08-26-16 KDA News: Colorado, Kansas and Nebraska Reach Consensus on Republican River Compact…

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The commissioners of the Republican River Compact Administration sign the long-term resolutions on August 24: (from left) Commissioner David Barfield, Chief Engineer, Kansas Department of Agriculture; Commissioner Dick Wolfe, State Engineer, Colorado Division of Water Resources; Commissioner Jeff Fassett, Director of Nebraska’s Department of Natural Resources.

The commissioners of the Republican River Compact Administration sign the long-term resolutions on August 24: (from left) Commissioner David Barfield, Chief Engineer, Kansas Department of Agriculture; Commissioner Dick Wolfe, State Engineer, Colorado Division of Water Resources; Commissioner Jeff Fassett, Director of Nebraska’s Department of Natural Resources.

Colorado, Kansas and Nebraska Reach Consensus on Republican River Compact

MANHATTAN, KAN. — Colorado, Kansas and Nebraska established an agreement this week in the longstanding conflict over water from the Republican River basin, as the Republican River Compact Administration signed two resolutions. Representatives from the three states have been meeting monthly for over two years, in an effort to change the approach and improve how they manage interstate water matters. This effort has created a new focus on transparency and certainty as all three states work to serve their water users. The intent of these resolutions is to replace the need for annual reviews and instead provide long-term surety to water users.

“Signing these resolutions shows the commitment from all three states to engage in open and transparent dialogue for the past two years,” said Kansas Governor Sam Brownback. “This long-term agreement will ultimately improve water management for water users in Kansas as well as Nebraska and Colorado.” Continue reading

08-26-16 USDA to Purchase Surplus Cheese for Food Banks and Families in Need, Continue to Assist Dairy Producers…

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USDA to Purchase Surplus Cheese for Food Banks and Families in Need, Continue to Assist Dairy Producers

Department Also Will Extend Margin Protection Program for Dairy Enrollment

WASHINGTON, Aug. 23, 2016 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced plans to purchase approximately 11 million pounds of cheese from private inventories to assist food banks and pantries across the nation, while reducing a cheese surplus that is at its highest level in 30 years. The purchase, valued at $20 million, will be provided to families in need across the country through USDA nutrition assistance programs, while assisting the stalled marketplace for dairy producers whose revenues have dropped 35 percent over the past two years.

“We understand that the nation’s dairy producers are experiencing challenges due to market conditions and that food banks continue to see strong demand for assistance,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “This commodity purchase is part of a robust, comprehensive safety net that will help reduce a cheese surplus that is at a 30-year high while, at the same time, moving a high-protein food to the tables of those most in need. USDA will continue to look for ways within its authorities to tackle food insecurity and provide for added stability in the marketplace.” Continue reading

08-26-16 NAFB: Pro Farmer Releases Crop Tour Results

Pro Farmer Releases Crop Tour Results

The final numbers are in for the Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour that wrapped up Thursday.  They pegged the corn crop at 14.728 billion bushels with a 170.2 bushel per acre average.  The soybean harvest estimate is 4.093 billion bushles with a 49.3 bushel per acre average yield. 

Corn:

Ohio: 154 bu. per acre. We didn’t find as much corn in Ohio as USDA did with its August survey work. The northwestern portion of the state showed the impacts of too much water in the spring, followed by a dry June.

Indiana: 174 bu. per acre. We found the Indiana crop vastly improved from year-ago. Portions of eastern Indiana have some “problem” areas, but yield prospects are strong in the western portion of the Hoosier state.

Illinois: 194 bu. per acre. Illinois has a great corn crop, but it’s not as good as 2014 when the state yielded 200 bu. per acre. This year’s crop isn’t as uniform as two years ago through the areas we sampled and southern portions of the state will pull down the statewide yield, unlike 2014.

Iowa: 193 bu. per acre. The Iowa corn crop is also very good, but not quite as good as its neighbor to the east. Yields were more variable in Iowa than in Illinois. Plus, stalk quality concerns could cost some producers yield.

Minnesota: 175 bu. per acre. The Minnesota corn crop was a disappointment. The crop showed impacts from the May 15 frost and three weeks of heat in late June/early July.

Nebraska: 179 bu. per acre. We found irrigated corn disappointing in the Husker state. South-central and southeastern areas are dealing with a lot of lodging and green snap.

