09-13-16 Make Plans to Attend the 27th South Platte Forum October 26-27 in Loveland, CO

south-platte-forum-oct-26-27-in-loveland-headerPlease join us October 26-27, 2016 at the Embassy Suites Hotel, Loveland, CO for the 2016 South Platte Forum. 

If you have not already registered, do it today and receive the early bird discount of $130 at http://www.southplatteforum.org/registration–rates.html. Registrations received after October 1 will be $145. So many great topics, networking and exhibitors. Forward this invite to co-workers, and colleagues. New this year will be a drawing with special prizes for any new attendees to the Forum and those that referred them to come. 

If you have questions about the event, please contact Dana Russell, Meeting Coordinator at dana@southplatteforum.org. The agenda is attached to this email and watch for more additions and highlights coming in the next few weeks. 

Thank you for your past attendance and support of the South Platte Forum. 

The South Platte Forum Committee 

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09-26-16 NFU Commends Sen. Stabenow for Championing Support for Urban Agriculture

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NFU Commends Sen. Stabenow for Championing Support for Urban Agriculture

WASHINGTON (September 26, 2016) – Supporting the effort to bridge the divide between urban and rural America through agriculture, National Farmers Union (NFU) commended Senate Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) for championing new legislation that fosters opportunities for urban agriculture.  The Urban Agriculture Act of 2016, which will be introduced later this week, would expand U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) programs to support urban farmers, encouraging food production, job creation, urban revitalization and diversity in agriculture production.

“Urban agriculture plays an important role in reconnecting the food consumer with the farmer. It is also a part of meeting rising food demands, supplying easier access to highly nutritious vegetables and fruits, and establishing new market opportunities for emerging farmers. NFU supports Ranking Member Stabenow’s efforts towards ensuring emerging and existing urban producers have the tools and resources to join rural producers in maintaining a sustainable food system,” said NFU President Roger Johnson. Continue reading

09-26-16 NCBA-PLC News: USFWS Takes Steps to Address ESA Deficiencies

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WASHINGTON (Sept. 26, 2016) – Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released a final rule that begins to address rampant abuse of the Endangered Species Act listing process. The rule limits petitions for new listings to one species and will require more substantive justification in order to file a petition for listing under the ESA. The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the Public Lands Council applaud FWS for taking steps to address these serious shortcomings. Continue reading

09-26-16 ACE requests federal pathway for high-octane, low-carbon fuels to meet CAFE-GHG standards

ACE requests federal pathway for high-octane, low-carbon fuels to meet CAFE-GHG standards

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Sioux Falls, SD (September 26, 2016) In comments submitted today to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and California Air Resources Board (CARB), the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) called for a federal pathway to be established enabling automakers to meet future CAFE-GHG standards with high-octane, low-carbon fuels like ethanol.

Comments were due to the agencies today on the draft Technical Assessment Report (TAR) of the 2022-2025 model year CAFE-GHG standards.  EPA, NHTSA, and CARB are conducting a Mid-term Evaluation (MTE) of the program, trying to determine if the standards which were originally set in 2012 remain appropriate.

“ACE has been in dialogue with automakers, agricultural organizations, and government researchers to develop strategies and action plans to accelerate the transition of North American transportation fuels to higher-octane, lower-carbon renewable fuels such as ethanol,” said ACE Executive Vice President Brian Jennings. “If the agencies hope to fulfill the ambitious goals of the CAFE-GHG program going forward, a regulatory framework needs to be initiated immediately for lower-carbon, higher-octane fuel such as ethanol.”

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09-26-16 Inside the BARN with CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg…

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(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) September 19, 2016 – Joining me inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network is CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg from District 1 discussing several topics including:

  • In depth look at the upcoming 2016 Ballot Initiatives & Amendments (LEARN MORE)
  • And More

To listen to the Interview, click the audio mp3 link below…

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09-26-16 CCGA board member hosts CSU conservation class for tour of his farm

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CCGA board member hosts CSU conservation class for tour of his farm

An educational opportunity that started in 2008 continued this past weekend, as Kirk, Colo., farmer and Colorado Corn Growers Association (CCGA) board member Aaron Frank opened up his farm to Dr. Kurt Fausch — a Colorado State University professor in fish, wildlife and conservation biology — and his class.  Continue reading

09-26-16 Colorado Corn making the rounds @ Pedal the Plains, CSU Ag Day, Good Sam Rally…

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Troy Schneider, a Cope, Colo., farmer, who serves on the Colorado Corn Administrative Committee (CCAC) board

Troy Schneider, Colorado Corn Administrative Committee (CCAC) board  member visits with a rider during the 2016 Pedal The Plains

Colorado Corn making the rounds @ Pedal the Plains, CSU Ag Day, Good Sam Rally…

Colorado Corn staff and board members took part in a whirlwind of activity this past week that, among other action, included posting up an educational stop along the Pedal the Plains bike route.
Now in its fifth year, several hundred riders trekked through southeast Colorado from Sept. 16-18, visiting the host communities of Ordway, Fowler and La Junta, while touring a number of historical and agricultural stops along the way. Colorado Corn and many other ag organizations each year take part, helping sponsor it, and also taking the opportunity to connect with the riders, many of whom come from urban areas.  Continue reading

09-26-16 Four Colorado representatives appointed to National Corn Growers Association action teams and committees

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Four Colorado representatives appointed to National Corn Growers Association action teams and committees 

The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) today announced its slate of farmer leaders who will serve the industry as members of action teams and committees in the next fiscal year — beginning Oct. 1 — and four Colorado representatives made the list.

