07-01-15 The Throlson American Bison Foundation Scholarship Now Accepting Applications…

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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

07-01-15 Beef Checkoff Spiced up 23rd Annual Safeway National Capital BBQ Battle…

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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07-01-15 USGC News: National Commodity Leaders Explore Cuba Grain Market Potential…

USGC - US Grains Council logoWASHINGTON, 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

07-01-15 WSGA Protests Bureau of Land Management/Forest Service “9 Plan”…

WSGA - Wyoming Stock Growers Association LogoCheyenne – 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

07-01-15 CO Simmental Youth Place at Western Regionals

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Makenzie Camblin of Maybell and Chad Russell of Sugar City were among the AJSA western regional winners last weekend in Bozeman, MT.

Makenzie Camblin of Maybell and Chad Russell of Sugar City were among the AJSA western regional winners last weekend in Bozeman, MT.

BOZEMAN, MT — Colorado’s two participants, Makenzie Camblin and Chad Russell, both made the “top 10″at the American Junior Simmental Western Regional educational contests and shows on June 26-28, 2015 in Bozeman, MT.

Camblin, of Maybell, was first in her March 2014 purebred heifer, Yardley Bliss B176, which later was named fourth overall. Camblin also was third in sales talk, fourth in showmanship, eighth in judging and then fifth overall in the senior division.
Russell, of Sugar City, placed third with his February 2014 purebred heifer, Mill Iron M Fanny B425. When not showing her, Russell served as ring steward. He also placed third in the senior division cattlemen’s quiz and eighth in showmanship in the regional event, which drew youth from seven western U.S. states.
In addition to the two Colorado participants, American Simmental Trustee Susan Russell attended and helped judge junior division contests.
For more information, go to www.coloradosimmental.com.
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07-01-15 Nat FFA News: Presidential Scholars Program Expands to Include Career and Technical Education…

National FFA Emblem - REfreshed March 2015Presidential 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

07-01-15 CDA Recipe: Summer Heats Up With Colorado Apricots…

CDA Recipe - Apricots July 2015BROOMFIELD, 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 apricots in the Thai Apricot BBQ Sauce recipe.
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Apricots originated in China 4,000 years ago, and the fruit is a member of the rose family. Choose apricots that are plump, firm and uniformly colored. Apricots are low in fat, sodium free and an excellent source of vitamins A and C. Look for Colorado apricots at your local grocery store, farmers’ market or at restaurants across the state.
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07-01-15 NFU Highlights Importance of Youth Outreach, Leadership Training for Future of American Agriculture, World Food Production…

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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 Colorado Tumble Weed’s Crop Report with Lamar’s Don Turner…

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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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Don Turner has heen serving us for many years with all types of agriculture insurance. Helping you to protect what you have worked so hard for. From yield base plans, revenue plans, crop hail plans to the information and technologyyou need to operate your business. Four Seasons Insurance offers everything in crop insurance. No matter how large or small your operation is, Four Seasons Insurance has the products and care that you will need to protect your agriculture investments.

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Don Turner/Colorado Tumble Weed, Four Seasons Insurance, 1002 N Main, Lamar, Co 81052

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, July 1st…

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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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06-30-15 Steer-Aid Clinic teaches youth beef participants…

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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

06-30-15 Nominations Open for 2016 US Potato Board Members…

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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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06-30-15 Cattlemen’s Land Trust Celebrates 20 Years of Conservation in Colorado at the Elk Ranch Near CO Springs…

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Johnson0012johnfieldercreditThe 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 alyssa@ccalt.org.

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06-30-15 CDA News: Vesicular Stomatitis Cases Close In On Colorado…

CDA NEW main logo 051414BROOMFIELD, Colo. – On June 24, 2015, the New Mexico Livestock Board announced a confirmed case of Vesicular Stomatitis (VS) in a horse located in Sandoval County; this most recent confirmation is approximately 100 miles from Colorado.

