08-29-17 54th Annual Colorado’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Junior Livestock Sale Honors Colorado’s 4-H & FFA Youth

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54th Annual Colorado’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Junior Livestock Sale Honors Colorado’s 4-H & FFA Youth

Over $10 Million Raised for Ag Youth in 36 Years

PUEBLO, Colo. – The 54thColorado’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Junior Livestock Sale at the Colorado State Fair has come to a close. According to preliminary totals, the 2017 sale accumulated approximately $502,525 from generous buyers supporting the state’s agricultural youth.
“For over 50 years, the Colorado State Fair Junior Livestock Sale has been the preeminent event for Colorado’s 4-H and FFA youth and this sale is a reflection of their hard work,” said State Fair General Manager, Sarah Cummings. “We would like to thank and recognize the generous bidders who make this experience possible for Colorado’s agricultural youth. Without their patronage the sale could not be as successful as it has become.”

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08-29-17 CCAC-supported CU-Denver racing team places 31st nationally 

CCAC-supported CU-Denver racing team places 31st nationally 
Along with other recent investments, the Colorado Corn Administrative Committee’s (CCAC) Market Development Action Team this spring again contributed $5,000 to the University of Colorado-Denver’s 2017-2018 Lynx Motorsports racing team.  Continue reading

08-29-17 CCAC vice president attends national leadership conference in Minneapolis  

CCAC vice president attends national leadership conference in Minneapolis  
Growers gathered in Minneapolis, Minn. last week for the first session of the NCGA Leadership Academy, co-sponsored by Syngenta. This year’s class includes 15 aspiring leaders from nine states, including Cope, Colo., farmer Troy Schneider, who serves as the Colorado Corn Administrative Committee (CCAC) vice president.  Continue reading

08-29-17 CCAC board members taking part in Colorado Water Congress this week

CCAC board members taking part in Colorado Water Congress this week 
A pair of Colorado Corn Administrative Committee (CCAC) representatives are among the water experts and representatives from around the state convening in Steamboat Springs this week for the Colorado Water Congress Summer Conference. Colorado Water Congress is a non-profit organization that serves as the principal voice of the state’s water community and provides leadership on water issues.

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08-29-17 CCGA member, CSU staff discuss stewardship, staying ahead of regulations in Yuma

CCGA member, CSU staff discuss stewardship, staying ahead of regulations in Yuma

Colorado Corn representatives and Colorado State University (CSU) staff attended the Irrigation Research Foundation’s (IRF) Farm Show in Yuma last week, where they helped draw attention to the possibility of increased regulations for the ag industry in the near future, and proactive steps producers can take to stay ahead of it.

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08-29-17 CO Corn: Don’t forget to submit RVO, WOTUS comments to EPA…

CO Corn: Don’t forget to submit RVO, WOTUS comments to EPA
Farmers and all others interested are encouraged to submit comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on a pair of important issues: The EPA’s proposed 2018 Renewable Volume Obligation (RVO) under the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS), and its rescind of the 2015 Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule.
Comments on 2018 RVO proposal due Aug. 31

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08-29-17 Applications being accepted for Colorado Corn FFA Grant Program

Applications being accepted for Colorado Corn FFA Grant Program

For a fifth year, the Colorado Corn Administrative Committee (CCAC) is accepting applications from FFA chapters around the state as part of its Colorado Corn FFA Grant Program.
The deadline to apply is Nov. 15. Be sure to let your local FFA chapters know about this opportunity.
The Colorado Corn FFA Grant Program assists FFA chapters in Colorado on projects that lack funding in their school’s budget.
Adding to its support of other youth-focused projects, Colorado Corn began its FFA grants in 2013, awarding a $5,000 grant to the winner during the first year, and all together has contributed nearly $30,000 to FFA chapters through this program.
Applications can be downloaded here.

08-29-17 CCGA vice president takes part in Colorado Proud panel discussion with media

CCGA vice president takes part in Colorado Proud panel discussion with media  

Colorado farmers and ranchers sat down to talk with the media last week in Colorado Springs about the importance of agriculture in our state, and hear from boots-on-the-ground experts. The lunch panel was part of a series of events held during August for Colorado Proud Month, which were hosted by the Colorado Department of Agriculture with support from other industry partners. Continue reading

08-29-17 Colorado Water Congress August Webinar on August 30th

Colorado Water Congress August Webinar

The Hidden Value of Landscapes: Implications for Drought Planning

When: Wednesday, August 30th, 12:00-1:00pm

Colorado State University researcher Alison O’Connor with present findings from the study The Hidden Value of Landscapes: Implications for Drought Planning. This is the first study in Colorado to quantify how much water landscapes use and the benefits of those landscapes. The study points out that water used for landscapes accounts for about 3 percent of Colorado’s total water consumption and the range of ecological, economic and sociological benefits provided by landscaped areas is a legitimate apportionment of Colorado’s water resources.  The information from this study is a valuable tool for formulating water policies using a more holistic approach, and factors in the important role of and return from Colorado landscapes.

