10-05-15 CDA News: Participate in the Colorado B2B Farmers’ Market…



What? The Colorado Business-to-Business (B2B) Farmers’ Market is an opportunity for food and farm businesses to meet, greet, and create new business relationships. The event is a no-cost, no-frills, no-hassle way to connect Colorado food producers to Colorado food buyers.

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10-05-15 ASA News: U.S. Sugar Producers Comment on TPP Deal…

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WASHINGTON – October 5, 2015 – The American Sugar Alliance issued the following statement about todays announcement that an agreement was reached on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal:

“The American Sugar Alliance still needs to review the final language and verify details in the Trans-Pacific Partnership, but we are cautiously optimistic about what weve learned from U.S. trade negotiators. Continue reading

10-05-15 USMEF Statement on Completion of Trans-Pacific Partnership Negotiations…

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The U. S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) thanks the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and other U.S. officials for their tireless efforts to complete these complex and difficult negotiations. We look forward to examining the red meat trade provisions agreed to in Atlanta and discussing them in detail with USMEF members.

10-05-15 NPPC Confident TPP Deal Good For U.S. Pork…

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WASHINGTON, D.C., Oct. 5, 2015 – The National Pork Producers Council expressed confidence that the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement negotiators concluded in Atlanta will benefit all sectors of the U.S. economy and will provide enormous new market opportunities for high-quality American pork products.

The TPP, initiated in late 2008, is a regional trade deal that includes the United States, Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam, which account for nearly 40 percent of global GDP. Continue reading

10-05-15 NMPF News: Long-Running Trans-Pacific Partnership Talks Conclude: Dairy Industry to Analyze Details…

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The National Milk Producers Federation and the U.S. Dairy Export Council noted the conclusion today of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations and thanked the U.S. negotiators for their work. NMPF and USDEC leadership and staff have attended the talks in Atlanta this week, which kicked off with a chief negotiators meeting on September 26 before shifting into a Ministerial on September 30. Both organizations have been providing input and guidance to negotiators throughout the duration of the regional trade pact.


As expected, details of the agreement were not immediately available. Transparency requirements under the Trade Promotion Authority legislation passed by Congress earlier this year, however, require the full text of the agreement to be released shortly. NMPF and USDEC will carefully review the agreement’s dairy provisions in the coming days. Continue reading

10-05-15 NCBA Applauds Conclusion of Trans-Pacific Partnership Negotiations…

NCBA - New Image 2010WASHINGTON (Oct. 5, 2015) – The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association has learned that the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations have successfully concluded today in Atlanta. NCBA President and Chugwater, Wyo., cattleman, Philip Ellis said this agreement will boost U.S. exports and eliminate trade barriers.

“While the full details of the partnership will not be released until the President presents it to Congress, cattle producers are assured this is a true 21st century agreement,” said Ellis. “The TPP will immediately reduce tariffs and level the playing field for U.S. beef exports to these growing markets. TPP is a major win not only for the beef industry, but for all U.S. export products, growing the economy while supporting jobs and investments in agriculture and technology.” Continue reading

10-05-15 CAAA News: Keeping Drones and Manned Aircraft Safe…

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A simple solution to a complex problem, demonstrated in rural Colorado

CAAAFly In 2015Crop dusters and drone operators have hesitated to share the same sky, but this week in the rural southeastern Colorado community of La Junta they are doing just that. There, participants in the annual Operation S.A.F.E. Fly-In of the Colorado Agricultural Aviation Association (CAAA) are collaborating with UAS Colorado, to demonstrate how technology powered by AirMap can promote communication and coordination of flight operations in agricultural areas. The operation is a proof-of-concept that will be refined and rolled out across the country in the near future.  Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Monday, Oct 5th…

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“TPP Agreement Reached”

The U.S. and 11 other countries have reached an agreement on the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal. Trade officials were expected to officially announce the deal today (Monday) in Atlanta, Georgia. The Wall Street Journal reports For the U.S., the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement opens agricultural markets in Japan and Canada, among other things. Canada and Japan have agreed to increase access to their dairy markets, allowing some American dairy products in, but New Zealand also persuaded the U.S. to accept more of its milk products. The deal, however, must be approved by each nation’s government. The President’s administration must make the text of the deal public at least 60 days before sending it on to Congress.  The Hagstrom Report says House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan stated today “only a good agreement — and one that meets congressional guidelines in the newly enacted trade promotion authority — will be able to pass the House.”


