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07-29-14 COLORADO TRANSPORTATION SURVEY RESULTS RELEASED BY ADVOCACY GROUPS…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 29, 2014

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Action 22, CLUB 20 and Progressive 15 released today the results of a transportation survey conducted jointly by the three advocacy organizations in the April/May timeframe this year.  The rural advocacy organizations have been involved in statewide transportation discussions over the years and participated as convening partners of the MPACT 64 (Metro Mayors, Progressive 15, Action 22, CLUB 20 Transportation) coalition since its inception.  For the three organizations representing the interests of rural Colorado, transportation is a critical issue and has been since the groups were formed.

During discussions with the MPACT 64 coalition, these rural organizations expressed the widely held view that their rural members believe transportation is important and that rural communities are willing to identify ways to fund road maintenance and safety measures in those areas.  Additionally, the three organizations have held that rural members would support a tax increase to support maintenance and safety measures in rural Colorado.

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07-29-14 *FSA-CO Weld County* Livestock Program Signups Continue…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 29, 2014

Weld County FSA logoEmergency Livestock Assistance Program (ELAP)

(July 29, 2013, Greeley Colorado) Signup ends August 1st for 2012 and 2013 losses, and November 1st for 2014!  ELAP covers losses of feed and forage during crop years 2012 and 2013 when the loss was caused by Natural Disaster Events such as September’s flooding.

To Apply – Producers Must:

  • Applications on Form CCC-851 must be signed by August 1st for loss in 2012 or 2013
  • Provide proof of livestock and feed inventories just prior to the natural disaster event
  • Document the weather event.

ELAP also has a segment for Honey Bee Producers.  Any Honey Bee producer who has suffered a loss should take immediate action by calling for an appointment at (970) 203-4812.

Livestock Forage Program (LFP)

This program covers grazing losses due to drought in 2012 and 2013.  Producers will be compensated at the lesser of the Total Livestock Monthly Feed cost or the Total Carrying Capacity Monthly Feed cost.

The deadline to apply is January 30, 2015.  Producers are encouraged to make applications now as budgetary reductions may apply later in the year.

To Apply – Producers Must:

  • Provide Livestock Inventory by kind and type as May 1, 2013 and/or 2013.
  • Have a valid acreage report with FSA on Form FSA-578.
  • Certify to Adjusted Gross Income Provisions for each year’s application. The Income threshold is $900,000.
  • Call for an appointment at (970) 203-4812.

Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP)

This program covers death losses to livestock caused by Natural weather events.  Producers will be compensated once the death loss exceeds the normal mortality rate.

To Apply – Producers Must:

  • Provide livestock inventory records to prove the kind and type of stock, or had just prior to the disaster.
  • Proof of deceased stock caused by the event.

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07-29-14 PLC News: US House Passes Bill to Modernize Endangered Species Act…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 29, 2014

PLC - Public Lands Council Header - NR SmallWASHINGTON (July 29, 2014) - Today, the House passed H.R. 4315 the Endangered Species Transparency and Reasonableness Act by a vote of 233 to 190. ThePublic Lands Council and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association strongly support the legislation, which combines four bills previously marked up by the House Natural Resources Committee, and will be beneficial to updating and improving the Endangered Species Act of 1973.
“The ESA, while designed to protect species from endangerment of extinction, has proven to be ineffective and immensely damaging to our members’ ability to stay in business,” said Brice Lee, PLC president and Colorado rancher. “During the nearly 40 years since the ESA was passed and over 25 years since Congress last reauthorized the law, our industry has come to recognize the Act as greatly flawed and outdated. Less than two percent of species placed on the endangered species list have ever been deemed recovered.”

H.R. 4315 will require data used by federal agencies for ESA listing and proposed listing decisions to be made publicly available and accessible. The bill also requires the Interior Secretary to report and comprehensively track all litigation costs associated with the Act. Furthermore, the bill caps hourly fees paid to attorneys that prevail in cases filed under ESA, consistent with current law.

