04-19-17 CO Corn: Corn planting begins in Colorado; planting nationally falling slightly behind due to wet conditions

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Corn planting begins in Colorado; planting nationally falling slightly behind due to wet conditions 

Corn planting progress nationally appears to have fallen slightly behind the five-year average, according to a new report released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

With six percent of total corn acres planted by Sunday, April 16, progress fell three percentage points short of the five-year average and six percentage points behind the same date in 2016.

The slower pace, in large part, resulted from wet conditions across many of the 18 states that account for 92 percent of the corn acres planted.

Here in Colorado, planting had just barely gotten off the ground as of Sunday, with just one percent planted. However, that’s the normal pace for this time of year in the Centennial State, which typically trails the rest of the U.S. in planting progress.
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04-19-17 CO Corn: Educators encouraged to attend Colorado Foundation for Agriculture’s summer teachers institute

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Educators encouraged to attend Colorado Foundation for Agriculture’s summer teachers institute

The Colorado Foundation for Agriculture is offering three options for the Food, Fiber, and More Summer Agriculture Institute this summer. The summer ag institute is a five-day course for K-12 teachers, who have limited agriculture backgrounds. The purpose of this class is to assist educators in understanding the ag industry and its connection to our environment and society.
The class offers methods for using agriculture materials in the classroom, and assists educators in developing curriculum ideas that integrate an understanding of ag in various subjects. Teachers learn from many of the leaders in Colorado’s ag industry, and also gain hands-on experience while on tours of local farms and ranches.
The date and location options are as follows:
* June 12-16 – Rifle
* June 19-23 – Fort Collins

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04-19-17 Colorado Corn staff member discusses ag and water at youth education festival in Wray

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Colorado Corn staff member discusses ag and water at youth education festival in Wray

Colorado Corn Market Development Director Melissa Walter was on hand at Water Fest 2017 in Wray on Thursday to discuss H2O with more than 300 fourth-graders.
While there, she covered the water efficiency of corn and ethanol production, as well as agriculture in general, and also talked about how much water is used in other facets of everyday life.
Melissa will also be at the Children’s Water Festival in Greeley this month — a 26-year-old event that now stands as one of the longest-running children’s water festivals in the U.S, and has 1,000 fourth-graders rolling through its stations.

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04-19-17 CO Corn: April 22nd is Earth Day…Don’t forget to THANK a Farmer

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Saturday, April 22nd is Earth Day … don’t forget to thank a farmer 

Corn farmers certainly have much to be proud of as Earth Day 2017 (April 22) rolls around.
Some of the great work our farmers are doing is highlighted in the comprehensive 2012 Field to Market Report, which shows that from 1980 to 2011, U.S. corn farmers increased bushels per acre by 64 percent. But also from 1980 to 2011 …
* Land use per bushel … down 30 percent
* Energy use per bushel … down 44 percent
* Water use per bushel … down 53 percent
* Soil erosion per bushel … down 67 percent
* Greenhouse gas emissions per bushel … down 36 percent
Additionally, a number of studies show decreases in other inputs, such as usage of many pesticides, over the years.

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04-19-17 CCA will feature U.S. Veteran and CO Native Kris “Tanto” Paronto at 150th Annual Convention


CCA will feature U.S. Veteran and CO Native Kris “Tanto” Paronto at 150th Annual Convention

Colorado Cattlemen’s Association’s 150th Annual Convention is just around the corner on June 12-14, 2017 at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Grand Junction, CO.  The monumental event will celebrate CCA’s past and look toward its future, as they continue “Advancing the Legacy” for generations to come.

On the first day of the convention, members will engage in CCA’s 11 different steering committee meetings. The meetings ensure that members’ voices can be heard, and policies that shape the future are formed. On the second day, attendees will spend the morning networking in the trade show, and will be captivated in the morning speakers’ session. The afternoon will lend the opportunity to travel to one of three exciting off-site tours; and in the evening, CCA will host its 150th Anniversary Celebration and Block Party.

