Long-time NAFB member & KFGO Radio (Fargo, North Dakota) farm broadcaster Larry Ristvedt passed after a fight with ALS. Larry retired from KFGO in 2010 after a 34 year career at the station and was part of the popular “Tom-n-Larry Show” where he was known for his quick wit and humor. In addition to his radio career, Larry was also an entrepreneur and creator of Uncle Larry’s Beef Shtix and Uncle Larry’s Lemonade.
The preliminary All Farm Products Index of Prices Received by Farmers in November, at 183 percent, based on 1990-1992=100, decreased 6 points (3.2 percent) from October. The Crop Index is down 12 points (5.9 percent) but the Livestock Index increased 5 points (3.0 percent). Producers received lower prices for corn but higher prices for eggs, soybeans, and cattle. In addition to prices, the overall index is also affected by the seasonal change based on a 3-year average mix of commodities producers sell. Increased monthly movement of corn, milk, cattle, and cotton offset the decreased marketing of soybeans, potatoes, and wheat.
The preliminary All Farm Products Index is down 24 points (12 percent) from November 2012. The Food Commodities Index, at 187, decreased 3 points (1.6 percent) from last month and decreased 4 points (2.1 percent) from November 2012.
Prices Paid Index Down 2 Points
The November Index of Prices Paid for Commodities and Services, Interest, Taxes, and Farm Wage Rates (PPITW) is 213 percent of the 1990-1992 average. The index is down 2 points (0.9 percent) from October and 4 points (1.8 percent) below November 2012. Lower prices in November for concentrates, complete feeds, feed grains, and other services more than offset higher prices for feeder cattle, feeder pigs, mixed fertilizer, and LP gas.
(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) November 26, 2013 – Joining me on the CO Ag News Network inside the BARN is Bill Wailes, once retired and NOW back @ CO State University as Faculty Member of the Animal Sciences and also working on special projects for the university. One of those special projects is promoting the 2014 International Livestock Congress coming up Jan 14 @ the Renaissance Denver Hotel…
– ILC’s History, Purpose & Mission
– 2014 ILC Theme, Agenda & Speakers
– 2014 ILC Conference & Registration Information
– 2014 ILC Donor & Sponsorship Recognition
– Thoughts on 2014 CO FFA Farm Credit Hall of Fame Inductees & Ceremony Feb 27
– & MORE
To listen to the interview with Bill Wailes, click the audio mp3 link below…
To view a 2014 ILC Brochure which includes registration infrmation – CLICK HERE
For more information about the 2014 International Livestock Congress Jan 14th @ the Renaissance Denver Hotel – CLICK HERE
LAKEWOOD, Colo. – Whether you leave your pet at a kennel for the holidays or load them up in the car with the kids and presents, there are steps you can take to make your travels less stressful for all.
“A change in routine such as a new location, traveling, and meeting new animals can be stressful for pets and this makes them more prone to illness. One of the most important steps for keeping them healthy is to make sure they are up to date on their vaccinations. Check with your veterinarian to make sure your pet is properly protected against any diseases to which they may be exposed.” said Dr. Kate Anderson, pet care program administrator for the Colorado Department of Agriculture.
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“Better Prospects for Small-Scale Budget Deal”
Chances for a small-scale budget deal that would ease automatic spending increases in 2014 are reportedly improving. Senate Budget Chair Patty Murray is going to return to Washington next week – while the Senate is still on recess – to continue negotiations. Aides on both sides of the aisle that are familiar with the talks have told reporters there’s been progress – though no agreement yet. Reports are that Murray and House Budget Chair Paul Ryan appear to be focused on proposals left over from the 2011 deficit supercommittee and earlier efforts by Vice President Joe Biden.
