The Denver Cash Grain Bids…

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Greeley, CO Mon Aug 20, 2018 USDA-CO Dept of Ag Market News
 
Daily Grain Bids for Denver and Surrounding Areas
 
Spot bids to producers for grain delivered to terminal and country
Elevators. Bids dollar/bu. except for Barley which is dollar/cwt.
Bids are as of 3:00 PM MST.
 
Bids Change (cents)
US 1 Hard Red Winter Wheat 5.02-5.17 18 lower
Up to 12 percent protein
 
US 2 Yellow Corn 3.67 2 lower
 
US 2 Barley – – not available
 
Source: USDA-CO Dept of Ag Market News Service, Greeley, CO
Tammy Judson, Market News Reporting Assistant (970)353-9750
24 Hour Market Report (970)353-8031
 
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08-20-18 CDA: Millet Producers Reminded to Vote, Request Ballots if Needed

CDA: Millet Producers Reminded to Vote, Request Ballots if Needed

BROOMFIELD, Colo. – Colorado’s millet producers should have received a ballot in the mail to vote on the proposed millet check-off. If you are a millet producer, and have not received a ballot, please contact Glenda Mostek with the Colorado Department of Agriculture at (303) 869-9173 or e-mail glenda.mostek@state.co.us, and a ballot will be sent via first-class mail. Producers should also check with their crop-share landlords, partners or LLC members to see if they have received a ballot.
Ballots were mailed August 9 and voting is open until August 31. Ballots must be postmarked on or before August 31 to be counted.
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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…

08-20-18 Livestock Exchange, LLC  Recap & Preview

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08-20-18 A Closer Look at the 2018 South Platte Forum in Loveland Oct 24-25 w/Denver Water’s Jason Marks…

A Closer Look at the 2018 South Platte Forum in Loveland Oct 24-25 w/Denver Water’s Jason Marks…

BRIGGSDALE, CO – August 20, 2018 – The 2018 South Platte Forum is set for October 24th & 25th @ the Embassy Suites in Loveland and joining the CO Ag News Network and FarmCast Radio to provide more details about the upcoming event is Jason Marks, Environmental Planner @ Denver Water. Topics covered within the interview:
ORIGINAL PRESS RELEASE…

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08-20-18 Inside the BARN with CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg…

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Inside the BARN with CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg…

(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) August 20, 2018 – Joining me inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network is CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg from District 1 discussing several topics including:

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

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08-16-18 Inside the BARN with Author and Photographer Lee Klancher and his New Book “TRACTOR”

Inside the BARN with Author and Photographer Lee Klancher and his New Book “TRACTOR”

BRIGGSDALE, CO – AUGUST 16, 2018 – From the award-winning author / photographer that brought you books like Red Tractors, Red Combines and Red 4WD Tractors comes next “must-have” tractor history book is my guest once again Lee Klancher…

The interview covers:

  • “Tractors: The machines that changed the world” – 160 Tractors histories are featured in the book, including: STEAM TRACTORS – PRAIRIE TRACTORS – HART PARR – FARMALL – JOHN DEERE WATERLOO BOY & D – FERGUSON – RISE OF STYLE in 1929 – POST WWII WAR TRACTOR BOOM – WAGNER 4WD – STEIGER – THE MERGERS of the  80’s & 90’s – TECHNOLOGY – MAGNUM SERIES TAKES OVER TOP SPOT FROM JOHN DEERE – 21st century & MORE
  • Includes wonderful photography and extraordinary industrial designer concept drawings
  • How to Pre-order YOUR Copy(ies) of “TRACTOR”
  • Learn about the SPECIAL Editions that will be made available
  • Klancher’s Next Project 
  • Final thoughts & more

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BARN Media’s Decision 2018 – The Race for CO House District #65- Republican Candidate Rod Pelton

BARN Media’s Decision 2018The Race for  Colorado House District #65- Republican Candidate Rod Pelton

The BARN /  FarmCast Radio – BRIGGSDALE, CO – August 16, 2018 – 

Once again, Election Day will be upon us very soon and CO will be voting for a NEW Representatve for Colorado’s House District #65. As part of the BARN’s Decision 2018 series I hope to visit with both candidates seeking this position in the CO State Legislature. My guest is Republican Candidate, Rod Pelton

The interview includes the following topics:

