02-01-17 CALP Hires New Executive Director, Pueblo’s Dani Traweek…

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dani-traweekColorado Ag Leadership Program Hires New Executive Director

Centennial, Colo. – The Colorado Ag Leadership Program (CALP) is pleased to announce the addition of Dani Traweek, Pueblo, Colo., as their Executive Director.

Ms. Traweek comes to CALP by way of the Colorado State Fair. She brings experience in fundraising, event marketing and advertising. Growing up in Wyoming on the family sheep farm in a rural town, involvement in 4- H and FFA, a Master of Agriculture from Colorado State University and history in the fair and rodeo industry all lend to a diverse background in Agriculture.

Traweek comments, “I’m excited to begin this journey with CALP as it represents everything I’m passionate about; agriculture and helping Agriculturist build valuable leadership, entrepreneurial and communications skills to navigate an ever-increasing complicated world of consumer concern, government policy and technology.”

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02-01-17 RMFU: You Are Invited to a Colorado Blueprint of Food and Agriculture Town Hall

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co-blueprint-csu-engagement-mapRMFU: You Are Invited to a Colorado Blueprint of Food and Agriculture Town Hall

Colorado State University and representatives from Colorado’s food and agriculture community invite you to participate in a discussion on the future of our food system in Colorado. We are bringing together stakeholders for a series of town hall discussions across Colorado. Your input will help project leaders build a blueprint of Colorado’s food and agricultural efforts which will outline its strengths, emerging opportunities and challenges, as well as priorities for future investments.

The Colorado agricultural and food system has a variety of stakeholders
and identifying common ground is key to their ability to become stronger. These town halls represent a unique opportunity to bring together these diverse stakeholders to help:
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02-01-17 RMFU Colorado Legislative Drive-In: We’re Putting You at the Table


RMFU Colorado Legislative Drive-In: We’re Putting You at the Table

Four RMFU events will be held the same weekend, allowing our members to get the most value from their investment in time and travel to Denver later this month. The Fellows Class for 2017 will meet for the first time, county and chapter officers will attend training sessions, as will RMFU delegates to the National Farmers Union convention. Although these events will be held on the weekend, the main attraction will be the Colorado Legislative Drive-In on Monday. Continue reading

02-01-17 2017 Colorado Agritourism Association Annual Conference, Business Marketplace, and Rocky Mountain Horse Expo at NWSS Complex March 9-12


2017 Colorado Agritourism Association Annual Conference, Business Marketplace, and Rocky Mountain Horse Expo!

March 9-12, 2017

National Western Stock Show Complex – Denver CO

The Colorado Agritourism Association is pleased to partner with the Colorado Dude and Guest Ranch Association and the Colorado Horse Council to offer two exciting opportunities.

Register to attend the Education Program and Colorado Agritourism Association Annual Meeting March 9-10.

Member Bonus! – Have a booth at the Consumer Show on March 10-12 for only $200 (a 50% savings). Continue reading

02-01-17 NCBA: Cattlemen’s College Opens Cattle Industry Annual Convention

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Cattlemen’s College Opens Cattle Industry Annual Convention

NASHVILLE, TENN. (February 1, 2017) – Education is the focus for the first days of the 2017 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show, with more than 1,250 cattlemen and women on-hand for the 24th edition of Cattlemen’s College, sponsored by Zoetis Animal Health. The event has become the gold standard for educational seminars with more than 15 educational sessions focused on providing opportunities for participants to improve the profitability, productivity and ultimately the sustainability of their farms and ranches.

“The focus of Cattlemen’s College is to provide real-world solutions and ideas that participants can take home and apply to their operations. The information that panelists are providing at this year’s event will provide ideas that can be applied right away,” said Josh White, NCBA executive director of producer education. “We have an impressive array of speakers representing every segment of the beef community. With five different educational tracks, participants can focus on their specific areas of interest. From changing consumer attitudes to topics focused on succession planning and specific animal management information, each session was developed to help move our industry ahead.” Continue reading

02-01-17 Beef Checkoff News: Working for the Good of the Cause

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Working for the Good of the Cause

A lifetime of ranching and educating

Written By Jo Stanko, Cattle producer, Steamboat Springs, CO

beef-checkoff-jo-stanko-steamboat-springs-co-beef-producerWinters can add some interesting challenges for a ranch in a mountain town where snowfall can reach 400 inches in a year, but we’ve discovered firsthand that animals and humans alike adjust to their surroundings.

