October 8, 2015 – The U.S. Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), which has driven sustainable growth in renewable fuel for a decade and is the only federal law on the books directly targeting climate change, is under dire threat by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). New data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reveals just how much harm this Administration has caused farmers by its lax implementation of the RFS. The USDA announced last month that net cash income for American farmers and ranchers is forecast to decline by 26 percent in 2015 from peak levels in 2013. 1 That devastating forecast is worse than originally projected, 2 and it represents the lowest farm income levels in nearly a decade, 3 and it could get worse.
Greeley, CO Thu Oct 08 2015 USDA-CO Dept of Ag Market News
Colorado Hay Report
Compared to last week, market activity is slow with prices trending weak on
light demand. Trading is spotty with interest mostly from out-of-state.
According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, there is no change in the drought
severity categories across the state. NASS? Colorado Crop Progress report for
the week ending October 04, 2015 has crop progress for 3rd cutting Alfalfa at 94
percent and 4th cutting is at 38 percent. Corn is at 76 percent mature, and 11
percent harvested with corn silage at 91 percent harvested. Sorghum is at 97
percent coloring, 57 percent mature, and 12 percent harvested. Winter wheat is
at 77 percent planted with 35 percent emerged. Pasture and Range conditions are
at 1 percent Very Poor, 16 percent Poor, 26 percent Fair, 48 percent Good, and 9
percent Excellent. All prices reported are FOB at the stack or barn unless
otherwise noted. Prices reflect load lots of hay.
If you have hay for sale or need hay, use the services of the Colorado
Department of Agriculture website: http://www.coloradoagriculture.com.
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Vesicular Stomatitis (VS) Update – Positive Diagnosis in Fourteen Colorado Counties
Tips for Shows & Fairs, Livestock Owners and Veterinarians
BROOMFIELD, Colo. – As of 10/7/2015, the Colorado Department of Agriculture’s State Veterinarian’s Office has 42 locations in 14 counties under quarantine after horses, mules, and cattle herds tested positive for Vesicular Stomatitis (VS).
CEP mascot, Eggbert, celebrates World Egg Day at the Colorado Capitol.
Enjoy the incredible, edible egg with this Asian-inspired egg dish
DENVER – October 2015 – Many people look forward to the costumes, pumpkin-flavored treats and crisp weather of October. The Colorado Egg Producers (CEP) Association has another reason for Coloradans to celebrate this month – World Egg Day. Held every second Friday in October, World Egg Day brings together people of different cultures and nationalities to celebrate the versatility, affordability and nutritional value of eggs. On October 9th, CEP encourages you to celebrate World Egg Day by enjoying a delicious meal of eggs at home or at your favorite restaurant.
“Celebrating World Egg Day is a great way for producers to share the benefits of eggs with their communities,” said Jerry Wilkins, president of CEP. “Filled with six grams of high-quality protein, all nine essential amino acids and many nutrients and vitamins, eggs truly are incredible. At only 17 cents per serving, eggs are a healthy, accessible dish for families throughout Colorado and around the world.” Continue reading
(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) October 7, 2015 – The Bird Conservancy of the Rockies, formerly known as the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory conserves birds and their habitats through an integrated approach of science, education and land stewardship. Joining the Colorado Ag News Network at this time to discuss their work which radiates from the Rockies to the Great Plains, Mexico and beyond is their Stewardship Director Gillian Bee…
ABOUT: Gillian Bee, Stewardship Director, Stewardship Continue reading
Colorado Corn accepting FFA grant applications
GREELEY, CO – Oct. 7, 2015 – For a third year, Colorado Corn is accepting applications from FFA chapters around the state as part of its Colorado Corn FFA Grant Program.
The deadline to apply is November 15th.
The Colorado Corn FFA Grant Program assists FFA chapters in Colorado on projects that lack funding within their school district’s budget. Continue reading
(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) October 6th, 2015 – Did you know that October is National Non-GMO Month? Joining the Colorado Ag News Network inside the BARN to discuss National Egg Month in more detail is Brandy Gamoning, Marketing Manager of NestFresh, which is a member of the Colorado Egg Producers Association.
