11-13-18 Beef Sustainability Group to Address Importance of Stakeholder Engagement at Sustainable Agriculture Summit in Denver

Beef Sustainability Group to Address Importance of Stakeholder Engagement at Sustainable Agriculture Summit in Denver

DENVER (November 13, 2018) – Stakeholders in agriculture sustainability will hear from the nation’s leading beef sustainability group, the U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (USRSB), at the 2018 Sustainable Agriculture Summit November 14-15 in Denver.

The presentation, In the Hot Seat: U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef Confronts Criticism of its National Beef Sustainability Framework, will look at the draft USRSB Sustainability Framework, public comments to the Framework and USRSB’s responses. The purpose of the Framework is to establish a set of resources for companies and operations in the value chain to assess their individual sustainability.

The presentation will be moderated by Kim Stackhouse-Lawson, Ph.D., the USRSB Chair and Director of Sustainability for JBS USA. Panelists include USRSB members: Gary Bates, Ph.D., Professor and Beef Forage Center Director, University of Tennessee; Chad Ellis, Industry Relations and Stewardship Manager, Noble Research Institute; Nancy Labbe, Senior Ranching and Conservation Program Officer, World Wildlife Fund; Rob Manes, Director, The Nature Conservancy-Kansas; and Brad White, DVM, Professor and Beef Cattle Institute Director, Kansas State University.

“The roundtable work is supported by a diverse group of stakeholders,” said Ben Weinheimer, chair- elect of the USRSB and vice president of the Texas Cattle Feeders Association. “Our framework is not only supported by the beef value chain, but also NGOs, academia, research and conservation organizations.” Continue reading

11-13-18 NCGA: Tell Congress: Pass the Farm Bill Now!

NCGA: Tell Congress: Pass the Farm Bill Now!

Time is running out for Congress to pass a Farm Bill before major programs lapse at the end of the year. Adjourning for the year without passing a new bill will leave farmers without the safety and stability needed in this time of low prices, falling farm incomes, and trade uncertainty. With only a few joint legislative days left, farmers need Congressional leaders to compromise on a strong, bipartisan, Farm Bill now. Tell Congress to get it done!
To make your voice heard go to: www.votervoice.net/NCGA/campaigns/61616/respond

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11-13-18 NCGA: Deadline Extended! National Corn Yield Contest Harvest Entries Due Nov. 26

NCGA: Deadline Extended!  National Corn Yield Contest Harvest Entries Due Nov. 26th

With farmers in many states experiencing harvest difficulties due to weather, the National Corn Growers Association has extended the deadline by which National Corn Yield Contest entrants must report by ten days to Nov. 26. This additional time is to allow entrants who have had to delay harvesting because of the unfavorable conditions a chance to fully participate in this exciting contest.
The online harvest entry is available to both farmers and seed representatives using the same login process as the initial entry. Login does require submission of the entrant’s NCGA membership number.
To complete, entrants will upload weigh tickets and a yield calculation 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.
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11-13-18 Inside the BARN & FarmCast Radio with Chad Shelton of Albaugh, LLC…

Inside the BARN & FarmCast Radio with Chad Shelton of Albaugh, LLC:

CoAXiumTM Wheat Production System driven by AggressorTM herbicide exceeded expectations in 2018 performance evaluation trials

(BARN Media / FarmCast Radio – Briggsdale, CO) November 13, 2018 –  CoAXium™ Wheat Production System driven by AggressorTM herbicide nearly doubles returns by controlling grassy weeds. According to a press release dated October 31st the CoAXiumTM Wheat Production System driven by AggressorTM herbicide exceeded expectations in 2018 performance evaluation trials, demonstrating visibly superior control of feral rye (cereal rye), downy brome and jointed goatgrass.  Joining the CO Ag News Network and FarmCast Radio to discuss those impressive results is Chad Shelton, Global Proprietary Products Director at Albaugh LLC


Please visit http://www.CoAXium.com to learn more about Aggressor herbicide and CoAXium Wheat Production System. Continue reading

11-13-18 Nettles appointed to Northern Water board

Nettles joins Northern and Subdistrict boards

BERTHOUD – David Nettles, P.E., has been named to the Northern Water Board of Directors and Municipal Subdistrict Board of Directors as a representative from Weld County. He replaces Kenton Brunner, who left the board in September after 24 years of service.

