06-16-16 Two Events Added to the Colorado State Fair Entertainment Series…

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Two Events Added to the Colorado State Fair Entertainment Series

Pre-Sale: June 20th at 10am

PUEBLO, Colo. – The list of acts coming to the Colorado State Fair continues to grow; two acts have been added to the already diverse entertainment list.
  • Sept. 2             Lee Brice
  • Sept. 4             Celebracion de los Charrós con Conjunto Primavera presented by LaTricolor and Entravision
Pre-sale tickets are available starting June 20th at 10 a.m. until midnight, June 21st. For information on the pre-sale and up-to-date Fair activities, sign up for the Colorado State Fair Fan Club by visitingwww.coloradostatefair.com and look for “Join The Fan Club!”
Tickets officially go on sale on June 22 at 10am and can be purchased by visitinghttp://www.altitudetickets.com/venues/colorado-state-fair/, by calling 866-461-6556, or visiting the Colorado State Fairgrounds. Each ticket includes Fair admission, giving fans the opportunity to arrive early and enjoy a full day at the Fair with no additional cost.
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Colorado Egg Producers Association offers new ways to incorporate eggs into lunches, dinners, snacks and more.

DENVER – June 2016 – While most of us know eggs primarily as a breakfast food, did you know that eggs can be easily incorporated into every meal or snack for the day? Eggs provide the high-quality protein and essential nutrients you need to gear up for fun summer activities and can provide the fuel to conquer that fourteener or run that 5K. Whether you’re packing an on-the-go picnic basket or preparing a healthy family dinner, the Colorado Egg Producers (CEP) Association encourages you to fuel your summer fun with eggs for lunch, dinner, snacks and more.

“Eggs are one of the most versatile foods to cook with. They can add a great source of protein and nutrients to almost any meal,” said Terry Tormohlen, a Colorado egg farmer and CEP member. “With the weather warming up and summer activities in full swing, eggs can be added to on-the-go lunches, afternoon snacks and family dinners to help Coloradans fuel their fun.” Continue reading

06-16-16 CO Corn News: Kum & Go near Longmont the next stop for E85 for just 85 cents per gallon on June 21st…

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Kum & Go logoKum & Go near Longmont the next stop for E85 for just 85 cents per gallon on June 21st

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 next promotion is set for Tuesday, June 21, at the Kum & Go station near Longmont, located at 13799 Pacific Circle (near the intersection of Interstate 25 and State Highway 66.) Continue reading

06-16-16 Agri-Inject News: Why Chemigation, and Why Now?

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Why Chemigation, and Why Now?

YUMA, CO (AgPR) June 6, 2016 — When discussing the topic of chemigation, it isn’t accurate to say that this is a practice whose time has come. After all, chemigation has been used in many farming operations, across the country and internationally, with great success since the 1980s.

What can be said, according to one industry expert, is that chemigation is poised to make a major leap forward—both in terms of practicality and, consequently, more widespread adoption.

“I’m comfortable making that claim, because there are several trends currently coming together to impact agriculture,” says Erik Tribelhorn, CEO of Agri-Inject, a Colorado-based manufacturer of chemical injection and control equipment for irrigation systems. Continue reading

06-16-16 NMPF Endorses New Legislation Creating Tax Incentive for Investments in Biogas and Nutrient Recovery…

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ARLINGTON, VA – Legislation introduced today in the U.S. House of Representatives will help dairy farmers increase their investment in technologies, such as manure digesters, that improve the environment, the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) said today in support of the Agriculture Environmental Stewardship Act.

The new bipartisan legislation, introduced Thursday in the House by Reps. Ron Kind (D-WI) and Tom Reed (R-NY), will enable dairy farmers to find new ways to reduce their environmental footprint, both on their farms and in their communities.  For more information about this legislation, a fact sheet is available here. Continue reading

06-16-16 Vital for CO: Negative economic impacts of energy setback initiative 40 times worse…

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Negative economic impacts of energy setback initiative 40 times worse
Potential economic boon for West Slope, state jeopardized
The news continues to worsen for the proponents of Initiative #78, which aims to add mandatory 2,500-foot setbacks from new and existing oil and natural gas operations. Earlier this month, the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) released a report detailing that the proposed setbacks would ban 90% of Colorado from future energy development. The report drew the ire of business leaders around the state.
“As we’ve said all along, the extremists behind this ballot issue want to chase our energy sector and the 100,000 jobs it provides out of Colorado,” said Vital for Colorado Board Chair and local attorney Peter Moore. “The setback initiative would have a devastating impact on our energy sector and the thousands of other local businesses whose livelihoods rely on partnering with the industry.” Continue reading

06-16-16 Growth Energy Cares, Front Range Energy will provide $125,000 for veterans’ organizations at annual golf tournament…

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Growth Energy Cares, the charitable arm of Growth Energy, and Front Range Energy provided $125,000 in support for five veterans’ organizations at the Growth Energy/Front Range Energy annual golf tournament on June 15 in Windsor, Colo.  The organizations include the Vail Veterans Program, Hire Heroes USA, Homes for Our Troops, The Fitch Foundation, and WYCO Veterans Alliance. One hundred percent of the tournament’s sponsor contributions will go toward donations to these charities. Continue reading

