NWSS Sunday Service, Features RFD-TV’s Cowboy Church with Susie McEntire, To Remember Former Local Rodeo Royalty Ashley Doolittle…

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cowboy-church-headerNWSS Sunday Service, to feature RFD-TV’s Cowboy Church with Host Susie McEntire, To Remember Former Local Rodeo Royalty Ashley Doolittle

Denver, Colo. The National Western Stock Show will host the 2017 National Western Sunday Service January 8, 2017 at 10 a.m. in the Events Center. The service is presented by Cowboy Church.TV from RFD-TV and will be taped for broadcast on National Television on Cowboy Church on RFD-TV.

The church service will feature music by host Susie McEntire along with Tommy Brandt and Tommy Brandt II. The Message will be brought by Tommy Brandt. Brit Ellerman will read a special tribute to Ashley Doolittle during the service. Music will begin at 9:30 a.m. followed by the service at 10 a.m.

ashley-doolittleThe National Western Sunday Service will be in remembrance of Ashley Doolittle. Ashley, 18, of Loveland shared a life of love for her community and her horses. She was an important part of the National Western family and served as the 2016 Boulder County Fair and Rodeo Lady-In-Waiting for which she made several appearances at the 2016 National Western Stock Show.

For more information about the National Western Sunday Service, please contact Kendra McConnell at kmcconnell@nationalwestern.com.

01-06-17 Make Plans to Attend the Ag Innovators Series in Yuma Jan 19th

ag-innovator-series-jan-19-in-yuma-posterAg Innovators Series Improving Economic Efficiency Through Precision Ag Technology January 19th 9:00– 2:30 At Quintech in Yuma

If your goal is to be more profitable in 2017 this event is for you. The program will focus on economically effective methods of soil testing, how to use imagery more effectively, building & evaluating management zones, variable rate fertigation & spoon feeding techniques, attainable irrigation scheduling and return on investment. Yuma Conservation District is pleased to partner with industry leaders in precision agriculture to bring this program to area producers at no charge. Sponsors include 21st Century Equipment, Agri-Inject, CHS, Center Pivot Irrigation, CPS, Farmreign, Godsey Precision Ag, Livingston Ag LLC, and Servitech.

To register or for more information contact Yuma Conservation District @ (970) 848-5605 or via email ycd@yumaconservation.org

Registration is preferred by January 13th . Space is limited.

01-06-17 NCBA, PLC Praise Senate Effort to Curb Abuse of Antiquities Act

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WASHINGTON (January 6, 2017) – The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the Public Lands Council applaud the introduction of the Improved National Monument Designation Process Act, championed by Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chairwoman Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska). The bill, which has 25 co-sponsors, would require congressional and state approval for the designation of any new monument.   Continue reading

01-06-17 EPA Releases Final Analysis of Metals Released from Gold King Mine in the Animas and San Juan Rivers

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EPA Releases Final Analysis of Metals Released from Gold King Mine in the Animas and San Juan Rivers

WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) posted the final fate and transport report for the Gold King Mine (GKM) release. The report focuses on understanding pre-existing river conditions, the movement of metals related to the GKM release through the river system, and the effects of the GKM release on water quality. The research supports EPA’s earlier statements that water quality in the affected river system returned to the levels that existed prior to the GKM release and contamination of metals from the release have moved through the river system to Lake Powell.

“This report is a comprehensive analysis of the effects on water quality from the Gold King Mine release,” said Dr. Thomas A. Burke, EPA’s Science Advisor and Deputy Assistant Administrator of EPA’s Office of Research and Development. “While data indicate that water quality has returned to pre-event conditions, EPA is committed to continue our work with States and Tribes in the river system affected by the Gold King Mine release to ensure the protection of public health and the environment.” Continue reading

01-06-17 CFVGA: Food Safety Training for Produce Growers & Packers in Brighton on Feb. 1-3

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Food Safety Training for Produce Growers & Packers Offered Feb. 1-3, Brighton, Colo.

The Colorado Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association (CFVGA) is teaming up with Western Growers to offer a course on Preventive Controls for Human Food to help growers and packers of produce comply with the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Preventive Controls for Human Food rule. The course, which was developed by the Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance, will be held Feb. 1-3, at the Adams County Extension Office in Brighton, Colo.

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01-06-17 Energy Department Partners with Department of Agriculture for Integrated Biorefinery Optimization

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USDAlogoRGBThe Energy Department (DOE) and the Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA-NIFA) jointly announced $22.7 million today to support the optimization of integrated biorefineries (IBR). DOE is providing majority funding with up to $19.8 million and USDA-NIFA is providing up to $2.9 million in funding. Continue reading

01-06-17 USDA – FAS Weekly Export Sales Report for January 6th

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01-06-17 NAWG: Wheat Industry Winter Conference just around the corner in Washington D.C. Jan 30 – Feb 1

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NAWG: Wheat Industry Winter Conference just around the corner in Washington D.C. Jan 30 – Feb 1

From the National Association of Wheat Growers staff, we would like to wish you a very happy New Year! 2017 promises many important policy implications for agriculture, particularly with Congressional confirmation hearings of Agriculture Department nominees as well as hearings to start drafting a new Farm Bill. To kick off the year, NAWG and U.S. Wheat Associates will hold our annual Wheat Industry Winter Conference from January 30th – February 2nd in Washington, D.C. During the conference, our policy committees will have important discussions to establish NAWG’s Farm Bill priorities while NAWG and U.S. Wheat’s Joint Trade and Biotechnology committee will also meet to discuss priorities for the upcoming year. We have prepared an exciting slate of speakers and agenda topics for the Joint NAWG/USW board meeting as well as our individual board meetings.. As we have done in the past, we will dedicate one day of our conference to educating new Members of Congress about the economic conditions in wheat country and to advocate for our policy priorities to our day of Hill visits. Continue reading

