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08-18-14 *NASS-CO NEWS* The latest Colorado Crop Progress Report for August 18th, 2014…

Posted by Brian Allmer on August 18, 2014

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Agricultural Summary: Relatively dry conditions prevailed last week with isolated precipitation concentrated throughout the west slope and the northeastern district. Reporters noted dryness in some localities was exacerbated by the hot temperatures and lack of rainfall. Agricultural activities were progressing last week in localities where conditions were ideal, such as within the San Luis Valley. Farmers were allowed 6.0 days in the field for operations.
Small Grains: Virtually all barley was in the coloring stage while 56 percent was harvested. This year’s harvest is ahead of last year and the average of 24 and 35 percent, respectively. Eighty percent of the spring wheat crop was coloring by week’s end, behind 94 percent last year and the average of 95 percent. Harvest activities for spring wheat ended on 13 percent complete, behind 31 percent last year and 24 percent on average.
Row Crops: Dry beans were virtually all blooming as of last week. Ninety-four percent of the corn crop was silked, 53 percent was in the dough stage, and 5 percent was dented compared with the respective averages of 98, 43, and 7 percent. Harvest of onions was in the beginning stages last week, with 1 percent complete by week’s end. A year ago, 3 percent was complete while 8 percent is harvested on average by now. Harvest of potatoes outside the San Luis Valley was 9 percent complete, behind 21 percent last year and 14 percent on average. Development of sorghum ended on 50 percent headed and 20 percent coloring, compared with respective averages of 70 and 33 percent
Pasture and Range: Pasture and range conditions were rated 62 percent fair to good across the State. Last year, 49 percent was rated fair to good while 58 percent is fair to good on average. The second cutting of alfalfa, estimated at 89 percent complete, was slightly behind 92 percent cut last year and the five-year average of 90 percent. The third cutting of alfalfa was 40 percent complete, ahead of 20 percent last year the average of 26 percent.
Livestock: Death losses for cattle and sheep remained mostly average to light. Stored feed supplies were rated 5 percent very short, 14 percent short, 73 percent adequate, and 8 percent surplus. Last week’s supplies were rated 5 percent very short, 15 percent short, 73 percent adequate, and 7 percent surplus.

To view the Aug 18th, 2014 USDA/NASS Colorado Crop Progress Report – CLICK HERE

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08-18-14 *KDA News* Republican River Compact to meet in Lincoln, NE on August 27-28…

Posted by Brian Allmer on August 18, 2014

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  • Work Session@ 1 p.m. CST August 27, 2014, Nebraska State Office Building,Lower Level Conference Room C, 301 Centennial Mall South, Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Annual Meeting @ 9 a.m. CST August 28, 2014, Auld Pavilion at Antelope Park, 1650 Memorial Drive, Lincoln, Nebraska

Manhattan, Kan. – The annual meeting of the Republican River Compact Administration (RRCA) will be held at 9 a.m. August 28, 2014, in the Auld Pavilion at Antelope Park in Lincoln, Nebraska.

A work session for the RCCA will also be held meeting at 1 p.m. on August 27, 2014. This session will be held at the Nebraska State Office Building – Lower Level Conference Room C in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Both the meeting and the work session are open to the public.

If you have additional questions or require more information, please contact program manager Chris Beightel, Kansas Department of Agriculture Division of Water Resources at (785) 564-6659 or Chris.Beightel@KDA.KS.GOV.

A full agenda, maps to meeting locations and additional information can be found online.



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08-18-14 Dr. Bartolo details upcoming Arkansas Valley Research Center’s 2014 Field Day is in Rocky Ford, CO on September 4 and MORE…

Posted by Brian Allmer on August 18, 2014

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CSU Dr Michael Bartolo, Ph.D., Senior Research Scientist @ the Arkansas Valley Research Center in Rocky Ford, CO

CSU Dr Michael Bartolo, Ph.D., Senior Research Scientist @ the Arkansas Valley Research Center in Rocky Ford, CO

(BARN Media - Briggsdale, CO) August 18th, 2014 - Joining the Colorado Ag News Network inside the BARN is Dr Michael Bartolo, PhD and Seior Research Scientist at CSU’s Arkansas Valley Research Center in Rocky Ford, CO. Dr Bartolo discusses several topics including:

CSU AVRC 2014 Field Day Poster

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08-18-14 USDA News: Parents Projected to Spend $245,340 to Raise a Child Born in 2013, According to USDA Report…

Posted by Brian Allmer on August 18, 2014

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The Cost of Raising a Child InfographicData shows lowest costs are in urban South and rural regions of the U.S., costs highest in urban Northeast

WASHINGTON, August 18, 2014 - Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released its annual report, Expenditures on Children and Families, also known as the Cost of Raising a Child. The report shows that a middle-income family with a child born in 2013 can expect to spend about $245,340 ($304,480 adjusted for projected inflation*) for food, housing, childcare and education, and other child-rearing expenses up to age 18. Costs associated with pregnancy or expenses occurred after age 18, such as higher education, are not included.

