05-04-17 Colorado Farm Bureau Foundation Activates Disaster Relief Fund

Colorado Farm Bureau Foundation Activates Disaster Relief Fund

Asks Governor for Disaster Declaration 

Centennial, Colo., – May 4, 2017 – Colorado Farm Bureau has activated a disaster fund to help the farmers and ranchers directly impacted by last weekend’s devastating late spring blizzard in Baca and Prowers counties. 100 percent of the funds raised will go directly to aiding these producers as they face the aftermath of this natural disaster.

The blizzard has had a large impact on the agriculture community in the area. With more than two feet of wet, heavy and blowing snow, thousands of cattle and calves succumbed to the elements. Due to the late spring timing of the storm, tens of thousands of acres of wheat crop are destroyed in Baca county, the third largest wheat producing county in the state.

“Looking out your window in Denver this may all be hard to believe, but the result will be devastating,” said CFB President Don Shawcroft. “We want to help our state’s farmers and ranchers in any way that we can, and we offer our support to those who’ve been affected by this blizzard.” Continue reading

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05-04-17 Plains Conservation Center and Savory Institute Join Forces to Connect Local Conservation Site to Global Grasslands Mission

Plains Conservation Center and Savory Institute Join Forces to Connect Local Conservation Site to Global Grasslands Mission

BOULDER (May 04, 2017) – Two Colorado-based non-profit organizations, Plains Conservation Center (PCC) and Savory Institute (SI), are joining forces to utilize the state’s front range to support the design of a global model for regenerating endangered grasslands. Continue reading

05-04-17 Celebrate DENVER at the 2017 Denver County Fair July 21-23

 

Celebrate DENVER at the Denver County Fair, July 21-23, 2017

(Denver, Colo.) – The Denver County Fair is back and under new ownership. The Western Stock Show Association purchased the fair in February 2017 and is committed to continuing the unique event while adding some features as only National Western can do.

The urban county fair offers affordable family fun while showcasing Denver’s unique character and culture.  Bring the family and enjoy the largest DCF carnival yet, with more than 20 amusement rides, pony rides, camel rides and unicorn rides.  The indoor/outdoor fair will include over 12 unique pavilions, 6 stages with a variety of programming, local bands and talents, a ukulele contest, live contests that test your know-how and hot dog, pie and bug-eating contests. Continue reading

05-04-17 USDA Secretary Perdue Pledges USDA Support in Face of Heartland Flooding

USDA Secretary Perdue Pledges USDA Support in Face of Heartland Flooding

(Washington, D.C., May 4, 2017) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today pledged the full resources and support of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in response to severe flooding occurring in many states across the center of the country.  Representatives of relevant USDA agencies, including the Farm Service Agency, the Office of Rural Development, and the Natural Resources Conservation Service, will be on the ground gathering information and assisting members of the agriculture community with their needs as they prepare to assess the damage.

Secretary Perdue issued the following statement: Continue reading

05-04-17 CAB: Angus Value Discovery Contest

Angus Value Discovery Contest

While cattle genetics keep improving, no national carcass challenge has tracked that since 2012—until now. The Angus Value Discovery Contest began this spring as a means of carcass data collection and friendly competition for commercial Angus producers, nominated by their seedstock or genetics providers. Artificial insemination (AI) companies and registered Angus breeders are nominating customers to enroll groups of at least 30 calves.

Commercial cow-calf operators who use registered Angus bulls and those who feed the high-quality progeny are discussing enrollment with seedstock suppliers or AI company reps. That’s according to Kara Lee, production brand manager for the cosponsoring Certified Angus Beef ® (CAB®) brand. Continue reading

05-04-17 Statement from the Weld County Board of Commissioners

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Statement from the Weld County Board of Commissioners

Weld County Statement, May 4, 2017:

Following Tuesday’s press conference regarding the cause of the tragic home explosion in Firestone, Weld County Commissioners and staff have come together and discussed several items focused on public safety. Continue reading

05-04-17 Inside the BARN with NestFresh’s Brandy Gamoning in Celebration of National Egg Month

 

NestFresh HeaderInside the BARN with NestFresh’s Brandy Gamoning in Celebration of National Egg Month

(Brandy GamoningBARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) May 4, 2017 -Joining the CO Ag News Network once again is Brandy Gamoning, Marketing Manager at NestFresh, discussing issues facing the poultry industry from their perspective and National Egg Month…

