11-07-17 WGCD: Three Local Students Recognized for Conservation Poster Contest

Board members John Leone, Lenny Simpson and Randy Miller presented the awards along with Liz Schneider, WGCD Conservation & Small Acreage Technician.

Three local students were recognized at the West Greeley Conservation District’s (WGCD) Annual Dinner Thursday (11/2/17) in front of nearly 200 District attendees at Island Grove Regional Park. These students earned this honor by creating a conservation poster exhibiting this year’s theme “Healthy Soils are Full of Life.”

First and Second place awards went to Corintia Tapia and Isabelle Bernal (left to right) 6th graders from Knowledge Quest Academy in the Johnstown/Milliken area. Third place was captured by Jacob Johnston a 6th grade student at Windsor Middle School. Jacob’s photo and art are in the background, he had a school activity and couldn’t attend. Each youth was given a cash prize from WGCD.

Corintia Tapia’s 1st place poster will now go to the state level competition, in late November.   Continue reading

11-07-17 WGCD Hosts 69th Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner…

The West Greeley Conservation District (WGCD) Board of Supervisors and staff hosted their 69th Annual meeting and dinner at Island Grove Thursday (11/2) and welcomed over 200 members. A brief business meeting started the evening, which included a review of their financials and their projected 2018 budget. All were approved.

John Leone, West Greeley Board President, introduced this year’s 6th grade Fall Conservation Poster contest winners. He then recognized several of the 2017-18 College Scholarship recipients who were able to attend the event.

Board members John Leone, Lenny Simpson and Randy Miller presented the awards along with Liz Schneider, WGCD Conservation & Small Acreage Technician.

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11-07-17 Plan Now to Attend the 2017 AAW Convention Nov 16-18 in MN…

Plan Now to Attend the 2017 American Agri-Women Convention
Bloomington, Minnesota – November 16th to 18th

(AgPR) November 7, 2017  American Agri-Women (AAW) will hold its 2017 convention in Bloomington Minn. at the Embassy Suites Bloomington/Minneapolis on November 16-18, 2017.

Convention attendees will learn a lot about Agriculture in the City on the Thursday tour. Agriculture abounds in Minneapolis and St. Paul, as they will see on this tour. A sampling of the stops includes visiting the Dairy Test Kitchens of Land O’ Lakes and the University of Minnesota where they will tour and learn more about the research, teaching and outreach that occurs in agriculture and veterinary medicine fields. The tour will end at the Mill City Museum.  Continue reading

11-07-17 CO Corn: Next ‘Food Evolution’ screening taking place Nov. 14 in Greeley

And Colorado Corn leaders are helping organize another screening of the film in Greeley on Nov. 14. Continue reading

11-07-17 Commodity Classic Registration & Housing Opens on November 14th

Commodity Classic Registration & Housing Opens on November 14th @ 10am CDT

ST. LOUIS (November 7, 2017)—Registration and housing for the 2018 Commodity Classic, February 27-March 1 in Anaheim, Cal., will officially open at 10:00 a.m. Central Time on Tuesday, November 14, 2017. Continue reading

11-07-17 NPPC Statement On WHO Call For Ban On Prevention Uses Of Antibiotics

NPPC Statement On WHO Call For Ban On Prevention Uses Of Antibiotics

A ban on disease prevention uses of antibiotics in food-animal production being advocated by the World Health Organization would be ill-advised and wrong. Denying pigs, cows and chickens necessary antibiotics would be unethical and immoral, leading to animal suffering and possibly death, and could compromise the nation’s food system. Continue reading

11-07-17 SRM News: CO’s Jordan Cattle Company Recognized for Excellence in Rangeland Management

(l-r) Colorado Section SRM president Josh Saunders, Emmett Jordan, and Colorado Section member Ben Berlinger present the Excellence in Rangeland Conservation Award at the annual meeting of the CO Section SRM in Pueblo on October 31st.

