09-28-16 New CSU ‘Your Energy’ Website Launched!

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Navigating the online energy information landscape

September 26, 2016 – (Fort Collins, Colo.)  Fall weather and cooler temperatures naturally turn thoughts to heating homes and changing energy usage. While analysts predict an increase in natural gas prices, you might wonder: is this the year you should finally insulate the attic? What about LED bulbs–are they the real deal? Your neighbor just installed solar panels–does it make sense for you? Where does our electricity come from anyway? Continue reading

09-28-16 CFVGA: Encouraging Kids to Eat More Produce-Tips from a Professional

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By Marilyn Bay Drake, Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association
Gone are the days when the school lunch lady plopped a pile of “chef’s surprise” on the plate of students with a take it or leave it attitude. The problem of days-gone-by school lunches was that kids, more often than not, left it and by so doing also left behind the curiosity and willingness to try new foods.
Today’s innovative school lunch professionals, like Natalie Leffler, who is employed by the Nutrition Services Department for Greeley-Evans School District 6, are trying new things to get kids to make healthier food choices in the school lunch line and throughout their lives. One such strategy is buying locally-produced foods.

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, September 28th…

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Presidential Debate Touches on Trade and Regulations

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton talked trade as one of the topics of the first Presidential debate on Monday night. Trump accused Clinton of supporting the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a 12-nation deal supported by American agricultural groups. Trump accused Clinton of secretly supporting the TPP, noting that she once described TPP as “the gold standard of trade deals.” Trump also called the North American Free Trade Agreement one of the “worst deals in history.” Clinton insisted she was opposed to TPP and noted that she voted against the Central America Free Trade Deal while in the Senate. She also argued that trade is critical to the U.S. economy, saying “We are five percent of the world’s population and we have to trade with the other 95 percent.” An Agri-Pulse report says Trump also accused Clinton of wanting to expand the Obama Administration’s regulatory agenda, saying she would “Regulate businesses out of existence.” Clinton said her economic plan would “cut regulations and streamline them for small businesses” but didn’t say how.

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Prospects for a Vote on TPP Improving Slightly

Several prominent politicians have recently made comments that would seem to boost prospects for a vote on the Trans-Pacific Partnership in the lame-duck session of Congress after the elections. A Minnesota Ag Connection report says Republican Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah is Chair of the Senate Finance Committee, which has authority in trade matters, and he said the upper chamber could consider TPP during a lame duck session. Texas Republican Kevin Brady, Chair of the House Ways and Means Committee, echoed Hatch in an interview with the Texas Tribune. Brady told the newspaper it’s a mistake to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership because if America abandons the Asian markets, “we will lose.” Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has come out against the deal, but former President Bill Clinton recently indicated that she would like changes to the deal but would support it as president. Iowa State University economist Dermont Hayes said the TPP would cause pork exports to jump exponentially as the product moves overseas to the other 11 nations in the deal. Hayes said the exports would directly tie to 10,000 new jobs in the U.S.

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Canada, China, Sign Canola and Beef Trade Agreement

Trade leaders from Canada and China have signed a trade agreement that supports canola exports to China. Canola is Canada’s second-largest export and top agricultural export to China, according to World Grain News. Canada’s Prime Minister and China’s Premier agreed on a memo that outlines “stable and predictable trade” for exports of Canola to China. The agreement allows uninterrupted canola trade between Canada and China through 2020. The agreement stems from blackleg disease that affects canola in Canada and China’s concern of the disease entering the nation through exports. The agreement ensures the two countries will work together to prevent blackleg disease from entering China. The two nations also signed a protocol to expand market access for frozen bone-in beef from Canada and have also advanced several key initiatives to support trade in pork, bovine genetics and some processed foods.

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Flooding to Shut Down Mississippi River Shipping Temporarily

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says flooding in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Iowa is likely to shut down three locks later this week on the Mississippi River, a key waterway for shipping grain to southern ports. Two locks in Illinois and one in Missouri could close for two or three days and would effectively halt grain shipments over that time frame. A Reuters article says the flood-swollen Mississippi River is expected to crest at 18.3 feet on Saturday near New Boston, Illinois, and barge shippers have been instructed to be extra cautious in flooded areas due to much stronger currents. Grain volumes moving through the affected areas normally ramp up in the fall because of harvested crops moving downriver to shipping ports in the south along the Gulf Coast. The southern shipping ports account for 60 percent of all grains leaving the country. Excessive rains in southern Minnesota, northern Iowa, and western Wisconsin have swamped farmlands in those states and are causing concerns about the conditions of the corn and soybean crops ahead of the fall harvest.

