08-11-16 CSU Extension: Alfalfa weevil management…


Alfalfa weevil management

CSU Extension LogoWritten & submitted to BARN Media by: Assefa Gebre-Amlak, Extension Specialist, Colorado State University Extension

Currently we are seeing alfalfa weevil larval infestation in some fields. The larvae feeding in the folded leaves can heavily damage stem terminals, but initial damage is not always clearly visible. The closed, overlapping foliage of the stem terminals should be unfolded to detect feeding damage. Third and fourth larval instars cause most of the economic damage, so initiating sampling at the peak occurrence of second instars should provide adequate sampling prior to economic weevil populations.

Field damage can be recognized on heavily infested stands as a grayish or frostlike appearance due to the dried defoliated leaves. At high weevil densities, foliage can be stripped; leaving only skeletonized and ragged leaf fragments and stems. Yield losses of 30 to 40 percent of the standing hay crop are possible under extreme population levels. Damage also may reduce hay quality due to loss of leaf tissue, leaving only the lower quality stems.

Damage to regrowth buds may occur when the plants break dormancy and after first cutting. Larval feeding on the regrowth after first cutting may be concentrated in strips coinciding with windrow locations, especially if the first cutting was taken early due to heavy weevil infestation and larvae survived under the windrows. Damage to regrowth may retard plant growth and result in yield reduction and encourage weed establishment.

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04-28-17 Trump Administration Commits to Continued Staunch Defense of U.S. Food and Beverage Manufacturers Using Common Food Names

Trump Administration Commits to Continued Staunch Defense of U.S. Food and Beverage Manufacturers Using Common Food Names

(Washington D.C.) – A report on intellectual property issued Friday by the U.S. Trade Representative’s Office (USTR) outlined the Trump Administration’s continuing commitment to curtailing the damaging abuses of geographical indications (GIs) – particularly by the European Union (EU).

The report highlighted ongoing threats to U.S. companies that legally use common food names both within the United States and in global trade. USTR’s annual Special 301 Report outlined extensive efforts that the administration is making in numerous countries to stem the EU’s efforts to use GIs to erect barriers to U.S. exports.

The U.S. dairy industry joined the Consortium for Common Food Names (CCFN) in hailing the report for sending a strong, positive signal on how the new administration plans to tackle these types of trade and intellectual property issues to preserve jobs and safeguard global opportunities for U.S. companies.

“Many countries protect legitimate GIs, including the United States,” said Jaime Castaneda, executive director for CCFN, an international alliance dedicated to preserving rights to use common food names. “When properly targeted to protect unique regional products, GIs can be a useful intellectual property tool for some producers. But the EU’s approach is far from properly targeted. Rather, it is a system designed to steal commonly used names from those who built markets for those products and monopolize use of those terms in foreign and domestic markets.” Continue reading

04-28-17 ACE urges ethanol advocates to participate in EPA regulatory reform comment period

ACE urges ethanol advocates to participate in EPA regulatory reform comment period


Sioux Falls, SD (April 28, 2017) – The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) submitted a public comment focused on its ethanol priorities soon after EPA formally began seeking input on existing regulations to be reviewed by its newly established Regulatory Reform Task Force. The Task Force was formed in response to Executive Order 13777 to evaluate existing regulations and make recommendations regarding those that can be repealed, replaced and modified to make them less burdensome.

Following the organization’s comment submission, ACE is now encouraging ethanol advocates to submit their own comments to EPA’s regulatory reform effort.

