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07-29-15 USDA Announces $18.1 Million to Help Rural Businesses Create Jobs…

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USDA-RD Rural Loan 072915WASHINGTON, July 29, 2015 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced loans and grants for 92 projects worth $18.1 million to help support the start-up or expansion of rural small businesses. These funds are part of more than 20,000 grants and loans to more than 85,000 rural businesses USDA’s Rural Business-Cooperative Service has awarded since the start of the Obama administration.

“I am proud of the work USDA has done to help small businesses grow in rural America because they are the engine that creates jobs,” Vilsack said. “These funds will allow small and emerging businesses and the organizations that support them to get the financing they need to strengthen their operations, create jobs and expand economic opportunities. Thanks to the 2014 Farm Bill, we can continue this work in a more streamlined and efficient way to benefit small businesses and the American taxpayer.”

USDA is awarding the funds through the Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant (REDLG) program, theIntermediary Relending Program (IRP) and the Rural Business Development Grant (RBDG) program.

USDA provides grants or zero-interest loans through the REDLG program to utilities that in turn fund projects to create and retain employment in rural areas. Vilsack announced $11.7 million in REDLG loans and grants for 18 recipients.

One of the organizations receiving funds under the REDLG program is the South Mississippi Electric Power Association, which has been selected for a $2 million loan. It will lend part of that to the city of Greenwood, which will buy and renovate a building for the Milwaukee Tools company. This project is expected to create more than 100 jobs in Lenore County. Lenore is one of many counties across the nation USDA has targeted for special assistance through theStrikeForce Initiative for Rural Growth and Opportunity. USDA launched StrikeForce in 2010 to increase investments in rural communities through intensive outreach and stronger partnerships with community leaders, businesses, foundations and other groups that are working to combat poverty.

In the Intermediary Relending Program (IRP), Vilsack announced $2.5 million for three IRP recipients. Colorado’s First Southwest Bank is receiving a $1 million loan for business and community development in 11 counties in the southwest part of the state. The IRP program provides 1 percent loans to non-profit groups, cooperatives, federally recognized tribes and public agencies.

USDA is awarding 71 Rural Business Development Grants totaling $4 million. Congress established the RBDG program in the 2014 Farm Bill by combining the Rural Business Enterprise Grant program and the Rural Business Opportunity Grant program. One of the RBDG recipients, the Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Morristown, will receive a $110,020 grant to buy state-of-the-art equipment to train students in advanced manufacturing. The Northern Community Investment Corporation in Vermont is receiving two grants totaling $454,892 to establish a revolving fund and to provide technical assistance and professional consulting to help small businesses.

Past examples of how these awards have helped grow the economy in rural America include: Continue reading

07-29-15 Farm Foundation News: Amarillo workshop will examine stewardship of antimicrobial drug use in livestock…

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OAK BROOK, IL July 29, 2015: Stewardship of medically-important antimicrobial drugs in food animals is the subject of workshop targeted to livestock producers, their feed suppliers and veterinarians in the Southeast United States. The workshop will be Sept. 11, 2015 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research Extension Auditorium, 6500 Amarillo Blvd. West, Amarillo, TX.

This free workshop is an opportunity for participants to gain a comprehensive understanding of two Guidance for Industry (GFIs) issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding the use of medically-important antimicrobial drugs in food-producing animals, as well as FDA’s revised Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD). The workshop is also an opportunity for other stakeholders, such as state and federal agencies, colleges of veterinary medicine and university extension personnel, to gain insights into the changes needed to meet the requirements.

Led by Farm Foundation, NFP, this workshop is targeted to pork, cattle, poultry and sheep producers, veterinarians and feed suppliers in Texas, Eastern New Mexico, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Southeastern Colorado. Advance registration is requested and can be completed online.  This is one of 12 regional workshops Farm Foundation will host across the nation in the next three months. A complete list of workshop locations is available on the Farm Foundation website.

The Sept. 11 workshop will include presentations by producer leaders, the local veterinary community, and representatives from the regional feed industry. Officials from FDA and USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) will also participate. A major part of the agenda is designated for producers, veterinarians and feed suppliers to identify and discuss the management challenges ahead. Continue reading

07-29-15 NCGA Announces “Leadership At Its Best” Participants, including CO’s Aaron Frank…

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The National Corn Growers Association announced the participants who will constitute the 30th class of NCGA’s Leadership at Its Best Program, which is co-sponsored by Syngenta.  This year’s class includes 14 aspiring leaders from 9 states.

