06-27-16 CO Gov. Hickenlooper announces Boards and Commissions appointments..

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DENVER — Monday, June 27, 2016 Gov. John Hickenlooper today announced Boards and Commissions appointments to the State Board of Assesment Appeals, Colorado Banking Board, State Electrical Board, State Board of Veterinary Medicine, and the Water and Wastewater Facility Operators Certification Board.

The State Board of Veterinary Medicine regulates and licenses veterinarians in Colorado. The Board establishes and enforces professional standards through the development and maintenance of rules and policies, ensuring that only qualified persons are licensed to provide veterinary care, and that violators of the laws and rules regulating veterinary medicine are sanctioned as appropriate.

For a term expiring June 30, 2020:

  • Nancy A. Strelau of Morrison, a consumer, reappointed.

The State Board of Assessment Appeals hears appeals filed by real and personal property owners on the valuation placed on their property.

For terms expiring July 1, 2017: Continue reading

06-27-16 ASTA Supports Roberts-Stabenow Agreement on GMO Labeling…

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ASTA Supports Roberts-Stabenow Agreement on GMO Labeling 

Alexandria, Va.—June 27, 2016—The American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) applauds Senate Agriculture Chairman Pat Roberts and Ranking Member Stabenow for reaching a common sense food-labeling agreement.

“The bipartisan Roberts-Stabenow labeling proposal is a practical solution to prevent a costly and confusing patchwork of state food-labeling laws from being enacted across the nation,” said ASTA President & CEO Andrew LaVigne.  “We commend the Senators for their efforts in reaching a common-sense compromise that works for the agriculture industry and consumers alike.  The agreement will bring much-needed consistency and transparency to the marketplace, and we urge the Senate to pass the proposal as soon as possible.” Continue reading

06-27-16 NMPF: June Dairy Market Report…

NMPF Dairy Market Report - JUNE 2016

The June issue of the NMPF-DMI Dairy Market Report is now available online. It says that U.S. milk production was 1.2 percent higher in April than a year earlier, interrupting the pattern of the three previous months, which had suggested the nation’s milk supply was experiencing a rapid growth spurt. The average all milk price was 30 cents per hundredweight lower in April compared to March, while the monthly Margin Protection Program feed cost calculation rose by 64 cents per hundredweight. Those changes put the bimonthly MPP margin for March-April at $7.15 per hundredweight, triggering payments for producers insured to at least $7.50.

Find the Dairy Market Report on our website.

06-27-16 Upcoming activities and events on the RMFU calendar…

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Upcoming activities and events on the RMFU calendar

June 27: The High Desert Growers Association (our collaborative Mesa County Chapter with the National Young Farmers Coalition) is hosting a June BBQ at Palisade Produce at 6:30 (this event might be postponed).  The BBQ topic is Summer Mental Health for farmers, so come and take a load off with your fellow farmers.

June 28: Western Colorado Food and Farm Forum Planning Meeting in Montrose, Colo.  We’ve already started planning for this Years Food and Farm Forum, in collaboration with Valley Food Partners, CSU Extension, National Young Farmers Coalition, and the Shavano Conservation District.  This will be our fifth year hosting the conference and it’s going to be bigger and better than ever!

June 28: The Roaring Fork Farmers and Ranchers Chapter (or collaborative Garfield, Pitkin, Eagle Chapter with the National Young Farmers Coalition) is holding their one year Anniversary Party with a special screening of the “How We Grow” trailer, a film highlighting the new food movement in the Roaring Fork Valley.

June 29: Uncompahgre BLM Resource Management Plan Public Meeting.  This is an extremely important meeting in a series of meetings to determine the next 20-30 years of BLM management in the Uncompahgre field region. Continue reading

06-27-16 RMFU Membership Department Tours The Eastern Plains…

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FFA students test their skills at working cooperatively to successfully stack cups. RMFU had a booth at the Colorado FFA State Convention.

FFA students test their skills at working cooperatively to successfully stack cups. RMFU had a booth at the Colorado FFA State Convention.

RMFU Membership Department Tours The Eastern Plains

Aubriel Jones - RMFU Membership Coordinator

Aubriel Jones – RMFU Membership Coordinator

At the beginning of June Eastern Membership Coordinator Aubriel Jones andDirector of Membership Harrison Topp hit the road for Aubriel’s first tour of Eastern Colorado.  Briefly, here’s Aubriel’s “report.

We headed to Crowley County to meet folks in Onley Springs. Matt and Karen Heimerich hosted a BBQ at their beautiful farm. We were able to take a tour of Matt’s operation and see some irrigation and cropping systems. About 20 people attended. It was a beautiful evening full of great people and engaging conversations.

We went through Elbert and Lincoln counties and stopped stopped for lunch at Limon with agents and chapter members. Later we were able to visit Curtis Sayles in Seibert where we met his family and toured his farm. Later in the evening we traveled to Yuma County for a BBQ that was hosted by RMFU member Tom Parks. Many membrs attending the event were interested in doing workshops and tours in their community, so we developed a contact list for future events. Continue reading

06-27-16 RMFU: July 6th Workshop To Focus On Bison…

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Rocky Mountain Farmers Union and the National Bison Association invite you to join Jeff Moyer, executive director of the Rodale Institute of Kutztown, Penn., and Dave Carter, executive director of the National Bison Association, at the Buffalo Ranch south of Strasburg on the afternoon of July 6 to discuss regenerative agriculture and bison ranching.

