09-28-16 *CSU Ext News* Ron Meyer, “Navigating the Online Energy Information Landscape”

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“Navigating the Online Energy Information Landscape”

Fall weather and cooler temperatures naturally turn thoughts to heating homes and changing energy usage. While analysts predict an increase in natural gas prices, you might wonder: is this the year you should finally insulate the attic? What about LED bulbs–are they the real deal? Your neighbor just installed solar panels–does it make sense for you? Where does our electricity come from anyway? Continue reading

09-28-16 McCook Farm & Ranch Expo November 16-17


McCook Farm & Ranch Expo November 16-17

McCOOK, Neb. – The McCook Farm & Ranch Expo will return to the Red Willow County Fairgrounds on Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 16-17, 2016.

There will be a free producer breakfast on Wednesday the 16th from 7:30-9am. Come out and join us for breakfast to kick off the expo. The show opens at 9 a.m. both days and closes at 7 p.m. the first day and 4 p.m. the second. Admission and parking are free.

“We are excited to utilize for the 2nd year the NEW “Alice Kiplinger Bldg.” It brings an additional 17,000 square feet of show space to this year’s Expo. This building was built and paid for by the most generous man we have ever met, Tom Kiplinger, and his generosity see no bounds. The Alice Kiplinger building was donated to the Red Willow County Fairgrounds. Please take this opportunity to come enjoy this new facility. And if you see Tom, please give him a well-deserved pat on the back. Continue reading

09-28-16 NCGA: Deadline for Atrazine Comments Has Arrived; Step Up and Be Counted…

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Deadline for Atrazine Comments Has Arrived;  Step Up and Be Counted

The National Corn Grower Association is asking farmers to express their support for the herbicide atrazine at www.ncga.com/atz before the Oct. 5, 2016 deadline.
“Atrazine is a safe and effective crop management tool, and EPA should base their decisions on sound science,” said National Corn Growers Production and Stewardship Action Team ChairmanBrent Hostetler, a farmer from Plain City, Ohio.  “That’s why I’m urging farmers to contact the EPA and make their voices heard.” Continue reading

09-28-16 US Senator Bennet: Northern Colorado Food Cluster Wins $238,000 USDA Grant

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Northern Colorado Food Cluster Wins $238,000 USDA Grant

Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet announced that the Northern Colorado Food Cluster (NCFC) in Loveland has won a $238,953 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to help expand opportunities in the direct producer-to-consumer marketplace for locally grown foods. The Northern Colorado Food Cluster will work with its 157 regional members to develop a plan to improve farm and ranch sales opportunities to consumers.
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09-2816 USDA Commits $56 Million for Local and Community Food Projects, Organic Research

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USDA Commits $56 Million for Local and Community Food Projects, Organic Research

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces Latest Investments to Connecting Consumers to Their Food While Creating New Market Opportunities for Producers

NEW YORK, Sept. 28, 2016 – At the New York Times Food for Tomorrow Conference, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced more than $56 million in grants to strengthen local and regional food systems, support farmers markets, and fund organic research. Since 2009, USDA has invested over $1 billion in more than 40,000 local food businesses and infrastructure projects.

“Since this Administration launched the Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food initiative in 2009 to coordinate USDA efforts to support local and regional food systems, there has been a dramatic increase in consumer demand for buying local,” said Vilsack. “Over the years, we’ve seen how these new market opportunities are helping to drive job growth in agriculture, increase entrepreneurship in rural communities, and expand food access and choice. This latest round of grants will expand the capacity of farmers and businesses to serve this growing market, help revitalize local economies around the country, and support efforts around the country to provide fresh, healthy food to all Americans.”

