02-17-17 Culver’s Launches Third Annual FFA Essay Contest

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Restaurant celebrates FFA Week with contest that sends FFA chapters to national convention

PRAIRIE DU SAC, Wis. – Feb. 20, 2017 – There are already 649,355 reasons to celebrate National FFA Week, but Culver’s is adding one more. On Feb. 20, Culver’s will kick off its third annual FFA Essay Contest to award three winners the funds to send their FFA chapters to the National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis, Oct. 25-28, 2017.

The essay contest asks FFA members to submit an essay in response to the following questions: As a future ag leader, what do you want people to know about the agricultural industry? How will you help to educate them on this subject? Culver’s will award prizes for the top three essays, providing winners with $7,500, $5,000 and $2,500 respectively. To submit their essays, FFA members should visit Culvers.com/essaycontest. The contest ends March 31, 2017, at 5 p.m. CST. Continue reading

02-17-17 USDA-NASS CO: Farms and Land in Farms…

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FARMS AND LAND IN FARMS

ARIZONA

The number of farms and ranches in Arizona in 2016 totaled 19,600, up 100 operations from the 2015 estimate. Total land in farms in Arizona, at 25.9 million acres, was down less than one-half percent from the 2015 estimate. The average size of farm was 1,321 acres, compared to 1,333 acres the previous year.

COLORADO

The number of farms and ranches in Colorado in 2016 totaled 33,800, down 400 operations from the 2015 estimate. Total land in farms in Colorado, at 31.7 million acres, was unchanged from the 2015 estimate. The average size of farm was 938 acres, compared to 927 acres the previous year.

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02-17-17 CICA: 2017 A Year of Opportunity for the Ranching Industry…

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Back row, L to R:  Director Tom Hendrix, Wray, CO; Past President and State Representative Kimmi Lewis, Kim, CO; Immediate Past President Wil Bledsoe, Hugo, CO; Director Wayne Rusher, Ordway, CO; Director John Beatty, Ignacio, CO; Director Martin Canterbury, Canon City, CO; Director Tom Robb, McClave, CO; Past President John Reid, Ordway, CO; Director David Cundiff, Bayfield, CO.   Front row, L to R: Past President Gerald Schreiber, Last Chance, CO; Director and Treasurer Janell Reid, Ordway, CO; President Lorene Bonds, Durango, CO; Director and Vice President Cody Jolly, Hugo, CO; and Director and Secretary Curt Werner, Merino, CO.

Back row, L to R: Director Tom Hendrix, Wray, CO; Past President and State Representative Kimmi Lewis, Kim, CO; Immediate Past President Wil Bledsoe, Hugo, CO; Director Wayne Rusher, Ordway, CO; Director John Beatty, Ignacio, CO; Director Martin Canterbury, Canon City, CO; Director Tom Robb, McClave, CO; Past President John Reid, Ordway, CO; Director David Cundiff, Bayfield, CO.
Front row, L to R: Past President Gerald Schreiber, Last Chance, CO; Director and Treasurer Janell Reid, Ordway, CO; President Lorene Bonds, Durango, CO; Director and Vice President Cody Jolly, Hugo, CO; and Director and Secretary Curt Werner, Merino, CO.

CICA: 2017 A Year of Opportunity for the Ranching Industry…
The Colorado Independent CattleGrowers Association looks with eager anticipation to 2017 as a year of opportunity for the ranching industry. Resonating President Trump’s strong pro-American agenda, the CICA is continuing to work diligently to re-implement Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) for beef. COOL has been widely opposed by the four main beef packers, none of which are based in the U.S. “Product of USA” allows exporters to seek high premiums for U.S. beef, yet domestic producers have been blocked from the same labeling advantage at home. The cost of implementing COOL is no greater than that of food products with country of origin labeling requirements already in place. COOL will give Americans a choice when purchasing beef and create a fair marketplace for U.S. producers as well as a transparent, safer market for consumers. Consumers have the right to know where their beef comes from. Continue reading

02-17-17 An Interview with CSU’s Ryan O’Reilly AFBF YF&R’s Collegiate Discussion Meet National Winner…

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AFBF President Zippy Duvall presents award to AFBF YF&R Collegiate Discussion Meet’s National Champion Ryan O’Reilly of CSU…

An Interview with CSU’s Ryan O’Reilly AFBF YF&R’s Collegiate Discussion National Winner

AFBF-Young Farmer Rancher Program logo(The BARN – Briggsdale, CO) February 17, 2017 – The American Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers Collegiate Discussion Meet was held in Mid-February where Fifty-three competitors from 36 states participated in the contest. Joining the CO Ag News Network at this time is the winner of that competition, Ryan O’Reilly of Colorado State University.

