12-06-16 CO Gov. Hickenlooper orders flags lowered in honor of National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

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US_flag_half_mastDENVER — Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2016 Gov. John Hickenlooper today ordered flags lowered to half-staff on all public buildings statewide on Wednesday, December 7 in honor of National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, 2016, and as proclaimed by President Barack Obama.

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12-06-16 ASTA Kicks off CSS, Unveils new Video Bringing Plant Breeding to Life…

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ASTA Kicks off CSS, Unveils new Video Bringing Plant Breeding to Life

Chicago, IL—December 6, 2016—The American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) unveiled the latest initiative in its “Better Seed, Better Life” communications program during the Opening General Session of its CSS 2016 & Seed Expo — America’s largest seed industry convention. The “Mom, Gardener, Plant Breeder” video features Jessie Alt, a mother, home gardener, and professional plant breeder—along with her two daughters who help out with their home garden.

“The seed industry has a great story to tell, and this video helps us do that,” said ASTA President & CEO Andrew W. LaVigne. “Jessie, like all of our plant breeders, is passionate about producing new and improved varieties of nutritious crops in a sustainable manner to meet the needs of local farmers and American families.”

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12-06-16 New WSSA Factsheet Explores Weed Seeds and Their Longevity

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New WSSA Factsheet Explores Weed Seeds and Their Longevity

LAWRENCE, Kansas – DECEMBER 6, 2016 – Did you know some weed seeds can lie dormant in the soil for more than a century and then sprout when conditions are right?  A new factsheet available for free download from the Weed Science Society of America (WSSA) dives into the topic of weed seed longevity, as well as how weed seeds travel, when and why they germinate, and ways they can be eliminated.

“Understanding weed seeds and their lifespan is critical for both farmers and backyard gardeners alike,” says WSSA member Greta Gramig, Ph.D., associate professor of weed science at North Dakota State University.  “Seeds can remain viable in the soil for extended periods of time.  That means if even a single weed is allowed to go to seed, you may be battling the aftermath for years to come.” Continue reading

12-06-16 CFB: Launch of Coloradans for Immigration Reform Initiative

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CFB: Launch of Coloradans for Immigration Reform Initiative

DENVER, CO – December 6, 2016 – Today, a coalition of business and community leaders from across Colorado launched Coloradans for Immigration Reform Organization, an initiative of the New American Economy (NAE). The effort is one of a dozen statewide coalitions calling for a responsible solution to the country’s broken immigration system that secures the border, grows the economy, and recognizes that America cannot and should not engage in mass deportations of millions of productive members of society.

The event included comments from:

  • Chad Vorthmann, Executive Vice-President of the Colorado Farm Bureau
  • Mizrain Cordero, VP of Govt Affairs, Denver Chamber of Commerce
  • Jeff Wasden, President of CO Business Roundtable
  • Michael Fortney, Consultant with Clear Creek Strategies

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Colorado leaders launch Business Coalition forImmigration Reform

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12-06-16 Almost $600,000 Awarded by the CTO to Promote Tourism throughout the State

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Denver (December 6) – Places like Dolores County, Pagosa Springs, and the North Fork Valley will attract more visitors to their respective regions in the coming year in part because of $600,000 in grant funding – an increase of $100,000 from last year -provided by the Colorado Tourism Office (CTO) through the Marketing Matching grant program. Continue reading

12-06-16 National Pork Board Releases Statement on Discovery of Antibiotic-Resistant Gene

National Pork Board Releases Statement on Discovery of Antibiotic-Resistant Gene

DES MOINES, IOWA – Dec. 6, 2016 – The National Pork Board today reacted to the recent research paper from the Ohio State University research study detailing the researchers’ discovery of an antibiotic-resistant gene in one farrowing barn.

According to the National Pork Board, an important takeaway from the study is that the U.S. pork supply is safe. The resistant gene identified in the study was not found in a market hog, and there was no threat to food safety. Continue reading

12-06-16 Celebrate 28 Years of Cowboy Heritage, Traditions, and Entertainment

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A Contemporary Expression of Cowboy Life and Culture

GOLDEN, CO – Proudly celebrating 28 years of cowboy heritage at this year’s Colorado Cowboy Poetry Gathering Thursday, January 19 through Sunday, January 22, 2017.

This year’s expanded four-day roundup includes three evening performances, two full-days of popular theme sessions, and a Sunday matinee.

For over a quarter century the Gathering has celebrated the cowboy life and culture. Come enjoy this year’s all-star cast of award-winning cowboy poets and musicians from the American West, Canada and Australia.

A weekend that captures the true spirit and lifestyle of the Cowboy heritage through poetry, song and verse.

The tradition continues this year in, Where The West LivesGolden Colorado at the American Mountaineering Center — plenty of free parking with easy access.

