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September 17th, 2014 – Briggsdale, CO – Progressive 15 is hosting their annual fall conference @ the Holiday Inn & Suites in Denver, CO. If you still want to watch/listen to the ALL the Panel Discussions, Candidate Forums, Alumni of the Plains Awards Ceremony & MORE, BARN Media & the Colorado Ag News Network is providing TAPE DELAYED & ARCHIVED webcast coverage of the event @ www.new.Livestream.com/BarnMedia, click the link for more details.
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Lyons, Nebraska – Today, Representative Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) and Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) encouraged House and Senate farm bill conferees to retain key farm policy reforms regarding federal farm payment limitations as they begin work this week on a reconciled farm bill. New farm payment limit requirements were approved earlier this year in both the House and Senate farm bills.
“After many years of discussion, farm payment limitations reform finally has a chance to become law,” said Fortenberry, the House sponsor of a payment limits amendment approved with strong bipartisan support. “More robust payment limits help farm supports reach intended recipients and close loopholes. In this time of tight budgets, the need for this type of fair reform is even greater. With the opportunity for new farm policy under negotiation between the House and Senate, payment limits should remain a key piece of the overall package. It is my hope that this important provision will carry forward into the final Farm Bill.”
October 24th, 2013 – Sterling, CO – Progressive 15 honored three Alumni of Plains Inductees last week at their Annual Fall Conference in Sterling. Jack Annan, Logan County; Don Bailey, Elbert County; and Cheryl Scofield, Yuma County are the 2013 Inductees into the Alumni of the Plains group. To be considered for induction, individuals must be a graduate of one of the high schools in the fifteen county region that Progressive 15 represents. In addition, individuals selected for this honor must have made significant contributions in leadership, passion and skill in their respective professions or communities.
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Seven Halema vehicles serve as rolling billboards for U.S. beef
U.S. beef exports to South America are up sharply in recent years, and Peru is one of the main drivers of this phenomenal growth. Now, residents in this nation of 30 million have mouth-watering images of one of their favorite dishes – made with high-quality, grain-fed U.S. beef – rolling the nation’s streets to spark their appetites.
In partnership with leading Peruvian meat importer and processor Halema, the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) is installing colorful truck graphics on seven of the company’s vehicles to serve as rolling billboards advertising U.S. beef tripe. Funding for the graphics is provided through the Beef Checkoff Program.
“Halema’s trucks are a daily visitor throughout the countryside, particularly in the capital city of Lima,” said Jessica Julca, UMEF representative in South America. “Now, instead of a generic white truck, everyone from consumers and chefs to food service managers and retailers will see frequent reminders of how well U.S. beef works in Peruvian cuisine, including cau-cau, a popular dish made with tripe.”
HAYS, Kan. – It’s always been done this way, right? Calves are weaned in the fall. But drought conditions in the Plains states prompted some beef producers to wean calves earlier than usual in recent years, which may have been surprisingly beneficial, according to recent Kansas State University studies.
“The conventional weaning time has always been in the fall, when calves are around 180 to 210 days old, but there was no substantial research to show that that was necessarily the best time,” said John Jaeger, beef scientist with K-State Research and Extension, based in Hays. There were probably many factors at play over the years, including bringing cows home from summer pasture, fitting weaning into crop harvest, fall school activities and more.
“We wondered if, rather than putting growth on calves at the expense of cows, it might be better to wean them earlier. If the calves fared well, it might give the cow more time to recover from calving and lactating and improve her own body condition before going into winter,” Jaeger said.
The webinar, to take place on Oct. 29, is open to the public.
MANHATTAN, Kan. – The history and future of Zilmax, formally known as zilpaterol hydrocholoride, and implications on the cattle feeding industry is the focus of an upcoming webinar that will be led by Chris Reinhardt, extension feedlot specialist for K-State Research and Extension. It will take place Oct. 29 at 10 a.m. and is open to the public.
Zilmax is a beta-agonist, or cattle feed supplement, approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Feedlots have used it to improve the cattle’s natural ability to convert feed into more lean muscle.
“Beta-agonists increase the deposition of lean muscle on the carcass,” Reinhardt said. “They make cattle more efficient at converting grain to muscle. They also help the efficiency of converting an animal carcass into sellable meat.”
FORT MORGAN, CO, October 20, 2013 – During the 2013 Fall Conference in Sterling, Colorado October 10 and 11, the Progressive 15 Board of Directors took the following positions: Oppose Amendment 66; Support Initiative AA; and, support efforts of Limon, Colorado to develop a Foreign Trade Zone.
Progressive 15 is a strong supporter of K-12 education in the state, however, Amendment 66 has some inherent flaws that the organization was not able to support. The two tiered taxing system creates an uneven support system; there appears to be little accountability or flexibility in the bill; and, the bill becomes a part of the constitution superseding the TABOR Amendment protection. Progressive 15 encourages all parties to continue to work on a workable solution for funding of not only K-12, but also higher education.
The Board of Directors did vote to support Initiative AA regarding sales tax on marijuana. As a group they did not support the legalization of marijuana, however, since it is now the law of the state, the taxation will help with enforcement, education, public safety and oversight.