06-29-15 Wyoming Files Lawsuit with Eleven Other States over WOTUS…

Wyoming Governor bannerCHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Matt Mead announced today the State of Wyoming has joined in a lawsuit filed against the US Environmental Protection Agency and the US Army Corps of Engineers over the agencies’ Waters of the United States rule. Governor Mead has opposed this rule since it was first proposed and he will help lead a coalition of twelve states in litigation against the final rule. The final rule was published in the Federal Register today.

“I am disappointed at the lack of consideration shown to the states throughout this process,” said Governor Mead. “When I saw the original draft of the rule it was so flawed, I asked the agencies to withdraw it. Nonetheless, the agencies, without addressing significant concerns raised by Wyoming and other states, charged ahead.” Continue reading

06-29-15 Colorado Farm Bureau thanks Atty. Gen. Coffman for joining in WOTUS lawsuit…

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Centennial, Colo. – June 29, 2015 – Colorado Farm Bureau would like to thank Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman and twelve other attorneys general in filing a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency about the rule defining “Waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act.

This rule fundamentally changes how EPA would regulate waters in United States. Furthermore, it takes liberty with two Supreme Court rulings that clearly defined where EPA jurisdiction rests regarding WOTUS”, said Don Shawcroft, President of Colorado Farm Bureau, “the Supreme Court has said that there are limits to EPA’s authority under the Clean Water Act. Yet, the EPA’s jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act would expand immensely under its proposed WOTUS rule. Among the numerous questionable provisions, the rule would define “navigable waters” so as to regulate countless ephemeral drains, ditches and “wetlands” that only contain water when it rains.” Continue reading

06-29-15 CO-OEDIT News: Applications being accepted for Commercial Infrastructure Bioscience Grants…

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The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade today announced it is accepting applications for the Advanced Industries Accelerator grant programs for Commercial Infrastructure Bioscience Grants for fiscal year 2016. Online applications are being accepted atwww.advancecolorado.com/aiprograms, with the deadline to apply Aug. 14, 2015.
The Advanced Industries Accelerator Program was created in 2013 to promote growth and sustainability in Colorado’s Advanced Industries by helping drive innovation, accelerating commercialization, encouraging public-private partnerships, increasing access to early-stage capital and creating a strong ecosystem that increases the state’s global competitiveness. Continue reading

06-29-15 NFU Extremely Disappointed With APHIS Decision to Allow Importation of Beef from Areas with Foot and Mouth Disease…

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WASHINGTON (June 25, 2015) – National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson today released the following statement applauding the U.S. Supreme Court decision to uphold tax credits in the Affordable Care Act that make health coverage more affordable for American family farmers, ranchers and rural America:

“NFU applauds today’s Supreme Court decision to uphold a key provision in the Affordable Care Act that makes health coverage affordable for American family farmers and ranchers,” said Johnson. “Rural Americans are disproportionately uninsured compared to urban Americans, and today’s decision not to eliminate tax credits in 34 states is a major step in advancing the affordability of national health coverage for the nation’s rural population.” Continue reading

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06-29-15 Administration Places Politics Over Producers…

Today, USDA APHIS released their final rules for the Importation of Fresh Beef from Northern Argentina and a Region in Brazil. With this step by the Administration, these areas with a known history of Foot-and-Mouth disease would be allowed to begin the inspection process to import fresh and frozen beef products into the United States. The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association stands firmly opposed to this regulation, not on the basis of trade but on the basis of animal health concerns; no trade is worth jeopardizing our herd health.

“The arrogance of this administration in continuing to press forward with rules that have a profound impact on industry, without consulting those affected, is appalling,” said NCBA President and Chugwater, Wyoming, cattleman, Philip Ellis. “FMD is a highly contagious and devastating disease, not just for the cattle industry, but for all cloven-hoofed animals and it can be introduced and spread through the importation of both fresh and frozen products. In 1929, our industry took profound and personally devastating steps to eradicate this disease and the United States has been FMD free ever since. But the actions of this administration for purely political gain threaten the very viability of our entire industry and threaten hundreds of thousands of American cattle-producing families.” Continue reading

06-28-15 *USDA/NASS-CO* May Grain Prices: CO Release…

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May Farm Prices Received Index Up 3.9 percent

