02-28-18 WGCD Conservation Scholarship Opportunities

WGCD Conservation Scholarship Opportunities

Right now many high school seniors might be thinking about Spring Break…but if they have their eyes wide open and hope to attend college in the Fall, they are probably also searching and applying for scholarship opportunities to complete and submit by April, when most are due.

West Greeley Conservation District (WGCD) has more than doubled our scholarship award program to $5,000 per student. The deadline for submission of a scholarship packet from eligible students living within WGCD boundaries, who plan to attend a Colorado institution of higher learning, is 4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 11th, 2018. Continue reading

02-28-18 Statement from 25x’25 on Confirmation of Bill Northey As USDA Undersecretary of Agriculture

Statement from 25x’25 on Confirmation of Bill Northey As USDA Undersecretary of Agriculture

The 25x’25 Alliance applauds the efforts of those who worked to finally bring to the Senate floor this week the nomination of former Iowa Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey to a key undersecretary position at USDA and see it confirmed almost instantly by voice vote. Continue reading

02-02-18 WDA – In Remembrance: Jean Maxey

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In Remembrance: Jean Maxey

Western Dairy is saddened to hear of the passing of Jean Maxey, who was a wonderful and influential member of our dairy community. She will be greatly missed.

Services are at 11 a.m.Saturday, March 3, at Cornerstone Community Church, 1321 9th Ave., Greeley, CO.

Oct. 23, 1929 – Feb 23, 2018

Eloise Jeanette Maxey (Jean), 88, of Greeley passed away peacefully on Friday, February 23, 2018, at her home southeast of Greeley.

Jean was born to Elno and Florence (Norman) Hohlt on Oct. 23, 1929, in Kinmundy, Ill. She graduated from Farina High School in 1948 and from Washington University’s School of Nursing in St Louis, Mo. in 1951. She was a member of Friedens United Church of Christ in Farina, where she married George Maxey on Dec. 26, 1950. The couple moved to Cheyenne, Wyo., when George was stationed at F. E. Warren AFB in 1951. They moved to the farm two miles west of Kersey in October 1954 where George was herdsman for C.W. Henry and Jean served as a private nurse for Mrs. Henry during her battle with cancer. The couple later purchased the herd and land, eventually naming it Maxey Farms. Continue reading

02-28-18 NCGA: Consider Corn Challenge Shines a Light on Corn’s Growing Potential in Bio-Economy

NCGA: Consider Corn Challenge Shines a Light on Corn’s Growing Potential in Bio-Economy

ANAHEIM, Calif. (February 28, 2018) — Six new technologies, that are poised to change the way the public perceives our country’s most abundant crop, were highlighted today in Anaheim, Calif. as winners of the inaugural Consider Corn Challenge, an open innovation contest hosted by the National Corn Growers Association. The diverse range of science unveiled shows that corn is squarely situated on the cutting-edge of technology, ready to support a wave of growth sweeping through the renewable products industry.

More than thirty, scientists and start-up companies answered the global call to bring forth their best ideas focused on the conversion of corn into bio-renewable chemicals. Contest entries reinforced that corn can improve the environmental footprint of many products used by consumers, including plastic bottles, acrylics, solvents, fibers, packaging, and coolants.  Many of the submissions included bio-advantaged molecules, with the ability to deliver performance and value that exceeds petrochemicals.

The six winners of the competition are:   Continue reading

02-28-18 BASF and commodity organizations award $20,000 in academic scholarships to student agriculture leaders to aid future industry success

BASF and commodity organizations award $20,000 in academic scholarships to student agriculture leaders to aid future industry success

ANAHEIM, CA, February 28, 2018 – Today at the annual Commodity Classic tradeshow, BASF awarded academic scholarships to 12 future agriculture leaders today in partnership with the American Soybean Association (ASA), the National Sorghum Foundation (NSF), the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) and the National Wheat Foundation(NWF).  Continue reading

02-28-18 Inside FarmCast Radio & The BARN with WGCD Manager Kandee Nourse: 1st NE CO Progressive Ag Symposium in Greeley March 14-15

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Inside FarmCast Radio & The BARN with WGCD Manager Kandee Nourse: 1st NE CO Progressive Ag Symposium in Greeley March 14-15

