01-31-17 Learn more about the The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation w/Jeffrey S. Moen…

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jeff_moen_12(The BARN – Denver, CO) January 30th, 2017 – Had the distinct pleasure to sit down and visit with Jeffrey S. Moen, Director of Business Development from the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, during the 71st National Association of Conservation Districts in Denver; and learned more about the Noble Foundation and its funding of many facets within the agriculture industry, including those directly involved with conservation like the NACD and the Soil Health Institute…

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To learn more about the Noble Foundation, please visit www.noble.org

To learn more about the National Association of Conservation Districts, please visit http://www.nacdnet.org

CLICK HERE to learn more about the NACD online

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01-31-17 CFB Sends Priorities to US Senator Cory Gardner

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Colorado Farm Bureau Sends Priorities to Senator Cory Gardner

Centennial, Colo. –  Jan. 31, 2017 Colorado Farm Bureau today sent a letter to U.S. Senator Cory Gardner outlining its policy priorities for the 155th Congress. The correspondence is in reply to Sen. Gardner’s request for information on policies that could help assist the agriculture industry in dealing with the recent drop in prices for farm products.

“Whether it is regulations or legislation, it is important for the Administration and Congress to understand the impact of their policies, and agriculture is no exception,” wrote the Senator in his Jan. 10th letter. Continue reading

01-31-17 Colorado Pork Producers elect new officers

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Colorado Pork Producers elect new officers

The Colorado Pork Producers Council met Jan 21 to elect new board of director officers and Pork Act Delegates for the 2018 Pork Forum.

The new state officers, which will serve for the next two years, are President Roc Rutledge, Vice President Kep Proctor, and Treasurer Chad Franke. Continue reading

71st NACD Annual Meeting: 2016 Poster, Photo Contest Winners Announced

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POSTER, PHOTO CONTEST WINNERS ANNOUNCED FOR 2016

DENVER, Jan 31, 2017 —The 2016 winners of the National Association of Conservation District’s poster and photo contests were announced Sunday at the organization’s 71stAnnual Meeting. Each year, the NACD photo and poster contests give students and adults alike the opportunity to display their artistic talents on a national stage.

NACD and the NACD Auxiliary would like to once again congratulate the winners of NACD’s 2016 national photo contest. The top honors for photos in the Agriculture and Conservation Across America category went to: Continue reading

01-31-17 Sunday and Monday Recap: NACD 2017 Annual Meeting

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Sunday and Monday Recap: NACD 2017 Annual Meeting

The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) hosted over 800 people in Denver today for its 71st Annual Meeting. This year’s meeting featured a long list of VIP speakers. Just in Monday’s general session alone, attendees heard from Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, Agriculture Commissioner Don Brown, and Olympian Jenny Simpson.

In keeping with the 2017 Annual Meeting theme “Conservation: Our Water, Our Land, Our People,” Monday’s speakers spoke on a crucial component of successful voluntary conservation: partnerships. Governor Hickenlooper credited conservation collaboration with the recovery of the greater sage grouse and improved water management in the Colorado, while Commissioner Brown stressed the importance of telling a cohesive agriculture and conservation story. Ms. Simpson, in addition to recounting her early experiences in 4-H, said relationships have been crucial to her athletic achievements. Archived video from Monday’s general session is available here.

At lunch, attendees heard from documentarian Ben Masters – a young man with a profound talent for telling conservation stories. In addition to taking questions from the audience, Mr. Masters showed one of seven new short films he’s released on pointed conservation topics. To rewatch “Selah: Water from Stone,” or to send it along to your friends, colleagues, and family, follow this link.

