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Posted by Brian Allmer on April 18, 2014

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04-18-14 WDA News: Can You Join Us for a Fuel Up To Play 60 Assembly Next Week?

Posted by Brian Allmer on April 18, 2014

WDA - Western Dairy Association logo 2012Every school year, Western Dairy Association reaches thousands of Colorado students by presenting the dairy farmer-funded Fuel Up to Play 60 kickoff assembly with Miles, the Denver Broncos mascot.

The assemblies are designed to help launch the FUTP 60 program, and to get students excited about making better nutrition choices, emphasizing dairy foods, and getting more physical activity.

The assemblies provide an excellent opportunity for our dairy farm families to see the FUTP 60 program in action, and to further illustrate dairy farmer commitment to the health and wellness of students. Our dairy farm families are always welcome to attend a kickoff assembly with or without their children. The next assemblies are:  

  • Cherry Drive Elementary, Thornton, CO, April 21, 8:30 a.m.
  • Longmont Estates Elementary, Longmont, CO, April 23, 8:30 a.m.

If you would like to experience the excitement surrounding FUTP 60 by attending an assembly, please call Bill Keating at 720-356-3180 for information about what to expect and the address of the school! We will continue to provide dates/times for assemblies in Impact Weekly as they are scheduled to ensure all our dairy farm families have the opportunity to attend one at your convenience.

Learn more about the Western Dairy Association – CLICK HERE

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04-18-14 NRCS-CO News: Construction Projects Now Underway Help Colorado Flood Victims…

Posted by Brian Allmer on April 18, 2014

USDA NRCS Colorado headerNRCS utilizes the EWP Program to Provide Financial and Technical Assistance

April 17, 2014, Denver, CO– Construction on numerous projects aimed at providing relief and peace of mind to many Coloradoans impacted by the 2013 floods is now underway.  Many organizations have partnered with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Colorado’s Office of Emergency Management (COEM) to implement the Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) Program.

EWP is managed and administered by NRCS and is designed to relieve imminent hazard to life and property caused by flood, fires, storms and other natural disasters.  John Andrews, NRCS State Engineer and EWP Program Manager in Colorado shares, “The need for EWP assistance in the State is extensive.  Within the past two years we’ve seen everything from devastating floods, fires and even dust-storms. The need far exceeds our resources, however those resources are increased when we leverage thru partnerships like the ones formed with organizations like Larimer County, the Town of Estes Park, Boulder County, El Paso County and many others.”

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04-03-14 CWC News: Webinar Recap Adapting the Law of the Colorado River…

Posted by Brian Allmer on April 18, 2014


CWC - Colorado Water Congress logoA record 180 people registered for the Wednesday, April 16 webinar, “Adapting the Law of the Colorado River.” John McClow, Colorado’s Commissioner on the Upper Colorado River Commission and CWC Board President, provided a brief summary of the Law of the Colorado River: the Colorado River Compact, the Upper Colorado River Basin Compact, and the Mexican Treaty of 1944. This was followed by a description of collaborative efforts among the seven Colorado River Basin states, the Department of the Interior, and Mexico to adapt the law to changing conditions on the river.

Read an overview of the presentation on the CWC blogand view the presentation on the CWC website.

The Colorado Water Congress is proud to bring numerous professional development and educational opportunities to our members and others throughout the year. Stay tuned for information on future workshops and webinars.


To learn more about the Colorado Water Congress – CLICK HERE

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04-18-14 CWC News: Colorado’s Water Plan Take Part in Important Upcoming Dates…

Posted by Brian Allmer on April 18, 2014

CWC - Colorado Water Congress logoAre your concerns for Colorado’s water future addressed in the draft sections of the Basin Implementation Plans and Colorado’s Water Plan? If you would like to be more involved in this collaborative process please follow the links below.

Engage at your Basin Roundtable- The BEST way to get involved. Click HERE to find your next meeting date.

Attend or listen live to CWCB Board Meetings- Find the schedule of upcoming board meetings HERE. May, July, Sept., and Nov. CWCB Board meetings offer a public input agenda item.

Send your input directly to the CWCB- stakeholders can submit general input using the “Submit General Input Form” link at All of the comments received via Colorado’s Water Plan website or by email are included in CWCB Board packets. 

Important Dates

  • July 16-17, 2014- CWCB Board Meeting in Rangley, CO. Basins to present their Basin Plans.
  • July 31, 2014- DRAFT Basin Implementation Plans due to the CWCB.
  • December 10, 2014- Draft Colorado’s Water Plan due to the Governor.

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04-18-14 CWC News: Updates from the 2014 Legislative Session regarding Water…

Posted by Brian Allmer on April 18, 2014

CWC - Colorado Water Congress logoNew Legislation-  Two new water bills were introduced this week in the Senate: SB14-188, Species Conservation Trust Fund Project List and SB14-195, South Platte River Post-flood Phreatophyte Study. We will discuss these bills at theApril 21 State Affairs Committee meeting.