To learn more about NestFresh please visit http://www.nestfresh.com/
To learn more about the Colorado Egg Producers Association please visit http://www.coloradoeggproducers.com/
And to learn more about National Egg Month and the Incredible Edible Egg™ please visit http://www.incredibleegg.org/
(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…
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10/05- Livestock Exchange, LLC Recap & Preview w/Auctioneer Tyler Knode
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09/28- Livestock Exchange, LLC Recap & Preview w/Auctioneer Tyler Knode
For more about Livestock Exchange, LLC – CLICK HERE
OCTOBER 5, 2015 – The Colorado Association of Conservation Districts’ 71st Annual Convention will be held November 16 – 19, 2015 at the Park Hyatt Resort in Beaver Creek, CO. We are planning three days of information programs and breakout sessions pertaining to agricultural and natural resource conservation concerns, with an emphasis on collaboration and partnerships. Our theme this year’s is: Conservation through Partnerships – Strategies for Success.
It is due to Colorado’s huge agriculture industry that Colorado ranks in the top 10 states throughout the country for grain, hay, cattle and sheep production. Many other issues and industries impact the success of agriculture, such as livestock, equipment, finance, and energy to name a few. We all understand the importance of partnerships and how those collaborations can contribute to the success of Ag related industries and the private landowners within Colorado. Continue reading
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(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) October 5, 2015 – Joining me inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network is State Senator Jerry Sonnenberg from District 1 discussing several topics including:
- Sage Grouse Decision
- Federal Gov’t Overreach – Oregon Ranching Family Needs YOUR Help
- $100M Bike Lane Announcement by GOv Hickenlooper
- CO Water Plan Update – Disappointment that Water Storage is not part of the Final Draft
- Colorado Agricultural Leadership Program Update: Recent Field Trips to Washington DC & Louisiana
- Remembering Bill Jackson
- & MORE
CLICK HERE or above to listen to the interview
SENATOR SONNENBERG’S BIOGRAPHY Continue reading
Celebrate National 4-H Week Oct 4-10!
Celebrate the impact 4-H youth are making in their lives and their communities during National 4-H Week, and this year’s theme is “4-H Grows Here”. 4-H is the nation’s largest youth organization; we empower more than six million young people across the U.S. National 4-H Week is October 4 – 10, 2015.
Learn more about National 4-H Week & the National 4-H – CLICK HERE
The Colorado Farm Show is proud to announce an increased number of scholarships being offered to graduating Colorado High School Seniors. The scholarship program is now accepting applications for the 2015-2016 academic year. Students who apply should be High School graduates in the Winter 2015 or Spring 2016 and planning on pursuing a degree in an Agricultural field of study at the College or University of their choice. Continue reading
Written and submitted to BARN Media by CSU’s Jason Kosovski
A decade of dreaming, four years of planning and a year-long build led to last Saturday’s jam-packed ribbon cutting for the new CoBank Center for Agricultural Education at Colorado State University. Now open for business, the center is designed to help fill a void in agricultural education teachers for K-12 students and community colleges across Colorado and the United States.
Essential to educate the next generation
October 1, 2015 – (Denver, Colorado) An exciting three-day weekend of sharing, learning and celebration is in store during the upcoming first-ever Denver Permaculture Confluence October 16-18, planned by the Denver Permaculture Guild.
The Confluence will cap the Guild’s first year, in which advocates of permaculture, a system of decision-making which takes into account sustainability of the earth, plants and people, banded together to provide educational, volunteer and business opportunities aligned with permaculture principles to the growing permaculture community in Greater Denver.
A members-only annual meeting with dinner will be held on Friday evening; the following other events are open to the public A full weekend ticket can be purchased for $80 for nonmembers and $50 for members, or events can be selected a-la-carte. For more information and to register, visit the Denver Permaculture Guild website at https://www.denverpermacultureguild.com/.
Introduction to Permaculture Continue reading
Join us to hear from CattleFax, the global leader in beef industry research, analysis, and information. Additionally, well-known consultant veterinarian Dr. Del Miles will discuss Antibiotic Resistance and the Veterinary Feed Directive. To round out the day nationally acclaimed animal handling specialist Curt Pate will present on animal handling techniques and safety around animals.
Attendance is FREE to all who register in advance!
CLA Safety Group: This meeting counts towards your two meeting requirement for 2015!
For more information about the Colorado Livestock Association – CLICK HERE
And for more information about CattleFax – CLICK HERE
MoDairy promotes annual campaign at World Dairy Expo.