Keynote Speaker, Kris “Tanto” Paronto

On the final day of the conference, CCA will hold its Current Issues Breakfast and conduct its Business Session. Then, the event will end on an exciting note with the highly-anticipated Keynote Speaker, Kris “Tanto” Paronto. “Tanto” as he is affectionately known in security contracting circles, is a former Army Ranger from 2nd Battalion 75th Ranger Regiment and private security contractor. He also worked with the U.S. Government’s Global Response Staff conducting low profile security in high threat environments throughout the world. Paronto was born in Alamosa, Colorado and obtained a Bachelor’s Degree from Mesa State College in Grand Junction. He also holds a Masters Degree from The University of Nebraska at Omaha. Inspiration behind the book turned movie, 13 Hours in Benghazi, he will entertain and inspire the crowd as he talks about leadership and how to stand strong in the face of adversity, while providing first-hand details of the attack on Benghazi.

CCA will release more information each week leading up to its 150th Annual Convention. To register, or for more event highlights, visit CCA’s website at www.coloradocattle.org, or call the CCA office at (303) 431-6422. Sponsorship and trade show opportunities are also available.  Contact Sarah Smith at the CCA office for more details, sarah@coloradocattle.org. The deadline to register for the convention is Friday, May 19th. Continue reading

04-19-17 NRCS’ WLFW Initiative Targets Colorado’s Native Cutthroat Trout

NRCS’ WLFW Initiative Targets Colorado’s Native Cutthroat Trout

Working Lands for Wildlife (WLFW) Applications are being accepted until May 19, 2017

April 12, 2017, DENVER, CO – USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Colorado recently announced its 2017 Working Lands for Wildlife (WLFW) Cutthroat Trout Initiative.  The Initiative is aimed at helping landowners and partners increase drought resiliency and habitat conditions across the native cutthroat trout landscape. Interested landowners must submit applications by Friday, May 19, 2017 by 4:00p.m.

“It’s important for NRCS in Colorado to make saving the cutthroat trout a priority,” shares Randy Randall, Acting State Conservationist in Colorado.  “The trout has evolved into one of the most interesting and diverse species of fish as a direct result its habitat which is rugged mountainous terrain.”

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04-19-17 NRCS Uses EQIP Program to Help Landowners Impacted by Recent Wildfires

NRCS Uses EQIP Program to Help Landowners Impacted by Recent Wildfires

Farmers and Ranchers in Logan and Phillips Counties may submit applications until May 19, 2017

April 13, 2017, DENVER, CO – USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Colorado announces the availability of funding to help private landowners impacted by the recent wildfire in Logan and Phillips Counties.  Landowners interested in replacing or restoring critical irrigation systems, replacing windbreaks and shelterbelts, rebuilding fences, protecting and restoring scorched grazing lands, and implementing various conservation measures to mitigate losses are encouraged to apply.  Producers within the affected area must submit applications by Friday, May 19, 2017 to their local NRCS field office.

“Agricultural operations in the area of the wildfire have been devastated,” said Acting State Conservationist Randy Randall.  “The funding announced today can help these farmers and ranchers start the process of recovery. Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, April 19th

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, April 19th

Tax Reform by August Unlikely

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin (mi-new-chin) says getting tax reform legislation on the President’s desk by August appears unlikely. Mnuchin told the Financial Times this week the tax reform timeline is “highly aggressive to not realistic at this point,” in referring to his prior comments on finishing tax reform by August. He cites health care reforms as the delaying factor, but still expects tax reform to be completed sometime in 2017. Farm groups, including the American Farm Bureau Federation, have testified to Congress on the need to eliminate the estate tax, and have called on Congress to create a simpler tax code for farmers and ranchers. Ag groups are also urging Congress to reduce income tax rates, reduce capital gains taxes and allow for immediate business expensing.


