WASHIGTON (July 2, 2015) – Today, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and Public Lands Council, along with other producer and land use groups, filed a complaint in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas against the EPA and Army Corps over their “waters of the United States” final rule.
“The WOTUS rule remains a top priority for our producers and for all landowners nationwide,” said Philip Ellis, NCBA president and Chugwater, Wyo., cattleman. “While cattlemen have long asked for greater clarity around the Clean Water Act, this rule does the opposite, rendering jurisdictional determinations so vague and subjective that our members cannot possibly make a determination as to what basic ranching activities will subject them to criminal and civil penalties under the Clean Water Act. We remain committed to working with the administration, Congress and through the courts to stop this rule.”
The complaint charges that this rule by the EPA and the Corps exercises broad control over land use, far beyond what Congress authorized in the Clean Water Act. Moreover, the ambiguity and breadth of this rule violates the U.S. Constitution.
“As cattle producers and landowners, we are extremely concerned by this regulatory overreach by EPA and the Corps,” said Brenda Richards, PLC president and Idaho rancher. “Litigation is a last resort to exercise our rights against regulation, but producers have determined that this is a necessary step. Several states filed similar litigation requesting injunctive and declaratory relief from this administration’s regulatory rampage.” Continue reading
Sioux Falls, SD (July 2, 2015) – More drivers in the United States are expected to hit the road for the long 4th of July holiday weekend than any time in the past eight years, and they should notice an extra benefit after they fill up at the pump – more money left over to spend on food, fireworks and beverages.
“People are traveling more because gas prices are about a dollar a gallon less than last year,” says ACE Senior Vice President Ron Lamberty, “American drivers are paying $11 billion a month less at the pump. That’s almost $40 bucks a month for every man, woman and child in the U.S.”
Lamberty says ethanol production gains made possible by the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) are a big help in lowering the price of gas.
“Ethanol costs less than gas, so adding ethanol lowers the price of gas,” Lamberty explained. “And when people can use more ethanol in fuels like E15 or E85, that’s more competition for gasoline. That forces oil companies to lower their prices to compete, and that’s why they badmouth ethanol and the RFS.” Continue reading
WASHINGTON (July 2, 2015) – Six Farmers Union young adults have been elected by their peers to represent Farmers Union youth nationwide as the 2015/2016 National Youth Advisory Council (NYAC) to National Farmers Union (NFU). The elections took place at the 2015 NFU All-States Leadership Camp in Bailey, Colorado, last week.
“One of NFU’s priorities is to ensure the future of family farm agriculture and rural communities is in good hands,” said NFU President Roger Johnson, a former All-States Leadership Camp participant. “NYAC builds leaders in the agriculture industry and ensures the voice of younger generations is heard and is visible in what the organization does. NFU is proud to have these six young people representing their peers and the organization.” Continue reading
According to AM 1310 KFKA out of Greeley, CO, a BARN Media affiliate, Just days after the Draft Environmental Impact Study on the Northern Integrated Supply Project was released, there’s now a 30-day extension to the comment period in place. The Army Corps of Engineers today agreed to extend the open comment period through September 3rd. Two public events to discuss the project are scheduled for late next month: July 22nd in Fort Collins and July 23rd in Greeley.
Expiration date: 9/3/2015
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District, is extending the comment period for the Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Northern Integrated Supply Project (NISP). In accordance with 40 C.F.R. 1506.6, the USACE published a Notice of Availability for the NISP Supplemental Draft EIS in the Federal Register on June 19, 2015. In addition, the USACE posted a matching Public Notice on the Omaha District Regulatory web site. The Federal Register Notice and the Public Notice identified the length of the public comment period as 45 days, concluding on August 4, 2015.
Since publishing the Notice of Availability and the Public Notice, USACE has received a number of requests to extend the comment period. After reviewing these requests, an extionsion of an additional 30 days is warranted. The extended comment period will close on September 3, 2015.
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Organizations to Promote Safety through 2015 S.A.F.E. Summer Program
NEWTOWN, Conn., and TRAPPE, Md. — The National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®) announced today that National 4-H Shooting Sports, a leading shooting education and youth development program administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, will join forces with Project ChildSafe® to emphasize the importance of responsible firearm storage across the country.
As a first step, both organizations are preparing to kick off NSSF’s third annual “S.A.F.E. Summer” effort. Consistent with Project ChildSafe’s overarching message of “Own it? Respect It. Secure it.,” S.A.F.E. Summer is a reminder that properly storing firearms when they’re not in use is the number one way to help prevent firearm accidents, theft and misuse.
“Remembering to store firearms responsibly when they aren’t in use is always important, and it’s particularly important during summer months when children are home from school and more likely to be unattended,” said NSSF President and CEO Steve Sanetti.
