08-09-16 CSU-SLVRC News: Methods to Evaluate Pressure Bruise Susceptibility Early in the Storage Season…

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About CSU’s San Luis Valley Research Center – Center, CO

The first San Luis Valley Research Center was established in 1888 (the same year the main station at Fort Collins was established) on 200 acres of state land near the Rio Grande River, seven miles east of Del Norte.  Beginning in 1940, the principal research activity was focused on selecting potato varieties adaptable to the region. In 1979 a potato breeding program was initiated to complement the selection activity. Research on cultural practices including disease and pest studies was also conducted. In the early 1920s, the Colorado Certified Seed Growers Association initiated a seed certification program located on the Colorado State University campus which was co‑located at the SLVRC in 1964. The research center has a continuing commitment to the people of the San Luis Valley (SLV) and the State of Colorado to provide research information, conduct extension education and seed certification programs.

For additional information on the Potato Program at Colorado State University, visitpotatoes.colostate.edu.

08-09-16 Upcoming CO Spud Items & Events…

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August 10, 2016

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Web Page: www.coloradopotato.org Email: jehrlich@coloradopotato.org

NEXT CPAC MEETING The next meeting of the CPAC (area II) will be held August 18th at 7:30pm, in the CPAC office.

NATIONAL POTATO COUNCIL ELECTION CPAC will elect four growers to represent Colorado on the Nation Potato Council at the CPAC meeting on August 18th, 2016. The National Potato Council advocates for the economic benefit of U.S. potato growers on federal legislative, regulatory, environmental, and trade issues. This is very important for the future profitability and sustainability of the potato industry. Please call the CPAC office if you are interested in this opportunity.

POTATO FESTIVAL SEPTEMBER 9th-10th AT CHAPMAN PARK IN MONTE VISTA September 9th and 10th the fun will be in Chapman Park in Monte Vista. Friday night we will have a free concert featuring returning favorite Arch Hooks. The Spud Nation food truck will also be making the trip all the way from Denver to serve up delicious potato dishes. On Saturday, we will kick off the morning with the 5K Tater Trot at 8 a.m. followed with many activities for the whole family, including food and craft vendors from around the San Luis Valley, a kid’s carnival with games and activities, tractor and horse rides, a rock climbing wall, human hamster balls, reptiles from the Colorado Gators Reptile Park and guided farm tours. This year, we’re partnering with the San Luis Central Railroad to take festival-goers on a train ride to see various potato fields. We will also have live music by 2 Weeks in Fiji and professional Chef demonstrations by Chef Dustin Braford of Komotodo Sushi and Chef Jesper Jonsson of Escoffier School of Culinary Arts. For a complete schedule see https://www.coloradopotato.org/potatofestival/ Continue reading

08-09-16 BLM seeks comments on parcels offered in February 2017 oil and gas lease sale…

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BLM seeks comments on parcels offered in February 2017 oil and gas lease sale

DURANGO, Colo.  – The Bureau of Land Management Tres Rios Field Office is accepting public comments on its proposal to lease 16 parcels totaling about 17,000 acres at the Feb. 9, 2017, quarterly oil and gas lease sale.

Today, the field office released a preliminary Determination of National Environmental Policy Act Adequacy that addresses the proposed lease parcels, which are located in Archuleta, Dolores, Montezuma and San Miguel counties. Continue reading

08-09-16 Inside the RMFU with member John Ellis: National Farmers Market Week, Trade, Crop Insurance & more…

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Farmers markets are where RMFU Member John Ellis sells his production(BARN Media & CoAgNews Network – Briggsdale, CO) August 9, 2016 – On this month’s edition of the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union’s Radioline Report inside the BARN, CO Grower/Producer & RMFU Member John Ellis discusses several topics including:

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CEP mascot, Eggbert, stands proud at Red Rocks, an egg-ceptional Colorado landmark.

CEP mascot, Eggbert, stands proud at Red Rocks, an egg-ceptional Colorado landmark.


Egg farmers encourage Coloradans to buy local this August.

DENVER – August 2016 – Colorado Proud Month, which takes place every August, is an occasion to recognize and celebrate all of the fresh food and produce grown by our own local Colorado farmers and ranchers. When Coloradans buy local, they are supporting hard working farmers, ranchers and producers throughout the state. The Colorado Egg Producers (CEP) Association wants to thank Coloradans for their continued support.

“There are many reasons for Coloradans to buy local,” said Vince Ruscitti, local egg farmer and CEP member. “Locally produced products are fresh, high-quality and have less environmental impact. Eggs are a great example. CEP is proud to serve Colorado by producing fresh, nutritious eggs right here in the state.” Continue reading

08-09-16 WCLA hosting Family Ranch Rodeo in Keenesburg on September 11th…

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For more information – CLICK here to visit the WCLA Facebook page or call Cari @ 303-419-0886


(LtoR: Cari Graybill, Molly Cooksey & Dale Jackson)

(The BARN – Briggsdale, CO) August 9, 2016 – Interview with members of the Weld County Livestock Association and Circle A Family Rodeo about the upcoming event. The interview features:

  • Circle A Family Rodeo Secretary Cari Graybill,
  • WCLA President Dale Jackson and
  • Molly Cooksey, one of the two WCLA Scholarship Winners, the other winner was Brooke Hinojosa.



