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04-01-14 Rural & Agricultural Council of America’s statement on STELA…

Posted by Brian Allmer on April 1, 2014

Rural and Ag Council of America HeaderWASHINGTON, DC – March 31, 2014 – On Tuesday, April 1, 2014 the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation’s Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet will hold a hearing titled: Reauthorization of the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act (STELA). Jack Alexander, President of the Rural & Agricultural Council of America issued the following statement:

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03-24-14 *USDA/NASS News* Colorado Crop Progress Report…

Posted by Brian Allmer on March 24, 2014

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03-17-14 *USDA/NASS News* Colorado Crop Progress Report…

Posted by Brian Allmer on March 17, 2014

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12-18-13 CattleFax News: Cow-Calf Webinar Provides 2014 Outlook on Jan 22nd…REGISTER TODAY!

Posted by Brian Allmer on December 18, 2013

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CENTENNIAL,CO — Dec. 18, 2013 — Due to the overwhelmingly positive response from cattle producers and beef industry leaders to the first Trends+ Cow-Calf Webinar in September, CattleFax analysts will be hosting its next webinar at 5:30 p.m. MT, Wednesday, January 22, 2014.

Cattle producers have limited time and opportunity to analyze all of the fundamental data and trends that shape the cattle, beef and grain markets. Modeled after the popular CattleFax monthly cow-calf producer newsletter Trends, the upcoming webinar will provide producers and industry leaders with an outlook on the 2014 markets.

The CattleFax team will share its analysis and perspective on how these factors will influence cattle producers in the upcoming year: Read the rest of this entry »

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09-30-13 *USDA/NASS News* Colorado Crop Progress Report…

Posted by Brian Allmer on September 30, 2013

CLICK HERE to view the latest report…

Agricultural Summary: Fieldwork has been effectively delayed by excess moisture received beginning the second full week of September on into early last week. Soil remains saturated in large sections of crop and pasture land across the state as a result of the sustained precipitation. Reports of isolated frost have begun to surface which has prompted producers to push on with field activities for some crops in spite of conditions. Last week, the dry bean crop suffered some hail damage in parts of southwest Colorado, according to reporters. On average, farmers were allowed 4.8 days in the field for operations.

Small Grains: Fifty-six percent of the winter wheat crop has been seeded, up 21 percentage points from the week prior. Winter wheat was 26 percent emerged by week’s end, up from 9 percent previously.

Row Crops: Fifty-two percent of the corn crop was mature, trailing 86 percent last year and the average of 63 percent. Eighty-eight percent of the corn crop intended for silage has been harvested, up from the previous week’s 77 percent. Ninety percent of the sorghum crop had reached the coloring phase while 26 percent had reached maturity. Negligible gains were made on the sorghum harvest, ending on 3 percent by week’s end. Sunflowers harvest activities saw 5 percentage points of progress last week ending with 10 percent complete. Sixty percent of the dry onion crop has been harvested, behind 79 percent last year and 74 percent on average. Last week, harvest of potatoes in the San Luis valley trailed the average at 45 percent complete while harvest activities for potatoes elsewhere were virtually complete. Seventy-seven percent of the dry bean crop was cut, with harvest activities at 52 percent complete by week’s end.

Pasture and Range:  Pasture and range conditions ratings declined slightly last week, ending with 45 percent rated very poor to poor compared with 43 percent the previous week. On average, 37 percent is normally rated very poor to poor. The 3rd and 4th cuttings of alfalfa were 86 and 25 percent complete, respectively.

Livestock: Livestock condition ratings improved last week with 62 percent currently rated good to excellent, up from 55 percent previously. Death losses remained at average levels for cattle and sheep. Overall, stored feed supplies remained rated as average for this time of year.

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09-25-13 CSU Veterinary Hospital Opens New Center for Emergency and Critical Care…

Posted by Brian Allmer on September 25, 2013

Header - Please enable images in your e-mail programFORT COLLINS - Snake bites. Car strikes. Sudden illness. Surgical recovery.

Pets with urgent medical needs will receive advanced treatment around the clock in a new, $1.3-million emergency and critical care facility opening in Colorado State University’s James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital.

The opening in early October marks completion of a renovation project that expands the hospital’s emergency and critical care unit by 70 percent – to 3,550 square feet – and allows CSU clinicians and veterinary students to care for more than 4,000 sick and injured pets each year.

Facility costs, amounting to $1.3 million, were covered with funding from private donations and the Boulder-based Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, a nonprofit that supports veterinary and other forms of higher education.