South Dakota: 142. bu. per acre. Southeastern portions of the state got their crop planted late due to excessive spring precipitation. Once the crop was finally in the ground, conditions turned dry. Crop maturity has been pushed.

Soybeans

Ohio: 50 bu. per acre. While the crop has moisture to finish, pod counts were down 6.2% in our Tour samples. With the crop done flowering, what you see is what you get for pods.

Indiana: 55 bu. per acre. Pod counts in Indiana were up 7.8% from year-ago. The crop has plenty of soil moisture to fill pods and finish strong.

Illinois: 58.5 bu. per acre. The soybean crop in Illinois was exceptionally tall. While tall beans don’t always produce big yields, the Illinois soybean crop has plenty of pods and moisture to push above USDA’s August estimate.

Iowa: 58.5 bu. per acre. Iowa has potential to have a very big soybean crop. But Sudden Death Syndrome and other diseases will be an issue for some producers in eastern Iowa. That could keep yields from creeping higher.

Minnesota: 48 bu. per acre. We found a relatively consistent soybean crop in southern Minnesota. Unlike many other areas of the Corn Belt, Minnesota’s soybeans aren’t exceptionally tall, but they podded well.

Nebraska: 59 bu. per acre. The soybean crop in Nebraska is really tall, but is also heavily podded. In a change from recent years, water hemp is not a major problem across the state and shouldn’t be a yield robber this year.

South Dakota: 42 bu. per acre. The South Dakota soybean crop was tall and the distance between nodes was wide. That kept the crop from being heavily podded. On a positive note, the South Dakota soybean crop is free of disease or weed pressure.

08-26-16 NRCS-CO News: FREE PASTURE EVENT in Longmont, CO on September 14th…

CSU Ext Small Acreage Management logoPasture Talk:  Managing Pastures and Improving Soil

Wednesday September 14, 2016 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m

Longmont, CO

Join us for an informative and interactive Pasture Talk.  We will visit one of our demonstration plots to discuss the importance of managing pastures to ensure sustainable forage production, while also paying close attention to what is going on below the soil surface that drives productivity.  In short, healthy soils = healthy pastures.  But what does soil health mean?  We will show you with a hands-on demonstration and discuss how those factors improve the overall health of your pastures.

This workshop is free to attend.  Please come dressed for the field with good shoes and clothing for unpredictable Colorado weather.  Also plan to bring water, sunscreen, hat, bug spray, and note taking material. Continue reading

07-19-16 Centennial Farms awards event to honor 23 Colorado farming families

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DENVER (July 19, 2016)—Twenty-three Colorado families who have owned and operated their farm or ranch for 100 years or more will be honored at the 30th Centennial Farms awards ceremony held on August 26 at the Colorado State Fair.

The families will receive a certificate commemorating the event, as well as a sign to display on their farm or ranch. Some elected representatives of the families’ districts will be present. The families will be available for photographs and interviews following the ceremony.

Since 1986, History Colorado, the Colorado Department of Agriculture, and the Colorado State Fair have partnered to administer the Centennial Farms program. The Colorado Tourism Office has been a partner since 2015.

This year’s Centennial Farms:

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Friday, August 26th…

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Sponsored by the American Farm Bureau Federation

China’s Zika Rules Raise Fears for U.S. Exporters

China’s recent move to add the U.S. to a list of Zika-infected countries is worrying U.S. exporters. Pro Farmer’s First Thing Today reports U.S. exporters fear they will be required to fumigate all containers destined for China, costing an estimated $100 to $200 per container. Exporters who ship everything from agriculture products and chemicals to engine parts say they fear that conflicting information from Chinese customs officials about the new requirements could result in delays and lost business. Small and medium exporters say they stand to be hurt the most from any supply-chain disruptions. American exporters ship about 5.1 million containers, worth about $255 billion a year to China, according to the Agriculture Transportation Coalition.