Ethanol advocates are urged to address the following topics when submitting comments to EPA.  Continue reading

04-28-17 CCA to host Webinar on Successful Ag Water Leasing Projects in Colorado May 11th

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CCA to host Webinar on Successful Ag Water Leasing Projects in Colorado

Arvada, CO — Colorado Cattlemen’s Association Ag Water NetWORK will feature details and discuss key elements on how two successful agricultural water leases work in Colorado.  Plan to join the webinar on May 11, 2017 at 12:00 PM. Continue reading

04-28-17 ICBA Supports Bill Offering Tax Relief for Rural Lending

ICBA Supports Bill Offering Tax Relief for Rural Lending

Legislation promotes access to credit amid era of weak commodities prices

Washington, D.C. (April 28, 2017)—The Independent Community Bankers of America® (ICBA) today expressed support for legislation to support farmers, ranchers and rural homeowners by providing tax relief for agricultural and rural residential lending. The Enhancing Credit Opportunities in Rural America Act, introduced by Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-Kan.), would promote access to credit and reduce borrowing costs amid the current environment of weak commodities prices.

“ICBA strongly supports the Enhancing Credit Opportunities in Rural America Act to help community banks offer lower rates to certain rural borrowers and homeowners, which will help revive rural economies threatened by low commodities prices,” ICBA President and CEO Camden R. Fine said. “This legislation will help farmers and rural communities remain viable during a challenging economic environment as community banks will receive greater flexibility to serve producers and the rural housing market. The legislation will also allow community banks to provide lower loan rates so they operate on a more level playing field and can compete with other rural lenders that already utilize these benefits.” Continue reading

04-28-17 NMPF: National Dairy FARM Program Releases Stockmanship Training Video with BQA

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NMPF: National Dairy FARM Program Releases Stockmanship Training Video with BQA


ARLINGTON, VA –  The National Dairy FARM Program announced today the release of a stockmanship training video as part of the program’s partnership with the National Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) program.

The 27-minute video is divided into several chapters, including “Point of Balance,” “Understanding the Flight Zone” and “Utilizing Tools to Effectively Move Cattle.” Each segment contains reminder points and multiple choice questions to test viewers on the content. The video can serve as a training resource to satisfy the FARM Animal Care Version 3.0 requirement for annual employee training.

The video, directed by Dr. Robert Hagevoort of New Mexico State and the U.S. Dairy Education & Training Consortium, is available on the FARM Program website and YouTube page in both English and Spanish. Continue reading

04-28-17 Kristi Helzer named WGCD’s New Community Outreach & Education Coordinator

Kristi Helzer named WGCD’s New Community Outreach & Education Coordinator

Kristi Helzer has joined the WGCD team as our new Community Outreach and Education Coordinator.  She is a life-long Weld County native who describes herself as “…a cheerleader for our community!”

Kristi and her husband of 40 years, Richard, farmed and managed a 100-sow farrowing operation Southeast of Kersey, while they were also employed at Monfort Kuner Feedlot. Kristi in cattle feeding and herd health, Richard in Parts for their shop.  During that time they started their family and raised two terrific sons, Ben and Joey.

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04-28-17 CCGA supporting bill that would offer student-loan relief for veterinarians in rural areas

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CCGA supporting bill that would offer student-loan relief for veterinarians in rural areas 

The Colorado Corn Growers Association (CCGA) Public Policy Committee this past Friday voted to put its support behind House Bill 17-1282, “Rural Veterinary Education Loan Repayment Program.”

This is the fifth bill the CCGA Public Policy Committee has voted to support this year, as it would create a state veterinary education loan repayment program for Colorado veterinarians who, along with other qualifications, practice veterinary medicine for up to four years in a rural areas that are experiencing veterinarian shortages.

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04-28-17 CO Corn: Colorado Corn Growers Association-supported groundwater bill signed into law

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Colorado Corn Growers Association-supported groundwater bill signed into law 

Last week, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper signed into law Senate Bill 17-036 — a piece of legislation that was supported by the Colorado Corn Growers Association (CCGA), and is what some in the industry describe as one of the most significant pieces of water-related legislation in recent years. Colorado Corn Executive Coordinator Ann Cross was on hand in Denver for the signing of the bill.  Continue reading

04-28-17 CO Corn: CCAC president’s Earth Day op-ed highlights corn farmers’ strides, appears in publications statewide

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CCAC president’s Earth Day op-ed highlights corn farmers’ strides, appears in publications statewide 

Mike Lefever is a Longmont-area farmer, retired firefighter, and vice president of the Colorado Corn Administrative Committee.