  • Pelton’s Background  & Family
  • Pelton’s reason for running
  • 65th District is his view
  • Endorsements thus far
  • Pelton’s Plans if Elected
  • Pelton’s thoughts on: Transportation, Education, TABOR;  Immigration (Illegal & Legal); Border Security; Sanctuary Policies for Cities/Colorado; Water / WOTUS; Private Property Rights; the Oil, Gas & Coal Industries; Renewable Energy Industry (Wind, Solar, Ethanol & Biofuel);
  • Final Thoughts – Learn more about Rod Pelton 

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*This is the first part of the series regarding the Race for Colorado’s next House District #65 Representative – an invitation has been sent out to the Democrat Candidate Bethleen McCall – Stay tuned for that and for which political race will be featured next here inside the BARN.

08-14-18 Inside The BARN with Singer, Songwriter & Survivor Adrian “Buckaroogirl” Brannan…

Inside The BARN with Singer, Songwriter & Survivor Adrian “Buckaroogirl” Brannan…

Briggsdale, CO – August 14, 2018 – Joining the Colorado Ag News Network & FarmCast Radio at this time is a very special guest who has been referred to by the Western Horseman Magazine as, “Buckaroo’s Taylor Swift” and her song “The Will James Days” from her 1st CD “Highway 80”, was chosen by them as one of the 13 Best Western Songs of All-Time; not too mention the title cut from her second CD, “Boots and Pearls” has also spawned a nationwide tide of themes at weddings for several years too. She also appeared as the Jan/Feb covergirl of “Cowgirl” Magazine too.

My guest is the talented singer, songwriter & survivor, Adrian “Buckaroogirl” Brannan…

  • Brannan’s Worldwide Background
  • Talks about being a survivor of domestic abuse & HELP for those that may be in similar situations/circumstances (Colorado Crisis Services)
  • Brannan’s Love for Horses
  • Brannan’s Career as a Songwriter & Singer
  • 4th NEW CD is expected for release this Oct/Nov
  • Find out who her Inspirations are in music & in life
  • Her favorite single and album so far in her career
  • Upcoming Concerts and her 2019 Tour
  • Learn more about Brannan’s presence on the World Wide Web (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, Blog and more) Adrian…and how she does all of that from her remote ranch in Nevada while “living off the grid”
  • Learn more about her Weekly “Dear Cowgirl” Writings
  • Upcoming LIVE Concert on September 14th @ 7pm in Brush, CO at the 50th / 5th Anniversary Celebration at Livestock Exchange, LLC
  • Final thoughts & more

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REMINDER: Get YOUR tickets to see Adrian “Buckaroogirl” Brannan LIVE in Concert at the 50th / 5th Anniversary Celebration at Livestock Exchange, LLC in Brush, CO… tickets are $15/each…better hurry…tickets are going FAST by calling 970-842-5115!

To learn more about Adrian “Buckaroogirl” Brannan, please take time and visit her website online @ https://www.buckaroogirl.com/

Watch the 146th CO State Fair Junior Livestock Shows on Livestream Aug 23 – 28, 2018

CLICK HERE to watch strarting on August 23 thru August 28th!

Watch the 146th CO State Fair Junior Livestock Shows on Livestream Aug 23 – 28, 2018

Can’t wait for the 146th CO State Fair here @ The BARN…looking forward to announcing ALL the livestock shows in the Livestock Pavilion Arena again this year…and providing LIVE and archives of all the junior livestock shows, showmanships, championship drives and of course the 2018 CO State Fair Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Junior Livestock Sale…ARE YOU READY?

The Junior Market Show Schedule has changed from years past…

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08-10-18 Make Plans to Attend the 100th CFB Annual Meeting Nov 16-18

It’s Never too Early to Talk about the CFB Annual Meeting

While change isn’t always easy, the changes to this year’s annual meeting are exciting! Not only are we moving to a new location, but this year also kicks off a year of celebration in honor of our 100th birthday! We are thankful to our members who have made the past 100 years so wonderful.

Never fear. While our location is changing, we will continue to share great content and learning opportunities while still providing the programs we all love:

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08-02-18 CDA: August is Colorado Proud Month!

CDA: August is Colorado Proud Month!

