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CSU’s Temple Grandin shares her story with New York college audience

April 18, 2011

The challenge of autism that left internationally known animal scientist Temple Grandin nonverbal as a child also gave her a keen understanding of the world of animals.

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Federal budget may impact problem wolf depredation program

April 18, 2011

A federal program that compensates farmers when their livestock is killed or attacked by wolves maybe on the chopping block under the current budget proposal being considered by Congress. The latest spending package reportedly has no funds available for the USDA’s Wildlife Services program, which is what provides resources for local and state natural resources personnel to investigate wolf complaints or kill problem wolves in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan.

Read more in the Wisconsin Ag Connection

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Climate Change Fact and Fantasy

April 8, 2011

On Wednesday, one of this political era’s most contentious issues — climate change — came to a head on Capitol Hill, as both the House and Senate debated and voted on proposals to block the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gas emissions. In the House, the ban prevailed; in the Senate, though, multiple amendments foundered and supporters lacked enough votes to override a threatened veto by President Obama.

Read the rest of the story on the pages of the Center for Public Integrity

Your Friday afternoon chuckle — and their burps will smell like incense

April 8, 2011

feeding sandalwood to cattle

Mark Retzloff to speak about “Building Sustainable Businesses April 15 at Colorado State University

April 6, 2011

Mark Retzloff will deliver a presentation entitled “Building Sustainable Businesses” at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 15 in Room 203/205 of the Lory Student Center on the Fort Collins Campus of Colorado State University.

Mark Retzloff
President & Chairman: Alfalfa’s. Chairman of the Board: Aurora Organic Dairy

Mr. Retzloff is a pioneer in the organic and natural foods industry with a 40-year career starting and managing successful companies. He is co-founder of Alfalfa’s, a Boulder-based natural foods store that he is bringing back to the marketplace in Spring 2011. He also co-founded Aurora Organic Dairy in 2003, and currently serves as Chairman.

Mr. Retzloff started his career in natural foods retail, as co-founder of Eden Foods, Rainbow Grocery, and the original Alfalfa’s Market, which merged with Wild Oats Markets in 1996. Mr. Retzloff went on to become one of the co-founders of Horizon Organic Dairy. There he served as Chairman, CEO and President International. He then became Chairman of Rudi’s Organic Bakery where he helped execute a successful turn-around.

He lends his knowledge as a board member and advisor to emerging companies which have included Blue Horizon Organic Seafood, Living Harvest Hemp Milk, Sambazon Acai, Evol Burritos, Boulder Ice Cream, BlueSun BioDiesel, Traditional Medicinals and Crocs Footwear. Mr. Retzloff is a founding partner at Greenmont Capital Partners, and serves as a Board Member of The Organic Center and RSF Social Finance. Mr. Retzloff sits on the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources and Environment, Dean’s Visiting Committee and the Advisory Board for the University of Michigan’s Center for Sustainable Systems. He also serves on the Board of the Deming Center for Entrepreneurship and the Center for Education and Social Responsibility at University of Colorado’s LEEDS School of Business.

Mr. Retzloff received his B.S. degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Michigan and has received several awards, including the Organic Trade Association’s Organic Leadership award, the Boulder Chamber of Commerce’s Lifetime Achievement Award and Entrepreneur of the Year award.

Aurora Organic Dairy
Company Profile

Aurora Organic Dairy’s mission is making high-quality organic milk and butter more affordable and available for American families.

Founded in Boulder, Colo. in 2003, the Company is a leading producer of private-label and store-brand organic milk and butter for U.S. retailers. Aurora Organic Dairy is vertically integrated, meaning it owns all of its farms, organic dairy cattle and processing facility. This allows the company to not only operate efficiently, but to monitor and control the entire product lifecycle – from calf to carton – to ensure quality and freshness.

As part of the Company’s guiding principles, the humane treatment of animals is a top priority for Aurora Organic Dairy. As such, its dairy farms are audited and certified by Validus, a third-party animal welfare company. The Company also prides itself on innovation in organic agriculture, environmental sustainability and social responsibility.

Aurora Organic’s operations include headquarters offices in Boulder, Colo., a calf ranch, three organic dairy farms and a fluid milk processing plant in Colorado, and two organic dairy farms Texas. For more information, please visit

Oregon legislative bills on wolves

April 5, 2011

Multiple stories on the current Oregon legislative action regarding wolves.

Natural Resource Report


Oregon Live

Fire ant best management practices

March 29, 2011

As winter has come to an end and temperatures have warmed the pesky fire ant has returned, which brings up numerous questions about best management practices to deal with this pest.

Red and black imported fire ants (Solenopsis invicta and Solenopsis richteri) are invasive species and their painful bites can injure or kill livestock, wildlife, domestic animals and humans. Their large mounds (as many as 300 per acre) are unsightly and often damage mowers and other equipment. Fire ants also infest buildings and can damage electrical equipment by chewing on wire insulation. Fire ants cost Americans $6 billion a year, including the cost of insecticides.

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