05-27-15 Colorado Tumble Weed’s Crop Report with Lamar’s Don Turner…

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05/27/15 – On Tuesday, May 26th, I attended a meeting in Marlin Texas Presented by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension concerning Wheat Kernel Damage. Dr. J. Mark Welch presented the Price Loss that could be incurred if current moisture continued, regarding Grade Discounts. He presented everything from moderate to extreme examples. He also covered the effect it would have on any Delivery Contract that they have. The meeting was presented with a positive attitude, realizing some farmers may have already incurred Sprouting damage. The Amber Waves of grain in Texas are in jeopardy. Right now you could call them of the Amber Sea of Grain. That is not a pretty sight when you realize the dollar value in these fields. 60 bu X $4.00=$240 per acre. Crop insurance was also discussed, that will cover about $120 dollars of that loss. This is an unusual comment in light of the last 3 years. Pray for clear skies and gentle breeze soon!!


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05-27-15 KDA News: NBAF breaks ground in Manhattan, KS…

KDA-Kansas Dept of Ag HeaderUS Dept of Homeland Security logoNBAF Site Manhattan KansasMANHATTAN, Kan. – The National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF) groundbreaking took place today in a ceremony attended by city, university, state and federal leaders.  The NBAF facility will make Kansas the epicenter of new and progressive animal disease research. The Kansas Congressional Delegation, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback and Kansas Secretary of Agriculture Jackie McClaskey all took part in the groundbreaking event in addition to numerous federal officials.

“NBAF being located in Kansas reaffirms the Kansas Department of Agriculture’s commitment to protect and preserve our tremendous animal agriculture industry,” said McClaskey. “This state-of-the-art facility will offer great opportunities for advancements in animal agriculture. We understand the inherent value of NBAF and the challenge to protect this valuable industry.  We take pride in Kansas agriculture and recognize the significant economic contribution the animal agriculture industry has in Kansas and in the United States.  We look forward to the opportunities to partner with NBAF, as together we will play a role in keeping those sectors protected.” Continue reading

05-27-15 RMFU News: Farm leader says Clean Water Rule restores common sense clarity for farmers

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Farm leader says Clean Water Rule restores common sense clarity for farmers

Denver (May 27, 2015) – Farmers and ranchers now have a clearer understanding of how the EPA will apply rules to protect clean water based on the agency’s Clean Water Rule announcement. Farmers and ranchers will not need a permit for normal agricultural activities including planting, cultivating, harvesting, and the movement of livestock.

“Clean water is essential for farmers and ranchers, and for the production of healthful food,” says Kent Peppler, who farms in northern Colorado and is president of Rocky Mountain Farmers Union. “The Administration’s new Clean Water Rule again protects upstream water sources and downstream producers, and ensures reliable, clean water for our farms and families. This rule also continues existing exemptions for day-to-day farm operations,” he adds. “This is common-sense rulemaking.” Continue reading

05-27-15 New USDA Portal Enables Farmers, Ranchers to Request Conservation Assistance Online…

NRCS Chief to Announce New Resource for Farmers and Ranchers to Request Conservation Assistance

 WASHINGTON, May 26, 2015 – Today, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Chief Jason Weller announced the availability of a new resource to help farmers and ranchers engage with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) NRCS and receive conservation assistance.  Joining on the call will be Tim Palmer, a farmer in Iowa who will discuss his experience utilizing this new resource. Listen to te press conference below…

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Washington, D.C. May 27, 2015 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that farmers, ranchers and private forest landowners can now do business with U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) through a new online portal. With today’s launch of Conservation Client Gateway, producers will have the ability to work with conservation planners online to access Farm Bill programs, request assistance and track payments for their conservation activities.

“What used to require a trip to a USDA service center can now be done from a home computer through Conservation Client Gateway,” Vilsack said. “USDA is committed to providing effective, efficient assistance to its clients, and Conservation Client Gateway is one way to improve customer service.”

Conservation Client Gateway enables farmers, ranchers and private landowners to securely:

  • Request NRCS technical and financial assistance;
  • Review and sign conservation plans and practice schedules;
  • Complete and sign an application for a conservation program;
  • Review, sign and submit contracts and appendices for conservation programs;
  • Document completed practices and request certification of completed practices;
  • Request and track payments for conservation programs; and
  • Store and retrieve technical and financial files, including documents and photographs.

Conservation Client Gateway is entirely voluntary, giving producers a choice between conducting business online or traveling to a USDA service center.

