08-30-16 Colorado’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Junior Livestock Sale Honors Colorado’s 4H & FFA Youth

WATCH the ARCHIVES of all the CSF Jr Livestock Shows & the Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Jr Livestock Sale from the 142nd CO State Fair...CLICK HERE

WATCH the ARCHIVES of all the CSF Jr Livestock Shows & the Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Jr Livestock Sale from the 144th CO State Fair…CLICK HERE

Colorado’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Junior Livestock Sale Honors Colorado’s 4H & FFA Youth

PUEBLO, Colo. – The 53rdColorado’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Junior Livestock Sale at the Colorado State Fair has come to a close. According to preliminary totals, the 2016 sale accumulated approximately $524,700 from generous buyers supporting the state’s agricultural youth. This year also set the record sale for Grand Champion Market beef at $62,000 by Sam Brown & Family.
“Over the past 37 years, the Colorado State Fair Junior Livestock Sale has raised $9,794,289 for the youth involved in Colorado’s 4-H and FFA programs. This sale is a reflection of their dedication to the animals and the agricultural community,” said State Fair General Manager, Sarah Cummings. “I’d also like to thank the generous philanthropists who come out to support these amazing kids; the sale would not be possible without them.”
This year, the Colorado’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Junior Livestock Sale added turkeys to the sale lineup. The sale is instrumental in supporting the future of Colorado’s agribusiness as it demonstrates the importance of raising quality livestock and the work required of those who pursue careers in agriculture. Last year’s sale totaled $534,650. PRELIMINARY totals for the sale are available athttp://www.coloradostatefair.com/events/2016/2016-colorado-touchstone-energy-junior-livestock-sale.
Grand & Reserve Champion
Exhibitor Name & Hometown
Grand Beef
Julia Frye, Johnstown, CO
Sam Brown & Family
Reserve Beef
Kory Ridnour, Burlington, CO
Denver Rustlers
Grand Hog
Rayna Hodgson, Greeley, CO
Denver Rustlers
Reserve Hog
Ty Pieper, Fowler, CO
Sam Brown & Family
Grand Lamb
Jenna Frink, Eaton, CO
Crabtree Amusements
Reserve Lamb
Kayla Frink, Eaton, CO
Sam Brown & Family
Grand Goat
Chelsea Dobbs, Fort Collins, CO
Anadarko Petroleum
Reserve Goat
Andrea Maneotis, Craig, CO
Denver Rustlers
Grand Rabbits
Lacey Chisman, Calhan, CO
Legacy Bank
Reserve Rabbits
Shawna Lamothe, Elbert, CO
Pueblo Bank & Trust
Grand Chickens
Ryan Gruntorad, Ordway, CO
Fair Ladies
Reserve Chickens
Skylar Gregersen, Wiggins, CO
Friends of the Fair
Grand Turkey
Abby Nagel, Larkspur, CO
Colo. State Fair Commissioners
Reserve Turkey
Diana Nagel, Larkspur, CO
Pikes Peak Posse
The Colorado State Fair runs August 26 – September 5, 2016. For more information, visit www.coloradostatefair.com.


2016 Centennial Farms Award Ceremony


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The History Colorado State Historical Fund, the Colorado Department of Agriculture, and the State Fair were proud to honor 23 new Centennial Farm & Ranch families on Friday, August 26 at the State Fair in Pueblo.


 These farming families have owned their farm or ranch for 100 years or more, and are thus eligible for Centennial Farms recognition. Each family had their group portrait and picture with legislators and public officials taken by a professional photographer. They also received a Centennial Farms metal sign, a tribute signed by stage legislators, and a Centennial Farms certificate signed by the executive director of History Colorado, the Commissioner of Agriculture, and the governor.
There are now 522 Centennial Farms across Colorado.
For more information or for an application for next year, please see our website.

