09-21-16 The BARN/SLY Media: SIEP Grand Opening near Kersey, CO…

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(The BARN – SLY Media – Kersey, CO) September 23, 2016 – Reporter Kayla Young and videographer Alvaro Serey attended the Grand Opening @ the Subsurface Irrigation Efficiency Project (SIEP) just east of Kersey, CO on Septmeber 21st. The Subsurface Irrigation Efficiency Project (SIEP) focuses on the use of new technologies to increase water efficiencies in commercial agriculture and residential turf growth. SIEP is sponsored by Jewish Colorado, Colorado State University, the United Water and Sanitation District, and the Platte River Water Development Authority.

Listen to Kayla’s audio report from the event…

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Check out the video recap courtesy of Alvaro Serey…

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Pictured: Ron von Lembke, Rep. Lori Saine, Sen. Mark Scheffel, Gilbert Marin, Gilbert Marin Jr., Jason von Lembke, Sen. Mary Hodge and Bob Lembke.

Posing, left to right, are Ron von Lembke, Rep. Lori Saine, Sen. Mark Scheffel, Gilbert Marin, Gilbert Marin Jr., Jason von Lembke, Sen. Mary Hodge and Bob Lembke

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09-15-16 Reminder: Deadline to apply for Colorado Agricultural Leadership Program is Sept 30th…

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Reminder: Deadline to apply for Colorado Agricultural Leadership Program is Sept. 30

The Colorado Agricultural Leadership Program (CALP) is accepting applications from emerging leaders looking to further develop their skills and their commitment to the future of Colorado’s agricultural and rural communities. Continue reading

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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…

CLICK THE AUDIO LINK BELOW TO LISTEN TO THIS WEEK’S UPDATE…

09-26-16 – Livestock Exchange, LLC Recap & Preview w/Auctioneer Tyler Knode

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09-07-16 Accurately Estimating Evapotranspiration: The Third Colorado ET Workshop in Ft Collins on Oct 13th

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Tom Trout checking out the CoAgMet weather station instrumentation (Peggy Greb)

(The BARN – Briggsdale, CO) September 22, 2016 – Evapotranspiration – What is it, how is it measured and how important is it to CO’s Agriculture Industry?

Did you know that two organizations here in CO have been collecting date on evapotranspiration for 20 years?

In to discuss Evapotranspiration in much more detail on the CO Ag News Network and provide the details regarding the 3rd CO ET Workshop in Ft Collins on October 13th is Thomas Trout, with the USDA Ag Reasearch Service’s Water Management Research

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ORIGINAL PRESS RELEASE

Accurately Estimating Evapotranspiration: The Third Colorado ET Workshop

By Tom Trout, USDA-ARS-Water Management Research

Much more accurate ET calculation methods are now available. ET weather station networks in Colorado—Colorado Agricultural Meteorological Network (CoAgMet), and Northern Water’s network—have been collecting detailed weather data for over 20 years that can be used to calculate reference ET using globally-recognized standardized methods. Satellites have been collecting images of farm crops for over 30 years. These technologies can be combined to improve ET estimates over the past month or season or several years.Water rights transfers in Colorado are based on consumptive use. A city or company that purchases water from a farmer can only use the amount of water that the farmer has historically consumed—that is, the water that actually evaporated and transpired from the crop and soil. Thus, they must estimate the evapotranspiration, or ET, for the fields that had been irrigated. The method to estimate ET commonly used in Colorado is an old method developed over 50 years ago called the Blaney-Criddle method. The method is based only on temperature and is simple, but not very accurate. Continue reading

09-19-16 New Country Organics Expands Feed Business to the Southwest, Reinforces Sustainability Mission by Refurbishing Historic Texas Feed Mill

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Historic Economy Mills – Watercolor. Courtesy of Lubbock’s own Tim Oliver Fine Art

new_country_organics_ceo_jim_campbell(The BARN – Briggsdale, CO) September 22, 2016 – Organic feed is on the rise in the United States…and feed manufacturer based in Virginia has expanded their operation with their recent purchase of a feed mill in Lubbock, Texas, which will expand the company’s distribution into the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma and of course Texas.

