12-15-17 REGISTER NOW for the Four States Irrigation Council Meeting in Ft Collins, CO Jan 10-12

We would like to see you in Fort Collins for the 65th Anniversary of the Four States Irrigation Council’s Annual Meeting, January 10-12, 2018.

The deadline for the early rate of $185 is December 21. 

You may register online at www.4-states-irrigation.org.

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12-15-17 CCA: Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing—How Wolf Recovery will Impact CO Ranchers

CCA: Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing—How Wolf Recovery will Impact CO Ranchers

Wolves running in a pack through open fields and forests may seem a mythical sight to be seen—often romanticized in novels, movies, and by tourists alike—glimpsing creatures through binoculars from a guarded distance away in places like Yellowstone National Park. But for the people actually faced with living amongst the wolves, if they are reintroduced in Colorado, it conjures up a whole new reality entirely; it threatens their livelihood.

A study published in the Wildlife Society Bulletin analyzed three decades of U.S. and European public opinion polls, and found that people with the most positive attitude toward wolves had the least direct experience with them, which explains the divide in opinion between rural and urban Colorado. Indeed, the topic of the reintroduction of wolves has been buzzing across the state, and groups like the Sierra Club have been meeting and advocating for wolf recovery with little regard of how it will affect rural Colorado, specifically the state’s ranchers and farmers. “It is true that some surveys indicate many Coloradans support having wolves in our state,” the Colorado Parks and Wildlife stated in a recently published article. “Unfortunately, the costs of living with predators are not borne by most our citizens. Agricultural producers and sportsmen will bear the brunt of the cost. For this reason and many others based in best available science, the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission adopted a resolution affirming opposition of the intentional release of any wolves into Colorado,” the article stated. Continue reading

The Denver Cash Grain Bids…

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Greeley, CO    Fri Dec 15, 2017    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.
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US 1 Hard Red Winter Wheat      3.38-3.53    steady
    Up to 12 percent protein
US 2 Yellow Corn                      3.33    1 lower
US 2 Barley                          – –    not available
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
        Greeley.LPGMN@ams.usda.gov www.ams.usda.gov/lsmarketnews
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12-15-17 Get Registered for the 2018 NCBA Convention and Trade Show Jan 31 – Feb 2 in Phoenix, AZ

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It’s time to register to #BlazeATrail to Phoenix, Arizona, for the 2018 Cattle Industry Convention & NCBA Trade Show ! Don’t forget to encourage your friends and family to join you for #CattleCon18 ! Visit convention.beefusa.org to learn more and register today! #beefmeet

CLICK HERE to visit Baxter Black’s website…

Don’t take the BARN’s word for it, listen to Baxter Black…

To get registered and to reserve your hotel please visit http://convention.beefusa.org/registration-hotels 

12-15-17 Inside the CSU Rural Energy Center with Director Cary Weiner…

Inside the CSU Rural Energy Center with Director Cary Weiner…

Learn more about Free Solar Assessments for Animal Feeding Operations…

(The BARN – Briggsdale, CO) December 15, 2017 – Colorado State University’s Rural Energy Center is offering free solar energy assessments for Colorado animal feeding operations. Joining the Colorado Ag News Network to discuss those in much more detail is Cary Weiner, CSU Rural Energy Center Director

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CSU is accepting applications on an ongoing basis up to a limit of 30. Applicants must receive 51% or more of their gross receipts from agriculture. For complete details please visit www.rec.colostate.edu/fase to submit the short application. And for even more information about the FSAE, contact Cary Weiner, CSU Rural Energy Center Director, by email at  cary.weiner@colostate.edu or by calling (970) 491-3784.

For even more information about the CSU Rural Energy Center please visit http://yourenergy.extension.colostate.edu/

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12-14-17 Governor’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture Registration Open

Governor’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture Registration Open

DENVER, CO – DECEMBER 14, 2017 –  Early bird registration for the Governor’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture is now open. Early bird registrants receive a $50 discount off the regular price of $200. Early bird registration is available until February 1, 2018. Please follow this link to register. Special discounts available for students and Colorado Ag Leadership Program Alumni. Continue reading

12-13-17 Inside the BARN with CDOT’s Tim Kirby regarding Road Usage Charge Pilot Programs…

Inside the BARN with CDOT’s Tim Kirby regarding Road Usage Charge Pilot Programs…

Tim Kirby, Manager, of the MPO & Regional Planning Section at CDOT

(The BARN – Briggsdale, CO) December 13, 2017 –  The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) announced the successful completion of Colorado’s Road Usage Charge Pilot Program (RUCPP) Research Study, which researched how a pay-by-mile system compares to the current gas tax as well as its feasibility in Colorado. The RUCPP Pilot program represented Colorado’s first pilot test of the road usage charge concept.

