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…


07-25-17 Livestock Exchange, LLC Recap & Preview


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07-21-17 WDA News: Weld County 4-H/FFA Dairy Replacement Heifer Sale

Weld County 4-H/FFA Dairy Replacement Heifer Sale

Please see the following announcement from Keith Maxey, Director/Livestock Agent, Colorado State University Extension, Weld County.

Please join us for the annual Weld County 4-H/FFA Dairy Replacement Heifer sale on Thursday, July 27, at 1:00 p.m. at Island Grove Park, in Greeley. The sale is an opportunity to make a difference in the life of a young person and to be recognized for your support. 12-14 heifers will be sold. All heifers will have pregnancy confirmed prior to the sale. Continue reading

07-18-17 Colorado Producers Have Until Aug. 1, to Submit FSA County Committee Nominations

Colorado Producers Have Until Aug. 1, to Submit FSA County Committee Nominations

USDA-FSA-CO Acting Executive Director Jenny Peterson

Denver, Colorado, July 18, 2017 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Acting Executive Director for Colorado, Jenny Peterson today reminded farmers and ranchers that they have until Aug. 1, 2017, to nominate eligible candidates to serve on local FSA county committees.

County committees are made up of farmers and ranchers elected by other producers in their communities to guide the delivery of farm programs at the local level. Committee members play a critical role in the day-to-day operations of FSA. Committees consist of three to 11 members and meet once a month or as needed to make important decisions on disaster and conservation programs, emergency programs, commodity price support loan programs, county office employment and other agricultural issues. Members serve three-year terms. Nationwide there are over 7,700 farmer and ranchers serving on FSA county committees.

“The Aug. 1 deadline is quickly approaching,” said Peterson. “If you know of a great candidate or want to nominate yourself to serve on your local county committee, go to your county FSA office right now and submit the nomination form. I especially encourage the nomination of beginning farmers and ranchers, as well as women and minorities. This is your opportunity to have a say in how federal programs are delivered in your county.”

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07-17-17 Inside the BARN with CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg…

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Inside the BARN with CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg…

(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) July 17, 2017 – Joining me inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network is CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg from District 1 discussing several topics including:

  • Wheat Harvest 2017
  • New CWCB Executive Director Rebecca Mitchell
  • New State Engineer Kevin Rein
  • Governor signs “Paris Climate Agreement” Executive Order
  • SB 17-267 Celebration Recap & Thoughts
  • Upcoming Committee Meetings
  • Numerous County Fairs & CO State Fair
  • Final Thoughts

To listen to the Interview, click the audio mp3 link below…



07-17-17 CO Corn: Mark Your Calendar: USDA Research Farm near Greeley hosting tours, demonstrations on Aug 3rd

Mark Your Calendar: USDA research farm near Greeley hosting tours, demonstrations on Aug. 3 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Research Service’s (ARS) will host field tours and demonstrations of its projects taking place at the Central Plains Limited Irrigation Research Farm next month. 
The facility’s 2017 Field Day is set for Thursday, Aug. 3, at the research farm, located at 30900 Weld County Road 45 near Greeley (southeast corner of the intersection at Weld County roads 45 and 64). Tours will begin 9 a.m., with each tour taking about one hour, and the final tour starting at 11 a.m. Lunch will be provided.
The Field Day — sponsored by USDA-ARS, the Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District and OgallalaWater — will highlight ongoing research that’s maximizing productivity with limited irrigation water and practices for monitoring and managing limited irrigation water.