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The Denver Cash Grain Bids…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 29, 2014

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Greeley, CO    Tue Jul 29, 2014    USDA-CO Dept of Ag Market News

Daily Grain Bids for Denver and Surrounding Areas

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      5.61-5.82    14 to 15 lower
Up to 12 percent protein

US 2 Yellow Corn                      4.02    5 lower

US 2 Barley                          7.00    steady

Source: USDA-CO Dept of Ag Market News Service, Greeley, CO
Tammy Judson 970-353-9750  Greeley.LGMN@ams.usda.gov
http://www.ams.usda.gov/mnreports/GL_GR110.txt
http://www.ams.usda.gov/lsmarketnews

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07-29-14 USDA Urged to Immediately Restore Official Grain Inspection Service at the Port of Vancouver, WA…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 29, 2014

USWA - US Wheat Associates LogoARLINGTON, Virginia — Citing the “extremely troubling precedent” being set, 22 national, regional and state agricultural producer, commodity and agribusiness organizations, including U.S. Wheat Associates and the National Association of Wheat Growers, have urged the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to take immediate action to restore official grain inspection and weighing services at the Port of Vancouver, Washington.


In a recent letter to the Secretary of Agriculture and other key administration officials, the organizations cited a notice by the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) stating that it no longer would fulfill its obligation to provide official grain inspection and weighing services at the Port of Vancouver. WSDA had been delegated the responsibility to provide official grain inspection and weighing services at the port by USDA’s Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA).
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07-29-14 Dairy Industry to Congress: Korea Trade Pact Beneficial, But Cheese Access Remains Restricted Due to Korea’s Agreement with EU…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 29, 2014

NMPF - US Dairy Export Council joint logoJuly 29, 2014 - The U.S. dairy industry told the Senate Finance Committee’s trade subcommittee today that the 2010 U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement has further strengthened U.S. dairy exports to the Korean market, even though it is not yet fully implemented.

At the same time, Shawna Morris, vice president for trade for the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) and the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC), said a new and growing type of trade barrier involving common food names has emerged that is restricting access to the Korean market for key U.S. cheeses.

“(Korea’s restrictions on the use of several common cheese names) are the direct result of their separate free trade agreement with the European Union,” Morris testified. “In a nutshell, the European Union has been leaning on countries around the world to block imports of products by confiscating common food names and reserving them exclusively for cheese producers in their member countries.”

The U.S.-Korea free trade agreement eliminated nearly all Korean tariffs on America’s dairy exports. Morris said even though the agreement has only been in place since 2012, and its full impact is still years away, U.S. dairy exports to Korea in 2013 more than doubled the average of the three previous years.

Morris said the Korea FTA’s dairy provisions could be a good model for the Pacific trade liberalization agreement now being negotiated with Japan, Canada and eight other countries. “We hope that Trans-Pacific Partnership will result in an agreement that we can support as robustly as we have supported the Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement,” she testified. Read the rest of this entry »

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07-29-14 Inside the BARN with CO Governor John Hickenlooper…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 29, 2014

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Colorado Governor's Seal(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) July 29th, 2014 - Joining the Colorado Ag News Network inside the BARN is CO Governor John Hickenlooper, discussing several topics including:

 – CO’s Economy & Job Growth

 – CO’s Agricultural Economy & Agritourism Industry

  – CO Proud’s “Choose Colorado Tour” this August

 – CO’s Water Plan Update

 – 142nd CO State Fair Aug 22- Sept 1st in Pueblo

 – 3rd Annual Pedal the Plains Bicycle Tour Wiggins – Ft Morgan – Sterling Sept 19-21 

 – & MORE

For related stories about any of the topics/events, click on the links above.

And for more information about the Colorado Governor’s Office – CLICK HERE

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07-29-14 NFU News: District Court Strikes Down Injunction Against Country of Origin Labeling…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 29, 2014

NFU - National Farmers Union logo5WASHINGTON (July 29, 2014) – National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson issued the following statement after receiving news of the District Court of Appeals’ en banc decision on a challenge to enforcement of Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL) by the multinational meatpackers and our foreign competitors. By a 9-2 majority, the panel upheld an earlier 3-judge panel decision to deny an appeal to halt the enforcement of the popular labeling law, passed in 2008.