In the afternoon, more than 16 districts and conservation partners gave presentations from the Expo Stage or as part of nine breakout sessions. Farm broadcaster Brian Allmer of The BARN also interviewed this year’s NACD officer candidates from the Expo Stage. You can access the archived footage of those interviews here. Continue reading

01-31-17 USMEF Regional Director Sees Strong Potential for Further Export Growth to Mexico, Central America and Dominican Republic

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New USMEF Regional Director Sees Strong Potential for Further Export Growth to Mexico, Central America and Dominican Republic

oscar-ferrara-ph-d-usmef-regional-director-for-mexico-central-america-and-the-dominican-republicOscar Ferrara, Ph.D., joined the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) earlier this month as the organization’s new regional director for Mexico, Central America and the Dominican Republic. A native of Paraguay, Ferrara brings an extensive educational and professional background to the position. He moved to the United States in 2000, earning his master’s degree and doctorate in Food and Resource Economics from the University of Florida. He also holds Bachelor of Science degrees in both Applied Economics and Agricultural Engineering. Continue reading

01-31-17 NCBA’s Cattlemen to Cattlemen Celebrates Tenth Anniversary in Nashville, TN

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NASHVILLE, TENN. (Jan. 31, 2017) – Milestones were met in 2016 for NCBA’s Cattlemen to Cattlemen television show; the 500th episode was taped in Washington, D.C., last fall and the airing of the 2017 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show episode in early February will mark the tenth anniversary of the show’s first airing. Spring episodes will include full coverage of the event in Nashville and special panel shows on important industry topics including full episode dedicated to market conditions.

“Cattlemen to Cattlemen is one of the best ways NCBA can connect with farmers and ranchers today,” said John Robinson, Executive Director of Organizational Communications, NCBA. “We are very proud of the work we do on behalf of NCBA members and the beef industry and we remain committed to telling the story of America’s farmers and ranchers.” Continue reading

01-31-17 NCBA-PLC: Livestock Industry Supports Legislation to Address BLM Planning Rule

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Livestock Industry Supports Legislation to Address BLM Planning Rule

WASHINGTON (Jan. 31, 2017) – The Public Lands Council and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association applaud the introduction of concurrent resolutions in both the Senate and House disapproving the Bureau of Land Management’s Planning 2.0 rule finalized last December. The resolutions, introduced by Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chairwoman Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Rep. Liz Cheney’s (R-Wyo.) respectively, would reverse damage done in the final hours of the Obama administration. Ethan Lane, Executive Director of PLC and NCBA Federal Lands said the rule represents a wholesale shift in management focus at BLM; prioritizing “social and environmental change” over multiple use, and eliminating stakeholder and local input into the planning process. Continue reading

01-31-17 Ten Reasons to Attend the Third Annual CFVGA Conference on Feb 21st

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Ten Reasons to Attend the Third Annual CFVGA Conference on Feb 21st
  1. Be entertained, inspired and informed with the Produce Fresh Trends Quiz Show by keynoter Pamela Reimenschneider, editor, Produce Retailer magazine
  2. Learn what the new FSMA rules mean for your operation/business
  3. Network with fellow growers, companies and other in the produce industry
  4. Kill two birds with one stone by attending FSMA food safety training Feb. 20, the day before the conference, and the conference Feb. 21
  5. Learn the latest and greatest in the produce industry by visiting with 30-plus exhibitors
  6. Learn about your organization and have a say in its priorities at the annual business meeting
  7. Enlarge your business opportunities at the ever-popular grower-buyer networking session
  8. Learn about labor, food safety produce trends and research
  9. Enjoy a scrumptious, Colorado-produce lunch
  10. Use clickers to express your opinions during general sessions (Really, it’s fun!)
  11. BONUS TIP-Register by Feb. 7 and SAVE! http://cfvga.org/ Members enjoy discounted registration. Not a member? Join today:

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CFVGA’s full-day conference is designed to inspire growers and others in the produce industry as well as to provide networking and education. More than 300 people, including produce buyers and exhibitors are expected to attend. Conference registration is now open. For more information and to register: http://cfvga.org For more on CFVGA: http://coloradoproduce.org

