08-22-16 One more Colorado Corn district meeting remaining – Hope to see you in Fort Collins on Aug 24th…

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Colorado Corn staff and board members encourage farmers and any others interested to attend our district meetings, where attendees will hear updates about the Colorado Corn Administrative Committee (CCAC) and the Colorado Corn Growers Association (CCGA), as well as issues impacting the industry. No RSVP needed.

Wednesday, Aug. 24 — Districts 1-2 Meeting (Fort Collins)  

Dinner and meeting begin at 7 p.m.
Meal will be provided.
CoBank Center for Ag Education (4492 E. County Road 56)
Open Positions:
* CCAC Director (currently held by Chris Wagner, who is term-limited)
* CCAC Alternate (currently held by John Sullivan, who is eligible for a second term)District Area: Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Douglas, El Paso, Elbert, Jefferson, Larimer, Lincoln and Weld counties 

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08-22-16 CCAC, Beef Battalion conclude whirlwind of events for the troops…

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The Colorado Corn Administrative Committee this summer did plenty of teaming up with the All-American Beef Battalion — a volunteer organization that travels the U.S. serving steaks to our men and women in uniform, and their families.

The All-American Beef Battalion hosted four feeds in Colorado this summer, feeding more than 12,000 people total, as Colorado Corn board members, among many others, volunteered to help out.

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08-22-16 CO Corn: ‘Take Action’ packets headed your way in the mail…

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‘Take Action’ packets headed your way in the mail

Colorado Corn staff is sending out packages this month, which contain contents intended to bring attention to some timely issues of interest to corn growers — topics that run the gamut on renewable energy concerns, corn disease, and regulations pertaining to important crop-production tools.  Continue reading

08-22-16 CO Corn; RFS advocates this month celebrating 11th anniversary of America’s most successful biofuels program…

Colorado Corn LogoRFS advocates this month celebrating 11th anniversary of America’s most successful biofuels program
Eleven years ago this month (Aug. 8, to be exact), the Renewable Fuel Standard was signed into law, ushering in a new era of rising energy security, cleaner air and more affordable options at the pump. After more than a decade, the program continues to drive U.S. job creation and startling new innovations in renewable energy. 

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The 2016 Feeders and Friends Reagan Brown Benefit in New Raymer Aug 20th…

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(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) June 2, 2016 – Joining the Colorado Ag News Network Inside the BARN is Verlyn Mahan, and we’ll be discussing the upcoming 13th Feeders & Friends Reagan Brown Benefit August 20th in New Raymer, CO…

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08-19-16 USMEF Event Showcases Return of U.S. Beef, Pork to South Africa…

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The outstanding quality of U.S. beef and pork were highlighted during the first South Africa Seminar and Buyers Reception, held Aug. 18 in Johannesburg

The outstanding quality of U.S. beef and pork were highlighted during the first South Africa Seminar and Buyers Reception, held Aug. 18 in Johannesburg

USMEF Event Showcases Return of U.S. Beef, Pork to South Africa

Working to build a solid base in a developing market, the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) matched red meat exporters with buyers during the first USMEF South Africa Seminar and Buyers Reception. Funding support for the networking and educational event, held Aug. 18 in Johannesburg, was provided by the USDA Market Access Program, the Beef Checkoff Program and the Pork Checkoff

Along with one-on-one business meetings and updates on current market conditions, USMEF staff provided technical advice and assistance to traders with an interest in putting more U.S. beef and pork in South Africa’s processing, retail and foodservice sectors. Focus was also put on food safety and the quality and consistency of U.S. red meat products, as well as the availability of U.S. beef livers, kidneys and other beef variety meats.

