01-30-16 The 2016 Cattle Industry Convention Draws Strong Crowd to San Diego; NCBA Members Elect Officers…

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SAN DIEGO, CALIF. (January 30, 2016) –The 2016 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show wrapped up Sat., Jan 30, 2016, with the NCBA board of directors meeting. More than 6,700 attended this year’s convention to engage in grassroots policy process, hear from industry experts, and attend the expansive tradeshow. Tracy Brunner, Kansas cattle producer, was officially elected to succeed Philip Ellis as NCBA president. Continue reading

01-29-16 NASS-CO: USDA TO MEASURE FARMLAND RENTAL RATES…

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Lakewood, Colorado – Beginning in February, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service will contact farmers and ranchers to gather land rental rate information for the Cash Rents and Leases survey. The results of this survey will serve as a valuable decision-making tool for farmers, ranchers and other landowners and will help shape negotiations for 2017 rental agreements.

“This brief survey is our only source of county cash rental rates,” said NASS’ Mountain Region Field Office Director Bill Meyer. “By responding, producers help the farming community when establishing new leases or rental agreements and ensures USDA bases its decisions on the most accurate data.” NASS will publish average cash rental rates at national, state and county levels for non-irrigated cropland, irrigated cropland, and pastureland on September 9, 2016. Continue reading

01-29-16 CBB: Entrepreneurial Spirit Guides New Beef Board Chair Anne Anderson…

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Cow-calf and stocker operator Anne Anderson from Austin, Texas, was elected by fellow Cattlemen’s Beef Board (CBB) members to serve as CBB chairman in 2016. The vote came today during the 2016 Cattle Industry Annual Convention in San Diego, Calif.

Get to know Anne in the following interview: (click on the photo for a high res version)

Tell us about yourself and your history in the beef industry.

Anne:  I grew up on the Gulf Coast on a small ranch in Columbus, Texas, and at the age of 1, was given my first calf. We (siblings and cousins) all owned cattle in a co-mingled herd, raised them throughout our school years, and then had the opportunity to sell our herd to help put ourselves through college. Continue reading

01-29-16 Beef Board Elects 2016 Leadership Team…

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Anne Anderson, Brett Morris and Joan Ruskamp are New CBB Officers

Cattle producers Anne Anderson of Austin, Texas, Brett Morris of Ninnekah, Oklahoma, and Joan Ruskamp of Dodge, Nebraska are the new leadership team for the Cattlemen’s Beef Board, elected unanimously by fellow Beef Board members during the 2016 Cattle Industry Convention in San Diego on Jan. 29, 2016. Anderson will serve as chairman, Morris as vice chairman and Ruskamp as secretary/ treasurer of the Cattlemen’s Beef Board to lead the national Beef Checkoff Program for the coming year.

The Beef Board also elected members to serve on the CBB Executive Committee and others to fill the CBB seats on the Beef Promotion Operating Committee.

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01-29-16 NASS: SHEEP, LAMB, AND GOAT INVENTORY JANUARY 1, 2016

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The January 1, 2016 inventory of all sheep and lambs in Arizona totaled 145,000 head, down 3 percent from January 1, 2015. The number of breeding sheep and lambs decreased by 1 percent from last year to 106,000 head while market sheep and lambs decreased by 9 percent to 39,000 head. The number of replacement lambs increased 4 percent to 25,000 head. The number of ewes one year old and older decreased 1 percent from last year to 75,000 head. The number of rams one year old and older, at 6,000 head, are down 1,000 head from last year. Of the 39,000 head of market sheep and lambs, 4,000 head were market sheep and 35,000 head were market lambs. There were 10,000 lambs weighing less than 65 pounds this year, down 2,000 head from a year earlier; 7,000 head were in the 65-84 pound weight group, down 1,000 head from the previous year; 6,000 head weighed 85-105 pounds compared with 5,000 head last year; and 12,000 head weighed over 105 pounds compared with 14,000 head in this weight group on January 1, 2015. The 2015 lamb crop, at 51,000 head, was up 4 percent from the 2014 lamb crop. Wool production in Arizona during 2015 totaled 620,000 pounds, down 9 percent from the previous year. The number of all sheep and lambs shorn, at 110,000 head, was down 4 percent from 115,000 head shorn a year earlier. The value of wool production for 2015 totaled $713,000, and was down 5 percent from a year earlier as producers received $1.15 per pound of wool sold compared with $1.10 per pound the previous year. Angora goat inventory was down 3 percent from last year at 35,000 head. Meat and other goats accounted for 27,000 head on January 1, 2016, down 4 percent from last year. Mohair production in Arizona totaled 115,000 pounds, down 4 percent from the previous year. The number of angora goats clipped at 29,000 head, was down 12 percent from last year. The value of mohair production for 2015 totaled $184,000, and was up 33 percent from the previous year as producers received $1.60 per pound of mohair sold compared to $1.15 the previous year.

