CCA launches fall webinar series
The Colorado Livestock Association is launching a fall educational webinar series on October 6 on âSecuring the Future of the Livestock Industry: Responding to Activist Threats,â featuring Hannah Thompson-Weeman. She leads the development and implementation of the engagement and communications strategy for the Animal Ag Alliance, a role that includes coordinating industry-wide responses to emerging issues. Registration is free and the virtual event begins at 12:30 pm Further webinars will be held in October and November at the same time every Wednesday. The sessions will also be recorded and available on the CCA YouTube channel.
Alamosa Celebrates New Food Education Center
A groundbreaking celebration takes place on Friday, October 1 for the new San Luis Valley Local Foods Coalition education center and accompanying art installation at Rio Grande Farm Park in Alamosa, located at 6935 Hwy 17. The Vision Community for Agriculture and Environmental Education Space, which was first developed about five years ago, covers regenerative agriculture, cooking and preserving local foods, and understanding of how ecosystems are interconnected. The community celebration at the park is open to the public from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Access to Land Webinar Topic
Nourish Colorado is partnering with CU-Boulder’s Master of Environment graduate students to facilitate discussions on land access and ownership in agriculture on October 12 from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. The virtual webinar is free. Guest producers will be invited to discuss their experiences in a series of breakout sessions. Discussion facilitators will also cover political efforts and how to offer advocacy and support. Register on EventBrite.com.
Angus National Convention Heads To Fort Worth
Angus ranchers, commercial ranchers and beef industry enthusiasts are invited to a Texas-wide education, networking and entertainment weekend at the 2021 Angus National Convention and Trade Show at the Fort Worth Convention Center from November 6 to 8. Angus University breakout sessions will take place on November 7, with twelve sessions to choose from on Marketing, New Tools and Services, and Industry Advancements. For complete information and to register, visit AngusConvention.com.
Boulder Floor Conference Offers Live In-Person Streaming Options
Registration is now open for the 2021 Soil Revolution Conference to be held on December 8 at Boulder JCC. Farmers and ranchers representing all scales and production systems are invited. In-person and live options will be offered this year. Hosts include Boulder County Parks & Open Space, CSU Extension, City of Boulder, USDA-NRCS, and Boulder Valley and Longmont Conservation Districts. Topics will cover growers’ field solutions covering a variety of climatic and soil conditions across the county.
TCFA moves to new CEO
The Texas Cattle Feeders Association board of directors has approved a recommendation from its executive committee to accept the transition from current CEO Ross Wilson to an advisory role and promote Ben Weinheimer to president and CEO, effective January. Wilson has served as CEO and Chairman of TCFA for the past fifteen years, joining the group in 1985 as Director of Government Affairs. He is only the fourth CEO to represent the group. Weinheimer joined TCFA in 1996 and has served as Group Vice President since 2006.
Mental health checks offered
The Colorado Agricultural Addiction and Mental Health Program was launched this spring by the Colorado Farm Bureau with several agricultural and behavioral health partners to provide support and resources to farmers and ranchers struggling with mental health issues. The program provides vouchers to offset the cost of accessing licensed, agriculture-friendly behavioral health professionals, services that can be difficult to obtain in isolated rural communities. âFarmers and ranchers can face overwhelming pressure. They are responsible for growing food and caring for livestock in difficult conditions. For many, keeping the farm for the next generation is also extremely important. It weighs on you, âsaid Carlyle Currier, president of the Colorado Farm Bureau. Project partners include Colorado State University Extension, Colorado Department of Agriculture, and Rocky Mountain Farmers Union.
NFU launches campaign on fairness for farmers
The National Farmers Union has launched the Fairness for Farmers campaign, which aims to rally Americans to urge their congressional leaders and the Biden administration to take concrete action to slow the consolidation of agriculture. NFU President Rob Larew announced the campaign in response to the opportunities presented by President Joe Biden by issuing an executive order to promote greater competition in the market.
Ransomware attacks hit farmer co-ops in the Midwest
Minnesota farm business Crystal Valley Cooperative, which includes eight grain elevators, has been the target of a ransomware attack in recent days, making it the second Midwestern farm service provider in a week to be forced take systems offline due to cybersecurity incidents. Crystal Valley, which sells supplies like fertilizer to farmers and buys their crops, learned of the attack on Sunday, prompting it to take its operating systems offline and stop accepting major cards credit. The attack left the cooperative unable to mix fertilizer or fill feed orders. NEW Cooperative Inc. in Iowa was also recently forced to go offline due to a cybersecurity incident. The disturbances are hitting the agricultural belt just as farmers prepare for the fall harvest.
La Nina could set the stage for a dry winter
CNN reports that a developing weather model in La Nina could worsen the southwestern drought. More than 90% of the West has been in a state of drought since June. David DeWitt, director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center, said the latest NOAA projections show a 70-80% chance of La Nina redevelopment this winter, which tends to push the tide- jet farther north and reduce the chance of rain in the southwest. This could create a drier pattern after the summer monsoon ends, he said.
A new animal health agreement has been reached
Elanco Animal Health Incorporated has signed a five-year strategic alliance agreement with Kansas State University, which will enable collaborative research and licensing of intellectual property for commercialization activities. The research collaboration will focus on activities supporting sustainable practices in animal production and companion animal health; prevention and treatment of vector-borne and emerging diseases; and an advanced understanding of the microbiome in animals. Elanco said its research and development model is to attract “lead innovators” such as K-State to serve as “key key veterinary partners.”
Llama antibodies could lead to COVID-19 nasal spray
Llamas and alpacas have unique immune systems. The idea of ââharnessing their single chain antibodies to control COVID-19 has been around since the start of the pandemic, and its credibility is growing. New research shows that hamsters given llama antibodies suffer less effects when infected with SARS-CoV-2 than their untreated counterparts, and pre-dosing can prevent them from getting completely sick. The Rosalind Franklin Institute research overview was recently published in the journal Nature Communications