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Chicago Tribune Editorial: Pacific Trade good for the Midwest

The Chicago Tribune editorial board says “global trade is the reality, and should be promoted.” Published this week, an editorial by the Tribune says failure by Congress to ratify the Trans-Pacific Partnership would leave farmers in the Midwest vulnerable because trade is a competitive game and market share is always in flux. The editorial calls trade a healthy form of competition. The TPP trade agreement represents 40 percent of global gross domestic product and would mean billions of dollars in added exports and farm income for the United States. President Obama will push for passage of TPP during the lame-duck session of Congress, following the November elections. However, as the Tribune points out, trade has gotten a dirty name this election cycle, blamed for gutting American factories when nearly every American manufacturing job that disappears is “a victim of productivity gains,” not foreign competition.

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Sugar Industry Responds to Recommendations for Added Sugars

The sugar industry is fighting back against the American Heart Association’s strict new recommendations for added sugars for kids. The Sugar Association described the guidelines as “baffling” and said the added sugars dialogue “has lost its scientific integrity.” Politico reports that the trade group scolded the American Heart Association for going beyond what the 2015 Dietary Guidelines recommend — that consumers should limit calories from added sugars to 10 percent of daily intake. In regards to the recommendations, the Sugar Association asks “where is the science to support this?” The Sugar Association questioned why the Heart Association’s guidance fails to align with the American Academy of Pediatrics, which the association acknowledges that “sweetness can offer an effective tool to promote consumption of nutrient-dense foods and beverages.”

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Algeria Returns to U.S. Corn

U.S. corn sales to Algeria are making a strong showing in 2016, doubling 2014-15 marketing year imports. A U.S. Department of Agriculture’ export sales report showed 527,000 metric tons—20.7 million bushels—of U.S. corn being exported to Algeria in the 2015-16 marketing year, more than double the sales from the last marketing year of 238,000 metric tons. The U.S. Grains Council says while Algeria is a relatively small market in terms of total U.S. corn exports, Algeria and its neighbors in North Africa show potential for growth that the Council is seeking to capture through marketeting. Among the Council’s coming programs are procurement courses for Algerian buyers of U.S. corn, and a workshop to continue to provide traders with the latest data on the U.S. corn crop and pricing.

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CFTC Approves First Exchange for Hemp Derivatives

Trading hemp derivatives is becoming a reality in the United States. The Wall Street Journal reports the Commodity Futures Trading Commission approved the first exchange for hemp derivatives when it allowed Seed SEF to register a swap execution facility, which is a trading platform. The hemp industry has long sought to distance the crop from marijuana, hemp’s biological cousin. Hemp contains less than .3 percent of THC, the compound that produces a high in marijuana. Hemp is used in an array of products from biofuels to clothing. Since 2014, the federal government has allowed the cultivation of industrial hemp for research and 30 states have passed legislation related to industrial hemp. But the Drug Enforcement Administration still includes industrial hemp in its schedule of controlled substances along with marijuana, presenting legal risks to those who grow and sell it unless they are licensed by their states.

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Using Chickens to Repel Mosquitos

Scientists say malaria-transmitting mosquitoes actively avoid feeding on certain animal species such as chickens, using their sense of smell. The new findings show odors emitted by chickens may provide protection for humans at risk of mosquito-transmitted diseases. Researchers at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences says the research indicates that, unlike humans, cattle, goats and sheep, chickens are a non-host species and mosquitoes have developed ways of distinguishing them from host species. The research team collected data on the population of human and domestic animals in three Ethiopian villages. Meatingplace reports the researchers found that significantly fewer mosquitoes were caught in traps baited with chicken compounds than in other traps.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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08-26-16 ROUTT COUNTY TREASURER OFFERS PEABODY ENERGY A PAYMENT PLAN TO REMEDY DELINQUENT TAXES

Brita Horn logoROUTT COUNTY TREASURER OFFERS PEABODY ENERGY A PAYMENT PLAN TO REMEDY DELINQUENT TAXES

Steamboat Springs, Colo. (August 25, 2016) – Yesterday, Routt County Treasurer Brita Horn offered Peabody Energy a written payment plan that would allow Peabody to pay the delinquent personal property taxes that Peabody owes to the county as a result of its recent bankruptcy now, and delay payment of accrued interest and fees until Peabody exists bankruptcy.

“Colorado treasurers can accept partial payments of personal property taxes as part of a written payment plan,” said Horn. “If Peabody agrees, this plan will allow my office to recover nearly half of the taxes that Peabody owes to Routt County as quickly as possible. It’s important to me to work with Peabody to fulfill its longstanding and appreciated commitment to Routt County.” Continue reading