07-19-16 Centennial Farms awards event to honor 23 Colorado farming families

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DENVER (July 19, 2016)—Twenty-three Colorado families who have owned and operated their farm or ranch for 100 years or more will be honored at the 30th Centennial Farms awards ceremony held on August 26 at the Colorado State Fair.

The families will receive a certificate commemorating the event, as well as a sign to display on their farm or ranch. Some elected representatives of the families’ districts will be present. The families will be available for photographs and interviews following the ceremony.

Since 1986, History Colorado, the Colorado Department of Agriculture, and the Colorado State Fair have partnered to administer the Centennial Farms program. The Colorado Tourism Office has been a partner since 2015.

This year’s Centennial Farms:

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07-19-16 NBA: Bison Association Offers Free Bison Training…

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Bison Association Offers Free Bison Training 

 Training Targets Ag Leaders, Educators, Extension
Westminster, CO (July 19, 2016) – Have you heard the recent news about the bison becoming the first-ever National Mammal of the United States? Or maybe you’ve heard about the recent “kidnapping” of a bison calf in Yellowstone National Park?

Bison is in the news nearly every day, but most people are not aware that bison meat is also the fastest growing sector of the US meat industry. While still a fragment of the US protein sector, the emerging bison industry has developed a dedicated marketplace for this fine product over the past ten years and is now in need of more farmers and ranchers raising these incredibly hardy and resourceful animals to keep pace with growing demand. Continue reading

07-19-16 NACD: STUDENT TEAMS HEAD NORTH TO INTERNATIONAL ENVIROTHON COMPETITION…

STUDENT TEAMS HEAD NORTH TO INTERNATIONAL ENVIROTHON COMPETITION

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WASHINGTON, July 19, 2016 – The top 52 student teams from 44 states, seven Canadian provinces, and China will be competing in Ontario, Canada, from July 24 to 29 for the coveted North American Envirothon title and $30,000 in cash prizes.

“Envirothon has given more than 10 million people over the last 37 years hands-on experience untangling some of the most pressing natural resources challenges ever faced,” said Steve Robinson, chair of the board of trustees for the National Conservation Foundation (NCF), the nonprofit organization responsible for Envirothon. “This program is not only a way for students to gain practical knowledge and skills – it’s also a powerful vehicle for stewardship and conservation, and the beginning of many careers in natural resources.”

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07-19-16 Syngenta introduces two new high-yielding AgriPro® brand winter wheat varieties to Plains growers…

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Syngenta introduces two new high-yielding AgriPro® brand winter wheat varieties to Plains growers

  • SY Flint and SY Sunrise hard red winter wheat varieties offer high yield potential, good disease tolerance and a comprehensive agronomic package
  • Planting quality certified seed varieties, incorporating good planting practices are critical to help wheat start strong

AgriPro Syngenta logoMINNETONKA, Minn., USA, July 19, 2016 – Adding to the proven portfolio of AgriPro® brand wheat varieties, Syngenta is introducing SY Flint and SY Sunrise hard red winter wheat varieties for the 2016-2017 season.

“SY Flint and SY Sunrise are both top performing winter wheat varieties well-suited for growers in the Plains,” said Greg McCormack, Plains region key account manager, Syngenta. “Both varieties have consistently excelled in yield trials. They also offer tolerance to stripe rust, the number one disease that is on the mind for growers as they select varieties.” Continue reading

07-19-16 WSGLT: Patrick O’ Toole Chosen as Recipient of the 2016 Kurt Bucholz Conservation Award

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Patrick O’ Toole Chosen as Recipient of the 2016 Kurt Bucholz Conservation Award

Kurt Bucholz AwardThe Wyoming Stock Growers Land Trust (“WSGLT”) announced today that Patrick (“Pat”) O’ Toole will be the recipient of the 2016 Kurt Bucholz Conservation Award.

