07-09-19 Inside the 2019 Feeders and Friends Derek Weingardt Benefit w/Verlyn Mahan…

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Inside the 2019 Feeders and Friends Derek Weingardt Benefit w/Verlyn Mahan…

(The BARN / FarmCast Radio – Briggsdale, CO) July 9, 2019 – Joining the Colorado Ag News Network is Verlyn Mahan, discussing the upcoming 17th Feeders & Friends Derek Weingardt Benefit coming up August 17th in New Raymer, CO.

The interview includes the following information:

  • Feeders & Friends History
  • Recap 2018 Carlos Valdez Benefit (2018 Ranch Rodeo Archive)
  • Details regarding this year’s Benefactor Derek Weingardt
  • Calcutta – Ranch Rodeo – Auction – BBQ – Dance Details
  • Ranch Rodeo Open to Ranch Rodeo Teams – APPLY NOW!
  • Ranch Rodeo Events include: Sorting – Doctoring – Team Trailer Loading – Steer Branding – Steer Mugging
  • & NEW THIS YEAR a Second Round
  • Top Teams receive Cash & Prizes
  • Donations are needed for LIVE AUCTION (SEE BELOW)
  • Volunteers are Critical to the event’s success each year
  • For the latest updates…follow them on the Feeders and Friends Facebook Page
  • & more



08-16-19 Congratulations to the Rodeo Hall of Fame Class of 2019!

Buck LeGrand (1931 – 1997), Bull Fighter and Rodeo Clown, Nebraska’s Big Rodeo, Burwell, Nebraska, 1958.

Congratulations to the Rodeo Hall of Fame Class of 2019!

The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum and the Rodeo Historical Society are excited to announce the Rodeo Hall of Fame Class of 2019! Celebrate their induction into the Rodeo Hall of Fame as well as Ben Johnson Memorial Award and Tad Lucas Memorial Award Honorees!
The 2019 Rodeo Hall of Fame Inductees are:
  • Wacey Cathey,
  • Gene O. “Buddy” Cockrell,
  • Lydia Moore,
  • Frank Shepperson,
  • Rob Smets,
  • Jack Ward,
  • Buck LeGrand (1931 – 1997) and
  • Thomas Joseph “T.J.” Walter (1949 – 2017).
The 2019 Ben Johnson Memorial Award Recipient is Doug Clark, the 2019 Tad Lucas Memorial Award Recipient is Cindy Rosser, and the 2019 Directors’ Choice Award Recipient is Dr. Charles “Bud” Townsend!

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The Denver Cash Grain Bids…

Greeley, CO Fri Aug 16, 2019 USDA-CO Dept of Ag Market News
Daily Grain Bids for Denver and Surrounding Areas
Spot bids to producers for grain delivered to terminal and country
Elevators. Bids dollar/bu. except for Barley which is dollar/cwt.
Bids are as of 3:00 PM MST.
Bids Change (cents)
US 1 Hard Red Winter Wheat 3.59-3.84 4 higher
Up to 12 percent protein
US 2 Yellow Corn 3.91 10 higher
US 2 Barley – – not available
Source: USDA-CO Dept of Ag Market News Service, Greeley, CO
Tammy Judson, Market Reporting Assistant (970)353-9750
24 Hour Market Report (970)353-8031
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08-16-19 U.S. DOI to Treat 27,000 Acres in CO, 1.2 Million Across U.S. this Wildfire Season

U.S. DOI to Treat 27,000 Acres in CO, 1.2 Million Across U.S. this Wildfire Season

Agency personnel and critical assets are poised to respond to wildfires across the country

Washington – With peak wildfire activity predicted in the coming months, the Department of the Interior (DOI) has been working tirelessly to implement preventative measures to limit the size and scope of wildfires, treat current wildfires already underway, and protect wildfire-prone areas to best safeguard people and their communities.

“As stewards of one-fifth of the country’s public lands, primarily in the West, we know that our ability to be prepared for wildfires and reduce their severity is paramount to protecting communities and saving lives,” said U.S Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt. “In collaboration with local, state, and other federal partners, we are using everything in our arsenal to prepare for wildfires this year, treating more than one million acres.”
As a part of the DOI, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), the National Park Service (NPS), and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) contribute to a total workforce of 4,500 firefighting personnel, 500 tribal firefighters, 151 smokejumpers, 18 interagency hotshot crews and 4 Tribal hotshot crews. These firefighters will have over 600 pieces of specialized equipment available for use, including engines, water tenders, dozers, and other equipment. Aviation assets also play a critical role in efforts to manage wildfires as the DOI will have access to 23 single engine air tankers, 6 water scoopers, 41 Type 1, 2 and 3 helicopters, and a number of other aviation resources.