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08-29-17 RMFU: CALL TO CONVENTION

RMFU: CALL TO CONVENTION

Pursuant to our by-laws provisions, you are hereby notified that the 109th annual convention of the Farmers Educational and Cooperative Union of America, Rocky Mountain Division, will be held November 17 and 18, 2017, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 15500 East 40th Avenue, Denver, Colorado, for the purpose of electing one office, Vice President, and two members to the Board of Directors from districts V and VI, and to transact the annual business of the organization. Continue reading

08-29-17 RMFU: Take Me (And You) Out To The Ball Game

Take Me (And You) Out To The Ball Game

Rocky Mountain Farmers Union Day at the Colorado Rockies is set for 6:10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29. The Rockies will be facing off the L.A. Dodgers. We have great seats lined up and will be in the perfect spot to watch fireworks after the game. Tickets are $20, of which $2 goes back to the RMFU Foundation. Good deal all the way around. To reserve your ticket today, contact Barb Marty at ABMARTY@msn.com

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08-29-17 RMFU: Ag Restoration Workshop in Hotchkiss, CO on Oct 6-8

RMFU member A. J. Carrillo is hosting an exciting two day Restoration Agriculture workshop led by Mark Shepard this October 7-8 at Deer Tree Farm & Agroforest, with a welcome BBQ and tour of Cedar Springs Farm on Friday, Oct. 6, all right here in Hotchkiss, CO. RMFU members will receive a discount on the registration fee.

Whether you are interested in growing tree crops, annual produce, pasture, livestock, specialty crops or even gourmet mushrooms, Mark Shepard will be sharing cutting edge techniques and methods that will benefit your farm as well as your bottom line. Come learn from this world-renowned expert about watershed management, perennial polycultures, agroforestry, nursery production and farm business management.

Also, you will get hands-on experience designing a water management system by learning how to use a laser level to mark the master or “key” line from which to install a vital agroforestry system. 

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08-29-17 RMFU: Mile High Farmers Chapter To Host High Tunnel Extension Tour

RMFU: Mile High Farmers Chapter To Host High Tunnel Extension Tour

The Mile High Farmers invite you to tour a high tunnel season extension structure with your Denver urban farmers. We invite you to look inside with us and see, first-hand, how these structures can benefit farming operations and our ability to extend our growing season and produce more food in our city. We currently have difficulty using them because of city codes that do not accommodate temporary structures of this size. It is our hope that this tour will allow us to generate dialogue about the structure, the building code and specifications that pertain to high tunnels, and policy changes that would reduce barriers to farmers desiring to incorporate high tunnels into their operation. Continue reading

08-29-17 RMFU President Dale McCall Outlines Farm Bill Priorities To Wyoming Senator

RMFU President Dale McCall Outlines Farm Bill Priorities To Wyoming Senator

The Honorable Senator Enzi,

Throughout this year, many of our members who farm and ranch have attended Farm Bill listening sessions and forums.  Although Wyoming has some regional differences, we heard recurring themes about what producers need to continue to generate positive economic activity in Wyoming while supplying our nation and the world with the most abundant and lowest priced food. Continue reading

08-29-17 NACD: CASE STUDIES SHOW BIG ECONOMIC BENEFITS OF SOIL HEALTH PRACTICES

NACD: CASE STUDIES SHOW BIG ECONOMIC BENEFITS OF SOIL HEALTH PRACTICES

WASHINGTON, Aug. 29, 2017 – Soil health practices such as cover crops and no-till can result in an economic return of over $100 per acre, according to a set of case studies jointly released by the National Association of Conservation Districts and Datu Research, LLC.

Cover crops and no-till can limit soil loss, reduce run-off, enhance biodiversity, and more. Naturally, farmers who are considering adopting these practices are keen to know how they will affect their farm’s bottom line.

“These case studies quantify for producers, policy-makers, and researchers alike what the economic advantages of using no-till and cover crops are, and why it makes good sense for farmers to try them and for organizations like NACD to support and even incentivize their use,” said Jeremy Peters, NACD CEO. “We have loads of anecdotal data that says conservation practices benefit the land and producers’ pocketbooks, but now we have run the numbers and know how much.” Continue reading

08-29-17 CSU continues innovation in agriculture at AgInnovation Summit Sept. 6-7

A Panel Discussion on "Water: from Scarcity to Sustainability" featuring Timothy Gates; Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at CSU; Stephen Smith, Consultant, Colorado Water Innovation Cluster, Regenesis Management Group; Reagan Waskom, Director of the Colorado WAter Institute and Chair of the Colorado State University Water Center; Ji Yahn, Manager of the North Sterling Irrigation District and Member, State Interbaasin Compact Committee; Zach Sigmon, Operations Director, Silver Bullet Water Treatment; David Stewart, PE, President and CEO, Stewart Environmental Consultants; John Stulp, Special Policy Advisor to the Governor for Water and CHairman of the Interbasin Compact Committee for the State of Colorado; Brad Udall, Senior Water and Climate Research Scientist, Colorado Water Institute; David Zoldoske, Director for the Center for Irrigation Technology and Water Institute, California State University, Fresno; Colorado State University's 2015 Agriculture & Innovation Summit.CSU continues innovation in agriculture at AgInnovation Summit Sept. 6-7

The College of Agricultural Sciences will host a summit at Colorado State University to discuss how innovation in the industry can lead to a global impact in the way that populations farm, feed, eat and grow crops.

