03-04-15 US Senator Bennet, Colleagues Introduce Rural Water Bill…

US Senate SealBipartisan Proposal Would Enable Small Communities to Meet Safe Drinking Water Standards

Washington, DC – Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet joined Senators Roger Wicker (R-MS) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) and a bipartisan group of lawmakers to introduce a bill to help small and rural communities meet safe drinking water regulations.

“In their efforts to provide clean drinking water to Coloradans, rural water providers often don’t have access to the tools and resources needed to comply with the Safe Drinking Water Act,” Bennet said. “This commonsense bill will reauthorize the EPA’s technical assistance and training program to ensure these providers get the support that they need.”

The Grassroots Rural and Small Community Water Systems Assistance Act, S. 611 would reauthorize the Safe Drinking Water Act’s (SDWA) technical assistance and training provision for six more years. Continue reading

03-04-15 CFB News: Colorado Ag Day is March 18th…

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The Colorado Farm Bureau hopes you will make plans to join us at the State Capitol in Denver on Wednesday, March 18th as Colorado celebrates National Ag Day!!

The House and Senate Chambers convene at 9am – If you would like to come to the Capitol by then and sit out on either the House or Senate Floor please contact me and I will help to make those arrangements.

The House and Senate will be approving their Joint Ag Day Resolution that morning.

Around noon, the Governor (or Lieutenant Gov if he is not available) will hold their Annual Ag Day Press Conference and read their Proclamation announcing the State’s recognition of National Ag Day.

Following that is a wonderful lunch prepared there in the Capitol foyer, where the Chef’s Association teams up with Ag industry representatives and legislators for a COOK-OFF!! (Each team is given a specific Colorado Ag product to make a dish out of). There is always plenty of food to go around.

In the afternoon we will head down to the church to start setting up and preparing for the evening steak fry. Continue reading

03-04-15 Beef Checkoff Unveils Veal Marketing Website…

Beef Checkoff News HeaderThe Beef Checkoff this week announced the launch of a new website, at VealFoodservice.com. The site is a mobile-friendly digital hub for all of the checkoff’s veal-foodservice marketing efforts. Visitors can search recipes by cuisine, cuts and/or menu and discover up-to-date nutrition information, cooking methods, seasonings/companions and featured chefs.

The site currently is hosting the “Win a Free Trip to the Center of Plate Training” Sweepstakes. The winner will receive a three-day trip to the Center of the Plate Training® Conference. The conference will be conducted in College Station, Texas on June 2–4, 2015, and will provide participants with detailed instruction in meat-cut specifications by demonstrating how carcasses are converted to cuts commonly used in retail and foodservice.

For more information about your beef checkoff investment, visit MyBeefCheckoff.com.

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, March 4th…

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“AWC Opposes Mandatory E-Verify Legislation”

The Agriculture Workforce Coalition – comprised of more than 70 agricultural organizations – strongly opposes the Legal Workforce Act currently being considered in the House Judiciary Committee. The coalition says any bill mandating E-Verify must only come after – or in conjunction with – legislation to address the labor crisis America’s farmers, ranchers and growers currently face. Imposing mandatory E-Verify without fixing the country’s broken immigration system will sound the death knell for thousands of farming operations across the country – according to the AWC. As the coalition has stated time and again – agriculture faces unprecedented demographic challenges and relies heavily on foreign-born workers. The AWC says the economic impacts of this will spread beyond the farm gate. Studies show each of the 2-million hired farm employees supports two to three full-time American jobs in various other sectors – including transportation and retail. Mandatory E-Verify without workable labor solutions for agriculture puts these jobs in jeopardy – the coalition says. The AWC is committed to working with the House Judiciary members and others to develop legislation that addresses ag’s labor needs.