06-16-16 Colorado Weekly Hay Report…

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06-16-16 Producer Optimism Shines through at the 2016 World Pork Expo…

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Producer Optimism Shines through at the 2016 World Pork Expo

DES MOINES, Iowa, June 16, 2016 – This year’s World Pork Expo reflected an optimistic tone as more than 20,000 producers and ag professionals, including 1,100 international guests from 35 countries, convened at the state fairgrounds in Des Moines, June 8-10. Presented by theNational Pork Producers Council (NPPC), the 28th annual Expo featured the world’s largest pork-specific trade show, a range of educational seminars and issue updates, and another Junior National swine show that filled the barns to capacity. The Big Grill served up more than 10,000 lunches; allied industry hospitality tents lined the streets of the Iowa State Fairgrounds; and MusicFest provided an evening of fun and fellowship.

“World Pork Expo is a place where pork producers can network and share ideas, see the latest innovations for their businesses and broaden their expertise through a range of educational seminars and updates,” says John Webber, NPPC president and pork producer from Dysart, Iowa. “U.S. pork producers are optimistic by nature and are looking forward to new packing capacity coming online. Some are upgrading facilities and expanding production, and all are hoping to continue to supply high-quality pork to the world through further export growth.”

The 2016 World Pork Expo drew more than 20,000 pork producers and ag professionals to Des Moines, including 1,100 visitors from 35 countries. Presented by the National Pork Producers Council, Expo features the world’s largest pork-specific trade show, educational seminars, live-hog shows and much more.

The 2016 World Pork Expo drew more than 20,000 pork producers and ag professionals to Des Moines, including 1,100 visitors from 35 countries. Presented by the National Pork Producers Council, Expo features the world’s largest pork-specific trade show, educational seminars, live-hog shows and much more.

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06-16-16 Hereford Youth Head to Wisconsin for Junior National Expo…

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Hereford Youth Head to Wisconsin for Junior National Expo

The Junior National Hereford Expo  JNHE-official-logoKANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Vitaferm Junior National Hereford Expo (JNHE) is set to take place, July 9 -15 at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wis. Hereford youth, along with their families, will travel from across the country to exhibit at the yearly exposition.

The 2016 event numbers total more than 2,100 entries, 1,800 head of cattle and close to 900 exhibitors. Entries include steers, cow-calf pairs, bred-and-owned bulls, bred-and-owned heifers, and owned heifers.

“We are excited to experience a new venue for Hereford breeders and the New Holland Pavilions at the Alliant Energy Center,” says Amy Cowan, American Hereford Association (AHA) director of youth activities and foundation. “The city of Madison and the state of Wisconsin have definitely rolled out the red carpet for our Hereford Scene in 2016 event.” Continue reading

06-16-16 USDA-FAS Export Sales Report Highlights…

USDA FAS - Foreign Agricultural Service headerUSDA – Foreign Ag Services – Export Sales Highlights as of June 16, 2016

This summary is based on reports from exporters for the period May 27-June 2, 2016. 

Wheat:  Net sales for the 2016/2017 marketing year, which began June 1, totaled 223,800 metric tons.  Increases were reported for unknown destinations (127,200 MT), Mexico (77,500 MT), South Africa (48,000 MT, including 45,000 MT switched from unknown destinations), Chile (30,000 MT), and Brazil (26,200 MT).  A total of 1,297,300 MT in sales were carried over from the 2015/2016 marketing year, which ended May 31.  Exports for the period ending May 31 of 338,700 MT brought accumulated exports to 19,440,100 MT, down 14 percent from the prior year’s total of 22,622,500 MT.  The primary destinations were Indonesia (63,000 MT), Nigeria (58,800 MT), China (57,800 MT), Chile (33,000 MT), Colombia (29,700 MT), and Jamaica (21,000 MT).  Exports for June 1-2 totaled 120,700 MT, with South Africa (48,000 MT), Brazil (29,700 MT), El Salvador (15,800 MT), Colombia (11,000 MT), and Mexico (6,500 MT) being the primary destinations.

Corn:  Net sales of 1,558,900 MT for 2015/2016 were up 18 percent from the previous week and from the prior 4-week average.  Increases were reported for Japan (409,200 MT, including 108,500 MT switched from unknown destinations and decreases of 1,500 MT), South Korea (210,200 MT, including 68,000 MT switched from unknown destinations), Venezuela (150,000 MT), unknown destinations (144,900 MT), Vietnam (127,600 MT), and Saudi Arabia (78,700 MT).  Reductions were reported for the French West Indies (6,800 MT) and Morocco (900 MT). For 2016/2017, net sales of 120,400 MT were reported for unknown destinations (68,300 MT), Mexico (22,100 MT), Peru (11,000 MT), Honduras (10,000 MT), and Colombia (9,000 MT).  Exports of 1,242,200 MT were up 65 percent from the previous week and 19 percent from the prior 4-week average.  The primary destinations were Mexico (262,000 MT), Japan (257,900 MT), Saudi Arabia (148,700 MT), South Korea (137,700 MT), El Salvador (66,600 MT), Peru (56,700 MT), and Algeria (46,600 MT). Continue reading

06-16-16 Nominations now being accepted for Governor’s Service Awards…

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DENVER — Wednesday, June 15, 2016 — Serve Colorado, the Governor’s Commission on Community Service, is now accepting nominations for the 2016 Governor’s Service Awards which are presented in recognition and appreciation to individuals, community/civic leaders, various organizations, and AmeriCorps members for their outstanding contribution to volunteerism and service throughout the State of Colorado.

