10-31-16 Second Annual CLA Northeast Livestock Symposium in Sterling

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Second Annual CLA Northeast Livestock Symposium in Sterling

CattleFax Market Outlook, Antibiotic Use Reduction, & Drones

DENVER, CO – OCTOBER 31, 2016 – The Colorado Livestock Association (CLA) is hosting its annual producer educational symposium in Sterling, CO on November 15, 2016. The Northeast Livestock Symposium will feature a full day of informative speakers covering a multitude of important topics affecting the livestock industry. Continue reading

10-31-16 USCA Announces Launch of CattleMarketNews.com

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USCA Announces Launch of CattleMarketNews.com

(WASHINGTON) The United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) is pleased to announce the launch of “CattleMarketNews.com“.  The site provides commentary and feedback on the state of the market from individuals actively engaged in producing, marketing and trading cattle, in addition to USDA price reporting and trade statistics.

“The current volatility of the cattle market has been driven in part by a drastic decline in negotiated fat cattle sales, the rise of the algorithmic trader, and an overall disconnect between the actual fundamentals and trends,” noted USCA President-Elect Kenny Graner.  “Markets operate the best with informed and active participants; Cattle Market News is intended to help drive this action.” Continue reading

10-31-16 LEAP Kicks Off Enrollment Season, Providing Funds to Help More Eligible Coloradans with Home Heating Bills

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LEAP Kicks Off Enrollment Season, Providing Funds to Help More Eligible Coloradans with Home Heating Bills

October 31, 2016 – DENVER – Colorado’s Low-income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP) begins accepting applications for its 2016/17 season on Tuesday, November 1.

LEAP is a 100-percent federally funded program administered by the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) that provides cash assistance to help Coloradans pay a portion of home heating costs during the winter months. The program pays the highest benefits to those with the highest heating bills and the lowest incomes by family size. Applicant income may not exceed 165 percent of the federal poverty level ($3,341 per month for a family of four). Continue reading

10-31-16 CME Group to Host Ninth Annual Global Financial Leadership Conference…

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CME Group to Host Ninth Annual Global Financial Leadership Conference

CHICAGO, Oct. 31, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — CME Group, the world’s leading and most diverse derivatives marketplace, today announced it will host the ninth annual Global Financial Leadership Conference (GFLC) Nov. 14-16, at the Ritz-Carlton Beach Resort in Naples, Fla. The GFLC is an exclusive, invitation-only event that brings together decision-makers from the world’s leading financial institutions to discuss the global investment climate and outlook, debate critical economic issues and share insights and analysis of geopolitical trends and the global financial landscape.

Keynote speakers for this year’s conference include: Continue reading

10-31-16 Reminder: Free BQA Certification Period Ends in Two Weeks!

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The countdown continues for beef and dairy producers to become Beef Quality Assurance (BQA)-certified for free online through Nov. 13. 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. Continue reading

10-31-16 DoI: New Rangeland Fire Science Plan Essential for Sage-Grouse, Sagebrush Conservation and Restoration

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sage grouse rich ranchsmWASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Department of the Interior released a new science plan that will serve as an action-oriented blueprint for acquiring information needed to make science-based decisions to restore and conserve the imperiled ‘sagebrush sea,’ a roughly 500,000-square-mile-area of sagebrush steppe habitat across western North America.

The science plan identifies 37 priority science needs that address knowledge gaps in five topic areas: fire, invasive plants, restoration, sagebrush and greater sage-grouse, and climate and weather. Led jointly by the U.S. Geological Survey and the U.S. Forest Service, the plan is a critical step forward in the implementation of Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell’s 2015 Integrated Rangeland Fire Management Strategy. The goal of that Strategy is to reduce the size, severity and cost of rangeland fires; address the spread of cheatgrass and other invasive species that exacerbate the threat of fire; position fire-management resources for more effective rangeland fire response and effectively restore healthy rangeland landscapes. Continue reading

10-31-16 ADM Gives Back to National FFA Organization

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ADM Gives Back to National FFA Organization

INDIANAPOLIS (Monday, Oct. 31, 2016, /National FFA Organization) – Following the 89th National FFA Convention & Expo held earlier this month, Mark D. Schweitzer, vice president of Investor Relations for Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) has been named the 2017 Chair for the National FFA Foundation Sponsors’ Board.  Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Monday, October 31st…

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Farm Lending Declined in Third Quarter 2016

The Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank says farm lending at commercial banks fell in the third quarter of 2016 but remained elevated as lenders continued to assess the downturn in the U.S. agricultural economy. In a new report, the bank said the need for short-term financing in the farm sector remained high as profit margins remained weak. The volume of farm loans originated in the third quarter decreased about 19 percent from a year ago but remained elevated by historical standards. Consistent with recent trends, the Fed report said loans for operating expenses continued to drive the demand for new loans. So far in 2016, loans used to finance operating expenses total about 70 percent of all non-real estate farm loans and nearly 60 percent of total loan volume.