“We are excited to see such great interest in the program and strongly believe the quality of the applicants bodes well for the future of our industry,” said NCGA President Chip Bowling.  “For decades now, Leadership at Its Best has helped train strong, confident volunteers who have shaped the industry through their subsequent work at the state and national level. As a graduate of Leadership At Its Best, I personally understand the importance role this program plays in helping develop the skills and build the relationships necessary to effectively lead such a dynamic grassroots organization.”

This year’s Leadership at Its Best Class includes: Aron Carlson (Ill.); Aaron Frank (Colo.); Jeremiah Freidel (S.D.); John Greer (Neb.); Lynn Greer (Neb.); Kirby Hettver (Minn.); Kurt Hora (Iowa); Shane Kinne (Mo.); Larry Klever (Iowa); Fred Miller (Ohio); Guy Mills Jr. (Neb.); Doug Rebout (Wis.); Dirk Rice (Ill.); and Keith Truckor (Ohio). Continue reading

07-29-15 NCBA News: Application Open for Beef Industry Internship in Washington D.C….

WASHINGTON (July 29, 2015) – The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the Public Lands Council’s government affairs office in Washington, D.C., is accepting applications for the spring 2016 public policy internship. The deadline to submit an application is Oct. 1, 2015.

NCBA Executive Director of Legislative Affairs ,Kristina Butts, said this is a great opportunity for students with an interest in the beef industry and public policy. Continue reading

07-29-15 Potato Industry Leadership Institute to be Held Feb. 17-25, 2016…

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Potato Council (NPC) and the United States Potato Board (USPB) are accepting applications for the Potato Industry Leadership Institute (PILI) class of 2016. The annual eight-day program, held Feb. 17-25, 2016, is designed to identify, develop, and cultivate new leaders within the U.S. potato industry.

During the program, 20 potato growers and industry representatives from across the country focus on leadership development, public policy, marketing, team building and public communication. The 2016 class will begin in Grand Forks, North Dakota, where participants will receive an overview of the U.S. potato industry and tour local production areas, storages, fresh pack facilities, and processing plants. The group will then travel to Washington, D.C., where the focus will move to national legislative and regulatory policy priorities for the U.S. potato industry.

Participants are selected through state organization nominations and a committee facilitated by NPC and the USPB, who jointly coordinate the program. The Institute is made possible each year through a major sponsorship from Syngenta, which has a long history of commitment to leadership development in agriculture. Continue reading

07-29-15 NFU News: Bi-Partisan Senate COOL Compromise: The Only Real Solution for Food Labeling…

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Overview: In 2002 and 2008, Congress passed mandatory Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL), a popular labeling law that says muscle cuts of meat, and fruits and vegetables, must be labeled with the country’s name where they were produced. Mexico and Canada subsequently filed claims at the World Trade Organization (WTO) charging that COOL was causing a decrease in volume of their livestock exports to the U.S. The WTO has repeatedly taken issue with the way COOL has been implemented, and arbitration is currently underway. While NFU remains steadfast in its support of COOL, Congress is likely to take action prior to the conclusion of arbitration. Responding to the threat of retaliatory tariffs, the U.S. House of Representatives recently voted to repeal COOL, and the issue is now before the Senate.

Solution: A bipartisan Senate compromise bill – known as the Voluntary COOL and Trade Enhancement Act and sponsored by Senators Stabenow, D-Michigan, and Hoeven, R-North Dakota – completely repeals mandatory COOL, thus putting to rest the complaint by Canada and Mexico, and puts in its place a voluntary labeling system that could allow consumers to know the origin of their food. The U.S. Trade Representative has noted that repealing the mandatory requirement and replacing it with a voluntary system has the “potential to constitute compliance with U.S. WTO obligations.” This is a win-win scenario for all parties involved because: Continue reading

07-29-15 CO Governor Hickenlooper and CDPHE issue statement on water fluoridation…

