10-27-16 Inside the BARN with NestFresh’s Brandy Gamoning…

NestFresh HeaderBrandy Gamoning

(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) October 27th, 2016 -Joining the CO Ag News Network once again is Brandy Gamoning, Marketing Manager at NestFresh, discussing issues facing the poultry industry from their perspective…



To learn more about NestFresh please visit http://www.nestfresh.com/

And to learn more about National Egg Month and the Incredible Edible Egg™ please visit http://www.incredibleegg.org/

10-27-16 Top Dollar Angus announces registered heifer giveaway

Top Dollar Angus announces registered heifer giveaway

top-dollar-angus-logo_fall2016Larkspur, Colorado – Top Dollar Angus, Inc. will give away two registered Angus heifer packages to two lucky beef producers during the upcoming National Angus Convention in Indianapolis, November 5-7. While attending one of the beef industry’s largest trade shows, make sure to stop by booth 845, meet Kenny Stauffer, general manager of Top Dollar Angus, and register to win one of these outstanding heifer packages. Top Dollar Angus, Inc. and several industry partners including Zoetis, Accelerated Genetics, GeneSeek, Genex, ABS Global, and Select Sires make the packages possible,

The two fall-yearling heifers are sired by High Prime 4037 and PA Safeguard 021, two of the breed-leading AI sires and will be an exciting addition to any beef cattle herd!  Even better, you’ll be put on the path to reap future rewards with these excellent young females. For those who want to check out their genetics, their AAA registration numbers are 18564425 and 18564529. Continue reading

10-27-16 USDA Awards $45M in Grants to Help Ag Producers and Small Rural Businesses Develop New Products, including here in CO…

USDA Press Release

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Awards $45 Million in Grants to Help Agricultural Producers and Small Rural Businesses Develop New Products

Funding will help beginning, veteran, and socially-disadvantaged farmers and ranchers to expand businesses

CLICK HERE to view the entire list of awardees

CLICK HERE to view the entire list of awardees

EAU CLAIRE, Wis., Oct. 27, 2016 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that USDA is providing more than $45 million to help farmers, ranchers, small businesses and entrepreneurs nationwide develop new product lines. USDA is investing in 325 projects through the Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) program.

“Value-Added Producer Grants are one of USDA’s most sought-after funding sources for veteran and beginning farmers, and rural-based businesses,” Vilsack said. “These grants provide a much-needed source of financing to help producers develop new product lines and increase their income, and keep that income in their communities. Economic development initiatives like this one are working – the unemployment rate in rural America is at an eight-year low and incomes rose 3.4 percent last year. Small business entrepreneurship, which Value-Added Producer Grants support, is a major reason why rural America is a making a comeback.” Continue reading

10-27-16 CSU Ext: Pesticide Applicator CEU Workshop in Ft Morgan Nov 28th…

Pesticide Applicator CEU Workshop in Ft Morgan Nov 28th

Written & Submitted to The BARN by: Wilma Trujillo

CSU Extension LogoColorado State University’s Morgan County Extension is offering a Pesticide Applicator Continuing Education Credit Workshop in Fort Morgan at the Extension Office on November 28th, 2016 from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm.  This training is aimed to provide new information on pest control, health and environmental safety, pest management technology and changes in pesticide laws and regulations.  The workshop provides all 7 core credits required for both private and commercial applicators to be re-certified and renew their pesticide applicator license through the Colorado Department of Agriculture without retaking the test.

Commercial Applicators will have an opportunity to earn category credits at The Eastern Colorado Crop Production Conference.  The conference has been approved for Colorado Commercial Pesticide Applicator Continuing Education Credit Units.  If you hold a commercial license, you could earn category credits 101 (Agricultural Insect Control), 102 (Agricultural Plant Diseases) and 103 (Agricultural Weed Control) by attending the conference on the afternoon of November 29 at the Country Steak Out Restaurant in Fort Morgan. Continue reading

10-28-16 Colorado Weekly Hay Report…

10-27-16 Farm Service Agency, CO Dept of Agriculture & CO Corn discuss $600K Investment in Biofuels in Colorado…

Video recap courtesy of The BARN & SLY Media

USDA Highlights Bioenergy Investments in Colorado

GREELEY, Colo., Oct. 25, 2016 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Val Dolcini yesterday highlighted USDA’s bioenergy investments in Colorado during his visit with Colorado Department of Agriculture Commissioner, Don Brown and Colorado Corn Chief Executive Officer, Mark Sponsler. Colorado is one of 21 states that hasreceived a grant through USDA’s Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership (BIP) program, which is investing $210 million to add infrastructure needed to supply more renewable fuel to America’s drivers.

“USDA has been working closely to make critical investments in renewable energy throughout the country, and our Colorado partners, including corn growers, state officials, and gas station operators, are at the forefront of this effort,” said Dolcini. “We’ve awarded $600,000 to the Colorado Department of Agriculture to add another 84 biofuel pumps throughout the state, which coupled with the existing 101 stations in Colorado selling E-85, will give more drivers a choice of fuels at the pump.”


CLICK HERE to view the entire press conference & exclusive interviews with FSA Administrator Dolcini, CO Ag Commissioner Brown & CO Corn CEO Sponsler


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10-27-16 CO Corn: National USDA official highlights biofuels investments in Colorado

Colorado Corn LogoNational USDA official highlights  biofuels investments in Colorado 

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Val Dolcini on Monday highlighted the USDA’s recent biofuel-infrastructure investments in Colorado during a stop in Greeley.

