Colorado’s millet producers are being reminded to vote on a proposed millet check-off before the end of the month. Ballots were mailed August 9 and voting remains open, but ballots must be postmarked on or before August 31 to be counted. All current millet producers should have received a ballot in the mail. If you are a millet producer and did not receive one, contact Glenda Mostek with the Colorado Department of Agriculture at (303) 869-9173 to get a ballot.

USDA agencies seek new home

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced recently that USDA is planning to relocate the Economic Research Service and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, two agencies within the department, outside the Washington D.C. area. USDA has said it would be willing to locate the new headquarters in a town as small as Salina, Kansas, or Sidney, Montana, as long as there is “robust” internet service, a “critical mass of intellectual capacity,” minimum air service and amenities to offer a high quality of life, according to USDA. In a “request for expressions of interest,” USDA advertised needing a total of 160,000 square feet of office space for the re-location.

More Colorado Ag Water tours on tap

The Colorado Ag Water Alliance is offering a series of educational water tours this summer, with the next one scheduled for Monday, August 27, at the Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District. The tour will include a visit to a malthouse operated by Steve Olander and other stops. Another tour is scheduled for the Wellington area on Sept. 27, which will focus on water produced from oil and gas operations. These popular bus tours allow interested water users to interact with farmers and water managers and learn firsthand about issues that affect water infrastructure and management in rural areas.

Kansas releasing new white wheat variety

The Kansas Wheat Alliance is releasing a superior hard white wheat variety with excellent baking qualities and tolerance to pre-harvest sprouting. KS Venada, which was developed by Guorong Zhang, wheat breeder at Kansas State University’s Ag Research Center in Hays, is being offered to certified seed growers this fall for wider distribution next year. KS Venada is suited to production conditions in south central Kansas and north central Oklahoma but is also expected to perform well as far west as the eastern Colorado plains.