10-05-17 House Committee on Natural Resource Chairman Bishop’s Statement on Sage Grouse

House Committee on Natural Resource Chairman Bishop’s Statement on Sage Grouse

Washington, D.C. – Today, the Department of the Interior announced plans to reverse the former administration’s 10 million acre mineral withdrawal across six western states, overhaul the de facto Sage Grouse listing and improve management of the species through greater state input. Chairman Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement:

These withdrawals were never about Sage Grouse conservation. It was all a ploy to assert more federal power, ignore actual data and best science, and diminish the influence and authority of states. States have proven to be more than capable of managing wildlife and conservation within their borders and will continue to be the best advocate for the species.  

“Secretary Zinke is developing a better policy through input from states and people on the ground with local knowledge and expertise.”

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10-05-17 Joint statement from the U.S. Cattlemen’s Association and National Farmers Union regarding Sage Grouse Plans

Joint statement from the U.S. Cattlemen’s Association and National Farmers Union regarding Sage Grouse Plans

The agriculture and conservation communities spent recent years working together on management plans that successfully prevented a non-listing of the Greater Sage Grouse, while providing grazing management flexibility for livestock producers and land managers.

While we recognize opportunities for improvement in certain areas of the plans, we can best move forward by refining the existing plans instead of starting over with new regulations. Throwing out the current plans and starting over will lead to years of uncertainty for both producers and land managers.  Instead of continuing work to improve habitat, ranchers, conservationists, and agencies will be forced to spend additional time and money on rulemaking. All invested stakeholders will be best served if work remains focused on improving the current plans and putting practices in place on the ground to advance the ultimate goal of “what’s good for the herd is good for the bird”.

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10-05-17 BLM INVITES PUBLIC TO COMMENT ON SAGE-GROUSE CONSERVATION PLANS, FURTHERING STATE COLLABORATION

BLM INVITES PUBLIC TO COMMENT ON SAGE-GROUSE CONSERVATION PLANS, FURTHERING STATE COLLABORATION

Given a finding by the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada that the Bureau of Land Management’s designation of Sagebrush Focal Areas in its 2015 greater sage-grouse plan amendment for Nevada was illegal, the Bureau today offered the public an opportunity to comment and share issues for its consideration as it explores potential amendments to greater sage-grouse land use plans, to help improve sage-grouse conservation, and to strengthen communication and collaboration between states and the federal government.  The plans, which were adopted in 2014 and 2015, provide guidance and direction about the management of public lands in 10 Western states: California, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah and Montana. Continue reading

10-05-17 US Senator Bennet Statement on Interior’s Decision to Reopen Sage Grouse Plans

US Senator Bennet Statement on Interior’s Decision to Reopen Sage Grouse Plans

Washington, D.C. – Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet today issued the following statement in response to the Department of the Interior’s announcement that it will modify Greater Sage-grouse conservation plans:

“The administration’s new approach to the Greater Sage-grouse will undermine years of cooperation and ultimately could lead to the listing of this species under the Endangered Species Act. Ignoring the hard work and investment from a wide range of stakeholders is not the way we do business in the West. It’s time for Secretary Zinke to sit down and listen to Western Governors, who have long worked together to protect the sage grouse.”

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10-05-17 Beef Board CEO Shares Departing Thoughts

Beef Board CEO Shares Departing Thoughts

Polly Ruhland has led the beef checkoff as its Chief Executive Officer since 2011. Her depth and breadth of knowledge about the beef industry, the relationships she has forged, and her passion for moving the industry forward in a positive, strategic manner have been invaluable.

We sat down with Polly for a few final thoughts and first asked her what she is most proud of over the past seven years. Watch Now.

Polly provides advice for beef producers as they look to the future of their industry. Watch to learn more.  Continue reading

10-05-17 US Senators Bennet, Crapo, Tester, Risch, Wyden Introduce Bill to Improve Fire Recovery and Mitigation Efforts

US Senators Bennet, Crapo, Tester, Risch, Wyden Introduce Bill to Improve Fire Recovery and Mitigation Efforts

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO), Mike Crapo (R-ID), Jon Tester (D-MT), Jim Risch (R-ID), and Ron Wyden (D-OR) today introduced the Wildfire Mitigation Assistance Act to provide resources to assist communities recovering from damaging wildfires. The bill treats wildfires in the same manner as other natural disasters by making available Hazard Mitigation Assistance funding to states affected by catastrophic wildfires.