While this represents an overall 1.8 percent increase from 2012, the percentages spent on each expenditure category remain the same. As in the past, the costs by location are lower in the urban South ($230,610) and rural ($193,590) regions of the country. Families in the urban Northeast incurred the highest costs to raise a child ($282,480).

“In today’s economy, it’s important to be prepared with as much information as possible when planning for the future,” said USDA Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services Under Secretary Kevin Concannon. “In addition to giving families with children an indication of expenses they might want to be prepared for, the report is a critical resource for state governments in determining child support guidelines and foster care payments.”

The report, issued annually, is based on data from the federal government’s Consumer Expenditure Survey, the most comprehensive source of information available on household expenditures. For the year 2013, annual child-rearing expenses per child for a middle-income, two-parent family ranged from $12,800 to $14,970, depending on the age of the child.

The report, developed by the USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (CNPP), notes that family income affects child-rearing costs. A family earning less than $61,530 per year can expect to spend a total of $176,550 (in 2013 dollars) on a child from birth up to age 18. Middle-income** parents with an income between $61,530 and $106,540 can expect to spend $245,340; and a family earning more than $106,540 can expect to spend $407,820.

“Food is among the top three expenses in raising children,” said CNPP Executive Director Angela Tagtow. “Parents have the challenge of providing food that is not only healthful and delicious, but also affordable. We have great resources such as that features tips to help families serve nutritious and affordable meals. I encourage parents to check out our Healthy Eating On a Budget resources, 10-Tips Nutrition Series, recipes, and MyPlate Kids’ Place, which features digital games for kids to get engaged themselves in healthy eating.”

For middle-income families, housing costs are the single largest expenditure on a child, averaging 30 percent of the total cost. Child care and education was the second largest expense at 18 percent, followed by food, which accounted for 16 percent of the total cost.

“Variations by geographic region are marked when we look at housing, for example,” said study author and CNPP economist Mark Lino, Ph.D. “The average cost of housing for a child up to age 18 is $87,840 for a middle-income family in the urban West, compared to $66,240 in the urban South, and $70,200 in the urban Midwest. It’s interesting to note that other studies are showing that families are increasingly moving to these areas of the country with lower housing cost.” Read the rest of this entry »

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Mon, Aug 18th…

Posted by Brian Allmer on August 18, 2014

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“Deere layoffs affect 600 employees”

Equipment manufacture Deere will indefinably law off more than 600 employees.  The announcement on Friday came as the company appears to be facing demand slumps, according to the Associated Press.  The layoffs will occur at four manufacturing facilities.  Deere & Co. said in a news release Friday that “to remain globally competitive, the company must align the size of its manufacturing workforce with market demands for products.”  Deere is the world’s biggest farm equipment supplier.  The company announced last week third quarter profits dropped 15 percent.

The affected sites are in the cities of East Moline and Moline in Illinois, as well as Ankeny, Iowa, and Coffeyville, Kansas. The company said it is also implementing seasonal and inventory adjustment shutdowns and temporary layoffs at the four affected factories as well as one in Ottumwa, Iowa.


“Bans already hurting Russian consumers”

Bans of agriculture imports a couple weeks ago by Russia has consumers already paying a price.  The ban on food imports from Europe and the U.S. already has suppliers facing shortages and price hikes on staples such as fish and fruit, according USA Today.  Suppliers have raised prices for some fish by 20-36%.  . Suppliers reported shortages and higher prices for fruit, retailers braced for milk prices to go up, and some meat suppliers were engaging in price speculation, according to reports from Russia.  Russia is one of the world’s leading importers of food, and its ban on fruit, meat, poultry, fish and milk products is hurting European suppliers, but the ban is also hurting Russians who have acquired a taste in recent years for imported European products.

Retailers were expected to publish list of their current imported stock and when they expected to sell it.  A Russian newspaper reported police would raid stores found to be carrying banned goods that were not disclosed.  Russia’s Central Bank warned last week that the sanctions are likely to increase an already rising inflation rate.  Russia’s state-owned media have touted the import ban as a boon for local industry.

“USDA Seeks input on Standards for Carcass Beef Grades”

The Department of Agriculture is asking for public input on possible revisions to the U.S. Standards for Grades of Carcass Beef.  USDA wants to adjust for recent improvements and trends in animal raising and feeding.  The Agriculture Marketing Service of USDA which is seeking the public input is also seeking input on a review beef instrument grading.  USDA pointed to significant changes that have taken place in the beef industry since the current standard were adopted as the reason. The current grade standards were adopted in 1997.

USDA is asking for comments from cattle producers, food processors and the general public.  When beef is voluntarily graded, the official grade may consist of a quality grade, a yield grade, or both. The quality grades principally refer to the characteristics of marbling and maturity and are intended to identify differences in the flavor and satisfaction of eating cooked beef. The principal official USDA quality grades for young cattle and carcasses are Prime, Choice, Select and Standard.  Comments are due by November, 13th.  They can be submitted by email to


“EPA Investigating Tyson Foods Facility in Mo.”

