08-05-16 WDA News: Larimer County Dairy Cattle Show Dedicated To Bill Wailes…

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This year, the Larimer County Dairy Cattle Show will be dedicated to the late Bill Wailes.

The show will take place on Tuesday, August 9 from 9am – 12pm at the Larimer County Fair Grounds, 5280 Arena Cir, Loveland, CO 80538.

For more information on the Larimer County Dairy Show, or to find out how you can be involved, please reach out to Shari Stroup at stroup@aol.com.

If you want to make a contribution to the William R. Wailes, Jr. Animal Sciences Scholarship at Colorado State University, please click here.

If you want to make a contribution to the William R. Wailes, Jr. Animal Sciences Scholarship at Colorado State University, please click here.

08-05-16 The RMFU stays busy working on behalf of our members…

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RMFU Executive Director Ben Rainbolt attended both the Colorado Agricultural Development Authority Board meeting and the Colorado Agricultural Value-Added Development Board meeting.

RMFU Membership Director Harrison top was at the Four Corners Farmers and Ranchers Coalition Quarterly Meeting and he will be at an upcoming Delta County Conservation District meeting with other Delta Farmers Union members.

RMFU Membership Coordinator Aubriel Jones organized a pancake feed at the Logan County Fair in Sterling and she’ll be at the Morgan County Fair in Brush the Lincoln County Fair in Hugo. Aubriel will also be at a meeting of Ground Operation, which is an organization that brings veterans and military men and women from battlefields to farm fields. Continue reading

08-05-16 RMFU News: August 7-13 Is “National Farmers Market Week”

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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today signed a proclamation declaring Aug. 7-13 as National Farmers Market Week. “Farmers markets are an important part of strong local and regional food systems that connect farmers with new customers and grow rural economies. In many areas, they are also expanding access to fresh, healthy food for people of all income levels,” said Secretary Vilsack Continue reading

08-05-16 Official Call To RMFU Convention…

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Pursuant to our by-laws provisions, you are hereby notified that the 108th annual convention of the Farmers Educational and Cooperative Union of America, Rocky Mountain Division, will be held November 11 and 12, 2016, at the Embassy Suites Hotel, 4705 Clydesdale Pkwy, Loveland, Colorado, for the purpose of electing three members to the Board of Directors from districts I, III and IV; to elect a President; Vice President, and to transact the annual business of the organization.

Official registration will begin at 1:00 pm Thursday, November 10. County Presidents and Vice Presidents can seat alternate delegates between 10:00 am and 10:30 am Saturday, November 12, 2016. Registration will close at 10:30 am.

Individuals who will be running for the above positions must send a letter of intent to Ken Anderson, Secretary/RMFU, 7900 E. Union Ave. # 200, Denver, CO 80237. The letter of intent must be received at the state office by September 12, 2016.

– Ken Anderson, Secretary, RMFU Board of Directors


08-05-16 Farmers Union Pressing For Immediate Dairy Relief…

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USDA Announces Safety Net Assistance Due To Low Prices

As the dairy industry faces significant economic declines, National Farmers Union – with support from Rocky Mountain Farmers Union – has aggressively pushed for much needed federal relief.  NFU, working with member of congress, advanced a request for immediate support for U.S. dairy farmers. In a letter sent to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Vilsack, 27 Senators and 34 Representatives requested that the agency use existing authority to shield dairy farmers from additional hardship while exercising caution to not stimulate overproduction. Continue reading

08-05-16 USDA NASS Mountain Regional Land Values and Cash Rents…

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USDA NASS Mountaim Regional Land Values and Cash Rents

The 2016 Arizona average farmland real estate value, a measurement of the value of all land and buildings on farms, was $3,800 per acre. This is an increase of 0.5 percent from 2015 and 1.60 percent from 2014. The average value of cropland and irrigated cropland was $8,300, down 0.2 percent from 2015. Pasture values were not published for Arizona to avoid disclosing data for individual operations. Average cash rent for irrigated cropland in Arizona was $222.00 per acre in 2016, $7.00 more than the previous year. Cash rent for pasture in 2016 averaged $2.00 per acre.