Joining the CO Ag News Network to discuss the organic feed industry and New Country Organics is their Chief Executive Officer Jim Campbell…

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09-21-16 Make plans to attend the Grass-Grazers-Family: Finding Common Ground Conference in Pueblo Nov 1-3

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Make plans to attend the Grass-Grazers-Family: Finding Common Ground Conference which will be held in Pueblo November 1 – 3, 2016.

The Colorado Section of the Society For Range Management (CSSRM) and the Pueblo County Office for Colorado State University Extension have partnered to bring together an amazing set of speakers who are going to provide a dynamic program.  Presentations have been selected to demonstrate a systems approach to ranch management and look at how rangeland, the livestock herd, and the family are all part of the ranching system.  This is a program that you won’t want to miss! Continue reading

09-21-16 ASI Accepting Nominations for Annual Awards

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DENVER – Once again, it’s time for the sheep industry to recognize the contributions of those working to guide the flock in a positive manner. Know someone who has gone above and beyond for the sheep industry, either in the past year or throughout their lifetime?
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09-21-16 Inside the Colorado Agricultural Development Authority w/Jim Rubingh: Beginning Farmer Loans, Tax Deductions and more…

CADA-Colorado Agriculture Development Authority header(The BARN – Briggsdale, CO) September 21, 2016 – Did you know that there is New legislation that will provide farmers with tax credits if they lease land to first-time farmers?

The Colorado Agricultural Development Authority (CADA) is responsible for administering that program.  And joining the CO Ag News Network to discuss this in more detail is Jim Rubingh, Executive Director of CADA

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The Colorado Agricultural Development Authority (CADA) is an independent public body established by statute in 1981. Its mission is to encourage the investment of private capital in the agricultural sector through the use of public financing for the purpose of making low-interest loans available to agricultural producers for specified uses. To learn more about the Colorado Agriculture Development Authority, or to apply for a Beginning Farmer Loan, please visit http://www.cadafarmloan.com/

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09-20-16 NFU Joins in Promoting Safe Practices During National Farm Safety and Health Week

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NFU Joins in Promoting Safe Practices During National Farm Safety and Health Week

WASHINGTON (September 20, 2016) – As farmers are preparing to begin the fall harvest, National Farmers Union (NFU) joined in the effort to promote safe practices on and around the farm during National Farm Safety and Health Week. President Barack Obamadesignated farm safety week to reaffirm support for programs and practices that promote health and safety on America’s farms.

“We’re glad to see the White House designate a week to building awareness of farm safety programs and promoting safe practices on and around the farm. Whether you’re a one-time visitor or a multi-generation farm family, farm safety education can help keep everyone safe from avoidable accidents and casualties,” said NFU President Roger Johnson. Continue reading

09-20-16 NRCS-CO News: FFA Students Prepare for Range Judging

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Six FFA Chapters gathered in the Jordan Ranch quonset located southeast of Briggsdale to learn about judging rangelands and practice their range plant identification skills.

Six FFA Chapters gathered in the Jordan Ranch quonset located southeast of Briggsdale to learn
about judging rangelands and practice their range plant identification skills.

FFA Students Prepare for Range Judging

By Ben Berlinger, NRCS Rangeland Management Specialist (ret.), Rocky Ford, CO

Six Future Farmers of America (FFA) Chapters gathered in the Jordan Ranch quonset located southeast of Briggsdale, CO to learn about judging rangelands and practice their range plant identification skills.  The event took place on September 14th on the Jordan Cattle Ranch, and involved 60 students along with their Agriculture instructors.  These FFA Chapters were brought together with the common goal of becoming more proficient in evaluating and judging the condition and trend of rangeland sites in eastern Colorado as part of the Range Judging & Plant Identification Career Development Exercise (CDE).

