08-27-15 2016 4-H Citizenship Washington Focus and Leadership Washington Focus registrations are now open!

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2016 4-H Citizenship Washington Focus and Leadership Washington Focus registrations are now open!

With summer 2015 officially a wrap we are pleased to announce the opening of registration for 4-H Citizenship Washington Focus and Leadership Washington Focus 2016!  We are expecting strong attendance in 2016 and the early weeks are already filling up – it’s never too early to secure your delegation’s space!

Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF)

CWF is a program for 4-H’ers entering grades 10-12 that takes place at the National 4-H Conference Center, just one mile from the Washington, D.C. border.

  • Week 1: June 5-11– SOLD OUT
  • Week 2: June 12-18
  • Week 3: June 19-25
  • Week 4: June 26- July 2
  • Week 5: July 3- 9
  • Week 6: July 10-16
  • Week 7: July 17-23

Leadership Washington Focus (LWF) Continue reading

08-27-15 CMU Op-Ed: Land Use Moving to Center of Colorado’s Water Supply Discussion…

CMU - Water Center HeaderWritten by: Hannah Holm, Coordinator, Water Center at Colorado Mesa University

Not long ago, mentions of growth control as a tool to reduce water demands tended to be written off by Colorado water insiders as too complicated, outside the control of water providers and anti-economic development.  Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Thursday, August 27th…

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CLICK HERE to listen to TODAY’s BARN Morning Ag News with Brian Allmer…

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“Monsanto Announces Pull Back of Syngenta Offer”

Following reports from earlier this week that Monsanto had upped the bid, the company announced Wednesday that Monsanto is no longer pursuing the current proposal for Syngenta. In a news release, Monsanto announced Syngenta said Monsanto’s enhanced proposal did not meet financial expectations. Monsanto will continue its focus on opportunities within its existing core business and resume the implementation of its approved share repurchase program as soon as practical, according to the company. After the announcement, National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson said “this is clearly not only good news for family farmers, but for economically competitive markets as well.” The NFU Board of Directors had passed a resolution earlier this year opposing the potential merger.

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“US Ban on Canadian Poultry Lifted” Continue reading

08-26-15 EPA Proposes Changes to the Federal Regulations for the Certification and Training of Pesticide Applicators…

epa_seal_mediumcolorEPA Proposes Changes to the Federal Regulations for the Certification and Training of Pesticide Applicators. EPA is accepting comments on the proposal until November 23, 2015. The 90-day public comment period has started for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal for pesticide applicators who apply restricted use pesticides. Continue reading

08-26-15 WY Governor Mead Launches Endangered Species Act Initiative…

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Wyoming Governor Matt Mead

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Matt Mead as Chairman of the Western Governors’ Association (WGA) announced his Chairman’s Initiative – improving the effectiveness and efficiency of the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

“The Endangered Species Act touches the people and economies of western states in a significant way,” Governor Mead said. “This initiative is intended to take a hard look at the ESA – where has it been successful and where are changes needed. This effort will invite participation from a broad spectrum to come up with good information and useful recommendations.” Continue reading

08-26-15 CO Corn Letter to the Editor: Preserving agriculture yet another reason we need NISP now…

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Preserving agriculture yet another reason we need NISP now

Comment deadline for the project is Sept. 3.

During the past three decades, agricultural land in the South Platte Basin dropped from 1.1 million acres down to 813,000, as water left farms and ranches, sold to growing cities. Continue reading

08-26-15 Top 10 Reasons Independent U.S. Cattle Producers Support Mandatory COOL…

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Top 10 Reasons Independent U.S. Cattle Producers Support Mandatory COOL
Billings, Mont. – Detractors of the United States’ country of origin labeling (COOL) law are reenergized as a result of a recent World Trade Organization (WTO) ruling that determined that COOL violates international trade laws because it results in foreign livestock being treated differently than U.S. livestock. Despite polls indicating overwhelming support for COOL, and although the WTO dispute process has not yet concluded, Congress worked feverishly before the August recesses to either repeal COOL or to weaken it by establishing a wholly voluntary program in its place.

