06-20-16 CO Gov. Hickenlooper to visit Brazil for Biennial of the Americas and trade & investment mission…

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Gov. Hickenlooper to visit Brazil for Biennial of the Americas and trade & investment mission

DENVER — Monday, June 20, 2016 — Gov. John Hickenlooper, Mayor Michael Hancock and a delegation of 54 Colorado business, academic and civic leaders depart today for the 2016 Biennial Summit to Brazil, organized by Biennial of the Americas.

The trip focuses on the Summit, and enhancing the visibility of Colorado’s business environment to current and potential investors.

“Attending the 2016 Biennial Summit to Brazil will help us develop a deeper understanding of the business and cultural climate in the Americas, as well as strengthen our relationships with global business leaders who already have a footprint in Colorado,” said Hickenlooper. “We look forward to creating deeper ties between Brazil, Colorado and the Americas as a whole, and to having discussions about our state’s innovative business environment to potential foreign investors.”

The mission will include meetings with Brazilian government officials and cultural and business leaders in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. The delegation will focus on expanding and strengthening economic, tourism and cultural ties, as well as attending the 2016 Biennial of the Americas Summit.

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06-20-16 WSGA to testify before the Public Lands & Forests Subcommittee of the State Energy Committee in Washington, D.C. on June 21st…

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WSGA to testify before the Public Lands & Forests Subcommittee of the State Energy Committee in Washington, D.C. on June 21st

Planning 2.0—Draft BLM revision to its Land Use Planning Handbook to be reviewed.

CHEYENNE – The Wyoming Stock Growers Association’s Executive Vice President Jim Magagna has traveled to Washington, D.C. to testify before the Public Lands & Forests Subcommittee of the State Energy Committee regarding the Bureau of Land Management’s Planning 2.0 Handbook. This plan would aid the BLM to review how Resource Management Plans (RMPs) are developed and updated.

A central component of Planning 2.0 introduces the concept of landscape level planning.  WSGA finds several dangers inherent in this approach.  Landscape level planning moves the input and decision-making processes further from those agency personnel with a working knowledge of the resource and resource challenges.  Continue reading

06-20-16 NFU Supports Efforts to Ease Regulatory Burden on Landowners Participating in USDA Conservation Programs…

06-20-16 CSU-CWI-ARMAC News: Group seeks to provide management options to benefit water managers and the Valley…

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Managing our water resources, whether across an entire river basin or on a single field of corn, is not easy, and none would claim that it can be done perfectly.  The challenge of water management encompasses more than just supplying adequate water to meet various uses. Water managers include anyone who “touches” the water, including federal and state agencies, conservancy districts, and canal companies, as well as end-users like farmers.   The newly unveiled Colorado Water Plan has put collaboration between all water managers involved in a beneficial use near the top of the list for solving our future water problems.   Recently, a group of water managers, including irrigators, has joined together with Colorado State University (CSU) researchers to address agricultural water issues in the Lower Arkansas River Valley (LARV).

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06-20-16 CSU SE Area Ext News: 4-HER’S EXCEL AT CONTESTS…

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4-Her’s excel at contests

LAS ANIMAS, COLORADO, JUNE 20, 2016: Local 4-H members showed off their culinary and cake decorating skills at the annual District VI 4-H Creative Cooks and Cake Decorating Contests held in McClave last week. As the Cake Decorators smoothed frosting and created artistic designs, the Creative Cooks contestants told the judge about the nutrition and food safety aspects of their menus. Continue reading

06-20-16 Colorado’s State revenue forecast shows solid performance…

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State revenue forecast shows solid performance

DENVER — Monday, June 20, 2016 The Governor’s Office of State Planning and Budgeting (OSPB) released its quarterly economic forecast today. State general fund revenue is projected to increase 1.6 percent in FY 2015-16 and 6.0 percent in FY 2016-17. The FY 2016-17 forecast is lower relative to March’s projections by $58 million, or 0.6 percent.

“Colorado’s economy continues to perform solidly overall, especially considering the persistent challenges faced by the oil and gas industry and the sluggish global economy,” said Gov. John Hickenlooper. “Colorado’s favorable economic attributes have helped the state perform much better than the other leading oil and gas producing states.”

