09-12-16 FARM Program, Merck Animal Health to Jointly Offer Animal Care Training Webinars for Version 3.0…

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FARM Program, Merck Animal Health to Jointly Offer Animal Care Training Webinars for Version 3.0

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ARLINGTON, VA – The Farmers Assuring Responsible Management (FARM) Program announced today it is teaming up with Merck Animal Health to offer a series of informational webinars as part of the FARM Version 3.0 rollout. This webinar series will further build upon the strong partnership between the Merck Dairy Care365® Program and the FARM Program that was established last year.

The National Milk Producers Federation and Merck Animal Health announced last summer that the two groups would collaborate to help ensure a comprehensive, industry-wide approach to employee training and animal care in the dairy industry. Through the partnership, dairy producers across the country have access to the tools, resources and workshops available through the Merck Animal Health Dairy C.A.R.E.™* Initiative, which is nicely designed to complement FARM. Continue reading

09-12-16 BLM Advisory Board Recommends Increased Management of Exploding Wild Horse Population…

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WASHINGTON (September 12, 2016) – The Bureau of Land Management’s Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board, made up of a wide range of stakeholders, recommended last week significant management changes to address the exploding population of wild horses and the resulting animal welfare catastrophe. Dave Eliason, Public Lands Council president said this is a step in the right direction.

“As a stakeholder group that both cares for animals professionally and works the very rangelands currently being degraded by this growing problem, we are glad to see the Advisory Board take heed of this epidemic and recommend plausible management changes,” said Eliason. “Watching these horses starve to death or die of dehydration because the population has exceeded what the range can hold is simply unacceptable. The Department of Interior must bring these populations back to a sustainable and responsible level.” Continue reading

09-12-16 CEP: BACK TO SCHOOL: THE ABC’S OF EGGSTRA EASY BREAKFAST

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Start the school day with a healthy, easy egg breakfast

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DENVER – September 2016 – September marks the beginning of fall, bringing with it cooler temperatures, changing leaves and a new school year. Whether your child is starting kindergarten or high school, all students need a healthy, hearty breakfast to start their day. Packed with protein, vitamins and nutrients, eggs are a healthy and delicious breakfast choice to keep your child energized and engaged until the last bell rings. Help your child crack open their textbooks by cracking open a few eggs each morning. The Colorado Egg Producers (CEP) Association is proud to offer easy, healthy and kid-friendly breakfast recipes to help you, and your child, get the school day started.

“The start of the school year can be a hectic time for Colorado families. But that doesn’t mean we should forget about nutrition,” said Derek Yancey, Colorado egg farmer and CEP member. “Eggs provide growing kids with important nutrients and vitamins to keep their brains and their bodies strong. Eggs are also one of the most versatile foods. Whether your family enjoys a sit-down breakfast or breakfast-on-the-go, eggs can easily fit into your morning routine. Eggs are also a great option for healthy snacks and meals in schools, according to new guidelines recently issued by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service under its Smart Snacks Rule.”

Think you have no time for an egg breakfast in the middle of a busy weekday morning? Think again. You can prepare an egg breakfast in a snap. CEP and the American Egg Board recommend trying these fast, easy recipes.

Cereal Bowl Egg & Cheese Breakfast Burrito Continue reading

09-12-16 2016 Public Lands Council Meeting Wraps Up; Utah Rancher Takes the Reins…

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WASHINGTON (September 12, 2016) – On Sat. Sept. 10, 2016, the annual Public Lands Council meeting wrapped up with a high desert range and operation tour in Southern Idaho. The meeting drew more than 150 public lands ranchers along with affiliate representatives to engage in the grassroots policy process, hear from agency officials, and discuss critical issues that are impacting the West. This year’s PLC meeting focused on top issues for public lands ranchers including preserving and enhancing sage grouse habitat through land stewardship, managing wild horse and burro populations at appropriate levels, and fighting regulation that threatens multiple use and vibrant western communities. Continue reading

09-12-16 NFU to Add Agriculture Policy Veteran to Lead Public Policy and Communications

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NFU to Add Agriculture Policy Veteran to Lead Public Policy and Communications

WASHINGTON (September 12, 2016) – National Farmers Union (NFU) today hired a veteran agriculture policy specialist to lead the organization’s policy team through the upcoming Farm Bill. Robert Larew will join NFU as Senior Vice President of Public Policy and Communications on November 14.

Larew has more than 20 years of public service, working on both Capitol Hill and for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). He is currently serving as the minority staff director on the House Agriculture Committee. Continue reading

09-12-16 NFU Hosts 275 Farmers Union Members in D.C. for Fall Legislative Fly-In

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NFU Hosts 275 Farmers Union Members in D.C. for Fall Legislative Fly-In

WASHINGTON (September 12, 2016) – Today, 275 Farmers Union members gathered in Washington D.C. for the National Farmers Union (NFU) Fall Legislative Fly-In. The annual event allows Farmers Union members from across the country to meet directly with lawmakers, USDA leaders and other administration officials to discuss issues important to family farmers and ranchers.