The event was organized by Kevin Schlabach, Agriculture Instructor at Prairie High School in New Raymer, along with the West Greeley Conservation District (WGCD). Sponsors included the State Land Board, Emmett Jordan, and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) office in Greeley. The participating FFA chapters were Briggsdale, Grover, New Raymer (Prairie HS), Akron, Ovid and Karval.

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09-19-16 It’s National Farm Safety Week and Farm Safety, Should be a Priority Everyday…

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chris-j-buechle-afis(The BARN – Briggsdale, CO) – September 19, 2016 – This week is National Farm Safety and Health Week and experts from American Family Insurance are working with farmers to identify dangers and risks in their operations. Joining the CO Ag News Network by telephone this morning to discuss this in more detail is Chris Buechle, American Family Insurance farm/ranch loss control specialist

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AmFam: 11 Tips for Farm Safety

STAY SAFE WHILE HARVESTING AND PLANTING

When it’s time to head out into the fields for planting or harvesting, it’s important to make safety a priority. Keep yourself and your family safe with these smart tips for your busy time of year. Continue reading

09-15-16 Drilling Deep for Water in NE Colorado…

QWE Website HeaderCheck out the documentary about drilling deep for water in northeastern Colorado in the Upper Pierre Aquifer featuring:

  • Jim Mertens, farmer/rancher in New Raymer, CO,
  • Theresa Jehn-Dellaport, President of Quantum Water & Enviroment
  • Jasen Decker, Hydro Resources Drilling Manager

The video  produced by SLY Media’s Kayla Young & Alvaro Serey and brought to you by The BARN, BARN Media & the Colorado Ag News Network.

To learn more about not only the Upper Pierre Aquifer but also the Upper Laramie Aquifer’s check out the EXCLUSIVE interviews with Theresa Jehn-Dellaport online inside the BARN (QWE Interview #1QWE Interview #2)

To learn more about Quantum Water & Environment – CLICK HERE

To learn more about Hydro Resources – CLICK HERE

09-23-16 USDA/NASS News: CATTLE ON FEED…

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USDA/NASS-CO News: CATTLE ON FEED

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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 800,000 head as of September 1, 2016. The latest inventory was 1 percent below last month but 3 percent above the September 1, 2015 inventory. Cattle feeders with 1,000 head or larger capacity marketed an estimated 175,000 head of fed cattle during August 2016. This was 17 percent above last month’s marketings and 30 percent above marketings one year earlier. An estimated 170,000 cattle and calves were placed on feed during August 2016, 48 percent above the previous month’s placements and 31 percent above August 2015 placements. Of the number placed in August, 15 percent weighed less than 600 pounds, 12 percent weighed from 600 to 699 pounds, 21 percent weighed from 700 to 799 pounds, and 53 percent weighed 800 pounds and greater. Other disappearance for August, at 5,000 head, was the same as last month and last year.

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09-23-16 Colorado Farm Bureau statement regarding China beef ban lift

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Colorado Farm Bureau statement regarding China beef ban lift

Centennial, Colo. –  Sept. 23, 2016 Colorado Farm Bureau is pleased that China has lifted its ban on U.S. beef. After having been banned for 13 years, the United States and China can now begin negotiations on specific conditions under which trade can resume. China’s announcement indicates it will accept beef from animals under 30 months of age.

“With live calf prices falling significantly from the highs we have seen, regaining market access into China will be a big benefit for Colorado beef producers,” said Don Shawcroft, Colorado Farm Bureau president, “while we understand that the process is in its early stages, as a beef state, Colorado can only benefit from this increased trade.” Continue reading

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China Will Lift Ban on U.S. Beef

Following a 13-year ban on U.S. beef exports to China, the Chinese Government indicates the nation will begin accepting U.S. beef from animals less than 30 months of age. The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association calls the indication a tremendous opportunity for U.S. cattle producers. The U.S. Meat Export Federation called the announcement a “welcome first step” in restarting beef exports to China. The U.S. Department of Agriculture now must work with China’s Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine to approve the certificates and protocols for exports. NCBA spokesperson Kent Bacus says the announcement is welcome news and “further highlights the benefits of trade in the Pacific.” He says the opened beef trade to China will expand further with passage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, which was signed by the President and awaits Congressional approval.

