11-25-15 Inside the BARN with CO State Fair’s New General Manager Sarah Cummings…

CSF in Pueblo logoSarah Cummings CO State Fair General Manager(BARN Media – Briggsdale.CO) November 25, 2015 – On Tuesday, November 24th, Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture, Don Brown named Sarah Cummings, of Penngrove, California, as the NEW MANAGER of the Colorado State Fair and she will assume that position on January 19th, 2016. Joining the CO Ag News Network inside the BARN at this time is none other than Sarah Cummings…


The 144th CO State Fair is slated for Aug 26th – Sept 5th of 2016. Learn more online @ www.coloradostatefair.com

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, November 25th…

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“DTN Projecting a Slight RFS Increase by EPA”

The Environmental Protection Agency is expected to slightly increase the volume obligations of the Renewable Fuel Standard. The EPA is set to issue the RFS levels for three years by no later than Monday, November 30th. DTN reports cheaper gasoline equals greater gasoline demand and EPA can thus raise the requirements for the use of ethanol without exceeding the 10 percent blend wall. The EPA proposed in May to set RFS mandates at 15.93 billion gallons for 2014, 16.3 billion gallons for 2015 and 17.4 billion gallons for 2016. The agency said at the time that the proposal reflected between 9 percent and 10 percent of gasoline volumes. But with gasoline demand on the rise, EPA could raise those quotas in the final rule without forcing refiners to use more than 10% ethanol. Following a meeting with biofuels officials last week, the American Petroleum Industry also made a “closing argument” to the White House last Friday to argue that ethanol quotas should be kept below the 10% level.


“Syngenta Suing Grain Exporting Companies over Trait Dispute”

After farmers alleged losses from China rejecting shipments of genetically modified corn, Syngenta AG has now sued several grain-trading firms. Dow Jones reports the lawsuit that was filed last week in U.S. District Court in Kansas stems from a legal dispute that arose last year. That dispute was attributed to grain companies and farmers suing Syngenta, arguing the company should compensate them for lost sales and lower corn prices that they claim arose from the rejected shipments. Syngenta argued in the new lawsuit that grain merchants, including Cargill and Archer Daniels Midland, should be on the hook for losses that crop producers say they are due in the matter. While Syngenta’s representatives “don’t think there is any liability here” for Syngenta, a Cargill spokesperson claimed “Syngenta’s commercialization practices and conduct are responsible for the industry’s damages.” The issue started in 2011 when Syngenta starting selling its Viptera trait. It was detected in Chinese ports at the time when China had not yet approved the trail for import. That led to China rejecting cargos of U.S. corn, and as the farmers allege, the move lowered corn prices.


“China to Speed up Biotech Approval”

China has committed to accelerating its review of U.S. GMOs. Agri-Pulse reports the move would smooth trade in biotech crops. The Obama administration said China agreed to the acceleration following a meeting on trade issues. Over the weekend, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack spent time in China at the Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade meetings. Vilsack said the Chinese government would move quickly to review the 11 biotech events pending approval, and “continue our dialogue on access for U.S. beef.” Vilsack noted that the acceleration should occur within the next two months. In a separate statement, the two countries said they would “jointly promote cooperation on agricultural innovation; and will create a favorable environment for agricultural innovation.”


“Secretary Vilsack to Attend Parris Climate Summit”

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will be among the Cabinet officers following President Barack Obama to Paris next week. White House officials said Tuesday that Vilsack will join the President at the United Nations Conference on Climate Change known as COP 21. A White House Spokesperson said Vilsack will speak on food security and “how to pursue agriculture that allows us to feed populations and yet combat climate change,” according to the Hagstrom Report. The two-week negotiating conference will be held November 30th to December 11th. President Obama will attend the early part of the conference rather than the end, a decision White House officials said had been made by the French government because the last climate change conference ran into trouble before world leaders arrived.


