11-20-17 NPPC: Livestock Haulers Get Waiver From ELDs Regulation

NPPC: Livestock Haulers Get Waiver From ELDs Regulation

WASHINGTON, D.C., Nov. 20, 2017 – The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has granted drivers who haul livestock a 90-day waiver from a regulation that could have negative effects on animal well-being, a move hailed by the National Pork Producers Council.

NPPC requested on behalf of the U.S. pork industry and other livestock sectors a waiver from a requirement that certain drivers install Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) on their trucks. The organization also asked for an exemption from the regulation, citing the incompatibility between transporting livestock and DOT’s Hours of Service rules. Those regulations limit truckers to 11 hours of driving daily, after 10 consecutive hours off duty, and restrict their on-duty time to 14 consecutive hours, which includes nondriving time.

“The ELDs regulation poses some serious challenges for livestock haulers and the animals in their care,” said NPPC President Ken Maschhoff, a pork producer from Carlyle, Ill. “This waiver will give the department time to consider our request that truckers transporting hogs, cattle and other livestock be exempt from the ELDs mandate. Continue reading

11-20-17 CPW News: Cooperative project protects Gunnison sage-grouse habitat in western Colorado

More than 500 acres of Gunnison sage-grouse habitat was was recently protected for Gunnison sage-grouse habitat.

CPW News: Cooperative project protects Gunnison sage-grouse habitat in western Colorado

MONTROSE, Colo. –Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, the Bureau of Land Management, and Colorado Parks and Wildlife recently completed a collaborative effort to permanently protect 505 acres of property in San Miguel County that provides important habitat for the federally threatened Gunnison sage-grouse.

This prime piece of property was conveyed to CPW to promote ongoing conservation efforts in San Miguel County for the native bird.

“For many years, CPW together with the San Miguel Gunnison sage-grouse Working Group identified this important piece of habitat for the conservation of the bird,” said Renzo DelPiccolo, area wildlife manager for CPW in Montrose. “So when Tri-State worked cooperatively with BLM and the landowner to purchase this key property, we were thrilled.” Continue reading

The Denver Cash Grain Bids…

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Greeley, CO Mon Nov 20, 2017 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 3.31-3.51 6 lower
Up to 12 percent protein
US 2 Yellow Corn 3.45 2 higher
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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11-20-17 USDA/NRCS: Farmers Encouraged to “Keep the Stubble” During No-Till November

Farmers Encouraged to “Keep the Stubble” During No-Till November

During a special month-long campaign called “No Till November,” USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is encouraging farmers to “keep the stubble” on their harvested crop fields and improve soil health. Continue reading

11-20-17 Inside the BARN with CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg: YF&R and Water Resources Committees, Odor Lawsuit, CALP & More…

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Inside the BARN with CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg…

YF&R and Water Resources Committees, Odor Lawsuit, CALP & More…

(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) November 20, 2017 – Joining me inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network is CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg from District 1 discussing several topics including:

  •  Legislator of the Year Award Recognition
  • Young Farmer & Rancher Committee Update
  • Water Resources Committee Update
  • Odor Lawsuit against Great Western Sugar in Ft Morgan
  • CALP Alumni Reunion & 2018 Gov’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture
  • Thanksgiving Wishes
  • & More

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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…


11-20-17 Livestock Exchange, LLC – Recap & Preview


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11-17-17 USDA Invests More Than $1 Billion to Improve Health Care in Rural Areas – $98.3 million in Colorado

USDA Invests More Than $1 Billion to Improve Health Care in Rural Areas

$98.3 million in Colorado

WASHINGTON, Nov. 17, 2017 – U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue today announced that USDA provided more than $1 billion in Fiscal Year 2017 to help improve access to health care services in rural communities.

“USDA invests in a wide range of health care facilities – such as hospitals, clinics and treatment centers – to help ensure that rural residents have access to the same state-of-the art care available in urban and metropolitan areas,” Perdue said. “I understand that building a prosperous rural America begins with healthy people. Ensuring that rural communities have access to quality medical care is a top priority for USDA.”