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08-16-19 Pat Edelmann rejoins Southeastern Colorado Water Conservancy District board

Pat Edelmann rejoins Southeastern Colorado Water Conservancy District board

Pat Edelmann, who spent his career exploring water issues in the Arkansas River basin, has rejoined the Southeastern Colorado Water Conservancy District board.

Edelmann, 64, was appointed to the board this month to represent El Paso County. He lives in Colorado Springs. Edelmann served on the board as a Pueblo County representative from 2014-17. He replaces Gibson Hazard, who retired from the board in April.

“I resigned because I had moved, so I am happy to be serving again,” Edelmann said.

Edelmann retired from the U.S. Geological Survey after 37 years in 2011. He served 32 years in the Pueblo USGS office. During that time, he spearheaded numerous water quality studies dealing with the Arkansas River, Fountain Creek and other tributaries to the river during a time when water quality emerged as a central issue for water development in the basin. Continue reading

08-16-19 REGISTER NOW for the 2019 Range Beef Cow Symposium in Mitchell, NE November 18-20

REGISTER NOW for the 2019 Range Beef Cow Symposium in Mitchell, NE November 18-20

The Range Beef Cow Symposium will be held November 18-20 in Mitchell, NE at the Scotts Bluff County fairgrounds. The format is slightly different this year. In the afternoon of November 18, we will be offering Beef Quality Assurance Certification and a Ron Gill stockmanship clinic. The more traditional program will start in the morning of the 19th. However, in the afternoon of both the 19th and the 20th, there will be demonstrations and hands on presentations offered 3-4 times throughout the afternoon. During this time one of the rotations offered will be to visit the vendor booths, allowing more time for producers to interact with those industry supporting services who help bring them this great program every year. Continue reading

08-16-19 ASI: EPA Reevaluating Use of M-44

ASI: EPA Reevaluating Use of M-44

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced on Thursday that the EPA would reevaluate the use of M-44 devices to control wild animals that prey on livestock and other animals.
“I am announcing a withdrawal of EPA’s interim registration review decision on sodium cyanide, the compound used in M-44 devices to control wild predators,” he said. “This issue warrants further analysis and additional discussions by EPA with the registrants of this predacide. USDA is the primary registrant, along with five other state departments of agriculture: Montana, New Mexico, South Dakota, Texas and Wyoming.
“I look forward to continuing this dialogue to ensure U.S. livestock remain well-protected from dangerous predators while simultaneously minimizing off-target impacts on both humans and non-predatory animals.” 
The American Sheep Industry Association fully supports the M-44 and Livestock Protection Collar. The M-44 and LPC are the most targeted and environmentally friendly predator control products available to producers, and ASI will work closely with the EPA and the administration as they conduct this further review.
Source: EPA

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08-16-19 ASI: Administration Rolls Out ESA Modernization

ASI: Administration Rolls Out ESA Modernization

On Monday, U.S. Department of Interior Sec. David Bernhardt rolled out the final Federal Rule modernizing the Endangered Species Act. The three rules are the culmination of work by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration.
American Sheep Industry Association President Benny Cox said this represents a huge step in the right direction.
“We greatly appreciate Sec. Bernhardt and President Donald Trump for taking this action,” said Cox. “America’s sheep industry has been set back many times by the irregular and unpredictable enforcement of the Endangered Species Act. These rules represent tremendous progress toward not only regulatory certainty for our producers, but true recovery for listed wildlife species.
“Through these rules, the administration has done everything it can to promote the recovery of species through a collaborative effort, and we will continue to work with Congress to support fundamental ESA reform.”
The ESA was last authorized by Congress in 1988, and has a less than 3 percent recovery rate.

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08-16-19 Colorado Department of Agriculture warns against vesicular stomatitis misinformation

Colorado Department of Agriculture warns against vesicular stomatitis misinformation

Broomfield, Colo. – As Colorado’s livestock communities continue to manage a significant vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV) outbreak affecting 20 counties across the state, misinformation about the virus is being shared on social media channels and traditional media outlets. The initial source of the inaccurate reporting, comparing VSV to a “rabies-like” virus, was an Associated Press article that was reposted by a number of media outlets. The article has since been corrected.

