The Denver Cash Grain Bids…

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The 2017 Feeders and Friends Keith Spayd Benefit is Aug 19th in New Raymer – Interview w/Verlyn Mahan…

The 2017 Feeders and Friends Keith Spayd Benefit is Aug 19th in New Raymer – Interview w/Verlyn Mahan…

(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) June 27, 2017 – Joining the Colorado Ag News Network  is Verlyn Mahan, discussing the upcoming 15th Feeders & Friends Keith Spayd Benefit August19th in New Raymer, CO…

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UPDATE FROM VERLYN MAHAN ON JULY 6, 2017

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08-17-17 Inside the BARN with Colorado Ag Commissioner Don Brown…

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Inside the BARN with Colorado Ag Commissioner Don Brown

(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) August 17, 2017 – Joining the Colorado Ag News Network inside the BARN is Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture Don Brown discussing several topics including:

  • Thoughts on NAFTA Renegotiations
  • US EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s recent visit to Last Chance, CO
  • WOTUS Repeal Comment Period Extended
  • Recent Ag Tour w/US Senators Bennet & Gardner
  • Recent CDA Survey Results
  • August is Colorado Proud Month
  • Colorado Crisis Services – Help for those in Agriculture
  • 2017 CO State Fair – August 24-Labor Day in Pueblo
  • and MORE

Listen to the interview with CO Agriculture Commissioner Don Brown below…

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08-17-17 “Sizing up Profit” to Be the Focus of the RAAA Commercial Cattlemen’s Symposium in Colorado Springs

“Sizing up Profit” to Be the Focus of Commercial Cattlemen’s Symposium in Colorado Springs

Commerce City, Colorado – Cattlemen and women will gather in Colorado Springs in September to take advantage of insight offered by industry experts on pressing issues affecting beef producers today. The Commercial Cattlemen’s Symposium, hosted by the Red Angus Association of America as part of the National Red Angus Convention, is a one-day event focused on equipping producers with the knowledge and guidance they need to take their management skills, and ultimately, profits, to the next level. Appropriately, this year’s symposium will focus on “Sizing up Profit” and will take place Wednesday, September 13, at the DoubleTree Hotel in Colorado Springs.

Tom Brink, RAAA CEO, expressed his enthusiasm about the symposium’s speaker lineup, noting that the event is always a highlight of the National Red Angus Convention.

“This year’s lineup of speakers is outstanding. They will be covering a host of topics designed to help producers improve their productivity and create better bottom line results. Cattlemen and women who choose to attend will no doubt leave the symposium with renewed passion and dedication for raising the best beef in the world.” Continue reading

08-16-17 CDA: Recovery Efforts Continue. Grant Funds Available for Agricultural Producers Affected by 2012/2013 Floods and Fires

CDA: Recovery Efforts Continue. Grant Funds Available for Agricultural Producers Affected by 2012/2013 Floods and Fires

Application period extended until September 29, 2017

BROOMFIELD, Colo. – Applications are being sought for grants to assist farmers and ranchers who were impacted by 2012/2013 floods and fires. The grant amounts can range from $15,000 to $150,000 and approximately $900,000 is available for this round of grants.
Applicants must meet the Housing and Urban Development income limits for moderate-income households which is based on the county, personal income, and family size of all owners. Farms and ranches with employees can also qualify if over half of their employees meet the moderate income limits.
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08-16-17 CDA/CDHS: Agriculture Financial Crisis Help is Available…

The Agricultural Economic Crisis is real.
The resulting stress is real.  Let’s TALK about it.

Crisis can take many forms for many different people. Don’t know where to start?  Start Here

“When a farmer and rancher is facing a financial crisis, it can create an emotional toll on every aspect of life. From paying bills, to feeding their children, caring for the livestock and crops, retirement options, and even what they will be able to leave their heirs, the worry and anxiety can be overwhelming. The agricultural community has always come together to help our neighbors in a time of need and that is what this effort is all about:  pulling together to help others through this stressful time. I encourage you to reach out to the Colorado Crisis Services if you, or someone you love, is struggling.”

—Don Brown, Commissioner of Agriculture

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An effort by the Colorado Department of Agriculture, Colorado Farm Bureau, Colorado State University Extension, Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, and the Colorado Department of Human Services

08-16-17 Inside The BARN with Author/Photographer Lee Klancher about his newest book “Red 4WD Tractors”, available Sept 1st!

