01-23-18 CO Farm Show Beef Day Presentations Available on Livestream

All of the audio/video from BEEF DAY @ the 2018 CO Farm Show will be posted online by this weekend, courtesy of the CO Farm Show Beef Day Committee and provided by BARN Media, CO Ag News Network & FarmCast Radio on Livestream, by this weekend

CO Farm Show – BEEF DAY Presentations

Tuesday, Jan 23, 2018  – Events Center Room A


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01-23-18 Wiseman Named Interim Colorado State Fair General Manager

Wiseman Named Interim Colorado State Fair General Manager

PUEBLO, Colo. – The Colorado Department of Agriculture is reviewing applications for the vacant Colorado State Fair General Manager position.  Until that position is filled, former CDA Deputy Commissioner, Chris Wiseman, has been named as Interim General Manager. The vacancy was created when Sarah Cummings, the Fair’s General Manager since 2015, accepted the executive director position for the Western Fairs Association headquartered in her home state of California.
“We are working through the hiring process but, until the position is filled, the Colorado State Fair staff needs leadership and there’s work already underway for the summer rental season and preparations for the 2018 Colorado State Fair.  Chris has graciously agreed to come back for a short term and will assist us with these duties until a General Manager is hired.  His experience with the fairgrounds will help make this a seamless transition,” said Commissioner of Agriculture, Don Brown.
“I look forward to facilitating things at the Fair on a temporary basis. I’ve been associated with it throughout most my career and I enjoy the staff and atmosphere. It’s like a second home to me.  Managing the Fairgrounds is a tremendous undertaking and I am thrilled to help out while the Department works through the hiring process,” said Chris Wiseman, Interim Colorado State Fair General Manager.

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

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

Inside the CO Farm Show with Marketing Chairman Erich Ehrlich…

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

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

01-22-18 Mark your calendar for the 2018 Ag Day at the Colorado State Capitol – March 22nd!

Mark your calendar for the 2018 Ag Day at the Colorado State Capitol

2018 Colorado Ag Day
March 22, 2018
11:00-1:00pm at the Colorado State Capitol in the North & West Foyers

Please join Colorado Agriculture Council in celebrating local agriculture teamed up with the Colorado Chefs Association.

Questions? Contact David Collie

To check out videos from the 2017 CO Ag Day at the Capitol please visit https://livestream.com/BarnMedia/events/4998258

Why Celebrate Colorado Ag Day?

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Livestock Exchange, LLC Weekly Update…

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(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) – Each week, Auctioneer Tyler Knode with Livestock Exchange, LLC. in Brush, CO will be inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network providing a RECAP of the previous week’s auctions and also a PREVIEW of upcoming cattle & hay auctions…


01-23-18 Livestock Exchange, LLC – Extended Preview


01-22-18 Livestock Exchange, LLC – Recap & Preview


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01-22-18 Inside CALP with Dani Traweek: 2018 Gov’s Forum , Class 13 & More…

Inside CALP with Executive Director Dani Traweek…

2018 Gov’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture, Class 13 & More

(The BARN – Briggsdale, CO) December 20, 2017 – The 27th annual Governor’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture is scheduled for February 21, 2018 at the Renaissance Hotel & Convention Center in Denver, CO, and it brings together all facets of Colorado’s agriculture, including ag producers, support industry reps, political leaders, as well as consumers. Joining the CO Ag News Network to discuss the event in more detail is Dani Traweek, Executive Director of the Colorado Agricultural Leadership Program…


For more information about the Forum, and a complete program, please visit  http://www.governorsagforum.com/. And to learn more about Class 13 and the Colorado Agricultural Leadership Program, please visit www.coloagleaders.org

01-22-18 NFU Urges Increased Funding for Farm Safety Net, Releases Priorities for Farm Bill

March 3-6, 2018

Farmers Union Urges Increased Funding for Farm Safety Net, Releases Priorities for Farm Bill

WASHINGTON – Given the persistent and ongoing economic challenges in farming and rural economies, National Farmers Union (NFU) is calling on Congress to increase funding for farm programs in the farm bill and pass the legislation as soon as possible. The NFU Board of Directors recently passed a resolution to this effect, outlining requirements for a farm bill that family farmers and ranchers can support.