COLORADO

The January 1, 2016 inventory of all sheep and lambs in Colorado totaled 435,000 head, up 4 percent from January 1, 2015. The number of breeding sheep and lambs was unchanged from last year at 220,000 head while market sheep and lambs increased by 8 percent to 215,000 head. The number of replacement lambs decreased 3 percent to 29,000 head. The number of ewes one year old and older was unchanged from last year at 184,000 head. The number of rams one year old and older, at 7,000 head, are up 1,000 head from last year. Of the 215,000 head of market sheep and lambs, 2,000 head were market sheep and 213,000 head were market lambs. There were 3,000 lambs weighing less than 65 pounds this year, down 2,000 head from a year earlier; 9,000 head were in the 65-84 pound weight group, up 1,000 head from the previous year; 22,000 head weighed 85-105 pounds compared with 34,000 head last year; and 179,000 head weighed over 105 pounds compared with 148,000 head in this weight group on January 1, 2015. The 2015 lamb crop, at 200,000 head, was unchanged from the 2014 lamb crop. Wool production in Colorado during 2015 totaled 2.41 million pounds, up slightly from the previous year. The number of all sheep and lambs shorn, at 320,000 head, was down 6 percent from 340,000 head shorn a year earlier. The value of wool production for 2015 totaled $4.34 million, and was down 2 percent from a year earlier as producers received $1.80 per pound of wool sold compared with $1.85 per pound the previous year. Meat and other goats accounted for 23,000 head on January 1, 2016, compared with 25,000 head last year and milk goats totaled 11,000 head, up from 10,000 head a year ago.

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01-29-16 NASS-CO Cattle Inventory Report…

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ARIZONA

The January 1, 2016 inventory of all cattle and calves in Arizona totaled 900,000 head, up 2 percent from the January 1, 2015 inventory. Beef cows, at 180,000 head, were up 5,000 head from the previous year. Milk cows were unchanged from last year at 195,000 head. Arizona’s 2015 calf crop, at 295,000 head, is up 2 percent from 2014.

Other class estimates as of January 1, 2016 and percent changes from 2015 were as follows: Beef replacement heifers 500 pounds and over, up 15 percent to 39,000 head; milk replacement heifers 500 pounds and over, up 5 percent to 68,000 head; other heifers 500 pounds and over, up 33 percent to 28,000 head; steers 500 pounds and over, down 2 percent to 270,000 head; bulls 500 pounds and over, unchanged at 20,000 head; and calves under 500 pounds, up 5 percent to 100,000 head. The total inventory included 257,000 head of cattle and calves on feed, up 2 percent from last year.

COLORADO

The January 1, 2016 inventory of all cattle and calves in Colorado totaled 2.70 million head, up 6 percent from the revised January 1, 2015 inventory of 2.55 million head. Beef cows, at 772,000 head, were up 47,000 head from the previous year. Milk cows increased 3,000 head from last year to 148,000 head. Colorado’s 2015 calf crop, at 800,000 head, is up 7 percent from 2014.

Other class estimates as of January 1, 2016 and percent changes from 2015 were as follows: Beef replacement heifers 500 pounds and over, up 18 percent to 200,000 head; milk replacement heifers 500 pounds and over, up 5 percent to 105,000 head; other heifers 500 pounds and over, down 2 percent to 460,000 head; steers 500 pounds and over, up 4 percent to 810,000 head; bulls 500 pounds and over, unchanged at 55,000 head; and calves under 500 pounds, up 43 percent to 150,000 head. The total inventory included 910,000 head of cattle and calves on feed, down 2 percent from last year

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01-29-16 NASS-CO News: USDA NASS CO Grain Prices for December 2015

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December Farm Prices Received Index Decreased 2.2 Percent

The December Prices Received Index (Agricultural Production), at 90, decreased 2.2 percent from November. At 84, the Crop Production Index increased 2.4 percent. At 97, the Livestock Production Index decreased 7.6 percent. Producers received lower prices for market eggs, cattle, milk, and calves but higher prices for broilers, grapes, corn, and celery. In addition to prices, the indexes are influenced by the monthly mix of commodities producers market. Increased monthly movement of oranges, milk, broilers, and wheat offset the decreased marketing of corn, grapes, soybeans, and calves. The Prices Received Index is down 11 percent from the previous year. The Food Commodities Index, at 97, decreased 4.0 percent from the previous month and is down 16 percent from December 2014.