“Cuban Sugar Production Expected to Decline Due to El Nino”

The first of 50 Cuban sugar mills open this week with a dimmed outlook. Reuters reports El Nino rains will likely hurt the sugarcane crop in the island nation. Sugarcane needs to dry down before harvesting and the rains are preventing that. Cuban sugar producers dealt with drought through August brought on by El Nino, and now Cuban forecasters say El Nino will result in more humid weather and rainfall than normal during the harvest. Cuba produced 1.9 million tons of raw sugar during the last harvest which ended in May. An October estimate of cane found there was around 10 percent less tonnage available for milling than planned.  Cuba consumes between 600,000 and 700,000 tons of sugar a year and has an agreement to sell China 400,000 tons annually.


“Hog Prices Drop to Six-Year Low”

Live hog prices fell below $40 per hundredweight last week, their lowest level since November 2009. Purdue University Extension economist Chris Hurt says the source of the current downturn in prices has components from both supply and demand. He says abundant supplies of pork are easy to find as Pork production this year is up seven percent, but demand has slowed. Hurt believes that the weakness in demand may have been affected by the World Health Organization’s announcement in October that linked bacon and processed meats to cancer in humans and generated considerable media coverage in the weeks that followed. Just before that announcement, live hog prices were about $52 per live hundredweight and are currently about $38, just four weeks later. While the WHO announcement may have harmed short-term prices, Hurt says it should have little long-term effect.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service


11-24-15 Commissioner of Agriculture Announces New Colorado State Fair General Manager

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Sarah Cummings CO State Fair General Manager
PUEBLO, Colo. – Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture, Don Brown, has named Sarah Cummings, of Penngrove, California, as the Colorado State Fair General Manager. She assumes her new role on January 19, 2016.
“I am thrilled that Ms. Cummings will be steering the Colorado State Fair,” said Commissioner Brown. “I am confident in her ability to direct the activities of the Fair in a manner that will honor our mission of supporting youth and agriculture while continuing to improve its financial position.”

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11-24-15 The 2015 Colorado Ag Classic Auction will support two of the state’s most active organizations…

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In addition to vital conversations about sustainability and the future of agriculture, the 2015 Colorado Ag Classic will feature a dinner and entertainment on the evening of Tuesday, Dec. 8, during which items will be auctioned off to support the Colorado Corn Growers Association and Colorado Association of Wheat Growers. Continue reading

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11-24-15 Colorado Ag Water Alliance hosting 2015 Ag Water Summit in Loveland Dec 15th – REGISTER ASAP!

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(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) November 24, 2015 – Every other year the Colorado Ag Water Alliance hosts an event focused on Colorado’s Water and inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network to discuss the 2015 Ag Water Summit, headed to the RANCH in Loveland on December 15th is Charlie Bartlett, Chair of the Colorado Agricultural Water Alliance…

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11-24-15 Tom Brink Named CEO of Red Angus Association of America

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Tom BrinkDenton, Texas – Tom Brink, Brighton, Colorado, has been named CEO of the Red Angus Association of America. President Kim Ford made the announcement today at the Association headquarters in Denton. She noted the extensive selection process, the approval of the Board of Directors and is looking forward to the future of the breed and the organization.

“This is an invigorating time for the Red Angus breed. Tom brings incredible industry knowledge and experience to our organization, and he also possesses the skills and character, along with innovative and synergistic thinking to propel our breed into a new era,” said Ford. Continue reading

11-24-15 Inside the RMFU with President-elect Dr. Dale McCall…

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Dr Dale McCall(BARN Media & CoAgNews Network – Briggsdale, CO) November 24, 2015 – On this month’s edition of the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union’s Radioline Report inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network I will be visiting with RMFU’s President-elect Dr. Dale McCall discussing several topics including:

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


11-24-15 Beef quality assurance training in NE CO…

BQA flyerIf you would like to become certified in BQA, or you were last certified over three years ago and need to recertify, there will be two opportunities to do so locally coming up in December.

