Rocky Mountain Ag Briefs 2-13-12 |

Rocky Mountain Ag Briefs 2-13-12

On March 9, 2012, the annual Farmer and Rancher Appreciation Dinner will be held at the UNC Ballroom at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colo. The event is hosted by the Colorado Foundation for Agriculture. Colorado grown food will be served at the dinner. Music will be provided by Rocky Mountain Rangers. The Colorado teacher of the year, Cheryl Kula from St. John Evangelist School, will be honored for her efforts in bringing agriculture into the classroom. The dinner is a fundraiser for Colorado Foundation for Agriculture. Funds are used to help supply educational materials to Colorado teachers and students.

Tickets can be ordered online at or by calling Bette at (970) 881-2902.

Wyoming farmers and ranchers can attend the Masters of Beef Advocacy/Beef Quality Assurance Workshop in Casper, Wyoming on February 20, 2012. The Masters of Beef Advocacy program will begin at 1 p.m. and is free. Producers can expect to gain truth about the facts to address misinformation so they will be able to share the truth with confidence. The Quality Assurance Workshop will start at 5:30 p.m. and will cost $10. Guidelines for beef cattle production will be discussed at the workshop.

The deadline for RSVPs is February 15, 2012. Call Angela Grant at (307) 436-3490 or email at

Enrollment for two USDA programs began on January 23. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s 2012 Direct and Counter-cyclical Program and the Average Crop Revenue Election Program will be open for sign-up until June 1, 2012. Those eligible can sign up online at or they can visit any USDA Service Center to complete contracts for the programs.

For more information, contact your local Farm Service Agency.

Farms that have endured a decade of operations were honored at the state capitol on February 2, 2012. Weld County had 51 farms and ranches on the list of Colorado Centennial Farms. This was more than any other county. Yuma County had 33 listed and Boulder County had 23.

For the complete story and list of farms, go to

Organizations wishing to receive certification to nominate individuals to the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board for the U.S. Department of Agriculture can submit applications through March 23, 2012. The board is made up of 103 members and was established by the Beef Promotion and Research Act of 1985. Organizations must be certified to be able to nominate producers to the board. Those already certified do not need to reapply.

Certification forms may be requested from Craig Shackelford at

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