“USMEF Chair Hopes Congress Will Take a Cue from the EU on Ag Export Support”
The U.S. Congress is trying to find ways to trim the budget – including in agriculture – but the European Commission has proposed more than tripling its spending in the international marketplace to support the export of EU agricultural and agri-food sector products. According to EU media reports – the proposed initiative aims to help the sector’s professionals break into international markets and make consumers more aware of the efforts made by European farmers to provide quality products. The proposal would boost European aid for agricultural exports progressively from 82.5-million dollars in the 2013 budget to 270.5-million in 2020. With consumers increasingly aware of the safety, quality and sustainability of food production methods – European Commissioner for Agriculture Dacian Ciolos says European farmers and small or medium-sized enterprises are in a position of strength. U.S. Meat Export Federation Chairman Mark Jagels says this proposal sends a clear message – one he hopes our Congress is listening to. With 96-percent of the world’s population living outside our borders – Jagels says we need to focus our energy and resources on putting U.S. meat and other agricultural products on the world’s tables. If we don’t – he says our competitors in the EU and around the world will gladly take that business off our hands. Continue reading
FORT COLLINS – After historic wildfires and then flooding, natural resource professionals are filling new roles as Recovery Managers – a new position created in some of Colorado’s hardest hit areas. On Dec. 4, recovery managers from across the state of Colorado will be at Colorado State University to share insights about their roles as recovery managers, the status of recovery in their areas, and the challenges and key lessons that these disasters presented.
The Wildfire and Flood Recovery Manager panel will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 4 at the Lory Student Center Theatre on campus. The event is free and open to the public. The panel will speak about their experiences and the ongoing recovery efforts for both floods and wildfires that have impacted Colorado in the last two years followed by a Q&A panel discussion with the audience.
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Includes Croissant Red Angus of Briggsdale, CO and Christensen Brothers, Inc. of Weldona, CO (no pic available )…
Red Angus producers from Texas to Oregon reported 758 head of Red Angus cattle that reached tremendous yield and quality combinations earning them the title of Grid Master in 2013. The Red Angus Association of America (RAAA) recognized these Grid Master award winners at its 60th National Convention in Lewistown, Mont., this fall.
In order to become Grid Masters, Red Angus or Red Angus-influenced cattle enrolled in the RAAA’s Feeder Calf Certification Program (FCCP) must achieve a specified level of carcass excellence. Both conventionally and naturally fed cattle are eligible.
Conventionally fed Red Angus cattle must be marketed in lots of at least 30 head, reach a minimum of 85 percent Choice and Prime, have a maximum of 5 percent Yield Grade 4s and a minimum grid score of 100.
Naturally fed Red Angus cattle must also be marketed in lots of at least 30 head, achieve 90 percent Choice and Prime, with a maximum of 10 percent Yield Grade 4s and a minimum Grid Score of 100.
According to Myron Edelman, RAAA director of added value programs, drought, feed cost and availability challenged feeders in 2013 to identify cattle that have potential for profitability in premium markets. “Cattle that are efficient in the feed yards and still meet the hard-to-achieve specifications as Grid Masters are valuable at every stage of the beef supply chain,” he explained.
Cargill, Meyer Natural Angus, National Beef, Painted Hills Natural Beef, JBS Swift & Co. and Tyson Foods harvested the Red Angus Grid Master qualifiers. Cargill reported harvesting the most Grid Master cattle – 186 head – followed by Painted Hills Natural Beef with 141 head and Tyson Foods with 137 head of award-winners.
The following producers and feeders were awarded 2013 Grid Master Awards for conventionally fed cattle: Continue reading
ARLINGTON, VA – A recent analysis by the Congressional Research Service (CRS) of the competing House and Senate farm bills shows that the Senate’s dairy program costs less than the House version, the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) said today, helping fortify the case for the Senate‘s dairy title as negotiations continue in the congressional farm bill committee.
The House farm bill’s dairy title is projected to cost $418 million above the baseline, according to the CRS report released in October, while the Senate dairy program costs $302 million more over the next ten years. [These figures are in Tables 4 and 5 of the report, starting on p. 22].
Incoming NMPF President and CEO Jim Mulhern said Tuesday that the CRS report – the first to compare the two competing farm bill versions that conferees are attempting to reconcile – buttresses the point that NMPF has been making about the need to couple margin insurance with a market stabilization program, as the Senate bill does, to achieve cost controls.
LAKEWOOD, Colo. – Finding the perfect tree, hunting for special menu ingredients and searching for ideal gifts can be stressful. The Colorado Department of Agriculture has a variety of online resources to help consumers through this special, but hectic, time of year. The Colorado Food and Agriculture Gift Guide and the Colorado Christmas Tree List help shoppers connect with local producers.
“You make a difference when you choose Colorado,” said Commissioner of Agriculture John Salazar. “I encourage you to look for the Colorado Proud logo and buy local wherever you shop or dine.”