“Wildfires have catastrophic effects across the West,” Bennet said. “We can dramatically reduce the severity and damage from these wildfires through mitigation work that minimizes the risk of flooding, erosion, and future fires. This bill would make it easier for affected communities to receive federal resources for post-fire recovery and mitigation efforts.” Continue reading

10-05-17 USDA-NASS Colorado Fall Potato Varieties

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FALL POTATO VARIETIES 2017 SAN LUIS VALLEY, COLORADO

This report provides the results of a special survey of potato growers in the San Luis Valley, which was conducted to evaluate potato varieties planted for the 2017 fall crop. The survey was conducted by the USDA/NASS Mountain Region
Field Office with funding from the Colorado State University, San Luis Valley Research Center. Data was collected from potato growers by return mail or by telephone interviews with enumerators. The survey was not sampled to provide a direct expansion of seeded acreage by variety or a measure of the sampling error. Responses to this year’s survey covered 14,752 acres, which was 28.4 percent of the estimated 51,900 total acres planted in the San Luis Valley.

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10-05-17 Weld County Accepting Applications for Colorado Master Gardener Program

Weld County Accepting Applications for Colorado Master Gardener Program

Applications are now being accepted for the 2018 Weld County Colorado Master Gardener spring training program.  Classes will occur from January 26th through April 12th on Fridays from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm and will be located at the Larimer County Fairgrounds (The Ranch) in Loveland.  Applications are due to the Weld County Extension Office by Friday, November 3rd, 2017 for the spring training classes.  Continue reading

10-05-17 RFA Thanks 38 Senators for Leadership to Ensure EPA Finalizes a Strong 2018 RFS

RFA Thanks 38 Senators for Leadership to Ensure EPA Finalizes a Strong 2018 RFS

WASHINGTON – Today, 38 senators, led by Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), sent a letter to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, urging him to implement a strong final 2018 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) rule that reflects Congressional intent to promote future biofuels growth. Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Bob Dinneen offered the following statement:
“We applaud the leadership of these lawmakers, led by biofuel champions Sens. Grassley and Klobuchar. EPA’s 2018 RFS proposal, while maintaining the 15 billion gallon statutory requirement for conventional biofuels, would slash the cellulosic biofuel target by nearly one-quarter. If finalized, this would send the wrong signal to the investment community and ultimately harm consumers by limiting choice at the pump.

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10-05-17 RAAA Completes Relocation to Commerce City, CO

Red Angus Association of America Completes Relocation to Commerce City, Colorado

Denver – After 50 years of calling Denton, Texas, its home, the Red Angus Association of America has completed its relocation to Commerce City, Colorado. The new headquarters of the 63-year-old organization are well situated right outside of Denver, only 10 miles from Denver International Airport. Continue reading

10-05-17 Ports-to-Plains: Missed Opportunity – FHWA’s Infographic on the Importance of Rural Transportation

Missed Opportunity:  FHWA’s Infographic on the Importance of Rural Transportation

On October 3, 2017, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) published an article and infographic titled the “Importance of Rural Transportation” in its Tuesday Transportation release.  The title grabbed our attention as advocates for rural transportation.  Once it was pulled up on a computer, it was very disappointing that the infographic was created with a very narrow scope.  While transit is certainly important to rural transportation, the narrow scope left major roles of rural transportation unaddressed.

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10-05-17 US Wheat Associates: Emerging Philippine Milling Industry Leaders Visit the US

Emerging Philippine Milling Industry Leaders Visit the United States

October 05, 2017 – With new mills and an increasingly competitive price environment, the Philippines continues to be one of U.S. wheat’s top, consistent customers. As new industry leaders emerge there, USW recognizes the importance of providing training to increase millers’ knowledge of procurement strategies and the U.S. wheat marketing system through trade servicing in the South Asian nation and sometimes here at home. Continue reading

10-05-17 Conaway Echoes Sec. Perdue: NAFTA Not Moving Quickly Enough

Conaway Echoes Sec. Perdue: NAFTA Not Moving Quickly Enough

Washington, D.C. – House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway (TX-11) made the following comments on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) negotiations today ahead of his trip to Ottawa, Canada this weekend:

“Sec. Perdue hit the nail on the head when he said we need to stop circling the ring in NAFTA negotiations and begin laying out concrete agriculture proposals. I know our delegation is eager to get up to Ottawa and communicate a sense of urgency to negotiators. We’re serious about getting this done and we need our Canadian counterparts to understand that time is of the essence here.”

