2016 Colorado Wheat Field Days June 9-15, check out the entire schedule…

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May 20, 2016, Fort Collins, Colo. – The 2016 Colorado Wheat Field Days will be held June 9-15 at eleven different variety trial sites throughout eastern Colorado. The field days are jointly hosted by the Colorado Wheat Administrative Committee (CWAC), Colorado Association of Wheat Growers (CAWG), Colorado Wheat Research Foundation (CWRF) and Colorado State University (CSU) Cooperative Extension and Agricultural Experiment Station. Continue reading

05-11-16 FSA-CO-Weld County News for May…

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Weld County FSA CED Jeff Wilson

Weld County FSA CED Jeff Wilson

(GREELEY, CO) – May 11, 2016 – Weld County USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Jeff Wilson reminds producers of the need to annually enroll into a 2016 Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) contract.

“Many farmers are busy trying to get corn and other spring crops planted and it is understandable why the number of visitors in the local FSA office is low right now, but we need them to come visit soon in order to meet the reporting deadlines”, said Wilson. Continue reading

05-11-16 National FFA Organization and National FFA Foundation Name Mark Poeschl Chief Executive Officer

National FFA Emblem - REfreshed March 2015Mark Poeschl - National FFA CEOINDIANAPOLIS (Wednesday, May 11, 2016/National FFA Organization) – The National FFA Organization and the National FFA Foundation announced today that Mark Poeschl of Brookville, Ohio, will become the new chief executive officer of both organizations effective Aug. 1, 2016.

National FFA Advisor and FFA Board of Directors Chair Dr. Steve A. Brown shared the news with agricultural education state leaders and National FFA staff, saying, “Mark’s management and leadership experience will embrace the mission of FFA and enhance our vision to grow leaders, build communities and strengthen agriculture. I look forward to working with a visionary leader who will continue developing student success within agricultural education.” Beth Bechdol, chair of the National FFA Foundation Board of Trustees, said, “Mark has clearly demonstrated in his professional experiences his abilities to collaborate, innovate, communicate and lead. I am confident he will continue the positive momentum generated by our retiring CEO, Dr. Dwight Armstrong, and ensure even greater success for National FFA and the students we serve.” Continue reading

05-11-16 BLM News: Wild Horses and Burros on Public Rangelands Now 2.5 Times Greater than 1971 when Protection Law Was Passed…

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Wild Horses and Burros on Public Rangelands Now 2.5 Times Greater than 1971 when Protection Law Was Passed

BLM seeks to expand initiatives to address problems with new legislative authority

  • 46,000 Horses Already Being Cared for Off-Range
  • Off-Range Care of Unadopted Horses Would Exceed $1 Billion
  • Necessary Horse Gathers Exceed Available Space and Funding

US Dept of Interiror BLM Wild Horse and Burro Program logoThe Bureau of Land Management announced today that as of March 1, 2016, more than 67,000 wild horses and burros are roaming Western public rangelands – a 15 percent increase over the estimated 2015 population. 

The updated numbers show more than twice the number of horses on the range than is recommended under BLM land use plans. It is also two and a half times the number of horses and burros that were estimated to be in existence when the Wild and Free Roaming Horses and Burros Act was passed in 1971.  To help address the problem, BLM is seeking legislative authority for additional initiatives.

“Over the past seven years we have doubled the amount of funding used for managing our nation’s wild horses and burros,” said BLM Director Neil Kornze. “Despite this, major shifts in the adoption market and the absence of a long-term fertility control drug have driven population levels higher. A number of program reforms are underway, but assistance is needed from our local, state, and federal partners.”  Continue reading

05-11-16 NCBA and PLC Pleased Administration Drops Lesser Prairie Chicken Appeal…

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WASHINGTON (May 11, 2016) – Statement by Ethan Lane, executive director, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Federal Lands and Public Lands Council regarding the decision by the Obama Administration to drop their appeal of the federal court decision that overturned the listing of the Lesser Prairie Chicken as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act.

“We are pleased that the Administration has elected not to proceed with their appeal of Judge Junell’s substantive ruling vacating last year’s unfounded listing of the Lesser Prairie Chicken under the Endangered Species Act. Voluntary conservation efforts like the Range-Wide Plan are working to recover the species and must be given an opportunity to succeed without the unnecessary burden of a federal ESA listing.” Continue reading

05-11-16 NFU Commends Sen. Grassley’s Reintroduction of Legislation Banning Packer Ownership of Livestock…

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NFU Commends Sen. Grassley’s Reintroduction of Legislation Banning Packer Ownership of Livestock

WASHINGTON (May 11, 2016) – A staunch advocate for more competition in agriculture, National Farmers Union (NFU) released the following statement commending U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) for reintroducing legislation to ban packer ownership of livestock: Continue reading

05-11-16 CSU Extension Brings Estate Planning Workshop in Springfield June 7th…

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Lasting Legacy Estate Planning Workshop Coming to Baca County  in Springfield on June 7th

It was a beautiful afternoon in late spring when Bob clutched his hands to his chest and collapsed in the field. He was dead within minutes. No warning. No chance of survival.

