11-21-16 NWSS Catch-a-Calf Application Deadline Approaches


National Western Stock Show Catch-a-Calf Application Deadline Approaches

By Amy Kelley, CSU Extension Agent, Cheyenne County

Cheyenne Wells – The National Western Stock Show Catch-a-Calf Contest is having a big year! 2017 marks the 80th year of Catch-a-Calf! With such an important anniversary it is a great year to enter the contest. However, the deadline is fast approaching.

Catch-a-Calf participants first must catch a calf at one of the National Western Stock Show Rodeo performances. They then return in May to receive their project, which they are required to feed and care for until the following year’s Stock Show. At that time participants bring their steers to be evaluated based on their rate of gain, appearance, and carcass. Participants must also submit a record book, participate in an interview, and compete in showmanship. The overall grand and reserve grand champion Catch-a-Calf steers are eligible for the Auction of Junior Livestock Champions. The National Western Stock Show Catch-a-Calf Program would not be possible without generous sponsors, so participants are also required to send monthly correspondence to their sponsors.

This practical beef cattle management educational program is open to 4-H members from Colorado, Wyoming, Kansas, and Nebraska that are between 12 and 19 years of age, as of December 31st, 2016. Youth must complete an application and return it by the December 1st, 2016 deadline. For an application and more information please visit http://www.nationalwestern.com/livestock-shows/catch-a-calf-contest/ or see your local extension office.


11-21-16 Inside the BARN with Betaseed’s John Dillman…



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(The BARN – Briggsdale, CO) November 21, 2016 – According to the Nov 13th NASS-CO Crop Progress Report…82% of CO’s sugarbeets have been harvested, down14% from our 5yr avg pace and down 10% from last year. Many producers are already asking What’s “in store” for sugarbeet growers in 2017, particularly from the angle of research and varietal selection. 

Joining the CO Ag News Network to learn more about that is John Dillman of Betaseed


To learn more about Betaseed, where Research Breeds Confidence, please visit http://www.betaseed.com/


Sugarbeet Growers Laud Betaseed Varieties Continue reading

11-21-16 Inside the BARN with CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg: Elections, Education, Agriculture and more…

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(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) November 21, 2016 – Joining me inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network is CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg from District 1 discussing several topics including:

  • Thoughts on National & CO Election Results
  • Ballot Measure & Amendment Recap
  • Education & the Every Student Suceeds Act (ESSA)
  • Elected to serve Senate Pro-Tempor
  • Direction of the CO Legislature Going Forward
  • Thanksgiving Wishes
  • And More

To listen to the Interview, click the audio mp3 link below…



11-21-16 CCALT: Final Phase of Historic Routt County Ranch Conserved…

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Final Phase of Historic Routt County Ranch Conserved

ARVADA, Colo. (November 18, 2016) – The Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust (CCALT) recently completed a conservation easement on the third and final phase of the Coberly Creek Ranch in Routt County. Since 2013, landowners Mike Neelis and Merilee Ellis have partnered with CCALT to conserve 3,350 acres of their property. This last component of the project conserved the remaining 400 acres of the ranch, adding to the growing block of conserved land in the region and permanently conserving ranch land contiguous to the Routt National Forrest. Continue reading

11-21-16 Farmers Receive Less Than Twenty Percent of Thanksgiving Retail Food Dollar, NFU Farmer’s Share Shows

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nfu-farmers-share-112116Farmers Receive Less Than Twenty Percent of Thanksgiving Retail Food Dollar, NFU Farmer’s Share Shows

WASHINGTON (November 21, 2016) – Consumers’ holiday food costs have declined, but farmers still receive less than 20 percent of the food dollar, according to the annual Thanksgiving edition of the National Farmers Union (NFU) Farmer’s Share publication. The popular Thanksgiving Farmer’s Share compares the retail food price of traditional holiday dinner items to the amount the farmer receives for each item.

“It’s important to understand the difference between the price consumers pay for food at the grocery store or restaurant and the commodity prices farmers are paid for their products. Just recently food costs started to drop, but farm and ranch families have been plagued by low commodity prices for nearly three years,” said Roger Johnson, president of NFU. “Comparatively, the costs associated with the rest of the supply chain have a more pronounced effect on consumers’ food prices.” Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Monday, November 21st…

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Lawsuit against CA poultry cage rules rejected

Six states filed a lawsuit to stop California’s new poultry law that prohibits the sale of eggs from chickens that aren’t raised within strict space requirements. A federal appeals court says the states failed to show how the law would affect the states themselves rather than individual farmers. An Associated Press report says California voters approved a ballot measure back in 2008 that required the state’s egg-laying hens to spend their days with enough space to allow them to lie down, stand up, turn around, and fully extend their wings. In 2010, California legislators added to that law by banning the sale of any eggs from hens that weren’t raised within those standards. The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court ruling that dismissed the lawsuit. The six states involved in the suit were Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Alabama, and Kentucky.