CO’s Jordan Cattle Company Recognized for Excellence in Rangeland Management

By Ben Berlinger, Colorado Section of the Society for Range Management

The Jordan Cattle Company of Briggsdale was recently given the Excellence in Rangeland Conservation Award by the Colorado Section of the Society for Range Management (SRM).  The presentation was made at the annual meeting of the Colorado Section held in Pueblo on October 31st.  The Jordan Cattle Company was nominated for the Colorado Section SRM Excellence in Rangeland Conservation award for consistently demonstrating exemplary efforts in the stewardship of the rangeland resources under their management.  Emmett Jordan was honored to receive the award on behalf of his family; wife Carrie, and sons Wyatt and Walter.  Continue reading

11-07-17 USGC/NCGA Joint Press Release: New Study Shows Grain Exports Offered $55.5 Billion In Economic Output

New Study Shows Grain Exports Offered $55.5 Billion In Economic Output

Washington (November 7, 2017) – Exports of U.S. feed grains and related products provide critical support across the U.S. economy, offering billions in economic direct and indirect economic benefits to farmers, rural communities and the nation as a whole.

New research commissioned by the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) and the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) quantified these benefits, showing that U.S. feed grain and grain products exports were worth $18.9 billion in 2015 and supported $55.5 billion in economic output. These exports were linked directly or indirectly to nearly 262,000 jobs.  Continue reading

11-07-17 NRCS Accepting Applications to Assists Farmers and Ranchers Address Colorado’s Natural Resource Concerns

NRCS Accepting Applications to Assists Farmers and Ranchers Address Colorado’s Natural Resource Concerns

Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) Applications Must be received by Friday, December 15, 2017

November 7, 2017, DENVER, CO – The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Colorado is currently accepting applications for enrollment into the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).  EQIP is a voluntary Farm Bill program that provides financial assistance for conservation systems such as animal waste management facilities, irrigation system efficiency improvements, fencing, water supply development, riparian protection, and wildlife habitat enhancement.  Producers interested in implementing conservation practices to improve natural resources on their private agricultural land have until Friday, December 15, 2017 to submit applications.

The opportunities to participate in EQIP are diverse. In addition to the general EQIP enrollment, the Program also affords Veterans, socially disadvantaged, beginning, and limited resource farmers and ranchers specific opportunities to improve or enhance natural resources on their lands.  There are even specific opportunities for landowners with interests in improving forest and soil health as well as those wanting to enhance sage grouse, southwestern willow flycatcher, and lesser prairie chicken habitat.

Applications are accepted at all Colorado NRCS offices which are located in USDA Service Centers.  To find out more information about EQIP or to locate a local NRCS office near you, please visit www.co.nrcs.usda.govand select the Contact Us or Programs links. You may click here: USDA SERVICE CENTER or PROGRAMS.

2018-EQIP sign up in Colorado

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11-07-17 Colorado Farmers and Ranchers Share Nutrient and Water Quality Best Management Practices

Colorado Farmers and Ranchers Share Nutrient and Water Quality Best Management Practices

BROOMFIELD, Colo. – Across Colorado, farmers and ranchers are using best management practices to help keep nutrients out of lakes and streams and improve Colorado’s water quality.  These forward-thinking producers believe the most effective way to reach agriculture and achieve the best results is through outreach and voluntary action. Their stories and resources are now available to help other producers care for Colorado’s waterways.
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) and Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) announce the release of “Colorado Ag Water Quality,” an outreach project developed by Colorado State University Extension. The resources, found at www.ColoradoAgNutrients.org, include videos, a factsheet and publications on nutrient and water quality management.

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11-07-17 NFU: Farm Groups Urge President Trump to Implement Farmer Fair Practices Rules

NFU: Farm Groups Urge President Trump to Implement Farmer Fair Practices Rules

NFU President Roger Johnson

WASHINGTON – National Farmers Union joined a coalition of 82 farm, rural and consumers groups today in sending a letter to President Donald Trump urging him to implement the Farmer Fair Practices Rules via executive order. The rules would provide the most basic of protections to American family farmers and ranchers who are enduring unfair and abusive practices as a result of extremely consolidated agricultural marketplaces.

Massive consolidation in the meatpacking industry over the past forty years placed just four companies in control of 85 percent of the beef market, 74 percent of the pork market and more than half of the poultry market. In that time, 90 percent of hog farmers and 41 percent of cattle producers have gone out of business, and 71 percent of poultry growers now live below the federal poverty level.