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DENVER — Wednesday, July 29, 2015 Gov. John Hickenlooper and Dr. Larry Wolk, executive director and chief medical officer at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, today issued the following statement in support of water fluoridation in the state:

“The Governor’s Office and Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) recommend all Colorado communities fluoridate their public water supplies. More than 70 years of research has proven that community water fluoridation is a safe, effective and inexpensive method of improving the oral health of all Coloradans. Increasing the number of communities that voluntarily fluoridate their residents’ water can make a significant contribution to Colorado’s commitment to becoming the healthiest state in the nation. Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, July 29th…

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Corn, Soybean Growers Submit Comments to EPA on RFS

The National Corn Growers Association is telling the Environmental Protection Agency to “stay the course” on the Renewable Fuel Standard. The NCGA submitted comments to the EPA this week that highlighted the importance of the RFS and urged the Agency to restore the 2014-16 corn ethanol volume to statute. The comments state the RFS has “spurred growth in agriculture, increased energy diversity and decreased GHG emissions from fossil fuels through the development of renewable energy resources.” Meanwhile, the American Soybean Association submitted comments that point out the benefits of soy-based biodiesel. It says those benefits include  contribution to a more diversified energy market; increased domestic energy production; reductions in greenhouse gas emissions; new jobs and economic development; expanded markets; and reduced soy meal feed costs.  It its comments, the ASA recognized the EPA’s improvement in its approach to biomass-based diesel fuels in its proposed final rule for the Renewable Fuel Standard.

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Trade Policy Priorities Take Center Stage at USGC Annual Meeting

Delegates with the U.S. Grains Council are meeting in Montreal, Canada this week, where they are taking on topics such as global trade, the Trans-Pacific Partnership talks, and trade policy’s role in the future dynamics of the market. During a panel discussion, panelists said high-quality TPP agreement would effectively lower taxes and the regulatory burden for agricultural producers. They also urged the farmers and agribusiness representatives in the room to educate policy makers about the importance of these agreements to their profitability.

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07-28-15 CSU expert: Wet spring, high mosquito numbers could mean more West Nile virus…

CSU News Release Header logophoto of mosquitoesFORT COLLINS – Scientists at Colorado State University have detected a notably high number ofCulex mosquitoes in northern Colorado this season, which could translate into high infection rates of West Nile virus. But so far there is no indication that the virus is spreading quickly from mosquito populations to birds, horses or people.

A wet spring and summer and the resulting large mosquito population create high potential for the spread of the virus, but to date it has turned up in only a small number of mosquito samples, according to a CSU expert.

Still, public health agencies advise precautions. Key steps include draining standing water in the yard and garden; wearing long sleeves and pants, especially from dusk through dawn, when mosquitoes are most active; and using insect repellent with DEET. For more tips, visit the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s “Fight the Bite” website.

The year’s first human case of the disease in Colorado was detected in a Mesa County man on July 8. On July 24, the CSU Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratories confirmed the state’s first two equine cases of West Nile virus, in horses from Boulder County and Alamosa County.

Greg Ebel, director of CSU’s Arthropod-Borne and Infectious Diseases Laboratory, said the number of Culex mosquitoes trapped in Larimer County during the first few weeks of testing this summer was higher than it has been seen since 2007, a severe year for the virus. Culex is a family of mosquitoes that spreads the virus through bites. Two Culex mosquito species, which are prevalent in Colorado, have been found to be particularly effective vectors. Continue reading

07-28-15 CFB recognizes Colorado legislators with Friend of Farm Bureau Award

Centennial, Colo. – July 28, 2015 – Colorado Farm Bureau is recognizing 72 State Legislators with the Friend of Farm Bureau Award. Both democrats and republicans are being recognized for their steadfast efforts to protect agriculture and rural values in Colorado.

This year’s crop of Friend of Farm Bureau Award recipients is the legislative result of our member driven non-partisan policy,” President of Colorado Farm Bureau Don Shawcroft said. “The sheer number of recipients on both sides of the aisle illustrates how both democrats and republicans support Colorado agriculture issues.”

The Friend of Farm Bureau award is given at the end of each legislative session to legislators whose voting record that aligns with the Colorado Farm Bureau’s priority issues. The designation also considers bills sponsored, the legislator’s leadership role on Farm Bureau priority issues, and how accessible and responsive that member is to Farm Bureau members and leaders.

