11-01-16 CO ​Governor Hickenlooper proposes FY 2017-18 State budget

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Gov. Hickenlooper proposes FY 2017-18 State budget

DENVER — Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016 Gov. John Hickenlooper today delivered the FY 2017-18 proposed State budget to the Joint Budget Committee of the General Assembly. Prepared by the Governor’s Office of State Planning and Budgeting (OSPB), the request totals $28.5 billion, 3.3 percent above the current year’s expected budget. In the General Fund (mostly income and sales taxes), the request totals $10.9 billion, 3.7 percent above the expected current year’s budget.

“Colorado’s economy continues to grow, though more slowly than in recent years. Within the confines of the competing requirements of the State Constitution and formulas in current law, this budget prioritizes the fiscal priorities of the state with a modest 3.3% increase,” said Hickenlooper. Continue reading

11-01-16 NMPF President Commemorates Organization’s Centennial with Insights on how Past Achievements Set Path for Future…

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NMPF President Commemorates Organization’s Centennial with Insights on how Past Achievements Set Path for Future

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – As the National Milk Producers Federation begins its second century, the organization is redoubling its efforts to advocate forcefully on behalf of its members in areas including economic opportunities for farmers and the role of dairy products in the diet, said President and CEO Jim Mulhern.

Speaking in front of more than 800 dairy industry stakeholders at the organization’s annual meeting in Nashville, Mulhern commemorated the centennial of one of Washington’s leading agriculture policy groups by ensuring that its commitments have not altered, and that NMPF plans to continue its aggressive dedication to issues like animal care, economics, trade and nutrition.

“We will speak out, we will push back, when those who don’t necessarily have your interests at heart push their agenda at our expense,” he said. Continue reading

11-01-16 CO FFA Foundation Announces 2017 Farm Credit CO Agriculture Hall of Fame Inductees

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Colorado FFA Foundation Announces 2017 Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame Inductees

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The Colorado FFA Foundation announced today four inductees into the Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame.

Mr. Charlie Bartlett (posthumous), Merino, Mr. Bill Markham, Berthoud, Dr. Dale McCall, Longmont, and Mr. Bill Webster, of Greeley, will all be formally inducted into the Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame in February 2017 at the annual Hall of Fame Banquet.

In addition Mr. Marc Arnusch, from Keenesburg will be recognized as the Rising Star in Colorado Agriculture.

“We are proud to add four more outstanding individuals to the Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame, the applicant pool continues to be deep and very competitive“ said Ed Cordes, Chairman of the Colorado FFA Foundation.  Cordes also stated “Our Rising Star is a great candidate that is a strong advocate for agriculture.” Continue reading

11-01-16 NCBA and PLC File Opening Brief in WOTUS Legal Battle

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WASHINGTON (November 1, 2016) – The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the Public Lands Council, along with other industry and municipal stakeholders, filed the opening brief today in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals calling for the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps’ “waters of the United States” rule to be invalidated. Tracy Brunner, NCBA president and Kansas cattle producer said subjectivity and egregious overreach by the agencies is of grave concern for landowners nationwide.

“Cattlemen and women have long asked for clarity in the Clean Water Act, yet this rule adds subjectivity,” said Brunner. “By violating fundamental tenets of administrative law and expanding jurisdiction well beyond the text and structure of the Clean Water Act, it is very clear the WOTUS rulemaking was flawed from start.” Continue reading

11-01-16 Submit Corn Pics for Chance to Win NCGA’s 2016 Fields-of-Corn Photo Contest

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Submit Corn Pics for Chance to Win NCGA’s 2016 Fields-of-Corn Photo Contest 

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NCGA reminds amateur and professional photographers alike that less than one month remains to help tell the story of farming field corn in America through the third annual Fields-of-Corn Photo Contest. Through this contest, NCGA captures high-resolution photos of corn growth from seed to harvest and the families that grow it. Even those who have already submitted can enter additional photos as participants will be able to submit multiple entries until November 30, 2016.
Please make sure to submit the highest resolution version of each entry possible. The best submissions are featured in NCGA’s major publications such as the Annual Report.
To see the most recent edition, click here. Continue reading

