11-02-16 The BARN meets with members of the CFB’s Elite Leadership Academy…

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Members of the CFB’s Elite Leadership Academy include: Erin Nissen of Mosca; Noelle Corman of Otis ; Dallas Vaughn of Stratton; Jason Vermillion of Matheson; Jade Markus of Ordway; Jade Markus of Ordway; also in attendance: Lori Kester CFB YF&R Coordinator ; Richard Connell, CFB Director of Membership and Leadership Development  & Chad Vorthmann Exec VP of the CO Farm Bureau

Members of the CFB’s Elite Leadership Academy include: Erin Nissen of Mosca; Noelle Corman of Otis ; Dallas Vaughn of Stratton; Jason Vermillion of Matheson; Jade Markus of Ordway; Jade Markus of Ordway; also in attendance: Lori Kester CFB YF&R Coordinator ; Richard Connell, CFB Director of Membership and Leadership Development & Chad Vorthmann Exec VP of the CO Farm Bureau

I would like to personally thank the members of CO Farm Bureau’s Elite Leadership Academy for inviting me and my wife to the Chinook Tavern in Greenwood Village on Nov 1st for a wonderful dinner & conversation regarding BARN Media, the CFB & the agriculture industry. Not too mention the food was AWESOME too!

The Elite Leadership Academy is designed to provide more specific and intensive skills training to Farm Bureau members who have exhibited notably high leadership potential through their involvement in Farm Bureau, community, and agriculture endeavors.

Members of the Elite Leadership Academy class will go through six intensive training sessions. Each session includes a networking dinner, principal and application studies, intensive case studies and think tank–type discussion with an educator to teach students how to see issues from all sides. The Elite Leadership Academy aims to provide class members with the tools necessary to be powerful advocates for the agricultural industry, develop stronger critical thinking skills and improve their communication skills to be proactive in addressing issues.

Learn more about the Elite Leadership Academy online @ https://www.coloradofarmbureau.com

11-02-16 NPPC: Groups Urge Court To Nix Waters of the U.S. Rule

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Groups Urge Court To Nix Waters of the U.S. Rule

WASHINGTON, D.C., Nov. 2, 2016 – The National Pork Producers Council yesterday joined dozens of other agricultural organizations, businesses and municipalities in asking a federal court to throw out a Clean Water Act rule that would give the government broad jurisdiction over land and water. Continue reading

11-02-16 American Lamb Board Appointments Announced

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American Lamb Board Appointments Announced

November 1, 2016 – Agriculture secretary Tom Vilsack has announced the reappointment of four board members to serve on the 2017 American Lamb Board. Each appointee will serve a second three-year term.
James “Jim” Percival of Xenia, Ohio and Diane Josephy Peavey of Hailey, Idaho will be representing producers. Dale Thorne of Hanover, Michigan will be representing feeders and Greg Ahart of Sacramento, California will be representing first handlers.

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11-02-16 Inside the RMFU with Communications Director Bob Kjelland: Innovation Fair, Convention, Elections & More…

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Inside the RMFU with Communications Director Bob Kjelland: Innovation Fair, Convention, Elections & More…

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Bob Kjelland, RMFU’s Director of Communications

(The BARN – Briggsdale, CO) November 2, 2016 – The Rocky Mountain Farmers Union is hosting its Annual Convention & Trade Show on Nov 11-12 @ the Embassy Suites in Loveland. In addition to that, on Nov 10th the RMFU is also hosting a brand new Inoovation Fair.

Joining the Colorado Ag News Network inside the BARN to discuss both events in more detail si  RMFU’s Director of Communications Bob Kjelland.

Here are the topics discussed within the interview:

To listen to the interview with RMFU’s Director of Communications, click the mp3 audio link below…


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11-02-16 Inside the Colorado Livestock Association w/Jessica Lemmel: 2nd NE CO Livestock Symposium, Early Voting & more…


Jessica Lemmel, CLA's Director of Communications

Jessica Lemmel, CLA’s Director of Communications

(The BARN – Briggsdale, CO) November 2, 2016 – The Colorado Livestock Association (CLA) is hosting its annual producer educational symposium in Sterling, CO on November 15, 2016. Joining the Colorado Ag News Network to discuss that event in  more detail is Jessica Lemmel, CLA Communications Director


Check out the full schedule and register online here: www.coloradolivestock.org/events/northeast-colorado-livestock-symposium/.

2nd Annual CLA NE CO Livestock Symposium Information & Registration Info:

Registration is FREE, but please register for lunch by Friday, November 11, 2016. Register online at www.coloradolivestock.org/symposium-rsvp  or call the CLA office at (970) 378-0500.

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11-02-16 USDA Grants $20.2M for Food and Forestry Research and Development Projects

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USDA Grants $20.2 Million for Food and Forestry Research and Development Projects

More than 30 Small Businesses to Receive Second-Round Funding for Innovative Solutions in Food Production, Food Safety and Forest Management

Here are the 3 CO grants - CLICK HERE to view them all

Here are the 3 CO grants – CLICK HERE to view them all

WASHINGTON, Nov. 2, 2016 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that USDA will grant $20.2 million to help 34 small businesses move forward with innovative research and development projects to benefit food security, natural resources conservation and other agricultural issues. These competitive grants are made through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, which is coordinated by the Small Business Administration and administered by 11 federal agencies including the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). Continue reading

11-02-16 Beef Checkoff News: 2017 On the Farm STEM Events Announced

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2017 On the Farm STEM Events Announced

The beef checkoff has announced three On the Farm STEM professional development events for 2017. The events are designed for those who train or coach STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) teachers.

