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U.S. Pork Industry Seeks 2019 Pig Farmers of Tomorrow
Award inspires and connects with the next generation of pig farmer
DES MOINES, IOWA – Oct. 15, 2018 – The National Pork Board is searching for the next Pig Farmers of Tomorrow, with applications now open through Nov. 12 at http://www.pigfarmersoftomorrow.com. The award recognizes, inspires and connects with the next generation of American pig farmers.
“It is important for the Pork Board to connect with future pork industry leaders,” said National Pork Board President Steve Rommereim, a pig farmer from Alcester, South Dakota. “We want to encourage young pig farmers to share their farm stories with the public to help put a face on farming.” Continue reading
Beekeeper Mentorship Course
By CSU Linda Langelo, Horticulture Program Associate
Are you interested in learning about beekeeping? Colorado State University Extension if offering an opportunity for educating those wishing to become beekeepers and local area beekeepers already doing beekeeping. Here is an opportunity to come join us and learn over 7 classroom sessions with some reading and homework assignments between classes. The classes are 3 hours in duration. Once you have taken the class you can mentor other beekeepers with issues and problems. After the classroom sessions, you are required to volunteer for 30 hours which keeps the cost of the course to an affordable rate. In the second year, you are required to volunteer for 15 hours minimum and have 9 hours of continuing education to keep your status as a Beekeeper Mentor. If you have any questions such as the cost, please contact Linda Langelo at (970)474-3479 at the Sedgwick County Extension. The location(s) and dates for the classes will be determined based on the interest.
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CSU Presidential Search Advisory Committee seated, search firm selected
DENVER, COLO. – The Colorado State University Board of Governors today announced the formation of a Presidential Search Advisory Committee and the selection of a national search firm to help choose the next leader for Colorado State University – one of the nation’s leading public research institutions. Continue reading
Inside the BARN with CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg…
(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) October 15, 2018 – Joining me inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network is CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg from District 1 discussing several topics including:
- 2018 Farm Bill Conference Committee working on Extension?
- Thoughts on new USMCA (NAFTA 2.0)
- Thoughts on USDA Trade Aid Package
- Interim Committee Work Update (Water Resources Review Committee, Education Finance Reform & Capital Development)
- Positions on Upcoming Ballot Initiatives (BALLOTPEDIA)
- CO Election 2018 Ballots Mailed out Oct 15th
- CALP Class 13’s International Trip to Columbia & New CALP Corner Radio Series Inside the BARN
- & More
To listen to the Interview, click the audio mp3 link below…
SENATOR SONNENBERG’S BIOGRAPHY Continue reading
Eastern Colorado Crop Production Conference Dec 5 & 6 2018
Colorado State University Extension will offer a continuing education program on Crop Production and Soil Management on December 5th and 6th in Fort Morgan, CO. This program is designed for Crop Producers, Agronomists and Certified Crop Advisors.
USDA Issues Farm Safety Net and Conservation Payments
Total Exceeds $4.8 Billion
WASHINGTON, Oct. 12, 2018 – Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue today announced that the United State Department of Agriculture (USDA) continues to invest in rural America with more than $4.8 billion in payments being made, starting this month, to agricultural producers through the Farm Service Agency’s Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC), Price Loss Coverage (PLC) and Conservation Reserve (CRP) programs. Approximately $3 billion in payments will be made under the ARC and PLC programs for the 2017 crop year, and approximately $1.8 billion in annual rental payments under CRP for 2018.
“Despite a temporary lapse of Farm Bill authorities, farmers and ranchers can rest assured that USDA continues to work within the letter of the law to deliver much needed farm safety net, conservation, disaster recovery, and trade assistance program payments,” said Perdue. Continue reading
Inside CAWA with Greg Peterson: Glenwood Springs Ag Water Workshop Nov 7th and more…
(BARN Media – FarmCast Radio – Briggsdale, CO November 7, 2018 – Joining the CO Ag News Network by telephone is Greg Peterson from the Colorado Ag Water Alliance , discussing the upcoming CAWA Ag Water Workshop in Glenwood Springs on November 7th and more…
Access to reliable water supplies and the ability to store our water for future use is critical to the Weld, Adams and Morgan County region served by Central Colorado Water Conservancy District and its Groundwater Management Subdistrict. Central is focused on developing water supplies to meet regional water demands now and in the future.
Voting YES on Issue 7E will help ensure access to a reliable water supply. This is critical to our farmers and ranchers, especially the family farms that have contributed to the heritage and character of this region.
