03-07-17 CCA: Northeast Colorado Fire: Immediate Relief for Farmers and Ranchers Needed

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CCA: Northeast Colorado Fire: Immediate Relief for Farmers and Ranchers Needed

The wildfires that broke out over northeastern Colorado on Monday have burned nearly 30,000 acres, and have created a devastating impact on the agricultural communities in Logan and Phillips counties. “These people are going to need help,” Kent Kokes, the past President of the Northeast Colorado Cattlemen’s Association said. “There was a lot of loss. Not only did people lose their homes, but ranchers have lost their livestock, infrastructures and equipment. There is so much dust and dirt in the area that plows are shoveling it off the roads like snow,” Kokes continued. Continue reading

03-07-17 NACD: SENATE VOTES TO SEND BLM BACK TO DRAWING BOARD

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NACD: SENATE VOTES TO SEND BLM BACK TO DRAWING BOARD

WASHINGTON, March 7, 2017 – The National Association of Conservation Districts applauds the Senate’s passage of House Joint Resolution 44, legislation disapproving of the Bureau of Land Management’s “Planning 2.0” rule.

“The House and Senate have now reaffirmed the importance of protecting local governments’ voice in the planning process,” NACD President Brent Van Dyke said. “NACD is very pleased that both chambers agree the BLM should go back to the drawing board to craft a more inclusive planning policy.” Continue reading

03-07-17 ‘Thank you’ to ag industry for $16M in donations to local food banks among highlights of upcoming Agriculture Day at the Capitol

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‘Thank you’ to ag industry for $16 million in donations to local food banks
among highlights of upcoming Agriculture Day at the Capitol

Recognition of the Colorado agriculture industry’s $16 million in donations to local food banks during 2016 will serve as one of the highlights at the upcoming Agriculture Day at the Capitol.

The 48 organizations that make up the Colorado Ag Council will host Agriculture Day at the Capitol on Wednesday, March 22, in Denver – an event that will feature the teaming up of 13 local chefs with lawmakers and ag representatives in a cook-off competition of Colorado-grown foods, as well as a big “thank you” delivered by Feeding Colorado Board Chairman Bob O’Connor, aimed at the state’s ag producers.

“Year in and year out, Colorado’s agriculture industry is one of our biggest supporters, and 2016 was certainly no different,” O’Connor – who is also the executive director of the Weld Food Bank in Greeley – said in reference to the ag industry’s product and monetary contributions to Colorado’s five Feeding American food banks, which totaled up to $16,085,678 last year. “So many of those in need in our state are better off because of the generosity of Colorado’s farmers, ranchers and agribusinesses. The number of people they help us reach is just incredible, and we can’t thank them enough.” Continue reading

03-07-17 Inside the BARN w/Shawn Martini: CFB Foundation activates Disaster Relief Fund…

CFB Foundation activates Disaster Relief Fund

(The BARN – Briggsdale, CO) March 7, 2017 – CO Farm Bureau’s Vice President of Advocacy discussed the recent activation of the CFB Foundation’s Disaster Relief Fund…

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For more information on how to donate and aid these producers please visit http://coloradofarmbureau.com/disasterfund/

Checks payable to Colorado Farm Bureau Foundation, cash and credit card payments are being accepted at this time. Please note Disaster Fund-CO Wildfire in the memo line on the check. Cash and checks can be sent to:

Colorado Farm Bureau Foundation
Attn: Disaster Fund
9177 E. Mineral Circle
Centennial, CO 80112

To make an online donation, click here. All major credit cards are accepted.

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03-07-17 Colorado Farm Bureau Foundation Activates Disaster Relief Fund

Colorado Farm Bureau Foundation Activates Disaster Relief Fund

Centennial, Colo., – March 7, 2017 – Colorado Farm Bureau has activated a disaster fund to help the farmers and ranchers directly impacted by the Northeast Colorado wildfire in Logan and Phillips counties. 100 percent of the funds raised will go directly to aiding these producers as they face the aftermath of this natural disaster.

The fire has had a large impact on the agriculture community in the area, including lost livestock, as well as damaged fields, facilities, equipment, infrastructure and homes.

