11-20-19 CSU Golden Plains Area Extension: Cattle and All Those Ears

CSU Golden Plains Area Extension: Cattle and All Those Ears

WRAY, CO – NOV 20, 2019 – The high plains winds caused havoc with this current corn harvest.  Corn loss in some fields is being reported between 20 to 60 bushel, and up to 80 per acre in extreme cases.  Although not ideal, this does provide grazing opportunities for cattle producers willing to manage fields with extreme amounts of corn available.  It is important to remember that management is the key.  Cattle are able to acclimate to high corn diets, but engorging on corn will cause lactic acidosis as the rumen microbial population is changed to rapidly.  In short it can be fatal or cause cattle lasting negative production effects. Continue reading

11-20-19 *CSU Ext News* Ron Meyer: New Commercial Application Pesticide Testing Center

New Commercial Application Pesticide Testing Center

Colorado State University Extension and the Colorado Department of Agriculture are announcing a new testing center for commercial pesticide applicator licensing.  The new location will be the Kit Carson County Extension office located at 817 15th St., Burlington, CO 80807.  This new center will join other Colorado testing sites that individuals can access to take Colorado’s commercial pesticide applicator tests.

Who needs a commercial pesticide applicator license?  Commercial applicator means any person, other than a private applicator, who engages in the business of applying pesticides for hire or operating a device for hire.  In other words, if you apply pesticides for a fee, you are a commercial applicator.  If you apply pesticides on your own farm only, then a private applicators pesticide license is all that is required.

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11-20-19 Cut Thru the Medicare Enrollment Confusion with Mike & Angie Murphy of Go-Seniors dot com…

Cut Thru the Medicare Enrollment Confusion with Mike & Angie Murphy of Go-Seniors dot com…

The BARN – Briggsdale, CO – November 20, 2019 – Joining the Colorado Ag News Network and FarmCast Radio to cut thru the confusion of the current Medicare Enrollment Period, are my guests Mike & Angie Murphy from Go-Seniors.com.

Here’s what’s included within the interview…


To learn more about Go-Seniors.com, and how Mike & Angie Murphy can help you in making the best decision about our medicare choices visit https://www.go-seniors.com/ or call 970-310-8201 or 970-310-8369 before December 7th, the Medicare Enrollment period deadline. 

DISCLAIMER: Mike and Angie Murphy are independent sales representatives and are not connected or endorsed by the U.S. Government or the federal Medicare Program.

11-20-19 U.S. Senator Gardner Applauds $1M Energy Research Grants for National Renewable Energy Laboratory

U.S. Senator Gardner Applauds $1M Energy Research Grants for National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Announcement comes as Gardner advances funding increase for ARPA-E program

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, applauded the announcement that the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) will award more than $1 million to fund two projects at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado.

“The cutting-edge research at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado is instrumental in advancing our nation’s renewable energy technology,” said Senator Gardner. “As we develop new renewable energy methods, it’s critical that we invest in and develop new energy storage technology as well. I applaud the announcement that NREL will receive funding for two energy projects, and I will continue to support their efforts at the federal level.”

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11-20-19 Beating the Odds: Farmers and Ag Technology Leaders to Gather in Omaha to Take on Toughest Farm Economy in Generations

Beating the Odds: Farmers and Ag Technology Leaders to Gather in Omaha to Take on Toughest Farm Economy in Generations

At 5th annual Farmer2Farmer Conference, Farmers Business Network to arm growers with the tools they need to survive and thrive in the face of ongoing headwinds
SIOUX FALLS, S.D.–Farmers Business NetworkSM(FBN), the largest independent farmer-to-farmer network, today announced an agenda for its fifth annual Farmer2Farmer Conference designed to arm growers with the tools, information and inputs they need to profit amid whipsaw trade conditions, shifting global consumer appetites and unpredictable weather.
From December 11 to 13, FBN is expecting more than 4,000 growers, ranchers, technologists and ag professionals from 42 states and 5 Canadian provinces to join together in Omaha, Neb. Representing over 33 million acres, $14 billion in annual trade, and all major commodity crops, FBN & Farmer2Farmer will help producers shape the global agricultural economy for the year ahead.
“From trade issues to industry consolidation to unpredictable weather — 2019 has been a historically tough year for farmers,” says Amol Deshpande, CEO and co-founder of FBN. “FBN is looking forward to bringing the most innovative farmers together and arming them with the tools they need to maximize profits in the 2020 season.”
This year’s conference theme is “Beat the Odds” and will feature these issues:

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11-20-19 U.S. Senator Gardner Holds Press Conference on Next Steps for National 9-8-8 Suicide Hotline

U.S. Senator Gardner Holds Press Conference on Next Steps for National 9-8-8 Suicide Hotline

Joined by FCC Chairman, details next steps to make mental health support three digits away

Washington, D.C. – On November 19th, U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) joined Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Ajit Pai and representatives from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and Department of Veterans Affairs, and leaders in the mental health community for a press conference to discuss the National Suicide Hotline Designation Act, Gardner’s bipartisan legislation to designate 9-8-8 as the national suicide prevention and mental health crisis hotline.

“We must do more to destigmatize access to emergency mental health resources and prevent suicides in our country. We lose a Coloradan to suicide approximately every seven hours, and we now lose more veterans annually to suicide than combat,” said Senator Gardner. “If this bipartisan bill becomes law, Americans could dial a three-digit phone number in times of any crisis: 9-1-1 for an emergency, and 9-8-8 for a mental health emergency. This legislation is more than smart policy that will help save lives, it’s a statement that our government recognizes the crisis and is working across party lines to address it.”

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11-20-19 U.S. Senate Committee Approves Gardner Bill to Fully Fund LWCF

U.S. Senate Committee Approves Gardner Bill to Fully Fund LWCF

Also passes Gardner’s bill to address maintenance backlog in national parks

Washington, D.C. – On November 19th, the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources passed U.S. Senator Cory Gardner’s (R-CO) bipartisan bill to provide permanent, full funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).

“The Land and Water Conservation Fund is the crown jewel of conservation programs and now that we have successfully permanently authorized the program, the next step is to make the funding of the program automatic,” said Senator Gardner. “Colorado projects rely on LWCF funding and fighting year after year about how much money to provide the program does not provide the long-term planning certainty our outdoor and conservation communities deserve. This is a commonsense, bipartisan program that comes at no cost to the taxpayer, and I’m glad to see the Committee move this bill forward today to fully and permanently fund this critical conservation program so future generations of Coloradans will have access to our great outdoors.”

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11-20-19 CDA: Noxious Weed Management grant applications now available

CDA: Noxious Weed Management grant applications now available

BROOMFIELD, Colo. – The Colorado Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for 2020 Noxious Weed Management grants through December 16, 2019. This year the department is combining the Noxious Weed Fund and the USDA Forest Service state and private forestry funds in order to award $725,000 in grants to organizations and associations for projects that focus on controlling Colorado’s designated noxious weeds. An additional $30,000 from the Noxious Weed Fund will be directed toward noxious weed projects focused on mitigating the recent effects of wildfire or flooding.
“This funding from the General Assembly and the U.S. Forest Service goes a long way in controlling noxious weeds that are attracted to lands disturbed by wildfire, drought and development pressures,” said Steve Ryder, State Weed Coordinator at the Colorado Department of Agriculture. “Grants benefit counties, municipalities, conservation districts and non-profit organizations that focus on noxious weed management — their work is truly impressive,”

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11-20-19 Colorado USDA Rural Development: USDA Invests in Distance Learning Opportunities in Fremont County

Colorado USDA Rural Development: USDA Invests in Distance Learning Opportunities in Fremont County

DENVER, CO, Nov. 20, 2019 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Colorado State Director Sallie Clark announced today a $394,653 grant for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) educational programs to Fremont County Economic Development Corporation (FEDC). The funding is being provided the funding through the Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) grant program.

The project will focus on providing STEM-related classes for Pathways in Technology Early College High School (PTECH) and FEDC TechSTART Intern Program students. It will also assist Pueblo Community College in providing STEM-related distance learning to its high schools enrolled in concurrent enrollment.  In 2018, Cañon City High School became the first rural school in the nation and fourth in Colorado to be awarded a PTECH Grant.  The grant provides all qualifying students an opportunity to have their first two years of college paid for by the state and continue their education debt free through an Associate’s Degree.  FEDC TechSTART is the main business partner for the PTech program providing mentoring and internship opportunities.

