04-30-18 NATIONAL AUCTIONEERS ASSOCIATION CELEBRATING NATIONAL AUCTIONEERS WEEK

NATIONAL AUCTIONEERS ASSOCIATION CELEBRATING NATIONAL AUCTIONEERS WEEK

NAA President Scott Shuman of Hall and Hall Auctions in Eaton, CO

The National Auctioneers Association is celebrating National Auctioneers Week, highlighting the community leadership and services auctioneers offer rural America, and others.

Members of NAA are joining a social media campaign, that showcases the work auctioneers do, leading up to National Auctioneers Day on May 5th. In September, the U.S. Congress recognized the day as a celebration of auctioneers, according to NAA President Scott Shuman of Eaton, Colorado…

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National Auctioneers week runs April 30th, leading up to National Auctioneers Day, May 5th. Learn more about the events and the National Auctioneers Association online at www.auctioneers.org.

04-30-18 CO Governor Hickenlooper sends bill to Secretary of State without signature

CO Governor Hickenlooper sends bill to Secretary of State without signature

DENVER — Monday, April 30, 2018 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today sent the following bill to the Secretary of State to become law without signature.

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Sponsors

Summary

HB 18-1093

Reclaimed Water Use For Edible Crops

Rep. Arndt / Sen. Coram

Concerning the allowable uses of reclaimed domestic wastewater, and, in connection therewith, allowing reclaimed domestic wastewater to be used for food crops and making an appropriation.

View a copy of the governor’s letter. Continue reading

04-30-18 CO Governor Hickenlooper signs bills into law

CO Governor Hickenlooper signs bills into law

DENVER — Monday, April 30, 2018 Gov. John Hickenlooper signed these bills into law today. Among today’s bill were HB 18-1322, the Long Appropriation Act and HB 18-1323, funding three Pay for Success projects.

The Long Appropriation Act, also known as the long bill, sets the state budget for the coming fiscal year. Our better-than-expected state forecast allows us to strengthen key areas of the budget including K-12 education and higher education. You can find the letter that accompanies the long bill here. Highlights of the 2018-2019 budget include: Continue reading

04-30-18 Learn more about Innosphere and the Israel-Colorado Innovation Fund: An Interview with Gili Elkin…

Learn more about Innosphere and the Israel-Colorado Innovation Fund: An Interview with Gili Elkin…

(The BARN / FarmCast Radio) April 30, 2018 – At the inaugural CSU Water in the West Symposium on April 26-27 in Denver, I had the opportunity to listen to and meet one of the presenters during a panel discussion entitled, “Dollars and Droplets: Financing Water Projects”, her name is Gili Elkin, who is a General Partner with the Israel-Colorado Innovation Fund; and she graciously accepted an invitation for a telephone interview. We discuss several topics including:

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View your personal invitation to attend the Cyber Security for Critical Infrastructures & Transportation Event on May 14th in Denver… Continue reading

04-30-18 Inside the BARN & FarmCast Radio with Jerry Wilkins of Colorado Egg Producers…

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Inside the BARN & FarmCast Radio with Jerry Wilkins of Colorado Egg Producers…

Egg Recall – CEP Annual Meeting – 2018 Pedal the Plains & More

Jerry Wilkins, Colorado Egg Producers Association Board Vice-President & Rocky Mountain Eggs, Inc. Sales and Marketing Director

(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) April 30, 2018 – Joining the Colorado Ag News Network for this month’s CO Egg Producers Update is Jerry Wilkins, CEP Board Vice-President & Sales and Marketing Director at Rocky Mountain Eggs, Inc. discussing several topics pertinent to the egg industry, including:

LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW…

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2018 CEP Annual Meeting on May 24th in Brighton

Evening BBQ and Entertainment!

