01-27-20 President Trump Addresses AFBF Convention

President Trump Addresses AFBF Convention

The BARN via NAFB News Service – January 27, 2020 – Samantha Munson is inside The BARN with this…President Donald Trump addressed the American Farm Bureau Federation Sunday as part of it’s 2020 annual convention in Austin, Texas on January 22nd, promising better times for farmers…

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Audio provided as a service to farm broadcasters by the President Donald Trump and the American Farm Bureau Federation

01-27-20 FARM BUREAU NAMES 2020 FARM DOG OF THE YEAR

FARM BUREAU NAMES 2020 FARM DOG OF THE YEAR

The BARN via NAFB News Service – January 27, 2020 – Samantha Munson is inside The BARN with this…The American Farm Bureau Federation named Flint, an Australian shepherd from Utah as 2020 Farm Bureau Farm Dog of the Year, during the annual AFBF Convention in Austin, Texas. The contest celebrates farm dogs that work alongside farmers and ranchers to produce nutritious food for families and their pets across America. Owned by Beth and Rhett Crandall, Beth says Flint is a staple in their family…

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01-27-20 USDA: United Nations Declares 2020 as the International Year of Plant Health

USDA: United Nations Declares 2020 as the International Year of Plant Health

USDA Kicks Off Awareness Efforts in the United States

WASHINGTON, D.C., January 27, 2020 – Plants make the oxygen we breathe and give us 80 percent of the food we eat. But plants are under attack by invasive pests. These pests destroy up to 40 percent of the world’s food crops and cause $220 billion in trade losses each year according to the United Nations (U.N.). That leaves millions of people worldwide without enough food to eat and seriously damages agriculture—the primary source of income for rural communities.

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01-27-20 NFU: Tenth Circuit Court Strikes Down EPA Small Refinery Exemptions

NFU: Tenth Circuit Court Strikes Down EPA Small Refinery Exemptions

WASHINGTON – In a decision that is expected to broadly impact the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) approach to granting small refinery exemptions (SREs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit late on Friday struck down three exemptions that were improperly issued by EPA.
The court ruling stems from a May 2018 challenge brought against EPA by the Renewable Fuels Association 9RFA), the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE), and National Farmers Union (NFU).
“We are extremely pleased with the Tenth Circuit’s decision to vacate the waivers granted by EPA to three refineries owned by CVR Energy and HollyFrontier,” said RFA President and CEO Geoff Cooper. “The Court has affirmed our long-held position that EPA’s recent practices and policies regarding small refinery exemption extensions were completely unlawful. And while the decision addresses three specific exemptions, the statutory interpretation issues resolved by the court apply much more broadly.”

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01-27-20 CPW: Confirmation of Wolves in Colorado Renders Ballot Measure Unnecessary

Coloradans Protecting Wildlife: Confirmation of Wolves in Colorado Renders Ballot Measure Unnecessary

Groups Call for Proponents to Pull Their Measure from 2020 Ballot

DENVER, Colo.—Jan 27, 2020 Colorado Parks and Wildlife announced on Jan. 8, 2020 that it strongly believes a pack of wolves is living in the northwest corner of Colorado. The ongoing investigation into the pack includes an eyewitness report of six wolves in October 2019 as well as the discovery last week of a thoroughly scavenged elk carcass near the same location as the October sighting.

Considering this news, Chad Vorthmann, Executive Vice President of the Colorado Farm Bureau called on the proponents of the ballot measure to leave nature alone and end their campaign. “Just as predicted, wolves are making their way into Colorado on their own. This measure is pointless and will only lead to wasted taxpayer dollars and increased bureaucracy. The proponents should let mother nature work its magic, stop trying to impose their will on the natural world, and retract their ballot measure.” Continue reading

01-27-20 Crop adviser and applicator credits approved for 32nd High Plains No-Till Conference

Crop adviser and applicator credits approved for 32nd High Plains No-Till Conference

KIT CARSON, Colo. – January 27, 2020 – Twenty-six sessions at the High Plains No-Till Conference in Burlington, Colorado have been approved for certified crop adviser credits. Eight of those sessions will also offer continuing education credits for licensed qualified supervisors, certified operators, and private applicators.

Scheduled for Feb. 4-5, the event will take place at the Burlington Community and Education Center. In addition to a trade show and outdoor equipment display, breakout sessions will be presented on an assortment of subjects, including soil health, regenerative grazing, farm profitability, specialty crops, and technology. Farmers will also share their first-hand experience with composting, no-till, and other conservation methods on producer panels dedicated to grazing cover crops and finding niche and direct markets.

