01-21-18 10th Annual Marshall Frasier Beef Symposium

10th Annual Marshall Frasier Beef Symposium

Lincoln County Events Center in Hugo, CO – February 20, 2018 from 8:30-4 pm

The Colorado Livestock Association is hosting its 10th annual livestock producer educational symposium in Hugo, CO on February 20, 2018. The Marshall Frasier Beef Symposium will feature a full day of informative speakers covering a multitude of important topics of interest to livestock producers in Colorado.

In 2008, the meeting was renamed the Marshall Frasier Beef Symposium in honor of the late Eastern, Colorado rancher, Marshall Frasier, who was a strong proponent of education and a dedicated supporter of the industry. Marshall Frasier was and still is the only person who has served as President of both the state livestock organizations; Colorado Livestock Association and the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association.

Lunch is free to attendees and will be provided by the Colorado State University Meats Judging Team. Registration is complimentary, but please register by Friday, February 16, 2018. Register online or call the CLA office at (970) 378-0500.

The Denver Cash Grain Bids…

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Greeley, CO    Mon Jan 22, 2018    USDA-CO Dept of Ag Market News
Daily Grain Bids for Denver and Surrounding Areas
  Spot bids to producers for grain delivered to terminal and country
Elevators.  Bids dollar/bu. except for Barley which is dollar/cwt.
Bids are as of 3:00 PM MST.
                                Bids        Change (cents)
US 1 Hard Red Winter Wheat    www.ams.usda.gov/mnreports/GL_GR110.txt
    Up to 12 percent protein
US 2 Yellow Corn                    www.ams.usda.gov/mnreports/GL_GR110.txt
US 2 Barley                        www.ams.usda.gov/mnreports/GL_GR110.txt
Source: USDA-CO Dept of Ag Market News Service, Greeley, CO
        Tammy Judson, Market Reporting Assistant (970)353-9750
        24 Hour Market Report (970)353-8031
        Greeley.LPGMN@ams.usda.gov www.ams.usda.gov/lsmarketnews
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01-20-18 Darol Dickenson recieves 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award from TLBAA…

Receiving, Austin Lenz, Dela Dickinson Lenz, Trista Dickinson, Nik Nikodym (Presenter), Chad Dickinson, and Brice Dickinson. Darol Dickinson, who could not be in attendance said, “Thank you to all the members who voted for Dickinson Cattle Co, LLC, and our family. We are just doing things we like, with people we like. How hard can that be?”


Barnesville, OH — The Texas Longhorn Breeders Assn of America presented the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award to Darol Dickinson and the Dickinson Cattle Co, of Barnesville, Ohio at the annual awards banquet in Fort Worth, Texas.

The award was established to acknowledge one person each year who has made lifetime contributions to the breed and breed improvement. The Dickinson family has raised registered Texas Longhorns for over 50 years and have developed many of the major sires in the industry. They are also a leader in genetic export of embryos and semen.

CLICK HERE to learn more about the Texas Longhorn Breeders Association


01-19-18 NWSS Grand Champion Steer Sets New Record

The National Western Stock Show Grand Champion Steer Sets New Record

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Denver, Colo.The standing room only crowd at the 2018 Auction of the Junior Livestock Champions roared as the Grand Champion Steer sold for a record high $140,000, an increase of $5,000 over last year.  The top eight champion animals tallied generous sales of $434,000. The Reserve Grand Champion Hog sold for a record-breaking $40,000, exceeding last year’s bid of $38,000. The Reserve Grand Champion Goat sold for an astonishing $31,000, more than doubling last year’s sale of $15,000.

The money invested supports the junior exhibitors that raised the animal as they plan for their agricultural future and college educations.  In addition, a portion of the proceeds support the National Western Scholarship Trust. The Scholarship Trust funds scholarships in agriculture studies and rural medicine at colleges throughout Colorado and Wyoming.  This year, 100 students received funds to aid their education. For more information regarding the Scholarship Trust please visit http://www.nationalwestern.com/educational-support/ .

The top six Junior Livestock animals were auctioned off live on 9News at 6:30pm.

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01-19-18 Colorado FFA Foundation celebrates FFA Day at the Stock Show by giving out over $90,000 in grant funds.

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Colorado FFA Foundation celebrates FFA Day at the Stock Show by giving out over $90,000 in grant funds

DENVER— The Colorado FFA Foundation presented FFA members and FFA Chapters from all across Colorado with grant funds to assist FFA members and chapters improve agricultural experiences in their local communities.  Students and chapters were presented grant funds for four different programs that the FFA Foundation and the Colorado FFA Association host each year.