With “SAFE” serving as an acronym for Secure your firearms when not in use; Be Aware of those around you who should not have unauthorized access to guns; Focus on your responsibility as a firearm owner and Educate yourself and others about safe firearm handling and storage, the effort is focused on providing education and tools that helps gun owners take action to keep families and communities safer.
“Our slogan is ‘Learn by Doing,’” said National 4-H Shooting Sports Coordinator Conrad Arnold. “We equip students to teach others and lead by example, and we want to work with NSSF to emphasize safe storage among our 300,000 participants, so they can share that message with their friends and families.” Continue reading
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“Cuba, U.S. Relations, Take another Step Forward”
The trade embargo remains, but U.S. relations with Cuba took a step further this week as President Obama announced the countries have agreed to open embassies in each other’s country. The L.A. Times reports the diplomatic development is the most authoritative move the Obama administration can make unilaterally without an act of Congress, which still holds the power to lift or retain the Cuban economic embargo that has been in place for decades. The move comes six months after the President ordered the opening of normalized relations with Cuba. Lawmakers could still put up hurdles to a fully operational U.S. embassy opening in Cuba. The Republican-led Senate could block the confirmation of a new ambassador, and lawmakers in both chambers have threatened to deny full funding for an embassy.
“New Members of Trade Advisory Committees Announced”
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack along with U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman announced the appointment of 129 private sector members to the Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee earlier this week. They also announced six appointments to the Agricultural Technical Advisory Committees. Trade Representative Froman stated the new appointments will provide “critical advice” as the nation negotiates the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. The group of committee members will serve until June 15th, 2019.
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Westminster, CO (July 1, 2015) –The National Bison Association (NBA) has announced the 2015 Throlson American Bison Foundation Scholarship amid continued growth in consumer demand for healthy, natural bison meat.
The Throlson American Bison Foundation is named after its founder, Dr. Ken Throlson, DVM, a pioneer of the modern bison business and awards three outstanding college students with an interest in the burgeoning bison industry.
“The Throlson American Bison Foundation Scholarship program has been established to recognize, encourage and promote leadership among future bison industry professionals,” said Dave Carter, executive director of the NBA. Continue reading
Chef Dave Zino, Beef Ambassadors & Miss Patty Melt Made Appearances on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, DC, on June 27-28
The national beef checkoff, through its Northeast Beef Promotion Initiative (NEBPI) and in partnership with theSouth Dakota Beef Industry Council (SDBIC), braved torrential winds, rain and the summer heat in Washington, DC, this past weekend for the 23rd annual Safeway National Capital Barbecue Battle. As an official product sponsor of the two-day event, Checkoff Executive Chef Dave Zino held cooking demonstrations in the Safeway pavilion, while attendees were invited to visit the NEBPI booth for recipes, games and more information on the versatility of beef.
Photo at right: Chef Dave Zino awed the crowd with summer grilling tips and delicious beef samples following his demo of the Gazpacho Steak Salad.
Over the course of the two-day festival, Chef Dave Zino shared recipes for a Three Way Marinated Flank Steakand Gazpacho Steak Salad during four cooking demonstrations under the Safeway tents.
Thousands of festival attendees also visited the NEBPI booth on Pennsylvania Ave for beef recipes and information on cooking with beef. While there, they were encouraged to use #DCLuvsBeef on social media to win an “I Love Beef” t-shirt, play beef cut identification games to win a flexible beef cutting board, and mix their own “Cutting Edge Beef Rub” with spices from 5280 Culinary LLC in Highlands Ranch, Colorado
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Nine farmer leaders and staff members from the U.S. Grains Council (USGC), the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) and the North Dakota Barley Council (NDBC) traveled to Cuba last week to see first-hand opportunities for expanding U.S. coarse grain exports if trade is fully normalized with the island nation.
The mission was part of an ongoing effort by the grains industry to assess and build plans to address marketing, financial and educational barriers to increase sales to Cuba. As the overseas market development organization for corn, barley, sorghum and grain co-products, the Council is considering how best to engage the Cuban market with partnerships and programs.
“Cuba could be a growing market for U.S. corn, but our own policies are standing in the way,” said USGC Chairman Ron Gray. “A major lesson from this trip was that the embargo has created an environment where our competitors such as Brazil dominate the market. If policy allowed us to help develop the Cuban market, we might be able to retake our dominant position.”
