02-21-19 CO-SSRM News: Colorado High School Youth Benefit from Range Management Forum in Minneapolis

(Left to Right) Ingrid Hofmeister, Nathan Shannon, and Josh Waller. These three High School youth represented the Colorado Section SRM at the 2019 SRM High School Youth Forum held in Minneapolis on February 11-14, 2019. During the field tour activity the students learned about the ecology of the Rangelands important to Minnesota.

CO-SSRM News: Colorado High School Youth Benefit from Range Management Forum in Minneapolis

By Ben Berlinger, Colorado Section of the Society for Range Management, Youth Activities Chair

The Colorado Section of the Society for Range Management (SRM) was well represented at the 2019 High School Youth Forum (HSYF) held in Minneapolis on February 10-14, 2019.  The HSYF is an integral part of the SRM annual meeting.  This year there were 23 delegates representing 12 of the SRM Sections.  During the Forum, high school youth from all part of the western United States and Canada attend an ecological field tour, and are invited to participate and interact among the various professionals and college students attending the meeting.

This year the Colorado Section SRM sponsored three delegates to Minneapolis.  Ingrid Hofmeister of Branson FFA, Josh Waller of the Hoehne FFA, and Nathan Shannon of Kim FFA were selected to participate in the SRM Forum.  (See picture above).  All three delegates were chosen based on their exceptional achievements in rangeland management programs, and specifically based on their high individual scores on ecological site judging & plant identification at the Eastern Colorado State FFA rangeland judging contest. Continue reading

02-21-19 NCGA USMEF Study Highlights the Value to Corn Producers through Red Meat Exports

NCGA USMEF Study Highlights the Value to Corn Producers through Red Meat Exports

The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) partnered with the U.S. Meat Export Federation to update a study on the value of red meat exports to domestic U.S. corn growers. The original study was conducted in 2015. In 2018, the study showed beef and pork exports used a combined total of 14.9 million tons of corn and DDGS, which equates to an additional 459.7 million bushels of corn produced – an increase of 29 percent over the 2015 projections.
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02-21-19 USDA: 2020 Dietary Guidelines

USDA: 2020 Dietary Guidelines

Scientific Experts Will Review Scientific Evidence on Key Nutrition Topics to Inform Development of New Guidelines

WASHINGTON, Feb. 21, 2019 – To ensure America’s dietary guidance reflects the latest science, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar today announced the appointment of 20 nationally recognized scientists to serve on the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. The independent advisory committee will review scientific evidence on topics and questions identified by the departments and will provide a report on their findings to the secretaries. Their review, along with public and agency comments, will help inform USDA and HHS’ development of the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGAs).

“USDA is committed to ensuring everything we do is data-driven and based in scientific facts, which is why this expert committee’s work in objectively evaluating the science is of the utmost importance to the departments and to this process,” said Secretary Perdue. “The committee will evaluate existing research and develop a report objectively, with an open mind.” Continue reading

02-19-19 CSU Extension hosting Free Ag Management Webinars

CSU Extension hosting Free Ag Management Webinars

Sterling, CO – The Colorado State University Extension Agriculture and Business Management (ABM) Team will present two webinars in 2019 that are designed to assist farmers and ranchers manage these difficult financial times in agriculture.

The 2019 Ag Outlook & Strategy Webinar will cover topics including market outlook, breakeven analysis, using commodity insurance as a part of a comprehensive marketing plan, using futures and options to manage risk, and cross hedging weaned calves. The program will be hosted by ABM Economists, Jenny Beiermann, Dr. Steve Koontz, and Dr. Brent Young. This free webinar will be held Tuesday, March 12th from 10:00am to 3:00pm. For more information and to register online visit https://agoutlookwebinar.eventbrite.com . This program is funded in partnership by USDA, Risk Management Agency, under award number RM18RMEPP522C047. Continue reading

02-19-19 CSU Ext News: Do you have a savings plan?

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America Saves Week – February 25 – March 2, 2019


Do you have a savings plan? One of the most important things you can learn in life is how to save money. We know that savers with a plan are more than twice as likely to make progress towards their savings goals as those without a plan. Those with a plan are more likely to spend less than they earn. Living within your means allows you to build wealth over time.

Saving money, improving your financial life, and building wealth. Continue reading

02-19-19 Todd Inglee Named Executive Director of Colorado Beef Council

Todd Inglee Named Executive Director of Colorado Beef Council

CBC Board Selects Colorado Native to Oversee Organization’s Demand-Building Efforts

Todd & Kim Inglee and family

Englewood, CO (February 19, 2019) – Colorado native Todd Inglee has been named executive director of the Colorado Beef Council, the organization’s Board of Directors announced today.

