11-17-16 RMFU applauds Peppler for service to ag

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Colleen and Kent Peppler accept the President’s Award from Rocky Mountain Farmers Union President Dale McCall.

Colleen and Kent Peppler accept the President’s Award from Rocky Mountain Farmers Union President Dale McCall.

RMFU applauds Peppler for service to ag

DENVER, C­olo. ­­–  Kent Peppler and his wife Colleen of Mead, CO, accepted the top award given by Rocky Mountain Farmers Union during the organization’s annual convention. Dr. Dale McCall, who succeeded Peppler as president of RMFU, led the applause after handing the President’s Award to the Pepplers. The award recognizes an individual whose achievements are having a positive and lasting impact on farmers, ranchers, and rural communities. Continue reading

11-17-16 US Senator Bennet’s Statement on Final BLM Record of Decision for Roan Plateau…

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Bennet Statement on Final BLM Record of Decision for Roan Plateau

 Washington, DC – Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet issued the following statement today regarding the release of the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) final Record of Decision for the Roan Plateau:

“Today’s announcement is the critical last step towards finalizing the historic Roan Plateau settlement. After years of controversy, the local communities, leaseholders, sportsmen, conservationists, and the state of Colorado came together to forge an agreement that worked for all parties involved. Today’s announcement marks another example of Coloradans working together to strike the appropriate balance between natural resource conservation and energy development.”

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11-17-16 US Senator Bennet’s Statement on Final BLM Record of Decision for Thompson Divide…

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Bennet Statement on Final BLM Record of Decision for Thompson Divide

Washington, DC – Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet issued the following statement today regarding the release of the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) final Record of Decision for Thompson Divide: 

“We introduced the Thompson Divide Withdrawal and Protection Act in 2013 in response to bipartisan requests from Colorado communities and local governments.  The ranchers, sportsmen, outdoor enthusiasts, and elected officials who live in those communities feel that speculative leases in the Divide jeopardize their local economies.  Today’s announcement is a significant step towards addressing those concerns,” Bennet said.  “In the upcoming weeks and months, we will continue to work with community members and industry to determine whether a legislative compromise can permanently protect the Thompson Divide and provide market-based compensation for those who have just had their leases canceled.” Continue reading

10-27-16 Applications being accepted for CCGA public policy internship

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Applications from juniors and seniors in college are being accepted for the Colorado Corn Growers Association (CCGA) public policy internship, which will take place in Denver during the 2017 Colorado Legislative Session this spring. Continue reading

11-17-16 Obama Administration Sacrifices Jobs and Public Education with Energy Lease Cancellations

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Obama Administration Sacrifices Jobs and Public Education with Energy Lease Cancellations

Washington, D.C. – Today, the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Director Neil Kornze and Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper announced the cancellation oil and gas leases in the Thompson Divide section of the White River National Forest (WRNF). Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) released the following statement:  

“The Obama administration has hijacked federal agencies tasked by law to facilitate responsible energy development instead to do the bidding of radical environmentalists and shut down production. Impairing contracts and unilaterally terminating leases will win applause from national environmental groups but it does nothing but further dissuade investment, jobs and growth for Western Colorado communities. Despite the enormous energy potential in the Mancos Shale, the Obama administration has sacrificed public education, jobs and economic revitalization with this decision.”

I firmly believe that we can harness our land’s energy potential without compromising Colorado’s natural beauty. The cancellation of leases in the White River National Forest is a continuation of this Administration’s false assertions that energy development has to come at the expense of preservation, and it is another action in a pattern that we have seen to permanently withdraw federal land from future natural resource development,” Rep. Scott Tipton (R-CO) said. “This is simply unacceptable, and it will be imperative that we keep all energy resources as a viable option to fuel our economy in the years to come.

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11-17-16 CSU Ext ALERT: Wheat Disease Update – Kirk Broders, Plant Pathologist…

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Wheat Disease Update – November 17, 2016

Written by: Kirk Broders, Plant Pathologist; Department of Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management, Colorado State University; C030 Plant Science Bldg., 1177 Campus Delivery, Fort Collins, CO, 80523-1177; 970-491-0850 (work);  kirk.broders@colostate.edu 

The fall of 2016 has been significantly warmer on average in Colorado, with Denver hitting 80 degrees yesterday setting the daily record and tied the record for the month of November. This prolonged warm temperature and lack of precipitation has most of Colorado listed as being ‘abnormally dry’ or in ‘moderate drought’ according to the USDA Drought Monitor. Continue reading

11-17-16 Secretary Jewell Announces Resolution of Oil & Gas Leasing Issues in Colorado’s White River National Forest

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Announcement Addresses Longstanding Concerns about Potential Development in Thompson Divide by Balancing Resource Protection and Development  

DENVER, Colo. – U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Director Neil Kornze today joined Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper to announce the final resolution of disputed oil and gas leases that had been issued in the White River National Forest from 1995 to 2012. The Record of Decision issued today puts in place appropriate environmental protections for the pristine portion of Colorado’s Western Slope.