Cuba has purchased corn from the United States since the early 2000s, with market share varying widely from as high as 100 percent to just 15 percent last marketing year. The country has purchased distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS), a byproduct of the ethanol manufacturing process, from the United States since 2005. If Cuba purchased all of its imported corn from the United States, it would be the 12th largest overseas market for the product. Continue reading
Cheyenne – The Wyoming Stock Growers Association (WSGA) has filed a formal protest to the “Wyoming Greater Sage-Grouse Proposed Land Use Plan Amendments”. The proposed amendments apply to plans in six BLM Field Offices and three National Forests. WSGA has protested the proposed amendments on three significant issues that the association had previously raised in comments on the draft plan amendments.
The first issues of protest concerns the broad definition of a “disruptive activity” which could limit human presence in an area to not more than one hour out of each 24 hour period during the applicable season. This has the potential to preclude necessary livestock management activities such as herding, doctoring of sick animals, placement of salt and the actions essential to proper grazing management.
WSGA protested language regarding the retirement of grazing allotments when permits are voluntarily relinquished. WSGA maintains that this provision is clearly outside the scope of the authorities granted by statute and regulation to the two land agencies regarding the process for considering closure of areas to grazing for other than resource-related conditions. Continue reading
Presidential Scholars Program Expands to Include Career and Technical Education; FFA Members and Advisors Recognized
INDIANAPOLIS (Wednesday, July 1, 2015/National FFA Organization) – As part of an executive order by President Barack Obama, career and technical education students will now be able to be designated as U.S. Presidential Scholars.
Established by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964, the Presidential Scholars Program has honored almost 7,000 of America’s top-performing students. The program was expanded in 1979 by President Jimmy Carter to recognize students who demonstrate exceptional talent in the visual, literary and performing arts. Each year, the program recognizes two high school seniors from each state and 15 scholars at-large on the basis of excellence in scholarship. An additional 20 scholars are selected for exceptional talent in the arts.
The Presidential Scholars program is overseen by the Commission on Presidential Scholars and administered by staff at the U.S. Department of Education. This commission, appointed by President Obama, selects honored scholars annually based on their academic success, artistic excellence, essays, school evaluations and transcripts, as well as evidence of community service, leadership, and demonstrated commitment to high ideals.
“We are extremely honored by this decision,” National FFA Advisor Dr. Steve Brown said. “This action elevates the value and importance of career and technical education where agricultural education plays a key role.” Continue reading
WASHINGTON (July 1, 2015) – National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson today highlighted the importance of youth outreach, leadership and skills training in production agriculture as key to the future of American agriculture and global food production.
“One of the great challenges facing modern American agriculture is its own demographics,” noted Johnson. “Combine the aging demographics of farmers in the world’s breadbasket nation with the skyrocketing global population and you can quickly see the need for a new generation of farmers and ranchers who are equipped to lead,” he said.
Johnson noted that to that end, NFU has several ongoing programs that reach out to youth in the farm and rural sector and help them hone their leadership skills. “NFU’s nearly 80 year-old All-States Leadership Camp does just that, with many of the participants going on to take the reigns of important farm organizations, both domestically and internationally,” said Johnson. Continue reading
07/01/15 – I need to lay down a little bit of background information today.
I live and die by the Weather Channels, Thank God for the Weather Nation channel 215. At least they are currently supplying weather conditions not repetitive shows every day.
As a kid I woke up every morning hearing dad making coffee, mom making breakfast with Weather Man Bowman and Pete Smythe, broadcasting the weather from Tin Cup Colorado on KOA Radio. Yes I’m old enough. Dad taught me early in life how to watch the low pressures. An Albuquerque low was a positive weather system for SE Colorado, SE Colorado low is normally a I 70 storm. It’s still follows the same patters today. My day usually starts between 3:30 and 4:30 am. Thank God the new generation forecasters finally figured out what El Nino is!!
Now back to the future: Spring crop are in trouble! I watched Hurricane Bill usher in the African dust cloud across the United States from Galveston, Texas to New York, State. It missed very little of the Corn Belt. Small scale example first which supports my opinion. We are blessed in this community in Texas to have a long time organic gardener. On less than ten acres he produces every vegetable he can, some in rows others under black plastic with row irrigation. I was there Monday he told me he was basically having to destroy his tomato plants. Why? I could see the vines were loaded with the fruit but the leaves dying. He told that with the 30 plus inches of rain it has leached all of the organic fertilizer out of his soil. As I travel I see one Corn/spring crop that looks normal and others are still standing, that are showing the effects of excess moisture. The root system hasn’t developed enough to keep the plant from lodging or stressing out when the heat does come. South regions of Texas in silks brown with high moisture corn silage starting. Further north spring crops are still in the normal maturing process.