Nettles most recently served as the Colorado Division 1 Water Engineer, managing water resources in the South Platte, Laramie and Republican river basins. A native of Louisiana, he earned his bachelor’s degree in agricultural engineering from Louisiana Tech and a master’s degree in agricultural engineering at Colorado State University. He worked for the state of Montana on issues surrounding federal reserved water rights before joining Colorado’s Division of Water Resources in 1986. He became an assistant division engineer in the Division 1 office in 1991, the lead assistant division engineer in 2003 and the division engineer in 2010, when current Northern Water employee Jim Hall retired from the position. Nettles retired from the position in June 2018. Continue reading

11-13-18 Colorado AgrAbility Project: Roberta Schweitzer, Preventing Farmer Suicide and Opioid Misuse

Colorado AgrAbility Project: Roberta Schweitzer, Preventing Farmer Suicide and Opioid Misuse

Geared specifically for folks working in Agriculture or working in Mental health or drug rehab services

Colorado State University will host Roberta Schweitzer, Ph.D., R.N., FCN. Her clinical specialty is in rural community mental health promotion.

Dr. Schweitzer will present “Preventing Farmer Suicide and Opioid Misuse: Practical Information for Agricultural Professionals working with Colorado Farmers and Ranchers and Their Families” at Colorado State University on Wednesday, December 5, 2018 (9:00 – 4:00) in the Lory Student Center Room 302 Longs Peak. It is for professionals working with farm and ranch families with disabilities. Continue reading

11-13-18 American Red Cross Launches First Aid for Opioid Overdoses Course

American Red Cross Launches First Aid for Opioid Overdoses Course

New online training helps people respond to opioid overdoses and save lives

Denver, Tuesday, November 13, 2018 – The American Red Cross has launched First Aid for Opioid Overdoses – an online course to teach people how to respond to a known or suspected opioid overdose.

“An opioid overdose is a life-threatening emergency,” said Lynda Monsey, Lead Volunteer for Red Cross Health Services in Colorado.  “When you suspect an opioid overdose, it’s important to start providing care immediately.” Continue reading

11-13-18 USDA Partners with Communities to Bring High-Speed Broadband e-Connectivity Infrastructure to Rural Areas

USDA Partners with Communities to Bring High-Speed Broadband e-Connectivity Infrastructure to Rural Areas

More than 27,000 Businesses and Residents to Get Improved e-Connectivity

WASHINGTON, Nov. 13, 2018 – Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett today announced that USDA is investing in infrastructure projects in a dozen states (PDF, 132 KB) to improve e-Connectivity in rural communities.

“In the modern economy, rural broadband is a lifeline to quality of life and economic opportunity,” Hazlett said. “With that impact, USDA is fiercely committed under the leadership of Agriculture Secretary Perdue on expanding access to e-Connectivity in rural America.” Continue reading

11-13-18 Field to Market, Land O’Lakes SUSTAIN announce new capability for farmers to quantify stewardship

Field to Market, Land O’Lakes SUSTAIN announce new capability for farmers to quantify stewardship

Truterra Insights Engine to integrate sustainability metrics from Field to Market’s updated Fieldprint®Platform

DENVER, Colo. (Nov. 13, 2018) – Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture and Land O’Lakes SUSTAIN today announced the forthcoming availability of Field to Market’s sustainability metrics within the new Truterra™ Insights Engine from Land O’Lakes SUSTAIN in mid-December. Land O’Lakes is the first partner that will integrate fully with the latest version of Field to Market’s Fieldprint Platform released this month.

“We are proud to partner with Land O’Lakes to give farmers even greater choice in assessing the sustainability performance of their management practices and respond to growing interest across the value chain in where and how commodity crops are grown,” said Rod Snyder, president of Field to Market. “This collaboration integrates Field to Market’s sustainability insights alongside the stewardship and agronomic analysis for which Land O’Lakes WinField United ag-retailer owners are known—helping farmers make decisions that benefit the air, soil, water and their business.”

“The addition of Fieldprint Platform sustainability metrics to the Truterra Insights Engine is a key asset supporting the agricultural and food supply chain to utilize Truterra for data-driven insights,” said Matt Carstens, senior vice president of Land O’Lakes SUSTAIN. “This work enhances the ability for farmers and ag retailers to bolster their stewardship reporting across many commodities, crops and commitments – and it cements the Truterra Insights Engine as a go-to, farm-to-fork solution for food companies who turn to the Fieldprint Platform to track sustainability results achieved in the field.”

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11-13-18 USS Colorado Commissioning Committee establishes scholarship fund

GROTON, Conn. (Dec. 3, 2016) A panorama composite photograph compiled from several images shows the Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus delivering remarks during the christening ceremony of the Virginia-class attack submarine USS Colorado (SSN 788). (U.S. Navy photo illustration by Petty Officer 1st Class Armando Gonzales/Released)

USS Colorado Commissioning Committee establishes scholarship fund

The USS Colorado Commissioning Committee is proud to announce that they have established a $100,000 scholarship fund benefitting the crew and families of USS Colorado (SSN 788). This long-term goal of the Committee was made possible through the generous donations by citizens and companies of Colorado and others who contributed to their fundraising campaign. Each year two $ 2,000 scholarships may be awarded to crew members, former crew members or members of their families. The scholarship fund will be administered by the Dolphin Scholarship Foundation. Continue reading

11-13-18 USDA: Vote in Your County Committee Election

USDA: Vote in Your County Committee Election

Let us fill you in on a little secret. We love our customers! We value local input from farmers, ranchers, and foresters, like you. One way we facilitate the connection between the producers we serve and the programs we administer is through the USDA Farm Service Agency locally-elected county committees.

