09-15-16 Drilling Deep for Water in NE Colorado…

QWE Website HeaderCheck out the documentary about drilling deep for water in northeastern Colorado in the Upper Pierre Aquifer featuring:

  • Jim Mertens, farmer/rancher in New Raymer, CO,
  • Theresa Jehn-Dellaport, President of Quantum Water & Enviroment
  • Jasen Decker, Hydro Resources Drilling Manager

The video  produced by SLY Media’s Kayla Young & Alvaro Serey and brought to you by The BARN, BARN Media & the Colorado Ag News Network.

To learn more about not only the Upper Pierre Aquifer but also the Upper Laramie Aquifer’s check out the EXCLUSIVE interviews with Theresa Jehn-Dellaport online inside the BARN (QWE Interview #1QWE Interview #2)

To learn more about Quantum Water & Environment – CLICK HERE

To learn more about Hydro Resources – CLICK HERE

09-15-16 USDA-NASS: Colorado Organic Survey

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2015 SALES FROM U.S. CERTIFIED ORGANIC PRODUCTION UP 13 PERCENT FROM 2014, USDA REPORTS

Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released the results of the 2015 Certified Organic Survey, which show that 12,818 certified organic farms in the United States sold a total of $6.2 billion in organic products in 2015, up 13 percent from $5.5 billion in 2014. California and Wisconsin had the largest number of certified organic farms with 2,637 and 1,205 respectively.

The top 10 states in terms of sales accounted for 78 percent of total U.S. certified organic sales in 2014 and in 2015, showing continued national leadership by California with $2.4 billion, up $205 million since 2014. Additionally, the industry shows potential for growth in production as existing organic producers are transitioning another 151,000 acres nationally to organic production.

“In the 2015 Certified Organic Survey, producers reported that they expect to expand U.S. organic production in the comingnyears, making the data even more important for policy and programs. These results will assist with the development of appropriate risk management programs designed to help organic producers,” said NASS Administrator Hubert Hamer. “The report also shows that organic producers are marketing their products through similar avenues in 2015 as in 2014, largely within their region, and that the value of sales increased during that time for many products.” Continue reading

09-15-16 NAWG: Wheat Growers Welcome Trade Enforcement Action on Chinese Market Support Programs

NAWG - wheat_logoWheat Growers Welcome Trade Enforcement Action on Chinese Market Support Programs

The National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) and U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) welcome the Obama Administration’s new trade enforcement action against China at the World Trade Organization (WTO). The significant investigative effort by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) followed five years of work by USW, NAWG and other industry partners to demonstrate how China’s domestic support policies hurt U.S. farmers.

This enforcement action challenges the level of China’s trade-distorting market price support programs for wheat as well as for corn and rice. In describing its action, USTR said “the level of support provided through these programs in excess of China’s commitment was nearly $100 billion.” Continue reading

09-15-16 Team #FarmPower Pedals the Plains

CFB - Colorado Farm Bureau HeaderTeam #FarmPower Pedals the Plains

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*CORRECTED* Centennial, Colo. –  Sept. 15, 2016 This weekend at the Denver Post’s Pedal the Plains, a team of cyclists will ride as team #FarmPower for the second consecutive year. A collaboration between Colorado Farm Bureau, Coloradans for Responsible Energy Development and Keep Electricity Affordable, the team’s goal is to highlight the importance of energy to Colorado’s farmers and ranchers.

“A healthy agricultural economy depends on affordable and abundant energy, but that’s not all,” team #FarmPower co-captain and Colorado Farm Bureau Executive Vice President Chad Vorthmann said. “Colorado farms are also a significant source for development of the natural gas, oil and electrical transmission lines that power our lives and our economy. Energy powers the farms, who produce the food, that powers you.” Continue reading

09-15-16 Colorado Weekly Hay Report…

09-15-16 Inside the BARN with Colorado Ag Commissioner Don Brown…

 

CDA Commissioner Don Brown

(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) September 15, 2016 – Joining the Colorado Ag News Network inside the BARN is Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture Don Brown discussing several topics including:

To listen to the interview with Colorado Agriculture Commissioner Don Brown, click below…

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09-15-16 BQA Free Certification Period Announced

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BQA Partnership with Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. provides free certification through Nov. 13

The countdown has begun once again for beef and dairy producers to become Beef Quality Assurance (BQA)-certified for free online through Nov. 13. And, as an added bonus, anyone who becomes certified during this period is eligible to win a prize package, courtesy of Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. and the BQA program, funded in part by the beef checkoff.

Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. will pick up the $25-$50 online training fee for every person completing BQA training through Nov. 13. That includes anyone who works with cattle – whether it is beef or dairy. Visitwww.bqa.org to take advantage of the open certification period. Continue reading

09-15-16 TPP Pork Producers’ No. 1 Priority During Fly-In

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TPP Pork Producers’ No. 1 Priority During Fly-In

WASHINGTON, D.C., Sept. 15, 2016 – Getting a vote this year on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement was the top issue on which pork producers from around the country lobbied their congressional lawmakers this week during the biannual legislative fly-in of the National Pork Producers Council. Continue reading

09-15-16 Weld County Commissioner Conway appointed to NACo Immigration Reform Task Force

weld-county-commissioners-news-release-headerCOMMISSIONER CONWAY APPOINTED TO NACo IMMIGRATION REFORM TASK FORCE

weld-county-commissioner-sean-conwayWELD COUNTY, CO – Weld County Commissioner Sean Conway was recently appointed to the position of Vice Chair of the Immigration Reform Task Force for the National Association of Counties (NACo).

“Immigration reform is a critical topic for this country,” said Conway. “The impact immigration has on counties needs to be addressed in a thoughtful way so as to maximize the benefits for both county residents and immigrants. I look forward to continuing my work on this task force in the position of Vice Chair.”

Conway was first appointed to the task force last year. As Vice Chair, Conway will participate in meetings, events and potentially testifying before congressional committees on the topic of immigration reform. Continue reading

09-15-16 Thought For Food Global Challenge Launches its 4th Competition to Compel Student Innovators to Tackle Food and Nutrition Security

tff-thought-for-food-logoThought For Food Global Challenge Launches its 4th Competition to Compel Student Innovators to Tackle Food and Nutrition Security

Teams of university students are invited to compete for funding to develop their big ideas into breakthrough solutions for food security

New York, September 14, 2016 — The Thought For Food (TFF) Global Challenge kicked off its 2016-17 edition today, calling on young student innovators to develop game-changing ideas to tackle the challenge of feeding 9+ billion people by 2050.

Since 2013, TFF Challenge has helped 5,000+ students from 100 countries take their best food security solutions and develop them into viable startups through a program of intense mentorship and business development from some of the world’s top innovators and investors. Winning ideas have attracted more than $1 million in additional investments. As a result, the TFF Challenge has helped catalyze more than 20 student-founded startups. Successful examples include  FoPo, a food powder made from fruits and vegetables (as reported by CNN, TIME, and Mashable) and C-fu FOODS, an insect-based protein product (as reported by Popular Science, Los Angeles Times and Le Monde) and AgroSmart, precision agricultural technologies (as reported by Venture Beat, Empresos & Negocios, and Agfunder News).

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Thursday, September 15th…

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Bayer and Monsanto Agree to Merger

Bayer and Monsanto announced today (Wednesday) that they’ve signed an agreement to merge the two companies together. Bayer will acquire Monsanto for $128 dollars per share in an all-cash transaction. Monsanto’s Board of Directors, Bayer’s Board of Management and Bayer’s Supervisory Board have all unanimously approved the merger agreement. The transaction brings together two different, but complementary businesses together under one umbrella. The new company will have Monsanto’s expertise in seeds and traits, as well as its Climate Corporation platform, and Bayer’s broad crop protection product line that covers a wide range of crops.  Bayer intends to finance the deal through a combination of debt and equity. The combined business will have its North American headquarters and Global Seeds and Traits division in St. Louis, Missouri. The global crop protection and crop science divisions will be located in Germany. The company will also have a strong presence in Durham, North Carolina, as well as other locations across the U.S. and the globe. The Digital Farming activities for the combined business will be in San Francisco, California.