The Food for Tomorrow conference brings together a range of leaders to discuss important issues and trends affecting how we feed our nation and the world. At the event, Vilsack made three significant funding announcements. Continue reading

09-28-16 CDA: Twelve Horses in Colorado Confirmed to be Infected with West Nile Virus

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Twelve Horses in Colorado Confirmed to be Infected with West Nile Virus

As of September 27, 2016, twelve horses in Colorado have been confirmed to be infected with the West Nile Virus.
County Breakdown:
  • Larimer County = 4 cases
  • Weld County = 3 cases
  • LaPlata County = 2 cases
  • Adams County = 1 case
  • Mesa County = 1 case
  • Pueblo County = 1 case

09-28-16 Statement from U.S. DDGS Organizations on China Preliminary Determination in Countervailing Duties Investigation


Statement from U.S. DDGS Organizations on China Preliminary Determination in Countervailing Duties Investigation

WASHINGTON — A statement from the U.S. Grains Council (USGC), Growth Energy and the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA):

“We are disappointed that the Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China (MOFCOM) has issued a preliminary determination claiming U.S. dried distiller’s grains with or without solubles (DDGS) are being unfairly subsidized by U.S. government entities and have caused injury to the China’s DDGS industry.

“U.S. DDGS have not caused any injury to China’s DDGS producers. This announcement is not a surprise given MOFCOM’s treatment of the U.S. DDGS industry last week.

“U.S. DDGS play an important role in protecting Chinese feed producers and households against unpredictable swings in global commodity prices.

“We will continue cooperating fully with these investigations, and we remain hopeful that MOFCOM will find in its final determination that continued access for U.S. DDGS is in China’s interest.” Continue reading

09-28-16 New CSU ‘Your Energy’ Website Launched!

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Navigating the online energy information landscape

September 26, 2016 – (Fort Collins, Colo.)  Fall weather and cooler temperatures naturally turn thoughts to heating homes and changing energy usage. While analysts predict an increase in natural gas prices, you might wonder: is this the year you should finally insulate the attic? What about LED bulbs–are they the real deal? Your neighbor just installed solar panels–does it make sense for you? Where does our electricity come from anyway? Continue reading

09-28-16 CFVGA: Encouraging Kids to Eat More Produce-Tips from a Professional

CFVGA - Growing  Resources Cultivating Success logoEncouraging Kids to Eat More Produce-Tips from a Professional

By Marilyn Bay Drake, Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association
Gone are the days when the school lunch lady plopped a pile of “chef’s surprise” on the plate of students with a take it or leave it attitude. The problem of days-gone-by school lunches was that kids, more often than not, left it and by so doing also left behind the curiosity and willingness to try new foods.
Today’s innovative school lunch professionals, like Natalie Leffler, who is employed by the Nutrition Services Department for Greeley-Evans School District 6, are trying new things to get kids to make healthier food choices in the school lunch line and throughout their lives. One such strategy is buying locally-produced foods.

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Presidential Debate Touches on Trade and Regulations

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton talked trade as one of the topics of the first Presidential debate on Monday night. Trump accused Clinton of supporting the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a 12-nation deal supported by American agricultural groups. Trump accused Clinton of secretly supporting the TPP, noting that she once described TPP as “the gold standard of trade deals.” Trump also called the North American Free Trade Agreement one of the “worst deals in history.” Clinton insisted she was opposed to TPP and noted that she voted against the Central America Free Trade Deal while in the Senate. She also argued that trade is critical to the U.S. economy, saying “We are five percent of the world’s population and we have to trade with the other 95 percent.” An Agri-Pulse report says Trump also accused Clinton of wanting to expand the Obama Administration’s regulatory agenda, saying she would “Regulate businesses out of existence.” Clinton said her economic plan would “cut regulations and streamline them for small businesses” but didn’t say how.


