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.

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

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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

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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.

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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.  

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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.

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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.”

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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.  

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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

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01-26-17 CSU’s Golden Plains Extension: Private Pesticide Recertification Programs…

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Private Pesticide Recertification Programs

Colorado State University Extension is hosting Private Pesticide Recertification sessions at various locations in Northeast Colorado.  Anyone who purchases restricted-use pesticides must have a Private Pesticide Applicator license which is issued by the Colorado Department of Agriculture.  Private Applicator license study guides and exams can be obtained either from the Colorado Department of Agriculture or some Extension offices.  Once a license is received, it is active for 3 years before renewal is needed.  Renewal can be achieved by either retaking the exam or attending a recertification meeting.  These recertification meetings offer credits which can be substituted for retaking the exam.  Attendees need to remember to bring their license number to the meetings.  Licenses that expire prior to obtaining recertification credits will require re-taking the private pesticide exam.

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01-26-17 Make plans to attend the Arkansas Valley Farm/Ranch/Water Symposium and Trade Show in Rocky Ford on Feb 9th

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The Arkansas Valley Farm/Ranch/Water Symposium and Trade Show is an opportunity to update area farmers, ranchers and business people on pertinent topics that are of interest to them, as well as introduce new and exciting topics. Academic and industry experts will share the latest research and innovation that contribute to the ongoing advancements of the agriculture industry. In addition, industry representatives and innovators will showcase and discuss leading-edge advancements occurring across the country.

This is a not-to-be-missed event! Pre-registration is encouraged due to the capacity limits for the symposium.

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01-26-17 CO Gov. Hickenlooper announces retirement of Adjutant General, Major General H. Michael Edwards

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Gov. Hickenlooper announces retirement of Colorado’s Adjutant General, Major General H. Michael Edwards

co-adjutant-general-major-general-h-michael-edwardsDENVER — Thursday, Jan. 26,  2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper announced today that Major General H. Michael Edwards, Colorado’s Adjutant General, will retire effective March 31, 2017, upon reaching his mandatory retirement date.

“For the last 43 years, our entire nation has benefitted from the distinguished and noble service of Major General H. Michael Edwards,” said Hickenlooper. “Coloradans will long remember him as one of the most accomplished adjutants general in our state’s history. Veterans across our state will long benefit from his tireless efforts to serve those who have served. General Edwards represents the best of the National Guard and our military, and we are forever grateful for his service to Colorado and our country.” Continue reading

01-05-17 Help the CO FFA Foundation by participating in the TITAN FFA Tire Auction on January 26th!

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Colorado FFA Foundation and Titan International team up Tire Auction

ffa-titan-tire-auctionGREELEY—The Colorado FFA Foundation, Titan International, and Good Year Farm Tires have partnered to present a farm tire auction during the Colorado Farm Show.  The auction will take place live at 12:30 pm, January 26th in front of the Event Center at Island Grove Regional.  The Colorado Farm Show and BigIron Auctions are also supporting partners.  Bidders will be able to purchase new atv, skid steer, sprinkler, and tractor tires while supporting Colorado FFA.  All proceeds from the auction benefit Colorado FFA Foundation and it’s mission.  Big Iron Auctions will be calling the auction live and offering online bidding at www.bigiron.com.  More information can be found online at www.coloradoffafoundation.orgContinue reading

01-26-17 CDA: Photos Depict Spirit of Colorado Agriculture

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 The grand-prize winner (see photo) is Kaylan Greiman of Arvada, Colo., with the entry entitled “Working Hands.”

The grand-prize winner was Kaylan Greiman of Arvada, Colo., with the entry entitled “Working Hands.”