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Lakewood, CO – January 19, 2018 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is collecting data from more than 35,000 farmers and ranchers, for its annual Agricultural Resource Management Survey (ARMS). The survey looks at all aspects of U.S. agricultural production, including farm financial wellbeing, chemical usage, and various farm characteristics of farms and ranches.

ARMS is a joint effort of NASS and USDA’s Economic Research Service. The information farmers and ranchers provide through the survey influences national and state policy-making decisions. In addition, ARMS data are used to calculate the farm sector portion of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The survey also collects detailed information on production practices, costs, and returns for 13 principal commodities on a rotating basis.

“The 2018 Farm Bill may introduce important changes in agricultural policy,” said Barbara Rater, director of NASS Census and Survey Division. Continue reading

01-19-18 USDA Invests in e-Connectivity to Restore Rural Prosperity by Providing Training and Health Care Services

USDA Invests in e-Connectivity to Restore Rural Prosperity by Providing Training and Health Care Services

Grants Will Also Support Opioid Treatment in Rural Communities

HUGO, Colo., Jan. 19, 2018 – Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett today announced that USDA is investing in e-connectivity which will provide virtual access to job training, educational, and health care opportunities for rural communities.

“Under Secretary Perdue’s leadership, USDA is committed to being a strong partner in creating rural prosperity,” Hazlett said. “Connecting rural Americans to quality education and health care services is an innovative and important tool in our efforts to facilitate economic growth, job creation and quality of life in rural America.” Continue reading

01-17-18 It’s Almost Time for the CWC 2018 Annual Convention

It’s Almost Time for the CWC 2018 Annual Convention

CWC 2018 Annual Convention

The CWC Annual Convention is only one week away! Join us at the Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center January 24-26 for the premier water industry event in the state.

This year, you have the opportunity to pose questions to some of Colorado water’s most influential leaders during three of the convention sessions.

Please send your questions to Chane@cowatercongress.org no later than Friday, January 19.  We will select the top two questions for each session.

Session 1: Annual State Legislative Breakfast
Want to know more about what’s coming this Legislative Session? This is your chance to ask Rep. Arndt, Sen. Sonnenberg, Rep. Becker, and Sen. Garcia your questions. What are the top issues?  Continue reading

01-17-18 Join NYFC for a Produce Safety Workshop in Montrose, CO Jan 25-26

Join NYFC for a Produce Safety Workshop in Montrose, CO Jan 25-26

NYFC and the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union are offering a Produce Safety Workshop for fruit and vegetable growers at this year’s Farm and Food Forum on January 25th and 26th!

Many smaller fruit and vegetable growers ask why they should bother attending a FSMA workshop if they’re going to be qualified exempt. We think understanding food safety basics and food safety regulations is important from a business perspective.

Perhaps your business will grow by size or marketing strategy and fall into a category where you’d need to be in full compliance with the rule. Maybe your buyers will begin to require certification. Even if you stay small-scale and qualified exempt, you’ll be happy to be growing the healthiest produce you can, and considering food safety standards can improve the health and shelf-life of your product. Plus, this workshop is taught by trainers with experience running small diversified produce farms.

When: Thursday, January 25, 1:30pm-6pm, and Friday, January 26, 8am-12pm
Where: Montrose County Fairgrounds Friendship Hall, 1001 N 2nd Street, Montrose, CO 81401
Cost: $50 for non-members; $35 for members of NYFC, RMFU, or CFVGA (click here to become a member of NYFC)

This training is filling up super fast, but there is another workshoporganized by RMFU in Greeley at the same time, and RMFU is tentatively planning another in Durango. Stay tuned!


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01-17-18 New “Buck” naked barley: food, feed, brew

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New “Buck” naked barley: food, feed, brew 

Resilient, hull-free barley flaunts high yields, nutrition 

Researchers at Oregon State University (OSU) are giving an ancient grain a new life: this barley is naked, but not in an indecent way.

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Photo caption/credit: Barley Project members at The Plant Variety Showcase (October 12, 2017, Portland, OR) showcase breads made from Buck (and other naked barleys) in the foreground. From left to right: Brigid Meints, Rebecca Hayes, Patrick Hayes, Laura Helgerson, Andrew Ross, and Scott Fisk. Photo provided by Patrick Hayes.

Most barley grains are covered rather than naked. Covered varieties have a hull—or outer layer—firmly attached to the grain. The hull on ‘Buck’—as in “Buck-naked”—doesn’t hang on to the grain. Instead, the hulls fall off during harvest.

