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Sonny Perdue is Waiting for Confirmation

During a farm bill field hearing last week, Kansas Republican Senator Pat Roberts said: “Sonny Perdue is just waiting.” The Senate Agriculture Committee chairman says his committee has not received the required paperwork from the White House yet to schedule a confirmation hearing for Perdue. Insiders with the Department of Agriculture have hinted that a confirmation hearing and vote is likely in early-to-mid March. Perdue was the final Cabinet selection for President Donald Trump, with Trump announcing the selection the day before being sworn into office. Roberts appears eager to perform and wrap-up the confirmation process for Perdue so the committee can focus on other confirmation hearings of lesser USDA post and farm bill discussions.


AFBF President Addresses USDA Ag Outlook Forum

“This could be the best of times…and possibly the worst of times in agriculture,” according to American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall, who spoke last week at the Department of Agriculture’s Ag Outlook Forum. He told the attendees: “there are some early indications that it could be the worst,” according to the Hagstrom Report. His remarks were addressing what he called “the elephant in the room,” being President Donald Trump. Expressing concerns about trade and immigration, specifically aggressive action on deportation, Duvall said: “this could cost $60 billion in agriculture production.” Duvall called for a workable guest worker program run by USDA. Meanwhile, Duvall pointed to AFBF’s priorities for the year and the ‘best of times’ outlook for agriculture, being getting serious on immigration, tax, and regulatory reforms, providing much-needed relief for farmers.


NFU: Trump Administration Building Positive Record on Renewable Fuels

Stressing the need for certainty around the administration’s support for the renewable fuels industry, the National Farmers Union recognized the Donald Trump Administration’s growing positive record in support of renewable fuels. The National Farmers Union calls the support a reaffirmation that renewable fuels are a means to spur economic growth, provide good-paying jobs, and benefit American family farmers, ranchers, and rural economies. In a recent letter to ethanol industry leaders, President Trump acknowledged that renewable biofuels are critical to his vision for American energy. Farmers Union President Roger Johnson said: “It is important for his administration to build a positive record on renewables, and provide much-needed certainty to the industry.” President Trump has indicated he wants to cut unnecessary regulations that hinder growth of the biofuels industry, and Johnson says “we stand behind this notion.”


USDA Increases Fiscal Year 2017 Specialty Sugar TRQ

The Department of Agriculture Friday announced an increase in the fiscal year 2017 specialty sugar tariff-rate quota, or TRQ. The increase of 40,000 metric tons-raw value is needed to accommodate the growing domestic demand for organic sugar and other specialty sugars, according to USDA. The sugar will be permitted entry into the United States beginning March first. In May of last year, USDA established the fiscal year 2017 refined sugar TRQ at 162,000 metric tons-raw value. 141,000-some metric tons was reserved for the importation of specialty sugars as defined by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.


State COOL Legislation Fails in South Dakota

The South Dakota legislature has stopped a move to require country-of-origin labeling on beef sold within the state. Only 13 senators voted in favor of rewriting the state’s COOL law, according to online publication Meatingplace. While those in favor of the law say consumers have the right to know, voters against the bill say federal regulations would supersede an amended South Dakota law. South Dakota’s State Cattlemen’s Association also said the measure would not be enforceable. The U.S. repealed COOL in December 2015 after Canada and Mexico convinced the World Trade Organization that the rule was discriminatory and violated international trade laws. The South Dakota Stock Growers Association supported the measure, along with the South Dakota Farmers Union.


