08-07-19 National Western Stock Show Awards Scholarships to Four City of Denver Students

National Western Stock Show Awards Scholarships to Four City of Denver Students

DENVER – Tomorrow, August 8, 2019, four City and County of Denver students will be awarded scholarships in the amount of $2,500 each as part of the National Western Stock Show Denver Scholarship Program. The students receiving this newly introduced scholarship are as follows:
  • Lawrence J. Cohen – Denver School of Arts graduate who will be attending the University of Colorado Boulder this fall.
  • Thang Ling – South High School graduate who will be attending Metropolitan State University of Denver this fall.
  • Manoj Regmi – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Early College graduate who will be attending Metropolitan State University of Denver this fall.
  • Michael Stanford – Mullen High School graduate who will be attending Colorado State University this fall.
These scholarship recipients were selected due to their passion in pursuing undergraduate degrees and career paths that focus on making contributions to the emerging and influential fields of agriculture. This focus can be expressed through any major or area of study, as long as the goal is to contribute toward progress and leadership in agriculture. The students will continue to receive the funds all four years of their undergraduate studies, as long as minimum requirements are met for performance.
“We are excited to recognize and send off the next generation of agricultural leaders,” said Paul Andrews, NWSS President and CEO. “Between this new scholarship program and the National Western Scholarship Trust, the Stock Show is proud to be a top scholastic investor in 2019, contributing more than $500,000 towards educating our industry’s future.”

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WELD COUNTY, CO — A relationship that began with an act of kindness during the 2013 flood was strengthened today as the Weld County Board of Commissioners reaffirmed a Declaration of Friendship with Israel; specifically, with the Samaria region and Shomron Regional Council, which represents Samaria along the country’s northern West Bank.

“This partnership fosters goodwill between communities and opens up dialogue between Weld County and Israel that can be used as a pathway for both entities to assist each other in times of need,” Commissioner Sean Conway said. “This relationship may also open up trade opportunities for Weld County businesses which can strengthen both Israel and our county.” Continue reading

08-07-19 Red Angus: Value-Added Tagging Program Builds Producer Pocketbooks

Red Angus: Value-Added Tagging Program Builds Producer Pocketbooks

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Brandi Buzzard Frobose, RAAA Director of Communications (785) 448-0239  brandi@redangus.org

Denver – Value-added programs are on the rise in the beef industry as input costs increase and margins remain tight. Enterprising beef producers are exploring new ways to improve their return on investment and open doors to new marketing avenues. The Red Angus Feeder Calf Certification Program, the oldest tagging program in the industry, is expanding and helping more producers than ever before earn premiums on their calves. In fact, during the 2018-19 fiscal year, more than 210,000 calves were enrolled in the FCCP; a testament to the program’s growing popularity and proven track record of returning dollars to producers’ pockets.

“The value of the FCCP to commercial ranchers across the country has been nothing short of tremendous. The success we have seen in the number of calves enrolled in the past fiscal year directly correlates to the program’s creation of extra dollars for Red Angus-influenced calf crops,” said Chessie Mitchell, RAAA tag programs coordinator.” Continue reading

08-07-19 CSU: Scientists reveal key insights into emerging water purification technology

Left represents an omniphobic membrane, and right represents a conventional hydrophobic membrane with increased water-air interfacial areas (green lines). Credit: Kota lab

CSU: Scientists reveal key insights into emerging water purification technology

With water scarcity a critical challenge across the globe, scientists and engineers are pursuing new ways to harvest purified water from unconventional sources, like seawater or even wastewater.

One of those researchers is Tiezheng Tong, an assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, whose lab is studying an emerging technology called membrane distillation.

Membrane distillation involves a thin, water-repellant membrane that exploits vapor pressure differences between hotter impure liquid, called “feedwater,” and colder purified water, called “permeate.” During the process, water vapor passes through the membrane and is separated from the salty or dirty feedwater. According to Tong, membrane distillation works better than other technologies like reverse osmosis, which can’t treat extremely salty water such as desalination brines or produced water from hydraulic fracturing. Continue reading

08-07-19 Serve Colorado Announces $5.8 Million for AmeriCorps Programs Statewide

Serve Colorado Announces $5.8 Million for AmeriCorps Programs Statewide

DENVER — The State of Colorado will receive $5.8 million in federal grants from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) to place nearly 800 AmeriCorps members in 11 programs to serve Colorado communities. AmeriCorps programs will match these funds with an additional $5.3 million in local funding. Together, the total investment of federal and local funding for Colorado communities will be $11.1 million.

“Since AmeriCorps began in 1994, more than 35,000 Coloradans have served to meet critical needs in communities across our great state. The continued support of the federal agency ensures members can serve in all corners of our state,” said Dianne Primavera, Lieutenant Governor. Continue reading

08-07-19 A Statement from CO Farm Bureau President Don Shawcroft on U.S/China Trade Relations

A Statement from CO Farm Bureau President Don Shawcroft on U.S/China Trade Relations

Centennial, Colo. – The following statement may be attributed to the Colorado Farm Bureau President Don Shawcroft:

“Colorado farmers and ranchers are disappointed by China’s recent announcement that the county will no longer buy agricultural goods from the United States. The industry relies on trade each day to market the products farm families work so hard to grow. In fact, about 35 percent of U.S. farm income is derived from selling agricultural products overseas. The instability caused by this new development is not good news. Net farm income has dropped 52 percent in the last 5 years, making it extremely difficult for farmers and ranchers to continue operating. The addition of a trade war, coupled with recent extreme weather and ongoing financial stress, comes at a time they can ill afford it. Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, August 7th