AVAILABLE NOW – Listen to the interview to learn how you can obtain YOUR copy!

Inside The BARN with Author/Photographer Lee Klancher about his newest book “Red 4WD Tractors”, available Sept 1st!

(The BARN – Briggsdale, CO) August 16, 2017 – The same team that created the award-winning books Red Tractors 1958- 2013 and Red Combines 1915–2015, have published their next incredible book, which is a must-have for any tractor and farming history enthusiast. Joining the Colorado Ag News Network inside the BARN to disuss the new book and more is Award-winning author/photographer Lee Klancher…

  • Klancher’s Background
  • Inspiration and more details about the book, “Red 4WD Tractors”
  • Steiger’s humble beginnings, engineering & sustainability
  • Steiger stories
  • Super 70 Series IH Tractors including the 2+2
  • Challenges in creating the Promotional Pictures & Video Shoot
  • Future Technology
  • Obtaining YOUR copy of the book “Red 4WD Tractors” – Great Gift Idea
  • Klancher’s next project
  • Final thoughts

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Lee Klancher’s new book will be available on September 1st, 2017 – you can pre-order your copy or copies today @ https://octanepress.com/Links to purchase copies of his other books are availableat that website as well.

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08-16-17 Wildlife Partners Unite to Protect Iconic Species from Deadly Plague…BARN’s Livestream Coverage!

Wildlife Partners Unite to Protect Iconic Species from Deadly Plague

August 16, 2017 – Reporters were invited to an event at the National Black-footed Ferret Conservation Center south of Carr and north of Fort Collins, CO, showcasing cooperative efforts to develop a potential breakthrough in wildlife management – an oral vaccine that may help protect prairie dogs against plague and assist in the recovery of endangered black-footed ferrets at specific locations in the West.

Prairie dogs in the wild are less likely to succumb to sylvatic plague after they ingest peanut-butter-flavored bait that contains a vaccine against the disease, according to recent field trials conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey, the Colorado Parks and Wildlife, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and others. Continue reading

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…

08-15-17 Livestock Exchange, LLC Recap & Preview

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08-11-17 CSU’s Ag Innovation Summit 2.0 is coming to Ft Collins September 6-7 – REGISTER NOW!

CLICK HERE to view the program agenda and to get registered

September 6 – 7, 2017 @ Lory Student Center, Colorado State University
The summit will convene leaders from across the innovation community in Colorado and the Intermountain West to catalyze opportunities for advancing the regional and global agricultural economy.

JOIN THEM AT THE 2017 CSU AG INNOVATION SUMMIT 2.0!

All-inclusive registration is $150, with discounted rates for guests from CSU, government and nonprofit agencies.

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08-11-17 Save the Dates for the Colorado Livestock Association Regional Symposiums…

Join the Coloraado Livestock Association at one or all of their upcoming symposiums for informative presentations on issues of importance to Colorado’s livestock industry!
Topics include a Market Report, Animal Welfare Issues, Activist Activity, and Regulation & Legislation Update.
Marshall 
Frasier Beef Symposium
October 12, 2017
Otero Junior College
La Junta, CO
November 14, 2017
Northeastern Junior College, Sterling, CO
December 5, 2017
Embassy Suites
Loveland, CO
February 20, 2018
Fairgrounds
Hugo, CO
RSVP today! (970) 378-0500

08-10-17 CSU Ag Day comes to Campus September 9th

CSU Ag Day comes to Campus September 9th

New location near on-campus stadium

For the first time in its history, Ag Day will be celebrated on the Colorado State University campus, within walking distance of the new on-campus stadium. The Ag Day BBQ will be held on the west lawn of the Lory Student Center prior to the Rams versus Abilene Christian University game on Sept. 9. Festivities begin four hours before kickoff, with the BBQ beginning two and a half hours before kickoff.

The 2017 Ag Day will be the 36th year of the event, one that began as a small beef barbecue and has grown into a giant tailgate featuring food from Colorado commodity groups, music and interactive demonstrations from College of Agricultural Sciences faculty, staff and students.

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08-10-17 Make plans to Attend the 2017 San Luis Valley Potato Festival in Monte Vista on September 9th…

The 2017 San Luis Valley Potato Festival will be September 9! The Potato Festival is a day of fun and activities for the whole family!