“NFU, and our broad coalition of consumer and producer organizations, have achieved yet another victory in our long battle to uphold the enforcement of the COOL regulation as modified by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA). This marks the third time that COOL has won in court. There is no need for this case to proceed.

“The Court ruled that the government may require factual, uncontroversial information to be included on a label. American consumers want to know basic information about where their meat comes from, and livestock producers across this great nation are very proud of what they produce and happy to let consumers know where their meat comes from. USDA’s new COOL rules will significantly improve the information available to consumers by reducing confusion about the origins of meat products. It will also provide U.S. livestock producers the opportunity to differentiate their products, which they are proud to claim as theirs.”

National Farmers Union has been working since 1902 to protect and enhance the economic well-being and quality of life for family farmers, ranchers and rural communities through advocating grassroots-driven policy positions adopted by its membership. Learn more online @ www.nfu.org

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07-29-14 USDA Implements Key Farm Bill Crop Insurance Provision…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 29, 2014

Header Press Release2014 Farm Bill Measure Strengthens and Expands Insurance Coverage Options for Farm Operations

WASHINGTON, July 29, 2014 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced continued progress in implementing provisions of the 2014 Farm Bill that will strengthen and expand insurance coverage options for farmers and ranchers. The new Supplemental Coverage Option (SCO), available through the federal crop insurance program and set to begin with the 2015 crop year, is designed to help protect producers from yield and market volatility.

“America’s agricultural producers work hard to produce a sufficient amount of safe and nutritious food for the country,” said Secretary Tom Vilsack. “It’s critical that they have crop insurance options to effectively manage risks and ensure that they do not lose everything due to events beyond their control. Following the 2014 Farm Bill signing, USDA has made it a priority to ensure the Supplemental Coverage Option was available to help farmers in this upcoming crop year.”

The 2014 Farm Bill strengthens and expands crop insurance by providing more risk management options for farmers and ranchers and by making crop insurance more affordable for beginning farmers. SCO, which is administered by the Risk Management Agency (RMA), further strengthens the farm safety net.

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07-29-14 USDA Announces Grants to Help Veterans and Minority Farmers Get Started in Agriculture…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 29, 2014

Header Press ReleasePartnerships Continue USDA Efforts Supporting New Farmers and Build Greater Diversity in American Agriculture

WASHINGTON, July 29, 2014 Today, USDA Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden announced the availability of over $9 million in outreach and technical assistance for minority farmers and ranchers and military veterans that are new to farming and ranching. The funding, provided through the Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers Program, also known as the 2501 Program, will enable community-based organizations and other partners to work directly with these groups to successfully acquire, own and operate farms and ranches and equitably participate in all USDA programs.

“The future face of agriculture needs to be varied in experience, background and knowledge to meet the demand of the 21st century,” said Deputy Secretary Harden. “The 2501 Program enables USDA to bring more farmers and ranchers into American agriculture by partnering with the institutions, land-grant universities and other organizations that work directly with these diverse communities. Through these critical partnerships, we will build a stronger agricultural future for our country and for the world.”

Deputy Secretary Harden made this announcement at the White House during the Future of American Agriculture Champions of Change event celebrating the next generation of America’s farmers and ranchers.

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07-29-14 CAWG NEWS: 2014 Colorado Winter Wheat Harvest Update #11…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 29, 2014

2014 CO Winter Wheat Harvest Update HeaderResults for the CSU UVPT trials are being posted, with Julesburg, Orchard, Lamar, Sheridan Lake, Walsh, Yuma and most recently, Roggen, completed so far:http://bit.ly/lNngvt. The top yield recorded so far is 105.1 bushels per acre for a CSU-developed experimental variety CO11D174, a doubled haploid cross of TAM 112/Byrd at the Julesburg test site.

