10-07-15 WSSA News: Risk Assessment Models Prove Unreliable at Predicting Which Biofuel Crops Are Likely to Become Invasive Weeds…

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Risk Assessment Models Prove Unreliable at Predicting Which Biofuel Crops Are Likely to Become Invasive Weeds

LAWRENCE, Kansas – October 5, 2015 – Several of the plants grown as biofuel crops have proved to be invaders in some environments – spreading rapidly and overwhelming surrounding natural ecosystems. Concerns about these weedy tendencies have led many to contend that risk assessments should be conducted before any bioenergy crop becomes widely cultivated. A new study featured in the journal Invasive Plant Science and Management, though, shows that current “gold-standard” weed risk assessment techniques simply aren’t up to the task. Continue reading

10-07-15 CSU News: Ram Country Meats open for business…

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Customers of Colorado State University’s Meat Lab may have noticed not only a change in the lab’s website, but now the lab has a new name – Ram Country Meats. The new name may draw additional customers who were not aware that the Meat Lab is both an educational facility and a retail meat sales operation.

“The name Ram Country Meats better represents the retail side of our operation to customers,” said Robert Delmore, a professor of Animal Sciences who oversees the teaching and research component of the Meat Lab. “The new name connects us to the CSU brand and seems more like a place where you would go to buy meats.”

Animal Sciences Building
Open Thursday & Friday
noon – 6 p.m.

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10-07-15 RFA News: Hofmeister Headlines 21st Annual RFA National Ethanol Conference in Louisiana Feb 15-17….

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RFA-Renewable Fuels Association LogoWASHINGTON — The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) announced today that the founder and CEO of Citizens for Affordable Energy, John Hofmeister, will headline next year’s  National Ethanol Conference (NEC), which is set to take place Feb. 15–17, 2016 in New Orleans. The theme for the NEC will be: “Fueling a High Octane Future.” Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, October 7th…

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“Vilsack, Obama, Tout TPP Trade Agreement”

President Barack Obama met with Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack to start promoting the Trans-Pacific Partnership. In the meeting Tuesday, Obama said the agreement will make U.S. agriculture more competitive as the deal eliminates about 18,000 different taxes. The complete text of the agreement has yet to be released. Vilsack told reporters that work is ongoing to make the full text available to the public as soon as possible. Vilsack says the administration hopes to publish information for individual states that would show the benefits of the trade deal on a state level. President Obama made remarks that “there’s going to be a long, healthy process of discussion and consultation and debate before this ever comes to an actual vote.” Getting congressional approval could be an uphill battle, but one that won’t see an outcome until sometime next year.


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Rules, Entry Forms For Contest Now Available Online

ST. LOUIS (October 6, 2015) – Monsanto, along with other industry leaders, is sponsoring the National Wheat Yield Contest (NWYC), giving U.S. wheat farmers a new way to share knowledge and showcase their skills. Continue reading

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10-06-15 NCGA News: Grain Bin Safety Important to Farmer – Take Time To Watch…

The National Corn Growers Association reminds farmers of the importance of proper grain bin safety procedures this harvest. With farmers across the country busy in their fields, NCGA is again offering a video highlighting the importance of proper safety procedures and reviewing helpful guidelines.

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10-06-15 Check out the 2015 World Dairy Expo Show Summary…

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2015 World Dairy Expo Show Summary

2015 Total Attendance: 72,427

Registered International Guests: 3,060 from 94 countries

Top Five Countries of Registered International Attendance:

·         Canada

·         Mexico

·         China

·         Brazil

·         Germany

Participating Companies: 871

Trade Show Booth Award Winners:

Large Booth Award – Polaris Industries

Medium Booth Award – Hubbard Feeds, Inc.

Small Booth Award – BioZyme Incorporated

Total Number of Dairy Cattle Housed On Grounds: 2,296

Breakdown of Cattle Represented: Continue reading

10-06-15 Inside the BARN with NestFresh’s Brandy Gamoning: October is National Non-GMO Month…

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(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/

10-06-15 SCF News: Endangered Species Act – Saving Species Without ESA Listing…


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Sand County Foundation released a new report today, highlighting the stories of several iconic threatened species which were recovered thanks to leverage created by the Endangered Species Act, but without the need to list the species under the ESA.