Joined by Colorado Agriculture Commissioner Don Brown and Colorado Corn Chief Executive Officer Mark Sponsler, Dolcini explained that Colorado is one of 21 states that received grant dollars through the USDA’s Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership (BIP) program – a nationwide investment of $210 million that will add the infrastructure needed to supply more renewable fuels to America’s drivers.

Check out the video recap of the event courtesy of The BARN & SLY Media…

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Thursday, October 27th…

CLICK HERE to listen to TODAY's BARN Morning Ag News with Brian Allmer...

CLICK HERE to listen to TODAY’s BARN Morning Ag News with Brian Allmer…

Sponsored by the American Farm Bureau Federation

Ag Tech Investments Reach Record Despite Sluggish Ag Economy

Investments in agricultural technology reached a record $25 billion globally last year, despite a softer global agriculture economy. A new report released this week by the Boston Consulting Group and AgFunder expects the figure grow again this year as well. The two firms say real-time data analytics, sensors and robots are raising the prospect of the “next green revolution” and are spurring start-ups focusing on new agricultural technology. Boston Consulting Group’s Decker Walker says the investments in total were “impressive” at a time when farm income is declining. Early-stage funding from venture capital firms reached $3 billion globally, up from $900 million in 2013 and $400 million in 2010, according to the report. Goldman Sachs estimates the market for new agriculture technology products could be worth $240 billion by 2050.


Canada PM Warming up to TPP, CETA Still Possible

Canada’s Prime Minister appears to be warming up to the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement following the stalled negotiations of a trade deal between the European Union and Canada. Justin Trudeau (True-doh) told a youth summit this week it was “difficult to imagine” Canada rejecting the TPP. Specifically, he says: “It’s difficult to imagine a world where Canada would turn its back on three of its top five trading partners,” being the United States, Japan and Mexico. Politico reports that the TPP was finalized before Trudeau took office, and he has yet to take a formal stance on the deal. Meanwhile, talks between Belgium and the European Union are reportedly progressing regarding opposition to the trade deal between the EU and Canada. Belgium’s Wallonia region has blocked the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, but the EU says it is possible the deal could still be signed this week. An official with the European Commission commented Wednesday that: “When it happens is less important than that it happens.” The EU and Canada had planned to sign the trade agreement at a summit Today (Thursday) in Canada.


Judge Considering Merits of Beef Checkoff Lawsuit

A decision on whether or not a lawsuit against the Beef Checkoff can continue will be issued at an “unannounced future date.” A federal judge heard arguments for 55 minutes this week from attorneys representing R-CALF and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack about the Beef Checkoff program, according to Food Safety News. R-CALF alleges the Beef Checkoff is allowing the Montana Beef Council to use checkoff funds without oversight. Specifically, R-CALF says the state council is using checkoff dollars to promote international beef, and Montana producers cannot opt-out of the program. Justice Department attorneys representing the Department of Agriculture say beef producers may request that all their check-off dollars be redirected directly to the Cattleman’s Beef Board, but there is little record of any Montana producers filing a request. Currently, half of the $1-per-head assessment goes to the Cattlemen’s Beef Board, and for Montana, the other half goes to the Montana Beef Council. Secretary Vilsack believes the challenge should be dismissed for lack of jurisdiction or for failure to state a claim by R-CALF.


WHO Cancer Agency Asked Experts to Withhold Glyphosate Documents

An exclusive report by Reuters reveals The World Health Organization’s cancer agency advised academic experts not to disclose documents they were asked to release under U.S. freedom of information laws. The WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer is facing criticism over how it classifies carcinogens amid a recent classification regarding glyphosate. A letter and email obtained by Reuters shows officials from IARC cautioned scientists who worked on a review in 2015 of glyphosate against releasing requested material. The review published last year concluded glyphosate is “probably carcinogenic,” putting IARC at odds with regulators around the world. Critics say they want the documents to find out more about how IARC reached its conclusion. The agency says it was seeking to protect its work from external interference and defending its panels’ freedom to debate evidence openly and critically.


EPA Investigating Reports of Improper Dicamba Use

The Environmental Protection Agency is investigating dicamba drift issues reported in southeastern Missouri. Pro Farmer reports the EPA executed search warrants earlier this month looking for signs that the herbicide had been used improperly. The searches were prompted by complaints that the herbicide damaged 41,000 acres of soybeans and other crops, reportedly because improperly applied dicamba drifted into neighboring fields. The herbicide can injure crops that are not resistance to dicamba. Reports of drift issues started surfacing this year in parts of the Midwest and Mid-South regions of the United States. The Missouri Department of Agriculture in August said it was investing more than 90 dicamba drift complaints. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch says insurance companies will not compensate farmers for losses caused by wrongful or “off-label” herbicide applications, leaving civil lawsuits as a potential recourse for growers trying to recover damages. Meanwhile, the EPA is expected to decide whether to approve “over the top” dicamba application on soybean fields later this fall.

River Infrastructure a Major Concern for Corn Farmers

The National Corn Growers Association says eroding river infrastructure is a major concern for corn farmers. An NCGA spokesperson says “upgrading the navigational efficiency of these waterways is a priority for corn farmers,” more so as most prospective customers of U.S. corn are now overseas. The comments come as new research by the Mid-America Freight Coalition finds the failure of the nation’s aging river locks and dams along the Mississippi River would cost billions of dollars in lost jobs and reduced economic activity. USDA research shows a disruption at Lock & Dam 25 on the Upper Mississippi River, a key location on the river system, would significantly hamper economic activity. The report concludes a Lock 25 closure could result in a loss of more than 7,000 jobs, $1.3 billion of labor income and about $2.4 billion of economic activity annually.  A total of 36 locks and dams, 28 on the Upper Mississippi River, are maintained at a nine-foot depth navigation channel for barge transportation.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service