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U.S. Poultry Dispute with India Nears Resolution

Trade officials in India are making policy changes in an effort to comply with a 2015 World Trade Organization ruling that found its ban on U.S. imports of poultry meat, eggs, and live pigs violated international rules. Pro Farmer’s First Thing Today says a key aspect of the WTO’s decision found that India’s ban failed to separate disease-free areas and low-disease areas, which is a violation of WTO sanitary rules. The proposed changes are an attempt by India to meet those regulations. The amendments include screening poultry imports according to WTO standards, recognizing the concept of disease-free areas, and conforming its recognition of disease-free areas to the specified international health codes. U.S. officials are studying the proposed changes and were not ready to make public comments yet. Earlier this year, the U.S. asked the WTO board to sanction $450 million in retaliatory trade sanctions until India complied with the 2015 ruling.

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Poultry and Soy Groups in Cuba This Week

A delegation representing American poultry and soybean groups is in Cuba on a trade mission this week. The group represents the first mission to Cuba funded by the soybean checkoff since America first began normalizing trade relations with the country earlier this year. U.S. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack said the U.S. Department of Agriculture will allow 22 industry-funded ag research and promotion programs to conduct research and analysis activities in Cuba. Since limited ag trade with Cuba was first permitted in 2000, the country is now the fourth biggest export market for American poultry products. The Cuban poultry and egg industries also consume more than half of the soybean meal produced in America. The delegation will meet with soybean, poultry, and egg industry representatives to get a better feel for the food distribution system in Cuba and to talk about biosecurity, food safety, and nutrition issues. The delegation also includes representatives from U.S. poultry and egg companies, cold storage and logistics providers, export companies, and shipping lines.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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09-27-16 More than $1 million in Grants Available for Sustainable Ag in the West

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Farmers, ranchers and agricultural professionals in the West are eligible to apply for a share of more than $1 million in available grants to study, demonstrate and improve sustainable agricultural practices on their land.

The grants are being offered by the Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program, known as Western SARE. The program is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to improve sustainable agricultural practices in the United States, and is unique among federal agriculture programs. Continue reading

09-27-16 CattleFax Announces Agenda for Outlook & Strategies Seminar on Nov 29th…

 

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CattleFax Announces Agenda for Outlook & Strategies Seminar on November 29th

Cattle Producers and Beef Industry Leaders Are Encouraged to Attend

Centennial, CO – Sept. 27, 2016 – The cast is set and there is no turning back. The cattle industry is facing larger domestic supplies for 2017 and 2018, and pork and poultry production will be record large as well. Continue reading

09-27-16 United Soybean Board Appointments Increase to 73 Directors

United Soybean Board Appointments Increase to 73 Directors

Twenty-four returning, 15 new directors will be sworn in at annual meeting

usb-united-soybean-board-logoST. LOUIS (Sept. 27, 2016) – The United Soybean Board (USB) will grow from 70 to 73 directors this winter to represent soybean production growth in Missouri, New Jersey and Wisconsin. New and returning farmer-leaders will be sworn in at USB’s annual meeting in St. Louis on Dec. 9. All appointees were nominated by their Qualified State Soybean Boards (QSSBs) and confirmed by U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Sept. 26.

This year’s group of 39 appointees will join the other 34 farmer-leaders in directing soy checkoff funds to research, marketing and promotion efforts that increase soybean farmer profitability. To increase the value of U.S. soy, the checkoff works with partners in the value chain, from supply to marketplace to demand, to identify and capture opportunities that increase farmer profit potential.

“Soybean farmers are at the heart and mission of the soy checkoff,” says Jared Hagert, USB chair and soybean farmer from Emerado, North Dakota. “To embody the farmer perspective, farmer-leaders from the soybean-growing region step up to volunteer their time and skills to maximize profit opportunities for their neighbors over the county line and across the country. It is through the expertise, vision and inspiration of these dedicated men and women that the checkoff can bring fresh, new ideas to grow innovation beyond the bushel.”

