07-29-16 NCGA Thanks President Obama for Signing National Biotech Disclosure into Law

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NCGA Thanks President Obama for Signing National Biotech Disclosure into Law

The National Corn Growers Association praised President Barack Obama today for signing into law an important agreement that protects America’s food supply from a harmful patchwork of state-level food labeling laws. The law will provide consumers with more information than ever before and ensure a transparent, national food labeling system.
 
“We are grateful to President Obama for swiftly signing into law a bill that is crucial for American farmers and consumers,” said National Corn Growers Association President Chip Bowling.  “His signature brings consistency to the marketplace and prevents the negative ramifications of conflicting state and national food labeling standards.”

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07-29-16 CDA: Agencies Help Producer Use Existing Water To Create Electricity…

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BROOMFIELD, Colo. – The first joint project to help farmers use existing irrigation water to generate electricity has been completed in Colorado. And the Colorado Department of Agriculture is looking for more producers who want to try it.
‘The installation, near Hotchkiss, Colorado, is the first for the multi-agency Pressurized Irrigation Small Hydropower Partnership Project, which is part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service’s (NRCS) Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). During the next few years, the program is expected to create 30 on-farm hydropower projects in Colorado.
“This project helps farmers by putting their water to work, creating electricity that lowers their power bills,” said Don Brown, Commissioner of Agriculture. “We are very proud of this project and how it gives producers a way to cut their costs and use their resources efficiently.”

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07-29-16 BLM-CO Takes Next Step Toward Resolving Thompson Divide Issues

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Plan Responds to Public Concern About Oil and Gas Development in the Thompson Divide Area

SILT, Colo. – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) today released the Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) analyzing 65 oil and gas leases that had been issued on the White River National Forest from 1995 to 2012.  The BLM’s Preferred Alternative in the Final EIS would cancel the 25 undeveloped leases within the area known as the Thompson Divide; apply new stipulations to the remaining leases that are not currently producing oil or gas; and make no or only minor adjustments for leases that are producing.
“The BLM’s proposed action strikes the right balance in land management,” said BLM Colorado State Director Ruth Welch. “It respects last year’s decision by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) to maintain the character of the White River National Forest while also facilitating oil and gas development.”

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Friday, July 29th…

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Anti-GMO Labeling Petition Reaches 100,000 Signatures

A White House petition asking President Barack Obama to veto the GMO labeling bill reached 100,000 signatures recently, passing the threshold needed to get a formal response from the President. However, as Politico reports, the petition is almost certainly too little too late, as Obama has already said he intends to sign the bill. In the midst of the bill getting through Congress, the White House earlier this month said the President would sign the bill; however, there is no indication when he may do so. The House and Senate passed the compromise bill earlier this month. The legislations preempts state labeling laws, such as the Vermont law, and mandate’s GMO disclosure through on-package labeling or smart labels.

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Rural Group for Hillary Forms at DNC

A group called Rural for Hillary was organized earlier this week during the Democratic National Convention to begin campaign efforts for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in rural America. While not formally affiliated with Clinton’s campaign, the group did hold a closed-door session with Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack earlier this week, according to the Hagstrom Report. Organizers of the group are volunteers and include Pam Johnson, former president of the National Corn Growers Association. Other organizers include AgriBank’s vice president for government affairs, Vicki Hicks, and Trevor Dean, a former Clinton aide who also worked in the Department of Agriculture during President Bill Clinton’s administration.

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China Pig Prices Reaching Near Record Levels amid Flooding

Pig prices in China may climb to near record levels following floods that drowned animals and prompted fears of possible disease outbreaks. In one village alone, local reports say roughly 10,000 hogs drowned in flood waters. Flooding also raises the risk of disease, as improper treatment of corpses could cause widespread disease after flood. China is the world’s largest pork consumers and farmers in the country are increasing slaughter, including animals that aren’t fat enough, after floods in China’s central and south regions, according to Bloomberg. Pig prices may surpass the record 21 Yuan per kilogram reached in May, the equivalent of $3.15. China will import a record amount of pork this year to cover a supply gap amid declining domestic production. Output fell 3.9 percent in the first half of this year and the five provinces hardest hit by flooding produce about one-third of the country’s pork. Analysts say domestic pig prices in China surged 51 percent already this year, and Imports will surge at least 30 percent.