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07-12-15 FSA-CO: Weld County Announces Enrollment Deadlines for 2017

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Weld County FSA CED Jeff Wilson

Weld County FSA CED Jeff Wilson

FSA-CO: Weld County Announces Enrollment Deadlines for 2017

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Weld County Executive Director, Jeff Wilson, announced that farmers and ranchers have until July 17th to timely file an acreage report for 2017 crops.  They also have until August 1st to enroll their farms into the Ag Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage contracts for crop year 2017.  The deadline to enroll is August 1st annually, throughout the rest of this farm bill set to expire in October 2018.  Continue reading

07-11-17 Red Angus Stakeholders Venture to Colorado Springs for Convention September 13-14-15

Red Angus Stakeholders Venture to Colorado Springs for Convention

The scenic beauty of the majestic Rocky Mountains, pristine pine-and-aspen forests and twisting canyons of Colorado’s Front Range will greet cattlemen and women from across the country as they gather in Colorado Springs, Sept. 13 to 15, for the 2017 National Red Angus Convention. Online registration is open

Themed “Reds in the Rockies,” this year’s convention is slated to celebrate the growth of the breed, the camaraderie of its breeders and the success of commercial cattlemen using Red Angus genetics. The annual event is hosted by the Red Angus Association of America and Rocky Mountain – Area 3 members.

The trade show will be open each day enabling attendees to visit with some of the industry’s most progressive enterprises, and RAAA Member Services personnel will staff computer stations providing one-on-one REDSPro navigation sessions. Additionally, the Junior Red Angus Association of America Board of Directors will host a silent auction fundraiser and assist as needed with the functions of the convention. Continue reading

07-06-17 CCA’s Ag Water NetWORK to Host Irrigation Efficiency and Water Rights Webinar on July 26th at High Noon!

Colorado Cattlemen’s Association Ag Water NetWORK to Host  a Webinar  on Irrigation Efficiency and Water Rights

Arvada, CO — Colorado Cattlemen’s Association’s Ag Water NetWORK will host a webinar highlighting the interrelationship between agricultural water rights and irrigation efficiency.  Plan to join the webinar on Wednesday, July 26th, 2017 at 12:00 PM.  The webinar, entitled “Irrigation Efficiency and Consumptive Use: Facts and Myths” will cover basic aspects of ag water rights, as well as how irrigation methods can influence the historic consumptive use of a water right.

Colorado Cattlemen’s Association, through the Ag Water NetWORK; serves as a convener of water stakeholders from the agriculture, conservation, and public sector interests in delivering meaningful dialogue and services to agriculture water right holders.  The webinar will be the second in a series of webinars hosted by CCA; aiming to increase the knowledge of ag water right holders, as it relates to navigating complex water laws and the obstacles posed by competing water-related interests.

The webinar speakers are Kevin Rein, Deputy State Engineer of the Colorado Division of Water Resources; and Bill Trampe, lifelong Gunnison County rancher and member of the Gunnison River Basin Roundtable.

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07-03-17 More Colorado Corn district meetings coming up in August; discussions to focus on next Farm Bill 

More Colorado Corn district meetings coming up in August; discussions to focus on next Farm Bill 
Colorado Corn staff and board members encourage corn producers and all others interested to join the Colorado Corn Administrative Committee (CCAC) and the Colorado Corn Growers Association (CCGA) for our upcoming district meetings, which will feature updates on the activities of the two organizations, as well as discussions about the next Farm Bill.
Meals will be provided at the meetings. To get an accurate headcount, we’re asking those who want to attend to please RSVP by the dates listed below, to, or (970) 351-8201.
The dates and locations of our upcoming district meetings are as follows:

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07-03-17 CFVGA’s Marilyn Bay Drake Reflects on Accomplishments Since 2014…

CFVGA Reflects on Accomplishments Since 2014 when it Was Founded

(The BARN – Briggsdale, CO) July 3, 2017 – The Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association (CFVGA) has accomplished much since it was founded in 2014, less than four years ago. Check out this EXCLUSIVE interview with CFVGA Executive Director Marilyn Bay Drake


The CFVGA continues to grow and is now comprised of more than 250 members, including growers of all sizes and types of production throughout the state, as well as representatives of allied industries. The Colorado fruit and vegetable growing sector contributes nearly $300 million to Colorado at the farm gate and is multiplied as it goes through the distribution chain. Over 60,000 Colorado acres are in fruit and vegetable production. For more on CFVGA, visit