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USDA Withdraws Biotech Regulations Proposal, Seeks Further Comment

The Department of Agriculture has withdrawn a proposed rule to revisit biotech regulations and says it will “re-engage” with stakeholders. USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service said Monday it wants more information from stakeholders to “determine the most effective, science-based approach for regulating the products of modern biotechnology, while protecting plant health.” Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue says USDA needs to “take a fresh look, explore policy alternatives, and continue the dialogue,” regarding biotech regulations. APHIS oversees the importation, interstate movement and environmental release of genetically engineered organisms to ensure they do not pose a plant pest risk. Perdue says the U.S. needs regulations and policies that are “are flexible and adaptable” to the ongoing biotechnology innovations in the industry today.

GAO to Investigate Pruitt NCBA Videos

The Government Accountability Office will investigate an appearance by Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt in a video by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. Pruitt appeared earlier this year in a promotional video against the EPA Waters of the U.S. rule. In the video, Pruitt called for public comments in favor or repealing the rule. The GAO has been asked to check if Pruitt violated laws “on the use of appropriated funds for lobbying and publicity or propaganda purposes and the Antideficiency Act,” according to Politico. In August, critics and so-called government experts suggested that the video makes EPA seem like “it is not really open-minded and that public participation doesn’t really matter.” In the video, NCBA suggests that viewers take action and “tell EPA to kill WOTUS.”


TPP Deal Expected This Week

The remaining 11 Trans-Pacific Partnership countries plan to remove the Gross Domestic Product requirements to allow the deal to move forward without the United States this week. The Japan News reports that with the United States abandoning the accord, negotiators appear hopeful that changing the conditions will allow the remaining 11 nations to quickly implement a new pact. A final decision is expected to be made at a meeting of ministers scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday in Vietnam. The trade agreement signed last year by the 11-member nations and the United States would be implemented after it is ratified by six nations that comprise at least 85 percent of the total GDP of the signatory countries. However, because the GDP of the United States made up more than 60 percent of the 12-nation total, there are no prospects for the pact to be implemented in its current form. Negotiators hope to announce a broad agreement Saturday.


Northey Comments on Nomination Delay

Department of Agriculture nominee Bill Northey says he expects the hold on his nomination will be resolved, but in the meantime, is fulfilling his duties in Iowa. During a speech last week in Iowa, Northey said he’s not bothered by his current situation, adding that “until that political skirmish is settled, my days are, for the most part, consumed with being Iowa secretary of agriculture,” according to the Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Gazette. Northey is the midst of his presumed last tour of Iowa agriculture as the state’s Agriculture Secretary, having visited more than 80 counties. Northey’s nomination as USDA’s undersecretary for farm and foreign agricultural services by President Trump is being held up by an oil-state senator. Republican Ted Cruz of Texas is demanding a meeting with the Trump administration over the Renewable Fuel Standard, a perceived retaliation after ethanol-producing states convinced the administration to drop two proposals that they claim would weaken the RFS.


John Deere to Supply Tractors in Cuba

In an agreement signed last week, John Deere is expected to be the first direct sale of U.S. machinery to Cuba in more than half a century. An agreement signed at the Havana Fair last week between John Deere executives and Cuba calls for the shipment of “several hundred tractors and associated implements” over a four-year period. Farm Equipment Magazine reports the vast majority of the tractors to be sold will be the company’s baseline 5,000 series, between 75 and 115 horsepower. In signing the agreement, Deere company officials said the sale of farm tractors and implements to Cuba will “improve food security for the Cuban people.” The announcement comes a day after a Caterpillar dealer announced it will open a distribution center in Cuba. Both companies seem to be racing to establish a foothold in Cuba before the Trump administration follows through with prohibiting sales to Cuba.The first shipment of Deere tractors is scheduled to arrive in Cuba in mid-November.

Global Food Prices Reported Lower

Global food prices dropped in October, led by lower dairy products. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization’s monthly Food Price Index averaged 176.4 points for the month of October, down 1.3 percent from September, while still up 2.5 percent from a year earlier. The Index is a measure of the monthly change in international prices of a basket of food commodities. The global measure for dairy prices fell 4.2 percent during October, the first decline for dairy prices since May. International quotations for butter and whole milk powder eased in October, as importers held back on purchases awaiting new supplies from the Oceania region, while low demand and ample stocks in the European Union pushed skim milk powder prices down. The vegetable oil, sugar and meat price sub-indexes all decreased, while cereal grain prices were up a half a percent, led by higher rice prices even as wheat quotations were generally lower.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service