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Dollar General Buys Walmart Express Locations, Will Expand Meat Offerings

Dollar General announced this week the discount retailer has purchased 41 former Wal-Mart Express locations across 11 states. Dollar General anticipates relocating 40 existing Dollar General Stores into the purchased sites by October. The newly-relocated Dollar General stores will use a new layout with expanded offerings such as fresh meat and produce. Dollar General also intends to operate the fueling stations in 37 of those locations, according to Meatingpalce. Wal-Mart launched the Express stores in 2011, which emphasized packaged foods and were designed to appeal to shoppers looking for convenience, while Wal-Mart’s Neighborhood Markets stock fresh meat and produce. In January, Wal-Mart announced it would close all 102 of its small-format Express stores while preparing to open more Supercenters and Neighborhood Markets in 2017. 

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North American Farmers Increasing Rye Plantings on Higher Whiskey Sales

Farmers in North America are turning back to what Reuters calls a neglected crop, sowing fields with the largest rye crop in years as consumers satisfy a growing thirst for whiskey. Rye, planted in autumn and harvested in mid-summer, fell in popularity during the past decade as other crops produced bigger profits. However, with whiskey demand high and new varieties of rye on the market, farmers have regained interest. U.S. farmers planted 1.76 million acres for the 2016-17 season, the biggest area since 1989 and a 12 percent increase from last year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In Canada, a major rye exporter along with the European Union and Russia, farmers sowed 405,900 acres, the biggest rye area in seven years. Meanwhile, U.S. whiskey sales increased nine percent on the year to $4.1 billion in June, topping the six percent demand growth for total spirits.

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Oregon State Fair to Feature Prize Winning Marijuana Plants

The Oregon State Fair this year will feature a unique cash crop for the first time: marijuana. While the annual fair celebrates oddities like the curviest vegetable, this year fairgoers will see prize-winning marijuana plants, according to the Oregonian Newspaper. The Oregon Cannabis Business Council, which sponsors the marijuana exhibit, says nine plants will be displayed in a greenhouse that will have its own entrance and exit and a security guard will monitor the area. Only people 21 and older will be allowed in. Fair officials said the inclusion of cannabis plants is a nod to the newly legal status of the crop. A spokesperson for the Oregon State Fair said feature the state’s marijuana crop shows the fair is moving in the “direction that the entire state is moving.” The fair opens August 26th in Salem, Oregon.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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06-29-16 Hall and Hall Auctions: Reynolds Land & Water Auction in Loveland on July 28th

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The Reynolds Land & Water Auction is an unique combination of 411+/- Acres of irrigated and productive farm land, 276 Colorado-Big Thompson Water Units, and 13.75 Highland Ditch Shares. Certain land tracts will be offered with pre-existing Baugh Lateral shares.
The Property and Water will be offered in 47 Tracts & Combinations
Call Hall and Hall Auctions today to request a brochure and your copy of the Property Information Package !
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07-28-16 The 90’s are Revived at the Colorado State Fair…

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The 90’s are Revived at the Colorado State Fair

PUEBLO, Colo. – The Colorado State Fair has finalized its entertainment lineup with a tribute to the rap movement of the 90’s that includes some of the top entertainers of the time.
Baby Got Back to the 90’s featuring Vanilla Ice, Naughty by Nature, En Vogue, and Sir-Mix-A-Lot
Saturday, September 3
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$35-$40
“The 90’s was an iconic musical decade and this ‘Baby Got Back to the 90’s’ concert package is sure to be a fun, energetic addition to our diverse lineup,” said Sarah Cummings, General Manager of the Colorado State Fair. “I’m excited to be able to offer a variety of concerts at reasonable prices. Each concert ticket includes entry into the Fair and a full day’s worth of entertainment from our free attractions, livestock shows, arts exhibition and so much more. Our 2016 Fair lineup offers music fan’s a great bang for their buck.”
Tickets can be purchased by visiting http://www.altitudetickets.com/venues/colorado-state-fair/, by calling 866-461-6556, or visiting the Colorado State Fairgrounds.
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07-28-16 Gelbvieh Juniors Elect Board of Directors

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The American Gelbvieh Junior Association elected directors and officers for 2016-2017 during the annual meeting in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Front row (left to right): President Sydney Bigger, Media, Ill.; Vice President Tiana Garcia, Las Animas, Colo.; Vice President of Leadership Development Kyle Vehige, Bonnots Mill, Mo.; Secretary Aubree Beenken, Buckingham, Iowa; Treasurer Colton Spencer, Aurora, Mo.; Ex-Officio Tanner Aherin, Phillipsburg, Kan. Back row (left to right): Jesse Henson, Canton, N.C.; Carter Mitchell, Appleton City, Mo.; Caitlin Griffin, Westminster, S.C.; Morgan Winchester, Jasper, Mo.

