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This report provides the results of the Winter Wheat Seedings by Variety Survey, 2017 Crop, conducted by the National Agricultural Statistics Service, Mountain Regional Field Office. The survey was funded by the Colorado Wheat Administrative Committee. Continue reading

02-13-17 Governor’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture deadline for early registration extended to February 15th

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Governor’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture deadline for early registration extended to February 15th

Those wanting to attend the Governor’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture at a reduced rate are still in luck, as you have a little more time left to save on registration costs. Rather than registration increasing from $150 to $200 after Feb. 10, event organizers are pushing the early-registration deadline back to Wednesday, Feb. 15. 
There’s no ultimate registration deadline for this year’s Governor’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture, but those who register soon can save. 
The 2017 Forum, titled “Label It: Agriculture,” will focus on how collaboration and cooperation have made agriculture in Colorado the state’s second-largest driver of our economy, and how similar efforts will be critical moving forward. 
Presenters and panelists at this year’s Forum — taking place on Wednesday, Feb. 22, at the Renaissance Denver Stapleton Hotel — will include: 

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02-13-17 CFB Sends Letter to Senate Urging Confirmation of Judge Gorsuch

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Colorado Farm Bureau Sends Letter to Senate Urging Confirmation of Judge Gorsuch

Centennial, Colo. –  Feb. 13, 2017 Colorado Farm Bureau today sent a letter to The Honorable Chuck Grassley, Chairman, and The Honorable Dianne Feinstein, Ranking Member, of the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary, urging the confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch as Justice of the United States Supreme Court.

“I strongly support the nomination and timely confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch as Justice of the United States Supreme Court,” wrote Don Shawcroft, Colorado Farm Bureau President, in the letter. Continue reading

02-13-17 Beef Checkoff Debuts Revamp of Beef U Online Training Program for Supply Chain

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Beef Checkoff Debuts Revamp of Beef U Online Training Program for Supply Chain

The beef checkoff is launching a newly revamped Beef University – or Beef U – a free, online training program focused on the latest information, insights and research on marketing and selling beef. Beef remains one of America’s favorite proteins, and with supplies on the rise for 2017, this tool serves as a complement to supply chain staff training aimed at helping capitalize on beef’s profit potential.

The revamped Beef U addresses the latest data and industry insights on hot topics in a new condensed, more user-friendly format. Each module can be completed in 15 to 20 minutes and includes a brief quiz at its conclusion. Once a user completes a module, they can access resources related to the topic.

“The new format encourages learner engagement while getting right to the meat of the topics presented,” said Buck Wehrbein, a cattle feeder for Mead Cattle Company, LLC and co-chair of the checkoff’s innovation subcommittee. “The information presented in this updated site represents the latest industry knowledge, so we encourage everyone, even those who have completed Beef U in the past, to check out these new courses.”

Developed for supply chain partners, such as packers, processors, grocery retailers and foodservice operators, but open to anyone interested in learning more about beef, the program provides staff training and professional development resources on current topics including: Continue reading

02-13-17 CDA: Awards Honor Colorado Companies for Agricultural Exports…

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Awards Honor Colorado Companies for Agricultural Exports

BROOMFIELD, Colo.–Agriculture continues to be one of Colorado’s top industries, contributing more than $40 billion to the state economy each year. In addition to feeding the state and nation, Colorado farm products travel the globe, with Colorado agricultural exports approaching nearly $2 billion annually. The Colorado Department of Agriculture is honoring two companies for their success in beginning or expanding exports with the third annual Governor’s Award for Agricultural Exporting.
Congratulations to Montanya Rum in Crested Butte, Colorado for winning the New-To-Export Award. Montanya Rum in true entrepreneurial spirit has been innovative in finding a way to get their product marketed in Europe. They overcame obstacles to doing trade in a market that is logistically challenging, and this new export opportunity is making them highly competitive.
Northern Feed and Bean Co. in Lucerne, Colorado is being awarded the Experienced Exporter Award for its work and export of Colorado grown dry beans over the years. The company continues to grow their Colorado dry bean exports and is looking at new markets in the Caribbean and Central America. Continue reading

02-13-17 CPW completes survey of black-tailed prairie dog habitat and populations

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cpw-prairie-dogDENVER — Along with other western states in cooperation with the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, Colorado Parks & Wildlife has conducted an east slope survey of black-tailed prairie dogs.  Images collected on airplane flights in the summer of 2015 were used to map occupied habitat throughout eastern Colorado and the findings are proving positive for these prairie dwellers.