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Most of the fields in Colorado look like this on in Adams County, as the 2014 Harvest wraps up.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - Colorado winter wheat harvest is winding down after a weekend of very favorable harvest weather. The National Agricultural Statistics Service estimated that 87 percent of the crop was harvested as of Sunday night compared with 68 percent last week and the 5-year average of 88 percent.  Colorado Wheat estimates the harvest is now 92 percent complete as of Mondaynight.  This will be our final harvest report. Following is a summary of locations where wheat harvest is still active.

The Flagler Equity Coop estimated that harvest was 95 percent complete on Monday with moisture ranging from 8 to 10 percent, test weight averaging 58 to 59 pounds, protein averaging 12.8 to 12.9 percent and yields ranging from a low of 30 bushels per acre on hail-damaged wheat to a high of 70 bushels per acre with an average of about 35 bushels per acre.

The Peetz Coop estimated that harvest was 90-95 percent complete on Monday with moisture in the 8 to 12 percent range, test weight ranging from 60 to 64 pounds,  30 percent of the crop with protein over 12 percent and yields ranging from 40 to 70  bushels per acre .  PlainsGold Snowmass was yielding over 60 bushels per acre.

The Roggen Farmers’ Elevator estimated that the harvest was over 90 percent complete on Monday with moisture averaging 10 percent, test weight averaging over 60 pounds, protein was ordinary at 11 percent and yields mostly in the 60 to 70 bushel per acre range and hail damaged yields in the 30 to 35 bushel per acre range. The Roggen Coop reported receiving 120 percent of an average wheat crop.  An area wheat farmer reported a dryland yield of 102 bushels per acre for PlainsGold Snowmass.

Cargill-Byers estimated that harvest was 90-95 percent complete with moisture in the 8 to 10 percent range, test weight averaging 59 to 60 pounds, protein falling to 9 to 10 percent from 10.5 to 11 percent and yields ranging from a low of 12 bushels per acre on hail-damaged wheat to a high of 85 bushels per acre.

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Tue, July 29th…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 29, 2014

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“EPA Administrator Promises to Address WOTUS Concerns”

According to The National Journal – Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy feels her efforts to meet with farmers and ranchers and policymakers on the proposed Waters of the U.S. rule has been worth it. Agriculture believes the proposal means EPA wants to regulate all ditches – and the American Farm Bureau Federation has been calling on EPA to ditch the rule. This campaign has been met by a defensive campaign from EPA – calling for critics to ditch the myths about the rule. McCarthy even called some of the concerns are ludicrous and silly – that the proposal is all about protecting waters science says have a significant impact on downstream water quality – no more and no less. But these statements only upset farmers and ranchers. McCarthy says those words from her comments were taken out of context – and she wants to make sure the ag community and every farmer realizes the EPA takes this seriously. She says EPA will answer the questions raised by farmers and ranchers as soon as possible. She hopes the end result is a rule that is written so farmers and ranchers can farm the way they have – and EPA can protect the waters.

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“Tyson Announces Sale of Mexican, Brazilian Poultry Businesses”

Tyson Foods has announced it will sell its poultry businesses in Mexico and Brazil to JBS SA – pending regulatory approval – by the end of 2014. Tyson President and CEO Donnie Smith says these are good businesses with great team members – but Tyson hasn’t had the necessary scale to gain leading share positions in the Mexican and Brazilian markets. In the short term – Smith says Tyson will use the sale proceeds to pay down debt associated with the company’s acquisition of Hillshire Brands. In the long term – he says Tyson remains committed to its international business and will continue to explore opportunities to extend its international presence.

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“USDA NASS Releases 2012 Congressional District Profiles”

USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service has released the 2012 Census of Agriculture Congressional District Profiles for the 113th Congress. NASS Administrator Joseph T. Reilly says these profiles paint a picture of agriculture at the local level by providing data on farms and ranches and the people who operate them in each district. Reilly says this information serves as a timely data tool to help congressional leaders assess ag and rural community issues in their area as they head home for summer recess. Coming up in August – Reilly says NASS plans to publish the 2012 American Indiana Reservations report and the 2012 Race, Ethnicity, and Gender Profiles – which will provide even more information for policymakers and advocates. For more information – visit ag census dot usda dot gov (www.agcensus.usda.gov).