Analysts say Bacon Shortage Not Likely

Despite record low U.S. pork belly inventories, analysts say a bacon shortage is not likely. In early February, the Ohio Pork Council fueled alarms by publicizing that pork belly stocks were at their lowest levels in half a century. While the group added there was not an actual bacon shortage, several media outlets published reports suggesting otherwise. Market analysts tell Reuters more supply will soon be available. Industry analysts attributed low belly stocks to prolonged demand for bacon, as well as a decline in physical storage by speculators after the demise of Chicago Mercantile Exchange belly trading pit. The Department of Agriculture data for January on pork bellies, from which bacon is made, put total stocks at 14 million pounds. It was a record-low for the month and down four million pounds from the December record. Analysts say there’s no worry for a shortage, though, because hog slaughter totals are expected to rise four percent through the spring, and commercial pork production for 2017 is expected to increase by five percent, compared to last year.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service


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…


02-27-17 Livestock Exchange, LLC Recap & Preview


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02-24-17 NPC: Growers Stand Up for Potatoes on Capitol Hill…

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NPC: Growers Stand Up for Potatoes on Capitol Hill

Washington, D.C. – The National Potato Council hosted the 2017 Potato D.C. Fly-In from February 13-16, bringing together more than 150 U.S. potato growers and industry partners from across the country to advocate for the industry’s most pressing federal policy priorities. Growers visited Capitol Hill and met with federal regulators at USDA and EPA. During their Hill visits, growers urged Congress to address key industry issues including: immigration reform, potato breeding research funding, regulatory reform and international trade policy (follow links for details on actions requested). Continue reading

Don’t miss the The 27th Annual Schuppe Farms Bull Sale on March 4th…

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Guest Consignors: CAF Cattle Company, Andy and Crystal Frank 
Saturday, March 4, 2017 – Sterling, Colorado 
12:30PM Sterling Livestock Auction
*Come early to check out the bulls and join us for lunch! 
The sale will also be online at 
Selling 50, Deep, Thick, Black, Polled Lim-Flex Bulls 
*High percentage on homozygous for Black and Polled
*Large number of calving ease prospects
Also offering 3 Black, Polled Two year old Bulls and 15 Black, Polled Lim-Flex Heifers 

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02-23-17 CSU Ext News: Learn more about America Saves Week February 27th thru March 4th…

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America Saves Week – February 27 – March 4, 2017

americasaves-mediumrectangle-300x250Monday, February 27th make it easier to put aside money by saving automatically. Put money into an employer’s 401(K), other retirement programs, or into a savings account every pay period. Amounts as little as $25 deducted from your paycheck per month can add up quickly and you don’t even miss it! Talk to your local bank or credit union to set this up. If $25 is too much, “Start Small and Think Big,” by saving your pocket change each week. In a year, you could have over $100 earned.

Tuesday, February 28th is Family Saving Day. Money habits and skills are formed by parents and care givers. Help children develop financially by sharing the 3 building blocks of financial development:

  1. Develop executive function for 3 to 5 year olds through pretend play, sorting money and conversing about money.
  2. Build money habits and values how children 6 to 12 by discussing with them how you earn, spend and save. Talk to them about your strengths with money and your weaknesses. Share how you plan and set goals.
  3. Practice money skills and decision-making with 13 to 21 year olds by allowing them to make money choices, experience financial consequences and reflect on their decisions.

Wednesday, March 1st is Save for Retirement day. Each year review your retirement savings plan. Be sure to participate in a work-related Individual Retirement Account or IRA, or open a free and easy myRA account. Use your tax refund to start a myRA account. Go to to see how to start an account. If you are already saving for retirement increase the amount you save by 1%.

Thursday, March 2nd Save at Tax Time by splitting part of your tax return into an account or other financial institution, such as a mutual fund, brokerage firm, or credit union. IRS form 8888 is how you can allocate your refund and/or buy up to $5,000 in paper series savings bonds. Go to to find out how to take advantage of this savings opportunity. Reward yourself for splitting your refund by entering the SaveYourRefund 2017 campaign with $35,000 in prizes and 101 chances to win by going to

Friday, March 3rd Is focused on helping people get out of debt. A 2012 survey showed that 45% of families with annual incomes under $50,000 rely on credit cards to pay for basic needs such as rent, utilities, insurance and food. There is hope- planning, discipline, patience and some guidance can help you to reduce debt and accumulate wealth. If you answer “yes” to any of these questions, you probably need some help getting your debt under control:

  1. Can you only afford to make minimum payments on your credit cards?
  2. Do you worry about finding money to make monthly car payments?
  3. Do you borrow money to pay off old debts?
  4. Have you used a home equity loan to refinance credit card debts, then run up new revolving balances on your cards?
  5. How do you get out of debt? Stop borrowing, make a budget, make a plan, and don’t overspend.
  6. Get help with Consumer Credit Counseling Services at 1800-388-2227 or talk to your local cooperative extension offices for resources.