“This was an opportunity to not only build and establish relationships, the event also provided valuable information for buyers in South Africa and helped reacquaint them with high-quality U.S. beef and pork,” said Dan Halstrom, USMEF senior vice president of marketing, who noted that those in attendance were from the South African trade, along with one buyer from Nigeria. Continue reading

08-19-16 USDA/NASS News: CATTLE ON FEED…

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USDA/NASS-CO News: CATTLE ON FEED

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The number of cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market in Colorado feedlots with a capacity of 1,000 head or larger was estimated at 810,000 head as of August 1, 2016. The latest inventory was 5 percent below last month, but up 3 percent from August 1, 2015 inventory. Cattle feeders with 1,000 head or larger capacity marketed an estimated 150,000 head of fed cattle during July 2016. This was 7 percent above June 2016 marketings and 20 percent above marketings one year earlier. An estimated 115,000 cattle and calves were placed on feed during July 2016, 10 percent above the previous month’s placements and 28 percent above the July 2015 placements. Of the number placed in July, 22 percent weighed less than 600 pounds, 13 percent weighed from 600 to 699 pounds, 26 percent weighed from 700 to 799 pounds, and 39 percent weighed 800 pounds and greater. Other disappearance for July, at 5,000 head, was the same as last month and last year.

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08-17-16 Ardent Mills Adds States to Organic Wheat Producer Program and Organic–Certified Facilities…

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(The BARN /BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) August 19, 2016 – Ardent Mills plans to add several states to the Organic Wheat Producer Program and to their organic–certified facilities. The premier flour-milling and ingredient company plans to work with farmers to double the U.S. Organic wheat acres by the year 2019.

Joining the CO Ag News Network to discuss this min more detail is Shrene White, Ardent Mills Director of Specialty, Risk Management…

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About Ardent Mills

Ardent Mills is a leading supplier of organic flour, certified since 1996. The premier flour-milling and ingredient company whose vision is to be the trusted partner in nurturing its customers, consumers and communities through innovative and nutritious grain-based solutions. Ardent Mills’ operations and services are supported by more than 40 flour mills and bakery-mix facilities along with a specialty bakery and Mobile Innovation Center, all located in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico. Deeply rooted in communities throughout North America, Ardent Mills is headquartered in Denver, Colorado and employs more than 100 certified millers, supporting thousands of local jobs and contributing billions of dollars to local economies. To learn more about Ardent Mills, visit ardentmills.com.

RELATED STORY & WEBCAST ARCHIVE – https://brianallmerradionetwork.wordpress.com/2016/05/05/05-05-16-ardent-mills-celebrating-80-years-of-milling-heritage-and-innovation-in-commerce-city-today/

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08-19-16 CFVGA Co-Hosting Legislative Roundtable at Sakata Farms in Brighton on Aug 24th…

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The Colorado Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association (CFVGA) will co-host with U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman a roundtable discussion and tour for the Colorado congressional delegation Aug. 24, from 8:30am to 10:30 am in Brighton, Colo.  The event will commence at Sakata Farms, Brighton, Colo., with a sweet corn breakfast and an agriculture policy roundtable discussion. Following this, at approximately 9:30 am, the group will tour Sakata Farms and then move on to tour Petrocco Farms, also in Brighton.
“We are hosting this roundtable and tour to provide Colorado’s congressional delegation the opportunity to better understand how federal policies impact Colorado fruit and vegetable farmers. In discussion with CFVGA members we hope to outline some possible solutions to the challenges we face,” said Robert Sakata, host of the event and president of CFVGA.

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08-11-16 The 23rd Annual HIA Conference will be held September 17-20 at the Denver Marriott…

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(The BARN / BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) August 19, 2016 – The Hemp Industry Association is hosting their 23rd annual conference in Denver, CO this September and joining the CO Ag News Network to discuss the event and the hemp industry in more detail is Erik Steenstra, President of Vote Hemp…

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Friday, August 19th…

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Lower Meat Prices Stall Food Inflation

Consumer food prices in the U.S. were unchanged in July, thanks largely to declining meat costs. The Labor Department reports the consumer price index for meats, poultry, fish and eggs purchased at the grocery store dropped 0.6 percent last month, following a 0.7 percent decrease in June. Over the previous 12 months, meat, poultry, fish and egg prices together have fallen 5.6 percent. The decline has contributed to a decrease of 1.6 percent in the index for all food consumed at home over that time span, according to Meatingplace. In July, the index for food at home fell 0.2 percent, its seventh decline in the past nine months. Prices for dairy, cereal and bakery products fell last month, while fruits, vegetables and nonalcoholic beverages turned higher.

