07-15-16 CCALT: Steamboat ranching family conserves iconic Colorado ranch…

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Steamboat ranching family conserves iconic Colorado ranch

July 15, 2016 – The Stanko family has been a part of the Routt County ranching community for four generations. Their ranch, located just a few miles outside of Steamboat Springs, was officially designated a Colorado Centennial Farm in 2007 by the State Historical Fund. The Centennial Farm program was established in 1986 to recognize the important role that agriculture has played in Colorado’s history and economic development. The Stanko family was also the recipient of Colorado’s Aldo Leopold Conservation Award in 2010. The award is given annually in recognition of outstanding commitment to conservation. Continue reading

07-15-16 CO Gov. Hickenlooper announces Boards and Commissions appointments..

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Gov. Hickenlooper announces Boards and Commissions appointments

DENVER — Friday, July 15, 2016 Gov. John Hickenlooper today announced Boards and Commissions appointments to the Colorado Beef Council Authority Board of Directors, the Child Support Commission, the Colorado Student Leaders Institute Executive Board, the Conservation Easement Oversight Commission, the Public Employees Retirement Benefit Plans (PERA), the Strategic Action Planning Group on Aging, the Statewide Supplemental Online and Blended Learning Program Review Committee, and the Workforce Development Council.

The Colorado Beef Council Authority Board of Directors works to promote the increased consumption of Colorado beef. The Board researches beef production methods, advancements and other matters with economic impacts upon the beef industry and makes this information available to interested parties.

For a term expiring July 1, 2020:

  • Sallie R. Miller of Briggsdale, to serve as a cattle grower and a Republican, reappointed.

The Child Support Commission reviews the child support guidelines and is required to issue a report every four years to the Governor and the General Assembly of the results of the review of child support guidelines and any recommended statutory changes.

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07-15-16 USDA TO CONDUCT SURVEY ON CROP PRODUCTION…

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USDA TO CONDUCT SURVEY ON CROP PRODUCTION

DENVER, COLORADO – From August through November, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will conduct its monthly Agricultural Yield Surveys. NASS will reach out to hundreds of producers in Arizona, Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming to accurately measure row crops and hay production throughout the growing season. August is also the final month small grains production data is collected in the monthly Ag Yield Survey.

“The Agricultural Yield Survey is the primary tool used by NASS to track and report monthly crop yield changes that may occur due to weather, pests or other factors,” said Bill Meyer, Director of the NASS Mountain Regional Field Office. “By responding to this survey, farmers will provide data that allows the USDA to accurately track crop production throughout the growing season.”

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07-15-16 CEP: DID YOU KNOW ALL THE WAYS YOU CAN EASILY TAKE EGGS ON-THE-GO?

DID YOU KNOW ALL THE WAYS YOU CAN EASILY TAKE EGGS ON-THE-GO?

Colorado Egg Producers Association offers ideas for eating eggs all summer long while you are out and about.

CEP-CO Egg Producers LogoDENVER – July 2016 – To celebrate National Picnic Month this July, Colorado Egg Producers Association (CEP) invites you to learn about all the ways you can add eggs to your summer menu when packing a picnic and preparing on-the-go foods. Whether you are planning a family vacation, sending the kids off to summer camp or enjoying a day by the pool, eggs are a delicious and nutritious addition to your day.

“One large egg contains six grams of high-quality protein, plus many essential vitamins and minerals, in only 70 calories.” said Brandy Gamoning, marketing manager for NestFresh and CEP member. “Eggs can fill your picnic basket with the nutritious fuel your body needs, including Vitamin A, Vitamin D, Vitamin B12, choline and all 9 essential amino acids. Plus, eggs are naturally gluten free, have zero carbs and no sugar.” Continue reading

06-28-16 CPPC: Young Producers on the Lookout for Knowledge at 2016 Pork Academy Workshop in Sterling July 16th…

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PORK ACADEMY: Young Producers on the Lookout for Knowledge

Young Producers on the Lookout for Knowledge @ Pork Academy

Sterling, Colorado, July 16, 2016:  The Colorado Pork Producers Council is offering their second Pork Academy in Colorado this summer. This event will be a day of fun and learning geared towards 4-Hers and FFA members in the swine project looking to learn more. This year an array of topics to be discussed have been selected such as nutrition, show ethics and the new veterinary feed directive going into effect as of January 2017. The selected speakers are professors, judges, and current producers that are excited to come and talk with and answer your questions. We are excited to offer the Sterling program at the Logan County Fairgrounds July 16 at 10:00 a.m.  Lunch, t-shirts, and fun giveaways will be provided for both dates. If you have any questions or would like to R.S.V.P please contact the CPPC at tstrachan@copork.org.

Topics:

  • Biosecurity
  • Porcine Stress Syndrome (PSS)
  • Nutrition
  • Veterinary Feed Directive
  • Selection of Show Hogs
  • Show Etiquette/Ethics

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07-15-16 CAB: Feeding Quality Forums set for NE & TX in August…

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Feeding cattle is dynamic. Always evolving, always adapting to weather, markets, technology, scientific studies and shifts in consumer demand.

That’s why those who drive the supply train for grain-finished beef gather each summer for a day to compare notes and update their knowledge base.

The Feeding Quality Forum (FQF) will convene August 23 in Grand Island, Neb., and August 25 in Amarillo, Texas.