Joining the BARN to discuss this in much more detail is Tim Kirby, Manager, of the MPO & Regional Planning Section at CDOT

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Livestock Exchange, LLC Weekly Update…

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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…

12-12-17 Livestock Exchange, LLC – Extended Preview

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12-11-17 Livestock Exchange, LLC – Recap & Preview

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12-12-17 National Western Angus Bull Sale Returns to Denver

National Western Angus Bull Sale Returns to Denver

Angus to host its second evening Angus Bull Sale after a hugely successful 2017 sale

DECEMBER 12, 2017 – The 2018 National Western Bull Sale, scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 10, will head back to the National Western Stock Show (NWSS) in Denver. Held in the historic Stadium Arena, the event celebrates the rich history and success of the Angus breed.

Last year, almost 2,500 people packed the arena, making the event the largest cattle sale in the building since the 1950s. As the only sale hosted by the Association, the event celebrates the Angus breed’s impact on Western ranching and symbolizes the success of the breed for years to come.

“Angus breeders again have consigned another excellent group of bulls for the 2018 NWSS Angus Bull Sale,” said David Gazda, sale manager and director of field services at American Angus Association. “This year, approximately 40 bulls will be offered and are consigned from some of the most respected and progressive breeding programs in the country.”

The Angus Bull Sale Show will kick off NWSS Angus shows on Wednesday at 8 a.m. in the Stadium Arena. A three-person judging committee will place the bulls to help make a sale order. Judges for the event will be Art Butler, Bliss, Idaho; Sam Carter, Arthur, Nebraska; and Mike McGuire, Waverly, Alabama. The ROV Angus Bull Show will follow the Bull Sale Show at 11 a.m. Continue reading

12-11-17 NRCS-CO’s Julie Elliott discusses Farming Evolution 2018 in Holyoke Feb 13-14…

 

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NRCS-CO’s Julie Elliott discusses Farming Evolution 2018 in Holyoke Feb 13-14…

Julie Elliott, Acting District Conservationist, NRCS-CO in the Wray Field Office

(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) December 11, 2017 – Make plans now to join farmers and ranchers at the 2018 Farming Evolution event.  The Farming Evolution will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, February 13 & 14, 2018, at the Phillips County Event Center in Holyoke, CO.  Joining the Colorado Ag News Network inside the BARN is Julie Elliott, Acting District Conservationist for the Wray Field Office at NRCS-CO discussing the upcoming event…

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12-11-17 CADA: Learn more about the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Program in Colorado….

CADA: Learn more about the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Program in Colorado….

The Colorado Agricultural Development Authority (CADA) loan program is known as the Beginning Farmer Loan Program. If you are just getting beginning your farming journey, this is the place to start.

Learn More About the Beginning Farmer Loan Program


Coming in January of 2017, we will be offering a brand new Farm Lease Income Tax Deduction Program.

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12-08-17 West Central Cattleman’s Day Programs Announced this January in Wray and Sterling, CO

West Central Cattleman’s Day Programs Announced this January in Wray & Sterling

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(Burlington, CO) Nebraska Extension and Colorado State University Extension will be hosting two winter programs for cattle producers in eastern Colorado. Programs will be held January 23rd in Wray, Colorado and January 25th in Sterling, Colorado. The programs are designed to help producers evaluate management practices that could improve their bottom line. Extension personnel and other presenters will discuss a variety of topics including nutritional management, range management, premiums for market calves, risk management, and the National Beef Quality Audit. A Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) training will be available after the Sterling program.

Registration is $15 per program, and high school and college students can register for a reduced price of $10. Participants can register online or by mailing in a registration form available at their county CSU Extension office.

For more information, go to http://goldenplains.colostate.edu/agri/agri-cattlemansday.html.