As Earth Day took place this past Saturday, an op-ed from Colorado Corn Administrative Committee President Mike Lefever drew attention to the many strides corn producers have made in regards to environmental stewardship.

The piece appeared in a number of publications around the state, including various Front Range daily newspapers (The Colorado Springs Gazette, The Boulder Daily Camera and The Longmont Times-Call, among others) and in widely distributed agriculture magazines (The High Plains Journal and The Fence Post).

“It seems as though Earth Day comes and goes each year with great dialogue about how various corners of society are taking steps forward in environmental stewardship, but without any acknowledgment of the corn producer’s role in that progress,” Mike wrote in the op-ed, while citing specific studies to highlight corn farmers’ achievements. “In that regard, I can’t let Earth Day 2017 serve as a repeat of the past.”

Read the full op-ed here.

In regards to environmental stewardship, Mike and the rest of the Colorado Corn Administrative Committee will no doubt continue striving to help farmers produce more food with less resources, and do so in a safe and environmentally responsible manner. Check out the hundreds of thousands of dollars in ongoing and recently concluded sustainability focused research projects in which the organization has invested.

04-28-17 CFVGA Applauds Senate Committee Decision to Indefinitely Table HB17-1290

CFVGA President Robert Sakata (fourth from left) testifies April 26 before Colorado Senate State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Committee in opposition to HB17-1290.

Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association Applauds Senate Committee Decision to Indefinitely Table HB17-1290

Robert Sakata, Sakata Farms, Brighton, Colo., and president of the Colorado Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association (CFVGA), yesterday urged members of the Colorado Senate State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Committee not to impose Colorado agriculture the paperwork burden for another regulation.
CFVGA applauds the decision of the committee following Sakata’s and other testimonies to indefinitely table the bill, which had already passed the House.
“CFVGA is opposed to HB17-1290, because it would create another administrative nightmare for family farms, who rely on family members to implement regulatory requirements,” said Sakata. “Although it may sound simple to ask employees to ‘opt out’ if they don’t want to participate in this Colorado savings plan, our members’ experience with similar programs like the Affordable Care Act, indicates the additional requirement would place a huge additional burden on Colorado growers.” Continue reading

04-28-17 CFVGA: Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training Course Offered on May 11th

Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training Course Offered May 11 @ Colorado Department of Agriculture

The Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA), Colorado State University (CSU) Extension and the Colorado Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association (CFVGA) invite produce growers to a Produce Safety Rule Grower Training, May 11 at the Colorado Department of Agriculture, 305 Interlocken Parkway, Broomfield.
“This training will provide information on produce safety, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule, Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), and co-management of natural resources and food safety,” said Martha Sullins, CSU Extension and co-chair of the CFVGA Food Safety Committee.
She explained that the course is one way to satisfy the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement outlined in § 112.22(c) that requires “At least one supervisor or responsible party for your farm must have successfully completed food safety training at least equivalent to that received under standardized curriculum recognized as adequate by the Food and Drug Administration.”
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04-28-17 WGA News: Governors Hickenlooper, Mead honored by TRCP for conservation work

TRCP honors Western Governors Hickenlooper, Mead for bipartisan leadership in collaborative conservation efforts

Western Governors John Hickenlooper of Colorado and Matt Mead of Wyoming were honored on April 26, 2017, by the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership (TRCP) for their bipartisan leadership in ongoing collaborative conservation efforts and advocacy.