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02-17-17 Managing in Tough Times Part 4: Current Financial Situation Unfolding in Colorado’s Production Agriculture

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Managing in Tough Times Part 4: Current Financial Situation Unfolding in Colorado’s Production Agriculture
(NOTE: Guest article by Dr. Norm Dalsted, Professor and Extension Farm/Ranch Management Economist.  Dr. Dalsted works out of the Peaks to Plains Regional office in Pueblo and may be contacted at: (719) 545-1845.)

The current agricultural economy is facing difficult times with low commodity prices and the drought conditions facing much of the state’s agricultural lands.  For the majority of farmers and ranchers the ability to breakeven this year is not possible even with record wheat and corn yields.  At this time wheat prices are $2.70 to $3.05 depending on the region of the state while corn prices also vary but are in the $2.60 to $3.10 range.  For many producers the breakeven price is well above the current and harvest prices they have or could have received. This will create a significant shortfall in their ability to cover this past year’s costs of production and certainly jeopardize their ability to acquire operating capital for the upcoming crop year.  Some may need to offer existing equity in their operation to offset the inability to pay off their line of credit (operating monies). Continue reading

02-17-17 CSU’s Golden Plains Extension: Retirement Plans for Self-Employed and Small Business

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Retirement Plans for Self-Employed and Small Business

Saving for retirement is one of the major goals of personal and family savings efforts emphasized by America Saves Week www.americasaves.org. This has been much easier for people working for an employer that offers retirement benefits.  However; retirement planning for the entrepreneur has been primarily growing net worth through the years. Then, someday selling out and retiring on the proceeds of the sale. However, if you want to pass down some wealth to your children or grandchildren, this selling out option creates a large debt burden on your family. What other options are there?  Continue reading

02-17-17 CSU’s Golden Plains Extension: Commercial Pesticide License Credits Available

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Commercial Pesticide License Credits Available

(Burlington, CO) – 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 23rd.  To ensure adequate space for everyone, pre-registration at this location is required.

 

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02-17-17 CSU Ext News: “Walking Dust Specks”

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“Walking Dust Specks”

By Linda Langelo, Golden Plains Extension Horticulture Program Associate; 

Phone: (970) 854-3616; Email: Linda.Langelo@colostate.edu

According to CSU Entomologist, Whitney Cranshaw you may have these “walking dust specks” in your home.  How did they gain access?  First by climbing on a south-facing wall to a window or doorway with a slight crack on warm days fall or spring.  They are commonly known as clover mites.

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EU To Begin Trade Talks with China

The European Union is getting set to talk trade with China in April or May. European officials told Reuters the goal is to promote free trade and international cooperation in the face of what may be a more protectionist Washington D.C. A European trade official says the summit is meant to send a “message to the U.S. that China has friends in Europe.” The EU is hoping to get China’s vocal support for international institutions like the United Nations and the World Trade Organization. President Donald Trump has criticized the U.N. in the past, while Russia completely bypassed the U.N. in securing a cease-fire in Syria. China and the European Union hold a summit every year and while a specific date hasn’t been chosen yet, Beijing requested it to take place as soon as possible. The EU believes China wants to use the summit to re-emphasize its defense of open trade and global ties that China put forth at the World Economic Forum in January.

