06-23-17 *CSU Ext News* Ron Meyer: Grain Bin Safety

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Break up crusted grain from the outside of the bin with a long pole. When using a pole, check to see that it doesn’t come into contact with electric lines.Whenever possible, don’t enter a grain bin. If you must enter the bin, as a farm owner/operator you should:

  • Wear a harness attached to a properly secured rope.
  • Stay near the outer wall of the bin and keep walking if the grain should start to flow. Get to the bin ladder or safety rope as quickly as possible.
  • Always have another person, preferably two people, outside the bin who can help if you become entrapped.
  • Grain fines and dust may cause difficulty in breathing. Anyone working in a grain bin, especially for the purpose of cleaning the bin, should wear an appropriate dust filter or filter respirator.
  • Always stay out of grain bins, wagons and grain trucks when unloading equipment is running.
  • If it is necessary to enter the bin, remember to shut off the power to augers and fans. It is a good idea to lock out any unloading equipment before you enter a bin to prevent someone from unintentionally starting the equipment while you are in the bin.
  • Children should never be allowed to play in or around grain bins, wagons or truck beds.
  • Where possible, ladders should be installed inside grain bins to for an emergency exit. Ladders are easier to locate inside a dusty bin if there are brightly painted stripes just above or behind the ladder.
  • It only takes 25 seconds for a 6 ft., 180 pound man to become submerged in grain.
  • It takes 625 pounds of force to remove a 180 pound man submerged in grain from the neck down.
  • If you become trapped in a bin of flowing grain with nothing to hold onto but you are still able to walk, stay near the outside wall. Keep walking until the bin is empty or grain flow stops. If you are covered by flowing grain, cup your hands over your mouth, and take short breaths until help arrives.

Source: University of Illinois Extension, University of Minnesota Extension

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06-23-17 USDA/NASS-CO: Cattle on Feed



The number of cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market in Colorado feedlots with a capacity of 1,000 head or larger was estimated at 970,000 head as of June 1, 2017. This latest inventory is 1 percent above last month and 9 percent above the June 1, 2016 inventory. Cattle feeders with 1,000 head or larger capacity marketed an estimated 140,000 head of fed cattle during May 2017, 12 percent above April 2017 marketings and 8 percent above May 2016 marketings. An estimated 160,000 cattle and calves were placed on feed during May 2017, 3 percent above a month ago and 19 percent above the May 2016 placements. Of the number placed in May, 16 percent weighed less than 600 pounds, 13 percent weighed from 600 to 699 pounds, 22 percent weighed from 700 to 799 pounds, 28 percent weighed 800 to 899 pounds and 22 percent weighed 900 pounds or greater. Other disappearance for May 2017 is estimated at 10,000 head, no change from last month, but 5,000 head below last year.

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06-23-17 NMPF Leaders Applaud European High Court Ruling Preventing Imitators from Using Dairy Names

NMPF Leaders Applaud European High Court Ruling Preventing Imitators from Using Dairy Names


PARIS, FRANCE – The recent European Court of Justice ruling upholding European Union regulations that prevent plant-based dairy alternatives from using terms like “milk,” “cheese” and “yogurt” is a victory for the same battle occurring in the United States, leaders of the National Milk Producers Federation told their French dairy counterparts here today.

During a visit Friday with French dairy cooperative Sodiaal and the French Dairy Interbranch Organization (CNIEL), NMPF’s board officers applauded the European high court’s ruling that upholds the standards of identity and labeling for milk products, and emphasized that NMPF will continue to fight for the enforcement of existing U.S. dairy food regulations.

“The European Court of Justice did just what we’re asking the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to do: Uphold and enforce current standards of labeling for milk and milk products,” said Jim Mulhern, NMPF president and CEO. NMPF is leading efforts on Capitol Hill to pass the DAIRY PRIDE Act, legislation that would require FDA to develop a timetable for enforcing standards of identity for dairy foods. Continue reading

06-22-17 CPW News: Combating Plague to Conserve Colorado’s Wildlife

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Combating Plague to Conserve Colorado’s Wildlife

DENVER, Colo. – New research from Colorado Parks and Wildlife and its partners shows that treating prairie dog colonies annually with a flea-killing dust or an oral vaccine can prevent their complete collapse when confronted with plague.