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“If you work as a STEM coordinator, coach at a school district or university or work in a leadership role, this may be a great fit for you,” said Julie Tesch, executive director of the American Farm Bureau Foundation, contractor to the beef checkoff. “On The Farm STEM events provide a tremendous learning opportunity for non-formal educators as well, such as those who design learning experiences at museums and events that explore the application of STEM concepts in real life.” Continue reading

11-02-16 Federation of State Beef Councils: Executive Committee Acts Quickly to Address Cattle Market Challenges on Beef Side

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Executive Committee Acts Quickly to Address Cattle Market Challenges on Beef Side

CENTENNIAL, COLO. (November 2, 2016) – Facing low cattle prices and increasing supplies of beef, and with strong encouragement from its state beef council partners, the Federation of State Beef Councils at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association will invest nearly $1 million of reserve funds in international and national beef promotions to increase demand for beef.

The Federation Executive Committee voted for this additional spending at an NCBA Executive Committee meeting Nov. 1. The $940,000 investment, from Federation reserves, will be spent in the following areas: Continue reading

11-02-16 NASDA Spotlight Shines On Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture Don Brown…

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As part of NASDA’s centennial celebrations, NASDA is started a new feature in NASDA News to highlight their members.

This week’s feature is Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture Don Brown. Continue reading

11-02-16 NASDA: North American Agriculture Leaders Conclude 25th Annual Tri-National Agriculture Accord

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Pictured (L to R) are the U.S. Delegation Leads: NASDA President and Louisiana Commissioner of Agriculture & Forestry Mike Strain, Michigan Director of Agriculture & Rural Development Jamie Clover Adams, New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture Jeff Witte, and Oklahoma Secretary of Agriculture Jim Reese.

Pictured (L to R) are the U.S. Delegation Leads: NASDA President and Louisiana Commissioner of Agriculture & Forestry Mike Strain, Michigan Director of Agriculture & Rural Development Jamie Clover Adams, New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture Jeff Witte, and Oklahoma Secretary of Agriculture Jim Reese.

Niagara Falls, Ontario Canada, October 31, 2016 – Members of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) and their counterparts from Mexico and Canada this weekend concluded the 25th Annual Tri-National Agricultural Accord (Accord) in Niagara Falls, Canada, releasing a joint communique that highlighted the strength of the trilateral trading relationship and included joint U.S.-Canada statements on current challenges on dairy trade, provincial wine regulations, and Canadian requirements for U.S. wheat.

The Accord represents a longstanding commitment among the senior state and provincial agricultural officials of Canada, the United States, and Mexico to work together collaboratively on agricultural trade and development issues. The U.S. delegation, the largest in recent years, was led by NASDA President and Louisiana Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry Mike Strain. Continue reading

11-02-16 U.S. Pork Industry Committed to One Health Approach


U.S. Pork Industry Committed to One Health Approach

Pig Farmers Continue Progress on Responsible Antibiotic Use

DES MOINES, IOWA – Nov. 2, 2016 – The National Pork Board, led by a 15-member executive board of U.S. pig farmers, is pleased to celebrate global One Health Day, Nov. 3, by reaffirming its commitment to its core value of doing what’s right for the overall health of people, pigs and the planet.

“We have a proud history of raising pigs in ways that go beyond simple animal health and that are mutually beneficial to human and environmental health,” said National Pork Board President Jan Archer, a pig farmer from North Carolina. “We see One Health Day as a good time to reflect on our accomplishments, such as using antibiotics responsibly and embracing the updated Pork Quality AssuranceSM Plus certification program.”


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11-02-16 Nominate a Steward for 2017

Nominate a Steward for 2017

NCF - National Cattlemans Foundation logoNominations for the 27th annual Environmental Stewardship Award of the National Cattlemen’s Foundation will be due in early March. The award recognizes producers whose management benefits both the environment and the bottom line. The program is funded by Dow AgroSciences, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Any organization, group or individual may nominate a U.S. cow-calf producer, stocker operator or cattle feeder. From the field of nominees, seven regional winners are selected by an expert panel comprised of industry representatives. Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Thursday, November 2nd…

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Farmers Pessimistic About 2017

The Purdue/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer turned lower in October, dropping to an index reading of 92, the lowest reading since last March. That’s also the lowest index since data collection began back in October of 2015. Producers’ expectations of the long-term health of the ag economy dove in October, with the Index of Future Expectations dropping to 95 in October, down from 109 in September and the July peak of 121. Producers responding to the survey are very pessimistic about the ag economy over the next year. 79 percent of respondents expect tough financial times over the next year, an 11-point jump from the September survey. Price expectations for corn and soybean between now and next year are mixed. One-third of producers expect corn prices to exceed $4 per bushel between now and July 2017. 30 percent of respondents expect July 2017 soybean prices to exceed $10 per bushel. However, 27 percent of respondents expect corn prices below $3 per bushel and 25 percent expect soybean prices below $8 per bushel. Producers also plan to make management changes next year because of the economy. 46 percent of respondents plan to lower fertilizer rates and 35 percent plan to adjust trait packages in their seed varieties.