Inglee served as CBC interim executive director for the past eight months and comes to the organization with a diverse background in the beef industry. He has worked for trade associations, allied partners, and as a small cattle producer with a stocker operation, retaining ownership in those cattle to sell product to retail and foodservice. Inglee also previously served as a director for the Colorado Beef Council and as president of the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association.

“As interim director, Todd demonstrated his knowledge of the beef industry, the importance of the checkoff and the distinct separation between checkoff and non-checkoff related programs,” according to CBC chair Sallie Miller of Briggsdale, CO. “We look forward to having Todd serve as our executive director and help manage the Colorado Beef Council’s demand-building programs.” Continue reading

02-19-19 Inside the BARN/FarmCast Radio with Culver’s Jessie Kreke: 5th Annual FFA Essay Contest, Thank You Farmers Project and more…

The contest ends April 8th, 2019, at 5 p.m. CST / 4pm CST

Inside the BARN/FarmCast Radio with Culver’s Jessie Kreke: FFA Essay Contest, Thank You Farmers Project and more…

Jessie Kreke Culver’s Senior Marketing Manager

(BARN Media / FarmCast Radio – Briggsdale, CO) February 19, 2019 – This week is National FFA Week and Culver’s Restaurants are celebrating it in a big way once again in 2019! Joining FarmCast Radio and the Colorado Ag News Network is Jessie Kreke, one of Culver’s senior marketing managers. Kreke discusses the 5th Annual FFA Essay Contest, Thank You Farmer’s Project, Culver’s Restaurants and much more within the interview…



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02-19-19 NFU’s College Conference on Cooperatives Continues Excellence in Cooperative Education

NFU’s College Conference on Cooperatives Continues Excellence in Cooperative Education

WASHINGTON – National Farmers Union (NFU) hosted 71 students in Minneapolis, Minnesota, last weekend for its annual College Conference on Cooperatives (CCOC). The three-day conference provides an interactive learning experience for American agriculture’s next generation on the importance, structure and operations of various types of cooperative groups.

“Cooperatives play a vital role in strengthening both rural and urban economies and communities across the country,” said NFU President Roger Johnson. “NFU’s CCOC draws on our more than 115 years of leadership in cooperative development and education, and demonstrates our organization’s commitment to cooperative principles. We engage tomorrow’s agricultural leaders in hands-on application of cooperative business principles and structures. This teaches them about the opportunities available to them through the cooperative model.”


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02-19-19 Applications Now Open for 2019 Pork Industry Scholarships

Applications Now Open for 2019 Pork Industry Scholarships

DES MOINES, IOWA – Feb. 19, 2019 – The National Pork Board announces the opening of the application period of the 2019 Pork Industry Scholarships. This program, now in its tenth year, is open to college juniors and seniors who have plans to pursue a career in swine production management or a related field. In addition, students who will be seeking to attend veterinary or graduate school with an emphasis on swine are encouraged to apply. The National Pork Board will award up to 20 scholarships in 2019 totaling $46,000. The top applicant will receive $5,000, the second-ranked applicant will receive $3,500 and all others will receive $2,000.

“Human capital and identification of future leaders is critical for the continued success of the swine industry,” said Chris Hostetler, animal science director for the Pork Checkoff. “The National Pork Board’s Animal Science Committee recognizes this need and continues its commitment to encouraging these students through these scholarships.”

The guidelines for the scholarship application and the online form can be found at www.pork.org/scholarship. The deadline for application submission is March 15, 2019. Following review and selection, recipients will be notified in April. 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…


02-19-19 Livestock Exchange, LLC Extended Preview


02-18-19 Livestock Exchange, LLC  Recap & Preview


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02-18-19 Culver’s Kicks Off Fifth Annual FFA Essay Contest


Culver’s Kicks Off Fifth Annual FFA Essay Contest

Restaurant franchise to award $15,000 

PRAIRIE DU SAC, Wis. – Feb. 18, 2019 – Today Culver’s is continuing its tradition of celebrating National FFA Week by launching its fifth annual FFA Essay Contest. Three essay writers will be chosen to receive $7,500, $5,000 or $2,500 for their FFA chapters. The essay contest is an opportunity for students to show their knowledge of—and passion for—the agricultural industry.

This year, contestants are being asked to respond to this:

  • The average age of a farmer is 58. Why is it important for more young people to get involved with agriculture? Why should they be excited to join the agricultural industry?

FFA members are encouraged to submit essays of 1,000 words or less at Culvers.com/essaycontest until April 8, 2019, at 5 p.m. CT. Continue reading

02-15-19 CLA News: ELD Delay for Livestock Haulers in Place Until September

CLA News: ELD Delay for Livestock Haulers in Place Until September

On Thursday, the Senate has passed an approps package to fund the rest of the government until September 30th, 2019.  The House is set to vote soon, and “President Donald Trump plans to sign a bipartisan spending deal and then declare a national emergency to fund his border wall,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Thursday. The move will avert a government shutdown Friday. “He is prepared to sign the bill,” McConnell said. “He will also be issuing a national emergency declaration at the same time.”