The following legislators are being recognized with the Friend of Farm Bureau Award: Continue reading

07-28-15 What’s In? The SIX Hottest S’s this Summer Season at Western Dairy Association…

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Take the Quiz! Which Ice Cream Sundae are you?

July is National Ice Cream Month

Have you been frustrated this month, continually having to pass on a favorite treat? It’s time to turn your frown upside down; this month, we share a fusion recipe, allowing EVERYONE, even those with lactose intolerance to properly celebrate July’s National Ice Cream Month. It is typically February when we focus on lactose-free recipes and tips, after all February is lactose Intolerance Month. But for those with intolerance symptoms associated with eating a product with too much lactose, lactose-free recipes are important year round.

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https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/sites/default/files/u/6541/Logo%20tagline.pngIn Colorado, August is Colorado Proud Month. Products at markets with Colorado proud logos are produced or processed in the state of Colorado. Choosing items with this logo is a great way for regional shoppers to shop local a little easier. Don’t forget to also buy seasonally for the freshest produce. Colorado shoppers can use this crop calendar provided by the Colorado Department of Agriculture to help learn whats in season year round.

Shopping elsewhere? Try searching for the Grown in Montana logo or other state grown logo. Or ask your grocery store produce manager for help locating local and seasonal foods. They tend to be fresher and less expensive.

How to buy local, seasonal milk? Purchase any fresh milk from your grocery store shelves. It takes less than 2 days from milk to travel from the dairy cow to your grocery store.

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The 2015 Feeders and Friends Arabelle Murphy Benefit in New Raymer Aug 15th…

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(BARN Media – Briggsdale,CO) July 15, 2015 –  Joining the Colorado Ag News Network Inside the BARN is Verlyn Mahan, and we’ll be discussing the upcoming 13th Feeders & Friends Arabelle Ryanne Murphy Benefit August 15th in New Raymer, CO…

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07-28-15 Beef Checkoff News: Market Research: Who, What, When, Where, Why & How?

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WHO represents the target market for beef promotion, and who do they trust?

WHAT do they care about most when it comes to food and food production, and what are the characteristics of the beef they would serve to their families?

WHEN do they decide to eat beef and what beef products do they choose most?

WHERE are they from/demographics, and where do these consumers go to get information, and where do they shop?

WHY do they want to eat beef and why do they not eat more beef?

HOW do they get information about beef, and how do they share that information?

These are just a few of the questions that the beef checkoff leaders seek to answer through extensive market-research efforts as they guide investment of checkoff dollars into promotion, research and information programs aimed at increasing beef demand.

Knowledge about consumers – beef buyers and potential buyers – is critical. After all, consumers are in the driver’s seat when it comes to buying beef – or any other product, for that matter. Until we understand the wants and needs of a target audience, what are the chances of meeting their requirements in the beef and beef products we produce for them? It would be like shooting in the dark and hoping to hit something. Continue reading

07-28-15 The 2015 Rocky Mountain Agribusiness Association’s Summer Meeting in Keystone August 19-20…

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The 2015 Rocky Mountain Agribusiness Association is holding its annual Summer Meeting August 19-20 at Keystone Lodge & Spa.

The two-day meeting provides opportunities to collaborate with industry peers and discuss business and industry trends. The Summer Meeting will incorporate golfing or fishing with business leaders and innovative speakers to swap ideas and network while raising funds for the RMAA Scholarship program.

RMAA’s annual fundraising dinner and auction will be held during the Summer Meeting to raise money for students with agricultural disciplines. Each year, RMAA awards more than $6000 to students who are passionate about agriculture.   Continue reading

07-28-15 The 2015 Plain Pedaler Correspondent Contest…

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Pedal The Plains is looking for three or four enthusiastic riders who share the Tour’s excitement for bike culture in Colorado’s Eastern Plains to join forces and become “Plain Pedalers”. Plain Pedalers will help capture the spirit of Pedal The Plains and tell the story of this fall’s ride and the culture of cycling.

What does it mean to be a Plain Pedaler?

Plain Pedalers will get one free entry into Pedal The Plains 2015. They will have the opportunity to tell their story by sharing photos of training, riding and exploring the state during the event, as well as during the weeks leading up to the ride. All of their content will be featured on the Pedal The Plains website and shared by Pedal The Plains social media. They’ll also help spread the word about PTP and encourage folks to register throughout the summer.

