06-21-16 CFVGA Hosting Food Safety Event in Pueblo on July 12th…

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CFVGA Hosts July 12 Food Safety Event–All Growers Welcome to Attend

First “Mock Audit” Scheduled July 12, Milberger Farms, Pueblo, Colo.
By Marilyn Bay Wentz, Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association
STRASBURG, COLO.-The Colorado Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association (CFVGA) invites Colorado produce growers to attend an educational program to learn about new regulations and to improve their food safety practices.
A Mock Good Agricultural Practices Audit will be held Tuesday, July 12, 8am-noon, at Peppe’s at Milberger Farms, 28570 Hwy. 50 East, Pueblo, CO 81006.
The mock audit will begin with a walk-through of Milberger Farms production operation, led by Colorado Department of Agriculture fruit and vegetable Inspectors. Focus will be on Good Agricultural Practices (GAP). Participants will learn how to adapt their production practices to produce safer food crops and how to document these practices in a food safety plan.
“Food safety is the top priority of Colorado produce growers,” said Dominic DiSanti, chair of the CFVGA Food Safety Co., and owner/operator of DiSanti Farms, Pueblo, Colo. “CFVGA is committed to using the latest technology to help growers learn best practices. We welcome all growers to attend.” Continue reading

06-21-16 BLM to hold listening session on federal coal review in Grand Junction on June 23…

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BLM to hold listening session on federal coal review this Thursday at 10 a.m.

Grand Junction, Colo.—This Thursday, June 23, the Bureau of Land Management will hold a listening session in Grand Junction, Colo., to garner input from stakeholders and the public on its review of the federal coal program. The listening session will take place at the Avalon Theatre, 645 Main St., Grand Junction, CO 81501, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The meeting will start with a brief summary of the review, followed by comments from the public. For those planning to attend the meeting, please remember some ground rules: Continue reading

06-21-16 CWC News: Federal Court Strikes Down BLM Fracturing Rule…

 

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Federal Court Strikes Down BLM Fracturing Rule

Washington, D.C. (June 21st, 2016) – Today in Wyoming, US District Court Judge John Skavdahl struck down the Bureau of Land Management’s final rule on hydraulic fracturing. Judge Skavdahl agreed with western states, tribes, and industry that the BLM lacked the authority to regulate hydraulic fracturing.

Congressional Western Caucus Chairman Cynthia Lummis (WY-At large) issued the following statement in response: Continue reading

06-21-16 National Agricultural Genotyping Center officially opens its doors…

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NAGC Officially Opens Its Doors

NAGC-National Agriculture Genotyping Center logoST. LOUIS (June 21, 2016) — The National Agricultural Genotyping Center officially opens its doors today with representatives from government and industry on hand for the grand opening of the new facility. Together North Dakota Ag Commissioner Goehring, Fargo Mayor Mahoney, legislative staff and agricultural association leadership discussed the center’s possibilities while touring the state-of-the-art laboratories.

“This facility is the first of its kind for a farmer-led association, giving growers more influence on research agendas,” said Larry Hoffmann, chair of the Research and Business Development Action Team. “NAGC will help growers increase production and lower costs. With so many stakeholders on hand and actively expressing interest, it was apparent to all present that the exciting potential for innovation is enormous and will lead to concrete results that can strengthen the bottom line for U.S. farmers.” Continue reading

06-21-16 USDA Announces New Assistance to Help Rural Utility Customers Conserve Energy, Lower Bills…

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USDA Announces New Assistance to Help Rural Utility Customers Conserve Energy, Lower Bills

WASHINGTON, June 21, 2016 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced a new program that will help rural residents conserve energy and save money on their utility bills. The new Rural Energy Savings Program (RESP) will make $52 million in loans available to energy providers to help rural families and small businesses reduce their energy use.

“Investments like the ones we will make through the Rural Energy Savings Program not only reduce energy costs for consumers, but also build a cleaner and more sustainable energy future,” Vilsack said. “This program is the latest of many financing options USDA provides to rural communities to expand energy efficiency efforts and strengthen rural economies.” Continue reading

06-21-15 US Army Veteran Selected for Conservation Internship with the Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust

US Army Veteran Selected for Conservation Internship with the Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust

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CCALT logo new 042815Jon Byerly will be joining the Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust (CCALT) as a Colorado State University (CSU) Conservation Intern this summer. A sophomore rangeland ecology major and veteran, Jon grew up amidst the wide open spaces and ranches of Montana.

Before enrolling at CSU, he served our nation in the Army from 2004-2013. Jon completed tours of duty in both Iraq and Afghanistan. He was attracted to CSU not only because of its rangeland ecology program, but also because of CSU’s commitment to veterans’ education and welcoming atmosphere. After graduation, Jon wants to apply his range management skills in a career that helps private landowners use sound practices in managing their lands. Continue reading

06-21-16 DOT and FAA Finalize Rules for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems…

Drones are becoming more and more popular for use in agriculture and other industries. A workshop on unmanned aerial vehicles will be held at Northeastern, hosted by the agriculture department, on April 10th. Photo courtesy of Aerial Data Systems

Drones are becoming more and more popular for use in agriculture and other industries. Photo courtesy of Aerial Data Systems

DOT and FAA Finalize Rules for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Regulations will create new opportunities for business and government to use drones

WASHINGTON – Today, the Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration has finalized the first operational rules (PDF) for routine commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or “drones”), opening pathways towards fully integrating UAS into the nation’s airspace. These new regulations work to harness new innovations safely, to spur job growth, advance critical scientific research and save lives.