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08-26-15 ACE honors ethanol contributors with 2015 awards…

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ACE honors ethanol contributors with 2015 awards

Sioux Falls, SD (August 26, 2015) – The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) honored a select group of individuals and companies for their substantial efforts to advance the U.S. ethanol industry during ACE’s annual conference in Omaha, Nebraska, last week. Continue reading

08-26-15 ALB News: National Lamb Quality Audit Strategy Workshop Summary…

National Lamb Quality Audit Strategy Workshop Summary

Written by: Travis W. Hoffman

The American Lamb Board hosted a Strategy Workshop pertinent to American Lamb Quality in June 2015.  The focus of the workshop was to develop a vision, goals, and an action plan from findings of a research project “Preferences and Complaints associated with American Lamb Quality in Retail and Foodservice Markets” (a.k.a. National Lamb Quality Audit).  Researchers from Colorado State University and The Ohio State University presented results that included personal interviews with 120 protein purchasers within U.S. retail and foodservice.  Further results included a benchmark of lamb product characteristics (i.e., size, cutability, and product label claims) available at retail from 12 geographically diverse locations. Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, Aug 26th…

CLICK HERE to listen to TODAY's BARN Morning Ag News with Brian Allmer...

CLICK HERE to listen to TODAY’s BARN Morning Ag News with Brian Allmer…

Sponsored by the American Farm Bureau Federation

“USDA Forecasting Drop in Farm Sector Profitability for 2015”

A forecast released Tuesday by USDA predicts significantly lower farm profitability for 2015. Numbers by USDA show cash receipts from crops are down 6.2 percent while cash receipts for livestock are down 9.1 percent in 2015. Cash receipts for crops are estimated at $195 billion while livestock cash receipts are estimated at $192.8 billion. AgWeb reports that given low prices for farm products, it’s not surprising to see that government payments are expected to rise in 2015 to $11.4 billion, an increase of 16.3 percent compared to last year. Net cash income is forecast at $100.3 billion, down about 21 percent from 2014 levels. If the forecast holds true, 2015 will mark the second straight year of decline. The 2015 forecast for net farm income would be the lowest since 2006 and a drop of nearly 53 percent from the record high of $123.7 billion in 2013. Farm Expenses have yet to follow the downward trend, dropping less than one half of one percent since last year, at $338.8 billion. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack released a statement following the forecast saying despite the fact that farm income is forecasted to be down from record levels, the projections provide a snapshot of rural America that continues to remain stable and resilient while battling an animal disease outbreak in the Midwest and facing prolonged drought in Western states. The USDA forecast will be updated again in November.

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“Monsanto Increases Syngenta Takeover Offer” Continue reading

08-25-15 KDA News: Republican River Compact Administration to hold annual meeting Aug 27th in Lincoln, NE…

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Manhattan, KS. – The Republican River Compact Administration (RRCA) will hold its 55th annual meeting at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 27, 2015 in Lincoln, Nebraska.

The RRCA 2015 meeting is hosted by the Nebraska Department of Natural Resources. The meeting will focus on water related issues and activities, including compact compliance, within the Republican River basin in  Colorado, Nebraska and Kansas. Continue reading

08-25-15 Beef Checkoff News: Listening to Millennial Consumers…

Beef Checkoff News HeaderMillennial Listening Panel helps checkoff define opportunities

How do we know that millennial consumers have little understanding of beef nutrition but seem to feel as though beef is good, or even necessary, for their children? That they are ‘interested’ in health but are not ‘fanatics’?  That value and convenience are two of the most important attributes they want in beef? That they like to experiment in the kitchen but want more resources to improve their skills? That cooking at home is a creative event with family? Or that they are cooking at home more this year than last?

It’s all about research. Market research. And it’s absolutely critical to success in selling beef and beef products to today’s consumers.

