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…


08-29-16 – Livestock Exchange, LLC Recap & Preview w/Auctioneer Tyler Knode


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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Monday, August 29th…

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Senate Won’t Take Up TPP This Year

Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky appeared to shut the door on the Senate taking up the Trans-Pacific Partnership Bill this year. McConnell said the current agreement has some serious flaws and will not be acted upon this year. He did say while the agreement won’t pass in its current form, it could pass as early as next year with some changes when the new administration takes over. However, Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump and Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton both have come out against the deal. President Obama has pledged to push for the trade deal during his remaining time in office. He even went so far as to send a draft agreement to Congress but it seems to have lost momentum on Capitol Hill. McConnell had already said the agreement wouldn’t get a vote, and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan said the bill doesn’t have enough votes to pass the House.


Chile to Send TPP Agreement to Its Congress

The government of Chile plans to send the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement to its Congress for approval by the end of this year. The 12-nation agreement aims to liberalize trade business in 40 percent of the world’s economy. However, the agreement is struggling in the U.S. as both major-party presidential candidates have spoken out against the deal. Criticism of the deal by unions in some of the country’s member states has been fierce. Opponents have accused the negotiators of not being transparent enough. Groups protesting TPP have joined with groups that are pushing for radical reform in the education and pension systems. The Chilean President said the agreement will benefit the country while it also has protections built in for some of the country’s more sensitive areas. Chile already has bilateral agreements with other members of TPP but this would deepen its links to those countries.


Co-ops and Ag Retailers Face Economic Challenges

Farm supply co-ops and other ag retailers are seeing their accounts receivable balances on the rise and are facing challenges as a result. A new report out from Cobank says retailers are having to adjust to tougher financial conditions because of the current ag commodity cycle. This is a direct result of low commodity prices that have knocked down farm incomes and tightened up on-farm cash flows. The ag industry has seen a downturn in fertilizer prices as well as mergers in the seed and fertilizer industries. “The drop in farm income over the past three season is the biggest we’ve seen since the Great Depression,” said Tyler Ehmke, a Cobank senior economist. He said accounts receivable balances at ag retailers across the country have jumped 11 percent this year and will likely go higher as farmers continue to struggle with their cash flow balances. Fertilizers usually account for half the revenue stream for ag retailers, but those prices are falling as well, making it difficult to maintain positive margins.


USDA Quarterly Export Forecast Shows Higher Numbers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture released a revised export forecast for the remainder of 2016 as well as a forecast for 2017. Both reports show U.S. ag export have begun to rally and should be able to keep up with the record-setting pace that first began in 2009. Total exports for the fiscal year 2017 are projected to be $133 billion, which is $6 billion higher than the previous forecast and would be the sixth highest total on record. The U.S. ag trade surplus is projected to rise to $19.5 billion, which is 40% higher than 2016. Commodities like U.S. oilseeds, horticultural goods, cotton, livestock, dairy, and poultry are expected to lead the way to higher export numbers. Global beef demand is also projected to strengthen as well. China is expected to overtake Canada as the top destination for American agricultural products. USDA also revised the fiscal year 2016 export numbers to $127 billion, $2.5 billion higher than the previous forecast.


More Milkweed in the Heartland

The Environmental Defense Fund wants to reestablish milkweed in the Midwest and they’re talking with farmers about the best way to do that. Milkweed is the preferred food of the Monarch butterfly. The Monarch population is estimated to be down by 95 percent and a shortage of milkweed is said to be one of the chief reasons. EDF staff and scientist just finished up visiting with Nebraska farmers and are heading to Iowa and Minnesota next. The visits are part of an effort to establish a Monarch Butterfly Habitat Exchange. It’s a conservation initiative in which landowners who create and maintain habitat can get paid for their efforts. Businesses that disrupt habitat can purchase credits, which would create a market dynamic. EDF is currently conducting field tests and pilot programs, aiming to get the exchange up and running by the end of 2017.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service