The State Affairs Committee last met on April 7.

  • The Committee voted to oppose HB14-1332 as introduced, Water Management in the South Platte River Basin, with 11 abstentions.
  • The Committee unanimously supported SB14-171, New Energy District Finance Conservation.
  • The Committee unanimously supported SB14-179, Flood Debris Clean Up Grant.

Proposed Ballot Initiatives- The Colorado Water Congress, Colorado Water Stewardship Project is monitoring three Public Trust Initiatives:  Proposed Initiative 89- Local Regulation of Environment, Proposed Initiative 103- Public Trust Resources, and Proposed Initiative 115- Environmental Rights. Initiative 103 and Initiative 89 were declared single subject and passed through the Title Board at the hearing on April 16. Initiative 115 was withdrawn by its bill sponsors.

Today, the Colorado Water Congress Board authorized legal action on the Title Board’s approvals of ballot titles for Initiatives 89 and 103.


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04-18-14 Vilsack Announces Additional USDA Actions to Combat Spread of Diseases Among U.S. Pork Producers…

Posted by Brian Allmer on April 18, 2014

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Required Reporting of Cases Latest Measure to Slow Disease Spread

St. Paul, Minn., April 18, 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that in an effort to further enhance the biosecurity and health of the US swine herd while maintaining movement of pigs in the US, the USDA will require reporting of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDv) and Swine Delta Coronavirus in order to slow the spread of this disease across the United States. USDA is taking this latest action due to the devastating effect on swine health since it was first confirmed in the country last year even though PEDv it is not a reportable disease under international standards. PEDv only affects pigs and does not pose a risk to people and is not a food safety concern.

“USDA has been working closely with the pork industry and our state and federal partners to solve this problem. Together, we have established testing protocols, sequenced the virus and are investigating how the virus is transmitted,” said Vilsack. “Today’s actions will help identify gaps in biosecurity and help us as we work together to stop the spread of these diseases and the damage caused to producers, industry and ultimately consumers.”

In addition to requiring reporting of the PED virus, today’s announcement will also require tracking movements of pigs, vehicles, and other equipment leaving affected premises; however, movements would still be allowed. USDA is also working with industry partners to increase assistance to producers who have experienced PED virus outbreaks in other critical areas such as disease surveillance, herd monitoring and epidemiological and technical support.

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Livestock Exchange, LLC Weekly Update…

Posted by Brian Allmer on April 18, 2014

Livestock Exchange LLC logo2(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) - Each week, Auctioneer Tyler Knode with Livestock Exchange, LLC. in Brush, CO will be inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network providing a RECAP of the previous week’s auctions and also a PREVIEW of upcoming cattle & hay auctions…



Summer Sale Schedule continues…(NO SALES ON FRIDAYS THRU THE SUMMER)

Saturday, April 19th

10am Monthly Hay Sale


Thursday, April 24th

9am – Weigh Cows/Bulls

1pm Pairs/Breds

2pm Holstein Steer SPECIAL

followed by Stockers/Feeders

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04-17-14 CO Horse Council OpEd: Legislative Committee Members Work to Inform Use or Abuse of Colorado’s Citizen Initiative Process? Get Involved!

Posted by Brian Allmer on April 17, 2014

CHC-Colorado Horse Council HeaderWritten by: Magrit Lent Parker, for the CHC Legislative Committee

In this 2014 election year, the horse industry must pay close attention to Colorado’s citizen initiatives. Unfortunately, proposed citizen initiatives include measures intended to embed in our laws and constitution the ideas of a few, well-funded animal rights activists, to the detriment of the welfare of livestock, horses included.

The initiative process is a closely guarded right in Colorado, reserving to the citizens the right to bypass the legislature and vote directly to enact laws and constitutional amendments. It is an oft-used right, and has been used to constitutionalize such wide ranging issues as recreational marijuana use and the definition of marriage.

But the initiative process is not without significant vulnerabilities. Any person may submit any measure, no matter how well or poorly it is drafted or thought out. There is no vetting process, and so measures with serious unintended consequences can make it to the ballot, and, with a well-funded campaign, become part of our constitution or our laws. There is a mandatory review process with legislative experts to help prepare a well-drafted, functional, and thoughtful measure, but nothing requires the proponent to make suggested revisions, no matter how technical. Instead, so long as the measure addresses only a single subject, and the petition gets the requisite number of signatures, it is on the ballot. And, especially when something is added to the constitution, it is very difficult to change, leading to what has been described as constitutional clutter, with many provisions that should have been statutes so they can be altered and improved based on experience. Read the rest of this entry »

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04-17-14 Inside the CDA with Ag Commissioner John Salazar: HSUS Ballot Initiatives, PEDV, Specialty Crop Grants & MORE…

Posted by Brian Allmer on April 17, 2014

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(The BARN – Briggsdale, CO) April 17th, 2014- Joining the Colorado Ag News Network Inside the BARN at this time is Colorado Ag Commissioner John Salazar discussing several topics including:

  • HSUS’ 6 Ballot Initiatives that Could Devastate CO’s Livestock Industry
  • PEDv Update
  • Specialty Crop Funding
  • US- Mexico Potato Import/Export Trade Agreement
  • CO’s Agriculture & CO’s Economy
  • & MORE

To listen to the interview with Colorado Agriculture Commissioner John Salazar, click the mp3 audio link below…


To learn more about the Six Ballot Initiatives being brought forth by the Humane Society of the United States – CLICK HERE and read the final text for yourself, The Initiatives are # 97, 98, 99, 100, 101 & 102.