The Environmental Protection Agency has opened a criminal investigation of wastewater discharge from a Tyson Foods processing plant in Missouri.  The EPA claims the wastewater from the Tyson plant in Monett Missouri allegedly caused a fish kill in a nearby stream, according to Meating place.  This comes after the state filed a civil lawsuit against Tyson over the incident that alleges I violations in all and seeks penalties, compensation for damages and reimbursement for investigation cost.  If criminally charged by the EPA, Tyson may be subject to a fine and other relief, as well as government contract suspension and debarment.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service


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08-16-14 The 2014 PEDAL THE PLAINS Riders Almanac Available NOW…

Posted by Brian Allmer on August 15, 2014

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2014 Pedal the Plains Riders Almanac

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07-15-14 Feeders & Friends: Cody Waitley Benefit in New Raymer on August 16th: Ranch Rodeo CANCELLED due to VS…

Posted by Brian Allmer on August 15, 2014


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Outbreak of vesicular stomatitis cancels rodeo portion of

Feeders and Friends fundraiser

Dinner, auction and dance still on to benefit Waitley family this Saturday

August 13, 2014 – NEW RAYMER, CO–With the recent, newly confirmed cases of vesicular stomatitis in northern Colorado, organizers of the annual Feeders and Friends annual benefit have made the decision to cancel just the rodeo portion of their 2014 event which is scheduled to take place this Saturday in New Raymer.  The dinner, auction and dance will all still be held, according to organizers.

“Many of the cowboys who come and compete in this feedlot rodeo make a living with the same horses that they would be bringing to this event. In order to protect the health of these horses, we’ve made a decision to cancel the ranch rodeo portion of this year’s event,” said Verlyn Mahan, president of the organization.

In a post on the organization’s Facebook page, the following was noted. “Due to the vesicular stomatitis outbreak, the rodeo portion of the benefit has been cancelled based on the advice from vets in this area. However, we will still be having the barbecue, auction and dance. Please come out and support the Waitley family. Our day may have been altered, but unfortunately, Cody Waitley’s medical bills have not.” The post makes reference to this year’s benefit being held to help offset some of the unsurmountable medical expenses the Waitley family has and will continue to incur.  Cody, 17, has been diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy, a heart condition that usually requires heart transplant for survival. He and his family is currently pursuing a transplant.

Feeders and Friends will begin serving food in the main building at the fairgrounds at 1 p.m. The auction will start at 4 p.m. and the dance will follow the auction, probably beginning around 7:30 p.m. The dance, which features live music, will be held at the community center in New Raymer.  This event has a wonderful following and has been a huge benefit for the families honored by this group in the past. The public is encouraged to get out and support this Waitley benefit, even in this modified state.

“Vesicular stomatitis (VS) can be painful for animals and costly to their owners,” said State Veterinarian Dr. Keith Roehr, in a release issued by his office in late July. “The virus typically causes oral blisters and sores that can be painful causing difficulty in eating and drinking.” The disease is easily passed from one horse to another and it can affect other livestock as well. Livestock with clinical signs of VS are isolated until they are healed and determined to be of no further threat for disease spread. There are no USDA approved vaccines for VS.

This is the 12th year for the Feeders and Friends annual benefit to take place. In past years the group has raised anywhere between $25,000 and $65,000 in a single day to benefit the family and memory of a young person who has passed away or who is in a difficult situation due to significant life-changing health issues. The barbecue, prepared by local cooks, is always excellent and the auction is sure to feature a good line up of quality donations, sold to the highest bidder, will all the proceeds going to the Waitley family.

Contact: Verlyn Mahan, 970-373-7100

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08-15-14 *FSA-CO News* USDA Farm Service Agency Reminds Producers: Farm Bill Allows Early Termination for Certain CRP Contracts…

Posted by Brian Allmer on August 15, 2014

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USDA Colorado Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director, Leland Swenson reminds producers that as of Aug. 6, producers with acres under contract through the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) can apply for early contract termination, as required by the 2014 Farm Bill.  The deadline to request early CRP contract termination is Jan. 30, 2015.

The effective date for early termination is no earlier than October 1, 2014.  The CRP contract must been in effect for at least five years and other conditions must be met.  The 2014 Farm Bill identifies 10 exceptions whereby land will not be eligible for the early-out provisions.  For a complete list of these exceptions, please view the program fact sheet online at

“Once a CRP contract termination request is approved by the FSA County Committee, the decision cannot be reversed and the contract cannot be reinstated,” said Swenson. “Likewise, producers must meet conservation compliance provisions for all land that will be returned to production.”

For more information on or to determine eligibility for early termination of existing CRP contracts, please contact your local FSA office.  For local FSA Service Center contact information, please visit:

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Posted by Brian Allmer on August 15, 2014

Aug. 26 Webinar: Understanding Sheep Nutrition

Registration is now open for the Aug. 26 webinar entitled Understanding Sheep Nutrition. Feed costs are the single largest expenditure for sheep producers and understanding nutrient requirements and meeting them economically is critical to profitable sheep production.

The session will begin at 8 p.m. EDT and will be hosted by Jay Parsons, Ph.D., University of Nebraska and Optimal Ag. Dan Morrical, Ph.D., Sheep Extension Specialist at Iowa State University, will be the guest presenter.