06-27-17 The 2017 Feeders and Friends Keith Spayd Benefit is Aug 19th in New Raymer – Interview w/Verlyn Mahan…

The 2017 Feeders and Friends Keith Spayd Benefit is Aug 19th in New Raymer – Interview w/Verlyn Mahan…

(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) June 27, 2017 – Joining the Colorado Ag News Network  is Verlyn Mahan, discussing the upcoming 15th Feeders & Friends Keith Spayd Benefit August19th in New Raymer, CO…




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07-21-17 National FFA Organization Names 2017 American Star Award Finalists

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National FFA Organization Names 2017 American Star Award Finalists

INDIANAPOLIS (Friday, July 21, 2017/National FFA Organization) –Today, the National FFA Organization selected 16 students from throughout the United States as finalists for its 2017 top achievement awards: American Star Farmer, American Star in Agribusiness, American Star in Agricultural Placement and American Star in Agriscience.

The American Star Awards represents the best of the best among thousands of American FFA Degree recipients. The award recognizes FFA members who have developed outstanding agricultural skills and competencies through the completion of a supervised agricultural experience (SAE) program. A required activity in FFA, an SAE allows members to learn by doing. Members can own and operate an agricultural business, intern at an agricultural business or conduct an agriculture-based scientific experiment and report the results. Continue reading

07-21-17 Secretary Zinke and Colorado Senator Gardner Announce more than $50 Million for National Parks Infrastructure

Secretary Zinke and Colorado Senator Gardner Announce more than $50 Million for National Parks Infrastructure

NPS Centennial Challenge Program is Matching $20 Million in Congressional Funding with $33 Million from Partner Organizations to Support Maintenance Projects at National Parks

WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke and Colorado Senator Cory Gardner announced today that the National Park Service is teaming up with partners across the nation to distribute nearly $50 million in high priority maintenance and infrastructure projects at 42 parks in 29 states. Congress provided $20 million for the projects as part of theCentennial Challenge program which will be matched by $33 million from more than 50 park partners to improve trails, restore buildings, and increase visitor access to parks.

Secretary Zinke and Senator Gardner made the announcement while visiting Rocky Mountain National Park, which will receive $200,000 in federal funds matched by $200,000 from the Rocky Mountain Conservancy to reduce deferred maintenance on the Alluvial Fan Trail.

“Our national parks span twelve time zones and attract more than 330 million visitors every year. Some locations, like Rocky Mountain National Park, attract millions of visitors alone. This puts an incredible stress on the aging infrastructure at our parks and thanks to Centennial Grants and the generosity of public-private partners, we are able to distribute funds to rebuild our parks,” said Secretary Zinke. “Using public-private partnerships to help address the deferred maintenance backlog remains a priority for the Department and the Trump Administration. Park infrastructure includes trails, signage, restrooms, lodges, roads, bridges and waterlines. These funds will help us continue to provide a world-class experience to visitors and ensure that these amazing places are around for future generations.”

“Today, I stood alongside Secretary Zinke as he announced critical funding grants for Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park,” said Senator Cory Gardner. “We must continue to be good stewards of our National Parks and protect these treasures for future generations. I want to thank Secretary Zinke for highlighting a crown jewel of Colorado’s public lands, Rocky Mountain National Park, and the dedicated Park employees that care for this land every day.” Continue reading

07-21-17 CO Governor Hickenlooper responds to US DoI Secretary Zinke’s decision on Canyons of the Ancients

CO Governor Hickenlooper responds to US DoI Secretary Zinke’s decision on Canyons of the Ancients

Gov. Hickenlooper offered the following statement in response to Sec. of the Interior Ryan Zinke’s announcement that Canyons of the Ancients is no longer under review and no modifications will be made to the national monument:

“It’s great to hear that no changes will come to our popular Canyons of the Ancients,” said Governor John Hickenlooper. “We’ve had great conversations with Sec. Zinke and we’re grateful that he respected the overwhelming consensus in Colorado on our national monument.” Continue reading

07-21-17 US Senator Bennet Statement on Canyons of the Ancients Recommendation

Bennet Statement on Canyons of the Ancients Recommendation

Washington, D.C. – Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet today issued the following statement regarding Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s recommendation not to modify Colorado’s Canyons of the Ancients National Monument:

“This is welcome news, but many of our shared public lands are still at risk, including Bears Ears. Coloradans have made clear that they want public lands to remain public and protected. Secretary Zinke should recognize that our monuments belong to all Americans and abandon this useless review. ”

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07-21-17 WDA: FARM Program Survey

FARM Program Survey

The National Dairy FARM Program, in collaboration with Colorado State University is conducting a dairy farmer survey to learn more about perceptions of the FARM Program and how it can continue to improve the resources it offers producers.

The voluntary survey will probe producers’ knowledge of the program and the value they think it provides to their operation. Continue reading

07-21-17 WDA News: Brush 4th of July Parade Reaches Thousands with Chocolate Milk

WDA News: Brush 4th of July Parade Reaches Thousands with Chocolate Milk

Western Dairy Association partnered with Keith Bath Farms to hand out chocolate milk at the Brush 4th of July Parade, which was attended by thousands of people from across the state – including Governor Hickenlooper. This well-attended festive event was a great way to share our favorite beverage with consumers – and celebrate the holiday too. Continue reading

07-21-17 RMFU Co-op Development Center Director Bill Stevenson Earns ACE Award


A leader in Denver’s Community Wealth Building Network, Bill Stevenson (left) received the 2017 William J. Nelson ACE Award recognizing those who add significant value to the Association of Cooperative Educators. The award was presented by William Nelson (right), retired vice president of Corporate Citizenship and president of the CHS Foundation.

RMFU Co-op Development Center Director Bill Stevenson Earns ACE Award

Bill Stevenson, Director of the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union Cooperative Development Center, was honored at the annual ACE awards banquet at Regis University, in Denver on July 19.  ACE is comprised of educators, researchers and leaders of cooperatives across North America and the Caribbean. They meet in a different city each year.

“Bill was the cornerstone for the 2017 ACE Institute conference as it took shape in Denver,” says past ACE President William Nelson, for whom the award is named. He further remarked that Stevenson has the enthusiasm and energy that is needed to inspire new cooperative entrepreneurs and their mentors. Continue reading

07-21-17 RMFU: National Farmers Union Legislative Fly-in September 10-13


RMFU: National Farmers Union Legislative Fly-in September 10-13

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Rocky Mountain Farmers Union invites you to participate in the National Farmers Union Fly-in to Washington, D.C.  This event gives our members the opportunity to visit directly with USDA officials, White House administration representatives, and members of Congress and their staff. Continue reading

07-21-17 NCGA Statement on the Consumer and Fuel Retailer Choice Act

NCGA Statement on the Consumer and Fuel Retailer Choice Act

WASHINGTON (July 21, 2017) – The following is a statement from the National Corn Growers Association regarding the Consumer and Fuel Retailer Choice Act (S. 517):

“Corn farmers appreciate the work of Senator Deb Fischer (R-Nebraska) and the bipartisan Senate sponsors of the Consumer and Fuel Retailer Choice Act to advance this legislation.  While this legislation will not move to a committee markup at this time, we will continue to back efforts to remove this unnecessary roadblock to consumer choice that saves drivers money and is better for the environment. Continue reading

07-21-17 NFU Encouraged by Bipartisan Support for Cotton and Dairy Producers

NFU Encouraged by Bipartisan Support for Cotton and Dairy Producers

WASHINGTON – The Senate Appropriations Committee yesterday approved its fiscal year (FY) 2018 Agriculture Appropriations Bill, which will guide funding for programs that support American agriculture, conservation, and nutrition programs.