USDA invested more than $1 billion in rural health care in Fiscal Year 2017 through the Community Facilities Direct Loan Program. The loans can be used to fund essential community services. For health care, this includes to construct, expand or improve health care facilities such as hospitals, medical clinics, dental clinics and assisted-living facilities, as well as to purchase equipment. Public bodies, non-profit organizations and federally recognized tribes in rural areas and towns with up to 20,000 people are eligible for these loans. 

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11-16-17 USDA Designates Five Counties in Colorado as Primary Natural Disaster Areas with Assistance to Producers in Surrounding States

USDA Designates Five Counties in Colorado as Primary Natural Disaster Areas with Assistance to Producers in Surrounding States

WASHINGTON, Nov. 15, 2017 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated five counties in Colorado as primary natural disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by multiple disasters that occurred during the 2017 crop year. Continue reading

11-16-17 Farm Bureau Survey Reveals Lowest Thanksgiving Dinner Cost in Five Years

Farm Bureau Survey Reveals Lowest Thanksgiving Dinner Cost in Five Years

American Farm Bureau Federation’s 32nd annual price survey of classic items found on the Thanksgiving Day dinner table indicates the average cost of this year’s feast for 10 is $49.12, a 75-cent decrease from last year’s average of $49.87.

The big ticket item – a 16-pound turkey – came in at a total of $22.38 this year. That’s roughly $1.40 per pound, a decrease of 2 cents per pound, or a total of 36 cents per whole turkey, compared to 2016.

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11-16-17 NFU: Get Registered for the 2017 Growing for the Future Online Conference Dec 4-7

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Growing for the Future Online Conference

Growing for the Future is a unique online, interactive virtual conference focused on beginning farmer and rancher issues, including mentorship, business planning, USDA programs, women and veterans in farming, conservation, and much more! Speakers from Farmer Veteran Coalition, National Young Farmers Coalition, USDA Farm Service Agency, and Female Farmer Project will headline the event. This year’s conference, which will be held from December 4-7, includes farmer-to-farmer webinars, live Q&A sessions, a discussion board, a resource center, and giveaways and prizes!
Learn more about Growing for the Future here, and register for free here.

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10-10-17 NRCS-CO: “The Soil Revolution – Digging Deeper” in Longmont on Dec 14th…

NRCS-CO: “The Soil Revolution – Digging Deeper” in Longmont on Dec 14th

Join us December 14, 2017, at the Plaza Convention Center in Longmont, Colorado, for the “The Soil Revolution: Digging Deeper.” Based on the success of the March 2017 Soil Revolution Conference, we invite you to dig deeper into the science, benefits and practical applications of farming for soil health. Continue reading

11-17-17 USDA/NASS-CO: Cattle on Feed



The number of cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market in Colorado feedlots with a capacity of 1,000 head or larger was estimated at 980,000 head as of November 1, 2017. The latest inventory was 4 percent above last month and 8 percent above the November 1, 2016 inventory. Cattle feeders with 1,000 head or larger capacity marketed an estimated 150,000 head of fed cattle during October 2017. This was 9 percent below last month’s marketings, but 7 percent above the marketings one year earlier. An estimated 195,000 cattle and calves were placed on feed during October 2017, 22 percent below the previous month’s placements and 5 percent below October 2016 placements. Of the number placed in October, 28 percent weighed less than 600 pounds, 21 percent weighed from 600 to 699 pounds, 18 percent weighed from 700 to 799 pounds, 18 percent weighed 800 to 899 pounds, and 15 percent weighed 900 pounds and greater. Other disappearance for October, at 5,000 head, was the same as last month and last year.

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11-17-17 DoI News: “Finally!” Secretary Zinke welcomes confirmation of Reclamation Nominee…

“Finally!” Secretary Zinke welcomes confirmation of Reclamation Nominee

WASHINGTON – Yesterday, the U.S. Senate confirmed Brenda Burman as the U.S. Department of the Interior Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner. She is the first woman to ever lead the Bureau.