“We are excited to bring in a lot of new speakers this year,” said Joni Mitchek, coordinator for the Colorado Conservation Tillage Association. “And we always try to offer as many credits as possible.”

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01-27-19 CFB ALERT: Counties Want Authority to License Farms

CFB ALERT: Counties Want Authority to License Farms 

A proposal introduced in the legislature would give counties broad new business licensing authority. HB20-1093 “grants a board of county commissioners the authority to license and regulate any business located or business activity occurring within the county.”  This proposal is very concerning to the Colorado Farm Bureau as it would give counties authority to require business licenses for farmers and ranchers and ultimately give county governments the ability to regulate the practices involved with the new business license–Something that has never been done in Colorado before.

As farmers and ranchers, our members know how best to work their land and resources that are most productive and profitable. They also know best how to grow the crops/livestock they choose for their businesses. This proposal would be an additional layer of government burden on the ability for farmers and ranchers to grow the food, fuel and fiber necessary to sustain our state, the nation and the world.

Call your county commissioners, your state representative and your state senator today and relay your concern for this proposal! CFB is opposed to HB20-1093.

Have questions about how this bill will affect you? Contact Emily at emily@coloradofb.org

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01-27-20 Unique Learning Opportunities for Ranchers at the NWSS Complex on February 20th

Unique Learning Opportunities for Ranchers at the NWSS Complex on February 20th

  • Focus on cattle handling, women in ranching, wild horse training & horse/mule packing training
  • Are you interested in learning how to handle livestock with less stress to yourself and your cattle?
  • Are you a woman involved in ranching or would like to be and looking to connect with other ranching women?
  • Would you like to know the process the US Forest Service (USFS)/Bureau of Land Management (BLM) uses to train wild caught horses?
  • Do you struggle to effectively pack a horse or mule?
  • Do you need a refresher on calibrating a sprayer?
  • What are some options for providing stock water in winter?
  • Ever wonder how to safely burn a pasture?

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If so, mark The Range Practicum on your calendar for Thursday, February 20.  The Range Practicum will be a hands-on land and livestock training at the National Western (Stock show) Complex in Denver, CO.  It will begin at 8 a.m. and end at 4 p.m.   Registration is only $85 [$45 for students] and gives you access to all the sessions occurring that day.

The Practicum features an array of hands-on educational events.  The highlight is a low-stress livestock handling workshop led by Whit Hibbard of Montana. Whit is a Bud Williams protégé and a decades-long student of low-stress livestock management.  This includes horsemanship, ranch roping, and facilities design. Hibbard brings critical thinking, evidence-based wisdom, and practical research skills to working livestock.

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01-26-20 The Best 16 Days in January Celebrates the Second Highest Attendance in Stock Show History

The Best 16 Days in January Celebrates the Second Highest Attendance in Stock Show History

DENVER, CO – The 114th National Western Stock Show (NWSS) celebrated sixteen days with 707,922 guests, making it the second highest attended show in Stock Show history. The grand champion attendance record of 726,972 guests was set in 2006 during the 100thAnniversary.

“Thank you to every single stock show fan, exhibitor, family member, contestant and volunteer who joined in the celebration this year,” said Paul Andrews, NWSS President and CEO. “Each person plays an important role, helping us keep the Western tradition alive right here in the heart of Denver.”

The Denver Cash Grain Bids…

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01-25-20 ICYMI: Colorado Livestock Association News: EPA and Army deliver on President Trump’s promise to issue the Navigable Waters Protection Rule – a new definition of WOTUS

CLA NEWS: EPA and Army deliver on President Trump’s promise to issue the Navigable Waters Protection Rule – a new definition of WOTUS

Congressman Lamborn joins EPA, Army Corps of Engineers, the Mayor of Colorado Springs and the Colorado Livestock Association at the Pioneers Museum for announcement

COLORADO SPRINGS (January 23, 2020) — Today, at an event at the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, U.S. EPA Region 8 Regional Administrator Gregory Sopkin and Lt. Col. Robin Scott, Deputy Commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)-Albuquerque District, celebrated the Navigable Waters Protection Rule. Regional Administrator Sopkin and Albuquerque District Deputy Commander Scott were joined in this celebration by Congressman Lamborn, representing Colorado’s 5th Congressional District; John Suthers, Mayor of Colorado Springs; and Bill Hammerich, Chief Executive Officer of the Colorado Livestock Association. Continue reading

01-25-20 SOLD! Denver Hits Historic High at the NWSS Auction of Junior Livestock Champions

Ashtin Guyer of Flat Rock, Illinois and her market steer “Olaf” were selected as the 2020 NWSS Grand Champion by a three judge panel that included: Mark Core, Jirl Buck & Blake Nelson.