The USDA Rural Development Grant will directly link the Florence Primary Site; FEDC TechSTART; Pueblo Community College Fremont Campus; Canon City, Florence, Cotopaxi, Custer County and Cotopaxi high schools; Goal Academy and AIM Academy with state-of-the-art technology to assist with training.  It will also provide access to cutting-edge training courses for a wide range of technology businesses.

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11-20-19 USDA Invests in the Expansion of Rural Education and Health Care Access

USDA Invests in the Expansion of Rural Education and Health Care Access

Distance Learning and Telemedicine Investments will benefit 5.4 Million Rural Residents in 37 States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands (Includes Colorado)

WASHINGTON, Nov. 20, 2019 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Donald “DJ” LaVoy today announced that USDA is investing $42.5 million in 133 distance learning and telemedicine projects (PDF, 238 KB) in 37 states and two U.S. territories. USDA is providing the funding through the Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) grant program. These investments will benefit 5.4 million rural residents.

“Distance learning and telemedicine make it easier for thousands of rural residents to take advantage of economic, health care and educational opportunities without having to travel long distances,” LaVoy said. “Under the leadership of President Trump and Agriculture Secretary Perdue, USDA is committed to partnering with rural communities to help them improve their quality of life, because when rural America thrives, all of America thrives.”
USDA is announcing investments today in Alaska, Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Below are examples of projects announced today:
  • In Colorado: Fremont County Economic Development
    Corporation will receive a $394,653 grant to to implement a distance learning STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) educational program. The project will directly link the Florence Primary Site; FEDC
    TechSTART; Pueblo Community College Fremont Campus; Canon City, Florence, Cotopaxi, Custer County and Cotopaxi high schools; Goal Academy and AIM Academy. Through video conferencing, training will be provided to a variety of business owners and employees. The project serves a population of 24,311. Sponsored by US Senators Michael Bennet,
    Cory Gardner & US Representative Doug Lamborn

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11-20-19 Potatoes USA: Significant Potato Export Gains

Potatoes USA: Significant Potato Export Gains

DENVER (November 20, 2019) — U.S. potato exports increased significantly for the first quarter, (July – September), of the July 2019 – June 2020 marketing year. This continues the growth seen at the end of last marketing year and is in despite of the continuing trade issues in Asia. These figures are a reflection of potato and product stocks coming out of last marketing year. Continued growth will depend on the availability of potatoes and products in the U.S. based on the lower than average fall harvest and the size of the rebound in EU production. Continue reading

11-20-19 NMPF Thanks Sen. Baldwin for Advocacy; Encouraged by Dr. Hahn’s Dairy Response at FDA Hearing

NMPF Thanks Sen. Baldwin for Advocacy; Encouraged by Dr. Hahn’s Dairy Response at FDA Hearing

ARLINGTON, VA – The National Milk Producers Federation thanked Senator Tammy Baldwin for her advocacy for public health and labeling transparency in her questions for Dr. Stephen Hahn during today’s hearing on his nomination to be commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
“As the nation’s top health official, Dr. Hahn would face many challenging issues, labeling integrity high among them. It’s heartening to hear the nominee pledge that an FDA under his leadership will immediately examine this crucial unfinished business,” said Jim Mulhern, president and CEO of NMPF.  “Given his stated commitment to science- and data-based decision-making and his concern for public nutrition, we expect FDA will soon begin enforcing its own standards – which clearly reserve dairy terms for real dairy products, not plant-based imposters who mislead consumers by mislabeling nutritionally inferior products. We thank Senator Baldwin for pressing for urgent action today as part of her ongoing efforts to resolve this health and nutrition issue.” Continue reading

11-20-19 CSU – Golden Plains Extension: Are You a Senior or Caring for an Aging Loved One?

CSU – Golden Plains Extension: Are You a Senior or Caring for an Aging Loved One?