Training will be offered on December 1, 2015 at the Sterling Livestock Commission from 1-3 pm.  A second training will be offered on December 8, 2015 at Ranchland Livestock Auction in Wray from 3:30-5:30 pm.  There is no cost to attend either event, but an RSVP is required.

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11-23-15 FSA-CO and CSU invite you to an upcoming “Economic Outlook Forum” in Akron on Dec 2nd…


CSU Extension Logo(Denver, CO), November 23, 2015 – Colorado Farm Service Agency, State Executive Director Leland Swenson invites producers, bankers and agricultural related business owners to attend a public “Agriculture Economic Outlook Forum” being held December 2, Washington County Event Center in Akron, beginning at 1:00 p.m.  The Forum is co-sponsored by Colorado Farm Service Agency and Colorado State University Extension Service.

“As Colorado farmers and ranchers are dealing with decreases in commodity prices, we want to provide them the opportunity to consider marketing and production strategies to sustain their operations profitability,” Swenson stated.  Continue reading

11-23-15 Inside the BARN with Colorado Egg, LLC’s Jerry Wilkins…

Jerry Wilkins Sales and Marketing Director at Rocky Mountain Eggs, Inc. & PResident of the CO Egg Producers Association

Jerry Wilkins, Colorado Egg Producers Association President and
Sales and Marketing Director at Rocky Mountain Eggs, Inc. 


CEP-CO Egg Producers Logo(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) November 23, 2015 – With Thanksgiving and the holidays coming up, people are putting more of a focus on giving back to those in need. Joining the Colorado Ag News Network inside the BARN to discuss that focus and much more about the egg industry is Jerry Wilkins, President of the Colorado Egg Producers Association

  • With Thanksgiving and the holidays coming up, people putting more focus on giving back to those in need. What are the Colorado Egg Producers doing to help their communities this season?
  • Though this time of year is a great time to give back, hunger is a year-round issue. How does CEP help Coloradans in need throughout the year?
  • How can our listeners get involved in the fight against hunger?
  • What are Colorado’s egg producers thankful for this year?
  • There are several classic Thanksgiving recipes that use eggs, including stuffing and desserts. What dish are you most looking forward to on Thanksgiving?
  • Where can our listeners buy Colorado produced eggs for their Thanksgiving preparations?
  • & MORE




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Colorado Egg Producers: Producing for Colorado…Farming with Care…Learn more online @ http://www.coloradoeggproducers.com/

11-23-15 Bent-Prowers Cattle & Horse Growers Update…

Bent-Prowers Cattle Horse Growers Assn LogoBent-Prowers Cattle & Horse Growers Association board recently received an update on “Sustainable Beef” and finalized plans for upcoming events.

Steve Wooten, a Kim rancher and U.S. Roundtable of Sustainable Beef board member, gave an update on the framework being built in a unique program. His Nov. 5 comments at the La Junta golf club’s Rattlesnake Grill, focused on the roundtable being pro-active in helping define the term “sustainable” – a buzz word that currently lacks classification and parameters. “We’re trying to specifically define the term to benefit the whole beef industry from pasture to plate. We’re striving for something that unifies across the beef community,” he said. “It is uncharted ground.” Continue reading

11-20-15 CSU Extension’s 2015 Forum Awards…

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CSU Extension’s 2015 Forum Awards…

(Fort Collins, Colo.) Several awards were presented to statewide professionals during a banquet as part of Forum, an on-campus, weeklong professional development opportunity. Forum is an opportunity for Extension agents and on-campus specialists to meet and discuss upcoming issues and develop strategies for tackling them. CSU Extension, part of the Office of Engagement, serves all Colorado counties and provides reliable, research-based information, research capabilities and resources to all Coloradoans. Continue reading

11-20-15 Colorado Corn’s FFA Grant Program Update…

Colorado Corn LogoColorado Corn’s FFA grant helps new chapter get off the ground, incorporate livestock curriculum in urban classrooms
Colorado State University is no longer the only ag school in Fort Collins. And while Poudre High School and its new FFA chapter might not quite have the tradition and prestige of CSU’s nationally renowned crop and livestock departments, Poudre FFA Chapter Adviser Ryan Dreitz said he believes his group’s enthusiasm could rival that of about any institution. “Everything is just so new to these kids … it’s all very exciting,” Dreitz said.  Continue reading

11-18-15 Inside the NWSS Catch-a-Calf Program w/Erin Post…Seeking Applicants for 2016!

