09-30-16 FB News: Presidential candidates answer farmers’ and ranchers’ questions

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Presidential candidates answer farmers’ and ranchers’ questions

Sept. 30, 2016-Every four years, the American Farm Bureau Federation asks the Democratic and Republican presidential nominees to address the issues that concern farmers and ranchers the most. We asked Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump the same questions.

Both candidates explained their positions on biotechnology, trade, immigration reform, regulatory reform, food safety and more. That the candidates took the time in the throes of this very competitive election season to go into such detail in their responses says as much about the importance of these issues and the farmers and ranchers who care about them as it does about Clinton’s and Trump’s political platforms.

For additional information on Clinton, go to http://election16.fb.org/hillary-clinton/. For more on Trump, go to http://election16.fb.org/donald-trump/. Follow all the election news from agriculture’s perspective on Farm Bureau’s blog at http://election16.fb.org/.

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09-30-16 *CSU Ext SEA News* Medicare Help Comes to Southeast Colorado

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Las Animas, CO – September 30, 2016 – Got Medicare? Got Questions? Just in time for Medicare Open Enrollment, Medicare 101 is coming to Southeast Colorado. The State Health Insurance Assistance Program will present three programs in our area October 17 and 18. On Monday October 17, SHIP will present Medicare 101 at the Woodruff Memorial Library, 522 Colorado Avenue in La Junta at 1 p.m. Tuesday, October 18, see the program at the Lamar Senior Center, 407 E Olive Street in Lamar at 9:30 a.m., or at the Las Animas Public Library, 306 Fifth Street at 1:30 p.m. At each location, individual counseling will be available after the one hour overview of Medicare. Continue reading

09-30-16 CSU Ext: 2017 Master Gardner Program

CSU Extension Master Gardener LogoThe Colorado Master Gardeners in Weld County are now accepting applications for the spring training program.  Classes will occur from January 13th through March 31st on Fridays from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm and will be located at the The Ranch in Loveland and Island Grove Regional Park in Greeley.  Applications are due by October 28th, 2016 for the spring training classes.  Continue reading

09-30-16 Progressive 15 Statement regarding PUC-CO’s Approval of Rush Creek Wind Project…

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A statement from Progressive 15…

“Thanks to the Colorado Public Utility Commission’s recent approval of the Rush Creek wind project, this new 600MW wind project will get Coloradans to work and pump money into our community,” said, Cathy Shull, Executive Director of Progressive 15. “These investments and developments make a real impact to our families, businesses, ranches and farms –wind energy has become an important part of our rural economy.”

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09-30-16 NCBA and PLC Accepting Applications for Spring Internships

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NCBA and PLC Accepting Applications for Spring Internships

-Open Positions Include Public Policy Intern and Semester Law Clerk 

WASHINGTON (Sept. 30, 2016) – The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the Public Lands Council’s government affairs office in Washington, D.C., is accepting applications for a 2017 Spring public policy intern as well as a semester law clerk. The deadline to submit an application for either position is Oct. 22, 2016. Continue reading

09-30-16 USDA-NASS-CO Grain Stocks Report…

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GRAIN STOCKS – SEPTEMBER 1, 2016

ARIZONA

Off-farm corn stocks in Arizona on September 1, 2016 were 1.20 million bushels, according to the September 1 Agricultural Survey and September Grain Stocks Report conducted by the Mountain Regional Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. Off-farm all wheat stocks in Arizona on September 1, 2016 were 6.03 million bushels, down 13 percent from September 1, 2015. Other Arizona grain stocks were not published separately to avoid disclosing data for individual operations.

COLORADO

All corn stocks in Colorado on September 1, 2016 were 22.13 million bushels, up 98 percent from September 1, 2015, according to the September 1 Agricultural Survey and September Grain Stocks Report conducted by the Mountain Regional Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. All corn stocks stored on farms amounted to 13.00 million bushels, compared to 3.50 million bushels a year ago. All corn stored off farms amounted to 9.13 million bushels, up 19 percent from a year ago. Off-farm sorghum stocks were 623,000 bushels, compared to 36,000 bushels on September 1, 2015. Off-farm barley stocks totaled 5.85 million bushels, up 46 percent from last year. All wheat stocks in Colorado on September 1, 2016 were 95.37 million bushels, up 24 percent from September 1, 2015. All wheat stocks stored on farms amounted to 35.00 million bushels, up 25 percent from a year ago. All wheat stored off farms amounted to 60.37 million bushels, up 23 percent from a year ago. Other Colorado grain stocks were not published separately to avoid disclosing data for individual operations.