This package includes a continued ELD delay for livestock haulers until September 30, 2019.  Continue reading

02-15-19 Make plans to attend the 2019 Crop Protection and Nutrition – March 7th. Sterling Colorado – Check out the Agenda

Make plans to attend the 2019 Crop Protection and Nutrition – March 7th. Sterling Colorado – Check out the Agenda

Join us at the 2019 Crop Protection and Nutrition Workshop – March 7th at the Logan County CSU Extension Office (508 S 10th Ave.) in Sterling, Colorado. RSVP by March 5th. No Registration fees. Lunch and refreshment provided.

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The Denver Cash Grain Bids…

Grain Elevator

GL_GR110 *Next Release Date*
Greeley, CO Fri Feb 15, 2019 USDA-CO Dept of Ag Market News
Daily Grain Bids for Denver and Surrounding Areas
*This report will be unavailable the week of Feb 18-22, 2019 due to mandatory employee training, regular scheduled releases will resume the following week Mon Feb 25, 2019. We apologize for any inconvenience*
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 4.67-4.82 5 lower
Up to 12 percent protein
US 2 Yellow Corn 3.95 steady
US 2 Barley – – not available
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
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02-15-19 Agriculture Council of America Announces March 14, 2019 as National Ag Day

Agriculture Council of America Announces March 14, 2019 as National Ag Day

Overland Park, KS – The Agriculture Council of America (ACA) will host National Agriculture Day on March 14, 2019. This will mark the 46th anniversary of National Ag Day which is celebrated in classrooms and communities across the country. The theme for National Ag Day 2019 is “Agriculture: Food for Life.”

On March 13-14, 2019, the ACA will host major events in the nation’s capital including an event at the National Press Club as well as a Taste of Agriculture Celebration. Additionally, the ACA will bring approximately 100 college students to Washington to deliver the message of Ag Day to the Hill. Continue reading

02-15-19 Colorado Centennial Farms & Ranches Program Applications due May 31st

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Colorado Centennial Farms & Ranches application now open

Applications due May 31st

DENVER, Colo. (February 14, 2019) ━ History Colorado is seeking eligible applicants for the 2019 Centennial Farms & Ranches ceremony to be held at the Colorado State Fair in Aug. 2019. The Colorado Centennial Farms & Ranches program honors the important role agriculture has played in our state’s history, economic development, and modern-day well-being. The program is a collaboration between History Colorado and the Colorado Department of Agriculture.

To earn recognition as a Colorado Centennial Farm or Ranch, a property must: Continue reading

02-13-19 FAA Makes Major Drone ID Marking Change

FAA Makes Major Drone ID Marking Change

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has posted a rule in the Federal Register requiring small drone owners to display the FAA-issued registration number on an outside surface of the aircraft. Owners and operators may no longer place or write registration numbers in an interior compartment. The rule is effective on February 23. The markings must be in place for any flight after that date.

When the FAA first required registration of small drones in 2015, the agency mandated that the registration marking be readily accessible and maintained in readable condition. The rule granted some flexibility by permitting the marking to be placed in an enclosed compartment, such as a battery case, if it could be accessed without the use of tools. Continue reading

02-12-19 RMFU: You’re Invited To The Pikes Peak Foodshed Forum Feb 22nd in Colorado Springs, CO

RMFU: You’re Invited To The Pikes Peak Foodshed Forum Feb 22nd in Colorado Springs, CO

…and A Statewide Farm To Institution conversation

University of Colorado at Colorado Springs is partnering with LiveWell Colorado and Rocky Mountain Farmers Union to host the Pikes Peak Foodshed Forum. This year’s focus is Farm to Institution, and the forum will be packed with learning sessions and discussions on increasing your work growing or procuring food locally – with stakeholders from across the state. Continue reading

02-12-19 CAWA/CWA hosting Water Quality Workshop: Impacting Your Bottom Line in Keenesburg on March 5th – RSVP TODAY!

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CAWA/CWA hosting Water Quality Workshop: Impacting Your Bottom Line in Keenesburg on March 5th – RSVP TODAY!