12-04-17 OCIA Celebrates 30 Years of Serving Organic Farmers at Annual Meeting

(The BARN – Briggsdale, CO) December 4, 2017  The 2018 Organic Crop Improvement Association’s annual meeting is in Kansas City this January and joining the CO Ag News Network is Angie Tunink, Marketing Director, OCIA International, Inc.& Executive Director, OCIA Research & Education, Inc…

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OCIA Celebrates 30 Years of Serving Organic Farmers at Annual Meeting

LINCOLN, NE: Join us as we celebrate over 30 years of serving organic farmers during the OCIA 2018 Annual Meeting. The Holiday Inn Country Club Plaza in Kansas City, MO will be the venue for this event on January 30th and 31st. There is a great line up of presenters that you won’t want to miss on Jan 30th, along with a mini trade show and all organic meals. It will be a day filled with information for farmers thinking about transitioning to organic, as well as for the experienced organic farmer. General OCIA business will be conducted on Jan 31st. Continue reading

11-21-17 COLORADO YOUNG FARMERS EDUCATIONAL ASSOCIATION (CYFEA) SETS DATES AND LOCATION FOR THEIR 2018 STATE INSTITUTE

COLORADO YOUNG FARMERS EDUCATIONAL ASSOCIATION (CYFEA) SETS DATES AND LOCATION FOR THEIR 2018 STATE INSTITUTE

The Colorado Young Farmers Educational Association is pleased to announce the CYFEA 2018 State Institute will be held January 25 – 28, 2018 at the beautiful Omni Interlocken Hotel, in Broomfield.  This annual gathering of the young and young-at-heart, beginning and established farmers, educators and other agricultural enthusiasts, will kick off immediately following the 2018 Colorado Farm Show, which takes place in Greeley.  The CO Farm Show has designated January 25th as “Ag Education Day” and the CYFEA will begin their 2018 annual conference that evening at the Broomfield Omni Interlocken Hotel.  A meeting agenda, along with guest speaker and trade show information, is being put together and will soon be available.  This information and registration forms can also be accessed soon on the CYFEA website, at:  www.cyfea.org Continue reading

12-15-17 The National Western Stock Show is Hiring for the 2018 Stock Show

The National Western Stock Show is Hiring for the 2018 Stock Show

Denver, CO  – The National Western Stock Show will host the annual job fair to hire over 400 seasonal positions for the 2018 National Western Stock Show.  The job fair is Tuesday, December 19th, 10am – 2pm at the National Western Complex.  The iconic stock show is seeking friendly and hard-working people who want to be part of this 112-year-old Colorado tradition.

Stock Show positions include building maintenance, ticketing, tack and feed, janitorial, parking services, and guest relations. Several departments operate outdoors, regardless of weather and shifts run 8-12 hours a day for the 16 days of Stock Show. “This is an exciting time for the Stock Show as we celebrate 112 years and we can’t do it without the fabulous team of seasonal employees,” said Debbie Rogers, Human Resources Manager and Employment Office Manager.

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12-15-17 Endangered ferrets released to wild as CPW works to rescue species

A black-footed ferret peeks out of a burrow where it was released by Colorado Parks and Wildlife biologist April Estep and intern Brianna Fett on Dec. 13. Photo courtesy Colorado Parks and Wildlife / Jerry Neal

Endangered ferrets released to wild as CPW works to rescue species

HOLLY, Colo. – When it comes to rescuing and preserving our endangered species, Colorado Parks and Wildlife staffers will trek to all corners of the state, day and night, good weather and bad, to fulfill their mission.

That was the case Dec. 13 as a CPW team from Denver and Colorado Springs drove hours to the far southeast edge of the state to make sure four black-footed ferrets were carefully and properly deposited in new burrows as part of the agency’s ongoing efforts to rebuild a population twice thought to be extinct.

It was 30 degrees and the sun was settings as the CPW team took the ferrets in their plastic crates onto private, grazed prairieland for release into the wild. The location was an active prairie dog colony where plenty of burrows offered ideal habitat for the ferrets, which nearly disappeared from Colorado in the 1950s and were thought extinct until a small population was found in Wyoming in 1981.

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12-15-17 NPPC Applauds Withdraw Of Organic Rule

NPPC Applauds Withdraw Of Organic Rule

WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 15, 2017 – Listening to the farmers it would have affected, Agriculture Sec. Sonny Perdue today announced that his agency will withdraw a proposed organic rule for livestock and poultry, a move hailed by the National Pork Producers Council.