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Erin Post, CSU Extension Agent - Adams County

Erin Post, CSU Extension Agent – Adams County

(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) November 18, 2015 – They come from Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska and Wyoming to compete in National Western Stock Show’s longest running program of practical beef cattle management. In just over 70 years, the Catch-A-Calf Contest has awarded nearly 3,000 steers to 4-H members hailing from the western United States.

Joining the Colorado Ag News Network inside the BARN to discuss the NWSS Catch-a-Calf Program is Erin Post, NWSS Catch-a-Calf Co-Superintendent and Adams County Livestock Agent…


NWSS Catch-aCalf Program Signup by Dec 1st 2015


11-18-15 *KDA News* Arkansas River Compact Administration to Meet December 10th in Garden City, KS…

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Arkansas River Compact Administration to Meet December 10th

MANHATTAN, Kan. – The Arkansas River Compact Administration annual meeting will be Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015, at 9:00 a.m. Central Standard Time at the Clarion Inn, 1911 E Kansas Ave, Garden City, Kan. The meeting will be recessed for lunch and reconvened for the completion of business in the afternoon as necessary. Continue reading

11-24-15 NCGA Commends FSA Revision to Administrative County Rules for ARC-CO Program…

NCGA News Release logoThe Farm Service Agency recently approved a modification allowing growers on a farm with one or more tracts outside the administrative county the option to recalculate Agriculture Risk Coverage-CO benefits based on the farm’s physical location.  This decision follows an extensive of review of the potential impacts of the previous requirement that payments for the Agriculture Risk Coverage program be based on the administrative county where farm records are maintained.

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11-24-15 WSGLT News: Remembering Dr. John Lunt…

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CHEYENNE, WY – November 24, 2015 – It is with great sadness, that the Wyoming Stock Growers Agricultural Land Trust (“WSGALT”) shares news of the passing of its Board member, and founder, Dr. John Lunt.

“WSGALT has lost a longtime friend and partner,” said Mantha Phillips, WSGALT’s Chairman of the Board.  “Dr. Lunt’s never ending desire to learn, to be better, to do more, and “get it done” attitude will be so missed.  The level of his dedication to and his passion for the conservation of Wyoming ag producing lands was unrivaled. We will move forward in his absence having been given the gift of his knowledge and commitment to conserving Wyoming’s working family ranches and farms and the wide-open spaces, natural habitats, and rural communities they support.” 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…


11/23 – Livestock Exchange, LLC RECAP & PREVIEW w/Auctioneer Tyler Knode


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11/17 – Livestock Exchange, LLC PREVIEW ONLY w/Auctioneer Tyler Knode


11/16 – Livestock Exchange, LLC Recap & Preview w/Auctioneer Tyler Knode


For more about Livestock Exchange, LLC – CLICK HERE

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Tuesday, November 24th…

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“Argentine Farmers Set to Quickly Flood Market with Exports”

Farmers in Argentina are expected to swiftly boost exports that will increase global supplies of wheat, corn and soybeans. Following the weekend election of Mauricio Macri (Mar-ree-see-oh Mah-cree) as President of Argentina, the exports are expected from a promise of Macri to help farmers made during the campaign. Bloomberg reports the country’s farmers are ready to ship an estimated $8 billion in stored crops as soon as export taxes are lifted or reduced as Macri promised. He will take office December 10th and also vowed to lift currency controls. Export taxes and currency controls were protested by farmers leading to storage of about one-third of the nation’s recent record soybean harvest, about 22 million metric tons worth. Macri is considering a 90-day window of no export taxes on soybeans in a bid to spur sales from stockpiled crops. The country has shipped $17.6 billion of grains and oilseeds abroad so far this year, the lowest for the period since 2009, according to exporters’ consortium data.