“Likely House Speaker Says Highway Bill Will Get Done”

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, a California Republican, who is likely the successor to outgoing House Speaker John Boehner, said Friday “we’re going to get the highway bill done.” McCarthy is currently the GOP majority leader and says the House will consider a transportation bill this month. The current surface transportation authorization expires at the end of October, meaning the House has limited time to tackle a bill. The Senate in June passed a six-year bill known as the DRIVE Act. However, the Senate bill only included enough funding to pay for three years of programs, according to the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. McCarthy pledged a six-year transportation funding bill that would not increase the federal gas tax. His comments come as Representative Paul Ryan, Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, urged Transportation Committee members to pass a highway funding bill on to the full chamber.


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Celebrate National 4-H Week October 4-10…



Celebrate National 4-H Week Oct 4-10!

Celebrate the impact 4-H youth are making in their lives and their communities during National 4-H Week, and this year’s theme is “4-H Grows Here”. 4-H is the nation’s largest youth organization; we empower more than six million young people across the U.S. National 4-H Week is October 4 – 10, 2015. 

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10-02-15 Colorado Farm Show Scholarships Now Available – Applications Due By Nov 2nd!

The Colorado Farm Show is proud to announce an increased number of scholarships being offered to graduating Colorado High School Seniors. The scholarship program is now accepting applications for the 2015-2016 academic year. Students who apply should be High School graduates in the Winter 2015 or Spring 2016 and planning on pursuing a degree in an Agricultural field of study at the College or University of their choice. Continue reading

10-02-15 New Director for the Wyoming Stock Growers Land Trust…

WSGLT-Wyoming Stock Growers Land Trust logoAfter seven years with the Wyoming Stock Growers Land Trust, Executive Director Pam Dewell will continue a career devoted to the conservation of working lands and wildlife habitat in mid-coast Maine.  The Board of Directors has appointed Conservation Director Bo Alley as Acting Director effective October 15th.

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“Working with the landowners that have entrusted their family legacies to the Stock Growers Land Trust in perpetuity has been a humbling experience and many conversations with those with whom we have worked echo in my memory.  My favorite remains, ‘My grandfather  spent his entire life putting this ranch together.  We want to keep it that  way to honor him.’ ”  — Pam Dewell

Since joining the Stock Growers Land Trust in 2008, Pam has worked with landowners and partners to achieve the completion of 44 projects on 137,000 acres — more than doubling the acreage under conservation easement during her tenure.  “I am proud of the conservation I have helped to accomplish in Wyoming and am grateful to the many visionary landowners who have chosen to work with the Stock Growers Land Trust,” she said, “I can’t think of a more qualified successor than Bo and know that the Land Trust will be in good hands.” Continue reading

10-02-15 NCBA News: TPP Delay in Atlanta Unacceptable for Beef Producers…

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WASHINGTON (Oct. 2, 2015) – Statement by NCBA President Philip Ellis regarding the ongoing Trans-Pacific Trade negotiations:

“The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association is greatly disappointed that Trade Ministers of the Trans Pacific Partnership countries have not yet reached an agreement and successfully concluded the negotiations held in Atlanta, Ga. For U.S. beef producers, every day that passes is a lost opportunity in terms of leveling the playing field with our competitors. America can no longer afford to wait another six weeks or six months in hopes of finding a better deal in something that has been negotiated for years. It is time for the United States to lead, and now is the time to conclude negotiations on TPP. Continue reading

10-02-15 CO Governor Hickenlooper to lead global trade and investment mission…

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Governor and delegates will visit Japan, China, Turkey & Israel to promote state’s innovative economy

DENVER — Friday, Oct. 2, 2015 Gov. John Hickenlooper will lead a delegation of 52 Colorado business and academic leaders on a trade and investment mission to Japan, China, Turkey and Israel from Oct. 7-20, 2015. The tour will focus on connecting with global business and innovation leaders and exploring innovation networks, as well as enhancing the visibility of Colorado’s business environment to current and potential investors.