SOLD! Denver Hits Historic High at the NWSS Auction of Junior Livestock Champions

DENVER, CO – The 2020 Auction of Junior Livestock Champions set record numbers again this year. The day began with the Grand and Reserve Champion Steers making an appearance for high tea at the Brown Palace Hotel, which has been a tradition for the last 75 years.
The top eight champion animals set an unprecedented auction total of $531,000. The Grand Champion Steer, named Olaf, sold for an all-time record of $155,000. The Grand Champion Hog sold for an impressive $100,000, and the Reserve Grand Champion Steer sold for $105,000.
The money invested supports these young students who poured countless hours into raising their high caliber animals. Many plan to use the auction funds for their collegiate educations and future in agriculture. A portion of their proceeds support the National Western Scholarship Trust, which funds scholarships in agricultural studies and rural medicine at colleges throughout Colorado and Wyoming. This year, 100 students received funds to aid their education.
The top six Junior Livestock animals were auctioned off live on 9NEWS at 6:30 p.m., and the exciting results are as follows:

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01-23-20 ICYMI: Colorado Corn: New “WOTUS” Rule Better for Farmers, Landowners, Businesses

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ICYMI: Colorado Corn: New “WOTUS” Rule Better for Farmers, Landowners, Businesses

[Greeley, CO — January 23, 2020] Presidents’ of Colorado Corn Growers Association and Colorado Corn Administrative Committee made statements regarding the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) replacement regulation for Waters of the United States (WOTUS) Rule, which replaces the 2015 version that would have increased regulatory burdens and costs for farmers and other businesses.

“The new Navigable Waters Protection Rule Clean Water rule is welcome news to farmers,” stated CCAC President Troy Schneider. “It gives us clarity and certainty about which waters come under federal versus state jurisdictions to make water management more efficient and effective. It puts small bodies of water back into the hands successfully managing them all along – state and local governments. And gives farmers, land and business owners a way to keep protecting the environment without threat of government action.”
“Farmers rely on clean water to make a living and often go above and beyond regulatory requirements to be avid stewards of all their resources,” said CCGA President Dave Cure. “The new rule clarifies oversight on dry land that is sometimes wet, something the 2015 WOTUS rule did not. These and other improvements allow the kind of farming practices to protect the environment to continue and new ones to be implemented without confusion.”

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01-23-20 Colorado FFA Foundation announces grant recipients, sets record giving at $192,000

Colorado FFA Foundation announces grant recipients, sets record giving at $192,000

Greeley— The Colorado FFA Foundation announced the recipients of it’s annual grant programs. FFA members and FFA Chapters from all across Colorado received grant funds to assist FFA members and chapters improve agricultural experiences in their local communities. Students and chapters can receive grant funds in three different programs that the FFA Foundation and the Colorado FFA Association host each year.

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01-23-20 Livestock Marketeers 2020 Hall of Fame Induction

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Livestock Marketeers 2020 Hall of Fame Induction

DENVER — The Livestock Marketeers — An informal fraternity of livestock fieldmen, auctioneers, sale managers and related livestock business leaders met for their 55
th Annual Banquet at the National Western Club on January 18th. The 2020 inductees into the Hall of Fame were Hoover Case, Marshfield, Mo, Alan Sears, Eaton, Co and Jerry Gliko (Posthumous), Belt, Mt. Continue reading

01-23-20 NFU: Women Build Community at Annual Conference

NFU: Women Build Community at Annual Conference

Between consistently low commodity prices, chronic  overproduction, a rapidly changing climate, and trade uncertainty, it’s a difficult time to be a farmer. But women farmers face a whole host of other problems on top of all of that: difficulty finding appropriately sized tools and machinery, being excluded from succession planning,  sexism from other farmers, discrimination from lenders and government agencieshealth risks associated with pregnancy, and child care responsibilities, among other challenges. Continue reading