Share your thoughts and help your community!  The Northeast Colorado Senior Access Points project wants to know how you find resources for seniors and resources to assist in care for an aging loved one.  At this beginning phase we’re gathering input from seniors, professional working with seniors, family/friends who are caring for senior, etc.  We need more input from people in all corners of our area/counties – because accessing senior activities and services looks very different for people in Idalia, Joes, Kirk, Flagler, Ovid, Cope, Last Chance, Peetz, and Fleming…

Please take 5 minutes to answer this survey.  Your feedback will help to build a region-wide outreach effort to connect Northeast Colorado residents to local aging-related resources.  More input is needed from Sedgwick, Phillips, Yuma, Washington, Kit Carson, Logan and Morgan counties! Continue reading

11-20-19 Take Advantage of WGCD’s Conservation Seedling Tree Sale – Plan to Place Your Order Now, Don’t Wait!

Take Advantage of WGCD’s Conservation Seedling Tree Sale – Plan to Place Your Order Now, Don’t Wait!

The BARN – Briggsdale, CO – November 20, 2019 – Joining the Colorado Ag News Network and FarmCast Radio to discuss West Greeley Conservation District’s Annual Conservation Seedling Tree Sale is Liz Schneider, WGCD Conservation & Small Acreage Technician…


Check out and print the WGCD Conservation Seedling Tree Brochure and Order Form and place YOUR order Today!

To learn more about the West Greeley Conservation District – CLICK HERE

11-20-19 NFU Farmer’s Share Shows Farmers Receive 12 Cents of the Thanksgiving Food Dollar

NFU Farmer’s Share Shows Farmers Receive 12 Cents of the Thanksgiving Food Dollar

WASHINGTON – Farmers and ranchers take home just 12.1 cents from every dollar that consumers spend on their Thanksgiving dinner meals, according to the annual Thanksgiving edition of the National Farmers Union (NFU) Farmer’s Share publication. The popular Thanksgiving Farmer’s Share compares the retail food price of traditional holiday dinner items to the amount the farmer receives for each item they grow or raise.


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11-20-19 NMPF Endorsed Bipartisan Ag-Labor Bill Expected to Advance in House

NMPF Endorsed Bipartisan Ag-Labor Bill Expected to Advance in House
ARLINGTON, VA – The National Milk Producers Federation today called for the House Judiciary Committee to advance a bipartisan agricultural labor bill that would be a significant step in addressing America’s agriculture labor crisis, especially given the full House has not voted on such legislation in decades.
The committee today is considering H.R. 5038, the Farm Workforce Modernization Act, a bipartisan agriculture labor bill introduced late last month by Immigration Subcommittee Chair Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) and Congressman Dan Newhouse (R-WA). NMPF President and CEO Jim Mulhern urged members of Congress to move the bill forward so work can continue on the measure.
“Our dairy farmers face unique workforce challenges that require a solution from Congress,” Mulhern said. “Advancing the Farm Workforce Modernization Act is essential for us to have the opportunity to continue bipartisan efforts to address the labor crisis hurting dairy farms across the U.S. NMPF thanks Chairwoman Lofgren and Congressman Newhouse for their bipartisan leadership in drafting a bill that’s capable of moving ag labor reform through Congress.”

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, November 20th

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, November 20th

Sponsored by the American Farm Bureau Federation

USMCA 2019 Deadline Nears

Fewer and fewer days remain for Congress to pass the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement in 2019. Washington is sending mixed signals on whether the deal can be completed this year. Some lawmakers have suggested the House stay in session an extra week, adding time to the calendar to wrap up business before Christmas. Meanwhile, last week, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said a labor deal in USMCA was “imminent.” However, President Donald Trump claimed this week Pelosi was holding up the trade deal to gather more votes in favor of impeaching Trump. Representative Richard Neal, who chairs the Democrats USMCA working group, last week suggested union support was within reach, adding “we need it.” AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka met with Pelosi and other Democrats Tuesday, while also vowing during an unrelated speech to not allow Democrats to fold on core issues. Trumka stated that until USMCA includes stronger labor standards, “there is still more work to be done,” according to Reuters. Democrats leaving the meeting were skeptical that an agreement could be reached this year.