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“NCBA Holds 2nd National Anthem Singing Contest”

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association is hosting its 2nd Annual National Anthem Singing Contest for children under 18 who are related to an NCBA, Cattlemen’s Beef Board or American National CattleWomen member. To enter – interested contestants should submit an entry form and upload a video of themselves performing the National Anthem to YouTube with the file name NCBA2015AnthemContestEntryContestantName. Entries will be accepted through October 17th. The top four finalists will be chosen by October 31st and posted to Beef USA dot org (www.BeefUSA.org) for voting. The winner will be announced December 8th and sing the National Anthem at the Opening General Session and Friday Night Event at the 2015 Cattle Industry Annual Convention in San Antonio February 4th through the 7th. To enter – visit Beef USA dot org slash NCBA National Anthem Contest dot aspx (www.beefusa.org/ncbanationalanthemcontest.aspx).

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“What Children Learn on a Farm”

In a Beef Daily editorial – Amanda Radke says ranch kids develop a strong work ethic, sense of responsibility, appreciation for land and animals and an understanding of where their food comes from. Blogger Emily Jackson recently wrote a post titled Farms – The Abuse of Children – in response to another online commentator’s statement that farmers are awful people who often take advantage of underage children – forcing them into a life of work and learning of inhumane ways. Jackson wrote the daunting task of feeding calves every night taught her responsibility. The smell of manure on her shoes in math class taught her humility. The field full of hay bales that had to be loaded on a trailer then unloaded in a barn taught her work ethic. She learned the value of team work from cattle being stubborn and not wanting to move pens. She learned courage sorting 2,000-pound bulls before she got into Kindergarten. She learned about happiness from the sunset streaming down on a green field full of cows at the end of the day. As a child – she was forced to work on her family’s farm – but Jackson says she wouldn’t have it any other way – and she one day hopes to raise her children the exact same way.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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07-28-14 *NASS-CO NEWS* The latest Colorado Crop Progress Report for July 28th, 2014…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 28, 2014

CLICK HERE to visit the USDA/NASS Website

CLICK HERE to visit the USDA/NASS Website

Agricultural Summary: Last week was characterized by above normal temperatures and increased precipitation throughout the state. The additional heat units accelerated crop development in most instances while scattered showers and thunderstorms hampered harvesting and cutting activities, although good progress was still made last week. Farmers were allowed 6.5 days in the field for operations.
Small Grains: Virtually all of the spring barley crop was headed while 45 percent was coloring. Harvest of spring barley continued last week ending on 16 percent complete. Forty percent of the spring wheat crop was turning color, up from 35 percent previously. This is compared with 58 percent last year and 54 percent on average. The winter wheat harvest was estimated at 87 percent complete, up from 68 percent the previous week.
Row Crops: Sixty-five percent of the dry bean crop was blooming, up from 45 percent last week. This is compared with 49 percent last year and the average of 49 percent. Thirty-five percent of the corn crop was silking by week’s end, up from the previous week’s 25 percent. Sorghum was completely emerged by the end of the week with 13 percent headed, compared with 15 percent last year and 25 percent on average.
Pasture and Range: Pasture and range conditions were rated 61 percent fair to good across the State, a slight improvement from last week. Last year, 38 percent was rated fair to good while 55 percent is fair to good on average. The second cutting of alfalfa, estimated at 59 percent complete, was behind the 68 percent attained last year and the five-year averageof 62 percent. Little progress was made on the third cutting with an estimated 7 percent complete by week’s end.
Livestock: :Death losses for cattle and sheep remained mostly average to light. Stored feed supplies were rated 5 percent very short, 15 percent short, 73 percent adequate, and 7 percent surplus. Last week, stored feed supplies were rated 6 percent very short, 15 percent short, 72 percent adequate, and 7 percent surplus.

To view the July 28th, 2014 USDA/NASS Colorado Crop Progress Report – CLICK HERE

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Watch the 2014 Weld County Fair’s Livestock Shows and Jr Livestock Sale on Livestream…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 28, 2014

*URGENT MESSAGE*

There will be NO WEBCAST, as there is NO internet available in the Events Center, per the City of Greeley.