11-01-16 NCGA: Grower Organizations Encourage Manufacturers to Implement AgGateway’s ADAPT for Precision Ag

NCGA News Release logoag-gateway-conference-logo-2016Grower Organizations Encourage Manufacturers to Implement AgGateway’s ADAPT for Precision Ag

A dozen leading U.S. grower organizations are hailing the collaborative efforts that led to the new AgGateway ADAPT framework for interoperability in precision ag systems – citing the many benefits to farmers, and are calling on Farm Management Information System (FMIS) companies to formally commit to integrating the ADAPT framework into their systems in the near future. Continue reading

11-01-16 New DuPont™ Sentrallas® and Travallas™ Herbicides Tackle Tough Broadleaf Weeds in Cereal Crops

New DuPont Sentrallas® and Travallas Herbicides Tackle Tough Broadleaf Weeds in Cereal Crops

Advanced Herbicide Technology Offers Application Flexibility and Convenience

dupont-sentrallas-herbicide-logoWILMINGTON, Del., November 1, 2016 – Cereals growers will have two new broadleaf herbicide options for the 2017 growing season. DuPont Sentrallas® and Travallas herbicides have received federal registration from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Full commercial launch is planned for the 2017 growing season. Sentrallas® and Travallas will give growers effective broadleaf weed control combined with tank-mixing, application and recropping flexibility for customized weed control that will suit field and market conditions.

dupont-travallas-herbicide-logoSentrallas® and Travallas each contain two modes of action for effective control of broadleaf weeds such as kochia (including ALS-resistant), catchweed bedstraw, Russian thistle, pigweed species, lambsquarters, and mustard species in the Northern Plains. Growers in the Southern Plains can use Sentrallas® to control kochia, henbit, wild buckwheat and mustard species, and manage marestail. The flexible application window of both herbicides allows growers to apply any time between the two-leaf stage and flag leaf stage so they can respond to weather and weed conditions. Management of marestail requires adding MCPA or 2,4-D to the tank mix. When tank mixing Sentrallas® and Travallas, refer to partner labels as this may limit application timing. Continue reading

11-01-16 HumaneWatch: Where’s HSUS on the Ballot this Year?

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Every time you look up it seems as though the Humane Society of the United States is spending money –except on pet shelters. With Election Day fast approaching, let’s take a look at some of the ballot initiatives that has HSUS reaching for its checkbook or media rolodex. Continue reading

11-01-16 KSU: Beef Cattle Institute adds resources for VFD changes…

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Beef Cattle Institute adds resources for Veterinary Feed Directive changes

Written by: Audrey Hambright, 785-532-4014, ahambr@vet.k-state.edu

KSU Kansas State University logo 2016MANHATTAN — With a Jan. 1, 2017, deadline looming, veterinarians and producers now have more resources available to help them comply with the Veterinary Feed Directive being issued by the Food and Drug Administration.

In response to increasing demand, the Beef Cattle Institute at Kansas State University developed additional free educational modules to complement its original set of modules released earlier this year. The new modules are pertinent to separate sectors of the beef industry. Continue reading

11-01-16 USDA Designates Laramie County in Wyoming as a Primary Natural Disaster Area with Assistance to Producers in Surrounding States, including CO…

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USDA Designates Laramie County in Wyoming as a Primary Natural Disaster Area with Assistance to Producers in Surrounding States

WASHINGTON, Oct. 27, 2016 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated Laramie County in Wyoming as a primary natural disaster area due to several hailstorms that occurred from July 17, 2016, through July 27, 2016.

“Our hearts go out to those Wyoming farmers and ranchers affected by recent natural disasters,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “President Obama and I are committed to ensuring that agriculture remains a bright spot in our nation’s economy by sustaining the successes of America’s farmers, ranchers, and rural communities through these difficult times. We’re also telling Wyoming producers that USDA stands with you and your communities when severe weather and natural disasters threaten to disrupt your livelihood.”

