02-01-18 HELM Agro US Launches Four New Crop Protection Products in Q1 2018

HELM Agro US Launches Four New Crop Protection Products in Q1 2018

Tampa, FL (February 1, 2018) – HELM Agro US, Inc. announces the launch of four new crop protection products in the first quarter of 2018.

In total, HELM now has 19 crop protection products in its U.S. portfolio for the row crop, specialty crop and horticultural markets.

“The rapid expansion of our portfolio is remarkable,” says Troy Bettner, Marketing and Business Development Leader for the company. “The pace has a lot to do with the organization’s commitment to global research and new product development.” Continue reading

02-01-18 RMFU Chair Jan Kochis urges approval of Colorado Energy Plan in remarks to PUC

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RMFU Chair Jan Kochis urges approval of Colorado Energy Plan in remarks to Public Utility Commission

Renewable energy investments in plan will boost rural economy, provide certainty for Colorado farmers and ranchers

DENVER, C­olo. ­­– In testimony delivered on behalf of the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union (RMFU) to the Colorado Public Utility Commission (PUC) today, RMFU Board Chairwoman Jan Kochis urged commissioners to approve the Colorado Energy Plan, which is estimated to create more than $2.5 billion in clean energy investments into rural Colorado communities.

“Coloradans already are embracing the introduction of renewable energy options statewide, and the Colorado Energy Plan will amplify those benefits, especially in rural Colorado communities that will see billions in new investment under the plan,” Kochis said. “For farmers, ranchers and anyone in rural Colorado, renewable energy sources like wind and solar offer new and unique capital investment and a range of additional economic benefits. The Colorado Energy Plan works for Colorado agriculture.” Continue reading

02-01-18 Rolling Stones Chuck Leavell, Gov Hickenlooper, USFS Chief Tony Tooke Join Local Thought Leaders to Deliberate our National Forests…

Rolling Stones Chuck Leavell, Governor Hickenlooper, U.S. Forest Service Chief Tony Tooke Join Local Thought Leaders to Deliberate our National Forests

DENVER, Jan. 31, 2018 – Chuck Leavell may be best known as the keyboardist and musical director for The Rolling Stones, but he is also an educated and enthusiastic forestry advocate, conservationist and tree farmer, and host of the new national TV series, America’s Forests with Chuck Leavell. He was joined by national and local thought leaders at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science on Jan. 24 for the debut of the new episode featuring stories and public benefits from Colorado’s forests, along with robust discussion about challenges, opportunities and innovations happening within our forests.

“The search for solutions to the problems of sustainable growth, climate change and energy conservation is increasingly inspiring thought leaders to look at one of America’s finest resources — our forests,” said Leavell. “Whether for building or for recreation, our forests are good for the economy and for the spirit.”

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02-01-18 Weed Science Society of America Announces 2018 Award Winners

Weed Science Society of America Announces 2018 Award Winners

WESTMINSTER, Colorado – February 1, 2018 – This week the Weed Science Society of America (WSSA) honored more than two dozen individuals for their outstanding contributions to the field of weed science.  The awards were presented during the organization’s annual meeting in Arlington, Virginia.

“This year we’re recognizing many outstanding scientists who are spearheading innovations and advancing weed science through their research, teaching, publishing and outreach,” says Scott Senseman, Ph.D., 2018 annual meeting chair and incoming president of WSSA.

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02-01-18 CSU-Kiowa County Extension: Too Much Month at the End of the Money?

CSU-Kiowa County Extension: Too Much Month at the End of the Money?

Most of us get up every day and trade our time for a specific amount of money each month.  There are also some of us out there who also work when we have time off like on the weekends or even holidays.  Then there are the select few that have passive revenue streams like rentals, a cow herd, or other investments that help them create wealth to try and get ahead or just help provide for the family.

Most of us also have a lot of expenses that deplete that wealth we worked so hard to obtain.  Insurance, house payments, car payments, utilities, phone bills, along with other various expenses that we need to live can suck the life right out of you.  So what can we do to have more money at the end of the month?

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02-01-18 USDA TO SURVEY FARMERS’ PLANTING INTENTIONS FOR 2018

USDA TO SURVEY FARMERS’ PLANTING INTENTIONS FOR 2018

Denver, CO – February, 2018 — As the 2018 crop production season begins, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will contact producers nationwide to determine their plans for the upcoming growing season.