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Tuesday, January 31st

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Tuesday, January 31st

Refugee Regulations Could Squeeze U.S. Meatpackers Labor Pool

An executive order by President Donald Trump to suspend refugee arrivals could harm meatpacking companies. The Wall Street Journal reports meatpackers that rely on foreign-born workers to fill tough jobs in rural America could face labor shortages. The executive order suspended the refugee program four months and would cut the number of refugees allowed into the United States in half to 50,000. The move comes as dozens of meatpackers are expanding or building new facilities, following two years of high profits. Meatpackers often look for foreign-born workers to fill jobs most Americans are unwilling to perform. North American Meat Institute CEO Barry Carpenter says he hopes the Trump administration “will give careful consideration” the impact these changes would have on meatpacking companies, and on foreign-born workers “who are eager to build new lives in America” through the jobs meatpackers can offer.

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U.K. Says Trump Ready to Begin Trade Talks

The United Kingdom says U.S. President Donald Trump has agreed to start trade talks between the U.K. and the United States. British Prime Minister Theresa May says the two agreed to start preliminary talks on a trade deal but stressed that no deal would be signed until the U.K. exits the European Union. Politico reports the two leaders agreed to set up joint working groups to start “scoping out” what can be achieved while waiting for the United Kingdom to leave the EU. The signal of bilateral talks continues Trump’s campaign pledge of one-on-one trade deals with other nations. Trump on Friday said he looked forward to working with the United Kingdom. U.K. Prime Minister May said both sides were discussing a “trade negotiation agreement” as the first step of crafting a trade deal between the two countries. The wording suggests there will be an official pledge between May and Trump to negotiate a trade agreement once the United Kingdom leaves the EU.

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Germany Urging EU to Speed Trade Deal Negotiations Amid Protectionist Policy Fears

Germany asked the European Union last week to speed-up trade talks to open trade with more than a dozen countries. The effort is aimed at boosting support for free trade in response to protectionist trade policy from U.S. President Donald Trump. In a statement to the EU, Germany repeated its view that Trump, along with Britain leaving the EU, posed risks for the world economy, according to Reuters. Germany called on the EU to bolster common policies in defense, diplomacy and the economy. Germany also asked the EU to push against trade protectionism and support free trading relationships and “international cooperation.” In his first week as President, Trump signed an executive order to withdrawal the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement. Trump is also targeting reforms to the North American Free Trade Agreement.

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Former Trump Transition Leader Warns of Two-thirds Cut of EPA Staff

A leader involved in the Trump Transition team says to expect budget and employment cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency. Myron Ebell(Eb-bell) was the former head of President Donald Trump’s EPA transition team and has suggested cutting the EPA workforce to 5,000, about a two-thirds reduction over the next four years. He says the EPA’s $8.1 billion budget would also be sliced in half under his recommendations, according to the Washington Post. Ebell, along with Trump, favors the cuts as a way to curb regulatory overreach by the EPA. Ebell says the overreach would be much harder if “the agency is a lot smaller.” While he says cutting 10,000 staffers may not be realistic, he called it an “aspirational goal,” saying “you’re not going to get Congress to make significant cuts unless you ask for significant cuts.”

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USDA NASS Conducting Certified Organic Survey

The Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service is conducting the 2016 Certified Organic Survey to gather data on organic crops and livestock in the United States. USDA says the survey is critical to help determine the economic impact of certified organic agriculture production in the United States. The survey is being mailed to all known certified organic farms and ranches throughout the country and asks producers to provide information on acreage, production, and sales, as well as production and marketing practices. USDA NASS says certified organic sales totaled $6.2 billion in 2015, up 14 percent from 2014. A USDA spokesperson says as sales grow, so will the demand for accurate data. The report, to be released September of this year, will also assist producers, suppliers and others in the private sector in planning the production and marketing of new products. All information in the survey is confidential, and USDA is asking producers to return the survey by February 19th.