August is Colorado Proud Month, and its the perfect time to celebrate food and agricultural products that are grown, raised or processed in Colorado.
In August 2018 Colorado Proud will be promoting Colorado grown produce through the “Follow Your Fruits and Veggies” promotional campaign.
Consumers will be educated about Colorado produce through social media, in-store materials and at community events.
Better for you. Better for Colorado. Look for the Colorado Proud logo at grocery stores, farmers’ markets, garden centers and restaurants. By buying locally grown, raised and processed food and agricultural products, you are receiving high quality fresh products and helping Colorado’s economy, local farmers, ranchers, greenhouses, manufacturers and processors in your area.
Additional information will be available at www.coloradoproud.org.

08-20-18 CFVGA: Produce Growers Meet Gubernatorial Candidate Walker Stapleton

CFVGA: Produce Growers Meet Gubernatorial Candidate Walker Stapleton Colorado gubernatorial candidate Walker Stapleton discussed his views on agriculture with Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association Members at a webinar Aug. 17.

Colorado produce grocers during a meeting Aug. 17 had an opportunity to learn more about how gubernatorial candidate Walker Stapleton might govern in regard to agricultural issues. To accommodate very busy growers, many of whom are harvesting crops in August, the Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association (CFVGA) held the meeting electronically, so that growers could log on at their computers or call in. CFVGA also plans to have a similar forum with gubernatorial candidate Jared Polis.
“It is very important to Colorado’s produce growers to connect with both candidates about the importance of agriculture to our state as well as the specific issues facing produce growers, such as labor challenges, water availability and food safety regulations,” said Robert Sakata, CFVGA president, who emceed the meeting with Stapleton.

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08-20-18 Colorado State University selects design partner for first building at landmark National Western Center

Colorado State University selects design partner for first building at landmark National Western Center

Denver, CO – Colorado State University announced today that it has selected the team of Hord Coplan Macht and SmithGroup as the design team for the CSU Water Building at the National Western Center, the first building to break ground as part of the landmark redevelopment project.

“Our team was honored to have received an extremely qualified pool of more than 17 national firms interested in this important building,” said Amy Parsons, executive vice chancellor of the CSU System. “The partnership of Hord Coplan Macht and SmithGroup stood out as being able to deliver the creativity, connectivity, and experience needed to create a collaborative space for the University and our partners to take on the biggest issues facing our world today.” Continue reading

08-20-18 WSGLT: Kermit Brown Chosen as Recipient of the 2018 Kurt Bucholz Conservation Award

Kermit Brown Chosen as Recipient of the 2018 Kurt Bucholz Conservation Award

Kermit Brown is being recognized for being an ardent supporter of conservation and agriculture.

The Wyoming Stock Growers Land Trust (WSGLT) announced today that Kermit Brown will be the recipient of the 2018 Kurt Bucholz Conservation Award. Brown is being recognized for his exceptional support of agricultural land conservation, property rights, and water rights.

Brown has been an ardent supporter of conservation and agriculture in Wyoming throughout his career as an attorney in Laramie and as a former Republican member of the Wyoming House of Representatives where he served as the House Majority Leader and Speaker of the House.

Brown’s passion for agriculture began in his youth, working on ranches in the Saratoga area. He obtained first-hand experience of the important work that is done by Wyoming’s farmers and ranchers and came to understand the pivotal relationship between agriculture and conservation. Here, he also met and became lifelong friends with Dr. Kurt Bucholz DVM. These experiences impacted his future career choices and helped him become a respected voice and advocate for ranching and conservation. Continue reading

08-20-18 Colorado State Forest Service Offers New Community Forester for Eastern Colorado

Colorado State Forest Service Offers New Community Forester for Eastern Colorado

LA JUNTA, Colo. – August 20, 2018 – As part of an agency-wide restructure that took effect this year, the Colorado State Forest Service has filled a new position dedicated to assisting eastern Colorado with community forestry concerns.

The CSFS recently named longtime forester Donna Davis as the urban and community forestry specialist serving eastern Colorado. Working out of offices in La Junta and Broomfield, she will be serving as a resource for CSFS field offices, partners and communities throughout the eastern half of the state, offering field support, program planning and administration.