“Each year, the agriculture industry eagerly awaits USDA’s Prospective Plantings report, which provides the first survey-based estimates of U.S. farmers’ planting intentions for the year,” said Bill Meyer, Director of the NASS Mountain Regional Office. “The March Agricultural Survey provides the factual data that underpins these projections, making it one of the most important surveys we conduct each year.” Continue reading

02-01-18 RMFU: New Mexico Drive-In Keeps Ag At The Forefront

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RMFU: New Mexico Drive-In Keeps Ag At The Forefront

NM Farmers Union Legislative Drive-In Progress

Written by: Pam Roy,  RMFU – New Mexico Government Relations

The Farmers Union New Mexico Legislative Drive-In provided for a wide variety of discussions, building relationships, and attending events.  Members attended the N.M. Food and Farms Day legislative events and luncheon followed by the Farmers Union legislative round table discussion featuring lead legislators Representative Bill Gomez, Chairman of the House Agriculture and Water Committee, and Senator Pat Woods. Continue reading

02-01-18 National Western Center Update

National Western Center Update

Brighton Boulevard Construction on North Side of I-70

This month, our community takes its first major step towards the seven-year timeline for Phases I and II of the new National Wester Center. Brighton Boulevard reconstruction began this past Monday, January 29. The renovations are taking place from 47th Avenue to Race Court, and the boulevard currently is closed between 44th Street and I-70. The new road will feature bike lanes, continuous sidewalks, new stoplights, protected turn lanes and new landscaping. Check out NWC’s latest video for more information.

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02-01-18 Inside the BARN with Colorado Ag Commissioner Don Brown: NASDA, Rural Prosperity, Trade, CO Ag Event Recaps, Previews & More…

CDA Commissioner Don Brown

Inside the BARN with Colorado Ag Commissioner Don Brown: NASDA, Rural Prosperity, Trade, CO Ag Event Recaps, Previews & More…

(BARN Media / FarmCast Radio – Briggsdale, CO) February 1, 2018 Joining the Colorado Ag News Network inside the BARN is Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture Don Brown discussing several topics including:

  • NASDA’s Winter Policy Conference in Washington DC
  • NASDA’s Policy Priorities for 2018
  • NASDA’s Farm Bill Priorities
  • Rural Prosperity Task Force Update at the White House
  • President Trump’s State of the Union Impresssions
  • NAFTA Re-negotiations & Update
  • CO Governor Hickenlooper’s Final State of the State Impressions
  • CO Legislature & Agriculture
  • 112th National Western Stock Show Recap
  • 2018 Colorado Farm Show Recap
  • UPCOMING AG EVENTS in February –
     – 2018 CFVGA Conference, Feb 19-20 
    2018 Governor’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture  Feb 21 
    2018 Farm Credit CO Ag Hall of Fame Feb 21st
  • CDA under construction
  • & More

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02-01-18 Iowa Pig Farmer Appointed America’s Pig Farmer of the Year

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Farmer Appointed America’s Pig Farmer of the Year

Leon Sheets to fill national role

DES MOINES, IOWA – Feb. 1, 2018 – The National Pork Board has named Leon Sheets, a pig farmer from Ionia, Iowa, as America’s Pig Farmer of the Year® for the remainder of 2017-18 program year. The previous winner, Leslie McCuiston, stepped down after taking a new position in the agricultural industry where she will not directly work with pigs, which is an ongoing requirement for the role.

“With the unexpected change, the National Pork Board reached out to our America’s Pig Farmer of the year judging panel,” said Terry O’Neel, a pig farmer from Friend, Nebraska, and president of the National Pork Board. “The panel unanimously voted to elevate Sheets, a finalist from last fall, with the move adopted and supported by all members of the National Pork Board.” Continue reading

02-01-18 USDA Secretary Perdue Unveils Farmers.gov, Interactive Website for Agricultural Producers

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue unveils Farmers.gov at a breakfast hosted by the Michigan Farm Bureau

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue unveils Farmers.gov at a breakfast hosted by the Michigan Farm Bureau

USDA Secretary Perdue Unveils Farmers.gov, Interactive Website for Agricultural Producers

(Grand Rapids, MI, February 1, 2018) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today unveiled Farmers.gov, the new interactive one-stop website for producers maintained by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Farmers.gov is now live but will have multiple features added over the coming months to allow agricultural producers to make appointments with USDA offices, file forms, and apply for USDA programs. The website, launched at a breakfast hosted by the Michigan Farm Bureau, gathers together the three agencies that comprise USDA’s Farm Production and Conservation mission area: the Farm Service Agency, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the Risk Management Agency.