ASA Responds to GMO Article in New York Times

American Soybean Association President Richard Wilkins responded to what he called “the inaccuracies and false conclusions in the article,” written in the New York Times about yield benefits and pesticide use when cultivating GMO’s. He said the article lacks any reference of reduced or eliminated tillage as a result of increased use of GMOs. He said, “GMO technology provides weed control without tilling the soil multiple times.” This fact has allowed farmers to increase use of conservation tillage practices, as well as reduced soil erosion, improved water quality, and reduced greenhouse gas emissions. The article called into question yield and pesticide results between the U.S. and Canada compared to western Europe. Wilkins said, “the author fails to standardize data from France when comparing it to the U.S. because America has nine times the amount of arable land. Also, the author made sensational and false links to Agent Orange and sarin gas.” Wilkins said the article fails to distinguish between even the most basic types of chemicals used. Over the past twenty years, farmers have replaced more toxic herbicides with less toxic options, even when applied at a higher poundage.


More Calls for New Relief Provisions in Next Farm Bill

New England farmers are being ravaged by a drought, and that’s adding to calls for changing disaster relief provisions in the next Farm Bill. The U.S. Drought Monitor shows a quarter of the region is suffering from severe drought or even worse. Politico’s Morning Ag Report says this extended dry spell comes after heavy snow and flooding hit the region over the winter. Part of the challenge in New England is a number of the smaller, diversified farms in the region have been slow to adopt provisions in the Farm Bill. Very few farms have signed up for the Whole Farm Revenue Protection Program which is designed to help smaller and more diversified farms. Those farms also haven’t signed up in great numbers for the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program, which the New England Farmers Union says may be due to some skepticism among farmers about crop insurance, several farmers who may not know the programs exist, and heavy reporting requirements. The New England Farmers Union also wants the cost of crop insurance programs cut, as well as disaster relief loan interest rates. They say the current interest rate for disaster relief loans is higher than rates for Farm Service Agency operating loans, and they’d like to see disaster relief loans be more affordable for producers in times of crisis.


America Will Lose Standing in Pacific Rim without TPP

The Prime Minister of Singapore said if the U.S. doesn’t ratify the Trans-Pacific Partnership, it will lose credibility in many countries around the world. He said some countries like Japan have gone out of the way to support TPP and it will mean a big setback for America. The trade pact is currently tabled in Congress until after the November election. An article on the website dawn dot com says the trade pact needs to be ratified by January or it could be a casualty of the presidential election as both major-party candidates have come out against it. The Prime Minister said he’s not optimistic it would be ratified after that. He said the one big thing America has to do is, “Settle the TPP, because it shows how serious you (U.S.) are about deepening relationships in the Pacific Rim and that you have a significant interest in upholding them.” He said the U.S. credibility in the region will take a significant hit if America doesn’t pass TPP.


Dairy Industry Wants Margin Protection Program Fixed

Randy Mooney, National Milk Producers Federation Chair, said, “There’s no more important issue than getting the Margin Protection Program fixed.” He called it the right dairy program for dairy farmers, but added, “It’s not working.” He spoke at the joint annual meeting of the NMPF, Dairy Management, Inc., and the United Dairy Industry Association. A Milk Business dot com report said industry experts agree that Congressional changes to the original program idea hindered its ability to work as designed. The biggest question before the meeting was how to get priorities working in the new Congress next year. The National Milk Producers have put together an Economic Policy Committee to create a proposal to advance priorities, such as regional issues, margin payment structures, producer payment timing, and other issues to make the Margin Protection Program a more efficient risk management program. Paul Bleiberg is the Senior Director of Government Relations for the National Milk Producers, and he said, “There’s a strong desire to get MPP reform done early. We don’t know what the playing field is going to look like and we need to be ready for whatever happens.”


Cash Rents Still Went Up in 13 States This Year

The National Ag Statistics Service said cash rents dropped six percent around the U.S. compared to last year. Cash rental rates hadn’t dropped since 2007. However, an Ag Web Dot Com report said the not-so-good-news was rental rates were very uneven. Rents did drop between six and seven percent in some states, but in others the rates were five percent higher. 13 states saw higher cash rates this year, including Idaho, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, Delaware, New Jersey, South Carolina and Mississippi. “It’s important for producers to remember the impacts of the ag economy slowdown and resulting lower farm incomes will vary across the country,” said Purdue Ag Economist David Widmar. He added that national trends are important, but it’s still a key to keep an eye on local conditions too. Changes in pasture rental rates vary significantly as well. Nebraska and South Dakota saw the sharpest declines in pasture rental rates at 16 and 11 percent respectively. Neighboring great plains states saw five to six percent declines, but the eastern Corn Belt rates were sharply higher.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service