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Trade Essential for U.S. Beef and Poultry Markets in 2017

An analyst with Rabobank says “all roads lead to China” when describing the potential for the U.S. poultry sector’s success in 2017. At the National Chicken Council annual meeting last week, Will Sawyer said trade with China would be critical to the success of the U.S. poultry sector next year, while another analyst said trade was the key to the U.S. beef sector. Meatingplace reports expected increases in supplies and decreased prices of chicken, beef, pork and grain had a panel of analysts at the meeting thinking along the same lines. Their expectations were more or less in line with USDA forecasts for 2017 compared with 2016. Sawyer’s enthusiasm for the Chinese market for U.S. chicken comes as China’s poultry production is expected to decrease by 10 to 15 percent in 2017 from 2016.

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Biodiesel Industry Urges Extension of Tax Incentive

The National Biodiesel Board is urging Congress to extend the biodiesel tax incentive before it expires on December 31st. In a letter to House and Senate tax committee leaders last week, NBB says failure to support the extension could lead biodiesel producers to “cut jobs and production,” at a time when they are “poised to expand and hire.” Policy stability will help the industry sustain growth, according to NBB leaders. The letter to lawmakers says the growth of the U.S. biodiesel industry in recent years is paying tremendous dividends in reducing emissions, strengthening energy security and creating jobs and economic activity in every state. NBB says the biodiesel industry supports nearly 48,000 jobs and $1.9 billion in wages across the country.

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Vilsack as Chief of Staff for Clinton Possible

Politico speculates again that current Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack could be in position to become Hillary Clinton’s Chief of Staff, should Clinton beat Donald Trump in the presidential election. Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta is Clinton’s top pick for the post, but has made it clear he does not want the same job he held during the Bill Clinton administration. More than half a dozen insiders have told Politico that Vilsack, a decades-long Clinton ally, is being widely discussed for the position. However, Vilsack finds himself in the same spot he was in during the Vice President search for Clinton—a top-tier contender, but facing stiff competition. Beyond Podesta and Vilsack, Joe Biden chief of staff Ron Klain and Clinton policy adviser Jake Sullivan are also being considered. As for whom a Clinton administration might pick for Vilsack’s current seat, Politico says the top contenders to lead USDA include California’s agriculture secretary Karen Ross, former Arkansas Senator Blanche Lincoln, former USDA deputy secretary Kathleen Merrigan, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper and former Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear. The Clinton Transition team told the Hagstrom Report last week she may even choose a Republican Agriculture Secretary, should she become President.

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Amazon Targeting Grocery Sector

Online retailer Amazon wants to open 20 grocery stores over the next two years and believes the U.S. market has room for up to 2,000 of the Amazon Fresh-branded stores in the next decade. Business Insider reports Amazon is planning to operate a 20-location pilot program for its grocery stores by the end of 2018, in places like Seattle, Las Vegas, New York, Miami, and the San Francisco Bay Area. The company wants to experiment with different versions of stores during the pilot program. Ten of the grocery stores will be “click-and-collect” drive-up spots for Amazon customers to pick up their online orders. The other ten will be traditional stores allowing shoppers to stroll the aisles. While the business plans could change, physical stores are becoming increasingly central to Amazon’s business ambitions. Amazon has studied the move for years and if the pilot program is successful could start opening 200 stores a year.

