06-17-16 Western Dairy Association Staff Participate in Honor the Harvest, Farm to Table Summit…

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Western Dairy Staff Participate in Honor the Harvest, Farm to Table Summit

WDA Farm to Table Summit 1Thornton, CO – June 17, 2016 – This week, the Honor the Harvest, National Dairy Council Thought Leader Summit took place in Chicago. Montana University Assistant Professor of Food and Nutrition and Sustainable Food Systems Dr. Carmen Byker Shanks and Executive Chef for Colorado Springs School District 11 Nathan Drinberger joined Western Dairy staff at the summit. While there, they learned about using food for its highest purpose and moving nutrients through the food system – from people, to animals and back to the land to grow more food – instead of going to waste in a landfill.

WDA Farm to Table Summit 2During the summit, several leaders in both dairy and sustainability explained that in order to ensure that nutritious foods are available to all, food companies, retailers and restaurants can partner with dairy farmers to recycle food scraps that are inedible to humans, avoiding landfills or incineration. They showed that even the leftover food that both people and animals cannot eat can still be recycled and turned into a natural fertilizer for the land through composting and anaerobic digesters – and in addition to producing natural fertilizer, anaerobic digesters can produce renewable energy from organic waste. Continue reading

06-17-16 WDA News: FARM Program Becomes Even More Valuable…

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FARM Program Becomes Even More Valuable

Big changes are coming to National Dairy Farmers Assuring Responsible Management (FARM) program. Beginning January 2017, dairies evaluated under FARM 3.0 will also be Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) certified.

On July 19, there will be an event at the JBS USA Headquarters to provide an opportunity for learning and discussion about adding value to market cows and how to make the most of the FARM/BQA collaboration, and all our farmers are invited to attend. Please join us and Colorado Livestock Association’s Dairy Council, Colorado Beef Quality Assurance and Colorado State University Department of Animal Sciences at this exclusive event to gain first-hand knowledge and insight about market cow carcass value and quality from the largest market cow packer in the U.S., JBS USA.

At the event, the following topics will be discussed: Continue reading

06-17-16 Virgil Green Announced as NEW Fuel Up to Play 60 Representative…

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Virgil Green Announced as NEW Fuel Up to Play 60 Representative

The Western Dairy Association announced during their June Dairy Month celebration that Denver Broncos tight end Virgil Green will be replacing David Bruton, Jr. as the Denver Broncos Fuel Up to Play 60 player representative! Continue reading

06-17-16 June Dairy Month Celebration Recap…

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Western Dairy Celebrates June Dairy Month

Our June Dairy Month celebration took place a week ago at the Platte River Fort in Greeley, and we couldn’t have been more proud or privileged to thank our dairy farm families and dairy friends for 80 years of support.

The evening was filled with fun for the whole family – from lawn games to face painting and of course, June the Animatronic Cow. Plus, guests found out first-hand that tight end Virgil Green is our NEW Denver Broncos Fuel Up to Play 60 player representative and were given the opportunity to meet him. Continue reading

06-17-16 CWAC-CAWG News: Seed to Glass Collaboration…

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FT COLLINS, CO – June 17, 2016 – Colorado truly is the state of purple mountains majesty and amber waves of grain. Colorado also calls itself the “State of Craft Beer”, and there is currently exciting new work being done to ensure that Colorado craft beers brewed with the waters running down from those majestic purple mountains can also include Colorado grown grains from those amber waves!