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NFU Reacts to Bayer-Monsanto Merger

The National Farmers Union is concerned about continued consolidation among agribusinesses. After hearing the news of a $66 billion merger proposal between Bayer and Monsanto, NFU President Roger Johnson said consolidation of this magnitude cannot be the standard for agriculture, nor should we allow it to determine the landscape of agriculture. He said, “The merger deal between Bayer and Monsanto marks the fifth major deal in the last year, preceded by an approval of the Syngenta/Chem China acquisition, as well as proposed mergers between Dow/DuPont, Potash Corp/Agrium, and John Deere/Precision Planting.” He said farm and ranch families have been on Capitol Hill asking members of Congress to conduct hearings to review the staggering amount of pending merger deals in agriculture today. “We will continue to express concern that these megadeals are being made to benefit corporate boardrooms rather than family farmers, ranchers, consumers, and rural economies,” he added.

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Countries in TPP Won’t Renegotiate Terms of the Deal

The countries that signed on to the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal decided this week that they will not renegotiate terms of the deal. The Japanese TPP Minister confirmed that the 12 countries will move ahead quickly with their individual domestic processes to implement the U.S.-led trade deal. The remarks came after a meeting held on Monday in Tokyo, Japan. The gathering was held because of growing suspicion that the deal won’t take effect in spite of being signed in February. The speculation comes from both U.S. major-party candidates for president criticizing the deal while out on the campaign trail. The Japanese Prime Minister is expected to try to achieve ratification in his country as early as September 26 during a special session of the government. The TPP deal would cover 12 countries and roughly 40 percent of the global economy.

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House Ag Committee Talks Trade with Cuba

The House Ag Committee held a hearing today (Wednesday) on the potential opportunities for American producers if trade relations were normalized with Cuba. Much of the conversation revolved around the Cuba Agricultural Exports Act (HR Bill 3687) as well as the potential removal of financial restrictions that limit trade opportunities with Cuba. “The history between the U.S. and Cuba is long and complicated,” said House Ag Committee Chair Mike Conaway, a Texas Republican. “The Castro regime’s stranglehold on the island nation has long prevented normalized trade relations between the countries.” He added that many are starting to believe lifting financial restrictions on agricultural trade could improve the lives of Cubans and also help American producers who are struggling through one of the worst economic downturns they’ve seen since the Great Depression.  Conaway said he hopes to find a path forward to allow and expand agricultural trade to Cuba, but at the same time, he remains firmly against lifting the travel embargo.

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Livestock Groups Launch Website on Antibiotic Changes

Several major agricultural groups launched a website to provide information on the Food and Drug Administration’s new rules that will change how antibiotics are used to keep animals healthy. The groups include the Animal Health Institute, the National Pork Producers Council, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, and the Animal Agriculture Alliance. A news release from the Animal Health Institute says the new website address is together ABX Dot Com. The new policy is effective on January 1 of 2017 and stops the use of antibiotics similar to those used in humans for animal growth purposes. The new policy also requires producers to consult veterinarians when antibiotics used to fight disease in humans are also used to fight disease in livestock. Human and animal health experts agree that antibiotic resistance is a public concern. That’s why animal production rules use guidelines that ensure that antibiotics can be used to keep food animals healthy while not posing a threat to human health because of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

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EPA Glyphosate Assessment Moved to Next Spring

The new target date for the Environmental Protection Agency’s assessment on glyphosate is now sometime in the spring of 2017, which coincides with the arrival of a new presidential administration. The EPA is two years late in proposing risk levels that will be the basis for a decision on whether or not lawmakers will keep the herbicide on the market. Some say the blame falls on the International Center for Research on Cancer for the delay in decision making. A report in March of 2015 from the Research Center found glyphosate to be a possible carcinogen risk. That report is making it more difficult for policymakers around the world who say that the product is safe for its prescribed uses. The report didn’t actually look at approved uses of the product or deal with exposure levels, it just found that it is possible for the chemical to cause cancer.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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