05-18-17 Northern Water: Chimney Hollow Reservoir receives final approval

Chimney Hollow Reservoir receives final approval

BERTHOUD – The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers has signed the final Record of Decision and approved a 404 Clean Water Act Permit for the Windy Gap Firming Project.

The WGFP is an effort by Northern Water’s Municipal Subdistrict to construct a 90,000 acre-foot reservoir at Chimney Hollow just west of Carter Lake and near Berthoud, CO. The project’s formal environmental permitting process began in October 2003, although the initial development of the WGFP began in the mid-1990s.

“This has been a lengthy process, and Northern Water, its Municipal Subdistrict and the 12 project participants are elated with the news of the 404 permit,” said Project Manager Jeff Drager. “We’re smiling and it makes the timeconsuming and resource-intensive permitting process worth it.”

This 404 CWA permit is the final federal requirement needed to construct Chimney Hollow Reservoir. These additional, critical permits and agreements have already been approved and finalized: Continue reading

05-18-17 Secretary Perdue Statement on Administration’s Intent to Renegotiate NAFTA

Secretary Perdue Statement on Administration’s Intent to Renegotiate NAFTA

(Washington, D.C., May 18, 2017) – Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue issued the following statement today after U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer notified Congress that President Trump intends to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA):

“While NAFTA has been an overall positive for American agriculture, any trade deal can always be improved. As President Trump moves forward with renegotiating with Canada and Mexico, I am confident this will result in a better deal for our farmers, ranchers, foresters, and producers.  When the rules are fair and the playing field is level, U.S. agriculture will succeed and lead the world. It’s why we recently announced the creation of an undersecretary for trade at USDA, because as world markets expand, we will be an unapologetic advocate for American agriculture. As I have often said, if our people continue to grow it, USDA will be there to sell it,” said Secretary Perdue. Continue reading

05-18-17 Dairy Industry Welcomes Swift Action by USTR Lighthizer to Launch NAFTA Modernization Efforts

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Maintain Trade with Mexico and Improve Market Access to Canada, Leaders Say

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. dairy industry commended Robert Lighthizer, the newly confirmed U.S. Trade Representative, for taking swift action under the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act (TPA) to begin the process for modernizing the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Continue reading

05-18-17 National Potato Council Applauds Administration Actions to Jumpstart the U.S. Trade Agenda

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National Potato Council Applauds Administration Actions to Jumpstart the U.S. Trade Agenda

Washington, D.C. – Today the National Potato Council (NPC) applauded the Trump Administration’s announcement to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

“We believe today’s action signals the beginning of a strong trade agenda for U.S. exporters.  In addition to improvements with Mexico and Canada, the potato industry looks forward to Administration efforts to gain increased access in China, Japan, Vietnam and other valuable overseas markets,” said John Keeling, Executive Vice President and CEO of NPC. Continue reading

05-18-17 Nominations Open for 2018 Potatoes USA Board

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Nominations Open for 2018 Potatoes USA Board Members

Nominations are now open for new Board Members for the 2018-2021 term. There are a total of 58 open seats to be filled.

All state potato organizations have received the information and materials to begin the process of seeking and nominating/re-nominating interested growers.  All nominees will be seated on the Board at the 2018 Annual Meeting in Denver, March 13-15, 2018. Continue reading

05-18-17 NMPF Facilitates NCIMS Passage of Proposals to Enhance Safety of Dairy Foods

NMPF Facilitates NCIMS Passage of Proposals to Enhance Safety of Dairy Foods

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Federation’s Efforts Help Achieve Balance and Eliminate Ambiguities in Milk Regulatory Program

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. – The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) helped secure several positive developments for dairy farmers and their cooperatives at the National Conference on Interstate Milk Shipments (NCIMS) this week, as multiple NMPF-led initiatives won approval from the NCIMS delegates during their biennial meeting here.

The NCIMS is a national cooperative regulatory program that includes state milk regulatory agencies, dairy companies and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which work together to ensure the safety and integrity of Grade “A” dairy products. The six-day NCIMS meeting concluded Wednesday, after delegates approved approximately 40 of the 100 proposals offered to revise the conference’s model milk sanitation ordinance and supporting documents.

“NMPF appreciates the opportunity to advocate on behalf of our members and is proud of our relationship with the NCIMS Conference and its participants,” said NMPF Vice President for Dairy Foods Beth Briczinski. “The collaborative spirit of this year’s conference again demonstrated the NCIMS motto of ‘Assuring the Safest Possible Milk Supply for All the People.’” Continue reading

05-18-17 CPW News: Colorado will celebrate the inaugural Colorado Public Lands Day May 20

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Colorado will celebrate the inaugural Colorado Public Lands Day May 20

DENVER, Colo. – Get out and celebrate Colorado! Colorado Parks and Wildlife along with partners are celebrating the inaugural Colorado Public Lands Day, Saturday. Free events, stewardship projects and outdoor adventures are being offered across the state to highlight the importance of our public lands

Colorado is the first state in the nation to establish its own public lands day. In May 2016, Governor Hickenlooper signed the bipartisan bill into law. The purpose of this new holiday is to celebrate the significant contributions that national, state, and local public lands within Colorado make to wildlife, outdoor recreation, the economy, and to Coloradans’ quality of life.