Zwei Brewing Company logoOn Tuesday June 21st at 4pm Zwei Brewing Company, located at 4612 S. Mason St., in partnership with the agricultural advocacy organizations of Colorado Wheat (Colorado Wheat Administrative Committee and Colorado Wheat Research Foundation) and Troubadour Maltings, will be tapping the delicious Bersteinfarbenes Weizenbier “Amber Waves of Grain”. This special release was brewed by Zwei using both wheat and barley grown in Colorado and malted by Troubadour at their facility in northeast Fort Collins. The wheat was provided by Colorado grower Cary Wickstrom via Colorado Wheat, and the barley by the five Colorado growers that Troubadour is working with in both Larimer and Weld counties. Continue reading

06-17-16 USCA Supports U.S. Armed Forces Freedom to Choose Meat…

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USCA Supports U.S. Armed Forces Freedom to Choose Meat

WASHINGTON (June 17, 2016) – The United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) voiced their support this week of Senate Amendment 4485, SEC. 1097 to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2017 (S.2943).  The amendment would have mandated consistent access to all forms of protein in our U.S. Armed Forces facilities.  In a letter sent to the Senate, USCA outlined its support for the issue and ongoing inclusion of meat-based proteins in daily meal offerings.  The amendment introduced by Senator Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) was not included in the final passed NDAA bill, however the issue will remain a priority. Continue reading

06-17-16 HOUSE, SENATE PANELS APPROVE FOREST SERVICE, EPA SPENDING BILLS; NACD RESPONDS…

HOUSE, SENATE PANELS APPROVE FOREST SERVICE, EPA SPENDING BILLS; NACD RESPONDS

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WASHINGTON, June 16, 2016 – The National Association of Conservation Districts is pleased with the Fiscal Year 2017 funding levels the House and Senate Appropriations Committees have approved for the Forest Service and the Environmental Protection Agency. However, the association is disappointed that the committees failed to propose a long-term budget solution for wildfire suppression costs.

“The House and Senate’s proposed budget allocations for the Forest Service’s state and private programs are signs that Congress is headed in the right direction when it comes to properly funding forest management on private lands,” NACD CEO Jeremy Peters said. “Sadly, it is also clear that both chambers have failed to put forth solutions that would effectively end the scourge that is ‘fire borrowing.’” Continue reading

06-17-16 Rep. Dore endorsed by CFB, supported by CCA…

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Elizabeth, CO- June 17, 2016 Rep. Tim Dore has received the support of the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association following their Red, White and Beef convention this week.

According to the association, “Colorado’s beef industry is a significant part of Colorado’s economy, heritage and future. Rep. Dore’s support of our industry is appreciated and has not gone unnoticed.” Continue reading

06-17-16 CDA News: Protecting Pollinators: Part 1

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Protecting Pollinators: Part 1

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BROOMFIELD, Colo. – June 20-26 is National Pollinator Week. Pollinators are a group of diverse animals that play a critical role in the world’s food production. There are over 20,000 species of wild pollinators ranging from wild bees to managed honey bees, plus many species of butterflies, flies, moths, wasps, beetles, birds, bats and other animals that pollinate crops including those that provide fruit, vegetables, seeds, nuts and oils.   In Colorado, we have several agricultural industries that rely on pollinators such as our Palisade peaches and Rocky Ford cantaloupes.
A healthy pollinator population is important and multiple factors that can affect their health have been identified: Continue reading

06-17-16 NCGA Corn Board Elects Kevin Skunes as Next Farmer to Help Lead Organization…

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The National Corn Growers Association’s Corn Board has elected Kevin Skunes of North Dakota to become the organization’s first vice president for the next fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1.
“I am deeply honored that my colleagues on the board chose to place their trust in my capability and commitment to leading our association forward as we work to create greater opportunities for corn growers across the country,” said Skunes. “We understand our farmers face a growing number of challenges. Working together as an industry and with regulators and legislators in Washington, we must grow markets through trade agreements, a return to statutory RVO levels outlined in the RFS while combatting the proliferation of regulations impacting U.S. farmers. I look forward to working with our grower leadership over the coming years to find innovative, impactful ways to grow the demand for our growing crop.”