BRIGGSDALE, CO – February 12, 2019 – Joining the CO Ag News Network once again by telephone is Greg Peterson from the Colorado Ag Water Alliance and CAWA is hosting Water Quality Workshop: Impacting Your Bottom Line in Keenesburg on March 5th…


The Colorado Ag Water Alliance (CAWA) is comprised of agricultural leaders from across Colorado committed to the preservation of agriculture through the wise use of Colorado’s water resources.  Members represent major facets of production agriculture, as well as partner organizations such as the Colorado Water Institute, Colorado State University, Colorado Department of Agriculture, and the Colorado Water Conservation Board. Once again, you can learn more about CAWA and the Dec 12th Ag Water Workshop in Burlington online @ http://www.coagwater.org 

02-08-19 National Search Underway for Colorado Department of Agriculture Deputy Commissioner

National Search Underway for Colorado Department of Agriculture Deputy Commissioner

Application Deadline: 2/25/2019

BROOMFIELD, Colo. – The Colorado Department of Agriculture has opened a national search for its next Deputy Commissioner. The principal responsibilities of the Deputy Commissioner include oversight of six of the Department’s eight divisions, working closely with organizations and partners on behalf of Colorado’s agricultural community, and advising the Commissioner on Department activities and operations.
“The Deputy Commissioner will be a key driver in the Department to accomplish our goals,” said Commissioner of Agriculture Kate Greenberg.  “I look forward to bringing someone on board who shares my dedication to the agricultural industry and will assist with the day-to-day management of our dedicated employees.”
Specific duties include:

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02-06-19 Yearous Cattle Company’s 20th Anniversary Bull and Female Sale is Feb 23rd in Ft Morgan, CO

Yearous Cattle Company invites you to attend their 20th Anniversary Bull and Female Sale on Feb 23rd in Ft Morgan, CO at the ranch. Yearous Cattle Company’s main emphasis is concentrated on registered Angus and also includes SimAngus. Seedstock is produced and marketed through annual bull sale. Our program is focused on practical, and the ability to function for the commercial producer with cattle that adapt and perform to their environmental and working conditions. We understand that balance is a key to a commercial program, and hold a firm belief that maternal strength and fertility in a herd is an integral part of profitability.

Yearous Cattle Company is “Your maternal source for Angus Performance”.

For more information and for a sale catalog, please contact Duane Yearous @ 970-768-4011 or email d_yearous@hughes.net

02-01-19 CLA: Register Today for the 11th Annual Marshall Frasier Beef Symposium

Register Today for the 11th Annual Marshall Frasier Beef Symposium

CattleFax Market Update, Wastewater Discharge Liability, Long-Range Weather Outlook and more!

GREELEY, CO – Join livestock producers for the annual Marshall Frasier Beef Symposium, an educational symposium held February 20, 2019 at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds (33747 County Rd 2W, Hugo, CO 80821). This year’s event will feature a full day of engaging and informative speakers covering current topics affecting the livestock industry. Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Thursday, February 21st

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African Swine Fever Found in Vietnam

A report on Swine Health Dot Org says the Vietnamese Ministry of Agriculture released a communication confirming that the African Swine Fever Virus has been found in two northern provinces. The area is located about 100 miles from the Chinese border. Outbreaks appeared on three farms, and all of the infected animals have been culled from their herds. Animal Health Department officials are testing the herds at neighboring farms. Local authorities in the region have put control measures in place to help limit any potential spread of the disease. Moving animals in the infected areas is restricted and quarantines are in place. Pork is a very popular protein in Asian countries and United Nations experts said the spread of ASF was highly likely. Pork is a major part of Vietnamese diets, making up 75 percent of the meat consumed in the country. Vietnam has a population of 95 million people that consume most of its 30 million farm-raised pigs domestically.  The Vietnamese Chief of Epidemiology says animal smuggling and tourism are making it difficult to protect Vietnam against ASF spreading further into the country.


New Report Says Hold the Line on Chinese Tariffs, For Now

A new report out from the National Bureau of Asian Research warns the Trump Administration to temper its expectations on China significantly changing its economic policies. The bureau says China can’t make deep structural reforms to its economy in the 10 days before the March 1 deadline to produce a trade deal. The report says the better strategy may be to keep tariffs on Chinese goods in place, potentially for years. The bureau also wants the U.S. to work with allies like the European Union and Japan to crank up international reform pressure on Beijing. “We don’t think inflicting collateral damage on the U.S. economy is a good thing,” says former Louisiana Representative Charles Boustany (Boo-STAH-knee), one of the co-authors of the report. “All we’re saying is hold the line for now on tariffs, short of any kind of major breakthrough.” The report’s authors say a good idea in the interim is to work on what they call “interim agreements.” An example would be the Chinese lifting tariffs on U.S. farm goods in exchange for Trump removing tariffs on Chinese electronic goods.


