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…

CLICK THE AUDIO LINK BELOW TO LISTEN TO THIS WEEK’S UPDATE…

02/09 – Livestock Exchange, LLC UPDATE

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02/08 – Livestock Exchange, LLC Preview w/Auctioneer Tyler Knode

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02/03 – Livestock Exchange, LLC UPDATE

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02/02 – Livestock Exchange, LLC Preview w/Auctioneer Tyler Knode

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02-09-16 Get Ready to Celebrate National FFA Week, Feb. 20-27th!

FFA-Week_Amplify_2016_BannerNational FFA Week: Feb. 20-27, 2016

Did you know?

Each year, FFA chapters around the country celebrate National FFA Week. The week-long tradition began in 1947 when the National FFA Board of Directors designated the week of George Washington’s birthday as National FFA Week in recognition of his legacy as an agriculturist and farmer. The first National FFA Week was held in 1948. Today, FFA Week always runs Saturday to Saturday and encompasses Feb. 22, Washington’s birthday.

National FFA Week did not start out as a week-long event. At first it was National FFA Day. The 1933 National FFA Convention Proceedings records the beginning of FFA Day in this way: “Stewart of Montana requested the floor at this time to present a matter of general interest. He suggested the idea of having a special Future Farmer Day some time during 1934, preferably on one of the regular national FFA broadcasting days. It was pointed out that the various state associations could perhaps plan special state broadcasts also on that day and that chapters might plan their father and son banquets on the date specified. The idea seemed to meet with general delegate approval and after some discussion it was moved by Stewart that the Board of Trustees arrange for such a day; motion passed.” Continue reading

02-08-16 CACD News: CO ENVIROTHON State Competition 2016…

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The Colorado Association of Conservation Districts and the Rio Grande Watershed Education Initiative are sponsoring the 2016 CO Envirothon event on April 25 and 26, in Castle Rock, CO. After several months of study, high school students, FFA and 4-H groups will compete against each other in teams of five students each. They will prepare themselves for testing in the areas of wildlife biology, forestry, aquatics, soil science, and a current environmental issue. Continue reading

02-08-16 Ag Day at the Capitol set for March 16th in Denver…

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A celebration of Colorado’s ag producers and agribusinesses is set for Wednesday, March 16, at the Capitol Building in Denver.

The 40 agricultural organizations that make up the Colorado Ag Council will once again host Ag Day at the Capitol, starting at 10:45 a.m. and featuring the teaming up of local chefs, lawmakers and others in a cook-off competition of Colorado-grown foods. Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m.

Producers, the public and media are all invited to attend the event, which takes place as part of National Ag Week. Ag Day at the Capitol has become one of the most popular events under the Golden Dome, attended by about 500 people, including the governor, state legislators, farmers, ranchers and many others. Continue reading

02-08-16 Produce Growers Urged to Attend Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association Conference…

CFVGA - Growing  Resources Cultivating Success logo Colorado Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association President Robert Sakata is urging all Colorado produce growers and prospective growers to attend the Second Annual CFVGA Conference, Feb. 17, 2016 at the Renaissance Denver Stapleton Hotel.
“The CFVGA Board of Directors is asking growers throughout the state to unite with other growers by attending this conference,” said Sakata, owner/operator Sakata Family Farms, Brighton, Colo. “Until CFVGA was formed in 2014, produce growers had a limited voice in issues of statewide importance. The Feb. 17 conference provides a framework for produce growers of all types and sizes to learn about issues that impact us all and to speak with one voice. In addition, for anyone even thinking about growing fruits and vegetables, this would be a great opportunity to gain invaluable knowledge. “
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02-05-16 USDA/CSU Grant Training Workshop in Akron on March 21st…

CSU Extension HeaderJoin CSU Extension on March 21, 2016 from 12:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Akron for a half-day workshop on how to identify, develop and write successful grant proposals. Bring the projects you are currently working on with you. Bring project ideas as well to the workshop. Participants will learn about federal and state grant opportunities, and receive coaching on how to develop a project idea into a grant proposal. Continue reading

02-05-16 Deadline to nominate YOUR school district for Monsanto’s America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education is April 1st…

GrowRuralEducationGraphicFarmers can nominate their school districts to receive grants of up to $25,000

Between now and April 1, 2016, farmers can nominate a public school district in their community to apply for a $10,000 or $25,000 grant.

For more information about the America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education program and to view the official rules, a list of eligible states, counties and CRDs, visit www.GrowRuralEducation.com.