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09-27-16 NCBA: NCF Accepting Applications for CME Beef Industry Scholarship

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NCF Accepting Applications for CME Beef Industry Scholarship

DENVER (Sept. 27NCF - National Cattlemans Foundation logo, 2016) – The National Cattlemen’s Foundation is now accepting applications for 2017-2018 beef industry scholarships sponsored by CME Group. Ten scholarships of $1,500 each will be awarded to outstanding students pursuing careers in the beef industry.

“The CME Beef Industry Scholarship represents an investment in the future of the cattle business. By helping the next generation of cattlemen and women further their education, CME Group is helping to advance the future of the U.S. agricultural economy,” said Tim Andriesen, CME Group Managing Director of Agricultural Products. “Our partnership with the National Cattlemen’s Foundation and NCBA has spanned nearly three decades, and during that time, we’ve underscored the importance of risk management to the beef industry while contributing to the education of tomorrow’s industry leaders.” Continue reading

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…

09-28-16 Livestock Exchange, LLC Preview #2 w/Auctioneer Tyler Knode

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09-26-16 – Livestock Exchange, LLC Recap & Preview

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09-27-16 Inside the NACD with First VP Brent Van Dyke…

Inside the NACD with First VP Brent Van Dyke…

Brent Van Dyke, NACD First Vice-President

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(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) September 27, 2016 – Joining me on the Colorado Ag News Network inside the BARN is Brent Van Dyke, First Vice-President of the National Association of Conservation Districts discussing several topics including:

  • Recent Voluntary Conservation Successes in the Chesapeake Bay
  • Update on Wild horses and Burro Policy Update
  • Recent Petition to list the Lesser Prairie Chicken.
  • Legislative Update on Two Bills regarding NRCS voluntary conservation programs and the Federal SAM and DUNS reporting requirements
  • NACD’s 2017 Annual Meeting in Denver-Registration Open Now
  • & more

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BIOGRAPHY: First Vice President Brent Van Dyke is a retired teacher and FFA advisor from Hobbs, New Mexico. He has worked for the State Department, specifically U.S.A.I.D., for more than 15 years as a contract advisor for agricultural projects in Eastern Europe and Eurasia. Continue reading

09-27-16 CDA: Fall Family Fun on the Farm

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Fall Family Fun on the Farm

BROOMFIELD, Colo. – Plump orange gourds shine in fields across Colorado and are ripe for the picking.  Fall brings a variety of family-friendly activities on farms and ranches. To help people experience agriculture in the state, the Colorado Department of Agriculture lists a variety of fall activities online at www.coloradoagritourism.com.
“This is a great time of year to get outside and enjoy Colorado agriculture,” said Wendy White, marketing specialist for the Colorado Department of Agriculture. “Whether you are looking to find that perfect pumpkin or get lost in a corn maze, we have the resources you need.” Continue reading

09-27-16 CME Group to Transition Dairy Spot Call to CME Direct Auction Platform

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CME Group to Transition Dairy Spot Call to CME Direct Auction Platform

CHICAGO, Sept. 27, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — CME Group, the world’s leading and most diverse derivatives marketplace, today announced that in December it will begin transitioning its CME Dairy Spot Call, for daily price discovery in physical dairy markets, to an electronic, transaction-based auction, which can be accessed through CME Direct. Ultimately, this will replace the physical spot market held via a limited open outcry session on the company’s Chicago trading floor that currently facilitates price discovery, trading and delivery of dairy products such as Cheese Barrels, Cheese Blocks, Butter and Nonfat Dry Milk. Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Tuesday, September 27th…

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…

Sponsored by the American Farm Bureau Federation

State Ag Directors Say next Farm Bill Could Provide Relief

A group of state agriculture directors says the next farm bill could offer relief to farmers in the midst of lower commodity prices and lower farm income. The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture met in Nebraska last week. Politico reports members mulled over issues including dairy prices, water quality issues and disaster relief funding as farm bill priorities for the group. NASDA expects to finalize its farm bill priority list early next year. The group discussed adding a title to the farm bill related to land transition. South Carolina Agriculture Secretary Hugh Weathers said “if getting new people into farming is seen as that vital, then it has a place in the farm bill,” in regards to helping new farmers get farmland. Vermont Agriculture Commissioner Chuck Ross added “Capitol Hill tends to listen to state agriculture officials when it comes to the farm bill,” that’s because nearly all of NASDA’s priorities for the 2014 Farm Bill were included in the final legislation.