“Finally! After more than 142 days, I’m excited to welcome Brenda Burman to lead the Bureau of Reclamation,” said U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke. “Brenda is a veteran of the Bureau and her extensive experience on water projects across the country will be an incredible asset for the Department. After senseless and unprecedented hold-ups in the Senate, we can finally move forward with key water projects across the country.”

“I am deeply honored for the opportunity to lead this organization,” said Brenda Burman. “The employees of Reclamation are dedicated to working through the most difficult water issues and managing water in the West. I look forward to working with Secretary Zinke, the Administration, and our many partners, contractors, and customers to solve our most pressing water issues.” Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Friday, November 17th

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Friday, November 17th

Farm Groups React to House Passage of Tax Reform

Farm groups offered a mixed reaction to House passage of a tax reform package. The American Farm Bureau Federation called the action a “step closer to a tax code that works for all farmers and ranchers.” The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association called the passage a “step in the right direction,” noting specifically the language within the package that would immediately double the death-tax exemption and put the tax on the path to extinction in five years. However, NCBA also expressed concern that the reform package would significantly limit the ability of some businesses from deducting their interest expenses. The National Council of Farmer Cooperates called passage of the bill “unfortunate,” as the organization says the reform package will raise taxes on farmers and co-ops across the country by eliminating the Section 199 deduction. And, The National Farmers Union said it was “alarmed” by the passage because the legislation would jeopardize farm bill funding, while increasing the federal debt and harming farmers and ranchers.

Ag Coalition Stressing Importance of NAFTA

A coalition of agriculture groups is stressing the importance of the North American Free Trade Agreement to state governors. The coalition representing more than 100 agriculture groups is asking the governors to let President Trump know that they “support a modernized NAFTA that maintains and enhances food and agricultural trade,” according to the Hagstrom Report. The letter comes as U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer complained earlier this week about agriculture groups lobbying regarding NAFTA, saying the public comments “makes the negotiations harder.” Meanwhile, top trade officials from Canada and Mexico, along with Lighthizer of the U.S., have chosen not to participate in the current round of NAFTA negotiations. In a joint statement, the trade officials said they would not attend so negotiators can continue to make progress on key chapters discussed during the last round of talks.

Senator Urging Farmers to Stand Up for NAFTA

Republican Senator Jerry Moran (more-ran) penned an open letter to farmers and ranchers this week asking them to “do more” regarding concerns surrounding the North American Free Trade Agreement. The letter urges farmers, farm groups, and others, to “raise their concerns” with President Trump. He challenged the industry to do so via op-eds, letters, social media campaigns, and other venues about the importance of trade. Moran says the voice of lawmakers raising alarm only goes so far, adding that “the real power to change the conversation lies with the American people. The senator wrote that he is convinced the U.S. is headed down a path toward withdrawal from NAFTA unless action is taken by agricultural groups to change the administration’s course. Also, Moran stated he was impressed with the knowledge and conviction exhibited in defense of agricultural trade so far.

U.S. Farm Exports Hit Third Highest Level on Record

Agriculture exports totaled $140.5 billion in fiscal year 2017, climbing nearly $10.9 billion from the previous year to the third-highest level on record, according to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue. The Department of Agriculture announced the findings Thursday, saying that as it has done for well over 50 years, the U.S. agricultural sector once again posted an annual trade surplus. The trade surplus reached $21.3 billion, up almost 30 percent from last year’s $16.6 billion. China finished the fiscal year as the United States’ largest export customer, with shipments valued at $22 billion, followed closely by Canada at $20.4 billion. U.S. agricultural exports to Mexico reached $18.6 billion, a six percent gain from last year, while exports to Japan grew 12 percent, to $11.8 billion. USDA says exports are responsible for 20 percent of U.S. farm income, also driving rural economic activity and supporting more than one million American jobs both on and off the farm.