About the Monsanto Fund

The Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of the Monsanto Company, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the farm communities where farmers and Monsanto Company employees live and work. Visit the Monsanto Fund at www.monsantofund.org.

02-04-16 Meet CALP’s New Executive Director Durango’s Cathy Calderwood…

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CLICK HERE to learn more about the CALP…

CALP Exec Dir Cathy Calderwood

The Colorado Agricultural Leadership Program (CALP) announced on Feb 3rd that Cathy Calderwood will be the Executive Director. 

Joining the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network at this time is Cathy Calderwood of Durango…listen to the interview below to learn more about her background, her vision and more about the 25th Governor’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture taking place Feb 18th @ the Renaissance Hotel in Denver…

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If you would like to learn more about the Colorado Agricultural Leadership Program, please visit www.coloagleaders.org and if you are interested in learning more about the 2016 Governor’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture and to view a complete agenda, please visit www.governorsagforum.com Pre-registration has been extended until Feb 11th.

READ THE ORIGINAL CALP PRESS RELEASE

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02-04-16 Marshall Frasier Beef Symposium in Hugo Feb 16th…

8th Marshall Frasier Beef Symposium 021616 headerDon’t miss the eighth annual producer education symposium put on by the Colorado Livestock Association! Exciting and informative speakers at this year’s event will include a market outlook from CattleFax, livestock risk protection methods, and more! This is a free event open to one and all, we just ask that you register for lunch!

Marshall Frasier Beef Symposium

February 16, 2016 from 9:00-3:00pm

Lincoln County Fairgrounds, Hugo, CO

33747 County Rd 2W, Hugo, CO 80821

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02-04-16 Early registration deadline for Governor’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture pushed back to Feb. 11th

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Those interested in attending of the Governor’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture are in luck, as they have another week to save on registration costs.

Rather than registration going up from $150 to $200 after Feb. 4, event organizers are pushing that back a week, to Thursday, Feb. 11

There’s no registration deadline for this year’s Governor’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture, and in addition to saving by registering early, there are also discounted rates for students and alumni of the Colorado Agricultural Leadership Program (CALP).

The 2016 Governor’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture – titled “Next Generation Agriculture” – is set for 8 a.m. on Feb. 18, taking place at the Renaissance Denver Stapleton Hotel (3801 Quebec St). The event is open to the public and media. Anyone interested in attending can learn more and register at www.governorsagforum.com.

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02-01-16 Inside the RMFU with Bill Midcap…

 

RMFU New logo 111315Bill Midcap, RMFU’s Director of External Affairs(BARN Media & CoAgNews Network – Briggsdale, CO) February 1, 2016 – On this month’s edition of the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union’s Radioline Report inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network I will be visiting with Bill Midcap, RMFU’s Director of External Affairs discussing several topics including:

  • CO Legislative Watch
  • CO Legislative Drive-In Feb 22nd
  • Thoughts regarding EPA’s Clean Power Plan
  • & More

Listen to the interview with RMFU’s Bill Midcap…

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Since 1907, the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, serving family farming & ranching and “Growing the Agricultural Grassroots Network”, learn more and join the RMFU Today online @ www.rmfu.org or LIKE them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter @RMFUnion.

RMFU: Safe, Healthy Food Begins with Secure, Profitable Farm and Ranch Families.

02-01-16 RMFU Legislative Drive Ins for Colorado and New Mexico…

RMFU New logo 111315For those of you in New Mexico, mark your calendars for your Legislative Drive-In, which is set for Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 26-27 in Santa Fe. The event will run from noon to noon at the Drury Plaza Hotel. RSVP to Pam Roy at505.660.8403. For details, email bill.micap@rmfu.org.

For those of you in Colorado, The RMFU Colorado Drive-In is set for Monday, Feb. 22 at the Scottish Rite Temple, 1370 Grant Street. Look forward to hearing John Stulp update us on the latest on the Colorado Water Plan. For details, email bill.micap@rmfu.org

A Legislative Drive-in is a great way to learn what is happening in state policy development and it will give you a chance to talk to lawmakers.

A Legislative Drive-in is a great way to learn what is happening in state policy development and it will give you a chance to talk to lawmakers.

02-09-16 NACD Praises Conservation-Minded 2017 Budget…

NACD_Logo_200WASHINGTON D.C.February 9, 2016—Today, President Obama released his proposed budget for fiscal year 2017. The President’s budget includes positive movement by the administration toward more conservation-minded practices and acknowledges the success of voluntary incentive-based conservation practices coupled with local delivery and technical assistance.