“Many farmers are out in their fields using equipment that is connected to satellite and GPS technology, yet when they need to interact with USDA, they have to stop, fill out a paper form, and fax or carry it to their local office. That is a real digital divide,” Perdue said. “Our staff is friendly, and they love to see farmers in person, but they know that time is valuable. Producers are working hard to make their farms profitable, so these tools will help get the paperwork done without taking a big chunk out of the day to fill out forms.”

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02-01-18 Texas A&M AgriLife, Colorado State team up for beef export project

Texas A&M AgriLife, Colorado State team up for beef export project

University researchers developing industry best practices

COLLEGE STATION – Texas A&M AgriLife and Colorado State University researchers are teaming to evaluate production practice risks to beef trade, develop educational materials and programs to assist producers with meeting requirements for exporting to China, and helping the U.S. beef industry capitalize on future export trade revenue.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture-Foreign Agricultural Service has awarded Texas A&M Agrilife Research and Colorado State University $750,000. The collaborative research effort will evaluate production practice risks to beef trade, develop educational materials and programs to assist producers with meeting requirements for exporting to China, and help the U.S. beef industry capitalize on future export trade revenue. (Texas A&M AgriLife Research photo by Blair Fannin)

The U.S. Department of Agriculture-Foreign Agricultural Service has awarded Texas A&M Agrilife Research and Colorado State University $750,000 to develop the program.

“One purpose of this joint project is to develop and disseminate best practices to help U.S. beef industry members meet the requirements for marketing beef to Chinese markets,” said Dr. Russell Cross, professor and Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientist in the department of animal science at Texas A&M University in College Station.  

“Those best practices will be based on a series of answers to research questions regarding the types of production practices that could inject compliance risks in exporting beef to China,” said Dr. Keith Belk, professor of animal sciences at Colorado State. Continue reading

02-01-18 CNH Industrial and The Climate Corporation Partner to Deliver Two-Way Data Sharing

CNH Industrial and The Climate Corporation Partner to Deliver Two-Way Data Sharing

Case IH and New Holland Agriculture brands will enable their customers to seamlessly share in-depth real-time machine data with The Climate Corporation to enhance productivity and in-field efficiency

London, February 1, 2018 – CNH Industrial (NYSE: CNHI /MI: CNHI) and The Climate Corporation, a subsidiary of Monsanto Company (NYSE:MON), announced today a new partnership that will extend and develop a portfolio of data sharing capabilities to help farmers with real-time agronomic visualization and decision-making solutions. Case IH and New Holland Agriculture, the global agricultural brands of CNH Industrial, will provide their customers two-way data connectivity between their AFS and PLM Connect precision farming platforms, and The Climate Corporation’s industry-leading Climate FieldView™ digital agriculture platform. Continue reading

02-01-18 WSSA: Learning Opportunities Abound during February’s National Pesticide Safety Education Month

Learning Opportunities Abound during February’s National Pesticide Safety Education Month

WESTMINSTER, Colorado – February 1, 2018  Today marks the beginning of National Pesticide Safety Education Month, an initiative of the National Stakeholder Team for Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP) Funding. Preventing safety concerns during pesticide transport, storage, application, and disposal are just some of the many goals of land-grant university PSEPs and other public and private sector groups that promote pesticide safety.

“PSEPs and other educators work throughout the year to teach safe handling of pesticides from purchase to disposal,” says Lee Van Wychen, Ph.D., Director of Science Policy for the Weed Science Society of America. “National Pesticide Safety Education Month is intended to highlight and enhance safe use practices by everyone.” Continue reading

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Commerce Secretary Ross: NAFTA Talks Far from Over

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross told CNBC that the North American Free Trade Agreement renegotiations are “far from being completed.” While noting that progress was made on easier provisions, he says “very little has been done on the hard issues,” including automotive trade and agriculture. Ross says President Trump could still choose to withdrawal from the agreement, saying a final renegotiated deal “will either be 100 percent or zero percent” acceptable. However, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (true-doh), in an interview with the Canadian Broadcasting Corp Wednesday said: “I don’t think the president is going to be cancelling it,” saying it would be “obviously bad,” if he did. The next series of talks are to begin February 26th in Mexico City. Meanwhile, there’s speculation that the bid to salvage the free-trade pact will continue beyond an end of March deadline, which was set to avoid Mexico’s presidential race.

