01-10-18 CFVGA: Bilingual FSMA Produce Safety Rule Training Jan. 25th in Greeley

Bilingual FSMA Produce Safety Rule Training Jan. 25, Greeley

The Colorado Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association (CFVGA), Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, and the Colorado Department of Agriculture will host an all-day Produce Safety Rule training, Jan. 25 at the at the Weld County Extension Office, 525 N 15th Ave., Greeley, Colo. Completion of this Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) training will enable growers to comply with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The training offers for no additional charge simultaneous translation into Spanish.

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01-24-18 REGISTER NOW for the 1st Annual Northeastern Colorado Progressive Ag Symposium in Greeley March 14-15

CLICK HERE to learn more and to get registered by March 6th

REGISTER NOW for the 1st Annual Northeastern Colorado Progressive Ag Symposium in Greeley March 14-15

Please join the West Greeley Conservation District from 8am-5pm on March 14th and 15th at Island Grove Park in Greeley, CO for a 2-day soil and water symposium at Island Grove Park for progressive farmers and ranchers in Northeastern Colorado. It will be a great way to meet new people and explore new ideas in the world of agriculture!

Don’t miss out!

RSVP today to reserve your spot at this FREE event.

FREE lunch included when you RSVP by March 6th   970-356-8097 x 3 or email info@wgcd.org

Speakers include educators, industry professionals, government officials as well as farmers and ranchers just like YOU!

March 14th – Soil Day – Tentative Schedule

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01-24-18 Livestock Marketeers induct two into Hall of Fame

from left to right:
Neil Orth, Sonny Booth, Tim Lackey, Mark Smith, Doug Paul and Guy Peverely

Livestock Marketeers induct two into Hall of Fame

DENVER — The Livestock Marketeers — An informal fraternity of livestock fieldmen,
auctioneers, sale managers and related livestock business leaders — met for their 53rd Annual Banquet at the National Western Club on January 13th. The event was hosted by American Live Stock; master of ceremonies was J. Neil Orth, executive vice-president of the American International Charolais Association and 1984 Hall of Fame inductee. The Livestock Marketeers group was formed in 1965 by Harry Green, Ross Miller and Claud Willett. Their purpose was to establish a fraternal organization of livestock professionals, and to make annual awards to encourage younger members of the industry to succeed in their chosen profession. Continue reading

01-24-18 USDA-NASS-Rocky Mountain Region: 4th Quarter 2017 Milk Production Report

OCTOBER- DECEMBER 2017 QUARTERLY MILK PRODUCTION – MOUNTAIN REGION HIGHLIGHTS

Arizona dairy herds produced 1.18 billion pounds of milk during the October – December quarter, up 2.3 percent from the
previous year.

Colorado dairy herds produced 1.07 billion pounds of milk during the October – December quarter, up 7.5 percent from
the previous year.

Montana dairy herds produced 71.0 million pounds of milk during the October – December quarter, down 1.4 percent from
the previous year.

New Mexico dairy herds produced 2.00 billion pounds of milk during the October – December quarter, up 2.2 percent from
the previous year.

Utah dairy herds produced 559.0 million pounds of milk during the October – December quarter, up 5.9 percent from the
previous year.

Wyoming dairy herds produced 33.9 million pounds of milk during the October – December quarter, down 5.0 percent from
the previous year.

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01-24-18 USDA Secretary Perdue Announces USDA’s Farm Bill and Legislative Principles for 2018

Secretary Perdue holds a town hall meeting at Reinford Farms where he rolled out USDA’s 2018 Farm Bill and Legislative Principles

USDA Secretary Perdue Announces USDA’s Farm Bill and Legislative Principles for 2018

(Mifflintown, PA, January 24, 2018) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Bill and Legislative Principles for 2018 during a town hall at Reinford Farms in Mifflintown, Pennsylvania.

“Since my first day as the Secretary of Agriculture, I’ve traveled to 30 states, listening to the people of American agriculture about what is working and what is not. The conversations we had and the people we came across helped us craft USDA’s Farm Bill and Legislative Principles for 2018,” said Secretary Perdue. “These principles will be used as a road map – they are our way of letting Congress know what we’ve heard from the hard-working men and women of American agriculture. While we understand it’s the legislature’s job to write the Farm Bill, USDA will be right there providing whatever counsel Congress may request or require.”