Farmland Prices May Drop 20 percent

The price of American farmland may be heading for its first significant drop since the mid-1980s. MetLife Agricultural Finance says that based on certain measurements, market conditions are the worst they’ve been since the Farm Crisis. Agri Money dot Com says land prices likely will fall 20 percent from the top end that was established early last year. MetLife, one of America’s largest ag mortgage lenders, said the slump will end sometime in 2018, blaming the pending downfall on low farm profits. MetLife expects corn and soybean prices to hit bottom next year, but the lower trend likely hangs on through most of 2017 because of record crop production this year. MetLife added lower cash incomes will lead to a reduction in inflation-adjusted farmland prices in 2018, the first significant correction since the ‘80s. Recent data shows farmland prices in Iowa, Illinois and Indiana dropping three percent from July-September of this year.


One of Three Major U.S. Drought Areas Will Improve

The U.S. Drought Monitor shows roughly 11 percent of the contiguous United States is under what it calls “severe, extreme, or exceptional” drought. The areas where the drought continues to be in control include three different areas of the country. Rebecca Lindsey is the Managing Editor of Climate dot Gov, and she said one of the more prominent drought areas includes the southeast United States. That area has been in the news as wildfires have recently burned over 80,000 acres of land. Southern California has been suffering from a drought for the past five years and it continues today. Northern New England also has a good-sized portion of its land mired in a drought as well. As far as any potential relief goes in any of those areas, Lindsey said it’s on the way for only one of those three hot spots. “Of the country’s hardest-hit areas, only inland areas of New England are likely to improve throughout the month,” she says. “In the Southeast and Southern California, drought-stricken areas are likely to persist or worsen, and possibly expand.”


Photosynthesis on Steroids

Scientists can now manipulate a plant’s genes to help it use sunlight more efficiently. It’s a breakthrough that could possibly lead to more food grown for an expanding world population. Photosynthesis is how a plant converts sunlight, carbon dioxide, and water into food. But the process is very inefficient, using only one percent of available energy. A plant’s protective system kicks in when there’s too much sunlight, allowing it to get rid of extra energy safely. Scientists genetically modified a part of that system and could increase leaf growth as much as 14 to 20 percent. An Associated Press article says the study was published this week in the journal Science.  Scientists aren’t turning the protective system off and on, they’re modifying the system to make the plant turn it on and off faster than normal. The study’s lead author, Stephen Long, says, “Now that we know it works, it wouldn’t be too hard to do it to other plants. If you look at other crops around the world, it would increase yields by many million tons of food.”


Ag Bankers Are Increasing Collateral

Midwest Ag bankers continue to raise serious concerns about the farm economy. An Ag Web Dot Com report says the Rural Mainstreet Index has remained below the neutral growth mark for 15 months in a row. Estimates are 70 percent of rural bankers are increasing collateral for ag loans because of the extended slump in the farm economy. Over the next 12 months, bankers are expecting a default rate of five percent on ag loans. Alan Hoskins of American Farm Mortgage said one of every four farmers is looking at a balance sheet in the red with negative cash flows per 2016 balance sheets. If agriculture sees a repeat of 2016 next year, that number could get worse. Hoskins says, “We may have to change that 25 percent to somewhere in that 35 to 40 percent range. The Rural Mainstreet Index expects one in five farmers to report negative cash flows this year.


Improve NAFTA, Don’t Withdraw From TPP

Ohio Republican Senator Rob Portman was the U.S. Trade Representative under George W. Bush, and he’s cautioning President-elect Donald Trump against walking away from the North American Free Trade Agreement. In an interview this week, he did say the pact between the United States, Canada, and Mexico could be improved. During the presidential campaign, Trump spoke more than once about withdrawing from the agreement if he won the Oval Office. In the interview, Portman also noted that there were several areas in the 23-year old agreement that could be improved for the U.S. In the meantime, with the Obama Administration no longer pursuing passage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, attention is turning to President-elect Trump. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe urged Trump not to walk away from the deal, which can’t go into effect without American approval. Abe did say failure to move on TPP could shift trade focus to the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, which is being led by China and doesn’t include the United States.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service