08-04-16 As part of CCAC-funded effort, CSU researchers seeking info on corn diseases to enhance future mitigation efforts

CO CORN LOGOAs part of CCAC-funded effort, CSU researchers seeking info on corn diseases to enhance future mitigation efforts

The Crop Pathology Lab at Colorado State University is conducting its first corn disease survey in Colorado over the course of this growing season.

Earlier this year, the Colorado Corn Administrative Committee (CCAC) contributed $31,580 to this research project, in a collaborative effort to compile comprehensive information regarding bacterial, fungal and viral pathogens of corn, including foliar, ear, stalk and root pathogens. Continue reading

08-04-16 Colorado Corn district meetings taking place this month throughout NE Colorado…

Colorado Corn Logo

Colorado Corn district meetings taking place this month throughout northeast Colorado

Colorado Corn staff and board members encourage farmers and any others interested to attend our upcoming district meetings, where attendees will hear updates about the Colorado Corn Administrative Committee (CCAC) and the Colorado Corn Growers Association (CCGA), as well as issues impacting the industry.

No RSVP needed.

During these meetings, Colorado Corn staff will be joined by representatives of the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), to discuss producer surveys and the NASS data used in factoring payments to farmers for certain programs, such as the Agriculture Risk Coverage-County Option (ARC-CO) Program.

In recent months, some farmers questioned the accuracy of the county yield data initially used to calculate farmers’ ARC-CO eligibility, stressing some yields appeared too high, which would impact program payments. After various efforts by the Colorado Corn Growers Association and other groups, the Farm Service Agency (FSA) distributed updated ARC-CO payments to farmers in Adams, Baca, Bent, Cheyenne and Kit Carson counties. However, farmers elsewhere haven’t been notified of such action, and are following through with an appeals process.

Below is a schedule for these upcoming district meetings, and a list of which board positions are open in each district: Continue reading

08-04-16 CSU Animal Sciences to join CPPC at their annual meeting…

CPPC In the News Header

CSU Animal Sciences to join CPPC at their annual meeting *CORRECTED*

Colorado State University Department of Animal Sciences will be joining the Colorado Pork Producers Council at their annual meeting in Pueblo, Colorado August 25, 5:30pm.  CSU plans to hold a listening session for partners to provide input for department direction and feedback, at the end of the CPPC meeting.  This listening session will be part of the meeting which will kick off the State Fair hog shows which begins August 26.   Evening events will include featured speakers, producer education discussions, election of CPPC board members; as well as a whole hog BBQ dinner.  Don’t forget, there will also be a drawing for Denver Bronco game tickets! Continue reading

08-04-16 Bennet Announces the Launch of Statewide Council to Open Cuban Markets for Colorado Ag Producers

US Senator Michael Bennet color official photo-022513Bennet Announces the Launch of Statewide Council to Open Cuban Markets for Colorado Ag Producers

Diverse Council will Work to End Trade Restrictions and Travel Bans to Cuba

DENVER, CO – Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet and Engage Cuba announced the launch of a statewide council that will work to open trade opportunities to Cuba and end the travel ban.  The 38 member council is made up of a diverse group of Coloradans representing agriculture, banking, travel and tourism, high-tech, healthcare, education, energy, and others. Continue reading

08-04-16 USDA Announces Safety Net Assistance for Milk Producers Due to Tightening Dairy Margins…

USDA Press ReleaseUSDA Announces Safety Net Assistance for Milk Producers Due to Tightening Dairy Margins

May/June 2016 Average Margins Below $6

WASHINGTON, Aug. 4, 2016 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced approximately $11.2 million in financial assistance to American dairy producers enrolled in the 2016 Margin Protection Program for Dairy (MPP-Dairy). The payment rate for May/June 2016 will be the largest since the program began in 2014. The narrowing margin between milk prices and the cost of feed triggered the payments, as provided for by the 2014 Farm Bill.

“We understand the nation’s dairy producers are experiencing challenges due to market conditions,” said Vilsack. “MPP-Dairy payments are part of a robust, comprehensive farm safety net that help to provide dairy producing families with greater peace of mind during tough times. Dairy operations enrolled in the 2016 MPP-Dairy program will receive approximately $11.2 million this month. I want to urge dairy producers to use this opportunity to evaluate their enrollment options for 2017, as the enrollment period is currently scheduled to end Sept. 30, 2016. By supporting a strong farm safety net, expanding credit options and growing domestic and foreign markets, USDA is committed to helping America’s dairy operations remain successful.” Continue reading

08-04-16 RFA Offering Online Version of Ethanol Emergency Response Course…

RFA-Renewable Fuels Association LogoRFA Offering Online Version of Ethanol Emergency Response Course

The Renewable Fuels Association is now offering an online version of its Ethanol Emergency Response course for first responders.

The two-hour training course, offered in partnership with the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) and TRANSCAER®, covers content from the “Training Guide to Ethanol Emergency Response,” which has recently been updated. Continue reading

08-04-16 Colorado Weekly Hay Report…

08-04-16 CFVGA Joins Colorado Proud Celebration, Urges Consumers to Buy Local…

CFVGA - Growing Resources Cultivating Success logo

CFVGA Board Member Adrian Card Aug. 1 urges Coloradans to buy fruits and vegetables grown by the state's farmers at the kick off for Colorado Proud's month-long festivities.

