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Saturday, May 30, 2015

‘Agriculture’ Archives

Lander’s Tom Bell Receives RMFU Media Excellence

The Rocky Mountain Farmers Union Media Excellence Award recognizes an outstanding contribution in journalism, publishing or media that furthers the values and goals of Farmers Union in Colorado, New Mexico, and Wyoming. In 2011, the award is given to Tom Bell, the founder of the bi-weekly High Country News. Tom Bell, a Wyoming cowboy born in Lander, started his environmental newspaper 41 years ago. High Country News is now headquartered in Paonia, Colorado, and Tom Bell is retired. ... Full Story

Sorghum Food Symposium Kicks off Japan Initiative

  The U.S. Grains Council’s Japan office kicked off a series of major sorghum promotion efforts with a highly successful sorghum food symposium and tasting event. “The symposium was designed to promote a new sorghum branding effort,” explained Florentino Lopez, executive director of the United Sorghum Checkoff Program. “Sorghum has commonly been viewed and utilized as a livestock ingredient in Japan among other countries. “This was an opportunity to reintroduce sorghum ... Full Story

RMFU Urges Careful Consideration of New Child Labor

RMFU Urges Careful Consideration of New Child Labor Regulations

  RMFU Urges Careful Consideration of New Child Labor Regulations Rocky Mountain Farmers Union posted a comment with the Department of Labor urging that proposed new federal regulations on child labor avoid unintended hardships to family farms and ranches. "We are concerned that the regulations do not clearly exempt family operations that have incorporated," said Kent Peppler, a Mead, Colorado, farmer and President of RMFU. "We support regulations to improve the safety of young ... Full Story

Get Your Passports: U.S. Grains Council Annual Meeting

  Get Your Passports: U.S. Grains Council Opens Registration for Annual Meeting   WASHINGTON, D.C., November 29, 2011 — The U.S. Grains Council announced that registration is now open for its 9th International Marketing Conference and 52nd Annual Membership Meeting to be held Feb. 13-15 in Panama City, Panama. Registration and additional details are available at www.grains.org by clicking on the meeting link on the right hand side of the page. Online registration is ... Full Story

USDA Rural Development Guaranteed Loan Program

USDA Rural Development Guaranteed Loan Program

USDA Rural Development Guaranteed Loan Program Now Available Through Funding Partners   Fort Collins, CO, November 28, 2011 – Funding Partners (FP), a not-for-profit financial institution, is excited to announce the availability of Rural Development (RD) 502 Guaranteed Loans, originated through Funding Partners. The RD Guaranteed program serves families and individuals in the form of a single family home loan that provides 100% financing for home purchase in rural communities ... Full Story

Bookend Generations in Rural America

Bookend Generations in Rural America

                  By John Crabtree johnc@cfra.org, Center for Rural Affairs Many rural American communities find themselves caught between bookend generations - under 20 and over 65 - that require more resources in areas such as health care and education. This long-term demographic trend challenges all of rural America, especially the Midwest and Great Plains. According to a Center for Rural Affairs report ... Full Story

Farm Bill Proposal deserved a Quick Death


Farm Bill Proposal deserved a Quick Death


        By John Crabtree, johnc@cfra.org, Center for Rural Affairs Over the last month, the leadership of the House and Senate Agriculture Committees pressed to finish a farm bill proposal that would cut 23 billion dollars over the next decade out of the USDA budget, through the Congressional Super Committee deficit reduction process, which must conclude by November 23rd.

Fortunately, the Ag Committee proposal was never forthcoming. Rural ... Full Story

Two Goats Disqualified from Junior Livestock Sale

Two Goats Disqualified from Junior Livestock Sale

    PUEBLO, Colo. – Two goats have been disqualified from the Colorado State Fair Junior Livestock Sale after testing confirmed the presence of ractopamine.  The Food and Drug Administration has not approved ractopamine for use in goats, which means that no level of concentration is acceptable in the urine of the species. Therefore, the Grand Champion goat and another goat selected for the Junior Livestock Sale have been disqualified, and the funds from the Junior ... Full Story

Deadline Approaching for Listing in Annual Hay

LAKEWOOD, Colo. – The Colorado Department of Agriculture is accepting listings for the 2011 Colorado Hay Directory. This annual publication, celebrating its 25th anniversary, markets Colorado hay to buyers in the state and around the country. “This publication is an important marketing tool that helps connect hay producers and buyers,” said Wendy White, marketing specialist for the Colorado Department of Agriculture. “Every year we receive requests for the directory from people ... Full Story

Summer Camp with a Cooperative Twist

Summer Camp with a Cooperative Twist

Summer Camp is not just a luxury for wealthy suburban families. For more than 70 years, Rocky Mountain Farmers Union has offered a camp program that is affordable, educational, and fun. The RMFU Cooperative Leadership Camps are held at the beginning of June in Bailey, Colorado, at the National Farmers Union Educational Center. Each year the camp curriculum covers a topic important to rural families. The campers come from all over the state, from inner city and 'burbs to little towns on ... Full Story

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