“From a community forestry perspective, the primary concerns for our cities and towns in eastern Colorado relate to tree planting, management and long-term care, all in the face of drought and weather events and insect threats like emerald ash borer,” Davis said. “We’ll be looking at how our existing programs can better serve these communities, to ensure that they continue to benefit from having healthy trees.” Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Monday, August 20th

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Monday, August 20th

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Judge Overturns WOTUS Delay; Now Law In 26 States

A district court judge in South Carolina overturned the Trump Administration’s attempt to delay implementation of the “Waters of the U.S. Rule,” or WOTUS. The Hill Dot Com says the Obama-era rule is immediately law in 26 states as the judge’s ruling put an exemption on the administration’s suspension rule. The U.S. District Court in South Carolina decided the Environmental Protection Agency did not follow rule-making procedures in suspending WOTUS implementation. The judge says EPA did not give an adequate public notice and comment period as stipulated by the Administrative Procedures Act. The court wrote in its decision that, “As administrations change, so do their priorities. But the requirements of the APA remain the same. The Court finds that the government failed to comply with these requirements in implementing the suspension rule.” A federal judge had previously granted the other 24 states the ability to get out of WOTUS regulations. Environmental groups like the Sierra Club hailed the decision as a victory for communities across the country. The EPA says it will look at the order before determining its next steps.

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Ag Groups Say “Ditch the Rule”

American Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall responded to a South Carolina judge overturning the suspension of the “Waters of the U.S.” rule on Thursday. He says because of the misguided ruling by a single federal district court, the overbroad, vague, and illegal 2015 Waters of the U.S. Rule is now the law of the land in 26 states. “To avoid widespread uncertainty and potential enforcement against ordinary farming activities in already uncertain times, we call on the administration to take steps to limit the impact of this dangerous court decision,” Duvall says. “The U.S. District Court in South Carolina was wrong to invade the agency’s ‘applicability rule’ that had simply delayed the effective date of WOTUS.” Duvall says the delay rule would have maintained regulatory certainty and stability while the administration completes its reconsideration of the rule and develops a new regulation to provide both clean water and clear rules. National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Environmental Counsel Scott Yager was also unhappy with the ruling. “The ruling underscores the need to finalize the repeal of the 2015 Waters of the U.S. rule,’ Yager says. “The court effectively brought WOTUS back from the dead, creating a zombie version of the rule that threatens the rights of farmers and ranchers across the country.”

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Bayer/Monsanto Merger Clears All Hurdles

It’s taken months of divesting, negotiating, and waiting, but Bayer and Monsanto will complete their merger. An Ag Web Dot Com article notes German-based Bayer can now officially begin integrating Monsanto after Bayer divested itself of certain Crop Science businesses in a sale to BASF. The name Monsanto is expected to officially disappear in the future. However, familiar brand names like Dekalb, Asgrow, and Channel are expected to remain after the merger is complete. Bayer became Monsanto’s sole shareholder back in June, but the merger couldn’t officially take place until Bayer completed the sale of certain assets to BASF. Some of the divestments included Bayer’s field crops business, vegetable seed business, a digital platform, and other assets. The U.S. Justice Department required the divestments be completed before the merger was allowed to officially begin. Prior to completing the sale of assets to BASF, Bayer didn’t have access to Monsanto’s information. The company says with the integration, it “gains the ability to become actively involved in defense efforts at glyphosate trials and any other legal disputes, such as potential claims for damages in connection with dicamba.”

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Ag Lenders Worried About Farmers

Depressed commodity prices, poor weather, and trade war ramifications aren’t just worrying for the nation’s farmers. The second quarter Agriculture Credit Conditions Survey from the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis says ag bankers are worried as well. The report, which covers April through June, says farm income, spending on capital equipment, and household purchases all decreased. Nearly half of the lenders located within the Fed district, which stretches from Wisconsin through Montana, reported a decrease in farm income. Only eight percent reported an increase in farm income. Wisconsin, one of the nation’s most prominent dairy states, has the highest number of lenders reporting falling incomes, coming in at 71 percent. Lower incomes did slightly hurt the rate of loan repayments. Survey respondents also said cropland values increased somewhat. About half of the survey respondents are also predicting that conditions will worsen further by the time the third quarter of 2018 rolls around.