Singer – Songwriter – Historian
Jon Chandler

Jon Chandler is a three time winner of the prestigious Spur Award from the Western Writers of America. Linwood, his moody examination of Doc Holliday’s life won the Spur for Best Song in 2009, while his tribute to Wyoming’s Hole in the Wall country, Morning Star Moon, received the award in 2012. His novel The Spanish Peaks received the WWA’s Medicine Pipe Bearer Award (Spur Award) for Best First Novel, and he was named True West Magazine’s Best Western Musician. His Wyoming Wind, A Novel of Tom Horn, was a finalist for the Colorado Book Award. A seventh-generation Coloradan, Jon’s music and stories reflect his heritage, and his eight CDs, two novels, two nonfiction works and myriad short stories and nonfiction articles are collected by western lifestyle aficionados worldwide. He is finishing a coffee table book for the Nelson Museum of the West in Cheyenne, Wyoming entitled Meet Us in Cheyenne, as well as his next western novel, He Was No Hero. He hosts the iconic monthly concert series America’s Soul Live at the Olde Town Pickin’ Parlor in Arvada, Colorado.

Colorado Egg Producers… Producing for Colorado. Farming with Care.

Learn more online @ http://www.coloradoeggproducers.com/

04-30-18 CDPHE news: Avoid hantavirus–Practice prevention and year-round rodent control

CDPHE news: Avoid hantavirus–Practice prevention and year-round rodent control

As spring cleaning gets underway, the state health department reminds Coloradans to take steps to avoid hantavirus, a rare but potentially fatal respiratory disease from a virus carried by deer mice. People are most likely to get hantavirus by breathing in dirt and dust contaminated with deer mouse urine, droppings or saliva. More people get hantavirus in the spring and summer, often while cleaning up homes, yards and sheds. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has documented more than 110 cases of hantavirus across the state since it began tracking the disease in 1993. There has been one case of the disease in Colorado this year. The case was in a Denver resident who recovered.

“If you see deer mice in or around your home, you may be at risk for this illness,” said Dr. Jennifer House, state public health veterinarian. “The more of these mice there are, the greater the risk.” Deer mice have large ears and eyes and white undersides.

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04-30-18 CSFS: Campaign to Inform, Educate During Wildfire Awareness Month

Campaign to Inform, Educate During Wildfire Awareness Month

DENVER – April 30, 2018 – With wildfires already burning homes in Colorado this spring, more than three-quarters of the state in drought conditions and a low snowpack, the possibility of a dangerous wildfire season looms in the minds of many residents. Now is an ideal time for homeowners living in the wildland-urban interface, public lands users and others to become more knowledgeable about how they can join in reducing wildfire risk.

May is Wildfire Awareness Month in Colorado, and for the next four weeks an online campaign to inform and educate Coloradans about wildfire risk and steps that can be taken to reduce risk will be the focus of a partnership between the Colorado State Forest Service, Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control and U.S. Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Region. Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Monday, April 30th

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CLICK HERE to listen to TODAY’s BARN Morning Ag News with Brian Allmer…

Sponsored by the American Farm Bureau Federation

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Monday, April 30th

EPA Waivers Lower Ethanol Production Six Percent

The Environmental Protection Agency has granted Renewable Fuels Standard waivers to dozens of refineries over the last couple of years. The Renewable Fuels Association analyzed the EPA’s own compliance data and found that the exemptions lowered volumetric obligations by at least 1.6 million gallons over that time period. The volume lost over the last two years is ten times greater than the collective losses from 2013-2015. Despite receiving numerous requests for information from ethanol industry stakeholders on the exact number of waivers, the EPA hasn’t disclosed the number of waivers it’s granted and how much blending volume those exemptions effectively erased. An RFA analysis of EPA database information shows, “The EPA data strongly implies that small refiner exemptions have effectively lowered the 2017 required volume of renewable fuels by 1.1 billion gallons, or six percent.” The RFA analysis also says that the data shows small refiner exemptions also effectively reduced the 2016 RFS requirement by 523 million gallons. RFA President and CEO Bob Dineen says, “This analysis, based on EPA’s own data, confirms our concerns and sheds light on the scope and magnitude of Administrator Pruitt’s campaign to undermine the RFS. “

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EPA Chief Faces Tough Questions

A Politico report says Environmental Protection Agency Chief Scott Pruitt had a simple task during recent Congressional hearings, which was to keep his conservative backers happy. In turn, that may keep the president happy. Democrats and environmentalists panned Pruitt’s job performance as the EPA head is facing a number of ethical and spending questions. Most Republicans seemed pleased enough with his performance that he may have saved his job, for now. However, President Donald Trump hasn’t weighed in with his thoughts yet. One Republican who is close to the White House tells Politico that, “As long as Pruitt’s explanations hold and there are no crazy discrepancies or smoking guns, I don’t think that creates any red flags for Pruitt.” Pruitt’s shifting answers to questions about controversial staff raises for two of his aides raised concerns that he hasn’t been completely up front. Pruitt also used the two hearings before lawmakers to blame his torrent of scandals on EPA career staff. Pruitt said during one hearing, “Let me be very clear: I have nothing to hide as it relates to how I’ve run the agency for the past 16 months.”

