06-20-17 NFUF Launching Needs Assessment Survey to Inform Food Safety

NFUF Launching Needs Assessment Survey to Inform Food Safety

WASHINGTON (June 20, 2017) – The Local Food Safety Collaborative, a collaboration between National Farmers Union Foundation (NFUF) and the U.S. Food and Drug Association (FDA), today launched a nationwide food safety survey. The results will help the organization address the needs of small producers and processors with regards to food safety and compliance with applicable Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) regulations. Continue reading

06-20-17 Inside the BARN with Tim Bernhardt of Bernhardt Dairy during National Dairy Month…

(The BARN – Briggsdale CO) June 20, 2017 – In honor of June Dairy Month, dairy farmer Tim Bernhardt & Treasurer of the Western Dairy Association’s Board of Directors, is my guest on the CO Ag News Network, to talk about his family’s dairy operation in Milliken, CO. Bernhardt discusses several topics including:

  • Bernhardt Family’s 100 year History in CO
  • Advances in the Dairy Industry
  • Challenges & Successes in their operation & the US Dairy Industry
  • What the Western Dairy Association means to his family’s Dairy Operation
  • National Dairy Month
  • & More

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You can follow Bernhardt Dairy on their Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bernhardt-Dairy-Farm/395770877113305

You can learn more about Tim and the Bernhardt Dairy operation and more about the Western Dairy Association online @  https://westerndairyassociation.org/

 

06-20-17 Northern Water to Hold Open House on NISP Mitigation Plan in Loveland on June 27th…

Northern Water to Hold Open House on NISP Mitigation Plan

BERTHOUD –  Northern Water will hold a public open house on the Northern Integrated Supply Project Fish and Wildlife Mitigation and Enhancement Plan that was recently proposed to the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission.

The open house will be held Tuesday, June 27, from 4 to 7:30 p.m. at The Ranch First National Bank Building located at 5280 Arena Circle in Loveland, CO.

On June 9, 2017, Northern Water proposed a mitigation and enhancement plan to CPW that addresses fish and wildlife effects raised during the 13-year federal permitting process. Key mitigation and enhancement measures include: Continue reading

06-20-17 Inside the BARN with CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg…

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Inside the BARN with CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg…

(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) June 20, 2017 – Joining me inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network is CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg from District 1 discussing several topics including:

  • CO Legislative Session’s Over – back to the Sonnenberg Farm/Ranch
  • Recent Water Tour – San Miguel Basin
  • Rural Sustainability Act Revisited & Upcoming June 30th Celebration in Genoa-Hugo
  • Capitol Development Committee Meeting & Tour
  • CALP Class 13 Meeting in Ft Morgan
  • Congratulations to the 2017-18 CO FFA State Officer Team
  • Final Thoughts

To listen to the Interview, click the audio mp3 link below…

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06-20-17 Doud Nominated to be Chief Agricultural Negotiator

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Doud Nominated to be Chief Agricultural Negotiator

(WASHINGTON) – On Friday, President Donald J. Trump announced his intention to nominate Gregg Doud as the Administration’s chief agricultural negotiator under the U.S. Trade Representative.

USCA President Kenny Graner issued this statement following the announcement:
“USCA welcomes the nomination of Gregg Doud to the position of Chief Agricultural Negotiator. As the current president of the Commodity Markets Council, a former senior aide to Chairman Pat Roberts, and a Kansas wheat farmer, Gregg understands the complexities of agricultural trade on a global level and will serve as a valuable asset to U.S. cattle producers at the negotiating table.

USCA has enjoyed its working relationship with Gregg during his tenure on Capitol Hill and looks forward to a quick Senate confirmation process for his nomination.”

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06-20-17 CSU Ext Golden Plains: First generation European corn borer


First generation European corn borer

Assefa Gebre-Amlak and Frank Peairs, Colorado State University Extension

 

Adult European corn borer monitoring sites in northeastern Colorado are showing emergence and flight of the moth. For historic European corn borer moth emergence and duration of infestation data, check our pest alert web site (http://northernipm.colostate.edu/) where trap counts from different locations and years are found.

First generation moths prefer taller and early planted fields for laying eggs; your non-Bt hybrid cornfields should be scouted the next 2-3 weeks.   Some hybrids have useful resistance to the first brood of European corn borer, which feeds in the whorls and later enters the stalk. Control can be expected with Bt corn hybrids, except those containing only events that target corn rootworms. Continue reading

06-20-17 CALP Class 13 to Meet in Fort Morgan

CALP Class 13 to Meet in Fort Morgan

The 18 participants of Class 13, hailing from across Colorado and the agriculture spectrum, will convene in Fort Morgan June 25-27 for a full curriculum of leadership development, industry tours, and experiential learning. 

