06-22-16 Colorado Corn: Sen. Bennet, dozens of others sign letter urging EPA to set RFS volumes promoting economic opportunity, biofuels

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Sen. Bennet, dozens of others sign letter urging EPA to set RFS volumes promoting economic opportunity, biofuels 
The Colorado Corn Growers Association this week applauded U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet and the dozens of other senators who signed on to a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency regarding its proposed rule for setting blending targets under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) for 2017. In the letter, Bennet and other senators urged the EPA to ensure that the final rule promotes growth in U.S. biofuels and domestic economic opportunity.  Continue reading

06-22-16 Colorado Corn surveys in the mail, available online; Seeking info to help bolster programs, communications…

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Colorado Corn surveys in the mail, available online; Seeking info to help bolster programs, communications
Colorado Corn staff is conducting a survey to help us learn more about the state’s corn producers and others in the agriculture industry, in search of ways to continue developing effective programs and strengthening communications. Continue reading

06-22-16 Colorado Corn: Mark Your Calendars! Beef Battalion steak-fry for the troops coming up in Colorado…

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Mark Your Calendars! Beef Battalion steak-fry for the troops coming up in Colorado 
The All-American Beef Battalion — a volunteer organization that travels the U.S. serving steaks to our men and women in uniform, and their families — has a steak-fry scheduled for noon on Saturday, July 16, at Fort Carson, where the group will be feeding about 1,000 troops and family members, and about 150 Wounded Warriors.  Continue reading

06-22-16 Congrats to the winners of the Colorado Corn-sponsored FFA proficiency awards, and all other recent winners…

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Congrats to the winners of the Colorado Corn-sponsored FFA proficiency awards, and all other recent winners 
Colorado Corn would like to congratulate Brandon Schenk with the Akron FFA Chapter for earning the Grain Production Entrepreneurship Proficiency Award during the Colorado State FFA Convention last week, and also Marco Ramos with the Arickaree FFA Chapter for earning the Dairy Production Placement Proficiency Award. 
Both awards were sponsored by the Colorado Corn Administrative Committee.  Continue reading

06-22-16 Colorado Corn staff, CCGA board member assist with Ag in Classroom’s Summer Institute for teachers…

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Colorado Corn staff, CCGA board member assist with Ag in Classroom’s Summer Institute for teachers 
Colorado Corn staff member Melissa Ralston was among those who helped with the 2016 Ag in the Classroom’s Summer Institute, taking place in Yuma, where she educated teachers from across the state on corn production, biotechnology and other aspects of ag.

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WASHINGTON, D.C., June 22, 2016 – Congress must act quickly to keep fast-growing herds of feral horses and burros from further damaging the environment of the western United States, the American Farm Bureau Federation said today. At current rates, AFBF said, their already excessive numbers will double in a mere four years.

E-Z Consulting Principal, Callie Hendrickson, has a BA in Marketing and Business CallieAdministration from Mesa State College and held a Colorado Professional Teacher License along with Vocational Business and Marketing Credentials from Colorado State University throughout her teaching career.  She has experience in agriculture lending, non-profit management, policy development and implementation, and local government. Callie is a graduate of the Colorado Agriculture and Rural Leadership Program, the Cortez Chamber of Commerce Montezuma Leadership Program, and the Dale Carnegie Course.  She also holds a certificate of completion in The Mediation Process from Mares-Dixon & Associates.  Callie has been a certified Crucial Conversations® Trainer since 2009 and provides training through Colorado Farm Bureau. Callie is a West Slope Colorado native and has been very active in the local community and state.  She is Mesa County 4-H Foundation Past President and Mesa County Farm Bureau Vice President.  She is an active member of the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association, Colorado Farm Bureau, Club 20, and Mesa County Cattlewomen.  Callie serves on the National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board and has served on the Colorado Foundation for Water Education Board of Directors and the Mesa County Cattlemen’s Association.

Callie Hendrickson

Callie Hendrickson, chair of AFBF’s Federal Lands Issue Advisory Committee, testified before the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Federal Lands. Hendrickson also serves as executive director of the White River and Douglas Creek Conservation Districts in Rio Blanco County, Colorado.