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09-16-13 WELD COUNTY JOINS ROCKY MOUNTAIN E-PURCHASING SYSTEM…

Posted by Brian Allmer on September 16, 2013

Weld County 150th LOGOWELD COUNTY, CO – Vendors bidding on county projects will now be able to view those projects through an online procurement system called Rocky Mountain E-Purchasing System. Weld County project information, including bids, RFPs, quotes and amendments, will begin appearing on the online purchasing system on September 23, 2013.
“The Rocky Mountain E-Purchasing System will save time and tax-payer dollars,” said Trevor Jiricek, Director of General Services for Weld County. “The system provides vendors easy access to view bid opportunities, addendums and bid results from Weld County, as well as numerous other Colorado agencies.”
The county will continue to post project bidding information on the county web site which will link interested vendors to the E-Purchasing site, however the county will no longer mail postcards to vendors alerting them of new projects. “Our goal is improve the efficiency of the county bid process,” said Jiricek. “The online system will help us reach more vendors and will require less staff time than our current system.”
Currently, the county updates and maintains its own vendor list; Rocky Mountain E-Purchasing System will not only take over maintaining and updating that list but also add to the list at vendors’ requests.
“The Board of Commissioners is continually encouraging county departments to look for efficiencies and cost savings that will positively impact our residents,” said Commissioner Chairman William Garcia. “We are excited about the opportunity this new service will provide.”
To view Weld County projects, vendors can visit www.rockymountainbidsystem.com or the ‘Purchasing’ page of the Weld County web site, www.weldgov.com under Departments.

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09-16-13 *USDA/NASS News* Colorado Crop Progress Report…

Posted by Brian Allmer on September 16, 2013

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Agricultural Summary: Cool temperatures and precipitation prevailed last week, delaying fieldwork across the state. Locally heavy rains resulted in flooding, particularly along the Front Range and throughout the north east quadrant of Colorado. Flood damage was being assessed with some crop and livestock loss expected, according to reporters. Topsoil moisture, pasture and rangeland were generally improved as a result of precipitation events. However, as most crops have reached the final stages of development, negligible improvements to crop conditions are expected. On average, farmers were allowed 3.4 days in the field for operations.

Small Grains: Virtually all standing small grains were harvested last week. Seeding continued for winter wheat with a modest gain of 9 percentage points, ending the week with 22 percent planted.

Row Crops: Corn was 83 percent in the dent stage, up from 65 percent previously. An additional 13 percent of the corn crop reached maturity from the previous week, ending on 20 percent mature. Producers have managed to harvest 2 percent of the state’s corn crop thus far. Of the corn intended for silage, 54 percent has been harvested, compared with 67 percent last year and 46 percent on average. Eighty percent of the sorghum crop was turning color while 11 percent had reached maturity. Harvest activities have just begun for sorghum, with 1 percent currently complete. Trailing the average, the harvest of dry onions gained 13 percentage points ending on 33 percent harvested by week’s end. The sugarbeet harvest began last week, with 2 percent complete thus far.  Harvest of potatoes in the San Luis valley gained 9 percentage points last week with 26 percent complete by week’s end. Harvest of potatoes elsewhere was 73 percent complete, up from 51 percent previously. As of September 15, Colorado’s dry bean cutting and harvest led their averages, at 52 and 30 percent, respectively.

Pasture and Range: Pasture and range conditions ratings improved last week, ending with 46 percent rated very poor to poor compared with 52 percent the previous week. On average, 37 percent is normally rated very poor to poor. The 3rd and 4th cuttings of alfalfa were 76 and 6 percent complete, respectively.

Livestock: Livestock condition ratings generally improved from last week with 59 percent currently rated good to excellent, up from 49 percent previously. Death losses remained at average levels for cattle and sheep. Overall, stored feed supplies remained rated as average for this time of year.

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08-15-13 USDA Releases New Report on Trafficking and Announces Additional Measures to Improve Integrity in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program…

Posted by Brian Allmer on August 15, 2013

USDAlogoRGBWASHINGTON, August 15, 2013 – Agriculture Undersecretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services Kevin Concannon today released a report that examines the trafficking rate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and better pinpoints where the vast majority of SNAP trafficking occurs—smaller stores that typically offer minimal access to the healthier foods encouraged by the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. In response, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will begin gathering public input on establishing stricter “depth of stock” requirements for SNAP retailers in order to discourage bad actors from entering and abusing the program. This move also supports USDA’s continuing efforts to improve SNAP recipients’ access to healthy foods.

