12-07-16 Colorado’s State Capitol Holiday Tree Honors Fallen Soldiers, Their Families

2015 Photo courtesy of CSFS's Ryan Lockwood

2015 Photo courtesy of CSFS’s Ryan Lockwood

Colorado’s State Capitol Holiday Tree Honors Fallen Soldiers, Their Families

DENVER – December 7, 2016 – This year’s State Capitol holiday tree, themed the “Gold Star Tree of Honor,” again pays tribute to the more than 350 Colorado military service members lost in the global war on terror since Sept. 11, 2001, as well as their families.

This evening, Gov. John Hickenlooper will host a private reception for Gold Star Families – the survivors of service members who have lost their lives in conflict or in support of certain military operations – alongside the tree at the State Capitol. At 4 p.m. this Friday, Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne will publicly dedicate the tree at a formal lighting ceremony in the Capitol’s North Foyer. Continue reading

12-07-16 CDA: Grape Phylloxera Detected in Colorado’s Grand Valley “American Viticultural Area”

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BROOMFIELD, Colo. – On November 29, 2016, an insect capable of damaging Colorado’s wine grape crop was confirmed in Mesa County.  US Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service entomologists positively identified grapevine phylloxera (Daktulosphaira vitifoliae) on Vitis vinifera grapevines in the Grand Valley American Viticultural Area (AVA), which is a federally designated grape production area in western Colorado. Phylloxera is an aphid-like insect that feeds aggressively on grape roots.
“Nearly 75 percent of our grape acreage is in the Grand Valley AVA, which stretches along the Colorado River between Palisade and Grand Junction, and is known for its unique environment and high elevation allowing for production of world-class quality winegrapes,” said Doug Caskey, Colorado Department of Agriculture’s Executive Director for the Colorado Wine Industry Development Board. Continue reading

12-07-16 Proposed Joint Fossil Regulation Announced for Interior Department’s Managed Lands

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Collaborative rule clarifies and coordinates paleontological resource management and preservation in areas managed by Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, Fish and Wildlife Service, and National Park Service

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Interior today announced a proposed rule to further facilitate implementation of the Paleontological Resources Preservation Act of 2009. The proposed rule provides standards for a coordinated approach to the management of paleontological resources on lands managed by four Interior Department Bureaus: Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation), Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), and National Park Service (NPS). It will also clarify how these bureaus manage paleontological resources to ensure they are available for current and future generations to enjoy as part of America’s national heritage. Continue reading

12-07-16 Inside the BARN with Colorado Farm Bureau’s New Vice President of Public Policy Spencer Kimball…

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spencer-kimball-cfb-vp-of-public-policy(The BARN – Briggsdale, CO)  Dec. 7, 2016 – The Colorado Farm Bureau announced Spencer Kimball as the organizations new Vice President of Public Policy.  In an exclusive interview with The BARN, Kimball discusses his background, his role and the CO Farm Bureau…

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Colorado Farm Bureau is the state’s largest grassroots organization with more than 25,000 members across the state. CFB seeks to promote and protect the future of agriculture and rural values. Learn more online @ http://www.coloradofarmbureau.com 

12-07-16 Syngenta receives federal EPA registration for Talinor™ herbicide for wheat and barley

Syngenta HeaderSyngenta receives federal EPA registration for Talinor herbicide for wheat and barley

  • Contains the newest active ingredient from Syngenta for broadleaf weed control in wheat and barley
  • Controls troublesome weeds, particularly those resistant to ALS-inhibitor, synthetic auxin and glyphosate herbicides
  • Benefits include a wide application window, tank-mix compatibility and flexible rotation

Talinor is only federally labeled. State registrations are still pending.

GREENSBORO, N.C., USA, December 7, 2016 – Talinor herbicide from Syngenta has received federal registration from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, giving wheat and barley growers a new option for managing weed resistance and controlling damaging broadleaf weeds in 2017, pending individual state registrations.

“Yield-robbing weeds infest wheat and barley fields, compete with crops and can ultimately impact yield potential and crop quality,” said Don Porter, herbicide technical product lead, Syngenta. “Talinor helps protect yield and profit potential, while offering growers a new tool to help manage weed resistance.”

