01-26-18 CLA News: Ag Program Annual Stakeholder Meeting – February 15, 2018

Ag Program Annual Stakeholder Meeting – February 15, 2018

Daniels Fund LogoThe annual Environmental Ag Program stakeholder meeting will be held on Thursday, February 15, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. to approximately 11:30 a.m.
Topics to be covered
This year we are pleased to have staff from the Solid Waste division joining us to discuss the state’s Integrated Solid Waste and Materials Management Plan and how it applies to the agricultural sector. The discussion will touch on topics such as composting, anaerobic digesters, and beneficial use.
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01-26-18 Update on ELD Waiver Documentation for Livestock Haulers

Update on ELD Waiver Documentation for Livestock Haulers

While the industry continues to push DOT to provide a longer- term waiver from ELDs for livestock haulers, in the meantime, agricultural haulers are still exempt under the 90-day waiver they received beginning on December 18, 2017.
This waiver from the Electronic Logging Devices will be in place for livestock haulers until March 18, 2018. One of NCBA’s overall concerns and arguments for the need to obtain a longer- term waiver from the ELDs, is that law enforcement, DOT, and livestock haulers, are not all necessarily on the same page when it comes to the current rules and exemptions that exist.

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01-26-18 CLA Urges a ‘No’ Vote on Beef Labeling Bill

CLA Urges a ‘No’ Vote on Beef Labeling Bill

Colorado Livestock Association along with other agriculture groups, request a  “NO VOTE” on HB 18-1043 as the legislation will increase the cost of business on Colorado companies and ultimately on beef consumers.

HB18-1043 Concerning a Requirement That a Retailer Indicate the Country of Origin of Beef Sold to the Public

The bill seeks to require retailers to label, via a placard, beef country of origin as “USA Beef” or “Imported” beef.  This bill MADATES COSTS due to traceability, compliance and supply limitations on retailers, consumers, and the beef cattle producers.  The Federal Meat Inspection Act clearly stipulates that it is NOT LEGAL for Colorado, or any other state, to implement Country of Origin requirements.  Continue reading

01-26-18 SOUTHEAST CROPS AND LIVESTOCK EXPO EXPANDS IN SECOND YEAR

SOUTHEAST CROPS AND LIVESTOCK EXPO EXPANDS IN SECOND YEAR

LAMAR, CO—Agriculture is the single biggest economic driver in Southeast Colorado. With an evolving industry, it is necessary for producers to stay on top of developments related to their farms and ranches. The 2nd Annual Southeast Crops and Livestock Expo (SCALE) provides those interested in agriculture an opportunity to hear from experts in areas directly affecting the success of agriculture. SCALE is Friday, February 2 at the Lamar Community College Wellness Center beginning at 8:30 a.m. Continue reading

01-26-18 Beef Board Annual Report Released

Beef Board Annual Report Released

The 2017 Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board (CBB) Annual Report is now available to provide results of Beef Checkoff programs to the beef producers and importers who invest in this national self-help program. A summarized version of the report is available here, with links to download the full report available within. Continue reading

01-26-18 *CSU Ext News* Ron Meyer: Kyrgyzstan Agriculture

Kyrgyzstan Agriculture

Kyrgyzstan Agriculture courtesy of Wikipedia

BURLINGTON, CO – Agricultural production practices vary widely even from county to county, but half-way around the world from here agricultural production is accomplished completely different. Last year I was invited to assist farmers in the Central Asian country of Kyrgyzstan. This former Soviet country ceded from Russia during the Soviet Union collapse in 1991. At that time, the people in Kyrgyzstan decided their government should not be a communist dictatorship, but rather a republic type government. Thus, the Kyrgyz Republic, as they refer to themselves, today is a sovereign country in Central Asia and have now elected their 4th president in the country’s 27 year history. Kyrgyzstan is a land-locked country with mountainous terrain. It shares borders with Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and China. Due to the mountains that occupy much of the northern part of the country, most of the agriculture occurs in wide, rich river valleys in the southern areas and is irrigated. Bread is a staple in this country and the Fergana Valley (the southern part of the country where I was assigned) should be a “bread basket” for Central Asia, but the region lacks agricultural technology. As a result, Kyrgyzstan is forced to import nearly 30% of its wheat needs, making it food dependent on other countries. Part of the issue is that their agricultural training centers are few and are not producing highly technically trained agriculturalists. A land grant university system does not exist there. I was invited to assist with agricultural technology transfer. Continue reading

USDA – FAS Weekly Export Sales Report for January 26th

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Weekly Export Sales for Jan 26th