My apologies, this situation is OUT of my control. BARN Media is recording the entire WCF JLS and will get it uploaded this week.

Sorry for the inconvenience, no one is more disappointed than I.

- Brian Allmer, BARN Media

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CLICK HERE to view the broadcast schedule

CLICK HERE to view the 2014 WCF JLS Sale Order

 

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07-28-14 Inside the Rocky Ford Growers Association with Eric Hanagan…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 28, 2014

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(BARN Media & CoAgNews Network – Yuma, CO) July 28th 2014 - Joining BARN Media’s Ashley Lynch on the Colorado Ag News Network is Eric Hanagan a member of the Rocky Ford Growers Association, inside the BARN to discuss the 2014 Melon Crop as well as food safety as it pertains to preparing melons for your family.

To listen to the interview with RFGA’s Eric Hanagan, click the audio mp3 link below…

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To learn more about the safe handling of melons and cantaloupes – CLICK HERE

To learn more about the Rocky Ford Growers Association – CLICK HERE

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Livestock Exchange, LLC Weekly Update…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 28, 2014

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(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…

CLICK THE AUDIO LINK BELOW TO LISTEN TO THIS WEEK’S UPDATE…

07/28 – UPDATED

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

Thursday, July 31st

9am – Weight Cows/Bulls

1pm – Breds & Pairs

2pm – Stockers/Feeders

OTHER UPCOMING CATTLE/HAY AUCTIONS… Read the rest of this entry »

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07-15-14 Make plans to attend the 2014 Feeders and Friends: Cody Waitley Benefit in New Raymer on August 16th…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 28, 2014

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Can’t make it, but still want to make a donation – CLICK HERE for a donation form or look below…

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Mon, July 28th…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 28, 2014

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“Grains Council Says It’s Time for China to Approve MIR 162”

Following an announcement by the Chinese import inspection authority last week – the U.S. Grains Council is calling for China to approve the biotech trait MIR 162. The announcement – effective immediately – requires new biotech certification from the point of origin for distiller’s dried grains with solubles guaranteeing the shipment is free of MIR 162. For U.S. shipments – that certification would have to come from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. USGC President and CEO Tom Sleight says the certificate the Chinese are asking for doesn’t exist. The Council is working to address the new disruption to DDGS trade with the U.S. government, U.S. ambassador to China and MAIZALL. Council staff and consultants around the world also are working with other markets interested in DDGS – particularly Mexico, Taiwan, Canada, Korea and the rest of Latin America. Sleight says it’s time for China to approve this trait – as the lack of approval is becoming an undue impediment on trade.

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“Ethanol Reaches Significant Milestone with NASCAR”

NASCAR and American Ethanol partnered in 2011 to bring E15 to the sport – and since then – Sunoco Green E15 has fueled every car and truck in all of NASCAR’s national race series. This weekend – racers reached the 6-million mile mark of racing on E15. NASCAR CEO Brian France says this renewable fuel stands up to NASCAR’s rigorous racing conditions while significantly reducing the impact on the environment. These 6-million miles are significant because they mirror the 6-million miles of testing conducted by the U.S. Department of Energy to initially approve E15 for all model year 2001 and newer light duty cars and trucks. Growth Energy CEO Tom Buis says NASCAR validates what a great performance fuel E15 is. Buis says teams and owners say they’ve increased horse power, increased performance and have a cleaner burning fuel with E15.

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“Still Waiting for RFS Decision”

Minnesota Senator Al Franken said White House counselor John Podesta reported Friday the EPA’s announcement of volumetric requirements for the Renewable Fuel Standard this year is imminent – according to The Hagstrom Report. Podesta suggested the volumetric requirements will be higher than EPA’s initial proposal – but not as high as they would be if requirements established in the law were followed. During a meeting with Podesta – senators told him the administration should retain higher standards because biofuels are domestically produced and create jobs. They also told him the oil industry’s arguments against higher blends are wrong. He says NASCAR has already proven E15 works – that oil companies just don’t like ethanol and are doing everything they can to prevent the infrastructure from going into place. National Biodiesel Board Vice President Anne Steckel says her organization is encouraged by these discussions – but the biodiesel industry remains concerned that the administration still appears to be considering a proposal that would backtrack from last year’s proven production and threatens biodiesel plants around the country. Steckel says this is a critical decision for the future development of clean, American-made renewable fuels that will help reduce the nation’s dependence on petroleum.