The report indicates that the vast majority of trafficking – the illegal sale of SNAP benefits for cash or other ineligible items – occurs in smaller-sized retailers that typically stock fewer healthy foods. Over the last five fiscal years, the number of retailers authorized to participate in SNAP has grown by over 40 percent; small- and medium-sized retailers account for the vast majority of that growth. The rate of trafficking in larger grocery stores and supermarkets—where 82 percent of all benefits were redeemed—remained low at less than 0.5 percent.

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08-15-13 *NCGA News* Higher Water Quality Means Greater Profitability…

Posted by Brian Allmer on August 15, 2013

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Field to Market logoThe Field to Market alliance is preparing to release a water quality metric to its Fieldprint Calculator. This update includes the integration of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service Water Quality Index and can help growers better understand how their farming systems and practices affect the quality of water flowing off their fields.

“The time, landscape and community in which farmers grow their crops, along with their management decisions and skills regarding inputs and production practices, all play a part in the profitability of a farming operation,” said Keith Alverson, NCGA’s board representative to Field to Market. “No farmer wants to leave dollars on the field, and the water quality metric in the Fieldprint Calculator will help determine if we are boosting yields enough to cover things like extra fertilizer costs or soil loss. While profitability is import, longevity is a greater priority.”

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08-12-13 CattleFax Offering Webinar for Cow-Calf Producers on September 4th…REGISTER TODAY!

Posted by Brian Allmer on August 12, 2013

CattleFaxLogoCENTENNIAL,COLO. — Aug. 12, 2013 — Cattle and beef producers have limited time and opportunity to analyze all of the fundamental data and trends that shape the cattle, beef and grain markets. CattleFax recognizes this challenge and is offering a free one-hour webinar at 5:30 p.m. MDT, Wednesday, September 4, 2013, to help producers navigate the markets.

Modeled after the popular CattleFax monthly cow-calf producer newsletter Trends, the webinar is titled Trends+. Zoetis is sponsoring the webinar – making it free for all cattle and beef producers to attend.
“CattleFax recognizes there is a lot of information for cow-calf and stocker operations to analyze, qualify and interpret,” said Randy Blach, CEO of CattleFax. “Cattle producers are facing a variety of difficult situations – higher breakeven prices, increasingly volatile grain values and growing resistance to record-high beef prices. It is important for producers to understand the risks in these and other market factors.”

The Trends+ webinar is designed to inform cattle producers about these market realities and provide producers with the information to assist in making intelligent marketing decisions. The webinar will be hosted live by the CattleFax analyst team and focus on the segments of the industry that have the greatest influence on cow-calf and stocker operations this fall and winter.

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06-19-13 CattleFax Mobile App Exceeds 21,000 Downloads…

Posted by Brian Allmer on June 19, 2013

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Centennial, CO (June 19, 2013) – More than 21,000 beef industry producers and professionals have harnessed the power of instant access to the CattleFax team by downloading the organization’s mobile app.

Launched in February, the app provides real-time information on markets, weather and industry trends. Sponsoring partner Zoetis (formerly Pfizer Animal Health) is delivering content on animal health and management through the app. This powerful combination of business, cattle and operational management information makes the app a must-have for producers and industry members.

“Increasing producer profitability is the goal in everything we do at CattleFax,” said Randy Blach, CEO, CattleFax. “Making it easier for cattle producers to access timely market information, analysis and research can help operators with any size operation make better decisions and be more profitable.

Based on user feedback and growing popularity of the app, an updated version was recently released for download on the Apple App Store and Google Play. Search “CattleFax” to download the latest version. If you downloaded the original version, be sure to update the app on your phone and tablet.

“The latest version of the application continues the trend of the original,” noted Blach. “It ensures that market information is easily accessible to producers needing to make decisions in a mobile office space, and now provides enhanced information from Zoetis, meaning increased efficiency for producers by increasing their access to animal health data.”