“The rangeland of the West has its share of unique natural resource challenges, not least of which is the burden it carries of an overpopulation of wild horses and burros,” Hendrickson said. “This overabundance is critically damaging the ecology of western rangelands with severe, long-term consequences for the native plant and animal life that call it home.” Continue reading

06-22-16 NCBA & PLC News: House Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Wild Horse and Burro Program…

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WASHINGTON (June 22, 2016) – Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Federal Lands held a hearing on the challenges and potential solutions for the Bureau of Land Management’s Wild Horse and Burro Program.

For over 40 years, the BLM’s Wild and Free Roaming Horse and Burro Act has raised concerns from public lands ranchers and local communities over the welfare of the animals being managed and the natural resources they rely on. Nevada State Veterinarian and fourth generation cattleman J.J. Goicoechea testified on behalf of the Public Lands Council,National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and Nevada Cattlemen’s Association that the very animals and resources the BLM is charged with managing are suffering irreparably. Continue reading

06-22-16 CO Water Congress: Submit Your Nomination for the 2017 Wayne N. Aspinall Award…

 Submit Your Nomination for the 2017 Wayne N. Aspinall Award

Recognize a Deserving Water Leader
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The Colorado Water Congress presents the prestigious Wayne N. Aspinall “Water Leader of the Year” Award annually to an individual Coloradan who has long demonstrated courage, dedication, knowledge, and strong leadership in the development, protection, and preservation of Colorado Water – those attributes possessed by Wayne N. Aspinall.

The Aspinall Award is given for a career of service and contribution to the water community. It is awarded to a person who has dedicated a significant part of his or her career to the advancement of the state and its programs that define the process of protecting, developing, and preserving the state’s water resources.

Nominations must be received by August 31st  for the 2017 Aspinall Award.

CLICK HERE for the Nomination Form & Nomination Guidelines.

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06-22-16 Colorado Potato’s Annual Dinner and Golf Tournament Recap…

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The Colorado Potato Industry Coming Together

Colorado Potatoes hosted their Annual Dinner and Golf Tournament at Cattails Golf Course on June 15, 2016.  Over 200 members and guests of the Colorado potato industry were in attendance.  Colorado Potatoes represents over 175 potato growers and 19 potato sheds in the San Luis Valley.  The Annual Dinner and Golf Tournament is an opportunity for those within the industry and those who support it to get together and celebrate all that the potato industry does for Colorado.

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06-22-16 ASTA Elects New Leadership to Guide the Future of the Seed Industry…

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ASTA Elects New Leadership to Guide the Future of the Seed Industry

Portland, Oregon—June 22, 2016—More than 470 seed industry professionals from across the nation gathered in Portland, Oregon  June 18-22 for a  joint Annual Convention of the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) and the Oregon Seed Association.  ASTA’s Annual Convention brings together the association’s diverse membership to tackle the collective issues confronting the seed industry today.  During the meeting, ASTA elected its 2016-2017 officer team which will continue to  drive the association’s five year Strategic Plan, focusing strongly on advocacy, efficiency of operations, and internal and external communications.

The 2016-17 ASTA Officer Team is:

  • Chair: Mark Hermann, AgReliant Genetics

  • First Vice Chair: Tracy Tally, Justin Seeds

  • Second Vice Chair: Jerry Flint, DuPont Pioneer

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06-22-16 Syngenta honors women in agriculture with “FarmHer” series sponsorship…


Syngenta honors women in agriculture with “FarmHer” series sponsorship

  •   New television show will celebrate the vital role of women in agriculture

  • “FarmHer” will feature farmers, scientists and other agriculture leaders

  • Series will start airing in September

GREENSBORO, N.C., USA, June 22, 2016 – To celebrate the critical role women are playing in agriculture, Syngenta U.S. is sponsoring a new television series on RFD-TV.  Set to start airing this fall, “FarmHer” will feature some of the industry’s amazing women and the impact they make every day to help feed more than 7 billion people.