Talinor contains the company’s newest active ingredient in cereal herbicides, bicyclopyrone, combined with bromoxynil. With its two active ingredients and two modes of action, this new herbicide delivers excellent standalone control of resistant and other difficult-to-control broadleaf weeds, like kochia and Russian thistle. Continue reading

12-07-16 Upcoming CattleFax Webinar Looks at Expectations for Cow-Calf Producers in 2017

 

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Upcoming CattleFax Webinar Looks at Expectations for Cow-Calf Producers in 2017

CENTENNIAL, CO — December 7, 2016 — Have the lows been established for the cattle industry? With the magnitude of the break that we have experienced across the entire cattle industry thus far that question is on everyone’s mind. An upcoming free CattleFax webinar will address that question as well as provide an outlook for the cow-calf and entire beef industry for 2017.

The CattleFax Trends+ Cow-Calf Webinar will be Jan. 25, 2017, at 5:30 p.m. MT. To participate in the webinar and access program details, producers and industry leaders simply need to register online at https://www.cattlefax.com/#!/about

CattleFax analysts will discuss a variety of topics in the one-hour session, including: Continue reading

12-07-16 NACD: BLM FINAL PLANNING RULE A MIXED BAG FOR LOCAL PARTICIPATION

NACD: BLM FINAL PLANNING RULE A MIXED BAG FOR LOCAL PARTICIPATION

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WASHINGTON, Dec. 7, 2016 – Last week, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) published its final planning rule, commonly referred to as “Planning 2.0,” in the Federal Register. The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) submitted comments on the proposed version of the planning rule in May 2016, and while it recognizes the agency has made improvements to the rule in its final form, it is still concerned the regulation inadequately acknowledges the critical importance of local involvement in the planning process. Continue reading

12-07-16 USDA Announces New Conservation Opportunities to Improve Water Quality and Restore Wildlife Habitat

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USDA Announces New Conservation Opportunities to Improve Water Quality and Restore Wildlife Habitat

DES MOINES, Iowa, Dec. 7, 2016 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will offer farmers and ranchers more opportunities to participate in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). The announcement includes new CRP practices to protect water quality and adds an additional 1.1 million acres targeted to benefit wildlife, pollinators and wetlands.

“The Conservation Reserve Program is an extremely popular voluntary program that offers producers and landowners a wide variety of opportunities to prevent erosion, protect wildlife habitat and reduce nutrient runoff,” said Vilsack. “With the program close to the legal enrollment limit of 24 million acres, USDA has been working to use all of the tools at our disposal to maximize benefits by combining multiple soil, water and wildlife objectives in the areas where it is needed most.” Continue reading

12-07-16 NFU Applauds Inclusion of FSA Funding in Congressional Spending Package

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WASHINGTON (December 7, 2016) – As the 114th Congress works to pass a spending bill that would fund the government through April 2017, National Farmers Union (NFU) is pleased that the package considers the plight of the farm economy. The continuing resolution includes a provision to ensure that the U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency (FSA) can keep up with the mounting demand for farm operating loans given the state of the farm economy.

“We applaud Congress for listening to the requests of family farmers and ranchers and providing funds in the continuing resolution for FSA to meet the record-demand for operating loans. Providing additional funding to FSA before the next fiscal year will help alleviate those producers waiting on direct operating loans and allow more applicants to access capital,” said NFU President Roger Johnson. Continue reading

12-07-16 Inside the RMFU with Membership Coordinator Aubriel Jones…

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Inside the RMFU with Membership Coordinator Aubriel Jones…

(BARN Media & CoAgNews Network – Briggsdale, CO) December 07, 2016 – On this month’s edition of the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union’s Radioline Report on the Colorado Ag News Network discussing several topics with RMFU’s Membership Coordinator Aubriel Jones…

Listen to the interview BELOW…

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Since 1907, the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, serving family farming & ranching and “Growing the Agricultural Grassroots Network”, learn more and join the RMFU Today online @ www.rmfu.org or LIKE them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter @RMFUnion

 

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, December 7th…

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, December 7th…

Market Rallies Lifting Farmers Spirits

A monthly measure of the agriculture economy shows post-harvest price rallies have lifted the spirits of farmers over the past month. The Purdue University-CME Group Ag Economy Barometer released Tuesday reached an index point of 116 for November, considerably higher than the October reading of 92. The Barometer surveys 400 farmers monthly. A rating below 100 is negative, while a rating above 100 indicates positive sentiment regarding the agriculture industry. Organizers of the survey say the improved rating can be attributed to an improvement in farmers’ perspective about the future, which was motivated in part by better corn and soybean prices. However, organizers also note the jump in producer sentiment was reflected by fewer respondents with a negative outlook, rather than a notable shift toward a positive outlook on the agricultural economy.

