06-09-17 “Agfinity & Beyond Episode 2 – Colorado Commodities”

Episode #2 – Colorado Commodities

Check out the latest installment of “Agfinity & Beyond”, as I visit with Gregg Mack of Colorado Commodities from Double J Lamb Feeders west of Ault, CO – CLICK HERE to learn more

Episode #1 – LINXX

Olivia Bowman, Ag Technology Lead @ Agfinity, Inc. discussing LINXX

When you are ready to take your operation to the next level, think Agfinity & Beyond, until next time you can learn more about Agfiniity, Inc. online @ http://agronomy.agfinityinc.com/

06-09-17 WORLD PORK EXPO 2017 AN INTERNATIONAL SUCCESS

WORLD PORK EXPO 2017 AN INTERNATIONAL SUCCESS

Approximately 20,000 U.S. pork producers and other pork enthusiasts, including more than 1,000 guests from locations outside the United States, gathered in Des Moines, Iowa, this week for NPPC’s annual World Pork Expo. NPPC President Ken Maschhoff, President-Elect Jim Heimerl and NPPC board member Kraig Westerbeek opened the world’s largest pork-specific trade show and exhibition with a press briefing addressing the U.S. pork industry’s regulatory reform priorities. NPPC’s immediate past president, John Weber, and Vice President David Herring hosted a second press briefing to discuss international trade priorities and the importance of federal funding for a foot-and-mouth disease vaccine bank. More than 100 journalists attended this year’s event. Nearly 450 pork industry suppliers from North America, Europe and Asia were showcased at the 29th Expo, which featured the largest exhibition space in the history of the show. Continue reading

06-09-17 My Beef Checkoff Video: Pass It On: Empire Dairy

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Pass It On: Empire Dairy

At Empire Dairy near Wiggins, Colorado, the family relies on the checkoff-funded Beef Quality Assurance program to teach them cattle-handling information that allows them to sell better quality beef, along with the high-quality milk produced at the farm. Following good management practices is part of their plan to pass the farm along to the third generation.

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06-09-17 ASI 2017 Photo Contest…

Deadline for ASI Photo Contest is Aug. 17

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Chances are you’ve already got some great photos to enter in the 2017 ASI Photo Contest. But even if you don’t, you’ve still got plenty of time to head out to the pasture, the barn, the mountains or wherever inspiration strikes and snap that perfect, award-winning entry. As always, there’s a small cash reward and the opportunity to be featured in the Sheep Industry News riding on your ability to capture the sheep industry in its most flattering light. Continue reading

06-09-17 CEP Commentary: Eggs finally and accurately are being incorporated into the heart-health regimen

Eggs finally — and accurately — being incorporated into the  heart-health regimen 

Bill Scebbi – Colorado Egg Producers Executive Director

by: Bill Scebbi  – Colorado Egg Producers  Executive Director 

Colorado’s local egg farms once again helped ensure that those less fortunate wouldn’t go hungry during the Easter holiday this year, as they donated 306,720 eggs to Feeding Colorado’s five food banks.

The Food Bank of the Rockies in Denver — a Feeding Colorado member — had its mobile pantry set up on April 14at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, where they distributed a portion of those donated eggs, along with other food items, to about 350 families.  Continue reading

06-09-17 FSA-CO: Low Interest Emergency Physical Loss Loans Available 2 CO Counties

Low Interest Emergency Physical Loss Loans Available for Two Colorado Counties with Assistance to Producers in Surrounding States

(DENVER, Colo.), June 9, 2017 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Acting Administrator Chris Beyerhelm today announced that physical loss loans are available for two counties in Colorado. Farm operators who have suffered major physical losses caused by blizzard, excessive snow, freeze, excessive rain and high winds that occurred April 28 through May 1, 2017, may be eligible for emergency loans.

This Administrator’s Physical Loss Notification has been issued for Baca and Prowers counties as the primary damaged area. Additionally, three Colorado counties are contiguous to this designated disaster area, making these producers also potentially eligible for programs based on this designation.

The contiguous counties are: Bent, Kiowa and Las Animas.