“Even barley geneticists try to have a sense of humor,” said Patrick Hayes, crop scientist. Hayes is part of the OSU Barley Project, a team of barley enthusiasts and breeders.

Food manufacturers using covered barley grind off the unpalatable hull to produce pearled barley. But pearling removes part of the nutrient-rich bran, and pearled barley isn’t considered a whole grain. Naked barley does not require pearling, allowing it to hold onto the bran and whole grain status. Continue reading

01-17-18 2018 National Wheat Yield Contest Launches to Showcase Greater Grain

2018 National Wheat Yield Contest Launches to Showcase Greater Grain

Washington D.C. (January 17, 2018) – The National Wheat Foundation’s (NWF) annual National Wheat Yield Contest officially kicks off Jan. 17, 2018. In its third year, the contest continues to drive innovation in the industry by spotlighting the best practices among American wheat growers.

This year, the contest is adding a quality requirement, raising the bar for what constitutes the greater grain among U.S. wheat growers.

Foundation Board President Phil McLain believes adding a quality component to the contest will encourage growers to share approaches and techniques that help improve quality and maintain yields.

“The wheat yield contest helps improve the overall quality and marketability of U.S. wheat by creating a reason for growers to share successes and learn from one another,” McLain said. 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…


01-16-18 Livestock Exchange, LLC – Extended Preview


01-15-18 Livestock Exchange, LLC – Recap & Preview


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01-12-18 Make Plans to Attend the 2018 Ag Outlook and Strategy Forum for Producers at NJC Feb 14th

Make Plans to Attend the 2018 Ag Outlook and Strategy Forum for Producers at NJC Feb 14th

Registration is required and the fee is $10. To register online go to https://sterlingagoutlook.eventbrite.com . Space is limited and the registration deadline is Friday, February 9th.

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 to do?

Colorado State University Extension will host an Agriculture Outlook and Strategy Forum in Sterling on February 14th. Producers participating in the forum will learn about the outlook for commodity prices, production costs for each area, and various strategies for being profitable when prices are low. Continue reading

49th CYFEA State Institute January 25-28…REGISTER NOW!



JANUARY 25 – 28, 2018

The Colorado Young Farmers Educational Association’s 2018 State Institute is two weeks away—to be held January 25 – 28, 2018 at the beautiful Omni Interlocken Hotel, in Broomfield.

This annual gathering of the young and young-at-heart, beginning and established farmers, educators and other agricultural enthusiasts, will kick off immediately following the upcoming 2018 Colorado Farm Show.  Greeley’s annual CO Farm Show has designated January 25th as “Ag Education Day” and the CYFEA will begin their 2018 annual Institute that evening at Omni Hotel and Resort.  Continue reading

01-10-18 CAWA: Southwest Colorado Ag Water Workshops Jan. 30, 31

Photo courtesy of RMFU

The Colorado Ag Water Alliance is hosting two workshops in Southwest Colorado for farmers and ranchers to share information and discuss agricultural water issues.

The first workshop is in Mancos at the Mancos Community Center at 130 W Grand Ave, 81328 Mancos, CO, on January 30 from noon to 4pm. The second workshop is in Arriola at the Lewis-Arriola Community Center at 21176 Road S, Cortez, Colorado 81321 on January 31 from 9am-1pm. Admission is free and food is provided. You can register at www.swagwater.eventbrite.com. Continue reading

01-10-18 CFVGA: Bilingual FSMA Produce Safety Rule Training Jan. 25th in Greeley

Bilingual FSMA Produce Safety Rule Training Jan. 25, Greeley

The Colorado Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association (CFVGA), Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, and the Colorado Department of Agriculture will host an all-day Produce Safety Rule training, Jan. 25 at the at the Weld County Extension Office, 525 N 15th Ave., Greeley, Colo. Completion of this Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) training will enable growers to comply with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The training offers for no additional charge simultaneous translation into Spanish.