The Potato Festival will begin in Chapman Park, 4 Chico Camino, Monte Vista, CO from 8 AM until 4 PM. The day is filled with fun activities and events like the Tater Trot
5K Race, Music, Crafts, Guided Tours, Kid’s Games, Professional Chefs, our famous Mashed Potato Dunk Tank, freshly harvested Colorado Potatoes and much
more!

New this year, Brooke Eden will be headlining the first ever Potato Festival Concert at Ski-Hi Park Arena!

CLICK HERE to get your tickets today!

There will be beer and food will be available from Mountain View Restaurant. Tickets are $15, and they’re available at www.coloradopotato.org/potatofestival or at our office. If you order your tickets online before August 25, you’ll also be automatically entered into win 4 tickets to see the Colorado Rockies take on the Arizona Diamondbacks at Coors Field on September 3!

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08-08-17 Inside CEP with NestFresh’s Brandy Gamoning: August is CO Proud Month

 

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(Brandy GamoningBARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) August 8, 2017 -Joining the CO Ag News Network once again is Brandy Gamoning, Marketing Manager at NestFresh, discussing issues facing the poultry industry , CO Egg Producers and August being Colorado Proud Month…

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To learn more about NestFresh please visit http://www.nestfresh.com/

And to learn more about National Egg Month and the Incredible Edible Egg™ please visit http://www.incredibleegg.org/

To learn more about the Colorado Egg Producers please visit http://www.coloradoeggproducers.com/

08-02-17 Colorado State University to Hold Wheat Planting Decision Meetings

Colorado State University to Hold Wheat Planting Decision Meetings

Colorado State University will hold Wheat Planting Decision Meetings to discuss results of the 2017 harvest and demonstrate how producers can utilize decision making tools to make 2017/18 variety planting decisions. Dr. Jerry Johnson will present the 2017 the “Making Better Decisions: Annual Wheat Variety Performance Trial” and discuss 2017 variety trial results. Rick Novak will also discuss wheat seed issues with producers. Continue reading

08-02-17 CO Water Institute Director Reagan Waskom details the 2017 South Platte Forum Oct 25-26 in Loveland…

CO Water Institute Director Reagan Waskom details the 2017 South Platte Forum Oct 25-26 in Loveland

(The BARN – Briggsdale, CO) August 2, 2017 – The 2017 South Platte Forum  is set for October 25th & 26th @ the Embassy Suites in Loveland, CO and joining the CO Ag News Network at this time to provide all the details about that event is the Director of the Colorado Water Institute, Reagan Waskom…

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Sponsorship Opportunities are Still Available! 

Interested in sponsoring the South Platte Forum?
If so, click here for more information, or contact Marissa Jacobs.

07-27-17 CO BQA hosting New Stockmanship and Stewardship Program on September 22-23

Colorado Beef Quality Assurance to host new Stockmanship and Stewardship Program 

FORT COLLINS, Colo. – Colorado Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) is hosting one of several new regional events for cattle producers as part of the Stockmanship and Stewardship program from the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA). Colorado State University’s Agriculture Research, Development and Education Center (ARDEC) in Fort Collins, Colo. will house the event on September 22-23, 2017, which will feature world-renowned livestock behaviorist, Temple Grandin, Ph.D., as the keynote speaker. Other sessions will provide cattle handling strategies and education to help cattle producers improve their bottom lines.

Thanks to support from Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health, the Stockmanship and Stewardship program has been expanding and enhancing its scope beyond the local events held in the past, according to Chase DeCoite, NCBA associate director for BQA. The regional series has already held events in California and Nebraska, and has others slated throughout the country.

“Stockmanship and Stewardship sessions have become ‘must attend’ events for cattlemen and women who want to apply innovative and proven cattle handling strategies on their own operations,” said DeCoite. “These new regional programs will allow us to attract cattlemen from a larger area to a central location.” Continue reading

07-27-17 Colorado Farm Bureau Foundation Calls for Blizzard Relief Applications

Colorado Farm Bureau Foundation Calls for Blizzard Relief Applications

Centennial, Colo., – July 27, 2017 – Colorado Farm Bureau Foundation has called for applications from farmers and ranchers impacted by the late spring blizzard that swept through Baca and Prowers counties, devastating crops and livestock. Any farmers and ranchers impacted by the storm who need help recovering some of their losses are urged to apply. Continue reading

07-11-17 Red Angus Stakeholders Venture to Colorado Springs for Convention September 13-14-15

Red Angus Stakeholders Venture to Colorado Springs for Convention

The scenic beauty of the majestic Rocky Mountains, pristine pine-and-aspen forests and twisting canyons of Colorado’s Front Range will greet cattlemen and women from across the country as they gather in Colorado Springs, Sept. 13 to 15, for the 2017 National Red Angus Convention. Online registration is open atRedAngus.org.