The following contiguous counties in surrounding states are also eligible for emergency loans:

  • Kansas:  Greeley, Hamilton, Morton and Stanton counties
  • New Mexico:  Union County
  • Oklahoma:  Cimarron County

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06-09-17 US Dept of Interior Expands Information Sharing Initiative to Prevent Drone Incursions over Wildland Fires

Interior Expands Information Sharing Initiative to Prevent Drone Incursions over Wildland Fires

Expanded public access to real-time fire location mapping means drone operators “KnowWhereNotToGo”

WASHINGTON – Building on recent initiatives to prevent privately operated Unmanned Aircraft Systems (drones) from interfering with Federal, State, and local wildland firefighting activity, the Department of the Interior announced today that it is expanding and enhancing its wildfire location data-sharing program for 2017. The new service being offered is called “Current Wildland Fires” and is accessible through the Geoplatform ArcGIS Online Organization.

“By providing greater public access to a wider array of wildland fire location data, drone operators will Know Where Not To Go in near real-time,” said Mark Bathrick, director of Interior’s Office of Aviation Services. “As the 2017 wildland fire season gets underway, this improved service should greatly reduce the incidents of drone incursions on wildfires and enhance the safety of our firefighters and the communities they work so hard to protect.” Continue reading

06-09-17 Agfinity: Dan Riddle Named New Executive Vice-President of Feed

Dan Riddle Named New Executive Vice-President of Feed

Effective July 1st, 2017, Dan Riddle will move into the role of Executive Vice-President of Feed. Dan will be replacing Mick Daniel who is retiring after guiding the Feed Division to be one of the most successful operations in Colorado and the western United States in his 15 years at the helm. Continue reading

06-09-17 54th Year and Award Winning: CAMP ROCKY JULY 9 – 15, 2017

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54th Year and Award Winning: Camp Rocky July 9 – 15, 2017

Camp Rocky is an educational, week long residential camp for 14 through 19 year olds who enjoy the outdoors and are interested in natural resources! 

REGISTRATION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO JUNE 24TH – REGISTER TODAY!

Camp is located outside Divide, Colorado. Camp Rocky’s professional staff helps participants learn about their environment through hands-on experiences. Students work in teams, making new friends from across Colorado. Continue reading

06-09-17 CSU to study the spread of pathogens in U.S. potato crops

CSU to study the spread of pathogens in U.S. potato crops

Amy Charkowski, head of CSU’s Department of Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management

Colorado U.S. Senators Michael Bennet and Cory Gardner this week announced that Colorado State University will receive $264,600 in funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to study the spread of pathogens in U.S potato crops. This grant is part of a $4.8 million investment from USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) to study important challenges in U.S agriculture.

“Congratulations to Colorado State on receiving this grant, which will help detect and manage potato pathogens,” Bennet said. “Potato growers play a critical role in our farm economy, and this research will help support them over the long-term in Colorado and across the country.”

“This grant funding is important for Colorado’s agriculture community,” Gardner said. “I am glad that Colorado State will have the opportunity to help our farmers find new detection methods for food safety and production.”

“We are tremendously grateful to Senators Bennet and Gardner for their leadership in support of Colorado agriculture and agricultural research. Plant diseases like this one can spread quickly across the country, and they reduce the sustainability of food production,” CSU President Tony Frank said. “This research will help farmers protect potato production in Colorado and in many other states.” Continue reading

06-09-17 CULVER’S: Three Students Win Money To Help Send FFA Chapters to National Convention in Indianapolis

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Culver’s announces winners of the third annual FFA Essay Contest

PRAIRIE DU SAC, Wis. – June 9, 2017The agricultural industry is a diverse field sustained by technology and full of possibilities. This was the common theme among the top three essays in Culver’s Third Annual FFA Essay Contest, which is part of Culver’s Thank You Farmers™ program. The contest asked FFA members to discuss what they wished the general population knew about the agricultural industry and how they would help to educate people on the topic. Continue reading