Governors Mead and Hickenlooper were presented with the 2017 James D. Range Conservation Award — named for TRCP’s co-founder, a conservation visionary, and presented to one Democrat and one Republican each year — for their collaborative efforts to help restore sagebrush habitat as co-chairs of the Sage Grouse Task Force. They are the first state governors to receive the award, which is typically given to members of Congress. Continue reading

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Trump to Renegotiate NAFTA, For Now

President Donald Trump says he has agreed to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement, rather than terminate the agreement. Following news that the White House was preparing an executive order to terminate NAFTA, the President said on Twitter Thursday that leaders called from Mexico and Canada “asking to renegotiate rather than terminate,” adding he agreed to do so. But, only if the U.S. receives a fair deal in renegotiations. Word of an executive order to terminate NAFTA angered agriculture groups. The National Corn Growers Association denounced the reports, and NCGA President Wesley Spurlock said withdrawing from NAFTA “would be disastrous,” while urging the President not to remove the U.S. from the trade agreement. Mexico is the top buyer of U.S. exported corn. U.S. Grains Council President and CEO Tom Sleight said the council was “shocked and distressed” by the news, adding there is strong support to update and modernize NAFTA. Following the outcry, President Trump said in a statement: “It is my privilege to bring NAFTA up to date through renegotiation.” He told reporters Thursday afternoon that he had been planning to terminate NAFTA “as of two or three days from now.” But now, he says: “We’re going to give renegotiation a good, strong shot,” and says renegotiation begins today.


Former USTR Says Future NAFTA Renegotiations Unpredictable

A former U.S. trade representative warned Canada that trade negotiations with the U.S. would be much less predictable with the Donald Trump administration. Obama-era USTR Michael Froman told Canada-based CBC News much of the North American Free Trade Agreement renegotiations with the Trump administration will likely be familiar ground, albeit with a less predictable partner. Froman helped lead the Obama administration to reach an agreement on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade agreement President Trump removed the United States from upon taking office. Froman says: “We already have renegotiated NAFTA, it was called TPP.” Included in the TPP, Froman says Canada and Mexico agreed to a number of revisions that were not in NAFTA that helped make NAFTA a 21st-century agreement. He says it’s unclear what the new administration will seek that goes beyond the scope of the TPP agreement. Froman, now a distinguished fellow at the Council of Foreign Relations, said it can be reasonably expected that the White House will want to address supply management in the dairy industry, and seek changes to softwood lumber, among the vocal criticisms of the Trump administration of late.


U.S. Milk Exports to Mexico at Risk

$1.2 billion of milk exports from the U.S. to Mexico are at risk as Mexico appears to be seeking new trading partners. Mexico is America’s top dairy exporter, and as the Donald Trump administration makes trade relations uneasy with its North American Free Trade Agreement counterparts, Mexico is in talks to export dairy products from New Zealand. In the first two months of 2017, Mexico increased its imports of skim milk powder from the European Union by 122 percent over last year. Mexico has also been exploring talks with dairy powerhouse New Zealand. That country’s trade minister visited Mexico in February to discuss a potential trade deal, according to Bloomberg news. University of Missouri agricultural economist Scott Brown says Mexico is “looking to make sure they have market alternatives because of the rhetoric from the U.S. on renegotiating NAFTA.” But, CoBank economist Ben Laine says “it’s not just the NAFTA talk.” He says demanding that Mexico pay for a border wall and taking a hard line on immigration likely have an impact, as well.


Farm Bureau Responds to President’s Tax Plan

American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall welcomed the inclusion of eliminating the estate tax in President Donald Trump’s tax plan unveiled this week. However, Duvall says tax reform must treat all businesses fairly, noting that “most farm and ranch businesses don’t operate like large corporations.” Duvall says most farms are family-run and depend on deductions and provisions that give them the flexibility they need to keep their businesses running in all seasons. Duvall says farmers and ranchers have already benefitted from congressional action to reduce the burden of the estate tax, known as the death tax, and that AFBF is “ready to bury the death tax once and for all.” Duvall also says lower tax rates will go a long way in helping farmers and ranchers. But the future of other important provisions for agriculture, like immediate expensing, the deduction for interest expense, cash accounting and like-kind exchanges, is still unclear. He says the tax code “should not add to the challenges” to farmers, and that AFBF is ready to work with the administration and Congress to address all of agriculture’s needs in tax reform.