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USDA Waiting on More Funding

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says the U.S. Department of Agriculture needs more funding to continue distributing aid to farmers hit by low commodity prices. Vilsack said last week “hopefully with the continuing resolution, we can take a look at what additional steps we might be able to provide” to farmers and the agriculture industry. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, introduced a stopgap funding measure last week that would also accelerate reimbursement funding for USDA’s Commodity Credit Corporation, a USDA-run entity that helps farmers endure unstable market prices by providing loans and purchasing surplus commodities. Pro Farmer’s First Thing Today reports President Barack Obama requested the provision in August, saying the Commodity Credit Corporation would exceed its $30 billion borrowing limit during the period of the continuing resolution and needed its annual reimbursement moved forward to continue operating.

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Court Strikes Down Tighter Anhydrous Ammonia Restrictions

The Ag Retailers Associations says Friday’s court decision to strike down tighter anhydrous ammonia restrictions will save U.S. retailers an estimated $100 million in compliance costs. A U.S. appeals court ruled against the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, known as OSHA, because the Administration violated the Occupational Safety and Health Act. Last year, OSHA issued a memo redefining the retail facility exemption to the Process Safety Management Standard without seeking industry input. The appeals court ruled OSHA should have posted for public comment the proposed changes to the PSM standard. Process Safety Management applies to any facility storing 10,000 pounds or more of anhydrous ammonia. However, retail agriculture facilities selling more than 50 percent of the fertilizer to farmers have been exempt from PSM. OSHA’s 2015 memo eliminated the exemption.

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Farm Bureau Survey Shows Lower Food Prices

The annual Fall Marketbasket survey by the American Farm Bureau Federation shows lower retail food prices compared to the same time last year. The survey released Monday showed an eight percent decrease, or four dollars in price, to total $49.70. The marketbasket survey features 16 common food items including eggs, whole milk, cheddar cheese, chicken breast, sirloin tip roast and ground chuck. Of the 16 products, 13 in all decreased in price while just three increased in average price. Egg prices saw the most significant price drop, down 51 percent compared with last year. Farm Bureau’s John Newton says that is because egg production is recovering well from the 2014 avian influenza outbreak. Prices for bagged salad, apples and potatoes all increased. Newton says apple prices are higher because of dry conditions in apple growing areas, and salad prices are up because of lower output by farmers in California and Arizona.

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NCBA, PLC: Fish and Wildlife Service Addressing ESA Deficiencies

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, along with the Public Lands Council say a Federal Fish and Wildlife Service final rule is a step to “address rampant abuse of the Endangered Species Act listing process. The rule announced Monday limits petitions for new listings to one species and will require more substantive justification to file a petition for listing under the Endangered Species Act. Public Lands Council executive director Ethan Lane says the rule is “progress toward increasing local input into the process” and applauded the rule. Currently, the Endangered Species Act has a less than two percent recovery rate. The Fish and Wildlife Service says the changes will enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the petition process to support species conservation. The rule was expected to be published to the Federal Register Tuesday.

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USDA Launches Cage-Free Egg Report

Last week’s Cage-Free Shell Egg Report was the first of a new monthly report by the Department of Agriculture. The department launched the Monthly Cage-free-Shell that USDA says will add transparency to the cage-free shell egg market. The new monthly report includes wholesale price information for cage-free shell eggs traded on a contract basis and negotiated spot market basis. The report also includes retail feature price information for extra-large and large sized cage-free shell eggs, and information for both brown and white eggs. The report also provides information on cage-free shell egg estimated production in the United States, based off of organic and cage-free flock size estimates collected by USDA. Information for the report is collected from weekly retail advertised specials from more than 29,000 retail stores across the country. USDA says the monthly report will be released on the first Monday of each month.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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09-13-16 Make Plans to Attend the 27th South Platte Forum October 26-27 in Loveland, CO

south-platte-forum-oct-26-27-in-loveland-headerPlease join us October 26-27, 2016 at the Embassy Suites Hotel, Loveland, CO for the 2016 South Platte Forum. 