06-09-17 USDA-NASS: Colorado Crop Production for June 2017…

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CROP PRODUCTION – June 2017

COLORADO HIGHLIGHTS

Winter wheat production in Colorado, based on conditions as of June 1, 2017, is forecast at 78.00 million bushels, according to the June 1 Agricultural Yield Survey conducted by the Mountain Regional Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. This forecast is up 8 percent from the May 1 forecast, but 26 percent below the 105.12 million bushel crop produced last year.  Estimated acreage for harvest, at 1.95 million acres, is unchanged from May 1, but 240,000 acres less than the 2.19 million acres harvested in 2016. As of June 1, the average yield is forecast at 40.0 bushels per acre, 3.0 bushels above the May 1 forecast, but 8.0 bushels below last year’s final yield.
As of May 28, Colorado’s winter wheat crop condition was rated 4 percent very poor, 12 percent poor, 34 percent fair, 38 percent good, and 12 percent excellent, compared with 1 percent very poor, 10 percent poor, 21 percent fair, 55 percent good, and 13 percent excellent last year

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06-09-17 Organic Livestock and Poultry Rules Benefits Family Organic Producers and Consumers

NFU: Organic Livestock and Poultry Rules Benefits Family Organic Producers and Consumers

WASHINGTON – In an effort to improve the consistency and integrity of organic livestock practices and labeling, National Farmers Union (NFU) is urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to finalize a set of regulations on organic livestock and poultry practices that are currently on hold.

NFU President Roger Johnson emphasized the organization’s support in public comments submitted today to Dr. Paul Lewis, director of the National Organic Program.

“NFU supports organic livestock production standards that are uniform and account for feeding and animal health care practices,” said Johnson. “As such, we strongly endorse the final rule regarding Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices, which will ensure consistency across the organic label.” Continue reading

06-09-17 USDA releases June 2017 WASDE Update..

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May WASDE Report Mostly Neutral

USDA Releases Latest WASDE Report

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s latest World Agriculture Supply and Demand estimates report released Friday offered no changes to U.S. corn ending stocks and increased the ending stocks estimate for soybeans. USDA increased soybean ending stocks for new-crop soybeans to 495 million bushels, up from 480 million last month, and left new-crop corn ending stocks unchanged at 2.1 billion bushels. The season average corn price estimate received by producers is unchanged from last month at $3.00 to $3.80 per bushel. The season-average price for soybeans was forecasted at $8.30 to $10.30 per bushel, and the season-average farm price for wheat is projected at $3.90 to $4.70 per bushel, up five cents from the latest report. USDA will release its U.S. acreage and grain stocks reports on June 30th.

The current World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) is now available in PDF, XML, and Microsoft Excel formats at:

http://www.usda.gov/oce/commodity/wasde

Acrobat Reader, which is required to view and print the WASDE report, can be downloaded at:

http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html

The next release of the WASDE report will be July 12, 2017

Previous WASDE reports are available at http://usda.mannlib.cornell.edu/MannUsda/viewDocumentInfo.do?documentID=1194.

 

06-09-17 Colorado farms donate more than 300,000 eggs to families for Easter

Colorado farms donate more than 300,000 eggs to families for Easter

Colorado’s local egg farms once again helped ensure that those less fortunate wouldn’t go hungry during the Easter holiday this year, as they donated 306,720 eggs to Feeding Colorado’s five food banks.

The Food Bank of the Rockies in Denver — a Feeding Colorado member — had its mobile pantry set up on April 14at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, where they distributed a portion of those donated eggs, along with other food items, to about 350 families.  Continue reading

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Friday, June 9th

Trump Waterways Commitment Needs Funding

Farm groups are encouraged by President Donald Trump’s infrastructure commitment for waterways, but Politico questions how the President plans to fund the effort. Trump announced his plan with Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke earlier this week. The American Soybean Association says President Trump’s remarks highlighted the importance of the waterways and the need for infrastructure upgrades, specifically citing the backlog in funding needs for modernization of locks and dams that have exceeded their life expectancy and are deteriorating. However, his budget proposal for fiscal year 2018 would cut the Army Corps of Engineers’ construction funding by more than 50 percent, with only enough funding to work on a single new lock and dam project on the system. The Army Corps of Engineers maintains some 12,000 miles of inland waterways. The budget proposal also leaves a diesel fuel tax that the barge industry lobbied for in 2014 in a trust, unused. The industry touted the tax as a way to improve waterways infrastructure.