Conaway will be joined by with Reps. David Rouzer (NC-7), John Faso (NY-19), Ted Yoho (FL-3) and Kurt Schrader (OR-5) on the CODEL to Ottawa to engage on production agriculture issues in advance of the next round of NAFTA negotiations.

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10-05-17 2016 National Beef Quality Audit Shows Continued Progress in Animal Health Practices of Beef and Dairy Industries

2016 National Beef Quality Audit Shows Continued Progress in Animal Health Practices of Beef and Dairy Industries

 

MADISON, WI – The U.S. beef industry, of which dairy cows comprise a significant portion, continues to improve the quality of its management practices, according to the 2016 National Beef Quality Audit (NBQA) commissioned by the Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) program. BQA and the National Dairy FARM Program shared the results at a news conference today at the 51st World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wisc.

“As dairy cows continue to grow as an integral part of the U.S. beef supply, these results demonstrate that producers are dedicated not only to producing a safe, wholesome, high-quality milk product but also to showing that same dedication to the meat produced by the dairy sector,” said Jim Mulhern, president and CEO of the National Milk Producers Federation. “The FARM Program’s partnership with BQA has produced valuable resources that help nurture an environment of continuous improvement for beef and dairy cattle.” Continue reading

10-05-17 National Western Stock Show Catch-a-Calf Contest Celebrating 81st Year

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National Western Stock Show Catch-a-Calf Contest Celebrating 81st Year

By Amy Kelley, CSU Extension Agent, Cheyenne County

Cheyenne Wells – The National Western Stock Show Catch-a-Calf Contest is entering its 81st year in 2018. This long running program is an important part of that National Western. It not only gives youth the opportunity to learn about animal husbandry, but also to compete at the National Western.   Continue reading

10-05-17 Inside the BARN with NACD CEO Jeremy Peters…

Inside the BARN with NACD CEO Jeremy Peters…

(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) October 5, 2017 – Joining me on the Colorado Ag News Network inside the BARN is Jeremy Peters, CEO of the National Association of Conservation Districts discussing several topics including:

Listen to the entire interview with NACD CEO Jeremy Peters below...

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10-05-17 Inside the BARN with Goodwill Industries Jessica Smith & James Craig – CO AgrAbility’s SCI Workshops

Inside the BARN with Goodwill Industries Jessica Smith & James Craig – CO AgrAbility’s Fall Workshops

(The BARN – Briggsdale, CO) October 5, 2017 – In partnership with the Colorado State University Extension office, Goodwill Industries of Denver will be hosting two more AgrAbility SCI workshops this fall specifically for Rural Coloradans living with physical problems from injury or diseases. Joining the BARN to discuss those and the CO AgrAbility Project in more detail is Jessica Smith & James Craig from Goodwill Industries of Denver…

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10-05-17 Potatoes USA: Exports of U.S. Potatoes and Products Up for July 2017

Potatoes USA: Exports of U.S. Potatoes and Products Up for July 2017

*CORRECTED* Exports of frozen, dehydrated and fresh potatoes in July 2017 all showed gains compared to July 2016. The volume of frozen exports was up 1%, with the value up 3% to $94 million. The volume of exports of dehydrated potatoes was up 12% and the value up 12% to $17 million. Fresh potato export volume was up 51% with the value up 41% to $33 million. Continue reading

10-05-17 NFU: Farmers for America Film Trailer Released – Narrated by Mike Rowe

Farmers for America Film Trailer Released

CHECK OUT THE BARN’S EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH FILMMAKER GRAHAM MERIWETHER

Narrated by Mike Rowe, Farmers For America traces the extraordinary changes coming to America’s food system. With the average age of today’s farmer at 60, and rural America losing population as the cost of land and equipment soars, this film reveals the people waiting to take their place, the practices they’re championing and the obstacles they must overcome.
At the center of the film are the farmers, young and old, who provide the spirit and energy to bring urban and rural America together over what both share in commo
n: our food. These farmers reflect nothing less than the face of America.
Watch the trailer here, and find out how you can host an upcoming screening at Farmers for America website.