01-23-20 NFU: The Senate Passed USMCA – Here’s What it Means for Agriculture

NFU: The Senate Passed USMCA – Here’s What it Means for Agriculture

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate today voted 89-10 in favor of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), moving the trilateral deal to President Donald Trump’s desk for final approval.Though National Farmers Union (NFU) initially withheld endorsement when USMCA was introduced over a year ago, the organization’s board voted to support it after the U.S. House of Representatives made several improvements. NFU President Roger Johnson applauded the agreement’s passage and urged future improvements to American trade policy: Continue reading

01-23-20 U.S Senator Gardner Cheers Enrollment of United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act

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U.S Senator Gardner Cheers Enrollment of United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following statement today after Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA), as president pro tempore of the United States Senate, led a bill enrollment ceremony to sign the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act. This is the final step before it goes to the president for his signature to become law.

“A great portion of our economy and nearly a quarter million jobs in Colorado are dependent on trade with Canada and Mexico, and I’m proud to have supported the USMCA for more jobs, economic growth, and opportunity in Colorado,” said Senator Gardner. “Today Congress finally sent the USMCA to the President’s desk, which is welcome news for Colorado’s workers, our agriculture industry, and our economy.” Continue reading

01-23-20 Colorado Department of Agriculture to hold 2020 Hemp Symposium in Broomfield on Feb 19th

Colorado Department of Agriculture to hold 2020 Hemp Symposium in Broomfield on Feb 19th

Broomfield, Colo. -The Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) will present a public Hemp Regulatory and Production Symposium at the Department’s Broomfield, Colorado campus and via live webinar on February 19, 2020 from 8:00 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.

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01-23-20 Colorado Governor Polis Pushes Back on Trump’s Attack on Colorado’s Clean Water

Colorado Governor Polis Pushes Back on Trump’s Attack on Colorado’s Clean Water

DENVER — Gov. Jared Polis released the following statement after reports that the Trump administration plans to gut federal clean water protections.

“In Colorado, we value our clean water. Our rivers, streams, and lakes serve as the lifeblood of our communities and help support our thriving outdoor and agriculture industries,” said Governor Jared Polis. “Our administration will continue to reject attempts by the Trump administration to gut proven ways to protect our health and environment.”

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01-23-20 EPA and Army deliver on President Trump’s promise to issue the Navigable Waters Protection Rule – a new definition of WOTUS

EPA and Army deliver on President Trump’s promise to issue the Navigable Waters Protection Rule – a new definition of WOTUS

Congressman Lamborn joins EPA, Army Corps of Engineers, the Mayor of Colorado Springs and the Colorado Livestock Association at the Pioneers Museum for announcement

COLORADO SPRINGS (January 23, 2020) — Today, at an event at the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, U.S. EPA Region 8 Regional Administrator Gregory Sopkin and Lt. Col. Robin Scott, Deputy Commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)-Albuquerque District, celebrated the Navigable Waters Protection Rule. Regional Administrator Sopkin and Albuquerque District Deputy Commander Scott were joined in this celebration by Congressman Lamborn, representing Colorado’s 5th Congressional District; John Suthers, Mayor of Colorado Springs; and Bill Hammerich, Chief Executive Officer of the Colorado Livestock Association. Continue reading

01-23-20 NPPC Applauds EPA’s Actions to Replace WOTUS Rule


NPPC Applauds EPA’s Actions to Replace WOTUS Rule

WASHINGTON, D.C., January 23, 2020 – The National Pork Producers Council applauded today’s action by the Environmental Protection Agency to replace the unlawful 2015 Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule with a final rule called the Navigable Waters Protection Rule. The final rule is fully consistent with the Clean Water Act and recent Supreme Court decisions. The EPA’s actions give farmers greater certainty, while also protecting water quality and the environment.  Continue reading

01-23-20 USDA Secretary Perdue Statement on EPA WOTUS Rule

USDA Secretary Perdue Statement on EPA WOTUS Rule

(Washington, D.C., January 23, 2020) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today praised the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for defining the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule with the Navigable Waters Protection Rule:

“President Trump is restoring the rule of law and empowering Americans by removing undue burdens and strangling regulations from the backs of our productive farmers, ranchers, and rural land-owners. The days are gone when the Federal Government can claim a small farm pond on private land as navigable waters,” Secretary Perdue said. “I thank President Trump and Administrator Wheeler for having the backs of our farmers, ranchers, and producers and for continuing to roll back Federal overreach. With reforms and deregulation, Americans once again have the freedom to innovate, create, and grow.”

