05-02-16 NCGA Launches Fields-of-Corn Photo Contest with New Conservation Category…

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The National Corn Growers Association calls on photographers to help tell the story of farming field corn in America through the third annual Fields-of-Corn Photo Contest. Through this contest, NCGA hopes to capture high-resolution photos of corn growth from seed to harvest and the families that grow it. While the contest opened today, interested participants will be able to submit multiple entries until November 30, 2016.

05-02-16 USDA Announces $6 Million in Available Funding for Antimicrobial Resistance Research…

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USDA Announces $6 Million in Available Funding for Antimicrobial Resistance Research

WASHINGTON, May 2, 2016 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced the availability of $6 million to fund research to address antimicrobial resistance (AMR). This funding is available through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill, and administered by USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).

“Through our Antimicrobial Resistance Action Plan, USDA is leading the way to better understand how antibiotic resistance develops, find alternatives to antibiotics, and educate people on practices that reduce the need for antibiotics,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “The research projects funded through this announcement will help us succeed in our efforts to preserve the effectiveness of antibiotics and protect public health.” Continue reading

05-02-16 CDA: Licensed Commercial Applicators Meet High Standards…

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BROOMFIELD, Colo. –Spring is in the air!  With warmer weather and longer days come greener grass, blooming bulbs…and weeds.
Before hiring a commercial pesticide company, consumers should know that the Colorado Pesticide Applicators’ Act requires any person or company that applies pesticides for hire, whether they are applying to a structure, lawn, or agricultural area, to be licensed as a commercial applicator.

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Livestock Exchange, LLC Weekly Update…

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(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) – Each week, Auctioneer Tyler Knode with Livestock Exchange, LLC. in Brush, CO will be inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network providing a RECAP of the previous week’s auctions and also a PREVIEW of upcoming cattle & hay auctions…

CLICK THE AUDIO LINK BELOW TO LISTEN TO THIS WEEK’S UPDATE…

05/02 – Livestock Exchange, LLC Recap & Preview w/Auctioneer Tyler Knode

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05-02-16 BQA Certifies Another 2,000 Producers During Free Certification Campaign!

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This spring, nearly 2,000 producers from across the country became Beef Quality Assurance (BQA)-certified, thanks to the latest “free-certification” supported by Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. (BIVI). And, of those who signed up during the free certification window, 65 percent completedtheir certification, the highest percentage in the program’s six-year history. Through the sponsorship of the BQA certification program, BIVI provides financial support for the Beef Cattle Institute, which developed the certification module. Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Monday, May 2nd…

CLICK HERE to listen to TODAY's BARN Morning Ag News with Brian Allmer...

CLICK HERE to listen to TODAY’s BARN Morning Ag News with Brian Allmer…

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WRDA Clears Senate Panel

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee advanced a water infrastructure reauthorization bill that provides assistance to Flint, Michigan, as well as other areas with excess lead levels in their drinking water systems.  Pro Farmer’s First Thing Today says the bill, which would reauthorize the Water Resources Development Act, is now primed for the Senate floor.  Only Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) voted against advancing the bill, citing concerns that it doesn’t provide regulatory relief for on-farm storage.  Fischer feels an Environmental Protection Agency regulation over fuel spills on farmland went too far, stating that the overreach “weighs heavily on farmers and ranchers in Nebraska and across the country.”  She says she will continue to work with colleagues to prioritize regulatory relief when WRDA 2016 reaches the Senate floor. 

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Farm Bureau Entrepreneurship Challenge Set to Open

The American Farm Bureau Federation will open online applications for its third Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge on May 1, to coincide with National Small Business Week, which runs May 1-7.  Entrepreneurs will compete for $145,000 in start-up funds.  The competition provides opportunities for individuals to showcase ideas and business innovations that will benefit rural regions of the US.  It’s the first national rural business challenge to focus exclusively on innovative entrepreneurs working on food and agriculture businesses.  Competitors are invited to submit for-profit business ideas related to food and agriculture online beginning May 1 at www.strongruralamerica.com/challenge.  All applications that include a business plant, video pitch, and photo, must be submitted online by June 30.  The top ten teams will be announced in October, and the final four will compete in a live competition at the AFBF Annual Convention in Phoenix on January 8.

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Study Says Dairy Fat Could Lower Risk of Diabetes

A recent study published in the journal Circulations suggest that dairy fats may guard against Type 2 diabetes.  The Daily Agri-News report notes the study doesn’t show full cause and effect, there are several reason why full-fat milk, yogurt, and cheeses could delay the development of diabetes.  An LSU Ag Center dietician, Sandra May, notes that it could be the full-fat dairy products keep you fuller longer.  That would help reduce the number of calories we take in a day.  The study followed 3,000 adults for two decades and showed that those who had higher dairy fatty acids in their blood showed a lower incidence of diabetes.  Other studies looking at the connection between vitamins and minerals in dairy products and a reduced risk of diabetes, but those results were inconclusive.  May notes that recommendations are to continue to consume lower-fat dairy products.   