“Thanks in large part to rural ranchers and farmers, prairie dog populations appear to be healthy throughout eastern Colorado,” said Tina Jackson, species conservation coordinator.  Prairie dog numbers are categorized as “abundant” in Colorado based on the information collected.

This most recent survey found that black-tailed prairie dogs occupy about 500,000 acres on the eastern plains. Active occupied acreage zones for black-tailed prairie dogs are defined in the Conservation Plan for Grassland Species as: Continue reading

02-13-17 Registration Now Open for April 2017 Pork Management Conference

Registration Now Open for April 2017 Pork Management Conference

Checkoff event provides platform for experts to discuss future of the U.S. pork industry

DES MOINES – February 13, 2017 – The National Pork Board will host its annual Pork Management Conference, April 19-21, in Nashville, Tennessee.

The annual conference, moved to April this year, will accommodate a diverse set of experts from across the U.S. The 2017 conference will address current business trends and challenges facing the U.S. pork industry. Through presentations, breakout sessions and networking, attendees will gain important insight on the pork industry, its challenges and financial management practices that improve the performance and efficiency of pig farming.

“The Pork Management Conference is more than an industry meeting but an interactive experience,” said Andrew Reinecker, chair of the Checkoff’s Producer and State Services Committee and a pig farmer from York Springs, Pennsylvania. “The engagement between the guest presenters and experts and those working in the industry offers producers an opportunity to gain knowledge from different areas, ask questions and implement this information on their farms.” Continue reading

02-13-17 Syngenta scientists publish breakthrough seed breeding technique in Nature journal

Syngenta HeaderSyngenta scientists publish breakthrough seed breeding technique in Nature journal

  • Unique breeding method using gene editing could drastically reduce the time it takes plant breeders to bring new varieties to the market
  • Findings will help plant breeders to accelerate yield advances in crops, leading to increased grower profitability
  • Study is a result of investments made by Syngenta in genome sequencing and crop genetics research

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C., USA, February 13, 2017 – Syngenta researchers have been published in the world-renowned international science journal Nature for their breakthrough work that could lead to decreases in the time is takes to breed seeds. These findings could translate to significant cost efficiencies in the commercial sector of agriculture.

The paper, authored by a Syngenta research team, establishes that haploid induction, a complex modern seed breeding process that helps shave years off the seed breeding process in corn, is triggered by a defect in an enzyme coded by the Matrilineal (MTL) gene. The researchers also found that novel gene edits in the MTL gene can induce haploid induction, opening up the possibility to optimize the technology and transfer it to crops other than corn.

“Successful haploid induction is an often painstaking and costly process,” said Tim Kelliher, principal scientist, reproduction biology at Syngenta and lead author of the paper. “But this research is an important step in showing how gene editing can help us breed plants that produce higher yields, on a much more efficient time frame.” Continue reading

02-13-17 Dairy, Ag Groups Urge President Trump to Raise New Canadian Milk Pricing Scheme Issue in Meeting with Prime Minister Trudeau

dairy-and-ag-groups-021317-headerDairy, Ag Groups Urge President Trump to Raise New Canadian Milk Pricing Scheme Issue in Meeting with Prime Minister Trudeau 

ARLINGTON, VA – The U.S. dairy sector is urging President Donald Trump to discuss Canada’s protectionist milk pricing policy during Monday’s meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF), the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC), the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) and the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) are calling the issue “one of the most sensitive and urgent topics complicating the relationship between the two countries.” The White House will host Trudeau in Washington today to discuss matters related to trade policy and the renegotiation of NAFTA, among other issues. According to the four groups, the two leaders need to devote time to addressing an imminent change in Canada’s milk pricing policy that would further antagonize industry relations between the United States and Canada. Continue reading

