07-13-16 NCBA Submits Comments to Organic Marketing Proposed Rule

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WASHINGTON (July 13, 2016) – Today, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association submitted comments on the USDA Agriculture Marketing Service’s National Organic Program; Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices proposed rule. NCBA President Tracy Brunner, said that voluntary agency marketing programs are not the place to codify animal production practices.

“Organic programs are marketing programs and therefore not the place to prescribe animal welfare practices,” said Brunner. “America’s cattle producers are the best stewards of their herds and they take pride in the welfare of their animals. That is why, over the past thirty years, cattlemen and women have worked to develop and improve animal care and handling standards through the Beef Quality Assurance Program. Rather than set rigid political standards in statute, the Beef Quality Assurance program is driven by experts in animal care, using industry-accepted and peer reviewed science to set the program guidelines. Instead of attempting to address continuously changing animal care and handling practices in this rule, we recommend the USDA suggest that organic producers become BQA certified.” Continue reading

06-21-16 CAWA: Looking to the Future for Irrigated Agriculture in Colorado – Regional Workshop in Brush July 13th…

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(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) June 21, 2016 – Joining the Colorado Ag News Network at this time is Greg Peterson of the CO Ag Water Alliance, and we’ll be discussing the upcoming CAWA Regional Workshop coming up on July 13th @ the Morgan County Fairgrounds in Brush…


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Brush, CO – A South Platte Basin Ag Producers’ Water Future Workshop will take place on Wednesday, July 13, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Morgan County Fairgrounds in the Event Center. The Colorado Water Plan encourages the use of “alternative transfer methods” to keep water in agriculture while addressing the anticipated gap in future water supply given projected population growth. What does this mean for agricultural water users in the South Platte Basin?  Irrigators will hear about opportunities for cost sharing of efficiency improvements, water leasing programs, and concerns about “use it or lose it” at this workshop sponsored by the Colorado Ag Water Alliance with assistance from Colorado Cattlemen’s Association and CSU’s Colorado Water Institute. Continue reading

07-13-16 CWAC and CAWG 2016-17 Board Announcement

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July 13, 2016—- Fort Collins, Colorado—–The Colorado Wheat Administrative Committee (CWAC) announces receipt of the Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture, Don Brown’s, appointments for the 2016-17 Wheat Administrative Committee Board of Control.

The most recent appointments mark a departure from the traditional producer-elected members to Commissioner appointed selections of the Administrative Committee Board of Control as outlined in the Wheat Marketing Order issued on May 5, 1958.  “For the past 30 years, the wheat farmers of Colorado held county and district level elections, to assemble the leaders for the Administrative Committee.  We recognize this changed procedure presents challenges and opportunities. We will adapt and grow with the strong foundation of the Colorado Wheat industry,” reflected current CWAC President Dave Anderson of Haxtun. “The strength of our industry lies in the resiliency and eternal optimism of the passionate farmers and staff.” Continue reading

07-13-16 Bennet, Crapo, Tester, Risch Introduce Bill to Provide Resources for Fire Mitigation Work…

Bennet, Crapo, Tester, Risch Introduce Bill to Provide Resources for Fire Mitigation Work

Bill Allows Fires to be Treated Like Other Natural Disasters and Provides Funding for Prevention Efforts

Washington, DC – Today, Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet, Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID), Senator Jon Tester (D-MT), and Senator Jim Risch (R-ID) introduced The Wildfire Mitigation Assistance Act to provide more funding to mitigate the effects of wildfires and prevent future fires. The bill treats wildfires in the same manner as other natural disasters by allowing Hazard Mitigation Assistance funding to be provided to states affected by catastrophic wildfires that have received Fire Management Assistance Grants (FMAG). Continue reading

07-13-16 NGWA: Corrosive groundwater suggests action by certain well owners to check potential lead threat…

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Corrosive groundwater suggests action by certain well owners to check potential lead threat

(WESTERVILLE, OH — July 13, 2016) Since lead is harmful when consumed by both humans and animals, the National Ground Water Association urges residential water well users in regions where corrosive water levels have been detected to investigate and determine whether lead is present in their drinking water.

NGWA issued this important call to action to supplement the release of research results released by the U.S. Geological Survey on July 13, 2016.

While corrosive water does not represent a direct health risk to humans and animals in and of itself, the presence of lead-leaching components in a well system or household plumbing is a concern, especially in older houses and well systems.

Two factors affect how much lead may be leaching into your drinking water: Continue reading

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Vermont Labeling Law Makes Kosher Foods Harder to Find

Amid the Vermont labeling law and despite the grace period until the end of the year, since put in place this month, consumers say kosher foods are harder to find on store shelves. According to the Genetic Literacy Project, Vermont’s GMO labeling law appears to be forcing kosher foods off store shelves as the small companies that manufacture the foods decide not to re-label their packaging just for Vermont. Roughly 3,000 items were pulled off grocery store shelves as the GMO labeling law went into effect. However, federal action is imminent with a vote in the U.S. House expected this week following a rules committee meeting Tuesday. The bill that passed the Senate, making GMO labeling mandatory across the nation preempts state laws and gives food companies more time to comply. The House is expected to consider the bill “as is” with no time left for amendments before heading off on summer recess.

White House Threatens Veto to EPA Spending Bill

The Obama Administration threatened this week to veto a spending bill for the Environmental Protection Agency. The White House called the 11 percent cut in appropriations included in the bill an “unacceptable reduction in funding” that would “significantly undermine” actions the EPA is taking to address climate change and improve air quality. The appropriations bill would reduce the EPA budget by $399 million for 2017. Provisions in the bill also seek to prohibit funding for the Clean Water Rule and the Clean Power Plan by the administration, along with preventing implementation of new protections for pesticide applicators, according to Politico. EPA funding falls under the Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill. The bill, H.R. 5538, could be considered in the House as soon as Wednesday (today).

Russia Expected to Hike Grain Exports to China

An agriculture official in Russia expects the country to begin shipping China “significant” amounts of wheat in the fall when the new-crop is harvested. Last year, Russia shipped around 470,000 metric tons of grain to China. This year, Pro Farmer reports the country has exported China more than 320,000 metric tons of grain and grain legume crops, and Russia could ship China between 650,000 and 700,000 metric tons for the year if the trend continues. Russia’s Ag Ministry says development of transportation infrastructure is key to increasing the grain shipments and notes that two such projects are currently being implemented. Meanwhile, Ukraine’s Ag Ministry expects the country to export 35.33 million metric tons of grain during the 2016-17 marketing year, including 11.64 million metric tons of wheat.

Farm Childhood Injuries Data Released

New data published by the National Children’s Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety shows every three days, a child dies in an agriculture-related incident. The data, included in the 2016 Agricultural Injuries Fact Sheet, also shows 33 children are injured on the farm each day. The leading sources of fatalities are machinery, motor vehicles including all-terrain vehicles and drowning. The last fact sheet was released in 2014 and since then, injuries to children between 10-19 years old have increased, despite an overall decline in childhood injuries around the farm, according to the Hagstrom Report. From 2003 to 2010, among workers younger than 16 years, the number of worker fatalities in agriculture was consistently higher than in all non-agricultural industries combined.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service