Who is the ideal Plain Pedaler?

The ideal Plain Pedaler is someone with an interesting perspective and a knack for storytelling or photo taking. They are willing to write a blog post every couple of weeks in the months leading up to the ride, and to post stories or photos every day during the event itself. They are savvy on social media, and willing to participate in conversations and sharing their work online. They are outgoing and interested in being an ambassador for Pedal The Plains.

New for the 2015 Plain Pedaler Program

This year Plain Pedalers will help spread the word of Pedal The Plains by taking on the roll of being ambassadors for the Tour. This roll includes attending local events, talking about Pedal The Plains and passing out informational materials. These events do not need to be cycling related. They can be anything from neighborhood farmers market to the weekly run clubs. Along with providing Plain Pedalers a list of event examples, PTP organizers will also send informational materials with a personalized registration code for participants to use when signing up for the Tour. After registration has closed, the Plain Pedaler who has encouraged the most cyclists to sign up for the Tour will receive a free entry into the 2016 Pedal The Plains.

Entries are due July 31st!

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07-28-15 NFU Guest Opinion: The Hoeven-Stabenow COOL Compromise Is The Only Path Forward for Food Labeling…

NFU - National Farmers Union logo5WASHINGTON (July 28, 2015) – National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson explains in a recent Agri-Pulse guest column that, fortunately for all parties involved in the Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL) dispute at the World Trade Organization (WTO), Sens. John Hoeven, R-North Dakota, Debbie Stabenow, D-Michigan, and a bipartisan group of cosponsors have introduced a COOL compromise bill that both meets our international trade obligations and maintains the integrity of the country-of-origin label.

“The Hoeven-Stabenow compromise is a win-win for everyone involved with the WTO dispute,” says Johnson. “It mandates the development of a clear, strong and honest ‘made in the USA’ label that we know consumers want, and it defangs the WTO ruling by making the law voluntary, not mandatory. Consumers win, producers win, our trading partners win and the WTO ruling becomes a moot point.”

Johnson says that as a direct result of the WTO ruling and the mounting pressure from Canada and Mexico’s unsubstantiated threats, the U.S. House of Representatives recently voted to repeal COOL altogether, despite the fact that consumers have clearly demonstrated their desire to buy locally. Currently, all eyes are on the Senate.   Continue reading

07-28-15 USGC News: Trade Policy Talks, Priorities Take Center Stage at USGC Annual Meeting…

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MONTREAL, CANADA – U.S. Grains Council (USGC) delegates received powerful insights into the global grain trade and trade policy’s role in the future dynamics of the market during Monday’s opening general session.

Informa Economics Vice President Nick Hoyt set the stage with a keynote presentation delving into global supply and demand dynamics for coarse grains and co-products, including the impact of a strong dollar, growing production from competitors like Brazil, and a U.S. corn yield that has yet to be determined. Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Tuesday, July 28th…

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“More Than 200,000 Comments Delivered to EPA on RFS”

On the final day of the comment period, advocates for the Renewable Fuel Standard delivered more than 200,000 comments to the EPA in favor of a strong final rule. Fuels America delivered the comments, but says they do not paint the full picture. “The Renewable Fuel Standard represents a promise to rural America—a promise that, when kept, helped rural economies across America make a strong comeback,” said Roger Johnson, president of the National Farmers Union and one of the Fuels America members who dropped comments off at the EPA Monday morning.

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“Beef Producers Say TPP Must Deliver”

Beef producers from several countries are calling for a high-quality market access deal on beef to be secured at the TPP ministerial meeting in Hawaii this week.  The Five Nations Beef Alliance (FNBA) says it is vital that a comprehensive, trade liberalizing deal be finalized as negotiators and trade ministers from the 12 TPP countries will meet in Maui. The alliance says after five years of negotiations, the TPP must not be allowed to drift or lose momentum. The FNBA has consistently called for a non-discriminatory, plurilateral TPP deal that will liberalize the trade in beef products.

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“Dairy Groups Commend Senate Appeals for a Robust U.S. Dairy Outcome in TPP Talks” Continue reading