To view the entire report, please click the picture above or CLICK HERE

To learn more about the Sand County Foundation – CLICK HERE


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It was an honor for me to sponsor and advocate for HB 1344 this year in the senate that inked a partnership between the State of Colorado and CSU to secure lease purchase agreements for up to $250 million dollars to finance the construction of new facilities at the proposed National Western Center.

As a native son of northeastern Colorado from a multi-generational farming and ranching family who has dedicated their lives to growing wheat, corn, sunflowers, millet and raising cattle – I recognize the importance of the future National Western Center and the need to preserve Colorado’s Western heritage and our agricultural traditions. 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…


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

10-05-15 CFB President Don Shawcroft’s statement regarding Trans Pacific Partnership…

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Centennial, Colo. –  Oct. 05, 2015  Colorado Farm Bureau is pleased that agreements have been made in the final round of Trans Pacific Partnership talks. It was announced early Monday morning that agreements have been reached on the final few issues.

“Trade is vitally important to Colorado agriculture,” Don Shawcroft, president of Colorado Farm Bureau said. “TPP countries represent 40 percent of the world’s gross domestic product. These countries are growing financially and with growth comes a hunger for U.S. products.”

Shawcroft continued, “while we recognize the sensitivities surrounding sugar and dairy, all indicators are pointing to this being a very good agreement for agriculture as a whole. We look forward to working with the Colorado congressional delegation as this agreement moves through Congress.” Continue reading

10-05-15 Make Plans to Attend the 2015 CACD Annual Meeting in Beaver Creek Nov 16-19…

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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

10-05-15 Inside the BARN with CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg…

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CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg Dist 1 040715(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


10-05-15 CDA News: Bovine Trichomoniasis Update…

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BROOMFIELD, Colo. – The Colorado Department of Agriculture reminds cattle owners to test their herd for Bovine Trichomoniasis. Ranchers who co-mingle their herds have a higher risk for trich; one way to reduce the risk of this disease is to test bulls annually.
So far this year, Colorado has had eight new positive “trich” herds in Colorado. As of 9/30/2015, there is one herd quarantined for trich that includes five locations in Las Animas, Park, and Pueblo counties.
“Ranchers who co-mingle their herds on public or private lands have a federal requirement to test their bulls for trichomoniasis because there is a higher risk for transferring the disease. I encourage ranchers to contact their local veterinarians for more information,” said State Veterinarian, Dr. Keith Roehr.

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10-05-15 Registration Open for 2016 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show…

NCBA - New Image 2010DENVER (Oct. 5, 2015) – Registration and housing for the 2016 Cattle Industry Convention and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Trade Show opens today. The 118th Annual Convention will be held in San Diego, Calif., Jan. 27-29, 2016. Advanced registration is open until Jan. 4, 2016. Convention participants will hear from industry leaders, gather insight on industry trends, enjoy an evening of stars and stripes on the USS Midway and this year’s Cowboy Concert Series will feature Martina McBride. NCBA President Philip Ellis said this convention is a must for everyone involved in the cattle industry. Continue reading

10-05-15 CDA News: Participate in the Colorado B2B Farmers’ Market…



What? The Colorado Business-to-Business (B2B) Farmers’ Market is an opportunity for food and farm businesses to meet, greet, and create new business relationships. The event is a no-cost, no-frills, no-hassle way to connect Colorado food producers to Colorado food buyers.

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10-05-15 CAAA News: Keeping Drones and Manned Aircraft Safe…

For more information about the 2014 CAAA Convention & Trade Show - CLICK HERE

A simple solution to a complex problem, demonstrated in rural Colorado

CAAAFly In 2015Crop dusters and drone operators have hesitated to share the same sky, but this week in the rural southeastern Colorado community of La Junta they are doing just that. There, participants in the annual Operation S.A.F.E. Fly-In of the Colorado Agricultural Aviation Association (CAAA) are collaborating with UAS Colorado, to demonstrate how technology powered by AirMap can promote communication and coordination of flight operations in agricultural areas. The operation is a proof-of-concept that will be refined and rolled out across the country in the near future.  Continue reading

Celebrate National 4-H Week October 4-10…



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

10-02-15 Colorado Farm Show Scholarships Now Available – Applications Due By Nov 2nd!