08-28-16 Merck Animal Health Strengthens Partnership with National FFA Organization

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Merck Animal Health Strengthens Partnership with National FFA Organization

INDIANAPOLIS (Monday, Aug. 29, 2016/National FFA Organization) – For the past four years, Merck Animal Health has worked with the National FFA Organization to ensure the future of agriculture and agricultural education. Through a generous donation, Merck Animal Health has worked with FFA to provide FFA members the opportunity to grow into leaders, build their communities and strengthen agriculture. Continue reading

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08-24-16 Colorado produce growers and lawmakers gather for inaugural legislative round table…

Colorado produce growers and lawmakers gather for inaugural legislative round table

Article written & submitted by: Kayla Young of SLY Media for The BARN & the Video produced by Alvaro Serey of SLY Media for The BARN

The BARN & SLY Media – AUGUST 24, 2016 – Colorado farmers and legislators came together Wednesday morning at Brighton’s Sakata Farms to discuss policy priorities for the state’s produce growers. Immigration reform and water policy dominated the dialogue, in what the Colorado Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association hoped would the first of many annual meetings to come with state policy makers.

CFVGA Executive Director Marilyn Bay Wentz said the event sought to highlight priorities for the produce sector and open communication channels between growers and policy makers.

Other organizers included Colorado Farm Bureau and the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union.

“Sometimes it’s just a matter of communication to be able to have an open dialogue about what is and isn’t working, so at a base level, this is an important event,” Wentz said. Continue reading

08-24-16 *CSU Ext News* Ron Meyer: CORN FIELD DAY

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(Burlington, Colo.) – Colorado State University is hosting a corn field day on Wednesday, September 7.  The program will begin at 8 a.m.

Directions to the test plot are:  East of Eckley, Colorado to county road V, then 4 miles south of Hwy 34 on county road V, then 0.5 mile east on county road 33.  Then take a trail road north on the east side of the pivot.

Corn hybrids, management, and discussions regarding the new bacterial disease that has been found will be discussed.  Colorado Corn Administrative Committee will be providing refreshments.

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08-22-16 CSU’s Arkansas Valley Research Center to host Field Day in Rocky Ford on September 8th…

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ROCKY FORD, CO – Colorado State University’s Arkansas Valley Research Center will host its biennial field day starting at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, September 8th .

The Research Center was established in 1888 and is the oldest continuously operated agricultural experiment station in Colorado. Situated on over 100 acres, the Research Center was established to serve the research needs of the irrigated farming area of southeast Colorado extending from Pueblo County on the west to the Kansas border on the east. It also includes irrigated areas associated with the tributaries to the Arkansas River in El Paso, Huerfano and Las Animas counties. Some of the crops studied include alfalfa, corn, dry beans, small grains, soybeans, sorghum, onions, melons, tomatoes, canola and peppers. Continue reading

08-16-16 Inside the BARN with Charles Baron of the Farmers Business Network…

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Charles Baron -FBN VP of Product and Co-Founder(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) August 16, 2016 – Wouldn’t it be nice IF there was a way to level the playing field for farmers by simply networking farms together and enabling transparent national access to manufacturer direct prices on farm inputs?

Well – THAT IS POSSIBLE, and joining the CO Ag News Network by telephone is Charles Baron, Co-Founder & Vice-President of Product with The Farmer’s Business Network



08-12-16 Inside the BARN w/ CCALT’s Executive Director Erik Glenn…

Inside the BARN w/ CCALT’s Executive Director Erik Glenn

CCALT Exec Dir Erik Glenn(The BARN/BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) August 12, 2016 – Landowners across Colorado have long wondered on how they can protect productive agricultural land, in order to achieve their estate planning goals, pay down debt, save for retirement, pay for long-term health care and college education, diversify and expand operations, and preserve their agricultural heritage. One of the ways to help them accomplish those goals is by working with the Colorado Agricultual Land Trust, and joining the CO Ag News Network by telephone is CCALT’s Executive Director Erik Glenn


The Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust …Helping local families PROTECT COLORADO, one ranch at a time…to learn more please visit

08-09-16 WCLA hosting Family Ranch Rodeo in Keenesburg on September 11th…

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For more information – CLICK here to visit the WCLA Facebook page or call Cari @ 303-419-0886


(LtoR: Cari Graybill, Molly Cooksey & Dale Jackson)

(The BARN – Briggsdale, CO) August 9, 2016 – Interview with members of the Weld County Livestock Association and Circle A Family Rodeo about the upcoming event. The interview features:

  • Circle A Family Rodeo Secretary Cari Graybill,
  • WCLA President Dale Jackson and
  • Molly Cooksey, one of the two WCLA Scholarship Winners, the other winner was Brooke Hinojosa.



Members of the WCLA & CAFR presenting scholarships to Molly Cooksey & Brooke Hinojosa at the 2016 Weld County Fair’s Junior Livestock Sale on August 1st.

To learn more about Circle A Family Rodeo – CLICK HERE

To learn more about the Weld County Livestock Association –  CLICK HERE

08-26-16 KDA News: Colorado, Kansas and Nebraska Reach Consensus on Republican River Compact…

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The commissioners of the Republican River Compact Administration sign the long-term resolutions on August 24: (from left) Commissioner David Barfield, Chief Engineer, Kansas Department of Agriculture; Commissioner Dick Wolfe, State Engineer, Colorado Division of Water Resources; Commissioner Jeff Fassett, Director of Nebraska’s Department of Natural Resources.

The commissioners of the Republican River Compact Administration sign the long-term resolutions on August 24: (from left) Commissioner David Barfield, Chief Engineer, Kansas Department of Agriculture; Commissioner Dick Wolfe, State Engineer, Colorado Division of Water Resources; Commissioner Jeff Fassett, Director of Nebraska’s Department of Natural Resources.

Colorado, Kansas and Nebraska Reach Consensus on Republican River Compact

MANHATTAN, KAN. — Colorado, Kansas and Nebraska established an agreement this week in the longstanding conflict over water from the Republican River basin, as the Republican River Compact Administration signed two resolutions. Representatives from the three states have been meeting monthly for over two years, in an effort to change the approach and improve how they manage interstate water matters. This effort has created a new focus on transparency and certainty as all three states work to serve their water users. The intent of these resolutions is to replace the need for annual reviews and instead provide long-term surety to water users.

“Signing these resolutions shows the commitment from all three states to engage in open and transparent dialogue for the past two years,” said Kansas Governor Sam Brownback. “This long-term agreement will ultimately improve water management for water users in Kansas as well as Nebraska and Colorado.” Continue reading

08-26-16 USDA to Purchase Surplus Cheese for Food Banks and Families in Need, Continue to Assist Dairy Producers…


USDA to Purchase Surplus Cheese for Food Banks and Families in Need, Continue to Assist Dairy Producers

Department Also Will Extend Margin Protection Program for Dairy Enrollment

WASHINGTON, Aug. 23, 2016 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced plans to purchase approximately 11 million pounds of cheese from private inventories to assist food banks and pantries across the nation, while reducing a cheese surplus that is at its highest level in 30 years. The purchase, valued at $20 million, will be provided to families in need across the country through USDA nutrition assistance programs, while assisting the stalled marketplace for dairy producers whose revenues have dropped 35 percent over the past two years.

“We understand that the nation’s dairy producers are experiencing challenges due to market conditions and that food banks continue to see strong demand for assistance,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “This commodity purchase is part of a robust, comprehensive safety net that will help reduce a cheese surplus that is at a 30-year high while, at the same time, moving a high-protein food to the tables of those most in need. USDA will continue to look for ways within its authorities to tackle food insecurity and provide for added stability in the marketplace.” Continue reading

08-26-16 NAFB: Pro Farmer Releases Crop Tour Results

Pro Farmer Releases Crop Tour Results

The final numbers are in for the Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour that wrapped up Thursday.  They pegged the corn crop at 14.728 billion bushels with a 170.2 bushel per acre average.  The soybean harvest estimate is 4.093 billion bushles with a 49.3 bushel per acre average yield. 


