10-05-16 CO Gov. Hickenlooper declares disaster emergency for Beulah Hill Fire…

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Gov. Hickenlooper declares disaster emergency for Beulah Hill Fire

DENVER — Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016 — Gov. John Hickenlooper signed an Executive Order to declare a disaster emergency due to the Beulah Hill Fire in Pueblo County.

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10-06-16 EFC Systems announces integration with Mavrx

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Brentwood, TN (AgPR) October 5, 2016 – EFC Systems, Inc., www.efcsystems.com, is pleased to announce deployment of an integration between its FieldAlytics precision ag product and Mavrx Inc. focused on in-season image capture, delivery and analysis. With this functionality now in release, FieldAlytics users have the ability to schedule imagery capture scenes on any field setup within the FieldAlytics program and have seamless flow of the data delivered back into the program for immediate use.  This provides users easy access to real-time decision making and the insights to know how every inch of their field is progressing and where to focus their efforts and inputs.

“We wanted to let our users easily order and schedule timely in-season imagery, so by teaming up with Mavrx, we are providing FieldAlytics users with the tools to do this. We feel the information and data they receive will go a long way in helping make impactful and timely management decisions.  We’re excited to offer Mavrx services to our users without requiring them to work within separate tools.” said Devron VonGunden, EFC Systems’ Senior Product Manager for FieldAlytics. With this integration users will be able to identify problem or stress areas in a field and utilize the embedded tools to address and correct these areas. Continue reading

09-06-16 NWF Accepting Applications for Jerry Minore Scholarship

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The NWF is accepting applications for the 2016 Jerry Minore Memorial Scholarship. Four scholarships will be awarded to students who have a personal connection to the wheat industry and a planned career path in agriculture. In its fifth year, the Jerry Minore Memorial Scholarship honors both high school and college students who have demonstrated success in academics and leadership roles. Continue reading

10-06-16 Tri-Lamb Young Leaders Forum

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Tri-Lamb Young Leaders Forum

The new Tri-Lamb Young Leader Program, kicked off with meetings and tours in Australia and New Zealand in August.  Young leaders from the US, Australia and New Zealand embarked on a two-week program, touring Australia and New Zealand including attending Australia’s premier sheep industry event LambEx 2016 as well as visits showcasing the industry supply chain.   Continue reading

10-06-16 National FFA Organization Announces Record Student Membership of Nearly 650,000

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National FFA Organization Announces Record Student Membership of Nearly 650,000

INDIANAPOLIS (Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016/National FFA Organization) –The National FFA Organization is answering the need for more highly skilled graduates to fill job openings in the field of agriculture, and nowhere is this more evident than in the organization’s growing membership.

Today, the organization announced a record-high student membership of 649,355, up from 629,367 in 2015 and an increase of 3 percent. The number of FFA chapters grew from 7,757 to 7,859. The top six student membership states are Texas, California, Georgia, Oklahoma, Ohio and Missouri. Interest in FFA and agricultural education continues to grow, as membership continues to increase. Continue reading

10-06-15 October 2016 Colorado Proud Newsletter…

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October 2016 Colorado Proud Newsletter

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Calendar

October National Farm to School Month

October 6 Colorado Eastern Plains Agritourism Day, Genoa

October 6 Fermentation Class, Centennial

October 13 Arkansas Valley Livestock Symposium, La Junta

October 16-20 Eat Denver Harvest Week

October 18-December 6 Larimer County Building Famers Program

October 19 Let’s Talk Insurance for Food/Beverage Businesses, Denver

October 20-21 Produce Safety Rule Training, Brighton

October 24 Navigate the Regulation Maze Workshop, Salida

October 27 Naturally Boulder’s Pitch Slam, Boulder

November 2-3 Colorado Restaurant Show, Denver

November 6 Colorado Cheese Festival, Longmont

December 5 Colorado Business Economic Outlook Forum, Denver

December 6 Colorado B2B Farmers’ Market, Denver

January 7-22 National Western Stock Show, Denver

January 24-26 Colorado Farm Show, Greeley

February 21 Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Growers Annual Conference, Denver