Themed “Reds in the Rockies,” this year’s convention is slated to celebrate the growth of the breed, the camaraderie of its breeders and the success of commercial cattlemen using Red Angus genetics. The annual event is hosted by the Red Angus Association of America and Rocky Mountain – Area 3 members.

The trade show will be open each day enabling attendees to visit with some of the industry’s most progressive enterprises, and RAAA Member Services personnel will staff computer stations providing one-on-one REDSPro navigation sessions. Additionally, the Junior Red Angus Association of America Board of Directors will host a silent auction fundraiser and assist as needed with the functions of the convention. Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Friday, August 18th

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Lighthizer: NAFTA Costing Jobs, Failing Americans

At the start of the negotiations of the North American Free Trade Agreement this week, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer told reports the deal had benefited many Americans, but it had also failed countless others. Lighthizer noted that Canada and Mexico are the largest export markets for U.S. farmers and ranchers, but claims at least 700,000 Americans have lost their jobs due to changing trade flows under the agreement, according to meat industry publication Meatingplace. Lighthozer says: “We cannot ignore the huge trade deficits, the lost manufacturing jobs, the businesses that have closed or moved because of incentives — intended or not — in the current agreement.” Although Americans send billions of dollars in corn, soybeans, and poultry across the borders, trade deficits in other sectors totaled nearly $57 billion in the last year, according to Lighthizer. In the auto sector alone, the United States had a $68 billion deficit with Mexico.

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Dairy Farmers of Canada in Washington, D.C. to Defend Supply Management System

Representatives of a dairy industry group from Canada were visiting Washington, D.C. this week to support the nation’s dairy supply management system. Dairy Farmers of Canada made the visit as negotiations were getting underway on the North American Free Trade Agreement modernization effort between the U.S., Canada and Mexico. The dairy sector is not a part of the current edition of the free-trade agreement, and the dairy group is hoping the status quo will remain. Meanwhile, dairy groups in the United States wants the negotiation effort to address Canada’s dairy supply management system, and open access for more U.S. dairy products into Canada. The first round of NAFTA talks this week were to establish an action plan for future negotiations. Dairy Farmers of Canada says representatives of the group will be present on the ground at all future rounds of the renegotiation effort.

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Roberts: Goal is to Finish Farm Bill This Year

The Chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee is echoing his House of Representatives counterpart, saying the goal is to get the farm bill to the finish line by the end of this year. In his home state this week, Senator Pat Roberts of Kansas told farmers and ranchers that the farm bill process is in “good shape,” according to the High Plains Journal. The current farm bill will expire at the end of September next year. The House and Senate committees on agriculture are both in the process of holding field hearings around the nation to take input on the next farm bill. House Agriculture Committee Chair Mike Conaway of Texas previously said the goal is to have the farm bill finished this year and up for a vote in the House early next year.

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EPA Extends WOTUS Repeal Comment Period

The Environmental Protection Agency has extended the deadline to submit comments on the Waters of the U.S. Rule repeal effort. The EPA announced Thursday that it, along with the Army Corps of Engineers, will accept comment through September 27th. The original deadline for the comment period was set for August 28th. The EPA formally proposed to repeal the rule in late June. The Trump administration plans to separately write a new regulation to replace the rule. Additionally, President Trump signed an executive order in February ordering EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to consider repealing the rule. Comments on the repeal effort can be submitted online at regulations dot gov (https://www.regulations.gov/).