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“USDA NASS Releases Cattle Report”

According to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service’s Cattle report released Friday – the U.S. cattle inventory is the lowest since the series began in 1973. NASS surveyed more than 10,000 operators across the U.S. during the first half of this month asking all participating producers to report their cattle inventories as of July 1st and their calf crop for 2014. This year’s calf crop is expected to be 33.6-million. Cattle on feed has decreased six-percent from 2012 to 11.6-million. To view the full report – visit NASS dot USDA dot gov (www.nass.usda.gov).

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“Court Rules Regarding FDA Oversight of Animal Antibiotic Use”

According to Food Safety News – the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York ruled last week by 2 to 1 that the Food and Drug Administration isn’t required to hold hearings regarding the safety of feeding antibiotics at sub-therapeutic levels. The Natural Resources Defense Council and other groups argue FDA is required by statute to hold hearings to determine whether to withdraw approval for the use of penicillin and tetracyclines in animal feed after it declared sub-therapeutic use of those drugs wasn’t safe in the late 1970s. Not requiring hearings means FDA doesn’t have to consider banning the practice of feeding antibiotics to healthy animals – according to the NRDC. Judge Robert Katzmann wrote in his dissent this decision allows FDA to openly declare a particular animal drug is unsafe – but then refuse to withdraw approval of that drug. Katzmann wrote it also gives FDA discretion to ignore a public petition asking it to withdraw approval from an unsafe drug – and he doesn’t believe the statutory scheme can be read to permit those results.

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“House Subcommittee Looks at SNAP”

Last week – the House Ag Subcommittee on Department Operations, Oversight and Nutrition held a public hearing on SNAP’s role in relation to other federal assistance programs. The subcommittee took the time to learn more about the program – of which participation has grown from 28.2-million to 47.6-million in five-years. Members examined how SNAP addresses hunger, how it is linked to other federal programs and how opportunities or barriers impact the ability of low-income families to secure employment and job training to take themselves off of SNAP. Chairman Steve King says everyone can agree on the importance of SNAP in helping those in need – but with soaring deficits and an out-of-control national debt – Congress must be mindful of this grave fiscal situation. King says Congress has a responsibility to the American people to oversee federal programs paid for by the taxpayer to ensure they are operating in the most efficient, cost-effective manner.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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07-25-14 CMU News: “Water for the taking…at any price”, by Greg Trainor…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 25, 2014

CMU-Colorado Mesa University logoFrom the incorporation of the town of Grand Junction in 1882 until 1911, the prospect of a firm water supply for Grand Junction citizens was in doubt.  For almost thirty years, numerous recall elections, battles between the town and private water purveyors, and municipal expeditions to find mountain “water at any price” took up most of the official business of Grand Junction aldermen.

See-sawing back and forth between municipal ownership of  the town water system and franchises to private companies to operate the system,  the source of the town water supply also see-sawed between locations on the Colorado River at 5th Street and the Gunnison River near the Redlands Water and Power Company Diversion. In Spring, supply was up, but so was sediment and mud .  In late summer and fall, flow was down and ability to keep pipes full of water for fire protection suffered.

In 1894 the citizens voted 88% to build and operate a municipal water system but it took thirteen years for the Town to finally file for a water right in Kannah Creek, twenty miles to the southeast.  The town was desperate: could they afford a municipal system, who would buy bonds to pay for a system, where were there year-round supplies of water?

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07-25-14 CAWG NEWS: 2014 Colorado Winter Wheat Harvest Update #10…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 25, 2014

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(Note: Farmers and elevators, give me a heads-up when harvest starts in your area, please!)