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01-23-20 American Lamb Board Elects Leadership

(left to right) David Quam, Donald Hawk, Rob Rule, Peter Camino, Sally Scholle, Gwen Kitzan, Brad Anderson, Greg Deakin, Jeff Ebert, Gary Visintainer and Elizabeth Dressler Not pictured: Travis Anderson and Tom Colyer

American Lamb Board Elects Leadership

The American Lamb Board (ALB) elected FY2020 leadership at its meeting Jan. 22, held ahead of the American Sheep Industry Association (ASI) convention. The newly elected chair is Gwendolyn Kitzan, SD. Vice chair is David Quam, TX; elected for a second term as secretary is Greg Deakin, IL, and treasurer is Rob Rule, IA.

This meeting marked the retirement of four directors, all of whom have served the maximum of six years: Jim Percival, OH, Dale Thorne, MI; Diane Peavey, ID; and Greg Ahart, CA. Joining the board, all for their first term, are Jeff Ebert, KS; Gary Visintainer, CO; Donald Hawk, OH; and Travis Anderson, OR. Continue reading

02-22-20 Loma Teacher Wins Colorado Agriculture in the Classroom® Award

Loma Teacher Wins Colorado Agriculture in the Classroom® Award

Westminster, Colo. – As an educator in a rural, agricultural community, one might think there is not a tremendous need for agricultural literacy education or that the impact on the students and community would be less than in an urban or suburban community. That scenario couldn’t be further from the truth for Cindy Staheli Pearson of Loma, Colorado.
Mrs. Pearson has been a third grade teacher at Loma Elementary for 12 years and finds creative ways to tie agriculture into everything she teaches. Loma Elementary is part of Mesa County Valley School District 51.

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01-21-20 Inside The BARN at the 114th NWSS with USDA Under Secretary Greg Ibach

Photo courtesy of the USDA Photographer Rene Carranza

Inside The BARN at the 114th NWSS with USDA Under Secretary Greg Ibach

The BARN – Denver, CO – January 21, 2020 – Had the opportunity to visit with USDA Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs Greg Ibach in the historic Stadium Arena at the 114th National Western Stock Show in Denver about numerous topics including:

  • Why Ibach’s in Denver (National Bison Conference, NWSS, Rocky Mountain Food Bank, Colorado State University & More)
  • Animal Traceability, RFID & Branding
  • Trade (Phase One with China, USMCA & Japan)
  • APHIS & AMS
  • 3rd Round of Trade Mitigation Payments Possibility
  • & more

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01-21-20 CDA: Photo contest winner features next generation of Colorado Agriculture

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CDA: Photo contest winner features next generation of Colorado Agriculture

BROOMFIELD, Colo. — Colorado agriculture provides picturesque landscapes for both amateur and professional photographers.  Winning entries in the 22nd annual “Colorado…it’s AgriCultural” Photography Contest showcase the state’s agricultural diversity, from crops being harvested in dim evening light before a storm and a close-up of a curious cow to aerial views of fields and pollinators at work.

“Judges were excited to see the next generation of Colorado agriculture featured in the winning photo,” said Wendy White, marketing specialist at the Colorado Department of Agriculture.  “It is encouraging to see young and beginning farmers interested in pursuing a career in agriculture.”

The winners were selected based on relation to Colorado agriculture, creativity and technical quality. The grand-prize winner, which best depicts the “spirit” of Colorado agriculture, is Brandee Gillham of Peetz, Colorado, with the entry entitled “Pursue the Dream.” The winning photograph shows a young cowboy watching his family herd cattle. (PICTURED ABOVE) 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…

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

01-21-20 Livestock Exchange, LLC Extended Preview

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01-20-20 Livestock Exchange, LLC  Recap & Preview

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01-07-20 New Parking Information for 2020 NWSS

New Parking Information for 2020 NWSS

DENVER, CO – There have been changes to parking near the National Western Stock Show grounds. In order to best accommodate our guests we will now have access to FREE parking at Coors Field during the duration of the National Western Stock Show.

