04-18-18 Brad Wind named Northern Water general manager

Brad Wind named Northern Water general manager

BERTHOUD – Colorado native Brad Wind has been chosen to lead Northern Water as the organization’s sixth general manager in its 81 year history.

Wind, who most recently had served as the assistant general manager, Administration Division, was formally named to the position April 6 by the Northern Water Board of Directors.

Wind joined Northern Water in 1994 as an engineer and previously served as the organization’s assistant general
manager, Operations Division. Wind holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Colorado State University, a master’s degree in agricultural engineering from University of California at Davis and bachelor’s degrees in civil engineering
and agricultural engineering from Colorado State University.
Wind grew up in Northeastern Colorado, the area served by Northern Water. He was raised on a farm in Washington County and graduated from Brush High School. Continue reading

04-18-18 OP-ED: Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture, Don Brown “Access to International Trade Critical for Colorado Ranchers and Farmers”

OP-ED: Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture, Don Brown “Access to International Trade Critical for Colorado Ranchers and Farmers”

April 17, 2018 – If you live in Colorado, or if your business is touched in any way by any aspect of the agricultural industry, the ongoing national discussion about trade agreements and import tariffs should mean a lot to you. Colorado farmers and ranchers understand that there are a lot of things like weather and market price fluctuations that we can’t control. But we can make every effort to create new market opportunities and expand the global partnerships we have worked so hard to develop for our products.

We all need to work together to protect our state’s position in international markets. The Colorado farm community can’t afford to wait quietly for Washington to put forth a comprehensive trade strategy.  While we wait, our global competitors are moving aggressively to formalize trade pacts to put them at a competitive advantage to the U.S. It’s not right to force our hard-working farmers and ranchers to stand idle while this political drama plays out. Continue reading

04-18-18 CDA: State Veterinarian’s Office Investigates Colorado Equine Herpesvirus Case

CDA: State Veterinarian’s Office Investigates Colorado Equine Herpesvirus Case

BROOMFIELD, Colo. – On April 18, 2018, the State Veterinarian’s Office was notified that a Weld County horse tested positive for Equine Herpesvirus (EHV-1).  This time of year typically kicks off horseback riding, jackpots, horse shows, and a number of other horse events and the Colorado Department of Agriculture reminds horse owners that there are a number of steps to protect their horses this season.
Equine Herpesvirus (EHV-1)
CDA is investigating the positive case and has placed the stabled area of the facility where the horse is housed under quarantine. The horse is undergoing treatment and others it may have come into contact with are being monitored but are not showing clinical signs of the disease at this point. At this time, the affected horse that showed clinical signs of disease is recovering.
“The most common way for EHV-1 to spread is by direct horse-to-horse contact but it can also spread through the air, contaminated equipment, clothing and hands; this certainly highlights the importance of practicing basic biosecurity practices,” said State Veterinarian,  Dr. Keith Roehr. “Equine event organizers should continue to practice routine biosecurity practices that are effective in the prevention of EHV and other horse diseases as well.”

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04-18-18 Inside the BARN and FarmCast Radio with CSU’s Mark Enns: 50th BIF Annual Meeting and Research Symposium & More…

Inside the BARN and FarmCast Radio with CSU’s Mark Enns: 50th BIF Annual Meeting and Research Symposium & More…

R Mark Enns, Department of Animal Sciences, Colorado State University

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April 18, 2018BRIGGSDALE, CO – For 50 years the Beef Improvement Federation has hosted their annual research symposium and convention, which serves to facilitate discussion and provide education on current issues facing the beef industry. The event will be held, June 20-23 at the Embassy Suites Convention Center Hotel in Loveland, Colorado. Joining FarmCast Radio & the Colorado Ag News Network to discuss the event in more detail is Colorado State University Assistant Professor of Animal Sciences Mark Enns


50th Beef Improvement Federation’s Research and Improvement Symposium June 20-23 @ the Embassy Suites in Loveland, CO, for complete details, including registration and hotel information, please visit https://beefimprovement.org/library/general-information

To learn more about the National Beef Quality Assurance please visit https://www.bqa.org/

And to learn about Colorado Beef Quality Assurance please visit http://www.cobqa.org/

Lastly, to learn more about Colorado State University’s Animal Sciences Department please visit http://ansci.agsci.colostate.edu/

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, April 18th

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, April 4th

Farmers Have Other Concerns Than Farm Bill

Farmers are more concerned with trade and being burdened with overregulation, rather than the farm bill, according to one U.S. Senator. Republican Roy Blunt of Missouri said during a Senate hearing last week that “the farm bill never came up” during a recent listening session with farmers in his state, as pointed out by the Food and Environment Reporting Network. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue told Congress that low commodity prices, slumping farm income, attacks on the ethanol industry and a possible trade war are all causing anxiety in farm country. Perdue says those issues “have overshadowed” farm bill discussions, even as the House Agriculture Committee released its draft of the farm bill last week with markup of the bill this week. Meanwhile, House Agriculture Ranking Democrat Collin Peterson described the farm bill to reporters last week as the fifth item farmers bring up right now. Peterson says “some groups never bring up the farm bill,” and instead focus on the other issues impacting agriculture.