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To learn more about NestFresh please visit http://www.nestfresh.com/

And to learn more about National Egg Month and the Incredible Edible Egg™ please visit http://www.incredibleegg.org/

05-04-17 Morgan County REA Awards Scholarships

Morgan County REA Awards Scholarships

FORT MORGAN, CO – Morgan County Rural Electric Association is pleased to announce that twelve recipients have been selected for post-secondary college or vocational scholarships for 2017. This year Morgan County REA awarded five $1,000 scholarships to graduating seniors and one $1,000 scholarship to a current post-secondary student that will be returning to college or trade school, with Tri-State Generation and Transmission offering two $500 scholarships and Basin Electric Power Cooperative sponsoring two $1,000 scholarships to graduating seniors. MCREA also awarded two $7,500 scholarships to individuals who either are or will be attending electric lineworker school.

The recipients of the post-secondary college scholarships were selected by a panel comprised of MCREA members, directors and employees. The criteria for selection is based on a number of factors, including academics, ACT scores, school and community participation, work experiences, a student statement and a letter of recommendation. The electric cooperatives award the college scholarships to students whose families are members of Morgan County REA, with the exception of the Basin Cooperative Employee Scholarship, which is awarded to dependents of employees who work for electric cooperatives.

This year’s five $1,000 MCREA scholarship recipients for graduating seniors include: Continue reading

05-04-17 Inside the NACD with President Brent Van Dyke…

Inside the NACD with First VP Brent Van Dyke…

Brent Van Dyke, NACD First Vice-President

Brent Van Dyke, NACD President

(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) May 4, 2017 – Joining me on the Colorado Ag News Network inside the BARN is Brent Van Dyke, President of the National Association of Conservation Districts discussing several topics including:

  • Celebrating NACD’s 62nd Annual Stewardship Week this week
  • Van Dyke’s recent trip to Russia as part of the USAID Delegation
  • NACD’s take on appropriations legislation (on April 28th the CR funding the federal government runs out. NACD expects Congress will pass a Fiscal Year 2017 budget this week, and hopes that budget plan reverses proposed cuts to voluntary conservation programs).
  • What the recent confirmation and swearing in of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue means for agriculture, conservation, and NACD.
  • NACD’s upcoming Summer Conservation Forum and Tour in Iowa this July 15-18.
  • Help the NACD decide on a theme for the 2018 NACD Annual Meeting in Nashville
  • Final Thoughts & More

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BIOGRAPHY: First Vice President Brent Van Dyke is a retired teacher and FFA advisor from Hobbs, New Mexico. He has worked for the State Department, specifically U.S.A.I.D., for more than 15 years as a contract advisor for agricultural projects in Eastern Europe and Eurasia. Continue reading

05-04-17 USDA Secretary Perdue Announces Arrival of First Shipments of U.S. Beef to Brazil

Consul General Ricardo Zuniga displays U.S. beef ready for Brazilian customers representing more than a decade of work to reopen the country for U.S. producers.

USDA Secretary Perdue Announces Arrival of First Shipments of U.S. Beef to Brazil

(Washington, D.C., May 4, 2017) – Secretary Sonny Perdue announced today that the first shipment of fresh U.S. beef has arrived in Brazil following a 13-year hiatus.  The entrance of American beef into the Brazilian market ushers in promising long-term economic opportunity for U.S. beef producers.

“With Brazil’s large market reopened to the United States, U.S. beef exports are poised for new growth. I look forward to Brazilians getting the opportunity to eat delicious American beef, because once they taste it, they’ll want more of it.” said Secretary Perdue.

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05-04-17 US Dept of Interior Announces Share the Experience 2016 Photo Contest Winners

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Grand prize winner Craig McIntyre of Rockport, Texas

Interior Announces Share the Experience 2016 Photo Contest Winners

Citizen Photographers Compete for Photo Placement on National Public Lands and Waters Pass

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Interior today, along with the National Park Foundation and other participating federal recreation land agencies, announced the winners of the 2016 Share the Experience photography contest on the agency’s popular Instagram account and launched the 2017 contest.

This annual contest invites amateur photographers to submit their favorite views, moments, and adventures from America’s national parks and public lands. The winning picture, captured by Craig McIntyre of Rockport, Texas, will be featured on the annual National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass.