The American Gelbvieh Junior Association elected directors and officers for 2016-2017 during the annual meeting in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Front row (left to right): President Sydney Bigger, Media, Ill.; Vice President Tiana Garcia, Las Animas, Colo.; Vice President of Leadership Development Kyle Vehige, Bonnots Mill, Mo.; Secretary Aubree Beenken, Buckingham, Iowa; Treasurer Colton Spencer, Aurora, Mo.; Ex-Officio Tanner Aherin, Phillipsburg, Kan. Back row (left to right): Jesse Henson, Canton, N.C.; Carter Mitchell, Appleton City, Mo.; Caitlin Griffin, Westminster, S.C.; Morgan Winchester, Jasper, Mo.

Gelbvieh Juniors Elect Board of Directors

Members of the American Gelbvieh Junior Association elected four candidates to serve two-year terms on the AGJA Board of Directors. The election took place during the AGJA annual meeting at the 2016 AGJA Dirt Road Classic in Stillwater, Oklahoma, on July 6, 2016.

The AGJA Board of Directors consists of nine AGJA members and one ex-officio member. Directors serve two-year terms and must be 16 years of age as of January 1 and may not have reached his or her 20th birthday as of January 1.

Newly elected board members are Caitlin Griffin, Westminster, South Carolina, granddaughter of Ricky and Judy Griffin; Jesse Henson, Canton, North Carolina, son of Donnie and Kelly Henson; Morgan Winchester, Jasper, Missouri, daughter of Amie Primm, Heath and Stephanie Winchester. Re-elected to serve a second term was Kyle Vehige, Bonnots Mill, Missouri, son of Tom and Stacy Vehige. Carter Mitchell, Appleton City, Missouri, son of Kevin and Debbie Mitchell is also on the board. Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Monday, July 28th…

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USDA Seeking Additional Funding for Farm Loans

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is looking for other funding sources for the Operating Loan Program that helps farmers. The $2.65 billion allocated for the program has already run out, as requests for federal financial assistance grow amid the worst agricultural downturn in more than a decade. USDA is seeking additional funding to “help bridge the gap in farm operating loans as much as possible” until additional funds are available, according to Reuters. The Farm Service Agency last month suggested funding for this fiscal year would be depleted before the program restarts in October. Loans in the program are considered a “last resort” for farmers, but as the rural sector struggles with low commodity prices and mounting trade competition, farmers are increasingly relying on the FSA for loan assistance. Without the financial support, some farmers may struggle to survive until the next cash injection in the fall. Last month, the FSA told Congress it was tapping into $500 million in emergency funding to bolster a related program, the Guaranteed Farm Ownership Loan Program. However, emergency funding options do not exist for the agency’s Operating Loan Program. Currently, FSA loans are funding more than 113,000 borrowers, totaling nearly $23 billion.

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Senators Ask USDA to Address Organic Livestock Rule Concern Before Publishing Rule

A group of bipartisan Senators has signed a letter to the Department of Agriculture requesting the agency address concerns with the proposed organic livestock and poultry rule before publishing the regulation. Led by Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, a Republican from Kansas, 13 Senators in all signed the letter that says “the proposed rule raises significant concerns regarding the impact on current organic poultry and egg producers, as well as access and price for organic consumers.” Further, the group says “proposed changes to outdoor access standards could have a detrimental impact to both animal health and food safety.” Other Senators signing the letter include Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow, a Democrat from Michigan. On May 26th, leaders of the Senate and House Agriculture Committees sent a letter requesting an extended public comment period. USDA granted an additional 30 days on June 7th.

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Trade Visit to Demonstrate U.S. Wheat Competitive Advantages 

Quality control and purchasing managers from three Venezuelan flour mills will visit North Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas and Ohio starting this weekend. The trade mission seeks to educate the delegation from Venezuela about the value of working with the U.S. wheat supply chain, according to the U.S. Wheat Associates. Venezuela imports durum, high protein spring wheat and soft red winter wheat. However, current market conditions there have given durum wheat from Mexico a competitive advantage. U.S. wheat exports to Venezuela are not as strong as they once were, according to USW, in part because increased government intervention and limited access to U.S. dollars have forced millers there to make cost a primary buying decision. A spokesperson for U.S. Wheat Associates says the tour provides “first-hand experience will help increase their confidence in U.S. wheat.”