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01-04-18 Colorado FFA Foundation and Titan International team up for Tire Auction

CLICK HERE to visit the Colorado FA Foundation's Website

CLICK HERE to visit the Colorado FA Foundation’s Website

Colorado FFA Foundation and Titan International team up for Tire Auction


GREELEY—The Colorado FFA Foundation, Titan International Inc. and Good Year Farm Tires have partnered to present a farm tire auction during the Colorado Farm Show.  The auction will take place live at 12:30 pm, January 25, 2018 in front of the Event Center at Island Grove Regional Park.  The Colorado Farm Show and BigIron Auctions are also supporting partners.  Bidders will be able to purchase new atv, skid steer, sprinkler, and tractor tires while supporting Colorado FFA.  All proceeds from the auction benefit the Colorado FFA Foundation and its mission.  Big Iron Auctions will be calling the auction live and offering online bidding at www.bigiron.com.  More information can be found online at www.coloradoffafoundation.orgContinue reading

01-03-18 Colorado Pork Producers to hold election for 2019 Pork Act Delegates

Colorado Pork Producers to hold election for 2019 Pork Act Delegates

The election of pork producer delegate candidates for the 2019 National Pork
Producers (Pork Act) Delegate Body will take place at 9:00 am February 22, 2018
in conjunction with the 2018 annual meeting of Colorado Pork Producers
Council at Warwick Hotel, 1776 Grant St, Denver, CO. All Colorado pork producers are invited to attend.

Any producer, age 18 or older, who is a resident of the state and has paid all
assessments due may be considered as a delegate candidate and/or participate
in the election. All eligible producers are encouraged to bring with them a sales
receipt proving that hogs were sold in their name and the checkoff deducted.
For more information, contact Colorado Pork Producers Council, PO Box 116, Lucerne, CO 80631, (970) 356-4964, jkelly@copork.org.

For more information about the Colorado Pork Producers Council, please visit http://www.copork.org

12-21-17 Inside the CO Farm Show with Mkt Chairman Erich Ehrlich…

January 24-25-26, 2017 in Greeley, CO

Inside the CO Farm Show with Marketing Chairman Erich Ehrlich…

(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) December 21, 2017 – Joining the Colorado Ag News Network inside the BARN is Erich Ehrlich, Marketing Chairman of the 2018 CO Farm Show, which is set for Jan 23-24-25 @ Island Grove Regional Park in Greeley. Topics within the interview include:

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To learn more about the 54th CO Farm Show, download a brochure or view the complete schedule – CLICK HERE

12-15-17 Get Registered for the 2018 NCBA Convention and Trade Show Jan 31 – Feb 2 in Phoenix, AZ

CLICK Here for complete details and to get registered!

Registration for the 2018 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show is Now Open

Registration for the 2018 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show in Phoenix, Ariz., opened October, 2 and participants are encouraged to register early! This year’s event will be held Jan 31-Feb 2, with a schedule packed full of business meetings, educational opportunities and world-class entertainment. Continue reading

12-11-17 NRCS-CO’s Julie Elliott discusses Farming Evolution 2018 in Holyoke Feb 13-14…


CLICK HERE to learn more and to get registered for the Farming Evolution 2018 in Holyoke Feb 13-14

NRCS-CO’s Julie Elliott discusses Farming Evolution 2018 in Holyoke Feb 13-14…

Julie Elliott, Acting District Conservationist, NRCS-CO in the Wray Field Office

(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) December 11, 2017 – Make plans now to join farmers and ranchers at the 2018 Farming Evolution event.  The Farming Evolution will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, February 13 & 14, 2018, at the Phillips County Event Center in Holyoke, CO.  Joining the Colorado Ag News Network inside the BARN is Julie Elliott, Acting District Conservationist for the Wray Field Office at NRCS-CO discussing the upcoming event…



For complete details & to get register – CLICK HERE


11-16-17 Fifth Annual Poudre River Forum

“Listening to Understand” is the theme of our fifth annual Poudre River Forum.

Register now to join us! Registration includes the full day’s program, as well as breakfast, lunch, and a closing beer/soft drinks celebration with opportunities to win Poudre prizes. Topics include:

  • Provocative, dialogue-stimulating “lightening talks” from a range of speakers with contrasting views about what can damage and what can improve Poudre flows
  • Can We Grow Water Smart?
  • Poudre Farmers Improving Poudre Water Quality through Air Quality Monitoring
  • Keynote Speaker: Colorado Supreme Court Justice Greg Hobbs (retired) will give a glimpse from his co-authored upcoming book—little known facts about Greeley’s water history

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Watch ALL the Livestock Shows from the 112th NWSS OnLine Jan 6-21

CLICK HERE to watch ALL the livestock Shows including those in the Historic Stadium Arena with your announcer Brian Allmer of The BARN

Friday, January 19

8:00 a.m.     Miniature Hereford World Show
8:00 a.m.     National Highland Show
8:00 a.m.     Stock Dog Trials (Prelim. Cattle)
8:00 a.m.     National American Aberdeen Market Steer & Market Heifer Show
9:30 a.m.     National American Aberdeen Female Show (Fullblood & %)
3:00 p.m.     Texas Longhorn Show (haltered)
6:30 p.m.     Auction of Junior Livestock Champions