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Monsanto to Appeal California Glyphosate Ruling

Monsanto will appeal a ruling by a California judge allowing the state to force Monsanto to label Roundup as a possible cancer threat because it contains glyphosate. Monsanto sued the nation’s leading agricultural state, saying California officials illegally based their decision to require the labels on information from the International Agency for Research on Cancer, according to the LA Times. The agency has categorized glyphosate as a likely carcinogen, against many other science and environment agencies findings. Following the findings, California took its first step in 2015 to require the warning labels. Monsanto contends California is delegating its authority to an unelected foreign body with no accountability to U.S. or state officials in violation of the California Constitution. Monsanto’s Roundup is sold in 160 countries, and farmers in California use it on 250 types of crops.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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01-30-17 Beef Checkoff Study: Selling U.S. Beef to the Rest of the World

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Beef Checkoff Study: Selling U.S. Beef to the Rest of the World

beef-checkoffs-role-013017You know that the beef produced in the United States is delicious, nutritious and safe to eat. But did you know that consumers in more than 80 countries worldwide know that, too, thanks in part to your beef-checkoff investments?

Foreign marketing of U.S. beef makes sense when you know that 95 percent of the global population – and 80 percent of the global buying power – is outside of U.S. borders. With the global population projected to nearly double by 2050, it’s easy to see that exports of U.S. beef represent a growth opportunity for U.S. beef producers.

The checkoff is helping to increase exports of U.S. beef to consumers across the globe from Japan to the Middle East, Mexico to Russia, Taiwan, Europe and more. See an example of marketing efforts in Sweden in this video.

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01-30-17 U.S. Dairy Companies Push Back Against Canada’s Protectionist Policies…

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U.S. Dairy Companies Push Back Against Canada’s Protectionist Policies

Group Urges U.S. Governors to Aid in Preserving Export Markets and ‘Consider All Tools at Their Disposal’

(Washington, D.C.) The U.S. dairy industry this week continued to push back against Canada’s protectionist policies that are effectively blocking American dairy imports into the country in violation of international agreements. A group of 17 dairy companies representing dairy farmers and processors from coast to coast asked governors in 25 states to urge Canadian policymakers to uphold existing trade commitments with the United States and halt the imminent implementation of a national strategy that would unfairly subsidize Canadian dairy products in its domestic and global markets. Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Monday, January 30th

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Monday, January 30th

Trump Mexico Tax Would Hurt Agriculture

President Donald Trump’s plan to implement a 20 percent tax on all goods imported from Mexico would likely harm agriculture and consumers alike. The tax is seen as a way to pay for a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico, estimated to be worth billions of dollars. The tax would presumably apply to agricultural products, including fruits and vegetables that are staples in U.S. grocery stores, according to the Hagstrom Report. The United Fresh Produce Association says the tax, and renegotiating trade agreements to include similar tariffs, risk provoking a trade war. United Fresh says a 20 percent hike in the cost of foods such as bananas, mangoes and other products that we simply can’t grow in the United States, would burden consumers.

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Trump Trade Action Impact on U.S. Grains

Newly-inaugurated President Donald Trump has already followed through with key campaign promises related to trade policy – moves that have caused concern among grain farmers whose price is being supported by export sales. Trump withdrew the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership and intends to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement. The U.S. Grains Council says these moves are intended to pave the way for new negotiations. However, in the short term – and coming soon after serious trade policy issues with China – they could severely curtail U.S. grain farmers’ market access globally and open up existing export markets to new levels of competition. Over the past two decades, U.S. agricultural exports to Canada and Mexico tripled and quintupled, respectively, according to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. One in every 10 acres on American farms is planted to feed hungry Canadian and Mexicans. The Grains Council says its leadership will continue to assess all trade policy changes by the new administration and aim to work with the Administration to maintain and expand the benefits of existing or new trade dialogues.