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Vilsack Happy with Clinton VP Pick

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says he is not upset that Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton did not choose him as her running mate and says he will do anything for the Clinton campaign. In an exclusive interview with The Hagstrom Report at the Democratic National Convention, Vilsack says he will be “happy to do whatever” the Clinton campaign asks. Vilsack was a finalist for Clinton’s vice presidential running before Clinton picked Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia. Vilsack calls Kaine a solid choice and that he moved on over the disappointment of not being picked rather quickly. Jumping on board the Clinton campaign as a cheerleader, Vilsack called the Republican candidate for President, Donald Trump, “not temperamentally fit to be president.” As for what role, if any, Vilsack may play in the Clinton Administration, should she be elected President, Vilsack responded: “my sole focus right now is that Secretary Clinton becomes President Clinton.”

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Nebraska Costco Plants Gains Final Approval Despite Lawsuit

Despite a lawsuit filed this week against the proposal, the Freemont, Nebraska Costco poultry processing facility received final approval from the city this week. The approval came just a day after three citizens of Freemont filed a lawsuit accusing the city of illegally designating land for the project as blighted to qualify for the tax increment financing, or TIF funding. The City Council approved issuing a $13.5-million TIF note and Costco also is applying for additional tax incentives, according to the Omaha World-Herald. The company – which intends to process chicken for its retail stores at the facility – is evaluating the proposed site and still must give its final approval to the project. The proposed facility would include a hatchery, feed mill and chicken processing operation and employ up to 1,100 people.

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China-based Investment Groups Creates $1 Billion Ag Fund

An investment group based in Beijing, China plans to establish a $1 billion fund for special food and agriculture investment in Australia. Tsing Capital, an investment management company, says the fund will invest in high-tech fermentation and extraction of grains, cane and vegetables, with the intention on supplying the market for health foods and dietary supplements in mainland China. The plan is to invest in the entire supply chain, and will include establishing processing factories, according to the Weekly Times. Representatives from China and Australia plan to raise between $500 million to $1 billion in capital, with the possibility of increasing that amount to $2 billion through loans. Organizers say Chinese demand is driving the investment. The end products for export to China are likely to include high-protein health supplements, tonics, pills and sports drinks, as well as vitamins.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, July 27th…

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Anti-Trade Talks Threaten TPP

With both Candidates for President openly against the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the trade deal could be facing an increasing uphill battle towards getting congressional approval. At the Democratic National Convention this week, chants broke out of “No TPP” while Bernie Sanders was speaking Monday, the same day his party approved its platform which is formally against the trade agreement. Hilary Clinton previously favored TPP while serving as Secretary of State for President Obama, but she changed her stance since beginning her campaign that will accept the nominee as the Democrat’s candidate for President later this week. Republican Candidate Donald Trump also opposed the deal in its current state. During his speech, Senator Sanders, the runner-up to Clinton for the Democratic nod, told the audience “We’ve got to make sure that TPP does not get to the floor of Congress during the lame duck session.” Farm groups favoring the deal are pressing Congress to consider the measure after the November elections. However, Politico says all of the anti-trade campaigning makes it exceedingly difficult to get TPP through an already wary Congress, making passage not impossible but very unlikely.

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EPA Sets Scientific Advisory Panel Meeting on Glyphosate

The Environmental Protection Agency will hold a scientific advisory panel meeting this fall to review the widely used herbicide glyphosate. However, the Federal Register notice of the meeting Tuesday offered no indication on whether the panel will consider the conclusions of an EPA assessment that found glyphosate poses no significant cancer risk. DTN reports that the EPA has scheduled the meeting of a Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act scientific advisory panel for October 18th through October 21st in Washington, D.C. The Federal Register notice mentions the conclusions of the International Agency for Research on Cancer in March 2015 that says glyphosate is “probably carcinogenic to humans.” The notice makes no mention of other studies that find the opposite. EPA posted and then removed from its website in May a final report that essentially cleared glyphosate. The agency said the report was posted inadvertently.