Saturday, January 20


8:00 a.m.     Junior Ewe Lamb Showmanship (All Breeds)
8:00 a.m.     Miniature Hereford Jr. Show
8:30 a.m.     Stock Dog Clinic
8:30 a.m.     Jr. Breeding Sheep Show Followed by Open Show
8:30 a.m.     National American Aberdeen Heifer & Bull Pen Show
9:00 a.m.     Open Prospect Steer Show
9:30 a.m      Stock Dog Clinic
9:30 a.m.     National American Aberdeen Bull Show (Fullblood & %)
10:00 a.m.   National Highland Sale
10:30 a.m.   National Gold Trophy Bison Live Sale
11:00 a.m.   Stock Dog Trials (Open Finals Cattle)
11:00 a.m.   Open Prospect Heifer Show
12:00 p.m.  Yak Halter Show
2:30 p.m.    Stock Dog Clinic

3:00 p.m.    Texas Longhorn World Show (Non-Haltered)

Sunday, January 21

8:00 a.m.   Stock Dog Trials (Nursery Dogs Followed by Intermediate dogs)
8:30 a.m.   Jr. Breeding Sheep Show followed by the Open Show (Meat Breeds)
9:00 a.m.   Stock Dog Trials (Open Sheep Competition)
1:00 p.m.   Stock Dog Trails (Intermediate Sheep Competition)


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01-19-18 Members Gather for CCA’s Mid-Winter Conference

Members Gather for CCA’s Mid-Winter Conference

Members of the Colorado Cattlemen’s’ Association (CCA) gather twice a year to gain knowledge about their industry, create policy that drives their trade association, and present awards to those who have served the state’s beef industry in an exemplary fashion.

Last week’s Mid-Winter Conference, held on January 15-17 in Denver, focused on agriculture-related issues that will be addressed during the 2018 session of Colorado’s General Assembly. Committee meetings were also held during the conference, which help establish the organization’s policies and stance on a wide range of legislative and regulatory topics impacting Colorado’s beef industry. “CCA operates through its diverse and broad membership throughout Colorado; that represents the majority of beef cattle production, private land ownership, state and federal lands grazing, businesses, and those who advocate for the industry,” said Todd Inglee, President of CCA. “Members gathering to discuss issues and engage in policy development is the purpose of this organization,” Inglee continued.

CCA Foundation Banquet

On Tuesday evening, January 16th during the Colorado Cattlemen’s Foundation Banquet, awards were presented to individuals who have made a significant impact on the industry:

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01-19-18 NPPC Supports New Pork Inspection Model

NPPC Supports New Pork Inspection Model

WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 19, 2018 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture has finalized a new pork processing inspection rule, a decision strongly supported by the National Pork Producers Council. As a result, the USDA’s Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) HACCP Inspection Model (HIMP) will be expanded from five current pilot locations to full-scale implementation.

“We support the USDA’s decision to advance HIMP as it introduces new pork production efficiencies while encouraging the deployment of new food safety technologies in packing plants,” said NPPC President Ken Maschhoff, a pork producer from Carlyle, Illinois. “The pilot program yielded very positive results; expanding the program is another step forward in the industry’s ongoing focus on continuous improvement of food safety and cost efficiency.” Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Friday, January 19th

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

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Friday, January 19th

Ag Coalition Formed to Support NAFTA

A new coalition of agriculture groups is focusing on the importance of the North American Free Trade Agreement. More than 30 organizations across the agriculture sector announced the formation of Americans for Farmers and Families, noting that food and agriculture supports 43 million U.S. jobs and depends on trade with Canada and Mexico. The group was formed to “ensure” President Trump and Congressional leaders understand the “importance of preserving and modernizing” NAFTA to America’s agricultural economy. As part of the effort, the coalition will be launching an educational campaign to highlight the positive impact of NAFTA and lay the groundwork for an updated trade agreement that “preserves America’s strong economic standing for decades to come.” Coalition members include the American Farm Bureau Federation, the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture and many various commodity groups.

Trump See’s Ag Benefits of NAFTA, Still Threatening Withdraw

President Donald Trump said again this week he “may” terminate the North American Free Trade Agreement, saying such a move would yield the “best deal” in renegotiations. The president says many people “are going to be unhappy,” if he terminates the agreement, but counters that they “don’t realize how good it would be” if he did. But, just last week Trump said he would be “a little bit flexible” on the withdrawal threat. Agriculture and the auto industry is pressing the administration to not withdraw from the agreement, and the auto industry is even suggesting Trump back away from some of his demands. The comments from Trump come as Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue says the president now understands the benefits of NAFTA for agriculture, according to Bloomberg. However, Perdue warns the president’s view on trade should not be confused with a softer approach to the negotiations.

