09-12-17 US Bennet Office to Hold Listening Sessions in Lamar Sept 18th

US Bennet Office to Hold Listening Sessions in Lamar Sept 18th

Denver, CO – Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) invites Prowers county residents to meet with a constituent advocate if they need assistance with any federal agencies and related issues.

A Bennet constituent advocate will meet one-on-one with people in Lamar on Monday, September 18, from 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.  Appointments are not required, but we encourage individuals to schedule a specific meeting time. Continue reading

09-12-17 US Senator Bennet Office to Hold Listening Sessions in Springfield Sept 18th

US Senator Bennet Office to Hold Listening Sessions in Springfield Sept 18th 

Denver, CO – Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) invites Baca county residents to meet with a constituent advocate if they need assistance with any federal agencies and related issues.

A Bennet constituent advocate will meet one-on-one with people in Springfield on Monday, September 18, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Appointments are not required, but we encourage individuals to schedule a specific meeting time. Continue reading

09-12-17 US Senator Bennet Office to Hold Listening Sessions in Burlington Sept 20th

US Senator Bennet Office to Hold Listening Sessions in Burlington Sept 20th 

Denver, CO – Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) invites Kit Carson county residents to meet with a constituent advocate if they need assistance with any federal agencies and related issues.

A Bennet constituent advocate will meet one-on-one with people in Burlington on Wednesday, September 20, from 12:00 noon to 4:30 p.m. Appointments are not required, but we encourage individuals to schedule a specific meeting time. Continue reading

09-12-17 US Senator Bennet Office to Hold Listening Sessions in Cheyenne Wells Sept 21st

US Senator Bennet Office to Hold Listening Sessions in Cheyenne Wells Sept 21st

Denver, CO – Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) invites Cheyenne county residents to meet with a constituent advocate if they need assistance with any federal agencies and related issues.

A Bennet constituent advocate will meet one-on-one with people in Cheyenne Wells on Thursday, September 21, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Appointments are not required, but we encourage individuals to schedule a specific meeting time. Continue reading

09-12-17 Colorado Stimulates Rural Economic Growth With $9M Dedicated Venture Capital Fund

Colorado Releases RFP to Solicit Qualified Candidates to Manage $9M Rural Fund

DENVER, CO., September 12, 2017 – Colorado’s Office of Economic Growth and International Trade (OEDIT), in partnership with the Colorado Venture Capital Authority (CVCA), is allocating $9 million (plus up to an additional $3 million option) for a new investment fund that will provide seed and early-stage investment capital and/or debt to qualified rural businesses in Colorado.

The new fund was created to stimulate and support innovation and economic growth in rural Colorado counties that may have less access to investment resources. Potential industries include value added agriculture, advanced manufacturing, education, health and wellness, tourism and outdoor recreation, energy natural resources, clean tech and technology and information, and others.  “Colorado represents a vibrant model for entrepreneurship and innovation,” said Governor John Hickenlooper, “Our goal is to extend that influence to more rural counties with an investment fund dedicated to their specific growth needs.”  Continue reading

09-12-17 ​NFU Honors 33 Congressional Champions of Agriculture with Golden Triangle Award

RMFU President Dale McCall presenting US Senator Michael Bennet with the 2017 NFU Golden Triangle Award (Photo credit: RMFU)

NFU Honors 33 Congressional Champions of Agriculture with Golden Triangle Award 

WASHINGTON – National Farmers Union (NFU) proudly recognized 33 outstanding U.S. Senators and Representatives who have demonstrated leadership and support at the federal policymaking level for family farmers, ranchers and their rural communities.

The Golden Triangle Award, the family farm organization’s highest legislative honor, will be presented to recipients at an awards reception tonight, during NFU’s Fall Legislative Fly-In.

“The Golden Triangle Award recognizes farm and food champions in Congress that display outstanding leadership on the issues that are important to both our industry and our organization. We’re appreciative of their insight and devotion to securing the nation’s food supply for the good of both American family farmers and consumers,” said NFU President Roger Johnson.

