02-25-15 NACD Outlines Appropriations Priorities…

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WASHINGTON, D.C.– February 25, 2015–In letters to the Chairmen and Ranking Members of the House and Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittees, National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) President Lee McDaniel outlined NACD’s appropriations priorities for critical conservation programs, including Conservation Technical Assistance, Farm Bill conservation programs, Watershed Operations and Watershed Rehabilitation.
NACD supports re-approval of the Fiscal Year 2015 funding budget of $846 million as a base for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Conservation Operations (CO) account in the Fiscal Year 2016 Agriculture Appropriations Bill. The Conservation Technical Assistance (CTA) program, part of the CO account administered by NRCS, supports critical, voluntary conservation practices to ensure quality water, productive land and other vital environmental benefits. Continue reading

02-25-15 Colorado State Forest Service: Annual Forest Health Report focuses on Colorado’s urban, community trees…

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FORT COLLINS – In the Metro Denver area alone, trees provide $551 million in property value increases, energy savings, carbon storage and other benefits each year. But urban and community trees there and throughout Colorado face ongoing threats from exotic insects and other factors, according to a report released today.

The 2014 Report on the Health of Colorado’s Forests, distributed by the Colorado State Forest Service at the annual Joint Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee Hearing at the State Capitol, details forest health concerns around the state. The theme of this year’s report is “Urban and Community Forests: An Investment in Colorado,” featuring issues related to trees found in city parks, public areas, backyards and street rights-of-way. Continue reading

02-25-15 NFU Voices Strong Opposition to Fast Track, Says Trade Deals Should Be Transparent…

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WASHINGTON (Feb. 25, 2015) – National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson urged members of Congress to oppose trade promotion authority – also known as fast track – noting that trade agreements should be fair to all parties involved, and the process should be transparent.

“Trade promotion authority (“fast track”) would remove an important constitutional check on the president’s power to negotiate trade agreements,” noted Johnson in a letter sent to all members of Congress today. “Trade agreements must be fair for all parties involved and should therefore be subjected to review by the Congress – not conducted secretly.”

Johnson reminded members of Congress that the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) was negotiated behind closed doors with little input from the public or Congress. “Congress should have full opportunity to review the provisions of a trade agreement, consistent with the authority and power endowed by the U.S. Constitution,” he said. “The lack of transparency in negotiating TPP is particularly egregious, considering its expansive scope.” Continue reading

02-25-15 RFA Acquires E85prices.com…

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The acquisition also included E85vehicles.com & the E85prices.com mobile app

WASHINGTON — The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) announced today that it has acquiredE85prices.com, which is a crowdsourced website that offers updated prices for E85 and other ethanol flex-fuels — including E15 — from thousands of stations across the country. In addition to E85prices.com, RFA acquired 11 new websites and a new mobile app to strengthen its online presence and its ability to provide up-to-the-minute information on the availability and pricing of E85 and other ethanol flex-fuels.

E85prices.com and E85vehicles.com are the most visited of the 12 new sites now owned by RFA, with E85prices.com receiving approximately 4 million hits last year. E85prices.com has been a go-to source for consumers seeking E85 pricing information to help make informed fuel purchase decisions. The website also maintains a station locator, a database of all existing E85 stations and blender pump locations, and an online forum. Meanwhile, E85vehicles.com helps consumers locate or identify a flex-fuel vehicle (FFV). Continue reading

02-25-15 NATIONAL YOUNG FARMERS COALITION FEATURES UP-AND-COMING WOMEN DAIRY FARMERS IN A VIDEO SERIES LAUNCHING TODAY…

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“Bootstrap Blogger” Series Brings to Life the Experience of Today’s Young Farmers As They “Get Up To Speed” and Reveals That Farmers Are the Original Entrepreneurs

HUDSON, NY, February 25, 2015 – Starting today, the National Young Farmers Coalition (NYFC) will release a video shorts mini-series documenting three different young female first-career dairy farmers, chronicling their experience “getting up to speed” and revealing why these women have chosen to start a seemingly impossible career. While the looming farmer crisis in the U.S. is gaining critical attention, what is likely lesser-known is that dairy farming has been fading from among communities where it was most prominent for generations – like New England. The video series is an extension of the Coalition’s “Bootstrap Blogger” series, a partnership between NYFC and Stonyfield.