“These incredible photos represent some of America’s best recreation, wilderness and wildlife, and I’m happy to have the opportunity to share them with the nation,” said U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke. “Expanding access for hunting, fishing, motorized recreation, hiking and more is a cornerstone of my agenda for America’s public lands. From riders kicking-up dirt at the White Ridge Trail System in New Mexico to the amazing sunset behind Lake Mead and the Hoover Dam, the photos showcase that these places are truly for ‘the benefit and enjoyment of the people.’ Hopefully they inspire some young people to get outside and enjoy it.” Continue reading

05-04-17 Conservation Districts, NACD Celebrate 62nd Annual Stewardship Week: April 29-May 7th

CONSERVATION DISTRICTS, NACD CELEBRATE 62nd ANNUAL STEWARDSHIP WEEK

WASHINGTON, May 4, 2017 The National Association of Conservation Districts established Stewardship Week more than 60 years ago to educate the public on the importance of soil health, water quality, pollinator habitat, and other conservation topics. This week, many of the nation’s 3,000 conservation districts and state associations are celebrating the 2017 Stewardship Week theme “Healthy Soils Are Full of Life!” by holding community events, distributing educational materials, and even producing public service announcements for local radio stations on the benefits of healthy soils.

“Stewardship Week has grown to be one of the world’s largest conservation-related observances – and for good reason,” NACD President Brent Van Dyke said. “Every year, from the last Sunday in April to the first Sunday in May, America’s conservation districts have found new and innovative ways to engage their local communities around aspects of conservation that matter most to them.” Continue reading

05-04-17 CO-OEDIT: Colorado Creative Industries announces 2017 Governor’s Creative Leadership award winners

CO-OEDIT: Colorado Creative Industries announces 2017 Governor’s Creative Leadership award winners

DENVER – Weds. May 4, 2017 – Colorado Creative Industries (CCI) today announced that Aaron Abeyta of Antonito, Maryo Gard Ewell of Gunnison, and Damon McLeese of Denver were selected to receive the 2017  Governor’s Creative Leadership Awards.
The Governor’s Creative Leadership Awards honor Coloradans who have demonstrated a significant commitment to the state’s creative landscape through civic leadership and volunteerism including advocacy, vision, collaboration and innovation. Winners will receive an original work of art created by Breckenridge artist Martin Deegan.
“This award seeks out those that are providing selfless service within the creative sector in Colorado, and inspires others by honoring their process and celebrating achievements,” said CCI director Margaret Hunt. Continue reading

USDA – FAS Weekly Export Sales Report for May 4th

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Weekly Export Sales

05-04-17 CO-OEDIT: Economic Development Week May 8-13: Governor’s Message and Proclamation

CO-OEDIT: Economic Development Week: Governor’s Message and Proclamation

Colorado is excited to participate in the second annual National Economic Development Week, May 8 – 13, 2017.

We are partnering with the Economic Development Council of Colorado (EDCC) to celebrate and honor local economic developers who generate growth, create better jobs for residents, and facilitate an improved quality of life in Colorado. Economic developers promote economic well-being and quality of life for your communities by creating, retaining and expanding jobs. Continue reading

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Minnesota Court Delays Syngenta Lawsuit Hearing

The Associated Press reports that the first of literally tens of thousands of lawsuits against Syngenta has been delayed until July. The suits accuse the Swiss agribusiness company of introducing a genetically engineered corn variety before China had approved it for imports, thereby causing farmers economic harm. The case was supposed to go to trial last week in a Minnesota court. Attorney Lew Remele (Rem’-uh-lee) said the court had already picked a jury in late April. The judge decided to restart the process because some of the jurors had claimed financial hardship if they heard the case. He says the juror notification requirements and scheduling conflicts means a delay until July tenth. That delay will mean the first case up will get tried in a Kansas City federal court on July fifth. Approximately 60,000 cases have been filed in Minnesota alone. The suits accuse Syngenta of wrecking China as an export market for U.S. corn farmers. Syngenta denies it’s caused farmers any financial losses.

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Dow/DuPont Merger Gets Conditional China Approval

Dow and DuPont announced this week they’ve been given conditional regulatory merger approval by China’s Ministry of Commerce. The approval is conditionally based on the companies fullfilling commitments that were given to the Ministry regarding the deal. The conditions for approval are similar to commitments the companies already made to get approval from the European Union Commission. For example, Dow and DuPont will have to divest parts of DuPont’s crop protection portfolio. Dow and DuPont have also made commitments within the Chinese market, including the supply and distribution of certain herbicide and insecticide ingredients and formulations for rice crops for up to five years after the merger is finalized. Back on March 27, the European Union gave conditional approval to the merger. Dow and DuPont still expect the deal to be finalized during August of this year. Intended company spin-offs would occur sometime during the 18 months after the deal closes. Dow and DuPont are also continuing to work to get regulatory approval for their merger from the remaining relevant jurisdictions around the globe.