Colorado Public Lands Day will be an annual opportunity to give back to our lands and unify communities across the state. Not only do public lands conserve critical habitat for fish and wildlife, they also sustain a vibrant economic engine for Colorado. Whether it’s tourism, hunting, fishing, camping, hiking or dirt biking our public lands are a vital part of Colorado’s allure and natural beauty.

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05-18-17 Shrewsbury to Intern with Red Angus Commercial Marketing Team

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Shrewsbury to Intern with Red Angus Commercial Marketing Team

Denton, Texas — Ashtyn Shrewsbury, Alliance, Nebraska, is serving the Red Angus Association of America as the summer intern with the RAAA marketing team. She will be assisting the Association with herd visits and be completing field audits as required for the Feeder Calf Certification Program.

“We are looking forward to working with Ashtyn this summer and know that our members and FCCP program participants will enjoy the opportunity to visit with her,” said Gary Fike, director of commercial marketing and team leader. Continue reading

05-18-17 CO-OEDIT: Colorado’s Advanced Industries Accelerator Program Awards $2.9 Million to Technology Startups

CO-OEDIT: Colorado’s Advanced Industries Accelerator Program Awards $2.9 Million to Technology Startups

DENVER ­-May 18, 2017 – The Colorado Economic Development Commission (EDC) approved $2.9 million in Advanced Industries Accelerator (AIA) grants today for 18 Colorado companies with technologies that will positively impact key industries from health to manufacturing. The program has awarded over $40 million since its inception in 2013.
“Colorado is a national leader in innovation and business startups,” said Office of Economic Development and International Trade executive director Stephanie Copeland. “The Advanced Industries Accelerator program is a key initiative in encouraging such activity within the State and we are thrilled to fund so many innovative organizations.”

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05-18-17 Local Chapter Grants, Collegiate FFA Scholarships Illustrate AGCO Commitment to Future of Agriculture

Local Chapter Grants, Collegiate FFA Scholarships Illustrate AGCO Commitment to Future of Agriculture

30 FFA Chapters, including CO’s Briggsdale FFA Chapter and 118 individuals putting funds to good use

DULUTH, GA — AGCO Corporation (NYSE:AGCO), a worldwide distributor and manufacturer of agricultural equipment, AGCO Finance and AGCO-affiliated dealerships across the country are providing more than $166,000 in grants and scholarships in support of local FFA Chapters and the 2017 National FFA Collegiate Scholarship Program. Providing grants to local FFA Chapters is the newest aspect of more than 70 years of support from AGCO and its brands and an effort AGCO leadership, dealers and the local chapters are especially excited about.

“Several of the Massey Ferguson®, Challenger® and Gleane dealers throughout the AGCO network asked us for a way to support the activities and needs of FFA chapters in their local communities. In response, we expanded our scholarship program to provide AGCO dealer grants,” Alistair McLelland, vice president of marketing, North America explains. “The first grants were presented three years ago, and we’ve seen those investments put to work in some very thoughtful and beneficial ways.” A few examples include:

  • Saranac FFA in Saranac, Mich., was in desperate need of technology in their classroom, so they used the funds to purchase Chromebook™ laptops for students to use when completing lab assignments.
  • At the Kern County FFA in Lake Isabella, Calif., the funds had a significant impact through the chapter’s annual Food for America program where students educate kindergarteners about the importance of agriculture. More than 700 kindergarteners were engaged through hands-on education and chapter members honed their presentation and “Agvocacy” skills. The grant also helped provide education materials and products that were given to each of the elementary groups.
  • Jordan-Matthews FFA in Siler City, N.C., is putting up a new fence around raised garden beds at the school as they expand the hands-on learning aspects for their Horticulture curriculum.
  • Jackson County Central FFA, in Jackson, Minn., used their grant to send members to the Minnesota State FFA Convention. 
  • The Briggsdale FFA Chapter in Briggsdale, Colo., applied its grant to cover the costs of registration for conferences and contests, providing opportunities that help students better understand the agricultural industry. Students benefit from meeting industry professionals, as well as through exploring college campuses that offer a wide range of agricultural degree options. The grants help offset an expense that some families can’t afford. 

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05-18-17 NCGA Statement on NAFTA Modernization

NCGA Statement on NAFTA Modernization

WASHINGTON (May 18, 2017) – Today U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer formally notified Congress of the Trump Administration’s plans to modernize the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with Canada and Mexico.

National Corn Growers Association President Wesley Spurlock urged Lighthizer to remember the interests of U.S. agriculture as they begin modernizing the agreement.

