07-11-16 CSU Ext Pest Alert: Monitor cornfields for spider mites…

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Monitor cornfields for spider mites

Written by: Assefa Gebre-Amlak and Frank Peairs, Colorado State University

Spider Mite courtesy of CSU ExtThe Colorado State University field studies show that spider mites can be serious corn pests in Colorado especially during hot and dry years causing significant dry matter and grain loss.

There are two species of spider mites that attack in Colorado, Banks grass mite (BGM) and two-spotted spider mite (TSM). Most corn growing areas are affected by BGM alone but north central Colorado, especially Weld and Larimer counties and productions areas along the South Platte River are prone to serious mixed-infestations. Spider mites feed on the undersides of leaves, eventually killing the leaf and leaving it with scorched or burned appearance. Continue reading


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Pro 15 Presents Lunch & Learn on 2016 Ballot

FORT MORGAN, CO, July 12, 2016 – Progressive 15 is presenting information on the 2016 Ballot at a Lunch & Learn event on July 27th from 10 am to 2 pm in Fort Morgan at The Country Steak Out and is open to the public; however, registration ($25 pp) is required.  Go to www.progressive15.org to register and for additional details. Continue reading

07-11-16 NBA: Throlson American Bison Foundation Scholarship Now Accepting 2016 Applications…

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Throlson American Bison Foundation Scholarship Now Accepting 2016 Applications

Westminster, CO (July 11, 2016) –The National Bison Association (NBA) has announced the 2015 Throlson American Bison Foundation Scholarship amid continued growth in consumer demand for healthy, natural bison meat. Continue reading

07-11-16 NMPF Endorses Legislation Protecting Dairy Farms from Litigation Under Super Fund Environmental Law…

 NMPF Endorses Legislation Protecting Dairy Farms from Litigation Under Super Fund Environmental Law

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ARLINGTON, VA – The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) expressed its support for new bipartisan legislation introduced in the House of Representatives that would clarify the exemption of dairy farms and other livestock producers from being subject to the Resource Conversation and Recovery Act (RCRA), which governs the safe disposal of solid waste.

The Farm Regulatory Certainty Act (H.R. 5685), sponsored by Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA), would spell out that the RCRA law, enacted in 1976 to govern solid wastes in landfills, is not intended to regulate agricultural operations like dairy farms. The RCRA statute has been used to inappropriately target agriculture, specifically dairy and livestock producers, even if they have demonstrated that they have been following approved plans for using manure as a fertilizer. The Farm Regulatory Certainty Act will also protect farmers from citizen suits if they are undergoing efforts to comply with federal orders. Continue reading

07-11-16 Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Proclaims August 7-13 “National Farmers Market Week”

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Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Proclaims August 7-13 “National Farmers Market Week”

USDA Ag Secretary Tom VilsackWASHINGTON, July 11, 2016 Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today signed a proclamation declaring Aug. 7-13, 2016, as “National Farmers Market Week.” This year marks the 17th annual National Farmers Market Week to honor and celebrate the important role that farmers markets play in local economies.

“Farmers markets are an important part of strong local and regional food systems that connect farmers with new customers and grow rural economies. In many areas, they are also expanding access to fresh, healthy food for people of all income levels,” said Secretary Vilsack. “National Farmers Market Week recognizes the growth of these markets and their role in supporting both urban and rural communities.” Continue reading

07-11-16 Colorado Farm Service Agency Reminds Wheat Producers of Marketing Loans


Colorado Farm Service Agency Reminds Wheat Producers of Marketing Loans

DENVER, CO, July 11, 2016 – USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director Leland Swenson reminds wheat producers that FSA Marketing Assistance Loans can help meet cash flow needs without selling commodities when market prices are at harvest-time lows.