Ohio: 154 bu. per acre. We didn’t find as much corn in Ohio as USDA did with its August survey work. The northwestern portion of the state showed the impacts of too much water in the spring, followed by a dry June.

Indiana: 174 bu. per acre. We found the Indiana crop vastly improved from year-ago. Portions of eastern Indiana have some “problem” areas, but yield prospects are strong in the western portion of the Hoosier state.

Illinois: 194 bu. per acre. Illinois has a great corn crop, but it’s not as good as 2014 when the state yielded 200 bu. per acre. This year’s crop isn’t as uniform as two years ago through the areas we sampled and southern portions of the state will pull down the statewide yield, unlike 2014.

Iowa: 193 bu. per acre. The Iowa corn crop is also very good, but not quite as good as its neighbor to the east. Yields were more variable in Iowa than in Illinois. Plus, stalk quality concerns could cost some producers yield.

Minnesota: 175 bu. per acre. The Minnesota corn crop was a disappointment. The crop showed impacts from the May 15 frost and three weeks of heat in late June/early July.

Nebraska: 179 bu. per acre. We found irrigated corn disappointing in the Husker state. South-central and southeastern areas are dealing with a lot of lodging and green snap.

South Dakota: 142. bu. per acre. Southeastern portions of the state got their crop planted late due to excessive spring precipitation. Once the crop was finally in the ground, conditions turned dry. Crop maturity has been pushed.


Ohio: 50 bu. per acre. While the crop has moisture to finish, pod counts were down 6.2% in our Tour samples. With the crop done flowering, what you see is what you get for pods.

Indiana: 55 bu. per acre. Pod counts in Indiana were up 7.8% from year-ago. The crop has plenty of soil moisture to fill pods and finish strong.

Illinois: 58.5 bu. per acre. The soybean crop in Illinois was exceptionally tall. While tall beans don’t always produce big yields, the Illinois soybean crop has plenty of pods and moisture to push above USDA’s August estimate.

Iowa: 58.5 bu. per acre. Iowa has potential to have a very big soybean crop. But Sudden Death Syndrome and other diseases will be an issue for some producers in eastern Iowa. That could keep yields from creeping higher.

Minnesota: 48 bu. per acre. We found a relatively consistent soybean crop in southern Minnesota. Unlike many other areas of the Corn Belt, Minnesota’s soybeans aren’t exceptionally tall, but they podded well.

Nebraska: 59 bu. per acre. The soybean crop in Nebraska is really tall, but is also heavily podded. In a change from recent years, water hemp is not a major problem across the state and shouldn’t be a yield robber this year.

South Dakota: 42 bu. per acre. The South Dakota soybean crop was tall and the distance between nodes was wide. That kept the crop from being heavily podded. On a positive note, the South Dakota soybean crop is free of disease or weed pressure.

08-26-16 NRCS-CO News: FREE PASTURE EVENT in Longmont, CO on September 14th…

CSU Ext Small Acreage Management logoPasture Talk:  Managing Pastures and Improving Soil

Wednesday September 14, 2016 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m

Longmont, CO

Join us for an informative and interactive Pasture Talk.  We will visit one of our demonstration plots to discuss the importance of managing pastures to ensure sustainable forage production, while also paying close attention to what is going on below the soil surface that drives productivity.  In short, healthy soils = healthy pastures.  But what does soil health mean?  We will show you with a hands-on demonstration and discuss how those factors improve the overall health of your pastures.

