09-29-16 USDA-NASS: AGRICULTURAL PRICES RECEIVED

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  • Arizona – Dave DeWalt 1-800-645-7286
  • Colorado – William R. Meyer 1-800-392-3202
  • Montana – Eric Sommer 1-800-835-2612
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09-29-16 Top Dollar Angus announces Seedstock Partnership Program

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Top Dollar Angus announces Seedstock Partnership Program

Larkspur, Colorado – Top Dollar Angus, Inc. is pleased to announce its new  Seedstock Partnership Program. With the fall sale season going strong, now is the perfect time to take advantage of this new opportunity. The Seedstock Partnership Program allows seedstock providers to elevate their Angus and Red Angus bulls and females that genetically excel in growth and carcass value potential. It will also allow seedstock breeders to offer their bull customers a value-added marketing opportunity through Top Dollar Angus. Continue reading

09-29-16 USDA Announces $8.4 Million to Support Minority and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers

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USDA Announces $8.4 Million to Support Minority and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers

WASHINGTON, Sept. 29, 2016 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced $8.4 million in grants that will be used by organizations in 24 states to provide training, outreach and technical assistance for socially disadvantaged, tribal and veteran farmers and ranchers.

“USDA was created to be ‘The People’s Department,’ and in the past eight years we have made tremendous progress in correcting past mistakes and creating a more inclusive culture within our organization. Part of that legacy includes supporting farmers and ranchers with diverse backgrounds and experience levels,” said Vilsack. “The grants announced today will be leveraged by local partners and help bring traditionally underserved people into farming, as well as veterans who want to return home to rural areas.” Continue reading

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09-29-16 CDA News: Nominations Sought for Noxious Weed Advisory Committee..

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Nominations Sought for Noxious Weed Advisory Committee
LAKEWOOD, Colo. – Three positions within the State Noxious Weed Advisory Committee will become vacant in December 2016.  Nominations are now being accepted to fill these important positions.
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09-29-16 ASTA: Congress Makes History, Ratifies Long-Awaited Treaty Tied to Global Food Security

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Congress Makes History, Ratifies Long-Awaited Treaty Tied to Global Food Security

Alexandria, Va.—September 29, 2016— Congress made history last night by passing a broadly supported Treaty to strengthen American agriculture and enhance global food security. First signed by President George W. Bush, and pending for nearly 15 years, the now ratified International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (“The Treaty”) will ensure U.S. public and private sector plant breeders have secure access to global plant materials as they work to develop the next generation of plant varieties to meet the needs of a growing population.

”The Treaty is a win for the American seed industry and for agriculture innovation around the world,” said ASTA President & CEO Andrew W. LaVigne. “Ratification of the Treaty has been one of ASTA’s top legislative priorities for the past decade and has been supported by a wide range of agriculture and scientific organizations and universities. The Treaty will ensure U.S. public and private plant breeders have secure access to the materials they need to address some of the world’s most pressing challenges – from evolving plant pests and diseases, to changing climates, and feeding a growing population.”  Continue reading

09-29-16 CO Governor Hickenlooper orders flags lowered to honor Shimon Peres, former President and Prime Minister of Israel

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Gov. Hickenlooper orders flags lowered to honor Shimon Peres, former President and Prime Minister of Israel

US_flag_half_mastDENVER — Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today ordered flags be lowered to half-staff to honor the memory of former President and Prime Minister of Israel, Shimon Peres, and as proclaimed by President Barack Obama. Flags should be flown at half-staff until sunset on Friday, September 30, 2016.

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09-29-16 NBA: Bison Association Awarded Three Year Grant for Local Food Promotion

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 Bison Association Awarded Three Year Grant for Local Food Promotion

Westminster, CO (September 29, 2016) –The National Bison Association this week was awarded a $213,272 three-year grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farmers’ Market Promotion Program to strengthen bison producers’ ability to connect with their local community at farmers’ markets, through agritourism activities, and with other direct marketing initiatives. Continue reading

09-29-16 CSU Ext-Weld County/WCLA hosting “Today’s Poultry Operations” Seminar in Greeley on Nov 5th…

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Weld County Extension and Weld County Livestock Association is presenting a Poultry Seminar– Today’s Poultry Operations on November 5th in Greeley.