Pat and his wife Sharon, together with their family, manage the Ladder Ranch in the Little Snake Valley on the Wyoming/Colorado border. Pat manages the rangeland of the Ladder Ranch to produce healthy livestock with optimal genetics, while also ensuring the health of the landscape, watershed and streams. Continue reading

07-19-16 Inside the BARN with Colorado Corn Communications Director Eric Brown…

Colorado Corn LogoEric Brown - CO Corn Communications Director(The BARN – Briggsdale, CO) July 19, 2016 – Joining the Colorado Ag News Network inside the BARN is Colorado Corn’s Communications Director Eric Brown, discussing several topics that important to producers including:

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The Colorado Corn Growers Association and Colorado Corn Administrative Committee work on behalf of more than 4,000 corn producers through market development, communications, research and technical assistance. See more about the work of both organizations and to see the TRUTHS about Ethanol, please visit www.coloradocorn.com.

07-19-16 USFWS Removes Lesser Prairie-Chicken from List of Threatened and Endangered Species in Accordance with Court Order…

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today fulfilled a court ruling that had vacated its Endangered Species Act (ESA) listing decision, by officially removing the lesser prairie-chicken from the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife.

This administrative action and the decision not to appeal the court’s ruling do not constitute a biological determination on whether or not the lesser prairie-chicken warrants federal protection. The Service is undertaking a thorough re-evaluation of the bird’s status and the threats it faces using the best available scientific information to determine anew whether listing under the ESA is warranted.

Lesser Prairie-Chicken 2“The storied prairie landscape of the Southwest is of tremendous economic and cultural importance. It is also a critical area for the birds, mammals, reptiles and other animals that rely on this unique habitat,” said Service Director Dan Ashe. “Responding to this court ruling by removing the bird from the Federal List does not mean we are walking away from efforts to conserve the lesser prairie-chicken. Far from it. We are undertaking a new status review to determine whether listing is again warranted, and we will continue to work with our state partners and others on efforts to protect vital habitat and ensure this flagship of the prairies survives well into the future.” Continue reading

07-19-16 NACD, NRCS ANNOUNCE $2 MILLION FOR URBAN AG CONSERVATION

NACD, NRCS ANNOUNCE $2 MILLION FOR URBAN AG CONSERVATION

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Including Colorado’s Jefferson County Conservation District

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CORRECTED – MINNEAPOLIS, July 19, 2016 – The National Association of Conservation Districts, in partnership with USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service, has awarded $2 million in grants to 42 conservation districts in 25 states to boost technical assistance capacity for urban agriculture and conservation projects.

“NACD and the conservation districts we represent work on a scale that no other conservation organization or coalition does,” NACD President Lee McDaniel told an audience of conservation leaders in Minneapolis on Sunday. “We have the reach we need to engage the 98 percent of folks who don’t necessarily produce our fuel, fiber, and food, but still can make a sizable and positive difference on the landscape.” Continue reading

07-19-16 Inside the BARN with Colorado Ag Commissioner Don Brown…

 

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(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) July 19, 2016 – Joining the Colorado Ag News Network inside the BARN is Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture Don Brown discussing several topics including:

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Tuesday, July 19th…

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Ag Secretary Vilsack is a Potential VP Candidate

Several recent media reports said USDA Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack is among a handful of candidates being considered as a potential nominee for Vice President and running mate for Hillary Clinton on the Democratic ticket. During an interview on NBC, Vilsack said, “Trump is to politics what Bernie Madoff was to investment. He’s selling something the public doesn’t fully appreciate and understand.” Politico Reports the biggest shortcoming for the former Iowa Governor as a candidate might be a lack of foreign policy experience. His response was, “Here’s what I know about foreign policy:  The United States must be at the center of every problem globally. We must lead. I understand that.” Vilsack told NBC he’s happy to talk about all aspects of government. In his words, he told NBC to “bring it on.” 

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Ag Groups Fear Anti-trade Talk at RNC

Farmers and agriculture groups all fear anti-trade talk at this week’s Republican National Convention in Cleveland. They are also are looking for the presumptive nominee to keep pushing for reform of the regulatory agenda in D.C. Donald Trump has come out against the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the North American Free Trade Agreement, and threatened to impose high tariffs on China. Agri-Pulse said that’s alarming to the agriculture industry, but Trump’s selection of Indiana Governor Mike Pence has brought some optimism back into the Ag sector. Pence is an outspoken supporter of the TPP and the other trade deals. House Ag Committee Chair Mike Conaway has offered to advise the Trump Campaign on farm policy, but they haven’t responded.  Conaway will be joined by Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Pat Roberts at the Great American Farm Luncheon on Wednesday. It’s an event organized by agribusiness interests at the Republican National Convention. Roberts hopes that Trump will keep up his criticism of President Obama on regulations, saying “our candidate has hit that one out of the park.”

