03-15-19 CLA NEWS: Hotel Deadline Extended! CLA Annual Meeting & Colorado’s Finest Celebration

 

CLA NEWS: Hotel Deadline Extended! CLA Annual Meeting & Colorado’s Finest Celebration

GREELEY, CO – The deadline for the reduced hotel rate of $142.00 per night has been extended to March 23, 2019. Book your hotel room today for Colorado Livestock Association’s 2019 Annual Meeting & Colorado’s Finest Celebration April 3-4, 2019 at the Embassy Suites in Loveland. CLA’s Annual Meeting is one of the largest gatherings of livestock producers and trade show vendors in Colorado.

Highlights of this year’s event include a keynote presentation by Stephen Laughlin, Vice President & General Manager, Global Consumer Industry, IBM Corporation, a dueling pianos show by Wild Ivories Productions and a panel discussion with experts on legal issues, regulatory concerns, and the future political landscape in Colorado.

Don’t miss this year’s event!

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03-29-19 NRCS Now Accepting Applications into the ACEP Wetlands Reserve Easement Program

NRCS Now Accepting Applications into the ACEP Wetlands Reserve Easement Program

DENVER, CO. March 29, 2019 – Clint Evans, State Conservationist for USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Colorado, announces the opportunity for enrollment into the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program – Wetlands Reserve Easement Program (ACEP-WRE). Applications must be submitted by 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 to your local NRCS field office located within the USDA Service Center that services your county. Continue reading

03-29-19 Colorado NRCS Announces Application Cut-Off Dates for 2019 Agricultural Conservation Easement Program

Colorado NRCS Announces Application Cut-Off Dates for 2019 Agricultural Conservation Easement Program

NRCS Will Hold 2 Rounds of Applications; Cut-Off Dates and Funding DUE DATES VARY

Friday, March 29, 2019, DENVER, CO – Clint Evans, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) State Conservationist in Colorado recently announces the 2019 application cut-off dates for landowners and eligible entities to participate in the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program – Agricultural Land Easement (ACEP-ALE) in Colorado. NRCS will hold two rounds of funding to help prioritize allocations. Round 1 application packages are due on Tuesday, April 30th, 2019 and round 2 applications are due on Friday, May 31st, 2019 by 4:00 p.m. on each day. Continue reading

03-29-19 USDA Announces Opening Date for Rural e-Connectivity Pilot Program Applications

USDA Announces Opening Date for Rural e-Connectivity Pilot Program Applications

Acting Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Joel Baxley today announced that USDA Rural Development will begin accepting the first round of applications for the Rural e-Connectivity Pilot Program (ReConnect Program) on April 23, 2019, through reconnect.usda.gov. Continue reading

03-29-19 Joyce McConnell hired as next CSU President

Joyce McConnell hired as next CSU President

The Board of Governors of the Colorado State University System voted unanimously today to hire Joyce E. McConnell to lead the System’s flagship institution into its 150th year, building on a decade that has seen record levels of enrollment, donor and alumni support and research funding, along with the dramatic transformation of campus, physically and in terms of state and national reputation.

McConnell will become the 15th President of Colorado State University, the state’s land grant university. Currently serving as provost and vice president for academic affairs at West Virginia University, McConnell, who will assume the top position at CSU on July 1, 2019, said she is honored to be selected to help lead what is an exceptional institution of higher education.

“CSU is a national leader in higher education, and the achievements of its students, faculty and staff collectively have built a powerful momentum and an upward trajectory of success for generations of Rams to come. I look forward to being a part of that journey with you,” McConnell said. “My decision to leave West Virginia and West Virginia University after more than 20 years of service to both the university and the state was not an easy one, but Colorado State University’s mission, values and character presented an irresistible opportunity to lead one of the nation’s great land-grant universities into the future.” Continue reading

03-29-19 Culver’s Fifth Annual FFA Essay Contest- Entry Deadline April 8th!

Time’s Running Out! Culver’s FFA Essay Contest Ends April 8th!

Restaurant franchise to award $15,000  

PRAIRIE DU SAC, Wis. – Feb. 18, 2019 – Today Culver’s is continuing its tradition of celebrating National FFA Week by launching its fifth annual FFA Essay Contest. Three essay writers will be chosen to receive $7,500, $5,000 or $2,500 for their FFA chapters. The essay contest is an opportunity for students to show their knowledge of—and passion for—the agricultural industry.

This year, contestants are being asked to respond to this:

  • The average age of a farmer is 58. Why is it important for more young people to get involved with agriculture? Why should they be excited to join the agricultural industry?