“American farmers are not only suffering from price pressure that has reduced net farm income by half over the last four years, but devastating wildfires, hurricanes, and other natural disasters continue to punish agricultural communities,” said the Board. “Trade policies continue to promote the sale of farm products at prices below the cost of production. Farm bill legislation in 2018 must strengthen the safety net so that farmers and ranchers can manage risk, stay in business and continue to feed our country.” Continue reading

The Denver Cash Grain Bids…

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Greeley, CO    Mon Jan 22, 2018    USDA-CO Dept of Ag Market News
Daily Grain Bids for Denver and Surrounding Areas
  Spot bids to producers for grain delivered to terminal and country
Elevators.  Bids dollar/bu. except for Barley which is dollar/cwt.
Bids are as of 3:00 PM MST.
                                Bids        Change (cents)
US 1 Hard Red Winter Wheat      3.62-3.79    1 higher
    Up to 12 percent protein
US 2 Yellow Corn                      3.42    1 lower
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
        Greeley.LPGMN@ams.usda.gov www.ams.usda.gov/lsmarketnews
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01-21-18 NWSS Celebrates a Historic Milestone

2018 National Western Stock Show Celebrates a Historic Milestone Exceeding 700,000 Attendees

Denver, CO. – The 112th National Western Stock Show rides off into the sunset on the second highest attendance numbers in show history at 705,574 visitors over the 16 days.  The largest Stock Show attendance was in 2006 for the 100th Anniversary with 726,972 guests.

“We appreciate every person, young and old, from near and far that came out to make memories with us”, said Paul Andrews, President & CEO of the National Western Stock Show.   “To host over 700,000 guests in 16 days is tremendous, not to mention historic.” Continue reading

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

10th Annual Marshall Frasier Beef Symposium

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

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

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

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


01-20-18 Darol Dickenson recieves 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award from TLBAA…

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


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

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

CLICK HERE to learn more about the Texas Longhorn Breeders Association


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

The National Western Stock Show Grand Champion Steer Sets New Record

To view a complete schedule and to purchase tickets, click here

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

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

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

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

CLICK HERE to visit the Colorado FA Foundation’s Website

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

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

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

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

Grants Will Also Support Opioid Treatment in Rural Communities

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

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

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

It’s Almost Time for the CWC 2018 Annual Convention

CWC 2018 Annual Convention

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Resilient, hull-free barley flaunts high yields, nutrition 

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

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

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

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

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

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

2018 National Wheat Yield Contest Launches to Showcase Greater Grain

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Producers know their costs of producing crops and livestock continue to be high while market prices are going down. As profits decrease or there are losses, producers may have difficulty securing operating loans or have to take money from the savings they accumulated over the past few years of good prices. What are they to do?

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

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



JANUARY 25 – 28, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bilingual FSMA Produce Safety Rule Training Jan. 25, Greeley

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

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

CLICK HERE to visit the Colorado FA Foundation's Website

CLICK HERE to visit the Colorado FA Foundation’s Website

Colorado FFA Foundation and Titan International team up for Tire Auction


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

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

Colorado Pork Producers to hold election for 2019 Pork Act Delegates

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

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

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

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

CLICK Here for complete details and to get registered!

