The Denver Cash Grain Bids…

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03-05-15 Colorado Weekly Hay Report…

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Colorado Hay Report

Compared to last week, hay movement continues to be slow this week with
prices showing a lower undertone.  According to the NRCS,
regional snowpack levels are being reported in Yampa and White River Basins at
87 percent, Upper Colorado River Basin at 98 percent, Laramie and North Platte
River Basins at 94 percent, South Platte River Basin at 110 percent, Arkansas
River Basin at 104 percent, Upper Rio Grande River Basin at 86 percent, Gunnison
River Basin at 86 percent, and San Miguel, Dolores, Animas, San Juan River
Basins at 77 percent.  The U.S. Drought Monitor had no change in drought
severity from the prior week.  According to the U.S. Drought Monitor Weekly
Comparison for the state of Colorado, the Drought Severity in the northwest and
southwest regions are categorized mostly as Moderate Drought, the San Luis
Valley region is categorized mostly as Moderate Drought, The southeast region is
categorized mostly as Severe Drought and the northeast region is categorized as
None.  All prices reported FOB the stack or barn unless otherwise noted.  Prices
reflect load lots of hay.

If you have hay for sale or need hay, use the services of the Colorado
Department of Agriculture website: http://www.coloradoagriculture.com.

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03-05-15 Colorado Cattlemen’s Association has seat at the U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef…

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Colorado Cattlemen’s Association an Inaugural Member of the U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef

Arvada, CO – March 5, 2015 – The Colorado Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) has chosen to join the ranks of 43 other industry leaders throughout the beef value chain to advance, support and communicate continuous improvement in sustainability of that U.S. beef value chain.

A group of U.S. beef value chain participants including producers, processors, retailers, foodservice operators, packers, allied industry, and nongovernmental organizations today announced the launch of the U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (USRSB). The multi-stakeholder roundtable will identify sustainability indicators, establish verification methodologies, and generate field project data to test and confirm sustainability concepts for use throughout the United States. The USRSB adopts an approach whereby social, economic and environmental considerations are balanced to achieve sustainable outcomes.

“Our organization saw the importance of being involved in this process on the ground floor,” says Frank Daley, President of the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association. “Decisions made by this body may substantially affect how our industry functions, near-term and well into the future. Our board felt it was important to be at this table and help lead the process.”

Utilizing the definition for sustainable beef recently released by the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (GRSB), the USRSB will develop sustainability indicators relevant to the various beef systems in the United States; as well as a means to verify sustainable progress in a transparent manner that can be shared. Similar to GRSB, the USRSB will not mandate standards or verify the performance of individual beef value chain participants.

During the 2015 Mid-Winter Conference, CCA members passed a directive guiding the board of directors on the stance to be taken on sustainability. The most important elements to be taken into consideration are: Continue reading

03-05-15 State Senate Leader Sonnenberg to participate in Ag Day March 18 at the Capitol…

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State Senator Sonnenberg: “… it really is an issue of national security.”

March 5, 2015, DENVER and STERLING, Colo: Colorado State Senator Jerry Sonnenberg (R-Sterling, CO) believes educating urban residents and lawmakers regarding agriculture’s role in citizen health and safety and the state’s economy is imperative. In fact, the lifelong cattle rancher is adamant: growing and eating local fare is a matter of long-term national security.

“Look, agriculture is responsible for pouring more than $40 billion annually into our economy here in Colorado. A vitally important fact, yet people sometimes glaze over when they hear it. What hits home is considering the worst-case scenario for future generations: without agriculture, we become dependent on foreign countries to eat,” saidSonnenberg, Chairman of the Colorado Senate Agriculture, Natural Resources and Energy Committee.