Kandee Nourse, Manager of the West Greeley Conservation District

(BARN Media / FarmCast Radio – Briggsdale, CO) February 28, 2018 – The West Greeley Conservation District is hosting their 1st Annual Northeastern Colorado Progressive Agriculture Symposium from 8am-5pm on March 14th and 15th at Island Grove Park in Greeley, CO. Joining FarmCast Radio and the Colorado Ag News Network to discuss the event in more detail is Kandee Nourse, Manager of the West Greeley Conservation District

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For more information and to get pre-registered for the event please visit http://www.wgcd.org/northeasternagsymposium/

WGCD’s Mission: Provide leadership and guidance in the conservation and management of natural resources through research, education, financial assistance, and on the ground conservation practices. In short: We help landowners be good stewards of the land.

CLICK HERE to learn more about WGCD

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02-28-18 A Closer Look at the 2018 National Wheat Yield Contest w/CO Wheat Producer Dusty Tallman from the 2018 Commodity Classic…

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A Closer Look at the 2018 National Wheat Yield Contest w/CO Wheat Producer Dusty Tallman from the 2018 Commodity Classic…

(BARN Media / FarmCast Radio – Briggsdale, CO) February 28, 2018 –  The 2018 National Wheat Yield Contest is open for registration and American wheat growers across the county are being encouraged to showcase their Greater Grain.  Joining the BARN from the 2018 Commodity Classic in Anaheim, CA to discuss that contest and more is Everett “Dusty” Tallman, a Colorado Wheat member…

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To learn more about the 2018 National Wheat Yield Contest, please visit https://yieldcontest.wheatfoundation.org/

To learn more about the National Association of Wheat Growers, please visit www.wheatworld.org

And to learn more about the Colorado Association of Wheat Growers, please visit www.coloradowheat.org

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02-28-18 Apply now for the 2018 CAWG Scholarships

2018 CAWG Scholarship Applications Available

APPLY BY MARCH 30, 2018

Fort Collins, Colo. – The Colorado Association of Wheat Growers (CAWG) will award two $1,000 scholarships. The applicant’s parents, grandparents, or legal guardians must be current or new members of CAWG OR the applicant must be nominated by a current member of CAWG. For a list of sponsors, please contact the CAWG office at 970-449-6994. Continue reading

02-28-18 WGCD Region Scholarships – Applications due by April 11th!

WGCD Region Scholarships – Applications due by April 11th!

CLICK HERE to view the WGCD map

Each year West Greeley Conservation District awards scholarships to deserving students who will be tomorrow’s conservation leaders in areas of Natural Resources and Agriculture. Our Board of Supervisors worked with WGCD staff to revise the program for the 2018-19 academic year.

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02-28-18 CFB Policy Watch: Registration Open for the Legislative and Leadership Summit

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Registration Open for the Legislative and Leadership Summit

CFB is now accepting registrations for the 2018 Legislative & Leadership Summit! A time to network, build leadership skills and celebrate Ag Day, the Summit is a great opportunity to get learn about hot button issues and meet key decision makers at the Capitol.  The Legislative & Leadership Summit will kick off with a leadership dinner on Wednesday, March 21st at Maggiano’s in Centennial. The conference will continue on March 22nd at First Baptist Church of Denver near the Capitol.

Register and view the full agenda here.

At its heart, Colorado Farm Bureau exists to ensure the success of farming, ranching and our shared rural heritage in the state of Colorado. Founded in 1919, the Colorado Farm Bureau seeks to promote and protect the future of agriculture and rural values. Learn more online and become a CFB member at www.coloradofarmbureau.com

02-28-18 CFB Policy Watch: Key Bills Move Through the Legislature

Key Bills Move Through the Legislature

Washington is a busy place this time of year with legislation flying around desks — many with impacts on the agriculture community. 

  • S. 2166,  Endangered Fish Recovery Programs Extension Act of 2017: Sponsored by Senator Gardner, this bill will be heard in committee this week.
  • S. 2421, Farm Act: Introduced by Senator Fischer has continued to garner bipartisan support and should be up for markup in committee — A House effort creating similar legislation is afoot, as well.
  • S. 2434, The Animal Drug and Animal Generic Drug User Fee Amendments of 2018: This bill is currently going through markup in the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee for markup. Colorado Farm Bureau is urging Senator Bennet, who sits on this committee, to oppose a recent amendment from Senator Murkowski that would establish a food labeling precedent, undoing last work last year that passed the Disclosure Act.