On our cow-calf ranch in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, for example, we have just 90 days to prepare for feeding cattle, and then we feed them for about 180 days. But cattle are universal animals, and they adapt to their climates. Around here, it’s all about supplying them with grass and water, even when we remove ice from the top of the water every day. Continue reading

02-01-17 National Pork Board Launches The Taste of Now Campaign

National Pork Board Launches The Taste of Now Campaign

New marketing promotions take advantage of pork’s growing consumer popularity

DES MOINES, IOWA — Feb. 1, 2017 — The National Pork Board has launched its Taste of Now marketing campaign. The integrated marketing campaign, which also includes significant Spanish-language outreach (El Sabor de Hoy), creates consumer awareness of pork’s unmatched flavor and value making it the ideal protein on any occasion.

“Pork is trending and there has never been a better time to enjoy pork and make delicious dishes for family and friends,” said Jan Archer, National Pork Board president and a pig farmer from North Carolina. “That is the focus of this first national campaign of 2017. And we are teaming up with celebrity chefs and pork advocates with a simple message – When it comes to pork, there has never been a better time than now to make something delicious.” Continue reading

02-01-17 Culver’s Raises Over $360,000 for Agricultural Organizations in 2016

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Culver’s Raises Over $360,000 for Agricultural Organizations in 2016

PRAIRIE DU SAC, Wis. – Feb. 1, 2017 –Culver’s restaurants across 24 states continue to build support for American agriculture as part of the chain’s Thank You Farmers program. Since its inception in 2013 over a million dollars has been raised in support of the National FFA Organization, local FFA chapters and a variety of other agricultural organizations.

Culver’s remains committed to sourcing the finest ingredients America’s family growers have to offer. The restaurant chain has turned its gratitude into full-fledged support of today’s farm families, while providing financial support to those young people wishing to pursue a career in agriculture.

In 2016, over $360,000 was raised for local FFA chapters, the National FFA Foundation and other agricultural organizations across the country. Included is over $31,000 for the Blue Jacket program, where Culver’s sponsors the cost of purchasing FFA jackets for members who otherwise wouldn’t be able to own this special attire. In addition, following the passing of Culver’s President and CEO Phil Keiser last fall, $25,000 was contributed in his name for an FFA endowment scholarship. Continue reading

Register for the 2017 Governor’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture by February 10th and save $50!

2017 Governors Forum on CO Ag Label It Agriculture logoRegister for the 2017 Governor’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture by February 10th and save $50!

There’s no registration deadline for this year’s Governor’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture, but anyone who does register by Friday, Feb. 10, will save $50. Registration for the annual Forum — now in its 26th year — will be $150 through Feb. 10, then increases to $200 after that date.
The 2017 Governor’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture — titled “Label It: Agriculture” — is set for 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 22, taking place at the Renaissance Denver Stapleton Hotel (3801 Quebec St). The event is open to the public and media. Anyone interested in attending can learn more and register at www.governorsagforum.com.

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02-01-17 FEMA releases 18th Edition of Fire in the United States 2005-2014

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New report: Fire in the United States (2005-2014)

This free report presents a statistical overview of fires in the U.S. from 2005-2014, with a detailed focus on 2014. Fire in the United States is available for download only (PDF, 4.5 MB).

71st NACD Annual Meeting: NACD 2017 Officers, Executive Board Sworn In…

71st NACD Anual Meeting: NACD 2017 Officers, Executive Board Sworn In

DENVER, Feb. 1, 2017 — The National Association of Conservation Districts swore in its 2017 officer team and executive board members last night as part of the member organization’s 71st Annual Meeting. Continue reading

71st NACD Annual Meeting: Conservation Leaders Receive National Awards

71st NACD Anual Meeting: Conservation Leaders Receive National Awards

DENVER, Feb. 1, 2017 — The National Association of Conservation Districts honored a list of the country’s most influential conservation leaders at an awards banquet held last night during NACD’s 71st Annual Meeting. Continue reading


CLICK HERE to watch the webcast archives of Sessions 1 & 2, Conservation Expo Stage Presentations, Appreciation Banquet and EXCLUSIVE Interviews too!

CLICK HERE to watch the webcast archives of Sessions 1 & 2, Conservation Expo Stage Presentations, Appreciation Banquet and EXCLUSIVE Interviews too!


NACD’s 71st Annual Meeting has been one of the best yet! If you weren’t able to make it to this year’s conference, you can still watch archived video of Monday and Tuesday’s general sessions and presentation footage from the Expo Stage. If you are a district member or employee that would like to put out a press release on your attendance of the meeting, head over to our Newsroom. There we have links to NACD press releases, photos, video, and more detailed recaps of the week’s activities. Continue reading




DENVER, Feb. 1, 2017 — Documentarian Ben Masters sat on a wild horse panel for NACD’s Sunday evening program and came back on Monday to deliver the Leadership Luncheon keynote. On Sunday, he gave a showing of his movie “Unbranded” (click here to purchase a copy).