February 22 Governor’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture, Denver

May 23-24 Rocky Mountain Food Safety Conference, Denver

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Colorado Proud Recipe of the Month

Navigate the Regulation Maze Workshop, Monday, October 24, 2016, 9:30am-2:30pm, in Salida Colorado. Find answers to food and agriculture regulations all in one room. This workshop is intended to bring local and State employees who manage regulation to you! Food and agriculture-based businesses of all sizes welcomed and encouraged to attend. Topics of discussion are to include: Using insects to control noxious weeds and pests, grading produce and Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) certification, egg and meat regulations, Food Safety Motorization Act (FSMA), Farm Products and Commodity Handlers Program, Cottage Food information, manufacturing regulations, food safety and handling. Get the big picture of our food system in one afternoon, a must for all in the industry. Visit https://events.egov.com/ eventreg/CO/registrant.htm? action=new&_event= navigatetheregulationmaze to register, $15/person, which includes lunch. Contact Shaina Knight atShaina.Knight@state.co.us for more information.

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10-06-16 October is National Farm to School Month

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October is National Farm to School Month! Join us as and thousands of schools, early care and education sites, farms, communities and organizations across the country as we celebrate food education, school gardens and lunch trays filled with healthy, local ingredients. Everyone can celebrate! This year’s theme, One Small Step, highlights the simple ways that anyone can get informed, get involved and take action to support farm to school in their communities and across the nation. Here are several ways you can get involved: Continue reading

10-06-16 USMEF: Beef and Pork Exports Strong in August, as Values Reach 2016 Highs

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USMEF: Beef and Pork Exports Strong in August, as Values Reach 2016 Highs

August was a strong month for U.S. red meat exports as beef export volume was the largest in nearly two years and both beef and pork exports posted the highest monthly values of 2016, according to statistics released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF). Continue reading

10-05-16 CO Gov. Hickenlooper announces Boards and Commissions appointments

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DENVER — Thursday, Oct. 5, 2016 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today announced Boards and Commissions appointments to the Governor’s Council for Active and Healthy Lifestyles, Colorado Beef Council Authority Board of Directors, Chemical Demilitarization Citizens Advisory Commission, Board of Directors of the State Historical Society, State Board of Licensed Professional Counselor Examiners and Transportation Commission.

The Colorado Beef Council Authority Board of Directors promotes the increased consumption of Colorado beef. The Board researches beef production methods and advancements with economic impacts on the beef industry and makes this information available to interested parties.

For a term expiring July 1, 2020:

  • Lily Edwards-Callaway of Fort Collins, to serve as a processor, a distributor and as an Unaffiliated, appointed.

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10-06-16 National Western Stock Show Catch-a-Calf Contest Celebrating 80th Year


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By Amy Kelley, CSU Extension Agent, Cheyenne County

Cheyenne Wells – The National Western Stock Show Catch-a-Calf Contest is having a big year! 2017 marks the 80th year of Catch-a-Calf! With such an important anniversary it is a great year to enter the contest.

Catch-a-Calf participants first must catch a calf at one of the National Western Stock Show Rodeo performances. They then return in May to receive their project, which they are required to feed and care for until the following year’s Stock Show. At that time participants bring their steers to be evaluated based on their rate of gain, appearance, and carcass. Participants must also submit a record book, participate in an interview, and compete in showmanship. The overall grand and reserve grand champion Catch-a-Calf steers are eligible for the Auction of Junior Livestock Champions. The National Western Stock Show Catch-a-Calf Program would not be possible without generous sponsors, so participants are also required to send monthly correspondence to their sponsors.

This practical beef cattle management educational program is open to 4-H members from Colorado, Wyoming, Kansas, and Nebraska that are between 12 and 19 years of age, as of December 31st, 2016. Youth must complete an application and return it by the December 1st, 2016 deadline. For an application and more information please visit http://www.nationalwestern.com/livestock-shows/catch-a-calf-contest/ or see your local extension office. Continue reading

10-06-16 Pinnacle™ Agriculture Launches Mission Seed Solutions, LLC

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Pinnacle Agriculture Launches Mission Seed Solutions, LLC

Loveland, Colorado (AgPR) Oct. 5, 2016 — Pinnacle™ Agriculture Distribution, Inc. is excited to announce the launch of its new proprietary seed company, Mission Seed Solutions, LLC. The firm will be based in Loveland, Colorado and will focus on unique seed opportunities for U.S. corn and soybean farmers.

