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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Fields of Corn Photo Contest logoCalling All Shutter Bugs! NCGA Seeks Your Best Corn Shots

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…

Colorado Corn LogoColorado Corn District 4 meeting set for Aug. 10 in Holyoke; 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 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…

CFVGA - Growing Resources Cultivating Success logoCFVGA Lunch and Learn “Protecting Workers” Webinar Series:  
PPE practices and managing heat stress |  Wed, July 27
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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