“We want to help our state’s farmers and ranchers in any way that we can, and we offer our support to those who affected by this wildfire,” said CFB President Don Shawcroft.

The Northeast Colorado Fire has consumed more than 30,000 acres, making it larger than the Heartstrong Fire in Yuma that occurred five years ago this week. Three homes have been lost, along with multiple structures, hundreds of thousands of dollars in crops and feed, as well as dozens of cattle and horses. High winds are hampering efforts to contain the fire which is being fought mainly by volunteer fire departments.

For more information on how to donate and aid these producers please visit http://coloradofarmbureau.com/disasterfund/

Checks payable to Colorado Farm Bureau Foundation, cash and credit card payments are being accepted at this time. Please note Disaster Fund-CO Wildfire in the memo line on the check. Cash and checks can be sent to:

Colorado Farm Bureau Foundation
Attn: Disaster Fund
9177 E. Mineral Circle
Centennial, CO 80112

To make an online donation, click here. All major credit cards are accepted.

CFB’s thoughts and prayers are with the families and producers affected by this wildfire.

03-07-17 CSU Ext: What’s new in rangeland herbicide?

The following information was presented at: Aero Applicators Workshop, Sterling, Colorado   

What’s new in rangeland herbicide?

  • Indaziflam/EsplanadeTM

Innovative herbicides are rare on the range.  Indaziflam is a new range/pasture herbicide owned by Bayer CropScience.  It is sold in a concentrated formulation (trade name: Esplanade), as well as a diluted formulation (EsplanadeEZ).  This herbicide is important because it selectively controls annual grasses, such as cheatgrass/downy brome, as well as many annual broadleaf plants, such as kocia and Russian thistle.  Most native prairie grasses in North America are long-lived perennials, so this has significant implications on rangelands.  As a group 14 herbicide, its mode of action is disrupting cell membranes, specifically cellulose biosynthesis.  It also has a 180-day residence time, which is especially useful for seasonal control of annual species.  Continue reading

03-07-17 Soil Health Partnership to expand to 100 farm sites for 2017

Soil Health Partnership to expand to 100 farm sites for 2017

In large soil health data project, enrolled farmers serve as agents of change in agriculture

(ST. LOUIS) March 7, 2017 – This year, 35 more farms will join a revolutionary research effort that hopes to show U.S. farmers how sustainability through soil health can also lead to increased profitably. The Soil Health Partnership announced the planned expansion to 100 farms at the 2017 Commodity Classic, March 2 – 4 in San Antonio.

This is the largest farmer-led soil health research project of its kind, said Nick Goeser, SHP director.

“We believe our long-term data on real, working farms will result in a better understanding of the links between soil health and our farmers’ crop yields, economic investments and environmental risk,” Goeser said. “Our enrolled farmers are the backbone of this project, both for their participation in the data collection process, and for serving as ambassadors in this agricultural shift.”

The organization soon begins its fourth year identifying, testing and measuring farm management practices that improve sustainability through soil health. These practices include: Continue reading

03-07-17 NMPF Recommends Changes to Margin Protection Program to Make It Viable Safety Net for Farmers

NMPF Recommends Changes to Margin Protection Program to Make It Viable Safety Net for Farmers

ARLINGTON, VA – The National Milk Producers Federation Board of Directors today unanimously approved a series of recommended changes to the dairy Margin Protection Program (MPP) that will restore several key elements first proposed by NMPF during development of the 2014 Farm Bill. These changes to the MPP will ensure an effective safety net for the nation’s dairy farmers – if the recommendations are adopted by Congress.

The recommendations range from changing the way dairy feed costs are calculated, to providing farmers greater flexibility in signing up for coverage and using other risk management tools. The four-point plan was developed by NMPF’s Economic Policy Committee, and reflects feedback from dairy producers, economists and members of Congress. It reflects several features originally proposed by NMPF that were subsequently weakened or eliminated as the 2014 farm bill was finalized.