“When you consider our nation’s heritage, farmers are among the original entrepreneurs. We need to include today’s young farmers in the surge of enthusiasm and support for entrepreneurship across the country,” said Lindsey Lusher Shute, Executive Director, National Young Farmers Coalition. “This next generation of farmers is essential for ensuring our Nation’s food security for generations to come.”

While there has been a resurgence of interest in farming – and while the nation needs young farmers more than ever before, those who do want to make farming their career face enormous hurdles. Even more, the most common area that new farmers enter is vegetable farming.

Dairy farming has a much higher bar for entry because they need much more land and equipment than a vegetable or small livestock operation. As aging farmers retire and many of the remaining dairies consolidate, we’re risking the loss of this industry in the Northeast. Dairy drives the agricultural economy in the Northeast, so fewer dairies means less business for the feed mills and tractor supply stores that support them. For instance, dairy represents 70% of agricultural sales in Vermont, so a decline in dairy also threatens the viability of the agricultural economy as a whole. Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, February 25th…

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“Coalition Urges Congress to Leave Farm Bill Alone”

Nearly 400 farm, nutrition and conservation groups – including the American Farm Bureau Federation and National Farmers Union – have written congressional budget letters urging Senate and House leaders to reject calls for additional cuts to the 2014 Farm Bill. In the letter – the groups say Congress passed sweeping changes to the nation’s food and farm policy that included significant deficit reduction just over one year ago. The 2014 Farm Bill required over three years of debate in both chambers of Congress and ended with the consolidation of over 100 programs and cuts to mandatory spending across many titles. The groups say these cuts came in addition to those already in effect due to sequestration – and the farm bill was estimated to contribute 23-billion dollars to deficit reduction over 10-years when including sequestration. NFU President Roger Johnson says the 2014 Farm Bill was a great victory for America’s farmers and ranchers because it provided them with much-needed stability – and also a huge win for taxpayers who will realize real savings from budget cuts made by the legislation. The coalition opposes re-opening any title of the Farm Bill during the consideration of the 2016 Budget Resolution. Johnson says the farm bill has been debated and passed – and should be left alone.

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“FDA Releases Draft Guidance Regarding STEC in Cattle”

According to Drovers – the FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine has issued a draft guidance outlining appropriate research protocols for companies developing pre-harvest interventions to reduce the amount of STEC – shiga toxin-producing E. coli – cattle carry into processing plants. The draft guidance addresses protocol development, study conduct, animal welfare, nutritional content of experimental diets, assessment of drug concentrations in experimental diets, experimental parameters and substantial evidence of effectiveness. The guidance also provides recommendations for acceptable indications and study designs to verify the effectiveness of drugs developed to reduce STEC in cattle. Public comments are now being accepted on the guidance for 60-days. For more information – visit www dot FDA dot gov (www.fda.gov).

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“AFBF YF&R Collegiate Discussion Meet Winner Receives $2,500 Scholarship”

Levy Randolph – a first-year graduate student at California State University studying agricultural education and communication – won the American Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers Collegiate Discussion Meet. The Meet is designed to replicate a committee meeting where discussion and active participation are expected from each collegiate participant. The participants are judged on how they exchange ideas and information on the ag topic and find answers or solutions to that topic. A total of 47 competitors from 34 states participated in this year’s Meet and received 250-dollars – thanks to the CHS Foundation. Randolph received a 25-hundred dollar scholarship from the CHS Foundation.