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World Wildlife Numbers Down 60 Percent Since 1970

A new report from the World Wildlife Fund says populations of wildlife around the globe have plunged near 60 percent since 1970. Reuters says the data shows conservation efforts in the last 40 years have proven stagnant as human activities overwhelm the environment. An index compiled with data from the Zoological Society of London to measure the abundance of biodiversity was down 58 percent from 1970 to 2012 and would fall 67 percent by 2020 on current trends, according to the World Wildlife Fund report. The index tracks about 14,200 populations of 3,700 species of vertebrates – creatures that range in size from pea-sized frogs to 100 foot-long whales. And the report claims the rising human population is threatening wildlife by clearing land for farms and cities, while other factors include pollution, invasive species, hunting and climate change.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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10-28-16 USDA Announces Enrollment Period for Safety Net Coverage in 2017

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USDA Announces Enrollment Period for Safety Net Coverage in 2017

WASHINGTON, Oct. 28, 2016 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Val Dolcini today announced that producers on farms with base acres under the safety net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill, known as the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) or Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs, can begin visiting FSA county offices starting Nov. 1, 2016, to sign contracts and enroll for the 2017 crop year. The enrollment period will continue until Aug. 1, 2017.

“FSA issued more than $7 billion in payments in October 2016 under the ARC-County and PLC programs for the 2015 crop to assist enrolled producers who suffered a loss of price or revenue or both,” said Dolcini. “Since shares and ownership of a farm can change year-to-year, producers on the farm must enroll by signing a contract each program year. I encourage you to contact your local FSA office today to schedule an appointment to enroll.” Continue reading

10-28-16 NREL Researchers Discover How a Bacterium, Clostridium thermocellum, Utilizes both CO2 and Cellulose to Make Biofuels

NREL-National Renewable Energy Laboratory LogoNREL Researchers Discover How a Bacterium, Clostridium thermocellum, Utilizes both CO2 and Cellulose to Make Biofuels

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NREL scientists Pin-Ching Maness (left), Katherine J. Chou and Wei Xiong hold test tubes containing the bacterium Clostridium thermocellum. (Photo by Amy Glickson / NREL)

OCTOBER 28, 2016 – Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) made the surprise discovery that a metabolic pathway to take up CO2 exists and functions in a microorganism capable of breaking down and fermenting cellulosic biomass to produce biofuels including hydrogen and hydrocarbons.

Clostridium thermocellum is among the most efficient bacteria in directly converting cellulosic materials into hydrogen and hydrocarbons biofuels. Most bacteria feeding upon organic carbon compounds, such as glucose or xylose, release CO2 as a waste byproduct, decreasing the maximum amount of products the microorganism can produce per carbon atom measured as carbon efficiency. Continue reading

10-28-16 Statement by Agriculture Secretary Vilsack on How Ag Export Surge Boosted GDP Growth

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Statement by Agriculture Secretary Vilsack on How Ag Export Surge Boosted GDP Growth

WASHINGTON, Oct. 28, 2016 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today issued the following statement:

“Today’s report on gross domestic product growth in the third quarter of 2016 brings welcome news for our overall economy, and brings further affirmation that America’s agriculture sector remains a shining star in our nation’s ability to seize export opportunities. Economic growth has increased 2.9 percent in the third quarter of 2016, a direct result of the gains made in export sales. Exports reached 10 percent growth in the quarter, the highest since 2013, with agricultural exports contributing disproportionately to the gains. Although a strong U.S. dollar and lower commodity prices have created headwinds for America’s farmers and ranchers, this report demonstrates their ability to remain resilient and to seize opportunities to sell U.S. food, fiber and fuel to markets around the world. Continue reading

10-28-16 Colorado FSA Acreage Reporting Dates for 2017

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Colorado FSA Acreage Reporting Dates for 2017

(Denver, Co) – October 27, 2016 – Colorado USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) state Executive Director Leland Swenson announced that producers who file accurate and timely reports for all crops and land uses, including failed acreage can prevent the potential loss of FSA program benefits. Please pay close attention to the acreage reporting dates for 2017.

“In order to comply with FSA program eligibility requirements, all producers are encouraged to visit their local FSA office to file an accurate crop certification report by the applicable deadline,” said Swenson.

The following acreage reporting dates are applicable for Colorado: Continue reading

10-28-16 USDA Invests $1.7B to Protect Sensitive Agricultural Lands through CRP

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USDA Invests $1.7 Billion to Protect Sensitive Agricultural Lands through Conservation Reserve Program

More than Half a Million Americans Involved with Protecting 24 Million Acres

WASHINGTON, Oct. 28, 2016 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will issue nearly $1.7 billion in payments to more than half of a million Americans who have contracts with the government to protect sensitive agricultural lands. The investment, part of the voluntary USDA Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), will allow producers to protect almost 24 million acres of wetlands, grasslands and wildlife habitat in 2016. Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Friday, October 28th…

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Administration Given More Time to Defend WOTUS

The Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers now have an extra month to file their defense of the Waters of the U.S. Rule, or WOTUS. Pro Farmer’s First Thing Today says the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals extended the deadline to file their response in defense of the rule from December 23rd of this year to January 18th of 2017. The Justice Department asked for extra time after states, businesses, and other municipal groups challenging the rule were given extra time to file their briefs. Those groups have until November 1 to file their paperwork with the court. The Justice Department will file a consolidated brief on behalf of the EPA and the Corps. The court also set a deadline of February 19, 2017, for intervenors to file briefs either in support of or opposition to the rule.