Download USDA’s 2018 Farm Bill and Legislative Principles

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01-24-18 CO Department of Agriculture Breaks Ground on Future Laboratory Site

Left to Right: Jenifer Gurr, Steve Bornmann, Commissioner Don Brown, Joe Reen, Joy Huse

CDA Breaks Ground on Future Laboratory Site

BROOMFIELD, Colo. – A shovel of soil has officially kicked off the final phase of office consolidation for the Colorado Department of Agriculture.  The project will move CDA’s Inspection and Consumer Services division to Broomfield, where the main office is located, and will include three laboratories including metrology, animal health, and biochemistry. The new facility will replace the almost 50-year-old facility located in Denver.
“This office consolidation will create a more efficient and effective work environment for our staff while creating a “one-stop” shop for our agricultural customers. It’s exciting to know that, in just over a year, our new laboratories will be up and running to continue providing the consumer protection efforts that affect every person in Colorado,” said Commissioner of Agriculture, Don Brown.
The project includes 6,000 square foot of renovation to the existing building at 305 Interlocken Parkway in Broomfield and construction of a new 27,000 square foot facility next door. Unique components include humidity and vibration controls in addition to a variety of specialty equipment in the biochemistry labs. The project is slated for completion in early 2019 and will be pursuing LEED Certification.

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01-24-18 Colorado releases plan to support electric vehicles on state’s highways

Colorado releases plan to support electric vehicles on state’s highways

DENVER — Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018 Gov. John Hickenlooper today announced the release of the Colorado Electric Vehicle (EV) Plan, delivering on a directive set forth in the July 2017 Executive Order, “Supporting Colorado’s Clean Energy Transition.”

“The Colorado EV Plan serves as a roadmap to build out a fast-charging network, giving Coloradans the ability to travel anywhere in the state in an EV,” said Governor John Hickenlooper. “The plan includes a set of goals and strategies that ensure Colorado continues leading in adoption of EVs and leverages the economic development and tourism benefits.” Continue reading

01-24-18 Make Plans to Attend the 2018 Colorado AgrAbility Workshop Scheduled in NE CO on Feb 13th

Colorado AgrAbility Workshop Scheduled in Northeast Colorado

As workers age, they are faced with increasing rates of arthritis, back pain, decreased strength/endurance, hearing impairments and other medical conditions. These conditions increase the likelihood of slips and falls, being pushed by fast-moving livestock, accidents with machinery, and other dangers. Assistive technology can help mitigate the impact of aging conditions and help older farmers work with more safety. The cost of assistive technology and safety is significantly less than the expense of injury on the farm. Join fellow Colorado farmers, ranchers, veterans, their families, and service providers at this upcoming workshop in Northeast Colorado. These free educational events are for individuals who are dealing with barriers created by illnesses, conditions, or limitations. Topics to be discussed include; What is AgrAbility, How to Work Well with Ag Lenders and Bankers and Saving Time and Money with Assistive Technology.

This year’s AgrAbility event in Northeast Colorado will be held Tuesday, Feb 13, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Morgan County Extension Office, 914 E. Railroad Ave., Fort Morgan CO 80701. A free light lunch is provided for those who pre-register at least one week prior to the workshop.

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01-24-18 CSU Ext: Protecting Your Identity and Financial Future…

Protecting Your Identity and Financial Future

Written by: Gisele Jefferson,  Family and Consumer Sciences,  CSU Extension

Yes, it is alarming; the Equifax data breach may have exposed more than half the adults in this country to identity theft and financial fraud.  Names, social security numbers, birthdates, and other information including some credit card numbers were stolen from their data system.  During the first half of 2017 there were 791 separate data breaches; and the Identity Theft Resource Center estimated there would be over 1,500 total by the end of the year.  We should all be on High Alert!  Continue reading

01-24-18 RMFU Leadership Academy & More in Denver Feb 10-12

CLICK HERE to learn more about the RMFU and how you can become a member today!

RMFU Leadership Academy & More Set For Feb. 10-12 in Denver

RMFU’s Leadership Academy will be held Sunday, February 11 and continue Monday, February 12 with the RMFU Colorado Drive-in. On Sunday morning, county and chapter officers will learn how to debate issues while considering different points of view, practice basic parliamentary procedures, and discover leadership tips. Educational and engaging events continue Sunday afternoon with an update on RMFU camp programs, as well as evaluating legislative priorities. Like last year, the day-long Academy will include RMFU Fellows, and RMFU delegates to the National Farmers Union convention. Details on the Academy have been sent to County and Chapter presidents. Continue reading

01-24-18 RMFU: Colorado’s Legislative Drive-In is February 12th…

CLICK HERE to learn more about the RMFU and how you can become a member today!

RMFU: Colorado’s Legislative Drive-In is February 12th…

The Colorado Legislative Drive-In for members of the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union will begin at 9 a.m. and conclude at 2 p.m. on Monday, February 12.

The RMFU will host lunch and invite you to join us for the day. Please note they are meeting in a new location just two blocks north of where they were last year.

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, February 12.

Knights of Columbus Hall, 1555 Grant Street

For more information about the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union please visit http://www.rmfu.org

01-24-18 NMPF Statement on USDA’s 2018 Farm Bill & Legislative Principles

NMPF Statement on USDA’s 2018 Farm Bill & Legislative Principles

From Jim Mulhern, President and CEO, NMPF:

Jim Mulhern, President and CEO of
NMPF

ARLINGTON, VA – “We are encouraged that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) principles for the next farm bill, released by Secretary Sonny Perdue on Wednesday, start with improving the farm safety net. The current farm bill’s dairy Margin Protection Program (MPP) has proven to be inadequate in providing help to America’s dairy farmers, and fixing it must be a priority in 2018.