“Improving the MPP to make it a more realistic, effective safety net is a key focus for our membership in 2017,” said NMPF Chairman Randy Mooney. “For dairy farmers to have confidence in the MPP, we need Congress to make these corrections as soon as possible.” Continue reading

03-07-17 NFU Recognizes Members, Local Organizations and State Chapters for Excellence in Membership and Leadership

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RMFU at the National Farmers Union 115th Convention in San Diego, CA accepting chapter awards for membership growth. RMFU is on a roll thanks to active leadership and member involvement at the local, county and state levels. Photo courtesy of the RMFU Facebook

NFU Recognizes Members, Local Organizations and State Chapters for Excellence in Membership and Leadership

SAN DIEGO – National Farmers Union (NFU) today recognized the efforts of members, county and local organizations, and state divisions for their excellence in membership recruitment and outreach at the 115th Anniversary Convention.
“A strong grassroots network is the backbone of a farmer-led organization,” said NFU President Roger Johnson. “Our peer-driven approach to membership and outreach is what keeps our organization rooted in rural America, and I am honored to recognize the efforts of these dedicated leaders.”
Annually, National Farmers Union presents one or more awards in each of four categories: Silver Star Award, Membership Achievement Award, Leadership Achievement Award, and Outstanding Leadership Achievement Award.
Gary Wertish of Minnesota Farmers Union, Tiffany Wright of Northwest Farmers Union, and Kriss Marion of Wisconsin Farmers Union received the Silver Star Award, the highest honor bestowed to individual Farmers Union organizers. Wertish is a six-time recipient of the coveted award.
William Miller from Ohio Farmers Union and Bessie Klose from Minnesota Farmers Union both received the Membership Achievement Award for their dedication to recruitment.
Rocky Mountain Farmers Union received the highest organizational honor, the Outstanding Leadership Award. The award is presented to Farmers Union state divisions that grow their membership and demonstrate a coordinated effort in community leadership. NFU also acknowledged 26 local, county and district sub-divisions with the Leadership Achievement Award for their service within their communities. Continue reading

03-07-17 CSU Ext: Pesticide Applicator Continuing Education Credit Workshop in Sterling March 22nd…

Pesticide Applicator Continuing Education Credit Workshop in Sterling March 22nd…

Colorado State University’s Logan County Extension is offering a Pesticide Applicator Continuing Education Credit Workshop in Sterling at the Extension Office on March 22nd from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm.  This training is aimed to provide new information on pest control, health and environmental safety, pest management technology and changes in pesticide laws and regulations.  The workshop provides all 7 core credits required for both private and commercial applicators to be re-certified and renew their pesticide applicator license through the Colorado Department of Agriculture without retaking the test. Continue reading

03-07-17 CSU Ext: Crop Protection Conference in Yuma, CO March 15

Crop Protection Conference in Yuma, CO March 15th…

Area producers, ranchers, crop consultants and pesticide applicators are invited to participate in the Crop Protection Conference sponsored by Colorado State University Extension, Bayer, DuPont, Dow and Syngenta.  The conference will be held in Yuma at the Yuma County Fairgrounds on March 15 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Continue reading

03-07-17 NPPC: 2017 Pork Act Delegates Elect Candidate Slate, Approve Advisements

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NPPC: 2017 Pork Act Delegates Elect Candidate Slate, Approve Advisements

DES MOINES – March 7, 2017 – The U.S. pork industry held its annual business meeting, the National Pork Industry Forum, March 1-3 in Atlanta. At the meeting, Pork Act Delegates ranked eight candidates for the National Pork Board and submitted the list to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. The candidates, ranked in order by delegate voting results, are:

  • Brett Kaysen, Colorado (second-term incumbent)
  • Steve Rommereim, South Dakota (second-term incumbent)
  • Scott Phillips, Missouri
  • Heather Hill, Indiana
  • Deborah Ballance, North Carolina
  • Todd Erickson, North Dakota
  • Kristine Scheller-Stewart, North Carolina (second-term incumbent)
  • Charles Wildman, Ohio

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U.S. HPAI Sparking Import Bans