 “More importantly, if we grow our own food, we know it is safe, affordable and healthy,” said the lawmaker. Continue reading

03-05-15 BLM Seeks Bids for New Off-Range Pastures to Care for Wild Horses, INT w/Debbie Collins…

Listen to an exclusive interview with Debbie Collins about the BLM’s Wild Horse and Burro Program…

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WASHINGTON D.C. – February 27, 2015 - The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is seeking proposals for new off-range pasture facilities that can provide a free-roaming environment for wild horses removed from Western public lands.

Proposals will be accepted from the following states through April 22, 2015: Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, and Wyoming.

One or more off-range pasture contracts will be awarded and each must accommodate a minimum of 100 wild horses.  The contractor must provide humane care for a one-year period, with a renewal option under BLM contract for a four-year or nine-year period.

Applicants who have never conducted business with the government must first obtain a Duns and Bradstreet number at www.dnb.com before registering at www.sam.gov/  to do business with the Federal Government.  There is no fee involved.

To obtain the solicitation: (1) go to www.fedconnect.net ; (2) click on “Search Public Opportunities”; (3) under Search Criteria, select “Reference Number”; (4) put in the solicitation number “L15PS00182”; and (5) click Search” and the solicitation information will appear. The solicitation form describes what to submit and where to send it.

For assistance, visit www.blm.gov or contact Eric Pagal at (202)-591-5079/epagal@blm.gov or Ken Lund at (202) 912-7034/klund@blm.gov. They can assist with general questions and/or coordinate a meeting for you with a local BLM contracting officer and small business specialist.

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03-05-15 US Senator Gardner Supports Industrial Hemp Legalization…

US Senator Cory Gardner LogoWashington, D.C. – Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced today that he is co-sponsoring the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2015, introduced by Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Mitch McConnell (R-KY), and Rand Paul (R-KY). This legislation would legalize industrial hemp for commercial use by excluding industrial hemp from the definition of marijuana in the Controlled Substances Act.

“Industrial hemp is a safe substance with many practical commercial applications,” Gardner said. “Removing it from the Controlled Substances Act is a commonsense move which would create jobs and get the government out of the way of farmers and our agricultural industry.

“Hemp has the potential to be a major boon to Colorado agriculture, giving farmers another viable and profitable option for their fields. As a plant which takes relatively little water to grow, hemp could be an ideal fit for our climate in particular. I’m excited to co-sponsor this legislation and further empower the farmers who provide so much to our state.”

Cory Gardner is a member of the U.S. Senate serving Colorado. He sits on the Energy & Natural Resources Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, the Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee, and the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee, and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy.  

B40B Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20515 Phone: (202) 224-5941

03-05-15 CDA News: Funds Help Colorado’s Specialty Crops Thrive…

CDA NEW main logo 051414BROOMFIELD, Colo. – Colorado specialty crops range from perennial favorites like potatoes and onions to exciting innovators such as chiles and hops. To help develop and promote the state’s specialty crops, the Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) is seeking proposals for the Specialty Crops Block Grant Program. Specialty crops are defined as fruits and vegetables, dried fruits, and nursery crops including floriculture and sod.
“Colorado produces a wide variety of fruits, vegetables and horticultural products,” said Glenda Mostek, CDA Marketing Specialist. “This grant program provides a great opportunity to growers and organizations to improve how they grow, process and market specialty crops.”
In 2012, Fort Lewis College in southwest Colorado received grant funds to develop model training programs for new produce farmers starting their own agricultural enterprises. The project increased the chance of success for the new farmers who participated in previous courses by presenting hands-on practical experience through market garden incubator plots at the Fort Lewis College Field Station. The program trained 13 new produce farmers and increased locally produced vegetables by 22,923 pounds in 2013. Continue reading

03-05-15 NMPF News: FDA Analysis Demonstrates U.S. Milk Supply is Safe from Drug Residues…

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ARLINGTON, VA – A new report released Thursday by the Food and Drug Administration underscores the safety of the nation’s milk supply, and demonstrates that the regulations to keep drug residues out of milk are effective in protecting the public health, the National Milk Producers Federation said today in reaction to the FDA survey.