The Obama-era regulation – the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices rule – would have incorporated into the National Organic Program welfare standards that were not based on science and that were outside the scope of the Organic Food Production Act of 1990. The act limited consideration of livestock as organic to feeding and medication practices.

“We’d like to thank Sec. Perdue and the Trump administration for listening to our concerns with the rule and recognizing the serious challenges it would have presented our producers,” said NPPC President Ken Maschhoff, a pork producer from Carlyle, Ill. Continue reading

12-15-17 USDA to Rescind Organic Livestock and Poultry Rules to Detriment of Family Organic Producers and Consumers, NFU Says

USDA to Rescind Organic Livestock and Poultry Rules to Detriment of Family Organic Producers and Consumers, NFU Says

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today its intent to withdraw the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices (OLPP) final rule. The rule was finalized in January 2017, but placed on hold when the new administration took office.

National Farmers Union (NFU) supports the OLPP rule’s intent, as it would improve the consistency and integrity of organic livestock practices and labeling. NFU Senior Vice President of Public Policy and Communications Rob Larew issued the following statement in response to the announcement:

“This is a very disappointing decision by USDA, both for American family farmers and for consumers. Currently, we have too much inconsistency in how organic certifiers apply animal welfare standards to farming and ranching operations. This, in turn, endangers the organic label’s integrity and leads to consumer confusion. The OLPP rule would have helped mitigate these concerns by standardizing organic livestock and poultry practices for the voluntary National Organic Program.

“We urge USDA to find a solution that provides certainty to family organic producers and integrity to the organic label. Family farmers, ranchers, and consumers all benefit from thorough, accurate and consistent food labeling.”

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12-15-17 CSU Extension: 4-H Helping Hands Spread Holiday Cheer to Prowers County Nursing Homes

4-H Helping Hands Spread Holiday Cheer to Prowers County Nursing Homes

In the spirit of giving, Prowers County 4-H members participated in a
community service put on by the 4-H county council officer. This year
4-H members assisted in putting together twenty-four fleece blankets for
Lamar and Holly nursing home residents. The members also designed
Christmas cards to give to each resident who received a blanket. The
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12-15-17 American Gelbvieh Association Elects Leadership

The American Gelbvieh Association elected directors and officers for 2018 during its national convention in Wichita, Kansas. Front row (left to right): Dan McCarty, Rifle, Colo.; Secretary Klint Sickler, Gladstone, N.D.; Executive Director Myron Edelman, Broomfield, Colo.; President Scott Starr, Stapleton, Neb.; Vice President John Carrel, Columbus, Mont.; Treasurer Walter Teeter, Mount Ulla, N.C.; Lowell Rogers, Seminary, Miss. Back row (left to right): Leland Clark, Barnard, Kan.; Randy Sienknecht, Gladbrook, Iowa; Doug Hughes, Max Meadows, Va.; Jeff Swanson, Oxford, Neb.; Dennis Gustin, Mandan, N.D.; Jeff Loveless, Spanish Fork, Utah; Dustin Aherin, Phillipsburg, Kan.; Derek Martin, Bucklin, Kan.; Andrea Murray, Kingfisher, Okla.

American Gelbvieh Association Elects Leadership

Members of the American Gelbvieh Association (AGA) elected five candidates to the board of directors at the annual membership meeting held December 9, 2017, during the 47th Annual American Gelbvieh Association National Convention in Wichita, Kansas.

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Friday, December 15th

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Friday, December 15th

Northey Nomination Still on Hold

The nomination of Bill Northey to a top Department of Agriculture post remains on hold following a White House meeting on the Renewable Fuels Standard. The meeting, requested by Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz, offered no major breakthroughs regarding what Cruz wants to change in the RFS. Cruz told Politico he is still holding up the vote to confirm Northey, but touted “progress towards a productive solution” that he says would balance the needs of ethanol and oil refiners. A source told Politico that Cruz’s staff said they want to reduce the price of biofuel credits but did not offer any “win-win” proposals to do so. Cruz is expected to propose a cap on RIN prices, but that’s an idea that RFS defenders say would go against the law’s intent. A statement from Iowa Republican Senator Chuck Grassley’s office says: “There was an understanding expressed broadly in the meeting that any outcome can’t undermine the integrity of the RFS.”