This webinar will focus on key nutrients that sheep need in their rations, including protein, energy, minerals and vitamins, as well as the software available to perform the necessary calculations. Time will be allotted to explain terminology and to read feed tags to understand what is in the ration will also be covered.

To register for this session, go to

Funding for this program is available from the American Sheep Industry Association and the Rebuild the Sheep Inventory Committee.

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08-10-14 USMEF Hosts Congressional Delegation from Mexico in Colorado…

Posted by Brian Allmer on August 15, 2014

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Congressional leaders from Mexico visit the Aristocrat Angus cattle operation near Platteville, Colorado, as part of a U.S. agricultural tour hosted by USMEF

This week the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) hosted a congressional delegation from Mexico for a firsthand look at U.S. meat production. The three visiting legislators are members of the lower house of the Mexican Congress, where all three serve on the Livestock Committee – including the committee’s president, Salvador Barajas, who is from the state of Jalisco. Other Congressmen attending were Dario Badillo of Hidalgo and Raudel López of Aguascalientes.

A top official from Mexico’s Department of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA), Coordinator of Livestock Development Francisco Gurria, was also included in the delegation. USMEF staff members accompanying the group were Chad Russell, regional director for Mexico, Central America and the Dominican Republic, Dr. Nelson Huerta, director of technical services for USMEF-Mexico, and Cheyenne Dixon, manager of technical services in Denver.

“USMEF was pleased to have the opportunity to host such an influential group,” said Russell. “At both a legislative and regulatory level, these are people directly involved in shaping livestock policy in Mexico.”

Their first stop was the Aristocrat Angus ranching operation near Platteville, Colorado, where they learned about the production of purebred breeding stock as well as the management of a commercial cattle herd. At Colorado State University (CSU) in Fort Collins, the group met with CSU President Tony Frank and Provost Rick Miranda. They also toured the Center for Meat Safety and Quality and received an overview of the research conducted at CSU and how it supports the agricultural economy of Colorado and the United States.

Dr. Dale Woerner (right) provides the delegation with a tour of the Center for Meat Safety and Quality at Colorado State University

Dr. Dale Woerner (right) provides the delegation with a tour of the Center for Meat Safety and Quality at Colorado State University

At USMEF headquarters in Denver, the delegation received a briefing on the role and mission of USMEF and some examples of its market development activities in Mexico and other key markets. They also met with officials from the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade.

Other key industry activities included a tour of the Cargill beef processing plant in Fort Morgan, Colorado, and the JBS Five Rivers Cattle Feeding operation near Kersey, Colorado.

“The delegation definitely received a thorough, farm-to-plate examination of U.S. meat production,” said Russell. “They were very complimentary of the information provided, and found it to be an extremely beneficial experience.”

A Tuesday evening reception was hosted by USMEF President and CEO Philip Seng, USMEF Chair-elect Leann Saunders and Birko CEO Mark Swanson, a member of the USMEF Executive Committee. Special guests included Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture John Salazar, Elie Smilovitz, consul for economic and political affairs with the Consulate-General of Mexico in Denver, Colorado Farm Bureau President Don Shawcroft and Lauren Dever, executive director of the Colorado Pork Producers Council.

“As our No. 1 volume market for both U.S. beef and pork, maintaining a positive trading relationship with Mexico is particularly important to the U.S. meat industry,” Seng said. “This is why it is so important for USMEF to be actively engaged with leaders in both the executive and legislative branches of the Mexican government. Hosting this delegation is exactly the type of outreach that will benefit agricultural interests on both sides of the border for many years to come.”

 The U.S. Meat Export Federation ( is the trade association responsible for developing international markets for the U.S. red meat industry. It is funded by USDA; the beef, pork, lamb, corn and soybean checkoff programs, as well as its members representing nine industry sectors: beef/veal producing & feeding, pork producing & feeding, lamb producing & feeding, packing & processing, purveying & trading, oilseeds producing, feedgrains producing, farm organizations and supply & service organizations.

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Marguerite “Margie” Freeman’s Memorial Service: WEBCAST ARCHIVE

Posted by Brian Allmer on August 15, 2014

 The memorial service celebrating the life of Marguerite Freeman - CLICK HERE to watch the WEBCAST ARCHIVE

photo courtesy of the North Weld Herald

Photo courtesy of the North Weld Herald, CLICK HERE to WATCH the Webcast Archive


Marguerite Freeman

(October 7, 1910 – August 11, 2014)

Marguerite “Margie” Freeman, age 103, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and life-long teacher, passed away August 11, 2014 at Walsh Healthcare Center in Walsh, Colo.