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Trade Deal Between Canada and EU Back On

The Prime Minister of Belgium and other political leaders have reached a consensus supporting the proposed trade deal between Canada and the European Union. The French-speaking region of Wallonia was primarily responsible for holding up the deal. Officials in the Socialist region wanted stronger protections for labor, as well as stronger environmental and consumer standards. The leaders of the different regions in Belgium drew up an addendum that answered additional concerns. Part of the trade agreement involved creating courts to handle disputes between businesses and governments. An article on BBC Dot Com says Wallonia was concerned that would give too much power to multinational entities. They also wanted protections for Wallonia’s farmers, who would now face competition from Canadian imports. Belgian federal law says the country cannot approve any type of deal until the six regional parliaments have all signed off on it. The deal with the Belgians will still have to get approval from the 27 other nations in the European Union.

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Poll Shows Trump Leading in Farm Country

A new nationwide poll is out that shows farmers and ranchers favoring Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton in the presidential sweepstakes. 55 percent of respondents in the Agri-Pulse Farm and Ranch Poll say they’ll vote for the Republican candidate while 18 percent say they’ll cast a vote for Democrat Hillary Clinton. The poll shows two percent of the respondents planning to vote for Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson and one percent casting a vote for Green Party candidate Jill Stein. However, those numbers could change as 15 percent of the respondents remain undecided and eight percent refused to answer the question as to who they were supporting. Trump attracted 59 percent of the male voters and 37 percent of female voters. Clinton drew support from 15 percent of males and 33 percent of females. The GOP nominee scored particularly well in two battleground states, with 68 percent of Ohio farmers and ranchers supporting Trump and 58 percent of farmers and ranchers in Florida also said they will support Trump. 86 percent of respondents were “somewhat” or “very dissatisfied” with the way things are going in the country, which is higher than the 75 percent number back in a January survey.

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Bayer CEO Defends Monsanto Acquisition

Bayer AG Chief Executive Officer Werner Baumann defended his company’s planned $66 billion acquisition of Monsanto. There are widespread concerns about getting the deal past antitrust regulators. Baumann called the step, “Entirely logical. He added, “These two companies fit together and complement each other ideally.” The deal with Monsanto is just the latest of several high-profile consolidations in the $100 million global crop seeds and pesticide industry over the past 12 months. The European Union antitrust reviews are currently going on for deals involving Syngenta and ChemChina as well as the Dow and DuPont deal. Bauman said Bayer would submit its application to EU regulatory authorities early next year and would submit one to the U.S. by the end of this year. Baumann said again that he expects to close the deal for Monsanto by the end of 2017. Baumann made these remarks as the company announced its third-quarter earnings results. Net profit for the period ending September 30 was $1.3 billion, a 19 percent rise over the previous quarter.

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U.N. Vote on Cuba Embargo Good News for Ag

The United State abstained from a United Nations vote Wednesday on a resolution calling for an end to the Cuban trade embargo. Pro-Cuba trade groups called it good news because it’s the first time in 25 years that America hasn’t stood in opposition to the resolution. While only Congress can change the embargo, Ag groups feel momentum is growing to open Cuba to agricultural exports. “We need these little battles to let people know the U.S. stands behind ending the trade embargo,” said Paul Johnson, co-Chair of the U.S. Ag Coalition for Cuba. Politico’s Morning Ag Report says America’s ambassador to the U.N., Samantha Power, said Washington abstained because of President Obama’s new approach to dealing with Cuba. However, she categorically denies that the embargo violates international trade law. Power also said the U.S. abstaining from a vote this week, “Doesn’t mean that the United States agrees with all the policies and practices of the Cuban government.” The U.S. and Israel are the only two countries that have consistently voted against the resolution calling for an end to the Cuban trade embargo. Israel also abstained from the vote on Wednesday.