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06-20-16 NCGA: Pollinator Week Highlights the Importance of Honey Bee Health to Farmers

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Pollinator Week Highlights the Importance of Honey Bee Health to Farmers

June 20-27, 2016 is Pollinator Week.  The Honey Bee Health Coalition hopes to draw attention to the importance of honey bees to many agricultural crops and the increased stresses that have been reducing populations in overwintering bees over the last decade. The National Corn Growers Association is one of nearly 40 organizations involved in the Honey Bee Health Coalition trying to achieve a healthy population of honey bees and other pollinators.
“Corn does not require pollination by honey bees, but NCGA recognizes the integral role they play in a productive agriculture system. We are committed to improving the health and viability of pollinators as part of our overall sustainability efforts,” said Chip Bowling, NCGA president and Newburg, Maryland farmer. “We are also engaged to assure steps being taken to help pollinators are well researched and based on science.” Continue reading

06-20-16 CDA News: Protecting Pollinators: Part 2

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Protecting Pollinators: Part 2

Practical Pesticide Use

BROOMFIELD, Colo. – Pollinators, such as bees, butterflies, and birds make our world a more beautiful place by pollinating flowers and plants but they are also an integral part of the food system. The honey bee pollination alone adds more than $15 billion in value to agricultural crops each year, and helps ensure that our diets include ample fruits, nuts, and vegetables. In Colorado, we have several agricultural industries that rely on pollinators such as our Palisade peaches and Rocky Ford cantaloupes. The Colorado Department of Agriculture encourages residents to consider how they can help protect the pollinators.
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06-20-16 NFU Celebrates Youth Leadership and Education at 80th All-States Camp

06-20-16 Scientists Selected to Further Quest for Answers to Key Bee Health Questions, including CSU…

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Part of 4-year, $1 million Healthy Hives 2020 Initiative to Find Tangible Solutions to Improve Colony Health

Paso Robles, Calif. (June 20, 2016) – Project Apis m. announced today the names of scientists and research projects seeking to answer key questions around bee health to receive funding as part of the Healthy Hives 2020 initiative.  Healthy Hives 2020 is an initiative of the Bayer Bee Care Program and administered by Project Apis m. with the goal of improving the health of honey bee colonies in the United States by the year 2020. 

Projects funded cover critical bee health topics such as bee nutrition, Varroa and disease management, and enhanced management techniques through smart-hive technology. The recipients were selected from a total of 23 research proposals seeking to provide practical and tangible solutions to the key issues affecting the U.S. beekeeping industry. More projects will be funded as the Healthy Hives initiative moves forward. 

“Project Apis m. is dedicated to honey bee health and we are so excited about this initial round of grant recipients,” said Danielle Downey, the director of operations for Project Apis m. and Healthy Hives 2020 program manager. “Today’s beekeepers are faced with a broad range of issues and are in urgent need of practical solutions to improve the health of their hives. We believe these projects will be critical to helping us enhance the vitality of honey bee colonies, while also improving crop productivity.”

Projects Funded:

In February 2016, Healthy Hives 2020 issued a call for research proposals to address priority areas established by the program. The Healthy Hives 2020 Steering Committee reviewed the nearly two dozen proposals received and selected the seven research projects based on their direct correlation to the objectives set forth by the advisory council. Awarded projects* include:

Arathi Seshadri, Ph.D. – Assistant Professor, Colorado State University

Phytochemicals as management tool for sustainable honeybee colony health and Productivity

Develop laboratory studies to test the effects of phytochemical nutritional supplements on forager longevity and pathogen tolerance. Evaluate the field benefits of nutritional supplements using pollen patties infused with phytochemicals by measuring foraging activity and colony survivorship.

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05-24-16 CSU Ext Pest Alert: First generation European corn borer monitoring and management…

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First generation European corn borer monitoring and management

Written by: Assefa Gebre-Amlak and Frank Peairs, Colorado State University

Some of the adult European corn borer monitoring sites in northeastern Colorado are showing emergence of the moth. First generation moths prefer taller and early planted fields for laying eggs; cornfields should be scouted the next 2-3 weeks. For European corn borer moth emergence and duration of infestation, check our pest alert web site (www.nopestalert.org) where trap counts from different locations and years are found.      Continue reading

06-20-16 USCA Encouraged by New Mexico Governor’s Outreach on Water, ESA Issues

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USCA Encouraged by New Mexico Governor’s Outreach on Water, ESA Issues

WASHINGTON (June 20, 2016) – Following the producer-driven success of the non-listing of the greater sage grouse, the United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) remains actively engaged on issues concerning species and livestock interaction.  USCA is encouraged by a recent visit from New Mexico Governor Susan Martinez’s to local producers in order to discuss solutions on both water policy issues and endangered species concerns affecting the state. Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Monday, June 20th…