08-30-16 CFB President Don Shawcroft’s statement regarding Republican River Basin agreement…

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Colorado Farm Bureau President Don Shawcroft’s statement regarding Nebraska, Kansas, Colorado reach on Republican River Basin agreement

CENTENNIAL – The Colorado, Kansas and Nebraska Republican River Basin water agreement brings forth a resolution to end years of dispute and costly litigation. This is a great example of how states can work together to resolve conflicts and reach agreements on some of our most valuable resources such as water. This agreement is a breath of fresh air, as it takes water out of the courtroom and back into our farms and ranches. Continue reading

08-30-16 Statement from Agriculture Secretary Vilsack on Farm Income Forecasts for 2015 and 2016

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Statement from Agriculture Secretary Vilsack on Farm Income Forecasts for 2015 and 2016

WASHINGTON, Aug. 30, 2016 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack issued the following statement today on the Farm Income and Financial Forecasts for 2015 and 2016, released by USDA’s Economic Research Service. Continue reading



Corn And Soybean Crops Have The Highest Potential To Mitigate/Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions; 100 Million Metric Tons Of Greenhouse GasEmissions Could Be Eliminated From U.S. Agriculture By 2030

ST. LOUIS (August 30, 2016) – Agriculture can play a significant role in helping to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions according to a recent scientific report. As part of Monsanto Company’s commitment to make its own operations carbon neutral by 2021, the company commissioned third-party expert ICF International to examine the potential for reducing GHG emissions through agriculture in the United States. The resulting report titled, “Charting a Path to Carbon Neutral Agriculture: Mitigation Potential for Crop Based Strategies,” shows that widespread adoption of recommended practices could potentially result in more than 100 million metric tons of carbon dioxide-equivalent emissions reductions in the United States alone. That’s equal to the carbon absorption potential of more than 2.5 billion tree seedlings grown for 10 years. Continue reading

08-30-16 Farm Foundation: Food and Agriculture Priorities for the Next Administration on Sept 13th…

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Sept. 13: Food and Agriculture Priorities for the Next Administration 

In less than six months, a new President will move into the White House and a new mix of Senators and Representatives will take their seats in the U.S. Congress. On Jan. 21, 2017, what priorities must the new administration and Congress tackle that will have the greatest impact to sustain a competitive and vibrant food and agricultural economy?

At the Farm Foundation Forum on Tuesday, Sept. 13, experts will explore four broad topics of importance to the nation’s food, agriculture and rural communities.

  • Daniella Taveau, Regulatory and Global Trade Strategist for King & Spalding, will offer insights on input regulation.
  • Craig Thorn, Partner, DTB Associates LLP, will discuss international trade.
    Dan Keppen, Executive Director of the Family Farm Alliance, will highlight land and water issues.
  • Ken Barbic, Senior Director of Federal Government Affairs, Western Growers Association, will focus on labor issues.
  • Farm Foundation President Constance Cullman will moderate the discussion. After comments by the panelists, the floor will be opened for questions and discussion.

The Forum will be 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. EDT in the Holeman Lounge of the National Press Club, 519 14th St. NW, Washington, D.C. A free, live audiocast will also be available.

There is no charge to participate in the Sept. 13 Forum, but registration is requested.
Register HERE if you plan to attend the Forum in person at the National Press Club.
Register HERE to participate in the live audiocast. Audiocasting is made possible by a grant from Farm Credit.
Who should participate in the Forum: People with an interest in agricultural, food and rural policy, including members of Congress, congressional staff, executive branch officials, industry representatives, NGO representatives, academics and members of the media.

The Forum: Farm Foundation, NFP organizes these public forums to engage all stakeholders in informed dialogue on food, agricultural and rural policies. Participants examine current policies, explore and analyze alternative policy options, and give voice to new proposals.

Audio from the session will be posted on the Farm Foundation website. Presentations and audio files from past Forum sessions are also available at the website.

farm-foundation-logoFarm Foundation, NFP serves as a catalyst for sound public policy by providing objective information to foster a deeper understanding of issues shaping the future for agriculture, food systems and rural regions. The Foundation does not lobby or advocate. The Foundation’s 83-year reputation for objectivity allows it to bring together diverse stakeholders for discussions on economic and public policy issues.  

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08-30-16 Second Annual Rocky Ford Dove Hunting Festival on September 4th – REGISTER TODAY!