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NC Residents Win Big Money from Smithfield

A federal jury reached a verdict worth $50 million in the first of 26 lawsuits against North Carolina pork producer Murphy Brown. An Indy Week Dot Com reports says the jury took less than 24 hours to reach the verdict against Murphy Brown, a subsidiary of Chinese-owned Smithfield Foods. The plaintiffs contended that the company’s waste-management plan makes their lives miserable. The plan consists of storing excess hog waste in open-air cesspools, as well as liquefying and spraying the remains on nearby fields. The plaintiffs say the odors and mist from the spray drift onto their properties, that the hogs attract swarms of insects and buzzards, boxes with dead hogs smell especially bad, and the stench limits their ability to go outside. The trial involved ten plaintiffs who live near Kinlaw Farm in Bladen County, North Carolina, who contracts with Smithfield to raise 15,000 hogs. Smithfield Foods says in a news release that they will file an immediate appeal of the verdict.

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American Veterinary Association Pleased With House Farm Bill

The American Veterinary Medical Association is pleased with the animal health priorities in the House version of the 2018 Farm Bill. Among the highlights, the AVMA is pleased with the new authorizations and funding for a National Animal Disease Preparedness and Response Program, The National Animal Health Laboratory Network, and a livestock vaccine bank with immediate attention to foot-and-mouth disease. Dr. Lauren Stump, Assistant Director of Government Relations for the AVMA, says the House Agriculture Committee’s work on the farm bill is a great step in the right direction to effectively respond to and prevent animal diseases. “We don’t know when the next major outbreak will occur, but it’s of paramount importance that we prepare for when it does,” she says. “We must take a proactive approach to animal health so we can stop animal diseases before they spread.” Stump says they look forward to continuing to work with Congress to help lawmakers pass a farm bill that achieves the goals of protecting animal agriculture and ensuring consumers have access to safe and nutritious protein.

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Syngenta Says European Decision Takes Ag In The Wrong Direction

The decision by European Union member states to back the European Commission’s proposal on further restricting the use of neonicotinoids disappointed Syngenta, but it wasn’t unexpected. The company says that wasn’t the right decision for the future of agriculture or the environment in Europe. Syngenta says agriculture needs all the options it has to help farmers ensure that consumers have access to safe and affordable food. Farmers also have to be able to minimize the negative impact and amplify the positive effects agriculture has on the environment. Syngenta says the Commission relied on an unapproved regulatory document called the Bee Risk Guidance Document in making its decision. Syngenta says the decision to propose a further ban on neonicotinoids will not address the challenges we face in ensuring a safe and reliable food supply, while also taking care of the environment. They say the Bee Risk Guidance Document is so conservative and so far removed from the reality of modern agriculture that it would ban most, if not all, agricultural chemicals.

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture predicts a large increase in cotton production in Texas, the biggest cotton-producing state in the U.S. Cotton industry observers are noticing cotton production shifting northward into Kansas and Oklahoma. CoBank issued a report looking at the reasons for cotton increasing into new areas. The report says the reasons behind the expansion include unprofitable prices for grain crops, declining water availability, round bale harvesters, better genetic varieties of cotton, and increased optimism about a cotton program re-entering the 2018 Farm Bill. A CoBank senior analyst says the projections of increased cotton planting are sending signals to the cotton industry that it will need more ginning capacity and storage capacity. Ben Laine of CoBank says, “We’re already seeing some cooperative gins in Kansas expanding capacity, with some doubling their previous year’s capacity, and others in three more states increasing their capacity by as much as 30 percent.” While the cooperatives are expanding, the bigger question is how sustainable cotton will be in some of these new areas. Laine says, “If cotton is included in a rotation, the underlying infrastructure investments and the long-term economics compared to other crops show cotton is sustainable in these typically grain-dominated areas.”

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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