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Record Yields Leading to Storage Crunch

A bin-busting harvest is doing just that, according to a new report by CoBank. The cooperative bank says this year’s yields have created a storage capacity crunch at U.S. elevators and are contributing to a brighter economic outlook for elevator operators. Record yields of corn, soybeans and grain sorghum are competing for storage space with large wheat inventories harvested earlier this season. At the same time, futures markets are also encouraging farmers to store crops well into next year. Cobank says that means the value of grain storage space is on the rise, and storage shortages have been widely reported across the Western Corn Belt, and Central and Southern Plains regions. The report notes that storage tightness could persist through 2017, given the U.S. Agriculture Department is predicting the highest wheat and corn ending stocks total since the 1987-88 marketing year.

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Senate to Consider WRDA Conference Report

The U.S. Senate Majority Leader intends to take up the Water Resources Development Act conference report during the lame-duck session. Kentucky Republican Mitch McConnell proclaimed in a floor speech Tuesday his intention to consider the conference report. He says the bill will “invest in our nation’s waterways infrastructure, enhance commerce and support safe and reliable water sources.” The measure includes assistance for families in Flint, Michigan who have been impacted by lead poisoning within the water system, according to the Hagstrom Report. However, Michigan Democratic Senator Debbie Stabenow said she doubts the bill will have enough votes to pass. The House and Senate both overwhelmingly passed WRDA bills earlier this year. However, the conference report has hit a snag this week as California Senate-Democrat Barbara Boxer planned to block the measure. She says the bill would “roll back” the Endangered Species Act.

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Antibiotic Resistant Gene Found on U.S. Farm

Researchers at the Ohio State University are expressing some concern regarding an antibiotic resistant gene discovered at a U.S. pig farm. However, as the National Pork Board points out, 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. The gene was found in one farrowing barn at a single U.S. pig farm. The Pork Checkoff says it is eager to analyze the initial findings, alongside its authors, and better understand results of the study. Ohio State University researchers acknowledge it is unknown how the bacteria was introduced to the farm and that it could have been introduced by an outside source. The checkoff says the conclusions drawn without further validation, replication and research demonstrate the issue requires additional study.

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Ukraine to Crackdown on GMOs

Ukraine plans to strengthen its checks for genetically modified organisms, with soybeans of particular concern, according to government officials in the nation. Ukraine’s State Food Safety and Consumer Protection Service made the comments this week. While it is not illegal to grow GMO plants in Ukraine, no GMOs have the official registration needed for legal cultivation, according to Pro Farmer’s First Thing Today newsletter. Government officials say that if an export shipment is found to contain GMO products, the watchdog will seize and dispose of the shipment and then investigate its origin to find the producer who broke the rules. The comments come as the country also plans to increase grain export capacity. An agriculture export company in Ukraine intends to build a new terminal to be completed in 2018 with an export capacity of four million metric tons a year.

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USDA Invests $33 Million to Improve Water Quality in High-Priority Watersheds

The Department of Agriculture Tuesday announced an investment of more than $33 million in 197 high-priority watersheds across the country. The funding is aimed at helping landowners improve water quality through the Natural Resource Conservation Service’s National Water Quality Initiative. USDA says the program helps farmers and ranchers implement voluntary conservation practices to protect and improve water quality. Conservation practices enhance agricultural productivity and profitability while also improving water quality by enhancing soil health and optimizing the use of agricultural inputs, according to USDA. This year, NRCS added 42 new watersheds to the initiative and selected 21 watersheds for new assessment projects. Find more information about the program online at NRCS dot USDA dot gov (www.nrcs.usda.gov).

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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