In a three-year study conducted in northern Larimer County, dusted or vaccinated prairie dog colonies survived during plague outbreaks while nearby untreated colonies were devastated. Neither treatment was completely effective at preventing plague, but some prairie dogs did survive in the colonies treated prior to plague outbreaks.

“The results of our field study showed that using insecticide dust to control fleas in prairie dog burrows or an oral vaccine to immunize prairie dogs against plague can help prevent the collapse of prairie dog colonies” said Dan Tripp, a scientist with CPW.

Burrow dusting has been used by CPW since 2010 to protect select Gunnison’s prairie dog colonies from plague in the Gunnison Basin and elsewhere. Those efforts furthered conservation of the species sufficiently that a federal listing as threatened or endangered was deemed unnecessary. Dusting also has been used at sites scattered throughout the West in recent years to help restore the endangered black-footed ferret. Continue reading

06-23-17 Colorado Energy Office Releases $500K in USDA Funds to Assist the Agricultural Industry

Colorado Energy Office Releases $500K in USDA Funds to Assist the Agricultural Industry

Funds help finance energy and water savings for irrigators, dairies, greenhouses, nurseries and cold storage facilities

CEO-Colorado Energy Office logo NEW 2015BROOMFIELD, Colo. –The Colorado Energy Office (CEO), in partnership with the Colorado Department of Agriculture and the U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service, is releasing $500,000 in project assistance funds through the USDA Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). The funding is available to Colorado agricultural irrigators, dairies, greenhouses, nurseries, and cold storage facilities. The deadline to apply is July 21, 2017.
Applicants must be enrolled in the Colorado Agricultural Energy Efficiency Program and complete an energy audit to receive funding for projects. Interested participants can enroll in the CEO program through its online application. The Colorado Agricultural Energy Efficiency program provides free energy audits and technical support to Colorado producers, along with assistance in selecting and implementing cost-effective improvements that reduce energy use, environmental impacts, and operating costs.

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06-23-17 USCA: USDA Announcement on Brazil Beef Import Ban Welcome News to U.S. Cattle Producers

USCA: USDA Announcement on Brazil Beef Import Ban Welcome News to U.S. Cattle Producers

(WASHINGTON) – The United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) issued the following statement on the announcement by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) that all Brazilian Beef imports to the U.S. will be halted until further notice.  The statement may be attributed to USCA Trade Committee Chair Leo McDonnell:

“USCA applauds the announcement by Secretary Perdue that all imports of Brazilian beef products to the U.S. will be halted until the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture takes corrective action which the USDA finds acceptable. Since March, USDA FSIS has routinely inspected Brazil beef shipments to the U.S., with 11% being refused entry.  USCA has remained adamantly opposed to imports of Brazilian beef products for this exact reason and the actions taken today confirm the concerns held by producers regarding the many “bad acts” by Brazil in the global trade arena. Continue reading

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USDA Halts Brazilian Beef Imports

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Thursday evening announced that it would halt imports of fresh Brazilian beef. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue in a statement said: “Ensuring the safety of our nation’s food supply is one of our critical missions, and it’s one we undertake with great seriousness,” in making the announcement. The suspension of shipments will remain in place until the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture takes corrective action which USDA finds satisfactory. Since March, USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service has been inspecting 100 percent of all meat products arriving in the United States from Brazil.  FSIS has refused entry to 11 percent of Brazilian fresh beef products. That figure is substantially higher than the rejection rate of one percent of shipments from the rest of the world. Brazil’s meat industry has been in turmoil this year since the investigation of a corruption scheme that allowed tainted meat to pass in-country inspections.

Perdue Comments on Rural Broadband Needs

On the way to Iowa this week, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue told a White House press pool that broadband internet has become infrastructure of necessity in rural areas. His comments came as President Trump toured agriculture education facilities in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to learn more about agriculture technology, and to pledge a focus on rural broadband in his infrastructure plan. Perdue said that the administration is developing proposals to enhance rural broadband connectivity with providers. When asked about a national plan, he said: “I don’t think you’re going to see a national plan” because each area is different. While there will not be a national footprint, Purdue said that the Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development offices would look at “every area” in “working with the resources that we have” to make rural broadband as widespread as possible.