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“Japanese TPP Negotiator Says Deal Possibly By Spring”

Top Trans Pacific Partnership negotiators will meet in Hawaii next week – and according to Yahoo News – Acting Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Wendy Cutler will visit Japan for talks beginning Thursday on the issues regarding Japanese ag products. Deputy Chief Trade Negotiator for Japan Hiroshi Oe says he isn’t sure Japan is ready to close negotiations this week – but that an agreement is possible by spring. The U.S. and Japan have to set a deal before a final TPP agreement among all countries can be reached – but Oe says deadlines for that have been pushed back so much that suggesting a summer deadline would be like crying wolf. Oe says Japan is not requiring the U.S. to have Trade Promotion Authority as a condition for an agreement – but strongly prefers it.

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“U.S. Ag Delegation in Cuba”

According to Reuters – nearly 100 agricultural representatives are visiting Cuba this week. Cargill Executive Devry Boughner Vorwerk says the U.S. Agriculture Coalition for Cuba – which organized the trip – hopes to send a message back to Washington of a unified voice that wants to see Congress act this year and end the trade embargo with Cuba. According to the coalition – U.S. farmers are hungry for a 2-billion dollar market so close to home and frustrated by U.S. restrictions. Last year – U.S. food sales to Cuba were just 291-million dollars – way below the 710-million dollar peak in 2008. The coalition would like to see U.S. exports to top 1-billion dollars – which is half the value of Cuba’s food imports.

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“Hoeven Introduced Healthy School Meals Flexibility Act”

The Hagstrom Report reports North Dakota Senator John Hoeven has introduced the Healthy School Meals Flexibility Act – which would provide flexibility to school districts in complying with USDA’s school meals rules on sodium and whole grains. Hoeven says providing students with healthy, nutritious and delicious meals is important – but this legislation provides flexibility schools need to serve meals that are appealing to students in addition to being well-balanced. In July 2012 – USDA’s requirement that at least half of all grains offered by whole-grain rich began. Last July – all grains were required to be whole-grain rich. His legislation restores the requirement to 50-percent of total grains to ensure continued access to a wide variety of grain products.

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“PARA Reintroduced in Senate”

Senators Dianne Feinstein of California and Susan Collins of Maine have reintroduced the Prevention of Antibiotic Resistance Act – which would require FDA to withdraw its approval of medically important antibiotics used for disease prevention or control that are at a high risk of abuse. Feinstein says antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest public health threats the U.S. faces – and a comprehensive response is needed to preserve the effectiveness of antibiotics. Collins says the bill would build on FDA’s efforts to reduce antibiotic overuse in food animals through the voluntary policy to eliminate approved growth-promoting uses and improving veterinary oversight – helping to ensure antibiotics are used appropriately.

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“Educators Receive Scholarships to Attend National Ag in the Classroom Conference”

The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture has recognized 10 educators for their efforts to encourage ag literacy. Each will receive 15-hundred dollar scholarships to attend the National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference June 16th through the 20th in Kentucky. The conference brings together educators from across the U.S. to learn how to incorporate real-life agricultural applications into all subject areas. This year’s recipients are Sarahbeth Belvado of Jack Barnes Elementary in Arizona; Stacy Deveau of the University of Arizona; Kevin Duplissie of the Child Study Center University of Maine; Robin Halicki of Mary Lou Cowlishaw Elementary School in Illinois; Dawna Major of the Cache County School District in Utah; Kathy McLean of Trimble Elementary in Tennessee; Donald Meyer of the Sauk County School District in Wisconsin; Becky Panzer of the School for Agricultural and Environmental Studies in Wisconsin; Dianna Rose of Palm Lakes Elementary in Florida; and Andrea Seagraves of Stratford Academy in Georgia.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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03-03-15 USMEF Market Expo Underway in Shanghai..

The U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) Market Expo, a market education program that allows producers and other USMEF members to observe international market development activities for U.S. pork and beef, began this week in Shanghai, China.

