02-06-18 NRCS-CO/West Adams Conservation District hosting Biosolids Workshop in Henderson Feb 28th

NRCS-CO/West Adams Conservation District hosting Biosolids Workshop in Henderson Feb 28th

R.S.V.P. by February 23rd…

Traveling down our local roads daily are trucks marked “Metro Gro” and “McDonald Farms” and others, which would lead to the conclusion that these are farm entities.
They are not. These are trucks hauling “biosolids” from urban wastewater plants to be
incorporated into farm soils. Proponents say this method of disposal is the only way to take care of the solid waste the burgeoning Front Range population generates. Opponents worry about possible pollution of ground water, smell, and soil toxicity. Neighbors, boards, commissioners and others either all have to deal with the permits and consequences of bio solid application, or will, in the near future as application sites and population growth collide. What few realize is that bio solids have been a fact of life for decades, as trainloads of waste were brought into Colorado from the biggest cities from the Midwest and East Coast, a practice that no longer exists.

A February 28 workshop hosted by the West Adams Conservation District (WACD) and the Brighton office of the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) will help identify what is a biosolid, the regulations, public policy drivers, technology, operations, and management, and address the need for continued professional training and understanding. The workshop will consider future activities, and how to manage the challenges and opportunities that counties, municipalities, and land owners will be facing. Continue reading

02-06-18 CAWA: Rifle Ag Water Workshop March 5th

Rifle Ag Water Workshop March 5th

Rifle, CO – The Colorado Ag Water Alliance and the Bookcliff, Mount Sopris & South Side Conservation Districts are hosting a workshop in Rifle for farmers and ranchers to share information and discuss stream management plans.

The workshop is at the Rifle Branch Library, located at 207 East Ave in Rifle, CO from 5 -7:30 pm  on March 5th. Admission is free and food is provided.

You can register at www.rifleagwater.eventbrite.com.
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02-06-18 Join us for the 2018 CLA Annual Meeting & Colorado’s Finest Celebration!

Join us for the 2018 CLA Annual Meeting & Colorado’s Finest Celebration!

April 4-5, 2018 at the Embassy Suites in Loveland

Greeley, CO – CLA’s Annual Meeting is one of the largest gatherings of livestock producers and trade show vendors in Colorado. The event kicks off on Wednesday afternoon with species council meetings followed by the evening welcome reception and Colorado’s Finest Celebration, a delicious meal showcasing Colorado’s livestock industry. Join us and spend the evening tasting the best of Colorado agriculture! Thursday morning the CLA Annual Membership Meeting will be held to elect leadership and conduct Association business. Continue reading

02-06-18 CSU Golden Plains Ext: Private Pesticide Recertification Programs at Various Location from Feb 20-22

Private Pesticide Recertification Programs

Written by : Ron F. Meyer, Area Extension Agronomist, Golden Plains Area

Colorado State University Extension is hosting Private Pesticide Recertification sessions at various locations in Northeast Colorado.  Keep in mind that persons with expired pesticide licenses will need to re-take the pesticide license exam and the recertification classes offered will not work for expired licenses.  Anyone who purchases restricted-use pesticides must have a Private Pesticide Applicator license which is issued by the Colorado Department of Agriculture.  Private Applicator license study guides and exams can be obtained either from the Colorado Department of Agriculture or some Extension offices.  Once a license is received, it is active for 3 years before renewal is needed.  Renewal can be achieved by either retaking the exam or attending a recertification meeting.  These recertification meetings offer credits which can be substituted for retaking the exam.  Licenses that expire prior to obtaining recertification credits will require re-taking the private pesticide exam.