December Prices Paid Index Down 1.9 Percent
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01-29-16 US Senator Bennet Introduces Amendment to Provide Bow Hunters Access to Prime Hunting Lands…

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Washington, DC – Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet has introduced an amendment to provide bow hunters with access to some of the country’s prime hunting lands. The measure would allow bow hunters with sheathed archery equipment to cross national park lands along established trails or corridors to access adjacent hunting lands.

“Bow hunters have been denied access to cross our national parks as other hunters do all the time,” Bennet said. “This commonsense amendment would fix this oversight in our laws and allow bow hunters to carry their bows when traveling to and from some of the best and most scenic hunting areas.” Continue reading

01-29-16 Former Navy SEAL Headlines NCBA’s 2016 Cattle Industry Convention Second General Session…

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SAN DIEGO, CALIF. (January 29, 2016) –The More than 3,000 attendees were enthralled at the second general session of the 2016 Cattle Industry Convention & NCBA Trade Show in San Diego, Calif.,  on Jan. 29 , where Rob O’Neill, a former SEAL, team leader and Naval senior chief petty officer, shared a riveting and inspiring message drawn on more than 400 combat missions across four theaters of war. O’Neill is a highly-decorated combat veteran who described through moving and emotional stories how the military’s best-of-the-best approach to strategic planning can succeed where mission failure is not an option. Continue reading

01-29-16 PlainsGold® Varieties Continue to Dominate Colorado Winter Wheat Variety Survey…

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January 29, 2016, Fort Collins, Colo. – For the second consecutive year, Byrd was the most popular winter wheat variety in Colorado, planted on 33.2 percent of all winter wheat acres in the fall of 2015, according to the Colorado Winter Wheat Variety Survey released by USDA/NASS this spring.

Hatcher came in second, accounting for 18 percent of the 2015 crop and in third place was Brawl CL Plus with 9 percent of the acres. Snowmass and other Colorado State University (CSU) varieties owned by the Colorado Wheat Research Foundation (CWRF) and sold under the PlainsGold® brand accounted for 68.7 percent of winter wheat acres planted in Colorado identified by variety in the survey. Colorado wheat farmers planted an estimated 2.25 million acres to winter wheat in the fall of 2015 for harvest in 2016. Continue reading

01-29-16 NCBA Affiliates Awarded New Holland Leases for Recruitment Efforts…

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SAN DIEGO, CALIF. (January 29, 2016) –The Missouri Cattlemen’s Association and the California Cattlemen’s Association each earned use of a piece of equipment from New Holland for their outstanding efforts to recruit new members to the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. Each of these NCBA affiliates will get its choice of a one-year lease on a New Holland Roll-Belt™ 560 Specialty Crop round baler or a one-year lease on a New Holland T6 175 tractor. The organizations received their awards during the Best of Beef Breakfast at the 2016 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show in San Diego, Jan. 29. Continue reading

01-29-16 Inside the BARN with CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg…

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(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) January 29, 2016 – Joining me inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network is State Senator Jerry Sonnenberg from District 1 discussing several topics including:

Legislation that Senator Sonnenberg carrying…

  1. Conservation Easements- SB 44
  2. Tampering with Human Remains heard on Feb 3rd Judiciary Committee
  3. Tax Credits to help beginning farmers – in house now

Potential legislation

  1. Water bills for storage and streamlining the permitting process as asked for in the Water Plan
  2. Bills to bring the state agencies under control like rule making having to be approved by committees and maximum on fines

CFB launched NO on 69 Campaign on Jan 28th

Recent CDPHE Public Meetings on Clean Power Plan

Final Thoughts – Oregon Situation

To listen to the Two Part Interview, click the audio mp3 links below…

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01-29-16 NCBA: Minnesota Students Win 2016 Collegiate Beef Quiz Bowl…

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SAN DIEGO, CALIF. (January 29, 2016) – A team of students from the University of Minnesota took top honors in the 2016 National Collegiate Beef Quiz Bowl, held in conjunction with the 2016 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show in San Diego, Calif., Jan 27. The competition was sponsored by Farm Credit Services, and was presented by the American Society of Animal Science and the National Cattlemen’s Foundation.