Since the first forums in 2006, dual locations held two days apart provide easy travel distance for most of the Plains and Midwestern cattle feeding belt. Continue reading

07-15-16 CFB: Study concludes that oil and gas setback would negatively impact Colorado’s economy

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Study concludes that oil and gas setback would negatively impact Colorado’s economy

Centennial, Colo – July 15, 2016 A new economic impact analysis confirms that the proposed ballot initiative for 2500ft setbacks of oil and gas wells would have a dramatically negative impact on the Colorado economy. The study, commissioned by the Metro Denver Economic Development Corp. and completed by the Business Research Division at the University of Colorado’s Leeds School of Business, shows the ballot initiative would cost the state 54,000 jobs and more than $7 billion in gross domestic product within five years. Continue reading

07-14-16 NCBA: Six Ranches Awarded for Honored for Stewardship Efforts

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DENVER (July 14, 2016) – The tradition of cattlemen and women serving as stewards of America’s natural resources was honored today with the announcement of the six regional Environmental Stewardship Award Program (ESAP) winners. The recipients who were honored during the 2016 Cattle Industry Summer Business Meeting, span the country and were nominated for their outstanding efforts to protect land, air and water resources on their individual farming and ranching operations. The regional winners will now compete for the national ESAP award, which will be announced in February 2017.  Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Friday, July 15th…

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House Passes GMO Labeling Bill

The U.S. House Thursday passed the Senate version of GMO labeling, sending the bill on to the White House and the expected signature of President Obama. The legislation, which was the result of a compromise between Republican Senator Pat Roberts of Kansas and Senate Democrat Debbie Stabenow of Michigan, passed the house on a 306-117 vote. The House action follows last week’s action in the Senate, which voted 63 to 30 for passing the bill. The legislation mandates GMO labeling either on package or through smart labels. It also preempts state laws, such as the Vermont labeling law that went into effect July first. The House last year passed a voluntary labeling bill 242-185, but a similar measure failed to gain traction in the Senate earlier this year. A spokeswoman for President Barack Obama said this week the President will sign the compromise GMO labeling bill.

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USDA Investigating Low Path Avian Influenza

The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is following up on recent tests showing a presence of low-pathogenic avian influenza in the Northeast United States. Testing confirmed the presence of low path avian influenza at three live-poultry markets in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania, according to Meatingplace. APHIS this week confirmed the presence of H5 bird flu virus during routine testing, noting that the influenza is not uncommon in live-bird markets and backyard flocks. Still, investigators are working to trace the possible sources of the virus and have closed the affected markets, which usually supply fresh poultry from backyard breeders and commercial farms to specific ethnic markets or groups. USDA also says the affected markets are following established protocols for responding to avian influenza outbreaks of any kind, including market closures, poultry depopulation or sales and cleaning and disinfection of the affected areas.

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Monsanto, BASF, Resume Talks on Acquisition

Monsanto has revived talked with BASF regarding a potential merger. Bloomberg reports that Monsanto is exploring various transactions, including the potential acquisition of BASF’s agriculture-solutions unit. In return, Germany’s BASF would likely receive newly issued shares in Monsanto. However, according to those involved, discussions are at an early stage. Meanwhile, Monsanto acknowledged Thursday that the company has received a revised, non-binding proposal from Bayer AG for a potential acquisition of Monsanto. The company will review the proposal, in consultation with its financial and legal advisors. An analyst told Bloomberg a Monsanto-BASF deal is “the most logical combination,” given the industry landscape. At stake for both BASF and Bayer, fierce rivals in the market for products such as pesticides, is the chance to create the world’s largest agrochemical and seeds supplier.

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Livestock Groups Voice Concerns against Proposed Organic Livestock Rule

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association has asked the Agriculture Department to withdraw USDA’s proposed organic livestock rule. In submitted comments, NCBA President Tracy Brunner told USDA that voluntary agency marketing programs are not the place to codify animal production practices. The comments are directed at USDA’s National Organic Program; Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices proposed rule. Brunner told USDA “America’s cattle producers are the best stewards of their herds,” adding that USDA should suggest that organic producers become certified in the Beef Quality Assurance Program, rather than attempting to address continuously changing animal practices. The comments come as the National Chicken Council asked USDA to revise and clarify the rule. An NCC spokesperson says the proposal “imposes unreasonable costs and requirements of doubtful benefit on organic farmers,” and “and undermines ongoing international efforts to develop poultry welfare standards.”

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Vilsack on Shortlist for Clinton Vice President Pick

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is on the short list of vice president candidate’s to join Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on the campaign trail. Vilsack has declined to answer questions on whether or not he’s being vetted by Clinton, a move the Washington Post calls “a surefire indicator that he’s being considered.” Vilsack has been a long-time supporter of Clinton, dropping his brief campaign for President in 2007 to support Clinton’s campaign. The report calls Vilsack a well-known figure across rural America, where Democrats and Clinton have struggled. Vilsack is the only cabinet member for President Barack Obama who has served through his entire tenure in office. Vilsack is also perceived as well-liked by both parties in Congress. Iowa Republican Senator Chuck Grassley says Vilsack would be a good pick for Clinton, and gave him high marks as head of USDA. Two other candidates for vice president said to be on Clinton’s short list are Labor Secretary Tom Perez and Virginia Democratic Senator Tim Kaine, who campaigned with Clinton Thursday.

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China to Spend Million on Weather Modification Program

China has allocated the equivalent of $29.7 million for the nation’s weather modification program. Pro Farmer’s First Thing Today reports the funding is an effort to combat drought and other natural disasters in China. China’s Ministry of Finance says the additional funding will be made available to help with the large number of “extreme weather events” this year, including flooding in south and central regions as well as drought in the northwest. China uses weather modification technology in an effort to make it rain during droughts, reduce hail and to clear the skies during periods of too much rain. One of the methods China uses, cloud seeding, was used before the 2009 Beijing Olympics to clear the skies, according to Reuters.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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