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Senator Toomey Announces Opposition to TPP

Republican Senator Pat Toomey this week announced his opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement. The Senator from Pennsylvania says TPP has inadequate provisions for drug companies and dairy farmers. Pro Farmer reports President Barack Obama has been banking on gathering enough Republicans for most votes needed to pass the trade agreement. Obama is expected to send the trade deal to Congress following the November election. Toomey said TPP does not do enough to open up new markets in Japan and Canada for American dairy products, compared to access the deal would grant to New Zealand farmers eyeing milk exports to the United States. The opposition by Toomey is largely seen as a move to gain votes for re-election. As the Washington Post Reports, Toomey has generally supported free-trade agreements, even writing so in his book “The Road to Prosperity.” 

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2017 Forecasted to Bring some Relief from Record Heat

NASA predicts 2016 will be the warmest year on record for Earth, but forecasters offer a prediction of relief for 2017. Weather forecasters say a new annual record is unlikely in 2017 since the effect of El Niño is fading. That does not mean 2017 will be much cooler, however. Forecasters say the long-term trend is towards warming, but there is natural variability, bringing ups and downs to overall temperatures each year, according to Reuters. La Niña, the cool counterpart to El Niño, is expected to be weak and develop late this fall or early winter. July of this year was the hottest single month since records began in the 19th century. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association says July was the 15th month in a row to break a monthly heat record. Records date back 137 years to 1880.

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Monsanto Allowing Bayer Limited Access to its Books

Monsanto has allowed Bayer AG a glimpse into the St. Louis, Missouri-based seed company’s books amid ongoing merger talks. Sources familiar with the talks told Reuters this week Monsanto and Bayer have yet to sign a non-disclosure agreement, but Monsanto has granted Bayer a “limited drip of information.” A non-disclosure agreement would allow Bayer to conduct due diligence on Monsanto in reconsidering its offer to acquire the company. The sources also say Bayer has no appetite to put a deal at risk by going hostile, although added talks were “difficult.” Monsanto CEO Hugh Grant told investors this week that Monsanto remains in discussions with Bayer and other parties about “potential strategic transactions.” Monsanto has rejected two potential bids from Bayer thus far, the latest being worth $64 billion.

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U.K. Pledges Support to Farmers Following Brexit

The United Kingdom this week vowed to support farmers and universities that receive billions in funding each year from the European Union once the country leaves the EU. Bloomberg reports the U.K. will match the level of agricultural funding until 2020.  A U.K. official says the nation is “determined to ensure that people have stability and certainty” in the period leading up to its departure from the EU. The announcement comes as the U.K. faces an array of demands from EU nations when exit negotiations begin, foreshadowing a long and complicated process that’s likely to generate uncertainty and weigh on business investment.

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Louisiana Flooding Destroys $14 Million of Rice

With more than 20 inches of rain in southwest Louisiana since last week, early estimates are that flooding has destroyed $14 million worth of the state’s rice crop. That estimate remains “fully speculative,” however, as the full scope of damage will not become clear until the water recedes. Louisiana Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain says “once the water recedes we’ll begin doing analysis” along with federal officials. The U.S. Rice Federation says about 80 percent of the southwest Louisiana crop had been harvested before the flooding, but of the 20 percent still in the field, 20 percent of that would likely be lost due to the flooding. None of the rice mills in the state have reported flood-related disruption.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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08018-16 CSU Animal Sciences Social & Departmental Visioning Session in conjunction with the CPPC Annual Meeting

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August 25, 2016
Colorado State Fairgrounds, Colorado Building
1001 Beulah Ave.
Pueblo, CO 81004

The Listening Session will be in the Colorado Building (#22). Grounds Map
CPPC Annual meeting and meal 5:30-7:30 p.m.; Listening session and dessert 7:45-8:30 p.m.

RSVP Here by Aug. 10 to attend CPPC Annual Meeting and Listening Session.

RSVP Here or call CSU Animal Sciences at (970) 491-6672 by Aug. 22 to attend Listening Session only.

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08-18-16 BLM, USGS Publish Data and Visualization Site for Sagebrush Geospatial Data…

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BLM, USGS Publish Data and Visualization Site for Sagebrush Geospatial Data

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) have published a hub to enable easy visualization and access to geospatial data about the west’s “sagebrush sea.” This will help guide sagebrush conservation efforts during the 2016 fire season and beyond.

