09-01-16 Governor’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture set for February 22, 2017

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The Colorado Agricultural Leadership Program (CALP) is proud to host the 26th annual Governor’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture, this year titled “Label it: Agriculture,” and focusing on a future built by collaboration.

The event will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017, at the Renaissance Hotel in Denver (3801 Quebec St.) Continue reading

09-01-16 NAWG: Decade Lows in Wheat Prices Supports Need for Effective Farm Bill

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Washington, D.C.  – Record yields across the U.S. and favorable conditions around the world this harvest season have brought the lowest price of wheat in nearly a decade, with wheat futures down, causing a dilemma for elevator operators as an oversupply of wheat has caused over-capacity in some areas. Affecting everyone from farmers to agriculture suppliers, these depressed prices are contributing to a general downward spiral of the farm economy, exacerbated by the threat of cut to certain programs in the Farm Bill, such as crop insurance and Title 1 programs, which protect farmers in times like this. With stagnant markets, many producers aren’t able to cover their cost of production. Continue reading

09-01-16 Beef Checkoff Updates Educational Resources

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The beef checkoff has launched an updated beef resources web page dedicated to sharing nationally focused beef-education tools with teachers, volunteers, farmers and ranchers.

The site features a new video highlighting the checkoff-funded 2016 On the Farm STEM event and its impact on district- and university-level STEM coordinators.

“We are excited to debut this online educational resource featuring professional development events for science, technology, engineering and mathematics teachers, educators and coordinators who are looking for real-world applications of STEM concepts,” said Julie Tesch, executive director of the American Farm Bureau Foundation, a contractor to the beef checkoff. Continue reading



Weld County, CO – Following the 2016 Weld County Fair, the Weld County Junior Livestock Auction kicked off, where roughly 245 kids presented their prized livestock for sale. This event was more than just a sale, however, according to Michael Frink, Chairman of the Junior Livestock Sale Committee: “The Junior Livestock Sale gives the opportunity for members to make extra money that hopefully can be used to go to college or to prepare themselves to go into production agriculture in the near future.” More than $700,000 worth of livestock was sold this year, stated Frink.

“It’s great to see all the work these 4H kids put in throughout the year pay off,” stated Commissioner Julie Cozad, coordinator for Extension Services this year. “Its hard work, and these kids did an exceptional job.” Continue reading

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09-01-16 2016 America’s Pig Farmer of the YearSM Finalists Announced…

2016 America’s Pig Farmer of the YearSM Finalists Announced

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DES MOINES, IOWA – Sept. 1, 2016 –The National Pork Board has announced the four finalists who are vying to become 2016 America’s Pig Farmer of the YearSM. The program honors a U.S. pig farmer each year who excels at raising pigs using the We CareSM ethical principles and is committed to sharing his or her farming story with the American public.

“The four finalists represent the diversity of the pork industry in the United States,” said National Pork Board President Jan Archer, a pig farmer from Goldsboro, North Carolina. “They exemplify the best in pig farming and in taking the lead on environmental sustainability, animal welfare and continuous improvement.

The 2016 finalists are:

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09-01-16 USDEC, NMPF Laud Senators Schumer, Baldwin for Urging Investigation of New Canadian Barriers…

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USDEC, NMPF Laud Senators Schumer, Baldwin for Urging Investigation of New Canadian Barriers

ARLINGTON, VA – The U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) and the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) today praised Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) for urging an investigation into Canadian dairy pricing policies that have impacted current trade and stand to negatively affect U.S. dairy farmers and manufacturers, jeopardizing the country’s trade commitment to the United States.

In a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, Schumer and Baldwin expressed concern about Canada’s recently announced National Ingredients Strategy and its already active Ontario Class VI pricing program. According to the senators, these programs incentivize Canadian processors to use Canadian milk and dairy inputs, penalizing them for the use of imported dairy products. Continue reading

09-01-16 CSU water group conducts successful meeting with stakeholders

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In late July, a group of Colorado State University (CSU) faculty and staff met with the Arkansas River Management Action Committee (ARMAC) in Rocky Ford to discuss how water quantity and quality, along with agricultural productivity, may be improved through better management. The meeting was well attended by a variety of water stakeholders and ARMAC members including local, state, and even federal water managers as well as farmers and personnel from canal companies and conservancy districts. Continue reading

09-01-16 USW/NAWG: Wheat Industry Welcomes End to Japan’s Temporary Suspension of White Wheat Imports…


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Wheat Industry Welcomes End to Japan’s Temporary Suspension of White Wheat Imports

ARLINGTON, Virginia — U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) and the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) are pleased that Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) resumed tenders this week for new purchases of U.S. Western White (WW) wheat, a blend of soft white and club wheat. On Sept. 1, 2016, MAFF announced it had purchased 58,000 metric tons, or more than 2.13 million bushels, of WW for delivery in October. Continue reading

09-01-16 CCA Releases Colorado Ag Water Survey Results…

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CCA Releases Colorado Ag Water Survey Results

Arvada, CO – September 1, 2016 – Colorado Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) has released a report summarizing the results of a survey of irrigated agricultural producers about leasing water. CCA’s Ag Water NetWORK initiated the survey, which was conducted to better understand the interests, concerns and perspectives of agricultural water right holders about the topic of ag water right leasing.

The state water plan, released in November, 2015, estimates Colorado’s population of 5.4 million could nearly double to 10 million by 2050. The plan estimates that the increased demand for water could result in the loss of as much as one-fourth of Colorado’s irrigated agricultural land through the purchase and transfer of water rights from agriculture to urban areas. Such large-scale dry-up of irrigated agriculture would have permanent adverse economic, environmental and food security impacts.