This workshop is free to attend.  Please come dressed for the field with good shoes and clothing for unpredictable Colorado weather.  Also plan to bring water, sunscreen, hat, bug spray, and note taking material. Continue reading

07-19-16 Centennial Farms awards event to honor 23 Colorado farming families

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DENVER (July 19, 2016)—Twenty-three Colorado families who have owned and operated their farm or ranch for 100 years or more will be honored at the 30th Centennial Farms awards ceremony held on August 26 at the Colorado State Fair.

The families will receive a certificate commemorating the event, as well as a sign to display on their farm or ranch. Some elected representatives of the families’ districts will be present. The families will be available for photographs and interviews following the ceremony.

Since 1986, History Colorado, the Colorado Department of Agriculture, and the Colorado State Fair have partnered to administer the Centennial Farms program. The Colorado Tourism Office has been a partner since 2015.

This year’s Centennial Farms:

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Friday, August 26th…

CLICK HERE to listen to TODAY's BARN Morning Ag News with Brian Allmer...

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Sponsored by the American Farm Bureau Federation

China’s Zika Rules Raise Fears for U.S. Exporters

China’s recent move to add the U.S. to a list of Zika-infected countries is worrying U.S. exporters. Pro Farmer’s First Thing Today reports U.S. exporters fear they will be required to fumigate all containers destined for China, costing an estimated $100 to $200 per container. Exporters who ship everything from agriculture products and chemicals to engine parts say they fear that conflicting information from Chinese customs officials about the new requirements could result in delays and lost business. Small and medium exporters say they stand to be hurt the most from any supply-chain disruptions. American exporters ship about 5.1 million containers, worth about $255 billion a year to China, according to the Agriculture Transportation Coalition.


Chicago Tribune Editorial: Pacific Trade good for the Midwest

The Chicago Tribune editorial board says “global trade is the reality, and should be promoted.” Published this week, an editorial by the Tribune says failure by Congress to ratify the Trans-Pacific Partnership would leave farmers in the Midwest vulnerable because trade is a competitive game and market share is always in flux. The editorial calls trade a healthy form of competition. The TPP trade agreement represents 40 percent of global gross domestic product and would mean billions of dollars in added exports and farm income for the United States. President Obama will push for passage of TPP during the lame-duck session of Congress, following the November elections. However, as the Tribune points out, trade has gotten a dirty name this election cycle, blamed for gutting American factories when nearly every American manufacturing job that disappears is “a victim of productivity gains,” not foreign competition.


Sugar Industry Responds to Recommendations for Added Sugars

The sugar industry is fighting back against the American Heart Association’s strict new recommendations for added sugars for kids. The Sugar Association described the guidelines as “baffling” and said the added sugars dialogue “has lost its scientific integrity.” Politico reports that the trade group scolded the American Heart Association for going beyond what the 2015 Dietary Guidelines recommend — that consumers should limit calories from added sugars to 10 percent of daily intake. In regards to the recommendations, the Sugar Association asks “where is the science to support this?” The Sugar Association questioned why the Heart Association’s guidance fails to align with the American Academy of Pediatrics, which the association acknowledges that “sweetness can offer an effective tool to promote consumption of nutrient-dense foods and beverages.”

Algeria Returns to U.S. Corn

U.S. corn sales to Algeria are making a strong showing in 2016, doubling 2014-15 marketing year imports. A U.S. Department of Agriculture’ export sales report showed 527,000 metric tons—20.7 million bushels—of U.S. corn being exported to Algeria in the 2015-16 marketing year, more than double the sales from the last marketing year of 238,000 metric tons. The U.S. Grains Council says while Algeria is a relatively small market in terms of total U.S. corn exports, Algeria and its neighbors in North Africa show potential for growth that the Council is seeking to capture through marketeting. Among the Council’s coming programs are procurement courses for Algerian buyers of U.S. corn, and a workshop to continue to provide traders with the latest data on the U.S. corn crop and pricing.