The milk survey was released by the FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine, which sampled the raw milk from nearly 2,000 dairy farms in 2012, and conducted extensive laboratory testing on each milk sample for 31 different pharmaceutical compounds. It found that more than 99 percent of the samples were free of residues, “underscoring the safety of the milk supply,” according to the FDA.

“This report proves that America’s dairy farmers are delivering on our commitment to providing safe and wholesome milk to consumers, while working closely with state and federal regulators to continually improve the safety of our products,” said NMPF President and CEO Jim Mulhern. “Dairy farmers have a strong track record of compliance with state and federal milk safety regulations, and we support education and enforcement efforts to further strengthen that record.”

The FDA’s objective in the 2012 survey was to determine if those dairy farms with previous drug residue violations in market-bound meat were also producing milk that contained residues. A small number of dairy farms have been cited by regulators over the years for being in violation of existing standards for antibiotic and other drug residues in animal carcasses at meat processing facilities.

The FDA survey involved the confidential collection of milk samples from 953 dairy farms with a previous tissue residue violation, and another 959 randomly selected samples. Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Thursday, March 5th…

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“Mandatory E-Verify Legislation Approved by House Judiciary Committee”

Agri-Pulse reports the House Judiciary Committee has advanced mandatory E-Verify legislation by a vote of 20 to 13. This legislation would force employers to use E-Verify to ensure workers can legally work in the U.S. Democrats argued this legislation would devastate ag employers – but Judiciary Committee Chair Robert Goodlatte says the committee will consider a separate agricultural guest worker bill as soon as possible. Agribusiness groups object to this legislation unless an expanded guest worker program is established.

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“McConnell Wants Trade Promotion Authority”

According to The Hill – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said this week he wants to pass fast-track authority because it is one of the few issues where Congress and the White House agree. McConnell says without Trade Promotion Authority – there will be no trade agreement – and a trade agreement is in the best interests of the United States.

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“Multi-Stakeholder Roundtable for Sustainable Beef Established”

The U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef has been launched by a group of U.S. beef producers, processors, retailers, foodservice operators, packers, allied industry and non-governmental organizations to identify sustainability indicators, establish verification methods and generate field project data to test – and confirm – sustainability concepts. The Cattle Network reports Roundtable Interim Chair Nicole Johnson-Hoffman says research confirms consumers are interested in the social, economic and environmental impacts of the beef they purchase. Johnson-Hoffman says the goal is to establish metrics and criteria that will be used to benchmark the present and help measure improvements in the sustainability of American beef going forward.

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“Trade Mission to Southeast Asia Begins Monday”

Next week – USDA Under Secretary Michael Scuse will lead six state ag department leaders and 21 U.S. agribusiness and organization leaders on a trade mission to Southeast Asia. Scuse says U.S. ag exports to Southeast Asia have been on the rise due to strong economic growth and increasing demand for high-value products in the region. With this growth expected to continue – Scuse says Southeast Asia holds significant untapped market potential for U.S. exporters. He is pleased to travel with a broad cross-section of U.S. ag interests who represent every region of the country and will help showcase the quality, variety and abundance of farm and food products produced for export by the United States. The goal of the trade mission is to expand export opportunities for U.S. food and ag products in the region.

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“2015 Commodity Classic Shatters Attendance Records”

Nearly 8,000 people attended the 2015 Commodity Classic last week in Phoenix. Commodity Classic Co-Chair Sam Butler says it was a terrific event for growers and all involved – as farmers were actively engaged in everything the event had to offer. More than 14-hundred of the attendees had never attended the Classic before. Commodity Classic Co-Chair Bart Schott says the number of first-time attendees shows that growers are spreading the word about the value of the Classic experience and they appreciate how the world-class educational and networking opportunities help them back home. The 21st Commodity Classic will take place March 3rd through 5th next year in New Orleans.