Eric Li of Yiguo.com explains the rapid expansion of his company’s online food sales and delivery business

Eric Li of Yiguo.com explains the rapid expansion of his company’s online food sales and delivery business

The tour started with an overview of USMEF’s marketing objectives in China and an explanation of several market access issues that impact U.S. meat exports into the region. This was followed by a briefing from the U.S. Agricultural Trade Office in Shanghai, which focused on the business climate in China for U.S. agricultural products and detailed the U.S. government’s efforts to expand trade between the two countries.The group then received a presentation from Yiguo.com, a food distribution company that has emerged as one of the region’s leaders in e-commerce. Yiguo became the first company to sell food online in China in 2005, and its first online meat sales came in 2009. Today, the company offers self-operated food delivery in five of China’s major metropolitan areas and serves customers through third-party delivery companies in 48 additional cities. Yiguo’s business is expanding rapidly, especially through purchases made on smart phones. Eric Li, vice president of supply and alliance, noted that mobile purchases placed with Yiguo increased 30 percent last year, surpassing purchases made from a personal computer for the first time. Continue reading

03-03-15 COGCC approves new rules for operations within floodplains…

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The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission today unanimously approved new rules that outline requirements for operators with facilities located within floodplains.

The new rules implement several of the recommendations contained in the Commission’s “Lessons Learned” report published in March 2014 following the Front Range floods of September 2013.

The nine-member Commission approved regulations designed to better protect oil and gas facilities that may be subject to flooding and that require more preparations from operators to reduce potential impacts. The new rules formalize “best management practices” when operating within a floodplain and require: Continue reading

03-02-15 CDA Recipe: Eggs Pack Nutritional Punch in Small Package…

CDA Recipe - Banana Apple Paleo PancakesBROOMFIELD, Colo. – Each month, the Colorado Department of Agriculture features a different commodity to highlight the variety and quality of products grown, raised or processed in the state. This month showcases eggs in the Banana Apple Paleo Pancakes recipe.
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The incredible edible egg packs a lot of nutrition in a small package. One egg has 13 essential vitamins and minerals, high-quality protein and antioxidants, all for 70 calories. In Colorado, 4.2 million hens lay more than one billion eggs each year. Fun Fact: The surface of an egg shell has more than 10,000 pores. Look for Colorado eggs at your local grocery store or on the menu at restaurants across the state.
Chef Jason K. Morse, C.E.C., Executive Chef, Douglas County School District and 5280 Culinary, LLC
2 Honeycrisp Apples, shredded
2 Bananas, peeled and rough chopped
3 Eggs
3/4 Cup Almond Meal Flour
1 Tsp. Cinnamon
1 Tbsp. Vanilla Paste
2 Tbsp. Brown Sugar
Preheat cast iron skillet or griddle on medium heat for 10 minutes. In a medium-sized stainless steel bowl add the rough chopped bananas and mash until about half mashed and half chunks. Wash apples then shred and add to the banana mixture. Add eggs, almond flour, cinnamon, vanilla paste and brown sugar. Mix well and allow to sit so the flour can absorb some of the moisture and make a thicker batter.  Lightly spray skillet or griddle with cooking spray.  Keep heat on medium and use about 1/2 cup of batter to make each pancake. Cook on the first side until fully set, about 5-7 minutes, and then flip and cook the other side until done. Serve with honey and yogurt on top.
Visit www.coloradoagriculture.com for a complete list of recipes.