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12-06-16 Inside the BARN with Dannele Peck, NEW Director of the Northern Plains Regional Climate Hub…

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Inside the BARN with Dannele Peck, NEW Director of the Northern Plains Regional Climate Hub…

New Director of the Northern Plains Regional Climate Hub

Dannele Peck, New Director of the Northern Plains Regional Climate Hub

(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) December 6, 2016 – On Feb 5th, 2014, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the creation of the 1st-ever Regional Hubs for Risk Adaptation and Mitigation to Climate Change at seven locations around the nation, and one of the seven is based in Fort Collins, Colorado. Joining the Colorado Ag News Network inside the BARN is the NEW Director of the Northern Plains Regional Climate Hib Dannele Peck. Within the interview you’ll learn…

  • Dannele Peck’s Background & Expertise
  • What are the USDA Climate Hubs?
  • What is the role of the USDA Northern Plains Regional Climate Hub?
  • USDA Partnerships and Outside Organizations
  • Research Projects
  • Upcoming Workshops
  • & MORE

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BONUS INFORMATION FROM NPRCH Director Peck:

The NOAA Western Water Assessment put together especially for the Northern Plains Hub and our producers. It’s called the “Rocky Mountains – High Plains Climate Dashboard,” which provides the most relevant short-term and longer-term weather forecasts (temps, precip, drought, reservoir levels) all in a single place: http://wwa.colorado.edu/climate/dashboard2.html.  Folks can go see for themselves that 1-3 month forecasts for Colorado are calling for a warmer December to February, with just normal precip, which means our soils could dry out even more between now and Feb. So it makes sense that the Drought Monitor is calling for continued drought in the eastern half of Colorado through at least February. I think it’s a great resource—one I’d like more people to be aware of.

-Dannele Peck, Director of the Northern Plains Regional Climate Hub

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12-06-16 CDA: Funding Available for Agricultural Energy Projects…

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BROOMFIELD, Colo. –The Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) and the Colorado Energy Office (CEO) are seeking applicants for agricultural energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. The total amount available for assistance in FY 2017 is $250,000. The funding is available to Colorado agricultural irrigators, dairies, greenhouses, nurseries, and cold storage facilities.

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12-06-16 CME Group: Crop futures rally drives large increase in producer sentiment

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Crop futures rally drives large increase in producer sentiment

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. and CHICAGO, Dec. 6, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Agricultural producer sentiment about the industry’s economy improved substantially in November, in part because of soybean and corn futures price rallies, according to the December 6 report of the Purdue/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer.

The Ag Economy Barometer jumped an unexpected 24 points in November as soybean and corn futures prices rallied. (Purdue University/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer/David Widmar) (PRNewsFoto/CME Group)

The Ag Economy Barometer jumped an unexpected 24 points in November as soybean and corn futures prices rallied. (Purdue University/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer/David Widmar) (PRNewsFoto/CME Group)

The barometer, which is based on a monthly survey of 400 U.S. agricultural producers, jumped to 116—the highest reading since October 2015, and up 24 points from the October 2016 reading of 92. Continue reading

12-06-16 Pork Checkoff: Find-A-Vet Tool Helps U.S. Pig Farmers Locate a Veterinarian

Pork Checkoff: Find-A-Vet Tool Helps U.S. Pig Farmers Locate a Veterinarian 

Valid Veterinarian Relationship Essential to Comply with New Antibiotic Regulations

DES MOINES, IOWA – Dec. 6, 2016 – Find-A-Vet is a timely tool created by GlobalVetLINK that assists U.S. pig farmers who are searching for a veterinarian for their animals. The Pork Checkoff, collaborating with the Ames, Iowa-based company, is making this online tool more accessible to all producers by linking it directly to the Pork Checkoff’s homepage at pork.org.

The online tool allows animal owners to quickly find a veterinarian in their area who offers services, such as the establishment of a veterinary-client-patient relationship (VCPR) and/or a Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD). Both a VCPR and a VFD will be necessary to use many in-feed antibiotics starting on Jan. 1, 2017. To use Find-A-Vet, producers will need to enter their ZIP code to search for the veterinarians closest to their location.

“This is just another example of how the Pork Checkoff is trying to help make the adjustment in antibiotic regulations easier for all producers,” said National Pork Board President Jan Archer, a pig farmer from Goldsboro, North Carolina. “While many of us already have a well-established working relationship with a veterinarian, we know some producers and youth exhibitors who live in places with few pigs may not have easy access to veterinary help. We hope this tool will help with that potential scenario.” Continue reading

12-06-16 REVISED – ​CO House Republican Committee Assignments Announced 

 

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(The House Public Health Care & Human Services Committee, House State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Committee and the House Transportation & Energy Committees were not listed on the previous release)

Denver – Today, House Republican Leader Patrick Neville (R-Castle Rock) announced the following ranking-member committee assignments for the 2017 legislative session. Additionally, Representative Polly Lawrence has been reassigned to the House Finance Committee and Representative Jim Wilson has been reassigned to the House Local Government Committee. Continue reading

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Nations Racing to Fill Trade Leadership Gap Left by U.S.