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02-28-18 CFB Policy Watch: Bill Northey Confirmed as USDA Under Secretary

Bill Northey Confirmed as USDA Under Secretary

Under Secretary Northey was confirmed February 27, and will be overseeing the Farm and Foreign Agriculture Service. The long-awaited appointment comes after a deal was made allowing Senator Cruz the opportunity to have a meeting with corn producing states and President Trump to discuss the Renewable Fuel Standard.

Cruz had been holding Northey’s confirmation in committee since October in an attempt to force a discussion on the RFS. The nomination moving forward now means Cruz feels his voice on the issue has been heard

At its heart, Colorado Farm Bureau exists to ensure the success of farming, ranching and our shared rural heritage in the state of Colorado. Founded in 1919, the Colorado Farm Bureau seeks to promote and protect the future of agriculture and rural values. Learn more online and become a CFB member at www.coloradofarmbureau.com

02-28-18 CFB Policy Watch: Nursery Bill Statute Clean-up Effort

Nursery Bill Statute Clean-up Effort

The Colorado Department of Agriculture is behind an effort to amend the statutes that govern the industry growing nursery plants. The bill, HB18-1246: Modernization of Nursery Act, would update definitions of “nursery stock” and add a definition of “noxious weed.” It also removes a current exemption that does not require inspections for those growing and selling nursery stock within the state. Additionally, the bill prohibits the sale of noxious weeds and allows for the commissioner of agriculture to create additional labeling rules.

A link to the bill can be found here.

The CFB Board of Directors voted last week to support HB18-1246. If you have any questions, please contact Emily at emily@coloradofb.org.

At its heart, Colorado Farm Bureau exists to ensure the success of farming, ranching and our shared rural heritage in the state of Colorado. Founded in 1919, the Colorado Farm Bureau seeks to promote and protect the future of agriculture and rural values. Learn more online and become a CFB member at www.coloradofarmbureau.com

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, February 28th

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, February 28th

Senate Confirms Bill Northey to USDA Position

Senate Ag Committee Chair Pat Robers was pleased to announce that the Senate has confirmed Iowa Ag Secretary Bill Northey to a position with the USDA. After he is sworn in, he’ll serve as the Under Secretary of Agriculture for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services within the USDA. “I’m pleased the Senate advanced his nomination,” Roberts says, “and I have no doubt he will be a champion for farmers and ranchers at USDA.” The Senate Ag Committee held a hearing on the Northey nomination back on October 5, where the nomination was approved by bipartisan voice vote. Northey had the support of more than 60 farm and ranch organizations. Texas Senator Ted Cruz had placed a hold on the Northey nomination in an attempt to force changes to the Renewable Fuels Standard, which he and a handful of refiners blame for hurting jobs in that sector. Northey was thankful that the process has been completed. “It’s a tremendous honor for me to be confirmed as an Under Secretary of Agriculture,” he says, “and while the process took longer than expected, I’m excited as ever to work with Secretary Perdue and the USDA staff to support our nation’s farmers and ranchers.”

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No Deal After White House Biofuels Meeting

A Reuters article says there was no agreement in a meeting between lawmakers and Cabinet members regarding the Renewable Fuels Standard. President Donald Trump had called for a meeting between the two sides who have been feuding over the current state of the renewable fuels law. The decade-old policy was intended to help farmers and reduce the nation’s petroleum imports. However, a refining company in the key electoral state of Pennsylvania blamed the RFS as the cause for it having to recently file for bankruptcy. Iowa Republican Charles Grassley took to Twitter after the meeting, saying “No deal made.” Other lawmakers at the meeting included Joni Ernst of Iowa, as well as Ted Cruz of Texas and Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania. Other than the Grassley tweet, there were no other comments immediately after the meeting. Philadelphia Energy Solutions employs more than 1,000 people and says the law forced it into bankruptcy protection. However, Reuters has reported that a $590 million withdrawal in dividend-style payments from the company to its investors likely played a big role in the filing. Other refineries, including RFS opponent Valero, are pulling in solid profit margins in spite of the regulation.  