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GAO Estimates 200,000 Wild Horses Roaming on Federal Lands

A new report by the Government Accountability office estimates that 200,000-some wild horses, burros and mules, are free-roaming on federal and tribal lands. The report released this week also says there could be as many as 9.2 million domesticated horses, burros and mules in the United States. The GAO says there are several challenges in managing the wild herd, including affording care for the animals, finding new homes for unwanted animals, protecting welfare and controlling population growth. Additionally, free-roaming horses, burros and mules could pose unintended environmental impacts to public lands. Farm and land groups such as the American Farm Bureau and Public Lands Council have repeatedly asked lawmakers to address the wild horse population. Last year, AFBF estimated that more than 64,000 wild horses and burros were roaming public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management in ten western states, with an additional 47,000 residing in government-funded holding facilities at a cost of more than $40 million annually to taxpayers.

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Missouri Again Blocks Multi-State Wind Energy Transmission Line

Missouri regulators have again blocked the Grain Belt Express, a proposed transmission line for wind energy between Kansas and Indiana. Missouri’s Public Service Commission says the project would be in the best interest of the state, but said a recent court decision means each individual county the transmission line would run through must approve the proposal first. The 780-mile transmission line would originate in Kansas, carrying electricity generated by wind turbines through Missouri and Illinois, before stopping in Indiana. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the transmission project would cross eight Missouri counties. Clean Line Energy, the company behind the project, says the decision by the Missouri Public Service Commission “sends a bad signal to the marketplace” of renewable energy. It’s estimated the transmission line would bring 1,500 construction jobs to Missouri, and that 68 cities in the state had agreements to buy power from the project.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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08-17-17 USDA: South Korea Lifts U.S. Poultry Ban

USDA: South Korea Lifts U.S. Poultry Ban

(WASHINGTON, D.C., Aug. 17, 2017) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today that the government of South Korea has lifted its ban on imports of U.S. poultry and poultry products, including fresh eggs. Korea had imposed the ban in response to a recent detection of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI). Continue reading

08-17-17 NPPC: U.S. PORK GAINS LONG-AWAITED ACCESS TO ARGENTINE MARKET

NPPC: U.S. PORK GAINS LONG-AWAITED ACCESS TO ARGENTINE MARKET

WASHINGTON, D.C., August 17, 2017 – The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) applauds the Trump administration for negotiating U.S. pork access to the Argentine market. Argentina was among several countries with non-science based barriers to U.S. pork imports. With today’s White House announcement, trade-dependent U.S. pork producers now have unfettered access to this large pork-consuming nation.

“U.S. pork producers are the most competitive in the world and we have long sought the opportunity to provide affordable, high-quality pork in Argentina,” said NPPC President Ken Maschhoff. “We thank Secretaries Perdue and Ross, and their teams at the USDA and the Department of Commerce, as well as U.S. Trade Representative Lighthizer and his team, for their diligent work to win Argentine market access.” Continue reading

08-17-17 NMPF: Deadline Approaching for Producer Feedback on FARM Program Resources and Tools

Deadline Approaching for Producer Feedback on FARM Program Resources and Tools

ARLINGTON, VA – Dairy producers have until Sept. 10 to complete a survey asking about their perceptions of the National Dairy Farmers Assuring Responsible Management (FARM) Program and how it can continue to improve the resources it offers farmers.

The voluntary survey, conducted by the FARM Program in conjunction with Colorado State University, probes producers’ knowledge of FARM and the value it provides to their operations. The results will help FARM’s Animal Care program better provide cooperatives and farmers with the appropriate guidance and materials required of program participants. Survey questions address topics such as the producer’s familiarity with the program, where they seek additional FARM Program information, and why stewardship practices are important to them. Continue reading

08-17-17 US Dept of Interior Deputy Secretary Bernhardt Announces $450,000 in Historic State and Tribal Preservation Grants to CO…

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Deputy Secretary Bernhardt Announces $450,000 in Historic State and Tribal Preservation Grants to Colorado

Offshore Drilling Funds Directed to Help Protect U.S. and Tribal Historic Places, Culture, and Traditions

WASHINGTON – U.S. Deputy Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt with the National Park Service today announced the distribution of $417,936 in historic preservation grants to Colorado as well as $32,415 for historic preservation grants to a Tribal Historic Preservation Office in the state. This funding, part of $25.5 million going to states and tribes across the country today, represents a total of $58 million that the National Park Service has invested in the preservation efforts to every U.S. state, the District of Columbia, the U.S. territories, and partnering nations this year.