“The President’s proposed budget signals strong awareness in the administration that conservation practices are the key to our future as a nation and as a sustainable provider for the world’s growing population,” said NACD President Lee McDaniel.  Continue reading

02-09-16 NCGA: CornPAC Launches Website, Preps for Auction in New Orleans…

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CornPac logoCornPAC, the political action committee of the National Corn Growers Association, has launched a new website in advance of its annual auction fundraiser at Commodity Classic.
Through the new website, cornpac.ncga.com, members can donate to the PAC, purchase auction tickets, donate auction items, and view featured auction items. New auction items are being added daily. On the website, members can also learn more about the PAC and its role in our advocacy efforts.

02-09-16 CSU: Make plans to attend CONVERGE 2016 on Feb 17th…

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An open forum to learn about CSU’s sustainability  centers and how you can get involved
Wednesday, February 17, 2016 | 5pm – 6:30pm

Avogadro’s Number, 605 S. Mason St.

Centers and programs:

  • The Africa Center at CSU
  • Center for Disaster and Risk Analysis
  • Center for Managing Wildland-Urban Interface Fire Risk
  • Center for Protected Area Management
  • Colorado Forest Restoration Institute
  • Colorado Natural Heritage Program
  • Colorado State Forest Service at CSU
  • CSU Facilities
  • CSU Water Center
  • Earth System Modeling and Education Institute
  • Future Earth
  • Global Biodiversity Center
  • President’s Sustainability Committee
  • Semi-arid Grasslands Research Center
  • Southern Rockies Fire Science Network
  • Student Sustainability Center
Converge 2016 is an open forum to learn about CSU’s sustainability centers and organizations and the opportunities to get involved. Each program will showcase their work with ample opportunity for questions and networking.Converge 2016 is free and open to the public. 

02-09-16 CAWG Taking Stance on Bills…

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February 8, 2016, Fort Collins, Colo. – The Second Regular Session of Colorado’s Seventieth General Assembly is beginning its fourth week in session with about 350 bills having been introduced into the House of Representatives and the State Senate. The Colorado Association of Wheat Growers (CAWG) is working with Capitol Focus, closely watching bills that are being introduced, working to make the voices of Colorado’s wheat farmers heard. Along with watching multiple bills, CAWG has begun to take a stance on a few. Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Tuesday, February 9th…

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

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U.S. Pork Exports Solid in December, Beef Exports Trend Lower

The U.S. Meat Export Federation says pork exports in December remained solid while beef exports were lower.The USDA numbers show beef exports posting the first full-year value decline since 2009. December beef exports totaled more than 94,000 metric tons, down six percent from 2014 as export value fell 21 percent month-to-month. In 2015, beef exports were down 11 percent from a year ago in volume to 1.07 million metric tons. Export value was $6.3 billion, 12 percent below the 2014 record of $7.14 billion. December exports of U.S. pork were up three percent from a year ago to 188,000 some metric tons. Export value was $468.9 million, down 13 percent from a year ago but the highest since May. For the full calendar year, pork exports were down two percent from a year ago in volume and 16 percent lower in value. USMEF President and CEO Philip Seng noted that with production increasing in the year ahead in both the beef and pork industries, “we cannot afford to dwell on these circumstances or back away from our commitment to the international markets.”

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APHIS Announces Jack Shere as Chief Veterinary Officer

USDA announced Jack Shere Monday as the acting USDA Chief Veterinary Officer and Deputy Administrator for Veterinary Services. Shere will lead USDA staff in protecting and improving animal health, according to the announcement. Shere replaces John Clifford, who is now the Chief Trade Advisor for Veterinary Services’ National Import-Export Service. Clifford served as the Deputy Administrator and Chief Veterinary Officer for 12 years. Shere served as the Associate Deputy Administrator since 2013. The Veterinary Services office falls under USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. AHPIS administrator Kevin Shea said Shere brings a “wealth of veterinary knowledge, skills, and hands-on experience” to the position. 