 

“Today’s decision is a testament to the ability of individuals, businesses, governments and organizations in Colorado to work together to find solutions that make good sense for the local community, economy and environment,” said Secretary Jewell. “This resolution strikes the right balance by protecting one of Colorado’s most spectacular places and important watersheds, and ensuring that any future development is done responsibly and held to high standards.”

The Record of Decision addresses deficiencies in the original environmental analyses and process used to support the initial issuance of oil and gas leases in the region. The BLM will cancel 25 leases in the Thompson Divide area; apply new stipulations and conditions that are consistent with recent U.S. Forest Service decisions on the remaining leases that are not currently producing oil or gas; and make no or minor adjustments to the leases that are currently producing oil and gas.

 

“Today is yet another example of the good we do in Colorado when we get out of corners, and meet in the center,” said Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper. “This decision reflects the hard work of local governments, industry, engaged residents and our federal partners to reach a balanced solution. This is a resolution that protects the beautiful environment of the Thompson Divide, that acknowledges the investments companies have made in the area and lets people get back to business.” Continue reading

11-17-16 Zoetis Genomic Testing Now Available Through Red Angus Association of America

Zoetis Genomic Testing Now Available Through Red Angus Association of America

ZoetisDistribution agreement gives breeders access to enhanced genomic testing

PARSIPPANY, N.J. (November 17, 2016)—Red Angus breeders are now able to order the Zoetis HD 50KTM and i50K™ genomic tests, as well as tests for parentage and genetic conditions for seedstock animals directly from the Red Angus Association of America (RAAA). Zoetis and the RAAA today announced a distribution agreement between the two organizations. The RAAA will process orders, execute billing, and submit samples on behalf of breeders to Zoetis for genotyping.

“We’re excited about the partnership with Zoetis and are looking forward to having them more involved in the Red Angus breed,” said Tom Brink, CEO, RAAA. “We want as many Red Angus cattle as possible to be genomically tested as to further grow our base population. This is good for all Red Angus breeders.”

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11-17-16 EPA Releases Engineering Evaluation & Cost Analysis on Continued Gold King Mine Water Treatment

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EPA Releases Engineering Evaluation & Cost Analysis on Continued Gold King Mine Water Treatment

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November 17, 2016 – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency releases Engineering Evaluation and Cost Analysis (EE/CA) on continued operation of Interim Water Treatment Plant at Gladstone, Colorado for public comment.

On, November 14, 2016, the EPA released for public comment an Engineering Evaluation and Cost Analysis (EE/CA) that evaluates continuing operations of the Gold King Mine Interim Water Treatment Plant (IWTP) at Gladstone, Colorado, beyond the end of this year. The IWTP has treated discharge from the Gold King Mine since October 2015.  The EE/CA and supporting documents are available for public review and comment during the public comment period that runs from November 14, 2016, through December 14, 2016. Continue reading

11-17-16 Colorado Weekly Hay Report…

11-17-16 Inside the BARN with Colorado Ag Commissioner Don Brown…

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(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) November 17, 2016 – Joining the Colorado Ag News Network inside the BARN is Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture Don Brown discussing several topics including:

To listen to the interview with Colorado Agriculture Commissioner Don Brown, click below…

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11-17-16 US Senator Bennet’s Bill to Improve Trail Maintenance and Preservation Passes Congress

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Washington, DC Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet joined Congress this week to send a bill to President Obama that would improve access to America’s National Forests through better trail maintenance and preservation.

The National Forest System Trails Stewardship Act would make better use of existing resources within the Forest Service to significantly increase the role of volunteers and partners in maintaining the usability and sustainability of the National Forest’s trail system.

Senators Mike Enzi, R-Wyo. and Michael Bennet, D-Colo. were the prime sponsors in the Senate and Representatives Cynthia Lummis, R-Wyo., and Tim Walz, D-Minn., in the House. Legislators in both houses passed the bipartisan bill unanimously.

