06-29-17 Yuma County Conservation District is looking for a District Manager

Yuma County Conservation District is looking for a District Manager

The Yuma County Conservation District is looking for motivated, conservation minded individual for the position of District Manger. This is full time salaried position that is mostly office work with a little bit of field time and that will include some evening hours. The salary range is $28,000 to $33,000 per year depending on experience. Position requires high school diploma or GED, strong work ethic, self-motivation, willingness to work with a wide variety of customers, landowners, Ag producers and local, state, and federal entities, the ability to be a team player and be able to pass USDA security clearance check. Skills needed include customer service skills, event organizational skills, computer and technology skills including social media, basic accounting, grant writing and administration and an understanding of production agriculture.

To apply, please submit a letter of interest and resume to Yuma County Conservation District, 247 N. Clay St’ Suite 1, Wray, CO 80758 or email to yccd77@gmail.com.  Position open till filled.

06-29-17 CALF Announces 2017 Legend of Agriculture Honorees

CALF Announces 2017 Legend of Agriculture Honorees

Sandy and Bruff Shea, of Franktown, are the 2017 Legend of Agriculture Honorees

Castle Rock, CO – The Colorado Agricultural Leadership Foundation (CALF) has selected Sandy and Bruff Shea as this year’s Legend of Agriculture Award honorees.  CALF will honor them at the 9th Annual Legends of Agriculture Dinner on Friday, July 28th at the Douglas County Events Center as the kickoff of the Douglas County Fair and Rodeo.

Bruff and Sandy Shea, of Franktown, Colorado, are proud to call themselves natives of Douglas County. They were married in 1970 and will celebrate their 47th anniversary in December. Continue reading

06-29-17 CO Gov. Hickenlooper declares disaster emergency for Lightner Creek fire

CO Gov. Hickenlooper declares disaster emergency for Lightner Creek fire

DENVER — Thursday, June 29, 2017 Gov. John Hickenlooper has given a verbal declaration of disaster emergency to help efforts to fight the Lightner Creek Fire near Durango.

La Plata County officials have given the state control of the firefighting effort. The fire is burning north of Highway 160 in La Plata County. Currently 170 homes have been evacuated. The fire began when a home caught fire. The state’s multi-mission aircraft has been deployed to help assess the fire’s size which has grown to more than 250 acres. Continue reading

06-29-17 NFU: Share What You Know About Food Safety

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NFU: Share What You Know About Food Safety

WASHINGTON (June 20, 2017) – The Local Food Safety Collaborative, a collaboration between National Farmers Union Foundation (NFUF) and the U.S. Food and Drug Association (FDA), today launched a nationwide food safety survey. The results will help the organization address the needs of small producers and processors with regards to food safety and compliance with applicable Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) regulations.

This survey is one component of an assessment that the Collaborative is conducting to ensure a comprehensive understanding of the specific needs of small local producers and processors, food hubs, food aggregators or packers, organic farmers, and sustainable producers. FSMA will have broad implications for the farming community, and with the results of this assessment, the collaborative will be positioned to best direct resources to address their concerns. Continue reading

06-29-17 NFU Kicks Off 81st All-States Leadership Camp

NFU Kicks Off 81st All-States Leadership Camp

Farmers Union youth members from across the country are in Bailey, Colorado, this week for NFU’s 81st annual All-States Leadership Camp. Hosted each June at the NFU Education Center, All-States Leadership Camp encourages youth to explore their leadership potential, discuss issues important to their generation, and identify ways to effect positive change in their communities.
Throughout the week, campers are participating in programs that emphasize leadership, teamwork and cooperative education while also enjoying traditional camp activities. This year, the group also visited Re:Vision’s Westwood Food Co-op in Denver.

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06-29-17 Red Angus Association Relocates Headquarters to Colorado

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Red Angus Association Relocates Headquarters to Colorado

Red Angus Association of America’s national office transitions to Denver area

DENVER, CO – The rapidly growing Red Angus Association of America will soon be operating out of its new headquarters in Commerce City, Colorado, located in close proximity to Denver International Airport. RAAA’s Board of Directors approved the relocation of the National Office during the fall of 2016, and the transition is nearing completion.

In late-June, the address of the RAAA headquarters changed from Denton, Texas, to Commerce City, Colorado, a suburb located on the east side of Denver. Staff has been working in both states during June to ensure continued service to Red Angus stakeholders but, after almost 50 years, Texas operations will cease in early July.