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Turkey Situation Causes Global Shipping Concerns

The Bosphorus Strait in Turkey connects the Black Sea to the Mediterranean and it was closed over the weekend during the coup attempt in Turkey.  More than three percent of the world’s oil supplies pass through that channel and large amounts of grain from Russia, Kazakhstan, and Ukraine also navigate the channel. Reuters says over one-quarter of the world’s grain supplies are shipped from ports on the Black Sea. 48,000 vessels move through the Strait, making it one of the busiest transit points on the planet, according to Pro Farmer. Ships are granted free passage, but Turkey does occasionally assert its rights to control the channel. Russia’s Ag Minister said they hope Saturday’s closure of the Strait won’t impact their grain exports.

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Study Links Replacing Red Meat to Lower Kidney Failure Risk

A study conducted by researchers in Singapore found that replacing red meat in a person’s diet is linked to a lower risk of kidney failure. The risk of developing end-stage renal disease is lowered by 62 percent. End stage renal disease requires dialysis or a kidney transplant. The reearch says the reduction in risk is associated with people replacing one serving of red meat with other sources of protein, like fish and poultry.  A professor associated with the study says it’s not necessary to skip red meat entirely. Rather, he says it’s advisable for people to replace it with protein from poultry, fish, or plant-based proteins like soy and legumes, every other day. The study was based on over 600,000 Chinese adults in Singapore and conducted over 15 years, according to Meatingplace. In the study, 97 percent of the red meat intake was pork. There was no link found between kidney failure and eating poultry, fish, eggs, or dairy products.

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Organic Food Buying Continues to Grow

Organic food sales in the U.S. were estimated at $37 billion dollars last year. The Nutrition Business Journal says organic sales accounted for five percent of overall food sales in the country. This increase comes as USDA reports the number of certified organic operations in America increased 12 percent to 21,000. Fresh fruits and vegetables are the top-selling category, followed by dairy products. Most of those fruits and vegetables don’t travel far before they’re sold. The first point of sale for 80 percent of those products less than 500 miles from the farms. The top ten states for sales in 2014 accounted for 78 percent of products bought, and California led the list at number one. A seperate survey also found that almost 700 farms with no current organic production are transitioning into full-time organic production. 

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Farm Credit Service Turns 100

 Farm Credit Service celebrated it’s 100th anniversary Sunday. President Obama, the House and Senate, and Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack all recognized the milestone. The President said, “FCS plays an integral role in economies across the country.” Secretary Vilsack attended the Farm Credit 100 luncheon on July 16. The event celebrated the anniversary milestone as well as winners in Farm Credit’s Fresh Perspectives Search. That program identifies prospective leaders who will shape the vision for agriculture into the next 100 years. Vilsack said, “Rural communities trust Farm Credit Services to be there in good times, but more importantly in tough times.” Todd Van Hoose, President and CEO of Farm Credit Service, said they’re grateful for the support and look forward to serving rural America for the next 100 years.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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07-18-16 CPW NEWS: Increase in wolf sightings, likely eventual establishment of their population in Colorado prompts advice from CPW

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Increase in wolf sightings, likely eventual establishment of their population in Colorado prompts advice from CPW

DENVER – Due to a recent increase in unconfirmed sightings and reports of wolves in Colorado, in addition to confirmed sightings over the past several years, Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials say it is increasingly likely that the growing wolf populations and range in nearby states will eventually expand across state lines. To help prevent the illegal take of the species, officials are reminding the public that wolves remain protected by the federal Endangered Species Act in Colorado. Continue reading

07-18-16 CFVGA hosting Lunch and Learn “Protecting Workers” Webinar Series: PPE Practies & Managing Heat Stress on July 27th…