U.S., South Korea Reach Agreement on Guaranteed Market Access for American Rice

The Trump administration Tuesday announced an agreement to allow U.S. rice more market access in South Korea. Under the agreement, Korea will provide access for 132,304 tons of U.S. rice annually, with an annual value of approximately $110 million. Korea also agreed to important disciplines to ensure transparency and predictability around the tendering and auctioning for U.S. rice. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer says the announcement “will prove enormously beneficial for American producers.” Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue says the exports “are critical for the economic health of the U.S. rice industry,” as half of the U.S. rice crop is exported annually. Perdue called the announcement “another great testament of President Trump’s determination to expand export opportunities” for farmers and ranchers. The agreement gives the U.S. the greatest volume of guaranteed rice market access in Korea ever secured by the United States. Additionally, the agreement provides U.S. suppliers with enhanced disciplines related to the administration of the U.S. country-specific quota. The agreement will enter into force on January 1, 2020.

Midwest lawmakers Introduce Fair Trade Legislation

A group of Senators from the Upper-Midwest Tuesday introduced a bill to crack down on trade cheating. Legislators say the Play by the Rules Act will hold China accountable for ignoring trade rules and harming American workers. U.S. anti-dumping and countervailing duty laws are designed to stop trade partners from tipping the scales in their favor and forcing American workers to compete at a disadvantage. The rules are widely used and mostly followed by World Trade Organization members. However, nonmarket economies—like China—are engaged in a sophisticated and government-backed effort to avoid paying the duties required by the rules, according to the lawmakers. The bill provides the Commerce Department additional flexibility when reviewing anti-circumvention petitions filed against nonmarket economies like China. The flexibility will allow the Commerce Department to better combat China’s attempts to cheat U.S. workers and businesses. Senate Democrats Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, Debbie Stabenow of Michigan, along with Senate Republicans Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia, and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, introduced the bipartisan legislation.

Tyson to Reopen Kansas Beef Plant Next Month

Tyson will reopen a Kansas beef processing facility next month, following repairs prompted by an August fire that disrupted operations at the facility. This week, Tyson announced repairs at the Holcomb, Kansas facility are nearly complete, and efforts to resume beef processing are planned for the first week of December. The company expects the plant to be fully operational by the first week of January. The fire severely damaged a critical part of the plant containing the hydraulic and electrical systems that support the harvest floor and cooler areas. Reconstruction included completely replacing support beams and the roof, hydraulic piping and pumps, installing over 50,000 feet of new wiring and the reconstruction of all new electrical panel rooms and equipment. The fire disrupted cattle markets and processing as the facility reduced industry slaughter capacity by six percent. A Department of Agriculture Investigation into beef pricing practices following the fire should wrap up by the end of this year.

USDA Begins 2019 Organic Survey

The Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service will mail letters with survey codes this December to more than 22,000 organic producers. Specifically, the surveys target producers involved in certified or transitioning to certified organic farming for the 2019 Organic Survey. Each producer who self-reported organic farming in the 2017 Census of Agriculture will receive a unique survey code to respond conveniently online and to be represented in this once-every-five-year data. The 2019 Organic Survey results will expand on the 2017 Census of Agriculture data by looking at several aspects of organic agriculture during the 2019 calendar year, including production, marketing practices, income, expenses and more. Producers who receive the 2019 Organic Survey are required to respond by federal law, as this survey is part of the Census of Agriculture Program. The same federal law that requires response also requires NASS to keep all individual information confidential. The deadline for response is January 10, 2020. Results will be available in October 2020. For more information about the Organic Survey, visit www.nass.usda.gov.

E15 Summer Sales up 46 Percent

Growth Energy recently announced that summer sales of E15 increased 46 percent in 2019, compared to 2019, on a per-store basis. E15 contains 15 percent ethanol or another renewable biofuel and is now often sold as Unleaded 88 at the pump. Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor says the “explosive growth in summer sales” demonstrates consumers “will come back again and again,” to E15, once available and they know the benefits of the fuel. She says the industry expects to see interest from retailers and consumers alike continue to grow. 2019 also saw an increase in retailers offering E15. Led by Casey’s, the retail industry added 149 stores over the summer months. The 2019 summer driving season was the first summer Unleaded 88 was sold without restriction, and the increase “underscored the fuel’s popularity with drivers” who have logged more than 11 billion miles using E15. Earlier this month, Growth Energy announced NASCAR drivers surpassed 15 million miles using E15, since launching a partnership with the ethanol industry in 2011.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service