Cargill Exiting U.S. Cattle Feeding Business

Cargill has announced it will exit from its U.S. cattle feeding business. The move means that in the last year, the company has gone for the fourth-largest feeder in the U.S., to completely leaving the sector. Cargill has reached an agreement to sell its last two feed yards to Green Plains Inc., which will purchase the feed yards for $36.7 million. Cargill’s withdrawal from the feeding business highlights a change in priorities at the company, which says it is the world’s largest supplier of ground beef, according to Reuters. Cargill is seeking to expand its North America-based protein business by exploring plant-based protein, fish and insects, along with other opportunities linked to livestock and poultry. The Green Plains Cattle Company, a subsidiary of the ethanol producer Green Plains Inc, will supply cattle to Cargill for processing through a multi-year agreement, according to the companies. By buying the feed yards, Green Plains gains markets for its distiller’s dried grains, an ethanol byproduct used to feed livestock.


Brazil meat Companies Lost $1.5 Billion after Investigation

Meat companies in Brazil lost the U.S. equivalent of $1.52 billion after the nation’s federal police announced an investigation into a tainted meat scandal. Meat industry publication Meatingplace reports an economic measure of the losses discovered the declines that followed an investigation which stopped virtually all exports from Brazil for a brief time. The bulk of the losses were attributed to JBS, SA, which lost the U.S. equivalent of $1.4 billion in market share in the month following the investigation. Federal police in Brazil say meat inspectors were bribed to allow tainted meat to pass inspection for export. Brazil’s Federal Police has charged 63 people for participation in the scheme. The United States, while saying no tainted meat from Brazil reached U.S. borders, announced stepped-up inspection at the time, as well.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service


04-27-17 Gov. Hickenlooper’s statement on President Trump’s executive order on national monuments

Gov. Hickenlooper’s statement on President Trump’s executive order on national monuments

DENVER — Thursday, April 27,  2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today released the following statement:

President Donald Trump issued an executive order on Wednesday, April 26, that instructs the Secretary of Interior to review the designation of at least two dozen national monuments, including Colorado’s Canyon of the Ancients National Monument. The order also authorizes the Secretary to review any other monument designated after 1996 at his discretion. Continue reading

04-27-17 USDA NASS Milk PDI



Milk production increased 1.8 percent in 2016 to 212 billion pounds. The rate per cow, at 22,774 pounds, was 378 pounds above 2015. The annual average number of milk cows on farms was 9.33 million head, up 14,000 head from 2015.

Cash receipts from marketings of milk during 2016 totaled $34.5 billion, 3.3 percent lower than 2015. Producer returns averaged $16.34 per hundredweight, 5.1 percent below 2015. Marketings totaled 211.4 billion pounds, 1.8 percent above 2015. Marketings include whole milk sold to plants and dealers and milk sold directly to consumers.

An estimated 1.0 billion pounds of milk were used on farms where produced, 3.3 percent more than 2015. Calves were fed 91 percent of this milk, with the remainder consumed in producer households.

For a full copy of the Annual Milk Production, Disposition, and Income report please visit http://www.nass.usda.gov.

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04-27-17 US Senator Bennet Demands Administration Continue to Protect National Monuments

Bennet Demands Administration Continue to Protect National Monuments

On Senate Floor, Explains How Rescinding Monument Designations is Washington Overreach, Bad for Business

Washington, D.C. – Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet today delivered remarks on the Senate floor emphasizing the importance of our national monuments.

Bennet discussed the irony in President Trump’s claim that monuments designations are an “egregious abuse of federal power.”

“For all their rhetoric about Washington overreach, this Administration and its allies in Congress seem to have no problem substituting their rash judgment for the thoughtful, community-driven designations of national monuments across the United States of America,” Bennet said. Continue reading