“Syngenta recognizes how valuable women are in agriculture all across America,” said Dan Burdett, head of Customer Marketing, Syngenta. “From driving tractors on the farm to discovering innovations in the lab, women continue to make major contributions to our industry.”

Each episode of “FarmHer” will tell stories of real women who, as the “FarmHer” theme states, “love the land, care for the community and feed the people.”

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“I founded ‘FarmHer’ in 2013 to begin changing the image of agriculture—to include women in that image through photographs and stories,” said founder Marji Guyler-Alaniz, who is also a professional photographer. “This partnership with RFD-TV and Syngenta takes what I started with ‘FarmHer’ and launches it to the next level.” Continue reading

06-22-16 Climate, Rural America Most Affected by Waivers Complicating RFS Implementation, NFU Says…

06-22-16 CDA News: Protecting Pollinators: Part 3

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Protecting Pollinators: Part 3

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BROOMFIELD, Colo. – Pollinators, such as bees, wasps, and butterflies, are critical to the food system and ecosystem. The Colorado Department of Agriculture is taking part in a national effort to protect the pollinators and priorities are placed in two areas based on legislative mandates: Continue reading

06-22-16 NCGA: New FAA Drone Rules Put Technology in Farmers’ Hands…

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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) yesterday announced its final rule governing commercial uses of small unmanned aerial systems (UAS) or drones.

“We’re pleased that the FAA recognizes the important commercial applications for UAS technology, and has created rules that will put the technology in farmers’ hands,” said Maryland farmer Chip Bowling, President of National Corn Growers Association.

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06-22-16 ASTA: U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Moves Forward on International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources…

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U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Moves Forward on International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources

Alexandria, Va.—June 22, 2016—Following last month’s successful hearing, the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee has scheduled a long-awaited votetomorrow on the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture.  The American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) is urging the Committee to vote in favor of the Treaty, and to move it forward to the full Senate for ratification. Continue reading

06-22-16 FFA Award Winners Tour Costa Rica, Gain Perspective on Global Agriculture…

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FFA Award Winners Tour Costa Rica, Gain Perspective on Global Agriculture

INDIANAPOLIS (Wednesday, June 22, 2016/National FFA Organization) –As the agricultural community becomes increasingly global, it is crucial that young people considering careers in the industry understand the opportunities and challenges of international trade. A group of 50 National FFA award winners toured agricultural sites in Costa Rica this summer and compared the industries in Central America and the United States. Following an orientation session in Atlanta on June 9, the group departed for a 10-day tour.

Costa Rica is an ideal agricultural tour site as it includes some of the most diverse agriculture and geography in the world. Yet, the country is small enough that the contingent selected for the National FFA Organization’s 2016 Costa Rica Proficiency and Stars Travel Seminar immersed themselves into a complete agriculture experience.

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Seminar participants were selected from national agricultural proficiency award finalists and American Star Farmer and Star in Agribusiness finalists named last October at the 88th National FFA Convention in Louisville, Ky. The seminar, in addition to cash awards and plaques, are made possible by business and industry contributions to the National FFA Foundation. Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, June 22nd…

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Compromise Near on National GMO Labeling Law

The ranking Democrat on the Senate Agriculture Committee, Michigan’s Debbie Stabenow, says lawmakers are getting “close” to reaching a deal on GMO labeling. Stabenow told Politico she and the committee’s chair, Kansas Republican Pat Roberts, are “narrowing the issues” surrounding GMO labeling legislation. Stabenow says she and Roberts are meeting constantly. However, they have yet to share a draft bill with the full Senate. The bill, aimed at blocking state laws like the Vermont law taking effect July first, would set a national GMO labeling standard. To stop the Vermont law in time, the Senate must pass the legislation this week for any hope the House can consider the bill before going on recess next week. Politico says questions remain over one of the most fundamental issues, being whether on-pack labels should be part of a mandatory disclosure system. Come July first, on-pack labeling will become the de facto national standard, as food and beverage manufacturers will be forced to comply with Vermont’s law or potentially face a $1,000 fine per day, per product.