PUEBLO, JUNE 20, 2017 – Class 13 of the Colorado Agriculture Leadership Program (CALP) will be meeting next week for their third program seminar.

The 18 participants of Class 13, hailing from across Colorado and the agriculture spectrum, will convene in Fort Morgan June 25-27 for a full curriculum of leadership development, industry tours, and experiential learning.

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Tuesday, June 20th

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

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Sponsored by the American Farm Bureau Federation

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Tuesday, June 20th

U.S. Exports to Mexico Stumble

As the Unites States plans to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico, U.S. agricultural exports to Mexico have declined over the first few months of 2017. The Wall Street Journal reports that Mexican imports of U.S. soybean meal dropped 15 percent, the first decline in four years. Meanwhile, chicken exports to Mexico where down 11 percent, the biggest decline since 2003. Finally, U.S. corn exports to Mexico dropped six percent. Mexico is the largest export market for soybean meal, chicken and corn for the United States. The Wall Street Journal attributed the declines to friction between Mexico and the U.S. from NAFTA renegotiations, as Mexico is moving to reduce its reliance on the U.S. for commodities. The declines also come as U.S. farmers deal with low commodity prices and excess supply that has reduced farm income over the last few years.

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New Zealand, U.S. Bilateral Trade Talks Far Off

New Zealand Prime Minister Bill English says bilateral trade talks between New Zealand and the U.S. are not likely anytime soon. His comments follow meetings between U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and New Zealand Trade Minister Todd McClay last week. English says that given how the U.S. has framed trade policy as largely benefiting the U.S., that it “would be quite difficult to get an agreement that would benefit” New Zealand. However, during the meetings last week, McClay did express a mutual concern over Canada’s dairy trade provisions, a sticking point for the United States heading into North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations this fall. However, it’s not likely to be addressed in a new NAFTA, according to trade experts. Last year New Zealand exports to the U.S. were valued at $5.6 billion, and imports from the U.S. were valued at $5.7 billion. The U.S. is the biggest market for beef and wine from New Zealand, and the nation’s second-largest dairy market.

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White House Names Ag Trade Negotiator Nominee

President Donald Trump is nominating a former Senate Agriculture Committee aide and agriculture industry economist as the chief agricultural negotiator from the U.S. Trade Representative’s Office. The White House confirmed Gregg Doud (Dowd) as the nominee. Doud is currently the president of the Commodity Markets Council, a Washington, D.C.-based trade association. He worked for the Senate Agriculture Committee between 2011 and 2013, and worked for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association as an economist for eight years, according to Agri-Pulse. The American Farm Bureau Federation calls Doud “experienced in all levels of agricultural policy and economics.” If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, the Kansas native will take the post previously held by Darci Vetter in the Obama administration.

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Perdue Hosting Mexico, Canada Counterparts in Georgia

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue Tuesday is playing host to his counterparts from Mexico and Canada in Perdue’s home state. Canada’s Trade Minister and Mexico’s Secretary of Agriculture will join Perdue for a tour of the Georgia Ports Authority and a farm tour. The trilateral meeting is the first time the three will hold meetings since President Donald Trump triggered renegotiation efforts of the North American Free Trade Agreement. American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall, also from Georgia, called the meetings encouraging and a way to build a deeper level of understanding of trade between the three nations. NAFTA has created opportunities for agricultural trade for U.S. farmers with Canada and Mexico, and Duvall encouraged Secretary Perdue to use the meeting to “identify areas to further improve agricultural trade with our neighbors.”

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Mexico Adopts E-10 Fuels

Mexico will allow 10 percent ethanol blends of fuel, according to a recent announcement by the Mexican Energy Regulatory Commission. The announcement modifies standards for fuel blending from a maximum amount of ethanol at 5.8 percent to the 10 percent level. The change comes as part of ongoing energy reforms in Mexico and follows input from stakeholders in the government, private sector, research scientists and social interest groups. Mexico’s regulators moved in August 2016 to allow ethanol in local fuel supplies, except in its three largest metropolitan areas. U.S. grain and ethanol groups applauded the move to allow E10 fuels in Mexico. The U.S. Grains Council and Growth Energy called the decision encouraging. Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Bob Dinneen said the move puts Mexico in line with standards in the U.S. and Canada, and will “help to drive trade and investment” in Mexico’s fuel sector.