Madison, Wis. [September 30, 2015] – MoDairy sponsors and supporters are at World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wis. to start healthy conversations before the official start of Men’s Health Month in November. Continue reading
Colorado Corn Executive Director Mark Sponsler issued the following statement after learning that Bill Jackson – long-time agriculture reporter for the Greeley Tribune, a voice for farmers and ranchers in the state for decades, and Colorado Agricultural Hall of Fame inductee – died this past weekend.
“For agriculture, which impacts everyone but is understood by relatively few, it’s critical to have a voice in the middle that can eloquently communicate to the public the complexities of our industry, explain the challenges farmers and ranchers endure, and ultimately put a face and name with the food that people consume every day. For decades, Colorado – particularly Weld County – had one of the very best in Bill Jackson. While covering the often controversial topics of water and agriculture for The Greeley Tribune for more than 30 years, Bill was not only successful in relaying mountains of important information to the public, but also in earning respect from representatives on all sides of the issues. He no doubt earned his place in the Colorado Agricultural Hall of Fame. The only thing that will be missed more than Bill’s dedication to telling agriculture’s story will be his smile, sense of humor and all around good nature. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of his family and friends.”
Colorado Corn, based in Greeley, is made up of the Colorado Corn Growers Association and Colorado Corn Administrative Committee. The Colorado Corn Growers Association is comprised of dues-paying members who are politically active, focusing on policy that impacts corn producers and agriculture in general. The Colorado Corn Administrative Committee oversees how Colorado’s corn check-off dollars (one penny per bushel) are spent on research, market development, outreach, education and other various endeavors. See more about the work of the two organizations at www.coloradocorn.com.
(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO September 24, 2015 – The Colorado Section of the Society of Range Management is hosting their annual convention in Glenwood Springs at Hotel Colorado on November 3rd-4th& 5th. Inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network to discuss that event in more detail and the history of the organization & much more is Julie Elliott, CSSRM President-Elect…
CSSRM: WINTER TRAINING AND MEETING in Glenwood Springs on Nov 3-5
Everyone is invited to attend “Communicating with the Land User” a training hosted by the Colorado Section of the Society for Range Management (CSSRM). The training will be held from 1 p.m. on Tuesday, November 3 to noon on Thursday, November 5 at the Hotel Colorado in Glenwood Springs. This training is applicable to anyone who wants to do a better job of communicating, not just to those in the range profession. Feel free to share this training news to others in your agency or organization. Continue reading
Join them to hear from CattleFax, the global leader in beef industry research, analysis, and information. Additionally attendees will hear from well-known consultant veterinarian Dr. Del Miles will discuss Antibiotic Resistance and the Veterinary Feed Directive. To round out the day nationally acclaimed animal handling specialist Curt Pate will present on animal handling techniques and safety around animals.
Attendance is FREE to all who register in advance!
CLA Safety Group: This meeting counts towards your two meeting requirement for 2015!
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Range Beef Cow Symposium to bring Educational Opportunities to Colorado
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – Colorado State University’s Department of Animal Sciences is proud to host the 24th Range Beef Cow Symposium, Nov. 17-19 at The Ranch in Loveland, Colo. The biennial symposium, sponsored by the Cooperative Extension Service and Animal Science Departments of Colorado State University, South Dakota State University, the University of Nebraska and the University of Wyoming, offers an exclusive program of practical production management information specific to the region’s cattle producers. Continue reading
October 8, 2015 – DEVILS TOWER, WY — An agricultural conservation easement on almost 5,000 acres south and west of Devils Tower has been completed by the Driskill family and the Wyoming Stock Growers Land Trust. The primary purpose of the conservation easement is to protect the agricultural values of the property; additionally, the easement will conserve the wildlife and open spaces enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of annual visitors to the nation’s first national monument, designated by President Theodore Roosevelt on September 24, 1906. Continue reading
USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) has published final county estimates for potatoes, for the production years 2013 through 2014. The data series includes county-level planted acres, harvested acres, yield and production estimates of potatoes for Colorado and Montana.
The estimates, based primarily on surveys conducted with farmers and ranchers during the fall of each year, can be accessed using the QuickStats online database, found here: http://www.nass.usda.gov/Quick_Stats/
For state specific questions please contact: Continue reading
AFBF eager for in-depth look at Trans-Pacific Partnership
Oct. 5, 2015—The United States and 11 other Pacific Rim nations today formally agreed to the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the biggest regional trade pact in history. The American Farm Bureau Federation looks forward to reviewing the details of the agreement to guarantee it fulfills the promise of opening restricted markets for American businesses around the Pacific Rim, AFBF President Bob Stallman said in a statement.