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House Ag Committee Passes Two Measures on Pesticides

The House Ag Committee passed two measures this week that deal with pesticide regulations. H.R. Bill 953, called the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act, would clarify Congressional intent regarding pesticide applications around the waters of the U.S. A 2009 Court of Appeals decision mistakenly applied provisions of the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System permitting process under the Clean Water Act to pesticide applications that were already fully regulated by federal law. The result was two different permitting processes, which Ag Committee Chair Mike Conaway, a Texas Republican, said was never the intent of Congress. H.R. Bill 1029, titled the Pesticide Registration Enhancement Act, reauthorizes the Pesticide Registration Improvement Act. PRIA (Pree’-ah) was intended to make the evaluation process more predictable and effective for affected pesticide decisions. It couples the collection of fees with a specific review period and it shortens the review period for reduced-risk pesticides. Committee Chair Conaway says, “For over a decade, PRIA has provided predictability and certainty to the Ag and public health communities while bringing transparency to the pesticide registration process.”

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EPA Defends RFS Implementation

A group of plaintiffs recently filed suit against the Environmental Protection Agency challenging how the Renewable Fuels Standard has recently been implemented. Attorneys for the EPA filed a court brief this week saying it followed the law. A DTN report says oral arguments are scheduled for April 24 in the D.C. Court of Appeals. The 165-page brief goes through the reasons why the EPA denied a petition to change the point of obligation under the RFS, how it set the biofuel requirements for 2017-2018, and a number of other issues raised by agriculture, biofuels, and petroleum groups. The EPA rejected a petition from petroleum interests to change the point of obligation under the RFS from refiners and petroleum importers to blenders. Petroleum interests say it would spread the cost of compliance throughout the industry, but the EPA said it would take the number of companies that need to be in compliance from hundreds to thousands. The EPA has also taken heat for missing multiple statutory deadlines and for how it went about setting biofuels volumes for the next year.

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New Venture for the National Farm Machinery Show

Dennis Slater, President of the Association of Equipment Manufacturers, and Jason Rittenberry, CEO of the Kentucky State Fair, made a joint announcement at this week’s National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, Kentucky, regarding a collaboration between the groups. Beginning with next year’s show, the Association of Equipment Manufacturers will assist with managing and co-producing the show, as well as having an equity position in the show’s future growth. Rittenberry said, “Every year, potential exhibitors are put on a waiting list for America’s largest farm show. This partnership will bring new opportunities for current and future exhibitors, as well as the people who attend the show every year.” The Show brings together manufacturers and customers. The face-to-face interaction includes a chance to talk about issues that affect the overall industry. Slater noted this partnership will eventually allow different sectors of the Ag industry to work together to advance and strengthen agriculture for the benefit of all. Show organizers expect 30,000 people to come through the doors this week at the 2017 Show in Louisville.

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11 Dollar Soybeans Possible

An Ag Web Dot Com article says gains in other commodities have convinced at least one analyst that $11 soybeans are possible, even with an average 2017 crop. John Payne of Daniels Trading says other markets like copper, cotton, and oats to a certain extent, have risen. “Corn has come up a little, as has the stock market,” Payne said. He says farmers who have the capital to do so, might want to hold off on deciding final crop mixes for 2017 “until the market shows its hand,” Payne said. “Soybeans are going to give you an opportunity at some point.” At the same time, Payne says there is a significant downside possible for prices if bean yields hit near 53 bushels per acre. Corn does remain a strong contender based on data showing that farmers historically like to plant the crop. Payne expects corn acreage to be 91-92 million acres this year. “I understand the arguments against it,” says Payne, “prices certainly don’t reflect it. Given the yield that farmers had last year, if they’re up for rotation, I highly doubt they’re going to switch out.”  

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KIND CEO Pledges $25 Million for Nutrition Group

Daniel Lubetzky, the founder of a rapidly growing granola and nut bar company called KIND LLC, says he’s giving $25 million to back a new non-profit group called Feed the Truth. It’s a group that wants to counteract what they say is the food industry’s influence on nutrition policy. The move comes as nutrition groups come to grips with a change in the White House after eight years of an administration that generally supported their goals. Lubetzky told Politico’s Morning Agriculture Report that he’ll have no influence or control over the operation. The group could find that almonds, a key ingredient in KIND bars, are not healthy, and he said (half-jokingly) that he would have to consider their findings. “The goal is for this group to represent the nutrition interests of the public.” Lubetzky founded his New York-based company in 2004 after growing frustrated with a lack of readily available healthy snack options.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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