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02-06-18 NMPF Insists on Correction to Scientific Journal Article Falsely Claiming Milk is Food Safety Risk

NMPF Insists on Correction to Scientific Journal Article Falsely Claiming Milk is Food Safety Risk

ARLINGTON, VA – The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) today admonished the authors of a McGill University study for a research article falsely describing milk as a high-risk factor in spreading foodborne illness. NMPF said the study’s authors need to clarify that any significant dairy-related food safety risk is only associated with the consumption of raw milk, not commercially available dairy foods sold in the United States and other developed nations. Continue reading

02-06-18 History-CO: STATE HISTORICAL FUND WELCOMES NEW DIRECTOR

STATE HISTORICAL FUND WELCOMES NEW DIRECTOR

TIM STROH, AIA TAKES CHARGE OF PRESERVATION GRANT PROGRAM

History Colorado Preservation Programs recently welcomed Tim Stroh, AIA as the new Director of the State Historical Fund.

“The State Historical Fund is already a great program, and I’m looking to build upon its successes,” Stroh said. “We’re looking to continue to advance preservation, to get grants out to new, high-quality projects that make a difference in local communities, and to forge strong partnerships across Colorado. It’s exciting to be a part of that mission.”

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02-06-18 History-CO: Grant Workshops Ongoing Through February…

GRANT WORKSHOPS ONGOING THROUGH FEBRUARY

PRESERVATION GRANTS AVAILABLE TO SAVE HISTORIC RESOURCES

You can learn more about the State Historical Fund grants that help preserve the places that matter to your community at our Grant Workshops, continuing into February. There you can meet with staff to discuss potential projects, meet other local preservationists, and learn how to successfully apply for a grant. Workshops will be held in Durango, Glenwood Springs, and Northglenn during the first two weeks of February. For more information, including how to RSVP for a workshop, contact us athc_shf@state.co.us or 303/866-2825! Continue reading

02-06-18 SHIC Releases 2018 Plan of Work to Help Safeguard Swine Health

SHIC Releases 2018 Plan of Work to Help Safeguard Swine Health

Ames, Iowa – February 6, 2018 – The Swine Health Information Center (SHIC) Plan of Work for 2018, with projects designed to quickly deliver results to safeguard the health of the US swine herd, was approved by the organization’s Board of Directors during their January 26 meeting.

The Plan includes a focused effort to improve transportation biosecurity, next steps for investigating feed as a possible vehicle for pathogen transport into the country and between farms, improving communication about international and domestic swine diseases, and continued testing of the ability to respond to emerging disease through the Rapid Response Corps. Continue reading

02-06-18 CICA News: Colorado Lawmakers Reject Effort to End Deceptive Food Labels

Colorado Lawmakers Reject Effort to End Deceptive Food Labels

Denver, Colo. – On January 29 the Colorado General Assembly’s House Committee on Agriculture, Livestock and Natural Resources heard testimony from dozens of Colorado cattle ranchers and Colorado consumers stating that multinational meatpackers and retailers were deceptively applying “Product of the USA” labels on foreign beef sold in Colorado grocery stores. Although this testimony was uncontested, and without any publicly disclosed committee debate, the committee voted 10 to 3 to prevent the only measure introduced in the Assembly to address these misleading labels from being debated on the Assembly’s floor by the states’ 65-member House of Representatives. Continue reading

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Conaway Wants Cotton and Dairy Fix on Any Must-Pass Bill

House Agriculture Chairman Mike Conaway says Congress should attach provisions to help cotton and dairy farmers to any must-pass bill before the farm bill comes up. Speaking at the Crop Insurance Industry Annual Convention Monday in Phoenix, Arizona, Conaway signaled that he is no longer focused on just convincing the Senate to include the aid in the disaster bill, according to the Hagstrom Report. Conaway told the audience he has found a way to fix the cotton program in the farm bill, but adds that “dairymen need help now.” He says that Title 1, the commodity title of the farm bill, is “on hold until we see what we get on a must-pass bill.” Conaway says he would take any bill that has to get to the president’s desk for signature. As for the farm bill, he says “the good news” is Congress does not have to make mandatory cuts, like the 2014 farm bill, noting farm bill spending has decreased $100 billion since 2014. Conaway says Senate Ag Chair Pat Roberts would like to bring up the bill in March, but that it probably won’t be ready.