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House, Senate Transportation Committees Planning a Busy Year

The Transportation and Infrastructure Committees in the U.S. House and Senate are prepping for a busy year as the President is readying a push against the nation’s “failing infrastructure.” The American Society of Civil Engineers says the U.S. transportation system, wastewater and drinking water infrastructure, schools and the energy grid need improvements, estimated at $3.6 trillion. President Trump has said he will propose a massive infrastructure improvement plan for the U.S. that could total up to $1 trillion. In a recent House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee hearing, Cargill and Vermeer represented the agriculture sector. For agriculture, top transportation priorities include updating the nation’s waterways transportation system, and ensuring viable road and rail transport of agricultural commodities and inputs.


Trump Tax Announcement Looming

The Donald Trump administration is expected to make an announcement soon regarding taxes and possible reforms. While little details were available, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer last week said the administration would make a tax-related announcement this month. Talks regarding a tax plan by President Trump are apparently coming along well, and Trump indicated an announcement would be coming “over the next two or three weeks.” Tax reform is a top priority for some in agriculture, including the American Farm Bureau Federation. AFBF see’s lowering tax rates in a way that doesn’t result in a tax increase, and eliminating the estate tax as critical tax reforms needed for farmers. Trump has said he wants to cut the corporate tax rate to 15 or 20 percent, according to Politico, and he has threatened a 35 percent tax on businesses that go overseas. It’s unclear, however, what specifically the president was alluding to or how reliable his timeline is.


South Africa Buys U.S. Sorghum, Open to U.S. Corn

Outreach by the U.S. Grains Council in South Africa over the past year has helped achieve export victories there, with recent sales of U.S. sorghum and biotechnology trait approvals that will allow imports of U.S. corn. Outreach by USGC prompted South African buyers to purchase roughly 45,000 metric tons of U.S. sorghum during the latest marketing year. South Africa’s Department of Agriculture also announced in December of last year it would immediately eliminate biotech restrictions on corn imports from the United States. This month, the South African government issued 15 permits authorizing the import of 1.3 million metric tons of white and yellow corn from the United States. In 2015 and 2016, because of El Nino, the country suffered a severe drought, leading its feed industry to import U.S. corn for the first time in almost a decade. South Africa uses both yellow corn for animal feed and white corn for staple foods.


Growth Energy Honors Ag Secretary Vilsack with Award

Growth Energy last week awarded former Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack with the organization’s highest honor, the America’s Fuel Award. The award was announced at Growth Energy’s eighth annual Executive Leadership Conference. The award is presented to an individual who “has gone above and beyond the call of duty to act as a champion for the renewable fuels industry.” Past winners include Growth Energy Co-chairman Tom Buis, former Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, retired Four-Star General, Wesley Clark, and Richard Childress of Richard Childress Racing. Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor said of the award: “We thank Secretary Vilsack for his unwavering dedication to the growth and success of the American ethanol industry throughout his time as Secretary of Agriculture and Governor of Iowa.”

FMD Concerns Growing in South Korea

South Korea last week raised the nation’s foot-and-mouth disease alert status to its highest level, as a second strain of the disease was confirmed at a dairy farm. South Korea also announced plans to vaccinate all cattle in the nation against FMD. The first confirmed FMD case in South Korea in more than a year was confirmed last week, and two other FMD confirmations followed, prompting the alert status and vaccination announcement. South Korea, Asia’s fourth-largest economy, last raised the country’s foot-and-mouth disease alert status to the highest level in 2010 when the country grappled with its worst-ever FMD outbreak, according to Reuters.


Cargill Plans to Expand and Upgrade Canada Beef Processing Plant

Cargill plans to spend $2.7 million to expand and upgrade an Ontario, Canada processing facility that handles 1,500 head of cattle per day. The Ontario government will supplement part of the cost of the expansion project by contributing nearly $500,000, a move Ontario’s Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs said will help the province remain competitive, according to online publication Meatingplace. The Cargill project is also expected to help maintain 1,600 local jobs at the plant west of Toronto. Cargill is expected to install value-added protein process technology at the facility that will allow for the manufacture of protein-rich animal feeds, while also reducing the plant’s impact on the local environment.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service