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epa_seal_mediumcolorWASHINGTON – In an historic step for the protection of clean water, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army are finalizing the Clean Water Rule today to clearly protect from pollution and degradation the streams and wetlands that form the foundation of the nation’s water resources. This afternoon at 12:45 pm ET, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and Assistant Secretary Jo-Ellen Darcy will deliver remarks on the Clean Water Rule at an event at an Earth Conservation Corps facility on the Anacostia River. They will be joined by Obama Administration Officials and stakeholders to discuss the importance of clean water to our health, our communities and our economy. Following the event, Administrator McCarthy and Assistant Secretary Darcy will hold a press call to answer questions about the Agencies’ final rule.

The final Clean Water Rule ensures that waters protected under the Clean Water Act are more precisely defined and predictably determined, making permitting less costly, easier, and faster for businesses and industry. The rule is grounded in law and the latest science, and is shaped by public input. The rule does not create any new permitting requirements for agriculture and maintains all previous exemptions and exclusions.

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05-27-15 National Farmers Union Statement on Waters of the U.S. Final Rule…

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National Farmers Union Statement on Waters of the U.S. Final Rule

WASHINGTON (May 27, 2015) – National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson

Released the following statement on today’s release of the Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) Final Rule by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA):

“NFU’s policy opposes any expansion of jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act (CWA), but EPA has made genuine efforts in reaching out to agriculture stakeholders in the rule-making process and the final rule clearly demonstrates that the agency took the concerns of family agriculture under serious consideration.  While the rule is not perfect from our perspective, the final rule is an improvement over the proposed rule. 

“The final rule puts bright-line limits on jurisdiction over neighboring waters, offering farmers increased regulatory certainty and mitigating the risk of enforcement or litigation. The final rule also provides more clarity on which ditches fall under the Clean Water Act jurisdiction, removing a gray area that has caused farmers and ranchers an incredible amount of concern.

“We appreciate EPA’s work on the regional water features, but remain concerned about waters that cannot impact the quality of jurisdictional waters will fall under jurisdiction, or that farmers will not have the regulatory certainty they need to address these waters appropriately.   NFU hopes EPA will clarify this process through timely guidance.” Continue reading

05-27-15 Alpaca Owners Association hosts first National Fleece Conference June 26-28 in Denver, CO…

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Denver, CO – Since the United States first commercially imported alpacas in 1984, alpaca breeders have worked hard to produce offspring with the finest, softest, most lustrous fleece. Until recently the primary focus of the industry was on breeding to build a national herd of superior fleece producing livestock able to compete in the global market. The time has come to focus on the fleece!

The 2015 Alpaca Owners Association (AOA) Fleece Conference is the first national alpaca fleece conference of its kind in North America. The event takes place June 26 – 28 in Denver, Colorado at the Holiday Inn Denver, East Stapleton and will feature: Continue reading

05-27-15 WSSA News: Geography a Stronger Indicator of Weed Diversity than Glyphosate-Resistant Crop Trait..

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Geography a Stronger Indicator of Weed Diversity than Glyphosate-Resistant Crop Trait

Weed Science –The potential long-term impacts of glyphosate-resistant crops on biodiversity of the agricultural landscape have been the subject of controversy. A new article in the journal Weed Science describes a large-scale study analyzing the effects of glyphosate-resistant crops on the diversity of agricultural weeds. This study examined 156 field sites with at least a 3-year history of growing glyphosate-resistant crops in six states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Mississippi, Nebraska, and North Carolina. Researchers analyzed the effects on weed communities of cropping system and crop rotation, including frequency of planting glyphosate-resistant crops. Continue reading

05-27-15 RFA News: New NREL Report: Most Retail Fueling Equipment is Already E15 Compatible…

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WASHINGTON — The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) released a new study today that found most of the existing fuel dispensing infrastructure components — including underground storage tanks — are compatible with E15. The researchers interviewed retail fuel equipment experts and examined manufacturer warranty statements, official records, and industry trends in a multifaceted look into the compatibility of fuel blends beyond E10 with all retail station fuel dispensing equipment.

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05-27-15 NCGA: Water Rules Must be Clear and Workable for Farmers…

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WASHINGTON (May 27, 2015) – The following is a statement from Chip Bowling, Maryland farmer and president of the National Corn Growers Association, in response to today’s EPA announcement of a revised rule pertaining to the Clean Water Act.

“We cannot comment on the specifics of the revised rule until we have had a chance to fully review it. We especially want to ensure that the broad promises made in the EPA press release are carried out in the text of this comprehensive rule.

“With the earlier round of proposed rules, NCGA was concerned that the earlier proposed rule represented a significant expansion of federal Clean Water Act jurisdiction relative to anything that has ever been in rulemaking before. We especially will look closely at how on-farm ditches, ponds and puddles are treated in the rule.

