2016) – Gregory Bloom has been named executive director of the Colorado Beef Council, effective June 1. Bloom, a 25-year beef industry veteran, replaces Fred Lombardi, who is retiring June 30 after 19 years with the organization.

“I’m excited about this opportunity to serve the great beef producing families and other beef industry stakeholders in Colorado, who feed consumers not only in our state but across the nation and the world,” says Bloom. “I intend to use my experience on both the meat plant and consumer sides of the beef industry to help our industry better promote, educate and advance the understanding of beef, including its nutritional value, new beef cuts and unique ways of cooking it.” Continue reading

06-01-16 CDA: Public Invited for Coffee & Conversation with Commissioner Brown and Agricultural Commission in Steamboat Springs on June 8th…

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Public Invited for Coffee & Conversation with Commissioner Brown and Agricultural Commission

BROOMFIELD, Colo. – Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture, Don Brown, invites the public to share opinions and ask questions regarding the agricultural industry during a morning social on June 8th, 2016, 7:00-8:30am, at the Bud Werner Library, 1289 Lincoln Avenue, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487.
“I encourage people to take an active role in the future of agriculture. The first step is to become part of the discussions with leaders of the industry.  This morning social is a great opportunity to meet myself and our Agricultural Commission,” said Brown. Continue reading

06-01-16 NPPC CEO Neil Dierks Statement On New National Pork Board CEO Bill Even

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NPPC CEO Neil Dierks Statement
On New National Pork Board CEO Bill Even

“On behalf of the National Pork Producers Council, its Strategic Investment Partners and Allied Industry companies, I congratulate Bill Even on being chosen as CEO of the National Pork Board.

“As a diversified crop and livestock farmer and the former South Dakota secretary of agriculture, Bill brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to this important job. I look forward to working with him on promoting the interests of America’s pork producers as they continue to provide the safest, most nutritious pork to the domestic and international markets.” Continue reading

06-01-16 National Pork Board Names William Even as Chief Executive Officer…

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National Pork Board Names William Even as Chief Executive Officer

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DES MOINES, IOWA – June 1, 2016 – William J. Even, an agriculture-industry leader with substantial  senior management experience in crop and livestock production, will join the National Pork Board as its new Chief Executive Officer on June 6, 2016. Currently based in South Dakota, Even is Global Industry Relations Lead with DuPont Pioneer.

“As a fourth-generation farmer, I have deep, personal knowledge of the challenges facing today’s pork producers and I am impressed with and completely support the Pork Checkoff’s strategic plan that guides and directs its programs,” said Even. “I look forward to working on behalf of America’s more than 60,000 pig farmers to build consumer trust, drive sustainable production and grow consumer demand for pork.” Continue reading

06-01-16 USDA Announces Commodity Credit Corporation Lending Rates for June 2016…

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WASHINGTON, June 1, 2016 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) today announced interest rates for June 2016. The CCC borrowing rate-based charge for June is 0.625 percent, unchanged from 0.625 percent in May. Continue reading

06-01-16 CDA Recipes: Charm Guests with Chard…

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 Charm Guests with Chard

colorado_proud_logo1BROOMFIELD, Colo. – Each month, the Colorado Department of Agriculture features a different product to highlight the variety and quality of products grown, raised or processed in the state. This month features Colorado chard in the Sweet Chili Chard with Peppers recipe.
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The stems of Swiss chard look similar to celery and can be green, red or a mixture of red, pink, orange and yellow. Select chard with fresh green leaves, avoiding those that are yellow or discolored. Chard is fat free, a good source of magnesium and an excellent source of vitamins A and C. Look for Colorado chard at your local grocery store, farmers’ market or at restaurants across the state.
Sweet Chili Chard with Peppers
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06-01-16 NFU Farm Safety Videos Aim to Reduce Farm Accidents Through Education, Awareness…

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WASHINGTON (June 1, 2016) – As farmers busily work on the farm this time of year, National Farmers Union (NFU) hopes to raise awareness about farm safety issues and best practices through a series of 10 educational videos.

The videos, available at www.NFU.org/farmsafety, educate farm and ranch families, agriculture workers, consumers who visit a farm, and members of the public about hazards and proper safety procedures to avoid farm-related accidents or casualties. Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, June 1st…

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Supreme Court: Farmers Can Challenge Wetlands Determinations

The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Tuesday that landowners can challenge the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers “judicial determinations” on wetlands in court. The ruling could have broad ramifications because it raises questions about the future of the Clean Water Act, which prohibits “the discharge of any pollutant” without a permit into “navigable waters,” which it defines, in turn, as “the waters of the United States,” according to the Hagstrom Report. Farm groups, such as the American Farm Bureau Federation, applauded the decision. Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall says “now farmers and ranchers can have their day in court when the government tells them they cannot plow a field or improve a ditch without a federal permit.” Critics of the EPA and the Army Corps noted that some justices said the situation could impact how the courts rule on the Clean Water Rule, known as the Waters of the U.S. rule.