“These grants highlight the Department’s and the National Park Service’s commitment to preserving U.S. and tribal history and heritage,” Deputy Secretary Bernhardt said. “Through valuable partnerships,we are able to help communities and tribes protect the diverse historic places, culture, and traditions unique to our country for future generations.” Continue reading

08-17-17 Colorado Weekly Hay Report…

USDA – FAS Weekly Export Sales Report for August 17th

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08-17-17 Country Music Artist Clare Dunn Teamed with ACM Lifting Lives to Raise Over $25,000 at VIP Charity Party for Children’s Hospital and the CO FFA Foundation

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(L-R): Jenny Stafford with Children’s Hospital Colorado, Clare Dunn, Rayce Coen and Dillon Roesch with Colorado FFA Foundation

Country Music Artist Clare Dunn Teamed with ACM Lifting Lives to Raise Over $25,000 at VIP Charity Party for Children’s Hospital and the CO FFA Foundation

Last weekend Colorado native Clare Dunn returned home to headline this year’s Sand and Sage Round-Up Kick-Off concert, drawing one of the largest events in crowd history. Prior to her performance, Dunn hosted a VIP charity party including a silent auction, autographed memorabilia, an acoustic performance and more, raising over $25,000 for the Colorado FFA Foundation and Children’s Hospital Colorado.

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Thursday, August 17th

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Farm Groups in NAFTA Nations Express Unity

The largest farm groups in the U.S., Canada and Mexico offered a sign of unity Wednesday over the North American Free Trade Agreement renegotiations. The American Farm Bureau Federation, Canadian Federation of Agriculture and Mexico’s National Agricultural Council (Consejo Nacional Agropecuario) issued a joint statement supporting NAFTA and how the trade agreement supports agriculture in each of the NAFTA nations. AFBF says agriculture industries in each NAFTA country would greatly suffer from disruptions to trading relationships developed over the last 23 years. Meanwhile, the U.S. Grains Council says it will be engaged closely with the negotiations to help achieve a conclusion “that provides long-term certainty and creates a new platform for growth and integration of our regional feed and fuel industries.” Grains Council CEO Tom Sleight says “Both farmers and negotiators must understand how important these markets – and free trade – are to agriculture’s profitability.”

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Not All Ag Groups Happy with Direction of NAFTA Talks

A handful of farm groups say the North American Free Trade Agreement renegotiation goals favor corporate agribusiness over family farmers in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Politico reports that a coalition of farm groups argues that increasing exports won’t replace the need for fair prices in disputes such as the one over Canada’s dairy supply management system, along with eliminating restrictions on genetically engineered crops. The group includes the U.S. National Family Farm Coalition, Canada’s National Farmers Union and Mexico’s National Association of Rural Producers, as well as the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy. Officials with the Mexican National Association of Rural Producers says the “whole process should begin with a thorough, independent evaluation of NAFTA’s economic, social, environmental and governance impacts,” adding “the new NAFTA should support local farming communities.

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Roberts, McCaskill To Host Agriculture Security Roundtable

Senate Agriculture Chair Pat Roberts of Kansas, along with Senate Democrat Claire McCaskill of Missouri will hold a roundtable discussion Friday on agriculture security. Senators McCaskill and Roberts will discuss the role of the Department of Homeland Security and other agencies in protecting farmers and ranchers, and our nation’s food supply. The discussion Friday in Kansas City, Missouri is hosted by the Agricultural Business Council of Kansas City. Participants include Missouri and Kansas stakeholders, and officials at national agencies including the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Agriculture and the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility. Roberts, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, and McCaskill, Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs, recently passed the “Securing our Food and Agriculture Act,” which President Trump signed into law in July.

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Family Farm Action Lobbying Group Launched

A new political organization says it will fight for America’s family farmers and rural communities. The Family Farm Action group was launched this week, and says it will “fight to protect” America’s family farms and rural communities from multinational agribusiness monopolies that are “destroying rural economies and way of life.” The Kansas City, Missouri-based group’s President Joe Maxwell, a Missouri farmer, has ties to the Humane Society of the United States. In a statement announcing the launch, Maxwell said “Our freedom and our democracy is threatened by the corporate stranglehold large corporations have on our country.” At the announcement, Mike Weaver, President of the Organization for Competitive Markets explained how in the recent China Beef Trade Agreement the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association had signed off on allowing both Canadian and Mexican cattle to be marketed as U.S. Beef. He declared: “The American family farmer needs an organization who can politically stand toe to toe with NCBA, NPPC and the other industrial agriculture political voices.”