03-03-15 Nominations for the Meat Industry Hall of Fame Class of 2015 close March 15th…

Meat Industry Hall of Fame LogoNominations are closing for the Meat Industry Hall of Fame Class of 2015 Deadline is Sunday, March 15

Now celebrating our seventh year of honoring the best in our industry, the MEAT INDUSTRY HALL OF FAME is requesting nominations for Members of the Class of 2015. Eligible candidates must meet three key qualifications:

  • Candidates must have spent a significant portion of their professional careers in an industry-related field (animal agriculture, food processing, government, academia, retail)
  • Candidates must have contributed significant innovation, achieved notable business success or otherwise positively impacted their organization, institution or larger industry segment
  • Candidates must have successfully undertaken significant community service or philanthropy

To nominate someone who’s worthy of membership in the MEAT INDUSTRY HALL OF FAME, simply request a nomination form by contacting Chuck Jolley at Chuck@MeatIndustryHallofFame.com or +1 913.205.3791. Continue reading

03-03-15 NAFB News: Farm Radio Connects with Farmers and Ranchers…

NAFB-Broadcast Planning Stats Here buttonPLATTE CITY, Missouri (March 3, 2015) - Farmers and ranchers continue to count on farm radio to keep them informed of current agriculture news and commodity markets. Research conducted by Ipsos Research for the National Association of Farm Broadcasting during the 2014 Harvest confirms 84 percent of the respondents find their local farm broadcaster and farm news information important in their daily operation decisions.

“There is a strong connection to the everyday tasks farmers and ranchers perform to the daily programming of farm broadcasters,” says Tom Brand, NAFB Executive Director. “Our member stations and networks develop programming based on audience needs in their listening area. That is the power of radio and farm broadcasting.”

Radio programming content and time of day drive radio listening habits throughout the day and year. Research shows farm radio listening habits strong throughout the U.S. starting in the morning through the afternoon and until the close of markets. Daily radio listening habits are similar throughout the year and similar from coast to coast. Research also observed programming content is a key factor to the listening decision. Farm broadcasters continue to develop and produce meaningful content that resonates with local listeners.”NAFB members go where the news is, farm broadcasters report live from multiple events every day,” says Brand. “Farm broadcasters provide current, up-to-the minute news to radio listeners on more than 1,300 stations nationwide.”

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03-03-15 CO FFA Foundation Inducts Four into the Farm Credit CO Ag Hall of Fame and recognizes a Rising Star…

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L to R-Bob Tuttle, Dr. James Pritchett (Rising Star), Dr. Temple Grandin, Don Rutledge, and Jim Odle.  Photo courtesey of Jim Powell Photography, available upon request.

L to R-Bob Tuttle, Dr. James Pritchett (Rising Star), Dr. Temple Grandin, Don Rutledge, and Jim Odle. Photo courtesey of Jim Powell Photography, available upon request.

The Colorado FFA Foundation inducted four honorees into the Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame. Mr. Jim Odle of Brush, Dr. Temple Grandin of Fort Collins, Mr. Don Rutledge of Yuma and Mr. Bob Tuttle of Eckert all were formally inducted into the Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame on February 26th during the 26th annual hall of fame banquet.

“The diversity and accomplishments of our honoree’s this year was outstanding,” said Dale McCall, Chairman of the Colorado FFA Foundation. “Our applicant pool continues to get deeper and deeper.”

The Rising Star in Colorado Agriculture Award was also presented.  This is the fourth year for recognition of up and coming leaders in agriculture.  Members of the Hall of Fame will vote yearly on the winner of the Rising Star Award.

Dr. James Pritchett, a professor at CSU was the recipient this year.

“The Rising Star Award is an indication of how many great leaders we have in this state and how talented some younger people involved in agriculture are,” said McCall.

The Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame banquet was held in conjunction with the Governor’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture and is a prime opportunity to gauge the direction of the industry and learn about issues facing one of the largest industries in Colorado. Both the forum and the banquet are attended by industry and political leaders as well as family farmers and ranchers who lead and support the agriculture industry and its future.

Over 450 friends, peers and business associates recognized the four inductees and the Rising Star during the Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame Banquet, Feb. 26, 2015, at the Renaissance Hotel, Denver. The 2015 inductees will join 82 other outstanding Colorado agriculturists who have been similarly honored since 1989. All Agriculture Hall of Fame members’ portraits will be displayed in the CoBank Center for Agricultural Education on CSU’s ARDEC campus after the building is constructed this fall.