To learn more about the Colorado Department of Agriculture – CLICK HERE

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04-16-14 Inside NRCS-CO and the Ag Energy Efficiency Pilot Project w/State Resource Conservationist Gene Backhaus…

Posted by Brian Allmer on April 16, 2014

Gene Backhaus, NRCS-CO’s State Resource Conservationist, Denver

Gene Backhaus, NRCS-CO’s State Resource Conservationist, Denver

NRCS-CO website header(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) April 16th, 2014 – Joining the Colorado Ag News Network inside the BARN is Gene Backhaus “BAKE-HOUSE”, NRCS-CO’s State Resource Conservationist, out of Denver, Backhaus details thNRCS’s participation in the Ag Energy Efficiency Pilot Project that was announced back in March of ths year…

To listen to the interview, click the audio mp3 link below…


The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) provides technical and financial assistance to help agricultural producers and others care for the land. The assistance they provide is based on an understanding that the land, and the landscape as a whole, must be the focus of conservation. Using this comprehensive approach, the people assisted by the NRCS are able to help the land function as a living sustainable system that provides a high standard of living and a quality of life for today and for future generations. You can learn more about NRCS-CO, their programs and more about the recently announced Ag Energy Efficiency Pilot Project OnLine @

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04-15-14 Producer Meeting about Future of Animal Agriculture at Livestock Exchange in Brush April 15th – AUDIO

Posted by Brian Allmer on April 15, 2014

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The future of animal agriculture and veterinary medicine in Colorado is in grave danger.  

When: Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Where:  Livestock Exchange, LLC (in the ring) – 28601 Hwy 34  Brush, CO

Speakers included:

Dr. Keith Roehr, DVM – Colorado State Veterinarian – CLICK the link below to listen

  • Branding, castrating, dehorning made illegal?  It may be if Mike Callicrate and the Humane Society of the United States get their way.
  • How and when will Veterinary Feed Directives change the way you use medicated feeds?

Dr. Marc Campbell, DVM – Merial - CLICK the link below to listen

  • The New Dewormer – LONGRANGE and it’s Theraphase technology for managing internal parasites in cattle.

Lunch prepared by Drovers Restaurant and provided by Merial

For more information feel free to contact us at:

Livestock Exchange, LLC - (970)842-5115
Cattleman’s Resource, Inc. - (970)842-0274

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04-14-14 Learn more about NACHURS and the Four R’s; Contact DSM Chad Hodgson in Loveland, CO…

Posted by Brian Allmer on April 14, 2014

Chad Hodgson NachursNachurs DSM Chad Hodgson logo(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) April 14th, 2014 – Joining the Colorado Ag News Network inside the BARN is Chad Hodgson, Direct Sales Manager, detailing the NACHURS Product line that can help YOUR bottom line this season.


NACHURS liquid starters have a neutral pH and are low in both salt index and impurities. These features of our liquid starters enable the product to be placed directly with the seed at planting time. Placement with the seed allows the available phosphorus to be taken up at the critical early stages of growth to maximize yield potential.  NACHURS liquid starters contain 80% – 100% of their phosphates in the available orthophosphate form. Orthophosphate is immediately available to the plant during the critical early stages of growth. Plants can only take up phosphorus in the orthophosphate form.

For more information please contact:

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04-12-14 Bison a Natural for Earth Day Dining on April 22nd…

Posted by Brian Allmer on April 12, 2014 News HeaderDelicious, Sustainable Meat an Ideal choice  
Westminster, CO (April 11, 2014) - With Earth Day dinners becoming more popular each April, the National Bison Association recommends delicious, naturally-raised buffalo as the perfect choice for entertaining during this year’s celebration on April  22nd.

“Earth Day was established to draw our attention to the importance of respecting all of the factors that make for a healthy planet,” Said Dave Carter, executive director of the National Bison Association. “What is more appropriate in our part of this plant than to enjoy the delicious meat from the animal that has been a vital part of our ecosystem through the ages?”
More than 30 million bison once roamed across the North American landscape, shaping the grassland environment through their grazing patterns. By the late 1800′s, bison teetered on the brink of extinction before a handful of ranchers and conservationists began to restore the species. In recent years, bison herds have rebounded to more than 400,000 animals in the United States and Canada in large part because of the growth in consumer demand for bison meat.