CDA: Photos Depict Spirit of Colorado Agriculture

BROOMFIELD, Colo. – Colorado’s diverse agricultural landscape offers the perfect backdrop for photographers. From rolling green fields and winter barns to cattle in the morning light, winning e ntries in the 19th annual “Colorado…it’s Agricultural” Photography Contest showcase the spirit of Colorado agriculture.
“We received more than 130 entries showcasing agriculture from every corner of the state,” said Wendy White, marketing specialist at the Colorado Department of Agriculture.  “It is always exciting to see how photographers capture the fields, farms and families of Colorado agriculture.”

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Beef Day Audio from 2017 Colorado Farm Show Beef Day, sponsored by the Colorado Beef Council and Emceed by Brian Allmer of The BARN…

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brian-allmer-of-the-barn.jpgGreeley, CO – January 23, 2017 – Once again this year, Brian Allmer of The BARN will be the emcee for BEEF DAY @ the 2017 CO Farm Show on January 24th from 9 am – 3:15 pm in Events Center Room A at Island Grove Regional Park in Greeley.

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12-21-16 Announcing the Colorado Farm Show 2017 Scholarship Award Winners…

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Colorado Farm Show 2017 Scholarships

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Erich Ehrlich, CFS Marketing Committee Chairman

(The BARN – Briggsdale, CO) December 21, 2016 – Since 1965, the CO Farm Show has been a long-standing agriculture tradition in the state.The annual three-day event will take place on Jan 24-25-26 at Island Grove Regional Park in Greeley, CO and it features almost 350 ag-related exhibits and draws more than 30,000 visitors from throughout the region interested in learning more about ag products, services, and machinery. And volunteers with a love for agriculture make it happen. Not only that but the CO Farm Show also GIVES BACK by way of scholarships…in fact counting this year’s awards…the Colorado Farm Show, will have awarded $186,000 in scholarships to Colorado’s graduating High School Seniors that pursuing careers in an Agricultural field of study.

Joining the CO Ag News Network to announce the 2017 CO Farm Show Scholarship recipients is  Erich Ehrlich,  Chairman of the Marketing Committee…

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The Colorado Farm Show will award eight graduating high school seniors and two college students a total of $23,000 to help with their higher education goals. Six $2,000 Chuck Urano Memorial Scholarships, two $4,000 renewable Colorado Farm Show Scholarships, two $1,500 Colorado Farm Show Secondary Scholarships will be awarded on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at a banquet held in the recipient’s honor at the Events Center at Island Grove Regional Park in Greeley CO. This brings the total scholarship dollars awarded by the Colorado Farm Show to Colorado young adults pursuing careers in Agriculture to $186,000.

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Thursday, January 26th

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First Farm Bill Field Hearing in Kansas

U.S. Senate Ag Committee Chair Pat Roberts, a Kansas Republican, and ranking member Debbie Stabenow, a Michigan Democrat, announced the first field hearing on reauthorizing the Farm Bill will be in Manhattan, Kansas. The hearing will be Thursday, February 23, in the McCain Auditorium on the Kansas State University campus. Roberts says it’s time to get to work on another Farm Bill and the committee is heading to the heartland to talk to producers. “I can’t think of a more appropriate venue to hold this hearing than Manhattan, the home of Kansas State University.” He says producers have had plenty of time to use the programs in the current Farm Bill and the committee needs to hear what worked and what didn’t. Stabenow adds, “As we begin discussions on the next Farm Bill, we need input from farmers and families across the country.” The Michigan Democrat says she looks forward to hearing from folks who care about rural America, so they can craft a bill that strengthens American agriculture, as well as small towns and rural communities. The committee will hear testimony from a variety of producers, who will be announced soon.