The 2016 Colorado average farmland real estate value, a measurement of the value of all land and buildings on farms, was $1,420 per acre. This is a decrease of 1.4 percent from 2015, but an increase of 5.2 percent from 2014. The average value of cropland was $1,910, unchanged from 2015. The average value of irrigated cropland was $4,600, down 1.1 percent from the previous year, and the average value of non-irrigated cropland was $1,250, up 1.6 percent from the previous year. Pasture values were unchanged from 2015 at $760 per acre. Average cash rent for irrigated cropland in Colorado was $142.00 per acre in 2016, $2.00 more than the previous year. Average cash rent for non-irrigated cropland in Colorado was $29.00 per acre in 2016, up $1.00 from the previous year. Cash rent for pasture in 2016 averaged $5.80 per acre, up from $5.00 in 2015.

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08-05-16 CME Group Announces New Steps to Enhance Live Cattle Futures Markets…

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CME Group Announces New Steps to Enhance Live Cattle Futures Markets
– Seasonal discount for futures deliveries at Worthing delivery point
– Revised grading and quality specifications
– Delayed listing of additional contract months beyond October 2017

CHICAGO, Aug. 5, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — CME Group, the world’s leading and most diverse derivatives marketplace, today announced it will take a number of actions designed to enhance Live Cattle futures markets. These new measures are based on continued collaboration with and feedback from the cattle industry as well as the results from an independent study conducted by Informa Economics.

“We greatly value our relationship with the cattle community and are committed to helping producers and commercial firms manage their price risk,” said Tim Andriesen, CME Group Managing Director of Agricultural Products. “Since the start of the year, we have been working with the NCBA and the broader industry to enhance our cattle futures markets. While we are announcing these changes and will continue our ongoing work with the industry, we have concerns about the lack of transparency of cash cattle markets.”

The actions to be taken are as follows: Continue reading

08-05-16 USDA NASS Colorado Farm Production Expenditures

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USDA NASS Colorado Farm Production Expenditures


Farm Production Expenditures in the United States are estimated at $362.8 billion for 2015, down from $397.6 billion in 2014. The 2015 total farm production expenditures are down 8.8 percent compared with 2014 total farm production expenditures. All but two expenditure items decreased from the previous year. Continue reading

08-05-16 CDA: First Colorado Horse Infected with West Nile Virus in 2016…

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First Colorado Horse Infected with West Nile Virus in 2016

BROOMFIELD, Colo. – A horse in Weld County has been diagnosed with West Nile Virus (WNV). This is the first confirmed case of WNV in a horse in 2016. This index case was diagnosed by Colorado State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory in Fort Collins. Continue reading

08-05-16 “STATE YOUR PURPOSE”, a message from CSU’s Dept of Animal Sciences…

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As a new school year approaches, we look forward to reuniting with our returning students and welcoming our new students to an exciting time in the Department of Animal Sciences at CSU. Our anticipation for their arrival is accompanied by an excitement for a future we believe is brighter than ever before. As we move ahead, it is important that we assess our current success, identify our challenges, and collectively formulate a vision for unparalleled success in our endeavors.

Here are a few of the many items we’re focusing on: Continue reading

08-05-16 CFVGA: Growers Donate Produce to Third Annual Certified Master Chefs Benefit…

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August 5, 2016 – Eight Colorado farms and orchards will donate fresh produce for the Third Annual Certified Master Chefs Benefit, a fundraising event to be held Aug. 12 in the gardens of the Governor’s Residence at the Boettcher Mansion. It will feature food prepared from Colorado agricultural products by Colorado’s finest chefs, alongside Certified Master Chefs from within and beyond the state. Proceeds will be split between the Governor’s Mansion Preservation Fund and the American Culinary Federation Colorado Chefs Association’s education fund.  Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Friday, August 5th…

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USDA Announces Assistance for Dairy Farmers

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack Thursday announced that dairy producers enrolled in the 2016 Margin Protection Program for Dairy will get approximately $11.2 million in financial assistance. Vilsack said Thursday “we understand the nation’s dairy producers are experiencing challenges due to market conditions.” The payment rate for May/June 2016 will be the largest since the program began in 2014. The national average margin for the May/June 2016 two-month consecutive period is $5.76 per hundredweight, resulting in the MPP payments. Dairy producers who enrolled at the $6 through $8 margin trigger coverage level will receive payments. MPP-Dairy payments are triggered when the national average margin—or the difference between the price of milk and the cost of feed—falls below a level of coverage selected by the dairy producer, ranging from $4 to $8, for a specified consecutive two-month period. Vilsack also urged dairy producers to evaluate their enrollment options for 2017, as the enrollment period is currently scheduled to end September 30th, 2016.