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Growth Energy Comments on Proposed 2019 RVO Targets

Growth Energy submitted comments to the Environmental Protection Agency on the last day of the comment period on the agency’s proposed 2019 renewable volume obligation (RVO) targets. Growth Energy is asking the EPA to make the proposed numbers real by accounting for lost gallons which were caused by small refinery exemptions and reallocating those gallons to other refineries to fulfill the target RVO. The organization is once again asking the EPA for Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) relief for rural America to allow the sale of higher-octane blends like E15 year-round. That would help boost domestic market demand for ethanol and help lower fuel prices for consumers. Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor says the targets appear to be a strong proposal with a 15 billion gallon commitment to starch ethanol and a significant increase in cellulosic biofuels. “However, the proposed RVO has failed to account for the 2.25 billion gallons lost due to small refinery exemptions,” Skor says. “By failing to account for these exemptions, EPA has made the numbers hollow by turning the clock back on the Renewable Fuels Standard by five years.”    

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Trump: “Farmers Are Doing Well”

President Trump spoke recently during a Cabinet meeting at the White House, saying farmers are starting to prosper. However, a Bloomberg article says the numbers tell a different story. “I hear they’re starting to do well in spite of everything,” the President said during comments from the meeting. “They’re selling corn, they’re selling soybeans, they’re selling everything, at levels that are soon going to be pretty good levels.” Benchmark soybean futures are down 14 percent since China first proposed putting tariffs on American imports back in April. China followed through on that threat in July. The Bloomberg Agricultural Sub-Index, which is made up of corn, soybeans, and other major farm products, hasn’t recovered from the record-low it set in July. The Purdue/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer sank last month. The USDA is projecting net farm income to total $59.5 billion, the lowest number since 2006. The administration says it will offer $12 billion in aid to farmers who’ve been hurt by the trade conflict. “They attacked our farmers by not buying from our farmers,” Trump says. “They know the farmers like Trump and I like them. I love them.”

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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Watch the 16th Annual Feeders & Friends Feedlot Rodeo, Awards & More on Livestream!

CLICK HERE to watch the webcast archive from New Raymer, CO

CLICK on a link below to watch select videos from the afternoon’s events

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FEEDLOT RODEO PART 1

FEEDLOT RODEO PART 2

TOP 6 TEAM AWARDS PRESENTATION

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH CARLOS VALDEZ & FAMILY

08-18-18 CLA: South Carolina District Court Issues Injunction of the WOTUS Applicability Date Rule

CLA: South Carolina District Court Issues Injunction of the WOTUS Applicability Date Rule

Earlier today, the Federal District Court in South Carolina granted a motion from environmental groups, entering a nationwide injunction of the WOTUS Applicability Date Rule. As you all remember, earlier this year EPA added a February 6, 2020 applicability date to the 2015 Rule, providing time to repeal and replace the Rule without it going into effect. The South Carolina Court’s injunction is immediate. Due to the injunction, the 2015 WOTUS Rule is now effective law in 26 states. 24 states are protected by other federal court injunctions against the 2015 Rule (one in North Dakota that covers 13 states, and one in Georgia that covers 11 states). Continue reading

07-17-18 Inside the 2018 Feeders and Friends Carlos Valdez Benefit w/Verlyn Mahan…

 

Inside the 2018 Feeders and Friends Carlos Valdez Benefit w/Verlyn Mahan…

(The BARN / FarmCast Radio – Briggsdale, CO) July 17, 2017 – Joining the Colorado Ag News Network is Verlyn Mahan, and we’ll be discussing the upcoming 16th Feeders & Friends Carlos Valdez Benefit coming up August 18th in New Raymer, CO.

The interview includes the following information:

  • Feeders & Friends History
  • Recap 2017 Keith Spayd Benefit (Watch the 2017 Ranch Rodeo Archive)
  • Details regarding this year’s Benefactor Carlos Valdez
  • Calcutta – Ranch Rodeo – Auction – BBQ – Dance Details
  • Ranch Rodeo Open to Ranch Rodeo Teams – APPLY NOW!
  • Ranch Rodeo Events include: Sorting – Doctoring – Team Trailer Loading – Steer Branding – Steer Mugging
  • Top Teams to receive Cash & Prizes
  • Donations needed for LIVE AUCTION (SEE BELOW)
  • Volunteers Critical to the event’s success each year
  • & more

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CLICK HERE to watch the webcast archive from New Raymer, CO

CLICK on a link below to watch select videos from the afternoon’s events

GRAND ENTRY

FEEDLOT RODEO PART 1

FEEDLOT RODEO PART 2

TOP 6 TEAM AWARDS PRESENTATION

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH CARLOS VALDEZ & FAMILY

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08-17-18 NFU, FUE & UAI Announce Alliance to Pursue Expanded Use Of American-Grown, High-Octane Biofuels

