09-12-18 Farm Foundation President Constance Cullman details their Sept 20th E-Connectivity Listening Session in Denver…

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Farm Foundation President Constance Cullman details their Sept 20th E-Connectivity Listening Session in Denver…

BRIGGSDALE, CO – September 12, 2018 – Regional and industry leaders, as well as rural broadband users are expected to participate in an E-Connectivity Listening Session on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018 in Denver, CO. The event is part of the project, What’s on the Horizon for E-Connectivity in Rural America, and will from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. MDT at the Northwest Club Room in the Hall of Education on the National Western Complex, 4655 Humboldt St., Denver. Joining the CoAgNews Network and FarmCast Radio is Farm Foundation President Constance Cullman to discuss the event that her organization is hosting…

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Even though this is a FREE event…RSVP’s are requested by close of business on Tuesday, Sept. 18th and can be reserved by sending an e-mail to Michelle@farmfoundation.org.

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For those unable to attend the listening sessions in person, a live webcast will be available.

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09-19-18 Dairy MAX: Calling All Dairy Kiddos…We’re Looking For Dairy’s Adorable Next Generation

Dairy MAX: Calling All Dairy Kiddos…We’re Looking For Dairy’s Adorable Next Generation

Dairy MAX wants to share your farm story with consumers by highlighting dairy’s adorable next generation. Click below to submit photos of your dairy farm kids or email them to glidewellj@DairyMAX.org and we’ll send you a #DairyAmazing surprise!

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09-19-18 Dairy MAX: Pizza Hut Employees Visit Empire Dairy Farm near Wiggins, CO

Over 20 Pizza Hut marketers and franchisees visited Empire Dairy in Wiggins, Colorado to learn where Pizza Hut cheese comes from and the farmers behind it.

POWER IN PARTNERSHIPS: PIZZA HUT EMPLOYEES VISIT DAIRY FARM

By Jordan Glidewell on 09/18/2018

Not many organizations have the opportunity to work closely with globally recognized and influential companies on a regular basis. The dairy checkoff makes it possible for farmers and importers to expand the reach of their nutrient-rich products and ingredients by partnering with McDonalds, Domino’s, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut to advance dairy product innovation and ultimately trust and sales. This creates a unique responsibility for the industry to educate these companies about the nutritional benefits and responsible production of dairy. Continue reading

09-19-18 NWSS: Robert G. Tointon Names 2019 Citizen of the West

NWSS: Robert G. Tointon Names 2019 Citizen of the West

DENVER – The National Western Stock Show is proud to announce Robert G. Tointon the 2019 Citizen of the West. This prestigious annual award recognizes those who embody the spirit and determination of the Western pioneer and perpetuate the West’s agriculture heritage and ideals. A committee of community leaders selects the recipients.
Tointon, who calls Greeley, Colorado home, is a well-known and much-respected business leader, rancher and philanthropist. He will receive the award at a dinner on January 14, 2019, at the National Western Events Center. Proceeds from the event support 100 scholarships awarded annually to colleges and universities in Colorado and Wyoming by the National Western Scholarship Trust.

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09-18-18 Western E-Connectivity Listening Session Thursday in Denver

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Western E-Connectivity Listening Session Thursday in Denver

