07-01-16 Beef Leaders Institute Grants New Vision, including 2 from CO & 1 from NM…

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Beef Leaders Institute Grants New Vision

Angus BLI Class of 2016 includED: Kevin Murnin, Burlington, CO, Ty Walter, Hudson,CO  & Benito Vigil, Espanola, N.M.

Twenty American Angus Association members recently traveled five days across the country for an in-depth industry tour through the Beef Leaders Institute (BLI). Looking to further their knowledge and education, the cattlemen and women experienced a whirlwind week developing relationships and exploring all aspects of beef production, from the feedlot to the consumer.

The Angus Foundation-sponsored event was hosted June 20-24 and started at the Association’s headquarters in Saint Joseph, Mo. Continue reading

07-01-16 CFVGA: Colorado Grower Addresses Center for Produce Safety Research Symposium…

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Colorado Grower Addresses Center for Produce Safety Research Symposium

SEATTLE, WASH.–Colorado Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association (CFVGA) President Robert Sakata, Sakata Family Farms, Brighton, Colo., participated in a panel at the Center for Produce Safety (CPS) Research Symposium May 29 on animal intrusion and on-farm pathogen detection. He was the sole grower on a panel of researchers and government agency representatives who discussed research relating to keeping produce safe from contamination by wild animals, especially birds. Continue reading

07-01-16 Colorado Wheat 4th Congressional District Tour…

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Linnebur 3July 1, 2016, Fort Collins, Colo. – On June 29, 2016, Colorado Wheat Administrative Committee (CWAC) and Colorado Association of Wheat Growers (CAWG) hosted Congressman Ken Buck (R – CO) on a tour of the wheat industry in Colorado’s 4th Congressional District. 

Stops included a tour of Progressive Farms in Deer Trail, a town hall meeting at Beedy Farms near Genoa, and a tour of Flagler Equity Co-Op in Flagler. 

Linnebur 6Progressive Farms highlighted the costs of production, with the Congressman learning about the latest in harvesting equipment and the significance of affordable crop insurance; different methods of production were also discussed, including the importance of being able to utilize technological advances to increase yields and farm more sustainably.  Continue reading

07-01-16 Bonnie and Darrell Bell Named 2016 Legend of Agriculture by CALF…

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Bonnie and Darrell Bell Named 2016 Legend of Agriculture

Bonnie and Darrell Bell Named 2016 Legend of Agriculture

Bonnie and Darrell Bell Named 2016 Legend of Agriculture

Honorees to be Celebrated at 8th Annual Award Dinner
Castle Rock, CO – The Colorado Agricultural Leadership Foundation (CALF) has selected Bonnie and Darrell Bell as this year’s Legends of Agriculture Award recipient.  CALF will honor them at the 8th Annual Legend of Agriculture Dinner on Friday, July 29th at the Douglas County Events Center.  Since its inception, the Legend Dinner has been the official kickoff of the Douglas County Fair and Rodeo. Continue reading

07-01-16 2016 Childhood Agricultural Injuries Fact Sheet released…

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2016 Childhood Agricultural Injuries Fact Sheet released

July 1, 2016 – Every three days, a child dies in an agriculture-related incident, and each day, 33 children are injured according to the 2016 Childhood Agricultural Injuries Fact Sheet compiled by thein Marshfield, Wis.

The leading sources of fatalities are machinery (25%), motor vehicles/ATVs (17%) and drowning (16%).

Some trends since the last fact sheet was released in 2014: Continue reading

07-01-16 Entries Open for 50th World Dairy Expo® Cattle Show…

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MADISON, WIS. – Dairy Cattle Show entries are now open for those wishing to exhibit at the 50th World Dairy Expo. Entry forms are available online through the Dairy Cattle Entry system or for print on the Expo website. Entries are due Aug. 31, 2016. Late online entries will be accepted until Sept. 11 and paper entries will be accepted until the day of the show, both at an increased rate.

WDE - 2 Exhibitors of every age brought their cattle to WDE in 2015New this year, all animals must have an official USDA AIN or Canadian CCIA RFID number listed on the entry form at the time of submission. Animal entries lacking this number or with a pending identification status will not be accepted. Continue reading

07-01-16 Family Farmers and Ranchers Receive Less than 20 Percent of 4th of July Food Costs, NFU Infographic Shows

07-01-16 A Conversation with USDA Leader Lanon Baccam…


Lanon Baccam, Deputy Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services and USDA Military Veterans Agricultural Liaison, helps connect veterans with opportunities in the field of agriculture.