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Four Days Left for Congress to Beat Vermont Labeling Law

The Senate has just four working days on the calendar between now and July first, the date the Vermont GMO labeling law goes into effect, to reach a compromise on a national GMO labeling law. Politico reports that makes Friday, June 24th, the last day to get legislation to President Barack Obama’s desk to beat Vermont. The House will go on recess on the 24th and not be available to consider any bills passed by the Senate. Meanwhile, Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts continually insist that negotiations are ongoing. The committee’s ranking member, Senator Debbie Stabenow, is demanding a mandatory labeling agreement. The biggest sticking point appears now how the label will be presented to the consumer. The Coalition for Safe Affordable Food, which previously opposed a mandatory label, now says a smart label directing consumers to more information would be acceptable, but on-package GMO labeling would not be acceptable. The coalition represents 43 national farm groups and countless state organizations.

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Direct Payments Expected to Rise in 2016

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says direct payments made to farmers are expected to increase roughly 31 percent this year to $13.9 billion. Direct farm program payments are those paid directly by the U.S. Government to farmers and include fixed payments, crop price and revenue-based payments, and other payments such as conservation payments and disaster relief. The forecast reflects changes made in the 2014 Farm Bill that eliminated several programs and added new support programs, the Price Loss Coverage program, or PLC and the Agricultural Risk Coverage program, known as ARC. PLC and ARC together are expected to account for over $9 billion in 2016, about 96 percent of all crop price, and revenue-based payments. The majority of ARC payments were paid to farms with a history of corn production, followed by wheat and soybeans. PLC payments were primarily made to farms with a history of long-grain rice, peanuts, and canola production.

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Spending Bill Bars EPA Funding for Campaigns against Agriculture

A rider on the Senate Interior Appropriations bill seeks to stop the Environmental Protection Agency from funding campaigns against agriculture. The rider, one of many on the bill, followed the EPA billboard funding controversy in Washington State. Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman, Republican Pat Roberts, applauded the Senate Appropriations Committee for advancing the bill last week. However, Democrats on the Appropriations Committee warned the bill would be a non-starter on the Senate floor. At issue was an advocacy campaign, funded in part by a $20.5 million EPA grant. The campaign included billboards and a website attacking agriculture and urging Washington State lawmakers to increase regulation over the agricultural industry. Other riders on the spending bill include a block on the EPA’s ‘Waters of the U.S.’ rule.

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Drought Forcing Brazil to Accept U.S. Genetically Modified Corn Imports

Brazil is working to clear the way for corn imports from the U.S. at the end of this year. Currently, various genetically modified corn traits used in the United States are not approved for import into Brazil. However, DTN reports Brazil is planning to temporarily allow certain GM corn traits to supply the nation’s poultry and pork industry. Brazil’s domestic corn prices have increased significantly on fears of a shortage. A drought, largely driven by El Niño, caused significant losses to second-crop corn in Brazil, dropping production output by 20 percent. Brazil has already imported around 600,000 metric tons of corn this year, mostly from Argentina, and will still need to import more towards the end of this year.

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Farmers Stress Importance of Predictable Biotech Regulation to the EU

In a series of meetings, the U.S. Grains Council and the U.S. Soybean Export Council told the European Union U.S. agriculture needs the EU to adopt a predictable biotech regulatory system. The group traveled to Brussels last week while raising concerns about delays in approvals for soybean and corn biotech traits and transparent regulatory system. The EU recently delayed final approval of three soybean traits and one corn trait that have already gone through the risk assessment and risk management processes, but have still not cleared the final hurdle by the European Commission. The U.S. Grains Council says the European Parliament has complicated the process further by voting on resolutions of disapproval for biotech traits that are cleared for final approval. In meetings with the European Commission, representatives of both groups reiterated they are not seeking to change the EU’s biotech approval regulations or but are seeking improvements to the EU approval system.

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Zero Tolerance Ergot Policy Costly for Egypt

The back-and-forth stance by Egypt regarding tolerance levels for the fungus ergot in wheat shipments is costing the nation millions of dollars. Pro Farmer’s First Thing Today reports the country says its “unorthodox agricultural measures,” which include a zero-tolerance policy on ergot, come at an annual cost of $860 million, regarding added expenses and lost export opportunities. The U.S. Department of Agriculture office in Egypt reports the country will spend up to $100 million due to unusual inspection and sampling policies for wheat shipments. USDA says the result is “higher food prices paid by Egypt’s overburdened consumers, in complete dissonance with the government’s efforts and trumped up claims it’s trying to make food more affordable.”

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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