Conaway: Farm Bill on Track for March Unveil

The House version of the 2018 farm bill remains on track for a March unveiling, according to House Agriculture Committee Chair Mike Conaway. The Republican told Politico the committee is waiting for an official 10-year cost estimate from the Congressional Budget Office to ensure “we can afford the proposal.” The committee started working on the House version of the bill last fall. Lawmakers are trying to come up with a bill that won’t increase the federal deficit. The current 2014 farm bill is projected to cost about $875 billion over a decade, but the Congressional Budget Office is expected to update that estimate this month. The Senate is further behind the House in its work to craft a farm bill, and some in the chamber fear a farm bill will not be finished or passable this year.

Growth Energy: American Drivers Top Three Billion Miles Driven on E15

American drivers have logged another billion miles on E15 in just the past three months, according to Growth Energy, which says the total number of miles driven on E15 now sits at more than three billion. Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor says the growth comes from “forward-thinking retailers who have figured out that E15 is smart business,” and from consumers who rely on the “value proposition” of E15 fuels. Growth Energy, which works with the nonprofit Prime the Pump, helps build the needed infrastructure and distribution of biofuel blends, which they say give drivers more choice at the pump. E15 is approved for use in all vehicles 2001 and newer, as well as in all flex-fuel vehicles, which combined represent more than 87 percent of vehicles on the road.

EU Moves to Ban Palm Oil from Biofuels

The European Union gave approval to a climate plan that includes banning palm oil from use in fuels, angering palm oil producers. Indonesia and Malaysia, the two largest palm oil producing nations in the world, call the move a protectionist trade barrier. The ban is part of a power market overhaul aimed at reducing energy consumption to meet climate goals, with the palm oil ban starting in 2021. The EU approved draft measures of the plan this week, meaning the European Parliament, the European Commission and the EU national governments must craft and vote on a final version of the plan, according to Reuters. Palm oil can be used as a substitute for crude oil to make biofuel, of which a large portion of European palm oil imports are used to for biofuels, giving the palm industry cause for concern as they fear overall demand will fall. However, the palm oil industry has come under fire in Europe recently over its impact on forest destruction.

Report: Rural Hospitals Need Transforming

Research by the Bipartisan Policy Center shows a need to reform rural healthcare to better serve rural Americans. The Bipartisan Policy Center spoke with more than 90 stakeholders about the current state of rural healthcare in the Upper Midwest last year. The research found that a hospital cutback is needed in rural areas to better align access to healthcare. While that may sound backward, the report says rural communities might benefit if their critical access hospitals are transformed into small inpatient care centers or rural emergency rooms. The report says not every rural community needs to have a Critical Access Hospital, and that communities should tailor available services to the needs of the community, which for many rural areas are driven by changing demographics. The report also says rural health systems need to equip health professionals with the tools necessary to provide quality care to patients. The research is available online at www.bipartisanpolicy.org.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service


01-18-18 Colorado Weekly Hay Report…

01-18-18 National Pork Industry Forum to Be Held Feb. 28 – March 2, 2018

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National Pork Industry Forum to Be Held Feb. 28 – March 2, 2018

Pork producers to discuss industry issues in Kansas City

DES MOINES, IOWA – Jan. 18, 2018 – Producer delegates from across the United States will gather in Kansas City Feb. 28 – March 2 for the annual National Pork Industry Forum.

The 15 producers who serve as members of the National Pork Board will hear directly from Pork Act Delegates appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. Each year the delegates confer, vote on resolutions and advisements and provide valuable direction on the important issues facing pork producers and the industry. Delegates will learn about the aggressive promotions to grow consumer demand and plans to build consumer trust and drive sustainable production.

The theme for this year’s Pork Forum, We Care® – A Decade of Commitment, references the 10-year anniversary of the We Care ethical principles. Adopted in 2008, the ethical principles show pork producers’ commitment to producing safe food, protecting and promoting animal well-being, safeguarding natural resources, promoting public health, promoting a safe work environment and contributing to a better way of life in their communities.

“The We Care ethical principles are at the core of who we are as pig farmers,” said Terry O’Neel, president of the National Pork Board and a pig farmer from Friend, Nebraska. “They show consumers that we are committed to doing what’s right on the farm for people, pigs and the planet.”