“This mission will engage business, political and thought leaders to strengthen Colorado’s relationships and support our efforts in developing unique economic opportunities to create and retain jobs,” said Hickenlooper. “Creating deeper ties between these countries and Colorado allows us to also promote our state’s innovative economy and business environment to potential foreign investors.” Continue reading


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Japan is where it all began. That is, the export of U.S. fries based on the expansion of U.S. Quick Service restaurants overseas. This perfect combination began over 40 years ago and has been growing ever since. U.S. exports of frozen potatoes to Japan reached $336 million in the July 2013 to June 2014 marketing year. This represented 29% of total U.S. frozen potato exports for that year. However, in 2014/15, for the first time ever, the volume and value of U.S. exports to Japan declined, dropping 23% to $259 million. On a volume basis, this was a decline of 68,470 metric tons of finished product, with a fresh weight equivalence of 2,520,848 cwt of raw potatoes.

There were many factors that lead to this decline, but chief among them was the slowdown in operations at West Coast ports from October 2014 – February 2015. During that time frame, U.S. exports to Japan declined by 11% compared to a year earlier, while exports from Canada increased by 1% and 94% from the European Union. This shift in market share was not the whole story, as the overall market in Japan in 2014/15 also shrunk by 12%, as measured by exports from the major producers. This decline came from the continuing economic doldrums in the country, but also from the demographic and other societally driven shifts away from western style quick service restaurant fare in the country.

In response to these lost sales, the United States Potato Board (USPB) representative office in Japan has developed an extensive campaign, designed not only to help regain lost market share, but increase consumption of U.S. fries as well. These efforts are being funded by usage of USPB reserves, as directed by the Board’s grower-leaders. The effort has three main components: digital signage at train and subway stations in Tokyo, an American Fried Potato Theme Park website and a social media campaign based on the 10th of every month being designated at U.S. Fries Day. A key component of all these promotions has been the creation of videos reminding people how much fun U.S. fries are for family and friends. This also included the development of a U.S. fries’ song and dance that a popular teen group, ILoVU, has picked up and performed as well. Continue reading

10-02-15 HumaneWatch News: HSUS Slammed in Colorado, Faces Calls for New Investigation…

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Today the Colorado Springs Gazette launched a broadside against the deceptive Humane Society of the United States. The paper’s editorial board came out swinging at HSUS’s lack of support for local pet shelters, writing, “Truth is, donating to the Humane Society of the United States does almost nothing to help organizations that unquestionably improve animal welfare, such as local shelters, the American Humane Association, the Dumb Friends League and yes, the local Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region.” Continue reading

10-02-15 USDA Commodity Loans Available to Colorado Producers…

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USDA Commodity Loans Available to Colorado Producers

(Denver, Colorado), October 2, 2015 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Colorado Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director, Leland Swenson reminds producers that USDA offers interim financing at harvest time to help producers meet cash flow needs without having to sell commodities when market prices are at harvest-time lows. The programs, known as Marketing Assistance Loans (MALs) and Loan Deficiency Payments (LDPs), were authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill for the 2014-2018 crop years. Continue reading

10-02-15 Launching USPB’s School Nutrition Program…

USPB President and CEO Blair Richardson and Global Nutrition Programs Manager Meredith Myers discuss the new USPB School Nutrition Program. They tell how the “Potato Friendly” Salad Bar Challenge will help school foodservice professionals increase potato meal opportunities for Generation Z—The Salad Generation.

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09-16-15 Inside the CAAA with Jessica Freeman: Operation S.A.F.E., Drones and more…