“This most recent confirmation in New Mexico serves as a reminder that livestock owners must be vigilant in safeguarding their herds from this virus,” said State Veterinarian, Dr. Keith Roehr. “Now is the time to start thinking about disease mitigation practices to protect Colorado’s livestock.”
Vesicular stomatitis can be painful for animals and costly to their owners. The virus typically causes oral blisters and sores that can be painful causing difficulty in eating and drinking. Veterinarians and livestock owners who suspect an animal may have VS or any other vesicular disease should immediately contact state or federal animal health authorities. There are no USDA approved vaccines for VS.
A 2014 outbreak of VS created 556 livestock investigations in Colorado resulting in 370 quarantines with the final quarantines released in January 2015.
A notable change in the 2015 State response to VS has come from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) delisting of VS as a foreign animal disease in horses; VS continues to be listed as a foreign animal disease for cattle and other livestock. This USDA procedural change will allow greater flexibility in how VS is managed in respect to equine cases. The goal in the management of this disease is to accomplish effective control while minimizing the negative economic impacts on the equine industry.
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06-30-15 Top-ranking Vatican Official Endorses NFU-Supported Document on “Vocation to Agriculture”…

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MILAN (June 30, 2015) – One of the Catholic Church’s most influential leaders is throwing his weight behind a publication affirming the “vocation to agriculture.”

Cardinal Peter Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, announced his support for the forthcoming document, The Vocation of the Agricultural Leader,at an international gathering of farm leaders in Milan on June 27.

The cardinal said he was “delighted” that the publication was moving forward, and underscored its importance.

“It aims to affirm the dignity of the farmer and agricultural leader and it wants to encourage their commitments to the common good of all, including care of the earth,” he said.

National Farmers Union has supported The Vocation of the Agricultural Leader, and the presidents of four Midwestern states’ farmers unions and the National Farmers Union vice president of international relations were present in Milan for the event. Continue reading

06-30-15 *USDA/NASS News* Grain Stocks Report…

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GRAIN STOCKS – June 1, 2015

ARIZONA

Off-farm corn stocks in Arizona on June 1, 2015 were 2.28 million bushels, down 18 percent from June 1, 2014, according to the Mountain Regional Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. Other Arizona grain stocks were not published separately to avoid disclosing data for individual operations.

COLORADO

All corn stocks in Colorado on June 1, 2015 were 29.73 million bushels, up 1 percent from June 1, 2014, according to the Mountain Regional Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. All corn stocks stored on farms amounted to 14.00 million bushels, up 4 percent from a year ago. All corn stored off farms amounted to 15.73 million bushels, down 2 percent from a year ago. Off-farm sorghum stocks were 62,000 bushels, down 92 percent from June 1, 2014. Off-farm oat stocks in Colorado were estimated at 57,000 bushels, down 26 percent from last year. Off-farm barley stocks totaled 5.17 million bushels, up 4 perent from last year. All wheat stocks in Colorado on June 1, 2015 were 17.39 million bushels, up 60 percent from June 1, 2014. All wheat stocks stored on farms amounted to 3.00 million bushels, up 58 percent from a year ago. All wheat stored off farms amounted to 14.39 million bushels, up 60 percent from a year ago. Other Colorado grain stocks were not published separately to avoid disclosing data for individual operations.
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06-30-15 CDA News: Don’t get Burned when Purchasing Firewood…

CDA NEW main logo 051414BROOMFIELD, Colo. –As outdoor enthusiasts prepare for summer camping, the Colorado Department of Agriculture strongly recommends purchasing firewood from a reputable dealer.
“Bulk firewood sellers in Colorado are required to provide a receipt with their business name and address as well as the price, amount, and type of wood sold,” said Nick Brechun, CDA’s Measurement Standards Program Administrator.
CDA cautions consumers against the purchase of firewood advertised by the terms truckload, face cord, rick, fireplace cord or pile. These terms do not allow for the facilitation of a value comparison for the purchaser. For instance, the size of one truckload may be different than the size of the seller’s competitor. Thus the consumer would have no way of knowing which would be the better buy.
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06-30-15 *USDA-NASS News* The Colorado’s latest Acreage Report…