Ending Payment Limits Could Cause Farm Consolidation

The farm bill draft released by the House Agriculture committee includes provisions that “would reverse decades of precedent,” and usher in an era of “unlimited farm subsidies for the nations largest mega-farms,” according to the National Sustainable Ag Coalition. The coalition calls the farm bill a “brazen attempt to undo years of statute for the benefit of the nation’s largest farm operations.” The bill, according to the coalition, would exempt most corporate farms from being limited to a single payment, and make it easier for large farms to reorganize as family farms. The coalition also says the draft would remove payment limitations from marketing loan gains and loan deficiency payments, and exempt partnerships, joint ventures, LLCs and Subchapter S corporations from the adjusted gross income means-testing provision. The coalition alleges that current rules already “allow for rampant abuse of subsidy payments,” making the reforms in the farm bill draft “unconscionable.” The coalition is urging the House Committee to reject in its entirety the proposed changes to payment limitation and AGI provisions in the draft.

Thune Seeks Livestock Indemnity Program Changes

South Dakota Senator John Thune has asked the Department of Agriculture to make urgent changes to the Livestock Indemnity Program to assist farmers and ranchers. In a letter to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, Thune says a series of winter storms across the upper Midwest in March and April, the peak lambing and calving months for many livestock producers, has taken their toll on young livestock in several states. Thune alleges that some producers have been denied assistance through the program, as USDA says the producers lacked proper management protocols and failed to properly care for livestock before, during or after the weather events. Thune is asking that USDA allows a statement or certification from a licensed veterinarian that an applicant’s livestock died due to a weather-related cause. Thune also asked USDA to allow state Farm Service Agency committees to approve applications in the program, with state committee’s having the final approval. Thune says local veterinarians and committee’s “are considerably more familiar with the management practices of applicants” to the program, and are better able to make accurate determinations.

Ethanol Organizations Applaud Japan Policy Shift To Allow Use Of U.S. Ethanol

Ethanol and trade groups are applauding the news that Japan will allow imports of a gasoline additive made from U.S. corn-based ethanol. The change comes as part of  Japan’s update of its existing sustainability policy, approved in 2010, in which only sugarcane-based ethanol was eligible for import and which only allowed sugarcane-based ethanol for the production of ETBE, an oxygenate for gasoline. U.S. Grains Council President and CEO Tom Sleight says the decision shows “continued improvements in carbon intensity reductions are critical to gain and maintain market access for U.S. ethanol.” The new policy calls for an increase in the carbon intensity reduction requirements of ethanol used as a feedstock to make ETBE meet a 55 percent reduction, up from 50 percent, and recognizes corn-based, U.S.-produced ethanol’s ability to meet that goal, even with the higher greenhouse gas reduction standard. Japan will now allow U.S. ethanol to meet up to 44 percent of a total estimated demand of 217 million gallons of ethanol used to make ETBE, or potentially 95.5 million gallons of U.S.-produced ethanol annually

National Sorghum Producers Disappointed in China Antidumping Determination

National Sorghum Producers expressed the organization is “deeply disappointed” in the preliminary antidumping determination issued by China’s Ministry of Commerce. China slapped a 179 percent tariff on U.S. sorghum imports. China is the largest buyer of U.S. sorghum products, purchasing more than $900 million worth last year. National Sorghum Producers released a statement Tuesday, saying U.S. sorghum producers and exporters have not caused any injury to China’s sorghum industry. NSP says it has submitted “several thousand pages of data demonstrating conclusively that U.S. sorghum is neither dumped nor causing any injury to China.” The organization says the decision in China reflects a broader trade fight in which U.S. sorghum farmers are the victim, not the cause. Further, NSP says the organization is “evaluating all legal options moving forward.”

Farm Groups Show Unity in Addressing Opioids

The presidents of the nation’s two largest general farm organizations Tuesday visited the “Prescribed to Death” opioid memorial in Washington, D.C., in a show of unity to address the national opioid epidemic that is disproportionately affecting farming communities. American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall and National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson joined Anne Hazlett, Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The three toured the exhibit, which memorializes the 22,000 people who died from a prescription opioid overdose in 2015. AFBF President Zippy Duvall says of the opioid epidemic, “we all need to talk about this problem to get help for those we care about.” NFU President Roger Johnson stated farming communities can overcome the epidemic if “local communities and local governments make it a priority. ”A survey by the two organizations in late 2017 found that just under half of rural Americans say they have been directly impacted by opioid abuse, while 74 percent of farmers and farmworkers say they have.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service