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Judge Rules Against California’s Prop 65 Glyphosate Label

A U.S. District Court Judge in the eastern California district issued a preliminary injunction that prohibits the state from implementing a “false and misleading” Prop 65 labeling requirement for glyphosate. The judge cited harm to the nation’s economy as a reason for issuing the injunction. Over a dozen agricultural groups as well, as 11 attorneys general across the U.S., came together to seek the injunction. The labeling requirement will now be postponed until the court issues a final ruling on the matter. Chandler Goule (rhymes with cool), National Wheat Growers Association CEO, was the lead plaintiff in the case. He says glyphosate is a vital tool that growers need to put food on America’s tables. The judge’s statements said, “As it applies to glyphosate, the required warnings are false and misleading. Given the heavy weight of evidence in the record that glyphosate is not in fact known to cause cancer, the required warning is factually inaccurate and controversial.” Glyphosate is approved by the Environmental Protection Agency for use in over 250 agricultural crops throughout the United States.

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No Drastic SNAP Changes Expected in Senate Farm Bill

Politico says the Senate is not expected to make any drastic changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program as it works to reauthorize the farm bill. Those comments came from Senate Ag Chair Pat Roberts during a speech before anti-hunger advocates on Tuesday morning. While speaking to the National Anti-Hunger Policy Conference, Roberts said again that he’ll oppose efforts to introduce block grants to SNAP. He defended the program as an important part of the farm bill and one that’s essential to garner the needed votes to pass a farm bill. “I think we can make efficiencies,” he says, “but we’re not going to drastically change the program.” That was his answer to a question about the “Harvest Box” concept proposed by the White House in its fiscal 2019 budget. He says there are a lot of things to take care of before even looking at the Harvest Box idea as a potential pilot program, calling it “way down the list.” The chair of the House Ag Committee’s subcommittee on nutrition called the idea of a Harvest Box a “bad idea that’s getting more attention than it deserves.

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Still Time to be Counted in the 2017 Census of Agriculture

Farmers and ranchers still have time to participate in the 2017 Census of Agriculture. Although the first deadline just passed, the National Ag Statistics Service will continue to accept Census information through this spring. The goal is to get a complete picture of American agriculture that represents all farmers and ranchers. NASS administrator Hubert Hamer says they currently have a little over 40 percent of the three million questionnaires that were sent out. “A lot is at stake if producers aren’t represented in this data,” he says. “Census data has and will continue to influence important policy decisions for American agriculture.” He says the Census data will affect every operation and every farming community at some point, whether through farm policy, disaster relief, insurance or loan programs, and a variety of other ways. Federal law mandates that everyone who received the 2017 Census of Agriculture questionnaire should complete and return it, even if they’re currently not farming. Farmers and ranchers are asked to return them by mail or fill out their answers online at www.agcounts.usda.gov.

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National Farm Machinery Show Saw Record Attendance

The 2018 National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, Kentucky, was a record-setter in the number of new exhibitors. The event also saw an increase in ticket sales and attendance. More than 314,000 people packed into the Kentucky Exposition Center for the four-day event. The show celebrated 53 years of showcasing the ag industry’s latest and most comprehensive display of equipment, services, and technology. Because of the largest number of exhibitors the show had ever seen, it filled more than 1.3 million square feet and 920 booths. The Championship Tractor Pull turned 50 years old this year and celebrated with its largest attendance in recent history. The five performances in Freedom Hall sold more than 67,000 tickets combined. It’s an invitation-only event that attracts drivers from all over the country who compete for more than $200,000 in prize money. Don Parkinson is the interim CEO of the Kentucky State Fair Board, which owns and operates the show. He says the event has delivered on its purpose of providing solid information and cutting-edge technology to the farming community for more than half a century. “The largest indoor farm show, along with the longest running championship tractor pull in one venue, is unique to Kentucky,” he says, “and we look forward to another 50 years of championing agribusiness here in the Commonwealth.” 

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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02-27-18 UNPRECEDENTED COLLABORATION BRINGS CONSERVATIONISTS AND AGRICULTURE INDUSTRY TOGETHER TO HELP THE ICONIC MONARCH BUTTERFLY

UNPRECEDENTED COLLABORATION BRINGS CONSERVATIONISTS AND AGRICULTURE INDUSTRY TOGETHER TO HELP THE ICONIC MONARCH BUTTERFLY

Farmers For Monarchs Collaboration Announced at Commodity Classic

ANAHEIM, CA (Feb. 27, 2018) – Farmers For Monarchs, a broad-based collaboration aimed at addressing on-farm conservation efforts, was launched today at Commodity Classic, America’s largest farmer-led convention and trade show. This unprecedented, united effort by farmers, ranchers, landowners, the agriculture industry, conservation groups and others seeks to encourage and enable the voluntary expansion and establishment of pollinator and conservation habitat. The initiative includes planting milkweed and other habitat along the monarch butterfly seasonal migration route in North America.