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

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

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


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

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

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

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



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11-16-17 Fifth Annual Poudre River Forum

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

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

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

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Tuesday, January 23rd

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Senate Votes to End Government Shutdown

Senate leaders have reached an agreement to end the government shutdown, passing a bill to fund the government until February 8th. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer agreed to end a filibuster on the spending bill, in exchange for Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s word that the Senate will begin debating immigration by the day the short-term spending bill expires. The Senate vote was 80 to 18, with 33 Democrats joining 47 Republicans in voting for the measure. The Department of Agriculture had planned to furlough roughly 70 percent of the agency’s employees, despite notices from Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue that many core programs would remain open during the shutdown. USDA insisted that during the brief shutdown, food safety inspection would occur, along with import controls, core nutrition programs and crop insurance. Some speculate that the brief government shutdown harms efforts to pass future legislation later this year, including the next farm bill.

Another Round of NAFTA Talks Getting Underway

Trade negotiators are in Montreal for the next round of talks regarding the North American Free Trade Agreement. The session could be the last round of significant talks before the Mexican presidential campaigns which lead up to a July first election, making negotiations too difficult, according to the Hagstrom Report. The talks will last until January 29th, when the top U.S., Mexican and Canadian trade officials are scheduled to meet. The Canadian Press reports the nation will be hosting an “angry” U.S. trade delegation, and many expect contentious issues to be addressed, including agriculture. The talks come as Bloomberg claims the U.S. and Canada agree on 40 percent of the topics being negotiated, and that Mexico may be able to accept terms for vehicles. Mexico claims that trade negotiators are close to completing work on ten of the 30 NAFTA chapters. Still, the fate of the agreement remains unclear, as the Trump administration has routinely threatened to end the trade pact. President Trump has also said that a new NAFTA will greatly benefit U.S. farmers and ranchers.

TPP Talks Continue as Canada Shows Hesitation

Trade officials gathering this week in Tokyo are trying to forge ahead on the Trans-Pacific Partnership without the United States but are bogged down by Canada. The member countries of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, also known as TPP 11, reached a basic agreement on the pact in November. But, Canada is holding out to secure protection of its cultural industries and has said it will not be rushed into signing a deal that other members hope to conclude by March, according to Reuters. TPP nations are “committed” to advancing the deal forward as quickly as possible. While not likely, the nations could exclude Canada, as an Australian official says: “Our focus is on bringing a new TPP agreement into force as soon as possible with those who are ready to move.” Farm groups, including the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association, last week urged Canada to commit to the agreement. Without the new TPP, the Association says: “Canadian beef producers will watch helplessly as our exports to Japan erode.”

Federal District Courts Have Jurisdiction to Review WOTUS, Stay to be Lifted

The U.S. Supreme Court Monday ruled that federal district courts, not the federal court of appeals, have jurisdiction to review the 2015 Waters of the U.S. rule. The decision, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation, “brings greater clarity” to an issue that has “bogged down” the litigation for years. AFBF general counsel Ellen Steen says the decision is positive, but also provides uncertainty because the Sixth Circuit must soon lift its nationwide stay of the 2015 rule. The Environmental Protection Agency of the Trump Administration is reworking the rule but has not yet finalized the proposal to delay the 2015 WOTUS rule. Nearly all sides of the WOTUS rule declared the ruling a win, including environmental groups, as all sides argued that the rule did not fall within categories that the Clean Water Act stipulates belong in appeals courts. However, the Trump Administration had argued that the challenges were legally within the purview of appeals courts because the rule touched on the EPA’s permitting authority.

National Farmers Union Announces Farm Bill Priorities

The National Farmers Union is calling on Congress to increase funding for farm programs in the farm bill and pass the legislation as soon as possible. Announcing the organization’s farm bill priorities Monday, NFU President Roger Johnson says the new farm bill “must strengthen the safety net so that farmers and ranchers can manage risk.” NFU leaders set 14 farm bill recommendations for Congress to follow, including a set of changes to the farm bill’s commodity title. NFU is calling for “increased and robust reference prices” under the Price Loss Coverage program, technical corrections to the Agricultural Risk Coverage program, and an “incentives-based inventory management program” to manage milk supplies based on market demand. The organization also called for mechanisms to address oversupply of grain and dairy, and for “meaningful” assistance to cotton producers. NFU also urged Congress to provide additional acreage under the Conservation Reserve Program, “robust” funding for Rural Development programs, and strong nutrition programs.