“In the current marketing environment for wheat, producers are encouraged to contact their local FSA office to learn more about marketing loans so that they can make the best choice for their farming operations,” said Leland Swenson. Continue reading

07-11-16 CALP Update with Executive Director Cathy Calderwood…

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Joining the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network at this time is Cathy Calderwood, Executive Director of the Colorado Agricultural Leadership Program discussing several topics and events including:

  • Class 12 Update
  • Class 13 Enrollment OPEN NOW
  • 2017 Governor’s Forum on Colorado Agricutlure Theme
  • & MORE



If you would like to learn more about the Colorado Agricultural Leadership Program, please visit www.coloagleaders.org and if you are interested in learning more about the 2017 Governor’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture please visit www.governorsagforum.com 

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07-11-16 Rounds Joins Gelbvieh Association Full Time…

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Rounds Joins Gelbvieh Association Full Time

Westminster, CO – The American Gelbvieh Association (AGA) is pleased to announce Kim Rounds has joined the AGA staff full time as data services specialist.

Rounds grew up on her family’s ranch in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada in Grass Valley, California, where they raise commercial cattle and she showed her own string of club calves. She previously served as the California representative on the National Beef Ambassador team, traveling around the country promoting beef with the American National CattleWomen. Continue reading

07-11-16 CO-OEDIT: New study shows Colorado well positioned for future increased growth in high-skilled jobs…

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DENVER – Mon., July 11, 2016 – The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT), in partnership with Mercer Consulting, today announced the results of an economic analysis on Colorado’s future economy. The study was conducted to determine how occupations in Colorado are suited for current and future state, national and global trends, as well as determine the type of occupations that should be retained or recruited to meet current and future demands. The findings of the study will help OEDIT strategize its future recruitment, expansion and retention activities.

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07-08-16 CDA: Commissioner of Agriculture Announces New Conservation Services Division Director…

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(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) July 11, 2016 – On July 8th, Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture, Don Brown named Les Owen of Las Cruces, New Mexico, as the NEW Conservation Services Division Director and he will assume his new role in August.



To learn more about the CDA’s Conservation Services Division, visit www.colorado.gov/agconservation, or look below…



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07-11-16 CDPHE News: Colorado Solid and Hazardous Waste Commission to meet in Pueblo Aug 1st…

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Colorado Solid and Hazardous Waste Commission to meet in Pueblo

PUEBLO — The city of Pueblo will host a meeting of the Colorado Solid and Hazardous Waste Commission, giving the residents of Pueblo and the surrounding area an opportunity to provide their perspectives on solid and hazardous waste matters in the region.

The commission will meet from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 1 at the Pueblo City and County Library, 100 E. Abriendo Ave. The meeting will be held in the library’s Ryals Special Events Room. A public comment session will held at the end of the regular meeting. The commission welcomes residents, government and elected officials, and special interest groups to attend and share comments. The commission conducted a similar public comment session in Grand Junction in 2015. Continue reading

07-11-16 *CSU Ext News* Ron Meyer: CSU Monitoring Insect Activity…

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(Burlington, Colo.) – Colorado State University is monitoring various insect populations within the Golden Plains Area this season.  Using Pheremone trapping techniques, CSU scientists are measuring  insect population levels during the growing season.  Pictured is CSU summer intern Melissa Poet loading a Pheremone trap.  Poet is monitoring 18 traps within NE Colorado on-farm locations.

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07-11-16 CDA: License Denial & Cease and Desist Order Issued to Jurassic Pets, LLC…

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License Denial & Cease and Desist Order Issued to Jurassic Pets, LLC

BROOMFIELD, Colo. – The Colorado Department of Agriculture’s Pet Animal Care Facilities Act program (PACFA) has denied the license applications and issued Cease and Desist Orders to Jurassic Pets, LLC, d/b/a Jurassic Pets Thornton and d/b/a Jurassic Pets Lakewood.
Jurassic Pets, LLC, and its stores are owned by Kenneth and Lynn Kubic. The actions by CDA were taken after Mr. Kubic was convicted of eighteen counts of Cruelty to Animals on May 13, 2016 (Adams County Case No. 15M832). Ms. Kubic pled guilty to Cruelty to Animals on June 15, 2016 (Adams County Case No. 15M833). Both were applying for “Pet Animal Dealership” and “Small Mammal Breeding” licenses through CDA’s pet care program.