Hosted by the Colorado FFA Foundation, the banquet is held yearly to induct members into the Agriculture Hall of Fame who have significantly contributed to Colorado’s second largest industry. A unique, multi-media presentation highlights the life of each new inductee during the ceremony.

2015 Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame nominees & Rising Star Biographies: Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Tuesday, March 3rd…

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“FDA’s Progress Report on Strategy Regarding Antimicrobial Use in Food-Producing Animals”

In December 2013 – the FDA took a significant step forward in addressing antimicrobial resistance by publishing a guidance that calls on animal drug sponsors of approved medically important antimicrobials administered through medicated feed or water to remove indications for use related to growth promotion from their product labels. The guidance also called on the remaining therapeutic uses of these products to be brought under a veterinarian’s oversight by December 2016. Close to 300 applications were affected by the guidance a year ago – and since then – 11 new generic and combination approvals have been added to the list of affected applications. Some affected sponsors have started implementing recommended changes to their antimicrobial products. Three applications have been converted from over-the-counter to prescription status. Product indications have been withdrawn from one application and 32 affected applications have been withdrawn. FDA continues to work closely with affected drug sponsors to ensure the changes the agreed to make are completed by the end of December 2016.

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“USDA Provides Funding to Fight Childhood Hunger”

Approximately 15.8-million children in the U.S. live in families that have to worry about access to food – and many live in rural communities. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is committed to ensuring all Americans have access to a healthy diet – whether at home or at school. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says the goal of ending child hunger in America is absolutely achievable – and a new initiative will help USDA test innovated strategies for getting there. Through the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 – USDA is providing more than 27-million dollars in grants to fund innovative projects designed to help end childhood hunger. Visit FNS dot USDA dot gov (www.fns.usda.gov) for more information.

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“NFU Prepares for Policy Discussion at Convention”

The National Farmers Union’s 113th Anniversary Convention is coming up March 14th through the 17th. The policy-setting process for the organization began at the end of January when the NFU Policy Committee met. NFU President Roger Johnson says that meeting is the first part of the process where chosen leaders discuss possible policy changes that are then brought to the voting membership during the annual convention. During the convention in Wichita, Kansas – the policy committee’s suggestions are considered and voted on – and any NFU member may propose changes to the policy. After hearing from delegates and members – Johnson says the committee submits a final copy of the suggested policy to the delegates at the convention for their consideration, amendment and adoption. For more information – visit NFU dot org slash convention (www.nfu.org/convention).

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“Farmer Honored for Conservation and Outreach”

During Commodity Classic last week in Phoenix, Arizona – the National Corn Growers Association’s Good Steward Recognition Program honored Mike Shuter of Indiana for his tireless enthusiasm for discovering new methods for improving his soil, preserving water quality and improving the profitability of farming that makes everyone take notice. NCGA President Chip Bowling says Shuter has proven a superior commitment to sustainability through innovation. The program is sponsored by the Howard G. Buffett Foundation as part of its Harvesting the Potential campaign. Buffett says it’s important to recognize farmers who demonstrate conservation’s compatibility with high yields and strong profits. He says farmers must take the lead in adapting production practices to ensure they preserve and protect natural resources while maintaining their role as the world’s leading producers.

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“NCGA Releases 2014 World of Corn”

NCGA has released the latest edition of the World of Corn – a statistical look at the corn industry in the U.S. and around the world. This year’s edition includes two compilations highlighting the benefits of ethanol and biotechnology. Last year – America’s corn farmers worked tirelessly to grow a record crop of 14.2-billion bushels. NCGA President Chip Bowling and CEO Chris Novak say the unparalleled abundance has positive implications for every American. Visit World of corn dot com (http://worldofcorn.com) to explore the World of Corn.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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03-02-15 Golden Plains Area Agricultural Handbook Orders Are Being Taken Now…

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The 2014 edition of the Golden Plains Area Agricultural Handbook is currently in production and orders are being taken now for your copy.  This publication is a permanent and often used item in many farm, ranch, and agribusiness offices in Northeastern Colorado.  This resource book contains the latest university research for High Plains agriculture in Colorado.  Most of the research results presented in the handbook are conducted on local farms and ranches in the area.