At the meeting, Pork Act Delegates will rank eight candidates for the National Pork Board and submit the list to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture for approval. The candidates, in alphabetical order, are:

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01-18-18 Sara Wyant Receives American Agri-Women’s VERITAS Award

Sara Wyant Receives American Agri-Women’s VERITAS Award

Bloomington, Minn (AgPRJan. 18, 2018  The American Agri-Women (AAW) presented Sara Wyant of Missouri the Veritas award at their recent convention in Bloomington Minnesota. She originally worked with Illinois Agri-Women in the 1980’s when her job took her to Illinois as part of the Farm Progress Show. Sara was honored for her reporting of State and National Ag Issues that affect daily farm policies. Sara has a long history of serving on AAW committees and always being supportive to AAW members visiting Washington, D.C. to seek independent, reliable information to develop AAW position statements.

Sara’s newsletter and website, Agri-Pulse, includes the latest updates on farm policy, commodity and conservation programs, trade, food safety, rural development, and environmental and regulatory programs.She started Agri-Pulse in 2005 to report weekly to legislators, national media and the whole agriculture community. She recently had a special Farm Bill summit hosted by Agri-Pulse that she moderated. Continue reading

01-18-18 Top Leaders Honored with American Agri-Women Awards

(L-R) American Agri-Women President Doris Mold, and recipients of the Ag Day 365 campaign awards including Arwen McGilvra (Oregon), Lynn Wolf (Kansas), Krystal Doolittle (Iowa), Kristi Miller (Oregon). Not pictured is Mallory Phelan (Oregon).

Top Leaders Honored with American Agri-Women Awards

Minneapolis, MN (AgPR) January X, 2018 — At the American Agri-Women (AAW) national convention Nov 15-18th, 2017, Oregon Women for Agriculture (OWA) was the recipient 1st Place for Most New Members. California Women for Agriculture as the recipient 1st Place for Most Members. Several OWA Members were recognized for contributions to AAW. Additionally, three members of the Oregon affiliate Kristi Miller, Mallory Phelan and Arwen McGilvra, plus Lynn Wolf of Kansas Agri-Women and Krystal Doolittle of Iowa Agri Women were honored for their part in the Ag Day 365 campaign. (See twitter.com/AgDay365 andfacebook.com/AgDay365.) Ag Day 365 was a year-long advocacy initiative started by American Agri-Women during the 2016 National Convention and formally kicked-off at National Ag Day 2017 in Washington D.C. Mrs. McGilvra was also honored with the organizations president’s award along with Lynn Woolf of Kansas. President Doris Mold, MN, remarked on the great amount of work McGilvra and Woolf did for the all-volunteer organization during the year, and thanked them for being “the wind beneath her wings.” American Agri-Women is the nation’s largest coalition of farm, ranch and agri-business women. American Agri-Women began in 1974 with members of women from four states joining together to create a national organization to represent women involved in agriculture and agri-business. Continue reading

01-18-18 Estate planning workshop in Burlington, Colorado on Feb 5th

Lasting Legacy workshop scheduled for Feb. 5

KIT CARSON, Colo. – Jan. 17, 2018. – Colorado Agri-Women and the Colorado Conservation Tillage Association will host a Lasting Legacy Estate Planning Workshop on Monday, Feb. 5, 2018 at the Burlington Community and Education Center in Burlington, Colorado. The workshop will start at 9:00 a.m. and conclude at 4:30 p.m. with 90 minutes allowed for participants to eat lunch in Burlington.
Initiating discussions on succession and estate planning can be uncomfortable. Parents do not want to upset children and children don’t want to be seen as greedy. Fear of upsetting family with estate decisions or an attitude of, “I won’t have to worry about it when I’m gone,” can lead to devastation for family members who are left. Conversely, parents and grandparents are often more than willing to share stories of their life, family accomplishments and personal success.

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Canada Official: U.S. Direction on NAFTA Like Following a Pinball

An agriculture official from Canada says trying to determine the U.S. direction for the North American Free Trade Agreement is like “following a pinball.” Ron Bonnett, the Canadian Federation of Agriculture president, was attending when President Donald Trump spoke at the American Farm Bureau Federation convention last week. Bonnett told an Ontario, Canada-based newspaper that he is still optimistic that NAFTA will be renegotiated, but says “It’s like following a pinball to figure out exactly where it’s going,” regarding the ever-changing positions taken by Trump. Reports from Canada last week suggested that the county was expecting Trump to withdraw from the agreement. But, at the same time, reports in the U.S. are suggesting Trump may be softening his position on NAFTA, and shifting away from the threats to withdraw. Further, the Canada farm organization reports seeing more pressure building in the U.S. from agriculture and other industries to keep and modernize the agreement. Canada will host the sixth and potentially make-or-break round of NAFTA talks later this month in Montreal.