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Commerce Department to End Mexican Sugar Dumping

The U.S. Department of Commerce announced it intends to end the antidumping and countervailing duty suspension agreements in place with Mexico over what it calls that country’s unfair trading practices. The department will impose duties on Mexican sugar imports beginning on June 5, unless the two countries can come to an agreement. Phillip Hayes, a spokesman for the American Sugar Alliance, says they are grateful the Department of Commerce is taking steps to bring Mexico into compliance with U.S. trade laws they were found guilty of breaking. However, Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue told NAFB broadcasters in Washington that U.S. sugar refiners should be careful what they wish for. He feels the duties being threatened by the Commerce Department won’t help U.S. refiners. He adds that he won’t ask American sugar beet producers or cane farmers in Louisiana and Florida to do things that aren’t in their long-term best interests.  “I’m not going to ask any of them to sign a deal that will put them out of business,” Perdue said, “but I do want them to think long and hard about the potential consequences.”

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Rabobank Finds Pork Export Market Projections Favorable

Looking ahead to the second and third quarter of 2017, Rabobank says pork export projections look favorable for the industry. Rabobank Research Food and Agribusiness analysts find that a stable market is ahead into the third quarter as increased U.S. pork production is being absorbed into Asian export markets. The report on National Hog Farmer Dot Com says the industry is keeping a close eye on what’s going on with Chinese pork imports, both now and in the months ahead. Rabobank analysts report that “steady, regulatory-driven relocation of pork production will support a good price level and stabilize imports in the coming months.” Rabobank reports that the pork markets are also performing well in Japan and South Korea. Consumption in Japan is up over 4 percent in January-February, year-over-year, marking three years of increased pork consumption by Japanese consumers. South Korean pork production is growing, but so are imports. A booming pig market in the European Union will put pressure on supplies as prices are rapidly rising. U.S. pork producers are looking for exports to determine prices levels as domestic production is forecast to be four percent higher this year. With all this in mind, Rabobank says the U.S. pork sector is off to a strong start in 2017.

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CA Citrus Industry Angry Over Lemons From Argentina

The California citrus industry was livid over the decision by the Trump Administration to lift the ban that had been in place on Argentina lemons. The administration decided to allow lemon imports from northwest Argentina to resume for the first time in 16 years. The ban will be lifted on May 26, a move that California Citrus Mutual, an industry advocacy group, says left them blindsided. “They just flat-out ignored us,” says Joel Nelsen, CCM President, “and that’s unacceptable.” The ban was first put in place because California citrus growers said Argentine lemons contained diseases. Last December, the Obama administration said it would lift the ban. The Trump administration later issued a 60-day stay on the decision. “We disagreed with the Obama administration,” Nelsen said, “and this now belongs to the Trump administration. It flies in the face of the administration’s priorities, which are to protect domestic agriculture, U.S. businesses, and U.S. jobs.” He said there are also serious questions about pests that could still come in with Argentine imports and do damage to U.S. groves. Argentina farmers say they’ve complied with all U.S. regulations and say there are no problems with the sanitary condition of their fruit.

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NM Attorney Launches Probe of U.S. Beef Processors

New Mexico’s Attorney General is launching a probe into the business practices of some of the nation’s largest beef processors. He contends the state’s ranchers and cattle farmers are being “harmed by out-of-state corporations.” The Attorney General, Hector Balderas, says he’s concerned about the “unfair and anti-competitive practices” of companies like Cargill, JBS, Tyson Foods, and the National Beef Packing Company, among others. The probe is believed to be first ever filed by a state attorney general. The probe accuses the mega-meatpacking companies of harming New Mexico’s families by reaping record profits at the expense of local residents, who are seeing their paychecks shrink and the price of meat rise. The news release from the attorney general’s office says the state has roughly 7,000 farms. The release also challenges any federal statutes or entities that he says illegally threaten New Mexico’s farming and ranching families. Representatives of the four largest meatpackers didn’t return calls from Meating Place Dot Com seeking comments.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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