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“Zoetis Hosts Free Seminar on Future of Food”

Registration is now open for A Challenge for Tomorrow – a free seminar offered by Zoetis to discuss the future of food. Dr. Glynn Tonsor of Kansas State University will be featured in the seminar. Zoetis Vice President of U.S. Pork Business Gloria Basse says as consumers are further removed from agriculture – the industry must be fully transparent, explain what is done to provide affordable and safe food, and engage with consumers through communication platforms they use. The seminar will take place on March 18th at 7 a.m. during the American Society of Animal Science Midwest Section meeting in Des Moines, Iowa. Visit www dot ASAS dot org (www.asas.org) to register for the seminar.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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03-04-15 World Dairy Expo Announces New Board Leadership…

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World Dairy Expo’s 2015 Executive Committee: Front Row (L to R): Bill Hageman Jr., 1st Vice President; Debbie Crave, 2nd Vice President; Mike Hellenbrand, Secretary/Treasurer and Finance Committee Chair; and Alan Deming, President. Back Row: Steve Larson, At-Large Director; Tom Morris, Dairy Cattle Exhibitor Committee Chair; Jeff Lyon, (DATCP); Mike Holschbach, At-Large Director; Dean Hermsdorf, Commercial Exhibitor Committee Chair and Scott Bentley, World Dairy Expo General Manager.

MADISON, WIS. – World Dairy Expo held its annual Board of Director and Committee Meetings March 2 and 3 at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wis. Major stakeholder groups from across North America provided input and policy guidance for future Expos.

World Dairy Expo is pleased to announce new leadership for its Executive Committee. Newly elected board members include Alan Deming, President; Bill Hageman Jr., 1st Vice President; Debbie Crave, 2nd Vice President; Mike Hellenbrand, Secretary/Treasurer and Finance Committee Chair; Dean Hermsdorf, Commercial Exhibitor Committee Chair; Tom Morris, Dairy Cattle Exhibitor Committee Chair; Steve Larson, At-Large Director; Mike Holschbach, At-Large Director; Jeff Lyon, Ex-Officio and Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP); and Scott Bentley, General Manager.

New members of the Board of Directors include Cliff Becker, representing Official Program publisher, Farm Journal/Dairy Today; Troy Esser, representing BouMatic and Courtney Booth, representing the Purebred Breeders of World Dairy Expo.

World Dairy Expo also announced recently elected Commercial Exhibitor Committee members, Stefanie Bradley, ANIMART, Inc.; Lori Bocher, US Dairy Forage Research Council; Taylor Weisensel, Ag-Bag; Joe Coburn, The Coburn Company; Amanda Hannes, Cooperative Resources International; and Jenny Eighmy, Y-Tex Corporation. Dean Hermsdorf, ABS Global, was re-elected Commercial Exhibitor Committee Chair while Jane Griswold, Hoard’s Dairyman, was re-elected Vice Chair.

Expo welcomed Corey Geiger, Hoard’s Dairyman, as Youth Contest Representative to the Dairy Cattle Exhibitor Committee. Tom Morris, Tom Morris, Ltd., was re-elected Dairy Cattle Exhibitor Committee Chair. Bryan Voegeli was elected again to serve as Vice Chair.

World Dairy Expo is the leading international dairy networking event. More than 70,000 dairy enthusiasts will travel from around the globe to experience the world-class cattle show and renowned Expo Trade Show September 29 through October 3, 2015 at the Alliant Energy Center, Madison, Wis. Visit worlddairyexpo.com or follow us on Facebook and Twitter @WDExpo.