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Germany Signaling Opposition to Bayer-Monsanto Deal

Lawmakers in Germany are calling on regulators to curb Bayer Ag’s $66 billion proposed takeover of U.S. based Monsanto. Pro Farmer’s First Thing Today reports a parliamentary session in Germany highlighted the backlash to Bayer’s proposed buy of Monsanto. Debate this week in the lower house of parliament, called by the Germany’s opposition Green Party, showed deep resistance to Bayer buying a U.S. company that many Germans view as a champion of genetically modified crops. Eight of the 12 lawmakers who spoke, including those from within Chancellor Angela Merkel’s coalition, cast doubt on the acquisition. One lawmaker said “more than 70 percent of Germans say they don’t want genetically modified food on their plates, but that’s exactly part of the strategy of this merger.” However, lawmakers in Germany have no legislative authority to stop the deal. Buying Monsanto would give Bayer, about 35 percent of the global market for seeds and farm chemicals.

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Clinton in Favor of WOTUS, Trump Against

The Presidential candidates are split when it comes to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Waters of the U.S. rule. This week, Democratic candidate Hilary Clinton told Farm Futures she supports the rule that seeks to clarify the types of water the EPA can regulate under the Clean Water Act. Clinton says she would work with all parties to ensure “common sense implementation.” She also said she was pleased that EPA maintained in WOTUS the “long-standing exemptions for common farming practices.” Farm groups, however, tend to disagree and claim the EPA is ignoring the exemption. A target for agriculture, WOTUS is currently under a court-ordered stay. 13 agriculture groups are involved in a lawsuit against the rule.  Republican candidate for President Donald Trump says he would scuttle WOTUS. In a statement to the American Farm Bureau Federation this week, Politico reports Trump called the rule” so extreme that it gives federal agencies control over creeks, small streams, and even puddles.” Farm Bureau used a Senate report on the Clean Water Act this week to call on Congress to act on the rule.

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Egypt Ergot Policy Saga Continues

The back and forth policy over ergot fungus contamination by Egypt continued this week, as Reuters says the nation has reversed its on-again-off-again zero tolerance policy in wheat imports. The international standard accepted level of contamination is .05 percent. The move represents a backtracking effort by Egypt, the world largest wheat importer. The policy effectively blocked access by Egypt to global wheat trade, as suppliers boycotted the policy. Wheat suppliers say zero contamination is “impossible to guarantee.” Ergot can cause hallucinations when consumed in large amounts but is considered harmless in low quantities. The government said it was reinstating a 0.05 percent tolerance level for ergot and was applying it to both outstanding and future wheat contracts. Russia, a top supplier of wheat to Egypt, banned Egyptian fruit and vegetable imports shortly after one of its cargoes destined for Egypt was rejected. A delegation from Egypt is expected to arrive in Russia next week to discuss the standoff.

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Greenpeace Co-founder Changes Stance on Biotech

Co-founder of Greenpeace, Patrick Moore, is now a supporter of biotechnology. The change represents an about-face move by the environmental leader regarding biotech, something the organization has opposed for years. Moore was the keynote speaker at this week’s Manitoba Special Crops Symposium in Canada. Moore served nine years as President of Greenpeace Canada, and seven years as a director of Greenpeace International. As the leader of many campaigns, Moore was a driving force shaping policy and direction while Greenpeace became the world’s largest environmental activist organization. When asked about genetically modified crops, he called the them “one of the most important scientific advancements society has made.” Moore expressed concern over Greenpeace attempts to block genetically modified crops. Referring to Golden Rice, he called the efforts by Greenpeace a “crime against humanity.”