DENVER, COLO. Sept. 18, 2018: The E-Connectivity Listening session on Thursday, Sept. 20, is an opportunity for broadband providers and the people who use–or would like to be able to use–broadband to provide input on how to improve services in rural America.
The listening session will be 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. MDT at the Northwest Club Room in the Hall of Education at the National Western Complex, 4655 Humboldt St., Denver. There is no charge to participate. A live webcast will be available for those unable to attend in person.
“Regional and industry leaders will participate in this session, focusing on how broadband services enhance quality of life in rural America, and specifically educational opportunities,” says Farm Foundation President Constance Cullman. “But the critical voices needed in the room are the people who live and work with limited broadband access today. Their voices are needed to build understanding of the impediments generated when broadband services are inadequate or don’t exist, and the challenges these impediments present to individuals and communities.” 
The listening session is part of What’s on the Horizon for E-Connectivity in Rural America, a project organized by Farm Foundation, in collaboration with CoBank, NTCA-The Rural Broadband Association, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, the National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
“The listening session is an opportunity to highlight the challenges created by the lack of access to adequate broadband services, but we will also look at the approaches providers are taking to deliver high-quality service to rural America–approaches that may be beneficial to other providers,” Cullman says.
The session will begin with a conversation on e-connectivity needs in the West, the impact that broadband services–or the lack thereof–can have on the educational and economic activities of one county or an entire state.  Panelists will be Randy Wheelock, Commissioner for Clear Creek County, Colorado, and Brian Shepherd, Chief Operating Officer of the Colorado Broadband Office.
The tools providers are using to enhance broadband services today will be the topic of a second panel. Participating in that panel will be Brian Tagaban, Director of Governmental Policy at Sacred Wind Communications, Yatahey, N.M., Jon Saunders, Chief Operating Officer of SECOM, a division of the Southeast Colorado Power Association, and David Shipley, Senior Vice President and Chief Operations Officer for USConnect Holdings Inc., and General Manager of Rye and South Park Telephone Company.
Each panel will be followed by an open mic session during which individuals are invited to present brief perspectives on the availability and quality of broadband services in their rural communities. The listening session will conclude with a Washington update by Jannine Miller, Senior Advisor for Rural Infrastructure at USDA.
The Denver event is the fourth in a series of listening sessions to gather insights into the tools that are needed to improve e-connectivity in rural America. Highlights from all the listening sessions will be compiled in a report to be provided to federal and state public and private leaders to better inform their decisions regarding improvements to, and expansion of, broadband services in rural America.
Other sessions were Aug. 16 in Birmingham, Ala. and June 19 in Faribault, Minn. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai joined executives from the five partner organizations in Washington, D.C., to kickoff the listening sessions in April. Perdue and Pai both highlighted the importance of e-connectivity to all sectors of rural America. Discussions from previous sessions are available on the Farm Foundation website.

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09-19-18 Inside CO Corn with Communications Director Kim Reddin…

Inside CO Corn with Communications Director Kim Reddin…

Farm Bills, Corn Conditions, Trade Issues, RVO’s, CU Lynx Motorsports, NCGA Corn Yield Contest, District Roundup Meetings and more…

(BARN Media / FarmCast Radio – Briggsdale, CO) September 19, 2018 – Colorado Corn’s Communications Director Kim Reddin joins the Colorado Ag News Network as she discusses the latest news related to the corn and ethanol industries. Here are some of the topics:

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To learn more about Colorado Corn and the work they do for Corn Producers in the state, please visit www.ColoradoCorn.com  

09-19-18 USDA Partners to Improve Electric Infrastructure for More Than 347,000 Rural Americans Across 13 States

USDA Partners to Improve Electric Infrastructure for More Than 347,000 Rural Americans Across 13 States, including Colorado

WASHINGTON, Sept. 19, 2018 – Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $398.5 million (PDF, 105 KB) to improve rural electric service in 13 states.

“Reliable and affordable electricity is undeniably a necessity in today’s world,” Hazlett said. “Under the leadership of Secretary Sonny Perdue, USDA is committed to being a strong partner in keeping our rural communities connected to this essential infrastructure.”

USDA is making the investments through the Electric Infrastructure Loan Program. Below are a few examples of the projects USDA is funding:

  • In Colorado, San Miguel Power Association will use an $11 million loan to build 205 miles of line, improve 47 miles and make other system improvements. The loan amount includes $571,654 for smart grid projects. San Miguel is headquartered in Nucla. It serves 13,473 customers through 3,800 miles of line in Dolores, Hinsdale, Mesa, Montrose, Ouray, San Juan and Miguel counties.
  • In Colorado, Morgan County Rural Electric Association will add 497 consumers, build 53 miles of line, improve 99 miles and make other system improvements. The loan amount includes $2,869,596 for smart grid projects. Morgan County is headquartered in Fort Morgan. It serves 8,120 members over 2,877 miles of line in Adams, Arapahoe, Logan, Morgan, Washington, and Weld counties.

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09-19-18 Potato Industry Poised to Amplify its Performance Efforts with New Online Hub

Potato Industry Poised to Amplify its Performance Efforts with New Online Hub

Denver, CO (September 19, 2018) –Potatoes USA is ready to ignite its new performance strategy and campaign with several opportunities for industry members to get involved and extend these efforts.