The bill allocates $145.4 billion in discretionary and mandatory funding and includes provisions for cotton and dairy producers, both of whom have faced challenging economic circumstances in recent years. Specifically, the bill allows cotton producers to participate in the Price Loss Coverage (PLC) program and reforms aspects of the Dairy Margin Protection Program (DMPP), which has failed to adequately support struggling dairy producers. Continue reading

07-21-17 USDA/NASS-CO: Cattle on Feed



The number of cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market in Colorado feedlots with a capacity of 1,000 head or larger was estimated at 930,000 head as of July 1, 2017. The latest inventory was 9 percent above July 1, 2016 inventory but 4 percent below the previous month’s inventory. The inventory included 575,000 steer and steer calves, up 5 percent from the previous year. The number of heifer and heifer calves, at 355,000 head, are up 18 percent from a year ago. Cattle feeders with 1,000 head or larger capacity marketed an estimated 160,000 head of fed cattle during June 2017. This was 14 percent above the previous month’s marketings, and 14 percent above marketings one year earlier. An estimated 125,000 cattle and calves were placed on feed during June, 22 percent below the previous month’s placements, but 19 percent above June 2016 placements. Of the number placed in June, 20 percent weighed less than 600 pounds, 20 percent weighed from 600 to 699 pounds, 28 percent weighed from 700 to 799 pounds, 16 percent weighed 800 to 899 pounds and 16 percent weighed 900 pounds or greater. Other disappearance for June, at 5,000 head, was 5,000 head below last month but the same as last year.

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07-21-17 CO-OEDIT: Advanced Industries (AI) Export Accelerator Grant Program Now Accepting Applications

OEDIT-CO logoAdvanced Industries (AI) Export Accelerator Grant Program Now Accepting Applications

Funding Available to offset international business development and marketing costs

The Advanced Industries (AI) Export Accelerator Grant program is now accepting applications from current and aspiring Colorado exporters in the Advanced Industries who are looking to offset international business development and marketing costs.

Grants are available for up to $15,000 for eligible costs for small and medium-sized AI businesses in aerospace, infrastructure engineering, advanced manufacturing, energy and natural resources, bioscience, electronics, and technology and information. Continue reading

07-21-17 NFU Applauds USDA Decision to Expand Emergency Haying and Grazing

NFU Applauds USDA Decision to Expand Emergency Haying and Grazing

WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is authorizing the release of additional Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) land in Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota for emergency haying and grazing. The decision will allow farmers affected by severe drought conditions to hay and graze CRP wetland and buffer practices. In response to the decision, National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson issued the following statement:

The conditions in the Great Plains this summer are some of the worst we’ve seen. After a harsh winter, hay was already in short supply, and with almost no moisture for months, our members in the Upper Great Plains are hurting. A deteriorating feed supply has forced many ranchers to drive hundreds of miles to purchase hay, while others have already sold their herds.

NFU is grateful for the USDA’s immediate and ongoing action to offer meaningful assistance for farmers and ranchers in the affected areas. In the short term, emergency haying and grazing on CRP land will provide much-needed relief, and in the long term will protect the viability of many of these operations.

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WASHINGTON, July 20, 2017 – Today the Forests in the Farm Bill Coalition (FIFB) released its2018 Farm Bill recommendations. The National Association of Conservation Districts has been an active participant in the creation of the recommendations, serving on two of the coalition’s working groups to ensure that NACD’s policies and principles were included.

“The public expects clean air and water, healthy soils, and abundant wildlife habitat and our nation’s forest lands certainly provide opportunities to achieve these expectations,” NACD President Brent Van Dyke said. “The farm bill is one of the most important pieces of legislation Congress works on to address our nation’s forest lands and landowner needs. Locally-led, voluntary incentive-based conservation works.” Continue reading