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Landowner Wins Case against Army Corps

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association says landowners scored a victory last week when a federal district court ruled against the Army Corps of Engineers for incorrectly claiming jurisdiction over private property. The Corps had claimed a piece of property owned by Hawkes Company, and used by Hawkes to harvest peat, was a “waters of the United States” which requires a federal dredge and fill permit under the Clean Water Act. In a resounding victory, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously in favor of Hawkes, setting a precedent that landowners may challenge the Corps’ jurisdictional determinations. NCBA environmental counsel Scott Yager said the case “highlights the subjectivity of how the agencies determine the presence of a WOTUS.” He says the ruling adds to the momentum of getting the flawed WOTUS rule fixed.

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Bird Flu Fears Growing

The global spread of bird flu is increasing concerns the viruses will be transferred to humans. Global infections of highly pathogenic avian influenza have reached unprecedented levels, according to Reuters. The presence in so many parts of the world at the same time increases the risk of viruses mixing and mutating, and possibly jumping to people. While the U.S. has escaped much of the recent outbreaks, widespread avian influenza has been confirmed across Europe, Africa and Asia in the last three months. Global health officials are worried another strain could make a jump into humans like H5N1 did in the late 1990s. Disease experts fear a deadly strain of avian flu could then mutate into a pandemic form that can be passed easily among people – something that has not yet been seen. But, while there would normally be around two or three bird flu strains recorded in birds at any one time, now there is at least half a dozen, which is prompting the fears.

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40 Percent of Farms Managed by Multiple Operators

New data released last week by the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows nearly 40 percent of all U.S. farms are managed by more than one operator. USDA’s Economic Research Service says in 2015, 39 percent of the more than 800,000 U.S. farms had secondary operators. USDA says commercial-sized farms often require more management and labor than an individual can provide.  Also, additional operators can offer other resources, such as capital or farmland.  Having a secondary operator may also provide a successor when an older principal operator phases out of farming. Because nearly all farms are family-owned, family members often serve as secondary operators and nearly two-thirds of all secondary operators were spouses of principal operators. Multiple-operator farms are most prevalent among nonfamily farms, accounting for 85 percent of that group. Some multiple-operator farms are also run by multiple generations. About 6 percent of all farms, and 16 percent of all multiple-operator farms, were multiple-generation farms, with at least 20 years’ difference between the ages of the oldest and youngest operators.

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“Fry Moore Bacon” Bill Passes Iowa House

A resolution honoring Iowa pork producers passed the state’s House of Representatives with bipartisan support last week. The “Fry Moore Bacon” resolution received laughs from lawmakers as it was introduced by state representatives Joel Fry, Tom Moore and Rob Bacon, according to the Des Moines Register. Bacon said the bill is intended to address a serious issue, but he couldn’t resist adding his colleagues Fry and Moore to its list of sponsors. The resolution recognizes the Iowa Pork Congress, the largest winter swine trade show in the United States, as well as the pork industry as major economic drivers in the state. Iowa is the top pork-producing state in the U.S., creating an estimated $36.7 billion in total economic output. The resolution won unanimous support by lawmakers in the Iowa House of Representatives.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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01-37-17 WDA News: Dairy Farm Families Award School Grants to Empower Youth to take Control of their Health and Wellness

WDA_4C_wTaglinewda-dairy-wellnesss-grantsDairy Farm Families Award School Grants to Empower Youth to take Control of their Health and Wellness

This month, the dairy farm families of Colorado, Montana and Wyoming awarded nearly $50,000 in grants to 24 schools across the region. The funds awarded to these schools will help them implement the Fuel Up to Play 60 program and give the students the ability to start improving the health and wellness of their school.

Schools were selected through a competitive application process that required them to provide detailed information on how the dollars would be spent and how students would take a leadership role to improve health and wellness through Fuel Up to Play 60 at their school.