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, August 7th

China Responds to Trump, Currency Manipulation Claims

China warns the escalating trade war will result in financial market chaos. China has already announced the stoppage of purchases of U.S. agricultural products after Trump planned to enact additional tariffs of 10 percent next month. China also devalued its currency Monday, leading the Trump administration to classify China as a currency manipulator. In a statement, the People’s Bank of China said the classification would, “Seriously undermine the international financial order,” trigger “financial market turmoil,” and hinder international trade. As both sides dig in further, farmers are left hoping for a way out. The American Farm Bureau Federation says the stoppage of China buys of U.S. ag products is a “body blow” to farmers and ranchers. President Trump says he stands with farmers and will “do it again if necessary.” The comments suggest Trump is willing to continue the Market Facilitation Program payments, which two further rounds remain available, if needed. Before the trade war, China was a $19.5 billion market for U.S. farmers in 2017.

July Ag Economy Barometer Increases

The Purdue University/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer reading jumped to 153 in July, up 27 points from June, and up 52 points from May. However, it’s safe to expect a decline in the August report. While the Market Facilitation Program payments are a positive to farmers, this week’s announcement that China will stop all purchases of U.S. ag products is a significant market loss. Barometer results are based on a survey of 400 producers across the U.S. conducted from July 15 through July 19, 2019, which was before USDA’s announcement of 2019 MFP payment rates. A big driver of sentiment was producers’ improved expectations for current economic conditions. The Index of Current Conditions, a sub-index of the ag barometer, increased 44 points in July to a reading of 141, marking the largest one-month improvement since data collection began in October of 2015. The barometer’s other sub-index, the Index of Future Expectations also increased, up 18 points from June, to a reading of 159 in July.

Strong Finish to First Half for U.S. Pork, Beef Exports

U.S. pork and beef exports were above year-ago levels in both volume and value in June, according to the U.S. Meat Export Federation. Led by a rebound in Mexico and China, pork export value was the highest in 14 months. June pork exports posted double-digit gains in both volume and value, reaching 212,800 metric tons, valued at $569.2 million. For the first half of 2019, pork exports remained two percent below last year in volume and were down six percent in value to $3.1 billion. In May, the 20 percent retaliatory duty on most U.S. pork exports to Mexico was removed as the U.S., Mexico and Canada reached an agreement on steel and aluminum tariffs. USMEF President and CEO Dan Halstrom says the tariff removal was a “tremendous relief,” sparking further U.S. pork exports to Mexico. Meanwhile, beef exports were up three percent year-over-year in June to 118,600 metric tons. Beef export value, at $724.8 million, increased just one percent from a year ago.

Brazil Considers Removal of Barriers for U.S. Ethanol

Brazil may drop barriers on U.S. ethanol imports, as requested by the United States. Brazil is mulling over the idea to facilitate a bilateral trade deal. Brazil’s agriculture minister confirmed the discussion. However, a decision may not be made until the end of the month, according to Bloomberg News. Sources close to the talks say Brazil is considering renewing the current import quotas on U.S. ethanol, but with zero tariffs. A 20 percent tariff is set to take effect at the end of August on imports over the quota. Brazil enacted the tariff on U.S. ethanol two years ago for shipments over the quota of 600 million liters. The tariffs followed a surge in U.S. ethanol imports that Brazil says flooded its market. The removal would be welcome news for U.S. farmers, now facing a loss of the $20 billion market in China, following sharp declines in 2018. Last year, Brazil was the top importer of U.S. corn-ethanol, importing more than 1.7 billion liters.

Missouri River Runoff Peaks, Water Releases to Remain High

The runoff season along the Missouri River, abruptly started by the bomb-cyclone in March, has finally peaked in 2019. However, the Army Corps of Engineers says water releases from the river system dams will likely remain high through the fall. The forecast calls for 2019 total runoff at 52.9 million-acre feet, the second-highest ever recorded, behind the devastating 2011 season. Total upper basin runoff through July 31 was 45.3 million-acre feet, exceeding the total upper basin runoff in 2018 of 42.1 million-acre feet. Runoff remained particularly high in the reaches from Garrison Dam in North Dakota to Sioux City, Iowa, which ranged between three to seven times average in July. The number of flood warnings has declined along the river. However, those hit hardest in 2011 in Northwest Missouri, and along other stretches of the river, remain in flood stage. Farm fields remain covered with floodwaters in those areas, and the extended high water releases leave little hope for fields to drain anytime soon.

Gluten-Free Foods Not Always Free of Gluten

Gluten-free foods aren’t always gluten-free. Where Food Comes From, Inc., a source verification company for food products, says 32 percent of gluten-free labeled food in restaurants contained gluten. Recent research published in a scientific journal found the worst offenders were pizza and pasta, with gluten discovered in 53 percent of pizza samples and 51 percent of the pasta tested. The detection rates were higher on dinner menus, at 34 percent, compared to breakfast menus, at 27 percent. Where Food Comes From, Inc. used the data in its announcement of the Gluten-Free by WFCF standard. The announcement is simply a move of branding to the Where Food Comes From organization. CEO John Saunders says because of the move, the standard should “enjoy a higher profile among consumers and potential customers.” The U.S. gluten-free food products market is estimated at $2.7 billion annually. With increasing occurrences of celiac disease and growing awareness that it is preventable, that market is expected to double by 2025.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service