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“DuPont Pioneer Offers New BMR Product and Conventional Hybrids”

DuPont Pioneer announced Tuesday its 2015 corn silage hybrid offerings. This includes its first integrated refuge brown midrib – or BMR – product. This new product – Pioneer P1449AMX – offers Optimum AcreMax Xtra Insect Protection – which is a single-bag refuge product for areas in the Corn Belt needing above and below-ground insect protection. On-Farm trials show these products provide opportunities to maximize overall farm yields. The company is also offering three new non-BMR silage-specific products. All three were advanced specifically for silage performance in terms of starch and tonnage yield. DuPont Pioneer Product Developer Dave Whitaker says with the addition of these new hybrids – the company continues to provide conventional and BMR silage opportunities to help growers determine the best silage options for their needs. Visit Pioneer dot com slash corn silage (www.pioneer.com/cornsilage) for more information.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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02-24-15 *CSU Ext News* Ron Meyer: Pesticide License Re-certification Program Date: Last Date March 6th in Akron,CO…

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(Burlington, Colo.) - Colorado State University Extension is hosting Private Pesticide Recertification sessions at various locations in Northeast Colorado.  Anyone who purchases restricted-use pesticides must have a Private Pesticide Applicator license which is issued by the Colorado Department of Agriculture.  Private Applicator license study guides and exams can be obtained either from the Colorado Department of Agriculture or some Extension offices.  Once a license is received, it is active for 3 years before renewal is needed.  Renewal can be achieved by either retaking the exam or attending a recertification meeting.  These recertification meetings offer credits which can be substituted for retaking the exam.

A Commercial license recertification session is also being offered on March 6 at the CSU Extension Office in Akron beginning at 8:00 a.m.

Pre-registration can be accomplished by visiting the Golden Plains Area website at http://goldenplains.colostate.edu.  Cost for the Private Applicator’s recertification is $40 with the Commercial license recertification being $50.  Registrations can also be done by calling the local CSU Extension Office where the event is taking place.

Locations and times are as follows:

March 6 – 8:00 a.m. - Washington County Extension Office – Commercial Pesticide Applicator Recertification* – Contact: 970-345-2287

March 6 – 1:00 pm Washington County Extension Office– Private Pesticide Recertification – Contact: 970-345-2287 *Commercial Pesticide Licenses are in a different category and are needed for pesticide applicators charging a fee for pesticide services.  Credits for this program will be provided

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02-06-15 CFVGA’s 1st Annual Conference TODAY in Denver or Online…

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REGISTER AT THE DOOR!

Register at the door for the Wednesday, February 25, 2015 CFVGA first annual conference at the Renaissance Hotel on Quebec St in Denver.  Plan to stay at the Renaissance Hotel starting Tuesday, February 24 and consider staying on for the Governor’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture on Thursday, February 26 at the Renaissance Hotel.  Block rate rooms are available until February 13.

Who should attend?
  • Commercial fruit and vegetable growers throughout Colorado of all scales, marketing channels and production practices
  • Those interested in commercial fruit and vegetable production in Colorado including exhibitors, media, policy enthusiasts, students, and wellness organizations
Why should you attend?  More than our core program!

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02-24-15 The 2015 NFU College Conference on Cooperatives a Success…

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2015 NFU College Conference on Cooperatives a Success

MINNEAPOLIS (Feb. 24, 2015) – More than 150 attendees from 25 states and Puerto Rico participated in the 2015 National Farmers Union (NFU) College Conference on Cooperatives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, over the weekend. The participants learned how cooperative businesses are adapting to changing environments and heard from cooperative experts from across the nation on why member-owned businesses are thriving in industries ranging from senior housing to healthcare.

“This is an opportunity for the cooperative community to teach young people about cooperative business principles and to show them that there are great careers in these dynamic, ethical and community-minded businesses,” said NFU President Roger Johnson.  Continue reading

02-03-15 CFB News: RMWTCI is bringing its award-winning EXPORT TRAINING to rural Colorado in 2015…

Rocky Mtn Export Trading Seminars 2015RMWTCI is bringing its award-winning EXPORT TRAINING to rural Colorado in 2015.

This full-day training covers why, how, and where to export, along with detailed information about export strategy, market entry, logistics and payment.
Training will be led by acclaimed international business exports Roy Becker and Anthony Russo – working professionals in international business who will share their own experiences along with practical information.

WHEN & WHERE:
La Junta – Tuesday, March 3th
Alamosa – Thursday, March 5th
Ft. Morgan – Tuesday, March 17th
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02-24-15 New name, wider scope for CSU’s rural energy mission…

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FORT COLLINS – A Colorado State University center that focuses on energy usage and conservation in the state’s agricultural sectors is getting a new name and expanding its mission.

