Rocky Mountain Ag Briefs 1-30-12 |

Rocky Mountain Ag Briefs 1-30-12

U.S. Senator Michael Bennet is leading an effort to create a more efficient grant process. Feedback is being requested from those who have applied for, submitted bids for or have been awarded federal grants or contracts. Bennet will collect the information in hopes of making more grants available to Coloradans and to make the process more efficient. The federal contracting survey is available at and the federal grant survey is available at

Bennet also has a Guide to Grants to help alert Colorado organizations about grants and projects available through the Affordable Care Act. The website is

The National FFA Organization will take 12 students to Southeast Asia from May 19-June 1. The International Collegiate Agricultural Leadership program is now accepting applications. Students attending will learn about global agriculture and international marketing. The deadline for applications is February 15, 2012.

To download the application, go to

The Colorado Wheat Administrative Committee and the Colorado Association of Wheat Growers have joined forces with the Union Pacific Railroad to form a CO/UP Wheat Workgroup. Members from all three organizations will form the group, as well as Colorado transportation consultants and people from the Colorado grain industry. The group will work together on common understanding, accountability, education and rates and service issues. Rail is how 80 percent of Colorado’s winter wheat production is sent to the Gulf of Mexico and Pacific Northwest ports for export to 67 countries.

For more information, please go to

Colorado State University’s Department of Animal Sciences had named Cleon Kimberling, an 81-year-old veterinarian, the 2011 Livestock Leader. He is known for battling sheep illness and disease and is an icon in the sheep industry. He has made breakthroughs in the emerging field of micro-nutrients. Kimberling is also known for developing the brucellosis ring test for the dairy industry. This test has nearly eradicated brucellosis in many herds. Kimberling was honored at the National Western Stock Show for his accomplishments.

For more information, please go to

A workshop will be held on February 24-25 in Laramie, Wyo., to begin discussions with a new generation of management and plan for the future.

For more information, go to or call (307) 766-3782.

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