Subscribers will find information regarding crop production, water management, crop pathology and weed management information, along with insect control, horticulture, weather, livestock cost of production, and crop cost of production information.  In total, subscribers will find approximately 150 pages of current research information required to make informed decisions for agricultural operations.

Pricing for the handbook is a tiered pricing structure for multiple subscriptions and the handbook is available in print copy or CD version.  The CD version has the added benefit of spreadsheet templates and other resources useful in farm and ranch decision making processes.  The deadline for receiving a break on our subscription price is March 20, 2015.  Order forms are available at every Golden Plains Area Extension office or from our web site at http://goldenplains.colostate.edu.  Please send your order to: Washington County Extension Office, 181 Birch, Akron, CO  80721.  An online ordering and payment option is also available on the web site.

Don’t miss out, hurry and get your order in today!

03-02-15 CDA News: Bovine Trichomoniasis Update…

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Bovine Trichomoniasis Update
BROOMFIELD, Colo. – The Colorado Department of Agriculture reminds cattle owners to test their herd for Bovine Trichomoniasis. As of 3/1/2015, there are 13 positive trich locations in the following Colorado counties:  Conejos, Custer, Huerfano, Las Animas, Park, Prowers, and Pueblo.
Positive Trich Locations
Number of Colorado Counties
2014
19
9
2013
7
6
2012
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8
2011
13
8
2010
9
9
2009
16
9
As of January 1, 2015, changes to the Trich rules have become effective. The main changes are:
  • The official test for import into Colorado or for change of ownership within the state is the PCR test. The previous rule allowed culture for import or change of ownership.
  • The official test is now applicable for 60 days.  The former rule stated the test was only valid for 30 days prior to importation, change of ownership, or movement to grazing associations.
  • The test eligible age for bulls, for import into Colorado or for change of ownership, is 18 months of age.  The previous rule had an age eligibility of 12 months for bulls imported into Colorado and had some provision for virgin bull status.
“Testing and monitoring herds for trichomoniasis is the best method of controlling this infection,” said State Veterinarian, Dr. Keith Roehr. “Cattle owners should talk to their veterinarian to determine the best management practices for their herd.”
“Trich” is a costly, yet preventable, infection that can affect dairy and beef cattle. If bulls become infected, the percentage of open cows can increase from 5 to 30 percent. Trich is a venereal disease of cattle caused byTrichomonas foetus (T. Foetus).  The T. foetus infection causes fertility problems, such as early embryonic death or abortion of the calf, and is asymptomatic in bulls.
Colorado trich regulations require all  bulls changing ownership or being transported into Colorado be tested for T. foetus unless the animal is going to slaughter.  Bulls on public land grazing permits or with grazing associations must also be tested prior to turn-out.
Several diagnostic laboratories across the state offer trich testing; samples must be taken by an accredited veterinarian and results will be available between 4 to 6 days. For testing locations, visitwww.colorado.gov/ag/animals and click on “Livestock Health.”

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03-02-15 CDA News: Recipe for Successful Start-ups Begins with Local Expertise in Aurora on April 28th…

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Recipe for Successful Start-ups Begins with Local Expertise
BROOMFIELD, Colo.–The Colorado Department of Agriculture, in conjunction with the Aurora Small Business Development Center, has developed a new workshop entitled Fundamentals for Food Product Success. The workshop will be held on Tuesday, April 28 from 8am to 4pm at the Community College of Aurora, 16000 E. Centretech Pkwy., Aurora, Colo.
This new one-day workshop is perfect for start-up businesses and individuals considering a path into the food product industry. This workshop is organized to be fast paced and packed with vital information needed to establish steps to begin a food business. The workshop will include topics such as resources available for start-up businesses, building a brand, working with retailers, and other key topics such as labeling and beginning production factors.
“Our guest speakers have vast industry knowledge and are willing to work with businesses in various stages of development,” said Shaina Knight, Business Development Specialist with the Colorado Department of Agriculture.