Analysts to Dairy: Speak Up Now on Immigration

CNN political analyst and Republican strategist Ann Navarro told dairy farmers it’s time to make sure lawmakers “hear your voice” on immigration. Speaking to dairy farmers at the annual Dairy Strong Conference last week, she says farmers understand the immigration issue and urged them to keep pushing their representatives in Washington to act. Immigration is a key issue for dairy farmers since immigrants make up a large portion of their workforce. Navarro says the Republican Party “is like a big, dysfunctional family around the holiday table,” noting that the closer the calendar turns to the midterm election, the less work Congress will get done. With that in mind, Navarro told dairy farmers to make their voices heard sooner rather than later. As part of the agreement in the Senate to end the brief government shutdown, the Senate is expected to consider immigration issues, primarily DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, within the next three weeks.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service


READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Monday, January 22nd

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Government Shutdown Continues, Senate Inching Towards Compromise

The government shutdown has entered its third day, with a vote planned for Noon Eastern Time today (Monday) to end debate and move forward to a stop-gap funding bill. The shutdown appears to loom on a group of roughly 20 Senators who have yet to find compromise and agree to vote for a spending measure, with some Senators expressing optimism Sunday that the shutdown would be short-lived. Meanwhile, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said in a statement that “USDA is committed to safeguarding life and property through the critical services” provided by the federal agency. Those include food inspections through the Food Safety and Inspection Service, import controls, core nutrition programs, and keeping Rural Development offices open in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. USDA says crop insurance services will continue, and indemnity payments will continue to be made. The U.S. Forest Service will continue emergency and defense preparedness, including fire suppression. Select services through the Agricultural Marketing Service will continue, and the North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations will be supported and maintained.

The complete list is available here: https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDAOC/bulletins/1d2c8dd

Farm Futures Releases 2018 Planting Intentions Survey Results

Farm Futures magazine recently released its survey of 2018 planting intentions, which shows that farmers aren’t quite ready to make major changes to their crop rotations. However, they are going to plant more of what paid best in 2017. For the first time since 1983, farmers want to plant more soybeans than corn. Back then, the government’s PIK program idled millions of corn acres, but even then the difference was just 35,000 acres. Growers are planning to put in 90.1 million acres of crops this year, not much different than in 2017. Farm Futures is projecting more wheat planting this year, saying farmers are ready to put in 11.8 million acres of spring wheat, up 6.7 percent from last year. The first Farm Futures survey of 2018 planting intentions showed farmers wanting to boost corn acres and cut back on soybeans, but price relationships have changed quite a bit in the last four months. Cotton farmers also intend to raise the amount of planted acres to 13.2 million, a five percent jump. Cotton was one of the few bright spots in the crop community in 2017. Farm Futures did say that all of this information could be subject to change based on changing prices and the weather.


Former Ag Secretary says Trump Understands Importance of NAFTA

Trade negotiators are gearing up for the next round of talks on the North American Free Trade Agreement in Canada. Some industry stakeholders are frustrated because they feel not enough progress has been made so far. Mike Johanns, a former Ag Secretary, says, “So far, the negotiations really haven’t gone anywhere.” There are stakeholders in agriculture who wonder if the president really understands how important NAFTA is to the rural community, but Johanns is one who feels the president now understands just how vital it is. “My take is the president has certainly come to realize just how important NAFTA is in parts of the country that supported him in his run for office,” Johanns says. “The key issue for the president is going to be how he can come up with something that saves face and doesn’t blow this thing up.” Johanns, also a former U.S. Senator, says pulling out of NAFTA could be devastating for American agriculture. “In the real world, this is so very important to the average farmer or rancher that’s out there just trying to make a living,” he says. “There’s a good story to tell, we just need more people out there telling it.”