Moyer has worked with Rodale Institute since 1975, most recently as the institute’s farm director. Working directly with farmers of all backgrounds, Moyer is a voice for the farmer’s perspective regarding issues in organic agriculture. He is widely respected for his contributions to Organic No-Till and the design of the No-Till Roller Crimper. He was appointed executive director of the Rodale Institute in 2015. Continue reading

06-27-16 RMFU: USDA, Interior departments announce funding for CO, NM and WY water conservation, on-farm water delivery systems…

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RMFU President Dale McCall visits with USDA Secretary Tom following the Thursday announcement at Henderson, Colo.

RMFU President Dale McCall visits with USDA Secretary Tom following the Thursday announcement at Henderson, Colo.

USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack and Reclamation Commissioner Estevan LópezThursday announced that more than $47 million in investments in infrastructure to address water conservation, energy efficiency, drought response, and agricultural operations is now available. The appropriations include $15 million in USDA funds and $32.6 million from the Bureau of Reclamation (DOI) for local projects across 13 states in the west, including Colorado, New Mexico, and Wyoming.

“Nearly 40 million Americans rely on the Colorado River system for drinking water and to support livelihoods ranging from farming to recreation,” noted RMFU President Dale McCall, who attended the event. “This announcement from USDA and DOI about their plans to collaborate is common sense and an effective response to drought in the Colorado River Basin that transcends politics. These projects are vitally necessary for the sustainability of our economy, communities, families and agricultural heritage.” Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Monday, June 27th…

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Brexit Impact on Agriculture, Markets, Immediate

Britain’s exit from the European Union is projected to take years, but the impact on U.S. agriculture is immediate. Britain voted to leave the EU on Thursday, and many British farmers seemed to prefer the exit because they were upset over EU regulations. However, those same farmers will lose massive amounts of farm subsidies, according to the Hagstrom Report. British farmers have often complained about the European Common Agricultural Policy but also have opposed measures restricting subsidies. For the UK will no longer be included in the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership negotiations. Britain will have to negotiate trade deals of its own. The United States is currently the single largest investor in Britain. The U.S. sells near $2 billion of agriculture and food products to Britain each year.

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Vermont Governor Concerned with U.S. Senate GMO Bill

Vermont’s Governor says a national GMO labeling standard makes sense, but Peter Shumlin says he has deep concerns regarding the Senate’s bill. Vermont Public Radio reported Shumlin is concerned because the Senate compromise would delay labeling “for several years,” and allows the food manufacturer to choose how to disclose the information. Shumlin signed the Vermont mandatory labeling law in 2014. The Senate bill would supersede Vermont’s law and prohibit states from setting their own labeling requirements. It would also give the U.S. Department of Agriculture two years to finalize the national regulations. Many agriculture groups applauded the compromise announced by the Senate Agriculture Committee last week, recognizing the need for a national standard, rather than a patchwork of state laws. The legislation does not come in time to completely block the Vermont law, as the House is on recess until July 5th. It is also still unclear if the Senate has enough votes to pass the legislation. A voluntary GMO labeling bill failed on a procedural vote in the Senate earlier this year.

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Bayer Shareholder Approval Not Needed for Potential Monsanto Acquisition

Bayer AG says the company does not need the approval of shareholders to acquire Monsanto. In a legal filing, an executive from Bayer wrote “a shareholder vote is not required by German law.” The statement comes after Bayer had spent more than a month trying to warm shareholders to the idea that buying Monsanto is good for business, according to the St Louis Business Journal. The St Louis, Missouri Based Monsanto has rejected an offer by German-owned Bayer. Bayer reportedly has secured $63 billion in financing but has not publicly stated if it’s presented another offer to acquire Monsanto. Monsanto rejected the initial offer and also rejected a request for information to justify Bayer increasing its bid. Monsanto said it would only release more details if Bayer boosted its offer, stalling the efforts.

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Data Coalition Forms Farmer Advisory Board

Last week, the Agriculture Data Coalition formed a farmer advisory board aimed at helping guide the coalition as it develops a data management repository to house agricultural information. The ten member board features members from seven states who raise crops ranging from corn and soybeans to cotton, sorghum, wheat and potatoes. One of the coalition’s founder members, Keith Coble of Mississippi State, says the members will “provide invaluable insight into the unique needs of these different regions and their various crops.” ADC is entering a pilot phase, and many advisory board members will be among the first to work with ADC to drive short and long-term user needs, according to the Coalition. ADC’s mission is to create a neutral, independent warehouse where farmers can securely store and control the data generated by their tractors, harvesters, aerial imaging and other devices.

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Conservation Efforts Reducing Mississippi River Basin Runoff

A federal study shows Conservation measures by farmers have reduced nitrogen and phosphorus runoff along the Upper Mississippi River Basin. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says voluntary agricultural conservation practices helped reduce nitrogen downstream in the Upper Mississippi River Basin watershed by as much as 34 percent. The impact on phosphorus reduction was less promising, with reductions topping out at 10 percent, according to the Des Moines Register. USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack last week said the study provides evidence that investments by federal, state, local and nonprofit groups are improving water quality. Vilsack says more farmers in the basin are using cover crops, no-till practices and embracing precision agriculture to cut down on runoff of nitrogen, phosphorous and other pollutants from fertilizer and manure.

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Getting Accustomed to Summer Heat on the Farm

The most common problem identified in heat-related deaths and illness of workers is the lack of a heat prevention and acclimatization programs, according to federal safety investigators from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. OSHA says agricultural and construction workers are particularly vulnerable to heat illness because working in full sunlight can increase heat index values by 15 degrees Fahrenheit. OSHA’s Acting Regional Administrator in Kansas City, Missouri, Bonita Winingham, says a review of heat-related deaths found “frequently it was their first day on the job and the workers were not acclimated to the constant exposure to the heat and sun.” To reduce heat-related illnesses, OSHA recommends drinking water every 15 minutes, even if you are not thirsty, rest in the shade to cool down and to wear a hat and light-colored clothing.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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