Potatoes USA is making a strong statement about potatoes to demonstrate the performance-boosting benefits of America’s favorite vegetable. Potatoes USA, the nation’s potato marketing and research organization, worked with its members to identify a nutrition-based lifestyle benefit that challenges consumers’ preconceived notions about potatoes. Extensive research led to a strategy based on a key truth: Potatoes fuel performance. Most people don’t consider the potato a performance food and are surprised to learn about all of the nutritional benefits.

Potatoes USA is bringing its “performance” strategy to life in a new campaign that shows how potatoes fuel athletic performance and poses the question: “What are you eating?” The campaign is based on the idea that consistently beating your personal best isn’t just about how you train, it’s about what you eat.

In a new special video update, Potatoes USA President/CEO, Blair Richardson, and potato grower and Potatoes USA Chairman, Dan Moss, highlight this exciting new approach and most importantly, they share exactly how industry members can get involved in the new performance strategy and What are you eating? campaign. Via Potatoes USA’s industry campaign hub, members can: Continue reading

08-02-18 NCGA: Online Yield Contest Harvest Entry Now Available!

NCGA: Harvesting? Don’t Forget to Complete National Yield Contest Harvest Entry

With harvest already underway in many parts of the country, the National Corn Growers Association reminds farmers that National Corn Yield Contest entrants must report within two weeks of their final yield check or by Nov. 16, whichever comes first.
The online harvest entry is available to both farmers and seed representatives using the same login process as the initial entry. Login does require submiss

ion of the entrant’s NCGA membership number.

To complete, entrants will upload weigh tickets and yield calculations worksheet that details the number of rows harvested and length of each pass. Prior to upload, both documents must be signed by the contest supervisor. A tutorial video is available online. Continue reading

09-19-18 FFA Range Judging and Plant Identification Event Held in New Raymer

FFA range judging places the students in the field to make real-life judgments about the past grazing management and best management practices to recommend for range improvement. Courtesy of Emmet Jordan

FFA Range Judging and Plant Identification Event Held in New Raymer

Written and submitted by: Ben Berlinger, Colorado Section of the Society for Range Management Youth Activities Chair

The Northeast Colorado Regional FFA Range Judging and Plant Identification Career Development Exercise (CDE) was held on September 17 at the Prairie School near New Raymer. The event was hosted by the Prairie FFA Chapter. Sixty-three students participated in the event representing nine FFA chapters. These included Prairie, Holyoke, Revere/Sedgwick, Weld Central, Akron, Idalia, Peetz, Wiggins, and Yuma FFA Chapters. Sponsors for this youth educational event included the West Greeley Conservation District, the Colorado State Land Board, and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Their funding supports the purchasing of awards, ribbons, and plaques, and providing refreshments and lunch for the students and their Ag teachers.

The team results were as follows: Gold went to the Prairie FFA Chapter, Silver was awarded to the Holyoke FFA Chapter, and Bronze was awarded to the Akron FFA Chapter. Gold, silver, and bronze ribbons were presented to the top scoring individuals.

Walter Jordan, Prairie FFA, receives his award from the CO Section SRM for high score on the site judging and plant identification. Presenting were (l-r) Josh Saunders, Past President, and Ben Berlinger, Youth Activities Chair. Courtesy of Emmet Jordan

The Colorado Section Society for Range Management (CSSRM) presented plaques at the award ceremony. CSSRM recognizes high scoring individuals for combined scores on site judging and plant identification, as well as the high individual score on the plant identification. Walter Jordan, Prairie FFA, was honored with the high score for combined site judging and plant identification. Trent Huffman, Holyoke FFA, received high score on plant identification.

Trent Huffman, Holyoke FFA, receives his CO Section SRM award for achieving the high score on plant identification. Courtesy of Emmet Jordan

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, September 19th

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, September 19th

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Farm Bill Delay Possible as Deadline Looms

The farm bill deadline at the end of the month could pass without a new farm bill or an extension. As the pace of the farm bill committee stalls, leadership says the actual deadline that would have any impact on farm country is in December, if the bill is stalled further. The committee has a deadline of September 30th to get the bill passed and on the President’s desk for signature before current law expires. However, no major breakthroughs were reported earlier this week. Senate Ag Committee leaders Pat Roberts and Debbie Stabenow told Politico that “any pain from a lapse would not really be felt until December,” suggesting the deadline may be moved back. Stabenow said: “We’re not sure we actually need an extension.” Disagreements remain regarding conservation programs and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, which is the biggest issue to resolve.