China Expanding Domestic Agriculture Reforms to Offset Future Trade Difficulties

The Chinese government says it will make changes in domestic agriculture policy to help it withstand potential trade difficulties in the future. The statement from Beijing comes after the country saw its weakest economic growth in almost three decades during 2018. Of course, China remains entangled in a trade war with America. The statement from government officials is known as the “No. 1 Document,” and it outlined plans to rejuvenate and improve living standards in rural China. One of the goals it set forth was becoming less reliant on oilseed imports. The document highlighted a plan to boost domestic soybean production, but it didn’t give any further details on the idea. Industry analysts told Reuters that they’re looking forward to more details in order to assess the potential impact of the plan to boost soy production in China. Beijing has been looking to boost oilseed production even before the trade war with the U.S. began. The dispute led China to slap a tariff on U.S. soybean imports, which had the effect of tightening domestic supplies as China looked to other countries to fill in the gap. The policy document is calling for increasing stable grain production opportunities but also importing ag products where the domestic market comes up short. The Reuters article says that’s potentially good news for the U.S. on the other side of the trade war.


Ag Lenders Say Farmers Depend on Off-Farm Income

The chief economist for the American Farm Bureau Federation says the worst threat to farmers currently is a general economic recession. It’s because so many farmers have now become dependent on off-farm income to make ends meet and stay in operation. Farm Bureau’s Chief Economist, John Schaefer, spoke during a panel of ag economists’ discussion at the Crop Insurance Industry Convention. “Farm lenders say the reason why we can continue to do what we are doing is off-farm income,” Newton says. “It’s off-farm income that allows folks to continue to farm. Lenders are really concerned about a slowdown in the U.S. economy.” The Hagstrom Report says Newton presented statistics on the decline of farm income since 2013. Newton told the people in attendance that the overall U.S. economy is still performing well. The concern comes in because the consumer confidence index, as well as the CEO Confidence Index, are both down. Newton says USDA statistics show a drop of $57 billion in farm income since 2013, a 47 percent drop. Gross farm income in 2018 came in at $435 billion, while production expenses were $369 billion. The net farm income total was $66.3 billion, a steep drop since 2013. Net farm income last year was the third-lowest in the last two decades in inflation-adjusted terms. Without the government payments figured in, 2018 would have seen the lowest net farm income of all time, Newton adds.


Farm Bureau Supporting Utah Farmers, Ranchers Access to Utah Public Lands

The American Farm Bureau Federation, along with the Utah Farm Bureau, the state of Utah, and San Juan County in Utah weighed in on court deliberations regarding access to public lands. President Donald Trump made a proclamation in 2017 on decreasing the size of the Grand-Staircase Escalante (ehs-cah-LAHN-tay) National Monument, as well as the Bears Ears National Monument, both in Utah. The brief supports the federal government’s motion requesting dismissal of a series of consolidated legal actions filed against the president’s declaration. The brief describes how the changes made by the proclamation will benefit ranchers’ livelihoods by giving them expanded grazing for their livestock in and around the monuments. “Granting the plaintiffs’ claims would significantly jeopardize those Farm Bureau members who ranch in the area, having done so for generations under the authority of multiple federal laws and regulations.” The groups emphasized that President Trump has the authority to take such an action under the Antiquities Act. They point out that other presidents before him took similar actions on at least 18 different occasions. They said there is no legal precedent for limiting a sitting President’s ability to make such modifications.


OK Places Limits on Chicken Farm Locations and Expansion

The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture took action to limit both the placement and expansion opportunities for the state’s chicken farms. The department approved new rules covering the locations of chicken farms relative to schools, homes, and water sources. The new provisions include a grandfather clause and won’t apply to current farms that were in operation before October of 2018. The meat industry website Meating Place Dot Com says the new rules say farms with fewer than 150,000 chickens must be at least 500 feet from homes. Larger chicken farms must be set up at least 1,000 feet from nearby homes. All chicken farms must also be 500 feet from public wells, 100 feet from private wells, and 200 feet from the nearest streams. There were previously no regulations in place on poultry housing locations. At least one advocacy group doesn’t think the new regulations go far enough. The Green Country Guardians say on their Facebook page that the new limits won’t be enough to protect homes, schools, and water sources. The new regulations must be approved by the Oklahoma legislature and signed by the governor. If that happens, the new rules could take effect as soon as September.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service


02-20-19 USDA NASS Colorado Agricultural Prices

USDA NASS Colorado Agricultural Prices



For state specific questions please contact:

  • Arizona – Dave DeWalt 1-800-645-7286
  • Colorado – William R. Meyer 1-800-392-3202
  • Montana – Eric Sommer 1-800-835-2612
  • New Mexico – Longino Bustillos 1-800-530-8810
  • Utah – John Hilton 1-800-747-8522
  • Wyoming – Rhonda Brandt 1-800-892-1660


02-20-19 USDA NASS Colorado Quarterly Milk Production


Arizona dairy herds produced 1.21 billion pounds of milk during the October – December quarter, down 1.0 percent from the previous year.