Margie was born Oct. 7, 1910 in Saxton, Mo. to John and Grace Adams. She was the middle of three girls, with Vinita being the oldest and Virginia the youngest. She received her elementary and high school educating in King City, Mo., graduating in 1928. Immediately following graduation she enrolled in the Northwest Teachers College in Maryville, Mo. At the age of 20 she moved with her family to a ranch near Wiggins, Colo. The family eventually moved to Greeley, Colo. Margie accepted a teaching position in Briggsdale, Colo. in 1931 and began what would be a 50 year teaching career, during which time she positively influenced countless children, instilling the value and privilege of an education to all that passed through her classroom. On May 27, 1939 Margie married Pete Freeman and settled on Chicago Ranch north of Briggsdale where she lived for nearly 70 years. To this union were born two sons, Robert “Gus” Freeman and Peter “Van” Freeman.

She has 6 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren. Not content with her own level of education Margie attended summer school for several years, earning her Bachelor’s degree in 1962. She was named head teacher in Briggsdale the following year. Margie eventually earned her Master’s in 1974. Margie was a long-time member of the Briggsdale Congregational Church, a number one fan of the Denver Broncos, a consummate cheerleader for her grandchildren in all their endeavors, and an unfailing supporter of her family and community. Margie is survived by her son Van, daughter-in-law Boni Freeman, and her grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her sisters, her husband Pete, son Gus and daughter-in-law Beverly.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 15 at the Briggsdale School. Interment will be at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Greeley, Colo.

Contributions in memory of Marguerite’s beautiful life can be made to:
Walsh Health Care Center, 150 North Nevada, Walsh, CO 81090 or to a charity of your choice.

Obituary courtesy of Dykes Memorial Chapel of Walsh, CO

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08-15-14 *CSU News* Director of CSU Animal Cancer Center touts value of animal treatment to human cancer medicine…

Posted by Brian Allmer on August 15, 2014

Header - Please enable images in your e-mail programFeature Story ImageFORT COLLINS – Dr. Rodney Page thinks the dog is a cancer patient’s best friend.

Not in the way you might think. Yes, dogs offer loyal companionship that might be especially meaningful to a pet owner facing disease diagnosis and treatment.

There’s more. Page, as director of Colorado State University’s world-renowned Flint Animal Cancer Center, is leading a push within the field of cancer medicine to view dogs with naturally occurring disease as the ideal route to improving cancer treatment in people.

On Aug. 14, the Stephen J. Withrow Presidential Chair in Oncology was officially conferred to Page during a reception on campus, a ceremony significant for what the chair will provide: funding to support studies that promise to help both pets and people with cancer.

An academic chair is a funding mechanism that provides investment revenue from an endowment – in this case, an impressive $6 million endowment – to boost teaching, research and service in a field of interest to donors. This chair is named for Dr. Steve Withrow, founding director of the CSU Animal Cancer Center, University Distinguished Professor and pioneer in the field of veterinary oncology.

“More than 700 generous donors contributed to this endowment, which is a tremendous testament to their appreciation for Dr. Withrow’s unparalleled cancer treatment and innovations,” said Dr. Mark Stetter, dean of the CSU College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. “We are grateful for this support in honor of Dr. Withrow because it will allow the Animal Cancer Center, under the guidance of Dr. Page, to carry on a vital legacy in cancer discoveries.” Read the rest of this entry »

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08-11-14 Colorado Junior Rodeo Finals coming to Lamar Aug 15-17…

Posted by Brian Allmer on August 15, 2014

Listen to the interview that BARN Media’s Ashley Lynch conducted with Angie & Kody Hoss about the CJRA Finals in Lamar Aug 15-17…

Colorado Junior Rodeo Assoc 8-14-2014_7min

CJRA-Colorado Junior Rodeo Associaiton logoLamar, Colorado – August 11, 2014 – The Colorado Junior Rodeo Association is celebrating its 20th year and Lamar will host the CJRA Finals August 15-17.  Over 140 contestants and their families will be coming to the Prowers County Fairgrounds for the event.  Members have competed at rodeos throughout Colorado this year and the top 15 in each event will be competing for the year end titles.  Over $140,000 in prizes, prize money and scholarships will be awarded at the conclusion of the rodeo on Sunday.

Events in the 5-8 division include Barrel Racing, Pole Bending, Goat Tying, Flag Racing, and Dummy Roping.  9-13 year old and 14-18 year old girls will compete in Barrel Racing, Pole Bending, Breakaway Roping and Goat Tying.  Boys ages 9-13 will compete in Breakaway Roping, Goat Tying, Chute Dogging and Dally Ribbon Roping.  The Senior Boys will compete in Calf Roping, Ribbon Roping and Steer Wrestling.  Both Junior and Senior divisions also have Team Roping and Parent/Child Team Roping.

The first rodeo performance will be Friday, August 15 and will be concluded by Parent Ribbon Roping and a special event, the Prowers County Businessman’s Calf Tying at 5:30 p.m.  A calcutta auction will be held for the Parent Ribbon Roping and the Businessman’s Calf Tying so community members may join in on the fun.  Friday’s activities will conclude with the Justin Harrington Memorial Goat Roping at 7 p.m.

After Saturday’s rodeo performance the event will move to the Lamar Community Building for a Barbeque beginning at 5 p.m. followed by Silent and Live auctions and Chicken Bingo.  Tack, jewelry, western décor and sports memorabilia are some of the items up for auction.  Broncos fans can bid on a John Elway autographed football or autographed jerseys from Peyton Manning, Terrell Davis, and Wes Welker with all proceeds going to the CJRA scholarship and awards funds.