Farm Credit System Loan Volume up 10 Percent

The Farm Credit System reports loan volumes were up 10 percent for the first half of 2016, and net income increased two percent. President and CEO of the Federal Farm Credit Banks Funding Corporation, Tracey McCabe, says “despite continued lower agricultural commodity prices and global economic challenges, the overall credit quality of the System’s loan portfolio remained favorable.” 2016 first half results compared to the first half of 2015 saw combined net income increase $39 million or 3.4 percent to $1.18 billion. Net interest income increased $120 million or 7.0 percent to $1.84 billion for the second quarter of 2016. The Farm Credit report contributes the figures to positive second quarter results driven by an increased loan volume.


Global Food Prices Slightly Lower in July

The latest Food Price Index shows a slight decrease in global food prices in July. Compiled by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the index dipped .08 percent last month to a reading of 161.9. The modest decline in July followed five consecutive monthly increases, and was largely caused by drops in international prices of grains and vegetable oils, more than offsetting firmer dairy, meat and sugar prices. Average prices for cereal grains fell 2.8 percent for the month, and vegetable oil prices were down the same. However, dairy priced increased by 3.2 percent on average, and meat prices climbed 1.3 percent from June. Sugar prices increased one percent from the previous month.

McDonald’s Completes Move Away from Antibiotics in Chicken

McDonalds has ceased serving chicken raised on antibiotics that are important to human medicine. The fast food retailer last year pledged to make the move and has done so ahead of schedule. However, it’s important to note that chicken served at McDonald’s won’t necessarily be raised completely without antibiotics. The company’s suppliers are still allowed to use antibiotics not used to treat people. The announcement comes as McDonald’s also says the company will remove high-fructose corn syrup from sandwich buns. The company said this week it would replace high-fructose corn syrup in its sandwich buns with sugar as part of an effort to simplify its ingredients and “satisfy increasingly conscientious customers,” according to the Wall Street Journal. The change will affect 50 percent of the restaurant’s menu.

Clemson Research Could Lead to Space Farming

Researchers at Clemson University are laying out the research groundwork for deep-space farming as part of a NASA-funded study. Clemson mechanical engineering professor Joshua Summers is working with Freight Farms, a company based in Boston Massachusetts, to complete the study. Summers has assembled a team that will look for ways to make the self-contained farms created by Freight Farms more efficient to supply fresh produce to explorers in the far reaches of deep space. The $125,000 that Clemson and Freight Farms received was among $49.7 million in awards from NASA as part of an initiative aimed at enabling deep space missions. The Freight Farms box, dubbed the “Leafy Green Machine,” requires about 10 gallons of water per day, which is much less than a traditional farm. They can operate in temperatures as low as minus 20 degrees and as high as 120 degrees, Fahrenheit. Summers and his team hope to find ways of capturing the heat generated by LED lights. It could help cool the inside of the farms, and redirecting the heat could generate power for on-board systems.


Vilsack not VP, But Could Play Key Role in Clinton Administration

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack did not make the cut to become Hillary Clinton’s running mate, but he stands a good chance at a top post within her administration, should Clinton be elected in November. Politico reports Vilsack is “very much in the conversation” to become Clinton’s Chief of Staff, if her campaign makes it to the White House. The only question, according to a Politico expert, is whether or not Vilsack would be interested in going back to a staffer role. Vilsack is very much a cheerleader for the Clinton campaign, even after falling short of being her choice for Vice President.  Although, Vilsack still stands a chance to fall short in the running as Chief of Staff. Political insiders say most people see Chief of Staff as a choice between Cheryl Mills, Clinton’s chief of staff at the State Department, and Tom Nides, Clinton’s deputy secretary of state for management.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service