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04-11-14 MCREA to Host Training April 21 for Grants and Loans for Renewable Energy System and Energy Efficiency Projects…

Posted by Brian Allmer on April 11, 2014

Morgan County REA logo2x2USDA Rural Development logoDenver, CO, – USDA Rural Development is encouraging agricultural producers and rural small businesses that are interested in energy efficiency and renewable energy projects to attend a training session on the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP).

Morgan County REA is sponsoring a session at their office at 20169 Highway 34, Fort Morgan, CO on April 21, 2014 from 1 PM to 4:30 PM.

Staff from USDA Rural Development will provide a detailed training session on how to complete the grant/loan application. The training is free, however, attendees must RSVP by April 18, 2014 to Funding for the REAP program is announced through a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) and the application window will be opening soon.

The program is designed to help eligible applicants reduce energy costs and consumption and help meet the Nation’s critical energy needs. Offering both grants and loan guarantees, the REAP program helps eligible applicants install renewable energy systems such as solar panels or anaerobic digesters, make energy efficiency improvements such as installing irrigation pumps or replacing ventilation systems. “This program can help convert older heating sources to cleaner technologies, produce advanced biofuels, install flexible fuel pumps, install solar panels, build bio-refineries, and much more,” said Trudy Kareus, Colorado Rural Development State Director.

USDA Rural Development is at the forefront of renewable energy financing and the REAP program is a great catalyst to help create opportunities for economic development for rural businesses.

For more information on this program contact Don Nunn, USDA Colorado Renewable Energy Coordinator at (720) 544-2907,

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04-09-14 Ranching and a West That Works, Free Seminar at CSU April 24-25…

Posted by Brian Allmer on April 9, 2014

Header - Please enable images in your e-mail programFORT COLLINS - A free two-day conference focused on issues of ranching, land use, and sustainability will be held at Colorado State University’s Lory Student Theater on April 24- 25.

The Ranching and a West That Works conference is designed for a diverse audience – from students to families to business owners – who are encouraged to attend and learn from speakers who will explore ranching’s connections to water, food, sustainable grazing, public-private partnerships, livelihoods, rural economies and much more.

Ranching can build bridges between rural and urban communities through the twin connections of open space and food. Across the American West, ranching accounts for a majority of land use, both on private and on public lands. In fact, close to half of the private lands that surround our public lands belong to ranchers that graze livestock on public lands. There is a tight coupling of this land use that protects open space but also produces an important food item. This event will explore these connections and start important dialogue about new ideas for the future of ranching.

To RSVP for the conference contact For more information, visit

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04-07-14 CAWG News: Farm Bill Explanation Tour Scheduled at Five Locations in CO…

Posted by Brian Allmer on April 7, 2014

CAWG logo 2014DENVER, CO – April 7th, 2014 - The Colorado Association of Wheat Growers (CAWG) is hosting a Farm Bill Explanation Tour April 22-24 at five locations in eastern Colorado to explain the “The Agriculture Act of 2014” (2014 Farm Bill) recently passed by Congress.

The meetings are being co-sponsored by the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, Colorado Farm Bureau and the Colorado Corn Administrative Committee.

The Farm Bill Explanation Tour will make stops in Lamar, Burlington, Limon, Sterling and Greeley. Following is the list of dates, times and locations:

• 7:30 a.m., Tuesday, April 22, Ports to Plains Travel Plaza, Lamar (complimentary continental breakfast)
• 3:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 22, Community Center, Burlington, (complimentary refreshments)
• 7:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 23, Hub City Senior Center, Limon (complimentary continental breakfast)
• 3:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 23, Northeastern Junior College, Hays Student Center, Ballroom, Sterling (complimentary refreshments)
• 7:30 a.m., Thursday, April 24, Island Grove Park Events Center, Room A, Greeley (complimentary continental breakfast)

The 5-year bill, which replaces the “Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008” (2008 Farm Bill) provides farmers with a one-time election to enroll in Ag Risk Coverage (ARC) or Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs. If no decision is made, payments are forfeited for the 2014 crop year and PLC is established for 2015-18.

“With the pending implementation of the 2014 Farm Bill, CAWG believes it is important to inform producers how the new Farm Bill will affect their farming operations and future decisions,” said CAWG President Mark Linnebur, a wheat farmer from Byers. “We are very excited to be able to present such a diverse program to producers.” Linnebur will explain the development and passage of the new Farm Bill by Congress and compare it to the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) Farm Bill Plan. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by Brian Allmer on April 3, 2014

CEP-CO Egg Producers Logoeaster-eggs largeColorado Egg Producers Recognize and Celebrate the Traditions of the Holiday

DENVER – April 2014 – Though the winter weather was unpredictable this year, you can count on at least one thing for spring – the Easter Bunny. He’s getting all of his eggs in row so children around the world can wake up on Easter morning to the thrill of an Easter egg hunt. The Colorado Egg Producers (CEP) Association honors the history of the holiday and encourages fellow Coloradans to learn more about Easter traditions that span the globe.