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Australia Touts Benefits of U.S. Rejoining TPP

In a Washington, D.C. speech Monday, an Australian trade official stressed the benefits of the U.S. rejoining the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Australian Ambassador to the U.S. Joe Hockey addressed the Washington International Trade Association Monday afternoon, and spoke on the need to engage with the Asia-Pacific region for security and economic reasons, according to Politico. In prepared remarks, Hockey stated: “Having the United States return to the TPP in the future would represent a net positive for Australia and for the region’s trade and investment growth prospects.” However, there is no indication of President Trump’s intention, other than a consideration to rejoin TPP if the trade deal is reworked. U.S. agriculture is no stranger to benefits of TPP. The trade agreement would be a boon for U.S. agricultural exports at an estimated $4.4 billion increase per-year, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation.

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Canada Toughens NAFTA Stance

Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (true-doh) took a move out of President Trump’s playbook over the weekend, offering his own threats to walk away from the North American Free Trade Agreement. Trudeau says there are several reasons Canada could choose not to accept the renegotiated agreement. Speaking at a townhall event, Bloomberg reports that Trudeau said: “Canada is willing to walk away from NAFTA if the United States proposes a bad deal,” adding: “We won’t be pushed around.” However, he says he believes NAFTA is beneficial for all its member countries. While Trudeau didn’t go into specifics of the “several reasons” that could cause Canada to walk away, officials from Canada have routinely said that a change in the nations dairy policy is a non-starter. U.S. dairy farmers want Canada to change its dairy supply-management system that they say is propping up the Canada dairy industry at the expense of U.S. dairies. But, with more market access granted under the new Trans-Pacific Partnership, that does not include the U.S., Canada dairy groups say they’ve “had enough” and won’t give up further ground in NAFTA.

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ADM, Bungee Talks Advancing

Talks between ADM and Bungee are advancing, and ADM says it could reach an agreement to purchase Bungee as soon as this week. Archer Daniels Midland, or ADM, proposed a takeover of Bunge last month, as Reuters points out that large grain traders that make money by buying, selling, storing and shipping commodity crops have struggled with global oversupplies and thin margins. While ADM and Bunge declined to comment on the talks, anonymous sources say an agreement could be reached this week. The potential agreement would continue the round of farm sector consolidation, with completed mergers of DowDupont and between ChemChina and Syngenta, along with the pending merger of Bayer and Monsanto. Reuters says any deal between ADM and Bungee would face stiff regulatory scrutiny and likely opposition from U.S. farmers who fear the move could hurt grain prices. As of Friday, Bunge had a market value of about $11 billion, while ADM was valued at $23 billion.

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Farmers National Company Reports Increase in Land Listings, Price

While research suggests that there has been less farm and ranch land for sale than usual over the past few years, Farmers National Company is reporting a 50 percent increase in listings. Experts say the industry is experiencing a post-harvest bump in land prices in most grain producing areas, meaning that with above average crop yields in most locations, farmer optimism has increased as has the bidding for quality cropland. Meanwhile, continued low interest rates are helping create a demand for ag land as a long-term investment for individuals and institutional funds. A company spokesperson says: “There is still enough purchasing power in the hands of farmers to compete for good land.” However, the next six months will determine what the market does next, with many negative factors looming. Low grain prices have depressed farm income and reduced cash flow, leaving less available funds for farmers to purchase land. Farmers National Company is proclaimed as the nation’s leading agricultural landowner services company.

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Kansas Lawmakers Introduce Transparency Bills following Tyson Saga

Kansas lawmakers have introduced a bill to address county-level transparency in the fallout of the proposed Tyson processing plant in Tonganoxie, Kansas. A proposed processing facility was abandoned following perceived opposition in Leavenworth County, Kansas, last year. The legislation would require countywide public votes on large-scale poultry project proposals, expanding existing state law allowing public scrutiny of hog and dairy facilities, according to meat industry publication Meatingplace. A sponsor of the bill says it would improve transparency of county-permitted poultry operations, contending that local residents were unaware that Tyson was proposing a poultry plant in their community. The proposed $320 million Tyson facility would have created 1,600 jobs to the community, according to company estimates.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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