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03-02-15 Council to Showcase AG’s Importance to Coloradoans, State Economy with Colorado AG Day at the Capitol featuring Ag Producer/Chefs Cook-off Event March 18th…

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Denver, CO  March 2, 2015:  Pork. Beef. Lamb. Chicken. Eggs. Produce.

Dairy. Pastry? 

Yes, pastry.  Many of the state’s top chefs have been tapped to compete in the 4th Annual Colorado Ag Day at the Capitol Ag Producer/Chef Cook-off

Hosted by the Colorado Ag Council, the event will be held Wednesday, March 18 in theNorth and West Wings of the State Capitol Rotunda at 11 a.m. 

Colorado Ag Day at the Capitol coincides with National Ag Day. It will showcase agriculture’s significance to the citizens of Colorado and the state’s economy.

“Every single day, every single man, woman and child in Colorado is impacted by agriculture. If you eat food, agriculture is important to you,” according to David Collie, Colorado Ag Day Chef’s Cook-off Feast Chair and 5280 Culinary Managing Partner. Continue reading

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…

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03/02 – Livestock Exchange, LLC Recap & Preview w/Auctioneer Tyler Knode 

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03-02-15 NFU Salutes True Democracy in Action as Farmer and Rancher Members Drive the Future of Agriculture…

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WASHINGTON (March 2, 2015) – National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson today saluted the organization’s commitment to grassroots leadership and true democracy in action as NFU members from across the nation prepare to convene at their national convention in Wichita, Kansas, to vote on the organization’s policy and vision for the future of agriculture.

 

“NFU is one of the few organizations in Washington that is truly driven by its members, who meet with each other, elected officials and government agencies and then convene to discuss the organization’s overall policies and vision for policies important to family farmers and ranchers,” said Johnson. Continue reading

03-02-15 NMPF/USDEC Endorse Trade Promotion Authority Approval for Trade Agreements…

NMPF - US Dairy Export Council joint logoThe National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) and the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) today jointly urged Congress to enact new Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation, saying it is crucial to securing well-negotiated trade agreements, including a Pacific Rim pact that must open key markets to more U.S. dairy products.

 

In a letter to Congress, NMPF and USDEC said renewing TPA, which expired in 2007, will increase congressional influence over trade negotiations and lead to agreements that are better for both the country and the dairy industry.

 

“By having a clear framework for participating in the process and identified priorities that a successful agreement must address, Congress increases its influence over these agreements as they are being written,” said NMPF President and CEO Jim Mulhern. Continue reading

03-02-15 USDA Provides One-Time Extension of Deadline to Update Base Acres or Yield History for ARC/PLC Programs…

USDA seal logoFarmers Now Have Until March 31 to Update Yields and Reallocate Base Acres; Deadline for Choosing Between ARC and PLC also Remains March 31

WASHINGTON, Feb. 27, 2015 — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that a one-time extension will be provided to producers for the new safety-net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill, known as Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC). The final day to update yield history or reallocate base acres has been extended one additional month, from Feb. 27, 2015 until March 31, 2015. The final day for farm owners and producers to choose ARC or PLC coverage also remains March 31, 2015.

“This is an important decision for producers, because these programs provide financial protection against unexpected changes in the marketplace. Producers are working to make the best decision they can. And we’re working to ensure that they’ve got the time, the information, and the opportunities to have those final conversations, review their data, and to visit the Farm Service Agency to make those decisions,” said Vilsack.   Continue reading