“It is highly misleading to say that vesicular stomatitis virus is a rabies-like virus.  Both viruses belong to the same family, Rhabdoviridae, but that classification is based on viral structure alone,” said Maggie Baldwin, Epidemiology Traceability Veterinarian for the Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA). “The two diseases have no similarities in transmission, clinical signs, or outcome.”

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08-16-19 Colorado Governor Polis Statement on Air Quality Control Commission Adoption of a Zero-Emission Vehicle Standard

Colorado Governor Polis Statement on Air Quality Control Commission Adoption of a Zero-Emission Vehicle Standard

DENVER – Governor Jared Polis released a statement today after the Air Quality Control Commission voted 8-1 to approve a zero-emission vehicle standard for Colorado.

“In one of my first executive orders as governor, I asked for the Department of Public Health and Environment to increase the choices Coloradans have when it comes to purchasing electric cars by increasing the number of models available in our state, and we got it done within a few short months,” said Governor Jared Polis. “It’s only the beginning. Colorado must continue to reduce smog and increase consumer choice.”

Earlier this year, Gov. Polis released a roadmap to 100 percent renewable energy and bold climate action which included the bold goal of more zero-emission vehicles and commuting options. Continue reading

08-16-19 DOE Announces $59 Million and 43 Projects to Accelerate Advanced Vehicle Technologies Research, including 1 Project in CO

DOE Announces $59 Million and 43 Projects to Accelerate Advanced Vehicle Technologies Research, including 1 Project in CO

Solid Power, Inc Louisville, CO All Solid State Batteries Enabled by Multifunctional
Electrolyte Materials $999,982

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Department of Energy Under Secretary of Energy Mark W. Menezes announced $59 million for 43 projects for new and innovative advanced vehicle technologies research. Funded through the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, these projects address priorities in advanced batteries and electric drive systems, co-optimized engine and fuel technologies, materials for more efficient powertrains, and alternative fuels and new energy efficient mobility systems.. These projects support the Energy Department’s goals to strengthen national security, support American energy dominance, enable future economic growth, and increase transportation affordability for all Americans.

“Vehicles drive our national economy,” said Under Secretary Menezes. “At DOE, we support a broad portfolio of technologies, generating the knowledge needed for industry to further develop and commercialize affordable, secure, and reliable transportation systems.” Continue reading

08-16-19 CDPHE News: Air Quality Control Commission adopts a zero-emission vehicle standard

CDPHE News: Air Quality Control Commission adopts a zero-emission vehicle standard

The new standard will provide Coloradans with more vehicle choices 

DENVER — The Air Quality Control Commission adopted a zero-emission vehicle standard for Colorado early today in an 8-1 decision. The move is directly aligned with the commission’s mission to achieve the cleanest practical air in every part of the state.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is pursuing aggressive strategies to reduce ozone pollution as quickly as possible, as the state continues to work to meet the federal ozone pollution standard. Fossil-fuel vehicles are a major source of ozone pollution, along with the oil and gas industry. Ozone pollution can cause asthma and other adverse symptoms. Fossil-fuel vehicles also emit greenhouse gases, which contribute to climate change.

“We are charged up and ready to roll. The adoption of the zero-emission vehicle standard is a clear demonstration of our unrelenting commitment to making sure every Coloradan has clean air to breathe.” said Jill Hunsaker Ryan, executive director, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. 

John Putnam, environmental programs director, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, said,  “We are committed to a state where Coloradans can zip up the mountains in a zero-emitting vehicle and go for a hike without coughing and wheezing from ozone. It’s what Coloradans rightfully expect and deserve. We’ve made a lot of progress on cleaning up our air over the past several years, but the standards are getting more stringent.  We have to rise to the challenge.” 

The new zero-emission standard requires automakers to sell more than 5 percent zero-emission vehicles by 2023 and more than 6 percent zero-emission vehicles by 2025. The standard is based on a matrix of credits given for each electric vehicle sold, depending on the vehicle’s zero-emission range. Continue reading

08-16-19 American Agri-Women Support Updated Endangered Species Act Regulations

Jacquie Compston, co-chair of American Agri-Women’s National Resources Committee, met recently with with U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt.

American Agri-Women Support Updated Endangered Species Act Regulations

Organization says changes are positive for conservation and building trust among farmers, ranchers, and rural communities

COLCHESTER, VT. (AgPR) August 16, 2019 – American Agri-Women (AAW) supports the recent updates to the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and see them as positive changes for conservation and agriculture. AAW also believes the changes will build trust between rural America and the Department of Interior and its agencies.