03-04-15 Tomorrow’s Leaders Trained at 2015 Potato Industry Leadership Institute…

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Participants in the 2015 Potato Industry Leadership Institute: (front row, left to right): Shelley Olsen, Othello, Wash.; Tyler Tschirky, Eltopia, Wash.; Trever Belnap, Lewisville, Idaho; Megan Finney, Klamath Falls, Ore.; Thomas Campbell, Big Lake, Minn.; Barbra Davis, Center, Colo.; Henry Nira, LaSalle, Colo.; Erin Nissen, Mosca, Colo.; Joe Howard, Boardman, Ore.; (second row) Donny Krautscheid, Kennewick, Wash.; Scott Payton, Gaylord, Mich.; Reid Mattive, Monte Vista, Colo. (2015 Grower-Leader); Tyler Backemeyer, Columbus, Neb.; Dean Bair, Alliance, Neb.; Josh Knights, Hancock, Wis.; (third row) Kevin Storm, Cass City, Mich.; Ben Harris, Moses Lake, Wash.; Mark Telford, Arco, Idaho; Mary LeMere, Plover, Wis.; Jennifer Borowicz, Crookston, Minn.; Kyle Jacobs, Hamer, Idaho; Robbie Irving, Caribou, Maine; Kyle Michael. Urbana, Ohio; (back row) Ragen Darrington, Idaho Falls, Idaho; Dana Rady, Antigo, Wis.; Bridgett Cheff, Ronan, Mont. (Elected 2016

Participants in the 2015 Potato Industry Leadership Institute: (front row, left to right): Shelley Olsen,
Othello, Wash.; Tyler Tschirky, Eltopia, Wash.; Trever Belnap, Lewisville, Idaho; Megan Finney,
Klamath Falls, Ore.; Thomas Campbell, Big Lake, Minn.; Barbra Davis, Center, Colo.; Henry Nira,
LaSalle, Colo.; Erin Nissen, Mosca, Colo.; Joe Howard, Boardman, Ore.; (second row) Donny
Krautscheid, Kennewick, Wash.; Scott Payton, Gaylord, Mich.; Reid Mattive, Monte Vista, Colo. (2015
Grower-Leader); Tyler Backemeyer, Columbus, Neb.; Dean Bair, Alliance, Neb.; Josh Knights,
Hancock, Wis.; (third row) Kevin Storm, Cass City, Mich.; Ben Harris, Moses Lake, Wash.; Mark
Telford, Arco, Idaho; Mary LeMere, Plover, Wis.; Jennifer Borowicz, Crookston, Minn.; Kyle Jacobs,
Hamer, Idaho; Robbie Irving, Caribou, Maine; Kyle Michael. Urbana, Ohio; (back row) Ragen
Darrington, Idaho Falls, Idaho; Dana Rady, Antigo, Wis.; Bridgett Cheff, Ronan, Mont. (Elected 2016

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2015 Potato Industry Leadership Institute participants tour the Syngenta Seed Processing Facility in Pasco, Wash., on the third day of their eight-day Leadership Immersion.

Bridgett Cheff of Ronan, Mont., elected 2016 Grower Leader

The Potato Industry Leadership Institute (PILI) Class of 2015 included twenty-seven potato growers and industry representatives. The annual program is administered by the National Potato Council (NPC) and the United States Potato Board (USPB) and identifies and trains the next generation of industry leaders.

From Feb. 18-25, PILI participants traveled from potato growing regions across the country to attend eight days of industry training and professional development. This year’s class kicked off in Spokane, Washington, where the class received an overview of the local and national potato industry, including some of the challenges and issues beyond the production sector.

NPC Executive Vice President and CEO John Keeling provided attendees with an overview of the industry’s pressing public policy issues. USPB Chief Marketing Officer John Toaspern gave a market and consumer update and highlighted international export opportunities for potatoes and potato products. Participants visited Grand Coulee Dam and the John Keys Pumping Station which provide the irrigation water to support potato production in Washington State.