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09-30-16 USDA NASS Colorado Small Grains Annual Summary

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SMALL GRAINS – SEPTEMBER 2016 COLORADO HIGHLIGHTS

All wheat production in Colorado, estimated at 106.00 million bushels, is up 30 percent from 2015, according to the September 1 Agricultural Survey conducted by the Mountain Regional Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. All wheat yield was 48.2 bushels per acre, up 11.1 bushels per acre from a year ago.

Winter wheat producers seeded 2.35 million acres in the fall of 2015 for harvest in 2016, down from 2.45 million acres seeded for the previous year’s crop. Acreage harvested for grain was unchanged from last year at 2.19 million acres in 2016. Winter wheat production is estimated at 105.12 million bushels, up 30 percent from last year. Winter wheat yield, at 48.0 bushels per acre, is up 11.0 bushels per acre from last year, and is a new record high yield, 5.0 bushels per acre above the previous record yield of 43.0 bushels per acre, set in 2010 and 1999.

Spring wheat seedings, at 11,000 acres, are up 3,000 acres from last year. Acreage harvested totaled 10,000 acres, up from 7,000 acres harvested last year. Spring wheat production is estimated at 880,000 bushels, up 93 percent from last year. Spring wheat yield, at 88.0 bushels per acre, is up 23.0 bushels per acre from last year.

Oat seedings in Colorado totaled 55,000 acres, up 10,000 acres from last year. Producers harvested 10,000 acres for grain or seed, unchanged from 2015. Oat production totaled 800,000 bushels in 2016, unchanged from last year. Oat yield is 80.0 bushels per acre in 2016, unchanged from the previous year.

Colorado’s barley seeded area, at 79,000 acres, is up 14,000 acres from last year. Harvested area, at 74,000 acres, is up 11,000 acres from 2015. Barley yield, at 129.0 bushels per acre, is down 1.0 bushel per acre from last year. Barley production in 2016 is estimated at 9.55 million bushels, up 17 percent from the previous year.

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09-30-16 Land Trust Alliance Video Contest Raises Money for Local Land Conservation

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#LandIsMy Encourages People to Reconnect with Land
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Sept. 30, 2016) – The Land Trust Alliance, a national land conservation organization working to save the places people need and love by strengthening land conservation across America, today announced a video contest supporting local land conservation.
Hosted at www.landismy.org and promoted through the hashtag #LandIsMy, this contest gives United States residents age 13 or older the opportunity to showcase an outdoor space that is meaningful to them. Entrants are encouraged to use whatever camera is readily available to them, such as their smartphone, to create a brief video. Entries must be received by noon Eastern on Nov. 11.

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09-30-16 NAWG: Congress Approves Continuing Resolution Keeping Government Open until December

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Congress Approves Continuing Resolution Keeping Government Open until December

After weeks of political wrangling, the Senate and House of Representatives acted on a continuing resolution to enable government operations to continue at largely FY 2016 levels until December 9, 2016. When Congress acts on CRs, Congressional leaders will usually minimize the inclusion of any extraneous provisions. The debate this time around centered around the inclusion of funding to combat the Zika virus, respond to flooding in Louisiana, and fix the water infrastructure system in Flint, MI following the lead contamination disaster. The question of how to address funding for Flint ended up being one of the last sticking points preventing completion of the CR. Following a failed procedural vote in the Senate on Tuesday, House leadership agreed to allow for consideration of an amendment providing funding for Flint as part of Water Resources Development Act (WRDA). With that step being taken, the CR was able to move forward through both the Senate and the House on Wednesday, ultimately meaning the government will not shut down come October 1.

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09-30-16 Reminder: NAWG Seeks Nominations for Wheat Industry Leaders of Tomorrow Program…

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As the Wheat Industry Leaders of Tomorrow (WILOT) Program is fast approaching, NAWG is seeking nominations by our state associations of potential leaders to enroll. This program is sponsored and produced annually by Monsanto in partnership with the National Wheat Foundation and is targeted at producers who want to take on a greater role of leadership becoming more involved in their state wheat grower associations or by pursuing a position on the NAWG officer team. WILOT includes sessions on personal skills identification, establishing rapport with an uninformed public, and effectively engaging the public through new and traditional media outlets. Continue reading

09-30-16 Reminder: Registration for NAWG Fall Conference Nov 2-5 in Denver

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Reminder: Registration for NAWG Fall Conference

Registration is currently open for the NAWG Fall Conference, taking place in Denver, Colorado from Wednesday, Nov 2 to Saturday, November 5th. The final deadline to make your hotel reservations is October 12th, after which you will not be guaranteed a room or the conference rate.

