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



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



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

01-27-17 WDA: Register Now for the 2017 Western Dairy Management Conference in Reno, NV February 28 – March 2nd

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Register Now for the 2017 Western Dairy Management Conference

western-dairy-management-conference-logoThis year’s Western Dairy Management Conference will take place Tuesday, February 28 through Thursday, March 2, 2017 in Reno, Nevada. The last Day to register is February 1!

Information on the conference, including hotel accommodation information, can be found here.


01-27-17 NAWG: TPP Withdraw Disappointing, Though Not Surprising

NAWG - wheat_logoTPP Withdraw Disappointing, Though Not Surprising

The National Association of Wheat Growers recognize that President Trump’s executive order to withdraw the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) was inevitable. It is disappointing, however, that until an alternative trade policy is established, expanded export opportunities in the Pacific Rim markets that could help U.S. wheat farmers at a time when they need it most are very much at risk. Following the announcement, NAWG and U.S. Wheat Associates issued a joint statement expressing disappointment in the executive action. Continue reading

01-27-17 NAWG/USW Winter Conference in DC January 30 – February 2


NAWG/USW Winter Conference in DC January 30 – February 2

The National Association of Wheat Growers and U.S. Wheat Associates will be holding their annual Winter Conference in Washington, DC, beginning next Monday and concluding on Thursday.  The conference promises to include in-depth debate within NAWG’s policy committees about Farm Bill programs and continuing discussions that have been occurring to establish priorities for the next Farm Bill.  NAWG and USW will also hold meetings of their Joint Biotechnology Committee and Joint International Trade Policy Committee, and their full boards will convene a joint board session on Thursday to continue their collaboration on a variety of policy issues.  The conference will conclude Thursday afternoon with NAWG and USW both holding their respective board meetings.
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01-27-17 CLA: Our Survival Depends on Trust; We Must Earn It

CLA: Our Survival Depends on Trust; We Must Earn It

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While in the United States Peace Corps a stranger came to my small village in Kenya and stood on a box to gather my fellow villagers around him.  He delivered a powerful and convincing story so that he could sell vials of water that he claimed would protect the people from the malaria that was ravaging the community.

Vance Crowe, Director of Millennial Engagement, Monsanto

Vance Crowe, Director of Millennial Engagement, Monsanto

For years that experience haunted me.  I longed for the chance to go back to that moment and knock the man off the box he stood on, or at least step between him and the people with my hands raised in warning.  To ease the pain of failing to help that vulnerable community, I imagined myself begging them not to listen to this man who was only there to sew a story laden in false hope to sell on their deepest fears: the health of their families.  The science was clear; if they had only trusted my lessons and not his story, they could have real protection from malaria. Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Friday, January 27th

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Bill Would Move H2A Program to USDA

A bill introduced earlier this month into the House of Representatives (H.R. 281) is titled the Family Farm Relief Act, dealing specifically with immigration. Politico’s Morning Ag Report says the legislation is sponsored by New York Republicans Elise Stefanik and Chris Collins and would move the H2A immigration program from the Department of Labor to the Department of Agriculture. Stefanik says the program would “be in the hands of those who best understand the specific needs of our farms.” The bill would also let applicants fill out an application online or a paper application. It would require a more user-friendly online system. The bill would bring an end to “burdensome requirements on advertising and prevailing practice surveys.” The legislation would let farm cooperatives and other agriculture groups apply for workers for their members. The dairy and livestock industries have struggled with the H2A program and this legislation aims to make the system more workable for both groups. Stefanik represents a rural district in New York that has a large number of dairy farms. Collins is one of the closest allies on Capitol Hill of President Donald Trump.