“Easter presents a great opportunity to gather with family and friends while enjoying the nice spring weather, and eggs have been a central part Easter celebrations for hundreds of years,” said Vince Ruscitti, a Colorado egg farmer and member of CEP. “As local egg farmers, we take pride in knowing that our friends, family and neighbors across the state are using only the best and highest quality local eggs in their festivities from holiday feasts to decorating fun.”

In many countries, including right here in the U.S., the Easter Bunny is a prominent symbol of the holiday. While its exact origin is uncertain, the experts at have helped narrow it down. Hares and rabbits are ancient symbols of fertility and new life, which make them ideal “mascots” for the spring season and Easter. Sources say the Easter Bunny first arrived in America in the 1700s from German immigrants who carried the tradition of an egg-laying hare called “Osterhase” or “Oschter Haws.” Their children made nests for the creature to lay its colored eggs. Eventually, the custom spread across the U.S. in the form of Easter baskets.

According to, the egg is an ancient symbol of new life and is thought to be associated with pagan festivals celebrating spring. Decorating eggs for Easter dates back to at least the 13th century. To mark the end of Lent, people would paint and decorate eggs then eat them on Easter as a celebration.

Easter egg decorating is a fun tradition in many cultures and countries. Courtesy of, an online children’s resource center, below is a list of international egg decorating styles. Read the rest of this entry »

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03-27-14 Register now for the Western Governors Association’s Annual Meeting in Colorado Springs June 9-11…

Posted by Brian Allmer on March 27, 2014

WGA-Western Governors Assn logoRegistration has opened for the Western Governors’ Association Annual Meeting June 9-11 at the Broadmoor resort in Colorado Springs.

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, WGA Chairman, will host his colleagues for three days of conversation on vital issues facing the West. In addition, a variety of events are planned in and around this spectacular destination at the base of Pikes Peak.
Governors will take part in sessions such as “Water in a Changing West,” “The Future of Energy” and a roundtable discussion of “Managing Inter-related Challenges of Wildfire, ESA and Invasive Species.” (See a working agenda.)
The Governors have invited several high-profile guests: Ernie Moniz, Secretary, U.S. Department of Energy; Mike Connor, Deputy Secretary, Department of the Interior; Jo-Ellen Darcy, Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works), and Fred Hochberg, Chairman, Export-Import Bank of the U.S.
The meeting starts on Monday (June 9), so register early and book your room to enjoy the discounted group rate over the weekend prior to the event.

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03-25-14 Colorado Poultry Association hosting Annual Spring Show in Pueblo May 3rd…

Posted by Brian Allmer on March 25, 2014

CPA-CO Poultry Association logoCPA Poultry Show 2(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) March 25th, 2014 - Joining the Colorado Ag News Network inside the BARN is Bruce Murdoch, Colorado Poultry Associaiton Vice-President and Show Secretary discussing the upcoming Spring Poultry/Pigeon/Rabbit Show @ the Colorado State Fairgrounds’ Small Animal Building in Pueblo, CO on May 3rd.


2014 CO Poultry Show Book – CLICK HERE

2014 CO Poultry Show Entry Form – CLICK HERE

To learn more about the Colorado Poultry Association - CLICK HERE

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03-24-14 Colorado Centennial Farms Seeks Nominations for 2014 Awards…Deadline to Apply is April 30th!

Posted by Brian Allmer on March 24, 2014

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DENVER — Families who have owned and operated their Colorado farm or ranch for 100 years or more are encouraged to submit a nomination to receive a Colorado Centennial Farms award. Selected nominees will be honored at the 28th Annual Centennial Farms Celebration at the Colorado State Fair in Pueblo, Colo., in August 2014. Farmers and ranchers nominating their property for this award must submit an application providing information about the history of their farm and its buildings by close of business on Wednesday, April 30, 2014.

 Nominees must meet the following requirements to be selected as a Colorado Centennial Farm:
  • Farming or ranching properties must have remained in the same family continuously for at least 100 years
  • Each property must still operate as a working farm or ranch­­­
  • Farms or ranches must have a minimum of 160 acres
  • Properties with fewer than 160 acres can qualify if they gross at least $1,000 in annual sales
History Colorado and the Colorado Department of Agriculture created the Colorado Centennial Farms Program in 1986 to recognize the important role that agriculture has played in the state’s history and economic development.
How to nominateDownload a Colorado Centennial Farms application, or call Lyle Miller at 303-866-2779.
Due Date: Wednesday, April 30, 2014.
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03-10-14 FFA partners with 8 MLB Teams for ‘FFA Day at the Ballpark’ to raise funds, community awareness, includes CO Rockies!

Posted by Brian Allmer on March 18, 2014

CLICK HERE to order YOUR tickets!

CLICK HERE to order YOUR tickets!