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Sunday, September 4, 2016

Vendors will be set up in the

William L. Gobin Community Building

Booth Rental Fee: $25.00

Other events of the Fest include:

Taxidermy Trophy Display

Catered Dinner – $20/person

Cash Bar


5 Shot Dove Hunt – Teams of 4


Rudy Meyers – 303.429.8298


CHECK OUT last year’s interview below…

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Tuesday, August 30th…

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Sponsored by the American Farm Bureau Federation

EU Downplaying TTIP Failure Comments

The European Union is downplaying comments from Germany’s economy minister over the weekend who said the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership talks had “de facto failed.” Germany is the EU’s biggest economy, and despite the comments, a spokesperson for the European Commission said “the ball is still rolling,” according to Reuters. The comments come after three years of negotiations failed to resolve multiple differences, including over food and environmental safety. The European Commission says it is “ready to finalize the deal by the end of the year, but not at the expense of Europe’s safety, health, social and data protection standards.” EU trade ministers will discuss the trade agreement when they next meet late next month.


10 Percent of Farmland to Change Ownership

New data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows 10 percent of all farmland will be transferred to new ownership by 2019. USDA says farmland owners planned to transfer 93 million acres by 2019. Landowners anticipated selling 3.8 percent of all farmland, with just 2.3 percent planned to be sold to non-relatives. A larger share of land—6.5 percent—is expected to be transferred through trusts, gifts, and wills. The share of farmland available for purchase by non-relatives from now until 2019 will likely rise above 2.3 percent as some individuals who inherit land may choose to sell it, according to USDA. And, those who inherit land but don’t sell may decide to rent the land to farm operators.  Data from 2014 shows 39 percent of all farmland was rented and 61 percent was owned by farm operators.


USDA Buying Eggs to Ease Surplus

The U.S. Department of Agriculture will purchase $11.7 million worth of shell eggs and egg products to ease a surplus as farmers and egg processors try to cope with falling prices. USDA says the products will go to various food nutrition assistance programs, and to charitable institutions. The actual dollar amount spent will depend on bid prices received after a formal solicitation, according to Agri-Pulse. The announcement  last week  followed a similar announcement regarding dairy products. Earlier last week, USDA announced the agency would purchase $20 million worth of cheese to help relieve pressure on the dairy industry amid low prices.


Egypt Changes Stance on Ergot, Again

Egypt has reinstated its zero tolerance policy on ergot fungus in wheat shipments, according to Egypt’s agriculture ministry. Pro Farmer reports Egypt announced the reinstated policy over the weekend. In July, Egypt adopted the international standard that allows up to 0.05 percent of ergot in imported wheat shipments, following a risk assessment by the Food and Agriculture Organization that concluded the fungus poses no threat to the country. But a new study commissioned by Egypt’s government claims ergot would pose a threat to the nation’s domestic wheat supply. The move back to a zero tolerance policy on ergot in wheat shipments means fewer suppliers will participate in Egyptian tenders. Earlier this year, Egypt turned away wheat shipments that contained ergot, but met international standards for contamination. Egypt is the world’s biggest buyer of wheat.

Culver’s Says Thanks to Farmers With Corn Mazes

Culver’s restaurants announced the chain has enhanced its ‘Thank You Farmers’ campaign by sponsoring 19 corn maze’s across the United States. Culver’s says the program recognizes the hard work and commitment of farmers who produce food to feed our nation. To date, the Thank You Farmers initiative has raised nearly $1,000,000 in support of the National FFA Organization and Foundation, local FFA chapters and a variety of local agriculture organizations. Each maze design includes the ‘Thank You Farmers’ message, and a variety of farm scene elements like cows and tractors. The corn mazes are located across the nation from Arizona to Florida. Find a complete list of the locations online at Culver’s dot com (www.Culvers.com).

Human Brain Evolution Not Possible Without Eating Meat, Study Finds

A recent study published in Nature magazine found that human brain evolution would not have been possible without eating meat. The report stated energy saved from less chewing and the calorie-rich, nutritious benefits of meat played a large role in the evolution of the human brain. According to the report, meat requires less force to chew per calorie than the generally tough plant foods that were available to early humans. The National Pork Producers Council says another report, published in an academic journal, found that a vegan diet uses a far less sustainable agricultural land base than omnivorous diets. The report says meat production can utilize pasture land and crop land that vegetables and fruits are unable to use. While a vegan diet is less land intensive, NPPC says reducing the amount of meat products does not necessarily free more land for cultivation.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service