More than $1.5 billion of agricultural products are produced in Weld County alone, and thousands of jobs are tied to the region’s ag economy in Adams, Morgan and Weld counties. Issue 7E is vital to maintaining our rural way of life to continue to provide locally grown vegetables and the crops that support the area’s beef, dairy and poultry operations.
(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) – Each week, Auctioneer Tyler Knode with Livestock Exchange, LLC. in Brush, CO will be inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network providing a RECAP of the previous week’s auctions and also a PREVIEW of upcoming cattle & hay auctions…
CLICK THE AUDIO LINK BELOW TO LISTEN TO THIS WEEK’S UPDATE…
10-08-18 Livestock Exchange, LLC Recap & Preview
10-09-18 Livestock Exchange, LLC Extended Preview
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Don’t miss the 100th Anniversary Celebration!
Its the biggest Farm Bureau event of the year. And this year will be even bigger!
This year, we’re excited to be in a new location, the Renaissance Hotel in Stapleton. This new location is where we will be kicking off our 100th-anniversary celebration.
The hotel just underwent a fabulous remodel and boasts beautiful event spaces, guest rooms, and a new dining area. We are excited about the great new space and the opportunities it provides for our annual meeting.
Please click here to book your hotel rooms for the event, or, you may call directly to reserve your room at 1 (800) 468-3571 or (303) 399-7500. Please note, self-parking at the hotel is complimentary with your hotel reservations.
For questions, please contact the state office at 303-749-7500.
RMFU Supports 6 Ballot Measures; Opposes 3
DENVER, Colo. – The board of Rocky Mountain Farmers Union is advocating for “Yes” votes on six ballot measures and “No” votes on three others, based on how the impact of each measure will help or hurt farmers, ranchers, and rural communities.
“These proposed changes to Colorado’s Constitution and laws are now in the hands of voters,” said RMFU Board Chairwoman Jan Kochis. “We’ve learned the hard way that every vote counts when it comes to making sure rural Colorado has a voice in its future.”
The RMFU Board, made up of active farmers and ranchers from across the state, is opposed to Proposition 112, which seeks to expand the set-back requirement for oil and gas development. “As written, the proposition will simply strangle oil and gas development, while not achieving any measurable increase in safety. This ‘all-or-nothing’ approach isn’t the way to move forward,” says Kochis.
The board voiced support for Proposition 73 and its goal of improving funding for education. “For various reasons, funding for education is not matching real world needs. We’re losing ground, and that’s not fair to our students, our schools, or our future workforce,” adds Kochis.
The state’s second largest farm organization also supports the following ballot items: Continue reading
WASHINGTON, October 4, 2018 – IDEAg Group LLC announces that the 34th annual Amarillo Farm & Ranch Show will take place Nov. 27-29 at the Amarillo Civic Center in Amarillo, Texas. The event will feature more than 500 companies showcasing the latest innovations – more than 900 products – available to farmers and ranchers in the panhandle region. Continue reading
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 2018-2019 academic year. Students who apply should be High School graduates in the Winter 2018 or Spring 2019 and planning on pursuing a degree in an Agricultural field of study at the College or University of their choice. To date, the Colorado Farm Show has awarded $169,000 in scholarships to Colorado graduating High School Seniors pursuing careers in an Agricultural field of study.
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CFB: Campaign Season is in Full Swing
You’ve probably noticed the political ads filling up commercial breaks during the Broncos football game. It’s the season when political campaigns begin to amp up their advertising and boy oh boy are there a lot of things to vote on.
This year, many advocates across the state gathered signatures to get their issue on the ballot. In fact, CFB was behind one of our very own — Amendment 74.
To help inform your decision as you vote, CFB has put together a voting guide that shows the organization’s position on those initiatives. The Board of Directors voted on each decision based upon policy created by you, CFB members.
As always, please reach out to staff with any questions.
Weld County Press Information – 2018 General Election
All election information can be found at www.weldvotes.com. We have posted the Blue Book, TABOR Notice and sample ballot to our website. We encourage everyone to look over our webpage as this will be our main means of communication along with the Clerk and Recorders Facebook page– Carly Koppes Weld Clerk and Recorder. We ask for your help to encourage the voters to return their voted ballots early to have more accurate early election night results.