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Ag Groups Want NAFTA Gains Preserved

The Hagstrom Report says 133 food and agriculture industry groups sent a letter to President Donald Trump this week urging him to modernize the North American Free Trade Agreement, while “preserving and building on the gains that have been made.” The letter was released by the Corn Refiners Association, whose high-fructose corn syrup is a major export to Mexico. The letter notes that U.S. food and agricultural exports have produced a trade surplus for nearly 50 years. The letter says, “Consistent growth over that period of time has resulted in over $150 billion dollars’ worth of exports, which created $423 billion in U.S. economic activity in 2015.” The groups note that the market integration NAFTA has achieved has quadrupled the value of U.S. food and Ag exports to Canada and Mexico. The groups say in the letter that there are a few economic sectors that need to be addressed in the agreement and they look forward to working with the new president to reduce non-tariff trade barriers that inhibit American exports abroad.

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Fish and Wildlife Proceeds with Action Despite Directive

President Donald Trump recently released a directive freezing all regulatory activity by federal agencies. However, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says it will not extend a 90-day comment period on the status of the Lesser Prairie Chicken under the Endangered Species Act. This is despite the expected public release of a new species population survey from the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife agencies. That information will be critical to ongoing conservation efforts. National Cattlemen’s Beef Association President Tracy Brunner says the move denies stakeholders the chance to weigh in and places political pressure ahead of what’s best for the species. “The incoming administration put the freeze in place and we believe the Fish and Wildlife Service is violating the order to placate radical environmental groups bent on listing the Lesser Prairie Chicken,” Brunner said. The LPC Range-wide Conservation plan is already in place across a five-state area, with the goal of improving populations and decreasing threats to the Lesser Prairie Chicken. Because of the plan currently in place, the population saw a 25 percent improvement from 2014-2015. “The FWS needs to postpone action and consider the population report coming out and give stakeholders a chance to comment on it before they make a final listing decision,” Brunner said.

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DuPont Expects Merger Delays with Dow

DuPont says it needs an additional three months to complete merger activities with Dow. Regulators around the world are continuing to look over the deal that would combine the two U.S. chemical companies. A DuPont statement this week says they expect the deal to close by end of June after setting March as the initially anticipated closing date. DuPont CEO Ed Breen told investors and analysts during a recent conference call that he feels the deal is in its “second quarter.” Dow and DuPont are working to alleviate concerns about the $71 billion-dollar deal creating a chemical giant. European Union officials have openly expressed concerns about the deal slowing the discovery of new pesticides. The EU recently granted a 10-day extension on Monday. The companies had requested the extension to fine-tune a package of concessions designed to ease concerns about the deal. DuPont says it expects net income to be down for the first quarter of this year, partly due to a 15 cents per share expense related to the merger.

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U.S. Ag Group Signs $300 Million Algeria Deal

An Algerian company recently signed a deal with an American farm group to set up $300 million in agricultural projects in the country. Algeria’s Ag Minister says the north African country is seeking to reduce its dependence on imports. A privately-owned Algerian dairy company signed the deal with the American international Agriculture Group to develop agricultural projects that include cereals, potato, fertilizers, along with dairy and feed projects. A Reuters report says Algeria imports most of its ag-related products due to weak domestic output. It’s looking to diversify the economy by adding farm products and getting away from oil and gas products after a drop in the price of oil hit state finances. The company also approved a new law allowing incentives for foreign and local firms that are willing to invest in the non-oil sectors of the economy. As the OPEC member nation struggles to diversify the economy, oil and gas profits still account for 60 percent of the state budget and 95 percent of the country’s exports.

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Perdue Confirmation Hearing Not Set

The Senate Agriculture Committee likely won’t have a hearing on Sonny Perdue’s nomination until mid-to-late February. Politico’s Morning Agriculture Report says it’ll take that long for Perdue’s financial disclosures to be analyzed in case of potential conflicts of interest and to finish an FBI background check. Financial disclosure paperwork questions have led to delays in the confirmation of other Cabinet nominees, including Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. Perdue’s financial statements from his run for Georgia governor in 2006 show he was worth about $6 million and his businesses about $2.8 million. He is a founder of Perdue Partner’s LLC, a global trading firm that helps companies to export ag products like grains, nuts, produce, and alcohol, in addition to industrial supplies, pet food, and cosmetics. He’s also owned several grain-and-feed-processing and transportation companies.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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01-25-17 NCBA: Cattlemen Hail Introduction of Legislation to Repeal Death Tax

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NCBA: Cattlemen Hail Introduction of Legislation to Repeal Death Tax

WASHINGTON (Jan. 25, 2017) – The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association today applauded the introduction of bipartisan legislation that would permanently kill the onerous death tax.