“We appreciate the continued understanding of our members and staff as we transition to our new location,” said RAAA Chief Executive Officer Tom Brink. “Our goal is for member services to remain as steady as possible with minimal interruption. The functionality of our REDSPro database improves weekly as we prepare for its full release to our membership later this summer.” Continue reading

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BPI Settles With ABC over Pink Slime Lawsuit

Beef Products Inc. and ABC News have reached a settlement in a lawsuit over ABC’s use of the term pink slime. Meat industry publication Meatingplace reports that no terms of the settlement have been disclosed, but BPI announced Wednesday morning that the company was “extraordinarily pleased” to have reached a settlement. ABC also released a statement, saying, “ABC has reached an amicable resolution of its dispute with the makers of lean finely textured beef.” BPI was suing the network and a lead reporter in a $1.9 billion case over ABC’s series of reports in spring 2012 that raised questions about lean finely textured beef’s suitability for human consumption. BPI closed three of four processing plants and laid off some 700 people in March 2012 after demand for lean finely textured beef plummeted.


House Ag Budget Not Aligned with Trump Proposal

The House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee budget discussed Wednesday does not align with the budget proposal for agriculture by President Donald Trump. The bill totals $20 billion in discretionary funding, which is $876 million lower than the fiscal year 2017 enacted level and $4.64 billion above the president’s budget request, according to the Hagstrom Report. The bill allows for a total of $144.9 billion in both discretionary and mandatory funding, that’s $4.6 billion above the president’s request and $8.5 billion below the fiscal year 2017 level. In releasing the bill this week, the Committee said it “focuses funding on programs that bolster U.S. agriculture, support rural communities, maintain and promote food and drug safety, and provide nutrition for those in need.” The bill provides for $73.6 billion in required mandatory spending for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, which is outside the discretionary funding jurisdiction of the Appropriations Committee for SNAP. That level is $4.87 billion below last year’s level and $2.6 million below the President’s budget request.

USDA Seeking Public Input on GMO Labeling

The Department of Agriculture is seeking public input on GMO labeling. The USDA Agricultural Marketing Service posted 30 questions for the public this week regarding labeling food items containing genetically modified ingredients. The feedback, according to Politico, will help the agency develop a proposed rule governing how food manufacturers disclose when products contain genetically engineered ingredients. Questions include: What terms should be interchangeable with “bioengineering”; whether AMS should require disclosures for foods containing highly refined products, such as oils or sugars derived from bioengineered crops; and the amount of a bioengineered substance needed to deem it bioengineered. The GMO Labeling legislation passed by Congress last year gave USDA two years to finalize the regulation. USDA says it is preparing to release the rule later this year.


Ag Industry Urges Trump to Appoint Full USDA Leadership Team

As President Donald Trump approaches the 200-day mark of his administration, more than a dozen agriculture organizations are urging him to move quickly to fill vacancies within the U.S. Department of Agriculture. A letter sent to the White House Wednesday by the National Corn Growers Association and other groups told the President that agriculture needs decision makers in place to serve farmers, ranchers and consumers. The groups noted the 55 percent decrease in farm income over the last three years. The organizations praised the selection of Sonny Perdue to lead USDA, but noted that the agency has more than 100,000 employees and needs a full leadership team. As the letters states: “The absence of high-ranking officials at USDA puts our farmers and ranchers at a disadvantage.” NCGA President Wesley Spurlock complimented Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue’s leadership, but says “It’s time to get a full leadership team in place.”

Brazil Cattle Prices Stumble Following Meat Inspection Scandal

Cattle prices in Brazil are posting the biggest losses in a decade to start a year following this springs investigation into a meat inspection scandal. Bloomberg News reports that since the scandal, JBS SA, Brazil’s largest cattle buyer, is purchasing fewer cattle due to a financial squeeze on the company. Even worse, JBS no longer offers cash upon delivery of animals and instead asks to pay ranchers as much as 30 days later. The move has forced Brazil’s cattle futures to drop 17 percent this year. Producers fear they will not be paid for delivering cattle to JBS, and the meatpacker is using about 80 percent of its slaughtering capacity. However, volumes are improving, according to the company. JBS told Bloomberg News the downturn “has been predicted by several analysts since last year.” But further complicating the market is the U.S. ban on beef imported from Brazil. The nation is vowing to fight and end the ban, but the U.S. Department of Agriculture says the ban will not be lifted until food safety standards are met.

Hampton Creek Pledges to Market Lab-grown Meat by 2019

A leader in the vegan food industry claims lab-grown meat will be on the market by the end of next year. Hampton Creek, the company behind vegan mayonnaise and cookie dough revealed this week it has been secretly developing technology to produce lab-made meat and seafood, or as they call it, “clean meat.” Business Insider reports that if Hampton Creek lives up to its timeline, it would beat its competitors to the market by three years. California-based startup Memphis Meats, which has raised at least $3 million, is the only other company that has said it will go to market, and not until 2021. By contrast, Hampton Creek has raised more than $120 million to develop the lab-made meats.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service