Main Contact: Carly Koppes
Weld County Clerk and Recorder
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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Monday, October 15th
Brazil Soybean Supplies Running Low
Soybean crushers in Brazil are running low on soybeans as they face tougher competition from Chinese buyers over the remaining 2017-2018 season supplies. A Bloomberg report says crushers in Brazil worked with negative margins since the second half of September. The pace of processing has slowed since the soy rally has doubled premiums this year, putting a squeeze on domestic producers. Other plants have halted all activities and say they won’t start up again until the upcoming harvest starts in the first quarter of 2019. One industry analyst says soybean product inventories are running low, with some plants announcing they no longer have soy oil to sell. The industry group representing soybean processors says crushing margins are getting pressure from higher soybean prices. However, it didn’t really slow the pace of processing until August of this year. Brazil soybean stocks are expected to fall by 1.5 million tons to their lowest-level since 1999. September exports totaled 4.6 million tons, with 91 percent heading to China.
Dropped Tariffs Could Mean Less USDA Trade Aid Relief
Ag groups are largely supportive of the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade package. However, many of those same groups say their biggest concern right now is ending retaliatory tariffs on U.S. agricultural products Those duties were put in place after President Trump imposed tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue told Reuters this week that, with a trade deal in hand, the tariffs usefulness when it comes to Mexico and Canada have diminished. “I think it’s time we go back to our previous relationship which had no tariffs on steel and aluminum,” Perdue adds. If that happens, it could mean USDA will scale back on the second installment of its trade aid program. Perdue tells Reuters, “If the tariffs do come off and the tariff impact lessens, it will have some impact over the mitigation efforts because those efforts were based on the fact that they would be tariff damage-related.” USDA has already made $6.3 billion available for direct payments to farmers, commodity purchases, and marketing assistance. The department was scheduled to decide on a possible second round of trade reimbursements by early December. The agency had initially budgeted up to $12 billion for the aid program.
Trump, XI Likely to Meet at Upcoming G-20
An Associated Press article says U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President XI (zhee) Jinping may meet during the G-20 summit in Argentina scheduled for late November. China says it is in contact with the U.S. amid reports of the upcoming meeting. A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman offered no specifics but did say he’d seen the relevant reports. Trump’s top economic adviser Larry Kudlow tells CNBC that there is “some movement” toward a meeting at the G-20. Kudlow says, “They have lots to talk about, so we’ll see.” On the word of the potential meeting, global indexes had gained after a couple days of sharp drops. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin (Muh-NOO-chin) has advised against naming China a currency manipulator, which is something that would trigger penalties, and reports say that move has eased some tensions between the U.S. and China. It’s not currently known if the U.S. will even consider lifting $250 billion in tariffs on Chinese imports, which triggered retaliatory tariffs on American imported goods. Despite the U.S. tariffs on Chinese goods, the trade deficit between the two countries defied expectations and widened in both August and September of this year.
Environmental Groups: No Farm Bill Better Than Bad Bill
The Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) and a group of left-leaning environmental groups will hold a press conference Monday to tell Congress “No farm bill is better than a bad farm bill.” The Hagstrom Report says the announcement means the lobbying coalition on the farm bill is officially split on the importance of passing a farm bill this year. Major farm groups like the American Farm Bureau and National Farmers Union, along with commodity and conservation groups, are calling on Congress to finish the farm bill this year. But FRAC and other major nutrition groups never signed on to letters written to Congress by the other groups. Talks of a farm bill extension are growing as big differences remain between the House and Senate versions of the farm bill, especially over the work requirements for participants in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. A FRAC spokeswoman says, “We are pushing for passage of the Senate bill as the pathway to a good farm bill.” House Ag Committee Ranking Member Collin Peterson backs the Senate SNAP provisions. However, he says that he and House Democratic leadership want to finish the bill this year, even though Peterson would chair the committee if Democrats take over the House. Other groups participating in the news conference include the Environmental Working Group, Food Policy Action, as well as the National Resources Defense Council.
USMCA Fate Could Rest with Democrats After Elections
Politico says the new North American trade agreement likely won’t get voted on before 2019. That’s because of a packed Congressional schedule at the end of this year, as well as a limited political will to hold a vote. That likely means Democrats will have a huge say in whether or not the deal gets enacted, if as many polls suggest, they take control of the House. Politico says a Democratic majority in the House would have to balance a commitment to opposing President Trump against the potential benefits of the deal. If Democrats take power, it means labor questions suddenly become much more important. There are still questions remaining from the party and labor groups about how new labor provisions in the agreement will be enforced. One example is pushing Mexico to improve workers’ rights and wages. Unions see that effort as critical to easing downward pressure on U.S. wages. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer worked to respond to labor-related concerns raised by Democrats and unions during the negotiation. Politico says he’s not sweating a Democratic-controlled House. One Democratic aide says, “I don’t think Lighthizer is the least bit afraid of a House controlled by Dems and I think he’s played those cards well.”