“Family farmers and ranchers are the best advocates we have for agriculture, and NFU’s annual legislative fly-in is an important part of our ongoing grassroots advocacy efforts,” said NFU President Roger Johnson. “We emphasize to our members the importance of having open dialogue and building relationships with their elected officials in order to have their viewpoints represented in food and farm policy discussions.” Continue reading

09-12-16 USDA-NASS: Colorado Crop Production for September 2016…

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CROP PRODUCTION – SEPTEMBER 2016

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Based on September 1 conditions, corn production in Colorado is forecast at 154.00 million bushels, according to the September 1 Agricultural Yield Survey conducted by the Mountain Regional Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. This forecast is unchanged from the August 1 forecast but up 14 percent from the 134.90 million bushels produced last year. The 1.10 million acres expected to be harvested for grain this year are unchanged from the August 1 forecast but 150,000 acres above the 950,000 acres harvested a year ago. Corn yield is estimated at 140.0 bushels per acre, unchanged from the August 1 forecast but 2.0 bushels below last year’s final yield. As of August 28, Colorado’s corn crop condition was rated 1 percent very poor, 2 percent poor, 18 percent fair, 65 percent good, and 14 percent excellent. Corn in the dent stage was 45 percent complete, compared with 52 percent last year and the 5-year average of 32 percent.

Sorghum production in 2016 is forecast at 15.64 million bushels, down 2 percent from the August 1 forecast and down 29 percent from the 22.00 million bushels harvested last year. Growers expect to harvest 340,000 acres this year, unchanged from the August 1 forecast but down from the 400,000 acres harvested last year. Average yield is forecast at 46.0 bushels per acre, down 1.0 bushel from the August 1 forecast and down 9.0 bushels from last year. As of August 28, Colorado’s sorghum crop condition was rated 5 percent poor, 28 percent fair, 60 percent good, and 7 percent excellent. Sorghum mature was 1 percent complete, compared with 2 percent last year and the 5-year average of 4 percent.

Sugarbeet production is forecast at 952,000 tons, down 1 percent from the 958,000 tons produced in 2015. Growers expect to harvest 27,500 acres this year compared with 27,300 a year ago. Yields are expected to average 34.6 tons per acre, unchanged from the August 1 forecast but down from last year’s yield of 35.1 tons per acre. As of August 28, Colorado’s sugarbeet crop condition was rated 3 percent poor, 11 percent fair, 70 percent good, and 16 percent excellent.

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09-12-16 USDA Investments to Improve Drinking Water and Waste Infrastructure for 168 Small Towns…

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Including six towns in Colorado:

  • Crook – Wastewater $270,000 $1,032,000;
  • Estes Park – Improvements to Existing Park Entrance Mutual Pipeline and Water Company ;Water System $658,000 $529,000;
  • Iliff – Wastewater Upgrade $149,000 $370,000;
  • Round Mountain – Water & Sanitation District Wastewater Treatment $16,000;
  • Ute Mountain Ute Tribe – Towaoc Sewer $1,936,000;
  • Walsenburg – Northlands Project: Cost Overrun $72,000 $59,000

ORLANDO, Fla., Sept. 12, 2016 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is making investments to improve water and waste infrastructure for 168 small towns across the country, including the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. The investment, totaling $283 million, is made through USDA Rural Development’s Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program, which provides assistance and financing to develop drinking water and waste disposal systems for communities with 10,000 or fewer residents. Continue reading

09-12-16 EPA approves new Agrisure® trait stack from Syngenta for above-ground corn insect control…

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EPA approves new Agrisure® trait stack from Syngenta for above-ground corn insect control

  • Agrisure 3120 E-Z Refuge trait stack will provide corn hybrids with dual modes of action against European corn borer, as well as broad spectrum lepidopteran pest control, with the convenience of an integrated refuge product

  • Will be available for the 2017 planting season

MINNETONKA, Minn., USA, September 12, 2016 –Agrisure® 3120 E-Z Refuge®, a new trait stack from Syngenta, has received registration approval from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Agrisure 3120 E-Z Refuge offers above-ground insect control, featuring two modes of action against corn borer and control of ear-feeding insects, with the convenience of an integrated refuge product. Continue reading

09-12-16 USDA releases September 2016 WASDE Update..

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The current World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) is now available in PDF, XML, and Microsoft Excel formats at:

http://www.usda.gov/oce/commodity/wasde

Acrobat Reader, which is required to view and print the WASDE report, can be downloaded at:

http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html

The next release of the WASDE report will be October 12, 2016.