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Settlement Reached in Duarte Nursery Case

California-based Duarte (Doo-ar’-tay) Nursery has agreed to a settlement with the United States in the federal government’s nearly five-year enforcement action over Duarte’s plowing property to plant wheat in late 2012. The Pacific Legal Fund, along with Duarte Nursery President John Duarte announced the settlement earlier this week. Under the agreement, Duarte would admit no liability, pay the government $330,000 in a civil penalty, purchase $770,000 worth of vernal pool mitigation credits, and perform additional work on the site of the plowing. The Corps of Engineers accused Duarte of improperly disturbing a wetland when he plowed the wheat field in 2012. The Corps claimed Duarte was liable for millions of dollars in fines despite a provision in the Clean Water Act which exempts “established farming, ranching, and silviculture activities such as plowing, seeding, cultivating, minor drainage, harvesting for the production of food, fiber, and forest products, or upland soil and water conservation practices.”

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EPA Administrator Asks Cattlemen to Submit WOTUS Comments

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt is urging cattle ranches to submit comments to the EPA on the Waters of the U.S. rule repeal. Pruitt made his plea in a video released by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, urging farmers and ranchers to submit official comments on the repeal of the WOTUS rule before the Agency’s deadline of Monday, Aug. 28, 2017. In the video, Pruitt says the comments: “helps inform our decision-making process.” The video was filmed during a visit that Pruitt and his senior staff made earlier this month to a Colorado ranch as part of Pruitt’s nationwide State Action Tour. The video can be found on YouTube. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vTVd54WyhDQ&hd=1)

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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08-16-17 NFU Urges Smooth, Transparent Transition to a Fair Trade Framework

NFU Urges Smooth, Transparent Transition to a Fair Trade Framework

WASHINGTON – Trade representatives from the United States, Canada and Mexico will meet here today to begin an official renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The renegotiation provides the Trump Administration with an opportunity to fulfill one of the president’s top campaign promises – a reset of the U.S. trade agenda.

National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson urged the administration to restore balanced trade and domestic sovereignty that have been traded away in past agreements, noting NFU has long supported a transition to a fair trade framework.

“For decades, farming and rural communities across the country have suffered lost jobs, lowered wages, and fleeting economic liberty as a result of our nation’s free trade agenda,” said Johnson. “The Trump Administration must use this opportunity to reset that agenda by instituting a new, fair trade framework that works for family farmers, ranchers, and rural residents. NFU urges them to do so in a fashion that is transparent to the American public and does not upset the positive trade relations the U.S. agriculture community relies upon.” Continue reading

08-16-17 National Young Farmers Coalition Annual Report Available Now!

National Young Farmers Coalition Annual Report Available Now!

 

We’re proud to share the progress we made on land, water, leadership, and inclusivity in 2016. Read the report here!

There are so many people and organizations to thank for our growth and accomplishments. We’re grateful to you for standing with us, and for your continuing support, guidance, and friendship that make our work possible.

In solidarity,
Lindsey Lusher Shute

Executive Director and Co-founder
National Young Farmers Coalition

The National Young Farmers Coalition (NYFC) is an advocacy network of farmers fighting for the future of agriculture. Visit NYFC on the web at www.youngfarmers.org, and on TwitterFacebookYouTube and Instagram.

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08-16-17 Syngenta celebrates 150 years in vegetable seeds

Syngenta celebrates 150 years in vegetable seeds

  • One of the world’s leading vegetable seeds companies with 30 crop species and 2,500 varieties
  • R&D strategy fosters local discovery and delivery backed by global resources and expertise

GREENSBORO, N.C., USA, August 16, 2017 – On July 1, 2017, Syngenta celebrated 150 years in vegetable seeds.

Sluis and Groot, a legacy company of Syngenta, was founded in 1867 in the Netherlands as exporters of cabbage seeds. Today, Syngenta is one of the world’s leading vegetable seeds companies with 30 crop species and 2,500 varieties.

“We are very proud of our long heritage in vegetable seeds,” said Matthew Johnston, head of vegetable seeds and flowers at Syngenta. “For generations, we have been innovating to meet the needs of growers across the world. Today, more than ever, we are focused on bringing this innovation to our customers and to the entire value chain to help meet the consumer demand for high quality, tasty, nutritious vegetables available every day of the year.” Continue reading

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