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

09-29-16 USDA Announces $8.4 Million to Support Minority and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers

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USDA Announces $8.4 Million to Support Minority and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers

WASHINGTON, Sept. 29, 2016 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced $8.4 million in grants that will be used by organizations in 24 states to provide training, outreach and technical assistance for socially disadvantaged, tribal and veteran farmers and ranchers.

“USDA was created to be ‘The People’s Department,’ and in the past eight years we have made tremendous progress in correcting past mistakes and creating a more inclusive culture within our organization. Part of that legacy includes supporting farmers and ranchers with diverse backgrounds and experience levels,” said Vilsack. “The grants announced today will be leveraged by local partners and help bring traditionally underserved people into farming, as well as veterans who want to return home to rural areas.” Continue reading

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09-29-16 CDA News: Nominations Sought for Noxious Weed Advisory Committee..

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Nominations Sought for Noxious Weed Advisory Committee
LAKEWOOD, Colo. – Three positions within the State Noxious Weed Advisory Committee will become vacant in December 2016.  Nominations are now being accepted to fill these important positions.
Positions becoming vacant in December: Continue reading

09-29-16 ASTA: Congress Makes History, Ratifies Long-Awaited Treaty Tied to Global Food Security

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Congress Makes History, Ratifies Long-Awaited Treaty Tied to Global Food Security

Alexandria, Va.—September 29, 2016— Congress made history last night by passing a broadly supported Treaty to strengthen American agriculture and enhance global food security. First signed by President George W. Bush, and pending for nearly 15 years, the now ratified International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (“The Treaty”) will ensure U.S. public and private sector plant breeders have secure access to global plant materials as they work to develop the next generation of plant varieties to meet the needs of a growing population.

”The Treaty is a win for the American seed industry and for agriculture innovation around the world,” said ASTA President & CEO Andrew W. LaVigne. “Ratification of the Treaty has been one of ASTA’s top legislative priorities for the past decade and has been supported by a wide range of agriculture and scientific organizations and universities. The Treaty will ensure U.S. public and private plant breeders have secure access to the materials they need to address some of the world’s most pressing challenges – from evolving plant pests and diseases, to changing climates, and feeding a growing population.”  Continue reading

09-29-16 CO Governor Hickenlooper orders flags lowered to honor Shimon Peres, former President and Prime Minister of Israel

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Gov. Hickenlooper orders flags lowered to honor Shimon Peres, former President and Prime Minister of Israel

US_flag_half_mastDENVER — Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today ordered flags be lowered to half-staff to honor the memory of former President and Prime Minister of Israel, Shimon Peres, and as proclaimed by President Barack Obama. Flags should be flown at half-staff until sunset on Friday, September 30, 2016.

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09-29-16 NBA: Bison Association Awarded Three Year Grant for Local Food Promotion

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 Bison Association Awarded Three Year Grant for Local Food Promotion

Westminster, CO (September 29, 2016) –The National Bison Association this week was awarded a $213,272 three-year grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farmers’ Market Promotion Program to strengthen bison producers’ ability to connect with their local community at farmers’ markets, through agritourism activities, and with other direct marketing initiatives. Continue reading

09-29-16 CSU Ext-Weld County/WCLA hosting “Today’s Poultry Operations” Seminar in Greeley on Nov 5th…

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Weld County Extension and Weld County Livestock Association is presenting a Poultry Seminar– Today’s Poultry Operations on November 5th in Greeley.

Topics include: Avian Flu, Other Diseases and Biosecurity, Avian Surveillance Program, Quality Assurance/Bird Management, Meat Chickens & Turkeys, Water Fowl, Game Birds and Niche Marketing/Veterinary Feed Directives for Poultry.

It will be held on Saturday, November 5, 2016 in the 4-H Building, Island Grove Regional Park, Greeley, CO, from 9:00a – 4:00p (Check-in 8:30a-9:00a).

For Seminar Registration – CLICK HERE, or call 970-304-6535 for more information.

Registration is due by Wednesday, November 2, 2016.  

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Thursday, September 29th…

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Grains Council, Renewable Fuels Association Disappointed in China DDGs Determination

The U.S. Grains Council and the Renewable Fuels Association expressed disappointment Wednesday with China’s preliminary determination regarding U.S. dried distiller’s grains. The Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China claims DDGs are being unfairly subsidized by U.S. government entities and have caused injury to China’s DDGs industry. The groups say the announcement was not a surprise, but challenge that “U.S. DDGs have not caused any injury to China.” The groups say DDGs play an important role in protecting Chinese feed producers and households against unpredictable swings in global commodity prices. The groups say “we will continue cooperating fully with these investigations” and hope China “will find in its final determination that continued access for U.S. DDGs is in China’s interest.”

