(Left to Right) Ingrid Hofmeister, Nathan Shannon, and Josh Waller. These three High School youth represented the Colorado Section SRM at the 2019 SRM High School Youth Forum held in Minneapolis on February 11-14, 2019. During the field tour activity the students learned about the ecology of the Rangelands important to Minnesota.
CO-SSRM News: Colorado High School Youth Benefit from Range Management Forum in Minneapolis
By Ben Berlinger, Colorado Section of the Society for Range Management, Youth Activities Chair
The Colorado Section of the Society for Range Management (SRM) was well represented at the 2019 High School Youth Forum (HSYF) held in Minneapolis on February 10-14, 2019. The HSYF is an integral part of the SRM annual meeting. This year there were 23 delegates representing 12 of the SRM Sections. During the Forum, high school youth from all part of the western United States and Canada attend an ecological field tour, and are invited to participate and interact among the various professionals and college students attending the meeting.
This year the Colorado Section SRM sponsored three delegates to Minneapolis. Ingrid Hofmeisterof Branson FFA, Josh Waller of the Hoehne FFA, and Nathan Shannon of Kim FFA were selected to participate in the SRM Forum. (See picture above). All three delegates were chosen based on their exceptional achievements in rangeland management programs, and specifically based on their high individual scores on ecological site judging & plant identification at the Eastern Colorado State FFA rangeland judging contest.Continue reading →
NCGA USMEF Study Highlights the Value to Corn Producers through Red Meat Exports
The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) partnered with the U.S. Meat Export Federation to update a study on the value of red meat exports to domestic U.S. corn growers. The original study was conducted in 2015. In 2018, the study showed beef and pork exports used a combined total of 14.9 million tons of corn and DDGS, which equates to an additional 459.7 million bushels of corn produced – an increase of 29 percent over the 2015 projections.
Scientific Experts Will Review Scientific Evidence on Key Nutrition Topics to Inform Development of New Guidelines
WASHINGTON, Feb. 21, 2019 – To ensure America’s dietary guidance reflects the latest science, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar today announced the appointment of 20 nationally recognized scientists to serve on the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. The independent advisory committee will review scientific evidence on topics and questions identified by the departments and will provide a report on their findings to the secretaries. Their review, along with public and agency comments, will help inform USDA and HHS’ development of the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGAs).
“USDA is committed to ensuring everything we do is data-driven and based in scientific facts, which is why this expert committee’s work in objectively evaluating the science is of the utmost importance to the departments and to this process,” said Secretary Perdue. “The committee will evaluate existing research and develop a report objectively, with an open mind.” Continue reading →
Sterling, CO – The Colorado State University Extension Agriculture and Business Management (ABM) Team will present two webinars in 2019 that are designed to assist farmers and ranchers manage these difficult financial times in agriculture.
The 2019 Ag Outlook & Strategy Webinar will cover topics including market outlook, breakeven analysis, using commodity insurance as a part of a comprehensive marketing plan, using futures and options to manage risk, and cross hedging weaned calves. The program will be hosted by ABM Economists, Jenny Beiermann, Dr. Steve Koontz, and Dr. Brent Young. This free webinar will be held Tuesday, March 12th from 10:00am to 3:00pm. For more information and to register online visit https://agoutlookwebinar.eventbrite.com . This program is funded in partnership by USDA, Risk Management Agency, under award number RM18RMEPP522C047. Continue reading →
Do you have a savings plan? One of the most important things you can learn in life is how to save money. We know that savers with a plan are more than twice as likely to make progress towards their savings goals as those without a plan. Those with a plan are more likely to spend less than they earn. Living within your means allows you to build wealth over time.
Todd Inglee Named Executive Director of Colorado Beef Council
CBC Board Selects Colorado Native to Oversee Organization’s Demand-Building Efforts
Todd & Kim Inglee and family
Englewood, CO (February 19, 2019) – Colorado native Todd Inglee has been named executive director of the Colorado Beef Council, the organization’s Board of Directors announced today.
Inglee served as CBC interim executive director for the past eight months and comes to the organization with a diverse background in the beef industry. He has worked for trade associations, allied partners, and as a small cattle producer with a stocker operation, retaining ownership in those cattle to sell product to retail and foodservice. Inglee also previously served as a director for the Colorado Beef Council and as president of the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association.