China, Japan and Russia are racing to fill a leadership gap on trade issues following the recent U.S. fallout over the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The trade agreement took 12 nations seven years to negotiate, and U.S. President-elect Donald Trump pledges to end the deal on day one of his Presidency. Trade experts agree the move opens the door for a new global trade leader to emerge. Without TPP, U.S. agriculture stands to miss out on billions of dollars in exports and risks losing market share once trade deals without the U.S. are completed. China is already moving to replace the U.S. as trade champion, according to a new report by Bloomberg News. China is talking with other nations in Asia to complete a trade deal and China has also discussed the possibility of an agreement with Russia. However, Russia has criticized TPP and the now failed Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership because the trade deals allegedly violate World Trade Organization rules by creating closed associations, while at the same time, Russia is touting its own regional trade proposals.

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House Speaker Promises Regulation Relief in Next Congress

House Speaker Paul Ryan promises to provide regulatory relief during the next Congress. The Wisconsin Republican over the weekend used agriculture as an example of needing relief during a CBS 60 Minutes interview. He called regulatory relief his second priority, following a plan to repeal Obamacare. Ryan says he wants to have “smarter regulations” that can help grow jobs. He says: “We want to have good stewardship and conservation of the environment and economic growth.” For agriculture groups, the first priority when it comes to regulations is the Waters of the U.S. rule by the Environmental Protection Agency. Ryan’s comments put House leadership in line with President-elect Donald Trump as Trump opposes the rule. For now, the rule remains tied up in the federal court system facing dozens of lawsuits and is under a nationwide stay.

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Poultry Industry Fears RFS Increase Will Alter Grain Prices

The U.S. poultry industry is concerned the Renewable Fuel Standard targets for 2017 and 2018 will increase feed prices for poultry farmers. Set by the Environmental Protection Agency, the RFS target for ethanol for 2017 was placed at the statute level of 15 billion gallons. The agency set total biofuel levels – including corn-generated ethanol and biodiesel – at 19.28 billion gallons, up six percent from 2016. The poultry industry fears the increase will change the amount of corn set aside for ethanol production upward and send corn prices higher. That’s welcome news for corn farmers, but National Chicken Council President Mike Brown said it puts U.S. chicken producers “one drought, flood or freeze away from another crisis.” He told meat industry publication Meatingplace that the RFS had cost the poultry industry $59 billion since becoming law.

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Survey Shows Little Assistance from Farm Bill Dairy Program

A survey of dairy farmers in Wisconsin shows the 2014 Farm Bill’s Dairy Margin Protection Program has offered little relief to dairy operations. The results of the survey were released Monday by the Wisconsin Farmers Union and included responses from more than 1,000 dairy farmers in the nation’s second highest dairy producing state. A total of 765 respondents said they signed up for the program. Of those, only 93 farms, or 12 percent, had received any payments from the program, and only five indicated they considered the program to be supporting their farm. That’s less than one percent of all farms that signed up. The survey notes additional comments offered on the program tended to involve phrases like: “It’s a scam,” or a: “Total waste of money that could’ve been spent elsewhere.” Many farmers noted how they liked what the Margin Protection Program replaced, the Milk Income Loss Contract program, better, and that it had provided better payouts.

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USDA Surveying Sheep Operations

Starting later this month, the Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service will measure sheep inventories and wool production during a nationwide survey. The American Sheep Industry Association is encouraging all sheep producers selected as survey participants to submit information to USDA. Operators surveyed will be asked to provide information about their sheep inventories, counts of lambs born during 2016 and production and prices received for wool. The association says accurate data on sheep inventory and production is a significant decision-making tool for USDA and the industry regarding domestic and international markets and consumer needs. NASS will publish the survey results January 31, 2017, in the Sheep and Goats report.

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Hot Dog and Sausage Council Unveils Searchable Ingredients Guide

The National Hot Dog and Sausage Council Monday unveiled the Hot Dog Ingredients Guide to provide consumers with more information and transparency. The guide details the role each ingredient may play in a hot dog and is searchable to allow users to easily find ingredients they see listed on their favorite package of hot dogs. Council spokesperson Eric Mittenthal says “as consumers seek more information about their food, the guide will be a helpful tool to better understand hot dogs and how they are made.” The guide also includes descriptions of common terms consumers might find on packages such as uncured, natural casing, hormone free or organic. You can find the guide online at hot-dash-dog dot org (http://www.hot-dog.org/).

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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