NFU, FUE & UAI Announce Alliance to Pursue Expanded Use Of American-Grown, High-Octane Biofuels

WASHINGTON – In an effort to expand the market for domestic agriculture products, reduce harmful emissions, and provide consumers with lower cost fuel choices, National Farmers Union, Farmers Union Enterprises and the Urban Air Initiative announced they have formed a strategic alliance to expand the use of American-grown biofuels.  Continue reading

08-16-18 The Route for This Year’s Pedal The Plains September 14-16 Brings The Eastern Plains of Colorado to Life

The Route for This Year’s Pedal The Plains September 14-16 Brings The Eastern Plains of Colorado to Life

Denver, CO (August 14, 2018) — Pedal The Plains (PTP) the 3-day tour will take participants on a 200-mile adventure as they cycle through the Eastern Plains of Colorado where the countryside is woven together like a quilt stitched with golden, chocolate and emerald patches. Beginning September 14th riders will head from Kiowa to Bennett on a 40.6 mile ride, stay in Bennett for departure on day 2 to Limon, riding 82.5 miles. Day 2 brings a century option (100 mile ride) as well as the Great Mustang Gravel 100 for those looking for a challenge. For day 3, riders make their way 76.2 miles from Limon ending the 3-day tour in Kiowa.

“Pedal The Plains highlights all the wonderful things about the Eastern Plains – the great communities that come out to support the cyclists, the beautiful countryside and the rich history of the area. Additionally, the ride accommodates all levels of cyclists, from the first timers who want to give it a try, to those that need to hammer out as much mileage as possible and even a gravel ride,” comments Deirdre Moynihan.

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08-17-18 NFU Urges Increase in Biofuel Requirements, Rejection of Attempts to Undermine RFS

NFU Urges Increase in Biofuel Requirements, Rejection of Attempts to Undermine RFS

WASHINGTON – The administration must continue to build on the success of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and promote expanded use of American-grown biofuels if it is to promote the economic viability of family farmers and the vibrancy of rural communities, that according to the nation’s second largest general farm organization.
In public comments filed to the EPA today, National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson urged the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to enforce the RFS’s 15-billion-gallon requirement for conventional biofuels, increase the advanced biofuel volume requirements for 2020, and ensure recent waivers of the RFS does not undermine the intent of the law.

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08-17-18 CDA: First Confirmed Case in 2018 of Equine West Nile Virus (WNV) in Colorado

First Confirmed Case in 2018 of Equine West Nile Virus (WNV) in Colorado

BROOMFIELD, Colo. – One horse residing in Larimer County has been diagnosed with West Nile Virus; this is Colorado’s first confirmed case of WNV in a horse in 2018.  This index case was diagnosed by Colorado State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory in Fort Collins on August 15, 2018.

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

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

Sponsored by the American Farm Bureau Federation

U.S., China, Far Apart in Trade War Talks

A Chinese delegation will travel to the U.S. as part of the ongoing trade war as both sides “remain far apart.” China said Thursday the delegation will meet with U.S. Treasury Undersecretary David Malpass to discuss trade issues. However, the South China Morning Post reports observers say the talks are unlikely to yield any breakthrough, but could lead to further negotiations aimed at de-escalating the trade war. Malpass has no authority to negotiate with China on trade, but can set up the basic protocol for a possible future round of talks. The U.S. is due to issue tariffs on another $16 billion worth of Chinese goods in the next week, with China again vowing to retaliate against the U.S. tariffs. The visit between China and the U.S. is mainly viewed as a means to check and see if future dialogue between the two nations is possible.

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NAFTA Talks Reach One-Year Mark, Close to U.S. Mexico Agreement

The North American Free Trade Agreement renegotiation effort passed the one-year anniversary this week. A year ago Thursday, the U.S., Canada and Mexico convened for the start of the renegotiation talks. Now, the U.S. could be nearing a deal on NAFTA, at least with Mexico. Politico reports the political situation in both countries is such that each is more eager than ever to make a deal, setting up a scenario in which significant progress could be on the near horizon. Plus, the incremental progress, along with “good faith negotiations” between Mexico and the U.S. are offering signs of hope to U.S. farmers and business in the global trade arena. Mexico says the list of items to resolve is “no longer a question of chapters, it’s now a question of paragraphs and points.” Meetings were scheduled to continue through the end of this week in Washington as negotiators seek an agreement, before moving on to striking a deal with Canada.