Colorado dairy herds produced 1.15 billion pounds of milk during the October – December quarter, up 6.9 percent from the previous year.

Montana dairy herds produced 65.0 million pounds of milk during the October – December quarter, down 8.5 percent from the previous year.

New Mexico dairy herds produced 1.97 billion pounds of milk during the October – December quarter, down 1.8 percent from the previous year.

Utah dairy herds produced 573.0 million pounds of milk during the October – December quarter, up 2.9 percent from the previous year.

Wyoming dairy herds produced 35.8 million pounds of milk during the October – December quarter, up 5.6 percent from the previous year.


02-20-19 USDA NASS Colorado Cash Rents


USDA NASS Colorado Cash Rents

LAKEWOOD, Colo. – February 20, 2019 – Beginning in February, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will contact farmers and ranchers to gather land rental rate information for the Cash Rents and Leases survey. The results of this survey will serve as a valuable decision-making tool for farmers, ranchers and other landowners and can be used for 2019 rental agreement negotiations.

“This brief survey is our only source of county cash rental rates,” said Bill Meyer, Director, Mountain Regional Field Office. “By responding, producers help the farming community and ensure USDA bases its decisions on the most
accurate data.” Continue reading

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China, U.S., Seek Agreement in Trade Talks

Trade talks between the U.S. and China resumed Tuesday as both nations seem optimistic to reach an agreement that would mark the end of a tit-for-tat trade war. Mid-level talks are ongoing, with higher-level talks expected Thursday that will include U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Secretary of Commerce, Wilbur Ross, according to the Washington Post. The two sides “made headway” on “important and difficult” issues last week, according to Lighthizer. An agreement would be welcomed by U.S. agriculture, as China targeted U.S. farm goods throughout the trade war, including soybeans. However, more long-term damage may be lurking. China has been working to overhaul its agriculture structure in recent years, and a recent policy statement by China announced the nations intent to stimulate its rural economy. The policy statement includes increased farm subsidies and the promotion of increased plantings of soybeans and other oilseeds. The statement is seen as another measure by China to increase domestic production of soybeans to reduce dependence on foreign nations.

New TPP Giving Canada Trade Boost in Japan

The new Trans-Pacific Partnership is boosting Canada’s beef sales to Japan. The new trade deal that does not include the United States has led to a surge in beef exports from Canada, although official numbers are not yet available. The Financial Times reports the new TPP, called the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, could be costing the U.S. beef sector through the protectionism policies by the Trump administration that withdrew from the original trade deal. Well-noted by the U.S. beef industry, the new TPP cut Japanese tariffs on imports of chilled beef from 38.7 percent to 27.5 percent, giving Australia, Canada and New Zealand and 11 percent tariff advantage over U.S. beef. The recent government shutdown delayed planned bilateral trade talks between the U.S. and Japan, but the talks are supposed to start soon. Japan has indicated it would give the U.S. similar tariff concession made to those in the TPP agreement.

Farm Bureau Analysis Shows 2018 Farm Bankruptcy Statistics

An analysis by the American Farm Bureau Federation shows 2018 Chapter 12 family farmer and family fisherman bankruptcies nationwide were down from prior-year levels. Chapter 12 filings in 2018 totaled 498 and were down one percent, or three filings, from the 2017 calendar year, according to the AFBF Market Intel report. AFBF notes, however, that the U.S. had fewer farmers in the U.S. in 2018 compared to 2017. And, the data shows bankruptcy filings in 19 states were higher than prior-year levels. In the Midwest, bankruptcies totaled 223 filings, up 19 percent from 2017 and double decade-ago levels. Farm bankruptcies in Wisconsin, the second largest dairy state, totaled 49 filings in 2018 – the highest in the nation.  AFBF says the situation is likely to worsen. Farm debt is record-high, and farm debt as a proportion of annual farm income is at 97 percent, a 32-year high. However, AFBF also points out that bankruptcy does not mean the loss of the family farm. Through a successful Chapter 12 bankruptcy, a farmer may have an opportunity to retain assets and continue the farm operation in some capacity.

No Hemp Crop Insurance Coverage Yet

A Department of Agriculture official says the crop insurance coverage for hemp is not ready. Martin Barbre, USDA Risk Management Agency administrator, told the crop insurance industry this week that agents could discuss crop insurance with hemp farmers, but must tell them “there is no coverage at the present time.” The 2018 farm bill removed hemp from the list of controlled drugs, and USDA says it will help growers of hemp, including through crop insurance. However, getting a program set up takes time, and Barbre did not say when crop insurance might be available for crop insurance, according to the Hagstrom report. He said the Risk Management agency cannot work on the issue until the Agricultural Marketing Service develops regulations for producing hemp. Meanwhile, other insurance changes from the farm bill include the new dairy insurance program, which Barbre said is in its infancy, but has “really taken off.”