The May Prices Received Index (Agricultural Production), at 107, increased 3.9 percent from April. At 90, the Crop Production Index advanced 1.1 percent. The Livestock Production Index increased 5.2 percent to 122. Producers received higher prices for eggs, hogs, and broilers. Lower prices were realized for cattle, corn, and tomatoes. In addition to prices, the indexes are impacted by the five-year average monthly mix of commodities producers market. Increased monthly movement of cattle, hay, sweet corn, and broilers offset the decreased marketing of soybeans, calves, hogs, and apples. The Prices Received Index is down 7.0 percent from the previous year. The Food Commodities Index, at 115, is up 3.6 percent from the previous month but is 8.0 percent lower than May 2014.

May Prices Paid Index Down 0.9 Percent

The May Index of Prices Paid for Commodities and Services, Interest, Taxes, and Farm Wage Rates (PPITW), at 109, is down 0.9 percent from April and 3.5 percent below May 2014. Lower prices in May for complete feeds, concentrates, LP gas, and supplements more than offset higher prices for nitrogen, diesel, gasoline, and mixed fertilizer. For a full copy of the Agricultural Prices report please visit http://www.nass.usda.gov. For state specific questions please contact:

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06-29-15 President Obama Signs Trade Promotion Authority into Law…

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 29, 2015)-Trade promotion authority (TPA) will soon help create and strengthen international trade agreements, opening valuable markets and providing an advantage for U.S. farmers. 

President Barack Obama signed TPA into law on Monday, June 29, 2015.

Soybeans represent the nation’s most important agricultural export and international trade plays a crucial role in the industry, as well as the many benefits trade yields for the country.

TPA was a key priority for the American Soybean Association (ASA) in the 114th Congress. The bill gives the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) the ability to get the best deal possible, and it provides Congress the oversight it needs to ensure every agreement will work for American farmers. Continue reading

06-29-15 USDA: Enrollment for 2016 Dairy Margin Protection Program to Begin July 1st…

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USDA Dep Sec Krysta HardenPORTLAND, June 29, 2015 — Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden today announced that starting July 1, 2015, dairy farmers can enroll in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Margin Protection Program for coverage in 2016. The voluntary program, established by the 2014 Farm Bill, provides financial assistance to participating dairy operations when the margin – the difference between the price of milk and feed costs – falls below the coverage level selected by the farmer. Harden made the announcement while visiting Wolfe’s Neck Farm and dairy school in Freeport, Maine.

“More than half of our nation’s dairy producers enrolled in the 2015 program, which exceeded our expectations for the first year of the program,” said Harden. “We are confident that dairy farmers across the country will again take advantage of this safety net program for 2016. USDA will continue outreach efforts, including partnering with cooperative extension services, to ensure dairy producers are fully informed about the protections that this safety net program can provide during periods of market downturns.”

The Margin Protection Program gives participating dairy producers the flexibility to select coverage levels best suited for their operation. Enrollment begins July 1 and ends on Sept. 30, 2015, for coverage in 2016. Participating farmers will remain in the program through 2018 and pay a $100 administrative fee each year. Producers also have the option of selecting a different coverage level during open enrollment each year. Margin Protection Program payments are based on an operation’s historical production. An operation’s historical production will increase by 2.61 percent in 2016 if the operation participated in 2015, providing a stronger safety net. Continue reading

06-29-15 US Wheat Associates News: U.S. Wheat Growers See TPA as First Step to Increased Export Opportunity…

USWA - US Wheat Associates LogoFollowing is a joint statement from the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) and U.S. Wheat Associates (USW).
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Monday, June 29, 2015 – Today marks the end of a successful bipartisan effort and the beginning of better prospects for agricultural trade as President Obama signs Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) into law.

“With reauthorization of TPA, the President has a prime opportunity to help level the playing field for wheat growers and American agriculture,” said Brett Blankenship, NAWG President and a wheat grower from Washtucna, Wash. “It is now up to the Administration to use that authority to negotiate new wheat market access commitments in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and future trade agreements.”