Local industry leaders will be present at the event to spark the conversation surrounding best practices and future goals for how agriculture can continue to support the growing population, while best utilizing resources. AgInnovation Summit 2.0: Innovate Locally. Impact Globally. is a two-day conference being held Sept. 6-7 and is the second summit of its kind hosted by the college. Continue reading

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Mexico Won’t Negotiate NAFTA Via Twitter

Mexico declared over the weekend the nation would not negotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement via social media. The announcement followed another post on Twitter by President Donald Trump calling NAFTA the “worst deal ever made.” Trump wrote on Twitter that Canada and Mexico were being “very difficult” and suggested he “may have to terminate” the trade agreement. Many dismissed Trump’s latest Twitter barrage as a negotiating ploy in advance of the second round of NAFTA talks, which are scheduled to take place in Mexico City next week, according to the Los Angeles Times. Agriculture is among several industries that benefit from NAFA and have expressed concerns about the prospect of terminating the trade deal.

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Harvey Impact on Texas Agriculture

Hurricane Harvey arrived on the Texas coast as the state’s cotton harvest of an expected bumper crop was getting underway. The Texas cotton harvest is around 10 percent complete, with bales in the field and high storage levels. The storm came at what one cotton gin operator called “the worst possible time.” Southeast Texas agriculture has extensive damage from the storm. However, quantifying the damage will take some time, according to DTN. A Texas A&M AgriLife spokesperson says the storm is still in progress and it’s impossible to evaluate damages. For livestock producers, the state has set up animal supply points and shelters. Key agriculture areas hit by the hurricane could receive more than 40 inches of rain before the storm leaves the area. A DTN meteorologist says the worst of the storm is what comes after landfall, the destructive rainfall, adding: “It will be a top-5 costliest tropical system of all time, and likely the worst flooding event in U.S. history.”

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Harvey Forces Shutdown of Texas Ports, Threatens Others

Two major ports along the Gulf of Mexico in Texas are closed following the flooding and damage from Hurricane Harvey. Ports at the Texas Gulf account for about 24 percent of U.S. wheat exports, three percent of corn shipments and two percent of soybeans. In 2011, the Port of Corpus Christi ranked 13th in the Nation for total waterborne agricultural exports, moving about four million metric tons of cargo. The same year, the Port of Houston ranked sixth in the Nation for total waterborne agricultural exports and ninth for containerized exports, according to data compiled by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Mike Steenhook of the Soy Transportation Coalition told Bloomberg News that the bigger threat to shipments of corn and soybeans comes from Harvey’s potential impact in Louisiana and the Gulf of Mexico. About 60 percent of American soybean exports depart from the region, as do 59 percent of corn shipments.

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WOTUS Public Meetings Scheduled

The Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers Monday announced a series of teleconferences regarding the repeal and revision of the Waters of the U.S. rule. Nine of the conferences will focus on a specific sector, including agriculture, conservation, small entities, construction and others. The teleconferences will run throughout the fall on Tuesdays beginning September 19, 2017. The teleconference for agriculture is scheduled for Tuesday, October 17, 2017. Registration information can be found on the EPA website (https://www.epa.gov/wotus-rule/outreach-meetings). The EPA is following an executive order by President Donald Trump in repealing and replacing the WOTUS rule. Earlier this year, EPA administrator Scott Pruitt said the change would offer certainty for agriculture.

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China, India, Call for End of Farm Subsidies by U.S., Others

China and India are calling for an end to farm subsidies by others, including the European Union and the United States. India-based newspaper Live Mint, a collaboration with the Wall Street Journal, reports China and India have jointly proposed the elimination of $160 billion of farm subsidies in the U.S., European Union and other wealthy nations. The move comes months before the World Trade Organization is set for annual ministerial meetings in December. At issue is the Aggregate Measurement of Support, which China and India call the “most trade distorting element in the global trade in agriculture,” referring to allowable domestic support measures.

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Brazil Bank Investor Seeks Removal of JBS CEO

A state development bank in Brazil is seeking to remove JBS SA CEO Wesley Batista following an investigation into a meat inspection corruption scheme. Reuters reports that the BNDES Bank is blaming Batista’s conduct for a 28 percent plunge in the company’s stock this year. A May plea-bargain deal exposed the Batista family’s bribing of politicians. Additionally, an investigation led Brazil to indict 63 people for their role in a corruption scheme within the nation’s Ministry of Agriculture. The charges alleged federal auditors at meat processing facilities took bribes for years in exchange for fraudulent sanitary permits. JBS, which grew through a series of self-financed local takeovers, began leaning heavily on the bank in 2005, when the Batista family pitched bank officials on making the company a dominant global player. The company received more than $3 billion and used the money to buy rivals in the United States and elsewhere over the past decade.

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