Fuel Up to Play 60 is a program designed to engage and empower youth to take control of their health by implementing long-term, positive changes for themselves and their schools and communities. The program encourages youth to consume nutrient-rich foods (low-fat and fat-free dairy, fruits, vegetables, lean protein and whole grains) and achieve at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day. Continue reading

01-27-17 CSU Extension – Peaks and Plains Region: Recap of the Recent Drought Workshop in Kirk…

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Recap of the Recent Drought Workshop in Kirk…

Looming drought in 2017 is a concern in Eastern Colorado.  About 500,000 acres (0.7 % of Colorado) in central Lincoln County is already in severe drought.  A much larger swath across the Eastern Plains counties, covering 23,560,000 acres (35.3 % of Colorado), is in moderate drought.  This region has not received any meaningful precipitation since late summer.  When combined with the 2017 weather outlook, ranchers and land managers have reason for unease. Continue reading

01-27-17 CSU’s Golden Plains Extension: Commercial Pesticide License Credits Available…

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Commercial Pesticide License Credits Available

Commercial Pesticide licenses are needed for pesticide applicators charging a fee for pesticide services.  Commercial applicator credits are a different category than Private applicator credits.  Applicators licensed in Commercial catagories have an opportunity to collect credits at a program being held at the Akron Extension office (181 Birch st.) on Tuesday February 28th The program begins at 8 am and concludes at noon.

Catagories and speakers offered will be:

  • 103 – Agricultural Weed control – Curtis Hildebrandt,
  • 109 – Right of Way Weed Control – Rick Roehm,
  • 206 – Turf Pest Control – Alison O’Conner, and
  • 207- Ornamental Pest Control – Alison O’Conner.

Cost for this program is $50 for the session.

Pre-registration is required and can be accomplished by registering on-line at http://goldenplains.colostate.edu/ or by contacting the Colorado State University Extension office in Burlington at 719-346-5571. Deadline to register is February 23rdTo ensure adequate space for everyone, pre-registration at this location is required.

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01-27-17 NCGA: Major Research Development to Help Honey Bees

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NCGA: Major Research Development to Help Honey Bees

(ST. LOUIS) January 27, 2017 —A new honey bee testing service announced this week will allow beekeepers to more effectively identify and address diseases plaguing bee colonies, according to the National Agricultural Genotyping Center (NAGC).

NAGC conducted the research and developed the testing panel with the support of the National Corn Growers Association and the North Dakota Department of Agriculture. The testing service called “Bee Care” will launch in February 2017.

“It’s the first time we have a panel of the most common honey bee diseases in North America all in one test,” said Pete Snyder, president and CEO of the NAGC. “So we can diagnose problems, get results in 30 days and allow beekeepers to pursue the right treatment.” Continue reading

01-27-17 Learn more about the 2017 Tri-State Cow/Calf Symposium February 10th in Goodland, KS

 

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kacy-atkinson-csu-extension-agent-agriculture-and-4-h-youth-development(The BARN – Briggsdale, CO) January 27, 2017 – “Succeeding in a Challenging Beef Industry” is the focus of the 2017 Tri-State Cow-Calf Symposium and Trade Show scheduled for Friday, Feb. 10 in Goodland, Kansas. Joining the Colorado Ag News Network to discuss that event in more detail is Kacy Atkinson, CSU Extension Livestock Agent from Logan County

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PRE-REGISTER BEFORE FEBRUARY 3rd – CLICK HERE

Registration will be available at the door for $35. Included in the registration fee are trade show activities, coffee and rolls, meal and presenter handouts. Complete program information and registration forms are available online at www.sunflower.K-State.edu or www.KSUBeef.org. For more information contact Marty Fear, Sunflower Extension District livestock agent, at 785-332-3171 or Sandy Johnson, northwest area livestock specialist, at 785-462-6281. Continue reading

01-27-17 NCBA: Landowner Wins Case against Army Corps

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NCBA: Landowner Wins Case against Army Corps

WASHINGTON (Jan. 27, 2017) – Earlier this week, landowners scored a victory when a federal district court ruled against the Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) for incorrectly claiming jurisdiction over private property. The Corps had claimed a piece of property owned by Hawkes Company, and used by Hawkes to harvest peat, was a “waters of the United States” which requires a federal dredge and fill (404) permit under the Clean Water Act. Continue reading