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PPE practices and managing heat stress |  Wed, July 27
The CFVGA Labor Committee is hosting a webinar series intended to help growers learn more about best practices for worker safety and compliance with the EPA’s Worker Protection Standard.  New revisions to the WPS take effect in 2017.  The WPS requires ag employers to enact measures to protect ag workers.  This webinar will explain best practices in personal protective equipment use and managing worker heat stress.  Registration is required.  A recording will be posted for members to the CFVGA labor page for members.
Wednesday, July 27 from Noon – 1:15 pm

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07-18-16 Third Annual CFVGA Annual Conference set for Feb 21, 2017 in Denver…

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SAVE THE DATE:  Tuesday, Feb 21, 2017 | CFVGA 3rd Annual Conference | Denver
Mark your calendars and join over 300 growers, buyers, input suppliers and ag professionals for the third annual CFVGA conference.
This conference precedes the Governors Forum on Colorado Agriculture Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at the Renaissance Hotel in Denver.
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07-18-16 NCGA Action Teams, Committees Kick off Week with Deep Dive into Issues

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Action teams and committees charged with in-depth analysis and consideration of the topics most relevant to corn farmers met in Washington as the initial phase of a full week of meetings held by the National Corn Growers Association.  These farmer-led teams discussed changing situations, and the possible ramifications of these changes, in areas including public policy, ethanol, biotechnology, government regulation, trade and grower services in anticipation of NCGA Corn Congress and visits to Capitol Hill scheduled later this week. Continue reading

07-18-16 Inside the BARN with CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg: Wheat Harvest, Weather, Water, County Fairs, CO State Fair and more…

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(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) July 18 2016 – Joining me inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network is CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg from District 1 discussing several topics including:

  • Wheat Harvest
  • Impacts of Weather on CO’s Ag this year
  •  CO Legislative Session Grade of C & why
  • Water Storage
  • 2016 South Platte Water Forum
  • Thoughts on GMO Labeling Bill (Law)
  • Upcoming Events: County Fairs, CO State Fair, Interim Water Meetings & Presidential Primary Committee Hearings
  • Centennial Farms Program
  • And More

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Livestock Exchange, LLC Weekly Update…

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(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) – Each week, Auctioneer Tyler Knode with Livestock Exchange, LLC. in Brush, CO will be inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network providing a RECAP of the previous week’s auctions and also a PREVIEW of upcoming cattle & hay auctions…

CLICK THE AUDIO LINK BELOW TO LISTEN TO THIS WEEK’S UPDATE…

07-18-16 – Livestock Exchange, LLC Updated Preview w/Auctioneer Tyler Knode

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06-29-16 Hall and Hall Auctions: Reynolds Land & Water Auction in Loveland on July 28th

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The Reynolds Land & Water Auction is an unique combination of 411+/- Acres of irrigated and productive farm land, 276 Colorado-Big Thompson Water Units, and 13.75 Highland Ditch Shares. Certain land tracts will be offered with pre-existing Baugh Lateral shares.
The Property and Water will be offered in 47 Tracts & Combinations
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07-18-16 *CSU Ext News* How to Beat the ‘Cheat’…

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Typical cheatgrass invasion in rural Sedgwick County. The pasture on the left is fully invaded, and the manager of the pasture on the right is preventing invasion through grazing management. Photo credit: Donald Schoderbek

Typical cheatgrass invasion in rural Sedgwick County. The pasture on the left is fully invaded, and the manager of the pasture on the right is preventing invasion through grazing management. Photo credit: Donald Schoderbek

How to beat the ‘cheat’

Written by:  Donald Schoderbek, Peaks and Plains Regional Range Specialist

I was recently driving around with a producer south of Iliff, and we came upon the site of a cheatgrass invasion in his pasture. This wheat-colored, short-statured, winter annual grass is a problem weed in all 50 states, as well as many Mexican states and all 10 Canadian provinces. In Colorado, cheatgrass is listed as a noxious weed. As such, counties possess legal authority for regulation and management of this plant. This weed is especially prevalent on roadsides, railway and utility right-of ways, and disturbed areas. Increasingly, it is also dominating large rangeland pastures, where it ‘cheats’ the native prairie of valuable nutrients and moisture. Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Monday, July 18th…

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

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USDA Starting GMO Labeling Rulemaking Process

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is already working on the rulemaking process as required by the bipartisan GMO labeling bill which cleared Congress last week. The House of Representative’s voted Thursday 306-117 to send the bill, which mandates GMO labeling and preempts state laws, to President Barack Obama for his signature. The Senate approved the bill just a week earlier. Following passage in the House, Agri-Pulse reports that USDA issued a statement saying a working group had already been formed to write rules necessary to implement the legislation. USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack played a key role in helping Congress develop the bill as a way to end the long-running controversy over GMO labeling. Opponents of the bill argue the use of smart labels, allowed in the bill, serves as a loophole because it requires consumers to scan the label with a smartphone for more information. However, the legislation requires USDA to study consumer problems with the scan codes within a year after they go into use.