The Golden Triangle, first presented in 1988, symbolizes the core principles of the Farmers Union organization: education, cooperation, and legislation. This year’s Golden Triangle honorees were selected for their leadership and dedication to improving the livelihoods of family farmers and ranchers.

The 2017 recipients of the Golden Triangle Award are: Continue reading

09-12-17 CDA: Cherry Creek Schools: Bringing the Community Together to Celebrate Agriculture

CDA: Cherry Creek Schools: Bringing the Community Together to Celebrate Agriculture

BROOMFIELD, Colo.–On Wednesday, September 13, schools across the state will celebrate Colorado Proud School Meal Day. Governor John Hickenlooper proclaims the day to encourage schools to incorporate Colorado products in their meals, to celebrate Colorado agriculture and to educate students about agriculture and healthy eating. Sunrise Elementary School in Aurora, Colo. will celebrate Colorado Proud School Meal Day by showcasing local agriculture from field to plate.
“This celebration involves all aspects of the food system,” said Shaina Knight, Colorado Proud School Meal Day Program Manager. “From farms to distribution, regulatory agencies, chefs and staff, food is then enjoyed by students who are encouraged to shop locally. Not many realize the cooperation it takes to bring food to Colorado tables.” Continue reading

08-10-17 USDA-NASS: Colorado Crop Production for September 2017…

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CROP PRODUCTION – SEPTEMBER 2017

COLORADO HIGHLIGHTS

Based on September 1 conditions, corn production in Colorado is forecast at 176.90 million bushels, according to the September 1 Agricultural Yield Survey conducted by the Mountain Regional Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. This forecast is unchanged from the August 1 forecast and up 10 percent from the 160.29 million bushels produced last year. The 1.22 million acres expected to be harvested for grain this year are unchanged from the August 1 forecast and 50,000 acres above the 1.17 million acres harvested a year ago. Corn yield is estimated at 145.0 bushels per acre, unchanged from the August 1 forecast and 8.0 bushels above last year’s final yield. As of September 3, Colorado’s corn crop condition was rated 1 percent very poor, 12 percent poor, 32 percent fair, 48 percent good, and 7 percent
Sorghum production in 2017 is forecast at 20.91 million bushels, down 7 percent from the August 1 forecast, but up 1 percent from the 20.75 million bushels harvested last year. Growers expect to harvest 410,000 acres this year, unchanged from the August 1 forecast, but down from the 415,000 acres harvested last year. Average yield is forecast at 51.0 bushels per acre, down 4.0 bushels from the August 1 forecast, but up 1.0 bushel from last year. As of September 3, Colorado’s sorghum crop condition was rated 3 percent very poor, 7 percent poor, 17 percent fair, 68 percent good, and 5 percent excellent. Sorghum turning color was 46 percent complete, compared with 58 percent last year and the 5-year average of 49 percent
Sugarbeet production is forecast at 1.00 million tons, up 8 percent from the 927,000 tons produced in 2016. Growers expect to harvest 28,100 acres this year compared with 27,600 acres a year ago. Yields are expected to average 35.7 tons per acre, down 0.9 tons per acre from the August 1 forecast, but up from last year’s yield of 33.6 tons per acre. As of September 3, Colorado’s sugarbeet crop condition was rated 1 percent very poor, 3 percent poor, 10 percent fair, 76 percent good, and 10 percent excellent.

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09-12-17 CSFS: Study Identifies Fastest-Growing Trees for Front Range

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The mission of the Colorado State Forest Service is to achieve stewardship of Colorado’s diverse forest environments for the benefit of present and future generations.