Saturday, March 4th save for emergencies with at least $500 in a savings account that you do not have easy access to. Start by putting aside small amounts over time. This small fund will help with the unexpected financial challenges such as repairing the brakes on your car or getting the clothes dryer fixed. This will help you keep out of debt by not adding up credit card or loan debt. Remember to save automatically- it is the easiest way to put away money because it is out of sight and out of mind.

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02-23-17 CSU Ext News: Colorado Blueprint of Food and Agriculture


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  • February 27  in Las Animas, CO;
  • March 1 in Pueblo, CO and Eads, CO.

Colorado State University Research Centers and Extension are part of a team of partners formulating a Blueprint for our state’s food and agriculture system over the coming year, and we are inviting all Coloradans to be a part of this effort.  Continue reading

2017 Governor’s Forum addresses need of collaboration, new opportunities for challenged ag industry

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2017 Governor’s Forum addresses need of collaboration, new opportunities for challenged ag industry

The 26th annual Governor’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture was defined by dialogue among state officials and industry leaders covering food production, land conservation, climate change, food safety and food waste, along with many other topics. Continue reading

02-06-17 CAWA/RGWCD hosting Rio Grande River in Alamosa on Feb 28th


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CAWA/RGWCD hosting Rio Grande River in Alamosa on Feb 28th

The Colorado Water Plan aims to address the water needs of cities, agriculture and the environment in light of projected shortages. Agriculture is a focus; all the basin roundtables and the IBCC expressed that while water for other needs will come partly from agriculture, we must guard against large scale dry-up. Instead, the Plan promotes alternative transfer methods as an alternative. Continue reading

02-02-17 Agriculture Day at the Capitol set for March 22nd in Denver, CO


Agriculture Day at the Capitol set for March 22nd in Denver, CO

Food competition, celebration of state’s ag industry one of the most popular events under the Golden Dome

A celebration of Colorado’s agricultural producers and agribusinesses is set for Wednesday, March 22, at the Capitol Building in Denver.

The 48 ag organizations that make up the Colorado Agriculture Council will once again host Agriculture Day at the Capitol, starting at 10:45 a.m. and featuring the teaming up of 13 local chefs with various lawmakers and ag representatives in a cook-off competition of Colorado-grown foods. Lunch will be served around 11:30 a.m.

Producers, the public and media are all invited to attend the event, which takes place as part of National Agriculture Week. Continue reading

11-09-16 United Wind and Options for YOUR Agriculture Operation…

CLICK HERE to visit United Wind's website to learn more

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Ryan Storke, United Wind VP Project Development

(The BARN – Briggsdale, CO) November 9, 2016 – United Wind completed the installation of two 100kW turbines for the Heritage Dairy in Yuma.  The project is United Wind’s first installation in Colorado since the company expanded there earlier this year. Joining the CO Ag News Network at this time to discuss that project and the wind industry and its potential for the agriculture industry is Ryan Storke VP Project Development @ United Wind, discussing several topics including:

  • Wind Industry History
  • United Wind and the Heritage Dairy Project in Yuma
  • Renewable Energy Project Differences
  • What is “Distributed WInd”
  • How wind power can help farmers
  • Wind Power and Utility Companies
  • Benefits of WindLeasing vs Purchasing
  • Colorado’s wind energy potential
  • How United Wind Power Works for Your Operation
  • & More


United Wind : Making Wind Power Possible

United Wind providing customers with wind energy options that make sense today and into the future. Learn more about United Wind @

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02-24-17 USDA NASS CO Crop Values

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NASS CO Crop Values

State-level estimates for 2016 crop values are now available, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Crop Values includes average prices and values of production for major field crops and many specialty crops.