“Putting TPA in place is a step forward for American wheat growers,” said Roy Motter, USW Chairman and a Desert Durum® grower from Brawley, Calif. “Now we need a TPP agreement that will help growers overcome the tariff advantages a lot of our competitors get through free trade agreements with importing countries. That is important because wheat demand in many of those countries is growing rapidly and we can’t afford to lose out.” Continue reading

06-29-15 NCBA CEO Forrest Roberts Announces Resignation…

ForrestRobertsDenver, Colo. (June 29, 2015) — Forrest Roberts has announced his resignation as the Chief Executive Officer of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), effective July 31. Roberts has been the CEO of NCBA since 2009.

Roberts is leaving NCBA to pursue other opportunities in the cattle industry and agribusiness. He will remain with NCBA until the end of July to help NCBA with transition of staff leadership, including his roles in several industry related organizations.

“For the past 6 years it has been a privilege to serve as CEO of NCBA,” Roberts said. “While I have decided to turn a new chapter in my career, I leave NCBA with many great memories of the time I spent working with the NCBA staff, state partners, members, producer leadership and stakeholders across the global beef industry.”

According to NCBA President Phillip Ellis, Roberts contributed significantly to the organization and the industry. “Under Forrest Roberts’ leadership NCBA membership has increased significantly, NCBA is in a solid financial position, convention attendance is at record levels and the NCBA-managed programs to build consumer demand for beef as a contractor to the beef checkoff are achieving significant results. In addition, Roberts has strengthened industry partnerships domestically and internationally,” he said. “We wish him well as he pursues other interests in the cattle industry and agribusiness.” Continue reading

Livestock Exchange, LLC Weekly Update…

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(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) – Each week, Auctioneer Tyler Knode with Livestock Exchange, LLC. in Brush, CO will be inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network providing a RECAP of the previous week’s auctions and also a PREVIEW of upcoming cattle & hay auctions…

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06-29-15 Public Lands Council: Ranchers Reject Federal Bureaucrats Unsubstantiated Answer to Managing Sage Grouse…

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WASHINGTON (June 29, 2015) – The Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service recently finalized their Environmental Impacts Statements (EISs) for resources management and land use plans, claiming a need for more restrictive management for sage grouse on federal lands. The Public Lands Council and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association filed formal protests today after reviewing the plans, which impede on conservation efforts and range management practices already in place.

“Ranchers and those closest to the land are far better equipped to manage resources than bureaucrats in Washington D.C.,” said Brenda Richards, PLC president and Idaho rancher. “These plans disregard all the hard work, money and resources that states already have in place to preserve wildlife habitat and sage grouse in particular. One-size-fits-all requirements on how multiple uses, including livestock grazing, will be managed on public lands is not the answer to conserving sage grouse.” Continue reading

06-29-15 NRCS-CO: The Johnson Family Ranch is No Diamond in the Rough…

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Congratulations to the Flying Diamond Ranch, the 2015 Colorado Leopold Conservation Award Winner

DENVER, CO, JUNE 25, 2015 – The Johnson family shared several adjectives when asked, what they attributed to the success of their ranching operation, but the most consistent term used was holistic.  Scott and Jean Johnson are the recipients of the 2015 Colorado Leopold Conservation Award, and they share the honor with their four children who make up the 5th generation that’s running the hugely impressive operation.

The Johnson’s Flying Diamond Ranch is headquartered just outside of Kit Carson, Colorado and encompasses approximately 25,000 acres.  Scott Johnson’s sentiment that, “we believe that nature is smarter than any of us,” could be the operation’s mantra because, it’s the foundation from which the family operates and makes decisions.

Working holistically with nature and natural resources lowers the cost of operating a ranch and results in sustainable ecological conditions,” Johnson shares.  “I began to fully understand and implement the concept after attending an Allan Savory Holistic Resource Seminar in 1986.  Because of that education, we look at the whole and find a balanced, all-encompassing approach to our operation…We credit holistic management to the overall health of our land and to our calving strategies, grazing system, approach to wildlife, outreach and education activities.  We’ve even enhanced our partnerships with other natural resource organizations and stakeholders.”