“As in the past, we will work with EPA as much as possible to ensure we have rules in place that are clear and workable for farmers.”

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05-27-1 Clean Water Rule Protects Streams and Wetlands Critical to Public Health, Communities, and Economy…


Clean Water Rule Protects Streams and Wetlands Critical to Public Health, Communities, and Economy

Does not create any new permitting requirements and maintains all previous exemptions and exclusions

Washington – In an historic step for the protection of clean water, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army finalized the Clean Water Rule today to clearly protect from pollution and degredation the streams and wetlands that form the foundation of the nation’s water resources.

The rule ensures that waters protected under the Clean Water Act are more precisely defined and predictably determined, making permitting less costly, easier, and faster for businesses and industry. The rule is grounded in law and the latest science, and is shaped by public input. The rule does not create any new permitting requirements for agriculture and maintains all previous exemptions and exclusions. Continue reading

05-27-15 US Senator Gardner Denounces Federal Encroachment On Water Rights…

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 Washington, DC – Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following statement reacting to the release today of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) “Waters of the United States” rule:

“This rule represents a massive expansion of federal power and puts the EPA in the ludicrous position of acting as the main regulator of ponds, ditches, and even intermittent streams across the country. Generations of state and local officials have crafted water rules that take community needs into account while ensuring that water is kept clean.

“Now, this rule threatens to wash all those years of state water law away and drown communities and businesses in federal red tape. I will continue to support legislative efforts to block this rule and protect the ability of Coloradans to decide how best to make use of our limited water resources.”

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.  

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05-27-15 NCBA News: EPA Writes off Rural America, Finalizes Proposed “Waters of the US” Rule Agency’s Flawed Rule Stems from a Flawed Process…

WASHINGTON (May 27, 2015) – “Nothing left unregulated” is the apparent motto of the Environmental Protection Agency. Today, the Agency finalized its “Waters of the United States” proposed rule, which unilaterally strips private property rights and adds hundreds of thousands of stream miles and acres of land to federal jurisdiction.NCBA - New Image 2010
Under the guise of clarifying the Clean Water Act, the EPA and the Army Corps added ambiguous language to the law that leaves regulation up to the subjectivity of individual regulators across the country. By law, the EPA must read and consider all comments submitted on the proposed rule, but only six months after receiving over one million public comments on the proposal, EPA has finalized the rule. Philip Ellis, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association president, said this is a clear indication there is no intention of considering the concerns of those most impacted by the rule.

It shouldn’t be a surprise, however, that a flawed rule would come from a flawed process. Not only did the EPA write the proposal expanding the reach of the Clean Water Act without input from agriculture, the Agency implemented their own grassroots lobbying campaign to drown out the concerns of private property owners. The tax-payer funded campaign was promoted through social media channels and called for people to share EPA’s oversimplified and misleading talking points.

“The former Obama campaign officials that received political appointments at EPA are apparently putting their activist knowledge base to use,” said Ellis. “Soliciting endorsements and support is a far cry from simply educating the public, as EPA officials claim.”  Continue reading

05-27-15 Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. Announces New Leadership Positions…

Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc logoST. JOSEPH, Mo. (May 27, 2015) — In efforts to deepen its expertise as a leader in equine and cattle health, Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. (BIVI) announces Dr. Scott King as the new director of the U.S. Cattle Marketing team, and Amanda McAvoy as senior associate director of the U.S. Equine Marketing team.

“Scott and Amanda bring excellent leadership experience to their new positions,” states Steve Boren, executive director of the U.S. Cattle and Equine Business Segments for BIVI. “Their successes in adding value to equine and cattle brands align with our efforts to provide strategic leadership and branding expertise.”

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05-27-15 “Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner.” Digital Advertising Efforts in Full Swing…

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2015 Summer Campaign Launch Promises Big Results for Beef

2015 marks the second year since the beef checkoff’s “Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner.” brand made the shift from traditional advertising to an all-digital approach, using an integrated digital media plan to reach consumers in a new and highly engaging way.

“The checkoff’s advertising efforts are instrumental in helping to educate millions of Americans on beef’s superior taste, nutritional package, ease-of-use and versatility by providing them with the beef-related information they need, when they need it,” says Terri Carstensen, Chair of the Domestic Consumer Preference committee, and beef producer from Odebolt, Iowa. “Through the checkoff’s digital advertising campaigns, consumers are equipped with the beef tips, techniques and recipes they need to ensure a great beef eating experience, each and every time.”