CFVGA Board Member Adrian Card Aug. 1 urges Coloradans to buy fruits and vegetables grown by the state’s farmers at the kick off for Colorado Proud’s month-long festivities.

Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association Joins
Colorado Proud Celebration, Urges Consumers to Buy Local

The Colorado Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association (CFVGA) is pleased to join the celebration of August as Colorado Proud month and is calling on Coloradoans to buy local, fresh fruits and vegetables. CFVGA Board of Directors member Adrian Card, Colorado State University Extension, Boulder County, represented CFVGA Aug. 1 at Colorado Day held at History Colorado in Denver. The event served as the Colorado Proud kick off.
“We are excited to be able to work with the Colorado Department of Agriculture and other Colorado farmers and ranchers to promote the wholesome food we raise,” said Card.  “We urge Coloradans to eat local and eat fresh and “add color” to their plates with Colorado’s wide variety of fruits and vegetables. Now through fall is prime time to find an abundance of Colorado grown produce at grocery stores and farmers markets.” Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Thursday, August 4th…

CLICK HERE to listen to TODAY's BARN Morning Ag News with Brian Allmer...

CLICK HERE to listen to TODAY’s BARN Morning Ag News with Brian Allmer…

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Thursday, August 4th…

Sponsored by the American Farm Bureau Federation

Vermont Stops Enforcement of GMO Labeling Law

Vermont this week announced the state has stopped enforcement of its GMO labeling law, following President Barak Obama signing the national GMO labeling bill that preempts state laws. Vermont’s Attorney General William Sorrell issued the announcement Tuesday saying he was pleased Vermont spurred Congress to act. However, Sorrell added “it is unfortunate that corporate interests were ultimately able to water down Vermont’s clear disclosure standard” through the federal law. He says his office intends to “take an active role” as the focus moves from the legislative process to the regulatory process at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, according to Politico. Sorrel is opposed to provisions in the federal law that allows for the use of smart labels directing consumers to more information. USDA has two years to complete the rulemaking process but has not ruled out rushing the process through the final months of the Obama administration.


Rabobank Advising Farmers to Limit and Cut Production Cost

Amid a third year of negative margins, farmers need to cut production costs to maintain access to capital, according to a new report by Rabobank. The report says the next several years will be tough because farmers typically can only survive a couple years of negative income and still access operating capital and loans. The Farming the Efficient Frontier report advises farmers to use cost-cutting strategies instead of focusing on crop volume to stay profitable. Researchers at Rabobank warn that given current input costs and market action, farmers need to avoid the mistake of planting too many acres. That’s because land is the “single largest expense” on most crop farm income statements. Over the next five years, the report estimates flat to lower prices for wheat, a three to eight percent increase in corn prices and consistent export growth for soybeans.


Renewable Fuels Association Calls for Probe in Biofuel Credits Price Spike

The Renewable Fuels Association says U.S. regulators and environmental officials should probe for possible manipulation in the market for U.S. biofuel credits. The comments come after prices for biofuels credits “surged for unknown reasons,” according to RFA. In a letter this week, the Association encouraged the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and the Environmental Protection Agency to determine “whether certain parties may be exerting undue influence on prices or otherwise engaging in manipulative practices.” RFA says the association is concerned about “recent irregular activity and volatility” in the market for Renewable Identification Numbers, or RINs, which prices climbed about 30 percent since mid-May. Last week, prices of  RINs neared three-year highs as traders raced to buy the credits. In March, the agencies signed a memorandum of understanding regarding RINs, under which the CFTC agreed to help EPA conduct investigations into possible fraud and market abuse.

Farm Bureau Urges Support for Legislation to Strengthen Technical Education

The American Farm Bureau Federation is urging lawmakers to support the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act. The bill reauthorizes the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act. In a letter sent to House lawmakers, AFBF encouraged reauthorization of the bill because, as Farm Bureau says, career and technical education and post-high school job training and retraining are essential to the economic viability of rural communities. Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall says “a skilled workforce is needed in rural America, just as it is in urban and suburban communities.” Duvall pointed out the bill would provide agriculture education programs the funding assistance needed to create a well-rounded, practical approach to learning through classroom education. The House Committee on Education and the Workforce approved the bill earlier this month. However, both chambers of Congress remain in recess until after Labor Day.

Russia Wants to Export Poultry and Beef Exports to Japan

Russia is exploring ways to export more poultry and beef products to Japan. Meatingplace reports that officials from Russia and Japan met last week and plans are underway to inspect Russian plants to enable them to export to Japan. In talks last week, the two nations also discussed the prospects of bilateral cooperation in agriculture. Russia says the talks centered on exports of grain and related products from Russia to Japan. A list of Russian establishments interested in export of meat and poultry products to Japan is being prepared now by government officials, and those facilities are ready to host an inspection mission from Japan, according to Russia.

USDA Announces Specialty Crop Research and Extension Investments

The U.S. Department of Agriculture this week announced 19 grants totaling $36.5 million for research and extension to support American farmers growing fruits and vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture and nursery crops including floriculture. The grants are funded by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture Specialty Crop Research Initiative, authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says the investments will help “address challenges at the national and local levels to help sustain all parts of America’s food and agriculture system.” The funded projects address research and extension needs that span the entire spectrum of specialty crops production. To date, USDA has awarded almost $400 million through the specialty crops program.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service