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“USDA Releases Acreage and Grain Stocks Reports”
In the latest round of USDA reports, The National Ag Statistics Service shows a record estimated number of soybean acres planted in the U.S., if the data holds true. USDA released the June Acreage and Grain Stocks Reports as of June first on Tuesday. NASS estimates 85.1 million acres of soybeans planted in the United States for 2015, up two percent from last year and setting a new record high. But a wet May and June in key growing states could lead to revisions in the report later this year. NASS reported growers planted an estimated 88.9 million acres to corn, the lowest corn acreage in the United States in the last half a decade. NASS surveyed approximately 11,000 segments of land and more than 70,000 producers during the first two weeks of June. Find the complete report online at nass dot usda dot gov. (www.nass.usda.gov)
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RJ Kerchal, foreground, works side-by-side with his dad Rod Kerchal to trim the hooves on Holly Morgan’s steer. Morgan, of Hasty was the first in line on Saturday, June 20, drawing many onlookers. Rod Kerchal’s hoof trimming has become an annual part of WW Feed & Supply’s Steer-Aid program.
LA JUNTA –RJ Kerchal and Otto Lehmberg were the featured instructors on Saturday, June 20 for Steer-Aid, a free youth beef clinic here.
Southeast Colorado youth and their parents all got an education about feeding and nutrition, clipping and show day grooming for their 4-H and FFA projects.
“Don’t get caught up in the latest foo-foo dust” or trendy supplement, “but instead feed a basic, well balanced diet,” said Lehmberg, a Purina Animal Nutrition livestock specialist from Amarillo. “A good feed program, fresh water and grass hay will help you reach your goal.”
Lehmberg encouraged the use of scales. The first should weigh grain rations for twice-a-day feeding so that the 4-H’er will be consistent, exact and be able to increase rations gradually, as needed. The second was access to a big scale, “so you know your steer’s weight weekly. Don’t wait too late, and then try to push.”
Kerchal, of New Generation Cattle at Calhan, clips and grooms cattle for the show ring on a national level. With the help of Dalton Chambers, the two men transformed Chad Russell’s steer into a show-ready animal during the Saturday morning program sponsored by WW Feed & Supply. Continue reading
DENVER (June 30, 2015)—The United States Potato Board (USPB) announces nominations are now open for new Board Members for the 2016-2019 term. Fifty-four (54) members will be elected or re-elected to fill open seats and the seats of outgoing Board Members who are completing their second three-year term in March 2016.
The USPB is the nation’s potato marketing organization. Positioned as the “catalyst for positive change,” the USPB is the central organizing force in implementing programs increasing demand for potatoes and potato products. The USPB provides the ideas, information, tools and inspiration for the industry to unite in achieving common goals. Anchoring the USPB’s grower-directed programs is a strong foundation of market and consumer research and analysis, critical information used to understand the business environment for potatoes.
All State Potato Organizations have received the information and materials to begin the process of seeking and nominating interested growers. All growers will be seated on the Board at the 2016 Annual Meeting in Colorado Springs, CO, March 15-17, 2016.
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The Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust (CCALT) will hold its 10th annual Sunset BBQ at the Elk Ranch near Colorado Springs, Colorado on Saturday, July 11th. The Sunset BBQ is hosted by landowners in different regions of Colorado every year, but this is the first time that the BBQ has been held in Teller County. Portions of the Elk Ranch were conserved by the family and CCALT in the late 2000s.
“We love our working landscapes and the people who protect them,” said Mark Johnson. “The Johnson/Hammond family is honored to be hosting this 20th anniversary celebration.”
The 2015 BBQ will begin with a variety of special activities and a tour of the ranch, followed by cocktails, dinner, live entertainment from Coal Town Reunion, and an auction. Bids for auction items can also be placed online in advance of the event at www.biddingforgood.com/ccalt. Proceeds from the BBQ will be used by CCALT to protect additional working ranches throughout the state.
CCALT has conserved more than 450,000 acres on more than 280 working ranches all across Colorado and is currently working with more than 20 other ranching families on conservation projects throughout the state. CCALT provides ranching families with important tools to carry on the agricultural heritage that defines Colorado and the American West.
“The Elk Ranch provides the perfect setting for a celebration of 20 years of conservation success. This ranch serves as an example of what can be accomplished through conservation partnerships with non-profits, local government agencies, landowners and their families. It also serves as a reminder that there is still more work to be done,” said Erik Glenn, CCALT executive director.
Tickets are available for the July 11th event, which will begin at 5 p.m. Tickets are $150 per person for general admission or $250 for a patron ticket which includes special activities throughout the day. All proceeds will go toward CCALT’s conservation efforts statewide. For more information, or to RSVP, visit the event website at www.ccalt.org or email Alyssa Street at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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