“The Trump Administration understands that NAFTA has been an unequivocal success story for American agriculture,” said Spurlock. Continue reading

05-18-17 NFU: Reopening of NAFTA Provides Trump Administration With Chance to Right the U.S. Trade Agenda

Reopening of NAFTA Provides Trump Administration With Chance to Right the U.S. Trade Agenda

WASHINGTON – Initiating an official renegotiation process of past, failed trade deals, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer today formally notified Congress of the Trump Administration’s intentions to reopen the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

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05-18-17 Joint Statement – Wheat Industry Looks for New NAFTA Opportunities, But Priority Remains Do No Harm

Wheat Industry Looks for New NAFTA Opportunities, But Priority Remains Do No Harm

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) and the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) urge caution today as the Trump Administration officially submitted to Congress its notice of intent to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The U.S. wheat industry welcomes the opportunity for improving the framework for cross border wheat trade between the United States, Canada and Mexico, but would strongly oppose changes that might limit the current NAFTA’s benefits for wheat farmers and their customers, particularly in the Mexican food processing industries.

Since NAFTA entered into force on Jan. 1, 1994, trade has boomed between the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Specifically, NAFTA delivered a winning combination of free trade on a level playing field and a growing Mexican middle class with the income to demand better products, including food using imported wheat. Following years of market development work and duty free access, Mexico dramatically increased its U.S. wheat imports after NAFTA and imports in the current marketing year are up 40 percent, making Mexico our largest buyer. Continue reading

05-18-17 Inside the BARN with Colorado Ag Commissioner Don Brown…

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(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) May 18, 2017 – Joining the Colorado Ag News Network inside the BARN is Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture Don Brown discussing several topics including:

To listen to the interview with Colorado Agriculture Commissioner Don Brown, click below…

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05-18-17 NPPC: NAFTA Modernization Must Not Disrupt Pork Exports

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NPPC: NAFTA Modernization Must Not Disrupt Pork Exports

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 18, 2017 – Following today’s notification by the Trump administration to Congress that it intends to modernize the trade agreement among the United States, Canada and Mexico, the National Pork Producers Council urged the president to make sure that tariffs remain at zero for pork traded in North America.

The White House today officially notified the Senate Finance and House Ways and Means committees, which have jurisdiction over trade, that the administration will update the 23-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The notification begins a 90-day period in which Trump trade officials must consult with Congress on the objectives of the trade talks; 30 days prior to negotiations starting, the administration must make public a “detailed and comprehensive summary of the specific objectives” for a new agreement.

NPPC committed to work with the administration to preserve tariff-free market access for U.S. pork exports to Canada and Mexico, which last year were almost $799 million and nearly $1.4 billion, respectively.

“Canada and Mexico are top pork export markets. We absolutely must not have any disruptions in exports to our No. 2 (Mexico) and No. 4 (Canada) markets,” said NPPC President Ken Maschhoff, a pork producer from Carlyle, Ill. Continue reading

05-18-17 More Than 230 Students Receive FFA Jackets From Culver’s

More Than 230 Students Receive FFA Jackets From Culver’s

Restaurants donate over $30,000 in blue jackets to FFA members

PRAIRIE DU SAC, Wis. – May 18, 2017 – When does a jacket stand for faith, honor and pride? When it’s an FFA blue jacket. Local Culver’s restaurants along with Culver’s Support Center  worked with the National FFA Organization, which develops its members’ unique talents and explores their interests through agricultural education, to donate over $30,000 to the organization’s blue jacket program. Continue reading

05-18-17 USDA Certifies Another Rural Business Investment Fund

USDA Certifies Another Rural Business Investment Fund

Fund to Help Capitalize Small Rural Businesses

WASHINGTON, May 18, 2017 – Acting Deputy Under Secretary Roger Glendenning today announced that USDA has certified the Innova Ag Innovation Fund IV LP as an investment pool for small and startup rural businesses.

“This certification is another tool USDA provides to help rural businesses, to create jobs and to attract private-sector capital to rural communities,” Glendenning said. “Geography should not be a barrier to economic success. This pool will offer rural business owners the same access to capital as their counterparts in metropolitan areas.” Continue reading

05-18-17 NWSS CAC News: Meet The Kids and Calves of 2018

Meet The Kids and Calves of 2018

The NWSS Catch-A-Calf Program is Underway
Our 2018 Catch-A-Calf participants have been matched with their new projects for the upcoming year. They’ve headed home with their Hereford steers from the XIT Ranch in Plains, Kan., to prep for their big debut at next year’s National Western Stock Show.
The Catch-A-Calf kids are responsible for breaking, feeding and raising these calves for almost nine months. At NWSS 2018, they turn in a record book, give a speech on their experience, and complete an interview. After showing in showmanship and live evaluation, points are tabulated to determine the Grand and Reserve Grand steers, which will sell in the coveted Jr. Livestock Auction.
We had 55 kids apply for 40 spots in this year’s program. The final contestants include 23 kids from Colorado, 9 in Wyoming, 6 in Nebraska and 2 from Kansas. Best of luck to all throughout the coming year!