Wall Street Journal Opinion: Label GMO’s to Prove Safety

In a Wall Street Journal Opinion piece, a California Agriculture Education official says farmers and the food industry needs to stand up for GMO’s by labeling them. Richard Sexton, Chair of the University of California-Davis Agriculture Department, along with his son Steve, a public policy professor at Duke University, wrote the opinion piece. They say labeling GMO’s could be the best way to make consumers confront their irrational fears and stamp out public ignorance. By labeling GMO’s, the pair says consumers will realize they have been eating GMOs for years without adverse effect, adding consumers simply need to be educated about their food. The opinion piece cited Rutgers University research from 2013 that says 90 percent of Americans want GMO’s labeled, yet when researchers ask them to list the food characteristics they want labeled, only seven percent name GMOs. Further, a 2015 survey by Oklahoma State University found that 80 percent of respondents would require labels on foods containing DNA, even though all foods contain DNA. Concluding the opinion, they say once consumers understand that their own experiences with GMO foods demonstrate the technology’s safety, they will choose science over fear mongering.

FAA to Allow Commercial Drone Use

The Federal Aviation Administration Tuesday announced a rule that will allow the use of drones commercially, including for agriculture purposes. The FAA rule limits most small commercial drone operations to daylight hours and requires operators to get certified every two years. The FAA’s 624-page rulebook allows commercial drones weighing up to 55 pounds to fly during daylight hours lower than 400 feet in the air and the aircraft must remain in sight of the operator. The final rule has a 60-day comment period. A White House fact sheet issued Tuesday says, for agriculture, unmanned aircraft can monitor crop health in real-time for farmers who are trying to manage farms. Further, the White House says by reducing the need for manned aircraft in agricultural operations, drones can help reduce fatal agricultural aviation accidents and can increase crop yields by providing higher-quality data about the ground below.

Mosaic Mulling Acquisition of Vale’s Fertilizer Business

The world’s top producer of concentrated phosphate has entered talks to buy Vale SA’s fertilizer unit. The move is part of an effort by Mosaic to grow its business in South America and Africa, according to Reuters. Both companies are still discussing the structure of a potential deal and seem to prefer a cash and stock agreement. Vale SA’s fertilizer unit, based in Brazil, is estimated to be worth $3 billion in the proposal. Mosaic’s CEO in February said the Minnesota-based company was “on the lookout” for phosphate or potash assets that could be bargain-priced in a weak commodity sector. Vale has fertilizer assets in five different countries, including Argentina, Brazil and Canada. Brazil is the world’s fifth-largest fertilizer consumer and fertilizer demand in the nation is expected to grow twice as fast as global demand until 2025.

CME Group Launching EU Wheat Futures

CME Group will launch European Union Wheat futures and options in September, according to a company news release. CME Group is the owner of the Chicago Board of Trade and announced the new EU Wheat futures this week. CME Group’s Tim Andriesen says the new EU Wheat futures further positions the CME Globex trading platform as the global destination for wheat trading and risk management. Each contract will represent 50 metric tons of physical EU wheat with specific quality specifications. EU Wheat futures and options contracts will be available for trading electronically via CME Globex Monday through Friday between 10:30 a.m. and 6:35 p.m. Paris time. EU Wheat options will also be available for trading on the company’s Chicago trading floor from 8:30 a.m. to 11:35 a.m. Chicago time.

USDA Makes $52 Million Available for Rural Utility Customers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Tuesday announced a new program that will help rural residents conserve energy and save money on their utility bills. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the Rural Energy Savings Program, or RESP, will make $52 million in loans available to energy providers to help rural families and small businesses reduce their energy use. Vilsack says the program will “build a cleaner and more sustainable energy future” for rural communities. RESP will provide loans to rural energy providers who in turn fund projects for consumers to make energy efficiency improvements that will lower their energy use. Eligible applicants include current and former Rural Utilities Service borrowers or subsidiaries and entities that provide retail electric service in rural areas.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service