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ACREAGE – JUNE 2015
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Colorado principal crop planted acreage, which includes acres planted to all major crops and those expected to be cut for all hay, is down 3 percent from 2014 to 5,986,000 acres, according to the Mountain Regional Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA.
Colorado corn producers planted 1,100,000 acres of corn this year of which they intend to harvest 960,000 acres for grain, down from 1,010,000 acres harvested in 2014. This is a decrease of 5 percent from last year’s harvested grain acreage and a 4 percent decrease in planted acreage for all purposes.
Sorghum plantings, at 385,000 acres, increased 12 percent from the previous year and acreage expected to be harvested for grain, at 300,000, increased 7 percent.
Oat seedings are set at 45,000 acres, are unchanged from last year, with producers planning to harvest 7,000 acres for grain, down 2,000 acres from acreage harvested for grain in 2014.
Barley planted area, at 65,000 acres, is 14 percent more than last year’s acreage. Expected harvested acres, at 62,000 acres, are 15 percent above 2014.
Winter wheat producers planted 2,500,000 acres in the fall of 2014 for harvest in 2015, down from 2,750,000 acres planted for the previous year’s crop. Acreage expected to be harvested for grain are unchanged from the May forecast at 2,250,000 acres.
Spring wheat seedings, at 8,000 acres, are down 1,000 acres compared with a year ago. Acreage for harvest is expected to total 7,000 acres, down from 8,000 harvested last year.
Proso millet seedings are expected to total 300,000 acres this year, down 3 percent from 2014. The area to be harvested for hay is expected to increase 60,000 acres from a year ago to 1,400,000 acres.
Alfalfa hay harvested acreage is expected to decrease 40,000 acres to 700,000 acres and all other hay harvested acreage is expected to increase 100,000 acres to 700,000 acres.
All sunflower planted area, at 57,000 acres, is 12,500 acres above last year. Oil type varieties totaled 45,000 acres, up 10,000 acres from 2014 while non-oil type varieties are set at 12,000 acres, up 2,500 acres. Harvested acres are expected to total 40,000 acres for oil type and 11,000 acres for non-oil.
Sugarbeet plantings decreased 2,600 acres from last year to 27,000 acres. The expected harvested area, at 26,700 acres, is 2,600 acres below last year.
Acres planted to dry beans, at 40,000 acres, are down 13 percent from last year. Harvested acres are expected to total 38,000 acres.
Fall potatoes located in the San Luis Valley showed a 3 percent decrease in planted acres from 54,200 acres last year to 52,800 acres this year. Fall potatoes located outside the San Luis Valley in Colorado (included in Summer Potatoes prior to 2013) totaled 6,300 acres, up from 6,000 acres last year.
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06-30-15 KCD’s Evans and NRCS-CO’s Pollick: Kiowa Conservation District Watershed Project, DamWatch and more…

 

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(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) June 30, 2015 – As many Coloradoans continue to look up at the sky for hints about when the next rain event will occur, those within Elbert County are bowing their heads and giving thanks because they now know that whenever more torrential rains fall, their community is safe and less likely to be flooded.  The Kiowa Conservation District (KCD) Watershed Protection Project is credited with not only helping protect landowners in portions of Eastern Colorado from the recent 2015 rains, but also with saving lives and much of the agricultural lands during the devastating flood of 1965. Joining the COLORADO AG NEWS NETWORK to discuss the Kiowa Conservation District in more detail is Linda Pollick, Civil Engineering Tech with the Natural Resources Conservations Districts in Colorado, as well as Kiowa Conservation District Board Member Art Evans. We will also be discussing the USDA’s newest monitoring tool, called DamWatch, which is a new web-based application that provides real-time monitoring of rainfall, snowmelt, stream flow and seismic events that could pose potential threats to dam safety here in Colorado and around the nation.

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06-30-15 USCA Disappointed On Administration’s Path Forward with Brazil, Argentina…

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USCA (June 30, 2015) – The United States Cattlemen’s Association issued the following statement on the announcement made by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA-APHIS) to allow for importations of fresh beef products into the United States from regions in South America.  The following may be attributed to USCA President Danni Beer:

“Once again, we are faced with an issue that has the potential to severely threaten the health and safety standards of the US cattle herd.  We acknowledge the effort and work put in by APHIS staff on this issue, however, the proposed plan to move this notice forward is deeply concerning to producers across the country.  Concerns have repeatedly been relayed from industry groups to the Administration on this proposed change in trade and we are disappointed that the choice has been made to move forward with the plan. ”

“Any opening of the U.S. market to the stated regions in South America is a step-back for the health of the US cattle herd.  However, this issue stems not only from concerns regarding our domestic herd, but also to the political ramifications such a change in trade with this region would signal.  Through this announcement, the U.S. would be rewarding countries that are proven bad actors in the international trade arena.”
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