“We depend upon natural resources every day of our lives, and we make it a priority to conserve and protect both the land and the species that depend upon it for their habitat. We are appreciative that this administration is working with American farmers and ranchers to promote common sense values,” says American Agri-Women President Jeanette Lombardo. AAW is a national coalition of farm, ranch, and agri-business women.

“This administration’s appointments of real experts of natural resource management within the Department of Interior, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, and particularly within the Bureau of Land Management, have re-energized our enthusiasm with the hope that rural Americans will be able to continue to produce the most abundant and the safest food in the world on both private and public lands. Nothing is more vital to our country’s security than that of a guaranteed, adequate, and safe food supply,” says Lombardo. Continue reading

08-15-19 American Lamb Board: Farm/Ranch Tours Proving Effective for Showcasing Benefits of US Lamb with Chefs

American Lamb Board: Farm/Ranch Tours Proving Effective for Showcasing Benefits of US Lamb with Chefs

U.S. consumer food choices are often sparked by creative chefs many years before they become mainstream. Examples are ethnic flavor fusion, local foods and sustainable options. Getting US lamb in favor with the right chefs is a cornerstone foodservice marketing strategy of your checkoff promotion program for both current and future industry benefit.

The American Lamb Board (ALB) is increasing its efforts among forefront chefs to showcase American lamb and create a preference versus imported choices. Of the tactics used by ALB, one of the most effective is to host chefs on US sheep farms and ranches. Tours give chefs first-hand proof of how much care goes into raising US lamb and how passionate our American farmers and ranchers are about producing the highest quality meat in a sustainable manner. Continue reading

08-15-19 USRSB Recognizes Programs in Alignment with the U.S. Beef Industry Sustainability Framework

USRSB Recognizes Programs in Alignment with the U.S. Beef Industry Sustainability Framework

DENVER (August 15, 2019) – The U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (USRSB), a full beef stakeholder initiative focused on continuous improvement, recognized two industry programs and one audit company that successfully demonstrated alignment to the U.S. Beef Industry Sustainability Framework.

In May 2019, the USRSB launched a formal program recognition process that established a path for marketplace programs to be recognized when they are in alignment with the six key elements of the framework, including animal health and well-being, efficiency and yield, employee safety and well-being, air emissions and greenhouse gas emissions, land resources and water resources.

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08-15-19 ACE’s 32nd Annual Ethanol Conference Kicks Off in Omaha, NE

ACE’s 32nd Annual Ethanol Conference Kicks Off in Omaha, NE

Omaha, NE – The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) 32nd annual conference kicked off in Omaha, Nebraska, today with a welcome from Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts and updates from ACE leadership.

“As the second largest ethanol producing state in the nation, President Trump’s approval of year-round E15 is a big win for Nebraska,” Governor Ricketts said.  “There is, however, still more work to do.  While the EPA granted fewer small refinery waivers to the RFS this year, the 1.4 billion of gallons waived undermines the purpose of the RFS.  To deliver on President Trump’s support for ethanol, the EPA should be more transparent about the waiver process and reallocate any waived gallons.  They owe it to our farmers.”

“The agriculture and ethanol industries have been weathering challenging market conditions, as we convene for the 32nd annual ACE conference, and there are headwinds to confront ahead,” Kristensen said. “With uncertainty surrounding the RFS and trade negotiations, we must engage in meaningful dialogue to find ways to increase demand for ethanol in our fuel supply domestically with E15 and higher ethanol blends, as well as in markets around the globe that are beginning to recognize ethanol’s high octane and environmental benefits in renewable fuels policies.” Continue reading

08-15-19 Make plans to Attend the 5th National Farmer Veteran Stakeholders Conference in Austin, TX November 17-20

Make plans to Attend the 5th National Farmer Veteran Stakeholders Conference in Austin, TX November 17-20

Farmer Veteran Coalition is excited to announce the 2019 Farmer Veteran Stakeholders Conference will be held November 17-20 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Austin in Austin, Texas.

This year’s conference is the fifth national gathering of the farmer veteran community and will feature two days of education, distinguished speakers, guest panels, networking and more.

“The most common addresses of our veteran members are rural route and county road,” said FVC Founder and Director Michael O’Gorman. “Our community of farmer veterans, whether they live far from town or in town, benefit greatly from the chance to meet each other and share ideas in person at our national conference.” Continue reading