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Consumers More Worried About Foodborne Illnesses over GMO’s

A new survey shows twice as many consumers lists bacterial foodborne illnesses as their top food safety concern compared to those who fear chemicals, carcinogens, antibiotics use in food animals or GMOs. The International Food Information Council Foundation commissioned the online study in March of more than 1,000 consumers between the ages of 18 and 30. Consumers were asked to choose and rank their top three food safety issues and 29 percent of consumers listed foodborne illness at the top of the list, while just eight percent of consumers listed GMOs at the top, according to Meatingplace. However, when asked, “Have you changed your eating habits because of something you’ve heard or read about food additives and ingredients, chemicals in food, or carcinogens in food?” 40 percent of respondents said yes.

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Residents Suing Nebraska Town over Proposed Chicken Plant

A community organization against the proposed chicken processing plant in Fremont, Nebraska has filed a lawsuit against the city regarding zoning for the site. The lawsuit was filed by the Nebraska Communities United group Monday afternoon. The lawsuit claims the city illegally designated land set to house the Costco chicken plant as blighted to qualify for tax-increment financing, or TIF funding. The complaint argues that state law on TIF projects does not allow the “blighted” designation for rural land, noting that more than 400 of the 1,000 acres on the property are cornfields. The opposition group was founded by three Fremont, Nebraska residents. The Omaha World-Herald reports the plaintiffs worked with the Socially Responsible Agricultural Project, an Oregon advocacy group that opposes what it calls “factory farming” nationwide.

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Seafood Monitoring Rule Heads to White House for Review

A rule intended to monitor imports of seafood has reached the White House for review, clearing the way for finalization of the rule. Drafted by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the rule seeks to put new traceability requirements on imported seafood. Politico says the regulation is a key component of the Obama administration’s 2015 action plan to combat illegal fishing. The measure would establish reporting procedures for certain fish species that an interagency group of experts determined were most likely to be mislabeled or caught illegally, including shrimp, red snapper, tuna and grouper. NOAA officials say the requirements would impact more than 2,500 entities that import those species into the U.S. from countries including China, Thailand and Vietnam. Data on harvest, landing and chain of custody of fish would be entered into a system already maintained by the federal government.

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Russia and Turkey Hoping to Restore Economic Ties

Russia and Turkey are in talks to restore economic ties and are expected to gradually soothe relations, according to Russian officials. Russia has banned Turkish food imports and enforced other sanctions against Turkey since last November when Turkey shot down a Russian plane. Pro Farmer’s First Thing Today reports Russia’s embargo on Turkish food imports is unlikely to be lifted before Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with Turkey’s Prime Minister next month. Talks stemming from that meeting could set the stage for removing the embargo. The talks to restore economic ties come as Turkey offered thanks to Russia for supporting Turkey’s leadership during a recent attempted coup. Unconfirmed reports surfaced last week that the Russian military had informed Turkish intelligence about preparations for a coup just hours before it began.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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07-26-16 Colorado Corn District 3 meeting set for Aug. 10 in Sterling; NASS data, ARC-CO Program to be key topics of discussion…

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Colorado Corn District 3 meeting set for Aug. 10 in Sterling; NASS data, ARC-CO Program to be key topics of discussion

Colorado Corn staff and board members encourage farmers and any others interested to attend our upcoming District 3 meeting in Sterling, where attendees will hear updates about the two Colorado Corn organizations and issues impacting the industry.

The meeting will take place at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 10, at the Plainsman Grill, located at 17408 Colorado Highway 14.

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07-26-16 Calling All Shutter Bugs! NCGA Seeks Your Best Corn Shots…

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The National Corn Growers Association calls on photographers to help tell the story of farming field corn in America through the third annual Fields-of-Corn Photo Contest. Through this contest, NCGA hopes to capture high-resolution photos of corn growth from seed to harvest and the families that grow it. While the contest opened today, interested participants will be able to submit multiple entries until November 30, 2016.

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07-26-16 Colorado Corn District 4 meeting set for Aug. 10 in Holyoke; NASS data, ARC-CO Program to be key topics of discussion…

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Colorado Corn staff and board members encourage farmers and any others interested to attend our upcoming District 4 meeting in Holyoke, where attendees will hear updates about the two Colorado Corn organizations and issues impacting the industry.

The meeting will take place at noon on Wednesday, Aug. 10, in the Biesemeier Room at the Phillips County Event Center, located at 22505 U.S. 385.