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USDA Announces Section 32 Beef, Chicken Purchases

The Department of Agriculture will purchase U.S. beef and chicken for nutrition assistance programs. The purchase intent follows a $50 million purchase announcement of milk for nutrition programs earlier this week. USDA is seeking to purchase up to $60 million in chicken products and an unspecified amount of beef. The National Chicken Council thanked USDA in a statement, saying the purchases will “help in balancing the supply and demand situation in the market.” The section 32 purchases are intended to encourage continued domestic consumption of the products by diverting them from the normal channels of trade and commerce. The purchases, USDA says, are part of the normal operations of administering Section 32 and are not related or associated with the authority or administration of possible purchases under Section 5 of the Commodity Credit Corporation related to trade mitigation. National Chicken Council president Mike Brown says the announcement is “a real victory” for chicken producers but adds “the real winners are the actual recipients” of the nutrition programs.

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Animal Ag Groups Ask for Permanent Funding for Disease Preparedness

A coalition of animal agriculture stakeholders is seeking permanent funding for disease preparedness programs in the farm bill. In a letter to the farm bill conferee members, who will be ironing out differences between the House and Senate bills, the group specifically seeks permanent full funding for the National Animal Disease Preparedness and Response Program. The groups say permeant funding is “critical “ as an outbreak of a foreign animal disease, such as Foot and Mouth Disease or Avian Influenza, “has the ability to cripple the entire agricultural sector and create long-lasting ramifications.” The letter says recent studies indicate that the cumulative 10-year loss due to an uncontrolled FMD outbreak would be $199.8 billion. The coalition includes more than 100 state and national livestock, veterinary and animal health organizations.

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NFU: Beef Producers Disadvantaged by Current “Product of U.S.A” Labeling Standards

The National Farmers Union Thursday told the Department of Agriculture U.S. meat labeling standards are disadvantaging U.S. beef producers by allowing products born, raised, or slaughtered outside of the United States to carry the “Product of the U.S.A.” label. NFU wrote to USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, that the standards “need to be changed immediately.” The NFU action supports a petition by the Organization for Competitive Markets and American Grassfed Association. The petition says that FSIS should change current regulations to require that beef be of domestic origin to be eligible for the “Product of the U.S.A.” label. NFU President Roger Johnson says the labeling standard also “misleads consumers.” Johnson noted that NFU has long been a proponent of mandatory country-of-origin labeling for agricultural products as a means to ensure consistent labeling for the benefit of American family farmers and consumers. Yet COOL was repealed in 2015, and the voluntary “Product of U.S.A.” labels do not provide consumers with accurate country-of-origin labeling.

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BASF Closes Acquisition of Bayer’s Vegetable Seeds Business

BASF announced this week it has closed the acquisition of Bayer’s global vegetable seeds business. The transaction, BASF says in a news release, “adds a well-recognized brand with a very successful business track record to BASF’s portfolio.” The acquired vegetable seeds business comprises 24 crops and about 2,600 varieties. It also includes a research and development operation, and breeding systems with over 100 unique breeding programs in more than 15 crops. Closing of the acquisition allows Bayer to begin integrating Monsanto. The sale of the vegetable seeds business was a requirement needed for regulatory approval of the Bayer-Monsanto agreement. Bayer took ownership of Monsanto in June, but the two companies were ordered to remain separate until conditions by the U.S. Department of Justice, including this sale, were met.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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08-16-18 NFU: U.S. Beef Producers Disadvantaged by Current “Product of U.S.A” Labeling Standards

U.S. Beef Producers Disadvantaged by Current “Product of U.S.A” Labeling Standards

Farmers Union Lends Support to Petition to Modify Label Standards

WASHINGTON – Current federal meat labeling standards are disadvantaging U.S. family beef producers by allowing products born, raised, or slaughtered outside of the United States to carry the “Product of the U.S.A.” label. These standards need to be changed immediately, according to the nation’s second largest general farm organization.
National Farmers Union (NFU) today wrote to USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) in support of a petition by the Organization for Competitive Markets and American Grassfed Association that FSIS should change current regulations to require that beef be of domestic origin to be eligible for the “Product of the U.S.A.” label.

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