Farmers Union Requesting Emergency CRP Grazing in Drought-Stricken States

The National Farmers Union is asking the Department of Agriculture to release Conservation Reserve Program lands in drought-stricken states for haying and grazing. NFU, along with state affiliations in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Montana, are urging USDA to release the CRP grounds immediately. In a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, Farmers Union emphasized the need for immediate relief for affected farmers. The letter says Farmers Union members are reporting a deteriorating feed supply, and that “while recent rainfall has helped, it has done little to significantly alter conditions in the long term.” Emergency haying and grazing of CRP land is authorized in areas affected by a severe drought or similar natural disaster to provide relief to livestock producers. Given the severity and duration of the drought, the group warned that “waiting until August to allow producers on to CRP land will provide little relief, as the grass will be of little nutritional value,” by that time.

Dicamba Complaints Increasing in Arkansas

The Arkansas Department of Agriculture now says there are more than 200 complaints of dicamba drift and misuse in the state, up from the 135 reported on Tuesday. The Department’s Plant Board updated the number of complaints Wednesday night, with more complaints likely. That’s as the Plant Board will reconsider banning dicamba-based herbicides for 120 days. The revote was planned for (this) Friday morning after confusion led to the first vote failing. The Plant Board voted eight to six Tuesday, but thought a vote of nine in favor of the ban was needed. The majority of drift complaints are from the Northeast portion of the state, and Arkansas is investigating all of the complaints that are filed by growers. If approved Friday morning, the temporary ban on dicamba-based herbicides must also be approved by the state’s governor.

Eastern Canada Dairy Producers Get Quota Increase

Canada’s dairy producers in the nation’s eastern provinces will receive a five percent quota increase July first. Five provinces in eastern Canada have approved the increase. The move follows a series of smaller increases that began last year. Dairy Farmers of Ontario says the increase is needed because there still isn’t enough milk produced to fill the market for butter. Online publication AgCanada reports that as butter demand has increased, there’s been an increasing amount of skim milk left, after the butterfat has been removed to make butter and other products. Canada is mulling a nation-wide milk class that lowers the price of milk to make milk protein isolates to compete with U.S. products. However, that plan is being scrutinized by the United States. Canada’s supply management system for dairy is harming U.S. producers, as U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue recently stated “the supply has to be managed,” adding that Canada has “created a glut on the market.”

EU, Japan, Within Reach of Trade Agreement

The European Union and Japan are inching closer to a free trade agreement after years of negotiations. A Ministry official from Japan Told Reuters that “both share understanding that a broad agreement is within reach.” The European Union says the deal will allow for easier access for EU products into Japan, and that its agri-food industry, along with pharmaceuticals, stands to benefit the most from the agreement. Signing the Economic Partnership Agreement with the EU is a priority for Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s (sheen-zoh ah-bay) stimulus programs and growth strategy. Reuters says the EU-Japan deal has taken on greater importance since U.S. President Donald Trump took the United States out of the multi-member Trans-Pacific Partnership pact, leaving the remaining 11 members including Tokyo to figure out what to do without the group’s biggest economy. The European Union currently accounts for roughly 10 percent of Japan’s total foreign trade.

GoFundMe for Mika Exceeds Goal

The GoFundMe page for food industry lobbyist Matt Mika who was injured in last week’s shooting at a congressional baseball game practice has exceeded it’s $50,000 goal. Mika was shot multiple times during last Wednesday’s shooting at a Republican party practice the day before the traditional congressional baseball game. Mika was volunteering as a coach for the GOP team during practice last week. He is expected to make a long, but full recovery. The GoFundMe campaign reached over $50,000 in just five days, after reaching an initial goal of $20,000 in less than 24 hours. Mika is Tyson Foods director of government relations in Washington, D.C., and a former senior director of legislative affairs for the American Meat Institute.


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