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09-30-16 RMFU Convention set for Nov 11-12 in Loveland

 

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“Resilience. Innovation. Results.”

Rocky Mountain Farmers Union members and guests attending the farm organization’s annual convention will learn how to survive and thrive during the current downturn in the ag economy. The event will also offer an Innovation Fair packed with novel ways for producers to discover new markets, find more efficient ways to use natural resources including water and soil, and how to reduce expenses.

The general farm organization’s convention is set for Nov.11 & 12 at the Embassy Suites at Loveland, CO. “Rocky Mountain Farmers Union is organizing a great event for farmers and ranchers regardless of whether their operations are traditional in scope or specialized in nature,” says RMFU President Dale McCall. “We are focusing on learning activities and not just listening to speakers,” he adds. Continue reading

09-30-16 CFVGA: Increased Produce Consumption a Big Part of What this Doctor Orders

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By Marilyn Bay Drake, Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association
With so many Colorado-grown fresh fruits and vegetables available in grocery stores, at farmers markets or direct from the farm, it is easy to get excited about incorporating the cornucopia of color into our diets. It turns out that adding fruits and vegetables to the diet is not only fun and delicious, it is exactly what the doctor orders. Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Friday, September 30th

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Farm Economy Slumping into Fourth Quarter 2016

A report this week by the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City shows the farm economy slumping into the fourth quarter of the year. The bank says the U.S. farm economy weakened further in the third quarter despite an upward revision to farm income projections by the Department of Agriculture. Following a brief rebound in crop prices in the second quarter, the bank says profit margins for crop producers deteriorated in August and September. Profit margins also remained poor in the cattle and dairy sectors. Agricultural credit conditions have weakened further as loan repayment problems have picked up steadily, and bankers in the Midwest have expressed increasing concerns about the softening farm economy spilling over to Main Street business activity in rural areas.

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NCGA Applauds WRDA House Passage

The National Corn Growers Association applauded House passage of the Water Resources and Development Act by the U.S. House this week. NCGA First Vice President Wesley Spurlock says the Act will play a “vital role in moving corn to export markets.” NCGA notes that a main focus of the WRDA 2016 bill is clearing the backlog of projects managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. It also provides more than $10 billion in funding to the Army Corps to develop, maintain and support the nation’s port and waterways infrastructures. The next step for WRDA is a conference of the House and Senate bills, with a potential final bill ready to be signed by the President by the end of the year.

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NCBA Joins Calls for Withdrawal of Proposed Estate Tax Regulations

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and others are asking the Treasury Department to withdraw the newly proposed estate tax regulations. NCBA joined more than 3,800 organizations in a letter sent to Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew opposing the proposal. NCBA says the proposed regulations would permanently change estate planning for families that own a controlling interest in a privately-held entity. NCBA says the regulations would eliminate or greatly reduce available valuation discounts for family-related entities, which in turn would increase the tax on inheritance, such as farms. Government affairs director for NCBA, Danielle Beck, says “the Administration is causing unnecessary economic harm to family businesses,” that is because producers are often forced into selling land or cattle to pay the tax, and in some cases, are put out of business.

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China Wants GMOs, Citizens Don’t

A new report says China wants to incorporate the use of genetically modified organisms in agriculture, but the Chinese people do not. And Bloomberg says the latest food safety scandal in China might be its most damaging scandal yet. A former doctoral student at a national testing center in China accused the testing center of scientific fraud, including claims that records were doctored extensively, among other things. China’s Ministry of Agriculture responded by suspending operations at the center. That’s just the latest in a series of scandals that is not dampening China’s public hostility towards GMOs. Opponents claim GMOs are unsafe, but that goes against the scientific consensus within and outside of China. Bloomberg suggests that until China’s government addresses the lack of confidence in its food safety programs, it’s likely to face considerable and growing opposition to a GMO program. While farmers in China do not use GM crops, the nation does, however, allow imports of GM crops to enter the country.