Attendees joined in the discussions on public policy taking place at NPC’s Potato D.C. FlyIn, where they learned about the legislative and regulatory priorities of the U.S. potato industry. The program finished with a day of lobbying visits to offices on Capitol Hill, where participants joined their state grower delegations for the Fly-In to meet with members of Congress and advocate for industry priorities. 2015 Potato Industry Leadership Institute participants tour the Syngenta Seed Processing Facility in Pasco, Wash., on the third day of their eight-day Leadership Immersion.Reid Mattive of Worley Family Farms in Monte Vista, Colo., served as the group’s Grower-Leader, after being elected to the position in 2014. At the conclusion of the event, the 2015 class elected Bridgett Cheff of Lake Seed Farms in Ronan, Mont., to serve as the 2016 Grower-Leader.

The Institute is made possible each year through a major sponsorship from Syngenta. For additional photos, visit www.facebook.com/nationalpotatocouncil. Continue reading

03-04-15 The documentary “Droughtland” is a MUST SEE!

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Linda Yoder has watched her husband and two sons continue to ranch through the midst of the southeastern Colorado drought.

Linda Yoder has watched her husband and two sons continue to ranch through the midst of the southeastern Colorado drought.

John Campbell runs Winter Livestock and has witnessed many ranchers culling large portions of their cow herds in an effort to outlast the drought.

John Campbell runs Winter Livestock and has witnessed many ranchers culling large portions of their cow herds in an effort to outlast the drought.

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Chip Reid, Ordway, is a third generation rancher who has felt the effects of the drought as he raises his children on the family ranch.

Eastern Colorado- March 4, 2015- Droughtland, filmmaker Steffan Tubbs’ latest documentary, conveys the stories of drought-stricken farmers and ranchers in southeastern Colorado. Often referred to as the Other Colorado, the important region contributes to the state’s $20 billion agriculture industry. Their vital contributions have been threatened in recent years as the drought has destroyed crops and pastures and forced the sale of livestock and land alike.

The stories of the families behind Colorado agriculture come to life through their own words, including interviews with Chip and Janell Reid of Reid Cattle Company, Tim Brown of Colorado Farm Bureau and Brown Farms and Ranches, John Campbell of Winter Livestock and others impacted by historic drought.

“Everyone in Colorado needs to see this film,” said Colorado State Representative Tim Dore (R-CO 64.)

It is crucial that those who depend upon agriculture view this important film; the farmers and ranchers featured not only feed the nation, but are also neighbors to those who live in less rural areas.

For more information – CLICK HERE

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Rachel C. Spencer – www.rachelcspencer.wordpress.com

03-04-15 US Senator Gardner Announces $10 Million Flood Recovery Grant…

US Senator Cory Gardner LogoWashington, D.C. – Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced today that Colorado has received a $10 million grant from the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). This award provides federal funding to Colorado DHS and Emergency Management to aid recovery efforts from Colorado’s 2013 floods.

“This award will help in the ongoing effort to rebuild after the devastating floods of 2013,” Gardner said. “Colorado taxpayers fund FEMA every year with their hard-earned dollars, and I’m glad that FEMA has recognized that it owes Colorado flood victims their full support. Funding, of course, will never bring back all that we lost in those floods. But Colorado is rebuilding and recovering, and grants like the one announced today will aid in that effort.” Continue reading

03-04-15 USPB News: Ryan Krabill Named 1st-ever Director of Research & Analysis…

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Ryan J. Krabill, USPB Director of Research & Analysis

DENVER (March 4, 2015)—The United States Potato Board (USPB) is pleased to announce industry veteran Ryan J. Krabill has joined its staff in the newly-created position of Director of Research & Analysis. Krabill begins his new role April 1, 2015.

Krabill brings a lengthy record of potato industry leadership and proven results from his most recent role as Senior Director, Legislative & Regulatory Affairs with the National Potato Council (NPC) in Washington, DC. Krabill built strategic alliances in Congress and with national and state industry groups to advance potato policy initiatives, a skill which will serve him well as he coordinates and develops strategic alliances with potato researchers across the country to help advance potato research, as well as work to secure additional funding for various potato research initiatives.