The annual beef quiz bowl is designed to help develop future leaders through industry-oriented education and competition while also offering students the opportunity to be part of the annual cattle convention. Participating teams earn the right to compete in the national competition by winning their ASAS section’s competition of the Academic Quadrathlon.

Minnesota Students Win 2016 Collegiate Beef Quiz Bowl

Members of the winning University of Minnesota beef quiz bowl team were (from left) Troy King and Rebecca Church, and Sarah Marketon (second from right) and Trevor Otte (right). Presenting the award were Linda Davis, National Cattlemen’s Foundation (third from left) and Sarah Cortese, director of communications for Farm Credit (fourth from left.)

Students on the winning team at Minnesota were Rebecca Church, Sarah Marketon, Troy King and Trevor Otte. The second highest-scoring team was Penn State University, with members Amber Gabel, Michelle Hartzell, Jaylene Lesher and Elizabeth Palmer. Continue reading

01-29-16 NCBA: JBS Employee Honored With 2016 Max Deets Leadership Award…

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SAN DIEGO, CALIF. (January 29, 2016) – Cody Norton, a senior beef pricing analyst for JBS Swift, has been awarded the Max Deets Leadership Award for 2016 by the National Cattlemen’s Foundation for demonstrating outstanding leadership in the cattle industry. Norton was recognized for his achievement at the Best of Beef Breakfast during the 2016 Cattle Industry Convention in San Diego, Calif., Jan. 29. Continue reading

01-29-16 NCBA Recognizes 2015 Top Hand Club Winners at Cattle Industry Convention and Trade Show…

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SAN DIEGO, CALIF. (January 29, 2016) –The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s 2015 Top Hand Club celebrated today the recruitment of 1,240 new NCBA members, all recruited by NCBA members over the past year.

The Top Hand Club was initiated in 1982 as NCBA’s member-recruit-a-member program that recognizes volunteer leaders for their commitment in growing a strong national association. To become a Top Hand Club member, individuals must recruit at least three new NCBA members. To remain in the club, members must recruit two new members each subsequent year. The Top Hand Club recruitment year runs Oct. 1 through Sept. 30. The program is sponsored by Case IH and Roper, Stetson. Continue reading

01-28-16 Maintaining and Expanding Colorado’s Statewide Transportation System: A Rural Perspective…

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The condition of the statewide highway system is deteriorating.  This is not about “their roads” and “our roads”.  It must be about expanding and maintaining the entire statewide system.  Congestion and road condition issues are real in urban areas.  Still the urban areas of the state must acknowledge that urban Colorado needs the statewide system to grow and prosper. Colorado roads serve all of Colorado and the nation. Continue reading

01-29-16 National Bison Association Jr. Judging Contest Winners Announced…

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Northeastern Jr. College, Sterling, Colo., FFA Sweeps Individual and Team Placings

DENVER-Young people age 8 to 21 competed Jan. 20, for $3,600 in individual scholarships and team trophies at the National Bison Association’s (NBA) Eighth Annual Junior Judging Contest.  Taking top honors and a $1,500 scholarship provided by the National Buffalo Foundation was Krista Carter, Alliance, Neb., a student at Northeastern Jr. College (NJC), Sterling, Colo., who scored 229 points.  The top placing team, scoring a total of 686 points, was also from NJC and included Carter, Logan Criswell, Chappell, Neb.; Lonny Trehal, Kiowa, Colo.; and Tyler Bauer, Loveland, Colo. The team is coached by Randell VonKrosigk, Sterling. Colo. Continue reading

01-29-16 Five Beef Quality Assurance Awards Presented…

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This week, three producers were honored with the checkoff’s annual national Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) award and Dairy Beef Quality Assurance (DBQA) award, which were created to recognize outstanding beef and dairy producers from across the country who incorporate BQA principles as part of the day-to-day activities on their operations. In addition, key cattle industry influencers who promote BQA principles on a daily basis were honored. One individual was recognized with the BQA Marketer Award, and one individual received the BQA Educator of the Year Award.