CFTC Approves First Exchange for Hemp Derivatives

Trading hemp derivatives is becoming a reality in the United States. The Wall Street Journal reports the Commodity Futures Trading Commission approved the first exchange for hemp derivatives when it allowed Seed SEF to register a swap execution facility, which is a trading platform. The hemp industry has long sought to distance the crop from marijuana, hemp’s biological cousin. Hemp contains less than .3 percent of THC, the compound that produces a high in marijuana. Hemp is used in an array of products from biofuels to clothing. Since 2014, the federal government has allowed the cultivation of industrial hemp for research and 30 states have passed legislation related to industrial hemp. But the Drug Enforcement Administration still includes industrial hemp in its schedule of controlled substances along with marijuana, presenting legal risks to those who grow and sell it unless they are licensed by their states.

Using Chickens to Repel Mosquitos

Scientists say malaria-transmitting mosquitoes actively avoid feeding on certain animal species such as chickens, using their sense of smell. The new findings show odors emitted by chickens may provide protection for humans at risk of mosquito-transmitted diseases. Researchers at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences says the research indicates that, unlike humans, cattle, goats and sheep, chickens are a non-host species and mosquitoes have developed ways of distinguishing them from host species. The research team collected data on the population of human and domestic animals in three Ethiopian villages. Meatingplace reports the researchers found that significantly fewer mosquitoes were caught in traps baited with chicken compounds than in other traps.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service




Steamboat Springs, Colo. (August 25, 2016) – Yesterday, Routt County Treasurer Brita Horn offered Peabody Energy a written payment plan that would allow Peabody to pay the delinquent personal property taxes that Peabody owes to the county as a result of its recent bankruptcy now, and delay payment of accrued interest and fees until Peabody exists bankruptcy.

“Colorado treasurers can accept partial payments of personal property taxes as part of a written payment plan,” said Horn. “If Peabody agrees, this plan will allow my office to recover nearly half of the taxes that Peabody owes to Routt County as quickly as possible. It’s important to me to work with Peabody to fulfill its longstanding and appreciated commitment to Routt County.” Continue reading

08-25-16 Potatoes USA: U.S. Potato Exports Are Second Highest Level On Record…


U.S. Potato Exports Are Second Highest Level On Record

Total U.S. potato exports for the July 2015 – June 2016 marketing year grew 4% in value to $1,693,395,167, the second highest level on record. The fresh weight equivalent (fwe) volume of exports increased 6% to 3,219,892 metric tons (MT) or 70,985,739 hundredweight (cwt). This growth was led by increases in the volume of exports of frozen potato products up 11%, fresh potatoes up 8%, potato chips up 3% and seed potatoes up 6%. The only category to decline was dehydrated potatoes down 3%. Frozen potato products are still the dominate export item accounting for 52% of the total with dehydrated potatoes second at 27%. Continue reading

08-25-16 CFA News: Game on! Broncos tickets available at auction eBay!

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Game on! Broncos tickets available at auction eBay

Super Bowl Champion Denver Broncos vs. Indianapolis Colts
Sunday, September 18 | 2:25 pm Kickoff | Section 338, Row 12, Seats 1-4 (Club Level)
Four Club Level Tickets — Auction Starts August 25 on eBay!

Thanks to a donation from the Colorado Beef Council, the Colorado Foundation for Agriculture will be holding an eBay auction to raise money to support agricultural literacy in Colorado. This is your chance to see the world champions play at home on a September afternoon while supporting a great cause — helping our youth understand where their food and fiber comes from.


CLICK HERE to learn more about the Colorado Foundation for Agriculture

08-25-16 WDA: In Remembrance of Lupe Carpio…


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Western Dairy is saddened to hear of the passing of Lupe Carpio. Please join us in sending your thoughts and prayers to the Carpio family. His obituary and information on services is below.

Lupe Carpio

Lupe Carpio, 86, a longtime resident of Gill but most recently of Greeley, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016, at the Hospice of Northern Colorado inpatient unit. He was born Feb. 19, 1930, in Greeley to Ezekiel and Julia (Perez) Carpio. Continue reading