Topics include: Avian Flu, Other Diseases and Biosecurity, Avian Surveillance Program, Quality Assurance/Bird Management, Meat Chickens & Turkeys, Water Fowl, Game Birds and Niche Marketing/Veterinary Feed Directives for Poultry.

It will be held on Saturday, November 5, 2016 in the 4-H Building, Island Grove Regional Park, Greeley, CO, from 9:00a – 4:00p (Check-in 8:30a-9:00a).

For Seminar Registration – CLICK HERE, or call 970-304-6535 for more information.

Registration is due by Wednesday, November 2, 2016.  

See you there!

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Thursday, September 29th…

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Grains Council, Renewable Fuels Association Disappointed in China DDGs Determination

The U.S. Grains Council and the Renewable Fuels Association expressed disappointment Wednesday with China’s preliminary determination regarding U.S. dried distiller’s grains. The Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China claims DDGs are being unfairly subsidized by U.S. government entities and have caused injury to China’s DDGs industry. The groups say the announcement was not a surprise, but challenge that “U.S. DDGs have not caused any injury to China.” The groups say DDGs play an important role in protecting Chinese feed producers and households against unpredictable swings in global commodity prices. The groups say “we will continue cooperating fully with these investigations” and hope China “will find in its final determination that continued access for U.S. DDGs is in China’s interest.”

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USDA GMO Labeling Study Waiting on Funding

The Department of Agriculture may have to wait until later this year to receive funding for the congressionally mandated study on electronic GMO labeling. Politico reports USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack said this week the funding would not be in the continuing resolution that was passed by the Senate Wednesday afternoon. The study was mandated as part of the GMO labeling bill passed by Congress this summer. Congress also set a deadline of two years for the study and the GMO labeling rules that USDA must craft. Vilsack said “it’s important for us to figure out a way to get this started” to meet the timeline Congress intended for GMO labeling. The mandatory labeling bill allows for scannable codes on food packaging that directs consumers to label information online through a smartphone.

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Arkansas Representative Introduces Tax Deferred Savings Bill for Farmers

Republican U.S. Representative Rick Crawford of Arkansas this week introduced a bill in the U.S. House intended to help farmers save for disasters and difficult times. Crawford says the Farm Risk Abatement and Mitigation Election Act would give farmers the option of taking disaster preparedness into their hands. The FRAME Act would establish tax-deferred farm savings accounts that farmers could withdraw from during difficult times without waiting for disaster declarations and government assistance. He says the accounts would work much like an IRA or Health Savings Account and would give farmers the option of investing. To encourage initial investment, farmers would be eligible to write-off FRAME Account contributions on their tax bill. Contributions would be tax deductible up to $50,000 per year, and farmers would retain 10 percent of their contributions as a tax credit during the first few years after opening the account. The bill was referred to the House Ways and Means Committee for consideration.

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Judge Allows Syngenta Corn Case to Continue as Class Action Suit

A federal judge in Kansas has allowed a lawsuit filed by farmers against Syngenta to move forward as a class action lawsuit. Farmers from the U.S. sued Syngenta in 2014 after grain shipments to China were rejected because of an unapproved genetically engineered trait was found. The trait, Syngenta’s Agrisure Viptera, was unapproved for import by China. Farmers who did not plant Viptera corn claimed they suffered losses when the rejections disrupted trade and dragged down corn prices. It is estimated by the plaintiffs that U.S. corn producers lost between $5-7 billion in current and future revenue because China stopped importing U.S. corn at the time. An attorney appointed to represent the farmers says the ruling “will make it easier and less expensive for farmers to pursue their claims against Syngenta.” Syngenta says it is not responsible for the losses and may appeal the District Court’s decision.