His wife and five children were left in utter disbelief. How was it possible that such a young man could be gone so quickly and without warning?   There was no will or estate plan to assist with the transfer of real estate and other assets.  There was no communication on how family members could fulfill his final wishes and instructions.  Continue reading

05-11-16 RMFU: Veronica Dufner is joining RMFU’s Cooperative Development Center as an urban co-op developer…

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Focusing On Developing Urban Cooperatives

Veronica Dufner RMFU Cooperative Development Center Urban Co-op DeveloperVeronica Dufner is joining RMFU’s Cooperative Development Center as an urban co-op developer. She will work with groups working to develop their own cooperative ventures.

Veronica has more than 13 years of organizing experience with community-based organizations and labor unions in Denver. During her time with the labor union, she served as the property services director, overseeing 3,200 union members, and as chief of staff, overseeing two divisions and all external organizing within SEIU Local 105. Veronica left SEIU Local 105 to lead education reform work in Southwest Denver as a the director of Padres & Jóvenes Unidos. Continue reading

05-11-16 RMFU: Aubriel Jones will focus on membership activities and engagement on the Eastern Plains…

RMFU New logo 111315RMFU Assistant Director of Membership Aubriel JonesAubriel Jones is joining the staff of RMFU as the assistant director of membership. She will be working with county chapters on the Eastern Plains of Colorado, as well as chapters in New Mexico and Wyoming.

She is eager to collaborate with farmers and ranchers to help educate the public about local farming practices and the profound impact agriculture has on our planet. She is passionate about advocating for sustainable agriculture, the value of small family farms, getting the younger generation interested in the farming profession, and being involved in the local food movement.  Continue reading

05-11-16 Inside the BARN with Colorado Corn Communications Director Eric Brown…

Colorado Corn LogoEric Brown - CO Corn Communications Director(The BARN – Briggsdale, CO) May 11, 2016 – Joining the Colorado Ag News Network inside the BARN is Colorado Corn’s Communications Director Eric Brown, discussing several topics that important to producers including:

  • CO Legislature Update
  • Corn planting progress in the nation & in Colorado
  • Recent report on Corn demand and projected production numbers
  • Brief recap of CCAC’s recent research and market development investments
  • CO Corn hires Melissa Ralston
  • & More

To listen to the entire interview, click the mp3 audio link below…


The Colorado Corn Growers Association and Colorado Corn Administrative Committee work on behalf of more than 4,000 corn producers through market development, communications, research and technical assistance. See more about the work of both organizations and to see the TRUTHS about Ethanol, please visit www.coloradocorn.com.

05-11-16 Melissa Ralston joins Colorado Corn staff: Listen to the EXCLUSIVE BARN Media interview…

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Melissa Ralston joins Colorado Corn staff 

Melissa Ralston CO CornMelissa Ralston last week joined the Colorado Corn staff to take over the organization’s market development and member services endeavors. 
Melissa comes to Colorado Corn from Colorado
Farm Bureau, where she was the associate director
of education and member services for three years. 
Ralston, who earned her bachelor’s degree in animal science and master’s degree in agricultural education from Colorado State University, was born and raised in the small coastal town of Nipomo, Calif. Her interest in agriculture began at an early age when she started riding horses and raising a variety of livestock for 4-H and FFA. 
After attending community college in California, she moved to Fort Collins to continue her education. She now lives near Hudson, where her fiancé’s family raises registered and commercial black Angus, and farms a variety of grain crops.

Listen to the BARN Media interview with Melissa Ralston…


Who is Colorado Corn?  Continue reading

05-11-16 USDA-NASS: Colorado Crop Production…

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Winter wheat production in Colorado, based on conditions as of May 1, 2016, is forecast at 74.10 million bushels, according to the Mountain Regional Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. This forecast is six percent below last year’s production of 79.18 million bushels and 17 percent below the 89.30 million bushel crop produced two years ago. Acreage for harvest, forecast at 1.95 million acres, is 190,000 acres less than a year ago. Average yield is forecast at 38.0 bushels per acre, up 1.0 bushel per acre from last year’s yield. Final yield will largely be determined by the combination of moisture and temperature conditions during May and June.

As of May 1, Colorado’s winter wheat crop condition was rated 1 percent very poor, 11 percent poor, 23 percent fair, 53 percent good, and 12 percent excellent, compared with 3 percent very poor, 11 percent poor, 32 percent fair, 46 percent good, and 8 percent excellent last year.