All prices in the report are marketing year average (MYA) prices which do not include allowances or adjustments for commodities under government loan at the end of the marketing year, commodities forfeited to the Commodity Credit Corporation, loan deficiency payments, direct and counter cyclical payments, or disaster payments.

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02-24-17 USDA – FAS Weekly Export Sales Report for February 24th

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Friday, February 24th

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Ag Groups Ask for Infrastructure Help

Over 200 groups with a stake in agriculture and rural areas sent a letter to President Donald Trump asking for rural needs to be part of any plan to improve the nation’s infrastructure. Politico says a few of the groups that signed the letter included Farm Credit Council, American Farm Bureau Federation, and the American Soybean Association, among many others. The letter stated: “Past infrastructure initiatives often focused on urban and suburban infrastructure while not adequately addressing the unique needs of rural communities.” The groups add that American agriculture truly feeds the world and creates jobs. To ensure that America remains a leader in world agricultural production, they say infrastructure needs have to be addressed, noting that the nation’s deteriorating infrastructure threatens that leadership role in feeding the world. The groups caution that the federal government can’t do it alone, saying it should partner with local governments and find private funding sources, a move supported by Trump advisers. Alabama Republican Robert Aderholt is Chair of the House Appropriations Committee, who’s promised to make investing in rural infrastructure a high priority in fiscal 2018 allocations for the U.S. Department of Agriculture.


$1 Trillion Free-Trade Agreement Now In Force

Despite strong anti-trade comments from President Trump, a $1 trillion free trade agreement went into effect on Wednesday of this week, called the Trade Facilitation Agreement. A CNN Money report says the agreement is designed to cut through red tape and help solve problems like border delays and transportation bottlenecks. The World Trade Organization says it will cut a day and a half off the time needed to import goods and cut two days off the time need to export products. The WTO’s Director-General says: “The Trade Facilitation Agreement is the biggest reform of global trade this century.” WTO officials are predicting a 2.7 percent growth in trade around the world by 2030. Officials also say the agreement will cut the cost of shipping goods to other countries by 14 percent. The deal includes all 164 members of the World Trade Organization, including the United States. The U.S. approved the deal during the Obama Administration. A spokesman for the current U.S. Trade Representative didn’t immediately respond to a request for comments.


Largest Ag Producers Changing Crop Protection Plans

A new study from Millenium Research shows that the nation’s largest farmers are still uncommitted or making changes to their crop protection plans. The “Farmer Speaks” study shows producers being more aggressive in cutting costs after a tough year in 2016. Growers who farm 1,000 or more acres are planning on making the highest percentage of cost-cutting at ten percent. Crop protection products and seed traits are the two areas where farmers look to make the biggest cost cuts. 25 percent of the respondents say they are using a different weed control system in their corn and soybean fields this year. Corn farmers say they’re looking at a 50 percent change in their crop protection products. Several of the nation’s largest producers say they haven’t made decisions yet regarding crop protection products on at least 1,000 acres. Growers are showing an increasing interest in soybean traits this year. 44 percent of soybean growers making changes this year will use a different product versus 2016. One-third of growers say insecticides and fungicides for soybeans and corn are their most undecided products heading into the planting season.


Dow/DuPont Deal on Track in E.U.; ChemChina/Syngenta Extended

A Dow Jones report says the Dow and DuPont merger looks good for regulatory approval from European Union regulators. People familiar with the deal say it looks to be on track because the companies offered to sell some of their businesses to ease antitrust concerns. The European Commission is the EU’s antitrust watchdog, and appears ready to approve the deal after the companies offered their remedies. However, people monitoring the deal also say the decision is not necessarily completed and some aspects of the deal could change. Another Dow Jones report says ChemChina extended its $43 billion offer for Syngenta to April 28th as it still looks for regulatory approval of the merger. The Chinese state-owned company issued a statement this week saying all other terms and conditions of the offer remain the same. China is pushing to step up scrutiny of the deal in a bid to curb capital outflow, and EU regulators have also asked for more information about the pending merger.