Sunday starts with Cowboy Church at 7 a.m. followed by the third rodeo performance and concludes with the annual awards ceremony at the Lamar Community Building.

The rodeo performances will begin at 8:30 each morning and admission is free. The public is invited to attend all the events.  The Lamar Elks Rodeo Committee from BPOE Lodge 1319 along with the City of Lamar and Prowers County are hosting the event.

For more information, visit the CJRA website at or contact CJRA Finals Committee Member Danielle Wollert at 719-940-0870.

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Fri, Aug 15th…

Posted by Brian Allmer on August 15, 2014

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“NPPC Calls On Japan To Nix ‘Gate Price’ On Pork”

The National Pork Producers Council sent a letter to President Obama Thursday asking U.S. negotiators to insist Japan eliminates the so-called Gate Price on U.S. Pork in the ongoing Trans-Pacific Partnership talks.  NPPC told Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman that the Gate Price has associated with it a long history of fraud and criminal activity, and it discriminates against Japanese consumers by putting upward pressure on food prices and has prompted Japanese meat processing companies to move their factories to other Asian nations, costing the country much-needed jobs.  Japan is the No. 1 export market for U.S. pork, which shipped nearly $2 billion of products to the island nation in 2013.

In the TPP negotiations, Japan is demanding special treatment for its agricultural sector, including exempting pork and other “sensitive” products from tariff elimination and maintaining the Gate Price on pork. NPPC President Howard Hill started “While Japan’s current TPP offer on pork, if implemented, might allow a modest increase in U.S. pork exports to that country, it would rob the U.S. pork industry of hundreds of millions of dollars in annual pork exports to Japan.”


“Bills Prohibiting use of Antibiotics in Farm Animals on California Governor’s Desk”

California lawmakers have sent the state’s governor two bills regarding antibiotic use in humans and farm animals.  The bills would prohibit the use of antibiotics in farm animals as growth enhancers and establish programs to ensure responsible use of antibiotics in humans, according to Meatingplace.  The legislation was introduced by California State Senator Jerry Hill because, as he says, widespread use of antibiotics has increased resistance to infections.  Hill added “prohibiting their use as growth promoters and making sure there is veterinarian oversight are common sense measures to reduce antibiotic resistance.”


“Propane Inventories See Recent Strong Growth”

After last winter’s concerns over propane shortages supplies of propane in recent weeks have increased above last year’s level.  In a report published by the U.S. Energy Information Administration, Midwestern propane inventories for the week ending August 8th were at 23.4 million barrels, 1.9 million barrels higher than last year, but still 1.6 million barrels below the five-year average. The high-demand season is still some months away.  Midwest propane inventories have an annual cycle, with builds occurring from April through September, in advance of the harvest and heating seasons, followed by draws in October through March.

Higher prices at the Midwest propane storage hub in Conway, Kansas, have spurred the strong inventory builds in recent weeks Last winter, high propane prices, low inventories and logistical and infrastructure challenges prompted emergency measures to address propane supply shortfalls in the Midwest.


Missouri River Basin Runoff Above Normal”

The Army Corps Of Engineers say runoff levels remain above normal for the Missouri River basin above Sioux City, Iowa.  The month of July saw runoff at 133 percent of the normal level at 4.3 million acre feet, the Corps announced this week.  Average annual runoff is 25.2 million acre feet and the 2014 forecast calls for 32.5 million acre feet.     The total volume of water stored in the Mainstem Reservoir System is currently 60.6 million acre feet.  Missouri River Water management Division Chief Jody Farhat stated “high streamflows persisted in some areas due to very wet conditions in June.  Runoff from the remaining high elevation mountain snowmelt also contributed to the above normal July runoff.”

The Corps maintains full service navigation flow will continue on the Missouri River.  A navigation channel general is nine feet deep and 300 feet wide.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service


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08-14-14 Colorado Governor Hickenlooper applauds federal funds for the Arkansas Valley Conduit…

Posted by Brian Allmer on August 14, 2014

Colorado Governor's SealDENVER — Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014 —  Gov. John Hickenlooper today released the following statement on the Bureau of Reclamation’s decision to redirect $2 million to fund the Arkansas Valley Conduit.

“The Arkansas Valley Conduit will serve 50,000 people in more than 40 communities in southeastern Colorado. We commend the Bureau of Reclamation for prioritizing this project and thank the leadership of the Department of the Interior, Southeastern Colorado Water Conservancy District, as well our congressional delegation for ongoing efforts to deliver funding for this critical project. We have worked closely with all parties to stress the need for this conduit and will continue to support southeastern and local government in the hard work to bring this project to fruition,” Hickenlooper said.

The conduit, a water pipeline originally envisioned as part of the federal Fry-Ark Project legislation in 1962, will assist communities experiencing high water treatment costs by providing water from Pueblo Reservoir. The latest funding will assist with preconstruction costs associated with the 130-mile project.