Perdue to Speak at Commodity Classic

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue will be the keynote speaker at the 2019 Commodity Classic next week. Held February 28th to March 2nd in Orlando Florida, close to 10,000 attendees are expected. Perdue will speak during the general session of the event, planned for Friday, March 1, at 9:00 a.m. Before Secretary Perdue, the General Session will include comments from leaders of the five associations that present Commodity Classic each year: American Soybean Association, National Corn Growers Association, National Association of Wheat Growers, National Sorghum Producers and the Association of Equipment Manufacturers. Perdue is expected to share current news and perspectives from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, with topics including international trade, farm bill implementation, rural development and the role of agriculture in America’s food security and economic health. Detailed information about Commodity Classic schedule is available commodityclassic.com.

Applications Now Open for 2019 Pork Industry Scholarships

The National Pork Board has opened the application process for the 2019 Pork Industry Scholarships. The program, now in its tenth year, is open to college juniors and seniors who have plans to pursue a career in swine production management or a related field. Additionally, students who will be seeking to attend veterinary or graduate school with an emphasis on swine are encouraged to apply. The National Pork Board will award up to 20 scholarships in 2019 totaling $46,000. The top applicant will receive $5,000, the second-ranked applicant will receive $3,500 and all others will receive $2,000. The guidelines for the scholarship application and the online form can be found at pork.org. The deadline for application submission is March 15, 2019. Following review and selection, recipients will be notified in April. Approximately 80 percent of the previous recipients of the Pork Industry Scholarship have pursued advanced degrees as they prepared to serve the industry as veterinarians, nutritionists, reproductive biologists and management consultants.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service


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U.S., China to Continue Trade Talks This Week

The U.S. and China will continue talks this week that will hopefully lead to an end to the trade war between the two economic superpowers. A Reuters article says sources from both sides feel the recent negotiations kept things moving forward. The Trump Administration still seems committed to the March 1 deadline to reach a deal or raise tariffs on more Chinese imports. President Donald Trump had said recently that he’s “reluctantly willing to let the target date slide.” The recent talks focused on agriculture, property rights, technology, non-tariff barriers, and currency. Chinese President Xi (Zhee) Jinping met Friday with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin (Muh-NOO-chin) after a full week of talks that included lower-level officials. If the two sides don’t’ reach a deal and the deadline isn’t extended, tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports will rise from 10 percent to 25 percent. After the conclusion of talks on Thursday, which included a banquet for officials, Mnuchin said on Twitter that he and Lighthizer held “productive meetings with President Xi’s top economic adviser.” Lighthizer says they’ve made good progress on important and difficult issues. While there’s additional work to do, Lighthizer describes U.S. officials as hopeful.


Farm Income Down 20-Straight Quarters

The Midwest and the Mid-South parts of the country saw farm income decline in the fourth quarter of 2018. In spite of the pressure on farm incomes, the value of quality farmland, ranchland, and pastureland rose. Those observations come from the latest Agricultural Finance Monitor, which is published by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. The 22 agricultural banks that responded to the Fed Survey are located in seven Midwest and Mid-South states, including Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, and Tennessee. Lenders continued to report declining farm incomes compared to a year earlier. The last quarter of 2018 was the 20th-straight quarter of lower farm incomes. Farm income expectations improved slightly in the first quarter of 2019. One Missouri lender says, “We’ve heard rumors of large farmers filing for bankruptcy. Farmers in our area still have crops in the field.” The past surveys done by the Fed showed expectations of dropping farmland value. In spite of that, quality farmland value rose 3.4 percent in the fourth quarter of last year when compared to 2017. Cash rents for quality farmland rose 2.9 percent in the fourth quarter.


USDA Releases Ten-Year Farm Income and Trade Projections

The USDA is preparing to issue its Agricultural Projections to 2028 report next month. Some of the tables they’ll use to come up with the projections were issued last week. Looking at 2019, USDA projects crop receipts to reach $200 billion, up slightly from last year. Direct government payments, including those from the Market Facilitation Program, are projected to drop by $13 billion from a year ago, coming in at $10.2 billion this year. Total expenses are projected to drop by 1.5 percent from 2018. The University of Illinois’ Farm Policy News says based on the overall projections for receipts and expenses, USDA projects 2019 farm income at $77.6 billion, up from 69.2 billion a year ago. Crop receipts and total expenses are projected to rise even into 2020. Net farm income is projected to hold stable, somewhere between $75.6 billion and $79.5 billion through 2028. In other USDA projections, the agency doesn’t expect soybean exports to return to pre-trade war peak levels until the 2026-2027 growing season. The reason is due to South American soybean competitors who gain global market share. However, the projections in the USDA outlook assume that China’s retaliatory tariffs stay in place.