“We are part of a new era in aviation, and the potential for unmanned aircraft will make it safer and easier to do certain jobs, gather information, and deploy disaster relief,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “We look forward to working with the aviation community to support innovation, while maintaining our standards as the safest and most complex airspace in the world.” Continue reading

06-21-16 Culver’s Introduces #FarmingFridays…

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Culver’s Introduces #FarmingFridays

Agricultural Influencers to Share Photos and Videos on Restaurant’s Social Media Platforms

PRAIRIE DU SAC, Wis.—June 20, 2016—To give Culver’s social media followers a peek into a day in the life of farming community members, the restaurant chain has asked agricultural influencers to share photos and videos during a seven-week social content series called #FarmingFridays.

The people invited to share information about their farming experiences on Culver’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts will do so every Friday from June 24 to August 5.

“Our restaurants are committed to helping our guests learn more about the people behind the food that they eat,” said David Stidham, vice president of marketing. “We’re humbled by the opportunity to help agricultural experts share their stories with people who otherwise may not have a chance to get a behind-the-scenes look at what it’s like to have a career in agriculture.”

Here is the #FarmingFridays schedule:  

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Tuesday, June 21st…

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Canada lawmaker introduces GMO Labeling Bill

Canada is joining the United States in again considering a GMO labeling bill that would create a national standard. Meatingplace reports the bill is not the first GMO labeling effort considered in Canada, but the sponsor of the bill claims nearly 90 percent of nation’s citizens support labeling GM foods. All previous attempts at GMO labeling in Canada’s Parliament have fell short. The sponsor of the bill referenced a Health Canada report on food labeling that indicated “Canadians want the government to take concrete measures to ensure that GM foods are labeled.” The bill was proposed just weeks before a hotly debated GMO labeling law is set to take effect in Vermont, a state that borders Canada. Lawmakers in the U.S. continue negotiations on reaching a compromise on a national GMO labeling standard that would supersede state laws like Vermont’s. However, given the legislative calendar, if the U.S. Senate fails to reach an agreement this week on GMO labeling, the Vermont law will go into effect as scheduled.

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Climatologists Watching for Midwest Flash Drought

Weather experts in the Midwest say they are monitoring what could become a flash drought, according to arepresentative of the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The weather event often develops when a drop in precipitation combines with increased temperatures and winds. So far, 2016 is comparable to 2012, when widespread drought parched the Midwest, at a time when there was also little concern regarding drought. However, while recognizing the similarities to 2012, the climatologist told DTN “right now, we’re not anticipating another 2012.” Soil profiles across the region have adequate moisture, even in some of the driest areas. While some areas are starting to show signs of drought, a soil recharge that occurred in the winter and spring is limiting the impacts. Regardless, most of the Corn Belt has seen temperatures anywhere from five to ten degrees Fahrenheit above normal in the past 30 days.

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President Obama to Sign Chemical Safety Bill

The White House says President Barack Obama will sign a chemical safety bill this week that passed the U.S. House and Senate recently. Obama will sign the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act Wednesday morning. The new chemical safety rules are designed to overhaul federal regulation covering thousands of chemicals in daily use. The Wall Street Journal calls the bill a rare bipartisan action in a year when Congress is torn by presidential politics. Chemical makers, including Dow and DuPont, favored the legislation as retailers, such as Wal-Mart, were stepping in with their own, sometimes far-reaching rules on chemical safety. The bill is the first significant update to federal chemicals safety law in 40 years. The legislation gives the Environmental Protection Agency authority to evaluate and impose restrictions on chemicals used in everything from dry-cleaning to grease removal to paint thinners. In most cases, that authority pre-empts states from passing laws to regulate a chemical while the EPA is making its determination.

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ChemChina adds Investor to Syngenta Deal

The ChemChina acquisition of Swiss-based Syngenta faces further regulatory review after ChemChina announced changes to the deal’s structure. Dow Jones reports ChemChina has secured a $5 billion investment from an arm of Citic Ltd., one of China’s largest state-owned conglomerates. ChemChina says the investment allows the company to reduce the need for loans in the deal. Because of the changes, ChemChina was forced to re-file with the U.S. Committee on Foreign Investment, which reviews deals for national security concerns. ChemChina and Syngenta agreed to a $43 billion takeover earlier this year. The acquisition, of approved, would be the biggest by a Chinese company and would supercharge China’s effort to develop its domestic seed industry. The state-owned company still expects the deal to be completed by the end of 2016.

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France to Vote against Glyphosate

Ahead of a European Union meeting of environment ministers this week, leaders in France say the country will vote against the continued use of the herbicide glyphosate, according to Reuters. The EU license for glyphosate expires at the end of June and, if not extended, manufacturers will have six months to phase out products containing glyphosate. The European Commission, after failing to win support for a proposal to renew the license for up to 15 years, had offered a 12 to 18-month extension pending further scientific study. However, with countries such as France and Germany abstaining from an earlier vote, the compromise lacked enough support to be adopted. The issue was transferred to an appeal committee consisting of representatives of the 28 EU nations. The committee will meet Friday. If no decision is reached by the qualified majority there, then the European Commission could choose to act on its own.

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Country Music Star Announces Tour to Benefit Agriculture Students

Country star Luke Bryan Monday announced eight tour dates that will benefit agriculture students. The singer’s eighth annual Farm Tour, which is set to visit small, farming communities in October, will fund agriculture scholarships. At each stop, Bryan says a portion of ticket proceeds provide college scholarships to students from farming families or students studying agriculture within the community. Bryan, along with the tour’s sponsor Bayer, will also make a presentation to a local farmer onstage. The Farm Tour is in connection with his extended play, or EP album titled ‘Here’s to the Farmer,’ due out in September. The tour will make stops in Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, South Carolina and Tennessee.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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