Prospects for a Vote on TPP Improving Slightly

Several prominent politicians have recently made comments that would seem to boost prospects for a vote on the Trans-Pacific Partnership in the lame-duck session of Congress after the elections. A Minnesota Ag Connection report says Republican Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah is Chair of the Senate Finance Committee, which has authority in trade matters, and he said the upper chamber could consider TPP during a lame duck session. Texas Republican Kevin Brady, Chair of the House Ways and Means Committee, echoed Hatch in an interview with the Texas Tribune. Brady told the newspaper it’s a mistake to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership because if America abandons the Asian markets, “we will lose.” Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has come out against the deal, but former President Bill Clinton recently indicated that she would like changes to the deal but would support it as president. Iowa State University economist Dermont Hayes said the TPP would cause pork exports to jump exponentially as the product moves overseas to the other 11 nations in the deal. Hayes said the exports would directly tie to 10,000 new jobs in the U.S.


Canada, China, Sign Canola and Beef Trade Agreement

Trade leaders from Canada and China have signed a trade agreement that supports canola exports to China. Canola is Canada’s second-largest export and top agricultural export to China, according to World Grain News. Canada’s Prime Minister and China’s Premier agreed on a memo that outlines “stable and predictable trade” for exports of Canola to China. The agreement allows uninterrupted canola trade between Canada and China through 2020. The agreement stems from blackleg disease that affects canola in Canada and China’s concern of the disease entering the nation through exports. The agreement ensures the two countries will work together to prevent blackleg disease from entering China. The two nations also signed a protocol to expand market access for frozen bone-in beef from Canada and have also advanced several key initiatives to support trade in pork, bovine genetics and some processed foods.


Flooding to Shut Down Mississippi River Shipping Temporarily

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says flooding in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Iowa is likely to shut down three locks later this week on the Mississippi River, a key waterway for shipping grain to southern ports. Two locks in Illinois and one in Missouri could close for two or three days and would effectively halt grain shipments over that time frame. A Reuters article says the flood-swollen Mississippi River is expected to crest at 18.3 feet on Saturday near New Boston, Illinois, and barge shippers have been instructed to be extra cautious in flooded areas due to much stronger currents. Grain volumes moving through the affected areas normally ramp up in the fall because of harvested crops moving downriver to shipping ports in the south along the Gulf Coast. The southern shipping ports account for 60 percent of all grains leaving the country. Excessive rains in southern Minnesota, northern Iowa, and western Wisconsin have swamped farmlands in those states and are causing concerns about the conditions of the corn and soybean crops ahead of the fall harvest.


U.S. Poultry Dispute with India Nears Resolution

Trade officials in India are making policy changes in an effort to comply with a 2015 World Trade Organization ruling that found its ban on U.S. imports of poultry meat, eggs, and live pigs violated international rules. Pro Farmer’s First Thing Today says a key aspect of the WTO’s decision found that India’s ban failed to separate disease-free areas and low-disease areas, which is a violation of WTO sanitary rules. The proposed changes are an attempt by India to meet those regulations. The amendments include screening poultry imports according to WTO standards, recognizing the concept of disease-free areas, and conforming its recognition of disease-free areas to the specified international health codes. U.S. officials are studying the proposed changes and were not ready to make public comments yet. Earlier this year, the U.S. asked the WTO board to sanction $450 million in retaliatory trade sanctions until India complied with the 2015 ruling.


Poultry and Soy Groups in Cuba This Week

A delegation representing American poultry and soybean groups is in Cuba on a trade mission this week. The group represents the first mission to Cuba funded by the soybean checkoff since America first began normalizing trade relations with the country earlier this year. U.S. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack said the U.S. Department of Agriculture will allow 22 industry-funded ag research and promotion programs to conduct research and analysis activities in Cuba. Since limited ag trade with Cuba was first permitted in 2000, the country is now the fourth biggest export market for American poultry products. The Cuban poultry and egg industries also consume more than half of the soybean meal produced in America. The delegation will meet with soybean, poultry, and egg industry representatives to get a better feel for the food distribution system in Cuba and to talk about biosecurity, food safety, and nutrition issues. The delegation also includes representatives from U.S. poultry and egg companies, cold storage and logistics providers, export companies, and shipping lines.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service