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

10-01-15 CSU News: CoBank Center for Agricultural Education officially opens…

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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

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10-01-15 October 16-17 Confluence Brings Together Permaculture Experts, Students and Fans to Denver, CO…

1st Annual October Permaculture Confluence 2015

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/.

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10-01-15 CFB urges Sen. Bennet to reject EPA’s current WOTUS rule…

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Centennial, Colo. – Oct. 01, 2015 – On Wednesday, Colorado Farm Bureau members delivered more than 700 signed petitions urging Senator Michael Bennet to reject EPA’s current WOTUS rule and support S. 1140. The petitions were delivered to Senator Bennet in Washington D.C. and gathered from concerned Colorado farmers and ranchers about the effect the rule would have on the future of their farming operations. The bill, S. 1140, would require the Army Corp of Engineers and EPA to propose a regulation revising the definition of the term “waters of the United States”.

“Having so many farmers and ranchers sign and send a postcard sends a powerful message that Colorado agriculture does not support WOTUS,” said Carlyle Currier, CFB Vice President. “EPA’s attempted overreach through this rule should be curtailed so farmers and ranchers don’t live under the fear of an unnecessary regulatory hammer.”
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09-30-15 REGISTER for the Northeast Colorado Livestock Symposium at NJC in Sterling on Nov 10th…

Northeast Colorado Livestock Symposium 2015Join 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

09-29-15 CO Corn staff, board members deeply saddened by loss of Bill Jackson, long-time voice for agriculture…

Colorado Corn Logo Bill Jackson 4Colorado 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.

09-24-15 CSSRM: WINTER TRAINING AND MEETING in Glenwood Springs on Nov 3-5: REGISTER BY OCT 16th…

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(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

09-23-15 Arkansas Valley Livestock Symposium at Otero Junior College in La Junta, CO on Oct 14th – REGISTER TODAY!

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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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09-09-15 The 24th Range Beef Cow Symposium to bring Educational Opportunities to Colorado Nov 17-19 in Loveland…


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

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Tuesday, October 6th…

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

CLICK HERE to listen to TODAY’s BARN Morning Ag News with Brian Allmer…

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“Majority of Ag Groups Applaud TPP Agreement”

Following the announcement of an agreement in the Trans-Pacific Partnership talks, many agriculture organizations approved of the trade deal, despite many details yet to be made public. The full text will be available once made ready by President Obama’s Administration and trade negotiators. Then, 60 days later, the administration can present the agreement to Congress for a vote. In a joint statement by trade negotiators, the next step is technical work to prepare a complete text for public release, including the legal review, translation, and drafting and verification of the text. A statement released by the White House said the TPP will provide a near-term boost to the U.S. economy, and it will shape our economic and strategic relationships in the Asia-Pacific region. USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack said “Increased demand for American agricultural products and expanded agricultural exports as a result of this agreement will support stronger commodity prices and increase farm income.”

Countries in the Trans-Pacific Partnership currently account for up to 42 percent of all U.S. agricultural exports, totaling $63 billion, according to USDA. Vilsack, among others, says the deal will help level the playing field in global trade. The Wall Street Journal reported Monday Canada and Japan have agreed to increase access to their dairy markets, allowing some American dairy products in, but New Zealand also persuaded the U.S. to accept more of its milk products. Dairy, auto trade and pharmaceuticals were the final sticking points in the negotiations.


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10-05-15 CMU Water Center News: Grand County rancher uses 2013 law to leave water in Willow Creek without penalty…

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Grand County rancher uses 2013 law to leave water in Willow Creek without penalty

A Grand County rancher has become the first person in Colorado to use a 2013 state law to intentionally leave water in a stream without fear of diminishing his water right. Working with the Colorado Water Trust (http://www.coloradowatertrust.org/ ), Witt Caruthers developed a plan to curtail diversions from Willow Creek when its flows drop to critical levels. Continue reading