“It is so important to have farmers willing to serve on their county committees to share their experiences and offer different perspectives so committees can make informed decisions,” said Terri Wilfert, a member of the Manitowoc County, Wisconsin, Farm Service Agency County Committee.

Terri was elected to her committee in 2010 and currently serves as chairperson.
Terri was elected to her committee in 2010 and currently serves as chairperson.

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11-13-18 CSU: 2019 Poudre Pioneer Award nominations now being accepted

CSU: 2019 Poudre Pioneer Award nominations now being accepted

A variety of people have made major impacts over the years to help support the vision of making the Cache la Poudre River an excellent example of a “healthy working river,” and the Poudre Runs Through It Study/Action Work Group would like to again recognize one of those key contributors.

The PRTI is seeking nominations for its “Poudre Pioneer Award,” and will recognize the honoree at the Poudre River Forum on Feb. 1, 2019, at the Drake Centre in Fort Collins. Each year, the Forum brings together those who farm on the Poudre, drink beer from the Poudre, and advocate for Poudre health to learn from one another and to explore how we might move from conflict to collaboration in regard to the Poudre.

The “Poudre Pioneer Award,” winner will be selected prior to the Forum and invited to share a short acceptance speech. The PRTI will also highlight the recipient of the award through a press release to local media. Continue reading

11-13-18 National Pork Board and U.S. Meat Export Federation to Partner on Pork 2040

National Pork Board and U.S. Meat Export Federation to
Partner on Pork 2040

Request for proposals being accepted for China insights

DES MOINES, IOWA – Nov. 13, 2018 – The National Pork Board, the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today that they will engage in a foresight-based marketing study called Pork 2040. The study will investigate changing consumer attitudes and trends in developed and emerging U.S. pork export markets in 17 defined countries.

“Previous international marketing studies centered only on quantitative statistics to define demand, production and market access,” said Bill Luckey, chair of the Checkoff’s International Marketing committee and a pork producer from Columbus, Nebraska. “This unique effort will be more comprehensive, investigating the relevant qualitative factors that shape consumer opinion and hence markets. The study will focus on forecasting the pork and pork-product demand landscape over the next several decades to help determine where best to invest our limited Checkoff resources.”

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11-13-18 Colorado Farm Bureau Partners with Denver Business Journal to Recognize Excellence in State’s Second Largest Industry

Colorado Farm Bureau Partners with Denver Business Journal to Recognize Excellence in State’s Second Largest Industry

Centennial, CO — The Colorado Farm Bureau and the Denver Business Journal today announced a call for nominations for the first-ever Who’s Who in Colorado Agriculture recognition. The new program seeks to highlight excellent leaders within the agriculture industry, whose position, knowledge or expertise helps guide the sector in Colorado.

“As we begin celebrating CFB’s 100th year of promoting and protecting the future of agriculture, we thought a great way to do that is to highlight and recognize those people who make our industry and way of life so great,” said Chad Vorthmann, executive vice president of Colorado Farm Bureau. “As the second largest driver to Colorado’s economy, we have a big talent pool to draw from.” Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Tuesday, November 13th

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Tuesday, November 13th

Sponsored by the American Farm Bureau Federation

Trump Veto Threat Not Taken Seriously

As Congress is back in D.C., both House and Senate Ag leaders are promising to take action on a new farm bill during the upcoming lame-duck session. While the negotiations are in the stretch-run, questions remain on just how dug in the president is on stricter SNAP work requirements for program recipients. During a press conference, Trump blamed Democrats for farm bill delays because of their opposition to stronger work requirements. The president says he wants “work requirements” in the bill, a demand that some interpreted as a subtle veto threat. Politico says many food and agricultural lobbyists are shrugging off President Trump’s latest comments.  They’re betting Trump wouldn’t veto a farm bill without the new work requirements if it landed on his desk. Bob Greenstein, founder and president of the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, says Trump’s threat to refuse to accept a bill if it doesn’t contain those work provisions doesn’t make sense. “If he refuses to accept such a bill, the farm bill would then die in the lame duck, and the next Congress, with a Democratic House, will start over,” Greenstein says. The resulting new farm bill would be even less to the president’s liking.