The new Rural Energy Center – formerly the Center for Agricultural Energy — will continue to provide agricultural producers with energy audits and recommendations. Now it will also offer energy assessments in Colorado’s mountain towns and small communities where economies are not as agriculturally based.

“This broader mission and new name better captures what CSU Extension is providing to Colorado’s communities in the way of energy opportunities,” said Cary Weiner, director of the center, which also is part of the CSU Energy Institute. “We have a lot of different rural communities in Colorado, but all have energy issues and goals. We hope to be a resource for them.”

One of those ways is to provide broad, community-wide energy assessments and help Colorado’s rural communities tap into programs the state’s larger cities and town rely on to add new energy resources or fund efficiency or conservation efforts.

With funding from the Colorado Energy Office and CSU Extension, Weiner and the center’s staff have awarded grants to two communities to help pilot the new services. In the coming months, they will work with the towns of Kersey and Buena Vista to evaluate their energy needs and identify key issues and potential solutions. Continue reading

02-24-15 West Greeley Conservation District to offer scholarships due by March 5, 2015…

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West Greeley Conservation District to offer scholarships

WGCD offers four high school scholarships each year to high school students in Weld County pursuing a career in natural resources or agriculture. They include one $2500 and three $1000 scholarships.

WGCD also offers a $5000 scholarship to college students in their third year or grad school at UNC, CSU, or School of Mines pursuing a career in natural resources.

Anyone interested in these scholarships please contact Pam Wright @ 970-356-8097, pam.wright@wgcd.org  and the application can be found on www.wgcd.org.

The applications are due to WGCD office March 5, 2015.

To learn more please visit: www.wgcd.org.

02-24-15 Upcoming WGCD Events that YOU are invited to…

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TEACHER WORKSHOPS

CONFLUENCE INSTITUTE

The Confluence Institute – Teacher’s Workshop is a four day hands on water education workshop for teachers in northeastern Colorado. Participants will receive the Project Wet Curriculum & Activity Guide and the Water Wise Colorado Curriculum. The Workshop is free to teachers and is located at the Poudre Learning Center in Greeley. 2015 date to be announced.

AG IN THE CLASSROOM, FOOD, FIBER, AND MORE

This is a five day course designed for teachers who have little or no agriculture background. The purpose of this class to assist educators in understanding the agriculture industry and its connection to our environment and society. The class will provide a variety of methods for using agriculture materials in the classroom, and assist educators in developing curriculum ideas which integrate an understanding of agriculture in various academic subjects. Fort Collins – 2015 Food, Fiber & More AITC Summer Institute, June 15th, 2015 San Luis Valley – 2015 Food, Fiber & More AITC Summer Institute, June 22nd, 2015. Learn more online @ www.growingyourfuture.com

EDUCATION CONTESTS

ENVIROTHON

A Natural Challenge for High School Students Visit CO Envirothon website at www.coloenvirothon.com February, 2015

CHILDREN’S WATER FESTIVAL

The Children’s Water Festival 2015 theme “Colorado Water, Live Like You Love It” focuses on the Colorado water connection. The 2015 Festival is April 29 at Island Grove Regional Park. The Children’s Water Festival in Greeley is a free event for 4th grade students in Weld, Morgan and Adams Counties hosted by Central Colorado Water Conservancy District, West Greeley Conservation District, City of Greeley Stormwater, and City of Greeley Water Conservation. For more information visit, greeleywaterfest.org.

To learn more please visit: www.wgcd.org.

02-24-15 NFU News: Coalition Representing Nearly 400 Organizations Urges Congress to Reject Calls for Additional Budget Cuts to 2014 Farm Bill…

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Coalition Representing Nearly 400 Organizations Urges Congress to Reject Calls for Additional Budget Cuts to 2014 Farm Bill…

WASHINGTON (Feb. 24, 2015) – National Farmers Union (NFU) and a coalition of nearly 400 organizations representing family farmers and ranchers, agribusiness, food banks, environmental and faith-based organizations urged U.S. Senate and House leaders to reject all calls for additional cuts to the 2014 Farm Bill.