“This is a unique moment in time for pollinator health and populations.  There are many factors impacting declines in monarch population: loss of habitat is one of them,” said Peter S. Berthelsen, The Bee & Butterfly Habitat Fund Partnership Coordinator. “That’s why farmers can make huge a huge difference by identifying the opportunities within their current farm and ranch operation that can benefit and support their habitat needs.” Continue reading

02-27-18 NCGA Statement on Bill Northey’s Confirmation as Undersecretary at USDA

NCGA Statement on Bill Northey’s Confirmation as Undersecretary at USDA

The following is a statement from North Dakota farmer Kevin Skunes, president of the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), in response to the hold on Bill Northey being lifted. Skunes gave these remarks during a news conference at Commodity Classic.

ANAHEIM, Calif. (February 27, 2018) — “After a needless four-month delay, farmers across the country will be well-served with Bill Northey finally on the job at USDA,” Skunes said.

Skunes also addressed the Tuesday morning meeting at the White House in his remarks.

“Farmers are so grateful to Iowa Senators Joni Ernst and Chuck Grassley for representing farmers at the White House with integrity and steadfast support,” Skunes added. “We could not ask for better representatives. Continue reading

02-27-18 CASNR presents Distinguished Alumni & Outstanding Young Alumni Awards, including Two from Colorado…

CASNR presents Distinguished Alumni & Outstanding Young Alumni Awards

CASNR’s Distinguished Alumni & Outstanding Young Alumni Awards are graduates who’ve made significant contributions to society, and whose accomplishments and careers have brought distinction to the college and to the professions associated with agriculture and natural resources. This year’s recipients are Christopher Hoffman of Clinton, Mississippi; Brent Pemberton of Tyler; James Ray of Canyon;  Lynn Scherler of Castle Pine, Colorado; Bobby Waddle of DeSoto; and Dale Woerner of Greeley, Colorado. Ashlee Vinyard of Arlington, Virginia, received the Outstanding Young Alumni Award.

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02-27-18 NASDA News: USDA/APHIS Opens New Office in Hanoi, Vietnam

USDA/APHIS Opens New Office in Hanoi, Vietnam

The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) recently celebrated the opening of its new office in Hanoi, Vietnam.  The office will play a vital role in helping expand the United States’ $2.5 billion-dollar agricultural export market in Vietnam.

“Growing agricultural trade between the United States and Vietnam means new opportunities for American producers,” said Greg Ibach, USDA Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs.  “With this increase in trade comes increased pest and disease risk, and our in-country expertise will ensure the safest trade possible, while still providing greater options for U.S. consumers.  Having an APHIS office in the heart of Hanoi will not only help maintain existing markets, but foster new opportunities for American farmers who set the worldwide standard for food production.”   Continue reading

02-27-18 NASDA News: Vietnam Launches Trade Action Against US

Vietnam Launches Trade Action Against US

Vietnam asked for formal consultations at the WTO over U.S. measures it says unfairly restrict sales of catfish from Vietnam. At the heart of the issue is the 2008 requirement that went into effect in 2016 that removes catfish inspections from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration and gives the responsibility to the USDA Food Safety Inspection Service. Vietnam believes Vietnamese producers are now subject to laws, rules, and administrative practices that aren’t founded in sufficient scientific evidence. Specifically, Vietnam is challenging certain provisions of the 2008 and 2014 farm bills they believe violate the WTO Agreement on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures.

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02-27-18 NASDA News: Senate Confirms Bill Northey By Voice Vote After Long Hold

Senate Confirms Bill Northey By Voice Vote After Long Hold

The Senate confirmed Bill Northey to serve as USDA undersecretary for farm production and conservation, ending Sen. Cruz’s hold on the nomination. Sen. Cruz placed the hold in an effort to force corn-belt senators and the White House to make changes to the Renewable Fuel Standard. Northey will lead the farm production and conservation mission area, a newly formed section under Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue’s reorganization plan.

Read the USDA’s official press release here.

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