Effective Dairy Safety Net Requires Federal Spending

The first 2018 Farm Bill development meeting took place this week. Legislators have been encouraging the nation’s producers to speak up about what worked in the last Farm Bill and what didn’t. Online publication Milk Business quotes Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Pat Roberts as saying: “We need clear direction on what is and what is not working in farm country.” Dairy farmers have been very vocal of late regarding the Margin Protection Program established in the last Farm Bill. The dissatisfaction began in 2015 and that spilled over into the next year. In spite of the fact that dairy cash flow was down, participation was described as “anemic.” University of Missouri economist Scott Brown said the ongoing concern within the dairy industry is that the MPP doesn’t provide a strong enough safety net. Lawmakers have discussed improving the Margin Protection Program in the next Farm Bill but Brown says that’s going to cost some money. “It’s extremely difficult to construct a strong enough safety net program for dairy while reducing federal spending,” he says, adding: “There’s a high correlation between government expenditures and the effectiveness of the safety net.”


Some Brazil Soybeans Very Muddy

Brazil’s top soybean producing state, Mato Grosso (Mah’-toe Grah’-soh), has soybean fields ready for harvest but are so muddy it’s difficult to walk through, let alone drive a combine through. A Bloomberg report says a week of persistent rainfall has caused some soybeans to begin fermenting. The beans have become engorged in their pods, which have started to open as the oilseeds begin to germinate. Ag forecaster AgroConsult organized a recent crop tour and found damage so bad that some farmers say they are getting paid a third of what they would have in a normal growing season. Mato Grosso is facing its wettest harvest in five years. Insect and weed problems have multiplied after the recent heavy rains, making soybeans more challenging to harvest and potentially adding transportation costs for farmers. The damaged beans are still good enough to use blended with other good crops, but farmers will get less money for their efforts. That’s a tough blow to Brazilian farmers who’ve seen a multiple-year drop in Ag prices, currency appreciation, and a national recession. An AgroConsult analyst says because the damaged crop can still be blended with good crops, the total production estimates for Mato Grosso should remain the same.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service


02-23-17 Trump Administration Building Positive Record on Renewable Fuels, NFU Says

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Trump Administration Building Positive Record on Renewable Fuels, NFU Says

WASHINGTON (February 23, 2017) – Stressing the need for certainty around the administration’s support for the renewable fuels industry, National Farmers Union (NFU) recognizes the Trump Administration’s growing positive record in support of renewable fuels as a means to spur economic growth, provide good-paying jobs, and benefit American family farmers, ranchers, and rural economies.

In a recent letter to ethanol industry leaders, President Trump acknowledged that renewable biofuels are critical to his vision for American energy. Continue reading

02-23-17 FCA – Joint News Release – Agencies Release Swap Margin Guidance

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FCA - Farm Credit Administration logoThe Federal Reserve Board (Board) and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) on Thursday issued guidance explaining how supervisors should examine for compliance with the swap margin rule, which established margin requirements for swaps not cleared through a clearinghouse.

The guidance explains that the Board and the OCC expect swap entities covered by the rule to prioritize their compliance efforts surrounding the March 1, 2017, variation margin deadline according to the size and risk of their counterparties. Continue reading

02-23-17 Colorado Weekly Hay Report…

02-23-17 USDA NASS CO Cash Rents Survey

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USDA to Collect Data on Farmland Rental Rates

Lakewood, CO – February 23, 2017 – Beginning late February, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service will contact farmers and ranchers to gather land rental rate information for the Cash Rents and Leases survey. The results of this survey will serve as a valuable decision-making tool for farmers, ranchers and other landowners and can be used for 2018 rental agreement negotiations.

“This brief survey is our only source of county cash rental rates,” said NASS’ Mountain Region Field Office Director Bill Meyer. “By responding, producers help the farming community and ensure USDA bases its decisions on the most accurate data.”

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