To learn more about the United States Potato Board – CLICK HERE

03-04-15 NCGA Awards Celebrate Importance of Membership…

NCGA News Release logoEach year at the Commodity Classic convention and trade show, the National Corn Growers Association rewards recruiters and state affiliates for their terrific efforts in driving membership – in the case of 2014, that hard work included reaching a record of more than 42,000 in August.

“I am extremely proud of the efforts our state associations and individual growers take to build membership in our association,” said NCGA President Chip Bowling, a Maryland corn grower. “As a grassroots-led organization, we cannot hope to achieve very much without a large and active membership base, and our growth in 2014 was and will continue to be a sign of our success in helping farmers back home, and our effectiveness in our nation’s capital.” Continue reading

03-04-15 Commodity Classic Reaches New Heights in 2015…

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20th Commodity Classic logoWith nearly 8,000 total attendees, the 2015 Commodity Classic convention and trade show, which took place last week in Phoenix, Arizona, shattered previous records for the landmark event.

“The 2015 Commodity Classic was a terrific event for our growers and all involved,” said Commodity Classic Co-Chair Sam Butler. “We know it wasn’t just getting away from the weather for a sunnier climate. Our farmers were actively engaged in everything the landmark event had to offer, with many arriving early for policy sessions and coming to association meetings on a picture-perfect Saturday afternoon in Phoenix.” Continue reading

03-04-15 US Senator Bennet, Colleagues Introduce Rural Water Bill…

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Washington, DC – Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet joined Senators Roger Wicker (R-MS) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) and a bipartisan group of lawmakers to introduce a bill to help small and rural communities meet safe drinking water regulations.

“In their efforts to provide clean drinking water to Coloradans, rural water providers often don’t have access to the tools and resources needed to comply with the Safe Drinking Water Act,” Bennet said. “This commonsense bill will reauthorize the EPA’s technical assistance and training program to ensure these providers get the support that they need.”

The Grassroots Rural and Small Community Water Systems Assistance Act, S. 611 would reauthorize the Safe Drinking Water Act’s (SDWA) technical assistance and training provision for six more years. Continue reading

03-04-15 CFB News: Colorado Ag Day is March 18th…

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The Colorado Farm Bureau hopes you will make plans to join us at the State Capitol in Denver on Wednesday, March 18th as Colorado celebrates National Ag Day!!

The House and Senate Chambers convene at 9am – If you would like to come to the Capitol by then and sit out on either the House or Senate Floor please contact me and I will help to make those arrangements.

The House and Senate will be approving their Joint Ag Day Resolution that morning.

Around noon, the Governor (or Lieutenant Gov if he is not available) will hold their Annual Ag Day Press Conference and read their Proclamation announcing the State’s recognition of National Ag Day.

Following that is a wonderful lunch prepared there in the Capitol foyer, where the Chef’s Association teams up with Ag industry representatives and legislators for a COOK-OFF!! (Each team is given a specific Colorado Ag product to make a dish out of). There is always plenty of food to go around.

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03-04-15 Beef Checkoff Unveils Veal Marketing Website…

Beef Checkoff News HeaderThe Beef Checkoff this week announced the launch of a new website, at VealFoodservice.com. The site is a mobile-friendly digital hub for all of the checkoff’s veal-foodservice marketing efforts. Visitors can search recipes by cuisine, cuts and/or menu and discover up-to-date nutrition information, cooking methods, seasonings/companions and featured chefs.

The site currently is hosting the “Win a Free Trip to the Center of Plate Training” Sweepstakes. The winner will receive a three-day trip to the Center of the Plate Training® Conference. The conference will be conducted in College Station, Texas on June 2–4, 2015, and will provide participants with detailed instruction in meat-cut specifications by demonstrating how carcasses are converted to cuts commonly used in retail and foodservice.

For more information about your beef checkoff investment, visit MyBeefCheckoff.com.

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