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Farmers Willing to Walk Away from Cash Rent Agreements

A recent Farm Journal poll on Twitter showed 57 percent of respondents are willing to walk away from cash rental agreements if they can’t be renegotiated. Even more surprising is the Pro Farmer Landowner Survey that showed farmers saying if land prices don’t come down, they may walk away too. “44 percent of our members and subscribers are willing to walk away from a cash lease if it can’t be lowered in 2017,” said Mike Walsten, Editor of the Pro Farmer Landowner newsletter. Walsten said the number of farmers willing to walk away from cash rent agreements is up to 14 percent, which means cash rent conversations could be even tougher this year than they were last year. He said land values could also see a drop, but probably not as much as in years past. However, these numbers don’t mean there isn’t a market out there for farmland. Walsten said when the chance to acquire new acres comes up, there are farmers that come looking for the right price. “We see that 30 percent of our audience is willing to get back into the land market if the right price comes along,” Walsten said.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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10-27-16 Inside the BARN with NestFresh’s Brandy Gamoning…

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(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) October 27th, 2016 -Joining the CO Ag News Network once again is Brandy Gamoning, Marketing Manager at NestFresh, discussing issues facing the poultry industry from their perspective…

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10-27-16 Top Dollar Angus announces registered heifer giveaway

Top Dollar Angus announces registered heifer giveaway

top-dollar-angus-logo_fall2016Larkspur, Colorado – Top Dollar Angus, Inc. will give away two registered Angus heifer packages to two lucky beef producers during the upcoming National Angus Convention in Indianapolis, November 5-7. While attending one of the beef industry’s largest trade shows, make sure to stop by booth 845, meet Kenny Stauffer, general manager of Top Dollar Angus, and register to win one of these outstanding heifer packages. Top Dollar Angus, Inc. and several industry partners including Zoetis, Accelerated Genetics, GeneSeek, Genex, ABS Global, and Select Sires make the packages possible,

The two fall-yearling heifers are sired by High Prime 4037 and PA Safeguard 021, two of the breed-leading AI sires and will be an exciting addition to any beef cattle herd!  Even better, you’ll be put on the path to reap future rewards with these excellent young females. For those who want to check out their genetics, their AAA registration numbers are 18564425 and 18564529. Continue reading

10-27-16 USDA Awards $45M in Grants to Help Ag Producers and Small Rural Businesses Develop New Products, including here in CO…

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Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Awards $45 Million in Grants to Help Agricultural Producers and Small Rural Businesses Develop New Products

Funding will help beginning, veteran, and socially-disadvantaged farmers and ranchers to expand businesses

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CLICK HERE to view the entire list of awardees

EAU CLAIRE, Wis., Oct. 27, 2016 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that USDA is providing more than $45 million to help farmers, ranchers, small businesses and entrepreneurs nationwide develop new product lines. USDA is investing in 325 projects through the Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) program.

“Value-Added Producer Grants are one of USDA’s most sought-after funding sources for veteran and beginning farmers, and rural-based businesses,” Vilsack said. “These grants provide a much-needed source of financing to help producers develop new product lines and increase their income, and keep that income in their communities. Economic development initiatives like this one are working – the unemployment rate in rural America is at an eight-year low and incomes rose 3.4 percent last year. Small business entrepreneurship, which Value-Added Producer Grants support, is a major reason why rural America is a making a comeback.” Continue reading

10-27-16 CSU Ext: Pesticide Applicator CEU Workshop in Ft Morgan Nov 28th…

Pesticide Applicator CEU Workshop in Ft Morgan Nov 28th

Written & Submitted to The BARN by: Wilma Trujillo

CSU Extension LogoColorado State University’s Morgan County Extension is offering a Pesticide Applicator Continuing Education Credit Workshop in Fort Morgan at the Extension Office on November 28th, 2016 from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm.  This training is aimed to provide new information on pest control, health and environmental safety, pest management technology and changes in pesticide laws and regulations.  The workshop provides all 7 core credits required for both private and commercial applicators to be re-certified and renew their pesticide applicator license through the Colorado Department of Agriculture without retaking the test.

Commercial Applicators will have an opportunity to earn category credits at The Eastern Colorado Crop Production Conference.  The conference has been approved for Colorado Commercial Pesticide Applicator Continuing Education Credit Units.  If you hold a commercial license, you could earn category credits 101 (Agricultural Insect Control), 102 (Agricultural Plant Diseases) and 103 (Agricultural Weed Control) by attending the conference on the afternoon of November 29 at the Country Steak Out Restaurant in Fort Morgan. Continue reading