(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) March 18th, 2014 - Joining the Colorado Ag News Network inside the BARN is Duane Brodt Marketing and Communications National FFA Foundation to discuss the 2014 “FFA Day at the Ballpark”…



INDIANAPOLIS (Monday, March 10, 2014/National FFA Organization) – FFA members, their friends and family members and FFA supporters can catch a Major League Baseball game this summer and take advantage of specially discounted ticket rates, help raise funds for FFA and heighten awareness of the organization.

FFA Day at the Ballpark games will be in June and July from Washington, D.C., to Washington state:

  • 7:10 p.m. Friday, June 14: Seattle Mariners vs. Texas Rangers at Safeco Field in Seattle
  • 7:10 p.m. Friday, June 20: Kansas City Royals vs. Seattle Mariners at Kauffman Field in Kansas City
  • 1:10 p.m. Sunday, June 22: Cincinnati Reds vs. Toronto Blue Jays at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati
  • 1:15 p.m. Sunday, June 22: St. Louis Cardinals vs. Philadelphia Phillies at Busch Stadium in St. Louis
  • 7:10 p.m. Friday, June 27: Milwaukee Brewers vs. Colorado Rockies at Miller Park in Milwaukee
  • 7:05 p.m. Friday, July 11: Philadelphia Phillies vs. Washington Nationals at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia
  • 1:35 p.m. Sunday, July 20: Washington Nationals vs. Milwaukee Brewers at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.
  • 2:10 p.m. Sunday, July 27: Colorado Rockies vs. Pittsburgh Pirates at Coors Field in Denver

Each game is a fundraising event for FFA with a portion of each ticket sold benefitting FFA at the state level.

Based on ticket sales, FFA has the potential to share how the organization makes a positive difference in the lives of agricultural education students throughout the country with nearly 500,000 baseball fans in the combined eight markets.

To order specially discounted tickets online for any of the FFA Day at the Ballpark games, visit

The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 579,678 student members in grades seven through 12 who belong to one of 7,570 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

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04-18-14 US Senator Bennet Grant Announcement: CO Dept of Ag Receives $830,000 to Support Specialty Crop Growers…

Posted by Brian Allmer on April 18, 2014

US Senator Michael Bennet color official photo-022513CDA LogoProducers have until May 1st to apply for funding

Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet announced that the Colorado Department of Agriculture received an $835,856 Specialty Crop Block Grant from the United States Department of Agriculture. The grant, designed to expand markets for specialty crops, will support statewide projects that help Colorado growers market their crops. Specialty crops include fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, floriculture, and nursery crops.

Funding and support for this program was provided by the 2014 Farm Bill, which as a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee and the conference committee, Bennet helped craft and pass. 

“We encourage Coloradans across the state to apply for this funding. Supporting specialty crops increases access to fresh, healthy foods and supports American farmers and rural economies,” Bennet said.  “These types of programs provide another important example of how the Farm Bill benefits Coloradans and why it was so essential that this bill was passed.”

The grant was part of $66 million distributed by the USDA nationally.  Specialty Crop Block Grants are allocated to states based on a formula that takes into consideration both the specialty crop acreage and the production value. Last year Colorado received more than $650,000, which was used to support projects ranging from educating grape growers about incorporating different types of grapes into their wines to working with organic farmers in the Arkansas Valley to increase sales through a local food hub.  

Interested applicants should apply directly to the Colorado Department of Agriculture by clicking here. 

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04-18-14 WDA News: Western Dairy RD Allen Honored by CO Nutrition Professionals for Work in Dairy…

Posted by Brian Allmer on April 18, 2014

WDA - Western Dairy Association logo 2012Western Dairy Association’s Director of Nutrition Marketing and Affairs Jenna Allen, was honored by the Colorado Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics with their Emerging Dietetic Leader Award last weekend for her work in the dairy industry.

The Emerging Leader Award is presented to dietitians who have demonstrated leadership and the utmost concern for the promotion of optimal health for the residents of Colorado. Allen was recognized as serving on local district, state and national dietetics boards, as well as multiple regional committees representing dairy farm families.

During the awards ceremony, Allen was described as personally and professionally representing the field of dietetics in a truly passionate way, and due to her success and sincerity she has been recruited to participate in multiple leadership positions. The Academy recognized Allen as a “brilliant, kind, and consummate professional in our field.”

Learn more about the Western Dairy Association – CLICK HERE

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04-18-14 WDA Board Director Kraft Speaks to CO Nutrition Professionals…

Posted by Brian Allmer on April 18, 2014

WDA - Western Dairy Association logo 2012The Colorado Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (the state professional organization of registered dietitians and dietetics students) held their annual conference and exhibition April 11th and 12th in Denver.

Saturday morning, Western Dairy Association sponsored Carol Ireton-Jones, PhD, RD to present on FODMAPs elimination diets. Ireton-Jones is a household name in the field of dietetics and leader in both energy metabolism and irritable bowel syndrome management.

