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Honey bee colonies for operations with five or more colonies in the United States on January 1, 2017 totaled 2.62 million colonies, down slightly from January 1, 2016. The number of colonies in the United States on April 1, 2017 was 2.89 million colonies. During 2016, honey bee colonies on January 1, April 1, July 1, and October 1 were 2.62 million, 2.80 million, 3.18 million, and 3.03 million colonies, respectively. Continue reading

08-01-17 CO-OEDIT: Rural Theater Grants Available

Rural Theater Grants Available

DENVER – Mon., August 1, 2017 – *CORRECTED* Since 2013, the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade has helped to revitalize 13 rural community theaters through the Rural Theater Digital Conversion Grant. The grant consists of funds pooled by OEDIT,  The Denver Film Society, the Gates Foundation, and the Boettcher Foundation, and it was designed to assist rural movie theaters with the cost of new digital equipment, providing funding up to $20,000.

“Without local small town cinemas, there is a lack in local workforce retention and in enhancing the culture of the community,” said Donald Zuckerman, Colorado Film Commissioner. “These theaters don’t just show new films, but they’re a meeting place for the community. It’s a place for films, special events, fundraising, etc., for various community groups and to enhance local learning opportunities. Furthermore, moviegoing is an affordable activity for families and the elderly, and serve as a safe, secure venue for young people to enjoy.”
To those who may believe they missed their chance to enter the 21st century of film, there’s still time–of the $348,000 in funds approved by the Colorado Economic Development Commission (EDC), $130,000 still remains for any eligible rural theater looking to digitize their film equipment.
“The economic development benefits of this grant come in more ways than one. Not only is there direct job retention, but it’s ensuring that smaller communities have a place to celebrate arts and culture,” said Stephanie Copeland, Executive Director of OEDIT. “Theaters are major factors in rural economies, and we know many business prospects considering relocating to Colorado or expanding in the state look for vibrant downtown areas as an economic indicator for their decisions. Preserving these movie theaters has great spillover effects, and we hope these grants help not only these rural theaters thrive, but the local economy as well.”
Both nonprofit and for-profit theaters can apply for funds. The available funding amount is variable and dependent on total demand, the specific theater, and theater location. Requirements to receive grants include:

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08-01-17 Throlson American Bison Foundation Scholarship Now Accepting 2017 Applications

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Throlson American Bison Foundation Scholarship Now Accepting 2017 Applications 

Westminster, CO (August 1, 2017) -The National Bison Association (NBA) has announced the 2017 Throlson American Bison Foundation Scholarship amid continued growth in consumer demand for healthy, natural bison meat. Continue reading

08-01-17 Vote Hemp News: Congress Introduces Industrial Hemp Farming Act with New Framework for Cultivation, Regulation and Commerce

Congress Introduces Industrial Hemp Farming Act with New Framework for Cultivation, Regulation and Commerce

Vote Hemp Continues Advocacy to Improve Bill with Amendments Needed to Protect Growth of Hemp Industry in the U.S. 

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Vote Hemp, the nation’s leading grassroots hemp advocacy organization working to change state and federal laws to allow commercial hemp farming, supports the introduction of the Congressional bill H.R. 3530, The Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2017, on July 27, 2017. If passed, The Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2017 would remove federal restrictions on the cultivation of industrial hemp, the non-drug oilseed and fiber variety ofCannabis. The full text of the bill may be found at: https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/3530. Continue reading

08-01-17 NCGA: Alverson Advocates for a Strong RFS at EPA Hearing

NCGA: Alverson Advocates for a Strong RFS at EPA Hearing

WASHINGTON (August 1, 2017) – Renewable fuels benefit our economy, our energy security, and our environment, and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) should set a strong volume for all renewable fuel types, National Corn Growers Association Board member Keith Alverson testified today at an EPA hearing on the 2018 renewable fuel volumes under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

“My local ethanol plant was constructed one year prior to my college graduation. That plant and the economic opportunity it created is a large part of what enabled me, as well as other young farmers, to return to the farm,” said Alverson, a sixth-generation farmer from Chester, South Dakota. “Because ethanol production is a vital market for corn farmers, we are pleased EPA proposed an implied volume of 15 billion gallons for conventional renewable fuel.” Continue reading