Members of the WCLA & CAFR presenting scholarships to Molly Cooksey & Brooke Hinojosa at the 2016 Weld County Fair’s Junior Livestock Sale on August 1st.

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Tuesday, August 9th…

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…

Sponsored by the American Farm Bureau Federation

Farmland Values Dip Amid Lower Crop Prices

Farmland values have dropped for only the second time since the 1980s farm crisis prompted a wave of foreclosures. The Department of Agriculture last week issued a report that shows farmland values in the lower 48 states declined $10 to average $3,010 per acre. Cropland values declined one percent to average $4,090 per acre, while pastureland was unchanged at $1,330 per acre. Lower farm income over the last few years had not impacted land values until recently. Bloomberg reports the trend in land prices is likely to be similar to the 1980s, when values fell for three years. While the current skid may not match the magnitude of that slump, analysts say the decline is likely to continue. The biggest drop was in Kansas, down 7.4 percent to average $1,880 per-acre. The Corn Belt remained the most expensive region, even as prices fell 0.9 percent to average $6,290 per acre. In February, USDA said declining commodity prices will push farm income down 2.8 percent to $54.8 billion this year, less than half of the 2013 record.


House Leadership says ‘No Reason’ to Hold TPP Vote

U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan said last week that he saw no point in bringing up the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal for a vote during the lame-duck session of Congress. Ryan followed up the comment by saying it’s because “we don’t have the votes,” according to Reuters. Despite both U.S. presidential candidates bashing the 12-country trade deal on the campaign trail, Obama administration officials have pledged to make a major push in the coming months to persuade the Republican-majority Congress to pass TPP. But Ryan said the Obama administration had negotiated a deal that “cost them dozens of votes in Congress.” He called for the President to renegotiate some components of the trade agreement, including some agriculture and labor provisions. Ryan was doubtful that the changes would happen, providing a grim outlook for getting approval for the trade agreement.


Study Finds Consumers Support GMO labeling

A new study finds 81 percent of consumers say they approve of the GMO labeling requirement passed by Congress last month and signed into law by President Barack Obama. The study was published by the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania. The survey also found 31 percent of respondents indicated they would be much less likely, while 18 percent indicated they would be somewhat less likely, to purchase a food product if they learned that it contained genetically modified ingredients. Those who say they are less likely to purchase foods if they contain GM ingredients also say they are more likely to scan smart labels with their cell phone to find out if products contain GM ingredients. Yet, the survey found just four out of 10 consumers say they would scan smart labels to learn about food products in the store. The study surveyed just more than 1,000 adults and was conducted July 21st-25th, before President Obama signed the labeling law on July 29th.

No GMO Wheat Found in South Korea Imports

South Korea officials say inspectors have not found any unapproved genetically modified wheat following tests of imports from the Pacific Northwest United States. That testing follows the discovery of unapproved GM wheat in Washington State which prompted Japan and South Korea to suspend some U.S. imports, according to Reuters. South Korea’s Ministry of Food and Drug Safety said Friday it had tested imports of wheat and flour after receiving a GM wheat testing method from the United States earlier this month. South Korea, the fifth largest market for U.S. wheat, had suspended clearance of wheat for food use and stepped up quarantine measures for U.S. milling and feed wheat shipments in the wake of the GM wheat discovery. The ministry added it would continue to test shipments of U.S. wheat and flour for GMO traits and reject the shipments if any rogue strain of wheat is detected.

China Extends Cotton Stockpile Sales

China will continue to sell state-owned cotton reserves through September, a month beyond the nation’s original intentions. A joint statement from the National Development and Reform Commission and the Ministry of Finance for China say the move comes as demand to buy the cotton is high, according to Pro Farmer. The statement also said the total amount of cotton auctioned could exceed the two million metric tons originally slated for sale. China has already sold 1.7 million metric tons of cotton reserves so far. The sales started in May as China’s massive stockpiles, accumulated through an abandoned price support scheme, were overshadowing world cotton markets. Up until this year, China was the world’s top cotton purchaser.

Wal-Mart donated $1 Million for Conservation Efforts by Rice Farmers

The Wal-Mart Foundation announced a $1 million grant last week to Ducks Unlimited to support its partnership with the USA Rice Federation. The partnership with the retail giant’s charitable arm focuses on conserving soil, water and wildlife in wetlands. Politico reports the grant will mainly be used for technical assistance to train farm owners, operators and workers along the lower Mississippi River and along the Gulf Coast in conservation practices. The USA Rice-Ducks Unlimited Stewardship Partnership was established in 2013. The partnership secured a $10 million grant from the Department of Agriculture in 2014. However, only 10 percent of that grant is dedicated to advising interested farmers. Organizers say the donation from Wal-Mart will complement those efforts in assisting farmers with conservation practices.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service