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Putin Tells Russia to Not Hurry Grain Movement

President Vladimir Putin of Russia this week hailed the nation’s farmers efforts in producing the biggest post-Soviet grain crop this week. However, in his message to farmers, he cautioned the country should not be in a hurry to move excess grain. Russia’s Agriculture Ministry Tuesday announced the nation’s grain crop was estimated at 110 to 115 million metric tons, the largest overall grain crop for Russia in 25 years. Pro Farmer’s First Thing Today says wheat exports from Russia are projected around 30 million metric tons. Putin also cautioned Russia’s agriculture industry about rushing to boost exports until global prices for grain increase. He said “we shouldn’t be hurrying to dump extra volumes on the market.” Farmers in Russia this year enjoyed a mild winter and warm, wet summer, helping them bounce back from the 2010 drought. Russia’s agricultural output has gradually recovered from its tough Soviet times when the nation had to import American wheat. Now, Russia is expected to be the biggest wheat exporter.

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Millennials are Big Organic Consumers

The Organic Trade Association says millennials are big consumers of organic foods and other organic products. OTA announced the U.S. Families’ Organic Attitudes and Beliefs 2016 Tracking Study during a conference last week. The survey shows about 52 percent of household heads that buy organic food are millennials in the 18- to-34-year-old age group, according to Agri-Pulse. Behind millennials, 35 percent of household heads that buy organic are in the Generation X category of 35 to 50 years old and 14 percent are baby boomers, 51 to 69 years old. The survey, which hasn’t been published yet in full, also shows that 54 percent of millennials put a high level of trust in the organic seal on food. The survey also shows that 77 percent of American consumers consider themselves “very knowledgeable” about organic qualities. The study polled more than 1,800 households throughout the country with at least one child under 18 years old.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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09-28-16 *CSU Ext News* Ron Meyer, “Navigating the Online Energy Information Landscape”

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“Navigating the Online Energy Information Landscape”

Fall weather and cooler temperatures naturally turn thoughts to heating homes and changing energy usage. While analysts predict an increase in natural gas prices, you might wonder: is this the year you should finally insulate the attic? What about LED bulbs–are they the real deal? Your neighbor just installed solar panels–does it make sense for you? Where does our electricity come from anyway? Continue reading

09-28-16 McCook Farm & Ranch Expo November 16-17

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McCook Farm & Ranch Expo November 16-17

McCOOK, Neb. – The McCook Farm & Ranch Expo will return to the Red Willow County Fairgrounds on Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 16-17, 2016.

There will be a free producer breakfast on Wednesday the 16th from 7:30-9am. Come out and join us for breakfast to kick off the expo. The show opens at 9 a.m. both days and closes at 7 p.m. the first day and 4 p.m. the second. Admission and parking are free.

“We are excited to utilize for the 2nd year the NEW “Alice Kiplinger Bldg.” It brings an additional 17,000 square feet of show space to this year’s Expo. This building was built and paid for by the most generous man we have ever met, Tom Kiplinger, and his generosity see no bounds. The Alice Kiplinger building was donated to the Red Willow County Fairgrounds. Please take this opportunity to come enjoy this new facility. And if you see Tom, please give him a well-deserved pat on the back. Continue reading

09-28-16 NCGA: Deadline for Atrazine Comments Has Arrived; Step Up and Be Counted…

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Deadline for Atrazine Comments Has Arrived;  Step Up and Be Counted

The National Corn Grower Association is asking farmers to express their support for the herbicide atrazine at www.ncga.com/atz before the Oct. 5, 2016 deadline.
“Atrazine is a safe and effective crop management tool, and EPA should base their decisions on sound science,” said National Corn Growers Production and Stewardship Action Team ChairmanBrent Hostetler, a farmer from Plain City, Ohio.  “That’s why I’m urging farmers to contact the EPA and make their voices heard.” Continue reading

09-28-16 US Senator Bennet: Northern Colorado Food Cluster Wins $238,000 USDA Grant

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Northern Colorado Food Cluster Wins $238,000 USDA Grant

Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet announced that the Northern Colorado Food Cluster (NCFC) in Loveland has won a $238,953 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to help expand opportunities in the direct producer-to-consumer marketplace for locally grown foods. The Northern Colorado Food Cluster will work with its 157 regional members to develop a plan to improve farm and ranch sales opportunities to consumers.
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09-2816 USDA Commits $56 Million for Local and Community Food Projects, Organic Research

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USDA Commits $56 Million for Local and Community Food Projects, Organic Research

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces Latest Investments to Connecting Consumers to Their Food While Creating New Market Opportunities for Producers

NEW YORK, Sept. 28, 2016 – At the New York Times Food for Tomorrow Conference, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced more than $56 million in grants to strengthen local and regional food systems, support farmers markets, and fund organic research. Since 2009, USDA has invested over $1 billion in more than 40,000 local food businesses and infrastructure projects.

“Since this Administration launched the Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food initiative in 2009 to coordinate USDA efforts to support local and regional food systems, there has been a dramatic increase in consumer demand for buying local,” said Vilsack. “Over the years, we’ve seen how these new market opportunities are helping to drive job growth in agriculture, increase entrepreneurship in rural communities, and expand food access and choice. This latest round of grants will expand the capacity of farmers and businesses to serve this growing market, help revitalize local economies around the country, and support efforts around the country to provide fresh, healthy food to all Americans.”

The Food for Tomorrow conference brings together a range of leaders to discuss important issues and trends affecting how we feed our nation and the world. At the event, Vilsack made three significant funding announcements. Continue reading

09-28-16 CDA: Twelve Horses in Colorado Confirmed to be Infected with West Nile Virus

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Twelve Horses in Colorado Confirmed to be Infected with West Nile Virus

As of September 27, 2016, twelve horses in Colorado have been confirmed to be infected with the West Nile Virus.
County Breakdown:
  • Larimer County = 4 cases
  • Weld County = 3 cases
  • LaPlata County = 2 cases
  • Adams County = 1 case
  • Mesa County = 1 case
  • Pueblo County = 1 case

09-28-16 Statement from U.S. DDGS Organizations on China Preliminary Determination in Countervailing Duties Investigation

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Statement from U.S. DDGS Organizations on China Preliminary Determination in Countervailing Duties Investigation

WASHINGTON — A statement from the U.S. Grains Council (USGC), Growth Energy and the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA):

“We are disappointed that the Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China (MOFCOM) has issued a preliminary determination claiming U.S. dried distiller’s grains with or without solubles (DDGS) are being unfairly subsidized by U.S. government entities and have caused injury to the China’s DDGS industry.

“U.S. DDGS have not caused any injury to China’s DDGS producers. This announcement is not a surprise given MOFCOM’s treatment of the U.S. DDGS industry last week.

“U.S. DDGS play an important role in protecting Chinese feed producers and households against unpredictable swings in global commodity prices.

“We will continue cooperating fully with these investigations, and we remain hopeful that MOFCOM will find in its final determination that continued access for U.S. DDGS is in China’s interest.” Continue reading

09-28-16 New CSU ‘Your Energy’ Website Launched!

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Navigating the online energy information landscape

September 26, 2016 – (Fort Collins, Colo.)  Fall weather and cooler temperatures naturally turn thoughts to heating homes and changing energy usage. While analysts predict an increase in natural gas prices, you might wonder: is this the year you should finally insulate the attic? What about LED bulbs–are they the real deal? Your neighbor just installed solar panels–does it make sense for you? Where does our electricity come from anyway? Continue reading

09-28-16 CFVGA: Encouraging Kids to Eat More Produce-Tips from a Professional

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By Marilyn Bay Drake, Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association
Gone are the days when the school lunch lady plopped a pile of “chef’s surprise” on the plate of students with a take it or leave it attitude. The problem of days-gone-by school lunches was that kids, more often than not, left it and by so doing also left behind the curiosity and willingness to try new foods.
Today’s innovative school lunch professionals, like Natalie Leffler, who is employed by the Nutrition Services Department for Greeley-Evans School District 6, are trying new things to get kids to make healthier food choices in the school lunch line and throughout their lives. One such strategy is buying locally-produced foods.

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