FFA members are encouraged to submit essays of 1,000 words or less at Culvers.com/essaycontest until April 8, 2019, at 5 p.m. CT. Continue reading

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USDA Eyes New ERS, NIFI Locations by May

The Department of Agriculture will release it’s shortlist of potential spots for relocating the Economic Research Service and National Institute of Food and Agriculture “in the coming days.” USDA is working towards deciding on the final relocation spots by early May, according to Politico. An official from USDA told Congress this week that, under the plan, the Economic Research Service would keep 76 jobs in Washington and relocate 253 positions, while the National Institute of Food and Agriculture would retain just 20 employees in Washington, D.C., and move 315 to the new site. However, those numbers are based on currently appropriated positions. President Trump’s fiscal 2020 budget calls for cutting the full-time ERS workforce in half, from about 330 positions to 160. USDA will also provide a cost-benefit analysis with the final recommendation. USDA maintains that taxpayers would benefit from the proposal because USDA would save money on rent by moving outside of the nation’s capital. The agency also says employees would benefit from shorter commute times and lower housing prices.

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Abundance of Moisture Limits Drought Conditions

An abundance of moisture across the United States has greatly diminished the Drought Monitor’s findings of drought across the nation. Just this week, officials declared California “drought free” for the first time in seven years. There are no areas of extreme, or exceptional drought classifications in the nation, and very few cases of severe drought. However, dryness intensified across parts of the South, while the overall trend toward drought recovery continued in the Four Corners region. Elsewhere, dryness concerns increased in the Northwest where drought expanded slightly. Most of the nation from the central and northern Plains to the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast remained free of drought, with severe flooding the primary concern in the nation’s heartland. Over the next week, an unsettled weather pattern will continue over much of the nation. A pair of Pacific storms are expected to bring relief to the Northwest and northern Rockies. As the system marches east, it will produce rain and snow from the central Plains into the Midwest, though the Upper Midwest will remain dry.

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Midwest Flooding Drops Ethanol Production 13%

Flooding in the Midwest impacting ethanol facilities has reduced ethanol production by 13 percent in the United States. Plants in Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota and Missouri were forced to shut down or scale back production during and following the flooding. Rail lines are washed out, hampering the transportation of products to and from ethanol plants. Some have damaged facilities or soaked stored corn, and local roads need repair around the facilities. The U.S. has some 200 ethanol plants capable of producing 1.06 million barrels per day, and about 100,000 to 140,000  barrels per day of capacity has been taken off line due to the floods, according to Reuters. Nebraska officials say crop damage in the state will exceed $400 million. The flooding disaster comes as the industry is in the midst of low prices and demand falling for the first time in 20 years.

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FCA Encouraging Farm Credit System to Work with Borrowers in Flooded Areas

The Farm Credit Administration is encouraging Farm Credit System lenders to work with borrowers who have been affected by the extensive flooding in the Midwest. The mid-March “bomb cyclone” dropped heavy rain and triggered massive snowmelt, which led to widespread flooding in the Midwest, particularly in Nebraska and Iowa. Known damages include loss of livestock, production facilities, and grain in storage. Also, saturated soil is adversely affecting preparations for spring planting. FCA regulations and the solid financial position of lenders offer considerable flexibility in providing disaster relief. FCA says Farm Credit System lenders can alleviate stress for borrowers affected by natural disasters in several ways, including extending the terms of loan repayments and restructuring borrowers’ debt obligations. A Farm Credit Administration official stated, “We encourage institutions to use this flexibility following disasters like this one to help borrowers get back on their feet.”

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Bayer to Appeal $80 Million Jury Decision

Bayer, in response to an $80 million award to a California man suing the company over Roundup, says the verdict “does not change the weight of over four decades of extensive science.” Bayer will appeal the action, which is considered the phase two verdict in the case Hardeman v Monsanto. The jury found Bayer liable for Edwin Hardeman’s cancer. Bayer acquired Monsanto in a deal that closed last year. Bayer notes that the jury deliberated for more than four days before reaching a causation verdict in phase one, an indication that it was very likely divided over the scientific evidence. The legal rulings under which the court admitted expert scientific testimony from the plaintiff that it called “shaky” is one of several significant issues that the company may raise on appeal. Monsanto moved to exclude the same evidence before trial. Bayer offered sympathy for Hardeman and his family, but added “Bayer stands behind these products and will vigorously defend them.”

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Major Food Companies Release Nutrition and Dietary Guidance Framework

A group of major food companies says more can be done to address public health and environmental health concerns, including climate change, through food. The Sustainable Food Policy Alliance was formed by Danone North America, Mars Incorporated, Nestle USA and Unilever to influence food policy. This week, the group released its framework for the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The group says the guidelines should be transparent, reflect the current public health environment, incorporate food groups that reflect a wide range of possible healthful diets, and be enhanced through education campaigns, along with clearly stating rational with scientific citations. The groups state the guidelines are “the right place to explore issues like sustainability and emerging areas like Food is Medicine, in order to turn the tide on food and nutrition-related public health concerns.” The framework also says dietary advice should account for how climate change, water scarcity, soil health, and other environmental challenges may impact the availability and nutrient density of foods and beverages.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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