CSFS: Study Identifies Fastest-Growing Trees for Front Range

BROOMFIELD, Colo. – September 12, 2017 – Homeowners considering planting a tree this fall, take heed: According to a report just released by the Colorado State Forest Service, the fastest-growing planted trees for Colorado’s Front Range communities appear to be cottonwood, catalpa, silver maple, blue spruce and white oak varietals. Hawthorn, piñon pine and hackberry are some of the slowest growers. Continue reading

09-12-17 NPPC Seeks Waiver From ELD Mandate

NPPC Seeks Waiver From ELD Mandate

WASHINGTON, D.C., Sept. 12, 2017 – The National Pork Producers Council today asked for a waiver and exemption for livestock haulers from U.S. Department of Transportation regulations that could have negative effects on animal well-being.

NPPC delivered to the office of DOT Sec. Elaine Chao a petition, which was filed on behalf of the U.S. pork industry and other livestock sectors, requesting the waiver and exemption because of concerns about the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) Rule’s effects on animal well-being. It also asked the agency to address incompatibilities between the transportation of livestock and DOT’s Hours of Service rules. Those regulations limit truckers to 11 hours of driving daily, after 10 consecutive hours off duty, and restrict their on-duty time to 14 consecutive hours, which includes nondriving time.

“The ELD Rule presents some serious challenges for livestock haulers and the animals in their care,” said NPPC President Ken Maschhoff, a pork producer from Carlyle, Ill. “We’re asking the secretary to exempt truckers transporting hogs, cattle and other livestock from this regulation because they have a moral obligation to care for the animals they’re hauling regardless of what some bureaucratic rule says.” Continue reading

09-12-17 CFVGA News: FSMA Produce Safety Rule Training in Broomfield, CO on September 29th

FSMA Produce Safety Rule Training 

Sept 29 | Broomfield

This course utilizes curriculum developed by the Produce Safety Alliance at Cornell and satisfies the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement outlined in
§ 112.22(c) that requires ‘At least one supervisor or responsible party for your farm must have successfully completed food safety training at least equivalent to that received under standardized curriculum recognized as adequate by the Food and Drug Administration.’

This course will provide a foundation on FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirements, Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and co-management information, and details on how to develop a farm food safety plan. Individuals are expected to gain a basic understanding of:

  • Requirements in the FSMA Produce Safety Rule and how to meet them;
  • Microorganisms relevant to produce safety and where they may be found on the farm;
  • How to identify microbial risks, practices that reduce risks, and how to begin implementing produce safety practices on the farm;
  • Parts of a farm food safety plan and how to begin writing one.

The registration fee includes a light breakfast, lunch, PSA materials and a certificate of completion required under FSMA.

Agenda | Registration

Registration closes Sept 26 at 5 pm.

Questions?  Martha.Sullins@colostate.edu
@ 970-491-3330

Thanks to the generous sponsorship of  Rocky Mountain Farmers Union that helps make this training possible.

The CFVGA is comprised of more than 200 members, including growers of all sizes and types of production throughout the state, as well as representatives of allied industries. The Colorado fruit and vegetable growing sector contributes nearly $300 million to Colorado at the farm gate and is multiplied as it goes through the distribution chain. Over 60,000 Colorado acres are in fruit and vegetable production.

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Perdue Part of KORUS Briefing Team That Stopped Withdraw  

U.S. news website Axios reports that Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue was part of the briefing team last week that convinced President Donald Trump to reconsider withdrawing the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement, known as KORUS. Axios reports that Trump’s withdrawal from KORUS was much more than a serious consideration, it was as close as it gets to a done deal, stalled by senior level staff who raised concerns that the President had not been fully briefed on the consequences of his decision. Perdue was joined by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defense Secretary James Mattis who made a national security case against withdrawing from the agreement. This would be the second trade agreement Perdue helped sway the President away from terminating. Perdue met with the President as Trump was intending to withdraw from the North American Free Trade Agreement in April, before choosing to renegotiate the agreement.