The Colorado Food and Agriculture Gift Guide lists companies that sell items ranging from gourmet baskets filled with sweets and snacks to mouth-watering meats and fresh produce. The Christmas Tree List identifies locations where individuals can find the perfect tree for their families. The directory includes u-cut operations and information on cutting trees at national forests.
Colorado Proud was created by the Colorado Department of Agriculture in 1999 to promote locally grown, raised or processed food and agricultural products to consumers statewide. Currently, the program has more than 2,000 members that include growers, processors, restaurants and retailers. For more information, visit www.coloradoproud.org.
Washington, DC – Colorado U.S. Senators Michael Bennet and Mark Udall today are urging Senate Appropriators to provide emergency funding to support Colorado’s continuing recovery efforts in the aftermath of September’s destructive floods. The senators also requested additional resources for wildfire mitigation that would help avoid greater fire suppression and recovery costs in the future.
Bennet and Udall are requesting the resources from the Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) program, which is designed to support efforts to restore eroded watersheds and damaged drinking water infrastructure. The senators are also pushing for targeted funding through the Hazardous Fuel Reduction accounts, in order to prevent catastrophic wildfires and save the federal government money in the long-term.
While the U.S. Congress continues to debate budget cuts, the European Commission has proposed more than tripling its spending in the international marketplace to support the export of EU agricultural and agri-food sector products.
“Enjoy, it’s from Europe” is the slogan for the proposed expanded export initiative that “aims to help the sector’s professionals break into international markets and make consumers more aware of the efforts made by European farmers to provide quality products, based on a genuine strategy established at European level,” according to EU media reports.
The proposal, which will be submitted to the European Parliament for its review, would boost European aid for agricultural exports progressively from €61 million ($82.5 million) in the 2013 budget to €200 million ($270.5 million) in 2020.
“In a world in which consumers are increasingly aware of the safety, quality and sustainability of food production methods, European farmers and small- or medium-sized enterprises are in a position of strength,” said European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Dacian Ciolos. “The European agricultural and agri-food sector is well-known for the unrivalled quality of its products and its compliance with standards that are unmatched anywhere else in the world. With over €110 billion worth of exports already, this is a formidable asset for boosting growth and employment within the EU.”
How will Colorado share the Colorado River? How much irrigated land will be dried up to slake the thirst of growing cities? How far should the state and local governments go in requiring residents to conserve?
These are some of the questions that will be addressed in Colorado’s statewide water plan, which is currently under development. Back in May, Governor Hickenlooper ordered the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) to develop a draft plan by Dec. 10, 2014, which is to be finalized by Dec. 10, 2015.
The Governor directed the CWCB to work with numerous parties to carry out this task, including “Basin Roundtables” of stakeholders in each of the state’s major river basins, as well as the Denver metro area. Colorado’s Basin Roundtables were formed to do bottom-up water planning by the Colorado Water for the 21st Century Act in 2005.
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“Still Hope for the Farm Bill This Year”
Even though Congress is on break for Thanksgiving – the four principal negotiators are meeting. If they can reach an agreement – the plan is to hold an open conference meeting Monday (December 4). The Senate will not actually be in session – but House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Collin Peterson says they have already been put on alert they may need to return to Washington for the meeting. The hope had been for the Ag Committee leaders to reach agreement before the Thanksgiving recess. According to Peterson – there are still disagreements over the commodity title and food stamps. He said Friday that the commodity title conflict is a conflict between Republicans – with those from the north favoring the Senate version of the bill and those from the south favoring the House bill. House Ag Chair Frank Lucas admitted Friday that reaching a farm bill agreement has been harder than he thought it would be. He added dairy to the list of trouble spots. He also mentioned issues like country-of-origin labeling, changes to the Packers and Stockyards Act and the amendment sponsored by Representative Steve King to stop states from banning food produced in another state due to objections over production methods. Lucas said those will likely have to be settled in an open session. With Senate Ag Chair Debbie Stabenow and Peterson opposed to an extension – Lucas said the chances are not good for an extension – so conferees just have to get their work done. North Dakota Senator John Hoeven doesn’t want an extension either. He told folks in his home state over the weekend that the elements for a farm bill compromise are there – it just comes down to getting people to agree. Hoeven believes if the four principal negotiators can reach agreement – the House could take the bill to the floor before leaving on December 13th and the Senate could take up the bill before going out of session on the 20th.