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Organic Groups at odds over GMO Labeling Bill

By a unanimous vote of its board of directors, the organic farmer-controlled Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association has withdrawn its membership from the Organic Trade Association. The Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association announced the move last week because a small number of OTA board members endorsed the Senate’s GMO labeling bill. The Seed Growers Association called the bipartisan labeling bill “dangerous” because it preempts “existing strong state GMO Labeling laws” that the group say are widely supported by the organic industry. The Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association was a member of the Organic Trade Association for eight years.

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House Passes EPA Spending Bill

Overshadowed by the GMO labeling bill, the U.S. House of Representative’s last Thursday also passed a spending bill for the Environmental Protection Agency. All 12 appropriation bills in Congress face a rather uncertain future, however, as lawmakers are now on summer recess and few working days remain amid election-year politics.  Further, Politico reports the fiscal 2017 Interior-Environment appropriations bill, which includes EPA funding, faces a White House Veto threat. The bill would require the EPA to better take state interests into account when creating water quality standards. It also limits reporting requirements in the EPA’s new pesticide worker protections. The bill also prohibits raising fees on grazing and reduces grazing permit backlogs. House lawmakers passed the spending bill by a 231-196 vote.

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New Bayer Proposal to Monsanto Worth near $65 Billion

Bayer’s new proposal in a bid to take over Monsanto is worth about $65 billion, or $125 per share. The new bid represents a $3-a-share increase from an earlier proposal Monsanto rejected as too low. Monsanto said its board would review the new offer, but investor reaction to the news indicated the market is skeptical the increase will be sufficient to seal the deal, according to the Wall Street Journal. Bayer offered to buy Monsanto in May for $62 billion. A deal would reshape Bayer, making agriculture roughly half its overall sales, which has rattled some investors who view the company more as a health-care player than a producer of crop seeds. Bayer said it made the new offer after it received additional information in private discussions with Monsanto. Bayer also offered a $1.5 billion reverse-breakup fee should a deal be blocked on antitrust grounds. However, at the same time, Monsanto is exploring other options that include a reported merger with BASF.

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Fertilizer Institute Applauds Introduction of the FARM Act

The Fertilizer Institute praised the introduction of legislation that would withdraw a memorandum subjecting agriculture retailers to stronger anhydrous ammonia regulations. Republican Senator Deb Fischer of Nebraska and Democrat Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota introduced the legislation last week. The measure would protect approximately 3,800 agricultural retailers from having to comply with the Process Safety Management program. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration sent a memo last year that subjected facilities that store or handle anhydrous ammonia, a critical nitrogen fertilizer, to the PSM program. In addition to requiring OSHA to withdraw the memo, The Fertilizer Access and Responsible Management Act would require OSHA to follow the formal rulemaking process and allow impacted stakeholders, like agricultural retailers and their farmer customers, the opportunity to provide meaningful input.

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AFA, AgCareers Announce Career Success Partnership

Agriculture Future of America and AgCareers.com last week announced a career success partnership. AFA, a development organization for young leaders in agriculture, says the partnership will utilize both organizations’ strengths to continue spurring collegiate students forward in their pursuit of careers in the agricultural sector. AFA president Mark Stewart says “this partnership will enhance the student search for internships and first full-time positions.” Through the partnership, AFA industry partners can post their internships free of charge through the AgCareers.com site. AFA will be actively encouraging students who participate in AFA programs to seek opportunities through the website. The two are working together to create more promotion of opportunities and remove barriers to searching for internships and first full-time positions. Additionally, AFA partner companies will have an exclusive opportunity to engage with selected AFA delegates from across the country in a Virtual Opportunity Fair.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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