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07-26-16 CDA: Little Beetles are Making a Big Difference in Northern Colorado…

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Little Beetles are Making a Big Difference in Northern Colorado

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Mecinus janthiniformis (3)BROOMFIELD, Colo. – Some little beetles are making a big difference controlling noxious weeds in Larimer County. The beetles, stem weevils called Mecinus janthiniformis, have eaten their way through hundreds of acres of Dalmatian toadflax, a state-listed noxious weed.

Mecinus janthiniformis (2) (1)Dalmatian toadflax is an escaped ornamental weed typically found in pastures, meadows roadsides, and rangeland. Plants produce 500,000 seeds per year, most of these seeds fall within 18 inches of the plant, and stay viable for 10 years. The stem weevil has proven to be a successful biocontrol agent against this noxious weed.
The beetles were scattered through an area in Poudre Canyon that was burned by the High Park Fire in 2012. While the Dalmatian toadflax was present before the fire, noxious weeds can quickly expand after a fire possibly due to seed germination, growing seasons, and lack of native vegetation. The spread of the Dalmatian toadflax in Larimer County resulted in a yellow hue to native grassland and forested landscape.

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07-18-16 CFVGA hosting Lunch and Learn “Protecting Workers” Webinar Series: PPE Practies & Managing Heat Stress on July 27th…

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The CFVGA Labor Committee is hosting a webinar series intended to help growers learn more about best practices for worker safety and compliance with the EPA’s Worker Protection Standard.  New revisions to the WPS take effect in 2017.  The WPS requires ag employers to enact measures to protect ag workers.  This webinar will explain best practices in personal protective equipment use and managing worker heat stress.  Registration is required.  A recording will be posted for members to the CFVGA labor page for members.
Wednesday, July 27 from Noon – 1:15 pm

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Tuesday, July 26th…

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Ag Lenders Helping Producers Restructure Debt during Challenging Prices

A new poll of senior leaders from Midwest Farm Credit lenders by AgriBank shows commodity prices are the greatest challenge facing farm operators. The poll says Farm Credit lenders are responding to the challenge by providing services to restructure the financial situations for farmers. The poll, which was conducted the week of July 11th, was announced Monday at the Ag Media Summit in St. Louis, Missouri. The poll shows 69 percent of senior credit and risk officers from the 17 Farm Credit Associations in the AgriBank District selected commodity prices as the top challenge. The next biggest challenges were input costs, credit availability and adverse weather effects. When asked about the support they are providing to help farmers face those challenges, 86 percent said they are rebalancing borrower debt to bolster working capital. AgriBank is one of the largest banks within the national Farm Credit System, with nearly $100 billion in total assets.

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EPA Closing in on Finalizing Pesticide Worker Safety Rule

The Environmental Protection Agency is inching closer to finalizing standards for certifying workers who apply dangerous, restricted-use pesticides to crops. In a Federal Register notice Monday, the agency announced it has sent the rule to the Department of Agriculture for review. The USDA review is required under federal pesticide law, before the measure heads to the White House for a final review, according to Politico. The new standards would require certifications to be renewed every three years and establish new training and licensing requirements. For the first time, the regulations would also set a minimum age requirement of 18 years old for people seeking certification. The proposed rule applies only to those chemicals that pose a high health risk, including the herbicide atrazine.

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Syngenta Calls Regulatory Talks Constructive

Leadership for Syngenta calls recent talks with regulatory authorities constructive as the company seeks approval for the merger that allows ChemChina to take over the Swiss-based company. Syngenta officials continue to display confidence that the transaction will be completed in time, according to Bloomberg. Talks with the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. are ongoing, and the goal remains to complete the deal by the end of this year. ChemChina is seeking regulatory approval for the purchase that will make it the world’s largest supplier of pesticides and other crop-care chemicals, although temporarily. The Dow-DuPont merger and Bayer’s possible acquisition of Monsanto will reorder the rankings as the top six suppliers fight for market share and financial power to drive research and new product releases.

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Bayer, Monsanto, Still far apart on Merger Agreement

Bayer and Monsanto appear no closer to an agreement than two months ago when the first offer by Bayer went public, according to a new analysis by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Bayer recently increased its offer to acquire St. Louis-based Monsanto to $125 a share, or $64 billion. Edward Jones analyst Matt Arnold told the local newspaper he believes Monsanto’s board will not accept an offer for less than roughly $140 a share, and he does not think Bayer is willing to go that high. Arnold gets to more than $140 a share by taking Monsanto’s estimated operating earnings and multiplying them by 17. That’s the multiplier that Monsanto was willing to pay for Syngenta last year. Bayer’s offer falls short of that marker, meaning the offer values Monsanto less than the company values a competitor just a year ago. Monsanto said the second Bayer proposal was “financially inadequate and insufficient to ensure deal certainty.” Meanwhile, Bayer may not be willing to go much higher as shareholders would rather see Bayer invest in its pharmaceutical business.

