08-28-15 NACD Submits Comments on EPA’s Proposal to Mitigate Acute Risk to Bees…

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WASHINGTON, D.C.—August 28, 2015—NACD submitted comments today on the EPA’s Proposal to Mitigate Acute Risk to Bees as part of the National Strategy to Promote the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators released on May 19, 2015.  The strategy is a response to President Obama’s June 2014 memorandum calling for the formation of a Pollinator Health Task Force made up of Federal agencies charged with developing a coordinated and more comprehensive strategy for improving honey bee and other pollinator health. Continue reading

08-28-15 Join Colorado Corn and many others at this year’s Pedal the Plains…

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Colorado Corn once again this year will have an educational booth set up along the Pedal the Plains Bicycle Tour.
The 2015 Pedal the Plains returns to the sweeping plains of northeastern Colorado,taking place Sept. 18-20 and passing through the host communities of Julesburg, Holyoke and Sterling, as well as a number of towns in between.

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08-28-15 Federal Court Ruling in North Dakota Blocks Implementation “Waters of the United States” Rule

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Federal Court Ruling in North Dakota Blocks Implementation “Waters of the United States” Rule

WASHINGTON (August 28, 2015) — National Cattlemen’s Beef Association President Philip Ellis statement regarding Federal Court ruling in North Dakota that will Block EPA and the Army Corps’ “Waters of the United States” rule.
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Read the NAFB’s National Ag News for Friday, August 28th…

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“Injunction Granted: WOTUS Delayed for 13 States”

Late Thursday afternoon, a North Dakota federal judge granted an injunction against the Waters of the U.S. rule, effectively delaying implementation by the Environmental Protection Agency for 13 states. U.S. District Judge Ralph Erickson of North Dakota issued a temporary injunction against the rule, while two other courts denied the injunction this week. Erickson said “the risk of irreparable harm to the states is both imminent and likely,” granting the injunction.  Earlier in the day, the EPA had remained on track to implement the rule, according to the Hagstrom report. The Obama administration will implement the Clean Water Rule as scheduled Friday everywhere but those 13 states. Two other federal judges had denied injunctions in separate cases. The court document from the North Dakota judge stated “it appears likely that the EPA has violated its Congressional grant of authority.” The states included in the injunction are: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming.”

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“USDA Unveils New Strategy to Conserve Sage Grouse Habitat on Private Lands” Continue reading

08-27-15 Colorado, Kansas & Nebraska Republican River Water Agreement Further Helps Water Users…

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Republican River Compact Adjustments to Benefit Basin Water Users

(Lincoln, Neb.) Today, the states of Colorado, Kansas and Nebraska have reached an agreement that will ensure more certainty to the basin’s water users in both Nebraska and Kansas. The agreement, in the form of a Resolution approved by the Republican River Compact Administration (RRCA), was achieved through collaborative negotiations that began in April 2015 and will provide timely notice and access to water for the 2016 irrigation season. Continue reading

08-27-15 WY Governor Mead Pleased with Judge’s Decision to Block WOTUS Rule…

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WY Governor Mead Pleased with Judge’s Decision to Block WOTUS Rule

A federal district judge in North Dakota issued a preliminary injunction today, blocking implementation of the EPA’s controversial Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule.  A coalition, including Wyoming, of 12 states and two New Mexico state agencies urged the court to enter a preliminary injunction at a hearing last week in Fargo.

“I am pleased with the court’s decision. It keeps the rule from taking effect tomorrow, August 28th,” Governor Mead said. “I requested that EPA withdraw this rule from the beginning. It was badly flawed then and remained badly flawed throughout the rulemaking process.” Continue reading

08-27-15 NACD Applauds Roll-out of Sage Grouse Initiative 2.0…

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WASHINGTON, DC —August 27—  The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) applauds the renewed initiative announced today by USDA Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to preserve and protect greater sage grouse habitat.   The strategy, known as Sage Grouse Initiative 2.0 (SGI 2.0), will invest approximately $211 million through 2018 to assist ranchers making habitat improvements on their land to both benefit sage grouse and agricultural operations in the West.  Continue reading

08-27-15 USDA Unveils New Strategy to Conserve Sage Grouse Habitat on Private Lands…

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PORTLAND, Ore., August 27, 2015 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced a four-year strategy that will invest approximately $211 million through 2018 in conservation efforts to benefit the greater sage grouse. The strategy, known as Sage Grouse Initiative 2.0, will build on successful public and private conservation efforts made since 2010 to improve sage grouse habitat. The new plan will provide additional assistance for ranchers to make conservation improvements to their land, which mutually benefits the iconic bird and agricultural operations in 11 Western states. Continue reading

08-27-15 New Sage Grouse Strategy Unveiled: $760 Million Invested by 2018…

 

SGI-Sage Grouse Initiative logoAugust 27, 2015 – The Sage Grouse Initiative has enrolled 1,129 ranchers to conserve 4.4 million acres. We plan to double those numbers by 2018.

Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced a renewed commitment to voluntary, incentive-based conservation efforts to bring back sage grouse populations. Vilsack unveiled the Sage Grouse Initiative 2.0 Investment Strategy, which includes an additional $211 million in Farm Bill funding for proactive voluntary conservation efforts to bring back sage grouse populations. Continue reading

08-27-15 Colorado Weekly Hay Report…

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Colorado Hay Report

Compared to last week, all classes of hay traded steady on light demand with
the exception of Supreme and Premium quality alfalfa trending higher on light
offerings.  Alfalfa Carried over from last year as well as this year?s 1st
cutting have suppressed demand for lower quality hay.  RFV tests coming back on
2nd cutting alfalfa are noticeably better than the prior cutting due to better
haying conditions.  The U.S. Drought Monitor was unchanged from the prior week
in the D0 Drought Category for Colorado holding at 2.04 percent.  According to
NASS? Colorado Crop Progress report for the week ending August 23, 2015, crop
progress for 2nd cutting Alfalfa is at 96 percent and 3rd cutting is at 38
percent.  Corn is 68 percent dough, and 33 percent dented, with corn silage at 5
percent harvested.  Pasture and Range conditions are 1 percent Very Poor, 13
percent Poor, 25 percent Fair, 50 percent Good, and 11 percent Excellent.  All
prices reported are FOB at the stack or barn unless otherwise noted.  Prices
reflect load lots of hay.

If you have hay for sale or need hay, use the services of the Colorado
Department of Agriculture website: http://www.coloradoagriculture.com.

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08-27-15 NCGA, DuPont Launch Third Year of New Leaders Program…

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NCGA, DuPont Launch Third Year of New Leaders Program

ST. LOUIS (August 27, 2015) — The National Corn Growers Association and DuPont are pleased to announce the third year of the NCGA DuPont New Leaders Program.  The program is designed for corn growers who are newly active or considering involvement in agriculture leadership, and seek to build their communications skills so they can better serve their peers. Continue reading

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

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

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

Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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“Monsanto Announces Pull Back of Syngenta Offer”

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

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“US Ban on Canadian Poultry Lifted” Continue reading

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

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

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

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Wyoming Governor Matt Mead

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

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

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

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Preserving agriculture yet another reason we need NISP now

Comment deadline for the project is Sept. 3.

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

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

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

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

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ACE honors ethanol contributors with 2015 awards

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