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Newly Appointed Minnesota Senator Strong Supporter of Ethanol

The appointed U.S. Senator to take the place of Democrat Al Franken of Minnesota will “fiercely defend ethanol.” The Washington Examiner reports Democrat Tina Smith will add another big voice of support for corn ethanol in Congress. Smith was appointed this week by Minnesota’s Governor to take the place of Franken, who resigned last week over allegations of sexual misconduct. Smith, now formally Minnesota Lieutenant Governor, said on September 16th last year while declaring the date as Ethanol Day, that ethanol is a “critical tool” in the state’s economic development toolbox. The ethanol industry generates nearly $5 billion for Minnesota’s economy and more than 18,000 jobs, according to Smith. However, it is not clear how much she can do as her appointment lasts one year, after which Minnesota will hold a special election to choose a new senator to serve out the remainder of Franken’s term.

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Mexico Sees Possible EU Trade Deal

Mexico and the European Union could place the framework for a trade deal by the end of the year. As talks around the North American Free Trade Agreement drag on, Mexico said this week that the nation is working with the EU to reach the framework for a trade agreement, but differences over agricultural market access remain. The two sides are currently in technical meetings and preparing for higher-level talks next week. Mexico and the EU have an existing accord dating to 2000 that principally cut tariffs on industrial goods. The two parties agreed in 2015 to modernize their trade relations and held various rounds of talks last year.The potential trade deal comes as Reuters says Mexico is aiming to reduce its reliance on trade with the United States. However, trade officials from Mexico did say this week that the goal is to have significant advances in the first quarter of 2018, regarding the stalled NAFTA talks.

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Report Outlines BayerAG-Monsanto Merger Impact

A research document released by Farmers and Families First shows the proposed BayerAG-Monsanto merger would reduce competition and increase cost for farmers. The white paper says the deal would create a $66 billion corporation with “unprecedented control” over the products farmers and agriculture businesses need to grow, produce and distribute food. Farmers and Families First is an advocacy organization that states a primary goal of putting ideas into action that promote innovation, lower costs through competition, and fairness for farmers and families. Online records show that the organization’s website was registered on December 6th, 2017. Washington, D.C. online records indicate the 501(c)(4) non-profit was registered on December, 7th, 2017. The study claims a merged Bayer-Monsanto would control over 35 percent of the global market for corn seeds, roughly 28 percent of the global soybean market, almost 70 percent of the global cottonseed market and up to 69 percent of U.S. approved herbicide-tolerant seeds for alfalfa, canola, corn, wheat, soybeans and cotton.

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Florida Citrus Crop Estimates Decline Further

The Department of Agriculture says Florida will produce four million less boxes of oranges than previously estimated. The decline, attributed to damage from Hurricane Irma, has USDA predicting Florida will produce 46 million boxes of oranges. The decline doubles a previous decrease indicated by USDA in October. A survey of growers conducted post Irma pegged total fruit loss at almost 60 percent with some reports of 100 percent fruit loss in the Southwest part of the state. Florida Citrus Mutual CEO Michael Sparks told the Palm Beach Post: “This is exactly what we thought would happen as the true damage begins to rear its ugly head in the groves across Florida.” The forecast from USDA this week represents a decline of more than 80 percent since the peak of citrus production at 244 million boxes during the 1997-98 season.

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USDA Seeks Public Input on Child Nutrition Food Crediting

The Department of Agriculture is seeking comments on food crediting, the system USDA says defines how each food item fits into a meal for the National School Lunch Program. USDA says the public input will help USDA officials better understand perspectives on “navigating today’s evolving food and nutrition environment.” To claim federal reimbursement for food served through one of USDA’s child nutrition programs, program operators must serve meals and snacks that meet each program’s specific meal pattern requirements. USDA’s crediting system defines how each food item fits into the meal pattern. USDA is especially interested in understanding both the possible benefits and any negative impacts associated with possible changes to how certain foods may or may not credit. Electronic comments are preferred and may be submitted at the Federal Register today through February 12, 2018.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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12-14-17 Colorado Governor Hickenlooper appoints Melissa Hart as New Colorado Supreme Court Justice

CO Gov Hickenlooper appoints Melissa Hart as New Colorado Supreme Court Justice

DENVER — Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017 Gov. John Hickenlooper today announced the appointment of Melissa Hart to the Colorado Supreme Court. Hart fills a vacancy created by the resignation of the Honorable Allison H. Eid who is now serving on the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

“Melissa is a brilliant legal mind who has dedicated herself to making Colorado a better place. Her expertise and strong work ethic make her a terrific addition to the bench,” said Governor John Hickenlooper. “I’m encouraged by her ideas on how to make the judicial system more effective, efficient, and less expensive.”