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08-14-14 NCGA News: Last Chance for Good Steward Recognition Nominations…

Posted by Brian Allmer on August 14, 2014

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Tomorrow, Friday, August the 15th,  is the deadline for the National Corn Growers Association’s Good Steward Recognition nominations. State affiliates are urged to submit qualified growers dedicated to production standards that deliver high sustainable yields with extraordinary conservation and environmental benefits.  

NCGA will again recognize and present a $10,000 cash award to an individual corn grower who demonstrates the economic and conservation value of soil management at our awards banquet during Commodity Classic, February 27, 2015, in Phoenix, Arizona. Selection of the Good Steward Recognition will be made by experts in the field of agricultural conservation, environment and sustainability.

Click here for the nomination form, and to review recognition qualifications and submission directions. Entries are due 5 p.m. CDT Friday, Aug. 15.


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08-14-14 NCGA News: Sign Up Now! Free Webinar Explains Upcoming Farm Bill Choices…

Posted by Brian Allmer on August 14, 2014

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One week from today, farmers and landowners are invited to attend a free DTN webinar, co-sponsored by the National Corn Growers Association, that will help them choose the right farm bill risk coverage package in the months ahead.

“It’s very important for farmers to understand the ramifications of one-time program decisions that will affect their farms for years to come,” said Jim Reed, an Illinois corn grower and chair of NCGA’s Public Policy Action Team. “We’re proud of NCGA’s work on federal legislation with a program like Ag Risk Coverage to provide a smart and cost-efficient, market-based approach to managing risk.”

Later this winter, farmers will make a one-time choice of which farm program safety net they favor when prices and/or yields hit adversity. Price Loss Coverage is a price-only program very similar to past counter-cyclical programs, only with higher reference prices than in the past. ARC benchmarks revenue and pays when there is a shortfall. It has features that resemble GRIP insurance policies, based on county yields or individual yields.

If farmers don’t sign up for a program for their 2014-2018 crops, PLC becomes the default, and that could mean corn growers sacrificing $77/acre to $45/acre on 2014 ARC payments in some Midwest counties. At the moment, 2014 wheat, corn and soybeans aren’t likely low enough to trigger payments under PLC.

“When congressional authors passed the farm bill last winter, they didn’t contemplate as dramatic a drop in commodity prices as we’ve experienced,” Jerry Lehnertz, vice president of lending for AgriBank says, referring to the 30% crash in average cash corn in the last 90 days. “But that’s the exact situation where new programs like Agriculture Risk Coverage come into play.”


DTN’s webinar, hosted by Executive Editor Marcia Taylor, will include presentations from economists Carl Zulauf of Ohio State University and Gary Schnitkey of the University of Illinois, who will help growers analyze options and prepare landowners for critical one-time decisions. It takes place from 9 to 10 a.m. CDT, Thursday, Aug. 21. Click here to register.

Participants are encouraged to email questions to Taylor before the webinar. The event will be recorded for later viewing in case you find that time inconvenient.


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08-14-14 *NCGA News* Up-and-Coming Grower Leaders Get Taste of Leadership at Its Best, including Ann Cross from CO Corn…

Posted by Brian Allmer on August 14, 2014

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Growers are gathered today in Greensboro, N.C. for the first session of the NCGA Leadership Academy, co-sponsored by Syngenta. This year’s class includes 16 aspiring leaders from 10 states and covers a broad swath of the nation with participants from as far east as New York and as far west as Colorado. Upon completion of the program in January, the participants will join more than 500 colleagues who have graduated from this program in the past 28 years.

At the meeting, participants got an up-close look at NCGA from President Martin Barbre, a Leadership Academy alumnus. Barbre also provided an insightful examination of the main issues facing the association, and the nation’s corn farmers, today.

The farmers attending took part in media training and public speaking exercises as well as association management skill building. In addition, the class enjoyed a look at the future trends that will impact the industry and a comprehensive economic forecast given by futurist Bob Treadway. Finally, the class received a behind-the-scenes tour of Richard Childress Racing and heard how American Ethanol is benefitting NASCAR and driving consumer acceptance of higher blends of corn ethanol in the nation’s fuel supply.

“As a Leadership Academy graduate, I have a deep appreciation for the confidence and skills attendees develop in such a short time, and of the ability of Syngenta and other presenters to hone in on what is most needed,” Barbre said. “As NCGA president, I am excited to see new leaders who want to take on an active role in the association. When these volunteers come together, you can feel their commitment to the industry. It is heartening to know that such strong farmer leaders will carry on our mission well into the future.”

This year’s Leadership at Its Best Class includes: Matt Amick (MO); Russell Carpenter (N.Y.); Ann Cross (Colo.); Justin Durdan (Ill.); Kurtis Gregory (Mo.); Mark Heckman (Iowa); Bob Hemesath (Iowa); Noah Hultgren (Minn.); Paul Jeschke (Ill.); Andy Jobman (Neb.); Greg Krissek (Kan.); Jon Miller (Ohio); Ted Mottaz (Ill.); Danny Nerud (Neb.); Scott Saucer (Ala.); and Dennis Vennekotter (Ohio).