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Cotton Industry Facing Challenging Year

The National Cotton Council says 2016 will be another challenging year for the U.S. cotton industry. At the 2016 NCC annual meeting in Dallas, Texas, a market economist warned of the challenges amid low cotton prices, ample global stocks and uncertainties regarding global mill cotton use. While export markets continue to be the primary outlet for U.S. raw fiber, in recent years U.S. export customers have changed. China is importing less raw cotton fiber, leading to a reduction in world trade and drastic reductions of imports from the U.S. As a result, NCC estimates 2015 U.S. exports at 9.5 million bales, down 15.5 percent from 2014 and below the most recent USDA estimate. NCC predicts cotton acreage at 9.1 million acres, about 6.2 percent more than 2015. Although world cotton stocks are projected to decline by 6.3 million bales in 2016, the reduction is not large enough to significantly reduce global inventories that begin the year at 103 million bales. 

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USDA Awards Citrus Greening Research Grants

Building on the more than $43 million in research grants, USDA Monday announced another $20 million in grants to combat citrus greening. Citrus greening has affected more than 75 percent of Florida citrus crops. USDA says the disease threatens production all across the United States. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said the grants “bring us one step closer to providing growers real tools to fight this disease.” Researchers at the University of Florida and Washington State University will focus on growing the disease in a lab setting for research. Researchers at the University of California will seek early detection practices to discover the disease. The 2014 Farm Bill permitted the funding through the Specialty Crop Research Initiative’s Citrus Disease Research and Extension Program. Receiving the funding includes the University of California-Riverside, University of Central Florida-Orlando, University of Florida-Gainesville, the USDA Agricultural Research Service-New York, the New Mexico Consortium and Washington State University-Pullman.

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Egyptian Officials Attempt To Soothe Fears about Wheat Shipments

Egyptian officials over the weekend denied there had been any disagreement regarding what level of the fungus ergot they would permit in wheat imports. Egypt’s supply and agriculture ministry’s held a joint press conference Sunday. Pro Farmers First Thing Today reports the officials were assuring exporters that they would accept all shipments with less than 0.05 percent of the fungus. However, after recent contradictory statements as well as rejections of wheat shipments due to the presence of ergot, traders are hesitant to believe the statements. Regarding the French wheat rejection, both ministers said the shipment contained ergot levels above the international standard of 0.05 percent though they said they were unable to say what level had been present. Some traders noted they wanted the quarantine authority to comment to show that everyone is on the same page. Others have said they wish to see an official document on the policy. Wheat traders boycotted a tender by Egypt to purchase wheat last week for fear of rejections due to ergot contamination.

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Canada Egg Producers Group Transitioning Away From Conventional Housing

Egg Farmers of Canada, a grower group representing more than 1,000 Canadian egg farms, announced a transition from what it calls conventional egg production towards other production methods. Chairman of Egg Farmers of Canada, Peter Clarke, said he was “pleased that the entire industry has agreed to an orderly transition plan” that will do away with conventional housing. Currently, about 90 percent of Canadian egg production is in conventional housing. They expect the conversion to be 50 percent complete in eight years to production practices including enriched housing, free-run or free-range. Under the plan, to be overseen by a national working group in collaboration with the entire egg supply chain, all production would transition to other methods by 2036 assuming the current market conditions prevail. The group also says the industry hopes to discuss with stakeholders and consumers the benefits of enriched housing, which they say do not seem to be well or widely understood outside of the industry. The group considered the benefits to include food safety, the minimization of mortality, cannibalism, and other aggressive behaviors. 

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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02-08-16 YFC News: WATER SCARCITY, CLIMATE CHANGE THREATEN A GENERATION OF YOUNG FARMERS IN THE WEST…

NYFC - National Young Farmers Coalition logoA new report, Conservation Generation, says vast majority of young farmers are dedicated to water conservation, but lack the resources to succeed

DURANGO, CO — A report released this week by the National Young Farmers Coalition (NYFC) paints the picture of a generation of farmers and ranchers who are dedicated to water conservation but who feel threatened by water scarcity and other serious challenges, such as access to land and capital. According to the report, Conservation Generation: How Young Farmers And Ranchers Are Essential to Tackling Water Scarcity in the Arid West, 94% of young farmers in the arid West are using some form of conservation on their farms, while water availability and climate change were named as the top two agricultural concerns. Continue reading

02-08-16 *CANCELLED* CSU Crop Development Forum in Fort Collins on Feb 18-19 has been CANCELLED…

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(Burlington, Colo.) Colorado State University Extension is offering a Crop Development Program designed for agronomists and specifically certified crop advisors.  This two day plant science technical program will be held February 18th & 19th.  Location is the Lory Student Center (Long’s Peak Room) on Colorado State University’s campus in Ft. Collins, CO.  A minimum of 13 continuing education credits will be offered for Certified Crop Advisors.