Senate Reauthorizes Pesticide Registration Improvement Act

The Senate Ag Committee and its leadership, including Chair Pat Roberts and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow, announced that the Senate passed the Pesticide Registration Improvement Act. In the announcement, the Senators said, “The unanimous Senate passage of the bipartisan PRIA legislation provides certainty to farmers, consumers, and many other stakeholders. We’re urging our colleagues in the House to pass the legislation as soon as possible.” The legislation moves into the House of Representatives and is the same bill that was passed by unanimous voice vote back in the Senate during June of 2018. As recently as December of last year, a number of agriculture groups urged Congress to pass the legislation. PRIA establishes a framework for registering pesticides with the Environmental Protection Agency. The original intent was to create a more predictable and effective evaluation process for affected pesticide decisions. The legislation includes technical changes and extends authority for the EPA to collect updated pesticide registrations and registration fees through 2023.


USDA: Keep Plan B Ready on Summertime E15 Sales

It’s been well-documented that the Environmental Protection Agency is working to complete a rule by the summer driving season that would allow year-round E15 sales. The USDA is worried about the work being completed on time. According to a DTN report, the USDA says the EPA would have to use some discretion in restricting E15 use if the rule isn’t ready to roll out by June 1. USDA Deputy Secretary Stephen Censky says the EPA is working hard and is very committed to getting a new rule in place and announced in time for the summer driving season. “I know that the EPA has some enforcement discretion,” Censky says. “They could announce that they won’t force folks to stop selling E15 in several states and that retailers won’t have to worry about having enforcement actions taken against them.” For years, the ethanol industry has urged EPA to equalize the Reid Vapor Pressure regulations between E10 and E15. Because of those regulations, E15 has been largely unavailable to retailers for sale during the summer months. The industry contends that adding five percent more ethanol to the nation’s fuel supply during the summer driving season would be helpful in reducing tailpipe emissions even further.


Winter Weather Cattle Loss May Be Covered by LIP

It’s been a tough winter for farmers, especially for beef and dairy producers. Extreme weather across a good chunk of the nation have resulted in some excessive livestock deaths. Ranchers who have experienced those losses may be eligible to recover some of those losses, thanks to the Livestock Indemnity Program.  A Drovers article says the program provides needed benefits to eligible livestock producers who suffer the deaths of livestock outside the normal range of mortality, due to conditions like adverse weather, disease, and predator attacks. Eligible losses don’t automatically trigger payments. Livestock owners must provide evidence of such losses to the Farm Service Agency. To qualify for program benefits, livestock must have died in excess of normal mortality rates as a direct result of eligible loss conditions, such as weather or predators. Livestock farmers also qualify for the benefit if livestock were injured due to an eligible loss condition and were sold at a reduced price because of that injury. If death losses occur, producers are reminded to record the date, take pictures, and report it directly to the Farm Service Agency.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service


02-15-19 Bartolo Tapped for CFVGA Member of the Year

Dr. Michael Bartolo, Rocky Ford, Colo., Named 2018 Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association Robert Sakata Member of the Year

Dr. Michael Bartolo, director of the Colorado State University Arkansas Valley Research Center, Rocky Ford, Colo.

February 15, 2019 – Dr. Michael Bartolo, director of the Colorado State University Arkansas Valley Research Center, Rocky Ford, Colo., has been selected the 2018 Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association’s (CFVGA) Robert Sakata Member of the Year. He will be honored Feb. 26 at an awards luncheon that is part of the association’s fifth annual conference at the Renaissance Denver Stapleton.

Bartolo was instrumental in the founding of the Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association. According to CFVGA President Robert Sakata, “Mike is especially deserving of the selection, because he was the principle person with the idea of organizing CFVGA. He had the vision and took the time to write and get approved a Specialty Crop Block Grant focused on starting the association.”
Bartolo has dedicated his career to help farmers across Colorado by conducting research to improve plant varieties and develop new ones. He spent 25 years of his career developing chile peppers and working with growers to develop a variety with superior production and taste properties. The Mosco chile is one of the most popular chiles grown in the Arkansas Valley and consumed throughout Colorado and beyond. He encouraged growers to brand this family of chiles as Pueblo Chile, which has contributed greatly to the growing popularity of this distinctively Colorado chile. In addition, he has conducted research on irrigation techniques as well as disease and pest control technologies. He has participated in multi-state research projects and also has delved into studying environmental conditions that may provide Colorado produce with superior taste.

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