WASDE at a Glance, courtesy of the NAFB… Continue reading

09-12-16 Colorado Corn partnership with CSU examining on-farm renewable energy…

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Colorado Corn has partnered with Colorado State University’s Rural Energy Center to assess the economic feasibility of solar and wind energy on farms with center pivot sprinklers. The project — called Solar and Wind Assessments for Pivots (SWAP) — was based on the idea that corners of fields with center pivot sprinklers could host solar arrays or wind turbines.   Continue reading

09-12-16 Colorado Corn: Xanthomonas confirmed in Colorado; farmers encouraged to be on the lookout for corn disease…

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Crop experts are telling Colorado farmers to be on the lookout for disease symptoms in corn caused by the bacterium Xanthomonas vasicola pv. vasculorum (Xvv) — a disease that’s new to Colorado, or perhaps has just gone undetected in recent years.  Continue reading

09-12-16 CCAC hosting research tour Oct. 5 in Wray

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CCAC hosting research tour Oct. 5 in Wray 

The Colorado Corn Administrative Committee (CCAC) is a hosting tour of its research projects on Oct. 5 in Wray, taking place from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Wray Community Room (245 W. 4th St.). Lunch will be provided. 
The tour will cover the following CCAC research investments:   Continue reading

09-12-16 CCAC teaming up with USFRA to host Sept. 29 ‘Sustainability Communication Workshop’

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CCAC teaming up with USFRA to host Sept. 29 ‘Sustainability Communication Workshop’ 

The Colorado Corn Administrative Committee (CCAC) is hosting a “Sustainability Communication Workshop” near Fort Collins in September — an event that will be led by the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA), and provide valuable training for producers and industry professionals alikeContinue reading

09-12-16 CCAC contributes $12,000 to take part in U.S. Grains Council’s vital export endeavors…

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CCAC contributes $12,000 to take part in U.S. Grains Council’s vital export endeavors

ccac-usgc-barge-picAt a recent board meeting, the Colorado Corn Administrative Committee (CCAC) voted in favor of investing $12,000 toward a membership with the U.S. Grains Council — a group that develops export markets for U.S. barley, corn, grain sorghum and related products, including ethanol and distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS). 

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09-12-16 Colorado Corn seeking applications for new Farm Stewardship Award…

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Colorado Corn seeking applications for new Farm Stewardship Award

Many Colorado farmers are implementing some of the latest-and-greatest production methods, aimed at improving efficiency on their farms, protecting our natural resources, and enhancing air and water quality. And now we want to honor the producers taking these efforts to new heights.   
Colorado Corn is seeking applications for its first ever Colorado Farm Stewardship Award. The winner will be selected by Colorado Corn board members, as well as experts in ag, conservation and sustainability. Applicants must be Colorado Corn Growers Association members in good standing, implement conservation tillage methods, and demonstrate practices related to soil, water or air stewardship.

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09-12-16 CSU Ext News: Apply to be a Master Gardener…

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Apply to be a Master Gardener

By Linda Langelo, Golden Plains Extension Horticulture Program Associate; 

Phone: (970) 854-3616; Email: Linda.Langelo@colostate.edu

The Golden Plains Area Extension is now accepting applications for the Colorado Master Gardener Program which begins January of 2017.  They will be receiving applications through November  l, 2016.

The Program will run over a two year period consisting of 2017 and 2018.  In 2017 participants will do course work through a local extension office via online training.  It is generally over a ten week period ending in April.  In the remaining part of 2017 participants can begin doing some of their volunteer hours that are required for the program.  Then in 2018 participants will do more hands on and complete their volunteer hours.  Volunteer hours include a total of 50 hours between the two years which helps reduce the cost of the program.

Those who apply and are accepted into the program will be receiving training on plant care and other related topics.  They will work with other gardeners and other Colorado Master Gardeners to receive excellent training to become a Colorado Master Gardener themselves.  This program is ideal for those who wish to increase their knowledge of horticulture and help others learn the joy of successful gardening and plant growing!

With the Colorado Master Gardener Program there are two educational options listed as follows: Continue reading

09-12-16 NPPC, Farm Bureau Win FOIA Case Against EPA

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NPPC, Farm Bureau Win FOIA Case Against EPA

WASHINGTON, D.C., Sept. 12, 2016 – A federal appeals court Friday overruled a lower court decision to throw out a lawsuit brought by the National Pork Producers Council and the American Farm Bureau Federation against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over its release to environmental groups of personal information on tens of thousands of farmers.

In late 2015, a U.S. district court dismissed the NPPC-Farm Bureau suit for lack of standing. But the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit in St. Louis ruled that “the associations have established a concrete and particularized injury in fact traceable to the EPA’s action and redressable by judicial relief.”

“EPA’s release of sensitive, private and personal materials on more than 100,000 farmers and ranchers was an outrageous abuse of its power and trust,” said NPPC President John Weber, a pork producer from Dysart, Iowa. “We are very pleased with the Court of Appeals’ decision to reinstate our lawsuit to prevent the EPA from doing this again.” Continue reading

09-12-16 Dairy Groups Across the Globe Urge Trade Officials to Challenge New Protectionist Dairy Policy in Canada…

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Dairy Groups Across the Globe Urge Trade Officials to Challenge New Protectionist Dairy Policy in Canada

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(September 12, 2016 – Washington, D.C.) Dairy organizations in the United States, Australia, the European Union, Mexico and New Zealand today issued a joint letter to their respective trade and agriculture officials, expressing indignation about Canada’s recent actions to deepen its already prohibitive restrictions on dairy trade.

The groups said Canada’s increasingly protectionist policies violate “international trade obligations, hold out the prospect of trade diversion with attendant global price-depressing impacts and are in conflict with the principles of free markets and fair and transparent trade.” Continue reading