To minimize ‘buying and drying’ of irrigated farmland, the water plan emphasizes water conservation, increased storage, and temporary leasing of ag water as the means for closing the projected water supply/demand gap. Irrigated fields may be fallowed or under-irrigated to ‘free up’ consumptive use water for temporary leasing for municipal, industrial, recreational, environmental or other uses.

Findings of the survey include: Continue reading

08-30-16 NFU: Five Young Farmers Union Members Awarded NFU Scholarships

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Five Young Farmers Union Members Awarded NFU Scholarships

WASHINGTON (August 30, 2016) – National Farmers Union Foundation (NFUF) today announced the 2016 recipients of the Hubert K. & JoAnn Seymour and Stanley Moore Scholarship awards.

Riley Donkers of Minnesota received the Hubert K. & JoAnn Seymour Scholarship, a $2,000 scholarship award given in honor of the dedication and commitment to Farmers Union and family farming by Hubert and his wife JoAnn.

Hubert K. Seymour was a leader in the Farmers Union organization throughout his life at both the state and national levels. He served the Illinois Farmers Union as secretary-treasurer for eight years and vice president for 12 years before he stepped down in 1990. He farmed full-time with his wife until his passing in 1994.

In addition, four Farmers Union members were each awarded the $1,000 Stanley Moore Scholarship, in memory of the award’s namesake, a long-time Farmers Union member and visionary leader, including his roles as National Farmers Union (NFU) Vice President and chairman of the NFU Insurance Companies board.

The recipients of the Stanley Moore Scholarship are Haley E. Anderson, Milnor, N.D.; Jodie Schumacher, Peetz, Colo.; Gabriella Sorg, Hastings, Minn.; and Tom Somrack, Newbury, Ohio. Continue reading

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USDA Sharply Revises Farm Income Forecasts

The Department of Agriculture this week changed its forecast for 2016 net cash farm income to $94.1 billion, up from its initial projection of $90.9 billion in February. While USDA increased the estimate, net cash farm income remains 13.3 percent lower compared to 2015. The net farm income forecast for 2016 in February was revised up to $71.5 billion from $54.8 billion but still down 11.5 percent from last year. Pro Farmer reports that for the second year in a row, USDA noted production expenses were down in 2016. Net farm income for 2015 was revised up significantly to $80.7 billion, an increase of 43 percent from the numbers released in February. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said the forecast highlights the ability of farmers to “plan ahead and make sharp business decisions in a challenging market.”

Little-Known Corn Disease Found in Nine States

Researchers are working to learn more about a little-known corn disease that has surfaced in nine states across the U.S. this summer. DTN reports the disease is known for now as bacterial leaf streak blight, which originated in South Africa. Colorado State University says there is limited information about the disease and its impacts on corn production. It’s possible the disease entered the U.S. two years ago as researchers say the lack of information led to a delay in confirming the disease. Currently, researchers have no recommendations for farmers regarding management. Bacterial leaf streak has surfaced in field corn, seed corn, popcorn and sweet corn. Researchers say the disease has been confirmed in Colorado, Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Texas.

Buyers from China Commit to $1.8 Billion of U.S. Soy

Buyers from China have committed to buy nearly $1.8 billion worth of U.S. soy products, totaling 146 million bushels of U.S. soybeans. The U.S. Soybean Export Council announced the commitments this week. The Council held a signing ceremony at the Global Trade Exchange in Indianapolis, Indiana. China continues to be the top buyer of U.S. soybeans. More than a dozen Chinese representatives are in attendance this week at the Global Trade Exchange to network with U.S. farmers and learn more about U.S. soy products. Last year, U.S. soybean farmers exported a record 62.8 million metric tons of soy products, valued at a record high $27.7 billion. Economists are predicting even more in 2016.

DOJ Seeks to Stop Deere from Purchasing Monsanto’s Precision Planting Division

The U.S. Justice Department filed a lawsuit Wednesday seeking to stop Deere & Company from buying Monsanto’s Precision Planting farm equipment business. The Justice Department said the proposed deal would mean higher prices for farmers who want to buy equipment for high-speed precision planting, according to Reuters. In a statement, Deere announced the company would fight the lawsuit, calling the antitrust concerns “misguided.” Monsanto announced last year it would sell its Precision Planting unit to Deere, which makes the components of precision planters. The Justice Department said by offering farmers high-speed precision planting retrofit kits at a fraction of the cost of a new planter, “Precision Planting posed a formidable challenge to Deere and its profitable sales of new planters.” The deal is estimated to be worth $190 million.

Agrium in Merger Talks with Potash Corp.

Canada fertilizer companies Agrium and Potash Corp. confirmed the two are in preliminary merger talks. The Wall Street Journal reports the talks come as the industry contends with slumping earnings amid persistently low prices for crop nutrients. While no decision has been made, any potential deal would create a company with a total market value of more than $28 million. Those close to the talks say a deal could be struck next week. A merger would help Potash, the world’s largest fertilizer producer by capacity, protect its earnings against volatile moves in crop nutrient prices by giving it access to Agrium’s steady retail business. For Agrium, a deal would expand its product lines of potash and other fertilizer ingredients.

Police Investigating Theft of 500 Cows in New Zealand

Authorities in New Zealand are investigating what is believed to be the nation’s largest cattle theft in history. As many as 500 cows were stolen from a New Zealand dairy farm near the town of Ashburton. The 500 milking cows were reportedly taken from the herd of 1,300 head between early July and late August, according to online-based news website The Guardian. The farmer who owns the herd posted a plea for information on Facebook this week, but apparently was too embarrassed to talk to the media about what happened. A spokesperson for New Zealand’s Federated Farmers Dairy Industry Group says the cattle were likely butchered somewhere for illegal meat sales. The cattle were worth an estimated equivalent of $725,000, or one million New Zealand dollars.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service