Lanon Baccam, Deputy Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services and USDA Military Veterans Agricultural Liaison, helps connect veterans with opportunities in the field of agriculture.

A Conversation with USDA Leader Lanon Baccam

Lanon Baccam serves as the Deputy Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services (FFAS). Baccam oversees the domestic programs within FFAS, including Farm Service Agency and Risk Management Agency. Baccam also serves as the USDA Military Veterans Agricultural Liaison. Being an Army veteran, he connects veterans with opportunities in the field of agriculture, providing information to returning veterans about services available to them through USDA.

This interview took place at Arlington National Cemetery, where scores of service men and women lay at rest after giving the ultimate sacrifice to protect our country.

This is what we’re here looking at today. Every one of these headstones represents someone who gave their life for this country, and that to me, is one of the most compelling reasons why I work as hard as I do for our servicemen and veterans.” –Lanon Baccam

Why are military members and veterans a good fit for agriculture? Continue reading

07-01-16 FSA-CO-Weld County News for July…

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Weld County FSA CED Jeff Wilson

Weld County FSA CED Jeff Wilson

GREELEY, CO July 1, 2016 – Jeff Wilson, County Executive Director, of the Weld County Farm Service Agency issues a reminder to farmers and ranchers concerning approaching deadlines.

Acreage Reports due by July 15

JULY 15, 2016 is the final date to timely file your spring seeded acreage reports with the FSA office.  Producers must file an acreage report for all crop acreage on all farms in order to become eligible for any benefits offered by the Farm Service Agency (FSA).

FSA accepts acreage reports for all annually planted crops and perennial forage and grazing crops. Remember that acreage reports are needed for all native and improved pasture to become eligible for benefits offered through the Livestock Forage Program (LFP)  benefits only become eligible if the county becomes drought affected as recorded on the US Drought Monitor.

Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) participants must also annually report their acreage to FSA by the July 15 reporting deadline.

LATE FILED REPORTING PROVISIONS do apply to crops reported beyond the final reporting date.  There is a fee of $46 per farm for reporting after the established deadline of July 15 for spring and summer plantings and November 15 for wheat and other fall seeded crops.  Producers who carry crop insurance with FCIC or participate in the Noninsured Assistance Program (NAP) must pay the fee at the time of reporting.  A field visit MUST be performed by FSA for each late filed acreage report, so timely file your crop acreage report.

Appointments are preferred for accepting acreage reports.  Call (970) 356-8097 extension 2 for an appointment.

“Enrollment” of Farms into ARC/PLC

Approximately 2/3 of the eligible farms have been enrolled into Agricultural Risk Coverage or Price Loss Coverage (ARC/PLC) contract for 2016.

The deadline to enroll is August 1.  Those who have already enrolled are also reminded to submit any remaining signatures by August 1st.  Appointments are preferred for ARC/PLC enrollment.  Please call the Weld County FSA Office at (970)356-8097 extension 2.

As always, please notify the FSA office of any changes in your farming operation, including change of ownership and/or operators, changes in banking institutions, and any address, phone, and email changes.

Loan Deficiency Payment (LDP)

The diminishing market prices for commodity crops could cause the Loan Deficiency Program (LDP) to become active after harvest.  If the daily posted county price falls below the established loan rate then farmers who report their acres become eligible for LDP payment as long as the retain Beneficial Interest in the crop meaning that they still own the crop.

The 2016 Loan Rate for Hard Red Winter Wheat is $3.08 and the Posted County Price for July 1 is $3.21.  The LDP will not trigger until the posted county price falls below $3.08.

More information about programs administered by the Farm Service Agency be sure to visit your local FSA office and  http://www.fsa.usda.gov.