Pinnacle Agriculture is the nation’s fastest growing ag retailer and has a major focus and investment in seed. Nearly one third of Pinnacle Agriculture’s business consists of seed sales, making them one of the most diverse full service ag retailers in the country. Pinnacle Agriculture also owns four seed manufacturing facilities where they annually produce rice, wheat and soybeans. Continue reading

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10-06-16 NCGA: Apply for Ag Scholarships, Grow Future for Farmers

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Apply for Ag Scholarships, Grow Future for Farmers

The National Corn Growers Association and BASF Corporation are currently accepting applications for five $1,000 scholarships to be awarded to undergraduate and graduate students pursuing a degree in an agriculture-related field during the 2017-18 school year. While these scholarships are open to any NCGA members and their children or legal guardians, all submissions must be postmarked on or before December 2, 2016 for consideration.
“Building the leaders of tomorrow is essential to NCGA’s work to a build a productive, sustainable and profitable corn industry,” said Paul Taylor, chair of the Engaging Members Committee. “Our partnership with BASF helps ease the financial pressures these students face in pursuing their degree and, in doing so, helps ensure the brightest minds remain engaged in agriculture.”

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10-06-16 Rabobank Report Finds Ag Equipment Dealers Must Transform to Improve Returns

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Rabobank Report Finds Ag Equipment Dealers Must Transform to Improve Returns

St. Louis, Mo. (October 6, 2016) –  A new report from the Rabobank Food & Agribusiness Research and Advisory group finds that because North American ag equipment dealers are facing a third consecutive year of declining sales, contracting net income and a weak intermediate-term demand outlook, these dealers must transform in order to improve returns on invested capital. 
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10-06-16 USDA Announces Increased Support to Expand and Diversify the U.S. Agriculture Workforce

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White House Launches America the Bountiful Initiative

WASHINGTON, Oct. 6, 2016 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced increased federal and private-sector support to expand and diversify the U.S. agricultural workforce by increasing opportunities in education, research and outreach. The announcement is part of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and Rural Council initiative, America the Bountiful, a collaboration with federal agencies and private-sector stakeholders to meet the growing demand for a skilled, diverse workforce in the rapidly evolving agricultural landscape.

“The face of American agriculture is changing,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “Nearly 10 percent of U.S. jobs are related to agriculture and the increasingly complex nature of production requires more training and education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics—the STEM fields—to stay competitive and meet the needs of a growing world for food, fuel and fiber. A report by USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture and Purdue University projects that over 22 thousand jobs in agriculture related fields may go unfilled every year through at least 2020. This is a great opportunity for smart, young people to start careers in a field that addresses some of the world’s most pressing challenges.” Continue reading

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Monsanto Sales and Profits Lower in 2016

Monsanto reported net sales down ten percent and profits 42 percent lower in Fiscal Year 2016. Monsanto had net sales of $2.6 billion dollars in fiscal year 2016, with net sales for the full fiscal year at $13.5 billion. Full net sales were down year-over-year thanks to currency challenges and price declines in agricultural productivity. Seeds and genomic net sales were $1.6 billion in the fourth quarter, and totaled $10 billion for the year. Ag productivity sales were $997 million for the quarter and for the fiscal year were $3.5 billion. The company’s expenses were flat year-over-year on an as-reported basis. Expenses increased primarily due to $280 million in PCB litigation. Research and Development costs decreased slightly due to currency and transformation cost savings. Monsanto reported a net loss of $191 million in the fourth quarter of 2016 compared to a net loss of $495 million at the same time last year. Net income for 2016 was $1.3 billion, compared to $2.3 billion in income the year before.