The Death Tax Repeal Act of 2017 was introduced this week by U.S. Sen. John Thune of South Dakota and by U.S. Reps. Kristi Noem (R-SD) and Sanford Bishop (D-Ga.)

“As a fourth-generation cattle producer, I can attest that the death tax can wreak havoc with agricultural families, and it’s long past time that we kill it off once and for all,” said NCBA President Tracy Brunner. “We thank Senator Thune and Representatives Noem and Bishop for introducing this common-sense bill and we hope Congress passes it as soon as possible.” Continue reading

01-25-17 USFS Memorandum of Understanding Meeting and Document Signing held in Cheyenne, WY

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Wyoming Stock Growers Association and Wyoming Woolgrowers Association enter in MOU as partners

Cheyenne, Wyo. – The Wyoming Stock Growers Association (WSGA) and Wyoming Wool Growers Association (WWGA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the United States Department of Agriculture, Forest Service Rocky Mountain Region and Intermountain Region on Tuesday, January 17, 2017. This new agreement replaces the expired MOU dated August 20, 2008. A meeting was held prior to signing the new 2017 MOU to discuss areas of concern and ensure that this agreement would benefit WSGA and WWGA members as well as other livestock producers in the state who have a U.S. Forest Service Allotment. Continue reading

01-25-17 CSU Ext: Farm and Ranch Business Succession Workshops

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Farm and Ranch Business Succession Workshops

Have You Planned For the Succession of Your Farm or Ranch?

Have you formalized your estate plan? Have you shared your plans with your family members? Many farmers and ranchers have an unwritten estate plan. And lots of questions.

Colorado State University Extension will conduct a workshop in Springfield on Thursday, February 23rd to help answer some of your questions and provide you with valuable resources.  The program will take place at the Minnick Building on the Baca County Fairgrounds from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Continue reading

01-25-17 AgPR: Women in Agriculture for Mentoring & Empowerment (WAME) hosts more than a dozen educational seminars at World Ag Expo

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Women in Agriculture for Mentoring & Empowerment (WAME) hosts more than a dozen educational seminars at World Ag Expo

Speaker series offers unique educational and networking opportunity for all Expo attendees

Tulare, CA (AgPR) Jan. 25, 2017 – Conversations, inventions and innovations are on display at the 50th World Ag Expo, February 14-16, 2017 thanks to Women in Agriculture for Mentoring & Empowerment (WAME). All men and women involved in farming and agricultural businesses are invited to join the conversation in the Seminar Tent for a 3-day learning opportunity.

“We’re thrilled with this year’s lineup of speakers,” said WAME event organizer Pamela Sweeten. “The Expo seminars provide a tremendous opportunity for farmers and agriculture professionals to gather new ideas, ask questions, exchange insight and develop business strategies to feed the growing world.” Continue reading

01-25-17 NCGA: Fields-of-Corn Photo Contest Winners Announced

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NCGA: Fields-of-Corn Photo Contest Winners Announced

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The National Corn Growers Association today announced the 22 winners of the 2016 Fields of Corn Photo Contest, a contest that provided aspiring shutterbugs of all types the opportunity to share in – and visually communicate – the great beauty and hard work that make up American agriculture.

“For the third year in a row, we opened up this photo contest to the general public, and we are again impressed with the high quality of the results,” said NCGA Graphic Communications Designer Beth Musgrove. “These images will help us tell the story of farming in a meaningful, powerful way and, in fact, they are already featured in some of our publications and on our website.” Continue reading