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Tariffs Harming Ag Equipment Makers

More tariffs in the tit-for-tat trade war between the U.S. and China means more suffering for agriculture and agricultural equipment makers. Feeling the brunt of the trade war since it started with tariffs on steel and aluminum, manufacturers of agriculture equipment are eager to see a swift resolve. Just last week, a coalition of manufacturing groups and associations sent a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer urging the Trump Administration not to move forward with this latest round of tariffs. Association of Equipment Manufacturers President Dennis Slater says the “extreme use of tariffs hurts our nation’s access to global markets” and threatens many of the 1.3 million equipment manufacturing jobs. Slater called for the administration to look for ways to improve trade with China, instead of “doubling down on tactics that only lead to continued retaliatory actions.”

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Trump China Trade War Troubling Talks with Japan

The ongoing trade war with China is threatening trade relations with Japan. Reuters reports that the start of a second round of trade talks between Japan and the United States will be delayed until after fresh tariffs imposed on China by the United States come into force on September 24th. Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and President Trump were expected to meet during a U.N. General Assembly debate next week. Japan is trying to avoid steep tariffs on its car exports and stay away from bilateral free trade agreements, a demand by the Trump administration. Japan fears a bilateral agreement could force the nation to open sensitive markets, including agriculture, to U.S. trade. Japanese officials are calling on the Trump administration to quickly end the trade war with Japan, and in attempt to avoid a bilateral agreement, Japan is urging the U.S. to consider rejoining the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

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Canada Returns to DC for NAFTA Talks

North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations between the U.S. and Canada resume this week as both sides attempt to reach a deal by the end of the month. Canada’s Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland arrived in Washington, DC Tuesday ahead of scheduled talks with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer. The two sides must agree to a “handshake” agreement by the end of the month for the deal to stand a chance to be finalized under the current leadership in Mexico, as a new President takes office later this year. The precise cutoff point for a handshake agreement is unclear, but a Canadian official believes it’s Thursday, according to Bloomberg News. Dairy is the biggest policy issue between the U.S. and Canada and trade experts previously said that those talks are “highly technical” and take time, but a deal could still come this week. Canada does appear to offer some concessions on dairy in exchange to preserve the dispute panels under Chapter 19 of the current deal.

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Hurricane Florence Flooding Impacting Poultry Operations

Sanderson Farms says flooding from hurricane Florence has resulted in the loss of about 1.7 million broiler chickens. In a statement, the company says about 30 farms housing more than 200,000 chickens each are isolated by floodwaters and cannot be reached by feed trucks. The company says 60 of the 880 broiler houses in the region have been flooded. Tyson Foods, meanwhile, told meat industry publication Meatingplace there was “minimal impact” on its live poultry operations in North Carolina and Virginia. However, at least two Tyson farms where affected by the storm. Tyson says it is leveraging its regional supply chain to make sure there is no disruption to its business in addition to helping affected farmers and community members, which includes serving meals to victims, volunteers and first responders. North Carolina is a top poultry and pork producing state. The North Carolina Pork Council said earlier this week that at least a dozen hog farms experienced waste lagoon flooding from the hurricane.

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Garth Brooks to Perform at National FFA Convention

Garth Brooks will entertain attendees of this year’s National FFA Convention and Expo. FFA announced that Brooks will host a private concert to the members of FFA October 24th at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana, as part of the event. Brooks says of the event that he bets “there is not going to be a kid there who is half as excited as I am to be there.” The organization says in a news release that the motto of FFA, “Learning to Do, Doing to Learn, Earning to Live, Living to Serve,” echoes that of Garth Brooks’ mission which is just one of many reasons the exclusive concert was so important for all involved to make it happen. The National FFA Convention and Expo remains one of the largest student conventions in the world, annually drawing more than 65,000 attendees. To purchase a ticket for the concert, you must be a registered attendee at this year’s convention. Tickets will only be sold through the National FFA Organization’s private concert on Ticketmaster’s website.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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