Results for the CSU UVPT trials are being posted, with Julesburg, Orchard, Lamar, Sheridan Lake, Walsh and Yuma completed so far: http://bit.ly/lNngvt

Friday, July 25, 2014 - Colorado winter wheat harvest is moving rapidly towards completion after a week of very favorable harvest conditions and should be wrapping up over the weekend. Colorado Wheat estimates the harvest is 87 percent complete based on Ideal weather conditions since this Tuesday.

Bryan bergen harvest pic_compressed.jpg Photo: Harvest on the Bergen farm on the CO/KS border, thanks to Bryan Bergen for sharing!

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Photo: Harvest on the Bergen farm on the CO/KS border, thanks to Bryan Bergen for sharing!

Stratton Equity Coop estimated that the harvest was 97 percent complete with moisture averaging 9.5 percent, test weight averaging 59 pounds per bushel, protein averaging 11.5 percent and yields ranging from 45 to 80 bushels per acre with an area average of over 60 bushels per acre.

trucks in line Anton_compressed.jpg Photo: Trucks waiting to dump winter wheat at Anton.

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Photo: Trucks waiting to dump winter wheat at Anton.

The Flagler Equity Coop estimated that harvest was 65 percent complete with moisture averaging 10.8 percent, test weight averaging 58.9 pounds per bushel, protein averaging 13 percent and yields ranging up to 70 bushels per acre with an area average of 35 bushels per acre due to hail. A wheat farmer north of Limon reported that his farm yields were ranging from 30 to 50 bushels per acre with an average yield of about 40 bushels per acre. Moisture was averaging 10 percent, test weight averaging 60 pounds per bushel and protein averaging 12 percent.

Bartlett at Yuma estimated that the harvest was 95 percent complete and would wrap up by the weekend. Moisture was averaging 9 percent, test weight averaging 60 pounds pre bushel, protein averaging 11.5 percent and yields ranging from 50 to 90 bushels per acre with an area average of 65 bushels per acre. An Anton area wheat farmer reported that his farm yields were averaging 60 bushels per acre. Moisture was averaging 11 percent, test weight averaging over 60 pounds per bushel and protein ranging from 10 to 13 percent.

Paoli Coop estimated the harvest was 95 percent complete and reported yields in the area were 50 to 75 bushels per acre with moisture averaging 12 percent, test weight averaging over 60 pounds per bushel, protein averaging 12 percent and yields ranging from 50 to 75 bushels per acre with area average of 55 bushels per acre.

north of Anton.jpg Photo: Combines waiting to roll north of Anton.

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Photo: Combines waiting to roll north of Anton.

CHS Grainland reported that they taken over 6.1 million bushels at all locations so far. Moisture was averaging 12.2 percent, test weight was averaging 61.5 pounds per bushel, protein averaging 12 percent and yields were ranging from mostly 50 to 80 bushels per acre with an average of over 60 bushels per acre.

Peetz Coop estimated that the harvest was 55 percent complete and reported yields in the area were ranging from 40 to 60 bushels per acre with an area average of 50 bushels per acre. Moisture was averaging 12 percent, test weight averaging over 60 pounds per bushel, protein ranging from 11 to 13 percent.

A wheat farmer northwest of Orchard reported “phenomenal yields” ranging from 50 to 65 bushels per acre with test weights ranging from 62 to 65 pounds and protein averaging over 13 percent. He reported yields of 65 bushels per acre for PlainsGold Snowmass and PlainsGold Brawl CL Plus. PlainsGold Byrd yielded 66 bushels per acre.

Cargill – Byers estimated that harvest was 75 percent complete with moisture averaging about 9 percent, test weight averaging 58 to 59 pounds per bushel, protein averaging 10 percent and yields ranging from 35 bushels per acre on wheat not hailed to a high of 85 bushels per acre with an area average of 55 bushels per acre. A wheat farmer east of Byers reported yields ranging from 40 to 80 bushels per acre with an average farm yield of about 50 bushels per acre. He reported that PlaisGold Byrd yielded 81 bushels per acre and PlainsGold Snowmass yielded 74 bushels per acre.

From USDA’s July 11 Crop Production Estimate:
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