“As interim director, Todd demonstrated his knowledge of the beef industry, the importance of the checkoff and the distinct separation between checkoff and non-checkoff related programs,” according to CBC chair Sallie Miller of Briggsdale, CO. “We look forward to having Todd serve as our executive director and help manage the Colorado Beef Council’s demand-building programs.” Continue reading →
The contest ends April 8th, 2019, at 5 p.m. CST / 4pm CST
Inside the BARN/FarmCast Radio with Culver’s Jessie Kreke: FFA Essay Contest, Thank You Farmers Project and more…
Jessie Kreke Culver’s Senior Marketing Manager
(BARN Media / FarmCast Radio – Briggsdale, CO) February 19, 2019 – This week is National FFA Week and Culver’s Restaurants are celebrating it in a big way once again in 2019! Joining FarmCast Radio and the Colorado Ag News Network is Jessie Kreke, one of Culver’s senior marketing managers. Kreke discusses the 5th Annual FFA Essay Contest, Thank You Farmer’s Project,Culver’s Restaurants and much more within the interview…
NFU’s College Conference on Cooperatives Continues Excellence in Cooperative Education
WASHINGTON – National Farmers Union (NFU) hosted 71 students in Minneapolis, Minnesota, last weekend for its annual College Conference on Cooperatives (CCOC). The three-day conference provides an interactive learning experience for American agriculture’s next generation on the importance, structure and operations of various types of cooperative groups.
“Cooperatives play a vital role in strengthening both rural and urban economies and communities across the country,” said NFU President Roger Johnson. “NFU’s CCOC draws on our more than 115 years of leadership in cooperative development and education, and demonstrates our organization’s commitment to cooperative principles. We engage tomorrow’s agricultural leaders in hands-on application of cooperative business principles and structures. This teaches them about the opportunities available to them through the cooperative model.”
Applications Now Open for 2019 Pork Industry Scholarships
DES MOINES, IOWA – Feb. 19, 2019 – The National Pork Board announces the opening of the application period of the 2019 Pork Industry Scholarships. This program, now in its tenth year, is open to college juniors and seniors who have plans to pursue a career in swine production management or a related field. In addition, students who will be seeking to attend veterinary or graduate school with an emphasis on swine are encouraged to apply. The National Pork Board will award up to 20 scholarships in 2019 totaling $46,000. The top applicant will receive $5,000, the second-ranked applicant will receive $3,500 and all others will receive $2,000.
“Human capital and identification of future leaders is critical for the continued success of the swine industry,” said Chris Hostetler, animal science director for the Pork Checkoff. “The National Pork Board’s Animal Science Committee recognizes this need and continues its commitment to encouraging these students through these scholarships.”
The guidelines for the scholarship application and the online form can be found at www.pork.org/scholarship. The deadline for application submission is March 15, 2019. Following review and selection, recipients will be notified in April. Continue reading →
(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…
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PRAIRIE DU SAC, Wis. – Feb. 18, 2019 – TodayCulver’s is continuing its tradition of celebrating National FFA Week by launching its fifth annual FFA Essay Contest. Three essay writers will be chosen to receive $7,500, $5,000 or $2,500 for their FFA chapters. The essay contest is an opportunity for students to show their knowledge of—and passion for—the agricultural industry.
This year, contestants are being asked to respond to this:
The average age of a farmer is 58. Why is it important for more young people to get involved with agriculture? Why should they be excited to join the agricultural industry?
CLA News: ELD Delay for Livestock Haulers in Place Until September
On Thursday, the Senate has passed an approps package to fund the rest of the government until September 30th, 2019. The House is set to vote soon, and “President Donald Trump plans to sign a bipartisan spending deal and then declare a national emergency to fund his border wall,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Thursday. The move will avert a government shutdown Friday. “He is prepared to sign the bill,” McConnell said. “He will also be issuing a national emergency declaration at the same time.”
This package includes a continued ELD delay for livestock haulers until September 30, 2019. Continue reading →
Make plans to attend the 2019 Crop Protection and Nutrition – March 7th. Sterling Colorado – Check out the Agenda
Join us at the 2019 Crop Protection and Nutrition Workshop – March 7th at the Logan County CSU Extension Office (508 S 10th Ave.) in Sterling, Colorado. RSVP by March 5th. No Registration fees. Lunch and refreshment provided.