Parking near the complex fills up early in the day, and many lots require a permit. The hassle free, convenient alternative is to head straight to the Coors Field lot. Guests will have access to parking lots that are paved and well-lit for safety. Parking is dedicated to Stock Show attendees, and it is easily accessed off of Park Avenue and Wazee Street. The Coors Field lot will open at 8 a.m. daily, and FREE shuttles provide guests with a convenient 10-minute ride to the complex. Shuttles will drop passengers off directly outside the South Box Office. Continue reading

12-20-19 Mark your calendar for the 2020 National Western Stock Show & Rodeo, January 11-26

Mark your calendar for the 2020 National Western Stock Show & Rodeo, January 11-26

Denver hosts the best 16 days in January during the National Western Stock Show, January 11 – 26, 2020. Saddle up for the best pro rodeo action, horse shows and livestock competitions, shopping, food and family fun.
Create the best memories at the best 16 days in January. Tickets are on sale now at the Stock Show’s website: nationalwestern.com.

01-16-20 2020 College Academic Scholarships Sponsored by the Colorado Young Farmers Educational Association

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2020 College Academic Scholarships Sponsored by the Colorado Young Farmers Educational Association

The 2020 Board of Directors of the Colorado Young Farmers Educational Association and the CYFEA Academic Scholarship Committee are pleased to announce the continuation of its historical scholarship program. The purpose of these academic financial awards is to recognize outstanding students who are Colorado residents and will be an incoming freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior in the fall of the 2020 – 2021 school year. Continue reading

01-13-20 Colorado Pork Producers to hold election for 2021 Pork Act Delegates

Colorado Pork Producers to hold election for 2021 Pork Act Delegates

*CORRECTION*

The election of pork producer delegate candidates for the 2021 National Por k Producers (Pork Act) Delegate Body will take place at 9:00 am February 24, 2020 in conjunction with the 2020 annual meeting of Colorado Pork Producers Council at the Morgan County Fairgrounds in Brush, Colorado.

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.

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Monday, January 27th

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Monday, January 27th

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President Trump Expected to Sign USMCA on Wednesday

White House and administration officials confirmed to CNN that the president will sign the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement on Wednesday. The new agreement was one of the president’s biggest priorities during his term and was passed out of Congress just days before the impeachment trial began. Trump is expected to tout this agreement as an important highlight during the 2020 presidential campaign, especially in the swing states that will see a lot of benefits from the pact. For example, the agreement opens the Canadian dairy market to U.S. farmers, something Trump is likely to point out in dairy-heavy states like Wisconsin. During a speech at the American Farm Bureau’s National Convention, Trump told attendees that the agreement will “massively boost exports for farmers, ranchers, growers, and agricultural producers.” The deal was originally signed by leaders of all three countries back in November of 2018. However, the text was later changed after months of closed-door negotiations between House Democrats and the Trump Administration. The updates added additional labor protections and got rid of controversial patent protections for certain drugs.  

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New WOTUS Rule Appears Headed to the Courts

Environmental groups and Democratic states are already promising to sue over the new Waters of the U.S. Rule, which the Trump administration calls the “Navigable Waters Protection Rule.” The conservative-leaning Pacific Legal Foundation made a similar promise, calling the new rule not narrow enough. If the challenges happen to make it to the Supreme Court, the administration is banking on being able to win the backing of five of the justices who have a novel interpretation of the limits of federal power laid out under the Clean Water Act. Legal experts tell Politico that it’s a gamble that could result in a lasting win for the administration and its allies or a “spectacular loss.” Janette Brimmer, an attorney for the northwest office of Earthjustice, joined other environmentalists in calling the new rule “the dirty water rule.” She says, “President Trump’s administration wants our waters to burn again.” The Chesapeake Bay Foundation says, “The administration’s new definition of ‘Waters of the United States’ unravels safeguards in place since the landmark Clean Water Act first went into effect in 1972.”

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USDA Recruiting for a Trade Mission to the Philippines

The U.S. Department of Agriculture will lead a trade mission to the Philippines, designed to explore new business opportunities with the island nation. The trade mission will travel to Manila on April 20-23. They’re looking for agribusiness people who want to take part in the trip. Anyone interested should apply to the USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service by February 6. Morgan Haas is the FAS counselor for agricultural affairs in Manila. She says, “U.S. agricultural exports to the Philippines have more than doubled over the last decade, reaching a record $3 billion in 2018. Positive consumer attitudes and a healthy business climate point to continued growth potential going forward.” Haas also says local consumers in the country have an affinity for American brands, while the country’s rapidly expanding retail, food service, and food processing sectors offer robust opportunities for U.S. exporters looking to sell agricultural raw materials, high-value ingredients, and consumer-oriented food and beverage products. FAS office staff in the Philippines will arrange business meetings between trade mission delegates and local companies seeking to import American farm and food products. The trip to the Philippines is one of seven trade missions USDA has scheduled in 2020.  