GIPSA Proposals Delayed 60 Days

President Trump has put a 60-day review opportunity in place for his appointees and that will delay any pending regulations that were to be put in place by the Obama administration. A Pork Network Dot Com article says the review period includes a new regulation put in place by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Grain Inspection, Packers, and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) called the Farmer Fair Practice Rules. The rule falls under the umbrella of the Packers and Stockyards Act, with the idea behind the rules to level the playing field for farmers who may have been retaliated against by meatpackers, especially contract poultry growers. Several major Ag groups against the new rules include the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, National Pork Producers Council, the North American Meat Institute, and the National Chicken Council. Groups in favor of the change include the U.S. Cattlemen’s Association, the National Farmers Union, and the Ranchers-Cattlemen Action Legal Fund. The new administration has until March 21 to act on the new GIPSA rules.  


Dicamba Herbicide Lawsuit Cites Endangered Species Concerns

Environmental groups have filed a lawsuit over the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision last year to allow the sale of Monsanto’s XtendiMax, a combination of dicamba and glyphosate. Groups filing the suit include the National Family Farm Coalition, Center for Food Safety, Center for Biological Diversity, and the Pesticide Action Network of North America. The suit was filed on January 20 in the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. A Bloomberg report says the groups cite health concerns due to increasing pesticide exposure and the eventual evolution of herbicide-resistant weeds as grounds to rescind the approval, which EPA gave on November 9, 2016. The Petition for review accuses the EPA of violating the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act in issuing the approval for the product. The groups also say the EPA failed to consult the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service on whether or not the herbicide is a danger to plants and animals listed under the Endangered Species Act. XtendiMax is designed to be used on soybean and cotton plants that have been genetically engineered to resist the herbicide.


Cattlemen Applaud Death Tax Repeal Legislation

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association applauded the introduction of legislation designed to kill the estate tax. A Beef U.S.A. Dot Org article says the Death Tax Repeal Act of 2017 was introduced by Republican John Thune of South Dakota and by Representatives Kristi Noem of South Dakota and Georgia Democrat Sanford Bishop. “As a fourth-generation cattle producer,” said NCBA President Tracy Brunner, “I can attest that the death tax can wreak havoc with agricultural families and it’s long past time we kill it once and for all.” NCBA has long pressed for a permanent repeal of the death tax. 96 percent of American farms are owned by families who are asset-rich and cash poor. Most of the typical estate value comes from assets like land, livestock, and the machinery farmers use in production. The death tax often forces families to pay based on the non-liquid value of those assets. Brunner added, “We thank Senator Thune and Representatives Noem and Bishop for introducing this common-sense bill and hope that Congress will pass it as soon as possible.”


Japan Hesitant to Invite China into TPP

Japan isn’t enthusiastic about inviting China into a pacific-rim trade deal abandoned by the U.S.A., fearing increased clout from Beijing and loosening the standards on what it calls “the gold standard for trade rules.” Government officials don’t appear in a hurry to begin two-way trade talks with Washington, although some officials said they can’t rule it out. The Japanese Prime Minister said he won’t comment on trade talks with the U.S. until President Trump’s cabinet has been chosen and eventual policies become clearer. Australia and New Zealand said they hope to save the Trans-Pacific Partnership by asking China and other countries to join in. Chile has invited the ministers from TPP countries, along with China and South Korea, to a summit in March to discuss how the deal can move forward, which won’t happen after U.S. withdrawal without changing the rules of the deal.  


Americans to Eat 1.33 Billion Chicken Wings

American consumption of what’s becoming a Super Bowl weekend staple, chicken wings, is expected to hit 1.33 billion wings. That number comes from a National Chicken Council Report and represents a two percent jump, or about 30 million wings, over last year’s report. It’s 6.5 percent higher, or 80 million wings, over the 2015 Wing Report. To get an idea of how many wings that is, if you laid 1.3 billion wings end to end, they would stretch from Gillette Stadium in Massachusetts to the Georgia Dome in Atlanta almost 80 times. To put it another way, 1.33 billion wings weighs over 166 million pounds, 338 times more than the combined weights of all 32 NFL teams. As New England gets set to face Atlanta, those two regions eat their share of wings. Patriots country in the northeast U.S. eats 12 percent more wings than other regions in the country, while down south in Falcons country they eat 13 percent more than other regions.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service