2016 winners were: Continue reading

Read the NAFB’s National Ag News for Friday, January 29th…

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China Signals Domestic Corn Price Cuts

China’s Central Rural Working Leading Group says domestic corn prices are not competitive and as indicated earlier this week, say the price needs to be set by the market to reduce imports. Leadership with the group claims if the domestic corn price could be based on supply and demand the country would not need to import at all. Pro Farmer’s First Thing Today reports the group believes a “rational” price level for domestic corn would be around the equivalent of $243 per metric ton, which is the import price accepted by downstream corn users. That price level is 20 percent lower than the state corn price for the current marketing year. The group also noted the Chinese government is investigating how to subsidize farmers without artificially raising prices if it were to cut or let the market determine corn prices.

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Beef Producers Continue to Support the Checkoff

The majority of beef producers say they approve of the Beef Checkoff Program. A recent survey found three out of four producers, or 76 percent, support the checkoff. The random survey of 1,200 beef and dairy producers nationwide was conducted by an independent firm in late December 2015 and early January 2016. The survey found an overwhelming majority of beef and dairy producers continue to say their beef checkoff has value for them in many ways. Results of the January 2016 producer attitude study shows support at the same level as a year ago, despite much more pessimism about what lies ahead for the live cattle market, according to the beef checkoff. A summary of the survey is available at My Beef Checkoff dot com (www.mybeefcheckoff.com).

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Half of Nation’s Dairy Farmers Sign up for MPP

USDA says slightly more than half of the nation’s dairy farms have signed up for a second year in the Margin Protection Program, the USDA safety net for milk producers. Farm Service Agency data shows nearly 23,000 out of approximately 45,000 dairy farms nationwide have qualified for coverage. The program allows farmers to recoup money when the margin, or the difference between the price of milk and feed costs, falls below a coverage level selected by the farmer. Agri-Pulse reports that as with last year’s signup, California farmers joined at a relatively high rate. Seventy-six percent of the state’s more than1,400 licensed dairy operations signed up. The majority of farmers signed up at the $4 coverage level, which requires a flat $100 fee. Only about 23 percent of dairy farmers who signed up opted for coverage above the basic level.

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Court Rules EPA Cannot Vacate Enlist Duo Label

A circuit court this week denied the Environmental Protection Agency’s motion to vacate the registration for Dow AgroScience’s Enlist Duo herbicide. The EPA filed a petition last fall to vacate the label, which contains both 2-4-D and glyphosate. The herbicide was developed to help farmers combat weed resistance. EPA claimed it was concerned that the combination of 2-4-D and glyphosate may be harmful to non-target plants. As a result, farmers can still use the product and ag retailers can still sell Enlist Duo for the upcoming growing season, according to AGProfessional. The Enlist Duo was never removed from the market following the EPA motion. Enlist Duo still needs import approval from China. However, the product is registered in 15 Midwestern states.

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USDA Seeks Proposals for Market-Based Wetland Protection Systems

A new USDA program seeks proposals for market-based wetland protection systems. The Wetland Mitigation Banking Program from USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service has $9 million available to help states and local governments develop wetland mitigation banks. The banks must restore, create or enhance wetland ecosystems. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the program Thursday authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill. Vilsack says Wetland Mitigation Banks will give farmers and ranchers more conservation options so they can find the best solution for their land and produce more results. NRCS is seeking applications from eligible third-parties to develop wetland mitigation banks or modify existing banks to better serve agricultural producers. Proposals are due to NRCS on March 28th. More information can be found online at grants dot gov (www.grants.gov).

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Americans to Eat 1.3 Billion Chicken Wings for Super Bowl 50

Football fans next weekend will consume an estimated 1.3 billion chicken wings on Super Bowl Sunday. The National Chicken Council’s 2016 Wing Report released this week expects fans to eat three percent more wings than last year on game day, or 37.5 million more wings. 1.3 billion chicken wings is enough for every person in the United States to have four wings each. During the 2016 NFL playoffs, in cities where chicken wings sold higher than their opponent, the city with higher wing sales won seven of the ten playoff games and four of the five past Super Bowl games.  If the same holds true for Super Bowl 50, The National Chicken Council says the Panthers will roll over the Broncos, selling wings at nearly a three to one pace.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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