11-18-16 CLA: Livestock Ag Remains Exempt from Composting Regulations

Livestock Ag Remains Exempt from Composting Regulations

CLA - Colorado Livestock Association logoGreeley, CO – The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s Solid and Hazardous Waste Commission voted to adopt the revised Section 14 regarding composting. Colorado livestock operations will remain exempt from this rule as long as they continue to compost only agricultural waste. Continue reading

11-18-16 CSU SEA Extension: “Firewise Tips for Homeowners”

CSU SEA Ext Says...logoCSU SEA Extension: “Firewise Tips for Homeowners”

Not that is should be a surprise, because it seems to be more normal than not, but the weather has turned hot and very dry again – or at least very dry, depending on the day.  With these dry conditions plus the unusual amount of rain seen in many areas during the summer months, we are also experiencing relatively heavy fuel loads in Southeast Colorado.  Many of us have friends who have been impacted one way or another by the fires that have occurred in mountain and forested areas, along with a few out here on the Eastern Plains and memories of the Crowley County fire in 2008.  Continue reading





The number of cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market in Colorado feedlots with a capacity of 1,000 head or larger was estimated at 910,000 head as of November 1, 2016. The latest inventory was 7 percent above last month and 3 percent above the November 1, 2015 inventory. Cattle feeders with 1,000 head or larger capacity marketed an estimated 140,000 head of fed cattle during October 2016. This was 18 percent below last month’s marketings but no change from the marketings one year earlier. An estimated 205,000 cattle and calves were placed on feed during October, 9 percent below the previous month’s placements but 5 percent above October 2015 placements. Of the number placed in October, 27 percent weighed less than 600 pounds, 22 percent weighed from 600 to 699 pounds, 17 percent weighed from 700 to 799 pounds, and 34 percent weighed 800 pounds and greater. Other disappearance for October, at 5,000 head, was the same as last month and last year

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Greeley, CO – November 17, 2016 – The Rocky Mountain Association of Fairs, an organization of fairs from nine western states and two Canadian provinces, held its annual convention November 9th – 12th in Spokane, Washington. The Summit Awards Program is a contest for fairs to enter their posters, brochures, fair books, pictures, and other promotional items to be judged and given awards. The entries are put on display for all attendees to enjoy during the convention.  Continue reading


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Janet with Jim Abendschan, RMAF Southeast District Director

WCF Coordinator Janet Konkel with Jim Abendschan, RMAF Southeast District Director

Greeley, CO – November 17, 2016 – Once a year Fairs from nine western states and two Canadian provinces gather to share ideas and honor those in the industry who have made a difference at the Rocky Mountain Association of Fairs (RMAF) convention. Weld County Fair Coordinator, Janet Konkel, was nominated by peers and selected by the RMAF board of directors to be honored as the 2016 Fair Manager of the Year. Janet was presented with a beautiful glass statue, as well as a custom Montana Silversmith name badge, sponsored by local feed and pet supply store J&T Feeds.

“Janet Konkel is a knowledgeable and enthusiastic individual who is passionate about the Weld County Fair. These, and other attributes have helped her be successful in coordinating one of the largest county fairs in Colorado,” said Keith Maxey, Director, CSU Weld County Extension. A tireless promoter of the Fair, Janet has developed new relationships with businesses and organizations and generated new sponsorship dollars in an effort to increase community participation and visibility. In cooperation with the board of directors, she has instituted new attractions that have drawn more people to fair (43,000 in 2016) – such as horse-drawn carriage rides, a free community barbecue, Fiddle Fest, and Senior Day. Her efforts have allowed the Weld County Fair to remain free to all while maintaining a fun family atmosphere. Continue reading

11-17-16 Colorado Farm Bureau Hosts Annual Meeting in Denver Nov 17-20

CFB - Colorado Farm Bureau HeaderColorado Farm Bureau Hosts Annual Meeting

Centennial, Colo. –  Nov. 17, 2016 – Nearly 400 farmers and ranchers from across Colorado will be gathering Nov. 17-20, 2016 for the 98th Colorado Farm Bureau Annual Meeting at the the Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center.