Trump Falling Behind on USDA Nominees

President Donald Trump has nominated just seven of the 13 Agriculture Department positions that require Senate confirmation. The Senate has confirmed just four nominations, being Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, Deputy Secretary Steve Censky and Undersecretaries Ted McKinney and Greg Ibach (eye-bah). The undersecretary nomination of Bill Northey remains on hold by Senator Ted Cruz, and one Trump nomination, Sam Clovis, withdrew from the process. The Partnership for Public Service said that Trump has fallen behind his predecessors in filling top government posts. As of January 13th, less than 40 percent of the 626 Senate-confirmed appointments still had no nominee. Trump has nominated Stephen Vaden as general counsel for USDA and announced intent to nominate Ken Barbic as assistant secretary for congressional relations. Open nominated positions remaining at USDA oversee administration, civil rights, nutrition, food safety, natural resources, research and the chief financial officer post remains vacant, according to the Hagstrom Report.

Organics Encourage Support for Livestock Rule

The organic food sector is drumming up support for the recently ditched organic livestock rule. Leading the charge, Organic Valley cooperative of Wisconsin says the group is demanding that the Department of Agriculture stop interfering with the public process that created the rule. The coalition, which includes the National Farmers Union, published a paid open letter in the Washington Post Tuesday, asking Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to reinstate the rule that was issued in January of last year. USDA continually delayed the rule, and announced in December intent to withdraw the rule. The withdraw intent met support from livestock groups and the American Farm Bureau Federation. However, Organic Valley is calling on consumers to submit comments to USDA to reconsider. Last month, the Organic Trade Association, which is suing USDA over the withdraw of the rule, said that USDA data shows out of the more than 47,000 comments the department received in the last public comment period for the regulation, 99 percent were in favor of the rule becoming effective without further delay.

Brazil Considers Dropping Tariff on U.S. Ethanol Imports

Brazil is considering removing a 20-percent tariff on ethanol imports from the United States. An agriculture official from Brazil said Wednesday the decision could depend on the U.S. lifting a ban on fresh beef exports from Brazil, according to Reuters. Brazil imposed the ethanol tax last year on U.S. imports that exceed a 600-million-liter annual quota to protect local producers. But, the tariff was also seen as a retaliation to the U.S. ban on shipments of fresh beef from Brazil following a food safety scandal. The ban on fresh beef exports could be lifted by April, according to Brazil, which claims the nation has submitted all materials requested by the United States to address concerns over beef exports. Brazil says it is waiting for the United States to decide whether the issue is resolved.

Iowa Group Calls for Ban on New Livestock Facilities

A group in Iowa wants state lawmakers to ban the construction of animal confinements until Iowa’s water quality is significantly improved. With ties to the Humane Society of the United States, the Iowa Alliance for Responsible Agriculture is asking lawmakers to support 15 bills tightening oversight of confinements. The Des Moines Register reports that the bills seek a moratorium on building or expanding concentrated animal feeding operations, until Iowa’s list of impaired waterways shrinks from 750 to fewer than 100, and until the rules that dictate where confinements can be located are strengthened. The action is supported by Des Moines Water Works, which sued three rural counties in 2015 over high nitrate levels, but the lawsuit was dismissed. Iowa Pork Producers Association President Curtis Meier (my-err) argues that Iowa’s pork industry is “already one of the most heavily regulated industries in the state and the call for stricter regulations is unwarranted.”

Cargill Enters Plant-Based Protein Market

Cargill has signed a joint venture agreement with the largest North American producer of pea protein, stepping into the plant-based protein market. The agreement with Puris, is called a “game changer in terms of taste and vertical integration” in plant-based protein, according to Cargill officials. Meat industry publication Meatingplace reports Cargill’s financial backing and market reach will drive significant expansion of the operation by Puris, globally. The announcement comes just months after Cargill invested an undisclosed sum in Memphis Meats, a company that has developed beef, chicken and duck protein from animal cells. Cargill joins other large meat companies investing in alternative protein sources. Tyson Foods in 2016 acquired a five percent stake in plant-based meat alternative maker Beyond Meat and boosted its stake last month. In September of last year, Nestle USA purchased Sweet Earth, a manufacturer of plant-based burritos, burgers and other foods.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service