Following the confirmation of highly pathogenic avian influenza in Tennessee over the weekend, three Asian countries have imposed bans on chicken from the state. More than 73,000 birds will be culled on the chicken breeding farm contracted to Tyson Foods stemming from the first report of HPAI in the United States this year. Government officials in Hong Kong, Korea and Taiwan all announced bans on the import of poultry from Tennessee as well as from Wisconsin, where low pathogenic H5N8 bird flu was also confirmed. The H7 strain found in Tennessee prompted the state to place 30 other farms in the area under quarantine for testing, according to meat industry publication Meatingplace. In 2015, HPAI killed 48 million birds in the United States. HPAI is plaguing parts of global poultry production as several countries in Europe and Asia are dealing with multiple outbreaks. HPAI was last found in the U.S. in an Indiana commercial turkey flock in January 2016.

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Trump Administration Reviewing Icahn RFS Request

The White House has no position on proposed changes to the Renewable Fuel Standard yet, but is mulling over a request by Carl Icahn (Eye’-kahn). The Donald Trump administration is reviewing the proposal that would change the burden of complying with biofuel quotas from refiners to blenders. However, White House officials say the administration has no position “either way on this issue at this time,” according to Reuters. Icahn is a majority owner in CVR Energy and has long pushed for the change. News of an alleged executive order requiring the change last week pitted ethanol groups against each other. The Renewable Fuels Association supported the request because of an agreement of a waiver allowing gasoline blends with 15 percent ethanol to be sold year-round in U.S. markets. Growth Energy condemned the request, saying the proposal would undermine “America’s progress under the RFS.”

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Governors Ask for Changes to Support Biofuels Production

The Governors’ Biofuels Coalition is asking President Donald Trump to support several changes to federal law to support biofuels productionpe. A letter signed by coalition chairman, Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts, asked the Trump Administration to change the fuel volatility limitations placed on E15 in current law, according to DTN. For years, the ethanol industry has called on the Environmental Protection Agency to equalize the Reid vapor pressure, or RVP, regulations for E10 and E15 during the summer driving season. Because of those requirements, E15 has largely not been available to some wholesale suppliers and retailers who receive only E10 blends. The governors also asked the administration to update corn ethanol’s lifecycle carbon emissions profile to reflect advances in ethanol production technology, and said the EPA should enforce the Renewable Fuel Standard as approved by Congress. The coalition includes governors from 21 states throughout the U.S.

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U.S. to Send Representative to Post-TPP Summit

The United States will send a representative to a trade summit later this month on the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement. The agreement is thought to be dead following President Donald Trump’s removal of the U.S. from the deal. However, The Chile Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed a U.S. representative would attend the summit March 14th and 15th, according to the Hagstrom Report. Chili organized the summit after Trump withdrew the U.S. from TPP. The summit is expected to consist of at least some of the other countries that were supposed to be part of the TPP, and China has also been invited to attend. The U.S. representative attending the event has yet to be confirmed, but would likely be acting U.S. Trade Representative Maria Pagan.

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Farmers Union Hosting 115th Convention

The National Farmers Union 115th convention is underway in San Diego, California. More than 450 Farmers Union members are at the event this week. Attendees will hear from two high-level panels on the upcoming farm bill and conservation in agriculture, and industry experts focusing on consolidation in the agricultural sector, renewable fuels, and sustainable food production. Farmers Union delegates will also hold a line-by-line review of policy for the organization. National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson says the delegates will “set the stage for NFU’s policies and priorities in the year ahead.” The convention concludes Wednesday.

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Global Food Prices Edging Higher

Global food prices trended higher in February, increasing half a percent compared to January. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations released its Food Price Index Monday. While the index shows a slight month-to-month increase, it shows food prices have increased 17.2 percent since the same time last year. Except for vegetable oils, the indices of all other commodities used in the calculation of the index increased in February. Cereal grain prices increased 2.5 percent from January 2017 levels, while meat prices were up 1.1 percent for the month and sugar prices increased 1.6 percent. The index shows global vegetable oil prices decreased 7.6 percent. Finally, dairy prices were up slightly from January, but reached the highest level since August 2014. Global dairy prices are now 37 percent higher than the same time last year.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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