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State of Emergency Declared in South Dakota Over Drought

South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard (do-guard) has declared a statewide emergency because of the ongoing drought conditions in the state. As part of the State of Emergency, the state will ease haying and transportation restrictions to assist agriculture producers. The Governor says the drought has hurt hay production in much of the state, making producers scramble to keep livestock fed. Effective immediately, farmers and ranchers across the state may cut and bale state highway ditches adjacent to their property. South Dakota and North Dakota farmers and ranchers have been struggling with drought conditions this season, as some are forced to sell their herds of cattle. The U.S. Drought Monitor shows prolonged drought conditions, included severe drought, in parts of both states, along with parts of Montana and northern Minnesota.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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06-19-17 Colorado Corn district meetings coming up in Holyoke, Sterling and Greeley…

Colorado Corn district meetings coming up in Holyoke, Sterling and Greeley;
Farm bill to be focus of discussions

Colorado Corn staff and board members are encouraging farmers and all others interested to join the Colorado Corn Administrative Committee (CCAC) and Colorado Corn Growers Association (CCGA) for their upcoming district meetings, which will feature updates on the activities of the two organizations, as well as discussions about the next farm bill.

Meals will be provided at the meetings. To get an accurate headcount, those who want to attend are asked to please RSVP as soon as possible, toacross@coloradocorn.com, or (970) 351-8201.

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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…

06-19-17 Livestock Exchange, LLC Recap & Preview

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06-19-17 HICKMAN’S FAMILY FARMS ACHIEVES HUMANE CERTIFICATION FROM AMERICAN HUMANE

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Certification in line with national survey results showing Americans’ overwhelming support for humanely raised food

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 19, 2017 –  American Humane, the country’s first national humane organization and the largest certifier of animal welfare in the world, today announced that Hickman’s Family Farms has achieved humane certification for their cage-free eggs through the American Humane Certified™ program. In doing so, Hickman’s Family Farms is pursuing a humane path that is in line with national survey results by American Humane showing overwhelming support for humanely raised foods. The survey found that 94.9 percent of Americans said they were very concerned about farm animal welfare and more than three-quarters (75.7%) were willing to pay more for humanely raised eggs, meat and dairy products. American Humane now certifies more than 90 percent of all cage-free eggs in the United States.

In order to qualify as an American Humane Certified producer, Hickman’s Family Farms had to meet the program’s rigorous standards, which include meeting some 200 science-based standards covering everything from adequate space to proper temperature, air quality and much more. In addition, they voluntarily agreed to undergo rigorous, yearly audits by professional auditors to ensure the standards are being implemented.

“We believe that all animals – those in our homes, those in service to our country, and those on our nation’s farms and ranches – deserve humane treatment,” said Dr. Robin Ganzert, president and CEO of American Humane. “By becoming an American Humane Certified producer, Hickman’s Family Farms helps assure their consumers that the food on their plates was raised humanely and under the science- and evidence-based protections established by American Humane. We applaud them for their extraordinary commitment to good animal welfare.” Continue reading

06-19-17 “Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner.” Facebook Page Nears Milestone

“Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner.” Facebook Page Nears Milestone

As the calendar clicks off days in June, the checkoff’s team of digital strategists are on the edges of their seats. Why? They are watching the number of “Likes” on the “Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner.” Facebook page because it’s expected to surpass the one million mark!

Beef’s Digital Advertising History

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A very targeted and focused digital advertising campaign was born in 2014, specifically to reach older millennial parents, who were the largest segment on Facebook. The beef checkoff program used Facebook to share beef information with this group so they would feel more confident to purchase, prepare and enjoy beef with family and friends. Through an integrated approach, driven by website advertising and search to reach the target audience, social plays a critical role in establishing a relationship with millennial consumers like never before. It’s a modern approach to customer service, enabling consumer to interact with their favorite brands which builds trust and the ultimate goal of purchase trial.

“Facebook is the optimal platform for connecting with consumers as they’re seeking new information about family, lifestyle and health,” says Janna Stubbs, co-chair of the checkoff’s Consumer Trust committee and a beef producer from Alpine, Texas. “Not only is Facebook efficient for our checkoff dollars, but it is also a key platform to reach those audiences who want to know more about beef in a meaningful way.”