The 2014 Farm Bill required over three years of debate in both chambers of Congress and ultimately ended with the consolidation of over 100 programs and cuts to mandatory spending across many titles, including the elimination of the direct payment program,” noted the letter, sent to the chairman and ranking member of the Senate and House Budget Committees. “These cuts came in addition to those already in effect due to sequestration.” Continue reading

02-24-15 The CACD’s 2015 Camp Rocky: Environmental Adventure for Students near Divide, CO July 5-11…

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CACD - Colorado Association of Conservation Districts logoWGCD-West Greeley Conservation District logoThe Colorado Association of Conservation Districts (CACD) is hosting the 2015 Camp Rocky…an Outdoor Natural Resource Conservation Adventure for Youth Ages 14 – 19 near Divide, Colorado

What is Camp Rocky?

Camp Rocky is a week long, residential camp for 14 through 19 year olds who enjoy the outdoors and are interested in natural resources. The camp is located just outside Divide, Colorado. Camp Rocky’s professional staff helps participants learn about their environment through hands-on experiences. The students work in teams, making new friends from across Colorado.

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Tuesday, February 24th…

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“West Coast Ports Nearing Normal Activity”

According to Bloomberg, ports along the west coast are nearing normal activity and lining up the backlog of shipments for movement. As the recent agreement allowed a settlement to the issue’s along the west coast farm groups are calling for more long-term improvements at the ports. Some are worried similar problems could happen in the next five years, according to the Hagstrom Report, due to the recent labor agreement in place for the next five years only. The Agriculture Transportation Coalition said “we know that even upon ratification, clearing up the congestion will take months. And ultimately, if U.S. agriculture is to recover, we will need to see West Coast ports become more efficient, more productive than they were before the contract expired and the disruption initiated.”

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“Japan’s Ag Minister Steps Down”

Following questions over political funding contributions Japan’s agriculture minister stepped down Monday. The Associated Press reports Koya Nishikawa resigned as head of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries saying he wanted to avoid disruptions to parliamentary proceedings. Questions arose over an alleged 1 million yen ($8,400) donation to a ruling Liberal Democratic Party chapter headed by Nishikawa from a company run by a sugar manufacturers association that had received government subsidies. He, along with other government officials say he returned the money. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe praised Nishikawa for working on agricultural reforms and Japan’s efforts the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Japan’s protection of its sugar industry is one of five sensitive areas in negotiations with the U.S. toward the trade agreement.

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“Taiwan Bans Canadian Beef Imports”

Taiwanese officials announced over the Weekend the country has banned imports of Canadian beef. That mean Taiwan is now the fifth country to do so following the confirmation of bovine spongiform encephalopathy in a beef cow in Canada. It’s the first confirmation of BSE in Canada since 2011. Meatingplace reports Canada’s Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz said that the five markets account for about 3 percent of Canada’s beef export sales. The Taiwanese ban comes a year after the two countries signed an arrangement to expand market access to include Canadian bone-in beef and other specified beef products from animals under 30 months of age.

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“FFA Students Celebrating National FFA Week”

This week marks another National FFA week. The celebration started in 1948 and each year, runs Saturday to Saturday. More than a half-million students in all 50 states will share the importance of agriculture in our daily lives, spread their passion for agriculture and host community-wide events to help others in need this week. A host of activities are planned to raise awareness about the National FFA Organization and the role it plays in the development of the agriculture industry’s future leaders and the importance of agricultural education.

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“Former Deputy USDA Secretary Joins AGree as Co-Chair”

Former deputy secretary of agriculture Kathleen Merrigan will join AGree as one of its four co-chairs. Agri-pulse reports Merrigan, currently the executive director of sustainability at the George Washington University, will replace Gary Hirshberg, co-founder and chairman of Stonyfield Farm, who is stepping down after four years. The other co-chairs of AGree, an agriculture advocacy group, are former Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman, Jim Moseley another former deputy secretary of agriculture, and Emmy Simmons, a former assistant administrator at USAID, all of whom have been with AGree since 2011.

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“Growth Energy CEO Speaks at Energy Independence Summit.”