The latest version still includes futures market prices, market news, weather and breakeven calculators. The update offers a variety of new enhancements: Read the rest of this entry »

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05-09-13 Inside the CO FFA Foundation w/Executive Director Don Thorn…CDE Results, Ag Ed Facility & State Convention…

Posted by Brian Allmer on June 2, 2013

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Download the 2013 CO FFA State Convention App to your android or i-device…

(The BARN – Briggsdale, CO) May 9th -  Joining the BARN to discuss the latest news and events involving the Colorado FFA Foundation is Executive Director Don Thorn. Thorn mentioned several topics including:

  • 2013 CO FFA State CDE Results AVAILABLE NOW – CLICK HERE OR view the pdf version CLICK HERE
  • UPDATE: NEW Agriculture Education Facility @ CSU’s ARDEC Campus – Fundraising Campaign Update – CLICK HERE TO TAKE A VIRTUAL TOUR
  • Three Donation & Membership Levels - You choose which one works best for you – $250 Yearly – $2500 Lifetime – $5000 Blue Jacket Society
  • 2013 CO FFA State Convention & Trade/Career Show @ NJC in Sterling June 4-5-6
  • LIVE AUDIO & VIDEO WEBCASTS during Convention – On June 5th & 6th WATCH all SIX Convention Sessions on ColoradoFFA.iHigh.com!
  • Co FFA Foundation’s State Convention App - Available for Android & Apple Smartphones (QR Code on left)
  • 2013 CO FFA Foundation Annual Golf Tournament @ Pelican Lakes Golf Course in Windsor on Friday, Sept 13th

To listen to the entire interview with Don Thorn, click the mp3 audio link below…

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To learn more about the Colorado FFA Foundation – CLICK HERE

To learn more about the Colorado FFA Association – CLICK HERE

To learn more about the 2013 Colorado FFA State Convention – CLICK HERE

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03-25-13 *USDA/NASS News* Colorado Crop Progress Report

Posted by Brian Allmer on March 25, 2013

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Agricultural Summary: With the exception of isolated areas, a spring storm brought some relief to the dry conditions in Colorado last week. Overall, mountain snowpack is 77 percent of average. Farmers were allowed 5.0 days in the field for spring operations.

Small Grains: Seven percent of the winter wheat crop was reported being pastured this week, slightly below the five-year average of 8 percent. Overall crop condition was rated mostly fair to very poor with cold temperatures and dry conditions across parts of the state. Spring barley was 5 percent seeded by the end of the week, behind 5- year average of 15 percent. Spring wheat was 7 percent seeded by week’s end compared to 10 percent on average.

Row Crops: Onion growers made a little planting progress, with 7 percent of the crop planted by week’s end, much below the five year average of 17 percent.

Pasture and Range: Pasture and range feed conditions were rated mostly very poor to poor across the State. Lack of moisture across the state has caused pasture and range conditions to deteriorate in some areas. Current conditions were rated 57 percent poor compared to 7 percent at this time in 2012.

Livestock: Calving and lambing rates are average with fifty-three percent of cows having calved since January 1st, while 40 percent of the ewes lambed. Death losses for cattle and sheep were average. Stored feed supplies were rated short for this time of year.

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03-22-13 CSU Extension Leads Popular Web-Based Gardening Program Called Planttalk Colorado…

Posted by Brian Allmer on March 22, 2013

CSU Plantalk logoCSU Extension LogoFORT COLLINS - Gardening season is around the corner, and home gardeners will find concise and reliable answers to frequently asked questions through a 16-year-old program called Planttalk Colorado™.

The educational program offers multimedia resources delivered instantly through a website. Planttalk Colorado™ is sponsored by Colorado State University Extension, the Denver Botanical Gardens and the Green Industries of Colorado alliance.

Want to know the best time to divide perennials, which insects are beneficial, or whether upside-down tomato containers actually work?

Just visit www.planttalk.org. From there, access hundreds of online resources that will help ensure gardening success. They include:
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01-08-13 Governor Hickenlooper announces Visa Global Technology Center expansion in Colorado…

Posted by Brian Allmer on January 8, 2013

Colorado Governor's SealVISADENVER — Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today announced that Visa will expand its existing Global Technology Center in Douglas County. This expansion will increase Visa’s technology presence and create hundreds of new jobs in the area over the next five years.

“We are excited that Visa has selected Colorado for its expansion.” Hickenlooper said. “This news helps demonstrate that Colorado, with its innovative ecosystem and strong technology base, is a state where business grows and thrives.”

Visa is a global payments technology company that connects consumers, businesses, banks and governments in more than 200 countries. The company has approximately 7,500 employees around the world, including 700 in Colorado.

“As Visa’s business continues to grow, it is important that we expand our operational capabilities to advance our business,” said Michael Dreyer, Global Head of Technology and CIO, Visa, Inc.  “This partnership with the State of Colorado enables us to increase our existing operations with key talent while stimulating the local economy.”

“Once again, Douglas County has demonstrated its ability to attract new businesses and expand existing ones,” said Senator Mark Scheffel (R-Parker). “Visa’s decision to expand their operations shows their commitment to the people of the Douglas County and the caliber of our workforce.”

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