“Millions of people every year come to Colorado for some of the best hiking, scenery, and wildlife viewing that the country has to offer,”Bennet said. “Our tourism and outdoor recreation industries depend on a well-maintained trail system throughout our national forests. This bill will help the Forest Service do more with less by increasing the use of volunteers to ensure our trails are accessible and safe for all of us to use.” Continue reading

11-17-16 USDA – FAS Weekly Export Sales Report for November 17th

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Thursday, November 17th…

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Trump Election Leaves Agriculture Awaiting Clarification on Issues

A new report from Rabobank says the election of Republican Donald Trump as President of the United States has the food and agriculture sector awaiting clarification on his policies and positions. The Rabobank Food and Agribusiness Research and Advisory group authored the report on the possible implications of the election. Rabobank analysts say Republican-controlled Executive and Legislative branches could “mean swift action when the new administration takes office.” Rabobank notes the advisory group is watching trade, labor and farm bill talks for potential policy changes that could have longer-term implications on the industry. The report says while President-elect Trump’s policies are yet to be clearly defined, his statements during the campaign suggest drastic changes from current policy could be on the horizon. Finally, the report predicts agriculture markets may be impacted by foreign exchange volatility in the short term as Trump takes office in January.

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New Zealand Wants to Talk Trade with Trump

New Zealand’s Prime Minister John Key wants to talk trade issues with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump. In a phone call between the two this week, Key told Trump he wished to talk further about trade and the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Key told Radio New Zealand that TPP was “worthy of a much fuller discussion,” adding that Trump needs the chance to get a proper assessment before seeing how “we can move things forward.” The Prime Minister said Trump was not rejecting the notion. New Zealand indicated the nation would give the new U.S. administration time to fully consider its trade agenda. That comes after New Zealand’s Parliament approved legislation last week allowing the nation to join TPP, despite the likelihood the trade deal will not proceed.

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Canada Cattle Producers urge Trade Fight if Trump Revives COOL

Cattle producers from Canada will urge the nation to retaliate against the United States, should U.S. President-Elect Donald Trump revive the U.S. Country-of-Origin meat labeling program (COOL). An internal memo within Trump’s transition team detailed how the new administration would immediately initiate changes to the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico, according to Reuters. That could include measures on COOL, which would reignite a six-year trade battle between the U.S. and Canada. U.S. lawmakers repealed COOL last December after the World Trade Organization approved more than $10 billion in trade retaliations by Canada. Canadian Cattlemen’s Association spokesperson John Masswohl says: “We’re watching, and if we think it discriminates against our cattle, our recommendation is going to be that tariffs go into place immediately.” However, he added that until it’s clear how Trump might approach COOL, no action is necessary.

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Lawmakers Mixed on WRDA Lame-duck Changes

The 2016 Water Resources and Development Act (WRDA) may face an uphill climb during the lame-duck session of Congress as the House and Senate versions of the bill differ greatly. House and Senate staff members met this week to hash out differences between the two bills, but lawmakers are conflicted on whether or not a bill can pass. Politico reports Peter DeFazio of Massachusetts, the top Democrat on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, gave a final bill long odds, saying, “I don’t think there’s going to be much legislating done in the next few weeks.” DeFazio opposed the House-passed version of the bill earlier this year after a provision to increase spending from the industry-funded Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund was dropped. Meanwhile, Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairman Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma reiterated that the Senate’s $220 million package for Flint, Michigan and other communities would have to be included for the deal to clear the Senate. Inhofe said he was still “optimistic there will be a deal” during the lame-duck session.

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Senate Ag Committee Urges Obama to Press China on Biotech Approvals

The Senate Agriculture Committee penned a letter to President Obama this week urging him to press China to prioritize biotechnology approvals. The bipartisan letter contains 37 signatures, 16 of which are Senate Agriculture Committee members, and asks the President to urge China to move forward in deregulating products awaiting final approval. The letter says: “The Chinese government fails to remain transparent, science-based, and timely in its regulatory process,” impacting farmers and ranchers abilities to access critical markets in China. The letter also called on President Obama to eliminate trade barriers due to regulatory systems the lawmakers claim “don’t operate based on scientific assessments.”

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Bayer Taking Steps to Fund Monsanto Acquisition

Dow Jones reports Bayer is taking steps to fund the company’s acquisition of Monsanto. Bayer announced this week the company has placed four billion euros—or the equivalent of $4.28 billion—in convertible notes in the first step for financing its $57 billion acquisition of Monsanto. Bayer said the notes would be converted into shares in November 2019, the first component of Bayer’s plan to raise about $19 billion in equity to fund the acquisition of St Louis, Missouri-based Monsanto. Bayer expects the acquisition to close by the end of 2017 and plans to submit its application to regulatory authorities in the European Union in the first quarter of next year and to U.S. authorities by the end of this year.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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