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TTIP Round in New York Concludes with No Ag Chapter

The latest negotiating round on the TransAtlantic Trade and Investment Partnership between the US and the European Union concluded in New York.  The Hagstrom Report says talks are expected to continue on a daily basis to try to complete the agreement before the end of the year.  The chief negotiators said that TTIP would not contain a separate agriculture chapter.  Agriculture and food chapters will be matters contained in separate chapters.  The Washington Trade Daily said continued high Ag tariffs on both sides remain a problem, but the United States continues to insist on zero tariffs for all goods.  The European Commissioner for Ag and Trade Development said the European Union won’t sign off on a trade deal with the US that doesn’t include recognition of its geographical indications.  The EU intends to tie increased market access for meat to recognition of the GI’s.

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USDA offers new loans for Portable Storage and Handling Equipment

The US Department of Agriculture will provide a new financing option to help farmers finance and purchase portable storage and handling equipment.  The FSA and the Ag Marketing Service announced changes to the Farm Storage Facility Loan Program during a food roundtable in Columbus, Ohio.  The loans now include a smaller microloan option, with lower down payments designed to producers, including new, small, and mid-sized producers, grow their businesses and markets.  The microloan option allows producers seeking $50,000 or less to qualify for a reduced down payment of five percent and no three year production history requirement. Farms and ranches of all size are eligible, but it should be a particular benefit to smaller farms and ranches, and specialty crop producers who may not have access to commercial storage or on-farm storage after harvest.  These producers can invest in things like conveyors, scales, refrigeration units, and trucks to store commodities before the go to market.

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ASA Accepting Nominations for Leadership At its Best Program

The American Soybean Association is seeking candidates for it’s 2016-2017 “Leadership At Its Best” Program.  The program is sponsored by Syngenta and designed to provide state soybean leaders with advanced leadership training and communication skills to make a difference in American agriculture. The goal is to advance local leaders to national leadership levels. Leadership at Its Best is a two-part program, and candidates must be able to attend both sessions in August of this year and March of next year.  The candidate must be a current director or committee chair must have expressed a strong desire to attain an advanced leadership position.  Applications are due by May 20, and for information contact Michelle Hummel at mhummel@soybean.org.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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05-02-16 Protect the Harvest: Ending the Sound of Silence: Property Rights Top Priority…

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ENDING THE SOUND OF SILENCE: PROPERTY RIGHTS TOP PRIORITY

2 May 2016–How prepared are we to embrace property rights protections envisioned by our founders?There are a growing number of people who are vocal and steadfast in support. What do students, the next generation of leaders, think they can do to protect these individual rights that helped build and make our country the land of opportunity.

The first annual Range Rights and Resource Symposium is set for Layton, UT at the Davis Conference Center May 20-21, 2016.  Event organizers want to hear from “students” about property rights. Regardless of which side of the property rights debate you are on, we are seeking your opinion on the issue in the form of a 1- minute video submission.
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04-30-16 CACD News: Woodland Park HS Wins 2016 CO Envirothon Competition…

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WOODLAND PARK HIGH SCHOOL TEAM WINS 2016 COLOARDO ENVIROTHON COMPETITION

Woodland Park High School’s AP Environmental Science team took first place honors at the 2016 Colorado Envirothon Competition held on April 26 and 27, in Castle Rock! This year’s event took place at the Douglas County Events Center, with a new record number of teams participating. Nineteen teams came from all over Colorado, to compete in the Colorado Association of Conservation Districts’ (CACD) annual natural resource science based contest. There were twenty three teams registered for the two day 2016 CO Envirothon (COE) event, but a few had to cancel at the last minute due to unforeseen circumstances. The second place team was last year’s winners, Sargent High School’s FFA team, from Monte Vista; and, the third place team was also from Woodland Park High School in Teller County.  Continue reading

04-29-16 Interior Department OKs Trapper Mine Environmental Assessment…

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Interior Department OKs Trapper Mine EA

CRAIG, CO – April 29, 2016 —Trapper Mining Inc. today welcomed the final approval of its Environmental Assessment (EA) and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) by the U.S. Department of the Interior. The completed EA, developed by the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) in response to a lawsuit brought by WildEarth Guardians, allows Trapper to continue operating based on its existing permits for surface coal mining.