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Cargill Sales and Net Earnings Higher in 2016

Cargill’s largest contributor to adjusted operating earnings in the first quarter was the Animal Nutrition and Protein Division. The beef business led the way in profitability, which was helped by higher numbers of cattle in the supply chain as well as consumer demand for more beef. The poultry-based divisions, along with turkey and egg businesses, were more profitable than they were in the previous year. Animal nutrition product sales grew in Asia and North America, contributing to the strong growth as well. Aqua Feed sales were down in some countries due to weather-related incidents. The segment’s new aqua nutrition unit offset part of the impact with its overall sales strength. Cargill wants to grow its protein portfolio, so it purchased Five Star Custom Foods, which specializes in cooked protein products for food service and food manufacturing sectors.

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Direct Sales Helps Beginning Farmers to Survive

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says beginning farmers are those who have managed farms for ten year or less. Beginning farmers are less likely to survive in business than those farmers who have more experience. Census of Agriculture data says 48 percent of beginning farmers with positive sales numbers in 2007 also had positive sales numbers in 2012. That number compares with a 55 percent rate in the number of other farms with more experienced operators. A USDA news release says running larger operations and selling directly to consumers through things like roadside stands and farmers’ markets may actually help beginning farmers stay in business. Beginning farms with direct-to-consumer sales had a survival rate of just over 53 percent while those without DTC sales survived at 47 percent. The difference in survival rates for different-sized farms was substantial, ranging from nine percent of the largest farms to four percent of the smaller farms. The USDA says farmers with direct-to-consumer sales can get a higher price for their product and reach a certain level of sales with less machinery and land. That can mean a more stable and higher source of income and a need to borrow less money, which can also mean a better chance of survival.

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Food Policy Action Endorses Clinton

The advocacy group Food Policy Action is weighing in on the presidential election for the very first time. Politico’s Morning Agriculture Report says the group is endorsing Hillary Clinton for president, saying she has a record of supporting food policies that increase access to healthy foods, supports fair labor conditions for farm workers, and supports more sustainable agriculture practices. The group says, “Unlike Clinton, Republican nominee Donald Trump has been on record supporting policies that would hurt our food system, including his objections to consumer transparency, his objections to vital safety net programs for seniors and families, as well as his plans to dissolve the Food and Drug Administration.”

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Pork Outlook Turns Sour

Hog prices have fallen far below breakeven levels and there are worries about the number of hogs headed to market in the fall. A Purdue University report says the numbers may exceed packer plant capacity and a recent USDA September Hog and Pig report didn’t help the situation as numbers are three percent higher this year. Animal numbers in the heaviest categories were up four percent. The number that brought the greatest concern in the September report was packer head counts were up by eight percent. Slaughter capacity is about two percent higher than the headcounts over the past couple of weeks, but the USDA expects slaughter numbers to ease by the end of the year. If those USDA predictions are correct, packers should have enough capacity. Two new processing operations are scheduled to open in Iowa and Michigan in 2017, increasing slaughter capacity by another six percent. The recent squeeze on slaughter capacity has meant stronger packer margins. The increased capacity next year should reduce packer margins and provide higher prices at the farm level. However, that doesn’t help this fall and winter as losses are expected to be as large as they’ve been since 2012. Experts say expected losses in 2017 may lead to ideas of shrinking the breeding herd, and that could lead to higher prices returning in 2018.  

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Bees on Endangered List for the First Time

A species of bees in on the Endangered Species list for the first time in American history. A CNN report says seven bee species native to Hawaii are on the protected list as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service added yellow-faced bees to the list after years of research showed they are endangered. The rule is effective on October 31. Bees are crucial for the nation’s food industry as they pollinate fruits, nuts, and vegetables. Various factors have led to a decline in bee populations, which CNN cites as habitat loss, pesticides, and a loss of genetic diversity. The Xerces (Zehr-sees) Society, named after an extinct species of California monarch butterfly, was involved in filing petitions to get bees under protection. During the pollination period, insects, birds, and bats all transfer pollen between plants, allowing them to produce seeds and reproduce. Listing the bees on the Endangered Species List allows authorities to provide recovery programs and fund protection efforts.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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