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Friday, June 17th…

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Coalition Pressing Congress to Reach GMO Agreement

The Coalition for Safe Affordable Food is urging Congress to reach an agreement on GMO labeling quickly. The coalition called on Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow to come to an agreement on legislation to set a national standard for the labeling of food products containing biotechnology. Joining the coalition in its plea to Congress, American Soybean Association CEO Steve Censky told reporters Thursday “the lack of Senate action really threatens the livelihoods of the farmers we represent.” Roberts and Stabenow have indicated that they continue to make progress toward a solution. However, only a handful of legislative working days remains before the Vermont law’s July first deadline. Agriculture groups, such as the American Soybean Association, say without a national standard that supersedes the Vermont law, states across the nation could adopt individual laws that differ, making compliance highly burdensome.

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Winter Wheat Harvest Moving Faster through Kansas

Winter wheat harvest has picked up notably in recent days amid drier weather, according to harvest reports from the Kansas Wheat Commission, the Kansas Association of Wheat Growers and the Kansas Grain and Feed Association. Pro Farmer’s First Thing Today Reports the drier field conditions of late have also improved the moisture levels of the crop, speeding along the harvest. There is some rain in the near-term forecast for the state, however. Pro Farmer says yields have remained impressive as harvest progresses, with fairly regular reports of test weights topping 60 pounds.

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U.S. Meat Industry Represents $1.02 Trillion in Economic Output

A new study shows the U.S. meat and poultry industry accounts for $1.02 trillion in total economic output or 5.6 percent of gross domestic product. The analysis, commissioned by the North American Meat Institute, found the meat and poultry industry is responsible for 5.4 million jobs and $257 billion in wages. The report says that not only does the meat and poultry industry create jobs, it also generates sizeable tax revenues in two forms. Traditional direct taxes paid by firms and their employees provide over $108.4 billion in revenues to the federal, state and local governments. In addition, meat and poultry consumption generates $3.2 billion in state sales taxes. The analysis is featured on Meat Fuels America dot com (www.meatfuelsamerica.com), and can be broken down by state or congressional districts on the website. 

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Prestage Farms Close to Selecting Iowa Site for Processing Plant

Prestage Farms is closing in on a new proposed location for a $240 million pork processing plant rejected by Mason City, Iowa voters. Meatingplace reports Prestage Farms has looked at nearly half of the 19 Iowa communities that contacted the company following the Mason City vote. Prestage Farms President Ron Prestage says the company wants to avoid a repeat of the situation it faced in Mason City, where several groups protested at public hearings, voicing concerns about the environmental impact and other issues that could result if the plant was built. The project is expected to create around 1,000 jobs for the community Prestage Farms selects. Communities in neighboring states have reportedly reached out to Prestage Farms as well expressing interest in the facility.

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USDA NASS Names Acting Chair of USDA’s Agricultural Statistics Board

The USDA National Ag Statistics Service this week announced Joseph Parsons will serve as Acting Chair of USDA’s Agricultural Statistics Board. At the same time, he also becomes Acting Director of the Methodology Division. Parsons currently serves as Director of the Information Technology Division and is the agency’s Chief Information Officer. Before that, he was Senior Research Statistician in the Research and Development Division. He has served in a variety of leadership positions throughout the agency. The Agricultural Statistics Board prepares and issues USDA’s official national and state forecasts and estimates relating to crop production, stocks of agricultural commodities, livestock and livestock products, dairy and dairy products, poultry and poultry products, agricultural prices, economic information, agricultural wage rates, chemical usage, and other subjects.

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German Organic Leader Urges Research Robotic Weeders

The president of Germany’s largest organic farmers association says multinational businesses such as Monsanto and Bayer AG should focus on crop weeding robots, instead of spending capital on mergers. Jan Plagge(Yan Plah-gee), president of Bioland in Germany, told the Hagstrom Report this month that robotic weeding equipment would eliminate the need for widespread use of pesticides or genetic modification of crops. He says weeders can be developed to select which weeds in a field to kill and which plants to leave. He says the robots are a much better investment than merger considerations. Bayer has made two offers to acquire Monsanto. Plagge represents more than 6,000 German farmers as president of Bioland and is also vice president for Europe for IFOAM, the International Foundation for Organic Agriculture.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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