U.S. Ag Coalition Heads to Cuba Despite Crackdown

A coalition of ag groups, agribusinesses, and related industries sent a group of representatives to Cuba for a three-day conference aimed at increasing sales and cooperation between the two nations. Reuters says the conference was held in spite of President Donald Trump’s repeated threats to tighten trade sanctions against the island nation. The U.S. Ag Coalition for Cuba wants the trade embargo lifted and they want more trade between the two nations, so they sponsored the trip. Going as far back as 2000, U.S. farmers and agribusinesses have sold $5.7 billion worth of food to the communist nation. It was back in 2000 that an amendment was added to the trade embargo allowing cash-only sales. Cuba imports up to $2 billion in food every year and American farmers and ranchers want a bigger slice of that pie. Paul Johnson, a co-chair of the Ag Coalition for Cuba, says, “Rural America supported President Trump and will continue to support him. We want him to remember those same people also want him to open up the Cuban market.” Johnson says trade hasn’t reached its full potential with Cuba, and changes underway in the Cuban government represent an opportunity ahead for American farmers and ranchers.


Perdue Applauds Department of Labor Rulemaking on H-2A

U.S. Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue applauded the proposed rulemaking from the Department of Labor regarding the H-2A Visa Program. The proposed new rule would require American employers looking for temporary help to advertise their job openings to domestic workers online, instead of in expensive newspaper ads that reach a limited audience. This is one of the first steps in H-2A regulatory reform that was promised in May through a joint statement from the Secretaries of Agriculture, Labor, State, and Homeland Security. Perdue says one of the biggest concerns he hears about from farmers during his travels around the country is the shortage of legal farm labor. “Our farmers and ranchers are the most productive in the world and they want to obey immigration law,” says Perdue. “When American workers aren’t available, farmers turn to the H-2A program that is overly bureaucratic and cost prohibitive. Using regulations like this is one way to modernize H-2A to reach more American workers while providing relief to farmers from one of the high costs of the program.” Perdue says it’s good to see government using 21st Century technology, rather than limiting farmers to placing notices in want ads.


California Animal Activists Face Felony Charges after Chicken Theft

Back in September, six animal activists were arrested for stealing chickens from a poultry farm in Sonoma County, California. The industry website Meating Place Dot Com says they now face felony burglary, theft, and trespassing charges. The six people are members of the “DxE” Bay Area chapter, with the group’s self-proclaimed goal of “total animal liberation.” The group conducted a protest at McCoy’s Poultry Services in Sonoma County on September 29th. The six members say they believed they were following the law when they were trying to help “chickens that were in distress.” Sonoma County officials took possession of 15 chickens after the arrest, six of which were dead. The Sonoma County Sheriff says law enforcement tries to balance between First Amendment rights and the rights of private property owners in situations like this one. The sheriff’s department also says this move suggests an escalation in tactics by activist groups in Sonoma County. Quoted after the arrest, the sheriff says, “Our concern is the trespass and the theft of animals.” Law enforcement officials in the area are recommending that producers boost their security with fences, lights, and surveillance cameras.


Rural Population Growing Again

The decline in the nation’s rural population first began in 2010, before reaching its lowest level in 2011-2012. Rural areas lost nearly 62,000 residents that year, alone. However, since then it’s begun to reverse. The Economic Research Service at the USDA made that announcement in its annual report titled “Rural America at a Glance.” As recently as 2016-2017, the ERS says rural counties added population for the first time this decade due to people moving in as the economy improved. The rural unemployment rate peaked at 10.3 percent in 2010, dropping steadily since then to 4.3 percent in 2017. After peaking in 2013, rural poverty rates across all racial and ethnic groups have also declined since then. However, the overall graying of rural America is still continuing. Rural areas are attracting retirees and losing new people coming into the workforce. Rural counties are still more attractive to retirees who are looking for scenic or lifestyle amenities.


Poultry Worker Safety Record Continues to Improve

Occupational injuries and illnesses in the poultry slaughter and processing workforce have fallen by 83 percent over the last 20 years. According to the 2017 Injury and Illness Report released by the Department of Labor, the decline is continuing. The total poultry processing injury and illness rate of 3.8 cases per 100 full-time employees, down from 4.2 cases the year before. The poultry industry’s rate of 3.8 is below the rate of 6.4 cases per 100 full-time workers in similar industries. It’s also lower than the rate of 4.5 for the entire food manufacturing sector. The poultry processing industry rate of 3.8 cases represents an 83 percent decrease from 1994, which is the oldest year that data is available on the Bureau of Labor Statistics website. The industry rate in 1994 was 22.4 cases per 100 workers, which shows the industry has made big advancements in workplace safety for its employees. The Joint Industry Safety and Health Council says employee safety continues to be of utmost importance to the industry. “The poultry industry continues to focus on preventing workplace injuries and illnesses by recognizing the benefit of implementing ergonomics and medical intervention principles,” the Council says in a statement.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service