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Queen Approves Brexit, Potential New Ag Markets for U.S.

Britain’s effort to leave the European Union was finally approved by Queen Elizabeth last week, clearing the way for the United Kingdom to make the move to independence. Royal approval was the last obstacle toward Brexit. Now it’s up to the European Union leaders to formally ratify the law in a vote scheduled for Wednesday. The EU Parliament’s constitutional affairs committee voted by a large margin last week to approve the Brexit withdrawal deal, paving the way for the final vote this week. The UK is expected to then begin trade negotiations with the EU as well as the United States soon after the move is official. The Brexit move could be very good news for American farmers, but that’s only if the UK doesn’t keep the restrictive EU-based ag policy in place that limits trade. Gregg Doud, the chief agricultural negotiator for the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, says a new trade pact with Britain is of utmost importance to him. “In my mind, that’s a legitimate top ten market for U.S. agriculture,” Doudd says. “When that move is official, we’ll be right there ready to begin negotiations with the U.K.” Last week at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland, U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross sounded optimistic that a deal would get done once Brexit is completed.   

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Legislators Send Letter to FDA on Dairy Labeling

Senator Tammy Baldwin, a Wisconsin Democrat, and Jim Risch, an Idaho Republican, have led a bipartisan coalition that sent a letter to Stephen Hahn, the new Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration. They’re asking Hahn to stop the use of dairy terms on the labels of non-dairy products. The Hagstrom Report says under the former commissioner, the FDA began to review how to enforce regulations on what may or may not be labeled a dairy product, and the public comment period on the topic has concluded. “Dairy farmers are now waiting for action from the FDA,” the senators say in the letter. “We encourage you to move swiftly to address this unfairness and ensure that dairy terms may only be used to describe products that include dairy.” The senators say imposter products should no longer be able to get away with violating the law and taking advantage of dairy’s “good name.” Baldwin and Risch are also the cosponsors of the Dairy Pride Act of 2019. The act requires non-dairy products made from nuts, seeds, plants, and algae to no longer be labeled with dairy terms like milk, cheese, and yogurt.”

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Beef, Pork Production Hit Record Highs in December

Pork and red meat production hit a monthly record in December. The USDA says pork production totaled 2.44 billion pounds, a nine percent jump over December of the previous year. Slaughter was also higher, up nine percent to 11.4 million head. The average live weight gaining was up two pounds to 288 pounds. Beef production totaled 4.72 billion pounds, a jump of eight percent over 2018. Slaughter increased to 2.75 million head, up seven percent from December of 2018. The five-pound gain for the average live weight was 1,373 pounds. December red meat production totaled 4.72 billion pounds; eight percent higher than the previous year. Unofficially, red meat production for 2019 was 54.5 billion pounds, three percent higher than in 2018. The USDA’s official red meat production numbers for 2019 come out in April. December’s dairy cow slaughter totaled 265,400 head, a jump of 9.3 million head from November and 4.2 million more than the previous December. The unofficial total for 2019 was 3.22 million head, a 71,000 head increase above the 2018 total.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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

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

Sponsored by the American Farm Bureau Federation

EPA Announces WOTUS Change

The Environmental Protection Agency Thursday, along with the Army Corps of Engineers, announced a new “clear definition for Waters of the United States.” EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler says the new Navigable Waters Protection Rule provides “much needed regulatory certainty and predictability for American farmers.” The rule recognizes the difference between federally protected wetlands and state protected wetlands, and adheres to the statutory limits of the agencies’ authority. The revised definition identifies four clear categories of waters that are federally regulated under the Clean Water Act: the territorial seas and traditional navigable waters, perennial and intermittent tributaries, certain lakes, ponds and impoundments, and wetlands that are adjacent to jurisdictional waters. The final action also details what waters are not subject to federal control, including features that only contain water in direct response to rainfall, groundwater, many ditches, including most farm and roadside ditches, prior converted cropland, farm and stock watering ponds, and waste treatment systems.