Her presentation focused on managing foods to control irritable bowel symptoms. Ireton-Jones is a proponent of lactose intolerance management through the use of low-lactose dairy products including cheese, yogurt and lactose-free milk. Ireton-Jones provided a group of 175 Colorado registered dietitians tips for managing lactose intolerance, emphasizing the need to include dairy products in the diet when doing so.

“Almond and coconut milks don’t have the nutritional punch that cow’s milk has, and they have no protein,” said Ireton-Jones.  

Diet therapy is all about managing symptoms by including the right healthful foods.

Saturday afternoon, three Colorado farm women shared their stories with members of the group in a breakout session sponsored by CommonGround, a group of volunteer farm and ranch women with a passion to share their personal experiences as farmers with consumers. New Western Dairy Board Director Mary Kraft, of Badger Creek Dairy; Sondra Pierce who raises a variety of crops in Boulder County; and Danell Kalcevic, of Kalcevic farms in Bennett, Colo., shared their experience as farmers. Registered dietitians asked questions about life on the farm as well as questions about hot topics such a mega-farms, GMOs, water conservation and hormones. RDs also asked and brainstormed ways that they can share pro-agriculture messages with their patients and the public.
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04-17-14 USMEF Among Organizations Receiving 2014 USDA Funds to Support Exports…

Posted by Brian Allmer on April 17, 2014

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More than 60 U.S. agricultural organizations focusing on expanding exports – including the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) – were awarded funds yesterday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS). The funding, made available through the 2014 Farm Bill, was announced by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.

“Now that Congress has passed the Farm Bill, USDA is moving quickly to implement our trade promotion programs to help open and expand opportunities for farmers, ranchers and small businesses and build on the past five years of record agricultural exports,” said Vilsack. “These programs are an important investment in rural America. Every dollar we invest in trade promotion provides $35 in economic benefits.”

A total of 62 organizations and cooperatives have been designated to receive a collective $171.9 million in Market Access Program (MAP) funds to focus on consumer promotion, including brand promotion. The funds are used extensively by organizations promoting fruits, vegetables, nuts, processed products, and bulk and intermediate commodities. USMEF is the second-largest recipient of 2014 MAP funds at $14.07 million.

FAS also allocated $24.6 million through the 2014 Foreign Market Development (FMD) Program to 22 trade organizations that focus on trade servicing and trade capacity building by helping to create, expand and maintain long-term export markets for U.S. agricultural products. USMEF received an additional $1.1 million in funding through the FMD Program.

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04-17-14 CMU Water Center News: Water Returns to the Colorado River Delta – what else is possible?

Posted by Brian Allmer on April 17, 2014

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Written & submitted to BARN Media by: Hannah Holm, Coordinator, Water Center at Colorado Mesa University

Right now for the first time in many years, the Colorado River is flowing through its historic delta to the sea as a result of an intentional release by water managers.  Scenes of jubilation have spread across the internet as children play in a river they’ve never seen before, and scientists report that bird counts in the corridor are already up.

Meanwhile, combined water storage upstream from the delta in Lakes Mead and Powell have dropped to the lowest they’ve been since Powell filled in the 1960’s as water withdrawals from the river and its tributaries have exceeded new inflows for over 10 years.

How can this be, that in an era of increasing competition for water, water was found to re-water the Colorado River Delta, and there aren’t riots in the streets?  The answer provides a window into the complexities of water management on the river, and the determination of multiple parties to work together to solve its challenges.

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04-17-14 Colorado Weekly Hay Report…

Posted by Brian Allmer on April 17, 2014

Greeley, CO    Thu April 17, 2014    USDA-CO Dept of Ag Market News

Colorado Hay Report

   Compared to last week: Hay movement is slow this week with steady prices,
with some moderate buyer demand.  Irrigation supplies look optimistic coming
into the spring.  According to the NRCS Regional snowpack levels are being
reported as Yampa and White 125 percent, Colorado 121 percent, North Platte 140
percent, South Platte 143 percent, Arkansas 108 percent, Upper Rio Grande 73
percent, Gunnison 100 percent, and (San Miguel, Dolores, Animas, San Juan) 71
   If you have hay for sale or need hay, use the services of the Colorado
Department of Agriculture website:  All prices
reported FOB the stack or barn unless otherwise noted.  Prices reflect load lots
of hay  the most recent sales.