If Congress doesn’t pass the bill in December – Hoeven said there’s still a chance in early January. The main concern is that Congress will be trying to finish a budget deal and finish appropriations for the rest of fiscal year 2014. But Hoeven said farmers and ranchers need certainty and Congress needs to deliver a five-year farm bill so they know what to count on. He encouraged his audience to urge all members of Congress to get the job done – not wait until January. Continue reading
FORT COLLINS – Colorado State University Extension is hosting an informational meeting for farmers, ranchers and landowners affected by the recent floods. A wide variety of information regarding technical assistance for recovery will be presented. The meeting will be useful for landowners and agricultural producers with flood-related damage to infrastructure – land, soil, pasture, fencing – and related concerns.
The Northern Colorado Flood Recovery Assistance and Resource Fair will be held from 1 – 4:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16, in the McKee Building at The Ranch, Crossroads Boulevard and I-25, in Loveland. The event is free and open to the public; no pre-registration is required.
Information on debris removal, soil, pasture and land reclamation resources, and water quality will be presented. There will be a plenary session as well as time to visit one-on-one with local representatives, including:
• USDA/Natural Resources Conservation Service
• Colorado State University Extension
• Rocky Mountain Farmers Union
• Local Food Shift Group
• Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment
• Local governments
• Suppliers and service providers
For more information contact Keith Maxey, CSU Extension-Weld County, (970) 304-6535 ext. 2075 or email@example.com
Senators Led Delegation Request for Quick Release of Funding
Washington, DC – Colorado U.S. Senators Michael Bennet and Mark Udall today welcomed the release of $11.7 million from the Natural Resources Conservation Service’s (NRCS) Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) program to help restore watersheds damaged by September’s devastating floods. The funding will help cover 75 percent of the costs for 26 emergency projects, such as the stabilization of riverbanks and rechanneling of rivers and streams that were redirected following the historic floods that swept through Colorado’s Front Range.
“With winter weather descending on Colorado, it is more important than ever to complete these watershed restoration projects so that the spring snowmelt doesn’t cause further flood damage,” Bennet said. “These resources will help restore our watersheds and riverbanks and help protect nearby communities. Coloradans are banding together to quickly complete these projects, in many cases ahead of schedule, and this funding will support those efforts. We will continue to work closely with NRCS and other federal agencies to meet the needs of the many other recovery projects that remain.”
“The September flood literally redrew the map in parts of Colorado, with some streams and rivers moving hundreds of feet from their original paths. During my travels to flood-damaged communities, I saw first-hand the extensive erosion and damage caused by this disaster,” Udall said. “These funds, which I have been proud to champion with the delegation, will help us restore Colorado’s waterways, stabilize river and stream banks, and provide much needed protection for soil erosion and mudslides.”
To view the entire USDA/NASS Colorado Crop Progress Report from September 25th, 2013 – CLICK HERE
New County Committee Election Ballots to be Mailed.
The County Committee Election ballots that were mailed to producers on Nov. 4 were incorrectly printed with the producer’s name and address on the back of the ballot. County committee elections must use a secret ballot so the misprinted ballots cannot be used. Please destroy or recycle the misprinted ballot. If you have already voted, your ballot will be destroyed unopened.
New ballots will be mailed to producers on December 20, 2013.
These ballots will indicate that they are the corrected ballot in several places, including on the outside of the mailing, on the ballot and on the outside of the return envelope.
The corrected ballot must be returned to your local County FSA Office or postmarked by January 17, 2014.
All newly elected county committee members will take office February 18, 2014. All county committee members whose term expires on Dec. 31, 2013, will have their term extended to January 31, 2014.
County committee members are an important component of the operations of FSA and provide a link between the agricultural community and USDA. Farmers and ranchers elected to county committees help deliver FSA programs at the local level, applying their knowledge and judgment to make decisions on commodity price support programs; conservation programs; incentive indemnity and disaster programs for some commodities; emergency programs and eligibility. FSA committees operate within official regulations designed to carry out federal laws.
To be an eligible voter, farmers and ranchers must participate or cooperate in an FSA program. A person who is not of legal voting age, but supervises and conducts the farming operations of an entire farm may also be eligible to vote.
More information on county committees, such as the new 2013 fact sheet and brochures, can be found on the FSA website at www.fsa.usda.gov/elections or at a local USDA Service Center.