Growth Energy CEO Tom Buis participated in a panel discussion at the 2015 energy Independence Summit MOndya. As part of the panel, “Strategies for Advancing Alternative Fuels Policies,” Buis spoke on the critical role of the Renewable Fuels Standard on achieving energy independence. Buis stated “The RFS has been the most successful energy policy this nation has enacted in the last forty years.” Attendees of the Energy Independence Summit are scheduled to meet with members of Congress this week.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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02-23-15 The Skyline Stampede Rodeo is April 10-12 in Ft Collins, CO…

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The Skyline Stampede 2015 Rodeo is

April 10-12

@ the BW Pickett Arena in Ft Collins, CO

Alumni, supporters, friends, and family the 2015 Skyline Stampede is just around the corner!
We would like to give you the opportunity to sponsor and/or donate to this event to ensure its success and help to provide rodeo scholarships for Colorado State University students.
Follow the link below to find our sponsor and donor forms. We need help from this amazing community for a successful rodeo production – Sponsorships and Donors – CSU Rodeo

02-23-15 CMU Op-Ed: Agriculture – Urban Water Partnerships…

CMU-Colorado Mesa University logoWritten by: Greg Trainor, Retired Director of Public Works for the City of Grand Junction

Note: A longer version of this article first appeared as a post on the Colorado Foundation for Water Education’s blog on January 29, 2015; the blog can be found at http://blog.yourwatercolorado.org/ .

The search for pure water is a staple activity of Colorado cities and towns.  Historically and currently, this search has led directly to water used by farmers and ranchers.  “Mountain water…at any price” was a directive of the City of Grand Junction in the late 1890’s and resulted in the City acquiring, via eminent domain, the most paramount water right from ranchers along Grand Mesa’s Kannah Creek.  It was only a sliver of each ranch’s water right but the lesson was clear: when threatened with the absence of water, cities have the power to get it.

This raw power carries with it the responsibility for domestic providers to seek alternatives to “buy and dry” before turning to the use of the district courts (“buy and cry”).

In Colorado, the estimated water supply minus projected urban demand equals deficits of between 538,000 and 813,000 acre-feet by the year 2050. What will fill the gap? Agriculture has long been the default answer.  However, “basin roundtables” of water managers and stakeholders across Colorado are seeking alternatives. At a recent meeting of West Slope basin roundtables, the need to preserve agriculture was a recurrent theme. Continue reading

02-23-15 Colorado Farm Bureau presents Friend of Farm Bureau Award to Senator Michael Bennet…

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US Senator Bennet named Friend of the CFB 2015Centennial, Colo. – February 23 – Today, Colorado Farm Bureau presented Sen. Michael Bennet with the Friend of Farm Bureau Award for his support of agriculture and the priorities of rural Colorado.

“Colorado’s farmers and ranchers help drive a $40 billion industry that is vital to our state’s economy,” Senator Michael Bennet said. “It is always a privilege to travel to rural communities throughout the state to discuss their priorities and learn how we can make our government work better for them. Whether it’s crafting the Farm Bill, fighting for rural development resources, or updating the tax code for ditch and irrigation companies, we look forward to continuing our partnership with Colorado’s producers.”

The Friend of Farm Bureau award is presented to members of the U.S. Congress and Colorado legislators whose voting records align with the American Farm Bureau Federation’s priority issues established by the Board of Directors, the number of bills that a member sponsored or their leadership role on a Farm Bureau priority issues and how accessible and responsive that member was to Farm Bureau members and leaders. In addition to Sen. Bennet, Reps. Cory Gardner and Scott Tipton were also awarded the Friend of Farm Bureau for the 113th Congress. Colorado Farm Bureau nominated Sen. Bennet for this award and the American Farm Bureau Federation Board of Directors approved this nomination. Continue reading

02-23-15 Celebrate National FFA Week Now Through Feb. 28th – Here’s How…

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Celebrate National FFA Week Now Through Feb. 28

Join more than 7,600 FFA chapters, 610,000 members and millions of former members and supporters ready to shine in the name of FFA and agricultural education!

>> Watch: A message from the 2014-15 National FFA Officer Team

 

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