Hay stocks on Colorado farms and ranches as of May 1, 2016 totaled 800,000 tons, up 33 percent from stocks of 600,000 tons on hand last year. Hay production for 2015 was 4.30 million tons, 20 percent higher than 2014 production. Disappearance from December 1, 2015 to May 1, 2016 was 1.10 million tons, compared with 1.20 million tons the same period a year earlier.


05-09-16 FVC News: Homegrown By Heroes Label Now 500 Farmer Veterans Strong, 15 State Partnership Agreements…

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Homegrown By Heroes Label Now 500 Farmer Veterans Strong, 15 State Partnership Agreements

May 9, 2016 – When Farmer Veteran Coalition assumed stewardship of the Homegrown By Heroes label from the Kentucky Department of Agriculture in 2013, FVC Executive Director Michael O’Gorman had one goal: expand the label to a nationally recognized brand that differentiates farmer veteran products in competitive markets.

Today, thanks to generous support from Farm Credit, the Homegrown By Heroes label has expanded to more than 500 members representing 46 states plus Puerto Rico. Of those 46 states, Homegrown By Heroes has officially partnered with 15 state departments of agriculture to promote the label in conjunction with their own “Buy Local” labels.

The 15 partnered states are: Kentucky, Illinois, Ohio, Arkansas, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, South Carolina, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Maine, Indiana, Tennessee, West Virginia and Missouri. Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, May 11th…

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U.S. Will Challenge China over Chicken Duties

U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman says the U.S. will request the World Trade Organization take action against China for failing to eliminate its anti-dumping duties on U.S. chicken exports. The National Chicken Council and the U.S. Poultry and Egg Export Council applauded the announcement Tuesday in a joint statement. In 2013, a WTO dispute settlement panel found that China’s anti-dumping and countervailing duties violated its WTO obligations. Despite that decision, China has still refused to remove these duties. The two poultry groups said jointly “we are heartened to see that USTR will not back down when it comes to enforcing our rights, and in making sure we truly get the market access we bargained for.”


Poll Finds Overwhelming Support for Crop Insurance

Poll results announced this week find nearly 90 percent of Americans have a favorable view of farmers and 92 percent support federal funding for farmers, such as crop insurance. The poll, commissioned by the National Crop Insurance Services, also finds the support extends across party lines, showing that a strong farm policy is a bipartisan issue. Jon McHenry of North Star Opinion Research, the firm that conducted the poll, says the “response is not surprising when you consider that eight in 10 voters believe a vibrant agricultural industry was critical to the country’s national security.” More than 70 percent of voters also said they believed farmers should help fund part of their own safety net. This cost-sharing structure is at the heart of America’s crop insurance policy, according to NCIS, with farmers paying a portion of their insurance premiums and shouldering, on average, 25 percent of crop losses through deductibles.


Australian Meteorologists Say El Niño Ending

Australia’s weather bureau says the El Niño weather event is coming to a close. Pro Farmer’s First Thing Today reports The Australian Bureau of Meteorology said recently that over the past two weeks, the Pacific Ocean has cooled to near neutral levels. The cooling, according the meteorologist, signals the end of the El Niño weather pattern is approaching. The Bureau reiterated that there is a 50 percent chance of a La Niña pattern emerging this year, which is associated with wet weather for much of Australia. La Niña also has to potential to bring hot and dry weather conditions to the Midwest United States.

“Don’t Be Fooled” by HSUS Ag Advisory Council

The Animal Agriculture Alliance warns the public not to be fooled by the recently created National Agriculture Advisory Council for the Humane Society of the United States. HSUS claims the council is comprised of family farmers and agriculturalists that practice and promote higher animal welfare standards. However, Animal Agriculture Alliance CEO Kay Johnson Smith says “while today HSUS may be acting like the ally of the producers on this council, the tides will no doubt turn as the organization moves on to target other production methods,” according to Meatingplace. Smith encouraged people to support “credible groups” like the American Humane Association or national commodity groups that have developed guidelines, relying on third-party experts—veterinarians and animal scientists—for producers to follow.

NCGA Yield Contest Online Entry Open

The National Corn Growers Association this week announced online entry for the organizations yield contest is now open. NCGA’s Production and Stewardship Action Team Chair Brent Hostetler says “while it may still seem a ways out, we all know how quickly the time passes once planting season starts.” Early entry allows NCGA members to save on entry costs for the contest. Fee’s increase to the full entry rate in July and the entry period closes July 29th. All harvest forms will be due by November 21st. Contest winners will be announced on December 16th. Winners receive national recognition and will be honored during Commodity Classic 2017 in San Antonio, Texas. Find more information online at NCGA dot com (www.NCGA.com).

SOURCE: NAFB News Service