Beef’s New Facebook Strategies

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06-19-17 2017 World Pork Expo: One for the Record Books

Presented by the National Pork Producers Council, Expo features the world’s largest pork-specific trade show, educational seminars, live-hog shows, entertainment and much more. This year’s event drew more than 20,000 pork producers, ag professionals and media, including 1,000 visitors from nearly 40 countries. The dates for the 2018 World Pork Expo are set for June 6-8 in Des Moines.

2017 World Pork Expo: One for the Record Books

More exhibits, live hogs and new products, services and technology were on display at World Pork Expo, June 7-9.

DES MOINES, Iowa, June 19, 2017 — Seeking out new ideas, information and innovations, more than 20,000 pork producers and ag professionals from throughout the world attended the 29th World Pork Expo, June 7-9, in Des Moines. Presented by the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC), the 2017 Expo hosted more than 1,000 international guests from nearly 40 countries. Continue reading

06-19-17 USDA Announces $20 Million for Jobs for Young People, Veterans

USDA Announces $20 Million for Jobs for Young People, Veterans

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 19, 2017 — USDA and partners committed $20 million in 21st Century Conservation Service Corps partnership agreements to provide 4,000 work opportunities for youth, young adults and veterans up to 35 years old, a move that will help the U.S. Forest Service accomplish mission-critical infrastructure and landscape restoration projects on the ground. The U.S. Forest Service is one of seventeen USDA Agencies.

The funding represents investments by USDA of $13 million and $7 million from partner organizations. Contributions by the Forest Service and partners are expected to reach $40 million by the end of 2017 and provide 11,000 work opportunities. Some funds are already placed with 21st Century Conservation Service Corps partnership agreements; other funds will continue to be obligated throughout the summer.

“The 21st Century Conservation Corps is not merely a summer jobs program,” said U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell. “This is about nurturing our public lands as well as our veterans, youth and young adults through a variety of opportunities to develop leadership potential and professional and personal connections through work across many diverse landscapes.” Continue reading

06-19-17 Record-Setting Year for FUTP 60 Schools Reaching Touchdown Status in the WDA Region!

Record-Setting Year for FUTP 60 Schools Reaching Touchdown Status in the WDA Region!

Now that the 2016/2017 school year has come to an end, Western Dairy is proud to announce we have more Touchdown schools than ever before!

This year, more than 50 schools reached Touchdown Status, meaning they completed all six steps of the Fuel Up to Play 60 program! The greatest thing about these schools reaching touchdown status is that the students and schools all understand the role dairy plays in a healthy diet, and dairy farmer’s commitment to improving childhood health and wellness.

We would like to congratulate the following schools:

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06-19-17 Western Dairy Films Recipe Videos with Chef Jason Morse

Western Dairy Films Recipe Videos with Chef Jason Morse

Recently, Western Dairy filmed recipe and how-to videos with Chef Jason Morse. Consumers respect the opinions of chefs, so working with them to promote dairy foods and show consumers how to use dairy while cooking is a great way to showcase these products. When food recommendations come from a trusted source, like a chef, consumers feel more confident in choosing those recommended dairy products for their own kitchens.

Chef Jason filmed a how-to video on making your own yogurt. You can use a crock pot or the oven, but Chef Jason chose to use a thermos and gave suggestions for flavoring the yogurt as well. Continue reading

06-19-17 WDA News: Day on the Dairy Teaches Hundreds of Consumers about Dairy…

Day on the Dairy Teaches Hundreds of Consumers about Dairy

Western Dairy is thrilled to report our Day on the Dairy event at Mountain View Farm was a success. Over 700 consumers came to learn about dairy farming – and each one left with new understanding of where their milk and dairy foods come from. Attendees visited stations across the dairy where they learned about each part of the farm, including the milking parlor, maternity pen, free stall barns, dry lot, commodity bunk and calves. Most visitors even had the opportunity to witness calves being born, which one consumer described as “life-changing.” Visitors also received free pizza from Domino’s (who donated over 100 pizzas), Noosa Yoghurt and Scrumptious Ice Cream. Continue reading

06-19-17 WDA News: RD and Chef Farm Tours Continue to Strengthen Dairy’s Image with Thought Leaders

RD and Chef Farm Tours Continue to Strengthen Dairy’s Image with Thought Leaders

Taking influential groups of people on farm tours continues to build strong dairy advocates and show those who have significant roles in their communities the important role dairy and dairy farming plays in their lives. When these thought leaders understand dairy farmers and begin to help us tell dairy’s story, it leaves a lasting impression on the consumers that trust them. Continue reading