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Senate Committee to Consider E-15 Waiver Legislation

A Senate committee will consider legislation next week that would put in place a permanent waiver to Reid vapor pressure (RVP) requirements to allow E-15 sales year-round. The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee announced the hearing set for Wednesday, June 14th. The hearing focuses on the Consumer and Fuel Retailer Choice Act, introduced in March by Nebraska Republican Senator Deb Fischer. A companion bill was introduced in the U.S. House in March by Nebraska Republican Representative Adrian Smith. Each year, the Environmental Protection Agency regulates RVP for gasoline and ethanol blends from June first until September 15. During these months, the EPA restricts the retail sale of fuels with ethanol above ten percent. The legislation would extend the RVP waiver to ethanol blends above ten percent. When introducing the bill, Fischer said the move would increase market access opportunities for higher blends of ethanol by allowing retailers to sell E-15 and higher blends year-round.

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R-CALF Seeking U.S. Investigation into JBS Scandal

R-CALF, the Ranchers-Cattlemen Action Legal Fund, United Stockgrowers of America, is calling on the U.S. federal government to investigate a corruption scandal by meat processor JBS. R-CALF USA sent a comprehensive, 11-page request to President Trump, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue for a full investigation and strict antitrust enforcement action into the corruption scandal. Citing news reports that JBS admitted bribing nearly 2,000 politicians, R-CALF USA wrote that JBS’s business model included unlawful practices to influence policy makers and that is is possible JBS deployed that same business model in the United States. JBS is the second-largest beef packer in the United States and owns the nation’s largest cattle feeding company, which the group contends was used by JBS, in conjunction with imported cattle and beef, to manipulate the cattle markets in 2015 and 2016, causing fed cattle prices to fall by more than $850 per head.

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Trump Administration Reviewing Sage Grouse Plans

Interior Department Secretary Ryan Zinke this week announced the Donald Trump administration would review a plan to protect sage grouse in western states. Plans to protect sage grouse have met opposition by industry and farm groups along the way, which argue the rules go too far. Zinke said he assembled a review team comprised of scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey, Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to study the plan. The Washington Post reports the two-month review will take into consideration issues that concern some western politicians: jobs and energy development, some of the very things that scientists say led to the bird’s decline. Zinke’s predecessor, Sally Jewell, defended the existing management plan for sage grouse stemming from the Obama Administration. Jewell says the rules were “designed to be very flexible and to allow the states and the federal land management agencies to work together” on both energy development and conservation.

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Global Food Prices Rebound in May

A measure of global food prices increased in May, after a decline in April. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations released its monthly Food Price Index Thursday. The index averaged 172.6 points in May 2017, up 3.7 points, or 2.2 percent, from April and nearly 16 points higher than its May 2016 level. The Index consists of the average of five commodity group price indices, weighted with the average export shares of each of the groups for 2002 to 2004.The rebound in the value of the Index followed three months of consecutive declines. Except for sugar, all other commodity indices in the index increased last month. The FAO Cereal Price Index averaged 148.1 points in May, up two points from April. The Vegetable Oil Price Index averaged 168.7 points in May, posting a monthly increase of 7.6 points, while the Dairy Price Index averaged 193 points in May, up 9.5 points. Meanwhile, the Meat Price Index averaged 171.7 points in May, up 2.5 points, and the Sugar Price Index averaged 227.9 points in May, down 5.4 points from April and marking a 13-month low.

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USDA Helping Expand Rural Broadband in Four States

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is helping four states expand access to rural broadband services. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced this week USDA would award loans to help provide broadband service in rural parts of California, Illinois, Iowa and Texas. Perdue says the investment “will connect rural communities to a digital future and will help expand access to high-speed internet, health care, educational and business services in rural communities.” The $43.6 million announced this week would add nearly 1,000 miles of fiber for broadband services. Of that, $24 million is for a project in Texas, and $9 million for a project in California. USDA is providing the loans through the Rural Development Telecommunications Program. The program funds infrastructure and equipment to deliver broadband and distance learning and telemedicine services throughout rural America.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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