“We hope the agreement will bring a more level playing field for farmers and ranchers by reducing tariffs and removing non-science based barriers to trade,” Stallman said. “The agreement covers markets that are expected to grow rapidly for decades to come. We expect to see increased access for our agricultural products, particularly some meats.” Continue reading
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“USDA Releases Fact Sheets on TPP Benefits for Agriculture”
USDA released a series of fact sheets that the federal agency says illustrate how the Trans-Pacific Partnership can boost the U.S. agriculture industry. Created by USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service, the fact sheets graphically depict how each state and individual commodities stand to benefit from increased agricultural trade with the 11 other TPP countries. Trade with these countries accounted for 42 percent of U.S. agricultural exports in 2014, contributing $63 billion to the U.S. economy, according to USDA. Fact sheets for each state are available online at fas dot usda dot gov (www.fas.usda.gov).
“Nation’s Ag Co-ops Set Records for Income and Revenue” Continue reading
On September 17, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers hosted a closed webinar with agency personnel to address 27 questions regarding the final Waters of the U.S. rule. This week, the National Corn Growers Association joined 15 other agricultural groups requesting that EPA and the Corps to make public the answers to those questions.
“It’s unfair to communicate to regulators on how to identify a WOTUS under the new rule, but not also share that information with the farmers and ranchers who are being regulated, and who bear all the risks and liabilities that come with it,” said NCGA President Chip Bowling.
“From the beginning, we have been asking for clarity and certainty about farmers’ obligations under the Clean Water Act. It only makes sense that farmers should receive the same guidance as EPA and Corps staff. We ask the agencies to provide the answers to these 27 questions, as well as future answers to questions about the rule, so that farmers can make more informed business decisions about their operations.”
Click here to read the letter.
MARS HILL, Maine, Oct. 7, 2015 — American Agri-Women’s (AAW) 2015 national convention in Portland, Maine, set for Nov. 5-7, will be a culmination of the organization’s year-long celebration of its 40th anniversary and offer a look into the future of the organization. AAW is the nation’s largest coalition of farm, ranch and agri-business women.
This year’s 40th anniversary events included a Drive Across America, where volunteers drove in a specially wrapped “farm pickup” on a five-month education and advocacy tour of the U.S.
The 2015 convention’s theme is “Harvesting for the Future” and attendees will hear speakers on ag issues as well as tour different aspects of Maine agriculture. Maine Agri-Women are hosting the convention. Maine is also the home state of AAW President Sue McCrum, who will complete her term this year.
“It’s such an honor to celebrate all that we’ve achieved in our first 40 years in my home state and to plan for a future where we’ll continue being a force for truth for American agriculture,” says President Sue McCrum.
Speakers include: Continue reading
FORT COLLINS – Dr. Michael Lappin, a veterinary professor at Colorado State University, recently won the 2015 World Small Animal Veterinary Association’s International Award for Scientific Achievement for significant contributions to knowledge about the cause, detection and control of infectious diseases in pets.
“This award is really exciting because it recognizes the things that are most important to me – improving the lives of pets and their owners, international collaboration, and mentoring the next generation of veterinarians. It’s a great honor,” said Lappin, who was honored with the award at the 40th World Small Animal Veterinary Congress in Bangkok, Thailand. Continue reading
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U.S. beef and pork exports struggled in August, remaining below year-ago levels, according to data released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF). August beef exports totaled 84,167 metric tons (mt), down 18 percent from a year ago. Beef export value was down 24 percent to $498 million, the lowest in 18 months. For the first eight months of 2015, exports were down 11 percent in volume to 703,231 mt and dropped 5 percent in value to $4.31 billion. Continue reading
WASHINGTON (Oct. 7, 2015) – With less than three months before the guidelines are expected to be finalized, the House Agriculture Committee today held a public hearing to continue their oversight of the development of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. This proved to be the first time in this process that both Secretaries Vilsack and Burwell have commented on the guidelines process, representing the two agencies charged with authoring the guidelines, the U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services. Following the hearing, Philip Ellis, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association president made the following statement: Continue reading