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Seaweed Could Reduce Pork Antibiotics Use

Researchers overseas say seaweed may help pork producers improve their animal’s health and reduce the need for antibiotics. The researchers at Irelands University College in Dublin report feeding seaweed to sows may improve piglet health, according to Meatingplace. A professor at the college says seaweed contains many properties which are beneficial to animal health, including vitamins, minerals and fatty acids. Seaweed extract also contains a glucose that improves the gut structure of piglets, which researchers say helps reduce both the risk of scouring during weaning. Researchers say seaweed also has “a lot of plus points for sustainable pig production.” The University says seaweed extracts for pork production could be available to farmers within the next year.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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09-22-16 Bennet, Crapo Urge Leadership to Fully Fund PILT for FY 2017

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Bennet, Crapo Urge Leadership to Fully Fund PILT for FY 2017

More than 30 Senators Sign Letter in Support of PILT program

Washington, DC – Today, Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet and Republican Senator Mike Crapo from Idaho led a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid urging them to work together to ensure that the PILT program is fully funded for Fiscal Year 2017.  This fiscal year, Colorado communities received more than $35.5 million to fund critical services like police, fire protection, and emergency response.

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09-22-16 USDA/NASS-CO: LIVESTOCK SLAUGHTER – AUGUST 2016

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LIVESTOCK SLAUGHTER – AUGUST 2016

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Commercial red meat production for the United States totaled 4.43 billion pounds in August, up 14 percent from the 3.90 billion pounds produced in August 2015.

Beef production, at 2.26 billion pounds, was 17 percent above the previous year. Cattle slaughter totaled 2.75 million head, up 18 percent from August 2015. The average live weight was down 11 pounds from the previous year, at 1,352 pounds.

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09-22-16 NCBA: China Announces it Will Lift Ban on U.S. Beef

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WASHINGTON (Sept. 22, 2016) – Following a 13-year ban on U.S. beef exports to China, an announcement from the Chinese Government indicates they will begin accepting U.S. beef from animals under 30 months of age.

“This is great news for U.S. beef producers,” said Kent Bacus, director of international trade for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. “While these initial reports are positive, we must continue technical negotiations and undergo the process of formally approving export certificates. China is already the world’s second largest buyer of beef, and with a growing middle class, the export opportunities for U.S. cattlemen and women are tremendous.” Continue reading

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09-22-16 NCBA-PLC News: Congress Steps in to Address Continued Abuse of Antiquities Act

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WASHINGTON (Sept. 22, 2016) – The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the Public Lands Council applaud Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and Chairman Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) for taking substantive action on the continued abuse of the Antiquities Act of 1906. These common sense bills from Sen. Murkowski and Sen. Flake (R-Ariz.) are critical to addressing the deficiencies in the existing law.

“The Antiquities Act of 1906 is simply too broad and gives too much power to the Administration,” said Ethan Lane, executive director of the PLC and NCBA federal lands. “This Administration continues to brag about President Obama’s record-setting abuse of the Act, locking up hundreds of millions of acres with the stroke of a pen. We are glad Congress is finally stepping in to provide balance and refine that authority.” Continue reading

09-22-16 USMEF: China’s Announcement an Important First Step Toward Resuming Beef Trade

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USMEF: China’s Announcement an Important First Step Toward Resuming Beef Trade

Chinas Ministry of Agriculture and General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine have announced that Chinas ban on imports of U.S. beef has been lifted. While this is an important first step in the process of resuming beef exports to China, USMEF understands that China must still negotiate with USDA the conditions that will apply to U.S. beef exports entering this market. USMEF looks forward to learning more details about the remaining steps necessary for the market to officially open and for U.S. suppliers to begin shipping product.

— Philip M. Seng, president and CEO, U.S. Meat Export Federation

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