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FDA Allows Peanuts to be called “Healthy”

The Food and Drug Administration is now allowing peanuts to be called “healthy.” FDA announced this week the Administration is beginning the public process to redefine the “healthy” nutrient content claim for food labeling. In the interim, FDA has issued guidelines that allow the industry to refer to peanuts as healthy, due to their high levels of unsaturated fat and overall beneficial nutrient profile. A dietitian with the National Peanut Board said following the FDA announcement “it’s exciting to be able to clearly tell the public that peanuts are indeed a healthy food.” The comment period for the use of the term “healthy” in the labeling of food products is open until January 26th of next year.

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USDA Announces Support for Minority and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack Thursday announced $8.4 million in grants to support minority and veteran farmers and ranchers. The Department of Agriculture says the funds will be used by organizations in 24 states to provide training, outreach and technical assistance for socially disadvantaged, tribal and veteran farmers and ranchers. Vilsack says the grants will “help bring traditionally underserved people into farming,” along with veterans returning to rural areas. The funding comes from USDA’s Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers Program. Since 2010, more than $83.8 million has been invested through the program to help minority and veteran farmers and ranchers. Find a list of the funded organizations online at USDA dot gov (www.usda.gov)

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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09-15-16 Reminder: Deadline to apply for Colorado Agricultural Leadership Program is Sept 30th…

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Reminder: Deadline to apply for Colorado Agricultural Leadership Program is Sept. 30

The Colorado Agricultural Leadership Program (CALP) is accepting applications from emerging leaders looking to further develop their skills and their commitment to the future of Colorado’s agricultural and rural communities. Continue reading

09-29-16 CO Farm Bureau’s Annual Meeting “ADVOCATE” in Denver on Nov. 17-20th

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Join the CFB for the 98th Annual Meeting of the Colorado Farm Bureau, November 18-20, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center Hotel located at 7800 East Tufts Avenue in Denver, Colorado.

The purpose of the Annual Meeting is to set policies for the Colorado Farm Bureau for 2017, make recommendations for American Farm Bureau Federation policy, set membership dues for 2018, consider bylaw amendments, elect members to the Colorado Farm Bureau Board of Directors from districts 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10, President, Vice President, Women’s Leadership Committee Chair and Young Farmer and Rancher Chair. Continue reading

09-29-16 CO Farm Bureau Annual County Banquets’ Schedule

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The CFB hopes you will make it a priority to attend your 2016 County Farm Bureau Annual Meeting in your area.

This is a great opportunity to join together with neighbors and friends as you get caught up on happenings in Farm Bureau and the Ag Industry. Make sure you are informed of the ballot measures for this year’s election!

  • Morgan County – Monday, October 3rd at 6pm, Casa Patron Restaurant in Ft. Morgan (near Murdochs)
  • Yuma County – Tuesday, October 4th at 6pm, 4th and Main Restaurant in Wray
  • Logan County – Thursday, October 6th at 6:30pm, Gary Desoto Building at County Fairgrounds in Sterling
  • Washington County – Monday, October 10th at 6pm, Washington County Event Center (small room) at the County Fairgrounds in Akron
  • Boulder  County / St.Vrain-Valley – Friday, October 28th at 5:30pm, 17th Avenue Place in Longmont
  • Weld County – Friday, November 4th at 6pm, Eaton Country Club
  • Larimer County – Friday, November 11th at 6pm, CoBank Center at ARDEC in Ft.Collins

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09-29-16 USDA-NASS: AGRICULTURAL PRICES RECEIVED

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For state specific questions please contact:

  • Arizona – Dave DeWalt 1-800-645-7286
  • Colorado – William R. Meyer 1-800-392-3202
  • Montana – Eric Sommer 1-800-835-2612
  • New Mexico – Longino Bustillos 1-800-530-8810
  • Utah – John Hilton 1-800-747-8522
  • Wyoming – Rhonda Brandt 1-800-892-1660

09-29-16 Top Dollar Angus announces Seedstock Partnership Program

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Top Dollar Angus announces Seedstock Partnership Program

Larkspur, Colorado – Top Dollar Angus, Inc. is pleased to announce its new  Seedstock Partnership Program. With the fall sale season going strong, now is the perfect time to take advantage of this new opportunity. The Seedstock Partnership Program allows seedstock providers to elevate their Angus and Red Angus bulls and females that genetically excel in growth and carcass value potential. It will also allow seedstock breeders to offer their bull customers a value-added marketing opportunity through Top Dollar Angus. Continue reading