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USDA GMO Labeling Study Waiting on Funding

The Department of Agriculture may have to wait until later this year to receive funding for the congressionally mandated study on electronic GMO labeling. Politico reports USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack said this week the funding would not be in the continuing resolution that was passed by the Senate Wednesday afternoon. The study was mandated as part of the GMO labeling bill passed by Congress this summer. Congress also set a deadline of two years for the study and the GMO labeling rules that USDA must craft. Vilsack said “it’s important for us to figure out a way to get this started” to meet the timeline Congress intended for GMO labeling. The mandatory labeling bill allows for scannable codes on food packaging that directs consumers to label information online through a smartphone.

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Arkansas Representative Introduces Tax Deferred Savings Bill for Farmers

Republican U.S. Representative Rick Crawford of Arkansas this week introduced a bill in the U.S. House intended to help farmers save for disasters and difficult times. Crawford says the Farm Risk Abatement and Mitigation Election Act would give farmers the option of taking disaster preparedness into their hands. The FRAME Act would establish tax-deferred farm savings accounts that farmers could withdraw from during difficult times without waiting for disaster declarations and government assistance. He says the accounts would work much like an IRA or Health Savings Account and would give farmers the option of investing. To encourage initial investment, farmers would be eligible to write-off FRAME Account contributions on their tax bill. Contributions would be tax deductible up to $50,000 per year, and farmers would retain 10 percent of their contributions as a tax credit during the first few years after opening the account. The bill was referred to the House Ways and Means Committee for consideration.

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Judge Allows Syngenta Corn Case to Continue as Class Action Suit

A federal judge in Kansas has allowed a lawsuit filed by farmers against Syngenta to move forward as a class action lawsuit. Farmers from the U.S. sued Syngenta in 2014 after grain shipments to China were rejected because of an unapproved genetically engineered trait was found. The trait, Syngenta’s Agrisure Viptera, was unapproved for import by China. Farmers who did not plant Viptera corn claimed they suffered losses when the rejections disrupted trade and dragged down corn prices. It is estimated by the plaintiffs that U.S. corn producers lost between $5-7 billion in current and future revenue because China stopped importing U.S. corn at the time. An attorney appointed to represent the farmers says the ruling “will make it easier and less expensive for farmers to pursue their claims against Syngenta.” Syngenta says it is not responsible for the losses and may appeal the District Court’s decision.

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Putin Tells Russia to Not Hurry Grain Movement

President Vladimir Putin of Russia this week hailed the nation’s farmers efforts in producing the biggest post-Soviet grain crop this week. However, in his message to farmers, he cautioned the country should not be in a hurry to move excess grain. Russia’s Agriculture Ministry Tuesday announced the nation’s grain crop was estimated at 110 to 115 million metric tons, the largest overall grain crop for Russia in 25 years. Pro Farmer’s First Thing Today says wheat exports from Russia are projected around 30 million metric tons. Putin also cautioned Russia’s agriculture industry about rushing to boost exports until global prices for grain increase. He said “we shouldn’t be hurrying to dump extra volumes on the market.” Farmers in Russia this year enjoyed a mild winter and warm, wet summer, helping them bounce back from the 2010 drought. Russia’s agricultural output has gradually recovered from its tough Soviet times when the nation had to import American wheat. Now, Russia is expected to be the biggest wheat exporter.

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Millennials are Big Organic Consumers

The Organic Trade Association says millennials are big consumers of organic foods and other organic products. OTA announced the U.S. Families’ Organic Attitudes and Beliefs 2016 Tracking Study during a conference last week. The survey shows about 52 percent of household heads that buy organic food are millennials in the 18- to-34-year-old age group, according to Agri-Pulse. Behind millennials, 35 percent of household heads that buy organic are in the Generation X category of 35 to 50 years old and 14 percent are baby boomers, 51 to 69 years old. The survey, which hasn’t been published yet in full, also shows that 54 percent of millennials put a high level of trust in the organic seal on food. The survey also shows that 77 percent of American consumers consider themselves “very knowledgeable” about organic qualities. The study polled more than 1,800 households throughout the country with at least one child under 18 years old.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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