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08-25-15 Pawnee Buttes Seed says THANKS for making 2015 Grass Tour a Success…

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Thank you for making the 2015 Grass Tour a success!
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Greeley, Colo., August 25, 2015- The 2015 ‘Stewards of the Land’ Grass Tour is a wrap. Thank you to all of the speakers, participants and partners who made this year’s tour the largest and one of the most memorable to date. We were joined by more than 60 attendees involved with agriculture, energy development and resource management.

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08-25-15 NFU Thanks Hill Leaders for Encouraging Greater FSMA Outreach to Family Farmers…

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WASHINGTON (August 25, 2015) – National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson thanked U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Connecticut, U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Connecticut, and the 12 other members of Congress who sent a letter calling for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to implement programs to help family farmers and ranchers comply with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Tuesday, Aug 25th…

CLICK HERE to listen to TODAY's BARN Morning Ag News with Brian Allmer...

CLICK HERE to listen to TODAY’s BARN Morning Ag News with Brian Allmer…

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“11th Hour for WOTUS Opponents”

The clock is ticking down to implementation of the Environmental Protection Agencies Waters of the U.S. rule. 13 states have asked for an injunction to delay the rule, set to go into effect Friday.  If granted, the injunction would halt the EPA from implementing the rule, which opponents argue is an increase in the agency’s jurisdictional reach, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal. When granting a preliminary injunction, the courts must consider four things: the likelihood of irreparable harm to the petitioners if the injunction is not granted; the balance of harm to both parties with or without the injunction; the likelihood of the petitioners to succeed in a trial on the merits of their case and the public interest regarding the granting, or not, of the injunction. The states argue that under all considerations, a preliminary injunction is due. Several lawsuits against the EPA and the rule are pending. Despite several hearings, no rulings on injunctions have been made as of Monday afternoon.

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“Consumer Reports: Sustainable Beef Safer than Conventional Beef” Continue reading

08-24-15 Colorado Corn Growers Association urges implementation delay, withdrawal of controversial WOTUS rule

Colorado Corn LogoColorado Corn Growers Association urges  implementation delay, withdrawal of controversial WOTUS rule

As the Aug. 28 implementation date approaches for the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) “Waters of the U.S.” (WOTUS) rule, the Colorado Corn Growers Association and many others across the nation are demanding that the EPA postpones implementing its controversial rule.

In addition to delayed implementation, the Colorado Corn Growers Association is strongly supporting congressional efforts to withdraw the rule once the Senate returns from its recess. In May, the House passed a bill that would force the EPA and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to withdraw the poorly conceived WOTUS rule. However, the Senate still needs to move forward on its bill, S. 1140, the Federal Water Quality Protection Act. Continue reading

08-24-15 Speakers deliver during R-CALF USA’s 16th Annual Convention in Denver, CO…

R-Calf USA logoDENVER, CO – August 24, 2015 – R-CALF USA’s two-day convention in Denver, Colo. was jumpstarted by Angus Mc McIntosh, Ph.D., who has served as an expert witness in nationally renowned private property rights lawsuits. McIntosh provided a detailed analysis of the process the courts have used to confirm that western ranchers have acquired significant property rights on lands that they graze but that the federal government manages under what is called a split estate. McIntosh also explained why farmers and ranchers east of the 100th Meridian, which essentially divides the United States between east and west, should be concerned about the federal government’s efforts to restrict western ranchers’ water rights, grazing rights and easement and right-of-way rights acquired on federally managed lands. Continue reading

08-24-15 Arkansas River Basin Water Forum Offering Two Scholarships…

2015 Arkansas River Basin Water Forum logoScholarship Application Deadline is September 1st, 2015

With the assistance of our sponsors.  The Arkansas River Basin Water Forum offers scholarships each year to students in order to support their education and research in water resources.  The amount of the scholarship awards are still being determined, but in the past have ranged from $500.00 to $2,000.00

The requirements of the scholarship are as follows: Continue reading