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Senator Says Trump Can’t Unilaterally Withdraw from NAFTA

Senator Tom Udall (you-doll) of New Mexico is urging Congress to “step up” and tell President Trump that there is widespread support for the North American Free Trade Agreement modernization effort, but not an exit from the trade deal. The Democrat says Trump “cannot unilaterally repeal” trade laws regarding NAFTA, “even if he can issue unilateral statements” regarding NAFTA participation, according to Politico. The comments came during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing earlier this week. Udall says the withdraw threat is “a tactic doomed to fail,” and adds that, if carried through, “our economy and border will suffer great damage.” The President also received a letter from high ranking Senate Republicans before his State of the Union Address earlier this week, highlighting the economic benefits of the deal, particularly for the agricultural and manufacturing sectors. The group, led by Colorado Republican Cory Gardner, says modernizing the deal would be “the next step to advance the economy.” Senate Agriculture Chair Pat Roberts also signed the letter, along with Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and others.

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EPA, Army Corps, Sign WOTUS Delay

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt has signed an order to block the Waters of the U.S. Rule. A hold of the rule placed in 2015 will soon be lifted by a federal appeals court following the Supreme Court ruling that says jurisdiction of the rule lies in federal district courts, not appeals courts. Pruitt appeared at the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture winter meeting Wednesday, telling attendees “I am actually singing that today,” when asked about the WOTUS delay. Bloomberg News reports the White House on Tuesday completed its review of an EPA rule to postpone the regulation until 2020. Pruitt promises a new WOTUS proposal by the end of the year. The EPA and Army Corps of Engineers in February plan to hold more consultations with state water, environmental, and agriculture officials to find out where they should draw the line on the geographic reach of the Clean Water Act, according to EPA officials.

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USDA launches Electronic Market Info Service

The Department of Agriculture Wednesday announced the launch of a new electric data platform to deliver market price information to the commodities industry. The Market Analysis and Reporting Service, nicknamed MARS, is a web-based platform that USDA says provides detailed data sets “in a more customer-focused way” to support competitive markets for farmers and to help stabilize food prices. Through USDA Market News, the ‘boots on the ground’ approach to gathering market data will collect and post the data to the new system. Greg Ibach, (eye-bah) undersecretary for marketing and regulatory programs, says the program “applies the best data management practices” to make data available “when and where farmers, packers and processors need it.” Starting Friday, Market News information for dairy products will be the first set of data and reports available through MARS followed by cotton and tobacco, scheduled for April 2018. Dates for livestock, poultry and grain and specialty crops will soon be announced on the new My Market News website. The portal can be found at mymarketnews.ams.usda.gov/.

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USDA Rejects Poultry Line Speed Request

The Department of Agriculture has denied a request by the National Chicken Council to allow for faster processing line speeds in packing plants. The decision follows a petition from NCC asking for young chicken plants to be exempt from the 140-birds-per-minute maximum line speed under the New Poultry Inspection System. USDA says the petition asked for no line speed limit, while industry data suggests speeds can be safely maintained up to 175 birds per minute, according to meat industry publication Meatingplace. However, rather than casting a net for a broad waiver, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue told the International Production and Processing Expo that USDA would consider individual request, by company or plant, if that request is backed up by safety data. Perdue said: “We want you to be as efficient and effective as you safely can be in operating your businesses,” adding: “Some of you can do that, some of you cannot.” USDA says the agency received about 100,000 comments on the issue. The opposition says workers in processing plants are already working at a “breakneck speed.”

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AVMA Urges Congressional Action on Veterinary Shortages

The American Veterinary Medical Association says veterinary shortages are threatening animal health, public health and the livelihoods of farmers and ranchers. The association Wednesday urged Congress to help address the issue by passing legislation called the Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program Enhancement Act. Data from the Department of Agriculture shows that 187 regions in the United States currently suffer from shortages of livestock and public health veterinarians. Increasing veterinary student debt, which reached $143,700 on average for 2016 graduates of veterinary colleges, is partly to blame for the shortages, according to the association. The Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program helps by offering loan forgiveness to veterinarians who commit to serving at least three years in underserved areas. However, AVMA says the program does not receive enough funding to meet demand, in part because each award is subject to an expensive income  tax withholding. The legislation supported by AVMA would eliminate the tax funding to support more communities in need of veterinarians, all within the current funding level provided by Congress.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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