Northeast Colorado Areas

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The Denver Cash Grain Bids for April 17th…

Posted by Brian Allmer on April 17, 2014

GL_GR110    *Next Release Date*
Greeley, CO    Thu Apr 17, 2014    USDA-CO Dept of Ag Market News

Daily Grain Bids for Denver and Surrounding Areas

*Next Release Date will be Mon Apr 21, 2014*

  Spot bids to producers for grain delivered to terminal and country 
elevators.  Bids dollar/bu. except for Barley which is dollar/cwt.  
Bids are as of 3:00 PM MST.
                                Bids        Change (cents)
US 1 Hard Red Winter Wheat      7.18-7.33    8 to 14 higher
    Up to 12 percent protein

US 2 Yellow Corn                4.75-5.05    2 to 3 lower

US 2 Barley                          8.00    steady

Source:  USDA-CO Dept of Ag Market News Service, Greeley, CO
        Tammy Judson, Market Reporting Assistant (970)353-9750 
        24 Hour Market Report (970)353-8031

1300M    tj

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04-17-14 NFU News: STB Decision a Step in the Right Direction…

Posted by Brian Allmer on April 17, 2014

NFU - National Farmers Union logo5WASHINGTON (April 17, 2014) – National Farmers Union (NFU) today praised an April 15 decision by the U.S. Surface Transportation Board (STB) that ordered BNSF Railway (BNSF) and Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. (CP) to direct all necessary railcars and locomotive power to move fertilizer into position to avoid planting delays this spring.

The STB held a public hearing on April 10, 2014, at its office in Washington, D.C., to provide interested persons the opportunity to report on recent service problems in the U.S. rail network, to hear from rail industry executives on plans to address their service problems, and to discuss additional options to improve service.

“Farmers have faced prolonged delays in transporting agricultural commodities by BNSF and CP,” said NFU President Roger Johnson. “This action will ensure timely delivery of much-needed fertilizer for farmers in the upper Midwest.”

The STB decision requires the railroads to report by April 18 their plans to deliver fertilizer shipments for spring planting and to provide weekly status reports over the next six weeks regarding delivery of fertilizer.

“This is a step in the right direction to make sure that farmers have the tools they need by planting season,” Johnson said. “I am pleased that the STB is now requiring the railroads to report on their fertilizer delivery performance. I urge the board to follow Tuesday’s action by addressing the equally serious issue of grain shipment delays.”  

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04-17-14 CDA NEWS: Industrial Hemp Registration Ends May 1st…

Posted by Brian Allmer on April 17, 2014

CDA LogoLAKEWOOD, Colo. – Those interested in growing industrial hemp during Colorado’s 2014 season must register with the Colorado Department of Agriculture byMay 1, 2014.

“The rest of the country is watching how we work through this history-making season. It is vital that farmers register if they want to grow industrial hemp; therefore, if industrial hemp is grown without registering with the Colorado Department of Agriculture, law enforcement may be contacted, “ said Colorado Deputy Commissioner of Agriculture Ron Carleton.


To register, visit and click on “Industrial Hemp.” Registrants will need to print the registration form, fill it out, and mail it to the Department with the appropriate amount of payment. Those wishing to pay by credit card or cash must hand deliver payment to CDA at 700 Kipling St, Suite 4000, Lakewood, CO, 80215.

The annual registration fee for commercial production of industrial hemp will be $200 plus $1.00/acre. The annual registration fee for production of industrial hemp for research and development will be $100 plus $5/acre.

Upon receipt of the application, the form will be reviewed for completeness. If approved, a certificate will be sent to the registrant. All registrants must receive the approved CDA certificate before they begin planting industrial hemp. Each certificate will be valid for one year from date of issuance.

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04-17-14 USCA Comments on Start of Sign-Up Period for Disaster Aid…

Posted by Brian Allmer on April 17, 2014

USCA logo newUSCA (April 17, 2014) - The United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) issued the following statement in regards to the announcement made by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack declaring the sign-up period open for livestock disaster assistance.

USCA President Jon Wooster, San Lucas, California, commented on the announcement, “This week marks the start of sign-ups for those producers seeking aid to combat the lasting effects of recent weather-related disasters.  We applaud the USDA in the timely rollout of this program and urge all of those seeking aid to file the appropriate documents as quickly as possible.”

“Programs of note and available to livestock producers within the sign-up period include the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP), the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) and the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP).  As relayed to USCA and other stakeholders, producers should visit their local FSA office for more information regarding enrollment.  The success of the 2014 Farm Bill is showcased in this announcement and we look forward to working with the department and our members to ensure all who are in need gain access to these necessary programs.”

USCA Director Danni Beer, Keldron, SD, stated, “The 2014 Farm Bill provides for retroactive and ongoing payments made under the livestock disaster provision.  In addition, the ten-year baseline provision prevents the uncertainty once associated with the ad-hoc nature of the program.  As a rancher located in the region impacted by the historic blizzard known as Winter Storm Atlas, I know these programs offer much-needed help to ranching operations devastated by weather-related disasters.  We appreciate Secretary Vilsack’s work to make these programs available so quickly. Western South Dakota ranchers began signing up for relief this week.”

USCA urges producers seeking assistance to visit: for more information and details regarding program specifics and sign-up requirements.

Established in March 2007, USCA is committed to concentrating its efforts in Washington, D.C. to enhance and expand the cattle industry’s voice on Capitol Hill. USCA has a full-time presence in Washington, giving cattle producers across the country a strong influence on policy development.  For more information go to

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