Open to all NCGA membership, Leadership at Its Best provides training to interested volunteers of all skill levels.  The second session, which will be held this Januaryin Washington, addresses public policy issues, working with the Hill and parliamentary procedure.  Through this program, participants build the skill set needed to become a more confident public speaker with a solid background in the procedures and processes used by NCGA and many state organizations.

Since 1986, the National Corn Growers Association, the state corn associations and, most importantly, the U.S. corn industry, have benefited tremendously from the Syngentaco-sponsored Leadership At Its Best Program.  Participants must be registered members of NCGA.

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08-14-14 ACE elects 2014-2015 board of directors…

Posted by Brian Allmer on August 14, 2014

ACE LOGOSioux Falls, SD (August 14, 2014) – During its 27th annual meeting, the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) re-elected several board members and elected three new representatives to the group’s Board of Directors.

Eight current board members were re-elected to serve for the remainder of 2014 and through August of 2015:

  • Bob Sather, Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin representing ACE Ethanol, LLC
  • Chuck DeGrote, Clara City, Minnesota representing Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company
  • Steve Vander Griend, Colwich, Kansas representing ICM, Inc.
  • Ron Wetherell, Cleghorn, Iowa representing Little Sioux Corn Processors
  • Gary Marshall, Jefferson City, Missouri representing Missouri Corn Growers Association
  • Todd Sneller, Lincoln, Nebraska representing Nebraska Ethanol Board
  • Nick Sinner, Fargo, North Dakota representing Red River Valley Sugar Beet Growers
  • Merle Anderson, Climax, Minnesota representing Minnkota Power Electric Cooperative

Three individuals were nominated and elected to serve as new board directors:

  • Chris Wilson, Marshall, Missouri representing Mid-Missouri Energy, LLC
  • David Kolsrud, Brandon, South Dakota representing Badger State Ethanol
  • Greg Krissek, Wichita, Kansas representing Kansas Corn Growers Association

“The ACE board of directors is a dedicated group of active volunteers who represent the grassroots diversity of our entire membership,” said Brian Jennings, ACE Executive Vice President.  “Our members are very capably represented by the passion, expertise, and experience the ACE board brings to the table and we are grateful for their support and leadership.” Read the rest of this entry »

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08-14-14 CO Wheat Planting Decision Meetings Aug 20-21-22: Interview w/CSU Wheat Breeder Scott Haley…

Posted by Brian Allmer on August 14, 2014

Scott Haley, a professor in the CSU Department of Soil and Crop Sciences, leads the university’s renowned Wheat Breeding and Genetics Program.

Scott Haley, a professor in the CSU Department of Soil and Crop Sciences, leads the university’s renowned Wheat Breeding and Genetics Program.

(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) August 14, 2014 - Joining me inside the BARN in the CoAgNews Network by telephone is CSU Wheat Breeder Scott Haley…Scott, CO’s Wheat harvest is all but wrapped up, good for some and not so good for others, especially for those that got hailed out OR were faced with common bunt in their wheat fields this summer…but for the most part, there were some amazing yields weren’t there?



Coming up Aug 20 in Lamar & Burlington; 
Aug 21 in Genoa, Akron & Dailey & 
Aug 22 in Wiggins 

CLICK HERE to learn more about CAWG - CWRF - CWACAugust 6, 2014, Fort Collins, Colo. – Wheat farmers looking to increase yield and decrease risk will want to plant the best possible wheat varieties this fall for top yields next summer. The annual Wheat Planting Decision Meetings August 20, 21 and 22 will offer growers insight into the highest-yielding varieties in the Colorado State University (CSU) Dryland and Irrigated Variety Performance Trials and Collaborative On-Farm Tests (COFT).

Experts suggest planting more than one variety of wheat to manage some of the risk associated with Colorado’s unpredictable growing conditions and to focus on multi-year data when selecting a new variety. Growers attending these meetings will discover the line-up of wheat varieties best suited to their area and conditions. Varieties discussed will include popular varieties from CSU (PlainsGold), AgriPro, Syngenta, Limagrain Cereal Seeds, WestBred, and other public and private programs in the region. Wheat varieties for irrigated production will also be discussed.

The Colorado Wheat Administrative Committee (CWAC) and Colorado Wheat Research Foundation (CWRF) host the annual meetings. Dr. Jerry Johnson, CSU Extension Specialist, will share the CSU wheat variety and COFT trial results for 2014, and variety recommendations; Dr. Scott Haley, CSU wheat breeder, will speak about new varieties, new developments in wheat breeding, and the wheat variety database; Rick Novak, director of the Colorado Seed Growers Association, will present the availability and value of certified wheat seed and the Plant Variety Protection Act (PVPA); and Darrell Hanavan, CWAC and CWRF executive director, will discuss CWAC and CWRF research funding and the CWRF Ardent Mills Ultragrain® Premium Program.

To learn more about the top wheat varieties and the economic advantages of certified seed, plan to attend the meeting nearest you. A complimentary meal will also be served. For more information, visit or call Colorado Wheat at (970) 449-6994 or toll free at 1-800-WHEAT10.

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