On Monday, Ben showed one of seven short films he has recently released on different conservation topics. To rewatch “Selah: Water from Stone,” or to send it along to your friends, colleagues, and family, follow this link. Continue reading

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Border Tax Draws Concern from Seed Industry

The U.S. seed industry has concerns regarding a border tax President Donald Trump wants to impose to fund a wall between the U.S. and Mexico. While attending the American Seed Trade Association’s Vegetables and Flower Seed Conference in Orlando, Florida, ASTA CEO Andy Lavigne told the Hagstrom Report the tax could burden the seed industry. He says: “A great deal of seed is multiplied in Mexico,” referring to the industry practice of developing seed in the United States and then sending it to Mexico to be grown in the quantities needed in America. Mexico’s climate primarily drives the practice. He also noted that many ASTA American customers grow fruits and vegetables in Mexico and import them into the United States. He says ASTA is still trying to “determine” its position on the border tax.


U.S. Dairy Presses Lawmakers on Canada’s Protectionist Dairy Policies

The U.S. dairy industry is urging governors from 25 dairy-producing states to take action against a policy by Canada that they say could hinder trade of dairy products between the U.S. and Canada. In a letter to the 25 states, 17 dairy companies said: “Canada plans to proceed with expanding its harmful use of dairy policies to impede trade by implementing a new national ingredients strategy pricing program.” The program, starting today (February 1), will allow domestic processors to purchase skim milk powder, liquid skim milk, liquid milk protein concentrates and other products at the lowest market price in the U.S., EU and Oceania for the next seven years, according to Politico. Last month, U.S. dairy organizations and state departments of agriculture across the country sent a similar letter to President Donald Trump that said Canada’s protectionist policies are in direct violation of its trade commitments under the North American Free Trade Agreement and the World Trade Organization.


Livestock Industry Supports Legislation to Address BLM Planning Rule

The Public Lands Council and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association announced support for legislation to address a planning rule by the Bureau of Land Management. The resolutions introduced in the U.S. House and Senate disapproves the Bureau of Land Management’s Planning 2.0 rule finalized last December. The Public Lands Council says the legislation would reverse damage done in the final hours of the Obama administration. PLC executive director Ethan Lane says 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. He says “it’s critical” that Congress stops the implementation of the rule to keep the regulations from harming “our ability to manage federal lands.”


Report Shows Crop Insurance Saved 21,000 Jobs in 2012 Drought

A new report by the Farm Credit Services of America shows crop insurance saved nearly 21,000 jobs in four states during the 2012 drought. The 20-page report, which details the history of the crop insurance program, says crop insurance helped cover the 2012 drought shortfall and saved 20,900 jobs across Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming, with an annual labor income of $721.2 million. In 2012, corn production was down more than 29 percent, and soybean production was down six percent. The low yields were coming on a year that started with low beginning stocks and tight U.S. and global supplies. Projected prices rose in anticipation of short supplies. Farmers faced low yields and ended up facing big expenses to buy crops at higher prices to fulfill marketing obligations and to feed on-farm livestock.

Brazil Proposes Opening Farmland for Foreign Ownership

The President of Brazil plans to propose legislation to lift restrictions on foreign ownership of agricultural land in the nation in an effort to pull its economy out a two-year recession. The proposal would allow foreign investors to buy agricultural land in Brazil, on the condition that 10 percent of any purchase is destined to land reform to benefit landless farmers and peasants, according to Reuters. The proposal also includes allowing 100 percent foreign ownership of local airlines. However, a similar measure was vetoed just last year. Plans to open up land to foreign purchases will likely draw plenty of investors in Brazil’s expanding agribusiness industry that is seeking new partners. Brazil restricted the sale of land to foreign investors in 2010 due to concerns that countries such as China could take control of large segments of arable land in the midst of a super commodity boom.

Vilsack Endorses Agriculture Secretary Nominee Sonny Perdue

Secretary of Agriculture Nominee Sonny Perdue has received the endorsement from former Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. Perdue is the only cabinet nominee to secure the support of his predecessor in the Obama administration. Former Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said in a statement Tuesday that Perdue “knows full well the opportunities and challenges that exist in rural communities.” Vilsack says he’s had the opportunity to work with Governor Perdue, in detailing Perdue’s commitment to farmers and ranchers, “regardless of size of production method.” President Donald Trump selected Perdue as his Agriculture Secretary nominee just before Inauguration Day. Perdue’s Senate confirmation hearings are expected in mid to late February.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service