Listen to the audio from today’s press conference, courtesy of The BARN

Congratulations to Colorado’s new… – John W. Hickenlooper

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12-14-17 USDA Highlights $40 Million in Infrastructure Investments in Rural Communities

USDA Highlights $40 Million in Infrastructure Investments in Rural Communities

Funding Helps Improve Streets, Transit Facilities and Other Structures to Spur Economic Growth and Create Jobs

WASHINGTON, Dec. 14, 2017 – Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue today highlighted U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) investments in Fiscal Year 2017 that will help construct or improve infrastructure and boost economic growth in rural communities.

“USDA is focused on improving rural America’s infrastructure,” Perdue said. “Investments such as the ones I’m highlighting today will improve the quality of life, create jobs, grow our economy and foster prosperity in rural areas.”

In Fiscal Year 2017, USDA used funding from the Community Facilities Direct Loan Program to invest more than $40 million in 31 projects to repair, enhance or build infrastructure. These investments were for projects such as surface transportation, aviation, ports, water and storm water resources, energy production and generation, and electricity transmission. They will benefit nearly 265,000 residents.

The investments are supporting projects in Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, North Carolina, New Jersey, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Vermont and Wyoming.

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12-14-17 USDA announced disaster declaration for several Colorado counties for hard freeze last spring

USDA announced disaster declaration for several Colorado counties for hard freeze last spring

The letter from USDA Secretary Sonny Purdue to Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper says, “On May 31, 2017, the acting Colorado State Executive Director of the Farm Service Agency (FSA), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), requested a primary county disaster designation for Montrose County, Colorado, due to damage and losses caused by severe freezes that occurred from April 4 through April 30, 2017. At that time, USDA was unable to make a complete and accurate determination of production losses for the current crop year. On November 28, 20 I 7, the Colorado State Office notified the National Office that the loss assessment report was complete.

USDA reviewed the Loss Assessment Report and determined that there were sufficient production losses to warrant a Secretarial natural disaster designation. Therefore, I am designating Montrose County, Colorado, as a primary natural disaster area.

In accordance with section 321 (a) of the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act, Delta, Gunnison, Mesa, Ouray, and San Miguel Counties, Colorado, are named as contiguous disaster counties.

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12-14-17 Limagrain Cereal Seeds: LCS Jet Tops 2017 National Wheat Yield Contest

Limagrain Cereal Seeds: LCS Jet Tops 2017 National Wheat Yield Contest

LCS wheat growers lead in National Wheat Foundation’s state and national categories

December 14, 2017 — Phillip Gross of Warden, Wash., was named the highest yield winner of the National Wheat Foundation’s 2017 National Wheat Yield Contest. Gross entered the competition with Limagrain Cereal Seeds variety LCS Jet and a blockbuster irrigated winter wheat yield of 184.29 Bu/A — 247.7% over the average county yield.

Of the contest entries that featured Limagrain Cereal Seeds (LCS) varieties, more than 75% were named winners. LCS growers topped the irrigated winter wheat leaderboard in both Washington and Oregon, including first place showings for Gross and Nathan Rea of Milton Freewater, Ore., with LCS Jet and LCS Drive, respectively. Continue reading

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12-14-17 National Western Center News: Legacy Building Unveiled & $10M Donation for “The Ron & Cille Williams’ Yards”

Legacy Building Unveiled & $10M Donation for “The Ron & Cille Williams’ Yards

On December 12, we unveiled Tryba Architects’ model for Stock Show’s future headquarters — the Legacy Building.  This 100,000-square-foot building will be a focal point of the new National Western Center, featuring sweeping terraces with views of the campus as well as a greatly expanded National Western Club.
“This is going to be a watering hole, a gallery space, and a place to do business for friends, cowboys and art lovers alike,” said NWSS President and CEO Paul Andrews.
Ron and Cille Williams also were recognized for their $10 million donation to our Honoring the Legacy campaign. In honor of their gift, the historic Stock Yards will be named the “Ron and Cille Williams Yards” upon renovation. Watch the entire ceremony below…

CLICK HERE to watch the entire announcement, courtesy of The BARN and the Colorado Ag News Network

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