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Monday, July 11th…

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Industry Groups Urging House to Consider GMO Labeling

If the U.S. House fails to consider the Senate approved GMO labeling bill this week, the fate of the legislation will be delayed until September. Congress is set to go on summer recess at the end of the week and won’t be back in session until September. Industry groups, such as the American Farm Bureau Federation and the National Corn Growers Association are urging the House to quickly consider and pass the bill. The House passed a voluntary GMO labeling bill last year, a stark difference from the mandatory bill the Senate passed Thursday. Senator Pat Roberts warned House Ag Committee chair Mike Conaway last week the GMO measure approved by the Senate “is the last train that is leaving town.” Roberts called the compromise bill between him and Senator Debbie Stabenow the most important vote for agriculture in the last 20 years.


Strong May Results for U.S. Beef, Pork Exports

Red meat exports from the United States gained momentum in May with shipments of both beef and pork increasing significantly. Data released by the U.S. Meat Export Federation and the Department of Agriculture last week show exports of both pork and beef reached their highest point of the year in May. May beef export volume increased 12 percent from a year ago to more than 99,000 metric tons. Export value, at $533.3 million, was four percent lower than a year ago but still the highest since July of 2015. Pork exports reached just shy of 200,000 metric tons in May, up eight percent from a year ago, while export value increased three percent to $501.7 million. Both totals were the highest since April of 2015.

MAIZALL, USTR Urge Cooperation on Biotech Trade

U.S. farmer-leaders of MAIZALL, the international maize alliance, urged global cooperation on biotech trade at last week’s Global Agribusiness Forum in Brazil. The farmers called on the agriculture sectors and governments of major producing and exporting countries to work together on solving challenges hindering the advancement and adoption of new production technologies, according to the U.S. Grains Council. Representatives from USGC and the National Corn Growers Association shared their views with industry leaders from Brazil and around the globe in attendance at the biennial conference. Further, Darci Vetter, chief agriculture negotiator at the U.S. Trade Representative’s office, asked for the countries to work together on trade barriers related biotechnology in a speech during the event. MAIZALL is a coalition of corn growers from the United States, and grower groups from Brazil and Argentina.


USDA Sets 2015 PLC Wheat, Oats Payment Rates

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has set Price Loss Coverage payment rates for 2015 crops of wheat at 61 cents per bushel and oats at 28 cents per bushel. However, USDA says there will be no payment for barley. Pro Farmer’s First Thing Today reports that under provisions of the 2014 Farm Bill, no payments will be made until after October first. That’s becase the program provisions say that payments on 2015 PLC or Ag Risk Coverage programs cannot be made until after October 1st, 2016, or when the final 2015 market-year price has been announced. The marketing year average prices for 2015-crop wheat, barley and oats were announced June 29th.

Ireland Allowed to Ship Beef for Grinding to the U.S.

Ireland’s government announced last week that beef processors in the country can now also ship beef intended for grinding to the United States. Meatingplace reports improved access for Irish processors came after the U.S. recognized Ireland’s raw meat controls as equivalent to those of the United States. Previously, after lifting its BSE ban on Irish beef in March 2014, the U.S. government in January 2015 reopened its borders but limited imports of Irish beef to intact product. The decision allows both sides to approve Irish beef plants to export beef intended for grinding to the United States. Six processing plants in Ireland are currently approved. Ireland’s 2015 beef exports to the U.S. are estimated at more than $15 million, and officials there say “2016 looks to be considerably improved on that figure.”


American Agri-Women, Caterpillar Announce Safety Partnership

American Agri-Women is partnering with Caterpillar Inc. to help educate AAW members and others on how to safely operate and manage equipment on the farm or ranch. Through the partnership, Caterpillar and American Agri-Women will develop opportunities for the Cat dealer network to engage with AAW’s network of more than 50 state and affiliate organizations, representing nearly 40,000 farm, ranch and agribusiness women. AAW President Doris Mold says the partnership “will provide resources for our members to improve safety, productivity and efficiency.” Caterpillar notes that 30 percent of farm operators are women and “sees the importance” of further engaging with women in agriculture.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service