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, May 27th…

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“Commodity Markets Impacted by Strength of U.S. Dollar”

Doane Advisory Services reports U.S. dollar strength is weighing on commodity markets – as concerns about the European Monetary Union have increased this week. The U.S. dollar’s surge in early trading dragged July corn futures to 3-59 per bushel Monday night. July soybean futures rallied to 9.275 per bushel. July CBOT wheat futures slid to 5-13 per bushel. June live cattle futures slipped to 152-point-12-cents per pound. August feeder cattle futures increased to 219-point-00-cents per pound. June hog futures slipped to 83-point-72-cents per pound. July cotton futures climbed to 63-point-59-cents per pound.


“All Eyes on House for TPA”

Last week – the Senate voted 62 to 37 to pass trade promotion authority. Congress is now on Memorial Day recess – so the House will note take up TPA until it returns in June. Senate Finance Chair Orrin Hatch says the bill will boost export opportunities for American farmers, ranchers and businesses. As the leader of the global trading system – Hatch says the U.S. envisions a market that promotes American economic opportunity. Several groups urge the House to pass TPA as well – including the National Pork Producers Council. NPPC President Dr. Ron Prestage says the House needs to pass TPA so that one of the most significant regional trade deals ever can be concluded – the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Once TPA is approved – Prestage says U.S. trade negotiators will have the leverage they need to close TPP negotiations – and the U.S. pork industry needs TPP to continue growing exports.


“Socially-Disadvantaged Groups Grants Available”

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is accepting applications to provide technical assistance to socially-disadvantaged groups in rural communities through the Socially-Disadvantaged Groups Grant Program. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says these grants help socially-disadvantaged business owners develop the tools and skills they need to grow their enterprises and succeed at creating jobs and expanding economic opportunities in rural areas. Up to 3-million dollars in grants will be made available. Applications submitted via mail must be postmarked by July 20th. Electronic applications must be submitted by midnight Eastern time on July 14th at Grants dot gov (www.grants.gov).


“NFU Wants Stronger Payment Limitations, Eligibility Requirements for Farm Programs”

National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson says NFU’s grassroots policy has long held that primary objectives of national ag policy should be to enable family farmers to significantly increase net farm income, improve the quality of rural life and increase the number of family farmers so farmers may continue to provide a reliable supply of food, fiber, feed and fuel and serve as stewards of the nation’s resources. In comments submitted for a proposed rule to the Farm Service Agency – Johnson says NFU supports the direction of farm program benefits to family farm producers in a way to reduce government costs while fortifying the sustainability of family farms, rural communities and natural resources. The proposed rule classifies active personal management as the contribution of 500-hours of management – or at least 25-percent of the total management required for a given operation each year. NFU says this proposal wasn’t forceful enough – so NFU proposes a non-family farm shouldn’t be allowed to exceed two eligible managers under any scenario – with each manager subject to the definition of actively engaged. Furthermore – NFU proposes the rule apply to family farm operations and non-family farms.


“Beef Checkoff Rev It Up Challenge Voting Begins Next Week”

The beef checkoff’s Rev It Up My ROI Checkoff Challenge has been happening for the past couple months. Producers have shared their stories of how the checkoff has brought the most value to their operations – and now it’s time to vote for the winner. Voting opens on June 1st and ends at midnight on Sunday, June 7th through the My Beef Checkoff Facebook page. The winner will be announced June 8th and will win a Yamaha Viking EPA 4×4 – worth nearly 22,000-dollars. For more information – visit My Beef Checkoff dot com (www.MyBeefCheckoff.com).

SOURCE: NAFB News Service


05-26-15 Wyoming Governor Mead Reacts to Process Behind EPA’s WOTUS Rule…

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy called Governor Mead to announce that she is signing the controversial Waters of the United States rule. Wyoming, along with a number of other states, asked McCarthy to work on concerns with the rule. Consultation with governors is required under the Clean Water Act.

“I am disappointed at the lack of consideration for the law and procedure,” said Mead. “The Administrator ignored requests to consult with states and develop a rule that complies with the law and protects water.”

Once it is signed the rule will go into the federal register for review and comment.

“This rule has wide ranging impact,” said Mead. “I am frustrated the EPA has again stepped out of the bounds of its authority and has disregarded the role and concerns of the state.”

05-26-15 FSA-CO News from Logan County: Producers Must Report Prevented Planting and Failed Acres…

Logan County FSA LogoSherry Lederhos, Executive Director of Logan County USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA), reminds producers to report prevented planting and failed acres in order to establish or retain FSA program eligibility.

Producers must report crop acreage they intended to plant, but due to natural disaster, they were prevented from planting.  Prevented planting acreage must be reported on form FSA-576, Notice of Loss, no later than 15 calendar days after the final planting date as established by FSA and Risk Management Agency (RMA).

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