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Greeley Tribune, Colo., Ag Notebook Column: Ag Notebook

June 22, 2008

By Greeley Tribune, Colo.

Jun. 22—-Fair entries … The Boulder County Fair has released is 2008 listing of exhibitor classes and early/registration fees. This year’s fair is Aug. 1-9; the deadline for registration is Friday.

Registration may be completed online at www.bouldercountyfair.org.

–Program extended … Members of Cooperatives Working Together have voted to continue the historic dairy farmer self-help program through 2009. In a unanimous vote, the committee overseeing the management of CWT endorsed a continuation of the program — at the present membership assessment level of 10 cents per hundredweight — through calendar year 2009.

Created five years ago, at a time when farm-level prices were at 20 year lows, CWT used a variety of programs to strengthen and stabilize milk supplies, and improve the economic health of the U.S. dairy producer community. It is currently conducting its latest herd retirement to adjust the size of the U.S. cattle herd, as many dairy farmers suffer from dramatically higher costs of production.

The organization is funded by dairy cooperatives and individual dairy farmers, who are contributing 10 cents per hundredweight assessment on their milk production through December 2008. The money raised by CWT’s investment is being apportioned between two supply management programs that strengthen and stabilize the national all milk price.

For more on CWT’s activities, go to www.cwt.coop.

–Export bids … Cooperatives Working Together has accepted three export assistance bids for the sale of cheese and anhydrous milkfat.

All three bids were from Dairy Farmers of America of Kansas City, Mo., one for the export of 459,800 pounds of Cheddar cheese to Japan; a second for 330,000 pounds of anhydrous milkfat to Mexico; and a third for 132,000 pounds of anhydrous milkfat to Russia.

–Another pump … The Governor’s Biofuels Coalition, Colorado Corn Growers Association and Western Convenience Stores partners to open another E85 pump at 11515 N. Colo. 83 in Parker last week.

With every new pump installation, more consumers have access to this renewable fuel, said Mark Sponsler, CEO of Colorado Corn.

The number of E85 fueling locations in Colorado has grown rapidly over the last two years, Sponsler said, noting that Western Convenience has invested in 17 of those locations. The Colorado Corn Growers Association and GBC have provided funding and support for renewable fuel infrastructure.

–State fair … The Professional Bull Riders Inc. is increasing its participation and support of the 2008 Colorado State Fair by joining the ranks of Colorado State Fair Sponsors to add more entertainment, adrenaline, and excitement to this year’s line-up of activities.

The PBR’s expanded involvement includes a mix of historically popular fair features and new programs. New to this year’s Fair, will be the PBR Western Art Award. This year, a special PBR judging panel will evaluate western artwork submitted for the fine arts competition and choose one that will be purchased and displayed at their home office in Pueblo. The goal of this award is to honor the western heritage and encourage western artwork.

More information on the 2008 Fine Arts Exhibition is available on the Colorado State Fair Web site at www.coloradostatefair.com/index.php?page=competitive_fine_arts> or by calling (800) 876-4567.

–New veep … The National Corn Growers Association Corn board of directors has elected Darrin Ihnen of Hurley, S.D., as first vice president for the 2009 fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1.

Ihnen and his family operate a farm growing irrigated and dry-land corn and soybeans. They also raise stock cows and manage a contract hog-feeding operation.

Ihnen has been involved in corn-grower issues at local, state and national levels participating in NCGA’s Leadership Academy, South Dakota Corn Growers Association and NCGA’s Biotechnology Working Group and Production and Stewardship Action Team. He is also a board member of POET Biorefining in Chancellor, S.D.

Submissions for the Ag Notebook should be sent to Bill Jackson, bjackson@greeleytribune.com, (970) 392-4442 or to Sharon Dunn, sdunn@ greeleytribune.com, (970) 392-4439. Deadline is 4 p.m. Wednesdays. Any submission after that time will run the following week.

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