To help achieve some of their land use goals, the Johnson family has worked closely with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) over the past 27 years.  “I worked with Scott and his kids on grazing management and grazing improvement practices,” stated Brian Johnson, former NRCS District Conservationist in Hugo.  “They’ve utilized the Environmental Quality Incentives and Conservation Stewardship Programs to help make improvements to the resource base.” Continue reading

06-29-15 NRCS-CO: New Tool Monitors Dams, Keeps Communities Safe…

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New Tool Monitors Dams, Keeps Communities Safe

DENVER, CO, JUNE 28, 2015 –USDA’s newest monitoring tool, DamWatch, receives an enthusiastic welcome across Colorado particularly because of the inundation of on-going heavy rains.  DamWatch is a new web-based application that provides real-time monitoring of rainfall, snowmelt, stream flow and seismic events that could pose potential threats to dam safety.

“We’re using the newest tools and technologies to our advantage,” Vilsack said. “This tool provides a ‘one-stop’ source for accessing critical documents, databases, onsite electronic monitoring devices and geospatial information. The intent is to help keep the public safe and protect infrastructure.” 

Through a secure interactive web interface, DamWatch will help watershed project sponsors monitor and manage dams that were built with assistance from USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).  By monitoring these structures, project sponsors can better prevent and protect against hazardous, costly and potentially catastrophic events.

DamWatch offers project sponsors an effective way to manage watershed projects. It alerts personnel via email, fax or text message when dams experience one or more potentially hazardous conditions, resulting in the coordinated deployment of personnel and resources at the right time and place. Although NRCS personnel may elect to receive DamWatch alerts, the project sponsor is responsible for monitoring the dams and notifying authorities during an emergency.  NRCS may be available to assist the project sponsor at the sponsor’s request. Continue reading

06-29-15 Colorado Tumble Weed’s Crop Report with Lamar’s Don Turner…

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06/28/15 – It is time to make some final comments regarding the Texas Wheat Crop. If you draw a line from Waco, Texas to Lubbock, Texas you have a dry line. This line has received around 25 inches. North and south of this line they have received 30 plus inches. I have talked to several local farmers in this area and they agree with this statement.

 Waco, Hillsboro and Mexia are the driest areas and most acres have been harvested. I need to run my 200 plus mile loop around this area later this week. Wheat is an amazing crop: I have seen wheat that has the color of brown cardboard on the top, but the four inch stubble bright yellow! This is no doubt on one the higher areas of the field yet ½ a mile away another field tangled and matted flat on the ground.

Because of Crop Insurance production to count guideline requirements, all acres will be harvested or appraised.

Many of my contacts aren’t saying much, they are just waiting for the last load!!

This is taken from the industry GRADE REQUIREMENTS FOR WHEAT

Hard Red Winter and Spring Wheat or White Club Wheat

U.S. No. 1        58.0     60.0

U.S. No. 2        57.0     58.0

U.S. No. 3        55.0     56.0

U.S. No. 4        53.0     54.0

U.S. No. 5        50.0     51.0

Heat damage Kernels and all other Grade discounts also apply!

As a farmer we hate the .50 cent plus a bushel price loss. But in all fairness to your local elevators, when they ship your grain to the Port they will incur the same discounts.

DON TURNER, CO TUMBLE WEED CROP REPORTER/FOUR SEASONS INSURANCE AGENT

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Don Turner has heen serving us for many years with all types of agriculture insurance. Helping you to protect what you have worked so hard for. From yield base plans, revenue plans, crop hail plans to the information and technologyyou need to operate your business. Four Seasons Insurance offers everything in crop insurance. No matter how large or small your operation is, Four Seasons Insurance has the products and care that you will need to protect your agriculture investments.

Submitted to BARN Media by:
Don Turner/Colorado Tumble Weed, Four Seasons Insurance, 1002 N Main, Lamar, Co 81052

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Monday, June 29th…

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 “Senate Ag Chair Plans for Movement on COOL in July”

Senate Ag Chair Pat Roberts says the Senate must take action in July on Country of Origin meat labeling. The House and Senate went on recess following the end of last week, but once back in session, Roberts would like to see the Senate move forward with a bill to repeal COOL. The Senate Agriculture Committee held a hearing on COOL last week. Roberts, and many of the witnesses, according to the Hagstrom report, were in favor of a repeal of COOL. But Roberts also said afterward he does not have the votes in the Senate to pass the repeal bill that the House passed. Roberts said he hopes to hold a markup on a bill in July with passage before the August recess. Senate Agriculture Committee ranking member Debbie Stabenow has introduced a bill to make the labeling of beef and pork voluntary but still run by the government, and would put in place a “Product of the U.S.” label.