Mexican Ambassador says NAFTA Negotiations Are Making Progress

The Mexican Ambassador to Washington tells Bloomberg that the U.S., Canada, and Mexico have general agreement on 40 percent of the topics being renegotiated in the NAFTA talks. Geronimo Gutierrez says Mexico may also be willing to accept an increase in the minimum regional content for automobiles traded under the deal. Gutierrez says Mexico is focusing on increasing employment, something that’s also important to the U.S. However, he also told Bloomberg that Mexico will walk away from the bargaining table if President Trump gives notice of his intention to withdraw from NAFTA. The U.S. demand for more North American content, specifically American content, in vehicles, is one of the most contentious issues to this point. Negotiators have largely avoided this and other contentious issues like government procurement, which means the negotiations in Canada could be very important to the final outcome. The talks in Canada are scheduled to run from January 23 through January 28. The Mexican Economy Minister also says that negotiations are almost complete on 10 of the 20 chapters in NAFTA.


Arkansas Lawmakers OK Dicamba Ban

Arkansas lawmakers approved, without discussion, a partial-ban on a herbicide that drifts on to other crops where it wasn’t applied and causes damage. An Associated Press report says the prohibition faces a court challenge by the maker of the weed killer. The Legislative Council approved the Arkansas Plant Board’s plan to ban dicamba use from April 15 through October 31. The Council is the legislature’s governing body when lawmakers aren’t in session. Earlier this week, a subcommittee recommended the council approve the ban. The Plant Board first proposed the ban after receiving over 1,000 complaints about dicamba. Monsanto is a maker of dicamba and has asked a state judge to prevent the restriction from going into effect. Arkansas is one of many states that have gotten complaints about dicamba drifting into adjacent fields from the ones it was directly applied to, causing damage in soybeans that aren’t resistant to the herbicide.  


NPPC Supports New Pork Inspection Model

The National Pork Producers Council strongly supports the U.S. Department of Agriculture in finalizing a new pork processing inspection rule. The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service will expand its current HAACP Inspection Model from five current pilot locations to full-scale implementation. NPPC President Ken Maschoff says, “We support the decision to advance HIMP as it introduces new pork production efficiencies while encouraging the deployment of new food safety technologies in packing plants.” He says the pilot program was very successful and expanding the program is another step in the industry’s ongoing focus to continually improve the safety of America’s food at an efficient cost. The new inspection model assigns increased inspection responsibility to plant operators, which allows the USDA to dedicate its resources to general oversight of food safety standards and the overall inspection process. Plants can choose to adopt the HIMP model or continue to operate under the current inspection system. Maschoff adds that “The U.S. pork industry is the most competitive in the world because we’ve built a reputation for quality, affordability, and food safety. We applaud the USDA for taking this step to strengthen our competitive position.”


Cornyn Drawing Up RFS Overhaul Legislation

Texas Republican John Cornyn (Kohr-Nihn) is drawing up legislation to overhaul the Renewable Fuels Standard. It’s his attempt to end the disagreement between corn-state lawmakers and oil-patch legislators. Cornyn’s office has been hosting talks for several months on altering the nation’s biofuels program and come up with a variety of policy ideas, although they haven’t narrowed down any of the choices yet. A few of the policy ideas range from creating national octane standards to creating new supports for cellulosic ethanol or even further subdividing the system for biofuel credits. Cornyn says his goal is to build enough consensus that the legislation will eventually become the basis for an RFS reform bill. Corn-state senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa says he’s still skeptical of Cornyn’s efforts. “I’m skeptical about the effort coming out of Texas that’s been going on for more than a year-and-a-half will be able to find a proposal that is acceptable to stakeholders on all sides of the issue,” he says. “However, they do deserve some credit for taking the time to learn and appreciate the economics of the renewable fuels industry.”

SOURCE: NAFB News Service


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

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

Friday, January 19

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

Saturday, January 20


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

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

Sunday, January 21

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


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