Global Grain Glut to Continue with Second-Biggest Crop on Record

A global grain surplus will continue to pressure crop prices as this year’s harvest will expand to the second-highest on record. The International Grains Council says world grain production will be nine million metric tons more than forecasted in April as wheat crops improve in the European Union, the United States and Russia. Bloomberg reports the International Grains Council expects grain stocks will likely grow again, with much of the increase in China. Crop prices have dropped in the past three years on increased production, and the IGC expects global grain production will reach 2.015 billion tons in the season starting in July, up 0.6 percent from a year earlier. Global stockpiles will expand to a record 474 million tons, with China accounting for about 40 percent. The report predicts farmers around the world will gather 722 million tons of wheat, 0.7 percent higher than the April forecast but down 1.9 percent from a year earlier. Meanwhile, corn production is predicted at 1.003 billion tons, 3.3 percent larger than the last growing season.


USDA Launches Ag Resource Management Survey

USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service is beginning to collect data from more than 100,000 farmers and ranchers for the annual Agricultural Resource Management Survey.  The survey looks at all aspects of U.S. agricultural production including farm financial well-being and chemical usage, according to USDA. In 2016, the survey will take a closer look at corn production, and both organic and conventional milk production in the United States. The survey is a joint effort of NASS and USDA’s Economic Research Service. USDA claims the information the agencies obtain through the survey influences national and state policy-making decisions. The data is also used to calculate the farm sector portion of the Gross Domestic Product. The survey is conducted in three phases from May 2016 through April 2017. 


EU Glyphosate Meeting Set for Next Week

The European Union will again attempt to reach a deal to reauthorize glyphosate next week. The EU has until the end of this month to approve the sale and use of glyphosate before the license expires June 30th. Politico reports the member countries may be seeking a very short-term extension of the authorization, pushing the final vote into next year. Doing so would allow Germany to sort out the “internal political wrangling” that is leading the country to abstain from the vote. However, the Glyphosate Task Force is calling for a full reauthorization, stating “there is no basis for anything less.” Meanwhile, a recent poll found British farmers indicated they prefer to leave the European Union, while listing the likelihood that glyphosate is going to be pulled from the market as another reason to go. The controversy over renewal stems from the International Agency for Research on Cancer listing glyphosate as likely a carcinogen, despite numerous reports that glyphosate is safe.

California Farmers Face Further Economic Losses as Drought Persists

A new report by CoBank says California farmers face up to $1.5 billion in losses due to persistent drought conditions. CoBank says despite nearly normal rainfall and snowpack during the 2015 – 2016 rainy season, the drought’s lingering effects will lead to another round of water restrictions for farmers through the remainder of the growing year and beyond. A CoBank researcher says although California farms “are less parched today than they were a year ago, water remains in short supply.” That leads CoBank to predict California farmers will fallow up to 350,000 acres this year. The report says crops that yield the highest returns on investment, like permanent plantings of tree crops and vines, should be impacted the least. At the same time, the report expects a significant reduction in acreage for field crops that require significant amounts of water, including corn, wheat, cotton and alfalfa. However, despite a projected decline in farm income, the report says California’s agriculture sector remains strong enough to manage through another year of drought.

USDA Streamlining Crop Reporting

USDA announced Tuesday farmers and ranchers can update their crop acreage reports at any USDA office without having to visit another. USDA’s Farm Service Agency and Risk Management Agency can now electronically share the “common information” with other office locations. FSA Administrator Val Dolcini says “if you file your report at one location, the data that’s important to both FSA and RMA will be securely and electronically shared with the other location.” The change is part of the USDA Acreage Crop Reporting Streamlining Initiative, an interagency collaboration working to streamline the information collected from USDA program participants. Producers must still visit both locations to validate and sign acreage reports, complete maps or provide program-specific information. The common data from the first-filed acreage report will now be available to pre-populate and accelerate completion of the second report.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service


06-01-16 Kelley Bean Company and North Platte Natural Resources District Join Growing List of Nebraska Agriculture Supporters…

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SCOTTSBLUFF, NE – June 1, 2016 Jody L. Lamp of Lamp Public Relations & Marketingand Melody Dobson, co-founders and authors  of the American Doorstop Project, announceKelley Bean Company as Chautauqua Heritage and the North Platte Natural Resources District (North Platte NRD) asAgrarian Ambassador Sponsor Partners, respectively.

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