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06-16-16 National FFA Organization’s Washington Leadership Conference Instills Importance of Growth, Leadership, Community Service…

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INDIANAPOLIS (Thursday, June 16, 2016/National FFA Organization) – Thousands of FFA members from throughout the country are converging on Washington, D.C., this summer to analyze their personal skills and interests, develop leadership skills and create a meaningful community service plan that will make a difference in their home communities. Continue reading

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GMO Labeling Debate Continues as Industry Groups Hold Tight on their Positions

The U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee continues to negotiate a legislative deal on GMO labeling before the Vermont law goes into effect next month. Committee Chairman Pat Roberts says negotiations are ongoing this week with the committee’s ranking member Debbie Stabenow, according to Politico. However, as the negotiations continue, two sets of groups remain dug in on each side of on-package language versus QR codes. The Coalition for Safe Affordable Food initially supported only voluntary labeling, but is now open to a legislative deal that would make GMO disclosure mandatory if other disclosure methods, like QR codes, 1-800 numbers and websites, could be used. The Center for Food Safety, the Organic Consumers Association, Food Democracy Now and other advocacy groups are standing firm that on-package language, as will be required in Vermont.


Stay on WOTUS Likely Holds into 2017

A federal court order shows arguments on the merits of a lawsuit against the Waters of the U.S. rule will likely be scheduled beyond February of next year. DTN reports a court order this week from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in Cincinnati appears to keep the stay in place blocking the rule through that time. The federal court blocked the rule when implemented last August and numerous legal challenges to the law were consolidated by the three-judge panel earlier this year. The petitioners in the case, including agriculture interest groups, states and other industries, will be required to file briefs on the merits by September 30th, 2016. The Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers are required to respond by November, 30th of this year.


FSA Says Operating Loan Program Funding to Run Dry

For the second year in a row, USDA’s Farm Service Agency says its $2.65-billion operating loan program will likely run out of funds before the end of the fiscal year. USDA officials say the funds will likely run dry by the end of June, around three months before next year’s program starts on October first, according to Pro Farmer. Cash-strapped farmers and cautious banks have turned to the program amid the global grains downturn. These FSA loan guarantees and direct loans are typically considered loans of last resort, but an increasing number of agriculture lenders have turned to the program. The recent rebound in crop prices has not cooled demand. USDA data shows that at the end of May, applications for operating loans were up 23 percent and funding obligation had climbed 19 percent. USDA officials and banking experts estimate the backlog of applications could total as much as $650 million by October.


Federal Reserve Holds Interest Rates Steady

The U.S. Federal Reserve Wednesday chose to keep its benchmark interest rate at current levels as economic growth has again been slower than The Fed predicted. Following a two-day meeting, The Fed also said it now expects to raise interest rates more slowly in coming years than it had previously anticipated. The New York Times suggests The Fed is struggling to adapt its plans to the reality of an economy that refuses to boom. Seven years after the official end of the recession, the news remains a mix of good and bad. Most recently, job growth has weakened even as broader measures of economic activity have picked up. A statement by The Fed said the domestic economy was feeling less drag from the weakness of the global economy, noting that exports have strengthened. However, Fed officials said before the meeting that they remained concerned about a relapse.

U.S. Pork Shipment to China Double in Volume

Bloomberg reports that a robust appetite for cuts like pig feet, ears and snouts in the world’s biggest pork-consuming nation is fueling a rally for hogs in Chicago. Investors last week increased their bets on a hog rally by the most since January, and the number of contracts outstanding has jumped to the highest in two years. The moves come as higher corn cost in China forced the nation’s farmers to cull herds in recent years, spurring the need for more exports. China could end up buying five percent of all U.S. pork production this year. China could be slow to increase its domestic production. Still, an expanding U.S. hog herd means that supplies could increase fast enough to meet demand, tempering price gains.

USFRA: Foul-Mouthed Mr. Seed Sells with Scare Tactics

The U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance calls the new video created by the CLIF Bar Family Foundation a new low for the organic industry. USFRA CEO Randy Krotz says the Seed Matters video attempts to scare the public about GMO crops uses unrealistic imagery, including thin skeletal fish and seeds on steroids to promote an organic agenda. The video depicts Mr. Seed as a mouthy, manure eating organic seed who calls organic seeds “the real breeding innovators.” In response to the video, USFRA’s Krotz said “the outright demonization of conventional agriculture and family farms is despicable.” He called on agriculture to come together and respond as a collective and united force because the video is “unjust and raises unrealistic fears about the food we grow and the health of it.”

SOURCE: NAFB News Service