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Brexit May Help UK Biotech Approval Process

The CEO for Syngenta pointed to Brexit as a boost for the United Kingdom’s crop regulations, saying he sees the referendum vote to leave the European Union as an “opportunity for the UK in agriculture.” Erik Fyrwald, Syngenta’s CEO, told the Financial Times in an interview that after Brexit, the UK would implement science-based rules and would help companies more quickly implement new technology. Frywald says “the EU regulatory process is becoming politicized,” delaying implementation of technology. Post-Brexit, the UK would establish its own system separate from the EU version, according to Pro Farmer’s First Thing Today. Frywald says based on recent conversations, the UK will make biotech approval and implementation based solely on science.

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Former Vilsack Staffer to Lead Kaine’s Vice President Campaign

While the Democrat’s presumptive nominee for President, Hillary Clinton, did not pick Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack as her running mate, her choice did tap a former Vilsack staffer to lead his campaign. Clinton announced over the weekend her pick for Vice President, Senator Tim Kaine, a Democrat from Virginia. The Hagstrom Report says Kaine then reached out to Matt Paul to serve as his chief of staff for the campaign. Paul is a former communications director for Secretary Vilsack during his time at USDA and when Vilsack was Governor of Iowa. Paul left USDA to run Hillary Clinton’s Iowa campaign during the caucuses. He had since joined her national presidential campaign staff, working out of the Brooklyn headquarters.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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07-25-16 CDA: Seminar Helps Colorado Companies Develop Export Markets…

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BROOMFIELD, Colo. – Exports of Colorado food and agricultural products have tripled in the past decade, reaching $2 billion in 2014.  To help Colorado companies develop export opportunities, the Colorado Department of Agriculture is hosting an Export Seminar on September 1, 2016, 9am-5pm in Broomfield. The seminar is designed to help companies new to exporting or companies looking to increase already established exports.
“In today’s global economy it is vital that companies factor in an export plan to better diversify their client base and be able to compete both at home and abroad,” said John Addison, International Marketing Specialist at the Colorado Department of Agriculture. “We are happy to provide many of the resources necessary to help Colorado companies succeed globally.”

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07-25-16 CCA is Advancing The Legacy as 150th Birthday Approaches

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CCA is Advancing The Legacy as 150th Birthday Approaches

Advancing The Legacy

Arvada, CO – July 21, 2016 – As the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association approaches its 150th anniversary in 2017, the need to evolve conventional approaches and structures is top-of-mind.  Our goal is to do everything in our power to exceed expectations from members of the state’s leading beef industry trade organization.

“Now more than ever, a vibrant industry voice is needed to secure understanding of how and why beef production in Colorado is directly correlated to the state’s economy, environment and society”, said Tim Lehmann, CCA President.  Lehmann went on to say, “CCA is engaging in an association-wide and industry-wide scoping, with the sole focus of securing and advancing Colorado’s beef industry in light of the significant challenges and opportunities beef producers will face.”

CCA will concentrate this scoping in three areas:

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07-25-16 Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne announces Colorado Blueprint 2.0 initiative recipients

 

OEDIT-Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade HeaderLt. Gov. Donna Lynne announces Colorado Blueprint 2.0 initiative recipients
Donna Lynne, President and CEO of Kaiser Permanente Colorado, at the Regional offices in Arvada, CO., Monday, Oct. 14, 2013. (Photo by Barry Gutierrez)DENVER – Thurs., July 21, 2016 – Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne today visited the town of Delta to announce recipients of the first round of the Colorado Blueprint 2.0 initiatives. The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) launched Blueprint 2.0 last year as a way to examine how best to serve rural communities around the state and identify opportunities to leverage the state’s resources.
“Blueprint 2.0 is a great example of how Colorado is going above and beyond existing resources to support the needs of our rural regions,” said Lt Gov. Donna Lynne. “We congratulate today’s recipients and look forward to seeing how these regions leverage the new services and resources to help strengthen their economies and communities.”

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