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Farmers Plant Record High Soybean Acreage in 2016

The June Acreage report released Thursday found U.S. farmers planted a record high 83.7 million acres of soybeans this spring and the third most corn acres in 83 years. The Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service released the report that shows U.S. growers, aided by favorable weather conditions, increased or maintained their 2015 soybean acreage in 18 out of the 31 major producing states. Growers expect to harvest 83.0 million acres of soybeans nationally this year, which, if reached, will be a new record high. Corn growers also benefited from the excellent field conditions this year, increasing their acreage from last year by seven percent to 94.1 million acres, projected to reach the third highest harvested acres since 1933. NASS also released the quarterly Grain Stocks report to provide estimates of grain in storage. According to the report, there are 4.72 billion bushels of corn stored in the United States, up six percent from last year. There are also 870 million bushels of soybeans in storage across the United States, up 39 percent from the same time last year.


Senate to Vote on GMO Labeling Bill Wednesday

U.S. Senate leadership has scheduled a vote next Wednesday on ending debate on the GMO labeling bill. The cloture vote is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday, according to the Senate schedule. The bill needs 60 votes for approval to end debate and head for final passage, before moving to the House of Representatives. The vote was scheduled just a day after the Food and Drug Administration sent technical comments to Congress that were critical of the legislation. The comments come as an FDA spokesperson told The Hagstrom Report this week that the FDA “has not taken a position on the bill.” The comments by the FDA say the bill would give USDA labeling authority in an area that is usually reserved for the FDA, and that FDA has long held that foods developed with genetic engineering are safe and do not require labeling. Coauthor and Ranking Democrat on the Senate Agriculture Committee, Debbie Stabenow replied saying the agreement places implementation with USDA because “this is not a food safety or human health issue.” A spokesperson for Committee Chairman Pat Roberts called the FDA comments “odd and misplaced.”


La Times Op-ED: Stop Worrying about GMO’s; Organic No Safer or Healthier

An editorial in the LA Times warns consumers to stop worrying about GMOs, and goes further to say “it’s that organic granola bar that could make you sick.” Henry Miller from Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, and the founding director of the Office of Biotechnology at the Food and Drug Administration, writes that recalls of organic foods amounted to seven percent of all food units recalled in 2015, even though organic farms account for only about one percent of agricultural acreage. Further, he writes, that paying the “organic tax” — the price premium associated with organic products — makes you no healthier. Miller cited a study by researchers at Stanford University that found fruits and vegetables that met the criteria for “organic” were on average no more nutritious than their far cheaper conventional counterparts.

Poultry Dispute between U.S. and China Headed to WTO Panel

The World Trade Organization will develop a dispute panel for a complaint filed by the U.S. against China. In May, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman filed a WTO complaint over whether China is in compliance with a 2013 mandate on duties on U.S. broiler products, according to Meatingplace. Chinese government officials responded last week with a strong statement that it was working with U.S. trade officials and adding that its measures are in compliance with WTO rules. The WTO could make a decision on the issue before the end of this year, opening the appeal process for China, if the nation is found to be non-complaint with the duties.


USDA Finalizes Crop Insurance Provision in 2014 Farm Bill

The Risk Management Agency for the Department of Agriculture said this week the final safety net provisions of the 2014 Farm Bill, which provide farmers and ranchers better protection from weather disasters, market volatility, and other risk factors, are now in place. The Agency says it has finalized an interim rule that completes provisions such as enterprise units for irrigated and non-irrigated crops, adjustment in actual production history to establish insurable yields, crop production on native sod, beginning farmer and rancher provisions, coverage levels by practice, and the authority to correct errors. All other provisions of the final rule remain unchanged. RMA Administrator Brandon Willis says the 2014 Farm Bill provisions, now final, “strengthen the safety net we provide.” RMA began implementing the provisions under an interim rule for the 2015 crop year.

Rural Counties Report Population Losses

The Department of Agriculture this week said population losses in non-metro classified counties reached nearly 150,000 in the last five years. However, USDA says the number of individual non-metro counties losing population in a five-year period reached a 50-year high of 1,320, with a net population loss of nearly 650,000. Since the Great Recession, which ended in mid-2009, new areas of population loss have emerged throughout the eastern United States, especially in manufacturing-dependent regions. The 501 non-metro counties with moderate population growth together added just over 200,000 people. Most non-metro population growth was concentrated in just 154 counties that grew by four percent or more, adding close to 300,000 people. USDA says workers attracted to the oil and gas boom caused rapid growth in the northern Great Plains, western and southern Texas, and southeastern New Mexico. However, recent production cutbacks in these regions slowed population growth in mining-dependent counties in the past year.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service