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“Farmland Values Continue to Drop”

The latest report from Creighton University shows 19 straight months of setbacks for U.S. agricultural land values. The Universities Monthly Economic Outlook Survey shows more small setbacks, according to the Vantrump Report. The report shows an index value of 31.1 this month for farmland values in 10 states ranging from North Dakota to Missouri. This compares to the 39.7 reading reported last month. The only state that showed signs of land prices increasing was North Dakota at an index of 56.0.  All other states showed readings below 50. The survey also put June’s farm equipment-sales index at a record low 12.5, which was down from April’s 15.6, representing a 23rd successive month of decline.

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“U.S. Hogs and Pigs Inventory Up 9 Percent”

USDA’s Quarterly Hogs and Pigs report released on Friday indicated a nine percent inventory increase compared to June of last year. The National Agriculture Statistics Service reported as of June 1st this year, there were 66.9 million hogs and pigs on U.S. farms. Other key findings include that of the 66.9 million hogs and pigs, 61 million were market hogs, while 5.93 million were kept for breeding.  Further, between March and May 2015, 29.6 million pigs were weaned on U.S. farms, up 8 percent from the same time period one year earlier and from March through May 2015, U.S. hog and pig producers weaned a record high average of 10.3 pigs per litter. NASS surveyed over 8,100 operators across the nation during the first half of June. Surveyed producers were asked to report their hog and pig inventories as of June 1st, 2015.

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“Ireland BSE Case Classified as Isolated”

Final test results have confirmed that a suspected BSE case, or bovine spongiform encephalopathy, was an isolated case in a single animal, according to Irelands Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine. Meatingplace reports the agency’s investigation confirmed that 67 animals identified as potentially exposed and that were slaughtered and disposed of tested negative for BSE. The investigation’s results are being reported to the EU Commission and to the World Organization for Animal Health and Irish officials expect to have a reassigned controlled-risk status to Ireland.

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“Farmers Considering to Ignore California Irrigation Bans”

The Associated Press reported last week farmers in at least two California irrigation districts are considering whether to ignore a letter from the state calling for historic cuts in water use during the drought. Attorney Steven Herum, who represents two Central Valley irrigation districts serving farmers, said the option is under consideration because the state is backing off the notices issued this month demanding deep cuts. He told the AP the confusion has caused the farmers to consider defying the state to keep their orchards alive. The state Water Resources Control Board issued the notice on June 12 to 114 water users who hold rights dating back to 1903. The notice says violators could be fined $1,000 a day or $2,500 for each acre-foot, enough to cover an acre of land a foot deep.

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“Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge Application Deadline Looms”

The application deadline for American Farm Bureau’s Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge is June, 30th. The challenge is the first national business competition focused exclusively on rural entrepreneurs working on food and agriculture businesses. Year two of the challenge will allow rural entrepreneurs to pitch their business ideas to a team of judges. They will have the chance to compete for $145,000 of startup funds. Rules and application information can be found online at Strong Rural America dot com. (www.strongruralamerica.com)

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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06-26-15 Kum & Go/Colorado Corn E85 promotions headed to Colorado Springs once again on June 30th…

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Colorado Springs residents purchased 2,350 gallons of E85 in just 4 hours during previous event

Colorado Springs residents arrived in droves last time Kum & Go was offering E85 fuel for just 85 cents per gallon, and we hope to see even more folks on Tuesday when the offer returns to The Springs.

This summer, Kum & Go, Colorado Corn and Front Range Energy are teaming up to host a series of promotions to draw attention to Flex-Fuel Vehicles and ethanol, and increase public awareness of E85. After kicking off the summer in Erie on June 9, the event in Colorado Springs the following week saw local consumers purchase 2,350 gallons of E85 in just four hours. At our event in Mead earlier this week, ABC 7 News in Denver came out to talk with consumers and representatives of the local biofuels industry.    

The next promotion is set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, June 30, at the Kum & Go store located at 7375 Duryea Drive in Colorado Springs.

Customers will be treated to E85 for just 85 cents per gallon, and representatives of Kum & Go, Colorado Corn and Front Range Energy will be on site spreading the good word about the cleaner-burning, American-made biofuel. Customers will also have a chance to win giveaways at these promotions.

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