“We have the benefit of a tremendous amount of scientific information to help us conserve the sagebrush ecosystem that hasn’t always been organized in a way that makes it easy to find.” said Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Land and Minerals Management Janice Schneider. “This hub provides a simple way to reach the most definitive information from the USGS, the BLM, the Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Fish and Wildlife Service, all in one place.    It will provide the many groups working to conserve the sagebrush sea and Greater Sage-Grouse with a shared understanding of this landscape to help facilitate coordination in setting priorities for conservation and fire prevention at all levels.”  Continue reading

08-18-16 Farmers’ Almanac is Looking to Honor Outstanding Farmers…

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Farmers’ Almanac is Looking to Honor Outstanding Farmers

Celebrating the 200th edition of the Farmers’ Almanacwould not be complete without honoring a profession that is even older than we are – farming. The people who work in agriculture are vital to our everyday life, and we’d like to thank them in the pages of the Farmers’ Almanac.

From the food on our tables, to the clothes on our backs, farmers and ranchers are the backbones of our country. Today, people who live far removed from the farm are showing more and more interest in where their food comes from, and yearn to reconnect with those who are dedicated to feeding our families. So, we want to share some stories of exemplary farmers and ranchers and honor three of the best with the title of “Farmers’ Almanac Farmer Of The Year.”

Looking for Outstanding Farmers and Ranchers to Honor

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08-18-16 Inside the BARN w/CO’s Deputy Ag Commissioner Chris Wiseman: CO Proud Month, 144th CO State Fair & More…

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Inside the BARN w/CO’s Deputy Ag Commissioner Chris Wiseman: CO Proud Month, 144th CO State Fair & More…

(BARN Media – Briggsdale,CO) August 18, 2016 – Chris Wiseman,  Deputy Commissioner for the Colorado Department of Agriculture joins the Colorado Ag News Network inside the BARN to discuss several topics…

  • August is CO Proud Month
  • 144th CO State Fair – Aug 25 – Sept 5 in Pueblo
  • & MORE
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08-18-16 Land O’Lakes Animal Milk Products certifies automatic calf feeder experts…

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Land O’Lakes Animal Milk Products certifies automatic calf feeder experts

LOLAMP_Autofeeder Map Graphic_FINAL_072816Shoreview, Minn.  [August 18, 2016] – Land O’Lakes Animal Milk Products Co., has invested in automatic calf feeding certification and training programs to equip its sales and service personnel with the latest information and skills to advise clients using automatic calf feeders.

“As more dairies embrace automatic calf feeders, our staff will be prepared to assist them in developing and managing a successful system and nutrition program,” says Tom Earleywine, Ph.D., director of nutritional services for Land O’Lakes Animal Milk Products Company. “Integrating an automatic calf feeder into your calf program requires a systematic approach and a higher level of management, as well as proper consideration and planning.” Continue reading

08-18-16 NFU: Letters from Senators Calling for Assistance for Dairy Farmers…

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As the dairy industry faces significant economic declines, National Farmers Union (NFU) has aggressively pushed for much needed federal relief. NFU, working with member of congress, advanced a request for immediate support for U.S. dairy farmers. In a letter sent to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Vilsack, 27 Senators and 34 Representatives requested that the agency use existing authority to shield dairy farmers from additional hardship while exercising caution to not stimulate overproduction. Continue reading

08-18-16 Congratulations to the new NFU National Youth Advisory Council…

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2016 NFU National Youth Advisory Council

Top row (left to right): Kyle Rosenbrock, Colorado; Killian Harnish, Wisconsin; and Lorenzo Strand, North Dakota.  Bottom row (left to right): Summer Steinwand, North Dakota; Miriam Valley, Wisconsin; Samantha Zwirner, North Dakota; and Melissa Miller, NFU Education Coordinator

Congratulations to the new NFU National Youth Advisory Council
These six outstanding young adults were selected by their peers at the 80th Anniversary NFU All-States Leadership Camp to represent Farmers Union youth nationwide through NYAC. These individuals will be lobbying in Washington, D.C., presenting to 500+ NFU members at the national convention, and planning next year’s All-States Leadership Camp! Continue reading