“The USDA has taken significant steps at NMPF’s request in the past three years to improve the MPP, but more is needed. NMPF continues to work with USDA and lawmakers in the House and Senate to strengthen the MPP to ensure meaningful assistance for those relying on it, and to find ways to expand risk management options for farmers. Making the MPP a reliable program for dairy farmers is vital to encouraging future farmer participation in the program. Additional risk management tools are also critical for the future of our dairy farmer community. Raising the current expenditure cap on programs available under USDA’s Risk Management Agency is vital to increasing the toolbox of options for farmers. Continue reading

01-24-18 U.S. Wheat Industry Celebrates Japan Flour Millers Association Anniversary

U.S. Wheat Industry Celebrates Japan Flour Millers Association Anniversary

ARLINGTON, Virginia — Several representatives from the U.S. wheat industry joined members of the Japan Flour Millers Association to help celebrate the association’s 70th anniversary in Tokyo on Jan. 23, 2018. Senior managers from U.S. Wheat Associates (USW), as well as state wheat commission representatives and farmers from Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana participated in events commemorating the anniversary.  Continue reading

01-24-18 First Annual Soil Health Summit Awards Honor Best in Soil Health

First Annual Soil Health Summit Awards Honor Best in Soil Health

Four “Seeds of Change” awards given at 4th Annual Summit

(CHICAGO) –  Innovators. Educators. Communicators. Those are just some of the words used to describe the four recipients of the newly inaugurated “Seeds of Change Awards” at the 2018 Soil Health Partnership Summit, Jan. 18-19 in Chicago. These awards were developed to highlight those members of the Soil Health Partnership who go above and beyond to advocate for the partnership and for soil health throughout the year.

“The Soil Health Partnership could not exist without the willingness and enthusiasm of our partners—especially the farmers and agronomists on the front lines of our research,” said Nick Goeser, director of the Soil Health Partnership. “These four individuals exemplify the very best of our dedicated partners, and we look forward to honoring others as the research continues and our partnership expands.”

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01-24-18 Partnership of Conservation Organizations Launches Needed Agricultural Water Quality Practice Assessment

Partnership of Conservation Organizations Launches Needed Agricultural Water Quality Practice Assessment

WASHINGTON, D.C. Jan. 23, 2018) – A partnership to assess agricultural practices and strategies to further improve water quality in the U.S. was launched today by USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), the Sand County Foundation, the Noble Research Institute and Farm Foundation.
The National Agricultural Water Quality Practice Assessment seeks to better understand how effective specific agricultural management practices are at improving water quality.
The year-long project will culminate in a comprehensive report identifying current baseline knowledge about managing agricultural lands to improve conservation outcomes. The report will also identify critical gaps in knowledge, as well as strategies to advance agricultural conservation adoption and effectiveness. A key goal of the assessment is to help agricultural producers identify effective management practices that have the potential to yield tangible environmental results while supporting the economic viability of farms.

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01-24-18 TPP-11 Puts U.S. Wheat Exports at Risk

TPP-11 Puts U.S. Wheat Exports at Risk

ARLINGTON, Virginia — U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) and the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) are expressing concern that a revised Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) that excludes the United States puts overseas demand for U.S. wheat at serious risk. 

“On January 23, 2017, exactly one year ago, President Trump announced the United States would pull out of the TPP. The announcement today that the eleven remaining TPP members have concluded talks on a revised deal without us sends another discouraging signal to our long-time wheat importing customers in Japan,” said Ben Conner, USW Director of Policy.  Continue reading

01-23-18 ICYMI: CO Farm Show Beef Day Presentation Audio Available Now!

All of the audio/video from BEEF DAY @ the 2018 CO Farm Show will be posted online by this weekend, courtesy of the CO Farm Show Beef Day Committee and provided by BARN Media, CO Ag News Network & FarmCast Radio on Livestream, by this weekend

CO Farm Show – BEEF DAY Presentations

Tuesday, Jan 23, 2018  – Events Center Room A

RANCHING FOR BUSINESS

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01-24-18 National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Chosen to Host 2018 ARC Intern

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Chosen to Host 2018 ARC Intern

– Internship Valued at $5,000 –

NEW PRAGUE, MINNESOTA (AgPR) Jan. 23, 2018 – The Agricultural Relations Council (ARC) is pleased to announce the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) will host the 2018 Summer ARC Intern.

In this second year of the internship program since its rebirth in 2017, the selected student will spent 10-12 weeks in Denver, Colorado working under the guidance of Daren Williams, long-time ARC member and past president. As the senior executive director, issues management and media relations, Williams will guide the student in working on projects for the beef checkoff issues management and media relations team. The student will participate in daily issues monitoring and will assist in responding on behalf of the beef industry. Continue reading