The theme for this year’s meeting is Advocate. “Our member’s ability to advocate is what makes Colorado Farm Bureau the premier agricultural organization in the state,” said Don Shawcroft, President of Colorado Farm Bureau. Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Friday, November 18th…

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Rural Midwest Ag Economy Remain Sour

For a 15th straight month, the Rural Mainstreet Index fell below growth neutral. The Index compiled by Creighton University rose to 36.6 from October’s 31.8, but remains below the growth neutral level of 50 on a scale of 0-100. Bankers questioned in the 10 Midwestern states included in the survey cite a negative cash flow for one-fifth of livestock farmers and the 36th consecutive month of lower farmland prices as contributing to the pessimistic measurement. Survey organizer Ernie Goss says: “Farm commodity prices continue to slam Rural Mainstreet economies.” Over the past 12 months, livestock commodity prices have tumbled 27.2 percent and grain commodity prices have slumped by 16.6 percent. The farmland and ranchland-price index for November climbed to a frail 30.8 from October’s 25.0. Meanwhile, the November farm equipment-sales index increased to 15.4 from 13.1 from October.


Conaway Open to Farm Bill Split

House Agriculture Committee Chair Mike Conaway hinted he would be open to splitting the Farm Bill ahead of the 2018 cycle. The Texas Republican said he is “committed to getting both sides of the Farm Bill extended on time” following a meeting examining the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Conaway says the process is to be determined but said “If it’s together, great. If it’s separate, great. Whichever is the easiest path,” when asked about farm bill negotiations in the next Congress. Politico says the controversial idea is opposed by many farm and anti-hunger groups. Before the election, Farm Bill talks were expected to start sometime in early 2017.

Ousted Kansas Representative Wants Top USDA Post

Outgoing Kansas U.S. House Representative Tim Huelskamp (Hugh-els-camp), who lost his reelection bid in the Republican primary, says he was approached by President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team about becoming secretary of the Department of Agriculture. The Topeka Capital Journal reports the outspoken Republican says he sent his resume to Trump’s team, which he says reached out to him this week. Huelskamp holds a doctorate in agriculture policy from American University in Washington, D.C., where he graduated in 1995. However, he was kicked off the House Agriculture Committee in 2012 and lost his reelection bid in one of the largest agriculture-focused districts in the nation. Kansas farm groups endorsed his challenger, Roger Miller, who now takes Huelskamp’s seat in the House. And former USDA Secretary Dan Glickman said he would be surprised if Huelskamp is chosen due to his “adversarial relationship with congressional leaders.” Glickman says: “You cannot have burned bridges,” adding “You have to work with Congress” as USDA Secretary.


Mexico Loaded up on corn Ahead of U.S. Election

Pro Farmer reports that Mexico purchased 709,200 metric tons of U.S. corn the week prior to the U.S. elections, which was three times the average volume for the preceding month. Pro Farmer says the move proved prudent, since the results of the U.S. election sent the peso to an all-time low against the dollar, increasing corn prices in pesos ten-fold. Traders and industry analysts report that Mexican demand for U.S. grain imports has since slumped. However, they also stress that Mexico has few other options for grain besides the U.S. and it needs to import around 10 million metric tons or more of corn each year. Mexico is the number one buyer of U.S. corn and pork.

Thanksgiving Dinner Ticks Down to Less Than $5 Per Person

The annual Thanksgiving dinner survey by the American Farm Bureau Federation shows the cost of Thanksgiving dinner is estimated at less than $5 per person. The average cost of classic items found at the Thanksgiving dinner table indicates the average cost of this year’s feast for ten is $49.87, a 24-cent decrease from last year’s average of $50.11. The big-ticket item—a 16-pound turkey—came in at a total of $22.74 this year. That’s roughly $1.42 per pound, a decrease of two cents per pound, or a total of 30 cents per whole turkey, compared to 2015. The AFBF survey shopping list includes turkey, bread stuffing, sweet potatoes, rolls with butter, peas, cranberries, a veggie tray, pumpkin pie with whipped cream, and coffee and milk, all in quantities sufficient to serve a family of ten with plenty for leftovers.


USDA, EPA Announce U.S. Food Loss and Waste 2030 Champions

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy Wednesday announced the inaugural class of Food Loss and Waste 2030 Champions. The Champions are U.S. businesses and organizations pledging concrete steps to reduce food loss and waste in their operations 50 percent by the year 2030. Champions announced Wednesday include Campbell Soup Company, Conagra Brands, General Mills and Walmart, just to name a few. USDA Secretary Vilsack said: “The founding 2030 Champions have shown exceptional leadership in the fight to reduce, recover and recycle food loss and waste.” The EPA estimates that more food reaches landfills and incinerators than any other single material in our everyday trash, about 21 percent of the waste stream. USDA and EPA both say that keeping food in our communities and out of landfills helps communities and the 42 million Americans that live in food insecure households.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service