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Farm and Ethanol Groups Hosting D.C. Fly-in’s

The National Farmers Union is hosting more than 300 farmers in Washington D.C. this week, while Growth Energy is hosting 150 ethanol industry leaders, and pork producers arrive on Capitol Hill later this week. Farmers Union representatives are lobbying Congress to stand up for farmers and ranchers who are facing tough times, according to NFU President Roger Johnson. Johnson says NFU members are concerned about the prospect of an adequate farm safety net through the 2018 Farm Bill, along with healthcare and biofuel issues. Meanwhile, the 150 ethanol industry leaders will be advocating Congress members to cosponsor the Consumer and Fuel Retailer Choice Act, which would correct an outdated regulation that restricts retailers from selling fuel containing 15 percent ethanol during the summer fueling season. Finally, the National Pork Producers Council will host more than 125 pork producers Wednesday and Thursday in Washington, D.C. to meet with lawmakers. NPPC says producers will focus on trade, regulations and support and funding for a Foot-and-Mouth Disease vaccine bank.

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Beef Exports Remain Strong, Pork Lower

U.S. beef exports remained well above last year’s pace in July, posting one of the highest monthly export value totals on record, according to the U.S. Meat Export Federation. However, July pork export volume dipped below its year-ago level for the first time in 15 months, with export value also down slightly. July beef exports totaled 104,488 metric tons, up five percent year-over-year, while export value reached $623.7 million, up 18 percent from a year ago and the highest since December 2014. For January through July, exports increased 11 percent in volume and 15 percent in compared to the first seven months of last year. Pork exports totaled 173,675 metric tons in July, down four percent year-over-year, valued at $488.9 million, down 0.6 percent. January-July volume was still up 11 percent from a year ago to 1.43 million metric tons, while export value was up 13 percent to $3.7 billion.

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Study: Organic Farming Reduces Carbon Emissions

A study by the Organic Center says organic farming lowers carbon emissions. The study, according to the organization, provides a new significant proof point that organic agricultural practices build healthy soils and can be part of the solution in the fight on global warming. The project was directed by The National Soil Project at Northeastern University in collaboration with the Organic Center. The study finds that on average, organic farms have 44 percent higher levels of humic acid, the component of soil that sequesters carbon over the long term, than soils not managed organically. Founded in 2002, the nonprofit Organic Center is a self-described trusted source of information for scientific research about organic food and farming. The Organic Center’s mission is to convene credible, evidence-based science on the health and environmental benefits of organic food and farming and to communicate the findings to the public.

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Disaster SNAP Approved for Texas Disaster Areas

Texans recovering from Hurricane Harvey could be eligible for disaster food benefits from the Department of Agriculture’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP. USDA and the Texas Health and Human Services Commission announced Monday that households who may not normally be eligible under regular SNAP rules may qualify for D-SNAP if they meet the disaster income limits and have qualifying disaster-related expenses. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue stated that “USDA is committed to helping hurricane-stricken Texans get back on their feet.” D-SNAP eligible households in the affected areas will receive two months of benefits, equivalent to the maximum amount of benefits normally issued to a SNAP household of their size, to meet their food needs as they settle back home following the disaster.

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Largest Urban Farm Planned in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania will soon be home to the nation’s largest urban farm. The Hilltop Urban Farm will open in 2019, consisting of 23 acres of farmland in an area previously occupied by low income housing just two miles from the city center. Advocates say the move is part of a trend to transform former manufacturing cities into green gardens. Reuters reports that on top of farmland where winter peas and other fresh produce will be grown by local residents and sold in the community, the farm will feature a fruit orchard, a youth farm and skills-building program. The urban farmland will also eventually have a trail system. The farm is believed to be the largest farm in the nation to be located in an urban area. The farm will be open to locals and organizers say it will help bring fresh food to surrounding areas that often lack options. The $9.9 million Hilltop Urban Farm is funded by foundations, primarily the Henry L. Hillman Foundation.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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