U.S. Petition Seeks Brazilian Beef Ban

An online petition is seeking a ban on beef imports to the U.S. from Brazil. Posted on the White House’s We the People Website, the petition cites Brazil’s tainted meat scandal in asking the administration to ban “unsafe imports” from Brazil until all beef in the U.S. is sold with a country-of-origin label. Food Safety News reports the petition was filed April 13th with the goal of collecting 100,000 signatures in 30 days to get a response from the Trump White House. The online petition states: “This petition will benefit the largest segment of American agriculture – the U.S. cattle industry, as well as protect American consumers.” The petition is backed by the Ranchers-Cattlemen Action Legal Fund or R-CALF USA. R-CALF has long been a supporter of country-of-origin meat labeling. However, Congress in 2015 voted to take the U.S. COOL law off the books after the World Trade Organization approved retaliations by Mexico and Canada of more than $1 billion as a result of the law.


63 Indictments in Brazil Tainted Meat Scandal

Brazil has indicted 63 people for their role in a corruption scheme within the nation’s Ministry of Agriculture. Drovers Cattle Network reports the charges allege federal auditors at meat processing facilities took bribes for years in exchange for fraudulent sanitary permits. Suspects in the case are charged with falsifying medical records and certificates, tampering with food products, conspiracy and corruption. Allegations also include selling spoiled meat and injecting water to sell poultry at higher prices. Police also reported that the producers under investigation used chemical ingredients, in quantities far above the legally permitted amount, to “disguise the physical aspect or smell of rotten meat.” Brazil is the world’s largest beef exporter, but after the investigation was announced, the nation saw exports drop to near zero within a week. Most export sales have resumed since. The U.S. Department of Agriculture last month said none of the slaughter or processing facilities implicated in the Brazilian scandal had shipped meat products to the United States. 

Commerce Department Investing Argentina and Indonesia Biodiesel Imports

The U.S. Commerce Department has launched an antidumping and countervailing duty investigation aimed at biodiesel imports from Argentina and Indonesia. DTN-The Progressive Farmer reports the investigation is in response to a complaint filed by the biodiesel industry in the United States. U.S. biodiesel industry representatives testified to the International Trade Commission last week, saying biodiesel produced in Argentina and Indonesia has been flooding the U.S. market since 2014. The industry claims the subsidized biodiesel from Argentina and Indonesia forced U.S. producers out of their home market. The Commerce Department says there is reason to believe that Argentine and Indonesian biodiesel companies were selling into the U.S. “at less-than-fair value.” The National Biodiesel Board said imports from Argentina and Indonesia increased by more than 460 percent from 2014 to 2016, gaining about 18 percent of U.S. market share during that time.


2017 Corn Plantings Falling Behind

Wet conditions across the Corn Belt are delaying corn plantings. The Department of Agriculture indicated earlier this week corn plantings have fallen slightly behind the five-year average, and wet weather this week in the Midwest will likely bring further delays. With six percent of total corn acres planted by April 16th, progress fell three percentage points short of the five-year average. Over the next ten days, the National Weather Service’s Climate Prediction Center is predicting normal to cooler temperatures in the Eastern Corn Belt and normal to above average precipitation in all areas of the U.S., except the Southwest. The American Farm Bureau Federation’s new Market Intel website says the potential for additional corn planting delays remain because of the wet forecast. USDA currently projects U.S. farmers to plant four million fewer corn acres in the 2017-18 crop year at 89.9 million acres. AFBF says significant weather complications due to excessive moisture that delay or slow planting could ultimately lead to even fewer corn acres being planted, adding weather will continue to play a critical role in the coming weeks as farmers seek to plant this years’ corn crop.


More Farmers Considering Drone Use

A new poll finds 21 percent of farmers plan to operate a drone this year. The poll by Farm Journal Media found 21 percent of farmers will operate the drone themselves, while another 12 percent of farmers indicated they would opt for a third-party entity to fly drones. More than 1,000 farmers responded to the poll. 31 percent of respondents say they will keep an open mind about drone use on their operation for 2018. Last August, the Federal Aviation Administration released its final unmanned aircraft rule allowing for the commercial use of drones, including for agricultural purposes. RnR Market Research in April 2016 predicted the agriculture drone market would be worth $3.69 billion by the year 2022. A forecast by the research firm says the market is poised for significant growth over the next few years. The forecast says the use of drones brings transparency to agriculture, along with improved efficiently and higher productivity.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service