01-06-17 NBA: Bison Ranchers Riding a Wave of Optimism to Denver Conference

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Bison Ranchers Riding a Wave of Optimism to Denver Conference

National Bison Annual Meeting Focused on Building Herds
Westminster, CO (Jan. 6, 2017) — Riding a wave of stability and optimism, an estimated 400 bison ranchers, marketers and enthusiasts are headed to Denver January 18-20th to discuss economic and policy issues, and to map plans for continued growth in the bison business during the National Bison Association’s 22nd annual winter conference
The conference theme, Star Spangled Bison, reflects the enthusiasm over the designation as National Mammal last year. Continue reading

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Searching, Searching, Searching, Still Searching, For an Ag Secretary

Former Georgia Governor Sonny Purdue may be the leading candidate to become Agriculture Secretary, but the Trump transition team continues to meet with others. Politico Thursday said again Purdue is the likely nominee, the same day Indiana farmer Kip Tom was spotted at Trump Tower. Tom is a 7th generation Indiana farmer who lost a Republican primary bid to represent the 3rd Congressional District of Indiana. Members of the Trump team this week said the President-elect is searching for the “most qualified” person to run the department. Former California Lieutenant Governor Abel Maldonado (Mal-do-nah-do) was also considered to be the leader of the pack earlier this week. However, some lobbyists have pointed out that Maldonado supported the Humane Society of the United States in the fight over the housing for egg-laying chickens in California, according to the Hagstrom Report. Meanwhile, two more have joined the Trump USDA landing team:  Russell Laird, vice president for federal relations at the National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corp., and Lance Kotschwar, chief ethics & compliance officer and vice president for government and industry affairs at the Gavilon Group.

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Canada Supports New Tariffs on U.S. Products If U.S. Retracts from NAFTA

A majority of Canadians support applying new tariffs on U.S. goods if the U.S. pulls out of the North American Free Trade Agreement. A new study for Canada’s CTV News Network finds Nearly 50 percent of Canadians said they support and 26 percent said they somewhat support new tariffs on American goods if the U.S. were to pull out of NAFTA and apply new tariffs and duties on Canadian goods. U.S. President-elect Donald Trump has said that he would renegotiate or pull out of the trade agreement with Canada and Mexico once he is in office. Throughout the election campaign, he referred to NAFTA as the “worst deal” the U.S. ever signed. 60 percent of those polled in Canada believe if Trump does retract from NAFTA, Canada would be unlikely to negotiate a better trade deal with the United States.

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API Looking to New Administration with Hopes of RFS Changes

The American Petroleum Institute wants regulatory relief from the incoming Donald Trump administration. During an annual event in Washington D.C. this week, API CEO Jack Gerard says 2016 could be a banner year, but only if Congress and the administration permit it. Gerard pointed to the Endangered Species Act and the Renewable Fuel Standard, according to Agri-Pulse. API has long supported repeal or significant reform of the RFS, and Gerard says legislation capping biofuel blending demand could be introduced in the new Congress. Ethanol groups called a similar bill introduced last year “flawed” and lacking logic. Gerard says the RFS “constrains free market forces” and limits consumer choice. President-elect Trump pledged his support for the RFS on the campaign trail and sources close to his transition team say his pick to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, will also support biofuels. Pruitt, however, has been a vocal critic of the RFS in the past. But in a meeting with Midwest Senators Thursday, Pruitt said he would “follow the law” when it comes to the RFS.

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American Drivers Surpass 500 Million Miles on E15

Growth Energy says U.S. drivers have reached 500 million miles on E15 fuels. In a statement this week, Growth Energy said the figure was based on sales and consumption data reported over the past 12 months by gasoline retailers. The organization says the milestone highlights the fuel’s performance, safety, and value for American consumers. Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor says: “drivers are finding out that E15, which contains 15 percent ethanol, is an even better choice for their wallets, their engines and the environment.” E15 works for any vehicle 2001 and newer and is the most tested fuel to date, according to Growth Energy. Additionally, automakers approve E15 for use in nearly three-quarters of new cars, and the Environmental Protection Agency approves its use in 9 out of 10 cars on the road today.

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USDA Expands Help to Women and Hispanic Farmers

The Department of Agriculture Thursday announced more help for women and Hispanic farmers in resolving access issues to USDA programs. The expanded help by the USDA Ombudsperson is focused on Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service and Rural Development programs in California, Missouri, New Mexico and Texas. USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack says: “The Ombudsperson is another avenue for producers to highlight their shared concerns, while also allowing key issues to be brought to USDA’s leaders.” The office was created to serve as an independent, neutral, confidential and informal resource, that advocates for changes within the department.  More information about the Office of the Ombudsperson is available at USDA dot gov slash ombudsperson. (www.usda.gov/ombudsperson).

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EPA Funding Cleaner School Buses in Rural Communities

The Environmental Protection Agency is handing out more than $7.7 million to replace or retrofit older diesel school buses in rural communities across the country. The funds are going to 88 school bus fleets in 27 states, each of which will receive rebates through EPA’s Diesel Emissions Reduction Act. The EPA says the new and retrofitted buses will reduce pollutants that are linked to health problems. Since 2008, the program has funded more than 700 clean diesel projects across the country, reducing emissions in more than 70,000 engines. Find a list of rural communities receiving funding online at EPA dot gov (https://www.epa.gov).

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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