Farmers and ranchers in Albany, Goshen and Platte counties in Wyoming also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous.

Farmers and ranchers in Larimer and Weld counties in Colorado and in Banner and Kimball counties in Nebraska also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous. Continue reading

11-01-16 KSU scientists gain upper hand on devastating wheat scab disease

 

No. 1, Wheat being harvested in Kansas. Kansas State University researchers have isolated and cloned a gene that provides resistance to wheat scab.

No. 1, Wheat being harvested in Kansas. Kansas State University researchers have isolated and cloned a gene that provides resistance to wheat scab.

Kansas State University scientists gain upper hand on devastating wheat scab disease

Written by: Pat Melgares, 785-532-1160, melgares@k-state.edu

Bikram Gill, university distinguished professor of plant pathology and director of Kansas State University's Wheat Genetics Resource Center.

Bikram Gill, university distinguished professor of plant pathology and director of Kansas State University’s Wheat Genetics Resource Center.

MANHATTAN — Kansas State University scientists say they have isolated and cloned a gene that provides resistance to Fusarium head blight, or wheat scab, a crippling disease that caused $7.6 billion in losses in U.S. wheat fields between 1993 and 2001.

Their findings are published online in the journal Nature Genetics. The article details about 20 years of research that included scientists in China and several American universities.

“This has been a very difficult project,” said Bikram Gill, university distinguished professor of plant pathology and director of the Wheat Genetics Resource Center at Kansas State University. He estimates that nearly 100 scientists, faculty, staff and students have participated in the work.

KSU Kansas State University logo 2016“The breakthrough that we’re reporting is the cloning of a resistance gene,” Gill said. “We have identified the DNA and protein sequence, and we are getting some idea of how this gene provides resistance to the wheat plant for controlling the disease. The cloning of this gene is the key to unlock quicker progress for control of this disease.” Continue reading

11-01-16 USDA Announces $331M Investment for Clean Water Infrastructure in Rural Communities

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USDA Announces $331M Investment for Clean Water Infrastructure in Rural Communities

Nearly Half of Grant Funds to Assist Persistently Poor StrikeForce Counties

WASHINGTON, Nov. 1, 2016 Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $331 million in 85 projects that will improve water and wastewater infrastructure in rural areas in 39 states and American Samoa. Community infrastructure investments are a key piece of USDA’s mission to support America’s rural communities, and these investments build on the $13.9 billion USDA has invested over the course of the Obama Administration to support 5,825 water and waste infrastructure projects that currently benefit 19.5 million rural residents.

“Strategic investments like these into community infrastructure provide a path to rural economic growth,” Vilsack said. “Water and wastewater upgrades protect the health and safety of those who live and work in rural areas, and are especially critical given today’s aging infrastructure in areas that have not fully benefited from rural America’s economic rebound. Modernizing water and wastewater systems improves the quality of life and can help attract jobs to rural communities.”

Three of the 85 projects are in New Mexico:

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Tuesday, November 1st…

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New York Times Claims GM Crops Offer No Benefit

A study by the New York Times claims genetically modified crops offer no significant yield benefit and lead to increased herbicide use. An article published over the weekend by the New York Times says: “Genetic modification in the United States and Canada has not accelerated increases in crop yields or led to an overall reduction in the use of chemical pesticides.” The study compared data from the U.S. and Canada with Europe, which the study says has largely rejected genetic modification, to reach its findings. The study says herbicide use has increased in the U.S. at a time when genetic engineering was touted to reduce chemical use. Citing an Agriculture Department study, the New York Times says herbicide use has grown two and half times in the last two decades. Monsanto’s chief technology officer, Rob Fraley, alleges the Times “cherry-picked” data to reflect poorly on the industry. He told the Times: “Every farmer is a smart businessperson, and a farmer is not going to pay for a technology if they don’t think it provides a major benefit,” adding that “biotech tools have clearly driven yield increases enormously.”