If you have not already registered, do it today and receive the early bird discount of $130 at http://www.southplatteforum.org/registration–rates.html. Registrations received after October 1 will be $145. So many great topics, networking and exhibitors. Forward this invite to co-workers, and colleagues. New this year will be a drawing with special prizes for any new attendees to the Forum and those that referred them to come. 

If you have questions about the event, please contact Dana Russell, Meeting Coordinator at dana@southplatteforum.org. The agenda is attached to this email and watch for more additions and highlights coming in the next few weeks. 

Thank you for your past attendance and support of the South Platte Forum. 

The South Platte Forum Committee 

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09-26-16 NFU Commends Sen. Stabenow for Championing Support for Urban Agriculture

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NFU Commends Sen. Stabenow for Championing Support for Urban Agriculture

WASHINGTON (September 26, 2016) – Supporting the effort to bridge the divide between urban and rural America through agriculture, National Farmers Union (NFU) commended Senate Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) for championing new legislation that fosters opportunities for urban agriculture.  The Urban Agriculture Act of 2016, which will be introduced later this week, would expand U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) programs to support urban farmers, encouraging food production, job creation, urban revitalization and diversity in agriculture production.

“Urban agriculture plays an important role in reconnecting the food consumer with the farmer. It is also a part of meeting rising food demands, supplying easier access to highly nutritious vegetables and fruits, and establishing new market opportunities for emerging farmers. NFU supports Ranking Member Stabenow’s efforts towards ensuring emerging and existing urban producers have the tools and resources to join rural producers in maintaining a sustainable food system,” said NFU President Roger Johnson. Continue reading

09-26-16 NCBA-PLC News: USFWS Takes Steps to Address ESA Deficiencies

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WASHINGTON (Sept. 26, 2016) – Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released a final rule that begins to address rampant abuse of the Endangered Species Act listing process. The rule limits petitions for new listings to one species and will require more substantive justification in order to file a petition for listing under the ESA. The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the Public Lands Council applaud FWS for taking steps to address these serious shortcomings. Continue reading

09-26-16 ACE requests federal pathway for high-octane, low-carbon fuels to meet CAFE-GHG standards

ACE requests federal pathway for high-octane, low-carbon fuels to meet CAFE-GHG standards

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Sioux Falls, SD (September 26, 2016) In comments submitted today to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and California Air Resources Board (CARB), the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) called for a federal pathway to be established enabling automakers to meet future CAFE-GHG standards with high-octane, low-carbon fuels like ethanol.

Comments were due to the agencies today on the draft Technical Assessment Report (TAR) of the 2022-2025 model year CAFE-GHG standards.  EPA, NHTSA, and CARB are conducting a Mid-term Evaluation (MTE) of the program, trying to determine if the standards which were originally set in 2012 remain appropriate.

“ACE has been in dialogue with automakers, agricultural organizations, and government researchers to develop strategies and action plans to accelerate the transition of North American transportation fuels to higher-octane, lower-carbon renewable fuels such as ethanol,” said ACE Executive Vice President Brian Jennings. “If the agencies hope to fulfill the ambitious goals of the CAFE-GHG program going forward, a regulatory framework needs to be initiated immediately for lower-carbon, higher-octane fuel such as ethanol.”

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09-26-16 Inside the BARN with CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg…

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(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) September 19, 2016 – Joining me inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network is CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg from District 1 discussing several topics including:

  • In depth look at the upcoming 2016 Ballot Initiatives & Amendments (LEARN MORE)
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To listen to the Interview, click the audio mp3 link below…

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09-26-16 CCGA board member hosts CSU conservation class for tour of his farm

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CCGA board member hosts CSU conservation class for tour of his farm

An educational opportunity that started in 2008 continued this past weekend, as Kirk, Colo., farmer and Colorado Corn Growers Association (CCGA) board member Aaron Frank opened up his farm to Dr. Kurt Fausch — a Colorado State University professor in fish, wildlife and conservation biology — and his class.  Continue reading