“House Democrat Says Congress Must Pass TPP”

If the Trans-Pacific Partnership is as good as the White House claims, a House Democrat says then Congress must pass the 12 nation trade deal. Representative Gerry Connolly of Virginia is one of 28 Democrats to support Obama’s bid earlier this summer for Trade Promotion Authority. TPA, or Fast Track, gives the House and Senate up-or-down votes on the massive agreement with no chance of amending or filibustering the pact. Connolly said the 28 Democrats who supported the fast-track authority “are pretty solid” in their support. He said the House is likely to pick up a few other Democrats in favor of the trade deal. Those votes may be needed as he said I’m concerned about the erosion of support on the Republican side of the aisle,” according to The Hill. He noted some Republicans may back away from the deal because of provisions on dairy, tobacco and pharmaceutical products.


“Deere to Measure Ag Industry Slump”

Deere & Company will soon provide an outlook as to what may be in store for the agriculture industry in 2016. The world’s largest seller of combines and tractors will report its fiscal fourth-quarter results on Wednesday. With the report will come a sales outlook that will set the tone for the farm machinery industry in 2016. The report is expected to show a big step down in Deere’s projection that would signal a prolonged slump for the sector, according to the Wall Street Journal. Demand for farm equipment has paralleled that for machinery used in mining and oil-and-gas production, which likewise are reeling in a global commodity slump. For fiscal 2016, analysts expect Deere’s total equipment revenue to fall 7% to $24.4 billion from the $26.3 billion estimated for the past year. As in 2008, equipment manufacturers are hoping for Congress to restore tax deductions for farmers up to $500,000 and to make the deductions permanent to help spur equipment purchasing.


“GMO Salmon Amps up Debate over Labeling”

Following last week’s approval of genetically engineered salmon by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the battle is expected to heat up over biotech labeling. On Thursday, the FDA approved biotech salmon for human consumption, making salmon the first genetically engineered animal approved for consumption. Reuters reports the move will heat up the debate over GMO labeling laws. The first supplies of the biotech salmon, which will be engineered by AquaBounty Technologies, will grow faster than conventional salmon. The salmon will likely hit the U.S. store shelves in two years or more, after being raised in facilities in Canada and Panama. Chief Executive Ronald Stotish said the company will follow the FDA’s rules that do not require special labeling because the agency says the salmon is nutritionally equivalent to conventional, farm-raised Atlantic salmon.


“USTR Disappointed in WTO Tuna Ruling”

U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman expressed disappointment with a World Trade Organization ruling on the U.S. Tuna Labeling program. The program was designed to protect dolphins in tuna fishing operations, but the WTO said it unfairly restricts trade in tuna and tuna products from Mexico. However, USTR General Counsel Timothy Rief told the Hagstrom Report that “the United States has forcefully advocated for measures that protect dolphin populations from irresponsible fishing practices, and it is welcome that none of the findings in the report calls on the United States to reduce the protection of dolphins.” Mexico News Daily reported that the WTO decision said the labels are unfair to Mexican tuna products because the rules set different requirements based on where a fish is caught.


“USDA Awards $2 Million for Nutrition Education and Research”

 USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture Monday awarded $2 million in grants to support nutrition education and research efforts. The funding will help research on nutrition education and obesity prevention for disadvantaged children and families at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and Utah State University. The funding will help create two additional Regional Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Centers of Excellence established through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program. Each University will receive $1 million for their efforts in education and research. NIFA Director Sonny Ramaswamy noted Childhood obesity rates in America had tripled over the past three decades, saying “while we are beginning to see promising signs of progress with the epidemic leveling off in children, these grants will help evaluate and strengthen existing nutrition education and obesity prevention efforts to help ensure this progress continues.”

SOURCE: NAFB News Service