09-26-16 New CSU Wheat Variety named in honor of former SE CO Agronomist Edward “Ed” Langin…

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New Colorado State University Wheat Variety named in honor of former Southeast Colorado Agronomist and Champion of Agricultural Research, Edward “Ed” Langin

By Kelly Roesch, SEA Extension Agronomist

Colorado State University wheat breeder Dr. Scott Haley and his team develop wheat varieties with two main objectives in mind: 1) yield and yield stability, which includes stress tolerance, agronomics and disease and insect resistance; and 2) end-use quality, or more specifically, milling, dough mixing and bread baking.  Since 1973, the CSU wheat breeding program has released 39 new wheat varieties with the 2016 release of PlainsGold® Langin being the 39th.

Langin is an early maturing semi-dwarf hard red winter wheat. It was developed from a cross between a CSU unreleased variety CO050270 and Byrd.  While in the testing phase, Langin had higher dryland yields relative to Byrd, Colorado’s most popular wheat variety in 2015 and 2016.  Langin has good winter hardiness, drought stress tolerance and test weight. It has moderate resistance to stripe rust, significantly better than Byrd, Avery and Denali.  Like its parent Byrd, Langin is resistant to prevalent biotypes of the wheat curl mite, which is the vector of wheat streak mosaic and other viruses.  Langin also has resistance to the wheat soil-borne mosaic virus, wheat spindle streak mosaic virus complex. Good milling and baking qualities complete Langin’s list of superior traits.  Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Monday, September 26th…

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Chance for TPP Passage Slim

Vice President Joe Biden said last week the chances for Congress to approve the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal were slim. Biden said he sees a “less than even chance” that the U.S. Congress approves the 12-country trade pact before the next administration takes office in January, according to Fortune Magazine. Biden made the remarks while speaking to the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. He says the brief lame-duck session is “our only real shot” for approving TPP. The trade deal is the final cornerstone of the Obama administration as the President is pressing Congress to approve the agreement. However, with both presidential candidates speaking out against the trade deal, Congress has been reluctant to consider TPP. Leadership of the House and Senate say there will not be a vote on TPP this year, and that there may not be enough votes in the House to approve the trade deal. Other countries are holding out on approval, pending action by the United States.

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China places Anti-Dumping Duties on U.S. DDGs

China on Friday announced anti-dumping duties on U.S. distillers ‘dried grains, or DDGs, shipped by two U.S. suppliers. The 33.8 percent duties are effectively immediately against Louis Dreyfus and Archer Daniels Midland. There’s no word on a final decision, but the duties stem from a months-long investigation by China following complaints that the U.S. was unfairly benefiting from subsidies, according to Pro Farmer’s First Thing Today. China is the world’s top buyer of DDGs, a by-product of corn ethanol. China imports almost all of its DDGs from the United States, the largest exporter. Trade experts fear the final decision regarding the duties on DDGs could be even higher than the one issued Friday.

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Heritage Foundation Slams Farm Bill

The Heritage Foundation last week released its most sweeping critique of U.S. agriculture policy, according to Politico. The foundation called on Congress to revamp its approach to crop insurance, food stands, renewable fuels and trade. The 148-page report calls on Congress to eliminate the Renewable Fuels Standard along with trade-stifling tariffs and tariff rate quotas. The report also criticizes Congress for subsidizing cotton producers, a move the Foundation says opens the U.S. to World Trade Organization disputes, and for acting slowly to stop country of origin labeling for meat. While Politico reports many of the suggestions may never be realized, the report could influence some conservative members of Congress to eliminate support for farmers to balance the budget. Agriculture leaders in the House and Senate insist the current Farm Bill will not be reopened, and consideration of the next Farm Bill are sometime in 2017.

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Ag Groups Urge Swift Resolution on Shipping Company Bankruptcy

Agriculture groups, including the American Soybean Association, are asking the U.S. Commerce Department to assist in finding a quick resolution to the Hanjin (Han-gin) Shipping Company bankruptcy. A letter to the Commerce Department expressed concern and anxiety among shippers, as to when the South Korea-based shipper would be allowed to enter ports, if their goods will be seized by Hanjin’s creditors once they are docked and the status of cargo that remains at overseas ports. South Korea said Friday it appears the company had built up enough cash to unload goods. At the beginning of this month, Hanjin filed for bankruptcy. By mid-month, the International Longshoremen’s Association refused to work Hanjin containers at East Coast and Gulf Coast ports because of Hanjin’s debts. Other agricultural groups signing onto the letter include the American Farm Bureau Federation, the National Grain & Feed Association, the National Pork Producers Council and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association

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Iran Now Self-Sufficient in Wheat

Government leaders in Iran say the nation is now self-sufficient in regards to its domestic wheat supply and aims to export wheat in the coming months. Iran has been a major wheat importer in recent years as the country sought to guarantee local food supplies, although its needs have varied partly due to erratic domestic production, according to Reuters. However, following a good growing season, the mood has changed in Iran with an increased domestic supply. Iran’s agriculture ministry said in June that 4.2 million metric tons of wheat had been bought from domestic farmers this year in state-sponsored purchases. That figure represents a 20 percent increase from the same period last year.

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Florida, Virginia, Home to Nation’s Top Farmers Markets

Rankings by American Farmland Trust show Florida and Virginia are home to the top five farmers markets in the nation. In announcing the rankings, Susan Sink of American Farmland Trust said “farmers markets are critical for new and beginning farmers.” She noted that farmers selling directly to consumers at farmers markets have a nearly 10 percent greater chance of staying in business than those selling goods through traditional retail. The top rated farmers market in the nation was listed as Winter Garden Farmers market, in Winter Garden Florida. Farmers markets in Orlando, Florida, Charlottesville, Virginia, Williamsburg, Virginia and Fort Pierce, Florida, made up the top five. To see the full list of top markets nationwide, visit love my farmers market dot org (www.lovemyfarmersmarket.org).

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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