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Opponents Filing WOTUS Lawsuit Opening Briefs

Critics of the Waters of the U.S. rule will file opening briefs today (Tuesday) in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. However, opponents of the rule cannot use or cite internal memos from the Army Corps of Engineers in their filings. Those memos include comments from a top general objecting to the rulemaking process for WOTUS. But the three-judge panel hearing the case decided to bar most of those documents from the administrative record because they were deliberative process materials. Judges fear that allowing such documents into court could chill agency officials from speaking frankly during the rulemaking process, according to Politico. Groups filing complaints against the Corps of Engineers and the Environmental Protection Agency represent agriculture and mining companies alongside a handful of state attorney generals.

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Enrollment Open for 2017 Farm Safety Net Programs

Farmers can now enroll in farm bill safety net programs for 2017. The enrollment period started today (Tuesday) and will continue until next August. Farm Service Agency Administrator Val Dolcini says producers on farms with base acres under the Agriculture Risk Coverage or Price Loss Coverage programs can enroll. Dolcini says the FSA issued more than $7 billion worth of payments this year for the 2015 crop to assist farmers who suffered price and revenue losses. If a farm is not enrolled during the 2017 enrollment period, the producers on that farm will not be eligible for financial assistance from the ARC or PLC programs for the 2017 crop should crop prices or farm revenues fall below the historical price or revenue benchmarks. Producers who made their elections in 2015 must still enroll during the 2017 enrollment period. Farmers can enroll in the programs by contacting their local FSA office.

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Growing Feed Wheat Demand Could Ease Storage Crunch

Grain handlers are anticipating an uptick in orders for feed wheat, which should allow them to move excess wheat inventories as farmers bring in a record fall harvest. A new report from CoBank says low wheat prices and oversupply means wheat is destined to become a staple in livestock’s feed rations for at least the next year or two. A CoBank economist says because of low prices, wheat will “remain competitive with other feed grains for the foreseeable future.” Current USDA forecasts indicate that wheat feeding and residual use will climb to 260 million bushels in 2016, up from 152 million bushels last year. With cash wheat prices continually finding new lows, USDA’s feed-wheat estimate could likely see upward revisions given wheat’s high stocks to use ratio, according to the CoBank report. The use of more feed wheat also will lower stocks of an oversupplied commodity, according to the report, which could lead to better price stabilization.

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Egypt Streamlines Wheat Inspection Process

Wheat traders are pleased by Egypt’s new wheat inspection process that will likely be easier to navigate and may lead to lower prices. Bloomberg reports Egypt’s General Organization for Export and Import Control will be the sole state body responsible for wheat inspections at shipping and arrival ports, replacing government inspectors. The move follows a boycott by traders who refused to tender wheat for export to Egypt over an ergot fungus contamination zero tolerance policy that was enforced twice this year by the nation. The global standard contamination limit of ergot is .05 percent. The inspection process replaces the previous system that required approval from three different government bodies, each with their own standards. Egypt is the worlds biggest wheat buyer and the new process will likely lead to lower prices for the country, according to traders, because they will not need to factor in a high-risk premium.

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Dicamba Dispute Leads to Farmers Death

A Northeast Arkansas farmer was killed during an alleged dispute over dicamba herbicide spray drift last week. Monette, Arkansas farmer Mike Wallace was shot and killed during a physical confrontation regarding the spraying of dicamba, according to DTN. Wallace farmed about 5,000 acres of corn, cotton and soybeans. He was quoted in the Wall Street Journal in this summer expressing concern that 40 percent of his soybean fields had been damaged by dicamba drift and he had filed a complaint with the state. Allan Curtis Jones of Missouri faces murder charges for the incident. The local Sheriff told DTN that Jones met Wallace on a county road to talk about an unidentified dispute. Jones also brought his cousin along because he believed the meeting could lead to violence. Jones told deputies Wallace confronted him and grabbed Jones by the arm, so he pulled away, drew and fired a gun at Wallace. The Environmental Protection Agency is investigating multiple instances of off-label use of dicamba. Further frustrating farmers, insurance companies will not compensate farmers for losses caused by wrongful or “off-label” herbicide applications.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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