Study Says Ethanol Production Creates More Carbon Emissions

A study by the University of Wisconsin says carbon emissions increase when land is converted into crops for ethanol. The study released this week says the carbon emissions increase since the ethanol mandate in 2007 is equivalent to 20 million new cars driving on American roadways every year. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports the study underscores the unintended consequences of a federal policy meant to reduce America’s reliance on fossil fuels. While adding ethanol means burning fewer fossil fuels, the study found that the benefits were lost as even greater amounts of carbon held in the soil were released into the atmosphere in newly cultivated farm fields. The study noted major land changes between 2008 and 2012, and the shifting of more than seven million acres into cropland. The Renewable Fuels Association responded to the study, saying the results were “grossly overstated.” The association pointed out that corn production has fallen more than three percent between 2007 and 2017, while production per-acre increased by 16 percent over that time.

Biodiesel Board Responds to RFS RIN Concerns

A letter from the National Biodiesel Board to the Trump Administration seeks to clarify issues refineries are wanted addressed. Texas Senator Ted Cruz is holding the nomination of Iowa Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey to the Department of Agriculture, asking for a meeting to discuss renewable identification number credits, or RINs. Cruz says refiners call the RINs expensive, “costing thousands of refinery workers their jobs.” However, the National Biodiesel Board took aim at refiners, specifically PBF Energy. Executives of the company have previously made “strong statements” on the potential negative impact of RIN prices on the company’s earnings. The Biodiesel Board points out that the just reported third-quarter revenue for PBF energy of $5.5 billion, is 22 percent high than compared to last year, calling the RIN concerns “overstated.” The National Biodiesel Board is the U.S. trade association representing the biodiesel and renewable diesel industries, including producers, feedstock suppliers and fuel distributors.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service


11-16-17 Colorado Weekly Hay Report…

11-16-17 Trump Administration Appoints Clarice Navarro to Serve as State Executive Director for USDA’s Farm Service Agency in Colorado

Trump Administration Appoints Clarice Navarro to Serve as State Executive Director for USDA’s Farm Service Agency in Colorado

DENVER, Colo. – Nov. 16, 2017- The Trump Administration recently appointed Clarice Navarro as the new State Executive Director (SED) for the USDA Colorado Farm Service Agency (FSA). Navarro joined the Colorado FSA team on Monday, Nov. 13.

Navarro was born and raised in southeastern Colorado, and lives in Pueblo, Colorado. Navarro was first elected to the Colorado State House of Representatives in 2012, and she was a strong advocate for the agricultural community during her time as a legislator.  She has a passion for rural America and Colorado’s rural way of life.

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11-16-17 USDA: Secretary Perdue Statement on House Passage of Tax Cuts & Reforms

Secretary Perdue Statement on House Passage of Tax Cuts & Reforms

(Washington, D.C., November 16, 2017) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today hailed the House of Representatives’ passage of historic tax cuts and reforms as an important step toward providing much-needed relief to Americans, creating jobs, and boosting the economy. Perdue issued the following statement:

“We haven’t had an overhaul of the burdensome federal tax code since the mid-1980s and it is well past time to provide needed relief to workers and families. The people of agriculture dedicate their lives to putting food on the table for their fellow citizens and they deserve to keep more of what they earn from their labors. I applaud President Trump for his leadership in driving the debate and clearing a path for historic and significant tax cuts and reforms, just as I am pleased to see the sense of urgency with which Congress is moving toward a solution. The result will be more money in people’s pockets, more jobs created, and a more vibrant American economy.” Continue reading

11-16-17 NFU Alarmed by House Passage of Tax Reform Bill

NFU Alarmed by House Passage of Tax Reform Bill

Organization Scored the Vote, Now Urging a No Vote on Senate Version

WASHINGTON – The U.S. House of Representatives today voted 227-205 to approve the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, a bill that would provide tax cuts and breaks to corporations and wealthy Americans at an estimated cost of $1.5 trillion.

National Farmers Union (NFU), a staunch opponent of regressive taxation, increased federal debt, and any legislation that jeopardizesfarm program funding, urged House members to vote against the legislation and scored the vote. In response to the vote, NFU Senior Vice President of Public Policy and Communications Rob Larew released the following statement:

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