“On behalf of Trapper’s board, employees and families, and our entire community, I want to thank the Department of Interior and the professional team at OSMRE for working together to keep this important effort on track. The approach to the assessment has been thoughtful and thorough and has provided the opportunity for robust public involvement,” said Jim Mattern, Trapper Mining’s president and general manager. Continue reading

04-29-16 Livestock and Climate Change: Facts and Fiction an interview with UC-Davis Professor Frank Mitloehner…

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Holstein cows eat lunch at the Dairy Cattle Facility at UC Davis. Credit: Gregory Urquiaga, UC Davis

Frank M. Mitloehner, Ph.D. Professor and Air Quality Extension Specialist Department of Animal Science One Shields Avenue University of California Davis, CA 95616 USA

Frank M. Mitloehner, Ph.D.
Professor and Air Quality Extension Specialist
Department of Animal Science
One Shields Avenue
University of California
Davis, CA 95616 USA

(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) April 29, 2016 – The American Feed Industry Association recently announced they were pleased to support a white paper from the University of California-Davis regarding greenhouse gas emissions and livestock. The document dissects animal agriculture and other areas that produce greenhouse gas emissions, with the consensus that the livestock industry is not a driving force in climate change.

Joining the CO Ag News Network by telephone to discuss his paper, titled “Livestock’s Contribution to Climate Change: Facts and Fiction”, is Frank Mitloehner, professor of Animal Science and Air Quality Specialist at the University of California-Davis. He also recently concluded chairing a Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations committee to measure and assess the environmental impact of the livestock industry….

  • Professor Mitloehner’s background
  • Divorcing Political Fiction from Scientific Facts
  • GHG Breakdown by Animal Species
  • U.S. Dairy and Beef Production Carbon Footprint
  • Accurately assessing Emissions
  • The key to keeping the livestock sector low-carbon going forward
  • Reaction and thoughts to the 2015 Global Climate Change Conference COP21 
  • Discounting the ‘Meatless Mondays’ Myth
  • & more…

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Learn more about the paper, “Livestock’s Contribution to Climate Change: Facts and Fiction” – CLICK HERE or download the document – CLICK HERE

Another paper you might want to take a look at…“IS THE RISING DEMAND FOR ANIMAL PROTEIN FUELING CLIMATE CHANGE?”

To learn more about the work that Frank Mitloehner, professor of Animal Science and Air Quality Specialist at the University of California-Davis is doing – CLICK HERE

04-29-16 USDA Establishes New Partnerships to Link Underserved Farmers to FSA Programs…

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USDA Establishes New Partnerships to Link Underserved Farmers to FSA Programs

Minority, Women, New and Beginning, Military Veteran and Urban Producers to Receive Training and Information on Agency Services

WASHINGTON, April 27, 2016 – The U.S. Department Agriculture (USDA) today announced cooperative agreements with 55 partners to educate farmers and other producers that have been underserved by USDA programs historically about Farm Service Agency (FSA) programs that provide financial, disaster or technical support. Nearly $2.5 million will go to nonprofits, associations, universities, and foundations that will provide training and information on agricultural best practices, local networking opportunities, and more.
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04-29-16 Inside Weld County Extension with Director Keith Maxey…

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Keith Maxey, Director/Livestock Agent, Colorado State University Extension, Weld County

(Barn Media – Briggsdale, CO) April 29, 2016 –  Joining the BARN & the Colorado Ag News Network is Keith Maxey, Director/Livestock Agent, Colorado State University Extension, Weld County, discussing several topics including:

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Learn more about the Colorado State University Extension online @ http://www.ext.colostate.edu/

04-29-16 NGWA: Video helps home owners explore options for financing water well costs…

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Video helps home owners explore options for financing water well costs

A new online video helps home owners explore options for financing necessary well construction or maintenance costs in ways that fit their needs, the National Ground Water Association (NGWA) announced today.

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04-29-16 USDA Offers New Loans for Portable Farm Storage and Handling Equipment…

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USDA Offers New Loans for Portable Farm Storage and Handling Equipment

Portable Equipment Can Help Producers, including Small-Scale and Local Farmers, Get Products to Market Quickly

COLUMBUS, Ohio, April 29, 2016 U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will provide a new financing option to help farmers purchase portable storage and handling equipment. Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Val Dolcini and Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) Administrator Elanor Starmer announced changes to the Farm Storage Facility Loan (FSFL) program today during a local and regional food roundtable in Columbus, Ohio. The loans, which now include a smaller microloan option with lower down payments, are designed to help producers, including new, small and mid-sized producers, grow their businesses and markets. Continue reading

04-29-16 USDA Unveils New ‘Urban Agriculture Toolkit’ for Urban Farmers and Agri-business Entrepreneurs…

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USDA Unveils New ‘Urban Agriculture Toolkit’ for Urban Farmers and Agri-business Entrepreneurs

Online Resource Draws on USDA’s and Partners’ Experience with Launching and Sustaining Urban Agriculture Operations Points Producers to Helpful Financial and Technical Resources

WASHINGTON, April 29, 2016 Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today unveiled the USDA Urban Agriculture Toolkit, a new resource created by USDA’s Know Your Farmer team to help entrepreneurs and community leaders successfully create jobs and increase access to healthy food through urban agriculture. From neighborhood gardens grown on repurposed lots, to innovative mobile markets and intensive hydroponic and aquaculture operations, urban food production is rapidly growing into a mature business sector in cities across the country. Continue reading