Crops covered will include:  sunflower, grain sorghum, dry beans, millet, potatoes, wheat, corn, and alfalfa.  Specialists from each of these crops will be presenting technical information regarding production practices for High-Plains environments.  Speakers include: Continue reading

02-08-16 2016 Ag Outlook and Strategy Forums for Producers at NJC in Sterling on March 1st…

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Producers know their costs of producing crops and livestock continue to be high while market prices are going down. As profits decrease or there are losses, producers may have difficulty securing operating loans or have to take money from the savings they accumulated over the past few years of good prices. What are they going to do? Continue reading

02-08-16 NFU Applauds the President’s Commitment to Double Clean Energy R&D Funding

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WASHINGTON (February 8, 2016) – Agriculture’s conscientious approach to sustainable food and energy production has driven the need for continued investment in research and innovation in these areas. As such, National Farmers Union (NFU) applauded President Obama’s announcement today to double research and development (R&D) funding for clean energy initiatives from $6.8 billion to $12.8 billion by 2021. Research investments from the public sector have remained relatively stagnant since 1980, while private-sector investments have grown.

“Public research funding that recognizes the special energy needs and potential contributions of American agriculture is absolutely critical for adapting to climate change and mitigating its effects on farmers and ranchers,” said NFU President Roger Johnson. “I believe this plan is a meaningful step in lessening the impacts of climate change and in growing the U.S. economy. I am pleased by the president’s ambitious leadership to ramp up public R&D funding.” Continue reading

02-08-16 CSU Extension: Weather & Agriculture – 2015

CSU Extension HeaderThe 2015 weather year was very different from traditional long term normals.  Air temperatures began the 2015 year slightly above normal, with January and February recording slightly warmer than normal averages from Burlington 2, a station southeast of Burlington.  March air temperatures recorded well above normal measuring a full 7° F per day warmer than normal for the month.  However, the next 5 months experienced air temperatures that were near normal.  The exception was May where air temperatures averaged 2° F. below normal per day, as a result of wet cloudy days.  However, April, June, July and August air temperatures were close to long term normal air temperatures.  Air temperatures did not exceed 100° F during the summer of 2015 at this site.  However, the summer of 2012 (the hottest season on record) recorded 21 days when air temperatures exceeded 100° F.  The warmest day from the Burlington 2 weather station was 99° F on August 26th.  September temperatures were well above normal averaging a full 8° F per day warmer than normal.  October also ended warmer than normal, but only 1° F per day warmer.  November cooled slightly recording an average of 36.9° F with the long term normal being 38° F.  December’s average air temperature was also warmer than normal by a full 5° F per day. Continue reading

02-08-16 USMEF News: U.S. Pork Exports Solid in December; Beef Exports Trend Lower…

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U.S. pork exports posted a strong finish in 2015 as December volume was the largest since April and the third-largest of the year, according to data released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF). Beef exports were below year-ago levels in December and posted the first full-year value decline since 2009.

December exports of U.S. pork were up 3 percent from a year ago to 188,410 metric tons (mt). Export value was $468.9 million, down 13 percent from a year ago but the highest since May. For the full calendar year, pork exports were down 2 percent from a year ago in volume (2.13 million mt) and 16 percent lower in value ($5.58 billion). Pork muscle cut exports increased 3 percent in volume (1.7 million mt) while falling 15 percent in value ($4.77 billion), but pork variety meat exports declined significantly in both volume (434,661 mt, down 17 percent) and value ($808.4 million, down 22 percent). However, as USMEF has previously noted, year-over-year comparisons, especially for pork variety meat, may not be entirely accurate due to issues with 2014 data for Japan.* Continue reading

02-08-16 USDA-NASS-CO News: USDA TO SURVEY FARMERS’ PLANTING INTENTIONS FOR 2016…

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LAKEWOOD, CO – What is on the horizon for U.S. farmers in 2016 as they finalize plans for planting this spring?

The March Agricultural Survey conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will survey approximately 84,000 of the nation’s farmers to determine their plans for the upcoming growing season.

“Each year, the agriculture industry eagerly awaits USDA’s Prospective Plantings report, which provides the first survey-based estimates of U.S. farmers’ planting intentions for the year,” said NASS Mountain Region Director Bill Meyer. “The March Agricultural Survey provides the factual data that underpins these projections, making it one of the most important surveys we conduct each year.” Continue reading