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Ag, Environmental Groups, React to EPA WOTUS Announcement

The Waters Advocacy Coalition applauds the new Clean Water rule that brings clarity and certainty to enforcement of the Clean Water Act. The coalition is a broad cross-section of small businesses, farmers, ranchers and builders, including the American Farm Bureau Federation. The Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced the WOTUS replacement Thursday. Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall says AFBF supports the new rule, as it allows “farmers to understand water regulations without having to hire teams of consultants and lawyers.” National Pork Producers Council President David Herring says the previous WOTUS rule was “a dramatic government overreach and an unprecedented expansion of federal authority over private lands.” Now, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue says the new rule removes “undue burdens and strangling regulations” from farmers. The response from agriculture was expected, as was the response from Environmental groups. The Natural Resources Defense Council says the Trump administration is “stripping protections” from streams and wetlands, adding “It’s a blatant disregard for science, and for public health.”

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Farmers Optimistic Despite Challenging 2019

A new poll finds farmers are optimistic for 2020, despite a challenging 2019. The DTN/Progressive Farmer Agriculture Confidence Index rose to 164.1 in December 2019, significantly higher than the Index of 110.2 in March and the December 2018 level of 109.2. The long, drawn-out, challenging crop year, along with trade battles, didn’t dampen their mood for the future, or their feelings about the Trump administration. About 75 percent of farmers said that if the 2020 presidential election was held at that time, they would vote to reelect the current administration. About a quarter said they would likely not vote for the current administration. Farmers were surveyed in mid-to-late December, when President Donald Trump announced a phase one trade agreement with China, and the House of Representatives approved the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, sending the trade deal to the Senate. The DTN/Progressive Farmer Agriculture Confidence Index is conducted three times a year, before planting, before harvest, and before the end of the year.

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Export Exchange 2020 Scheduled For October

The U.S. Grains Council announced Export Exchange 2020 this week, scheduled for October 7-9. The event, sponsored by the U.S. Grains Council, Growth Energy and the Renewable Fuels Association, uniquely focuses on connecting international grain buyers with U.S. suppliers. Export Exchange 2020 will take place at the Loews Kansas City hotel in Kansas City, Missouri. More than 200 international purchasers and end-users of U.S. coarse grains and related products are expected to join an estimated 300 U.S. producers, agribusinesses and representatives at the event. In addition to business-to-business meetings and an exhibit hall, the conference will address critical issues facing U.S. exports to build awareness of the benefits of U.S. corn, sorghum, distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) and other products. The grain buyers from 35 countries who attended Export Exchange 2018 in Minneapolis reported purchasing approximately 2.1 million metric tons of coarse grains and co-products traded either at the conference or immediately before or after, valued at an estimated $403 million.

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Climate Change and Other Issues Move Doomsday Clock: 100 Seconds to Midnight

The metaphorical Doomsday Clock set by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists was set at 100 seconds until midnight this week, as the organization says, “Humanity continues to face two simultaneous existential dangers—nuclear war and climate change.” Rachel Bronson, president and CEO of Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, says, “We now face a true emergency – an absolutely unacceptable state of world affairs that has eliminated any margin for error or further delay.” Regarding climate change, the organization says governmental action still falls far short of meeting the challenge at hand. The Doomsday Clock has now moved closer to midnight in three of the last four years. While the Doomsday Clock did not move in 2019, its minute hand was set forward in 2018 by 30 seconds, to two minutes to midnight. The clock was adjusted in 2017 to two and a half minutes to midnight from its previous setting of three minutes to midnight.

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Americans to Eat Record 1.4 Billion Chicken Wings for Super Bowl

The National Chicken Council Thursday released its annual Chicken Wing Report, projecting Americans to consume a record-breaking 1.4 billion wings during the upcoming Super Bowl weekend. Americans’ love for wings continues to grow. This year’s wing consumption estimate is a two percent increase over 2019, meaning Americans will eat 27 million more wings during this year’s big game weekend versus last year’s. To put that in perspective, if Kansas City Chiefs’ coach Andy Reid ate three wings per minute, it would take him about 900 years to eat 1.4 billion wings. Council spokesperson Tom Super says when it comes to Super Bowl menus, wings rule the roost.” The Council asked wing-eaters about their habits, and roughly two thirds of Americans, 65 percent, who eat chicken wings, claim they like to do so while watching a major sporting event like the Super Bowl. Half, 51 percent, claim that they believe chicken wings should be the official food of the Super Bowl.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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