Hurricane Hits Georgia, Florida Agriculture Hard
Farmers in Georgia and Florida are still trying to get a handle on the extent of damage left behind by Hurricane Michael. One thing officials do know for sure is that Michael devastated Georgia’s cotton crop. Georgia typically produces the second-largest cotton crop in the nation. USDA had predicted a cotton crop of 2.9 million bales this year, second only to Texas in total production. However, only 15 percent of Georgia’s crop had been harvested before the storm came through. 20 percent of the state’s cotton crop was planted late, so some of that may be okay. Richie Seaton of the Georgia Cotton Commission told Agri-Pulse that the rest of the crop took a direct hit at a time when it was most vulnerable to storm damage. “Michael is going to cost the state of Georgia billions of dollars in damage,” Seaton says. Georgia’s pecan orchards were hit hard by Hurricane Irma last year and took another hit from Michael. In Florida, the timber industry was hit hard, along with some poultry, dairy, and aquaculture operations were damaged as well. The state’s Ag Department says the tomato crop was damaged as well.
Washington, D.C. (October 12, 2018) – Today, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue announced farm program payments for the 2017 crop year through the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) program and the Price Loss Coverage (PLC) program, which were both created in the 2014 Farm Bill, have now gone out to producers. These safety net programs provide essential revenue and price support for farmers across the country. Approximately $3 billion in payments will be made under the ARC and PLC programs for the 2017 crop year, and approximately $1.8 billion in annual rental payments under CRP for 2018.
“The program payments being announced today will provide a needed cushion for farmers during these tough economic conditions in wheat country,” said NAWG President and Oklahoma wheat farmer Jimmie Musick. “Mother nature continues to be more and more unpredictable each year, demonstrating vital importance of a viable farm safety net. ARC and PLC are important safety net programs that help enable farmers to farm another year.”
CLA: In Remembrance of Don Rutledge
Apply by Nov. 1 to Serve on the National Pork Checkoff Board of Directors
Applications are available at Pork.org
DES MOINES, IOWA – Oct. 12, 2018 – The Pork Checkoff’s board of directors is accepting applications through Nov. 1 to fill five three-year terms. State pork producer associations, farm organizations or anyone who pays into the Pork Checkoff, which includes pig farmers and pork importers, may submit an application.
“Serving on the National Pork Board is a great opportunity for producers to support the pork industry while helping to plan for a successful future,” said Friend, Nebraska, producer Terry O’Neel, who is the past Pork Board president and chair of the Nominating Committee. “Not only have I been able to serve producers, I also have learned from the many different producers that we have in this industry.”
What’s on the Horizon for E-Connectivity in Rural America
The E-Connectivity Listening Session Sept. 20 in Denver, CO, was an opportunity for broadband providers and the people who use—or would like to be able to use—broadband to provide input on how to improve services in rural America. If you missed the session, you can watch the webcast here.
This session is part of What’s on the Horizon for E-Connectivity in Rural America, a project organized by Farm Foundation, in collaboration with CoBank, NTCA-The Rural Broadband Association, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, the National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
“The four listening sessions in this projected focused on identifying the challenges rural communities now face in providing quality broadband services, as well as the innovative options being used to address those challenges,” explains Farm Foundation President Constance Cullman. Continue reading
USDA Appoints Members to Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee, Two from CO
WASHINGTON, Oct. 12, 2018 – Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue today announced the appointment of 25 members of the recently reestablished Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee (FVIAC). The newly appointed members will serve terms of up to two years beginning immediately and ending in 2020. The appointees were selected from nominations received in May 2018 resulting from the April 23, 2018, announcement of the re-establishment of the committee and request for nominations.
Newly appointed members are: Continue reading
NCGA: Corn Farmers on Track to Produce Second Largest Crop Ever!
CLA: There’s a Cow in My Marshmallow?
CLA Helps Teach 4th Graders at the Food 4-Ever Agricultural Fair
Greeley, CO – The Colorado Livestock Association participated in the 4th annual 4th grade agricultural fair, known as Food 4-Ever hosted by the Windsor School District and the Windsor High School Future Farmers of America this past Wednesday. CLA was asked by Andy Klatt, a physical education teacher from Weld RE-4 School District who organized the fair, to help teach the students and community about livestock production through a lesson or hands-on experience. Continue reading